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I have seen it done and cleaned up the results of one that did it. You don't want to go that way. It simply adds levels of frustration and pain to those left behind, no matter the intent on your part.
Uncurable deadly disease or the homeless moneyless existence.

Those are two things I would not tolerate.

Too used to the inside plumbing I guess
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Silver set up one of the greatest lines ever. As Dershowitz: "Claus, your a strange man"

Jeremy Irons as Claus Von Bulow: "You have no idea."

Irons later reprised this classic in The Lion King. Theater full of kids and parents, and when he delivered about 5 guys including me cracked up. Nobody else got it.
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Can't we all get along ?

Ron Silver had been out of acting for a while, due to a fight with cancer. In the last few years, Ron Silver had been better known as one of the few out and about conservative actors in Hollywood, though that was hardly the case before 9/11.

Before his political shift, Silver was better known as one of Hollywood's noteworthy character actors.

That is one of the reason Ron Silver is remembered today, after his pronounced death from cancer Sunday at age 62.

Ron Silver, like many New York City actors, was equally known for work in the theater. Silver's biggest break on stage was his Tony Award for Best Actor in David Mamet's Speed the Plow in 1988.

Two years later, Silver had his most noteworthy movie role, as famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz - complete with the curly hair and glasses. In Reversal of Fortune, Silver went toe-to-toe with eventual Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, in the retelling of the case of Claus von Bulow.

Silver also made appearances in movies like Silkwood, Ali, and Time Cop with Jean Claude Van Damme. On television, Silver was one of the many actors who came and went on The West Wing.

Prior to 9/11, Silver's political bent would have been in tune with The West Wing's liberal lovefest. Silver founded the left-leaning Creative Coalition in 1989, along with Christopher Reeve, and frequently devoted time to liberal causes.

But after 9/11 happened, Silver became the very definition of a 9/11 Republican. Silver switched allegiances to the Republicans and President Bush, becoming a registered independent. Silver even spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Of course, despite Silver's accomplishments, it didn't stop the Democrats from having most of the celebrity star power.

Silver, like most of the rare conservatives in Hollywood, claimed that being a Republican helped cost him work. Silver remained on The West Wing and did a share of TV guest spots, however. He was also the narrator of an anti-Michael Moore documentary that came out after Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004.
Ron Silver, Actor and 9/11 Republican, Dead at 62 - Associated Content
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^ Apparently not, according to Mr. Silver.

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But after 9/11 happened, Silver became the very definition of a 9/11 Republican. Silver switched allegiances to the Republicans and President Bush, becoming a registered independent.
There's some true Republican commitment.


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