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Henry Silva, a legendary tough guy actor, passes away aged 95

, a legendary tough guy actor, passed away in California from natural causes

At age 95, Henry Silva passed away. He was a well-known character actor best known for playing villains and tough guys in movies like “,” “Ocean's Eleven,” and others. According to Silva's son Scott Silva, his father passed away on Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Country House and , California, from natural causes.

Silva, a talented actor with a successful career

Before quitting acting in 2001, he had a lengthy and active career in and television that included hundreds of credits.

He made his debut on stage and screen in the 1950s as a drug dealer in “A Hatful of Rain.” He appeared in supporting roles in two of Frank Sinatra's most well-known films, both from the early 1960s: “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Ocean's Eleven,” a Cold War thriller about brainwashing and the assassination of the president that starred Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Janet Leigh. (In his final acting role, Silva was chosen for the 2000 adaptation of “Ocean's Eleven,” which starred George Clooney and Brad Pitt.)

Contribution to both films and television series

Silva, a native of New York City, left school as a youngster in the 1940s. He was admitted to the Actors Studio the following ten years, where Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara were among his classmates.

In addition, Silva appeared on television series like “” and “The F.B.I.” and in movies including “Dick Tracy,” “Cinderfella,” and “: The Way of the Samurai,” which was directed by Jim Jarmusch in 1999, one of Silva's admirers, and in which he portrayed a mobster.

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