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Also Known As: Charles Elmer Jr. Died:
Born: January 13, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington D.C., USA Profession: comedian, actor, TV host, voice actor

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One of the most outlandish figures on television for over four decades, Rip Taylor was a comedian and occasional actor who parlayed a flamboyant attitude and buckets of confetti into a lengthy career on game shows, sitcoms, cartoons and in the occasional feature. Immediately recognizable for his bristling mustache, high-pitched yelps and high-energy presence, Taylor rose to fame as a comedian on variety shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but found his niche on over-the-top programs like "The Gong Show" (NBC/syndicated, 1976-1989) and "The $1.98 Beauty Show" (syndicated, 1978-1980), where his outsized persona was a perfect match for their gonzo premises. Taylor remained remarkably relevant well into his seventh decade, which found him tossing confetti and bon mots in "Jackass" (2002), among other films. Proving that nothing succeeds like excess, Rip Taylor was among the most prolific and singularly unique comic figures in the entertainment business.

One of the most outlandish figures on television for over four decades, Rip Taylor was a comedian and occasional actor who parlayed a flamboyant attitude and buckets of confetti into a lengthy career on game shows, sitcoms, cartoons and in the occasional feature. Immediately recognizable for his bristling mustache, high-pitched yelps and high-energy presence, Taylor rose to fame as a comedian on variety shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but found his niche on over-the-top programs like "The Gong Show" (NBC/syndicated, 1976-1989) and "The $1.98 Beauty Show" (syndicated, 1978-1980), where his outsized persona was a perfect match for their gonzo premises. Taylor remained remarkably relevant well into his seventh decade, which found him tossing confetti and bon mots in "Jackass" (2002), among other films. Proving that nothing succeeds like excess, Rip Taylor was among the most prolific and singularly unique comic figures in the entertainment business.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Alex & Emma (2003) Paulina'S Father
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 Healer (1994) Mortician
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 Tom & Jerry: The Movie (1993) Voice Of Captain Kiddie
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 Wayne's World 2 (1993) Himself
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 Indecent Proposal (1993) Mr Langford
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1962:
Was a regular on the comedy/variety show, "The Jackie Gleason Show: The American Scene Magazine"
1964:
Played first notable feature film role, in "I'd Rather Be Rich"
1968:
Served as a cast regular on "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show"
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Supplied the voice of the Grump on the animated children's show, "Here Comes the Grump"
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Was a regular on "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (renamed "The Bobby Darin Show" for its second season)
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Played Sheldon the genie on the children's show, "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"
1977:
Returned to feature films to play roles in "Chatter Box" and "The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington"
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Hosted TV's "The $1.98 Beauty Show"
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Performed in the musical comedy "Sugar Babies" on Broadway
1987:
Supplied one of the voices for the cartoon show, "The New Adventures of the Snorks"
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Did voice characterizations for the animated children's program, "Popeye and Son"
1992:
Supplied the voice of Uncle Fester on the TV cartoon series, "The Addams Family"
1992:
Received star Number 1,967 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1998:
Headlined a national tour of the stage musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", playing the leading role of Pseudolus
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Notes

Some sources list Mr. Taylor's birthyear as 1934.

In an interview with Glenn Plaskin in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS column "Turning Point", Taylor reveals that he was regularly abused as a child by his foster mother and her prostitute daughter and later, less severely, by his maternal grandmother.

"For years, they'd drink and beat the hell out of me. I was the slave, like Cinderella: 'Clean this, do that,' and when the Johns came over, I was forced to sit in their laps. They'd start fondling me and give me $1. I didn't KNOW this was a terrible thing to do to a little boy.

"Then, when the hooker got going and I got in the way, they'd lock me up all night into that black closet with my dog, forcing Tabasco sauce under my tongue, which scared the hell out of me. Year after year, I talked to that dog and lived with my demons," he shudders. (To this day, Taylor refuses to eat spicy foods) --From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 4, 1993

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father:
Charles Elmer Sr. Died of tuberoculosis in 1932 when Taylor was 2 years old.
mother:
Elizabeth. Waitress. Gave birth to Rip at age 15; forced to place him in a foster home.

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