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Subject: If you think about it, "Rip" Torn has got to be the dumbest CHOSEN stage name (birthname Elmore Rual Torn Jr.) who made it big. But I know the nickname was an early family thing. ...


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FUN FACT: Rip's mama Thelma was aunt of actress Sissy Spacek, which makes her Rip's 1st cousin!
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 08, 12:04:27pm
In reply to: . 's message, "The only other famous Rip I can think of is Van Winkle" on Sunday, December 08, 11:51:50am

Cuz ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip_Torn#Early_life


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In Studs Terkel's fascinating 1975 book Working, he spoke with Taylor about his acting career, and he said this about his nicknameFascinating stuff.Sunday, December 08, 05:26:19pm


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