Ron Silverman

Ron Silverman (’65) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.


Ron Silverman turned from covering the entertainment industry as a reporter for Daily Variety in Los Angeles to being part of it as a prolific writer and producer for television and movies.

Ron’s credits are extensive. They include “Shoot to Kill” starring Sidney Poitier, “Brubaker” with Robert Redford, “Lifeguard” starring Sam Elliott, “Buster and Billie”, and the “Last Innocent Man” with Ed Harris. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Early in his career Ron was a writer for “The Wild Wild West” TV series on CBS, and was a producer and writer for many United Artists series or pilots, including “The Outer Limits,” “Stoney Burke”, and “O.K. Crackerby.”

In 1992 Ron left producing to become Dean of Studies at the American Film Institute’s film school in Hollywood. Not only was Ron responsible for administering the center and supervising the curriculum, but he also moderated more than 25 Harold Lloyd Master Seminars. Guests included Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Norman Jewison, and James Cameron. More recently, Ron has taught film classes at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he now lives.

Ron graduated from the UA with highest honors and served as managing editor of the Arizona Wildcat. He also won the Donald Still Award for outstanding service to the Wildcat. His first job out of school was with the Arizona Republic (before joining Daily Variety) where his 39-article series on mental illness and the Arizona State Hospital received the Bell Award from the National Association for Mental Health.

“The more I do,” Ron writes, “the more I realize that my life was molded by my experience at the University of Arizona and by Douglas Martin (then head of the journalism department). He was, indeed, my Mr. Chips.”

Ron now joins Doug Martin in the Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame.

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