What ever happened to him anyway? Seems like he should've been able to get more incarnation-of-pure-evil roles after playing Killer Bob.
Frank Silva died on 13 September 1995, aged 44, from complications of HIV.
I never suspected that, but then he was playing such an extreme type that everyday mannerisms aren't going to show too well. And you never saw him out of character. Here he is in real life, clearly showing the gay "surprised baby" face, with mouth agape and eyebrows raised straight up.
David Lynch is known for going strongly by his intuition when casting, as well as when filming. Was it any accident that one of the most intuitive minds seized upon casting a gay man in the role of a serial killer? He was not tested before filming began -- he was part of the crew -- but Lynch found him creepy and terrifying enough to make a snap decision to put him in the role of the embodiment of evil.
Recall an earlier post which estimated that queers are 2 to 7 times over-represented among serial killers who are infamous enough to have their own Wikipedia entries. Adam Walsh, the 6 year-old boy whose brutal kidnapping and murder led his father John Walsh to found America's Most Wanted, was killed by a homosexual and sometimes transvestite, Ottis Toole. And perhaps the last of the most notorious serial killers to stick in our memory -- Jeffrey Dahmer -- was also a homosexual.
In these falling-crime times we only see gays as harmless little pets, of the type that are collected by childless women. But when the crime rate was rising near its peak, we were better able to discern the pattern of homosexuality as mental abnormality -- and if you were abnormal in one part of the mind, you were probably abnormal in some other part of the mind too.
None of us had crunched the numbers on the sexual orientation of serial killers back then, but we could still sniff out that the homosexual mind had a perverted, narcissistic, and unhinged quality to it. Not the type of guy you'd want to babysit your children. Sadly, it'll take another wave of serial killings to remind folks of how much more warped the faggot mind is compared to ours. As it stands, the average American today -- certainly under age 30 -- would boycott a re-release of The Silence of the Lambs for promoting homophobic stereotypes.