1931 – Born in Temple, Texas on the 6th of February.
1956 – Torn relocated from his native Texas to give Hollywood a shot, making his debut in the film Baby Doll.
– Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth, with whom he had a daughter, Danae Torn.
1965 – He has been a distinctive character actor in numerous films since then, often showing up well in roles like the rich, sleazy New Orleans blackmailer Slade opposite Steve McQueen and Karl Malden. The Cincinnati Kid or the gruff boss in Men in Black.
1972 – He won rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film Payday.
1983 – He received what many felt was a long-overdue Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Cross Creek.
1999 – Torn filed a defamation lawsuit against Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2004 – In January, Torn was arrested for drunk driving after colliding with a taxi in New York City.
– In October, a jury acquitted Torn of any wrongdoing.
2006 – In December, Torn was again arrested for drunk driving in North Salem, New York after colliding with a tractor trailer.
2007 – In April, Torn plead guilty and agreed to have his license suspended for 90 days and pay a $380 fine.