Ron Silver - Rotten Tomatoes

Ron Silver

Highest Rated:   94% Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Lowest Rated:   0% Live Wire (1992)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York
Ron Silver was known for his extraordinary stage presence and high-energy portrayals of a variety of offbeat characters in films and on television. A native New Yorker, Silver studied Chinese at State University of New York at Buffalo and drama at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the Actors Studio. After receiving his bachelor's from S.U.N.Y., Silver earned a master's degree in Chinese history at the College of Chinese Culture in Taiwan and then returned to New York to study at the aforementioned acting studios. 1976 was a big year for Silver who debuted as a comedian in feature films (Tunnelvision), television (The Mac Davis Show), and theater (El Grande de Coca-Cola). He was also a regular cast member between 1976 and 1978 on the sitcom Rhoda, and then appeared in several made-for-television movies before appearing in Semi-Tough (1977). His feature film career picked up in the early '80s, but he did not get his first big break until he starred opposite Anne Bancroft in Sidney Lumet's Garbo Talks (1984). Silver earned critical acclaim in 1989 for starring in Philip Saville's Fellow Traveler as a Hollywood screenwriter forced to flee his family and friends to avoid getting blacklisted during the early '50s. That same year, Silver won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for starring in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow and scored a second film coup in Paul Mazursky's adaptation of author Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies, A Love Story. In the years to follow,, the busy Silver, who juggled his time between the three entertainment forms, became a respected mid-range star who could be counted on to deliver consistently strong, fine performances. As the '90s progressed, he moved into more lead roles playing everything from psychopaths (Blue Steel [1990]), senators (Time Cop [1994]), sleazy lawyers (in the TV medical drama Chicago Hope [1994- ]), and scientists (The Arrival [1996]). Silver died of esophageal cancer in 2009 at the age of 62.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet My Father's Will
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet New Orleans Animal Rescue
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Red Mercury
  • Sidney Lowe
2007
37% The Ten
  • Fielding Barnes
$0.6M 2007
61% Find Me Guilty
  • Judge Finestein
$0.7M 2006
No Score Yet Shooting Henry Hill
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Fahrenhype 9/11
  • narrator
2004
No Score Yet Spliced
  • Campbell
2003
No Score Yet Jack
  • Paul
2003
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story
  • Mike Fine
2002
39% Black and White
  • Actor
2002
65% Festival in Cannes
  • Rick Yorkin
$41.5k 2002
No Score Yet Exposure
  • Actor
2002
67% Ali
  • Angelo Dundee
$58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Ratz
  • Herb
2001
No Score Yet When Billie Beat Bobby
  • Bobby Riggs
2001
No Score Yet American Tragedy
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Cutaway
  • Brian Margate
2000
No Score Yet Exposure
  • Gary Whitford
2000
25% Black and White
  • Simon Herzel
1999
No Score Yet Mistaken Identity
  • Bert
1999
No Score Yet In the Company of Spies II
  • Tom Lenahan
1999
No Score Yet Love Is Strange
  • Tom
1999
No Score Yet The White Raven
  • Tully Windsor
1998
No Score Yet Rhapsody in Bloom
  • Mitch
1998
No Score Yet The Beneficiary
  • Guy Girard
1997
No Score Yet Skeletons
  • Peter Doyle
1997
No Score Yet Shadow Zone: The Undead Express
  • Valentine Cutter
1996
No Score Yet Deadly Outbreak
  • Col. Baron
1996
No Score Yet Danger Zone
  • Maurice Du Pont
1996
64% The Arrival
  • Gordian
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Director 2, LA
1996
No Score Yet Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story
  • Ron Kershaw
1995
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision)
  • Dr. Manuel Labor
1995
No Score Yet Kissinger and Nixon
  • Henry Kissinger
1995
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom?
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet A Woman of Independent Means
  • Actor
1995
43% Timecop
  • McComb
1994
No Score Yet Lifepod
  • Actor
  • Director
1993
33% Married to It
  • Leo
1993
No Score Yet Blind Side
  • Doug Kaines
1993
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Larry Meyerson
1992
0% Live Wire
  • Frank Traveres
1992
94% Reversal of Fortune
  • Professor Alan Dershowitz
1990
No Score Yet Fellow Traveller
  • Asa Kaufman
1990
71% Blue Steel
  • Eugene Hunt
1990
No Score Yet Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Big Time
  • Actor
1989
91% Enemies, a Love Story
  • Herman Broder
1989
No Score Yet A Father's Revenge
  • Max Greenwald
1988
No Score Yet Billionaire Boys Club
  • Ron Levin
1987
No Score Yet Eat and Run
  • Mickey McSorely
1986
No Score Yet Trapped in Silence
  • Doctor Jeff Tomlinson
1986
40% Oh, God! You Devil
  • Gary Frantz
1984
20% Garbo Talks
  • Gilbert Rolfe
1984
88% Romancing the Stone
  • Vendor
1984
75% Silkwood
  • Paul Stone
1983
40% Lovesick
  • Ted Caruso
1983
No Score Yet The Goodbye People
  • Eddie Bergson
1983
50% Best Friends
  • Larry Weisman
1982
83% The Entity
  • Phil Schneiderman
1982
No Score Yet Silent Rage
  • Dr. Tom Halman
1982
No Score Yet Word of Honor
  • David Lerner
1981
No Score Yet Tendre Poulet (Dear Detective) (Dear Inspector)
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Betrayal
  • Bob Cohen
1978
88% Semi-Tough
  • Vlada
1977
No Score Yet Shooting Henry Hill
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Bernie Adler
  • 2007
  • 2004
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Bruno Giannelli Bruno Gianelli Bruni Gianelli
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • 2004
  • 2003

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