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Ron Silver Biography

Birth Name:
Ronald Arthur Silver
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special: nominated


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