He battled esophageal cancer for two years and died today at age 62. Silver had a long career on stage, screen and film, winning Tony and Emmy awards, the latter as a slick campaign strategist on The West Wing. His TV credits included recurring roles on Chicago Hope and Veronica’s Closet, and his films included Ali, Reversal of Fortune, Silkwood and Semi-Tough. A co-founder of the non-partisan Creative Coalition, Silver stunned Hollywood when he abandoned his lifelong Democratic activism to support the Bush administration’s post-9/11 policies and wars. He then spoke at the 2004 Republican presidential convention in support of George W Bush. He also narrated 2004’s Fahrenhype 9/11, which tried to disprove Michael Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Silver accused liberal Hollywood of punishing him for his political about-face by withholding acting roles; whether true or not, the fact is Silver wasn’t working as much in recent years.
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