Henry Silva death: Prolific actor known for roles in ‘Ocean’s 11’ and ‘Manchurian Candidate,’ dies at 95

NEW YORK — Henry Silva, a prolific character actor best known for playing villains and tough guys in The Manchurian Candidate, Ocean’s Eleven and other films, has died at the age of 95.

Silva’s son, Scott Silva, told Variety that his father died of natural causes Wednesday at Motion Picture and Television’s Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.

A native of New York City, Silva dropped out of school as a teenager in the 1940s. In the following decade he was accepted into the Actors Studio, where his classmates included Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara. He had a long and busy career in film and television, garnering hundreds of credits, before retiring from acting in 2001.

In the 1950s he had breakthrough roles on stage and screen as a drug dealer in A Hatful of Rain and supporting roles in two of Frank Sinatra’s best-known films, both from the early 1960s: Ocean’s Eleven, which Las Vegas Heist movie that was a showcase for Sinatra, Dean Martin and other Rat Pack members; and The Manchurian Candidate, the Cold War thriller about the brainwashing and attempted assassination of a presidential candidate, starring Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh. (In his last film appearance, Silva was cast in the 2000 remake of Ocean’s Eleven, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt).

“Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the kindest, kindest and most talented men I have ever had the privilege to call my friend,” Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin tweeted. “He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11 film.”

Silva has also appeared in television series such as Wagon Train and The FBI, as well as films such as Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, Jerry Lewis’ Cinderfella and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, which he starred in in 1999 in the publication one of his admirers, Jim Jarmusch, played a gangster.

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