ABOUT RIP TORN Born: Elmore Rual Torn, Jr., February 6, 1931, in Temple, Texas Famous Roles: Agent Zed in Men in Black Artie on The Larry Sanders Show Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Don Geiss on 30 Rock Interesting Fact: Torn once struck playwright, director, and actor Norman Mailer three times in the head with a hammer. 30 Rock actor Rip Torn pled not guilty to charges of illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was pulled over on December 14th, when cops found him driving in the breakdown lane with a Christmas tree tied to the roof of his Subaru. I'm sure Mr. Torn just thought he'd bring his family a little extra holiday cheer when he decided to booze up on his way to the tree lot.
E! Online reports Torn refused to finish a field sobriety test after he botched the first half of the exam. Quitter! He also wouldn't let the cops use the trusty old breathalyzer. Torn is no stranger to DUIs: he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in New York in 2007, for which he lost his license. Three years before that, he was acquitted of causing a Manhattan fender-bender while drunk. Here's the widely-publicized video of him causing a ruckus just after his 2004 arrest.
Do you think Rip Torn ever tires of being a punchline? All of his roles for at least the past ten years have been caricaturizations of himself (which I love, don't get me wrong - he saved Dodgeball), and even when he's charged with endangering his and others' lives he manages to make it into some sort of buffonery. Rip Torn drunk drives the Christmas Tree. Sadly, this year he's been upstaged by Charles Barkley, who had the audacity to admit he was in a hurry to get home to love up the girl in his passenger seat.