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Another ‘West Wing’ alum has gone to the Great Campaign HQs in the Sky

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It’s not hard for me to remember Ron Silver’s first day of work on The West Wing. It was a table read of the first episode of the fourth season, and Ron, who died March 15 at 62, had been cast in the role of Bruno Gianelli — campaign director for President Jed Bartlet’s re-election bid. His first line came about five minutes into the script, and as soon as he spoke, the 60 or so people in the room made an involuntary sound–you could hear people smile…On his last day of work on The West Wing, he conveyed to me the courtesy that’s common in that situation: “I’d love to wrok with you again,” he said. I replied, “I’d love that too.” And, of course, I meant it. It won’t happen now, after Ron lost his long battle with cancer–one of the few battles he ever lost. And teevsion, the movies and the theater all have one less great and generous actior. — Aaron Sorkin

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