The death of veteran film, television and stage actor Geno Silva was announced by his family Sunday.
Silva died peacefully at his Los Angeles home May 9 from complications of frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a form of dementia. He was 72.
Silva's career spanned more than four decades and included more than 100 film, television and theatre credits, his family said.
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He is remembered for his iconic role as "The Skull" in Scarface, a hitman who never spoke a word while killing Al Pacino's Tony Montana in the movie's climactic ending, relatives said. The role earned Silva the seventh- place slot on a Top 20 Best Henchmen in Cinema History list.
Other film credits include "Mulholland Drive," "Amistad," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "A Man Apart," "Tequila Sunrise" and "Zoot Suit." Silva appeared on many television shows, including "Star Trek Enterprise," "Miami Vice," "Hill Street Blues," and as a series regular (Hector Allegria) on FOX's "Key West."
He appeared on Broadway with Edward James Olmos in "Zoot Suit."
Silva is survived by his wife, Pamela Phillips Silva; daughter, Lucia Silva; grandchildren Eva and Levon Redman; and sister, Elizabeth Gallegos.