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Rip Taylor
(January 13, 1934 - living) U.S.A.

Rip Taylor

Actor, comedian

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Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor, Jr., a.k.a. "Prince of Pandemonium", "Master of Mayhem", "King of Camp and Confetti", is an actor and comedian, best-known for his frequent guest appearances on television talk and game shows, his Las Vegas acts, his exuberant and flamboyant personality, and his trademark habit of showering his general vicinity with confetti.

Taylor had a difficult childhood in Washington, D.C.; he was the victim of sexual abuse while in foster care and he was bullied mercilessly throughout school. As a teenager, Taylor worked as a Congressional page before serving in the Korean War.

After joining the Navy, Taylor began performing stand-up in clubs and bars abroad. Most of his material he stole from USO show acts, but his signature bit was when he would pretend to cry as he begged the audience for laughs. Based on that routine, "The Crying Comedian" landed a spot on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and he eventually made close to twenty appearances.

Rip Taylor

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Taylor appeared on game shows like "Hollywood Squares," "To Tell the Truth," and "The Gong Show," and he did voiceover work for cartoon series like "The Addams Family" and "Scooby Goes Hollywood." More recently, Taylor has appeared in shows including "Kids in the Hall" and "Will & Grace."

Taylor has appeared in many movies, from "Cheech & Chong's Things Are Tough All Over'" (1982) to "Wayne's World 2" (1993) to "Indecent Proposal" (1993) to "Jackass: The Movie" (2002).

Throughout his career, Taylor frequently has appeared in nightclub acts, either with friends or on his own. In 1966, he toured with Judy Garland, and he did several tours with Debbie Reynolds in the 1970s and 1980s. He has been a Las Vegas mainstay for decades.

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