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Henry Silva is a Actor American born on 15 september 1928 at New York City (USA)

Henry Silva

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Birth name Henry Silva
Nationality USA
Birth 15 september 1928 (92 years) at New York City (USA)

Henry Silva (born September 15, 1928) is an American film and television actor.

Biography

Early life and career
Silva was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Sicilian and Spanish descent.

He grew up in Harlem and quit school when he was 13 years old to attend drama classes, supporting himself as a dishwasher and waiter in a Manhattan hotel. By 1955, Silva felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio. He was accepted, one of only five successful applicants out of more than 2,500. When the Studio staged Michael V. Gazzo's play A Hatful of Rain as a classroom project (which itself grew out of an earlier improvisation by Silva, Paul Richards and Anthony Franciosa, based on a scene written by Gazzo, entitled "Pot"), it proved so successful that it was presented on Broadway, with students Ben Gazzara, Shelley Winters, Harry Guardino, along with Franciosa, Richards and Silva, in key roles. Silva also appeared in the play's film version.


Early film roles and typecasting
In Hollywood, he played a succession of villains in films including The Bravados (1958) with Gregory Peck, The Law and Jake Wade (1958), and one of the eleven casino robbers in the 1960 Rat Pack caper film Ocean's 11 (1960) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford. He also played the communist agent Chunjin in the original The Manchurian Candidate (1962), again opposite Sinatra, and portrayed a Native American in Sinatra and Dean Martin's Rat Pack Western Sergeants 3 that same year.

Silva gradually became typecast in the role of heavies, although he did play a comic role as one of the stepbrothers in the 1960 Jerry Lewis film Cinderfella, a parody of Cinderella with Lewis in the title role, and appeared in two filmed episodes of The Outer Limits, a science-fiction anthology television series in the United States.

He sometimes played heavies on television, i.e. as a hitman in the episode "Better Bargain" on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Other television roles included episodes of The Untouchables an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery and the episode "The Enemies" from the first season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Mission Impossible. He also guest-starred on Boris Karloff's TV series Thriller in the episode "Dark Legacy".


Johnny Cool
In 1963, Henry Silva played the lead role in the gangster film Johnny Cool, which was produced by United Artists and Chrislaw. His character Salvatore "Johnny Cool" Giordano was a hitman sent on a mission by exiled mobster Johnny Colini to kill the underworld figures who had plotted against the mobster. Premiering on October 19, 1963, the film was successful at the box-office and was critically well received. So was the actor's first lead performance, which carried the film. The strong supporting cast features Elizabeth Montgomery, Mort Sahl, Telly Savalas, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis, Jr., most of whom Silva's character murders during the course of the film.

Variety praised Silva's performance, writing "Henry Silva, as a Sicilian-born assassin, is at home as the 'delivery boy of death'". The film's box-office receipts had become less favorable by late November (partly due to the death of President John F. Kennedy).


Italian Movies
In 1965, an Italian film producer made Silva an offer to star as a hero for a change and he moved his family overseas. Silva's turning-point picture was a spaghetti western, The Hills Run Red (1966), which made him a hot box-office commodity in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France. Between 1966 and 1977 he starred or co-starred in at least 25 movies, the majority of which were Italian Poliziotteschi films, where he normally played the villain or hitman, or the dark hero, or a combination of the two. His best remembered of these are Manhunt (1972), Il Boss (1973), and Almost Human (1974). He also appeared against type as an Apache who helps rape victim Michele Carey in the 1970 revenge western Five Savage Men.

Returning to the United States in the mid-1970s, he co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Contract on Cherry Street (1977) and Charles Bronson in Love and Bullets (1979). He then signed on as the evil adversary Killer Kane in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), a role he reprised in the subsequent TV series.


