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Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer, radio host, and political activist. As an actor, he portrayed Henry Kissinger, Alan M. Dershowitz and Angelo Dundee. He was awarded a Tony in 1988 for Best Actor for Speed-the-Plow, a satirical dissection of the American movie business.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life

3.1 Politics 3.2 Death

4 Work 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Silver was born on July 2, 1946 in Manhattan, New York, the son of May (née Zimelman), a substitute teacher, and Irving Roy Silver, a clothing sales executive.[1][2] Silver was raised Jewish on the Lower East Side of Manhattan
Manhattan
and attended Stuyvesant High School.[3] Silver went on to graduate from SUNY at Buffalo,[4] with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Chinese, and received a master's degree in Chinese History from St. John's University in New York and the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan. He also attended Columbia University's Graduate School of International Affairs (SIPA) and studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio,[5] and later at The Actors Studio.[6][7] Career[edit] Silver got his big acting break starring in El Grande de Coca-Cola in 1974. Producers Richard Flanzer and Roy Silver (no relation) opened it at the famed Whisky a Go Go
Whisky a Go Go
on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
in Los Angeles. The production ran for more than a year. Silver and his co-star, actor Jeff Goldblum, were discovered by Hollywood film agents during this show's run. In 1976, he made his film debut in Tunnel Vision, and also played a placekicker in the football comedy film Semi-Tough. From 1976 to 1978, he had a recurring role as Gary Levy in the sitcom Rhoda, a spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Additional screen roles include a psychiatrist in the horror story The Entity
The Entity
(1983), the devoted son of Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
in Garbo Talks (1984), an incompetent detective in Eat and Run (1986), the pistol-wielding psychopath stalking Jamie Lee Curtis in 1989's Blue Steel, and the lead in Paul Mazursky's Oscar-nominated Enemies: A Love Story (1989). He starred as Jerry Lewis's character's son in the multi-episode "Garment District Arc" of the television crime series Wiseguy
Wiseguy
(1988). He portrayed two well-known attorneys in films based on actual events, playing defense attorney Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz
in the drama Reversal of Fortune (1990), based on the trial of Claus von Bülow. and defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the television film American Tragedy (2000), the story of the O. J. Simpson trial. From 1991 to 2000, Silver served as president of the Actors' Equity Association. He played a film producer in Best Friends opposite Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
(1982), an actor in Lovesick (1983) and a film director in Mr. Saturday Night
Mr. Saturday Night
(1992). Silver portrayed a corrupt, rogue senator in the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme
sci-fi thriller Timecop. On television in 1998, he starred opposite Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley
for season two of her TV comedy series Veronica's Closet. In other films based on true stories, Silver portrayed tennis player Bobby Riggs
Bobby Riggs
in the TV docudrama When Billie Beat Bobby
When Billie Beat Bobby
(2001), about Riggs' real-life exhibition tennis match against Billie Jean King, which Riggs lost. He was also featured as Muhammad Ali's boxing trainer and cornerman Angelo Dundee
Angelo Dundee
in Michael Mann's 2001 biopic Ali. From 2001–02 and again from 2005–06, he had a recurring role as presidential campaign adviser Bruno Gianelli on the NBC series The West Wing. Silver provided the narration for the 2004 political documentary film FahrenHYPE 9/11
FahrenHYPE 9/11
that was produced as a conservative political response to the award-winning and controversial Michael Moore
Michael Moore
documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11. Silver also narrated a MEMRI
MEMRI
documentary film about the Arab and Iranian reactions to the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
called The Arab and Iranian Reaction to 911: Five Years Later[8] One of his final film performances was as a judge in another true story, 2006's Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
and starring Vin Diesel.[citation needed] In February 2008, Silver began hosting The Ron Silver
Ron Silver
Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, which focused on politics and public affairs. The show aired live from 9–11am ET, on Indie Talk, Sirius 110. Personal life[edit] Silver traveled to more than 30 countries and spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. He taught at the high school level and was a social worker for the Department of Social Services. In 1975, he married a social worker, later Self magazine editor, Lynne Miller; the marriage lasted until 1997, when they divorced.[9] In 1989, he co-founded the Creative Coalition, an entertainment industry political advocacy organization that champions for First Amendment rights, public education, and support for the arts.[1] Politics[edit] Silver was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2000, he co-founded the organization One Jerusalem to oppose the Oslo Peace Agreement and to maintain "a united Jerusalem
Jerusalem
as the undivided capital of Israel".[10] Silver, who had been a lifelong Democrat, left the party and became an independent and a supporter of President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
after the September 11 attacks, citing those attacks and Democratic policies regarding terrorism as reasons. He spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention, continued to support President Bush, and was appointed Chairman for the Millennium Committee by New York Mayor
New York Mayor
Rudy Giuliani. After he flipped political affiliations and endorsed President Bush, he was ostracized by friends and colleagues. In Silver's blog on the PJ Media
PJ Media
website, he claimed that colleagues on the set of The West Wing referred to him as "Ron, Ron, the Neo-Con".[11] On October 7, 2005, Silver was nominated by President Bush to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. On September 8, 2006, it was announced that Silver had joined an advisory committee to the Lewis Libby Legal Defense Trust.[12] President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
appointed Silver to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem
Jerusalem
for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel
Israel
in May 2008.[13] In one of his last televised interviews, he told Sky News
Sky News
that Senator John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
as his running mate in the 2008 Presidential election was a "brilliant political choice" but that a part of him wished to "see an African American become president in my lifetime".[14] According to the obituary printed by The New York Times, his brother, Mitchell Silver, noted that "He told me that he did vote for Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the end".[1] Death[edit]

