It's another sad day in Hollywood. After a two-year long fight with esophageal cancer, actor and political activist Ron Silver passed away on Sunday, in New York City, at the age of 62.

On the political realm, there's certainly a lot to note -- with his work and his switch to "9/11 Republican" -- but in the realm of Cinematical, it's the movies that matter. Silver's impact on Hollywood was not that of a superstar or critical powerhouse, but of an intelligent and talented man who became an indelible piece of the cinematic puzzle.

Critically, it's hard to forget his work in films like the Oscar-winning Reversal of Fortune, Ali, or Silkwood. There is also his television work, as he came into our homes with Chicago Hope, Veronica's Closet, and The West Wing. But for me, I can't help but think of his sillier gigs, and how his bouts with heavy drama were balanced by the goofy action of a Timecop, or even better, time with a devilish and godly George Burns in Oh, God! You Devil.

Over his 34-year career, his presence on the big and small screens has been familiar and comforting, and he will definitely be missed.

Rest in peace, Ron Silver.
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