Friday 24 January 2020

Predator actor Sonny Landham dies aged 76

Actor Sonny Landham (AP/Ed Reinke)
Actor Sonny Landham (AP/Ed Reinke)

Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in Predator and 48 Hrs, has died. He was 76.

Landham's sister, Dawn Boehler, said the actor died from congestive heart failure on Thursday at a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

He was a brawny, deep-voiced actor and stunt man who played a bit part in Walter Hill's 1979 street-gang thriller The Warriors before the director cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982's 48 Hrs.

Landham, who was part Cherokee, was perhaps most known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator.

Landham entered the movie business after working in pornography in the 1970s. Later in life, he attempted brief and unsuccessful political campaigns.

He is survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.


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