In the case of most reality-show stars, it's obvious that they've found their level. Humiliating themselves on TV is the only way they'll ever be famous, and they're all too happy to dance like monkeys for a shot at celebrity.

In some cases, however, it's simply a sad, last rest stop between fame and obscurity. In the case of Tom Sizemore, who starred in a painfully raw six-episode VH1 show called Shooting Sizemore and has signed on for the new season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, it hurts to watch the decline of a genuinely talented performer.

Some actors, you remember the first time you saw them. But it's not like that with Sizemore. For me, it's like he was just suddenly always there. In the 1990s, he was a sort of a poor man's Tommy Lee Jones, except with his own distinct, streetwise edge -- where Tommy Lee still had a warm glimmer in his eye, Sizemore was all cold, weary rage.

He seemed dangerous, really dangerous, in a way that actors rarely pull off, and his naturalistic style brought an authenticity to the character roles he played, whether as an Army sergeant (Saving Private Ryan), a cop tracking murderers on a crime spree (Natural Born Killers), a professional thief (Heat) or even Bat Masterson (Wyatt Earp).

IMDb credits Sizemore with 28 movie roles between Born on the Fourth of July in 1989 and Red Planet in 2000. That's a busy decade, and the workload may have contributed to the actor's well-publicized drug problems. Convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his then-girlfriend, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss, he was arrested again in 2007, while on probation for a drug conviction, when cops found him with a bag of methamphetamine and three meth pipes in his car. He served nine months in jail that time.
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