Henry SilvaThe stunning-looking actor who often played villains and has credits in hundreds of films including “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” died of natural causes on Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, His son Scott confirmed. He was 95 years old.
One of Silva’s most memorable roles came in John Frankenheimer’s classic thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962), in which he played Chunjin, Laurence Harvey’s Korean homeowner Raymond Shaw – and agent of the Communists – who engages in a thriller, well. A martial arts fight is designed with Major Frank Sinatra Bennett Marco at Shaw’s apartment in New York.
Silva appeared in a number of other films with Sinatra, including the original “Ocean’s Eleven” (1960) taken from the Rat Pack with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. , where he was one of the eleven thieves, and the 1962 western “Sergeants 3”. “
His death was first reported by Dean Martin’s daughter, who wrote on Twitter“Our hearts are broken for the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the most beautiful, talented and delighted men to call my friend. He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11. We love you Henry, we will miss you.”
In later years, he appeared in the Burt Reynolds movie “Sharky’s Machine” (1981), the Chuck Norris movie “Code of Silence” (1985), the Steven Seagal movie “Above the Law” (1988), the Warren Beatty movie “Dick Tracy” (1990). ) and Jim Jarmusch “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999); Silva’s last on-screen appearance was a cameo in the remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001.
A 1985 article by Knight-Ridder journalist Diane Haithman titled “Henry Silva: The Actor You’d Love to Hate” began this way: “His face looms large on the screen. And he’s always behind a gun. And the eyes that only see the next victim. Cold eyes. The eyes of a psychopath. He doesn’t have to say anything before you know you hate him. … Silva has had a lifelong career with that face (which, by the way, looks fatherly away from the camera).
Silva told Heitman that growing up in Spanish Harlem helped prepare him for the kinds of roles he would later play in films. “I’ve seen a lot of things in Harlem,” he recalls with a rich accent of his New York origins. “It was the kind of place where if you lived in one block and wanted to go a few blocks away, you had to take two guys with you, or you’d hit your ass.” “
Speaking about his career, the actor told the journalist, “I think the reason why I (as a ‘famous’ ‘heavy’) haven’t disappeared is because the heavyweights I play are all leaders. I never play anything weak. They are interesting roles, because when you leave the stage, You remember these kinds of guys.”
Silva first made an impression as a henchman of Richard Boone’s villain in the 1957 film The Tall T by Bud Botcher, starring Randolph Scott. He has also appeared in Western films including “The Law and Jake Wade” (playing Rainey, a Confederate villain led by Richard Widmark) and “Bravados”.
In Fred Zinman’s “A Hatful of Rain” (1957), starring Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint, he played the mother, supplier to Murray’s bad morphine addict. Silva came up with the role of the mother in 1955-56 in the original Broadway production of the play on which the film was based and which starred Ben Gazzara and Shelley Winters.
In Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins’ “Greens Mansions” (1959), he played the evil son of the chief of a primitive tribe in the Venezuelan jungle. He also played an American citizen in “Five Savage Men” (1970) and “Sergeants 3” (1962).
Silva starred in the 1963 crime drama “Johnny Cole,” in which his character assassinates mafia bosses in order to gain control of his own empire. He also portrayed the title character, a Japanese secret agent earlier played by Peter Lowery, in the 1965 titled “The Return of Mr. Muto”.
According to an article on the site Cool Ace CinemaSilva’s talents as a leading man were not fully appreciated until he went to Europe, where Italian filmmakers put his intense face with fierce eyes to good use after the fiery, scene-stealing performance in Carlo Lisani’s thriller The Hills Run Red (1966). Silva has truly found his calling in European thrillers as evidenced in Emilio Miraglia’s taut political thriller ‘Assassination’ (1967), in which he is reborn with a new identity, Chandler, who is trained as a political killer and used to defeat the International Crime Syndicate. The actor starred in the year Next up for Miraglia in The Falling Man, where he played a cop framed for the murder of a police informant.
Silva became busier in the 1970s, playing powerful agents on both sides of the law in films made in Europe. Cool Ass Cinema said he had notable roles, “in two of Fernando de Leo’s most accomplished works – ‘Manhunt’ (1972) and ‘The Boss’ (1973) – the second and third of the Mafia trilogy that started with the classic superb genre” Milan. Caliber 9 (1972).” In “Manhunt,” Silva and Woody Strode played American killers to silence a pimp who wrongly blamed a shipment of heroin for the disappearance. The Boss saw one of Silva’s best performances, as he played a hitman working for Mafioso. Cool Ass Cinema said, “His role here defined Silva’s signature character as an infallible, semi-indestructible presence of exquisite, calculating demeanor.”
Other European credits during the 1970s include Andrea Bianchi’s brutal crime dramas “Scream of a Whore”, Umberto Linzi “Almost Human”, “A Chase in the City”, “Free Hand for a Tough Cop”, “Weapons of Death” and finally 1979 “Crimebusters”. “Manhunt in the City” showed a somewhat more vulnerable side of Silva as an ordinary man driven to get revenge when the law fails to punish his daughter’s killers.
In the ’80s, he occasionally showed a humorous side as he appeared in roles that mocked his earlier works, such as “Cannonball Run 2.”
Silva was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Spanish city of Harlem. as for the book His parents were Italians and Puerto Ricans who are “Hollywood’s Hispanics”. He dropped out of school when he was thirteen and began taking drama lessons while supporting himself as a dishwasher and eventually a waiter. Silva auditioned for Actors Studio performance in 1955; He was one of five students accepted from a field of 2,500 applicants.
He had made his television debut at “Armstrong Circle Theater” in 1950 and his first big-screen appearance, uncredited, was in Elia Kazan’s 1952 film “Viva Zapata!” Starring Marlon Brando.
Silva was married twice in the 1950s; His third marriage to Ruth Earl lasted from 1966 until their divorce in 1987.
He is survived by two sons, Michael and Scott. Scott Silva asked fans to remember his father by commenting on his social accounts: Instagram: henrysilvaofficial; Twitter: @MrHenrySilva and admin Henry Silva on Facebook.