Actor Ron Silver, 62, Dies Of Cancer
'West Wing' Alum Battles Disease For 2 Years
POSTED: Sunday, March 15, 2009
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NEW YORK -- Actor Ron Silver has died in New York City after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer.
The Creative Coalition Executive Director Robin Bronk said the 62-year-old, who co-founded the nonprofit, died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning.
Silver won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" and did a political about-face from loyal Democrat to Republican activist after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Silver earned an Emmy nomination for a recurring role as a slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing." And Silver himself had a long history of balancing acting with left-leaning social and political causes.
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