Square-faced man: Henry Silva is dead

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Henry Silva is dead

Henry Silva always wanted to be an actor. During his life, he starred in more than 100 films. He died at the age of 95 in a retirement home in California.

American actor Henry Silva, who mainly played villain roles for the camera, has died. His son Scott told Hollywood Reporter on Friday (local time) that the New Yorker was in a California retirement home on Wednesday Woodland Hills had passed away. Silva was 95 years old.

After dropping out of school at age 13 to take acting classes, Silva was discovered in the mid-1950s and had his first Broadway appearances. The square-faced actor has appeared in more than 100 films since the 1950s, mainly as a supporting villain. Featuring the “Ratpack” stars around Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, he shot the comedy “Frankie and his cronies” (“Ocean’s Eleven”) in 1960 and the western “The Victorious Three” (1962).

One of the “Most Talented Men”

He also co-starred with Sinatra in the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate. Deana Martin, 74, daughter of Dean Martin, took to Instagram and Twitter on Friday to pay tribute to Silva as an “amazing” actor and as one of “the nicest and most talented men” to count among her friends.

In the 1963 mafia thriller “Johnny Cool”, Silva starred as a murderer. In 1972 he made 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 with Forest Whitaker in 1999 for the mafia drama “Ghost Dog – The Way of the Samurai”.

Silva, who was of Puerto Rican descent, was fluent in Spanish and Italian in addition to English. He was married and had two sons.

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