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Rip Taylor

 
Date Of Birth:
January 13, 1934 (89)
Birth Place:
Washington, DC, USA
Bio:
Rip was one of television's most recognizable personalities. He was born in Washington DC becoming a Congressional Page as a teen until he served in the armed forces during the Korean War. He began entertaining during his time in the military and pursued it after he left, becoming known as th crying ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 13, 1934 (89)

Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA

Bio:
Rip was one of television's most recognizable personalities. He was born in Washington DC becoming a Congressional Page as a teen until he served in the armed forces during the Korean War. He began entertaining during his time in the military and pursued it after he left, becoming known as th crying ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1988
Moonface Martin
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Featured Performer [Replacement]
Featured Performer [Replacement]
Rip [Replacement]

Rip Taylor Biography

Rip was one of television's most recognizable personalities. He was born in Washington DC becoming a Congressional Page as a teen until he served in the armed forces during the Korean War. He began entertaining during his time in the military and pursued it after he left, becoming known as th crying comedian. A guest star with over 2,000 television appearances under his belt, Rip brought his wild energy to The Gong Show, Password, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and to the coveted center square on Hollywood Squares.

Rip became a pop culture icon as a result of such campy films such as Barris' THE GONG SHOW MOVIE; the "Exorcist" spoof, REPOSSESSED with Linda Blair and Leslie Nielsen; as well as the foreign-made THE SILENCE OF THE HAMS. Frequently appearing on television, he appeared in everything from variety shows to talk shows to sitcoms like THE MONKEES, THE BRADYS and more. Perhaps Rip's greatest impact in television was when he was picked by Chuck Barris to host The $1.98 BEAUTY SHOW. The campy "beauty and talent contest" brought Rip icon status as he served as ringmaster, gloriously reveling in the glitter and kitsch of "The World's Tackiest TV Show." His first Las Vegas appearance was in THE Eleanor Powell SHOW at the Dunes. This, in turn, led to sharing the nightly stage with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Ann-Margret and Judy Garland, among many, many others including a rare appearance with Hollywood's greatest bombshell, for which he receive a personalized photo signed "Love & Luck to my baby Doll Chuck Taylor, Love Marliyn Monroe."

For decades, Rip maintained his status as one of the top headliners in Las Vegas. He was named "Entertainer of the Year" three times in a row, spent a year headlining at The Flamingo Hotel's Rockettes Extravaganza, and in 2002 brought Rip Taylor'S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR to The Rio.

In the early 1960s, he provided additional voices for THE JETSONS and continued to make voice-over work a viable means of income. His voice can be heard in such animated films as DUCKTAILS THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP, TOM AND JERRY: THE MOVIE and SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO. Rip was nominated for an Emmy award for voicing the role of "Uncle Fester" in the animated series, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. In addition to comedy and music, Rip was an accomplished "legitimate" actor. He played Demi Moore's surly boss in INDECENT PROPOSAL, and played Kate Hudson's father in the Rob Reiner film, ALEX AND EMMA.

Rip appeared with Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman in the Funny Or Die video "Ehhhhhhhh.com," as well as fan favorites such as Dawn Wells, Lee Meriwether, Bruce Vilanch and others in SILENT, BUT DEADLY and his highly publicized appearance in JACKASS, the legendary King of Confetti was been introduced to a new generation of fans. Rip Taylor has dazzled audiences worldwide in a career that has spanned over forty years. It is no exaggeration to say that Rip Taylor has succeeded in every facet of the entertainment industry. Rip was working on bringing his one-man show IT AIN'T ALL CONFETTI to the New York Stage after its tremendous success in Los Angeles. The one man show spawned a critically acclaimed documentary entitled "RIP, RIP, HORRARY."

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6625 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. An honor he was so proud of that he scheduled trips to buffed and clean his star on a regular basis. Rip Taylor felt fortunate to have become a madcap mainstay in show business. Rip Taylor has donated a large part of his time not only to AIDS causes, but to numerous other charitable causes including The Thalians, The Screen Actors Guild, The Actors' Home, and The Friars Charitable Trust. He has also been a welcome mainstay on "The Jerry Lewis Telethon."





Rip Taylor News

The Neon Museum To Hold PRIDE Weekend Gallery Talks This Week Photo The Neon Museum To Hold PRIDE Weekend Gallery Talks This Week
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2022

The Neon Museum will hold special Gallery Talks during Las Vegas PRIDE 2022. The free 15-minute docent-led discussions will highlight the history and impact of the LGBTQ+ community in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 7, Saturday, Oct 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. each day.

 SOiL Honor Taylor Hawkins with 'Monkey Wrench' Photo SOiL Honor Taylor Hawkins with 'Monkey Wrench'
by Michael Major - Apr 4, 2022

Chicago‚Äôs own SOiL release a kinetic cover version of ‚ÄúMonkey Wrench,‚ÄĚ the song that was, for many, their first introduction to the bleach blonde hurricane of arms and drumsticks that was Hawkins, who made his debut as the Foo‚Äôs skinman in the incredibly popular video for the song.¬†Listen to the new cover now!

Skyline Theatre Company's 2020 Horizon Award goes to Fair Lawn Borough's Ms. Robin Schamach
by Stephi Wild - Aug 9, 2020

Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen Countya??s most established professional theatre company, announces its 2020 Horizon Award recipient is Fair Lawn Borougha??s Robin Schamach. Skyline bestows this annual award to a true supporter of the arts.

BWW Review: Vegas In Three Acts. From The Sublime To The Obscene To The Badonkadonk. Photo BWW Review: Vegas In Three Acts. From The Sublime To The Obscene To The Badonkadonk.
by Jonas Schwartz-Owen - Mar 4, 2020

And now, the Supermodel of the World, RuPaul Charles has transferred her fierce Drag Queens to the Flamingo Hotel to recreate her award-winning reality show RuPaul's Drag Race where the audience gets to be the judge.

