‘Scarface” Actor Geno Silva passes on at 72

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Renowned Hollywood actor Geno Silva, who is best remembered for his role in the Scarface Movie – the assassin who killed Tony Montana, has passed on at age 72

Silva died at his home in Los Angeles on May 9 after suffering complications from frontotemporal degeneration, a rare form of dementia with which he had been afflicted for 15 years, USATODAY reports.

Born in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, on January 20, 1948, to parents Jerry and Lucille Silva, Geno grew up in the Barelas neighbourhood with his sister, Liz Gallegos and brother, Jerry Silva. After migrating to Los Angeles, Geno featured in over 100 films taking on lead and supporting roles as well as television shows and plays during his career that spanned four decades.

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In Scarface (1983), his action-figure character, The Skull, is one of the most memorable characters as he is the one who terminates Al Pacino’s Tony Montana during the film’s climax.

Silva also appeared in David Lynch’s critically acclaimed neo-noir Mulholland Drive (2001) starring Naomi Watts. Also in his resume include many box-office blockbusters such as Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) as well as A Man Apart (2003) from F. Gary Gray, 1941 (1979) and Tequila Sunrise (1988).

His television credits include Hill Street Blues, Days of Our Lives, Key West, Walker Texas Rangers, Star Trek: Enterprise and Alias. In 1994, he appeared in the Peter Sellars’ stage production of The Merchant of Venice with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. He reunited with Ortiz for Jose Rivera’s (The Motorcycle Diaries) off-Broadway production of Sueño.

Geno Silva is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter Lucia; grandchildren Eva and Levon; and sister Elizabeth.

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