On 6th October 2019, Rip Taylor passed away at his Beverly Hills residence. He was 84 years in age.
The iconic comic’s publicist Harlan Boll confirmed the tragic news. However, he didn’t go into the cause of death.
When the story of Rip’s death first broke, fans and fellow comic took to social media and mourned the loss.
Standup comedian Joel Ward paid tribute to Rip via Twitter. He called the late comic “the pioneer of confetti tossing!”
Meanwhile, actor Henry Winkler remembered Rip for his originality.
TV Shows, Movies & Net Worth
Rip Taylor’s comedic career began in the ’60s. His earliest TV credits included appearances on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Best remembered for hosting “the $1.98 Beauty Show,” Rip had a flair for flamboyancy. Sporting a toupee along with a coiffed mustache and eccentric outfits, he used confetti as his go-to prop.
No wonder, Rip got called “King of Camp and Confetti.”
Dubbed “The Crying Comedian,” Rip starred in TV shows such as “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,” “Santa Barbara,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” and many more.
Elsewhere on the big screen, Rip boasted acting credits on movies including “Indecent Proposal,” “Jackass 3D,” and “Wayne’s World 2.”
“Popeye and Son,” “Snorks,” “Garfield and Friends,” “The Jetsons,” and “Scooby-Doo” were his notable voice acting gigs.
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At the time of his passing, Rip reportedly owned $3 million in net worth.
Wife, Married & Kids
While alive, Rip Taylor experienced everything including marriage. However, fatherhood always eluded him.
The late comic was once-married to a woman named Rusty Rowe. He and his former wife Rusty had tied the knot following years of dating.
To those unfamiliar, Rusty Rowe was a Las Vegas-based showgirl.
Unfortunately, before they could have kids, Rip and Rusty got a divorce.
Was Rip Taylor Gay?
Rip Taylor’s flamboyant style always met with gay rumors. His long-winded friendship with musician Liberace in the 80s furthered fueled questions about his sexuality.
A bisexual man, Rip was the designated grand marshal at the 2006 Capital Pride parade.
Despite a heap of evidence, Rip didn’t like being called a gay man. When journo Brent Hartinger referred to him as such, the late comedian responded with fury.
Last modified: October 7, 2019