Rita Cosby With Nicole Miller, Ron Silver And Tomaczek Bednarek

Broadway and Hollywood star Ron Silver lost his battle with esophageal cancer. The famed actor was 62. The award-winning icon, passed away on Sunday following a lengthy battle with the disease, and was surrounded by his family, according to friend and colleague Robin Bronk. He says, "Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning. "He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years and his family is making arrangements for a private service." Silver first appeared on the big screen in 1976’s Tunnel Vision and enjoyed a very long career in film, television, theatre and later as a political pundit on the radio. The star had roles in Garbo Talks and Enemies: A Love Story, Silver played the recurring role of presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing from 2001 to 2006. The Thespian also received high praise for his turn as a Hollywood producer in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, which won him a Tony Award. He is survived by his son, Adam, and daughter Alexandra.

Editors Note: Having met and photographed Ron Silver many times, this class A star will be missed. I remember one time I was hanging out with this television star and we ran into Ron. The star who I won't name, was asked by Ron who I was. She told him "her photographer". He looks at me and say's, " She brings her own paparazzi with her? This is great. Good idea. I need to get my own paparazzi to bring with me". This was Ron. He was a sweet, fun and polite guy. He was a fixture around New York City. He had that old Hollywood class, where he treated the press with respect. He was nice to everyone. We will miss him dearly.
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