Geno Silva, a longtime actor who notably appeared in “Scarface,” has died at age 72, according to his family.
Silva died May 9 in Los Angeles after suffering from frontotemporal degeneration, a form of dementia, his family confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
Over several decades, he appeared in dozens of films, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” as well as David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” and many more. Silva also appeared on episodes of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Miami Vice,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and others.
In “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino, Silva played The Skull, a hitman who kills Pacino’s character, Tony Montana, in the movie’s climax.
Silva also appeared in a Broadway production along with Edward James Olmos in “Zoot Suit.”
R.I.P to actor Geno Silva.
He is best known for his role as Alejandro Sosa’s silent hitman in Scarface. pic.twitter.com/wSOCrNFlSX
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Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was mainly a character actor who appeared in more than 60 TV and film roles, according to his IMDB page. He last appeared on-screen in 2007’s “Tortilla Heaven” and in the TV show “Cane” during the same year.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter Lucia; grandchildren Eva and Levon; and his sister, Elizabeth.