Rip Taylor Bio – Rip Taylor Wiki
Rip Taylor born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr., was an American actor and comedian. He first worked as a congressional page before serving in the Army during the Korean War, where he started performing standup.
In his over five decades in entertainment, Taylor would make over 2,000 guest star appearances on shows like “The Monkees,” ″The Merv Griffin Show,” ″The Tonight Show,” ″Late Night with David Letterman,” ″Hollywood Squares” and “The Gong Show.” He also hosted the beauty pageant spoof “The $1.98 Beauty Show.”
Taylor also did a fair share of voice work for animated films and television like “The Jetsons” and “The Addams Family,” as Uncle Fester, which earned him an Emmy nomination.
He played himself in movies like “Wayne’s World 2” and the “Jackass” movies, appeared on stage in “Anything Goes,” ″A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” ″Sugar Babies,” where he took over for Mickey Rooney, as Fagin in “Oliver!” and Captain Hook in “Peter Pan.” Taylor also wrote and performed an autobiographical one-man play called “It Ain’t All Confetti.”
Rip Taylor Age
Rip Taylor was born on January 13, 1934 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. He died on October 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Rip Taylor Wife
Taylor was married for a number of years to Las Vegas showgirl Rusty Rowe, though they later divorced.
Rip Taylor Partner
Taylor had been in a long-term relationship with his partner Robert Fortney.
Rip Taylor Family
Taylor was the son of Elizabeth, a waitress, and Charles Elmer Taylor Sr., a musician.
Rip Taylor Gay
In 2005, Taylor appeared as the grand marshal of the Washington, D.C. Capital Pride parade. Referred to as “openly gay” in a 2009 interview for “Ask the Flying Monkey”, Brent Hartinger recalled receiving an email from Taylor stating: “You don’t know me to summarize I am openly gay. I don’t know you’re not an open heroin user. You see how that works? Think before you write.”
Rip Taylor Death
Taylor died on October 6, 2019, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized after suffering a seizure the week prior.
Taylor’s publicist Harlan Boll announced in a statement: “The greatest joy Rip had in life was the result of making others laugh,” Boll said. “He didn’t have an easy childhood. Abused and bullied, he said he discovered early, that they weren’t hitting you if they were laughing.”
Rip Taylor Cause of Death
Rip Taylor’s cause of death was not revealed.
Rip Taylor Net Worth
Rip Taylor’s net worth was estimated to be $3 million.
Rip Taylor Height
He stood at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m).