1980s-2000s career
In the 1980s and 1990s, he appeared as the arrogant hunter Colonel Brock in Alligator (1980), a drug-addicted hitman in Burt Reynolds' Sharky's Machine (1981), a former prison warden-turned-enforcer in Escape from the Bronx (1983), which was lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000, a comedy gangster in Cannonball Run II (1984) opposite many of his former Rat Pack buddies, the villainous CIA agent Kurt Zagon in Steven Seagal's debut Above the Law (1988), the sinister mob hitman Influence in Dick Tracy (1990), and the voice of the supervillain Bane in Batman: The Animated Series (1994) and The New Batman Adventures (1998).

Silva also starred as himself in a spoof of "In Search of ..."-type shows in the comedy Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) for a segment titled Henry Silva's "Bullshit, or Not!", and played a spectator at a boxing match in the 2001 version of Ocean's Eleven.

Best films

The Outsider (1983)
(Actor)

Usually with

Hal Needham
Hal Needham
(2 films)
Umberto Lenzi
Umberto Lenzi
(3 films)
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(4 films)
Ezio Greggio
Ezio Greggio
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Henry Silva (70 films)

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Actor

Ocean's Eleven, 1h56
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy García, Brad Pitt, Holly Marie Combs, Steven Soderbergh
Roles Boxing Spectator
Rating76% 3.8475653.8475653.8475653.8475653.847565
Following release from prison, Daniel "Danny" Ocean (George Clooney) violates his parole by traveling to California to meet his partner-in-crime and friend Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) to propose a caper. The two go to Las Vegas to pitch the plan to wealthy friend and former casino owner Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould). The plan consists of simultaneously robbing the Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand casinos. Reuben's familiarity with casino security makes him very reluctant to get involved, but when he starts to think of it as a good way to get back at his rival, Terry Benedict (Andy García), who owns all three casinos, Reuben agrees to finance the operation. Because the casinos are required by the Nevada Gaming Commission to have enough cash on hand to cover all their patrons' bets, the three predict that, on the upcoming night of a highly anticipated boxing match, the Bellagio vault will contain more than $150,000,000.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, 1h56
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films, Gangster films
Actors Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Henry Silva, Tricia Vessey, Victor Argo, Isaac de Bankolé
Roles Ray Vargo
Rating74% 3.7490353.7490353.7490353.7490353.749035
Ghost Dog (Whitaker) sees himself as a retainer of Louie (John Tormey), a local mobster, who saved Ghost Dog's life years ago. While living as a hired hitman for the Italian Mafia, he adheres to the code of the samurai, and interprets and applies the wisdom of the Hagakure in his contracts for the mob.
The End of Violence, 2h2
Directed by Wim Wenders
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Bill Pullman, Gabriel Byrne, Traci Lind, Rosalind Chao, Andie MacDowell, K. Todd Freeman
Roles Juan Emilio
Rating55% 2.7999852.7999852.7999852.7999852.799985
Movie producer Mike Max meditates on the paranoia of fear of attack, in the movie business and life in general, as his wife Page announces she is leaving him. He receives a document via email from a NASA employee he met earlier at a conference. Before opening it he is kidnapped and almost killed, a scene captured by surveillance cameras and witnessed by computer scientist Ray Bering on surveillance footage scene in his laboratory at the Griffith Observatory. However, it soon turns out the two men have been shot, Max has escaped and now is accused of killing them. He takes shelter with, and goes to work for, the Mexican gardeners who find him and they help him investigate who is trying to kill him and why. Bering, who originally sent Max the email and recognized Max in the surveillance footage, has a conversation with an intelligence agent who makes it clear that anyone who gets in the way of a new “anti-crime” satellite surveillance program not yet approved by Congress will be dealt with terminally. Detective Dean Brock suspects Max is not a killer and on a tip meets with Bering, who is assassinated by a gunshot as they begin to speak. Max gives up his business and money to his wife and the movie ends as he meditates on how a real attack has freed him from paranoia.
