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Also Known As: Henry Silva Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, delivery boy, longshoreman

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A cool, ominous presence in dramas and action films from the late 1950s through the late 1990s, character actor Henry Silva specialized in playing characters that meant business - often deadly business - in a long and varied list of features that included "Ocean's Eleven" (1960), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)," "The Hills Run Red" (1966) and "Above the Law" (1985). Though of European descent, Silva's saturnine features and facility for accents allowed him to be cast as a wide array of ethnicities - from Mexicans and Italians to Native Americans and even Asians. Unlike many other actors who played a diverse range of types - like Frank De Kova or J. Carroll Naish - Silva's personality and talent always rose above the character's limitations, which made him among the hardest working and most recognizable character actors of the late 20th century.

A cool, ominous presence in dramas and action films from the late 1950s through the late 1990s, character actor Henry Silva specialized in playing characters that meant business - often deadly business - in a long and varied list of features that included "Ocean's Eleven" (1960), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)," "The Hills Run Red" (1966) and "Above the Law" (1985). Though of European descent, Silva's saturnine features and facility for accents allowed him to be cast as a wide array of ethnicities - from Mexicans and Italians to Native Americans and even Asians. Unlike many other actors who played a diverse range of types - like Frank De Kova or J. Carroll Naish - Silva's personality and talent always rose above the character's limitations, which made him among the hardest working and most recognizable character actors of the late 20th century.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ocean's Eleven (2001) (Cameo Appearance)
2.
3.
 Prince, The (1998)
4.
 Mad Dog Time (1996) Sleepy Joe Carlisle
5.
 Possessed By the Night (1994) Scott Linsey
6.
 South Beach (1993) Santiago
7.
 Harvest, The (1992) Detective Topo
8.
 Three Days to a Kill (1991) Drug Lord Carlo Perez
9.
 Dick Tracy (1990) Influence
10.
 Trained to Kill (1989) Ace Duran
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
First major film credit in "Viva Zapata!"
1957:
Portrayed the drug pusher 'Mother' in "A Hatful of Rain"
1957:
Cast as a malicious henchman to Richard Boone in "The Tall T"
1960:
Played recurring role of gangster Little Charlie on "The Untouchables" (ABC)
1960:
First onscreen teaming with Frank Sinatra in "Ocean's Eleven"
1962:
Appeared as Laurence Harvey's "houseboy" in "The Manchurian Candidate"; Sinatra was also in the cast
1962:
Acted with Sinatra in "Sargeants 3"
1963:
Had title role of gangster "Johnny Cool"
1963:
Made guest appearance in the unsold ABC pilot "Weapons Man"
1965:
Played the title role in "The Return of Mr. Moto"
:
Worked in Italy for several years on films like "Un Fiume di dollari/The Hills Run Red" (1966) and "Probability Zero" (1968)
1971:
Had featured role in the CBS movie "Black Noon"
1977:
Acted alongside Frank Sinatra in the NBC TV-movie "Contract on Cherry Street"
2000:
Played an aging gangster in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"
2000:
Acted in "Justice" (aired on Cinemax)
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Education

Group Theater: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

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wife:
Cindy Conway.
wife:
Ruth Earle. Dancer.

Contributions

WayCurious ( 2008-05-01 )

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His first wife's name was Cindy CONROY (former Miss Canada)

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