Frank Silvera biography

Frank Silvera

Actor, TV Actor

1914 – 1970

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Who was Frank Silvera?

Frank Alvin Silvera was a Jamaican-born American character actor and theatrical director. Silvera was known as "the man with a thousand faces" because of his ability to play a wide array of roles.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Boston, Silvera dropped out of law school in 1934 after winning his first stage role. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was active in numerous stage productions on and off Broadway and appeared in radio shows. Silvera made his film debut in 1952. Over the course of his 36-year career, he was cast in a wide variety of ethnic roles in film and television. Silvera also remained active onstage. Silvera was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award in 1963 for his role in The Lady of the Camellias. He founded The Theatre of Being, a Los Angeles theatre for black actors, in 1965. At the time of his death he had a recurring role in the NBC Western series The High Chaparral.

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Born
Jul 24, 1914
Kingston
Also known as
  • Frank Alvin Silvera
  • the man with a thousand faces
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Jamaica
Profession
Education
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • English High School of Boston
Died
Jun 11, 1970
Pasadena
Resting place
Long Island National Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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