Full Name: Ronald Arthur Silver

Description: Actor, director, producer, USA

Known For: Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing. In 1998

Location: NY, United States of America

Date Born: 2nd July 1946
Location Born: New York City, New York, United States of America

Date Died: 15th March 2009
Location Died: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Ron Silver

An American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist.

Ronald Arthur “Ron” Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer, and radio host. He was also an independently minded political activist who switched political affiliations to support George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Silver was born on July 2, 1946, in New York City, the son of May (née Zimelman), a substitute teacher, and Irving Roy Silver, a clothing sales executive. Silver was raised Jewish on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and attended Stuyvesant High School.

Silver went on to graduate from SUNY at Buffalo, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Chinese, and received a master’s degree in Chinese History from St. John’s University in New York and the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan.

Silver also attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of International Affairs (SIPA) and studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio,[4] and later at The Actors Studio.

Silver made his film debut in Tunnel Vision in 1976. He played downstairs neighbor Gary Levy from 1976-78 in the series Rhoda, a spinoff from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Additional screen roles include a performance as the devoted son of Anne Bancroft in Garbo Talks (1984), an incompetent detective in Eat and Run (1986), the pistol-wielding psychopath stalking Jamie Lee Curtis in 1989’s Blue Steel, and the lead in Paul Mazursky’s Oscar-nominated Enemies: A Love Story (1989).

Silver starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the critically acclaimed “Garment District Arc” of the crime show Wiseguy (1988).

From 2001-02 and again from 2005-06, Silver appeared as presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing. In 1998, he starred opposite Kirstie Alley for season two of her TV comedy series Veronica’s Closet.

One of his final film performances was as a judge in another true story, 2006’s Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Vin Diesel.

In February 2008, Silver began hosting The Ron Silver Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, which focused on politics and public affairs.

Silver died on March 15, 2009 of esophageal cancer, which had been diagnosed two years earlier. He was 62 years old. Silver is survived by both parents, brothers Mitchell and Keith, son Adam, and daughter Alexandra.

Films include.

Reversal of Fortune
Enemies, a Love Story
Married to It
Find Me Guilty
Blue Steel
The Arrival
Word of Honor
Best Friends
The Entity
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story
Silent Rage
Garbo Talks
Festival in Cannes
The Ten
FahrenHYPE 9/11
Live Wire