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Howard Da Silva ACTOR


Howard Da Silva was born on May 4th, 1909 in Cleveland, Ohio with the last name Silverblatt, born to parents Benjamin and Bertha Silverblatt.  Originally, he was not an actor nor did have goals of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.  He found work as a steelworker but by the age of twenty switched careers and found work as a stage actor in New York City performing in such productions as, "The Cradle Will Rock" (1937). .
He began gaining more experience working on Broadway before he decided to relocate to Hollywood and attempt a career in films.  Some of his early film roles were on such features as, "Sergeant York" (1941) starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan, "The Big Shot" (1942), "The Omaha Trail" (1942), "Reunion in France" (1942), "Keeper of the Flame" (1942) starring Spencer Tracy, "Tonight We Raid Calais" (1943) and "The Lost Weekend". (1945)  
Along with working in the film industry, he remained working as a stage actor adding to his resume one of his best performances in the production of "Oklahoma!" (1943).  Sadly, he was one of 324 other actors, writers and directors who had to deal with the Hollywood blacklisting that took place in the early 1950's.  He was accused of being a member of the Communist Party and was investigated by the FBI.  He had to turn his focus back to working as a stage actor until the blacklist was finally lifted in the early 60's and he then returned back to film and television roles.   
Between 1974 and 1977, he appeared in a total of twenty six episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater along with such television series as, "The Doctors and Nurses", "Play of the Week", "The Defenders", "The Outer Limits", "Ben Casey", "The Loner", "The Fugitive", "N.Y.P.D" , "Kung Fu", "Archie Bunker's Place" and "American Playhouse".
Some film credits he added to his resume were in, "Nevada Smith" (1966) starring Steve McQueen, "1776" (1972), "The Great Gatsby" (1974), "Mommie Dearest" (1981) and his final film role was in 1984 in, "Garbo Talks".  He did not only make a name for himself in the industry as an actor, Da Silva also gained notice for working as a playwright and director for which he directed the television series, "For the People" (1965).  
Two years later, he passed away at the age of seventy six on February 16th, 1986 in Ossining, New York after suffering from lymphoma. 


1984   Garbo Talks 

1984   American Playhouse

1983   Masquerade 

1983   Archie Bunker's Place 

1981   Mommie Dearest 

1980   Power 

1980   The Greatest Man in the World 

1978   When the Boat Comes In 

1978   Great Performances

1977   The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 

1977   Insight 

1976   The American Parade

1974   The Missiles of October

1974   The Great Gatsby 

1974   Smile Jenny, You're Dead

1973   Kung Fu 

1973   Love, American Style 

1972   1776 

1972   Keep the Faith 

1968   Mannix 

1967   Gentle Ben

1967   N.Y.P.D. 

1966   The Fugitive

1966   Nevada Smith

1966   The Loner

1966   The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 

1965   Ben Casey 

1965   For the People 

1964   The Outer Limits 

1963-1964  The Defenders 

1964   The Outrage 

1964   Hamlet

1963   The Doctors and the Nurses

1963   It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 

1963   East Side/West Side 

1962   David and Lisa

1959   Play of the Week 

1951   Slaughter Trail 

1951   M

1951   Three Husbands

1951   Fourteen Hours

1950   Tripoli 

1950   Wyoming Mail 

1950   The Underworld Story 

1950   The Silver Theatre

1950   The Bigelow Theatre 

1949   Border Incident

1949   The Great Gatsby

1949   They Live by Night

1947   Unconquered

1947   Blaze of Noon 

1946   The Blue Dahlia 

1946   Two Years Before the Mast

1945   The Lost Weekend 

1945   Duffy's Tavern 

1943   Tonight We Raid Calais 

1942   Keeper of the Flame 

1942   Reunion in France 

1942   The Omaha Trail

1942   The Big Shot 

1942   Juke Girl

1942   Native Land 

1942   Bullet Scars 

1942   Wild Bill Hickok Rides 

1942   Five Were Chosen 

1941   Steel Against the Sky

1941   At the Stroke of Twelve

1941   Blues in the Night

1941   Nine Lives Are Not Enough 

1941   Navy Blues 

1941   Three Sons o' Guns 

1941   Bad Men of Missouri 

1941   Sergeant York 

1941   Strange Alibi 

1941   The Sea Wolf 

1941   The Dog in the Orchard

1940   I'm Still Alive

1940   Abe Lincoln in Illinois

1938   Marie Antoinette

1935   Once in a Blue Moon

Matinee Classics - Reunion in France starring John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Philip Dorn, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, John Carradine, Ann Ayars, Edward Bromberg, Moroni Olsen, Henry Daniell and Howard Da Silva
Matinee Classics - Fourteen Hours starring Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Be Geddes, Debra Paget, Agnes Moorehead, Robert Keith, Howard Da Silva, Jeffrey Hunter, Martin Gabel, Grace Kelly, Frank Faylen, Jeff Corey, James Millican and Donald Randolph
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Margaret Wycherly, Dickie Moore, Ward Bond, Noah Beery Jr., June Lockhart, Clem Bevans, Howard Da Silva, Charles Trowbridge, Harvey Stephens, David Bruce, Victor Kilian, Tully Marshall and Jane Isbell
Matinee Classics - The Big Shot starring Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters, Stanley Ridges, Minor Watson, Chick Chandler, Joe Downing, Howard Da Silva, Murray Alper, Roland Drew, John Ridgely, Joe King, John Hamilton, Virginia Brissac, William Edmunds, Virginia Sale, Ken Christy and Wallace Scott

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