The cause of death has not been announced yet for this legendary actor. He was known for his colorful clothes and roles in major movies like Wayne’s World 2.
He also lent his voice to many animated television shows and video games, like The Addam’s Family TV show from the 90s and The Emperor’s New School.
Rip Taylor, comedian, and actor, was 84 years old when he passed away on Sunday evening.
Rip Taylor Was Hospitalized Last Week
While the cause of death is unknown right now, it appears to be due to complications from his health problems that came to a head last week.
According to Taylor’s agent, he was hospitalized last week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a seizure and was in the intensive care unit during his stay.
Taylor had no acting credits listed on IMDB after 2012, but there is no indication that he was suffering from major health issues leading up to his passing.
Taylor’s Flamboyant and Over-The-Top Personality
Taylor first realized that comedy worked for him as a child. His flamboyant and excessive personality did him little to make friends growing up, and he found himself bullied and beaten regularly in school.
In an interview once, he said he discovered that if they were laughing at you, they weren’t hitting you – and so, his love of comedy was developed. He perfected it during his time in the military, where he served during the Korean War.
When you saw Rip Taylor in a movie or television show, you knew exactly what you were going to get – self-deprecating humor, big movements, silly costumes, wacky props, and even some impressive confetti action.
Rip Taylor’s Long, Impressive Career
According to his website, Taylor had over 2,000 credited appearances across his career, which started in the 1970s. He became known in the 60s at the “King of Confetti”, and would regularly shower audience members with bags of the stuff for laughs.
He appeared on any talk show he could get on and became one of the most in-demand names in Hollywood. He was a regular on The Tonight Show, Password, The Gong Show, and Hollywood Squares.
He played himself in the Jack*** movies, as well as in Wayne’s World 2, where younger fans are most likely to recognize him from.
Despite having been married to Vegas showgirl Rusty Rowe for several years in the 60s, it was reported later that Taylor was “openly gay”. He is survived by his long-term partner Robert Fortney, according to his publicist. The two had no children.