Sad news to report this Monday morning as Al Matthews, the real-life military man who portrayed the no-nonsense, cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in James Cameron's Aliens, has died.
Matthews was found dead in his home Saturday evening. He was 75 years old.
Matthews also appeared in Rough Cut, Ragtime, Superman III, The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies. However, it was his role in Aliens that truly endeared him to fans.
Matthews himself served almost six years in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, receiving 13 combat awards and two purple hearts.
"Yes, I was the only person in the movie not pretending to be a Marine, in fact I taught the other actors how to look and act. Mr. Cameron was pleased with my input, in fact he said to me, he had no idea I was that good; had he known, my part would have been bigger," Matthews said in an interview back in 2006.
Matthews was born in Brooklyn back in 1942. He began singing with New York street-corner groups as a teenager before finding his voice in the Greenwich Village folk scene.
He would move to the United Kingdom following his service, and would eventually become the very first black disc jockey to join Radio 1 in Britain.
Matthews reprised his role as Sgt. Apone for the 2013 game, Aliens: Colonel Marines.
The staff here at Infinite Earths would like to express our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr. Matthews during this trying time.
May fond memories comfort you in the coming days.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Matthews! Thanks for showing us how every meal could be a banquet!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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