Mad Dog Time, 1h37
Directed by Larry Bishop
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Buddy films
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines
Roles Sleepy Joe Carlisle
Rating55% 2.753842.753842.753842.753842.75384
The story takes place in a mysterious underworld of swanky nightclubs where armed criminals listen to Rat Pack music and hold shootouts from a seated position, behind desks.
The Silence of the Hams, 1h21
Directed by Ezio Greggio
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Ezio Greggio, Charlene Tilton, Joanna Pacuła, Shelley Winters
Roles Police Chief
Rating47% 2.3519152.3519152.3519152.3519152.351915
The film follows rookie detective Jo Dee Fostar (Billy Zane), on his first case. The case involves a serial killer, wanted for over 120 murders. In order to find the killer, he must enlist the help of convicted murderer Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (Dom Deluise). However, during the investigation, his girlfriend, Jane Wine (Charlene Tilton), is asked by her boss to take a large sum of money to the bank. Instead of doing this, she leaves town with the money. While hiding, she decides to rest at the Cemetery Motel, which is later revealed to be a cemetery named Motel after its owner, Antonio Motel. Jo must then enlist the help of Det. Balsam (Martin Balsam) and Dr. Pizza to not only find the murderer, but his missing girlfriend. All of this takes the cast on many adventures at the Cemetery Motel. In the final confrontation, most characters are revealed to be somebody else in disguise.
The Harvest, 1h37
Directed by David Marconi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Miguel Ferrer, Leilani Sarelle, Anthony Denison, Henry Silva, Tim Thomerson, Harvey Fierstein
Roles Detective Topo
Rating51% 2.5642752.5642752.5642752.5642752.564275
Charlie Pope (Miguel Ferrer) is a writer who goes to Mexico to write the ending of the plot for a movie. In Mexico he is attracted to a woman, Natalie (Leilani Sarelle). They go together to a beach where when she goes away to swim, he is attacked and wakes up five days later. When he wakes up he discovers that one of his kidneys has been removed. Rather than return he decides to find the "ring" whose members removed his kidney. He begins by tracking down Natalie (whose involvement with the ring he is unsure of). He returns to United States with Natalie. There he is attacked by Noel (Tony Denison) who tells him that the surgery was a failure and they require his other kidney. He learns that Natalie was involved in the ring. When Steve is about to kill Charlie, Natalie intervenes and Charlie is able to kill Steve and turn away the people who have come to remove his other kidney. It seems the end and Charlie is finishing the script when Detective Topo (Henry Silva) comes to meet him and informs him that he has questioned Natalie and she is innocent. Charlie goes out to meet her and sees that she looks identical to the Natalie he traveled with. In the end we hear a telephone conversation between Charlie and his boss (who had sent Charlie to Mexico) and we overhear that his boss has had a kidney transplant.
Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy (1990)
, 1h45
Directed by Warren Beatty, Hayao Miyazaki, Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Glenne Headly
Roles Influence
Rating61% 3.050023.050023.050023.050023.05002
At an illegal card game, a young street urchin (Charlie Korsmo) witnesses the massacre of a group of mobsters named Shoulders (Stig Eldred), Stooge (Jim Wilkey), the Rodent (Neil Summers), the Brow (Chuck Hicks) and Little Face (Lawrence Steven Meyers) at the hands of Flattop (William Forsythe) and Itchy (Ed O'Ross), two of the hoods on the payroll of Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice (Al Pacino). Big Boy's crime syndicate is aggressively taking over small businesses in the city. Detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty) catches the urchin (who calls himself "Kid") in an act of petty theft. After rescuing him from a ruthless host, Tracy temporarily adopts him with the help of his girlfriend, Tess Truehart (Glenne Headly).
Above the Law, 1h39
Directed by Andrew Davis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Political films
Actors Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Sharon Stone, Ron Dean, Henry Silva, Chelcie Ross
Roles Kurt Zagon
Rating60% 3.0014153.0014153.0014153.0014153.001415
