This Day In Jamaican History

On this day in Jamaican history: Hollywood actor Frank Silvera

Frank Silvera
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Frank Silvera- Photo courtesy of The Frank Silvera Writers’
Workshop Foundation, Inc.

On this day in Jamaican history: On July 24, 1914, Hollywood actor Frank Silvera was born in Kingston, Jamaica. As a light-skinned black man, he played and landed roles designated for whites. He once said he attempted to get a part in a TV drama as a black elevator operator. The producer rejected him as being too light-skinned. He left the producer’s office, then returned. “Am I light enough to play one of the white parts?” He got the job. Silvera was known as “the man with a thousand faces” because of his ability to play a wide array of roles.

Selected filmography 

Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Cimarron Kid Stacey Marshall
1952 The Fighter Paulino
1952 Viva Zapata! Victoriano Huerta
1952 The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Arturo dos Santos
1953 White Mane Narrator
1953 Fear and Desire Sgt. Mac
1954 The Lonely Night The Narrator
1955 Death Tide Eric Paulsen
1955 Killer’s Kiss Vincent Rapallo
1956 Crowded Paradise Papa Diaz
1959 Crime and Punishment U.S.A. Lieutenant Porter
1960 Heller in Pink Tights Santis
1960 The Mountain Road Col. Kwan
1960 Key Witness Det. Rafael Torno
1962 Mutiny on the Bounty Minarii
1963 Toys in the Attic Henry Simpson
1963 Lonnie Paco
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Caspar
1966 The Appaloosa Ramos
1967 Hombre Mexican bandit
1967 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Nick Sorello
1968 The Stalking Moon Major
1968 Up Tight! Kyle
1969 Guns of the Magnificent Seven Lobero
1969 Che! Goatherd
1971 Valdez Is Coming Diego Released posthumously
Year Title Role Notes
1951-1957 Studio One in Hollywood Various roles 2 episodes
1954 The Marriage Mr. Ramon Episode #1.1
1955 Producers’ Showcase Judge Episode: “The Skin of Our Teeth”
1957 The Seven Lively Arts John Episode: “The World of Nick Adams”
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive Sheriff Will Echert Episode: “Sheriff At Red Rock”
1958 Playhouse 90 Nick Serrello Episode: “Seven Against the Wall”
1958 Perry Mason Jonathan Hyett Episode: “The Case of the Fancy Figures”
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mr. Roderiguez Episode: “A Personal Matter”
1959 Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater Ysidro Episode: “Trouble at Tres Cruces”
1959 Decoy Andrew Garcia Episode: “Across the World”
1959 Bat Masterson Grasia Episode: “The Romany Knives”
1959 The Lineup Papa Vanetti Episode: “My Son is a Stranger”
1959 The Man From Blackhawk Kiczek Episode: “The Gypsy Story”
1960 Johnny Ringo Bevinetto Episode: “Shoot the Moon”
1960 The Law and Mr. Jones Garcia Episode: “Music to Hurt By”
1960 Thriller Cesare Romano/Charlie Roman Episode: “The Guilty Men”
1960 Hong Kong Kivori Episode: “Freebooter”
1960 The Rebel Cota Episode: “Deathwatch”
1960 Riverboat Colonel Ashley Episode: “Devil in Skirts”
1960 The Untouchables Dino Patrone Episode: “A Seat on the Fence”
1961-1964 Bonanza Various roles 2 episodes
1962 The Twilight Zone Dr. Koslenko Episode: “Person or Persons Unknown
1962 The New Breed John Hernandez Episode: “My Brother’s Keeper”
1962 The Beachcomber Various roles 2 episodes
1962 The Dick Powell Show Episode: “Borderline”
1963 The Defenders Ballin Episode: “The Last Illusion”
1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters The Indian, Speaks to the Wind Episode: “The Day of the Taboo Man”
1964 The Great Adventure Gambi Episode: “The Pirate and the Patriot”
1964 Channing Episode: “Memory of a Firing Squad”
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Alejandro Episode: “The Life Work of Juan Diaz”
1964 Mr. Novak Andy Towner Episode: “Boy Under Glass”
1964-1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Various roles 2 episodes
1965 Profiles in Courage Episode: “Hamilton Fish”
1965 Daniel Boone Marcel Bouvier Episode: “Daughter of the Devil”
1965 Rawhide Pajarito Episode: “El Hombre Bravo”
1965 Gunsmoke John Drago Episode: “Death Watch”
1966 I Spy Munoz Episode: “Crusade to Limbo”
1966 The Rat Patrol Arab Leader Episode: “The Chain of Death Raid”
1966 Run for Your Life Esteban Episode: “The Shock of Recognition”
1967 Dundee and the Culhane Luis Montoya Episode: “The Vasquez Brief”
1967 The Wild Wild West El Sordo Episode: “The Night of Jack O’Diamonds”
1967-1970 The High Chaparral Don Sebastian Montoya 14 episodes
1968 The Young Loner Carlos Television film
1968-1971 The Wonderful World of Disney Carlos 4 episodes
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. Nick Eugenides Episode: “The Vrahnas Demon”
1970 The Flying Nun Thomas Sebastien Martinez Episode: “No Tears for Mrs. Thomas”
1970 Hawaii Five-O Frank Kuakua Episode: “Paniolo”
1971 The Boy from Dead Man’s Bayou Television film
Aired posthumously
1976 Perilous Voyage Gen. Salazar Television film
Aired posthumously, (final film role)

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