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Rip Torn Writing His Autobiography To Rebuild Reputation

February 12th, 2011 7:47am EST

Rip TornEmbattled actor Rip Torn is writing his autobiography in a bid to show fans he's more than just the alcoholic he's been portrayed as in the press.

The Men In Black star, 80, embarked on a career in Hollywood after graduating from Texas A&M University, landing roles in films such as Payday (1972), The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) and Cross Creek (1983), for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

But Torn, who also enjoyed several stints on Broadway, has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, following his arrest for a drunken bank break-in last year.

The actor was sentenced to probation and ordered to enroll in a treatment program after he was found sprawled on the floor of the Litchfield Bancorp building in his hometown of Salisbury, Connecticut clutching a revolver. The star reportedly told cops he thought the building was his home.

However, Torn is working on rebuilding his reputation and is opening up about his life story for a new book.

He tells New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "My life story. I'm writing it, needing a typist and (publishing house) Simon & Schuster's interested, but I'm looking for a title. I started acting with my sister Patricia in Texas. My father was a lobbyist. I was (sic) an honors student. Stuff said about me these days doesn't jibe with what I really am..."

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