Ron Silver's headstone

Silver, a long-time smoker,[15] died on March 15, 2009, of esophageal cancer,[16][17] which had been diagnosed two years earlier. He was 62 years old. Silver is survived by both parents, brothers Mitchell and Keith, son Adam, and daughter Alexandra.[18] His remains were interred at Westchester Hills Cemetery
Westchester Hills Cemetery
in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Work[edit]

Television

The Good Policeman (based on the novel by Jerome Charyn) Crossing Jordan The Practice Chicago Hope Law & Order Rockford Files McMillan & Wife Rhoda Hill Street Blues Skin Kane & Abel Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Veronica's Closet The Stockard Channing Show Heat Vision and Jack Billionaire Boys Club The West Wing Wiseguy

Stage

Hurlyburly Speed The Plow (Tony and Drama Desk Awards) Social Security

Voice

American Pastoral The Plot Against America I Married a Communist Portnoy's Complaint

Film

Semi-Tough
Semi-Tough
(1977) Word of Honor (1981) Silent Rage
Silent Rage
(1982) Best Friends (1982) The Entity
The Entity
(1983) Lovesick (1983) Silkwood
Silkwood
(1983) Garbo Talks (1984) Oh, God! You Devil
Oh, God! You Devil
(1984) Eat and Run
Eat and Run
(1987) Fellow Traveller (1989) Enemies, a Love Story (1989) Blue Steel (1989) Reversal of Fortune
Reversal of Fortune
(1990) Forgotten Prisoners (1990) Married to It
Married to It
(1991) Blind Side (1992) Live Wire (1992) Mr. Saturday Night
Mr. Saturday Night
(1992) Lifepod (1993) Timecop
Timecop
(1994) Deadly Outbreak
Deadly Outbreak
(1995) Kissinger & Nixon (1995) The Arrival (1996) The White Raven (1998) Bruiser (2000) Ratz (2000) Festival in Cannes
Festival in Cannes
(2001) Ali (2001) Exposure (2002) Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002) Spliced (2002) Jack (2004) FahrenHYPE 9/11
FahrenHYPE 9/11
(2004) Find Me Guilty
Find Me Guilty
(2006) The Ten
The Ten
(2007) A Secret Promise (2009)

References[edit]

^ a b c Weber, Bruce (March 16, 2009). "Ron Silver, 62, Persuasive Actor and Activist, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2010.  ^ " Ron Silver
Ron Silver
profile at Film Reference.com". Retrieved 2007-11-01.  ^ "Ron Silver". Greater Talent Network. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-01.  ^ http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-ron-silver16-2009mar16-story.html ^ Associated Press, New York Newsday, Ron Silver
Ron Silver
Dies in NYC at Age 62 of Cancer, March 15, 2009 ^ Buck, Jerry (March 20, 1982). "'Baker's Dozen' Star Ron Silver
Ron Silver
Likes Exotica". The Gettysburg Times. Retrieved December 8, 2012.  ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.  ^ "Memri Films". www.memrifilms.org. Retrieved 2016-03-12.  ^ "Kentucky New Era - Jan 17, 2002". News.google.com. 2002-01-17. Retrieved 2012-11-07.  ^ "Mission Statement". Retrieved 2007-11-01. [dead link] ^ [1] Archived March 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Libby Legal Defense Fund". Retrieved 2007-11-01.  ^ "Bush Visit May Boost Olmert - The New York Sun". Nysun.com. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2012-11-07.  ^ "West Wing's Bruno Speaks To Sky". News.sky.com. 2008-10-10. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-11-07.  ^ Xan Brooks (March 16, 2009). "Ron Silver, star of film, television and theatre, dies aged 62 Film guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-11-07.  ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/movies/16silver.html?_r=0 ^ Ron Silver's obituary in SHOWBIZ ^ K. Li, David (March 7, 2009). " Ron Silver
Ron Silver
Dies". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2009-03-19. 

External links[edit]

Ron Silver
Ron Silver
on IMDb Ron Silver
Ron Silver
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ron Silver
Ron Silver
at Find a Grave

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Philip Anglim (1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1984) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1985) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1990) Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
(1991) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1996) David Morse / Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2003) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2004) Brían F. O'Byrne (2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2010) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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