Henry Silva, Johnny Cool and Batman: The Animated Series Actor, Dies at 95
Henry Silva, the longtime person actor with 140 acting credits to his name, has passed away at age 95. Silva was known for a variety of roles, including working with Frank Sinatra in Ocean’s 11 (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962) in which he played Roger Corneal and Chunjin, respectively. In addition to his longtime career in Hollywood, Silva also made many European films due to being conversant in both Italian and Spanish. Notwithstanding, our ComicBook.com readers could realize Silva best for voicing Bane in Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and The New Batman Adventures. According to Deadline, he passed away of natural causes at the Movie and Television Asset Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Brought into the world in Brooklyn, New York, Silva experienced childhood in Harlem where he began taking acting classes at age 13. He started out in Tennessee Williams’ 1953 Broadway show Camino Real. Silva’s first onscreen appearances were in episodes of the television series Armstrong Circle Theater and Lights Out in 1950. All through the 1950s, he appeared in various films and shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His 1960s started off strong with Oceans’ 11 and he proceeded to show up in Cinderfella, The Untouchables series, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Secret Invasion, The Stripped Kiss, Hail, Mafia, The Award, The Hills Run Red, the Tarzan series, Matchless, The Danny Thomas Hour, I Spy, the Mission: Impossible series, Hawaii Five-O, and more. One of his biggest roles of the ten years was playing the titular person in Johnny Cool.
For the next three decades, Silva’s career in film and television continued to flourish. In the 1970s, he appeared in films such as The Animals, The Italian Association, The Boss, Battle of the Godfathers, The Manhunt, Shoot, Tough Cop, Thirst, and more. He was also seen in shows such as The Sixth Sense, The F.B.I, Quark, and Buck Rogers in the 25th 100 years. Yet again in 1977, Silva appeared with Sinatra in the television movie Agreement on Cherry Street. In the 1980s, his movie credits included Sharky’s Machine, Megaforce, Cannonball Run II, Bulletproof, and Exempt from the rules that everyone else follows. Silva’s 1990s started off strong with Dick Tracy in which he played Influence. He first voiced Bane in 1994 and played Beam Vargo in Ghost Canine: The Method of the Samurai in 1999.
Silva’s final onscreen performance was cameoing in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven as a boxing spectator in 2001.
All through his life, Silva was hitched three times to Mary Ramus, Cindy Conroy, and Ruth Lord. He was partners with Wendy Christenfeld as of 1990 and is survived by his two sons, Scott and Michael Silva. Our thoughts are with Silva’s family at this time.