Monday, March 16, 2009

Ron Silver, RIP

Ron Silver passed away this past weekend due to esophageal cancer. Though he'd made an impact on stage and screen over the years, usually playing a steady stream of great bad guys in mediocre movies (TimeCop, ferinstance), I naturally remember him best as political strategist Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing, as he ran the campaigns for both Democrat Jed Bartlet and Republican Arnie Vinick.

Silver had come to new prominence in recent times due mainly to his political conversion in the wake of September 11th, and his subsequent strong advocacy for the Bush White House and Bush policies. Here's what I had to say about Silver back in '05, in the context of a broader discussion about the state of our current political discourse:
A few months ago, I saw actor Ron Silver on a C-SPAN interview he conducted with CNN's Jeff Greenfield. Now Silver, a devout "9/11 Republican" is someone whose politics I cannot disagree with more, at least as it pertains to the War on Terror and the Bush Administration. And yet here he was on television being articulate and charming, and I thought to myself, "I'd love to have a conversation with this guy." Not because he made such a strong case for his position that I was moved to change my opinion, but more because I felt such an exchange of ideas could be mutually beneficial.
What saddened me most when I heard about his passing was the knowledge that I'd never get the chance to have that conversation.

7 comments:

USpace said...

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God bless Ron Silver, he was a 'Liberal' who came to his senses about Jihadis and brutal Dictators. He knew they would destroy America, and Hollywood if they could. He realized that if America goes down the tubes, then the whole planet is doomed.

You were great Ron! Time Cop, Arrival, Wiseguy, and The West Wing among many were particularly good. Thank you for everything, especially your courage, RIP.
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Zaki said...

Man, I appreciate extra traffic, but I really wish you'd have kept the crazy out of a post that's meant for a respectful remembrance.

Feel free to hang around, though.

USpace said...

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Thanks, but I was being respectful to Ron. I bet he would have appreciated these absurd thoughts too, the first one here was inspired by him. Thank you for stopping by.

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Zaki said...

Thank you for stopping by.

*****

Last time I checked, and based on the masthead up top, it IS my blog, so...uh, no problem?

USpace said...

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Zaki - You're right, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have assumed that the solid visit I got from this post from Sunnyvale was necessarily from you. My bad? Cool blog and website though.

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Zaki said...

No, that was me. I didn't know that's what you were referring to. My apologies.

Thanks for the kind words about the site. Hope we can disagree without being disagreeable.

USpace said...

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You're very welcome, thank you for the inspiration! I should have been more clear at first. I totally agree, disagreeing without being disagreeable is the only way to potential mutual agreement.

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