Ron Silver

  • Birth Name: Ronald Arthur Silver
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: March 15, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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  • Majored in Spanish and Chinese in college and considered employing his language skills in a career in the State Department or the CIA.
  • Taught high-school Spanish and dabbled in social work before pursuing acting full-time off-Broadway, making his stage debut in Kasper in 1971.
  • Made his film debut in 1976 in Tunnelvision. Later that year he landed his first regular TV role, playing Gary Levy on Rhoda.
  • Star turn came in 1988 when he won both the Drama Desk Award and the Tony for his portrayal of film producer Charlie Fox in David Mamet's Broadway smash Speed-the-Plow.
  • Portrayed numerous real-life characters, including Henry Kissinger, attorney Alan Dershowitz, Muhammad Ali's cornerman Angelo Dundee, tennis player Bobby Riggs and Grateful Dead concert promoter Bill Graham.
  • Founding member of both the Creative Coalition (a political-advocacy group) and One Jerusalem (an educational foundation), as well as serving as president of the Actor' Equity Association for nine years.
  • Primarily politically liberal for most of his life, he opted out of the Democratic party after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and endorsed President George W. Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


  • 1988, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • May Zimelman — Mother
  • Mitchell Silver — Brother
  • Keith Silver — Brother
  • Irving Roy Silver — Father
  • Adam Silver — Son
  • Alexandra Silver — Daughter
  • Lynne Miller — Ex-wife


  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, United States (BA in Spanish and Chinese, 1969); St. John's University, New York, New York, United States (MA in Chinese History, 1970); attended Columbia University, New York, New York, United States

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