Nov. 29th, 1961
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Rehab Patient
the Dog Man
Capt. Vincent Fryer
Tom Sizemore rose in prominence throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough guy character, sought after by the most respected directors in the business. Born in Detroit on 29 November, 1961, Sizemore grew up idolizing the tough guy characters of the movies he watched. After attending Wayne State University, he got his master's degree in theater from Temple University in 1986.
Like many he moved to New York City and struggled, waiting tables and performing in plays. His first break came when 'Oliver Stone' cast him in a bit part in Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Bigger roles soon followed throughout the early 1990s, such as Guilty by Suspicion (1991), True Romance (1993), and Striking Distance (1993). 1994 proved to be an even bigger year for Sizemore, as he won the role of "Bat Masterson" in 'Kevin Costner's star-studded biopic Wyatt Earp (1994), as well as one of his first truly memorable roles as "Detective Jack Scagnetti" in 'Oliver Stone' controversial Natural Born Killers (1994). In 1995 he appeared in Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Strange Days (1995), as well as the acclaimed crime epic Heat (1995), directed by Michael Mann (I). Sizemore's first big leading role is in The Relic (1997), the big budget effects thriller directed by Peter Hyams.
According to a 2001 interview in The Calgary Sun, Sizemore entered a drug rehab program in 1998 after his mother and his friend 'Robert De Niro' appeared on his doorstep during the filming of Witness to the Mob (1998). Telling him they were there to drive him to jail or to rehab, Sizemore chose rehab. After he completed rehab, he counseled teens involved in substance abuse.
Offered both a role in WWII films directed by both Terrence Malick and Steven Spielberg, Sizemore chose the role of "Sergeant Horvath" in Saving Private Ryan (1998). The role and film received widespread acclaim and introduced Sizemore's talents to a much broader audience in a more human and well-rounded role than he had previously been given. Sizemore also credits this shoot and Steven Spielberg for helping him with his recovery from addiction, with 'Steven Spielberg' threatening to re-shoot the entire film if Sizemore failed a drug test even once.
After a flamboyant and uncredited mobster role in Enemy of the State (1998), Sizemore then portrayed a psychotic paramedic in Bringing Out the Dead (1999)directed by 'Martin Scorsese'. Seemingly taking it easy, he then turned in fine but stereotypical performances in Play It to the Bone (1999), Red Planet (2000), and Pearl Harbor (2001). Sizemore then received another leading role in the high-profile military drama Black Hawk Down (2001) directed by yet another legendary director, 'Ridley Scott'.
Specializing in the sort of ultimate tough guy/manly man roles that hearken back to a different era in film, Sizemore continues to be a favourite of Hollywood's greatest directors. Never afraid to speak his mind about anyone and anything, his sense of blunt honesty and lack of pretentiousness is refreshing. A commanding voice and presence on film, Sizemore looks to continue as one of Hollywood's greatest actors.
- Attended at Temple University of Philadelphia and majored in theater.
- Claims to have spent $11 million on lawyers and legal fees fighting previous drug and domestic violence charges.
- Spent time doing research at Folsom Prison, a maximum security facility near Sacramento, California to gather insider insight into the criminal psychology and felonious crews like the fictional one his character belongs to in Heat.
- Has played characters in seven movies who have died in shootouts: _True Romance (1993)_ (qv), _Enemy of the State (1998)_ (qv), _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv), _Heat (1995)_ (qv), _Natural Born Killers (1994)_ (qv), _Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)_ (qv) and _Dreamcatcher (2003)_ (qv). If counting voice work, the number goes up to eight!: He did the voice of Sonny Forelli in _Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (VG)_ (qv), who is killed in a gang shootout.
- Favorite movies are: _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv), _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv) and _The Deer Hunter (1978)_ (qv).
- Enjoys weightlifting.
- As a struggling young actor in New York, Sizemore worked for three years as a waiter in the World Trade Center.
- When Tom arrived at boot camp he weighed 190lbs, but the food was so awful, he left weighing 178lbs. His first consumption upon leaving was a diet coke.