Henry Silva Biography

Birthday: 1928-09-15
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: Henry Silva was born in Brooklyn, New York. He quit public school to attend drama classes at the age of 13, supporting himself as a dishwasher in a Manhattan hotel. By 1955, Silva had moved up from dishwasher to waiter, and felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio. He was one of five students chosen out of more than 2500 applicants. When the Studio staged Michael V. Gazzo's play "A Hatful of Rain" as a classroom project, it proved so successful it came to Broadway--with students Ben Gazzara, Shelley Winters, Harry Guardino, Anthony Franciosa and, of course, Silva in key roles. Called to Hollywood, he played a succession of heavies in films, including The Bravados (1958), Green Mansions (1959), Ocean's Eleven (1960), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Johnny Cool (1963). An Italian producer made Henry an offer he could not refuse--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 (1967), which made him a hot box office commodity in Spain, Italy, Germany and France. His popularity was enhanced by a gift for languages. He speaks Italian and Spanish fluently and has a flair for the kind of gritty, realistic roles that also catapulted Charles Bronson to European stardom. Returning to the United States, he co-starred with Frank Sinatra in the film Contract on Cherry Street (1977) (TV), then signed on as Buck Rogers' evil adversary Kane in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) (TV) and the television series of the same name. Silva now calls the San Fernando Valley home, but makes continual film forays back to Europe's production centers. A dedicated jogger, he puts in five miles a day "to keep in shape and relieve tension." He is married and the father of two sons, Michael and Scott.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Outer Limits (1963) Chino Rivera / ... 1963 - 1965
Above the Law Kurt Zagon 2000 - 2001 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Tall T 1957
A Hatful of Rain 1957 Drama
The Law and Jake Wade 1958
The Bravados 1958 Drama
The Jayhawkers! 1959 0
Green Mansions 1959 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Cinderfella Maximilian 1960
A Gathering of Eagles 1963 Drama, Romance
Never a Dull Moment 1968 Family, Comedy, Crime
Shoot Zeke Springer 1976
Contract on Cherry Street 1977 Drama, Thriller
Love and Bullets 1979 Comedy, 0
Alligator 1980 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
Wrong Is Right 1982 0, 0, 0
Megaforce 1982 Sci Fi, Action
The Manhunt Prison Boss 1984 Action, Drama
Lust in the Dust 1985 0, 0
Code of Silence 1985 Action, Crime, Drama
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 1986 0
Above the Law Kurt Zagon 1988 Action, Crime, Drama
Bulletproof Col. Kartiff 1989 Action, Drama, Romance
Trained To Kill Ace Duran 1990
La via della droga Capt. Wesson 1990 Action
Cyborg, il guerriero d'acciaio Hammer 1990 Action
L'ultima partita Warden Yashin 1991 Action
Three Days to a Kill Perez 1992 Crime, Drama
South Beach Santiago 1993 Thriller, Action, Crime
The Harvest 1993 Crime, Thriller
Mad Dog Time 1996 0, 0, 0
Unconditional Love Ted Markham 1999 Action
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ray Vargo 1999 Action, Crime, Drama
The Manchurian Candidate Chunjin 2004 0, Game Show
Killer contro killers Sterling 2005