Monday, March 16, 2009
Ron Silver, R. I. P.
Ron Silver (I) - News: "Actor Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's 'Speed-the-Plow,' died Sunday at the age of 62. 'Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning' in New York City, said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found. 'He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years.' Silver's big-screen credits included 'Ali,' 'Reversal of Fortune,' 'Enemies: A Love Story,' 'Silkwood' and 'Semi-Tough.' Besides 'The West Wing,' Silver was a regular or had recurring roles on such TV shows as 'Veronica's Closet,' 'Chicago Hope' and 'Wiseguy.' He directed and co-starred in the 1993 TV movie 'Lifepod,' a science-fiction update of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat.' 'He was a talented actor, a scholar and a great believer in participatory democracy,' Bronk said Sunday evening. 'He was an activist who became a great artist and his contributions will never be forgotten."