Comedian Rip Taylor Dies At 84
Rip Taylor, the confetti-tossing actor and comedian, died on Sunday at the age of 84.
According to his publicist, Harlan Boll, the actor was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in the intensive care unit after suffering from a seizure last week. A cause of death has not been revealed yet.
Taylor was born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr. in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1935, to a waitress and a musician. He first worked as a congressional page before serving in the Army during the Korean War, and later on, he decided to step into the show business world, which ended up a successful move.
One of Taylor’s debut TV appearances was on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he was known as the “crying comedian.” He could also be seen on programs like The Jackie Gleason Show, The Monkees, To Tell the Truth and The Brady Bunch Hour. Taylor hosted his own game show, The $1.98 Beauty Show, from 1978 to 1980.
Furthermore, the comedian also appeared in the films such as, The Dukes of Hazard, where he played himself, Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Wayne’s World 2, and more.
“Rest n Peace Mr. Taylor. Loved you, grew up watching you. Thank you for all the laughter you brought me,” comedian David Alan Grier shared on Twitter.
Rest n Peace Mr. Taylor. Loved you, grew up watching you. Thank you for all the laughter you brought me. 🙏🏾 Rip Taylor Dead: Flamboyant Comic, Host of 'The $1.98 Beauty Show' Was 84 https://t.co/x99u23lBid
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) October 6, 2019