Howard Da Silva


Actor
Howard Da Silva

About

Also Known As
Howard Dasilva, Harold Silverblatt, Howard De Silva
Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
May 04, 1909
Died
February 16, 1986
Cause of Death
Lymphoma

Biography

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)....

Photos & Videos

They Live by Night - Lobby Card Set
Border Incident - Lobby Card Set
The Blue Dahlia - Lobby Card Set

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Garbo Talks (1984)
Angelo Dokakis
Mommie Dearest (1981)
The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Himself
The Missiles of October (1974)
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1974)
Narrator
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)
Lieutenant Humphrey Kenney
1776 (1972)
Benjamin Franklin
Nevada Smith (1966)
Warden
The Outrage (1964)
Prospector
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Airport officer
David and Lisa (1962)
Dr. Alan Swinford
M (1951)
Carney
Fourteen Hours (1951)
Deputy Chief Moksar
Wyoming Mail (1950)
Cavanaugh
Three Husbands (1950)
Dan McCabe
Tripoli (1950)
Captain Demetrios
The Underworld Story (1950)
Carl Durham
Border Incident (1949)
Owen Parkson
They Live by Night (1949)
[Elmo "One Eye"] Chickamaw [Mobley]
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Wilson
Variety Girl (1947)
Blaze of Noon (1947)
Gafferty
Unconquered (1947)
[Martin] Garth
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Eddie Harwood, alias of Bauer
Two Years Before the Mast (1946)
Captain Francis Thompson
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
Heavy, himself
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Nat, the bartender
Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)
Sergeant Conrad Block
Reunion in France (1942)
Anton Stregel
Native Land (1942)
Stool pigeon
The Big Shot (1942)
Sander
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
Ringo
The Omaha Trail (1942)
Ben Santley
Juke Girl (1942)
Cully
Bullet Scars (1942)
Frank Dillon
Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Jason Rickards
Sergeant York (1941)
Lem
Blues in the Night (1941)
Sam Paryas
Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
Greg Bilson
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
City editor
Steel Against the Sky (1941)
Bugs [Little]
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Harrison
Navy Blues (1941)
Petty officer
Strange Alibi (1941)
Monson
I'm Still Alive (1940)
Red Garvey
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Jack Armstrong

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Cafeteria (1984)
Stop, Thief! (1976)
William "Boss" Tweed
Keep the Faith (1972)
Rabbi Mossman

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Power (1980)
Verna: USO Girl (1978)

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

Verna: USO Girl (1978)
Other

Life Events

1928

New York stage debut

Photo Collections

They Live by Night - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of lobby cards from Nicholas Ray's They Live by Night (1949), starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Border Incident - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Border Incident (1949), starring Ricardo Montalban and directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Blue Dahlia - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Paramount Pictures' The Blue Dahlia (1946), starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Outrage - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's The Outrage (1964), directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman and Claire Bloom.

