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Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Comedian, Is Dead at 88

Charles Elmer Taylor was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Washington and was raised by his mother, Mr. Boll said. Mr. Taylor worked as a congressional page as a teenager and served in the Army during the Korean War, entertaining fellow soldiers while in combat.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney. Mr. Boll said a marriage to a showgirl ended in divorce.

Mr. Taylor’s voice proved to be a bankable commodity. It was heard on many cartoon shows, notably the animated adaptation of “The Addams Family,” on which he provided the voice of Uncle Fester.

In 1992, Mr. Taylor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His penchant for showering television studio audiences with confetti lives on in a number of internet memes.

Mr. Taylor was often confused with the character actor Rip Torn, who died in July.

“He found humor in it,” Mr. Boll said. “In fact, when Rip passed away, he got notes and condolences. He made a big joke out of it. He said he hoped he got half as much attention when he died.”

Daniel E. Slotnik contributed reporting.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/06/arts/rip-taylor-dead.html

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