Silver, Ron 1946- (Ronald Silver)

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Silver, Ron 1946- (Ronald Silver)


Born July 2, 1946, in New York, NY; son of Irving Roy (in clothing sales) and May (a teacher; maiden name, Zimelman; some sources spell first name as Mae) Silver; married Lynne Miller (an editor), December 24, 1975 (divorced, July, 1997); children: Adam, Alexandra. Education: Buffalo State College, State University of New York, B.A., 1967; St. John's University, M.A.; studied law at Yale University, 1991, and studied in Spain and Taiwan; trained for the stage at Herbert Berghof Studios with Uta Hagen and at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. Politics: Independent.


Agent—Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Industry Entertainment, 955 Carrillo Dr., Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048-5400.


Actor. Actors Studio, New York City, member of company. Roosevelt High School (boarding school in Connecticut), Spanish teacher, c. 1960s; worked for the United States government in the 1970s, traveling to Cambodia, Japan, Taiwan, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam; worked as a social worker. Actors Fund, member of board of trustees. The Creative Coalition (advocacy group), founder and president; Israel Bond Society, president, 1988-89. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, member of council; also involved with various political candidates.


American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association (president, 1991-2000), Screen Actors Guild, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (member of council), Sabra Society (president), Council on Foreign Relations.

Awards, Honors:

Jeff Award nomination, best actor, Joseph Jefferson awards Committee, 1983, for Gorilla; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a play, and Drama Desk Award, outstanding actor in a play, both 1988, for Speed-the-Plow; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special, 1988, for Billionaire Boys Club; Gemini Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a leading role in a dramatic program, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1997, for Kissinger and Nixon; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 2002, for The West Wing; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performer in a children's, youth, or family special, 2005, for Jack; Israel Culture Award.


Television Appearances; Series:

The Mac Davis Show, NBC, 1976.

Brad Gabriel, The Stockard Channing Show, CBS, 1980.

Officer Mike Locasale, Baker's Dozen, CBS, 1982.

Tommy Wilmette, a recurring role, Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996-97.

Alec Bilson, Veronica's Closet (also known as Veronica, El secreto de Veronica, Les dessous de Veronica, Los secretos de Veronica, Os segredos de Veronica, and Veronican salaisuudet), NBC, 1997-99.

Bruno Gianelli, The West Wing (also known as West Wing and El ala oeste de la Casablanca), NBC, between 2001 and 2006.

Larry Goldman, Skin, Fox, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Sergeant Schwartz, Dear Detective, CBS, 1979.

Thaddeus Cohen, Kane & Abel, CBS, 1985.

Ron Levin, Billionaire Boys Club (also known as Beverly Hills Boys Club, Die Toedlichen Spiele der Yuppies, El club de los jovenes millonarios, Kuoleman klubi, Miljonaeaeripoikien klubi, and V.I.P.$. omicidi club), NBC, 1987.

Narrator, Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob (documentary), Fox, 1994.

Arthur Fineman, A Woman of Independent Means (also known as Les tourments du destin, Mia anexartiti gynaika, and Wechselspiel des Lebens), NBC, 1995.

Voice, "The Power and the People, 1898-1914," New York: A Documentary Film (also known as American Experience: New York—A Documentary Film), PBS, 1999.

Robert "Bob" Shapiro, American Tragedy (also known as Amerykanska tragedia), CBS, 2000.

Mike Fine, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story (also known as O espiao de patria—A historia de Robert Hanssen and Robert Hanssen—Maestro de espias), CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Bob Cohen, Betrayal, NBC, 1978.

Larry Cook, Murder at the Mardi Gras, CBS, 1978.

David Lerner, Word of Honor, CBS, 1981.

Dr. Jeff Tomlinson, Trapped in Silence, CBS, 1986.

Max Greenwald, Das Rattennest (also known as A Father's Revenge and The Rescue), 1988.

Asa Kaufman, Fellow Traveller, HBO, 1990.

Jordan Ford, Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files (also known as Forgotten Prisoners), TNT, 1990.

Isaac Seidel, The Good Policeman (also known as Downtown Cop, El buen policia, and Um policial como poucos), 1991.

Frank Traveres, Live Wire (also known as Blind Terror, Hydrotoxin, Blind haemnd, Explosion immediate, Explosiones mortales, Explosoes mortais, Gyujtohatas, Hilo mortal, Hydrotoxin—Die Bombe tickt in dir, Hydrotoxin—Die lebenden Bomben, I dinamitardi, and Kalman johde), 1992.

Doug Kaines, Blind Side (also known as Blindside), HBO, 1993.

Miles Terman, Lifepod, Fox, 1993.

Narrator and Henry A. Kissinger, Kissinger and Nixon, TNT, 1995.

Ron Kershaw, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (also known as Almost Golden), Lifetime, 1995.

Maurice Dupont, Danger Zone, HBO, 1996.

Peter Crane, Skeletons (also known as Saugatuck, Das Grauen in einer kleinen Stadt, Die verborgene Gruft, and Esqueletos), 1996.

