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Howard Da Silva
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|Known for:||The Lost Weekend, Mommie Dearest, 1776|
|Birth name:||Howard Silverblatt|
|Birthday:||4 May 1909, Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
|Height:||5' 10Â½" 1.79 m|
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TriviaAlthough he was named by writer Martin Berkeley, he was investigated by the FBI as member of the Communist Party and was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He testified on March 21, 1951 and was the first witness from Hollywood to invoke the Fifth Amendment objecting to being called to testify against himself. As a result he was listed in Red Channels and could find no more work in Hollywood and Broadway for one decade. Played Jud Fry in the original 1943 stage production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. Between 1974 and 1977, he appeared in 26 episodes of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as best supporting or featured actor in a musical for "Fiorello!". Played Benjamin Franklin on Broadway in the original production of 1776, in the movie version of 1776 (1972) and in a National Park Service film presented in the 70s and 80s at Ben Franklin's home at Franklin Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.