Comedian Rip Taylor talks with reporters before a film premiere, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Rip Taylor, the moustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84.
Publicist Harlan Boll said Taylor died on Sunday in Beverly Hills.
An army veteran who served in the Korean War, Taylor's showbiz ascent started with spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show," where he was known as the "crying comedian."
He'd go on to make over 2,000 guest appearances on shows like "Hollywood Squares" and "The Gong Show" and host the beauty pageant spoof "The $1.98 Beauty Show."
He also played himself in "Wayne's World 2" and the "Jackass" movies, appeared on stage in "Sugar Babies" and "Oliver!" and performed an autobiographical one-man play "It Ain't All Confetti."
Taylor is survived by his longtime partner Robert Fortney
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Jack's fellow "Star Wars" actor Greg Grunberg said he was "devastated" to learn of his death, describing him as a "wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman."
"He is one of the kindest people I've ever worked with," Grunberg added.