Ron Silver

Ron Silver

  • Highest Rated: 94% Reversal of Fortune (1990)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Live Wire (1992)
  • Birthday: Jul 2, 1946
  • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Ron Silver was known for his extraordinary stage presence and high-energy portrayals of a variety of offbeat characters in films and on television. A native New Yorker, Silver studied Chinese at State University of New York at Buffalo and drama at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Actors Studio. After receiving his bachelor's from S.U.N.Y., Silver earned a master's degree in Chinese history at the College of Chinese Culture in Taiwan and then returned to New York to study at the aforementioned acting studios. 1976 was a big year for Silver who debuted as a comedian in feature films (Tunnelvision), television (The Mac Davis Show), and theater (El Grande de Coca-Cola). He was also a regular cast member between 1976 and 1978 on the sitcom Rhoda, and then appeared in several made-for-television movies before appearing in Semi-Tough (1977). His feature film career picked up in the early '80s, but he did not get his first big break until he starred opposite Anne Bancroft in Sidney Lumet's Garbo Talks (1984). Silver earned critical acclaim in 1989 for starring in Philip Saville's Fellow Traveler as a Hollywood screenwriter forced to flee his family and friends to avoid getting blacklisted during the early '50s. That same year, Silver won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for starring in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow and scored a second film coup in Paul Mazursky's adaptation of author Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies, A Love Story. In the years to follow,, the busy Silver, who juggled his time between the three entertainment forms, became a respected mid-range star who could be counted on to deliver consistently strong, fine performances. As the '90s progressed, he moved into more lead roles playing everything from psychopaths (Blue Steel [1990]), senators (Time Cop [1994]), sleazy lawyers (in the TV medical drama Chicago Hope [1994- ]), and scientists (The Arrival [1996]). Silver died of esophageal cancer in 2009 at the age of 62.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet For Love of Liberty Actor 2010
No Score Yet My Father's Will Actor 2009
No Score Yet New Orleans Animal Rescue Screenwriter Producer 2008
No Score Yet Red Mercury Sidney Lowe 2007
36% The Ten Fielding Barnes $0.6M 2007
62% Find Me Guilty Judge Finestein $0.7M 2006
No Score Yet Shooting Henry Hill Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Fahrenhype 9/11 narrator 2004
No Score Yet Spliced Campbell 2003
No Score Yet Jack Paul 2003
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Mike Fine 2002
39% Black and White Actor 2002
65% Festival in Cannes Rick Yorkin $41.5K 2002
No Score Yet Exposure Actor 2002
67% Ali Angelo Dundee $58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Ratz Herb 2001
No Score Yet When Billie Beat Bobby Bobby Riggs 2001
No Score Yet American Tragedy Actor 2000
No Score Yet Cutaway Brian Margate 2000
No Score Yet Exposure Gary Whitford 2000
25% Black and White Simon Herzel 1999
No Score Yet Mistaken Identity Bert 1999
No Score Yet In the Company of Spies II Tom Lenahan 1999
No Score Yet Love Is Strange Tom 1999
No Score Yet The White Raven Tully Windsor 1998
No Score Yet Rhapsody in Bloom Mitch 1998
No Score Yet The Beneficiary Guy Girard 1997
No Score Yet Skeletons Peter Doyle 1997
No Score Yet Shadow Zone: The Undead Express Valentine Cutter 1996
No Score Yet Deadly Outbreak Col. Baron 1996
No Score Yet Danger Zone Maurice Du Pont 1996
64% The Arrival Gordian 1996
33% Girl 6 Director 2, LA 1996
No Score Yet Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Ron Kershaw 1995
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom? Actor 1995
No Score Yet Kissinger and Nixon Henry Kissinger 1995
No Score Yet A Woman of Independent Means Actor 1995
45% Timecop McComb 1994
No Score Yet Lifepod Actor Director 1993
33% Married to It Leo 1993
No Score Yet Blind Side Doug Kaines 1993
58% Mr. Saturday Night Larry Meyerson 1992
0% Live Wire Frank Traveres 1992
94% Reversal of Fortune Professor Alan Dershowitz 1990
No Score Yet Fellow Traveller Asa Kaufman 1990
71% Blue Steel Eugene Hunt 1990
No Score Yet Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files Actor 1990
No Score Yet Big Time Actor 1989
83% Enemies, a Love Story Herman Broder 1989
No Score Yet A Father's Revenge Max Greenwald 1988
No Score Yet Billionaire Boys Club Ron Levin 1987
No Score Yet Eat and Run Mickey McSorely 1986
No Score Yet Trapped in Silence Doctor Jeff Tomlinson 1986
36% Oh, God! You Devil Gary Frantz 1984
13% Garbo Talks Gilbert Rolfe 1984
86% Romancing the Stone Vendor 1984
77% Silkwood Paul Stone 1983
40% Lovesick Ted Caruso 1983
No Score Yet The Goodbye People Eddie Bergson 1983
62% Best Friends Larry Weisman 1982
64% The Entity Phil Schneiderman 1982
80% Silent Rage Dr. Tom Halman 1982
No Score Yet Word of Honor David Lerner 1981
No Score Yet Tendre Poulet (Dear Detective) (Dear Inspector) Actor 1978
No Score Yet Betrayal Bob Cohen 1978
88% Semi-Tough Vlada 1977
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision) Dr. Manuel Labor 1976
No Score Yet Shooting Henry Hill Director

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Sheldon `Shelly' Levine
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Bernie Adler
  • 2007
  • 2004
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Bruno Giannelli Bruno Gianelli Bruni Gianelli
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2004
70% Skin
2003
Larry Goldman
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
John Mockler
  • 2001
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
Alec Bilson Alec
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Tommy Wilmette Wilmette
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
David Sternberg
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Gary Levy
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Ted Haller
  • 1976

QUOTES FROM Ron Silver CHARACTERS

Sen. Aaron McComb
Agent Walker, do you realize how inappropriate that is? Do I look frozen to you?
Walker
You look like shit to me.