Rip Taylor

Rip Taylor

Original Name Charles Elmer Taylor, Jr.
Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 6 Oct 2019 (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 203613574 · View Source
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American Actor, Comedian and Television Host. In a career spanning six decades, he had over 2,000 television credits to his name, including several dozen spots on 'The Tonight Show.' The flamboyant comedian was also the host of television's '$1.98 Beauty Pageant,' which consisted of six contestants of all shapes and sizes and three celebrity judges. When the winner was selected, they were handed a gaudy crown, a bouquet of wilting vegetables and a cash prize of $1.98, which Taylor would count out in change from a coin dispenser attached to his belt. Born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr., he grew up in Washington D.C., eventually serving as a congressional page as a teen. He then entered the United States Army before being assigned to special services, which allowed him to entertain troops stationed abroad. He created a character who would pretend to cry as he begged the audience to laugh. His routine landed him a spot on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' where he would go on to make nearly two dozen appearances on the show. He would go on to become known as “The Prince or Pandemonium”, “The Master of Mayhem”, “The Crying Comedian” and “The King of Confetti”. He would often appear as a celebrity panelist on 'Hollywood Squares,' 'To Tell the Truth,' 'The Gong Show' and 'Match Game.' Among films he appeared in were 'The Gong Show Movie' (1980), 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' (1992), 'Indecent Proposal' (1993), 'The Silence of the Hams' (1994) and 'The Dukes of Hazzard' (2005). He also played himself in 'Wayne’s World 2' and in the 'Jackass' movie franchise, appearing in 'Jackass: The Movie,' 'Jackass Number Two' and 'Jackass 3D.'

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 6 Oct 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 203613574
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rip Taylor (13 Jan 1935–6 Oct 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 203613574, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.