Tom Sizemore

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Tom Sizemore
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Tom Sizemore in 2010
Born Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.
(1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Maeve Quinlan (m. 1996–99)

Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore, Jr. (born November 29, 1961)[1] is an American film and television actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Strange Days, Pearl Harbor, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, and is known for voicing Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Early life[edit]

Sizemore was born in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Judith (née Schannault), was a member of the city of Detroit ombudsman staff, and his father, Thomas Edward Sizemore, Sr., now retired, was a lawyer and philosophy professor.[2][3] Sizemore has stated that his maternal grandfather was of French and Native American ancestry.[4] He has three brothers, Charlie, Aaron and Paul, who is also an actor.[5] Sizemore attended Michigan State University for one year, as well as Wayne State University. He earned a Master's degree in theatre from Temple University in 1986. He subsequently moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

Acting career[edit]

One of Sizemore's earliest film appearances occurred in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July in 1989, followed by roles in Lock Up (1989), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Point Break, True Romance, Heart and Souls (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Strange Days (1995). Sizemore also starred in the independent drama film Love Is Like That (1993) with actress and model Pamela Gidley. He had a supporting role in Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp as Bat Masterson.

A succession of well-received supporting parts followed, perhaps the most well known being his portrayal of Michael Cheritto as an armed robber in the heist film Heat (1995). His first major leading role was as Vincent D'Agosta in 1997's The Relic. Sizemore had a recurring role on the television series China Beach (1988 to 1991) as an enlisted man named Vinnie who was in love with Dana Delany's character. Sizemore continued to play leading and character parts in many films, notably Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), and Witness Protection (1999).

In the early 2000s, he appeared in actions films such as Pearl Harbor (2001), starring Ben Affleck, and Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2002). He had a voice part as Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. In 2001, Sizemore starred in Ticker, an action film directed by Albert Pyun, with Steven Seagal and Dennis Hopper. In 2002, Sizemore starred in the well-reviewed but short-lived television drama series Robbery Homicide Division. It was cancelled mid-way through its first season. He also played an undercover cop in the film Swindle opposite Sherilyn Fenn. In 2004, he starred in Paparazzi.

In 2006, he starred in The Genius Club, playing a terrorist who taunts seven geniuses into solving the world's problems in one night. Also that year, he had a leading role in the action/thriller film Splinter with Edward James Olmos. In 2007, the television network VH1 aired a six episode reality TV series called Shooting Sizemore, which depicted the life of the actor as he struggled to regain his career in the midst of a continuing battle with addiction. The series also covered an ongoing legal appeal on his conviction for an assault of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.[6] In this year, the actor also starred in the Indie drama film Oranges with Tom Arnold and Jill Hennessy, which was directed by Syrian director and producer Joseph Merhi.

Recently, Sizemore has worked in films that include Red and American Son, both of which were screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, Sizemore starred in The Last Lullaby, playing a killer, and appeared also in The Flyboys with Stephen Baldwin, action film Stiletto with Tom Berenger and Michael Biehn, drama film Toxic with Costas Mandylor, and is the star in the Canadian drama A Broken Life with Ving Rhames.

In 2009, he appeared in the comedy film Super Capers. In addition, Sizemore also appeared in five episodes of the TV series Crash with Dennis Hopper. In 2010, Sizemore starred in the indie horror film C.L.A.S.S. which is written by Sheldon Robins, and co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio in drama/comedy film Chlorine.[7] He also starred alongside martial arts actor Mark Dacascos in the action movie Shadows in Paradise. He also appeared in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Sizemore also appeared alongside the Insane Clown Posse in the comedy film Big Money Rustlas and the drama 513 with Michael Madsen. Sizemore has roles in the upcoming films, the Age of Reason, Suing the Devil and White Knight.

Music[edit]

Sizemore fronted the Hollywood rock band Day 8. Formed in 2002, the band recorded a four-song EP produced and recorded by Bradley Dujmovic and former Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mike Doling. Originally called "The Bystanders", the group included guitarist and co-writer Rod Castro, Alan Muffterson, Tyrone Tomke and Michael Taylor.

