Henry Silva, a veteran actor with a long loss of film credits that spanned the 1950s into the early 21st century and included ‘Ocean’s 11’ and ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, has died aged 95.
Silva died Wednesday of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, his son Scott told multiple media outlets.
Silva’s death was also announced Friday by Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin, who tweeted: “Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the kindest, kindest men and most talented I have had the pleasure of calling my friend. He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11 movie. We love you Henry, you will be missed.
Silva was born in Brooklyn and later studied at New York’s famed Actors Studio in the 1950s, the birthplace of the “methodical” style of acting popularized by Marlon Brando and others.
His specialty was playing criminals, including as part of the titular group of 11 men who pulled off a casino heist in 1960s “Ocean’s 11.” His famous co-stars included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. He would go on to star opposite Sinatra in the critically acclaimed 1962 assassination drama “The Manchurian Candidate,” and with Sinatra and Martin in the comedy western, “Sergeants 3.”
Later films include 1981’s “Sharky’s Machine” starring Burt Reynolds, 1984’s “Cannonball Run II”, Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” in 1990, and Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” in 1999.
The last of his 140 acting credits on IMDB is as a boxing spectator in the 2001 remake of “Ocean’s 11”.
Primarily a supporting player in Hollywood, Silva found work as a leading man by traveling overseas in the 1960s and 1970s for a series of roles in European films, including ‘The Hills Run Red’. in 1966, “Assassination” in 1967 and “The Falling Man” in 1968.
His television appearances included roles in ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘The Untouchables’ and ‘Night Gallery’.