Tom Sizemore, the talented but troubled actor who brought tough-guy bravado to films like Heat, Natural born killers and Saving Private Ryandied aged 61 A rolling stone confirmed.
The actor died on Friday after his family decided to take him off life support at a Los Angeles hospital.
“It is with great sadness and sorrow that I must announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore (“Tom Sizemore”), 61, passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank,” his manager Charles Lago said in a statement to A rolling stone. “His brother Paul and twins Jaden and Jagger were by his side.”
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom,” said Paul Sizemore. “He was larger than life. He has influenced my life more than anyone I know. He was talented, loving, giving and could entertain you to no end with his wit and storytelling ability. I am devastated that he is gone and will always miss him.”
The actor was found unconscious after suffering a brain aneurysm from a stroke at his Los Angeles home in the early morning of February 19. He was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after the collapse, where he remained in critical condition and in a coma under intensive care. On February 27, a representative confirmed that his family “decides end of life is important” and that doctors have said there is no chance of his recovery.
This was followed by a brief role in Oliver Stone’s 1989 anti-war film Born on the Fourth of JulySizemore seemed to explode into Hollywood overnight: Within a year, he was starring alongside Robert De Niro in Guilty on suspicionWilliam Defoe c Flight of the Intruderand playing the villain in the 1991 biker film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.
It wasn’t until the 1990s and early 2000s that the Detroit-born actor and his unique, intimidating presence on the big screen were drawn to major directors like Tony Scott (True romance, Enemy of the state), Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Ridley Scott (Blackhawk Down), Martin Scorsese (Bringing out the dead), Kathryn Bigelow (Blue steel, Breakpoint, Strange days), Michael Mann (Heat) and Michael Bay (Pearl Harbour).
After establishing himself as a supporting actor for the film elite, Sizemore landed the lead role in the 1997 horror film. The relicand portrayed both John Gotti and baseball great Pete Rose in made-for-TV biopics Mafia witness and Crashing, respectively. The actor also voiced the character of Sonny Forelli in the 2002 cult video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
However, Sizemore’s problems with substance abuse – he claims to have been addicted to drugs since he was a teenager – would eventually halt his promising career. The descent itself began in 2003, when he was convicted of domestic violence against his then-girlfriend, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Sizemore is serving seven months in prison and another four months in a drug rehabilitation center after repeatedly failing drug tests while on probation.
Sizemore’s drug problems with heroin and meth continued into the 2000s, with his attempts to end his addiction the focus of a 2007 documentary. Shooting Sizemore. Three years later, Sizemore would appear on the VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehabilitation and Celebrity Rehab: A Sober Homewith the latter reuniting him with Fleiss after her restraining order against him ended.
Over the past two decades, Sizemore has largely appeared in dozens of direct-to-DVD films, though in 2017 he returned to mainstream audiences thanks to roles in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House and David Lynch Twin Peaks revival. That same year, however, Sizemore pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges and was charged and tried for molesting an 11-year-old girl on set in 2003. The case was ultimately dismissed by a judge in 2020.
Despite his off-screen troubles, Sizemore’s co-stars often spoke glowingly of working with him; De Niro, his Heat co-star, even allegedly paid for one of the actor’s rehab stints. “He has this myth about him,” says Sizemore The red road co-star Jason Momoa said A rolling stone in 2014. “He’s the sweetest boy. I had the greatest scenes with him. He is super supportive, constantly dropping lines and very available. He’s been through so much and is so open that he’s not afraid to fall flat on his face. He keeps pushing so he really helps you do what you need to do. He does it effortlessly and is really, really fun to be around.”
In 2013, Sizemore opened up about her personal and career struggles in a memoir she titled By some miracle I got out of there. Lago, Sizemore’s manager, added that there would be a “private cremation service for the family with a larger celebration of life event planned in a few weeks.”