Sergeant Nicolo "Nico" Toscani (Steven Seagal), a native of Palermo, Italy, is a detective in the Chicago Police Department’s vice squad. At an early age he became interested in martial arts, and moved to Japan to study.
Bulletproof, 1h33
Directed by Steve Carver
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Political films
Actors Gary Busey, Darlanne Fluegel, Henry Silva, Thalmus Rasulala, L. Q. Jones, René Enríquez
Roles Col. Kartiff
Rating51% 2.5585352.5585352.5585352.5585352.558535
A clan of terrorists, of all backgrounds and types, seize the "Thunderblast" top-secret super tank, hiding it in Mexico. The task of recovering it is entrusted to "Bulletproof" Frank McBain, a former secret agent and current cop. Gary Busey plays McBain, the stereotypical die-hard main character in this film, as he attempts to recover the Thunderblast and his ex-girlfriend.
Amazon Women on the Moon, 1h25
Directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, Robert K. Weiss
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Films about television, Sur la Lune, Comedy science fiction films, Space opera
Actors Arsenio Hall, Lou Jacobi, Griffin Dunne, Steve Forrest, Robert Colbert, Michelle Pfeiffer
Roles Himself
Rating62% 3.100023.100023.100023.100023.10002
Fictional television station WIDB-TV (channel 8) experiences problems with its late-night airing of science-fiction classic Amazon Women on the Moon, a 1950s B movie in which Queen Lara (Sybil Danning) and Captain Nelson (Steve Forrest) battle exploding volcanoes and man-eating spiders on the moon. Waiting for the film to resume, an unseen viewer begins channel surfing—simulated by bursts of white noise—through late night cable, with the various segments and sketches of the film representing the programming found on different channels. The viewer intermittently returns to channel 8, where Amazon Women continues to resume airing before faltering once more.
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, 1h36
Directed by Gary Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Monde imaginaire
Actors Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Henry Silva, Robert Donner, Larbi Doghmi
Roles Agon
Rating46% 2.3025752.3025752.3025752.3025752.302575
After surviving their expedition to King Solomon's Mines, Allan and Jesse have settled down in colonial Africa. They are engaged to be married and Jesse plans that they will travel to America for the wedding. But Allan is restless.
Lust in the Dust, 1h24
Directed by Paul Bartel
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western, Spaghetti Western
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Divine, Lainie Kazan, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero, Geoffrey Lewis, Henry Silva
Roles Bernardo
Rating64% 3.2475753.2475753.2475753.2475753.247575
Dance-hall girl Rosie Velez (Divine), lost in the desert, is helped to safety by gunman Abel Wood (Tab Hunter). In the town of Chili Verde, at the saloon of Marguerita Ventura (Lainie Kazan), word of a treasure in gold brings Abel into conflict with outlaw Hard Case Williams (Geoffrey Lewis) and his gang.
Code of Silence, 1h36
Directed by Andrew Davis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen, Dennis Farina, Nathan Davis, Molly Hagan
Roles Luis Comacho
Rating60% 3.049483.049483.049483.049483.04948
October 17, 1984: It is late morning in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood where a sting operation is taking place. Sergeant Eddie Cusack (Chuck Norris) and his crack team of Chicago Police detectives take their positions, including Lieutenant Kobas (Joseph F. Kosala), stationed on a rooftop with Detectives Brennan (Ron Dean) and Music (Gene Barge) as lookouts, along with alcoholic Detective Cragie (Ralph Foody) and rookie Nick Kopalas (Joseph Guzaldo) in a cemetery. An undercover informant is about to meet a buyer at an 'L' train stop. Cusack and partner Dorato (Dennis Farina) use a garbage truck to patrol beneath the train tracks.
Cannonball Run II, 1h48
Directed by Hal Needham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Martial arts films, Auto racing films, Road movies
Actors Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jamie Farr, Telly Savalas
Roles Slim
Rating51% 2.552442.552442.552442.552442.55244
Having lost the first Cannonball Run race, Sheik Abdul ben Falafel (Jamie Farr) is ordered by his father (Ricardo Montalban) to go back to America and win another Cannonball Run in order to "emblazon the Falafel name as the fastest in the world." When Sheik Abdul points out that there is no Cannonball Run that year, his father simply tells him to "buy one."