Political activist, father, son and actor Ron Silver, aged 62, died today March 15th, 2009. He lost his battle with esophageal cancer. He is said to have died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him. He battled the cancer for two years. He is survived by both parents, brothers Mitchell and Keith, son Adam, and daughter Alexandra. He was always a beautiful man, outside and in. He had a head full of hair, a disarmingly big smile and a charm and wit for the best of them.
Ron Silver was a prolific actor, yet a staunch political activist. Not only was he just an activist, but he is reported to have had a breadth and depth of political knowledge that would dwarf the most astute and charismatic politician to date on the world stage now. A terribly fierce independent [a man after my own heart] and consumate debator, yet caring intellectual. He was no stranger to the political pundit world, a most erudite and eloquent ambassador of politics if ever there was one. Campaigned for Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential race. He had been, in his words “a lifelong Democrat of the Truman mold”. He broke away from the Democratic Party concerning the War on Terrorism. He spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
Ron Silver was also a fine and consummate actor. He began his acting career on the New York stage in 1971. He won Broadway’s 1988 Tony Award for Best Actor as Charlie Fox in David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow.”
Some of his film and t.v. work includes:
|his portrayal of defense attorney Alan Dershowitz in “Reversal of Fortune”;|
|1998, starred opposite Kirstie Alley for the last 2 seasons of Veronica’s Closet;|
|his portrayal of Muhammad Ali’s boxing cornerman Angelo Dundee in Ali 2001.|
|from 2001 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006, he portrayed presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing.|
“By inclination I am more of a politician than I am an actor. I care more about public policy. I care more about pro-choice, the environment, homelessness, and nuclear issues than I do about any part.” – Ron Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) rip
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