‘Scarface’ Actor Geno Silva Dies at 72 Due to Dementia

Geno Silva

One more famous name in the cinema fraternity leaves for his heavenly abode on the 9th of May 2020. Geno Silva, known for his iconic character of Skull in Scarface who shot down Al Pacino’s character left people mourning after he bid his final farewell. According to interview reports with his family, the reason for his death was Dementia. He was 72-years old at the time of his death and was suffering from acute Dementia. The name of the condition that affected him is frontotemporal degeneration. It is a rare disease that can cause continuous risks to the brain. The movie actor and theater personality are now survived by his daughter Lucia, wife Pamela, and his two beloved grandkids.

Geno Silva was born in the year 1948, on January 20th in New Mexico’s Albuquerque. He then grew up to be a natural actor who ended up portraying character roles in movies. Although his career started with the stage and theater, he has starred in some of the most iconic movies in the history of English cinema. While his role in Scarface had given him immense fame and popularity, there were several other characters that he played with ease.

His career begins in the 1970s and the last shows he did were Cane and Tortilla Heaven. Both of these were aired in 2007 after which the actor was confined due to increasing problems of Dementia. Before his 1983 success of Scarface, he did some great movies. For example, he started his career with Thomasine & Bushrod. Then he went on to perform brilliantly in The Quest, Rafferty, Mean Dog Blues, The Young Pioneers, and more amongst the many.

Movies and roles

In 1983, Geno Silva got his real ticket to fame when he became a part of the iconic movie Scarface. In this, he played the negative role of the Skull, who was a hitman. He won hearts with the scene in which he fatally shoots down Al Pacino’s character Tony Montana. It is one of those rare times when a negative character in such a role can steal the show like that. The fact that he was a character actor made him look effortless on-screen always. Talking about his last performances in 2007, Cane was a proper Drama while Tortilla Heaven was a fantastic comedy flick. Another stellar performance of Geno Silva was in the 2001 movie Mulholland. It was a directorial venture of the famous David Lynch and also starred Naomi Watts.

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Apart from the above-mentioned, Silva had worked in more than 60 movies and a bunch of TV shows during his working years. Some of his other big films included Amistad by Steven Spielberg and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Movies like Tequila Sunrise and A Man Apart were also huge hits. The former’s director was Robert Towne, and in the later, Silva associated with the famous F Gary Gray. Some of his best TV performances included Hill Street Blues, Start Trek: Enterprise and Alias, Days of Our Lives, Walker Texas Rangers, and Key West.

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