Aliens Actor Al Matthews Has Passed Away

Join us in remembering Al Matthews.

By Jay Gervais

We are saddened to report that actor Al Matthews has passed away at the age of 75. He was found in his home in Alicante, Spain this past Saturday by a neighbor, who then phoned for emergency services.

He was best known for his role in James Cameron’s 1986 film Aliens, where he played the role of Sergeant Al Apone. He would later return to voice the character in the 2013 video game, Aliens: Colonial Marines. Some of his other notable roles include appearing in the 18th entry of the James Bond series, Tomorrow Never Dies, and as well as Luc Besson’s 1997 film, The Fifth Element.

Matthews was an actual marine and a member of the United States Marine Corps for 6 years, serving during the Vietnam War. He was one of the first black marines to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served with the Kilo Battery, Fourth Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Rest in peace, Sergeant.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.