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Comedian Rip Taylor dies at 84

By Arhama Altaf - Web Editor

07th October, 2019

Rip Taylor, the animated comedian who always left behind a trail of confetti, died at 84 here on Sunday.

Rip was born on 13th January 1935 in Washington D.C.

Taylor’s publicist, Harlan Böll, confirmed Taylor’s death, saying the comedian suffered a seizure before he died at a Los Angeles hospital.

An exact cause of death, however, was not given.

Taylor built a long, eclectic career with a mixture of over-the-top and self-deprecating humor.

He was a frequent TV guest — Böll estimated he made more than 2,000 appearances during his 50-year career as well as a hard-working stand-up comedian and entertainer.

He earned his nickname, “The King of Confetti,” for the way he left his audiences covered in scraps of tiny, colorful paper.

The comedian made inroads with wider audiences when he hosted the spoof game show the $1.98 Beauty Show from 1978–1980.

In addition to his recognizable hair and mustache, the comedian often dressed flamboyantly in sequined suits.

Taylor also made a name for himself as a popular voice actor with appearances on The Jetsons, The Addams Family, Ducktales: The Movie, Scooby-Doo and Garfield And Friends.

Rip Taylor is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney.

He was previously married to the Las Vegas showgirl, Rusty Rowe.


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