Actor Ron Silver dies at age 62

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Actor and political activist Ron Silver died this morning at his home in New York, according to the New York Post.

He was 62 and had been bravely battling esophageal cancer for the last two years.

Born in New York City, Silver made his film debut in Tunnel Vision in 1976. He has been featured in such diverse films as Mr. Saturday Night, Timecop and Ali. He also portrayed presidential campaign advisor Bruno Gianelli on The West Wing.

In 2008, he began hosting The Ron Silver Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, which focused on politics and public affairs.

A self-identified Democrat for many years, Silver became an outspoken supporter for President George W. Bush and was appointed Chairman for the Millennium Committee by Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

His last public appearance came on Larry King Live in late October just before last year’s presidential election.