"The greatest joy Rip had in life was from the result of making others laugh". "He didn't have an easy childhood", Boll said".
An military feeble who served within the Korean War, Taylor's showbiz ascent started with spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show", where he became as soon as is called the "crying comedian".
Taylor was known for his over-the-top delivery and penchant for confetti showers.
It's where he said the character "Rip" came from. "He was a popular game show panelist, appearing often during the heyday of the genre on "The Hollywood Squares" and "Match Game" and hosted the "$1.98 Beauty Show".
Taylor made a name for himself, and a career, in the 70s and 80s making amusing, bizarre, out-of-control appearances on every talk show of the day, CBS Los Angeles reports.
With his bushy blond toupee, exaggerated eyebrows and walrus-like mustache, Mr. Taylor was a striking presence.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.
His voice was featured on "Scooby-Doo", "The Addams Family", and "The Jetsons".
He was a reoccurring guest on game shows such as the "Gong Show" in addition to acting on stage, film, and television.
On the film side, Taylor appeared in The Dukes of Hazard as himself, Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Wayne's World 2, and more. "Thank you for all the laughter you brought me", comedian David Alan Grier posted on Twitter.
Survivors include his longtime partner Robert Fortney.