Howard Da Silva

Highest Rated: 100% 14 Hours (1951)
Lowest Rated: 14% Garbo Talks (1984)
Birthday: May 4, 1909
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Howard Da Silva worked the steel mills of Pennsylvania to pay his way through Carnegie Institute. After finishing his acting training, Da Silva went to work for Eva Le Galliene's theatrical troupe. He brought attention to himself by staging a one-man show, Ten Million Ghosts, which led to several years' work with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. On Broadway, the stocky, booming-voiced Da Silva created the roles of Jack Armstrong in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (a part he re-created in the 1940 film version) and Jud Frye in Oklahoma. His earliest movie appearance was in the Manhattan-filmed Jimmy Savo vehicle Once in a Blue Moon (1934), but Da Silva didn't gain cinematic prominence until signed by Paramount in the 1940s, where among many other choice assignments he was cast as the bartender in the Oscar-winning The Lost Weekend (1945). As one of most vocal and demonstrative of Hollywood's Left Wing, Da Silva became a convenient target for the House Un-American Activities Commission, and he was blacklisted. Unable to find movie or TV work, DaSilva returned to the stage in the 1950s, not facing the cameras again until 1962's David and Lisa (1962). Among his many memorable portrayals of the 1970s were Benjamin Franklin in stage and film versions of 1776, Nikita Khrushchev in the 3-hour TV drama Missiles of October, and his award-winning supporting performance in PBS' Verna: The USO Girl. Howard Da Silva also appeared in both the 1949 and 1974 versions of The Great Gatsby, playing the tragic garage owner Mr Wilson in the first version, and the Arnold Rothstein-like gambler Meyer Wolfsheim in the second.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
14% Garbo Talks Angelo Dokakis 1984
No Score Yet The Power Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Cafeteria Critic 1984
50% Mommie Dearest Louis B. Mayer 1981
No Score Yet American Short Story Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Franklin D. Roosevelt 1978
41% The Great Gatsby Meyer Wolfsheim 1974
83% The Missiles of October Nikita Khrushchev 1974
No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead Lieutenant Kenney 1974
69% 1776 Benjamin Franklin 1972
50% Nevada Smith Warden 1966
No Score Yet The Outrage Prospector 1964
73% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Airport Officer 1963
80% David and Lisa Dr. Alan Swinford 1962
No Score Yet M Carney 1951
No Score Yet Three Husbands Dan McCabe 1951
100% 14 Hours Lt. Moksar 1951
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Cavanaugh 1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story Carl Durham 1950
67% Border Incident Owen Parkson 1949
38% The Great Gatsby Wilson 1949
100% They Live by Night Chickamaw 1948
80% Unconquered Garth 1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
100% The Blue Dahlia Eddie Harwood 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast Capt. Francis Thompson 1946
100% The Lost Weekend Nat 1945
No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais Sgt. Block 1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France Anton Stregel 1942
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame Jason Rickards 1942
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail Ben Santley 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Cully 1942
No Score Yet Native Land Jim 1942
No Score Yet Blues in the Night Sam Paryas 1941
85% Sergeant York Lem 1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Murray the City Editor 1941
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf Harrison 1941
80% Abe Lincoln in Illinois Jack Armstrong 1940
No Score Yet Golden Boy Man in audience with Siggie 1939

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Critic
  • 1984
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Schultz
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Pete
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Calhoun
  • 1966
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

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