Geno Silva ‘Scarface’ actor dies at 72 from frontotemporal degeneration

The family of ‘Scarface’ actor Geno Silva announced the death of the film, television, and stage actor Geno Silva on Sunday. 

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Credit: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

The actor died peacefully in his house in Los Angeles on May 9 from complications of frontotemporal degeneration, a form of dementia. He was 72 years old.

Born: January 20, 1948, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Died: May 9, 2020

Spouse: Pam Silva

Education: Albuquerque High School

Silva was born in Albuquerque, the United States, on January 20, 1948. His role as The Skull Alejandro Sosa’s silent hitman in Scarface got fame in 1983, and it was the most memorable character. 

Silva has also appeared in many films such as 1941, Amistad, Tequila Sunrise, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A Man Apart, and Mulholland Drive.


Geno Silva appeared:

  1. In 1974 in Thomasine & Bushrod as Taffy    
  2. In 1978 in Mean Dog Blues as Tonto    
  3. In 1979 in Wanda Nevada in Apache Ghost    
  4. In 1979 in 1941 as Martinez    
  5. In 1981 in Zoot Suit as Galindo    
  6. In 1983 in Scarface as The Skull    
  7. In 1988 in Tequila Sunrise as Mexican Cop    
  8. In 1989 in My Mom’s a Werewolf as Dr. Rod Rodriguez    
  9. In 1991 in Night Eyes 2 as Luis    
  10. In 1996 in Walker Texas Ranger as El Coyote    
  11. In 1997 in The Lost World: Jurassic Park as Carlos, Barge Captain    
  12. In 1997 in Amistad as Ruiz    
  13. In 2001 in Mulholland Drive as Hotel Manager / Emcee    
  14. In 2003 in A Man Apart as Memo Lucero    
  15. In 2005 in Tortilla Heaven as Don Transito
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Geno Silva in “Scarface”
Credit:Universal Pictures


He appeared: 

  1. In 1975 in On the Rocks as Joey    
  2. In 1976 in The Quest as Army Scout    
  3. In 1977 in How the West Was Won as Red Hawk    
  4. In 1977 in Trouble River as Indian    
  5. In 1977 in McLaren’s Riders as Pete Sunfighter    
  6. In 1977 in The Young Pioneers as Fool’s Crow    
  7. In 1978 in Ishi: The Last of His Tribe as Elder Uncle    
  8. In 1979 in The Chisholms as Ferocious Storm    
  9. In 1980 in Wild Times as Ibran   
  10. In 1982 in Bret Maverick as Running Wolf    
  11. In 1982 in Fantasy Island as Claude    
  12. In 1991 in Days of Our Lives as Domingo Salazar
  13. In 1993 in Key West as Hector Allegria   
  14. In 1996 in The Sentinel as Hector Carasco   
  15. In 2005 in Star Trek: Enterprise as Senator Vrax

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