He may not have been a household name to many. Even his face might not have been recognized if he had passed you by on the street. He wasn't on the A-List in Hollywood.
But actor Ron Silver had more courage than every Hollywood liberal put together. Hollywood loved him when he was "one of them". At one point, Silver helped found a coalition made up of some of the biggest liberals in showbiz, such as Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon.
But 9-11 changed all of that. You know the old saying, "A conservative is a liberal who was mugged yesterday"?
Well, Ron Silver became overnight what he and others have referred to as a "9/11 Republican". And although he switched his political affiliation from democrat to independent, he was a staunch defender of President Bush.
"Under the unwavering leadership of President Bush, the cause of freedom and democracy is being advanced by the courageous men and women serving in our armed services. The president is doing exactly the right thing. That is why we need this president at this time."
He said those words at...gasp...the Republican Convention in 2004.
I call him courageous because it is hard enough to make your views clear to everyone and to fight for what you believe in. But it is many times harder to do that in liberal Hollywood where anything to the right of Ted Kennedy is seen as heresy.
Ron Silver's views actually COST him work and credibility among his "tolerant" liberal colleges. You know, the liberals who are your best friend until you dare to speak your mind about something THEY disagree with...something that makes THEM feel uncomfortable.
He went as far as attacking one of the sacred cows of the left--Michael Moore--when he narrated the documentary "Fahrenhype 9/11".
""Michael Moore and that faction of the party was one of the factors that did not let me support the Democratic nominee this year. He is a charlatan in a clown suit," he said to the AP.
Ron Silver died Sunday at the age of 62 of esophageal cancer. He and his unyielding courage will be missed.