Monday, 16 March 2009

RON SILVER (1946-2009)

Ron Silver was one of these actors whose incredible on-screen presence made you have the smile you have when you see a familiar and appreciated face. A class act with a long string of film and television credits, and recurring roles in series like Chicago Hope or The West Wing.

Actioner fans remember him as the "unsympathetic senator type" in the both excellent Lime Wire (1992) and Timecop (1994) but most of us particularly remember Ron Silver as David Sternberg in this 1988-1989 story-arc of the Wiseguy tv series which gave Jerry Lewis the best role of his career and revealed the talent of Stanley Tucci as mobster Rick Pinzolo. We're talking here about a Golden era of US television.

Lifelong Democrat activist, his support of George W. Bush in 2004 came as a surprise if not a shock. And Silver said that his career paid the price for that( We sincerely hope this was not true.

Ron Silver was 62 years old. He will really be missed.

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