Valentine, Shadow Zone: The Undead Express, Showtime, 1996.

Guy Girard, The Beneficiary, HBO, 1997.

Mitchell Bloom, Rhapsody in Bloom, Starz!, 1998.

Simon Herzel, Black and White (also known as Black & White, Bala na agulha, Black and White—Gefaehrlicher Verdacht, Czarne i biale, Doble filo, Dowod zbrodni, Indiziata di omicidio, and Murhaaja otteessa), 1998.

Tom Ainsworth, Love Is Strange, Lifetime, 1998.

Tully Windsor, The White Raven, HBO, 1998.

Tom Lenahan, In the Company of Spies, HBO, 1999.

Herb Soric, Ratz, Showtime, 2000.

Lieutenant Brian Margate, Cutaway, USA Network, 2000.

Bobby Riggs, When Billie Beat Bobby (also known as Battle of the Sexes, Billie contre Bobby: La bataille des sexes, and Naer Billie slog Bobby), ABC, 2001.

Paul, Jack, Showtime, 2004.

President, Xenophobia, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, PBS, 1990.

Flix Special Edition, VH1, 1990.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990.

Hollywood and Politics, 1992.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986.

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988.

Presenter, The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991.

Presenter, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1991.

Presenter, The 46th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1992.

Presenter, The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1994.

Presenter, The 17th Annual CableACE Awards, TNT, 1995.

Presenter, The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Art, "Secrets for Sale," McMillan & Wife (also known as McMillan), NBC, 1975.

Enzo, "Hello Poppa," Big Eddie, CBS, 1975.

Sonny Michaels (some sources cite role as Gary Levy), "Mucho, Macho," Rhoda, CBS, 1975.

Ted Haller, "The Italian Bird Fiasco," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), NBC, 1976.

Sam Weiser, "Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983.

Sam Weiser, "Life in the Minors," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983.

Driving instructor, "Drive, She Said," Trying Times, PBS, 1987.

David Sternberg, "7th Avenue Freeze Out," Wiseguy, CBS, 1988.

David Sternberg, "All or Nothing," Wiseguy, CBS, 1989.

David Sternberg, "Next of Kin," Wiseguy, CBS, 1989.

David Sternberg, "Where's the Money?," Wiseguy, CBS, 1989.

Attorney John Mockler, "Killing Time," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

Himself, "Ali," HBO: First Look, HBO, 2001.

Bernie Adler, "Paradigm," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2004.

Himself, On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren (also known as On the Record with Greta Van Susteren), Fox News Channel, 2004.

Himself, Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2004.

Himself, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNBC, 2005 (multiple episodes).

Bernie Adler, "Eros in the Upper Eighties," Law & Order: Trial by Jury (also known as Eskuedt ellensegek—Az utolso szo jogan, Kova laki: Oikeuden ratkaisu, New York, cour de justice, and Nomos kai taxi—Aponomi dikaiosynis), NBC, 2006.

Bernie Adler, "Talking Points," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2007.

Shelly Levine, "Night of the Living Dead," Crossing Jordan (also known as Untitled Tim Kring Project), NBC, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Dr. Collins, The Return of the World's Greatest Detective, NBC, 1976.

Alec Bilson, Veronica's Closet (also known as Veronica, El secreto de Veronica, Les dessous de Veronica, Los secretos de Veronica, Os segredos de Veronica, and Veronican salaisuudet), NBC, 1997.

Himself, Heat Vision and Jack, Fox, 1999. Larry Goldman, Skin, Fox, 2003.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer, The Good Policeman (also known as Downtown Cop, El buen policia, and Um policial como poucos), 1991.

Director, Lifepod, Fox, 1993.

Film Appearances:

Dr. Manuel Labor, Tunnel Vision (also known as Tunnelvision), New Line Cinema, 1976.

Vlada Kostov, Semi-Tough, United Artists, 1977.

Dr. Tom Halman, Silent Rage, Columbia, 1982.

Larry Weisman, Best Friends, Warner Bros., 1982.

Dr. Phil Sneiderman (some sources spell name as Schneidermann), The Entity, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Paul Stone, Silkwood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Ted Caruso, Lovesick, Warner Bros., 1983.

Eddie Bergson, The Goodbye People, Embassy Pictures, 1984.

Gary Frantz, Oh, God! You Devil (also known as O ceu continua esperando, O moj Boze! Jestes diablem, Oh Gott! Du Teufel, and Piru merrassa), Warner Bros., 1984.

Gilbert Rolfe, Garbo Talks! (also known as Garbo Talks), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984.

Mickey McSorely, Eat and Run, New World Pictures, 1986.

Herman Broder, Enemies: A Love Story (also known as Enemies, a Love Story—en historie om kaerlighed, Enemigos: A Love Story, Feinde—Geschichte einer Liebe, Fiender—en beraettelse om kaerlek, I hat och kaerlek, Inimigos, uma historia de amor, Nemici—una storia d'amore, Vihassa ja rakkaudessa, Wrogowie, and Wrogowie—opowiesc o milosci), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989.

