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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 July 1946New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 15 March 2009New York City, New York, USA  (esophageal cancer)
Birth NameRonald Arthur Silver
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ron Silver was born on July 2, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Ronald Arthur Silver. He was an actor and director, known for Ali (2001), Timecop (1994) and Reversal of Fortune (1990). He was married to Lynne Miller. He died on March 15, 2009 in New York City.

Spouse (1)

Lynne Miller (24 December 1975 - 1997) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Deep smooth voice
Often plays intense, graphic, violent/psychotic characters
Frequently plays Jewish characters.
More often than not sports a beard
Dark intense staring eyes

Trivia (19)

Alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Earned a master's degree in Chinese history from St. John's University. He also studied drama at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Actors Studio.
He taught Spanish for several years in the 1960s at The Roosevelt School, a Jewish boarding school in Shippan Point, Stamford, Connecticut. Because of his knowledge of Chinese, he got a job with the US Government and traveled to Taiwan in the early 1970s.
A lifelong Democrat of the Harry Truman mold (his description), he broke with the Democratic Party over the "war on terrorism" and spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Had re-registered as an Independent.
He had a son, Adam (born in 1979) and a daughter, Alexandra (born in 1983), with is ex-wife Lynne Miller.
Began his acting career on the New York stage in 1971.
Campaigned for Michael Dukakis in the 1988 US presidential race.
Served on the advisory board of The Israel Project, a non-profit advocacy group.
Was considered for the role of Steve Christy in Friday the 13th (1980).
The son of Irving and May Silver. His father worked in New York's garment industry and his mother was a teacher.
President of the Actors Equity Association, the stage actors union, 1991-2000.
Was a founding president of the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization made up of arts and entertainment figures. He was also a founding member of One Jerusalem, an educational foundation with a goal of "maintaining a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel".
Was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the program committee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Was exempt from the draft during the Vietnam War era. He traveled to Vietnam, however, as well as Cambodia, India, Japan and the Soviet Union in the late 1960s.
Was once a social worker as well as a high school teacher.
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Won the 1988 Best Actor Tony Award for his Broadway performance as "Charlie Fox" in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow".
Friend of John Podhoretz.
He was survived by both of his parents, Irving and May Silver.

Personal Quotes (6)

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.
[on actors getting involved in politics] I think there's almost an obligation. Many of us are very well compensated for work which a lot of people would love to do. And we also have a lot of leisure time in between jobs... They say that Hollywood is sex without substance, and Washington is substance without sex, so maybe the marriage of the two is mutually intriguing.
[on his support for George W. Bush] It's affected me very badly. I can't point to a person or a job I've lost, but this community is not very pluralistic. I haven't worked for 10 months.
Often when I walked onto the set of The West Wing (1999) some of my colleagues would greet me with a chanting of "Ron, Ron, the neo-con." It was all done in fun but it had an edge.
There have been a few occasions when people have said, 'I won't work with that S.O.B.' It has happened, but on an individual basis. It is not in any way, shape or form a blacklist.
In this business, there are a million different reasons people don't want to work with you. You're too Jewish, you're not Jewish enough, they want a bigger star, they think you cost too much money. Most people are very economical with the truth out here, so it's very hard to determine cause and effect.

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