'Men In Black' star pleads guilty to illegally carrying firearm
Rip Torn has admitted to breaking into a bank while intoxicated and carrying a loaded gun.
Torn, who was born Elmore Rual Torn, was arrested in January after police found him inside the Bancorp branch in Litchfield, Connecticut.
BBC News reports that the actor, who won an Emmy in 1992 for his role in US sitcom The Larry Sanders Show, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and the illegal carrying of a firearm.
At the hearing Torn was given a two-and-half year suspended sentence and three years of probation. Conditions include a ban on possessing guns as well as random drug and alcohol tests.
Torn‘s lawyer said the actor was thankful no-one had been injured in the incident and that he had been spared a jail term.
The actor will star once again as Chief Zed in the forthcoming Men in Black III, due May 25, 2012.
Torn was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in 1984’s Cross Creek, a film about US author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Whilst greatly respected for his abilities, many film critics believe the actor’s history of alcohol abuse and on-set incidents have stopped the Texan from achieving his full potential.