Performing artist Sonny Landham, best known for his parts in the 1980s activity motion pictures “Predator,” “48 Hrs.” and “Bolt Up,” kicked the bucket Thursday from congestive heart disappointment in Lexington, Ky. He was 76.
Landham’s sister Dawn Boehler affirmed his going to the Associated Press.
Conceived in Canton, Ga., the 6-foot-4 performing artist and stand-in got his begin in Hollywood in X-appraised movies before getting a little part in Walter Hill’s 1979 road posse religion exemplary “The Warriors.”
Slope cast him again two years after the fact in “Southern Comfort,” at that point gave him a meatier part in his 1982 activity comic drama “48 Hrs.” Landham, who was part-Cherokee and part-Seminole, played Billy Bear, one of two fugitives on the keep running from a San Francisco analyst and his hesitant convict associate, played individually by Nick Nolte and “assistant” Eddie Murphy.
Landham in this way showed up in real life movies, for example, “Firewalker,” “Activity Jackson,” and “Elite 2,” and menaced Sylvester Stallone in the jail dramatization “Bolt Up.”
Maybe his best-referred to part was as the tracker Billy Sole in “Predator,” inverse Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Disappointed by the absence of parts for Native American entertainers in Hollywood, Landham scrutinized the business’ absence of incorporation at the stature of his acting profession.
“I’m a performer who happens to be an Indian,” he revealed to United Press International in 1987. “Not an Indian attempting to be a performing artist.”
He would later take after Schwarzenegger into governmental issues, pursuing unsuccessful battles as a Republican for legislative head of Kentucky and U.S. Senate. In 2008, Landham’s hostile to Arab remarks lost him the Libertarian Party’s support for U.S. Senate.
“Sonny Landham was such a delight to work with on ‘Predator,'” Schwarzenegger tweeted Friday. “So skilled, so enjoyable to be around. We’ll miss him. My considerations are with his family.”
Sonny Landham was such a joy to work with on Predator – so talented, so fun to be around. We'll miss him. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/SoNbRJEwgV
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) August 19, 2017