Al Matthews, the American actor and singer best-known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in 1986's Aliens, has died at his home in Spain. He was 75.

Spanish newspaper El País reported that Matthews was pronounced dead at his home in Orihuela Costa, Alicante on Sunday after a neighbour had called the emergency services. An autopsy is to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

A Vietnam veteran, New York-born Matthews had a Top 20 UK hit with the song Fool in 1975. 

His screen acting career also began in the Seventies, and he went on to have roles in the television series Grange Hill and The Professionals, and the films Yanks, Ragtime, Superman III and Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, among many others.

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

Matthews moved to Spain in 2005. His last film, the Western The Price of Death, is currently in post-production.

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