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Overview (4)

Born in Canton, Georgia, USA
Died in Lexington, Kentucky, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameWilliam Landham
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 minor roles in Southern Comfort (1981) & Poltergeist (1982), before Walter Hill cast him in his first decent role as James Remar's gun happy, criminal partner in the high voltage hit 48 Hrs. (1982). Landham continued to turn up in high testosterone films of the mid 1980s including the action sci-fi film Predator (1987), alongside Sylvester Stallone in Lock Up (1989), and being hurled out a window by Carl Weathers in Action Jackson (1988). His career on screen wound down during the 1990s, but he still managed to crop up in several roles taking advantage of his strong physical presence.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Family (1)

Spouse Jessica Wilson (11 August 2007 - ?)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Belita Adams (16 December 1995 - 1998)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Marlene Willoughby (? - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Muscular physique and booming voice

Trivia (15)

Former 1970s porn star.
He tried to sue some local TV stations who showed clips of his movies during news broadcasts without paying him. The lawsuits were settled.
During the filming of Predator (1987) a bodyguard was hired, not for his personal protection, but because the film's insurance company worried for the safety of the cast with him around.
On 18th June 2003, he held a press conference at the Kentucky State Capital, in Frankfort to announce his withdrawal as an independent candidate for governor of the state of Kentucky. This was done with the advice of campaign consultants who determined that the Landham campaign was 6 months behind schedule and lacking the funds to run a successful campaign. Had he won the seat, he would have been the third actor from Predator (1987) (after Arnold Schawrzenegger and Jesse Ventura) to become a state governor.
Sonny became known as a filmmaker. He produced movies, directed movies, wrote movie scripts, and even became a published author with his book Total Man, but Sonny's main passion is still golf.
His big break in movies came, when one of Hollywood's all-time great directors, Walter Hill, cast him as Billy Bear in 48hrs. The movie offers started coming fast and furious, among them, Predator, Fleshburn, Firewalker, and many others plus TV offers.
Sonny Landham has produced, directed, and moderated a political education DVD which will be on the market Spring 2006. He is currently busy at work as President of the Sonny Landham Foundation, and making speeches across the country.
He is a descendant of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations.
He spent three years in the army.
After having done the character in the now famous '48Hrs' as "Billy Bear", he has had many roles where he is either called "Billy" or "Bear" or both. In a 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick episode 'You Don't Hear the One That Gets You' (1985) as Sheriff Billy Blackstone. In 1987's Predator as 'Billy', and in a 1996 movie "Billy Lone Bear" as Billy Lone Bear. And in his last known appearance as 'Chief Bear' in 2009's Mental Scars (video).
Announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the Libertarian Party candidate on June 25, 2008. A month later, the Libertarian Party dropped its support for Landham's candidacy due to difference in opinions. [June 2008]
Lost both legs due to heart problems, beginning in 2016 with the right and then later the left leg in 2017.
In both 48 Hrs. (1982) and Predator (1987), Sonny's character is named "Billy" and in both films, he dies shirtless and brandishing a large knife.
His only daughter, Priscilla Landham, takes after her father in the pursuit of acting.
On September 19, 2006, Sonny was injured in a four-car accident in Ashland, Kentucky.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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