American actor Henry Silva, who performed a mainly villain role in front of the camera, has died. His son, Scott, told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday (local time) that the New York native was at a retirement home in Woodland, California Hills died on Wednesday. Silva was 95 years old.
The square-faced actor has appeared in more than 100 films since the 1950s, mostly as a supporting villain. With “Ratpack” stars around Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin, he filmed the 1960 comedy “Frankie and His Friends” (Ocean’s Eleven) and the 1962 western film The Victorious Three. He also starred alongside Sinatra in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate.
Dean Martin’s daughter, Diana Martin, 74, praised Silva on Instagram and Twitter on Friday as a “wonderful” actress and as one of the “most beautiful and talented men” who counts among her friends.
In 1963, Silva starred in the murderous mafia thriller Johnny Cole. In 1972, he filmed the thriller “The Mafia Boss – They Kill Like Jackals” with Mario Adorf, and the political satire “Flamen am Horizont” in 1982 with Sean Connery and Hardy Krüger. Jim Jarmusch brought him on camera in 1999 with Forest Whitaker in the mafia drama “Ghost Dog – The Way of the Samurai.”
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