Ron Silver died of esophageal cancer yesterday. He was 62.
Back in the day, I used to play a game called "The Movie Game" with friends. Basically, Person A names a movie, Person B then has to name an actor in that movie, then Person A has to name a different movie that actor was in. It goes on and on like that until one person stumps the other. It's kinda like 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
The reason I mention this is because I would often use Ron Silver to stump my friends. I got to know many of his movies by studying his filmography on IMDB.
To celebrate his career, here are 5 essential Ron Silver movies:
The Arrival (1996)
Charlie Sheen, Ron Silver, aliens...what more could you want in a movie?
The Entity (1981)
A woman is constantly raped by a ghost and it's up to Ron Silver to figure out how to make it stop.
Eat and Run (1986)
A fat alien is going around eating earthlings and it's up to Ron Silver to figure out how to make it stop.
Silent Rage (1982)
The movie's tagline: Science created him. Now Chuck Norris must destroy him.
All that and it's got Ron Silver!
Van Damme, Silver, time traveling...this movie's got it all.
Ron Silver, you will be missed.