Tom Sizemore

Tom Sizemore


9/29/1961, Detriot, Michigan

Birth Name

Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr.


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  • Tom Sizemore on Shooting Sizemore.
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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 September 29, 1964, Sizemore grew up idolizing the tough guy characters of the movies he watched. After attending Wayne…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1999 Tom was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for his project Witness Protection.

    • In 1999 Tom was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for his project Witness Protection.

    • In 1999 Tom was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Theatrical Motion Picture for the movie Saving Private Ryan.

    • Tom was given a 'sober companion' after he left rehab in 2003, a fellow actor that hung around him at all times, to insure his sobriety. However, Tom grew quite annoyed with him, and he was relieved of his companion duties within the first week.

    • Tom admits to being under the influence of crystal methampetamine during the filming of five of his biggest movies, including Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan.

    • Tom describes his Heat co-star Robert DeNiro as wonderful and surprislingly sweet, he credits watching him behave like a gentleman on the set with his own toned down mannerisms. Robert was never late, and he never complained or threw his 'star status' around to gain respect or extra special treatment.

    • Tom is the lead singer for the Hollywood rock band Day 8, formed in 2002. The members are Rod Casho, Michael Taylor, Lester Mendoza, and Tyrone Tomke. They have recorded a 4 song EP.

    • Tom's wish list of people to work with are: Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Jodie Foster, Jack Nicholson, and Bernardo Bertolucci.

    • Tom spent time 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.

    • Tom credits his ex-wife Maeve Quinlan, a professional tennis player, and a regular on The Bold and Beautiful with helping to keep him on the straight and narrow, she was always there to steer him straight.

    • Tom's favorite movies are: Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Deer Hunter.

    • Tom feels that doing homework is critical in perfecting his roles. For his role in The Relic he met with curators and scientists to learn more about the research behind public museum exhibits.

    • Tom attended an all-boys Catholic high school filled with wealthy kids, and fast crowds. His friends were all either jocks or stoners who started using cocaine and falling into troubled times.

    • Tom credits his terrible childhood for his passion for acting. His parents were constantly fighting, and he would turn to the television to escape. He watched the tough guys take care of business and decided that those were the roles that he would play when he got older.

    • Tom was arrested in Los Angeles, after his wife called police claiming she'd been physically injured by Tom during an argument at their apartment. [24 January 1997]

    • Tom has been married once. It was to Maeve Quinlan from September 1996 to November 1999.

    • Tom appeared in the play 1984 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C..

    • Tom appeared in The Indian Wants The Bronx at the Actor's Theatre Of Manhattan.

    • Tom appeared in the Octagon at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

    • Tom starred in numerous regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions including Horton Foote's The Land of the Astronauts at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York .

    • On 9/9/2004, Tom was shot at while driving in his car in Los Angeles. There was a passenger in the car, both Tom and the passenger were unharmed.

    • Tom was nominated in 1998 for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award Best Actor in a Horror movie for his performance in The Relic.

    • Tom received the Best Actor award at the Madrid Film Festival in 1997 for his role in The Relic.

    • Tom is the Godfather to Michael Madsen's youngest child, Hudson.

    • Why does Tom wear that leather band on his wrist? From an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine they asked him the secret of success. Tom's reply was: "Leather. A former girlfriend once gave me a piece of leather to wear around my wrist. She said it brought good luck. I've worn it ever since."

    • In February 2005, Tom failed a court-ordered drug test after he was caught trying to use a prosthetic penis to fake the results, the second time he has been caught trying this.

    • Tom gained 44 lbs. to play John Gotti in Witness to the Mob (1998) by gorging on ice cream, pizza, pasta with cream sauce, meatball sandwiches and drinking weight gainer shakes.

    • Tom auditioned six times for the part of "Mr. Pink" in Reservoir Dogs (1992).

    • As a struggling young actor in New York, Tom worked for three years as a waiter in the World Trade Center.

    • Tom had his nose accidentally broken by Juliette Lewis during the filming of the prison cell fight scene in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994).

    • Tom's younger brother is actor Paul Sizemore.

    • Tom used to be engaged to "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.

    • According to a 2001 interview with The Calgary Sun, Tom credits Robert De Niro with turning his life around during the filming of Witness to the Mob (1998). De Niro showed up on his doorstep with Tom's mother and told him they were there to drive him to jail or rehab. He chose rehab.

  • Quotes

    • Tom Sizemore: (on taking the role of Sergeant Horvath, and having to turn down an equally good part in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line) It wasn't pretty, How I got out of Terry's movie. I had dozens of lunches with Terry before Steven picked me over a bunch of bigger names. I had to go with Steven.

    • Tom Sizemore: (on his favorite place) It's home. I like to have my stuff around me.

    • Tom Sizemore: (on who would win a fight between him and Michael Madsen) Michael's a good friend of mine. I wouldn't want to fight Michael, but I'd fight him if he insisted on it. He'd have to kill me to win, 'cause I don't get my arse kicked. I'm joking. I'm a big baby. I'm not tough at all. I'm afraid of the dark. I'm not kidding. And Michael's not as tough as he seems, either-although Michael was in jail. I shot a couple of movies in jail, but I was never in jail.

    • Tom Sizemore: I am not as crazy as people think.