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Howard Da Silva was an American actor.

Biography

Born Howard Silverblatt in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and went on to join the Civic Repertory Theatre, appearing in a number of productions including twice playing Hodges in Alison's House. He also made his film debut in 1935.

Da Silva gained notice for his role as Jud Fry in the original production of Oklahoma!, and would appear in such memorable productions as The Sea Wolf and Mommie Dearest. He also appeared as a radio actor, appearing on CBS Mystery Theatre.

Da Silva passed away in 1986.

Singing

Da Silva was a versatile musical performer, and all of his musical stage roles were those he originated, including Larry Foreman (The Cradle Will Rock), Ben Marino (Fiorello!), Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and Benjamin Franklin in both the original cast and film version of 1776, though health reasons prevented him from appearing on the cast recording for the original stage musical.

Film

1776 (1972)

  • The Lees of Old Virginia (contains solo lines)
  • But, Mr. Adams (contains solo lines)
  • He Plays the Violin (contains solo lines)
  • The Egg (contains solo lines)

Stage

The Cradle Will Rock (1938)

  • Leaflets (solo)
  • The Cradle Will Rock (solo)
  • Finale/The Cradle Will Rock (reprise)(contains solo lines)

Oklahoma! (1943)(originated the role)

  • Pore Jud is Daid (duet)
  • Lonely Room (solo)

Fiorello! (1959)

  • Politics And Poker (contains solo lines)
  • The Bum Won (contains solo lines)
  • Home Again (contains solo lines)
  • Little Tin Box (contains solo lines)

1776 (1969)

  • The Lees of Old Virginia (contains solo lines)
  • But, Mr. Adams (contains solo lines)
  • He Plays the Violin (contains solo lines)
  • The Egg (contains solo lines)

Gallery

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