Personal life[edit]

While speaking in an interview about friend Mickey Rourke, Sizemore stated that he is Catholic: "He's been a good friend. He's a real good Catholic and I'm Catholic."[8]

Sizemore married actress Maeve Quinlan in 1996, but divorced in 1999 because of issues associated with his drug problems. In 2010, Sizemore appeared as a patient/castmember on VH1's third season of Celebrity Rehab.[9]

In July 2005, Sizemore became a father when Janelle McIntire gave birth to their sons, Jagger and Jayden Sizemore.[10] On October 19, 2005, Vivid Entertainment released Sex Scandal Sizemore, a sex tape featuring Sizemore and multiple women.[11]

Substance abuse and legal problems[edit]

Sizemore, who had battled drug addiction since he was 15,[12] was convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his girlfriend, the former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.[13] Sizemore was then sentenced to 7 months in jail and four months in drug treatment for repeatedly failing drug tests while on probation on March 25, 2005.[14] Sizemore was caught attempting to fake the urine test using a Whizzinator.[15][16][17] Fleiss' restraining order against him had lapsed by the time they appeared together in the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010.[18]

On May 8, 2007, while still on probation for a previous drug conviction, Sizemore was arrested outside the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Bakersfield, California for possession of methamphetamines.[19] Police found what appeared to be two bags under 1 gram in weight of methamphetamine and three glass pipes used for inhaling methamphetamines that were coated with drug residue inside his car. On June 25, Sizemore was sentenced to 16 months in prison. The sentence was reduced to nine months because Sizemore had already served 213 days in county jail after he was unable to post bail. On March 27, 2009, Sizemore avoided a prison sentence in the same case for an alleged probation violation.

On May 28, 2009, Sizemore was arrested in Los Angeles on an outstanding warrant for drug charges. Sizemore and a friend were questioned by police, and the outstanding $25,000 warrant for Sizemore from 2007 was discovered. Sizemore did not have any narcotics in his possession, but was arrested on the warrant; he was later released.

