New York City tough-guy actor Henry Silva dead at 95

Brooklyn-born and Spanish Harlem-raised character actor Henry Silva — who early in his career appeared in movies with Frank Sinatra — is dead at 95.

A high school dropout, the tough guy actor had prominent roles in two films starring Sinatra — including the 1960 version of “Ocean’s Eleven,” which also starred Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., and the 1962 version of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Martin’s daughter Deana Martin tweeted her condolences.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend Henry Silva, one of the nicest, kindest and most talented men I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friend,” she wrote.

Variety reports that Silva’s confirmed his father died in a Woodland Hills, Cali., hospital Wednesday — one day short of his 96th birthday, according to his IMDB page.

Silva often played a gangster or villain during a long career that included appearances on TV shows “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Untouchables,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mission: Impossible.”

In the “Manchurian Candidate,” Silva engaged Sinatra in a martial arts showdown. Decades later, he appeared in the Chuck Norris film “Code of Silence” and Steven Seagal’s “Above the Law.”

He told Variety in 1985 that growing-up in Harlem taught him how to come across as a heavy who can hold his own.

“I never play a wishy-washy anything,” he said.

With News Wire Services