Henry Silva Updates :Silva was a well-known character actor best remembered for appearing in films like “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Wagon Train,” and others.
Henry Silva, a well-known character actor best known for playing villains and strong people in movies like Ocean’s Eleven, The Manchurian Candidate, and other ones, has passed away at the age of 95.
ACCORDING TO SILVA’S SON SCOTT SILVA, HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY AT THE MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION COUNTRY HOUSE AND HOSPITAL IN WOODLAND HILLS, CALIFORNIA, FROM NATURAL CAUSES
Silva, a native of New York City, left school as a youngster in the 1940s. He was admitted to the Actors Studio the following ten years, where Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara were among his classmates. Before quitting acting in 2001, he had a lengthy and active career in film and television that included hundreds of credits.
ooSilva was born in Brooklyn and raised in Spanish Harlem. His parents, according to the book “Hispanics in Hollywd,” were Italian and Puerto Rican. At the age of 13, he left school and began acting classes. He later supported himself by working as a server and a dishwasher. Out of 2,500 applicants, Silva was chosen as one of five students in 1955 for the Actors Studio.
With Marlon Brando, he made his big-screen debut in Elia Kazan’s 1952 film “Viva Zapata!” and made his uncredited television debut in 1950 on “Armstrong Circle Theatre.”
In the 1950s, Silva had two marriages; his third, to Ruth Earl, lasted from 1966 until 1987 before divorcing him.
He made his debut on stage and screen in the 1950s as a drug dealer in A Hatful of Rain and appeared in supporting roles in two of Frank Sinatra’s best-known films, both from the early 1960s: The Manchurian Candidate and Ocean’s Eleven, a Cold War thriller about brainwashing and the attempted assassination of a presidential nominee that starred Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and others. Silva’s final film role was in the George Clooney and Brad Pitt-starring Ocean’s Eleven adaptation from 2000.
Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin, wrote, “Our hearts are devastated at the passing of our good friend Henry Silva, one of the nicest, kindest and most accomplished guys I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friend. He was the final surviving member of the cast of the original Oceans 11 film.
Additionally, Silva appeared in movies like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, which was released in 1999 and was directed by one of his admirers, Jim Jarmusch, as well as on television shows like Wagon Train and The F.B.I. and in movies like Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, Jerry Lewis’ Cinderfella, and The F.B.I.
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