Actor Rip Torn arrested drunk, armed in Conn. bank

NEW YORK Sun Jan 31, 2010 3:20am EST

Actor Rip Torn arrives at the premiere of ''Marie Antoinette'' in New York in this October 13, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Actor Rip Torn arrives at the premiere of ''Marie Antoinette'' in New York in this October 13, 2006 file photo.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Emmy award winning actor Rip Torn, who has had a recurring role in the NBC hit "30 Rock," has been arrested after police found him intoxicated and armed inside a Connecticut bank at the weekend.

Torn, 78, was being held on $100,000 bond after state police responded to an alarm at the Litchfield Bank in Salisbury, the Connecticut town where the actor lives, and found him inside the closed bank "with a loaded revolver" and "highly intoxicated," according to a police report issued on Saturday.

He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief and weapons charges.

Torn, who won an Emmy for "The Larry Sanders Show" in 1992, has most recently appeared in several episodes of "30 Rock" as network head Don Geiss. He starred in the hit film "Men in Black" and its sequel, as well as scores of other films and television shows over six decades.

He was nominated for an Oscar for "Cross Creek" in 1983, two years before his wife, Geraldine Page, won the Best Actress Oscar.

Torn, a cousin of actress Sissy Spacek, has been arrested several times in recent years for drunken driving and received a fine, license suspension or probation. He was also acquitted of one charge.

(Writing by Chris Michaud, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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