Henry Silva was shown at Ernest Borgnine’s 90th birthday celebration in a Los Angeles restaurant in 2007.
N.Y.C. — Henry Silva, who played bad men and strong people in films like “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” passed away at age 95.
According to Scott Silva, Silva’s son, his father died of natural causes on Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Henry Silva dies at 95
As an adolescent in the 1940s, New York City-born Silva decided to forego further formal education. The next decade saw him enrolled in the Actors Studio with future stars like Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara. His film and TV resume are extensive, and he only stopped working as an actor in 2001 after many decades.
In the early 1960s, he had supporting roles in two of Frank Sinatra’s most well-known films: “Ocean’s Eleven,” the Las Vegas heist film that was a showcase for Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other members of the “Rat Pack;” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” a Cold War thriller about brainwashing and the attempted assassination of a presidential nominee, starring Sinatra, Laurence Harrelson, and (Silva’s last film role was in the 2000 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” with George Clooney and Brad Pitt).
Dean Martin’s daughter Deana wrote, “Our hearts are shattered at the passing of our beloved friend Henry Silva, one of the sweetest, kindest, and most brilliant guys I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friend.”
His status as the film’s lone surviving star of Oceans Eleven is legendary.
In addition to his roles on “Wagon Train” and “The F.B.I.,” Silva also appeared in movies including “Dick Tracy” (starring Warren Beatty), “Cinderfella” (starring Jerry Lewis), and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (starring as a gangster and directed by one of his fans, Jim Jarmusch, in 1999).