The devastating death of Henry Silva

Henry Silva was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926 and began acting in the early 1950s. He landed roles in many Broadway plays thanks to his fame at the Actor’s Studio in New York’s Hell’s borough. Kitchen. His success brought him to Hollywood where he quickly landed supporting roles as antagonists in many different films. After “Ocean’s 11” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” the actor moved into lead roles with 1963’s “Johnny Cool,” in which he played two characters. This led to a series of films where he got to play heroic characters as well as eccentric eccentrics, the most memorable being the assassin Carlos “Billy Score” Scorelli in “Sharky’s Machine”, which is considered one of the films most notable action films of the 1980s.

Silva’s later career included numerous appearances in independent films, with 1999’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” becoming his last star performance as he again played a villain to perfection. But he always took casting choices in stride, commenting in a 1985 interview with the Chicago Tribune, “I think the reason I haven’t disappeared is because the heavyweights I play are all leaders. . I never do anything bland. They’re interesting roles because when you leave the theater, you remember those kind of guys.”

Silva is survived by two children.

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