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Howard Da Silva

Highest Rated:   100% 14 Hours (1951)
Lowest Rated:   20% Garbo Talks (1984)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Garbo Talks
  • Angelo Dokakis
1984
No Score Yet The Power
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Cafeteria
  • Critic
1984
55% 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
39% 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
67% 1776
  • Benjamin Franklin
1972
57% Nevada Smith
  • Warden
1966
No Score Yet The Outrage
  • Prospector
1964
75% 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
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor

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