Da Silva (Silverblatt), Howard

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DA SILVA (Silverblatt), HOWARD

DA SILVA (Silverblatt), HOWARD (1909–1986), U.S. actor. Born in Cleveland, Da Silva at first worked as a stage actor. After learning the craft he worked at the Civic Repertory Theater in New York until 1934 and later, he played in many theatrical productions and Broadway musicals including Alice in Wonderland, Waiting for Lefty, The World of Shalom Aleichem, Oklahoma, and Fiorello. He also directed plays and wrote the Broadway comedy The Zulu and the Zayde. Da Silva appeared in numerous films from 1936 including Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Nine Lives Are Not Enough, Lost Weekend, They Live by Night, David and Lisa, Topkapi, Nevada Smith, 1776 (as Benjamin Franklin), The Great Gatsby, The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, Mommie Dearest, and Garbo Talks.

[Jonathan Licht (2nd ed.)]