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'Scarface' Star Geno Silva Dies at 72

Published Mon May 18 2020 By Eden
'Scarface' Star Geno Silva Dies at 72

The 'Scarface' assassin Geno Silva passes away at 72.

Geno Silva, the actor well renowned as the sunglass-wearing gunman who ended Tony Montana, portrayed by Al Pacino in 'Scarface,' took his final breath. He was 72.

The actor's family wrote in the Legacy Obituary, revealing Silva succumbed on May 9 of complications induced by frontotemporal degeneration, a type of dementia he was suffering from for the last 15 years.

Watch: Scarface (1983) Blu-Ray Release Trailer

Silva enjoyed a career in cinema and television spanning four decades, featuring in more than 100 films including 'Tequila Sunrise' in 1988, 'Amistad' and 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park,' by Steven Spielberg, 'Mulholland Drive' by David Lynch in 2001, and acting opposite Vin Diesel in F. Gary Gray's 'A Man Apart' in 2003.

Yet, Silva truly left his mark in the big screens as the secret assailant identified as "The Skull" in 'Scarface.' When Pacino's drug-filled mob boss Tony Montana rages at an army of assassins covering his body with weapons, "The Skull" steps behind Montana and executes him with a shotgun.

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On small screens, Silva starred in 'Hill Street Blues' (1986), '227' (1987), 'Miami Vice' (1988), 'MacGyver' (1991), 'Key West' (1993), and 'Walker, Texas Ranger' (1996). In addition, the actor portrayed Senator Vrax in 'Star Trek: Enterprise' episodes 'United' and 'The Aenar.'

Check Out: Scarface (1983) Ending Shootout and Tony Montana's Death

Friend Laura Fuino, who bumped into Silva at the 'Scarface' set, said the guy was much different from the intimidating character he played in the movie.

He played all the tough guys, but he was very well-read and elegant. He was just a kind, caring person, a real gentle giant.

Silva is survived by his wife, Pamela, his daughter, Lucia, and two grandchildren.

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