The New York native dropped out of school as a teenager in the 1940s before moving on to more than 100 film roles
Henri Silva, the tough and tough actor who starred in over 100 films, passed away this week. He was 95 years old.
Silva, best known for his roles in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” died Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, a family member confirmed .
Henry’s son Scott Silva told Variety that his father died of natural causes.
The Hollywood “heavy” starred alongside some of the best in the industry as his stellar performances and tough looks led him to lead roles for decades.
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The actor starred in “Ocean’s Eleven” with Dean Martin, whose daughter initially announced Silva’s death in a statement praising her talent.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the nicest, kindest and most talented men out there,” Deena Martin tweeted. “He was the last living star of the original Oceans 11 movie.”
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The New York native dropped out of school as a teenager in the 1940s, but was accepted into the Actors Studio and went on to an illustrious acting career in the United States and Europe.
Silva’s breakthrough role came in the 1950s when he starred as a drug dealer in “A Hateful of Rain” before appearing in two of Frank Sinatra’s iconic films over the next decade: “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Manchurian”. Candidate.” He also starred in 1963’s “Johnny Cool” and 1965’s “The Return of Mr. Moto”.
Silva’s 1970s were even more hectic as he played leading roles in “Milan Caliber 9” (1972), “Manhunt” (1972) and “The Boss” (1973), as well as European films including “Cry of a Prostitute”. Title too. “Almost Human,” “Manhunt in the City” and “Free Hand for a Tough Cop,” “Weapons of Death” and 1979’s “Crimebusters,” reports Variety.
In the 1980s, he starred with Burt Reynolds in “Shark’s Machine” (1981), Chuck Norris in “Code of Silence” (1985), and with Steven Seagal in “Above the Law” (1988).
Silva’s final film appearance was in the 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven”, in which he made a cameo.
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