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Frank Silvera

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Frank Silvera (July 24, 1914 – June 11, 1970) was an American actor and theatrical director. Silvera was born in Kingston, Jamaica the son of a mixed race Jamaican mother, Gertrude Bell and Spanish Jewish father, Alfred Silvera. His family emigrated to the United States when he was six-years old, settling in Boston. Silvera became interested in acting and began performing in amateur theatrical groups and at church. He graduated from English High School of Boston and then studied at Boston University, followed by the Northeastern Law School. Silvera left Northeastern Law School in 1934, when he was cast in Paul Green's production of Roll Sweet Chariot. He next joined the New England Repertory Theatre where he appeared in productions of MacBeth, Othello and The Emperor Jones. He also worked at Federal Theatre and with the New Hampshire Repertory Theatre. In 1940, Silvera made his Broadway debut in a small role in Big White Fog. His career was interrupted in 1942, when he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He was assigned to Camp Robert Smalls, where he and Owen Dodson were in charge of entertainment. Silvera directed and acted in radio programs and appeared in USO shows. Honorably discharged at the war's end in 1945, he joined the cast of Anna Lucasta and became a member of the Actors Studio. In 1952, Silvera made his film debut in the western, The Cimarron Kid. Because of his strongly Latin appearance, he was cast in a variety of ethnic roles in films and television. He was cast as General Huerta in Viva Zapata! which starred Marlon Brando. Silvera also portrayed the role in the stage production, which opened at the Regent Theatre in New York City on February 28, 1952. He appeared in two films directed by Stanley Kubrick, Fear and Desire (1953) and Killer's Kiss (1955). Silvera made guest appearances in numerous television series, mainly dramas and westerns, including Studio One in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bat Masterson, Thriller, Riverboat, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Untouchables, and Bonanza. In 1962 he portrayed Dr. Koslenko in The Twilight Zone episode "Person or Persons Unknown", opposite Richard Long. That year, he also played Minarii, a Polynesian man in the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty, again starring Marlon Brando. In 1963, Silvera was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for playing Monsieur Duval in The Lady of the Camellias. In 1964, Silvera and Vantile Whitfield founded the Theatre of Being, a Los Angeles-based theatre dedicated to providing black actors with non-stereotypical roles. One of their first projects was producing The Amen Corner by African-American writer James Baldwin. Silvera and Whitfield financed the play themselves and with donations from friends. It opened on March 4, 1964 and would gross $200,000 within the year, moving to Broadway in April 1965. Beah Richards won critical acclaim for her performance as the lead. Silvera was killed on June 11, 1970, after accidentally electrocuting himself while repairing a garbage disposal unit in his kitchen sink. Description above from the Wikipedia article Frank Silvera, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 24, 1914 In Kingston, British West Indies [now Kingston, Jamaica]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2003-08-22
Known For
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of Hombre
Poster of Mutiny on the Bounty
Poster of A Visit to Picasso
Movie Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Himself 2003-08-22
Movie Perilous Voyage Gen. Salazar 1976-06-29
Movie The Boy from Dead Man's Bayou Uncle Maxim 1971-02-09
Movie Valdez Is Coming Diego 1971-04-09
Movie Che! Goatherd 1969-06-27
Movie Guns of the Magnificent Seven Lobero 1969-07-14
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Movie The Young Loner Carlos 1968-02-25
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Stalking Moon Major 1968-12-25
Movie Uptight Kyle 1968-12-28
Movie The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Nick Sorello 1967-06-30
Movie Hombre Mexican Bandit 1967-03-21
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series The Rat Patrol Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie The Appaloosa Ramos 1966-09-14
Movie The Greatest Story Ever Told Caspar 1965-02-15
Series I Spy Munoz 1965-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Movie Toys in the Attic Henry Simpson 1963-07-31
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Unknown 1963-09-29
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series The Beachcomber Unknown 1962-02-20
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Minarii 1962-11-08
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Movie Heller in Pink Tights Santis 1960-03-01
Movie The Mountain Road Colonel Kwan 1960-06-15
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Key Witness Det. Rafael Torno 1960-10-06
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Johnny Ringo Bevinetto 1959-10-02
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Dr. Koslenko 1959-10-02
Movie Crime and Punishment USA Lt. Porter 1959-11-01
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Decoy Unknown 1957-10-14
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Crowded Paradise Papa Diaz 1956-06-21
Movie Death Tide Eric 1955-01-25
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Killer's Kiss Vincent Rapallo 1955-10-01
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Fear and Desire Mac 1953-04-01
Movie White Mane Narrator (English) (voice) 1953-12-11
Movie The Cimarron Kid Stacey Marshall 1952-01-13
Movie The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Council Administrator Arturo dos Santos 1952-08-20
Movie Viva Zapata! Huerta 1952-02-07
Movie The Fighter Paulino 1952-05-23
Movie A Visit to Picasso Commentator 1949-01-01
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07