Videos

Movie Clip

They Live By Night (1949) - They're Thieves, Just Like Us Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) fetches Bowie (Farley Granger), injured and left behind after the jailbreak, to his fellow thieves, her uncle Chickamaw (Howard da Silva) and T-Dub (Jay C. Flippen), and her own crook father (Will Wright), the first meeting of the principals, in Nicholas Ray's They Live by Night, 1949.
Border Incident - Open, Braceros Opening credit sequence for director Anthony Mann's Border Incident, 1949, with Ricardo Montalban, followed by newsy narration about migrant "Braceros," cinematography by John Alton.
Border Incident (1949) - I Can Be Very Impatient From a grisly depiction of undocumented Mexican “braceros” robbed and murdered entering the U.S. looking for work, director Anthony Mann follows John C. Higgins’ script into plain exposition, introducing George Murphy and Ricardo Montalban as Rodriguez and Bearnes, Harry Antrim and Martin Garralaga their bosses, in Border Incident, 1949.
Border Incident (1949) - How Can Business Be Bad? Howard Da Silva as American Parkson, leader of a ring that smuggles in exploited workers from Mexico, calls his contacts (Sig Ruman, Arnold Moss), who are then visited by undercover American agent Bearnes (George Murphy), whose mission is to plant stolen immigration permits, in director Anthony Mann’s Border Incident, 1949.
Outrage, The (1964) - The Air Hung Heavy Hewing close to Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, including rain, the preacher (William Shatner) listens as the prospector (Howard Da Silva) recounts for the con man (Edward G. Robinson) the trial from the day before, and his discovery of the crime, in Martin Ritt's remake The Outrage, 1964.
1776 (1972) - Lees Of Old Virginia John Adams (WIlliam Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) hope to prevail upon the boisterous Richard Henry Lee (Ron Holgate) of Virginia to take up the cause for declaring independence, in Sherman Edwards' "The Lees of Old Virginia" from the musical 1776, 1972.
They Live by Night (1949) - Opening, This Boy And This Girl The unorthodox and violent opening from the first feature directed by one of Hollywood's least conventional directors, Cathy O'Donnell with Farley Granger, then Howard da Silva and Jay C. Flippen, in Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night, 1949.
They Live By Night (1949) - You Like Your Old Man? Innocent Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) gets friendlier with fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger) while the leader of his prison-break gang, her uncle Chickamaw (Howard da Silva), moves things along, in Nicholas Ray's directing debut, They Live By Night, 1949.
Lost Weekend, The (1945) - Vicious Circles New York alcoholic Don (Ray Milland), scheming to keep up appearances, visits with barkeep Nat (Howard Da Silva) and hooker Gloria (Doris Dowling), in a bar modeled on the real P-J Clarke's, in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, 1945.
1776 (1972) - Not Everyone Is From Boston Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson is suffering writer's block, visited by impatient Adams (William Daniels) and more philosophical Franklin (Howard Da Silva), but hopes rise when Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner) arrives from Virginia, in Sherman Edwards' musical 1776, 1972.
1776 (1972) - He Plays The Violin Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner, her own vocal, not dubbed) leads Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Adams (William Daniels) in Sherman Edwards' song about her husband Tom, in 1776, 1972.
1776 (1972) - Sit Down, John! Roaring opening scene featuring William Daniels (as John Adams), first with McNair (William Duell), then addressing the congress, from Jack L. Warner's final production, the musical 1776, 1972, directed by Peter H. Hunt, songs by Sherman Edwards.

Trailer

Lost Weekend, The - (Original Trailer) Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay went to this groundbreaking study of alcoholism.
They Live By Night (1949) -- (Original Trailer) RKO’s trailer is not far off the mark for director Nicholas Ray’s eventually-acclaimed debut feature, They Live By Night, starring Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell.
Navy Blues (1941) - (Original Trailer) Look for a young Jackie Gleason with lots of Warners' best comedians in the service comedy Navy Blues (1941).
Fourteen Hours - (Original Trailer) Richard Basehart threatens to jump off the ledge of his fourteenth floor hotel room in Fourteen Hours (1951).
Bullet Scars - (Original Trailer) Hoods kidnap an honest doctor (Regis Toomey) to patch up one of their own in Bullet Scars (1942).
Blue Dahlia, The - (Original Trailer) Raymond Chandler's only movie written for the screen, The Blue Dahlia (1946), has Alan Ladd trying to clear his name of murder.
Big Shot, The - (Original Trailer) A gangster (Humphrey Bogart) makes the mistake of falling in love with the wife of his crooked lawyer in The Big Shot (1942).
Abe Lincoln in Illinois - (Original Trailer) Raymond Massey portrays the rail-splitter in his journey from log cabin to the White House in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940).
Keeper of the Flame - (Original Trailer) A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero in Keeper of the Flame (1942) with Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy.
1776 - (Original Trailer) America's founding fathers work out their differences over the Declaration of Independence through song in the musical 1776 (1972).
Border Incident - (Original Trailer) Police try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket in Border Incident (1949) starring Ricardo Montalban.
Outrage, The - (Original Trailer) Paul Newman stars in Martin Ritt's 1964 Western remake of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950).

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