Fair Winds and Following Seas, GySgt Apone

Al Matthews, the former Marine NCO and Vietnam War veteran who played Gunnery Sergeant Al Aponehas passed away.

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Al Matthews, the actor many of you will remember from his role as a senior NCO in the “Colonial Marines” in the 1986 film Aliens, was found dead today in his retirement home in Spain yesterday. Matthews, a former Marine who was awarded two Purple Hearts during his service, was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was 75 years old.

You can read more about him and his iconic character on IMDB, in the “Xenopedia“, or in this article on the Hollywood Reporter.

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GySgt Apone of the Colonial Marines was played by Al Matthews, a former Marine Corps NCO and veteran of the Vietnam War. GySgt Apone of the Colonial Marines was played by Al Matthews, himself a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

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