Tom’s Biography on the ‘Hustle’ Website

Widely recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile actors working today, Tom Sizemore next stars in HUSTLE, an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production that will premiere Saturday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. In HUSTLE Sizemore portrays baseball icon Pete Rose when, during the mid-to-late 1980s, a penchant for gambling destroyed the then-Major League Baseball manager’s career and forever tarnished his legacy. Before heading into production on HUSTLE, Sizemore completed work on the pilot of Rob Lowe’s new series for NBC, DR. VEGAS, filmed on location.

Bringing a compelling quality to his work depicting tough men in incredible circumstances, Sizemore was the first choice for the role of ‘Lt. Col. Danny McKnight’ in Ridley Scott’s fact-based film BLACK HAWK DOWN. Sizemore received enormous critical praise for this role as well as his turn opposite Tom Hanks in Steve Spielberg’s war drama SAVING PRIVATE RYAN as ‘Sergeant Michael Horvath,’ a tough-as-nails but ever-loyal Marine. He also starred opposite Nicolas Cage in Martin Scorsese’s BRINGING OUT THE DEAD playing an out-of-control ambulance driver who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sizemore also recently starred as the lead character in CBS’ critically acclaimed dramatic series ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION, Exec. Produced and Directed by Michael Mann. In the role of Detective ‘Sam ‘Hoss’ Cole,’ Sizemore was lauded for his performance as the intelligent and witty lead officer of the elite investigative team from which the series took its name. The actor had previously starred in Mann’s Los Angeles crime saga HEAT, another critical hit for the duo, in which Sizemore took the role of Michael Cheritto, a professional criminal who will stop at nothing to escape the law as he pulls high-value robberies with a team of pros lead by Robert DeNiro’s troubled ring leader, ‘Neil McCauley.’

Other recent starring roles for Sizemore include turns in Warner Brothers’ RED PLANET with Val Kilmer, directed by Anthony Hoffman and PLAY IT TO THE BONE for Buena Vista opposite Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas by director Ron Shelton. He also starred in HBO’s WITNESS FOR PROTECTION and in NBC’s highly successful miniseries WITNESS TO THE MOB in which he portrayed John Gotti to critical raves; Robert DeNiro and Tribeca Films produced the 4-hour drama.

Equally comfortable in independent films as he is in studio pics, Sizemore starred in THE FLORENTINE, alongside Chris Penn, Jeremy Davies and Michael Madsen with Nick Stagliano directing him as a drifter who comes back to his small home town to make right on his past. He also starred in THE MATCH for Polygram Films, a dry-witted comedy about two Scottish pub teams and their century-long soccer feud, working alongside Ian Holm, Richard E. Grant and Max Beesley.

Tom’s first movie role was for Oliver Stone in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. The two later re-teamed on NATURAL BORN KILLERS in which Tom became known for his widely acclaimed performance as ‘Scagnetti,’ the self-promoting, tyrannical detective who apprehends woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.

Among other standout performances include the suspense thriller, THE RELIC in which he starred with Penelope Ann Miller — he received the Best Actor Award at the Madrid Film Festival for the role. In 1995, Tom had a banner year with three extraordinary films including HEAT; a starring role opposite Denzel Washington in director Carl Franklin’s DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS based on the acclaimed novel by Walter Mosley; and STRANGE DAYS for director Kathryn Bigelow.

Tom has starred previously in a wide range of films among them, Ron Underwood’s HEART AND SOULS, Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE, Lawrence Kasdan’s WYATT EARP among other credits, which include PASSENGER 57, WATCH IT, and GUILTY BY SUSPICION.

Born and raised in Detroit, Tom earned a B.F.A in acting from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Theater from Temple University. He has starred in numerous regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions.



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