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Tom Sizemore

Tom Sizemore
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Sizemore in 2011
Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr.

(1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 58)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1989–present
(m. 1996; div. 1999)

Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. (born November 29, 1961)[1] is an American actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Passenger 57 (1992), True Romance (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Strange Days (1995), Heat (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Red Planet (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), and for voicing Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He also played Joey, Marissa's jealous ex-boyfriend in the film Zyzzyx Road (2006), and Anthony Sinclair in the revival television series Twin Peaks (2017).

Early life and education

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., was a lawyer and philosophy professor. He was raised Roman Catholic.[2][3]

Sizemore has stated that his maternal grandfather was of French and Native American ancestry.[4]


One of Sizemore's earliest film appearances was in Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Other early roles included Lock Up (1989), Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991), Point Break (1991), True Romance (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Strange Days (1995). Sizemore starred in the independent drama film Love Is Like That (1993) with actress and model Pamela Gidley and had a supporting role in Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp (1994) as Bat Masterson. For his performance in Heart and Souls (1993), he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.[5]

A succession of well-received supporting parts followed, notably including his portrayal of Michael Cheritto in the heist film Heat (1995). Sizemore's first major leading role was as Vincent D'Agosta in The Relic (1997). Sizemore had a recurring role on the television series China Beach (1988-1991) 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), Bringing Out the Dead (1999) and Witness Protection (1999). Saving Private Ryan (1998) has proven to be his most commercially successful project to date, bringing in $217,000,000 at the box office.[6]

In the early 2000s, Sizemore appeared in actions films such as Pearl Harbor (2001), starring Ben Affleck, and Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001). He had a voice role as Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Sizemore starred in Ticker (2001), an action film directed by Albert Pyun, with Steven Seagal and Dennis Hopper. He also starred in the well-reviewed but short-lived television drama series Robbery Homicide Division (2001); it was cancelled midway through its first season. He appeared prominently in the Mel Gibson-produced Paparazzi (2004) and played an undercover cop in Swindle (2006), opposite Sherilyn Fenn.

That same year, he starred in The Genius Club (2006), playing a terrorist who taunts seven geniuses into solving the world's problems in one night. He went on to a leading role in the action/thriller film Splinter (2006) with Edward James Olmos. The next year, television network VH1 aired a six-episode reality TV series called Shooting Sizemore (2007), depicting the actor's life as he struggled to regain his career in the midst of battling long-standing addictions to methamphetamine and heroin.[7] The series also covered an ongoing legal appeal of his conviction for an assault of former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.[8] In the same year, the actor starred in the Indie drama film Oranges (2007) with Tom Arnold and Jill Hennessy, which was directed by Syrian director and producer Joseph Merhi.

Sizemore performed in two films that screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Red (2008) and American Son (2008). He was highly prolific that year, starring in The Last Lullaby (2008), The Flyboys (2008) with Stephen Baldwin, action film Stiletto (2008) with Tom Berenger and Michael Biehn, drama film Toxic (2008) with Costas Mandylor, and the Canadian drama A Broken Life (2008) with Ving Rhames.

He went on to appear in five episodes of the television series Crash (2008-2009) with Dennis Hopper and the comedy film Super Capers (2009). Sizemore starred in the indie horror film Murder 101 (2014) and co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio in the comedy-drama film Chlorine (2013).[9] Sizemore starred alongside martial arts actor Mark Dacascos in the action movie Shadows in Paradise (2010), followed by an appearance as a trucker in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Sizemore appeared alongside the Insane Clown Posse in the comedy film Big Money Rustlas (2010) and the drama 513 with Michael Madsen. Sizemore has roles in the films Suing the Devil (2011) and White Knight (2011), as well as the adventure film The Age of Reason (2014). He saw a career resurgence when he was cast as a series regular in the USA Network action program Shooter (2016), starring Ryan Phillippe. He went on to receive positive notices for the drama thriller Calico Skies (2016).[10][11] In 2017, he appeared as insurance agent Anthony Sinclair in David Lynch's revival miniseries Twin Peaks,[12] and portrayed FBI Agent Bill Sullivan in the drama film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.[13]


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

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.[14]

In July 2005, Sizemore became a father when Janelle McIntire gave birth to twins.[15] On October 19, 2005, Vivid Entertainment released The Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal, a sex tape featuring Sizemore and multiple women.[16] In the video, Sizemore claimed to have had sex with Paris Hilton; an allegation that she later denied, claiming it was a ploy by Sizemore to increase sales.[17]

