We think it both fitting and tragic that both the NYTimes and LATimes used a picture of Ron Silver from the 2004 RNC. Sure, he did some stuff in his life, movies blah blah, theater blah blah – but he endorsed George W. Bush. We didn’t know Silver personally, but we think he’d be cool with that.
Ron Silver, a versatile actor and independent-minded political activist who played Henry Kissinger, Alan Dershowitz and Angelo Dundee on the screen and supported Bill Clinton, Rudolph W. Giuliani and George W. Bush on the stump, died at home in Manhattan on Sunday. He was 62.
As for those who mock celebrity participation in politics, Silver told the New York Times in 1993: “What do you want us to do? Have affairs? Become drug addicts? We have a certain visibility and power in the society. We’re a celebrity-driven society. Why not use that to try to do a little good?”
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.