Geno Silva, Who Played The Skull In ‘Scarface,’ Dies At 72
Geno Silva, best known for his role in 1983’s Scarface, has died. He was 72.
The actor died at his home on May 9 from a form of dementia called frontotemporal degeneration, according to various news outlets.
Silva is most famous for playing The Skull in Scarface, who’s the silent hitman who takes out Tony Montana (Al Pacino). The actor also starred in other movies like Tequila Sunrise, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Mulholland Drive and A Man Apart.
Silva was also an accomplished stage actor, starring in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit with Edward James Olmos on Broadway in 1979 (and starred later in the film adaption), and he appeared in The Merchant of Venice with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz in 1999, touring cities from Chicago to Hamburg, Germany. He also worked with Ortiz off-Broadway in Sueño by Jose Rivera.
He also appeared on TV shows like Walker, Texas Ranger; Miami Vice; Hill Street Blues; Alias and Star Trek: Enterprise.
Silva is survived by his wife Pamela; daughter Lucia; two grandchildren, Eva and Levon; and his sister Elizabeth.