Will Smith leads the tributes to Men In Black star Rip Torn

Will Smith has been among those paying tribute to actor Rip Torn, who has died at the age of 88.

Oscar-nominated Torn, a character actor best known for roles in Men In Black, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and TV's The Larry Sanders Show, died on Tuesday, his representative said.

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FAYETTEVILLE - NOVEMBER 14: Rip Torn as General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union Army, appears in The Blue and the Gray. The epic mini-series about the American Civil War originally broadcast in three parts, beginning Sunday, November 14, 1982 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Actor Rip Torn in a scene from the movie 'Cross Creek', 1983. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Rip Torn is seen, Feb. 28, 1984. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- "The Execution" -- Pictured: (l-r) Rip Torn as Wilheim Gehbert, Loretta Swit as Marysia Walenka -- (Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Rip Torn (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Rip Torn (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Rip Torn (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Actor Rip Torn attending 16th Annual Cable Ace Awards on January 15, 1995 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Rip Torn attending 'Drama League of New York Awards Luncheon' on May 1997 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Rip Torn attending the premiere of 'Freddy Got Fingered' on April 18, 2001 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Rip Torn during "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" World Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: Actor Rip Torn arrives at the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's "Bee Movie" at the Mann Village Theatre on October 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LITCHFIELD, CA - JUNE 8: Actor Rip Torn enters Litchfield Superior Court for a hearing in connection with charges of criminal trespass, carrying a gun without a permit, carrying a gun while intoxicated, burglary and criminal mischief June 8, 2010 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Torn had broken into a bank in Lakeville, Connecticut while intoxicated last January after he had mistaken it for his home. (Photo by Wendy Carlson/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 25: Rip Torn attends day 2 of the Chiller Theater Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on April 25, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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Tributes have been paid to Torn, who won an Emmy Award for his work on The Larry Sanders Show and earned an Oscar nomination for 1984 film Cross Creek.

R.I.P. Rip

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Smith, who appeared alongside Torn in two Men In Black films, shared a picture of the pair together on screen, along with the caption: "R.I.P. Rip."

British sci-fi author Neil Gaiman recalled meeting Torn in 1990 and said he inspired the character of Mr Wednesday in his fantasy novel American Gods.

He tweeted: "I met Rip Torn once, in 1990, on a movie location in NC. 'You write science fiction?' he said, teeth in a scary grin. 'I was in BEASTMASTER.'

"Then he shook my hand and I ceased to exist for him. That was the start of Mr Wednesday in American Gods. RIP Rip."

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane cited Torn's roles as Artie in The Larry Sanders Show and Bob Diamond in 1991 comedy Defending Your Life as among his best work.

He said: "Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters."

Alec Baldwin worked with Torn on TV comedy 30 Rock.

He said: "He was a deeply committed, phenomenal actor. See you down the road, Rip. You wonderful madman."

Actor Albert Brooks tweeted: "R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original."

Freaks And Geeks star John Francis Daley said: "The Larry Sanders Show. Men In Black. Defending Your Life.

"Rip Torn elevated these already excellent things."

Texas-born Rip, whose quirky name helped cement his face in the minds of audiences, enjoyed a career spanning seven decades.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters, Katie Torn and Angelica Page.

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