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Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Television Comedian and Actor, Dies at 84

Rip Taylor was known for his mustache and affinity for nicknames, such as the King of Confetti and Prince of Pandemonium.

Rip Taylor, a flamboyant...

Rip Taylor, a flamboyant mainstay of the comedy circuit who was known for his gags involving confetti, his brand of self-deprecating humor in which he would remove his toupee and his extensive voice work, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His publicist, B. Harlan Böll, confirmed the death and said Mr. Taylor had a seizure and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, although an exact cause of death had not yet been determined.

Mr. Taylor, who introduced himself to legions of television viewers on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and on game shows such as “Hollywood Squares,” “Match Game” and “Super Password,” made over 2,000 appearances[1] on television during his more than 50 years in show business, according to his publicist.

“The greatest joy Rip had in life was from the result of making others laugh,” Mr. Böll said. “He didn’t have an easy childhood. Abused and bullied, he said he discovered early that they weren’t hitting you if they were laughing.”


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