'Predator' actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

Sonny Landham and Sylvester Stallone in'Lock Up

Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in "Predator" and "48 Hrs", died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. With over 50 acting credits to his name, Landham continued to appear in films through the 1990s. He would go on to have roles in films like Poltergeist, 48 Hrs. as Billy Bear, and the Chuck Norris film Firewalker before he took on his most famous role.

The actor was born William Landham on February 11, 1941, in Canton, Georgia. "Landham, who was part Cherokee and Seminole, was perhaps most known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film 'Predator'".

Landham began his career in the movie business in the 1970s in several X-rated films before segueing into mainstream features, One of his first roles was as a subway policeman in Walter Hill's 1979 thriller Warriors.

Following this, he had numerous roles as the tough guy, including starring in Action Jackson and Lock Up.

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Landham also turned up on a few TV shows over the years as well, like The A-Team and Miami Vice.

Variety reports during his break from Hollywood, Landham launched a campaign for the governor of Kentucky in 2003, but came up short in his bid for the Republican Party's nomination.

He's survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.

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