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Howard Da Silva Overview:

Character actor, Howard Da Silva, was born Howard Silverblatt on May 4, 1909 in Cleveland, OH. Da Silva died at the age of 76 on Feb 16, 1986 in Ossining, NY and was cremated and his ashes give to family or friend.

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A surly-looking, Broadway-trained American actor, Howard Da Silva was a very useful off-centre villain whose career was stopped in its tracks by the McCarthy Blacklist. He was fired from the film, Slaughter Trail (1951), on which he was working, and spent 11 years in the wilderness. Unsurprisingly, his film career failed to recover, although he made sporadic returns to movies mainly in biting cameo roles, since 1962.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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J.B. Murray, City Editor: Stand by the news, and the news will stand by you!


Jack Bearnes: How do I know you won't double-cross me?
Owen Parkson: You don't. It's dealer's choice and I'm the dealer.


Eddie Harwood: I know I've got lots of faults, but being in love with you isn't one of them, is it?


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Was the star of the historic Unit 891 production of Marc Blitzstein's "Camera Three: The Cradle Will Rock (#10.13)" (1964).

Although he was named by writer Martin Berkeley, he was investigated by the FBI as member of the Communist Party and was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He testified on March 21, 1951 and was the first witness from Hollywood to invoke the Fifth Amendment objecting to being called to testify against himself. As a result he was listed in Red Channels and could find no more work in Hollywood and Broadway for one decade.

Suffered a heart attack during the Broadway run of 1776 (1972), making him unable to attend the cast recording sessions. Understudy Rex Everhart took over the role and can be heard on the cast recording.

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