Tom Sizemore

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Tom Sizemore
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Tom Sizemore in 2010
BornThomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.
(1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Maeve Quinlan (m. 1996–99)
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Tom Sizemore
Tom Sizemore 2 crop.jpg
Tom Sizemore in 2010
BornThomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.
(1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1989–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 the dark comedy crime film True Romance (1993), the crime film Natural Born Killers (1994), the crime film Heat (1995), the epic war film Saving Private Ryan (1998), the sci-fi thriller Strange Days (1998), the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), the epic war film Pearl Harbor (2001), 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.

His most commercially successful project to date has been the 1998 action film Saving Private Ryan, which brought in $217,000,000 at the box office.[8]


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."[9]

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.[10]

In July 2005, Sizemore became a father when Janelle McIntire gave birth to their sons, Jagger and Jayden Sizemore.[11] On October 19, 2005, Vivid Entertainment released Sex Scandal Sizemore, a sex tape featuring Sizemore and multiple women.[12]

Substance abuse and legal problems[edit]

Sizemore, who had battled drug addiction since he was 15,[13] was convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his girlfriend, the former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.[14] 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.[15] Sizemore was caught attempting to fake the urine test using a Whizzinator.[16][17][18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[19] 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.


1989Blue SteelWool Cap
Lock UpDallas
Rude AwakeningIan
Penn & Teller Get Killed2nd MuggerCameo
Born on the Fourth of JulyVet – Villa Dulce
1990A Matter of DegreesZeno Stefanos
1991Flight of the IntruderBoxman
Guilty by SuspicionRay Karlin
Point BreakDEA Agent DeetsUncredited
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro ManChance Wilder
Where Sleeping Dogs LieEddie Hale
1992Love Is Like ThatLenny
Passenger 57Sly Delvecchio
1993Watch ItDanny
Heart and SoulsMilo PeckNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
True RomanceCody Nicholson
Striking DistanceDanny Detillo
1994Wyatt EarpBat Masterson
Natural Born KillersDetective Jack Scagnetti
1995Devil in a Blue DressDeWitt Albright
Strange DaysMax Peltier
HeatMichael Cheritto
1997The RelicLt. Vincent D'Agosta
1998Saving Private RyanSgt. Mike HorvathOnline 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 StateBoss Paulie PinteroUncredited
1999The FlorentineTeddy
The MatchBuffalo
Bringing Out the DeadTom Wolls
Play It to the BoneJoe Domino
2000Get CarterLes FletcherVoice only
Red PlanetDr. Quinn Burchenal
2001Pearl HarborSgt. Earl Sistern
TickerDetective Ray Nettles
Black Hawk DownColonel Danny McKnightNominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award – Best Acting Ensemble
2002SwindleSeth George
Welcome to AmericaZach
Big TroubleSnake Dupree
Pauly Shore Is DeadHimself
2004PaparazziRex Harper
2005No RulesKain Diamond
The Nickel ChildrenFreedo
Piggy BanksDad
2006FurnaceFrank Miller
Bottom FeederVince Stoker
Zyzzyx RoadJoey
Ring Around the RosiePierce
Shut Up and Shoot!Himself
SplinterDetective Cunningham
The Genius ClubArmand
2007White AirSteve
Protecting the KingRonnie
2008A Broken LifeMax
American SonDale
RedMr. McCormack
The FlyboysAngelo Esposito
The Last LullabyPrice
StilettoLarge Bills
ToxicVan Sant
2009The GrindChuck
Good God Bad DogEzra Mann
Super CapersRoger Cheatem
Double DutyCraig
21 and a Wake-UpJack Breedlau
2010Shadows in ParadiseCol. Bunker
CrossDet. Nitti
Big Money RustlasHimselfCameo
C.L.A.S.SFBI Agent Ridley
2011Black GoldDetective Brandano
Suing the DevilTony Anzaldo
CellmatesLeroy Lowe
Right AngleLucky
MorellaFather Murray
Cousin SarahLloyd
El Cartel de los SaposDEA Agent Sam Mathews
2013RemnantsGeneral Vincent Tate
Company of HeroesLt. Dean Ransom
Paranormal MovieHimself
Before I SleepRandy
2014Reach MeFrank
SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy LinesRicks
FlashesMark Hume
1989Gideon OliverPaul SlocumEpisode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"
1989–1990China BeachSgt. Vinnie Ventresca, The Dog Man6 episodes
1992An American StoryJesse MeadowsTV Movie
1998Witness to the MobJohn GottiTV Movie
1999Witness ProtectionBobby BattonTV Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2002Sins of the FatherTom CherryTV Movie
Justice LeagueMetamorpho (Voice)Episodes: "Metamorphosis: Part 1"
"Metamorphosis: Part 2"
2002–2003Robbery Homicide DivisionLt. Sam Cole13 episodes
2004HustlePete RoseTV Movie
2004–2006Dr. VegasVic Moore6 episodes
2007SuperstormKatzenberg3 episodes
2008CSI: MiamiKurt RossiEpisode: "Down to the Wire"
2008–2009CrashDetective Adrian Cooper5 episodes
2009P Lo's HouseHimselfTelevision movie
SouthlandTimmy DavisEpisode: "See the Woman"
2010Celebrity Rehab with Dr. DrewReality TelevisionWhole Season
"Sober House"Reality Television on VH1
It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaTruck DriverEpisode: "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods"
2011Exit StrategyJonathan Marks
2011–2012Hawaii Five-0Capt. Vince FryerEpisodes: "Ua Lawe Wale" ("Taken")
"Maʻemaʻe" ("Clean")
"Alaheo Pauʻole" ("Gone Forever")
"Kalele" ("Faith")
"Ua Hala" ("Death in the Family")
2012Law & Order: SVULewis HodaEpisode: "Manhattan Vigil." Season 14, Episode 5.
2014The Red RoadJack Kopus
Dark HaulKnicksTV Movie
2002Grand Theft Auto: Vice CitySonny Forelli (Voice)Video game
200624: The GameSid Wilson (Voice)Video game


  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". Movie.Info. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tom Sizemore Rebuilds Foundation With Plenty of Hard Work". Rock N Roll Ghost. 
  10. ^ 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". Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Biography". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 4 January 2005. 
  12. ^ "Tom-Sizemore-Sex-Scandal". Businesswire. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  13. ^ He revealed this in the fourth episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew '​s third season.
  14. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (August 18, 2003). "Sizemore Convicted of Abusing Fleiss". Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Tom Sizemore is sentenced but remains free." Entertainment Weekly.
  16. ^ "Actor Tom Sizemore sent back to rehab". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 23, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Actor Tried to Fake Drug Test, 2 Testify". Los Angeles Times. June 23, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Sizemore: I didn't fake drug tests". June 22, 2005. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Rochlin, Margy (February 1, 2010), "Addicted to Rehab", TV Guide: 34–35 
  20. ^ "Tom Sizemore Arrested in Drug Case". MSN. May 8, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2007. 

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