Actor Tom Sizemore Dies at 61 After Suffering Brain Aneurysm

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Actor Tom Sizemore attends the premiere of the film
Actor Tom Sizemore attends the premiere of the film "The Expendables 3" in Los Angeles August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

HOLLYWOOD – Tom Sizemore, the tough-guy actor known for his roles in blockbuster films like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Natural Born Killers,” has died at the age of 61. His manager, Charles Lago, confirmed the news to Variety on Friday, revealing that Sizemore passed away peacefully in his sleep at St Joseph’s Hospital Burbank. His death comes after he suffered a brain aneurysm on February 18, which left him in a coma under intensive care.

Sizemore, born in Detroit in 1961, moved to New York City to pursue acting in the ’80s. One of his earliest credits came in 1989 with an appearance in Oliver Stone’s best picture nominee “Born on the Fourth of July.” He rose to fame in the 1990s with films like “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man,” “Passenger 57,” “True Romance” and “Natural Born Killers,” and got his big break in Steven Spielberg’s 1998 war film “Saving Private Ryan,” in which he played Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath.

Along with his successful acting career, Sizemore had a troubled personal life. In 2003, he was convicted of domestic violence against his girlfriend at the time, and in 2017, Sizemore pled no contest to two charges of domestic violence. In addition, he struggled with substance abuse and was arrested multiple times over the years for possession of illegal narcotics.

Despite his personal struggles, Sizemore’s talent and charisma were undeniable. His brother Paul Sizemore said in a statement that he was “devastated” by his brother’s passing, adding that Tom was “talented, loving, giving and could keep you entertained endlessly with his wit and storytelling ability.”

Sizemore is survived by his twin boys Jayden and Jagger. A private cremation service will be held for his family, with a larger celebration of life event planned in the coming weeks. The entertainment industry mourns the loss of true talent and personality, and his contributions to film and television will not be forgotten. – Variety