Tom Sizemore, the American actor best known for his roles in hits like Saving Private Ryan, Natural Born Killers and Heat, has died at the age of 61. According to his manager, he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

With more than 130 credits to his name, Tom Sizemore was one of Hollywood’s most in-demand character actors for over two decades. He was a staple of the action and thriller genres, often playing tough cops or military men. His rough, gravelly voice and rugged good looks made him a natural fit for these roles.

But Sizemore was more than just a bruiser. He had real range as an actor, capable of conveying a wide range of emotions with subtlety and nuance. His performances in films like Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down showed that he had a deep understanding of what it meant to be a soldier, and his portrayal of a grieving father in 1998’s The Red Violin was both heartbreaking and beautiful.

Born in Detroit in 1961, Sizemore grew up in a rough neighborhood and had a troubled childhood. He found escape in acting, and after studying drama in college, he moved to New York City and began appearing in off-Broadway productions.

In the mid-1980s, Sizemore made his way to Hollywood and quickly found work in films like 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July and 1990’s Lock Up. He gained widespread recognition for his role as a prison guard in 1991’s Point Break, but it was his work in 1993’s True Romance that really put him on the map.

In that film, Sizemore played the unforgettable character of Detective Cody Nicholson, a cocaine-addicted cop who talks fast and acts tough. It was a performance that showcased his ability to inject humor and charisma into even the most unsavory of characters.

Over the next few years, Sizemore’s star continued to rise. He appeared in films like Natural Born Killers (1994), Heat (1995), and Saving Private Ryan (1998), cementing his place as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors.

But Sizemore’s personal life was often turbulent. He struggled with addiction and legal troubles, and in 2003, he was sentenced to six months in jail for assault.

Despite these setbacks, Sizemore continued to work steadily in the years that followed. He appeared in several television shows, including CSI: Miami and Hawaii Five-0, and continued to land roles in feature films.

But it was clear that his personal struggles had taken a toll on his career. By the mid-2010s, Sizemore was no longer the go-to character actor he once was.

Nevertheless, he continued to act until the end of his life. His final film, Witness Infection, is set to be released later this year.

Fans and colleagues alike have been paying tribute to Sizemore since news of his death broke. Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg said in a statement that Sizemore was “one of the great actors of his generation.”

“He could do it all – comedy, drama, action,” Spielberg said. “He was a true artist, and we will miss him deeply.”

Actor Rob Lowe, who worked with Sizemore on the 2007 TV series Dr. Vegas, wrote on Twitter that he was “devastated” by the news of Sizemore’s death.

“He was so gifted, so talented, and more than anything else, so kind,” Lowe said. “He will be missed by so many.”

It’s clear that Tom Sizemore had a profound impact on the entertainment industry, and on the countless fans who admired his work. He may have been a flawed and troubled figure, but he was also an immensely talented and unforgettable one.

Rest in peace, Tom Sizemore. You will be missed.