This comes as a bit of a shock to me... I had no idea he was sick. I wasn't even aware of his Hollywood career but I remember seeing his speech at the 2004 Republican convention and saw him occasionally on news/punditry shows after that. He always came off as highly intelligent and confident in the West's eventual triumph in our current conflict. And he was one of the millions of Americans, myself included, whose politics were turned upside-down by the implications of the 9/11 attacks.
Silver, an Emmy nominee for a recurring role as a slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing," had a long history of balancing acting with left-leaning social and political causes.
But after the 2001 terrorist attacks, longtime Democrat Silver turned heads in Hollywood with outspoken support of President George W. Bush over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Look at what cancer had done to him by the 2008 Republican convention:
Rest in peace.