Tom Sizemore


29 Nov 1961


Detroit, Michigan, USA


Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr.


Tom Sizemore rose in prominence throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough-guy actor, sought by the most respected directors in the business.

Thomas Edward Sizemore, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Judith (Schannault), an ombudsman staff member, and Thomas Edward Sizemore, Sr., a lawyer and professor. 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 theatre 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's 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. 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 rehabilitation program in 1998 after his mother and his friend Robert De Niro appeared on his door-step during the filming of Witness to the Mob (1998). Telling him they were there to drive him to jail or to rehabilitation, Sizemore chose the latter. After completing rehabilitation, he counseled adolescents involved in substance abuse.

Offered roles in W.W.II 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 wide 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 reshoot 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 pretension is refreshing. A commanding voice and presence on film, Sizemore looks to continue as one of Hollywood's greatest actors.

Actor ( 198 credits )

Radical (2017) CIA Agent McKitrick
Unkillable (2017) Mr. Gilliam
The Bend (2017) Tobias 'The Bomber' Barstrand
Spody Gets His Gunz (2017)
Atomica (2017) Zek
Blue Line (2017) Detective Broza
The Second Coming of Christ (2017) Larry
Joe's War (2017) Captain Vickers
American Undercover (2017)
Collar (2017) Chief Hamilton Markham
The Subway Son (2017) Billy McReady
Killer Response (2017) Daniel
The Immortal Wars (2017) Bloodshed
Felt (2017) Bill Sullivan
Mob War (2017) Agent Pierce
Twin Peaks (2017) (1 episode, 2017)
Amontillado (2017) Fortunato
A Family's Fury (2017) Todlich
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) McWhorter
Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich (2016) Master Sergeant O'Malley
Traded (2016) Les 'Lavoie' Crawford
The Bronx Bull (2016) Tony
Wolf Mother (2016) Jon
Crossing Point (2016) Pedro
Exit 14 (2016) Roy
Durant's Never Closes (2016) Jack Durant
Clandestine (2016) Assemblyman Dean Batta
The Slider (2016) Walter Zanin
Misirlou (2016) Col. Big Rich
Halloweed (2016) Vincent Modine
Calico Skies (2016) Phoenix
Black Wake (2016) Detective Michaels
Bad Frank (2016) Mickey Duro
Better Criminal (2016) Sargeant Mike Martin
Secrets of Deception (2016) Eddie Green
House Rules (2016) Jake
The Martyr Maker (2016) Agent Terry Davis
Cross 2 (2016) Nitti
Shooter (2016)  CIA Agent Hugh Meachum (1 episode, 2016)
A Chance in the World (2016) John Sykes
If I Tell You I Have to Kill You (2015)
Alternate Realities (2015) Mark Hume
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn (2015) Chief McClelland
SWAT: Unit 887 (2015) Damian
6 Ways to Die (2015) Mike Jones
Assassin's Game (2015) El Viejo
Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) Orphanage Headmaster
The Million Dollar Date (2015)
Lucifer (2015)  Hank Cutter (1 episode, 2016)
Auteur (2014) Himself
Reach Me (2014) Frank
Dark Haul (2014) Knicks
Bordering on Bad Behavior (2014) Bob
Private Number (2014) Jeff
Murder101 (2014) FBI Agent Ridley
The Age of Reason (2014) Robert
The Drunk (2014) Bruce Frye
Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (2014) Ricks
The Red Road (2014)  Jack Kopus (4 episodes, 2014)
Life in Your Social Network Presented by Heard (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Five Thirteen (2013) Glen
Remnants (2013) General Vincent Tate
Before I Sleep (2013) Randy
Crosshairs (2013) Jimmy Marcos
Paranormal Movie (2013) Tom
Chlorine (2013) Ernie
5 Hour Friends (2013) Timothy Bonner
Meth Head (2013) Sonny
The Banksters, Madoff with America (2013) Vito
Grounded (2013) Lucky
Fake Dog Shit (2013) The Bum
El bosc (2012) Pickett
Pieces (2012) Jim
Visible Scars (2012) Mike Gillis
Slumber Party Slaughter (2012) Tom Kingsford
Perception (2012)  Bobby (1 episode, 2012)
The Snitch Cartel (2011) DEA Agent Sam Mathews
The Colombian Connection (2011) Frank Rossi
The Speak (2011) Doyle
Suing the Devil (2011) Tony 'The Hip' Anzaldo
Contractor's Routine (2011) Art Professor
Ed Hardy Boyz 2: The Case of When That Hot Filipina Girl Lost Her Tramp Stamp at Mini-Golf (2011)
Cellmates (2011) Leroy Lowe
Black Gold (2011) Detective Brandano
Good God Bad Dog (2011) Ezra Mann
The Saints of Mt. Christopher (2011) Richard Satler
Bad Ass (2010) Paolo
The Auctioneers (2010) Abel
Shadows in Paradise (2010) Col. Bunker
Big Money Rustlas (2010) Tom
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Capt. Vincent Fryer (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Double Duty (2009) Craig
