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Actor Rip Torn headed for rehab after drunk bank arrest

Rip Torn outside Bantam Superior Court
Torn has previous arrests for drunk-driving

US actor Rip Torn has been released on bail and will enter rehab after his arrest for breaking into a bank in Connecticut while armed with a gun.

A court heard Men In Black star Torn, 78, was allegedly so intoxicated that he believed he was at home and had left his hat and boots by the door.

He was arrested on Friday night after he was found inside the Litchfield Bancorp bank with a loaded revolver.

Torn was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and weapons offences.

He did not enter a plea and was released on $100,000 (£62,688) bail and will be required to undergo alcohol rehabilitation.

The gravelly-voiced actor was born Elmore Rual Torn in 1931.

A cousin of US actress Sissy Spacek, he was nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for his role in Cross Creek, a biopic of The Yearling author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

He also won an Emmy for The Larry Sanders Show in 1992, and most recently appeared in US sitcom 30 Rock as television boss Don Geiss.

Last year, Torn was given probation in a drink-driving case in Connecticut and granted permission to enter an alcohol education programme.

He also has two previous drink driving arrests in New York, one of which became notorious after a video emerged of the actor cursing at police officers and refusing to take a test for alcohol levels.

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