Al Matthews (actor)
Alexander Basil Matthews
November 21, 1942
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 22, 2018 (aged 75)|
United States Marine Sergeant
|Years active||1975–1997, 2011–2018|
|Known for||Aliens (1986)|
|Awards||13, including 2 Purple Hearts|
Alexander Basil Matthews (November 21, 1942 – September 22, 2018) was an American actor and singer, best known for his appearance as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the James Cameron film Aliens (1986). He reprised his role 27 years later, providing the voice of Apone for the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013). Matthews' portrayal of Apone was the inspiration for Sgt. Avery Johnson of the Halo franchise.
I spent six years in the United States Marine Corps; I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts. I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant; I served with Kilo Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, of that I am very proud.
Acting and musical career
Matthews played various acting roles, such as Ferguson in Rough Cut (1980), a workman in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), a Vietnam veteran in The Sender (1982), a fire chief in Superman III (1983), Benedict in The American Way (1986), General Tudor in The Fifth Element (1997) and Master Sergeant #3 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). He also worked in British television, appearing in Grange Hill as Sam Green, the father of Benny Green, as well as in theater and radio; for the latter, as both an actor (on BBC Radio 4) and a presenter (on BBC Radio 1 and Capital Radio). In 1975, he scored a musical hit in the UK Singles Chart, "Fool", which reached number 16 in the fall of that year.
On September 22, 2018, Matthews was found unresponsive by a neighbor in his Orihuela, Spain home. He was later pronounced dead at age 75. Local reports claim he had battled severe illnesses over the years.
|1977||The Butterfly Ball||Himself|
|1979||Yanks||Black G.I. at Dance|
|1981||Omen III: The Final Conflict||Workman|
|1982||The Sender||Viet Nam Veteran|
|1983||Superman III||Fire Chief|
|1983||Funny Money||1st Hood|
|1986||Defense of the Realm||First U.S. Controller|
|1986||The American Way||Benedict|
|1986||Aliens||Gunnery Sergeant Apone|
|1987||Out of Order||U.S. DJ|
|1988||Stormy Monday||Radio DJ|
|1997||The Fifth Element||General Tudor|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Master Sergeant 3|
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- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 355. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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- "Al Matthews, Cigar-Chomping Sgt. Apone in 'Aliens,' Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
- "Aliens star Al Matthews dies, aged 75". RTÉ. 24 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.