21 and a Wake-Up (2009) Jack Breedlau
The Grind (2009) Chuck
Angels and Fire (2009) Mack Fogg
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion (2009) Roger Cheatem
Commute (2009) God
Southland (2009)  Timmy Davis (1 episode, 2009)
Sober House (2009)  Himself (8 episodes, 2010)
MMA H.E.A.T. (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Toxic (2008) Van Sant
Stiletto (2008) Large Bills
The Commuter Talk Show (2008) Himself
The Last Lullaby (2008) Price
The Acquirer (2008) Arthur
Red (2008) Mr. McCormack
American Son (2008) Dale
The Flyboys (2008) Angelo Esposito
Crash (2008)  Adrian Cooper (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008)  Himself - Rehab Patient / ... (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
A Broken Life (2007) Max
Furnace (2007) Frank Miller
Protecting the King (2007) Ronnie
Game of Life (2007) Burt
Bottom Feeder (2007) Vince Stoker
White Air (2007) Steve
Head Case (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
Shooting Sizemore (2007)  Himself (8 episodes, 2007)
The Genius Club (2006) Armand
Splinter (2006) Detective Cunningham
Shut Up and Shoot! (2006) Tom
Zyzzyx Rd (2006) Joey
No Rules (2005) Kain Diamond
Born Killers (2005) Dad
The Nickel Children (2005) Feedo
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)  Trucker (1 episode, 2010)
Paparazzi (2004) Rex Harper
Entourage (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Dr. Vegas (2004)  Vic Moore (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Dreamcatcher (2003) Owen
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) Tom Sizemore
Swindle (2002) Seth George
Big Trouble (2002) Snake Dupree
Welcome to America (2002) Zach
CSI: Miami (2002)  Kurt Rossi (1 episode, 2008)
Dr. Phil (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Robbery Homicide Division (2002)  Lt. Sam Cole (13 episodes, 2002-2003)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Black Hawk Down (2001) McKnight
Ticker (2001) Det. Ray Nettles
Pearl Harbor (2001) Sgt. Earl Sistern
Justice League (2001)  Metamorpho / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Red Planet (2000) Burchenal
Get Carter (2000) Les Fletcher (voice) (uncredited)
CBS Cares (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Play It to the Bone (1999) Joe Domino
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Tom Wolls
The Match (1999) Buffalo
The Florentine (1999) Teddy
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Louis Hoda (1 episode, 2012)
Enemy of the State (1998) Boss Paulie Pintero (uncredited)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Sergeant Horvath
The Relic (1997) Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Heat (1995) Michael Cheritto
Strange Days (1995) Max Peltier
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) DeWitt Albright
Natural Born Killers (1994) Det. Jack Scagnetti
Wyatt Earp (1994) Bat Masterson
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Striking Distance (1993) Det. Danny Detillo
True Romance (1993) Cody Nicholson
Heart and Souls (1993) Milo Peck
Watch It (1993) Danny
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Passenger 57 (1992) Sly Delvecchio
Love Is Like That (1992) Lenny
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1998-2003)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2001)
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991) Eddie Hale
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) Chance Wilder
Point Break (1991) DEA Agent Deets (uncredited)
Guilty by Suspicion (1991) Ray Karlin
Flight of the Intruder (1991) Boxman
A Matter of Degrees (1990) Zeno Stefanos
Blue Steel (1990) Wool Cap
Against the Law (1990)  Rainey Fults (1 episode, 1990)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Vet - Villa Dulce
Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989) 2nd Mugger
Rude Awakening (1989) Ian
Lock Up (1989) Dallas
Gideon Oliver (1989)  Paul Slocum (1 episode, 1989)
China Beach (1988)  Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca, the Dog Man / ... (6 episodes,
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Hunting Season (0) Nick
WEAPONiZED (0) Kyle Norris
The Intruders (0) Howard Markby
A Day Like a Week (0) Philippe Duret
The Getter (0)
Bleach (0)
Charlie Charlie (0) Richard Gates
I Believe (0) Don Carlo
Devotion (0) Bobby Carbone
Bloom! (0) Officer Richards
Central Park Dark (0) Thomas Winters

Producer ( 5 credits )

Crossing Point (2016) co-producer
House Rules (2016) co-producer
Remnants (2013) producer
Bad Ass (2010) producer
The Genius Club (2006) executive producer

Writer ( 3 credits )

The Asian Connection (2016) (story)
Head Case (2007) (1 episode, 2007)
Bloom! (0) (story by)

Director ( 1 credit )

The Subway Son (2017)