Rip Torn, the Voice of Zeus in Disney’s Hercules Dies
Award Winning actor Rip Torn passed away Tuesday at the age of 88. Torn had many acting roles throughout his 60+ year career, however Disney fans knew him best as the voice of Zeus in the 1997 animated film Hercules.
A Glamorous Couple
Torn was married three times. His second wife Geraldine Page was also known for her role in Disney films. Page voiced the role of Madame Medusa in The Rescuers and starred as Mrs. Duke in Walt Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire. They tied the knot in 1963 and remained married until Page’s death in 1987.
The New York Times described the couple in 2006 with the following: “Like Woodward and Newman or Bancroft and Brooks, the two became a glamorous couple in theater circles, assuming roles on the board of the Actors Studio and organizing bashes at the Chateau Marmont when they were in Los Angeles. Lena Horne and Judy Garland would show up at their parties, and once Torn, with the help of his friend Miles Davis, cooked up a feast for 50 using fowl that Torn, a lifelong hunter, had bagged in the Imperial Valley.”
— Geraldine Page (@geraldinespage) August 11, 2017
RIP Rip Torn
According to a statement released by his family, Torn “passed away peacefully” at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, with “his wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side.”
Zeus: A Disney Dad
From Fandom.com: He is the ruler of Mount Olympus, with the power to control thunder and lightning. He is also father to Hercules, who—under Zeus’s guidance—would become the greatest hero in all of Greece.