Tom Sizemore Dies: ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’ Actor Was 61

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11, 2014: Tom Sizemore at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Expendables 3" at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Tom Sizemore, an actor known for his tough guy roles in films including Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, died Friday after suffering an aneurysm and a stroke. He was 61.

His manager, Charles Lago, released a statement saying the actor “passed away peacefully in his sleep” at a hospital in Burbank, California.

Sizemore’s 17-year-old twin sons Jayden and Jagger, and his brother Paul Sizemore were by his side when he died, Lago said.

The actor was found unconscious in his home around 2 a.m. on Feb. 18, and rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

On Monday, Lago released a statement saying doctors told Sizemore’s family there was “no further hope,” and they should start making end of life decisions.

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Sizemore was born in Detroit on Nov. 29, 1961.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Wayne State University in Michigan, and later received a master’s in theatre at Temple University in Pennsylvania.

He began working in TV and films in the 1980s. In addition to Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Black Hawk Down (2001), he had roles in Witness Protection (1999), Red Planet (2000), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Passenger 57 (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994), Heat (1995), the 2017 revival of the TV series Twin Peaks, and numerous other projects.

Sizemore also made headlines for his repeated brushes with the law.

He was convicted of domestic violence in 2003 for assaulting his then-girlfriend, former “Hollywood Madam,” Heidi Fleiss. He was arrested again in 2009 on suspicion of battery of a former spouse and on a domestic violence charge in 2011.

Police also arrested Sizemore multiple times on drug charges.

As his life spiraled out of control, he turned to Dr. Drew Pinsky and appeared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew and its spinoff Sober House.

In a 2013 interview with the Associated Press, Sizemore admitted his life was a mess.

“You saw Celebrity Rehab. I look like I’m dead. I saw it (recently) for the first time in a long time. I’m feeling really vulnerable right now,” he said.

There was also a child molestation accusation. As more accusers came forward during the #MeToo movement in 2017, The Hollywood Reporter published a story saying Sizemore had been accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl on a film set in 2003. The actor called the allegations “highly disturbing” and denied wrongdoing. Charges were never filed.

Sizemore’s 2016 memoir, Tom Sizemore: By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, detailed his drug addiction, overdoses, suicide attempts, and homelessness.