Actor Ron Silver Dies

Actor Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," has died at the age of 62.

The executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found, says he died "peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning." Robin Bronk says Silver "had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years."

Silver, an Emmy nominee for a recurring role as a slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing," had a long history of balancing acting with left-leaning social and political causes.

But after the 2001 terrorist attacks, longtime Democrat Silver turned heads in Hollywood with outspoken support of President George W. Bush over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Silver even spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Later, Silver said his support for the war on terror had cost him work in liberal-minded Hollywood.

His big-screen credits included "Ali," "Reversal of Fortune," "Enemies: A Love Story," "Silkwood" and "Semi-Tough."

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 16, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    I'm to the point where I believe that all of them are idiots.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 16, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    Yea Rob, Silver was at the top and you loved it when he was a blathering left winger. Just like you love it now when Sean Penn gets up and demonstrates just how stupid he really is. RIP Ron Silver, too bad you only stopped hating and got your head straight the last few years of your life. Life would have been so much more enlightening if you could have seen the light a few years earlier.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 16, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    There are a lot of liberals and an even number of conservatives that are not too saddened with this news. As far as these actors who would rather be on pulpit preaching their polical views, Silver was at the top.

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