Rip Taylor Leaves Hollywood Hills For Florida

HOLLYWOOD HILLS —Hollywood’s own Rip Taylor is one of television’s most recognizable celebrities. A guest star with over 2,000 television appearances under his belt, Rip brought his wild energy to “The Gong Show,” “Password,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and to the coveted center square on “Hollywood Squares.” Perhaps Rip’s greatest impact in television was when he was picked by Chuck Barris to host “The $1.98 Beauty Show.” The campy beauty and talent contest brought Rip icon status as he served as ringmaster, gloriously reveling in the glitter and kitsch of “The World’s Tackiest TV Show.” For decades, Rip has maintained his status as one of the top headliners in Las Vegas. He has been named Entertainer of the Year three times in a row, spent a year headlining The Flamingo Hotel’s “Rockettes Extravaganza” and in 2002 brought “Rip Taylor’s Christmas Spectacular” to the Rio.


Additionally, Rip has played on Broadway and toured the country as the lead role in plays such as “Sugar Babies,” “Anything Goes,” “Oliver,” “Peter Pan” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” In addition to comedy and music, Rip is an accomplished legitimate actor. He played Demi Moore’s surly boss in “Indecent Proposal,” and plays Kate Hudson’s father in the soon-to-be-released Rob Reiner film, “Alex and Emma.” Rip Taylor feels fortunate to have become a madcap mainstay in show business. He frequently donates his time and talents to numerous charitable causes including The Thalians, The Screen Actors Guild, The Actors Home, The Friars Charitable Trust and many, many more.

In the center of the burgeoning South Florida cultural community lies the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, offering a variety of entertainment and artistic events for all ages and interests. From the best of Broadway, to top comedians, jazz and pop concerts, the Gold Coast Opera, the Sy Sugar Pops Symphony Orchestra and a diverse selection of family productions. The Center is the cultural lifeblood of the community, with approximately 200,000 people visiting the facility yearly.

Starting on March 21, fans of Taylor’s can see him in at Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Florida. His family and friends here in Hollywood wish him well on his trip, fans can attend his shows by calling 954-344-5990 or online at

Photograph Courtesy: Mr. Rip Taylor