'Predator' actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

'Predator' actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

'Predator' actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

Actor Sonny Landham who starred in 1987 film Predator has passed away at the age of 76. 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. Landham died Thursday from congestive heart failure at a Kentucky hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler tells The Associated Press.

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

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The publication says that Landham acted in several X-rated films in the early 1970s before he started working in mainstream movies.

In Predator, Landham played Billy Sole, a tracker who was part of the team tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency to rescue hostages who had been taken captive by insurgents. The actor worked steadily in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, and had a 10-year gap in his career from 1997 to 2007, when he returned to for the low-budget horror thriller Disintegration.

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Following his acting career, Landham got into politics as a Republican and ran for Governer of Kentucky as long as State Senator. The Libertarian party voted to withdraw Landham's nomination after he made controversial comments on a political radio show.

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