According to a report, in John Frankenheimer’s timeless thriller ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962), Silva played Chunjin, Laurence Harvey’s Korean houseboy for Raymond Shaw and a Communist cop who engages in a thrilling, expertly choreographed martial arts duel with Frank Sinatra’s Major Bennett Marco. at Shaw’s New York apartment.
Silva starred in a number of other films alongside Sinatra, such as the 1960 Rat Pack classic “Ocean’s Eleven,” which also featured Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and the 1962 western ‘Sergeants 3’.
Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin posted on Twitter: “Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the nicest, kindest and most talented boys I have had the pleasure of calling my friend,” as the first to say his report death. He was the last surviving cast member from the first Oceans 11 movie. Henry, you are loved and will be missed.
Silva grew up in Harlem, Spain, after being born in Brooklyn. His parents were Italian and Puerto Rican, according to the book “Hispanics in Hollywood.” He dropped out of school at the age of 13 and started with
acting classes, sustaining herself by working as a dishwasher and then as a server. In 1955 Silva applied to the
Actors Studio and was selected as one of five students out of 2,500 applicants.
He made his film debut in the movie ‘Viva Zapata!’ from 1952 by Elia Kazan. with Marlon Brando and his television
debut at ‘Armstrong Circle Theatre’ in 1950, both uncredited. Silva married twice in the 1950s; his third marriage, to Ruth Earl, lasted from 1966 to 1987 before ending in divorce.