Henry Silva, actor of Ocean’s Eleven, died at the age of 95, confirms his son
American actor Henry Silva has died aged 95, his son has confirmed.
Silva is best known for playing villains and badass in The Manchurian Candidate, Ocean’s Eleven, and other films.
Scott Silva, Henry’s son, told Variety his father died of natural causes Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.
The New York native dropped out of school as a teenager in the 1940s and over the next decade was accepted into the Actors Studio where Shelley Winters and Ben Gazzara were also students.
He retired from acting in 2001 after a long and busy film and television career that earned him hundreds of credits.
A breakthrough stage and screen role came for Silva in the 1950s as a drug dealer in A Hatful Of Rain and supporting roles in two of Frank Sinatra’s best-known films, both from the early 1950s. 1960: Ocean’s Eleven, the Las Vegas heist movie that was a showcase for Sinatra, Dean Martin and other members of the “Rat Pack”; and The Manchurian Candidate, the Cold War thriller about the brainwashing and assassination of the President starring Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh.
Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the kindest, kindest and most talented men I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11 movie. We love you Henry, we will miss you 🥲 pic.twitter.com/sFOFqRVuU7
— Deana Martin (@DeanaMartin_) September 16, 2022
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the kindest, kindest and most talented men I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend,” tweeted the daughter of Dean Martin, Deana Martin, this week.
“He was the last surviving star of the original Oceans 11 movie.”
You might also recognize Silva from TV series such as Wagon Train and The FBI.
He also had roles in films such as Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, Jerry Lewis’ Cinderfella and Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai which saw him play a gangster in the 1999 release directed by one of his admirers, Jim Jarmusch.