Over the weekend, I was telling a friend what a great job I thought James Cromwell did as George H.W. Bush in the film “W.”
The name James Cromwell didn’t ring a bell, and I said, “Oh, he’s one of those guys you’d know if you saw him.”
Ron Silver was one of those guys too.
Silver died Sunday. He was only 62.
Silver was the kind of actor who made bad TV tolerable, and good TV great. In the right role (“West Wing”), I thought he was the Pacino of the small screen.
Silver brought passion to his acting, and passion to his politics. His career suffered this decade, not because of terminal cancer, but because of his startling about-face from outspoken liberal Democrat to staunch supporter of President Bush and the war in Iraq.
When I IMDB‘d him, I was startled to discover the steadiest job he ever had was on the forgettable NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet.” I inexplicably remember him for a one-shot on “Rhoda,” and for being part of one of “Wiseguy’s” better story arcs.
And we will all remember him for being “one of those guys.”