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Al Matthews, Sergeant Apone in James Cameron's Aliens, dead at 75

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Sep 24, 2018

Al Matthews, the actor who portrayed Sergeant Apone in 1986's Aliens, has died at the age of 75, confirms The Hollywood Reporter. Matthews was discovered dead in his Alicante-based home on the Spanish coast by a neighbor. 

In addition to James Cameron's Aliens, Matthews starred in a number of other genre projects throughout his 40-year career, including Superman III, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Fifth Element.

However, truly discerning genre fans will always remember him as the gruff and cigar-smoking Sgt. Apone, who psyches up his contingent of space marines, before they land on LV-426 and get their asses handed to them by the Xenomorphs and their queen.

He reprised the role in 2013, voicing Apone for the Aliens: Colonial Marines video game.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, the actor served in Vietnam, remarking on his own website:

"I spent six years in the United States Marine Corps; I hold 13 combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts. I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Viet Nam, to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant; I served with Kilo Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, of that I am very proud."

He also worked as a professional folk singer in England.

Matthews's final starring role will be as Williamson in the western/action film The Price of Death, which is set to be released in October, according to IMDB

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