Sizemore had been approached to appear in the first season of the reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but declined. He met with Dr. Drew Pinsky about appearing in the second season, sitting in Pinsky's office for two hours, as Pinsky recounted, "sweating and completely high on drugs, talking a million miles an hour, acting like he was going to do it then deciding he didn't want to." Sizemore ultimately decided to appear in the show's third season, but did not appear in the season premiere. Because Heidi Fleiss was also in treatment on the show that season, both she and Sizemore had to consent to appear together. The season premiered in January 2010, with Sizemore's arrival at the clinic chronicled in the third episode, and his reunion with Fleiss was amicable.[18] By the season's end Fleiss lashed out at Sizemore at their graduation ceremony, taunting him that "the thought of being with [him] would turn women gay." After they received their coins[clarification needed], both Sizemore and Fleiss agreed to Sober House treatment. Later, during a guest appearance on the fourth season of Celebrity Rehab, a healthy-looking Sizemore praised Dr. Drew and his program, stating he has been sober for fourteen months.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1989 Blue Steel Wool Cap
Lock Up Dallas
Rude Awakening Ian
Penn & Teller Get Killed 2nd Mugger Cameo
Born on the Fourth of July Vet – Villa Dulce
1990 A Matter of Degrees Zeno Stefanos
1991 Flight of the Intruder Boxman
Guilty by Suspicion Ray Karlin
Point Break DEA Agent Deets Uncredited
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Chance Wilder
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Eddie Hale
1992 Love Is Like That Lenny
Passenger 57 Sly Delvecchio
1993 Watch It Danny
Heart and Souls Milo Peck Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
True Romance Cody Nicholson
Striking Distance Danny Detillo
1994 Wyatt Earp Bat Masterson
Natural Born Killers Detective Jack Scagnetti
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress DeWitt Albright
Strange Days Max Peltier
Heat Michael Cheritto
1997 The Relic Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
1998 Saving Private Ryan Sgt. Mike Horvath Online Film Critics Society Award – Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Drama
Enemy of the State Boss Paulie Pintero Uncredited
1999 The Florentine Teddy
The Match Buffalo
Bringing Out the Dead Tom Wolls
Play It to the Bone Joe Domino
2000 Get Carter Les Fletcher Voice only
Uncredited
Red Planet Dr. Quinn Burchenal
2001 Pearl Harbor Sgt. Earl Sistern
Ticker Detective Ray Nettles
Black Hawk Down Colonel Danny McKnight Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award – Best Acting Ensemble
2002 Swindle Seth George
Welcome to America Zach
Big Trouble Snake Dupree
2003 Dreamcatcher Owen
Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself
2004 Paparazzi Rex Harper
2005 No Rules Kain Diamond
The Nickel Children Freedo
Piggy Banks Dad
2006 Furnace Frank Miller
Bottom Feeder Vince Stoker
Zyzzyx Road Joey
Ring Around the Rosie Pierce
Shut Up and Shoot! Himself
Splinter Detective Cunningham
The Genius Club Armand
2007 White Air Steve
Protecting the King Ronnie
Oranges Burt
2008 A Broken Life Max
American Son Dale
Red Mr. McCormack
The Flyboys Angelo Esposito
The Last Lullaby Price
Stiletto Large Bills
Toxic Van Sant
2009 The Grind Chuck
Commute God
Good God Bad Dog Ezra Mann
Super Capers Roger Cheatem
Corrado Paolo
Double Duty Craig
21 and a Wake-Up Jack Breedlau
2010 Shadows in Paradise Col. Bunker
Cross Det. Nitti
Big Money Rustlas Himself Cameo
C.L.A.S.S FBI Agent Ridley
Chlorine Ernie
513 Glen
2011 Black Gold Detective Brandano
Suing the Devil Tony Anzaldo
Cellmates Leroy Lowe
Right Angle Lucky
Morella Father Murray
Cousin Sarah Lloyd
El Cartel de los Sapos DEA Agent Sam Mathews
2013 Remnants General Vincent Tate
Company of Heroes Lt. Dean Ransom
Paranormal Movie Himself
Before I Sleep Randy
2014 Reach Me Frank
SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines Ricks
Flashes Mark Hume
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Gideon Oliver Paul Slocum Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"
1989–1990 China Beach Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca, The Dog Man 6 episodes
1992 An American Story Jesse Meadows TV Movie
1998 Witness to the Mob John Gotti TV Movie
1999 Witness Protection Bobby Batton TV Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Sins of the Father Tom Cherry TV Movie
Justice League Metamorpho (Voice) Episodes: "Metamorphosis: Part 1"
"Metamorphosis: Part 2"
2002–2003 Robbery Homicide Division Lt. Sam Cole 13 episodes
2004 Hustle Pete Rose TV Movie
2004–2006 Dr. Vegas Vic Moore 6 episodes
2007 Superstorm Katzenberg 3 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Kurt Rossi Episode: "Down to the Wire"
2008–2009 Crash Detective Adrian Cooper 5 episodes
2009 P Lo's House Himself Television movie
Southland Timmy Davis Episode: "See the Woman"
2010 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Reality Television Whole Season
"Sober House" Reality Television on VH1
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Truck Driver Episode: "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods"
2011 Exit Strategy Jonathan Marks
2011–2012 Hawaii Five-0 Capt. Vince Fryer Episodes: "Ua Lawe Wale" ("Taken")
"Maʻemaʻe" ("Clean")
"Alaheo Pauʻole" ("Gone Forever")
"Kalele" ("Faith")
"Ua Hala" ("Death in the Family")
2014 The Red Road Jack Kopus
Other
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Sonny Forelli (Voice) Video game
2006 24: The Game Sid Wilson (Voice) Video game

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Sizemore at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Tom Sizemore Biography (1961?–)
  3. ^ Life-saver De Niro brings troubled Sizemore back from brink of drugs abyss
  4. ^ By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir, Tom Sizemore, Simon and Schuster, 2013, transcript
  5. ^ Paul Sizemore at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ VH1 page for Shooting Sizemore
  7. ^ "First Look at Tom Sizemore in C.L.A.S.S.". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "Tom Sizemore Rebuilds Foundation With Plenty of Hard Work". Rock N Roll Ghost. 
  9. ^ This entry was posted on Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm (June 1, 2009). "Tom Sizemore Joins Celebrity Rehab 3 Cast | Blog Archive | Vh1 Blog". Blog.vh1.com. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://movies.yahoo.com/person/tom-sizemore/biography.html
  11. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20051017006247/en/Tom-Sizemore-Sex-Scandal-DVD-Interview-Reveals
  12. ^ He revealed this in the fourth episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew '​s third season.
  13. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (August 18, 2003). "Sizemore Convicted of Abusing Fleiss". People.com. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Tom Sizemore is sentenced but remains free." Entertainment Weekly.
  15. ^ "Actor Tom Sizemore sent back to rehab". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 23, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Actor Tried to Fake Drug Test, 2 Testify". Los Angeles Times. June 23, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Sizemore: I didn't fake drug tests". June 22, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b Rochlin, Margy (February 1, 2010), Addicted to Rehab, TV Guide: 34–35 
  19. ^ "Tom Sizemore Arrested in Drug Case". MSN. May 8, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2007. 

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