Tom Sizemore, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ star, dead at 61

At the age of 61, Tom Sizemore passed away. He was most renowned for his work in Saving Private Ryan.

Tom, who gained notoriety in the 1990s by frequently portraying tough guys in supporting roles, experienced a brain aneurysm on February 18th, according to a spokesman for the actor.

Charles Lago told the media shortly after the event, “He is in the hospital. His family is aware of the circumstances and is wishing for a positive outcome. He is in critical condition and is being monitored, therefore it is too soon to know about [a] recovery status.

Tom lost consciousness at his Los Angeles residence and was taken to the hospital shortly after. When the family was informed by the doctors that “there is no further hope,” his manager stated that the family was “deciding on end-of-life concerns.”

In a statement to Variety, Lago said that on March 3, the family had ultimately decided to take him off life support.

The actor Thomas Edward Sizemore (a.k.a. “Tom Sizemore”), 61, died quietly in his sleep today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, according to a statement released by Lago. The twin brothers Jayden and Jagger (17) and his brother Paul were by his side.

In a statement, his brother Paul Sizemore said, “I am extremely heartbroken by the passing of my big brother Tom,” as quoted by Variety. “He was enormous in size. 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. I will always mourn him and am crushed by his passing.

Tom had a successful career. Along with playing Mike Horvath in Saving Private Ryan, which is widely regarded as one of his biggest performances, he also appeared in “Born on the Fourth of July” with Tom Cruise, “Pearl Harbor” with Ben Affleck, and the television series “Twin Peaks.” He produced and wrote for a variety of projects.


The 61-year-old actor has a history of legal issues. He was found guilty of domestic abuse in 2003 against his then-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, and in 2005, he was given a jail term of several months after being discovered trying to forge a urine test. Yet he was always honest about his struggles, especially his efforts to maintain sobriety.

Since 1991, I’ve been attempting to quit drinking. Much later than that, although I was trying to stop, it started making pretty huge headlines. I’ve had an issue for a while. I would end up relapsing after long periods of abstinence, Tom admitted in the past.

I had come to a point in my life when I knew I had to stop, but I still attend meetings and work my steps, he said. “I could no longer act haughtily. I had to stop if I wanted to live a nice, happy old age. And I had to get to the point where I realized it was done if I wanted to see my children grow up.

“So far, it has remained over,” he once said. I still have to go to work and complete my daily inventory.

Tom took part in the third season of the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010.

Tom Sizemore, may you rest in peace. You will be sorely missed.

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