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Fine Silver

Posted on 2009.03.16 at 22:26
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: Days Are Numbers (The Traveler) - Alan Parson Project
A respectful tip of the cap in memory of actor Ron Silver, who passed away yesterday. If you peruse his listing on imdb.com, you’ll see that he amassed a huge body of work in feature films, television, and Broadway. In fact, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in 1988 for his work in the Broadway production of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. I’ve always enjoyed his work and have long considered him to be an elite actor. A particular favorite of mine was his portrayal of Alan Dershowitz in the film Reversal of Fortune, though he is probably more well remembered by the general public for his recurring role in The West Wing.

The greater shame is that his later work was overshadowed in some circles by his politics. Silver switched from a Democrat to a strongly pro-Bush Republican after 9/11. I have no comment on that here and now; I think it would be disrespectful to his legacy as a terrific actor for this post to devolve into political commentary, either pro or con. I will leave such material to those who are more inflamed by political sniping than by artistic edification. I hope that in, say, 20 years, we will simply think “fine actor” when we hear the name Ron Silver, regardless of our political orientation or sympathies.

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