Top 10 Tom Sizemore Film Performances
Tom Sizemore rose to fame in the 90s for his exceptional portrayals of tough-guy characters. With a remarkable career spanning over 200 films and 40 TV shows, Sizemore also lent his voice to popular video games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), 24: The Game, and Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. In addition to his outstanding acting career, Sizemore was also recognized as a writer and producer.
Sadly, on March 3, 2023, the world bid farewell to the talented actor, who passed away at the age of 61. To celebrate his life and achievements, let’s take a look back at the top 10 film performances of Tom Sizemore.
Passenger 57 (1992)
Even though Tom Sizemore’s role in the movie was minor, it was still counted among his best performances due to the film’s popularity. In Passenger 57, Sizemore portrayed the character of Sly Delvecchio, an old friend of John Cutter (Wesley Snipes). Delvecchio offers Cutter the job of Vice President for an antiterrorism unit in his company. Unlike his usual tough-guy roles, Sizemore played the role of a good guy in this movie. Passenger 57 was a commercial success, grossing $66 million against its $15 million budget.
Heart and Souls (1993)
Tom Sizemore’s portrayal of Milo Peck in the fantasy comedy-drama Heart and Souls is widely regarded as one of his best roles. Peck is one of four souls who died tragically in an accident and become guardian angels to Robert Downey Jr.’s character, Thomas Reilly. Milo Peck was a petty thief who stole a book of stamps from a young boy before his untimely death. Peck needs Reilly’s help to return the stolen stamp book to pass on to the afterlife. Sizemore’s performance was critically acclaimed and earned him nominations for Best Supporting Actor at both the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film, and Saturn Awards.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Tom Sizemore had a supporting role in the American crime film Natural Born Killers, which was written by Quentin Tarantino and proved to be a box office success, grossing $110 million against its $32 million budget. In the movie, Sizemore played Detective Jack Scagnetti, who was obsessed with capturing the psychotic murdering duo, Mickey and Mallory Knox. He starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr., and Tommy Lee Jones.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Tom Sizemore’s role in Saving Private Ryan is considered one of his best performances. He portrays Sergeant First Class Mike Horvath, who is the second-in-command and friend of John H. Miller (played by Tom Hanks). The film follows the journey of eight soldiers assigned to rescue Private Ryan. Sizemore’s character plays a crucial role in the film, sacrificing himself to save his fellow soldiers. Saving Private Ryan, made with a budget of $65-70 million, became a massive box office success, grossing $481.8 million worldwide.
Enemy of the State (1998)
Jerry Bruckheimer produced the commercially successful film Enemy of the State, which starred Tom Sizemore alongside Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, and Regina King. In the film, Sizemore played Paulie Pintero, a restaurant owner and mob kingpin, diverging from his usual US Army soldier roles. Enemy of the State earned $250.8 million and is also one of Sizemore’s highest-grossing films.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Tom Sizemore played a leading role as Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight in the war film Black Hawk Down, which was co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie is based on a non-fiction book by Mark Bowden and tells the story of the 1993 US Military raid in Mogadishu, Somalia. Black Hawk Down won two Academy Awards in 2002 for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Despite its critical acclaim, the movie had a moderate Box Office performance, earning $173 million on a $92 million production budget.
In Albert Pyun’s action film Ticker, Tom Sizemore takes on the lead role of Detective Ray Nettles. Alongside bomb expert chief Lieutenant Frank Glass (played by Steven Seagal), Nettles works to stop the mastermind behind a series of city bombings. Nettles’ character struggles to mourn the loss of his wife and son, which impacts his judgment. Although Ticker was not a commercial success, it received mixed reviews from the audience.
Mel Gibson produced the American action film Paparazzi, featuring Tom Sizemore as Rex Harper, the leader of a group of photographers. The paparazzi make it their mission to ruin the life of a celebrity named Bo Laramie. However, things take an unexpected turn when Bo seeks revenge on each Rex group member. The movie includes cameo appearances from top actors such as Chris Rock, Vince Vaughn, Matthew McConaughey, and Mel Gibson.
The Genius Club (2006)
Tom Sizemore took on the role of the main antagonist Armand in the 2006 film “The Genius Club.” Armand is a terrorist who possesses a nuclear weapon and demands that the US president gather a team of seven geniuses to solve global issues in a single night. If they fail, Armand threatens to detonate the device. Despite the film receiving negative reviews, Sizemore’s portrayal of Armand was highly praised.
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)
Tom Sizemore portrayed FBI agent Bill Sullivan in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, a biographical film based on Mark Felt’s book published in 2006. The story revolves around Mark Felt, who uncovers the truth behind the Watergate scandal that led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. In addition to Sizemore, the movie featured Liam Neeson, Tony Goldwyn, and Michael C. Hall in prominent roles.