Henry Silva, Actor in ‘Ocean’s 11’, Dies at 95

Henry Silva, who was best known for his roles in the films Ocean’s 11 as well as The Manchurian Candidate has passed away. He was 95.

Scott, Silva’s son, said The Hollywood Reporter that Silva, who often played the role of the villain, had died from natural causes. He was pronounced deceased at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital Woodland Hills, California.

Deana Martin was the daughter of Dean Martin, Ocean’s 11actor, and mourned her loss via Twitter.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva,” she wrote. She also stated that Silva was “the last star of Oceans 11 Movie.” Henry, we love you and will miss you.

In 1960’s Ocean’s 11, Silva was a co-star with Frank Sinatra. He played a Las Vegas casino thief. For three more films, he teamed up again with Sinatra. He was also featured in the 2001 Ocean’s remake as a boxing spectator.

1963 saw Silva star as the title character of Johnny Cool. His co-stars were members the infamous Rat Pack, which included Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

Over 130 films were part of Silva’s career. These included The Return of Mr. Moto and The Italian ConnectionThe Boss was also featured. Weapons of Death. Silva was a guest star in many well-known shows, including Hawaii Five-O and Mission: Impossible.

According to Deadline, he also directed several other films in Europe.

Silva has previously spoken out about how his Spanish Harlem upbringing prepared him for the role of the villain throughout his long career.

He told Variety journalist Diane Haithman that he saw many things in Harlem in 1985. “It was a place where you could only live on one block but want to travel a few blocks away. You had to bring a couple of guys or you’d get your arse kicked.”

He said that his long and successful career was due to the fact that all the heavies that I played were leaders. I don’t play wishy-washy roles. These are interesting roles because you’ll always remember the guys when you leave the theatre.”

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