Henry de Silva

Actor, Delivery boy, Longshoreman
A cool, ominous presence in dramas and action films from the late 1950s through the late 1990s, character actor Henry Silva specialized in playing characters that meant business - often deadly business - in a long and ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai 2000 (Movie)

Ray Vargo (Actor)

Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconditional Love 1999 (Movie)

Ted Markham (Actor)

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Sleepy Joe Carlisle (Actor)

The Prince 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Possessed By the Night 1994 (Movie)

Scott Linsey (Actor)

South Beach 1994 (Movie)

Santiago (Actor)

The Harvest 1993 (Movie)

Detective Topo (Actor)

Three Days to a Kill 1991 (Movie)

Drug Lord Carlo Perez (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Influence (Actor)

Fists of Steel 1989 (Movie)

Shogi (Actor)

Above the Law 1988 (Movie)

Zagon (Actor)

Bulletproof 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Kartiff (Actor)

Trained to Kill 1988 (Movie)

Ace Duran (Actor)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 1987 (Movie)

Agon (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Henry Silva (Actor)

Code of Silence 1985 (Movie)

Luis Comacho (Actor)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Happy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Bernardo (Actor)

The Killer Instinct 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Escape From the Bronx 1983 (Movie)

Wangler (Actor)

The Manhunt 1983 (Movie)

Prison Boss (Actor)

Chained Heat 1982 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Le Marginal 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Megaforce 1982 (Movie)

Guerera (Actor)

The Violent Breed 1982 (Movie)

Kirk Cooper (Actor)

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

Rafeeq (Actor)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Billy Score (Actor)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 1979 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trapped 1980 (Movie)

Henry Chatwill (Actor)

Alligator 1979 (Movie)

Colonel Brock (Actor)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 1979 (Movie)

"Killer" Kane (Actor)

Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

Vittorio Faroni (Actor)

Milano Odia: La Polizia non Puo' Sparare 1979 (Movie)

Inspector Walter Grandi (Actor)

Thirst 1979 (Movie)

Dr Gauss (Actor)

Virus 1979 (Movie)

Garland (Actor)

Shoot 1976 (Movie)

Zeke Springer (Actor)

Les Hommes 1972 (Movie)

Everett (Actor)

Man and Boy 1972 (Movie)

Caine (Actor)

The Italian Connection 1971 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

The Animals 1970 (Movie)

Chatto (Actor)

Assassination 1968 (Movie)

John Chandler/Philip Chandler (Actor)

Matchless 1965 (Movie)

Hank Norris (Actor)

The Plainsman 1965 (Movie)

Crazy Knife (Actor)

The Reward 1964 (Movie)

Joaquin (Actor)

Johnny Cool 1963 (Movie)

Johnny Cool/Giordano (Actor)

The Secret Invasion 1963 (Movie)

John Durrell (Actor)

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

Col Garcia (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 (Movie)

Chunjin (Actor)

Sergeants 3 1961 (Movie)

Mountain Hawk (Actor)

Cinderfella 1960 (Movie)

Maximilian (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Roger Carneal (Actor)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

Kua-Ko (Actor)

Ride a Crooked Trail 1958 (Movie)

Sam Teeler (Actor)

The Bravados 1958 (Movie)

Lujan (Actor)

The Jayhawkers 1958 (Movie)

Lordan (Actor)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

Rennie (Actor)

A Hatful of Rain 1957 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The Tall T 1957 (Movie)

Chink (Actor)

Crowded Paradise 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

Hernandez (Actor)

Black Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

Actor

Drive Hard, Drive Fast (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A cool, ominous presence in dramas and action films from the late 1950s through the late 1990s, character actor Henry Silva specialized in playing characters that meant business - often deadly business - in a long and varied list of features that included "Ocean's Eleven" (1960), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)," "The Hills Run Red" (1966) and "Above the Law" (1985). Though of European descent, Silva's saturnine features and facility for accents allowed him to be cast as a wide array of ethnicities - from Mexicans and Italians to Native Americans and even Asians. Unlike many other actors who played a diverse range of types - like Frank De Kova or J. Carroll Naish - Silva's personality and talent always rose above the character's limitations, which made him among the hardest working and most recognizable character actors of the late 20th century.

Relationships

Cindy Conway

Wife

Ruth Earle

Wife

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Group Theater

New York , New York

Milestones

2000

Played an aging gangster in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"

2000

Acted in "Justice" (aired on Cinemax)

1977

Acted alongside Frank Sinatra in the NBC TV-movie "Contract on Cherry Street"

1970

Had featured role in the CBS movie "Black Noon"

1965

Played the title role in "The Return of Mr. Moto"

1963

Had title role of gangster "Johnny Cool"

1963

Made guest appearance in the unsold ABC pilot "Weapons Man"

1962

Acted with Sinatra in "Sargeants 3"

1962

Appeared as Laurence Harvey's "houseboy" in "The Manchurian Candidate"; Sinatra was also in the cast

1960

Played recurring role of gangster Little Charlie on "The Untouchables" (ABC)

1960

First onscreen teaming with Frank Sinatra in "Ocean's Eleven"

1957

Portrayed the drug pusher 'Mother' in "A Hatful of Rain"

1957

Cast as a malicious henchman to Richard Boone in "The Tall T"

1952

First major film credit in "Viva Zapata!"

Worked in Italy for several years on films like "Un Fiume di dollari/The Hills Run Red" (1966) and "Probability Zero" (1968)

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