BWW Review: Costumes, Comedy and Camp Come Together in
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at Th Photo BWW Review: Costumes, Comedy and Camp Come Together in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at The Repertory Theatre St. Louis
by Rob Levy - Feb 17, 2020

There is a lot to wig out about with The Rep's production of The Mystery of Irma Vep. A rapid-fire mélange of B-movie insanity and camp hijinks, it is a throwback to a time when bawdy and raucous theater was a rebellious sign of the times.

Fans & Famous Join Sid & Marty Krofft to Unveil Walk of Fame Star Photo Fans & Famous Join Sid & Marty Krofft to Unveil Walk of Fame Star
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 14, 2020

An estimated 150 fans camped out in front of the Funco Store on Hollywood Blvd to be on hand to help celebrate the careers of SID & MARTY KROFFT with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Stars.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Tries to Rock Hollywood at the Bourbon Room Photo BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Tries to Rock Hollywood at the Bourbon Room
by Harker Jones - Jan 15, 2020

BWW Review: @ROCKOFAGESHollywood Tries to Rock Hollywood at the Bourbon Room

Photo Flashback: BroadwayWorld Remembers Those We've Lost in 2019 Photo Photo Flashback: BroadwayWorld Remembers Those We've Lost in 2019
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2020

2019 has come and gone, and we are reflecting on those we have lost in the Broadway and theatre communities throughout the year.

Photo Flash: Rip Taylor Memorial Pays Homage With Laughter Photo Photo Flash: Rip Taylor Memorial Pays Homage With Laughter
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2019

On Sunday, Nov 24th, an eclectic group gathered to pay homage with laughter to the memory of The Prince or Pandemonium, The Master of Mayhem, The Crying Comedian, The King of Camp and Confetti, Star of Screen (large and small), Broadway & Vegas Stage ... RIP TAYLOR

Photo Coverage: Remembering Rip Taylor Photo Photo Coverage: Remembering Rip Taylor
by Walter McBride - Oct 27, 2019

On October 6, BroadwayWorld was sad to report that Rip Taylor died. Today, we're remembering him by taking a look back into our photo archives.

Rip Taylor Videos

Hollywood and Theatre Stars React to the Passing of Debbie Reynolds
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 28, 2016

Just yesterday BroadwayWorld was saddened to report that Carrie Fisher, best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia Organa, died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

VIDEO: Trailer - AVENUE Q's John Tartaglia in SILENT BUT DEADLY, Debuts Tonight
by Movies News Desk - Jun 5, 2013

In New York City in 2004, a fun and raunchy little Broadway musical called Avenue Q escalated to stardom across the entertainment industry, nabbing the Tony Award for Best Musical. Leading the way was Best Actor nominee, John Tartaglia, who then went on to grace NY stages in Beauty and the Beast and Shrek: The Musical. Now, fans and audiences of the multi-talented comedian can anticipate his breakthrough performance into the world of feature films as John plays 'Dale,' the quirky manager of an offbeat retirement home in the upcoming Silent But Deadly. The comedy/horror will be screening as an Official Selection of the 8th annual Hoboken International Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, NY this evening, June 5, 2013. Check out the trailer below!

VIDEO: Trailer - AVENUE Q's John Tartaglia in SILENT BUT DEADLY
by Movies News Desk - Apr 30, 2013

In New York City in 2004, a fun and raunchy little Broadway musical called Avenue Q escalated to stardom across the entertainment industry, nabbing the Tony Award for Best Musical. Leading the way was Best Actor nominee, John Tartaglia, who then went on to grace NY stages in Beauty and the Beast and Shrek: The Musical. Now, fans and audiences of the multi-talented comedian can anticipate his breakthrough performance into the world of feature films as John plays 'Dale,' the quirky manager of an offbeat retirement home in the upcoming Silent But Deadly. The comedy/horror will be screening as an Official Selection of the 8th annual Hoboken International Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, NY on the evening of June 5, 2013. Check out the trailer below!

STAGE TUBE: HOTEL ARTHRITIS Trailer Released - Starring AVENUE Q's John Tartaglia!
by Stage Tube - Jul 31, 2012

In New York City in 2004, a fun and raunchy little Broadway musical called Avenue Q escalated to stardom across the entertainment industry, nabbing the Tony Award for Best Musical. Leading the way was Best Actor nominee, John Tartaglia, who then went on to grace NY stages in Beauty and the Beast and Shrek: The Musical. Now, fans and audiences of the multi-talented comedian can anticipate his breakthrough performance into the world of feature films as John plays "Dale," the quirky, offbeat, a-sexual manager of a spooky retirement home in the upcoming comedy/horror Hotel Arthritis. Watch the official trailer below!

STAGE TUBE: Rudetsky Deconstructs The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, 3/31
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2010

On Wednesday, March 31, Seth Rudetsky, the Broadway Host from Sirius/XM radio will be presenting a night doing his favorite thing: Deconstructing, at Maravel Arts Center as part of The Spotlight Series for Rosie's Broadway Kids. The show begins at 7:30pm.

STAGE TUBE: Rudetsky Deconstructs The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, 3/31
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2010

On Wednesday, March 31, Seth Rudetsky, the Broadway Host from Sirius/XM radio, is presenting a night doing his favorite thing - deconstructing - at the Maravel Arts Center for Rosie's Broadway Kids as part of The Spotlight Series.


Rip Taylor Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Rip Taylor been in?
Rip Taylor has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Rip Taylor been in?
Rip Taylor has not appeared in the West End