Rip Taylor, the moustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 88.
Publicist Harlan Boll said Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills.
An army veteran who served in the Korean War, Taylor’s showbiz ascent started with spots on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he was known as the “crying comedian.” He’d go on to make over 2,000 guest appearances on shows like Hollywood Squares and The Gong Show and host the beauty pageant spoof The $1.98 Beauty Show.
He also played himself in Wayne’s World 2 and the Jackass movies, appeared on stage in Sugar Babies and Oliver! and performed an autobiographical one-man play It Ain’t All Confetti.
Taylor is survived by his long-time partner Robert Fortney.