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Frank Silvera (1914–1970)


He was a highly successful black actor/director in the 1950s and 1960s who - because of his light-skinned appearance - transcended race and ethnicity in his performances. In motion pictures, Frank Silvera was cast as black, Latino, Polynesian and "white"/racially indeterminate (due to black + white film stock's lack of discernment when rendering ... See full bio »

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Known For

Killer's Kiss
Killer's Kiss Vinnie Rapallo
(1955)
Fear and Desire
(1953)
Hombre
Hombre Mexican Bandit
(1967)
Viva Zapata!
Viva Zapata! Huerta
(1952)

Filmography

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 1976 Perilous Voyage (TV Movie)
Gen. Salazar
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
Diego
 1968-1971 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Carlos
- The Young Loner: Part 2 (1968) ... Carlos
- The Young Loner: Part 1 (1968) ... Carlos
 1971 The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou (TV Movie)
Uncle Maxim
 1970 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Frank Kuakua
- Paniolo (1970) ... Frank Kuakua
 1967-1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Don Sebastian Montoya
- Only the Bad Come to Sonora (1970) ... Don Sebastian Montoya
- An Anger Greater Than Mine (1970) ... Don Sebastian Montoya
- New Hostess in Town (1970) ... Don Sebastian Montoya
- Mi Casa, Su Casa (1970) ... Don Sebastian Montoya
- A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry (1969) ... Don Sebastian Montoya
 1970 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
Thomas
- No Tears for Mrs. Thomas (1970) ... Thomas
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Nick Eugenides
- The Vrahnas Demon (1969) ... Nick Eugenides
 1969 Che!
Goatherd
 1968 Uptight
Kyle
 1968 The Stalking Moon
Major
 1968 The Young Loner (TV Movie)
Carlos
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
El Sordo
- The Night of Jack O'Diamonds (1967) ... El Sordo
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Luis Montoya
- The Vasquez Brief (1967) ... Luis Montoya
 1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Nick Sorello
 1967 Hombre
Mexican Bandit
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Esteban
- The Shock of Recognition (1966) ... Esteban
 1966 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Arab Leader
- The Chain of Death Raid (1966) ... Arab Leader
 1966 The Appaloosa
Ramos
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Munoz
- Crusade to Limbo (1966) ... Munoz
 1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
John Drago
- Death Watch (1966) ... John Drago
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Pajarito
- El Hombre Bravo (1965) ... Pajarito
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Marcel Bouvier
- Daughter of the Devil (1965) ... Marcel Bouvier
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
- Hamilton Fish (1965)
 1964-1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Santos / Sgt. Terrell
- That Time in Havana (1965) ... Captain Santos
- A Truce to Terror (1964) ... Sgt. Terrell
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Andy Towner
- Boy Under Glass (1964) ... Andy Towner
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Alejandro
- The Life Work of Juan Diaz (1964) ... Alejandro
 1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Gambi
- The Pirate and the Patriot (1964) ... Gambi
 1961-1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mateo Ybarra / El Jefe
- The Companeros (1964) ... Mateo Ybarra
- The Fugitive (1961) ... El Jefe
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Juan Delcort
- Memory of a Firing Squad (1964) ... Juan Delcort
 1963 Lonnie
Paco
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Speaks to the Wind
- The Day of the Taboo Man (1963) ... Speaks to the Wind
 1963 Toys in the Attic
Henry Simpson
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Ballin
- The Last Illusion (1963) ... Ballin
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
- Borderline (1962)
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
Minarii
 1962 The Beachcomber (TV Series)
Anton Varda / Juan Dominguez
- The Ransom (1962) ... Anton Varda
- The Reward (1962) ... Juan Dominguez
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
John Hernandez
- My Brother's Keeper (1962) ... John Hernandez
 1962 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Dr. Koslenko
- Person or Persons Unknown (1962) ... Dr. Koslenko
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Dino Patrone
- A Seat on the Fence (1960) ... Dino Patrone
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Colonel Ashley
- Devil in Skirts (1960) ... Colonel Ashley
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Cota
- Deathwatch (1960) ... Cota
 1960 Hong Kong (TV Series)
Kivori
- Freebooter (1960) ... Kivori
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Cesare Romano aka Charlie Roman
- The Guilty Men (1960) ... Cesare Romano aka Charlie Roman
 1960 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
Garcia
- Music to Hurt By (1960) ... Garcia
 1960 Key Witness
Det. Rafael Torno
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Bevinetto
- Shoot the Moon (1960) ... Bevinetto
 1960 The Mountain Road
Col. Kwan
 1960 Heller in Pink Tights
Santis
 1959 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Kiczek
- The Gypsy Story (1959) ... Kiczek
 1959 The Lineup (TV Series)
Papa Vanetti
- My Son Is a Stranger (1959) ... Papa Vanetti
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Grasia
- The Romany Knives (1959) ... Grasia
 1959 Crime & Punishment, USA
Lieutenant Porter
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Ysidro
- Trouble at Tres Cruces (1959) ... Ysidro
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mr. Roderiguez
- A Personal Matter (1959) ... Mr. Roderiguez
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Jonathan Hyett
- The Case of the Fancy Figures (1958) ... Jonathan Hyett
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Nick Serrello
- Seven Against the Wall (1958) ... Nick Serrello
 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Sheriff Will Echert, misspelled Eckert in on-screen credits
- Sheriff of Red Rock (1958) ... Sheriff Will Echert, misspelled Eckert in on-screen credits
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Andrew Garcia
- Across the World (1958) ... Andrew Garcia
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
John
- The World of Nick Adams (1957) ... John
 1951-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Miguel Ramando / Sailor
- Guitar (1957) ... Miguel Ramando
- Mutiny on the Nicolette (1951) ... Sailor
 1956 Crowded Paradise
Papa Diaz
 1955 Killer's Kiss
Vinnie Rapallo
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Judge
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1955) ... Judge
 1955 Death Tide
Eric Paulsen
 1954 The Marriage (TV Series)
Mr. Ramon
- Episode #1.1 (1954) ... Mr. Ramon
 1954 The Lonely Night (Documentary)
The Narrator
 1953 Fear and Desire
Mac
 1953 White Mane
Narrator- English
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Snettishane
- The Marriage of Lit-Lit (1952) ... Snettishane
 1952 The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
Council Administrator Arturo dos Santos
 1952 Viva Zapata!
Huerta
 1952 The Fighter
Paulino
 1952 The Cimarron Kid
Stacey Marshall
 1949 The Big Story (TV Series)
Jamie Goodwin
- Julian Housman, Richmond Reporter (1949) ... Jamie Goodwin
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