West News Wire: The dazzling 1990s star of “Saving Private Ryan” actor Tom Sizemore, who was also convicted of domestic abuse and drug use, died on Friday at the age of 61.
On February 18, the actor went into a brain aneurysm at his Los Angeles home. According to his manager Charles Lago, the actor passed away peacefully on Friday at a hospital in Burbank, California.
With his well-received roles in “Natural Born Killers” and the cult classic crime film “Heat,” Sizemore shot to fame. But, his career was destroyed, he was made homeless, and he was jailed due to a severe substance abuse problem, allegations of abuse, and several run-ins with the authorities.
As the global #MeToo movement wave crested in late 2017, Sizemore was also accused of groping an 11-year-old Utah girl on set in 2003. He called the allegations “highly disturbing,” saying he would never inappropriately touch a child. Charges were not filed.
Despite the raft of legal trouble, Sizemore had scores of steady film and television credits though his career never regained its onetime momentum. Aside from “Black Hawk Down” and “Pearl Harbor,” most of his 21st century roles came in low-budget, little-seen productions where he continued to play the gruff, tough guys he became famous for portraying.
In addition to his film and TV credits, he was part of the voice cast for 2002’s “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” video game. He also taught classes at the LA West Acting Studio, according to recent advertisements.
He is survived by his 17-year-old twin sons, Jayden and Jagger, and his brother Paul, all of whom were by his side when he died.
“I’ve led an interesting life, but I can’t tell you what I’d give to be the guy you didn’t know anything about,” Sizemore wrote in his memoir.