Ron Silver, Tony Award-winning actor and outspoken political activist, died yesterday at the age of 65.
Silver, who won the Tony for playing a Hollywood producer in the original Broadway production of David Mamet's Speed the Plow, served as president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1991 to 2000. He also starred on the big screen in such films as Semi-Tough, Silkwood, Garbo Talks, Blue Steel, Enemies: A Love Story, Reversal of Fortune, Mr. Saturday Night, Timecop and Ali.
He received two Emmy nominations for his performances in The West Wing and the TV movie Billionaire Boys Club. His television work also included roles on the series Rhoda, Wiseguy, Chicago Hope and Veronica's Closet.