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Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore passes away at age 61 from a brain aneurysm

US actor Tom Sizemore, well known for his work in Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, has passed away at the age of 61, according to his manager.

Sizemore rose to reputation in the 1990s by frequently portraying strong males in supporting roles—typically, the military, police, or criminals. Heat, Pearl Harbor, and Natural Born Killers were among his other filmography credits.

Yet he also struggled with drug abuse and spent time in prison for domestic abuse.

Since experiencing a burst brain aneurysm on February 18, Sizemore has remained unconscious.

His manager, Charles Lago, reported that the twins Jayden and Jagger, both 17 years old, and his brother Paul were by his side when he passed away on Friday at a hospital in Burbank, California.

The numerous letters of support have brought solace to the Sizemore family, according to Lago.

He claimed that Sizemore’s sons were upset and pleaded for their privacy.

“I am extremely devastated by the passing of my big brother Tom,” his brother Paul Sizemore remarked. The man was enormous. More than anyone I know, he has had an impact on my life.

He was gifted, kind, and generous, and his wit and storytelling prowess could keep you amused for hours.

Sizemore, who was up in a working-class neighborhood of Detroit, earned a master’s degree in theatre before getting his big break in 1989 with a small role in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.

Larger roles in dramas from the 1990s including Ridley Scott’s True Romance, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington’s Devil in a Blue Dress, and Ridley Scott’s Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner followed because to this work.

As the brutal Detective Jack Scagnetti in the contentious Natural Born Killers, Stone once again cast him. He also appeared in Heat as the criminal’s henchman.

He acted as the devoted Sergeant Horvath alongside Tom Hanks in the 1998 Oscar-winning movie Saving Private Ryan.

Sizemore was reportedly threatened by director Steven Spielberg with termination from the film Saving Private Ryan if he utilized narcotics.

Sizemore provided the voice of mafia boss Sonny Forelli in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2002 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as a gangster in the 1999 television film Witness Protection.

He revealed in his book about his addictions to heroin and crystal meth, which came along with fame and wealth and a serious drug habit.

He recalled how De Niro threatened to have Sizemore “arrested for heroin possession” if he didn’t enter a treatment facility during one of his rehab stays in 1995. Sizemore went into rehab.

Steven Spielberg, the director of Saving Private Ryan, reportedly threatened to terminate the actor at the first indication of drug use and have the movie reshot without him.

In 2000, Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, and Julia Roberts attended the Red Planet premiere. Sizemore, though, had trouble staying tidy. Other “personal demons” were also present.

He was detained in 1997 on allegations of beating his tennis player and actress wife Maeve Quinlan. Two years later, they separated.

He received a six-month prison sentence in 2003 for assaulting Heidi Fleiss, a former Hollywood heiress, and was also had to go through additional therapy and anger management.

Ms. Fleiss claimed that he allegedly made more than 70 obscenity-laced phone calls, knocked her to the ground outside his house, and stubbed out a cigarette on her.

He claimed that he had “let my inner demons to take control of my life” at the time.

After being discovered attempting to falsify the results of a drug test in 2005 by using a prosthetic penis, he was sent back to jail for breaking the terms of his probation. Prosecutors claim that Sizemore had previously been caught attempting to use a similar device.

He was arrested for drunk driving and sentenced to 16 months in prison for breaking the terms of his probation two years later.

In his 2013 book, Sizemore stated, “I was a guy who’d come from very little and gotten to the top.

“I had the restaurant I co-owned with Robert De Niro, the Porsche, and the multimillion dollar home. Because at this point, I had nothing.

He wrote, “I’ve had an eventful life. But I’m unable to express how much I’d give to be the unknown man.

Shooting Sizemore, a documentary series that premiered in 2007, followed Sizemore’s battle to restore his life and profession.

While he was never able to recapture the parts he had in the 1990s, he did recently star in the Netflix blockbuster Cobra Kai and the 2017 relaunch of David Lynch’s iconic TV series Twin Peaks.

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