Ron Silver

It's not hard for me to remember Ron Silver's first day of work on The West Wing. It was a table read of the first episode of the fourth season, and Ron, who died March 15 at 62, had been cast in the role of Bruno Gianelli--campaign director for President Jed Bartlet's re-election bid. His first line came about five minutes into the script, and as soon as he spoke, the 60 or so people in the room made an involuntary sound--you could hear people smile. This wasn't a Ron Silver impersonator; it was obviously Ron Silver. The one who was...

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