Silva was born in Albuquerque, NM, on January 20, 1948. He went on to have a career on stage and screen. In Scarface (1983), his Skull is one of the most memorable characters as he is the one who kills Al Pacino’s Tony Montana during the movie’s climax.
He also appeared in David Lynch’s critically acclaimed neo-noir Mulholland Drive (2001) starring Naomi Watts. His credits also include many big-banner movies such as Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) as well as A Man Apart (2003) from F. Gary Gray, 1941 (1979) and Tequila Sunrise (1988).
His television credits include Hill Street Blues, Days of Our Lives, Key West, Walker Texas Rangers, Star Trek: Enterprise and Alias. In 1994, he appeared in the Peter Sellars’ stage production of The Merchant of Venice with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. He reunited with Ortiz for Jose Rivera’s (The Motorcycle Diaries) Off Broadway production of Sueño.