Trinidad Silva

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Trinidad Silva
Trinidad Silva in UHF (1989)
Born Trinidad Silva, Jr.
(1950-01-30)January 30, 1950
Mission, Texas, U.S.
Died July 31, 1988(1988-07-31) (aged 38)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977-1988

Trinidad Silva, Jr. (January 30, 1950 – July 31, 1988) was an American comedian and character actor, who played small supporting roles in a number of films of the 1980s.

He is best known for the roles of Jesus Martinez, a gang leader turned lawyer in the TV series Hill Street Blues; Frog in the film Colors; and Raul, the bizarre animal lover in "Weird" Al Yankovic's first film, UHF.


Silva was born in Mission, Texas. Silva's television work includes the role of Jesus Martinez on the television series Hill Street Blues.


Silva died at the age of 38 in a car accident involving a collision with a drunken driver in Whittier, California, while filming the "Weird Al" Yankovic film UHF, parts of which had to be rewritten since he had not finished filming his part. The film was dedicated to his memory. Silva is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.


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