Joe Silver
Joe Silver
Joe Silver appeared as Mr. Stone, a nightclub owner, on Sanford and Son in Season 5.
Vital Information
Birthname: Joseph Silver
Born: (1922-09-28)September 28, 1922
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 27, 1989(1989-02-27) (aged 66)
Deathplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active: 1947-1989, his death
Family/Personal information
Spouse(s): Chevi Colton, actress, 1950-1989, his death
Character/series involvement
Appeared on/
Involved with:
Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "The Stand-In" in Season 5
Character(s) played: Mr. Stone
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Joe Silver (September 28, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois - February 27, 1989, Manhattan, New York) appeared as Mr. Stone, a nightclub owner in the episode of Sanford and Son titled "The Stand-In" in Season 4. A versatile and talented veteran stage, television, film and radio actor, Joe's distinctive deep voice was once described as "the lowest voice in show business; so low that when he speaks, he unties your shoelaces."[1]

Acting careerEdit

Silver made his Broadway theater debut in 1942 in a revival of Tobacco Road.[1][2] He was in the original production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable (1959) and was nominated for a supporting actor Tony Award for playing nine different roles in Lenny (1971).[1][2]

In 1947, he made the first of more than 1000 appearances on television,[1][2] as a panelist on What's It Worth? Two years later, he became a member of the cast of the CBS educational children's television show Mr. I Magination. In 1950 he appeared on the short-lived CBS variety show Joey Faye's Frolics. He was later featured on The Red Buttons Show in the 1950s, and was the second "Captain Jet", host of the children's show Space Funnies in the late 1950s. He played the husband of star Lee Grant's character on Fay in the 1975-1976 season.

His film credits include Rhinoceros (1974), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), and second billing in You Light Up My Life (1977). He also provided the voice of "The Creep" in the horror anthology film Creepshow 2.


Silver died in Manhattan of liver cancer at the age of 66.[1] He was survived by his actress wife Chevi Colton, their son Christopher, their daughter Jennifer, and three grandchildren.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mervyn Rothstein (February 28, 1989). "Joe Silver, 66, a Broadway Star And Actor in Film and Television". The New York Times. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Burt A. Folkart (March 2, 1989). "Joe Silver; Actor Had Parts in 1,000 TV Shows in Career of Almost 50 Years". Los Angeles Times. 

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