Ron Silver

The actor and co-founder of the Creative Coalition died today at age 62.

He’d long been a champion of liberal causes but turned away from many of his Hollywood brethen and offered support for President Bush and the war in Iraq. Citing national security, he joined other industry figures like Jon Voight and David Zucker in becoming so-called “9/11 Republicans.” Silver even spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Silver had a recurring role on “The West Wing,” appeared as Alan Dershowitz in “Reversal of Fortune” and as Robert Shapiro in the CBS O.J. Simpson miniseries “American Tragedy,” written by Norman Mailer.

In the 1990s, he cofounded the Creative Coalition, which advocates for the arts.

“They say that Hollywood is sex without substance, and Washington is substance without sex, so maybe the marriage of the two is mutually intriguing.”

Roger L. Simon of Pajamas Media has a tribute to the actor here, and LAObserved has more here.

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