Sonny Landham (1941–2017)


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An actor with a powerful physique, booming voice and who has played several "Native American" characters, Sonny Landham first broke into mainstream film with a bit part as a police officer in the subway. He ends up getting tripped when Michael Beck throws the baseball bat at his legs, in Walter Hill's gang film The Warriors (1979), then other ... See full bio »

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Known For

Predator Billy
(1987)
Lock Up Chink
(1989)
48 Hrs. Billy Bear
(1982)
The Warriors Police
(1979)

Filmography

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 2009 Mental Scars (Video)
Chief Bear
 2007 Disintegration
Boone Cagle
 1996 Billy Lone Bear (Video)
Billy Lone Bear
 1996 Carnival of Wolves
One-Eyed Jack
 1996 2090
Indian
 1995 Fatal Choice
Brick
 1995 Guns and Lipstick
Albino
 1994 Night Realm
Verrick
 1994 Savage Land
Lassiter
 1994 Taxi Dancers
Diamond Jim
 1993 Madame
Hector
 1993 Detective Extralarge (TV Series)
Indian
- Operazione Condor (1993) ... Indian
 1993 Best of the Best II
James
 1992 Three Days to a Kill (TV Movie)
Pepe
 1992 Maximum Force
Pimp
 1989 Lock Up
Chink
 1988 Action Jackson
Mr. Quick
 1987 Predator
Billy
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Toad
- Viking Bikers from Hell (1987) ... Toad
 1986 Firewalker
El Coyote
 1986 Northstar (TV Movie)
Becker
 1986 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Jake
- War on Wheels (1986) ... Jake
 1986 Fortune Dane (TV Series)
- Fortune Dane (1986)
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Sheriff Billy Blackstone
- You Don't Hear the One That Gets You (1985) ... Sheriff Billy Blackstone
 1984-1985 Call to Glory (TV Series)
Willy Nighthawk
- Just in Time (1985) ... Willy Nighthawk
- Go/No Go (1984) ... Willy Nighthawk
 1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (TV Movie)
Sam Sixkiller
 1984 The A-Team (TV Series)
Ryker
- The Island (1984) ... Ryker
 1984 Fleshburn
Calvin Duggai
 1982 48 Hrs.
Billy Bear
 1982 Poltergeist
Pool Worker #2
 1981 Southern Comfort
Hunter
 1981 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Football Player
- Beauties and the Beasts (1981) ... Football Player
 1980 Gloria
Riverside Drive Man #8
 1979 The Warriors
Police
 1978 MisBehavin'
Clyde
 1978 The Ganja Express
First Yellow Toga Guy (uncredited)
 1977 Sylvia
Junkie #1
 1977 Big Thumbs
 1977 The Trouble with Young Stuff
Lane the Milkman
 1976 The Honey Cup
 1976 Slippery When Wet
Dougie Knowles
 1976 Virgin Snow
Ben (as Bill Ashley)
 1975 Blood Bath
 1975 Big Abner
Big Abner
 1975 The Passions of Carol
Curt Reynolds
 1975 The Big Con
Tex (as Sonny Landam)
 1975 The Defiance of Good
Dr. Gabriels Patient
 1974 The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann
Political Candidate
 1974 Cheese
Tex
 1974 The Switch or How to Alter Your Ego
Huntington Van Huff
 1974 The Love Bus
Amos Johnson
 1974 Happy Days
French Cook
 1974 Come Fly with Us
Joe (as Tex Miller)
 1974 Special Order
Teamster #1 (uncredited)
 1971 B.S. I Love You (uncredited)
 1969 The Lost Man (uncredited)
 1967 Cyclist & the Indian (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage play: Hustlers - playing Cash, at Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, USA

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Bill Ashley | Doug Jackson | Sonny Landam | Tex Miller

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his appearance in porn films] If I was going to do it now - knowing that I'm going to have four children, knowing that I was going to run for office - no, I wouldn't make that choice. But at the time I made the choice of getting a paycheck, staying alive for your big break.

Trivia:

Lost both legs due to heart problems, beginning in 2016 with the right and then later the left leg in 2017. See more »

Trademark:

Muscular physique and booming voice

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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