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Subject: Al Matthews (Alpone from Aliens) dies

Written By: ChrisBodilyTM on 09/24/18 at 10:49 pm

Al Matthews, whose art imitated life as Sgt. Alpone in James Cameron's Aliens, has died. He was 75. How he ended up in the blockbuster sequel mirrors that of Ermey in Full Metal Jacket.

"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. Mr. Cameron was pleased with my input. He said he had no idea I was that good; had he known, my part would have been bigger," he said in 2006.

Alpone chomped cigars and delivered such memorable lines as:

"All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed?"


"All right, sweethearts, you heard the man and you know the drill! A------s and elbows!"

Matthews himself served almost six years in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, receiving 13 combat awards and two Purple Hearts.

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