Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV


      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Movie Trivia News Showtimes
      Trinidad Silva

      Trinidad Silva

      Highest Rated: 100% Alambrista (1978)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jan 30, 1950

      Birthplace: Mission, Texas, USA

      Character actor Trinidad Silva had a promising career that was cut short far too soon. Born in the small South Texas border town of Mission, Silva was living and working in Los Angeles by his mid 20s. His earliest acting credit came on an episode of the Robert Blake crime drama "Baretta" in 1977. Unfortunately, due to pervasive Latino typecasting of the time, most of Silva's television roles were as criminals or gang members on shows ranging from the police station workhouse comedy "Barney Miller" to the William Shatner action drama "T.J. Hooker." Silva's best and highest-profile TV role, as Jesus Martinez on the critically-acclaimed police drama "Hill Street Blues," transcended this racial stereotype; Martinez was a former street gang leader who became a community activist in an attempt to better himself and his neighborhood. Silva also played more uplifting roles in the illegal-immigrant dramas "Alambrista!" and "El Norte." While filming the Weird Al Yankovic comedy "UHF" in 1988, Silva was killed by a drunk driver who collided with his car in Whittier, California; the film was dedicated to Silva's memory.

      Highest rated movies

      Alambrista poster
      Colors poster Colors UHF poster
      The Milagro Beanfield War poster
      The Milagro Beanfield War
      Crackers poster




      61% 77% UHF Raul Hernandez (Character) $5.6M 1989
      61% 74% The Milagro Beanfield War Milagro Townsperson (Character) $12.7M 1988
      74% 71% Colors Leo "Frog" Lopez (Character) $46.1M 1988
      No Score Yet 54% The Night Before Tito (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stones for Ibarra Basilio Garcia (Character) - 1988
      0% 34% Crackers Ramon (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 93% Walk Proud Dagger (Character) - 1978
      100% 77% Alambrista Joe (Character) - 1978


      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Jesus Martinez (Guest Star) 1981-1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Hector Rivas (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Puente (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1979