62-year-old acting veteran Ron Silver passed away on Sunday after a two year fight with esophageal cancer.
The Tony award-winning, New York-born actor got his start on the stage in the 70’s before progressing to film and television. With nearly eighty credits to his name, he really hit it big in the early 90’s with notable roles in such films as “Reversal of Fortune,” “Blue Steel,” “Live Wire,” “Lifepod” and more recent films like “Ali” and “Find Me Guilty”.
I’ll personally always remember him for his roles as the corrupt time-meddling senator in 1994’s Jean-Claude Van Damme actioneer “Timecop,” and as the key member of an alien conspiracy using global warming to terraform the planet in David Twohy’s superb and underrated 1996 chiller “The Arrival” (which hits Blu-ray next month oddly enough).
His TV credentials were equally impressive with recurring roles on “Veronica’s Closet,” “Chicago Hope,” “The West Wing,” “Wiseguy,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Law and Order,” and “Dear Detective”.
A loyal Democrat with a long history of supporting various good causes, he notably switched to become a Republican activist after the 9/11 attacks. It’s a move he later admitted cost him work in Hollywood.
Whatever your political leanings though, you can’t deny some of the strong roles he had. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.