Saving Private Ryan star Tom Sizemore's family asked to consider end-of-life decision

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulFeb 28, 2023 | 14:10

Saving Private Ryan star Tom Sizemore's family asked to consider end-of-life decision

Following a brain aneurysm that left him in a coma, all hope seems lost for the American actor Tom Sizemore, as end-of-life matters are being considered.

Sizemore was transported to the hospital on February 18 after collapsing in his Los Angeles home. Doctors determined that he had suffered a brain aneurysm as a result of a stroke. Since then, he has remained in critical condition and is currently in a coma under intensive care.


In an update provided by Sizemore's manager Charles Lago to Variety, the actor's family is now making end-of-life decisions for the 61-year-old after doctors informed them that there is no further hope.

The American actor has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1980s and appeared in numerous films and television series. 

Tom Sizemore in Heat

Sizemore played Sergeant Horvath in Steven Spielberg's epic war film Saving Private Ryan. The film follows a group of soldiers as they search for a paratrooper during World War II. Sizemore's performance as Horvath was widely praised, with many critics citing his toughness, wit, and sense of leadership as standout qualities. Sizemore was able to convey a sense of authority and experience that made his character a vital part of the film's ensemble. 

Tom Sizemore as Sergeant Horvath in Saving Private Ryan

In Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, Sizemore played Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight, the commander of a group of US soldiers sent into Somalia on a mission to capture a warlord. Sizemore once again showed his ability to portray a commanding presence on screen, imbuing his character with a sense of calm and confidence even in the midst of chaos. Sizemore's portrayal of McKnight was a standout among an impressive cast, helping elevate the film to a classic of the war film genre.

Tom Sizemore as Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight in Black Hawk Down

Sizemore is also known for his performances in Heat, Strange Days and Natural Born Killers.

However, Sizemore also has a history of abusive behaviour, having been convicted of domestic violence against his girlfriend in 2003 and pleading guilty to two counts of domestic violence in 2017, following his arrest a few months earlier for allegedly assaulting his partner.

In 2018, a 26-year-old actor filed a lawsuit against Sizemore, claiming he abused her as an 11-year-old during production on Natural Born Killers. Sizemore denied the allegation, and the suit was later dismissed.

Furthermore, in 2005, he served a few months in jail for trying to falsify a urine test, and in 2007, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Most recently, in 2019, he was taken into custody for possession of multiple illegal narcotics.

Further updates shall be provided by Sizemore’s family and manager soon.

Last updated: February 28, 2023 | 14:10
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