Al Matthews, 'Aliens' and 'Superman III' Actor, Dies at 75

Al Matthews, 'Aliens' and 'Superman III' Actor, Dies at 75

Al Matthews, the Brooklyn-born actor best known for playing Sergeant Apone in Aliens, has died aged 75.

Matthews, who also appeared in Superman III (1983), The Fifth Element (1997) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), was found dead in his home in Alicante on Spain's Mediterranean coast Saturday at 10 p.m. local time by a neighbor, Spanish global news agency EFE reports. Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps. Every paycheck a fortune.

Mr Matthews also appeared as a fire chief in Superman III in 1983 and in Grange Hill as the dad of Benny Green, played by Terry Sue-Patt whose decomposed body was found at his home in Walthamstow, east London in July 2015.

In addition to acting and singing, Al served in the Vietnam War.

A statement on his website reads: "I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including 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".

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Further UK success saw him score a number 16 spot in the charts with his song Fool in 1975. He started by singing in street-corner groups in NY before moving on to folk music in Greenwich Village.

In 1978 Matthews made history as the first black disc jockey on Britain's Radio 1.

But it is as the no-nonsense Apone in Aliens that Matthews will be best remembered - the character went on to be the inspiration for Sergeant Avery Johnson in the hit video game series Halo.

A representative for Chip Baker Films, the company who produced Al's project, The Price of Death, told Express.co.uk: "I don't think he has an agent but we used to work with him and yes, he's died".

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