Predator actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

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Sonny Landham, best known for his roles in Predator and 48 Hours, has passed away. He continued to land roles in over 5o films through the 1990s.

The actor was born William Landham on February 11, 1941, in Canton, Georgia.

Landham starred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Predator 30 years ago, playing Native American tracker Billy Sole. TMZ reports that the actor died on Thursday in a Kentucky hospital due to congestive heart failure. However, the actor did not appear in the film's follow-ups.

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.

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Landham had more roles afterward including 1988's Action Jackson, reteaming with his Predator co-star Carl Weathers, and 1993 martial arts film Best of the Best II.

In 2003, he ran for governor of Kentucky, but was unsuccessful in securing the Republican Party nomination. Landham also unsuccessfully pursued a seat in the Kentucky State Senate in 2004, and earned the Libertarian Party nomination in a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Landham, is survived by two children: a son, William, and a daughter, Priscilla.

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