Frank Silvera

Frank Silvera

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Frank Silvera (July 24, 1914 - June 11, 1970) was an American actor and theatrical director. Frank Alvin Silvera, Jamaican-born, he attended Northeastern Law School before becoming an actor after studying his craft at the Actors Studio. As a light-skinned African American, Silvera escaped the professional ghetto many black actors found themselves in during the 1950s and 1960s. Because of his appearance, and possibly because of his surname (which connoted a Portuguese Jewish heritage), Silvera was cast in a wide variety of ethnic roles in film, and was cast without regards to his color in the theater. He played the father of Ben Gazzara and Anthony Franciosa on Broadway in Michael V. Gazzo's A Hatful of Rain (a role portrayed by Lloyd Nolan on screen). Until the 1960s, Silvera played "white" characters on Broadway, such as his Tony-nominated performance as the father Monsieur Duval in The Lady of the Camellias in 1963. He threw off color-blind casting in 1965, when he financed his own production of The Amen Corner by the great African American writer James Baldwin.
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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134956864
  • 9786134956864