We have some sad news to pass on today… Al Matthews, best known to the horror crowd for his portrayal of the cigar-chomping Sgt. Apone in both Aliens the film and Aliens: Colonial Marines the video game, has died at age 75. Matthews also appeared in horror/sci-fi films The Fifth Element, The Final Conflict, and The Sender.
Matthews was found dead in his home in Alicante on Spain’s Mediterranean coast this past Saturday, September 22nd, at 10 p.m. by a neighbor, the Spanish international news agency EFE and the El Pais newspaper confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born November 21, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, Matthews served almost six years in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, receiving 13 combat awards and two Purple Hearts. About his role in James Cameron’s Aliens, Matthews said in 2006, “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. He said he had no idea I was that good; had he known, my part would have been bigger.”
Decades later, his reprised his role for the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines and inspired the character of Avery Johnson in the worldwide game franchise hit Halo.
We here at Brainwaves send our condolences to Al’s friends and family members. Rest in peace!