Henry Silva, a prolific character actor who played villains and tough guys in films such as “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and others, has died at 95.
Silva’s son Scott Silva said his father died at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, of natural causes on Wednesday.
New York City native Silva was a teenager in the 1940s when he dropped out of school.
In the following decade, he continued his studies at the Actors Studio, where Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara also studied.
After retiring from acting in 2001, he enjoyed a long and busy career in film and television.
In the 1950s, he had a breakthrough role as the narcotics dealer in “A Hatful of Rain.”
As a supporting actor, Silva appeared in two of Frank Sinatra’s best-known early 1960s movies.
The first was “Ocean’s Eleven,” a Las Vegas heist film that starred Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other Rat Pack members.
The other was “The Manchurian Candidate,” featuring Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh in a Cold War thriller.
Silva appeared in the 2000 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
In a tweet, Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin paid tribute to him, “Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva.”
She continued, “One of the nicest, kindest, and most talented men I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friend. He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11 Movie.”
Silva has also appeared in television series such as “Wagon Train” and “The F.B.I..”
Among his other film appearances were Jerry Lewis’ “Cinderfella,” Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy,” and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”
One of his admirers, Jim Jarmusch, directed the 1999 release Ghost Dog which featured him as a mobster.