Howard Da Silva Biography

Birthday: 1909-05-04
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: Howard da Silva was one of 324 actors, writers and directors who fell victim to the Hollywood blacklisting of the early 1950s, and had his career halted in the blink of an eye. Originally was a steelworker before making his stage debut at age 20 in New York. He made a name for himself on Broadway before going to Hollywood, but kept up his stage work after making the move to films. His most memorable performance came in the 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma!. In Hollywood, he became a well-liked character actor, appearing in such films as Sergeant York (1941), The Big Shot (1942) and The Lost Weekend (1945). In 1947, his career was threatened when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began its investigation into alleged Communist influence of Hollywood. Actor Robert Taylor, called as a "friendly witness", accused many of his fellow actors and writers of either being communists or having communist sympathies. When questioned about da Silva, Taylor said, "I can name a few who seem to sort of disrupt things once in a while. Whether or not they are communists I don't know. One chap we have currently, I think is Howard da Silva. He always seems to have something to say at the wrong time." On November 25, 1947, a meeting of Hollywood executives held in New York released a statement known as the Waldorf Statement, in which they announced a blacklist would be immediately imposed aimed at anyone named or suspected as a communist. "We will forthwith discharge or suspend without compensation those in our employ and we will not re-employ any of the ten until such time as he is acquitted or has purged himself of contempt and declares under oath that he is not a communist." Howard appeared in a few more films before he was called before HUAC, refused to answer any of the committee's questions and was promptly blacklisted by the studios. He continued working in the theatre, and once the blacklist was lifted in the early 1960s made a return to film and television. He passed away two years after making his last movie.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
I'm Still Alive Red Garvey 1940 Romance
Vakantiedokter, De Nat 2009
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Abe Lincoln in Illinois Jack Armstrong 1940 0
The Sea Wolf Harrison 1941 Drama, Adventure
Sergeant York 1941 Action, Drama
Blues in the Night 1941 Drama, Musical
Keeper of the Flame 1942
Reunion in France 1942 Drama, Romance
The Lost Weekend 1945 Drama
The Blue Dahlia 1946 Comedy
Two Years Before the Mast 1946 Drama, Adventure
Unconquered Garth 1947 Adventure, Drama, History
Border Incident 1949 Crime, Thriller
They Live by Night Chickamaw 1949 Crime, Romance
Fourteen Hours 1951
David and Lisa 1963 Drama
Nevada Smith 1966 0
The Missiles of October Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev 1974 Drama, History, Thriller
Mommie Dearest Louis B. Mayer 1981 Drama
Garbo Talks 1984 Comedy, Drama
The Great Gatsby Meyer Wolfsheim 2013 Biography