Silver will be remembered not only for his acting skills but also for his work as a champion of free speech and artists rights.
Born in Manhattan on July 2, 1946 he studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studio after graduating from St. John’s University with a Master’s degree in Asian studies.
“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found.
He was a staunch supporter of Bill Clinton, Rudolph W. Giuliani and President George W. Bush.
He is survived by his parents, who live in Manhattan; another brother, Keith, of Stamford, Conn.; a son, Adam, of Los Angeles; and a daughter, Alexandra, of Manhattan.