Sexual abuse allegations

In November 2017, it was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Sizemore had been kicked off the set of the film Piggy Banks in 2003 for allegedly sexually molesting an 11-year-old actress when the film was in production near Salt Lake City, Utah.[18] Sizemore denied any wrongdoing, and was allowed back on the film set after the Salt Lake County prosecutor's office decided against going forward with the case "due to witness and evidence problems."[19] In May 2018, the now 26-year-old actress filed a lawsuit against Sizemore, claiming that his alleged abuse caused longstanding emotional problems and seeking at least $3 million. A statement from Sizemore's publicist again denied the abuse, noting that nothing amiss was reported by a Born Killers staff member whose duty was supervising child actors on set.[20] On August 27th, 2020, USA Today reported that a Utah Judge had dismissed the lawsuit. Sizemore again denied her claims and expressed his shock and pain of being accused of such an act, stating: "Beyond the loss of work and the pain and humiliation this has caused me and my family, the thought that an 11-year old girl would think I violated her, whether it be because she misconstrued some inadvertent touching when the director placed her upon my lap for the photo shoot or someone else instilled this idea in her head for whatever malicious, self-serving reasons, is what devastates me most," [21]

Substance abuse and legal problems

Sizemore, who has battled drug addiction since he was 15,[22] was convicted in 2003 of domestic violence against his girlfriend, the former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.[23] Sizemore was then sentenced to seven months in jail and four months in drug treatment for repeatedly failing drug tests while on probation on March 25, 2005.[24] Sizemore was caught attempting to fake the urine test using a Whizzinator.[25][26][27] 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.[28]

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 methamphetamine.[29]

In 2013, Sizemore appeared on an episode of the talk show Dr. Phil, titled "Explosive Relationships", where he discussed his rise to stardom and the subsequent fallout after his years of struggling with substance abuse and run ins with law enforcement, as well as his relationship with Heidi Fleiss. Season 11 Episode 138 aired on April 18, 2013.

In early 2014, a recording emerged of Sizemore alleging that former girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley had an affair with Bill Clinton in 1998.[30] Under threat of legal action, Sizemore admitted that the allegation was false. He elaborated that the recording was made without his knowledge during a time when he was battling substance abuse.[31]

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 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.[28] 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."

In February 2017, Sizemore pleaded no contest to two charges of domestic abuse for assaulting his girlfriend, for which he was sentenced to 36 months summary probation, as well as 30 days of community service, as well as being forced to complete a year-long domestic violence program, to abide by two protective orders associated with the charges, and was also ordered to pay various fees. The deal was made by Sizemore to avoid spending 210 days in jail.[32]

In a 2013 interview, Sizemore claimed that he begun to achieve sobriety after a stern interrogation from fellow actor Robert De Niro.[33] De Niro personally checked Sizemore into rehab.[34]

On January 5, 2019, Sizemore was arrested for misdemeanor drug possession of "various illegal narcotics" in Burbank, California.[35]

Partial filmography


Year Film Role Notes
1989 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
Blue Steel Wool Cap
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 Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta
1998 Saving Private Ryan Technical Sergeant 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 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
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 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
Furnace Frank Miller
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 Colonel Bunker
Big Money Rustlas Himself Cameo
Chlorine Ernie
513 Glen
2011 Black Gold Detective Brandano
Cross Detective Nitti
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
2012 Slumber Party Slaughter Tom Kingsford Slasher film
Big Money Rustlas Himself Cameo
2013 Remnants General Vincent Tate
Company of Heroes Lt. Dean Ransom
Five Hour Friends Timothy Bonner
Paranormal Movie Himself
Before I Sleep Rand
2014 Reach Me Frank
SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines Ricks Video
Auteur Himself
Murder 101 FBI Agent Ridley
2015 The Intruders Howard Markby Direct-to-DVD
Laugh Killer Laugh Orphanage Headmaster
Flashes Mark Hume
SWAT: Unit 877 a.k.a. 24 hours Damian White Direct-to-DVD
2016 Durant's Never Closes Jack Durant
Crossing Point Pedro
Traded Lavoie
The Bronx Bull Tony
Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich Master Sergeant O'Malley
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage McWhorter
2017 Atomica Zek
The Immortal Wars Bloodshed
The Assault Detective Gary Broza
Bad Frank Mickey Duro
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House FBI Agent Bill Sullivan
Blood Circus Detective Jake Dawson
Radical CIA Agent McKitrick
2018 Speed Kills Dwayne Franklin
2019 Hell Girl Jebidiha
7 Deadly Sins Richard Gates
Wish Man Sgt. Mason
2020 Adam Lucky
TBA The Getter Moe Cadillac Post-production


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) 2 episodes
2002-2003 Robbery Homicide Division Lieutenant 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 TV movie
Southland Timmy Davis Episode: "See the Woman"
2010 Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Himself Whole season
Sober House Himself Unknown
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Truck Driver Episode: "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods"
2011-2012 Hawaii Five-0 Captain Vince Fryer 5 episodes
2012 Exit Strategy Jonathan Marks TV movie
2012-2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lewis Hoda 2 episodes
2014 Dark Haul (aka Monster Truck) Knicks TV movie
2014-2015 The Red Road Jack Kopus 7 episodes
2016 Lucifer Hank Cutter Episode: "Favorite Son"
2016-2017 Shooter Hugh Meachum 6 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Anthony Sinclair 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Sonny Forelli
2006 24: The Game Sid Wilson


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