Rip Taylor

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Rip Taylor
Taylor (right) with Jack Betts in November 2010
Birth name Charles Elmer Taylor, Jr.
Born (1934-01-13) January 13, 1934 (age 81)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 1961–present
Genres Stand-up
Influences Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Redd Foxx, Mickey Rooney
Influenced Dana Snyder, Carrot Top

Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor, Jr. (born January 13, 1934) is an American actor and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Elizabeth, a waitress, and Charles Elmer Taylor, Sr., a musician.[1] As a young man, Taylor served in the Korean War while in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Appearing as a comedian, Taylor made his first Las Vegas appearance in supporting the Eleanor Powell show.[2]


Television/film career[edit]

Taylor appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show in several guest appearances in the 1963-64 season as "the crying comedian."[3]

He appeared in two episodes of The Monkees television series in 1968, as well as having a cameo in 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee in 1969. He continued to work as a voice performer in the 1970s NBC cartoon series Here Comes the Grump (as the title character) and in the second The Addams Family cartoon series (as Uncle Fester).

Throughout the 1970s, Taylor was a frequent celebrity guest panelist on game shows such as Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and The Gong Show, and substituted for Charles Nelson Reilly on The Match Game. He became a regular on Sid and Marty Krofft's Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, playing Sheldon, a sea-genie who lived in a conch shell. In addition, Taylor was also a regular on The Brady Bunch Hour, playing a role of neighbor / performer Jack Merrill. He also hosted a short-lived send-up of beauty pageants called The $1.98 Beauty Show created by Gong Show producer/host Chuck Barris, in 1978. Taylor appeared as a celebrity on the 1990 version of Match Game. In 1979, he was the voice of C.J. from the Hanna-Barbera TV movie Scooby Goes Hollywood.

Other appearances include the television show The Kids in the Hall. He was referred to as Uncle Rip by one of the show's characters, Buddy Cole. He also appeared as himself in the movie Waynes World 2, one of the special guests invited to "WayneStock" after being visited in a dream by Jim Morrisson.

In 1997, Taylor appeared in a segment on the show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction. He played the role of Elmo Middleton in the segment titled "The Man in the Model T". Also in 1997, he appeared as himself on the sitcom Brotherly Love in the episode "Easy Come Easy Go". He also portrayed Chief Undersecretary Wartle in the graphical adventure game Zork: Grand Inquisitor in 1997.[4]

In 2003, Taylor also appeared as himself on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. In 2005, he appeared as himself on an episode of ABC TV's George Lopez. Taylor guest-starred as chef "Rappin' Rip" in four episodes of an earlier ABC sitcom featuring Lopez, Life with Bonnie.

Taylor is an accomplice of the Jackass crew. In 1995, he performed the intro for the Bloodhound Gang's Use Your Fingers album, and in 2002, he appeared in the final scene of Jackass: The Movie, wielding a pistol that, when fired, released a sign that read "The End." (Taylor's section of the film was originally considerably longer, and ended with him complaining about the heat, and fanning himself with his toupee. This footage was included on the DVD of the film.) He did the same thing at the ending of Jackass Number Two and Jackass 3D. In the credits of the 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, Taylor shows up in the blooper reel.

He guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "Loosely Ballroom" as Leo. He is also in some episodes of The Emperor's New School, as the voice of the Royal Record Keeper. He was also recently in the Jetix animated series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

He was also in the 1990 summer movie DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp as the voice of the Genie.

Taylor has made occasional appearances in movies, usually in broad comedies like the R-rated Deep Throat parody Chatterbox.[5] In Amazon Women on the Moon a funeral service turns into a celebrity roast when guest Rip Taylor shows up to "honor" the deceased. In Cheech and Chong's Things Are Tough All Over, he picks them up in the middle of nowhere driving a convertible full of props. Rip then proceeds to drive them to Las Vegas and telling jokes the whole way and moving Chong to tears from laughter. In 1993, Taylor also appeared in Tom and Jerry: The Movie as Captain Kiddle, and in Wayne's World 2. In 1993's Indecent Proposal as Demi Moore's boss, he appears without his toupee.

He made a special guest appearance at the end of the 1,000th episode of G4's video game review show X-Play. He more recently made a guest appearance on a 2012 episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!, where he played a genie reminiscent of his character on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

He appeared on the May 31, 2015 episode of Last Week Tonight, after John Oliver suggested that Thailand frequently employing the imagery of Adolf Hitler would be better off replaced with Taylor.[6]

Live theater[edit]

Taylor appeared for three years in the burlesque-themed musical comedy Sugar Babies, and was featured on the soundtrack album. He has been a frequent co-star with Debbie Reynolds in her live shows in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.

Outside the entertainment industry[edit]

In 2006, Taylor returned to the nation's capital as the grand marshal of Washington D.C.'s Capital Pride parade.[7]


  1. ^ "Rip Taylor Biography (1934?-)". Filmreference. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ p.99 Erickson, Hal Sid and Marty Krofft: A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television, 1969-1993 McFarland, 1 Jan 1998
  4. ^ Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Video Game 1997) – IMDb
  6. ^ Hitler's Surrogate to Thailand
  7. ^ Washington Blade Online at the Wayback Machine (archived September 28, 2007) (archived from the original on September 28, 2007)

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