TV comedian Rip Taylor dies at 84

Rip Tayler Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84

Rip Taylor, ‘King of Camp and Confetti’ Comedy Host, Dies at 84

Known for his confetti-clad campy comedy, Taylor was born Charles Elmer Taylor in Washington D.C. on January 13, 1935. "That killed 'em." It's where he said the character "Rip" came from.

Taylor had a career that lasted more than six decades and was dubbed the King Of Confetti and The Crying Comedian during his years in show biz.

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Actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard said one of her first TV show appearances was as a contestant on the game show The $1.98 Beauty Show, which Taylor presented. That show's host and creator, Chuck Barris, was so impressed by Taylor's jokes as a judge that he offered him the position of host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show". With his bushy blond toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus mustache, Taylor was a striking presence.

Taylor also had a lengthy voiceover resume, which boasted episodes (and various TV-movies) of such iconic properties as The Addams Family, DuckTales, The Flintstones, Garfield, The Jetsons, Popeye and Scooby Doo. He was apparently so proud of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that he'd regularly schedule trips to buff and clean the square at 6625 Hollywood Boulevard. Taylor also wrote and performed an autobiographical one-man play called "It Ain't All Confetti".

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You could catch him in nightclub acts across the country or on any number of television shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Monkees, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Tonight Show. Rip Taylor even got to play himself on the big screen in the 1993 feature Wayne's World.

Taylor made a name for himself, and a career, in the 70s and 80s making amusing, bizarre, out-of-control appearances on every talk show of the day, CBS Los Angeles reports. "Thank you for all the laughter you brought me", comedian David Alan Grier posted on Twitter.

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Taylor is survived by longtime partner, Robert Fortney, according to Boll. In lieu of flowers, they ask that donations be made to the Thalians, a charitable organization that Taylor supported that is dedicated to mental health issues.

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