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.
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.