Ron Silver

(Ronald Arthur Silver)

Ron Silver
Ron Silver
  • Born: July 2, 1946
  • Died: March 15, 2009
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Political Activist









Ronald Arthur Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host, and political activist. As an actor, he portrayed Henry Kissinger, Alan M. Dershowitz and Angelo Dundee. He was awarded a Tony in 1988 for Best Actor for Speed-the-Plow, a satirical dissection of the American movie business.

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Acting is not about knowing all this stuff; it's about character.
Anyone who devotes time and attention to what makes people tick, to me, is a smart person. Time
Artists speak the truth to the public without fear of retribution or damage to their careers. Truth
But some actors I have met possess an intelligence that I can only dream of. It's about character, it's about behavior. They understand things about people that I simply don't see.
But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have?
For about the first ten years of my career, I wasn't terribly motivated.
I can't talk about foreign policy like anyone who's spent their life reading and learning foreign policy. But as a citizen in a democracy, it's very important that I participate in that. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
I do believe all actors are smart.
I don't even like to use the word relationship. I don't know what it means. Relationships
I had no desire from an early age to be on the stage.
I just don't get invited to the same dinner parties I used to like to go to.
I kind of dwindled into acting.
I kind of have a dilettantish spirit about me.
I saw and I met a lot of people who were in the field. It also provided a context in which I came to respect what the actor did, because I saw how difficult it actually was to do. Respect
I started getting jobs, and I thought it was going to be real easy.
I still think I'm going to do something else when I grow up.
I think it's good to meet smart people and talk.
I think you have an obligation to be an optimist. Because if you're not, nothing will change.
I was immature the way I handled the business. I saw myself as a tribune of the people. Business, Commerce & Finance
If I don't see my kids for six days, I start to get withdrawal pains.
If you don't think you want to go on a train and read the paper every day and work from nine to six at night, there was something about the uncertainty when I was younger which was very attractive. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm a 9/11 Republican.
In Europe, people in the arts are considered part of the intelligentsia; they are considered part of the elite.
Involvement in public affairs is a legitimate use of celebrity.
It made me think about a whole area of human activity that was not really a concern to me before that, because I was involved in reading Chinese history, or languages, or whatever. History
It's not like I'm the most famous person in the world. Fame
I've seen people with a tremendous amount of educational background in the field not turn out to be terribly good actors, and I've seen people with no education in the field turn out to be people that I admire quite a bit. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Nobody has a franchise on what is good.
Nothing gets a bigger laugh than when you refer to things like ethics or human rights.
The twentieth century has exhibited a barbarism and lack of respect for human life on a massive scale just about unknown before. Life ;Respect
Then I realized that to be really good at this requires a lot of energy and concentration and skill.
Too often in the past, U.S. leaders have forced Israel to pay the price for American strategic interests in the Middle East - through concessions in the peace process as well as passivity in the face of Iraqi attacks. War & Peace
Two, I actually learned a lot of things that served me very well when it came to repeating performances on stage, because it is a craft and you do need a technique for it.
You have to think an awful lot about your motivations or people's behavioral intentions or what their body language can indicate or what's really going on or what makes people sometimes do, sometimes, the irrational things they do.