The actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in the hit movie Men In Black and the TV series The Larry Sanders Show, has died aged 88.

He died on Tuesday (July 9 ) in Connecticut surrounded by his family, his publicist told US media including CNN.

A character actor with a seven-decade career, Torn won an Emmy in 1996 for playing Artie in the hit American sitcom The Larry Sanders Show.

Rip Torn holding his Emmy Award in 1996

He received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for his role in the drama Cross Creek, but lost out to Jack Nicholson in the supporting actor category.

The Texas-born actor also starred alongside Will Smith in Men In Black, one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the '90s.

Smith paid tribute to the late actor by posting a picture of them in a scene together with the caption: "R.I.P. Rip."

More tributes to the actor have flooded in on social media.

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