Alan M. Dershowitz, Reversal of Fortune (also known as A szerencse forgando, Die Affaere der Sunny von B., El misterio von Bulow, Il mistero von Bulow, Le mystere von Bulow, Mysteriet von Buelow, O reverso da fortuna, Odmiana losu, Onnen kulissit, Reveses da fortuna, and To gyrisma tis tyhis), Warner Bros., 1990.

Eugene Hunt, Blue Steel (also known as Acero azul, Aco azul, Blekitna stal, Blue Steel—Bersaglio mortale, Jogo perverso, Kek acel, Kylmaeae teraestae, Listeia sti Nea Yorki, and Testigo fatal), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990.

Leo Rothenberg, Married to It (also known as Casados con eso, Casados entre si, Di coppia in coppia, Dinner fuer Sechs, Matrimonios, Probleme casniciei, Sarilhos de casados, Sarilhos em familia, Sippuray Zugot, and Ystaevaet ja rakkaat), Orion, 1991.

Larry Meyerson, Mr. Saturday Night (also known as Der Letzte Komoediant—Mr. Saturday Night, El showman de los sabados, Mar Motzush, Mr. sabato sera, Sabado a noite, and Vitsivieteri), Columbia, 1992.

Senator Aaron McComb, Timecop (also known as Idoezsaru, Le flic du temps, Patrulha do tempo, Timecop—indagine dal futuro, Timecop—O guardiao do tempo, Timecop, policia en el tiempo, and Vremenski policajac), Universal, 1994.

Colonel Baron, Deadly Outbreak (also known as Deadly Takeover), LIVE Entertainment, 1995.

Phil Gordian and Mexican guard, The Arrival (also known as Shockwave), Orion, 1996.

Himself, Who Is Henry Jaglom? (documentary), First Run Features, 1996.

Second Los Angeles director, Girl 6 (also known as A rapariga: Codigo 6, Dziewczyna numer 6, Garota 6, Girl 6—sesso in linea, and Tyttoe numero 6), Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1996.

Gary Whitford, Exposure (also known as Naked Terror, Der Tod steht Modell, and Exposure—Gefaehrliche Enthuellung), Mainline Releasing, 2000.

Angelo Dundee, Ali (also known as Muhammad Ali), Columbia, 2001.

Rick Yorkin, Festival in Cannes, Paramount, 2001.

Campbell, The Wisher (also known as Spliced and A froid), Screen Media Films, 2003.

Narrator and himself, Fahrenhype 9/11 (documentary), Trinity Home Entertainment, 2004.

Narrator, Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60 (documentary), Citizens United, 2005.

Sidney, Red Mercury, Conquistador Entertainment, 2005.

Judge Finestein, Find Me Guilty (also known as Find Me Guilty: The Jackie Dee Story, Beni suclu bulun, Declaradme culpable, Find me guilty—uskomaton oikeudenkaeynti, Jugez-moi coupable, and Prova a incastrarmi), Yari Film Group, 2006.

Fielding Barnes, The Ten, ThinkFilm, 2007.

Stuart Curtis, My Father's Will, Yari Film Group, 2008.

Film Work:

Executive producer and (with others) director, Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60 (documentary), Citizens United, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Kaspar [and] Public Insult (double-bill), City Center Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Pepe Hernandez, El Grande de Coca-Cola, Mercer Arts Center, 1972, then Los Angeles, 1975.

(As Ronald Silver) First repairperson, Lotta, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Anspacher Theater, New York City, 1973.

(As Ronald Silver) General Chet Eastacre, More Than You Deserve, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1973-74.

The Emperor of Late Night Radio, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1974.

Ralphie, Awake and Sing, Hollywood, Los Angeles, 1976.

Lanx, Angel City, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1977.

Guy, In the Boom Boom Room, Long Beach Shakespeare Festival, Long Beach, CA, 1979.

Charlie, Gorilla, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1983.

Mel Simon, Friends, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 73, New York City, 1983-84.

Mickey, Hurlyburly, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1984-85.

David Kahn, Social Security, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1986.

He, Hunting Cockroaches, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, then City Center Theatre, 1987.

Charlie Fox, Speed-the-Plow, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990.

And, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Dr. Harry Hyman, Broken Glass, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1994.

Bill Graham, Bill Graham Presents (solo show), Canon Theatricals, Canon Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2000.



Himself, The Making of "Ali," Columbia, 2001.


Robert Lacey, Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life, Audio Literature, 1992.

Philip Roth, American Pastoral, Dove Audio, 1997.

Roth, Portnoy's Complaint, Caedmon, 1999.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Phoenix Audio, 2001.

Roth, The Plot against America, Recorded Books, 2004.

Roth, I Married a Communist, Phoenix Audio, 2007.



Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2004.

New York Times, October 14, 1991, pp. B1-B2; September 1, 2004.

People Weekly, May 7, 1990, pp. 73-75.

Washington Post, September 3, 2004, p. C4.