Aliens star Al Matthews dies aged 75

Al Matthews was found dead in his home

Al Matthews was found dead in his home

Aliens actor and Vietnam war veteran Al Matthews who spent most of his working life in Britain has been found dead at his retirement home in Spain.

Matthew was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942.

Al Matthews, the actor who played Gunnery Sergeant Apone in Aliens, has been found dead at his home in Spain.

He later reprised the role for the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines - while the role inspired that of the Halo franchise's Sgt Avery Johnson.

His other film credits include Rough Cut (1980), Ragtime (1981), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Superman III (1983), The Fifth Element (1997) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

An autopsy will determine the cause of his death.

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According to IMDb, his last role, in a western movie called The Price of Death, is now in post-production.

He began acting following a career in the US Marines, serving in Vietnam and receiving two purple hearts, before becoming the first black soldier in the 1st Marine Division to be promoted to sergeant.

He once talked about his time portraying a Marine in Alien, saying he taught the other actors on set how to act like one. "He said he had no idea I was that good; had he known, my part would have been bigger", he said at the time.

"All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for?" Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps. Every meal's a banquet. "I LOVE the Corps!"

Away from acting Al also enjoyed chart success - reaching number 16 in the United Kingdom charts in 1975 with the track Fool, as well as being a member of the band Hawkwind.

Fans of Grange Hill might also remember Matthews from that show, which saw him appear in several episodes as Mr Green, the dad of character Benny Green (played by the late Terry Sue-Patt).

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