Timecop actor Ron Silver dies at age 62

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Ron Silver, a veteran character actor who made an impression on sci-fi fans for roles in Timecop, The Arrival and other films, died Sunday at age 62.

"Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning" in New York, Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped found, told The Hollywood Reporter. "He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years."

In the 1994 Timecop, Silver played the villainous Sen. Aaron McComb opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme.

In 1996's alien-invasion film The Arrival, Silver again played the heavy, Phil Gordian, opposite Charlie Sheen. Silver's other genre films included 1981's supernatural thriller The Entity and the 1993 TV movie Lifepod, a science-fiction update of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.

Silver won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and was nominated for an Emmy for a recurring role on The West Wing.

His other big-screen credits included Ali, Reversal of Fortune, Enemies: A Love Story, Silkwood and Semi-Tough.