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After suffering a brain aneurysm at his home, actor Tom Sizemore remains in critical condition in intensive care at a hospital in Los Angeles. His manager, Charles Lago, told reporters that it’s a “wait-and-see situation.
The 61-year-old Detroit-born actor has appeared in more than a score of action-oriented films, including Black Hawk Down, Born on the Fourth of July, Heat, and Natural Born Killers. Sizemore is to appear in Impuratus, a sci-fi film to be released next month. In this film, he plays the role of a police detective who witnesses the deathbed confession of a Civil War veteran.
Sizemore is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Mike Horvath in the World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, playing alongside Tom Hanks. In the film, Sizemore’s character declared: “Some day we might look back on this and decide that Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this godawful shitty mess.”
Over the years, Sizemore garnered many awards and nominations at film festivals; in 2000 he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Witness Protection.
The actor’s tough-guy image is reflected in his own personal life, which includes episodes of drug addiction and domestic abuse. In 2003 he was convicted on charges he had abused his former fiancée Heidi Fleiss.
And in 2010 he told Larry King in an interview of his struggles with addiction to cocaine and heroin. That same year, he appeared in the reality show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
In a 2021 interview, Sizemore confessed: “I’ve been trying to get sober since 1991 … It became really big news much later than that, but I was trying to stop.
I’ve had a problem for a long time. I had periods, long periods, of sobriety and I would end up relapsing. … If I wanted to reach a nice and pleasant old age, I had to stop. And if I wanted to watch my kids grow up, I needed to reach a place where I knew it was over.”
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