( b. Jul 02, 1946 New York, New York, USA - d. Mar 15, 2009 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Ron Silver was a versatile actor and independent-minded political activist who played Henry Kissinger, Alan M. Dershowitz and Angelo Dundee on the screen and supported Bill Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani and George W. Bush on the stump.
Mr. Silver, who won a Tony Award in 1988 in David Mamet's high-speed Hollywood sendup Speed-the-Plow, was known for playing verbally deft, charmingly manipulative characters, and his persona off stage was, if not Machiavellian, then certainly engaging and persuasive.
His résumé was ample on stage, in the movies and on television. His Kissinger was in a 1995 television movie, "Kissinger and Nixon." In "Reversal of Fortune," the 1990 movie directed by Barbet Schroeder about the high-society trial of Claus von Bülow; (Jeremy Irons), he played Mr. Dershowitz, Mr. von Bulow's voluble lawyer. And he was Mr. Dundee, Muhammad Ali's trusted cornerman, in the 2001 film "Ali."
Mr. Silver also appeared on Broadway in David Rabe's play Hurlyburly, another Hollywood satire, and in movies that included "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989), Paul Mazursky's bittersweet comedy about a Holocaust survivor who somehow ends up with three wives, and "Blue Steel" (1990), directed by Kathryn Bigelow, about a commodities broker who becomes obsessed with a young policewoman (Jamie Lee Curtis) after he witnesses her shooting an armed burglar. On television he had recurring roles on several series, including "Rhoda," "Chicago Hope," "The West Wing" and "Veronica's Closet."
Intellectually curious and informed -- he spoke Spanish, studied Chinese and served on committees for the Council on Foreign Relations -- he was nearly as connected in Washington as he was in Hollywood and on Broadway, giving him a life away from performing that few other actors could match. Actually, he had a performing life that not many actors could match, either.
Source: The New York Times obituary