Ron Silver

Actor, Social worker, High school teacher
Though he originally aspired to work for the State Department, actor Ron Silver eventually succumbed to his college ambition of becoming a performer. First making a name for himself off-Broadway, Silver eventually ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1946 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Exposure 2014 (Movie)

Gary Whitford (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

Fielding Barnes (Actor)

Find Me Guilty 2006 (Movie)

Judge Finestein (Actor)

My Father's Will 2006 (Movie)

Stuart Curtis (Actor)

The West Wing 2001 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Skin 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1975 - 1976, 1995 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1975 - 1976, 1996 - 1999, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1975 - 1976, 1995 - 1999, 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

Rick Yorkin (Actor)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Angelo Dundee (Actor)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and White 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1975 - 1976, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deadly Outbreak 1996 (Movie)

Colonel Baron (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Director No 2 (Actor)

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The Arrival 1996 (Movie)

Gordian (Actor)

Timecop 1994 (Movie)

McComb (Actor)

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

Leo Rothenberg (Actor)

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Hollywood and Politics 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Larry Meyerson (Actor)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Eugene Hunt (Actor)

Flix Special Edition 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Alan Dershowitz (Actor)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Herman (Actor)

Drive, She Said 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Eat and Run 1987 (Movie)

Mickey McSorely (Actor)

Fellow Traveller 1986 (Movie)

Asa Kaufman (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Gilbert Rolfe (Actor)

The Goodbye People 1984 (Movie)

Eddie Bergson (Actor)

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Ted Caruso (Actor)

Oh, God! You Devil 1983 (Movie)

Gary Frantz (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Paul Stone (Actor)

Baker's Dozen 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

Larry Weisman (Actor)

Silent Rage 1982 (Movie)

Dr Tom Halman (Actor)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

Phil Schneidermann (Actor)

The Stockard Channing Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Betrayal 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

Vlada (Actor)

The Mac Davis Show 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tunnelvision 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Father's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Side (TV Show)

Actor

Cutaway (TV Show)

Actor

Danger Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Detective (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Kane & Abel (TV Show)

Actor

Kissinger and Nixon (TV Show)

Actor

Lifepod (TV Show)

Actor

Live Wire (TV Show)

Actor

Love Is Strange (TV Show)

Actor

Mistaken Identity (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

Murder at the Mardi Gras (TV Show)

Actor

Ratz (TV Show)

Actor

Rhapsody in Bloom (TV Show)

Actor

Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Beneficiary (TV Show)

Actor

The Billionaire Boys Club (TV Show)

Actor

The White Raven (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped in Silence (TV Show)

Actor

When Billie Beat Bobby (TV Show)

Actor

Word of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he originally aspired to work for the State Department, actor Ron Silver eventually succumbed to his college ambition of becoming a performer. First making a name for himself off-Broadway, Silver eventually transitioned to the small screen, where he made regular appearances on several short-lived sitcoms and acclaimed made-for-television movies. He began to rise to prominence through his work in features, including "Silent Rage" (1982) and "Silkwood" (1983). But it was his stage work that helped make Silver a star, which culminated in a Tony-winning performance in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" (1988). Silver built a successful film and television career off his win, including a well-regarded turn as attorney Alan Dershowitz in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). Though he continued to rack up an impressive array of credits, Silver was never a top box office draw, despite his immeasurable talents in both comedy and as over-the-top villains in movies like "Blue Steel" (1991) and "Timecop" (1994). Silver saved his best work for television, making valuable contributions to "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and proving that he was capable of turning in top-notch performances in any medium he chose.

Relationships

Catherine de Castel Bajac

Companion

Tawny Little

Companion
Together from 1993-1995

Lynne Miller

Wife
Contributing editor at Self Magazine married from 1975-1997 and mother of his two children

Irving Silver

Father

Mae Silver

Mother

Alexandra Silver

Daughter
Born c. 1983 mother, Lynne Miller

Adam Silver

Son
Born c. 1979 mother, Lynne Miller

Keith Silver

Brother
Younger

Mitchell Silver

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

St. John's University

Queens, New York

State University of New York at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York 1963 - 1967
Met future wife; produced some plays, including "Stalag 17" featuring Peter Riegert

HB Studio

New York, New York
Studied with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen

College of Chinese Culture

While a student, travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Japan and the Soviet Union

Actors Studio

New York, New York
Studied with Lee Strasberg

Stuyvesant High School

New York, New York 1963

Columbia University

New York, New York
Attended Columbia's Graduate School of International Affairs

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut 1991
Attended Yale's Law school for one semester to study constitutional law

Milestones

2008

Hosted "The Ron Silver Show" on Sirius Satellite Radio

2006

Played a judge in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty," which depicts the longest criminal trial in U.S. history

2004

Narrated "FahrenHYPE 9/11," which examines and challenges Michael Moore's documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11" from a conservative point of view

2001

Played presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on the NBC political drama, "The West Wing"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2002

2001

Portrayed Muhammad Ali's boxing cornerman Angelo Dundee, opposite Will Smith as the title character, in Michael Mann's "Ali"

2000

Portrayed attorney Robert Shapiro in the CBS miniseries, "American Tragedy"; based on the OJ Simpson trial

1998

Played Alec Bilson, business partner and nemesis of Kirstie Alley's Ronnie Chase, in the NBC sitcom, "Veronica's Closet"

1996

Had a recurring role on the CBS medical drama, "Chicago Hope" as Christine Lahti's ex-husband

1994

Played the villainous Senator Aaron McComb in "Timecop"

1992

Featured in Billy Crystal's directorial debut, "Mr. Saturday Night"

1990

Portrayed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz in "Reversal of Fortune"; based on the book by Dershowitz about the trial of Claus von Bülow

1989

Played a psychopath opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in "Blue Steel"

1989

Gave a well received performance as a Holocaust survivor in Paul Mazursky's Academy Award-nominated, "Enemies: A Love Story"

1988

Cast opposite Jerry Lewis in the 'Garment District Arc' of the CBS crime show, "Wiseguy"

1988

Co-starred in David Mamet's Broadway play, "Speed-the-Plow" opposite Joe Mantegna and Madonna

1986

Joined Marlo Thomas for the Broadway production of the Mike Nichols directed, "Social Security"

1984

Played the devoted son of Anne Bancroft in Sidney Lumet's "Garbo Talks"

1984

Appeared in Mike Nichols's Broadway production of "Hurlyburly"

1983

Co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated, "Silkwood"; directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep

1980

Co-starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Stockard Channing Show"

1976

Made feature acting debut in "Tunnelvision"

1976

First regular role series role, playing the nerdy, sexually repressed neighbor, Gary Levy, on "Rhoda" (CBS)

1973

Starred as the impresario in the Off-Broadway spoof, "El Grande de Coca-Cola"

1970

Made his Off-Broadway debut in "Kasper"

1968

Returned from foreign travels

Escaped Vietnam War on student deferment traveling throughout Asia on work-study program in the 1960s

Raised in Manhattan's Lower East Side

Appeared in several plays produced by Joseph Papp

Studied acting and became involved in theater

Bonus Trivia

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On Oct. 7, 2005, Silver was nominated by President Bush to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace.

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On Sept. 8, 2006, it was announced that Silver had joined an advisory committee to the Lewis Libby Legal Defense Trust.

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Silver, a long-time Democrat, left the party and became an Independent, and a supporter of President George W. Bush, citing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and Democratic policies regarding terrorism as reasons.

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