Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Ron Silver has passed away from cancer at the age of 62. Apparently he had been battling it for two years, and its toll coud be seen in these two interviews he did over in the UK (the second picture is from David Frost's show):
Both interviews dealt with the state of the world and the 2008 presidential election more than they did with his acting credits.

Probably his most famous role would be that of Alan Dershowitz in the movie "Reversal of Fortune", but in Toobworld it would have to be as political consultant Bruno Gianelli on 'The West Wing'. His other memorable TV characters (for me at any rate) would be Gary Levy on 'Rhoda' and David Sternberg on 'Wiseguy'.

(For some reason, the IMDb.com lists his 'Rhoda' character as "Sonny Michaels".)


"The West Wing" .... Bruno Gianelli (2001-2006)

"Skin" .... Larry Goldman (2003-2004)

"Veronica's Closet" .... Alec Bilson (1998-1999)

"Chicago Hope" .... Tommy Wilmette (1996-1997)

"A Woman of Independent Means" (1995) TV mini-series .... Arthur

"Wiseguy" .... David Sternberg (1988-1989)

"Baker's Dozen" (1982) TV series .... Mike Locasale

"The Stockard Channing Show" .... Brad Gabriel

"Dear Detective" (1979) .... Det. Schwartz

"Rhoda" .... Gary Levy (1975-1978)

"The Mac Davis Show" (1974)

"Crossing Jordan" .... Shelly Levine
- Night of the Living Dead (2007)

"Law & Order" .... Bernie Adler
- Talking Points (2007)
- Paradigm (2004)

"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" .... Bernie Adler
- Eros in the Upper Eighties (2006)
[It's too bad Silver couldn't have played Bernie Adler in one more series in the 'Law & Order' franchise, in order to qualify for the TV Crossover Hall of Fame......]

"The Practice" .... Atty. John Mockler
- Killing Time (2001)

"Trying Times" .... Driving Instructor
- Drive, She Said (1987)

"Hill Street Blues" .... Sam Weiser
- Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back (1983)
- Life in the Minors (1983)

"The Rockford Files" .... Ted Haller
- The Italian Bird Fiasco (1976) TV episode .... Ted Haller

"McMillan & Wife" .... Art
- Secrets for Sale (1975) TV episode .... Art

"Big Eddie" .... Enzo
- Hello Poppa (1975) TV episode .... Enzo

"A Woman Of Independent Means" (1995) TV mini-series.... Arthur

"Kane & Abel" (1985) TV mini-series ..... Thaddeus Cohen

Xenophobia (2008) (TV) .... President

Jack (2004) (TV) .... Paul

Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (2002) .... Mike Fine

When Billie Beat Bobby (2001) .... Bobby Riggs

American Tragedy (2000) (TV) .... Robert Shapiro

Cutaway (2000) (TV) .... Lieutenant Brian Margate

Ratz (2000) (TV) .... Herb Soric

In the Company of Spies (1999) (TV) .... Tom Lenahan

Love Is Strange (1999) (TV) .... Tom Ainsworth

Rhapsody in Bloom (1998) (TV) .... Mitch Bloom

Skeletons (1997) (TV) .... Peter Crane

The Beneficiary (1997) (TV) .... Guy Girard

Shadow Zone: The Undead Express (1996) (TV) .... Valentine

Kissinger and Nixon (1995) (TV) .... Henry A. Kissinger / Narrator

Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995) (TV) ..... Ron Kershaw

Lifepod (1993) (TV) .... Terman

Blind Side (1993) (TV) .... Doug Kaines

Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files (1990)

Fellow Traveller (1989) (TV) .... Asa Kaufman

Das Rattennest (1988) (TV) .... Max Greenwald

Billionaire Boys Club (1987) (TV) .... Ron Levin

Trapped in Silence (1986) (TV) .... Doctor Jeff Tomlinson

Word of Honor (1981) (TV) .... David Lerner

Dear Detective (1979) (TV) .... Det. Schwartz
[Pilot for the TV series]

Betrayal (1978) (TV) .... Bob Cohen

Murder at the Mardi Gras (1978) (TV) .... Larry Cook

The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976) (TV) .... Dr. Collins

Hopefully, for the rest of the week, I'll be able to pay tribute to Ron Silver in the "As Seen On TV" feature.

As Red Skelton would say, "Good night, and may God bless....."

Toby O'B


USpace said...

God bless Ron Silver, he was a 'Liberal' who came to his senses about Jihadis and Dictators. He knew they would destroy America, and Hollywood if they could. He realized that if America goes down the tubes, then the whole planet is doomed.

You were great Ron! Time Cop, Arrival, Wiseguy, and The West Wing among many were particularly good. Thank you for everything, especially your courage, RIP.
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the Cur family said...

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And be careful swinging around the God of the Universe like a billy club, there....
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