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Also Known As: Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. Died:
Born: November 29, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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A charismatic and intense character player who achieved a degree of fame and infamy, actor Tom Sizemore reached Hollywood fame in the 1990s thanks to a number of dynamic performances that promised a long, fruitful career, only to find his personal and professional life derailed by a long struggle with addiction. After making his film and television debuts in the late 1980s, Sizemore came into prominence during the following decade with memorable performances in "True Romance" (1993), "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and "Natural Born Killers" (1994). He had a life changing experience following his gritty turn in "Heat" (1995), when star Robert De Niro staged an intervention and propelled the actor down the road of sobriety for a time. During this period, he enjoyed a particularly fertile part of his career with strong turns as John Gotti in the miniseries "Witness to the Mob" (NBC, 1998) and as a loyal soldier in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). However, Sizemore's life and career plummeted off the cliff after a series of legal entanglements involving domestic abuse and possession of illegal drugs that kept the actor on probation for a better part of the decade. Adding insult to injury, he endured...

A charismatic and intense character player who achieved a degree of fame and infamy, actor Tom Sizemore reached Hollywood fame in the 1990s thanks to a number of dynamic performances that promised a long, fruitful career, only to find his personal and professional life derailed by a long struggle with addiction. After making his film and television debuts in the late 1980s, Sizemore came into prominence during the following decade with memorable performances in "True Romance" (1993), "Wyatt Earp" (1994) and "Natural Born Killers" (1994). He had a life changing experience following his gritty turn in "Heat" (1995), when star Robert De Niro staged an intervention and propelled the actor down the road of sobriety for a time. During this period, he enjoyed a particularly fertile part of his career with strong turns as John Gotti in the miniseries "Witness to the Mob" (NBC, 1998) and as a loyal soldier in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). However, Sizemore's life and career plummeted off the cliff after a series of legal entanglements involving domestic abuse and possession of illegal drugs that kept the actor on probation for a better part of the decade. Adding insult to injury, he endured the humility of a sex tape being leaked onto the internet, while complaining that he failed to see a penny for his work. By the time he joined the cast of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2008- ), Sizemore's life was a mess, leaving many to ponder what might have been, had he been able to corral his personal demons.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kickback (2015)
2.
 Dark Haul (2014)
3.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
4.
 24 Hours (2014)
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 513 Degrees (2013)
7.
 Cellmates (2012)
8.
 Chlorine (2010)
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10.
 Stiletto (2009)
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Began career in regional theater and Off-Broadway productions
1989:
Made feature acting debut in "Lock Up"
1989:
Made TV debut in <i>Sleep Well, Professor Oliver,</i> a segment of ABC's limited episode series "Gideon Oliver"
1989:
Cast in a recurring role on the ABC series, "China Beach"
1991:
Featured in the Vietnam War film, "Flight of the Intruder"
1991:
Appeared in the Don Johnson/Mickey Rourke buddy vehicle, "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"
1991:
Co-starred with Dylan McDermott in the psychodrama, "Where Sleeping Dogs Lie"
1992:
Acted in the CBS WWII-era presentation, "An American Story"
1992:
Featured in the hijack suspense film, "Passenger 57"
1993:
First film in a major supporting role, "Heart and Souls"
1993:
Appeared in the Quentin Tarantino penned, "True Romance"
1994:
Portrayed Bat Masterson in "Wyatt Earp"
1994:
Had a memorable role in Oliver Stone's controversial film, "Natural Born Killers"
1995:
Played a supporting role in "Heat," opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
1997:
Had leading role as a detective in the supernatural thriller, "The Relic"
1998:
Portrayed reputed gangland leader John Gotti in the NBC miniseries, "Witness to the Mob"; executive produced by De Niro
1998:
Co-starred in the Steven Spielberg-directed WWII-era drama, "Saving Private Ryan"
1999:
Gave a scene-stealing performance as a wild ambulance driver in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"
1999:
Played leading role of a gangster who enters into "Witness Protection" on the HBO original drama
2001:
Had featured role in the Scottish soccer film, "The Match"
2001:
Co-starred in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Received rave reviews for his performance in the FX movie, "Sins of the Father"
2002:
Starred in the CBS drama, "Robbery Homicide Division"
2003:
Co-starred with Morgan Freeman in the thriller, "Dreamcatcher"
2004:
Portrayed fallen baseball legend Pete Rose in the ESPN TV-movie, "Hustle"
2004:
Starred in the thriller, "Paparazzi," about a celebrity who turns the tables on a persistent photographer
2006:
Played a terrorist in "The Genius Club"
2007:
Featured in the VH1 reality series, "Shooting Sizemore," which depicts the life of the actor through his struggles
2007:
Cast opposite Edward James Olmos in the indie film, "Splinter"
2008:
Co-starred with Brian Cox in "Red," an adaptation of the novel by Jack Ketchum
2008:
Featured in "Stiletto" with Tom Berenger and Michael Biehn
2009:
Appeared in five episodes of the TV series "Crash" (Starz) with Dennis Hopper
2010:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio in "Chlorine"
2010:
Appeared on VH1's third season of "Celebrity Rehab"
2011:
Joined the second season of "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS) in a multi-episode arc as the head of Internal Affairs
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Education

Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -
Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"I think I'm ready to be 'The Guy,' but I'm not in any real hurry. I've got some ideas, but I just go day-to-day and read scripts they send me about 'The Guy' or the close friend of 'The Guy'. At least as the suporting lead character, the onus isn't on you. There's a lot of pressure being 'The Guy'. It's not as glamorous and easy as it looks."---Sizemore on his contentment with playing supporting roles quoted in THE DAILY NEWS, October 5, 1993.

Michael Mann: What actor was the biggest influence on you growing up?

Tom Sizemore: Nicholson, Hoffman, Pacino, and De Niro were the big four, but De Niro, by far, was the biggest influence. I idolized him. I saw 'Taxi Driver' [1976] as a thirteen-year-old . . . it blew me away. Then, when I was sixteen, I saw 'The Deer Hunter' [1978] on opening night in Detroit . . . De Niro's performance in that movie solidified my desire to have that kind of power. I knew enough about acting to know he couldn't be the character like the one he played if he didn't have some of that in him. He was the kind of guy you wanted to have as your best friend. . . . Now, having got to know Bob as a man, I know he does possess a lot of those qualities. He's been an incredibly good friend to me.

---From INTERVIEW, January 1997.

Sizemore on his role in "Saving Private Ryan": "The way Steven casts... 'Mr Spielberg'... I'll call him Steven from here on out... the way Steven casts is he writes down a list of every actor, living or dead, that he wants to play a part. Then he limits it to the ones who are available, meaning the ones who are alive. For this role, he saw a combination of Steve McQueen and young De Niro. Well, I told him, 'Those are my big guys, they're like the mentors in my acting life, we're talking the consummate movie star and the greatest screen actor ever.'"---From TIME OUT NEW YORK, July 23-30, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Maeve Quinlan. Actor. Former professional tennis player; married on September 1, 1996; she reportedly filed for divorce on November 19, 1999; joined cast of the CBS daytime serial "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1999.
companion:
Heidi Fleiss. Reportedly became romantically involved in 2001; no longer together as of 2002.

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