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Also Known As: Howard Dasilva, Harold Silverblatt, Howard De Silva, Howard Da Silva Died: February 16, 1986
Born: May 4, 1909 Cause of Death: lymphoma
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, playwright, steelworker

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Character player, often in sinister roles, who was blacklisted in the 1950s. Da Silva worked in theater before resuming his screen career in the early 60s, turning in fine performances in both film and TV, particularly as Benjamin Franklin in "1776" (1972) and as Louis B. Mayer in "Mommie Dearest" (1981).

Character player, often in sinister roles, who was blacklisted in the 1950s. Da Silva worked in theater before resuming his screen career in the early 60s, turning in fine performances in both film and TV, particularly as Benjamin Franklin in "1776" (1972) and as Louis B. Mayer in "Mommie Dearest" (1981).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Garbo Talks (1984) Angelo Dokakis
2.
 Mommie Dearest (1981) L B Mayer
3.
 Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover, The (1977) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
4.
 Hollywood On Trial (1976) Himself
5.
 I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1974) Narration
6.
 The Great Gatsby (1974) Meyer Wolfsheim
7.
 Missiles of October, The (1974) Nikita Khrushchev
8.
 Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974) Lieutenant Humphrey Kenney
9.
 1776 (1972) Benjamin Franklin
10.
 Nevada Smith (1966) Warden
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Contributions

albatros1 ( 2007-10-04 )

Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Howard Da Silva (May 4, 1909 – February 16, 1986) was an American actor. He was born Howard Silverblatt in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Benjamin and Bertha Silverblatt. His parents were both Yiddish speaking Jews born in Russia. He had a job as a steelworker before beginning his acting career on the stage. He changed his surname to the portuguese Da Silva, despite not having any relationship with Portugal. Da Silva appeared in a number of Broadway musicals, including the role of "Larry Foreman" in the legendary first production of Marc Blitzstein's musical, The Cradle Will Rock (1937). Later, he costarred in the original 1943 stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, playing the role of the psychopathic "Jud Fry". In 1969 he originated the role of Benjamin Franklin in the musical 1776 and played him in the 1972 film version as well. Da Silva appeared in over 60 motion pictures, some of his memorable roles include playing Ray Milland's bartender in The Lost Weekend (1945) and the half-blind criminal "Chicamaw 'One-Eye' Mobley" in They Live by Night (1949). In the 1950s, after being blacklisted as a result of the investigations into alleged communist influence in the movie industry by the House Committee on Un-American Activities and unable to find movie or TV work, Da Silva returned to the stage. He was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as "Ben Marino" in Fiorello! (1959). Da Silva was nominated for the British BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actor for his performance as "Dr. Swinford" in David and Lisa (1962). He was the narrator for the U.S. released versions of the British TV program Doctor Who. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for his role as Eddie in Verna: U.S.O. Girl (1978) with Sissy Spacek. Da Silva's TV guest appearances, after the era in which blacklisting was strongest, include such programs as The Outer Limits, Ben Casey, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, Gentle Ben, Mannix, Love, American Style, Kung Fu, and Archie Bunker's Place. He also starred in several episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the mid seventies. Da Silva also played Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby (1974), Louis B. Mayer in Mommie Dearest (1981), "Angelo Dokakis" in Garbo Talks (1984), and Benjamin Franklin in 1776 (1972). Howard Da Silva died of lymphoma at the age of 76 in Ossining, New York.

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