Mustached comedian Rip Taylor has died at 84

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Born Charles Taylor on January 13, 1935, had a tough childhood, which included being molested while in foster care. The moniker pre-dated his television stints, however, and went back to his time in the Catskills. Eventually, he went on to host The $1.98 Beauty Show, a parody of beauty pageants everywhere.

"I sat on a stool telling jokes, and nobody was laughing", he told UPI in 1992.

In a 2011 interview, he said; ' The jokes were dumb, and I tore the five by eight cards, threw them up in the air and it became confetti.

It's where he said the character "Rip" came from.

Taylor had a career that lasted more than six decades and was dubbed the King Of Confetti and The Crying Comedian during his years in show biz.

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The energetic performer was famous for showering the stage with confetti during his appearances on game shows like Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Super Password, and The Gong Show. With his bushy blond toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus mustache, Taylor was a striking presence. He was apparently so proud of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that he'd regularly schedule trips to buff and clean the square at 6625 Hollywood Boulevard.

He probably did even more voice acting, however. lending his unique pipes to shows like "Popeye and Son", "The Addams Family", "The Jetsons", "Snorks", 'DuckTales the Movie, ' "Garfield and Friends", 'Scooby-Doo, ' "The Emperor's New School" and more.

On the big screen, Taylor was seen in the first three Jackass movies, as well as Wayne's World 2. "That's what I am bringing into play as a straight actor".

Taylor is survived by his longtime companion Robert Fortney.