At the age of 95, one of Hollywood’s most iconic “bad guys”, Henry Silva, died of old age in Woodland Hills, California.
The Harlem-born actor’s death was reportedly first announced by the daughter of Dean Martin, who appeared alongside him in the iconic film Rat Pack.
“Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the kindest, kindest and most talented men I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling my friend,” Diana Martin tweeted Friday afternoon.
“He was the last surviving star of the original Ocean’s 11. We love you Henry, you will be missed,” it said.
His son also confirmed the news.
Silva was of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, but was often used to portray other ethnicities, playing Koreans, Venezuelans, Americans, and even Koreans or Japanese in some of his best-known roles. He played gangsters or psychopaths in hundreds of movies, including “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Manchurian Candidate” was actually a very kind soul, and he died on Wednesday.
He dropped out of school at the age of 13 and took drama classes while earning money working as a dishwasher and waiter. He was one of five students selected to the Actors Studio in 1955 out of 2,500 applicants, Variety reported.
Silva died in Woodland Hills, California twenty years after retiring from a career that spanned five decades.
The actor often shared the screen with Frank Sinatra, either playing a communist agent who clashed with the singer in “Candidate,” or as one of 11 burglars in the classic 1960 film about a major casino heist. We saw the remake of the film in 2001 starring George Clooney and Brad Beat.
Source: News Beast