In the 1980s, Ron Silver was one of the most acclaimed and recognizable actors in the business, appearing in prestige films like Silkwood and Reversal Of Fortune, and originating the role of producer Charlie Fox in David Mamet's Broadway hit Speed-The-Plow. In the '90s, Silver migrated to television, serving lengthy stints on Chicago Hope, Veronica's Closet and The West Wing. In the '00s, Silver—long an activist for the state of Israel—switched allegiances from the Democratic Party to the Republicans, and began hosting a public affairs show on Sirius Satellite Radio. For the past two years, Silver has been battling esophageal cancer. He died yesterday at age 62.