Ron Silver, best known for a recurring role as a slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on The West Wing has died. He was 62.
Silver died after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer.
The actor was nominated for an Emmy for his West Wing role. He played lawyer Alan Dershowitz in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune, starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Silver won the Tony Award for Best Actor in 1988 for David Mamet’s Speed the Plow.
Silver was a regular or had recurring roles on such TV shows as Veronica’s Closet, Chicago Hope and Wiseguy. He directed and costarred in the 1993 TV scifi movie Lifepod.
He also had a long history of balancing acting with left-leaning social and political causes, including support for President Bush, which he claims cost him work in Hollywood.