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Predator Actor Sonny Landham Passes Away at 76

Predator Actor Sonny Landham Passes Away at 76

He would reunite with Hill for the survival thriller Southern Comfort and the action-comedy 48 Hrs, in which he played the villain, Billy Bear. He had more than 50 acting credits to his name. 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. Landham died Thursday from congestive heart failure at a Kentucky hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler tells The Associated Press.

Landham, who was part Cherokee and Seminole, was perhaps most known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Predator".

Born in Canton, Ga., the 6-foot-4 actor and stuntman got his start in Hollywood in X-rated films before landing a small role in Walter Hill's 1979 street gang cult classic "The Warriors".

Landham went on to star in several other action films after Predator, including Action Jackson opposite Weathers and Lock Up opposite Sylvester Stallone.

The A Team Starring in the classic sci-fi flick he battled against an alien prowling the earth hunting humans for sport alongside Arnie and Rocky franchise star Carl Weathers

In 2003 he ran a brief campaign for the governor of Kentucky, but was unable to secure the Republican Party's nomination.

His last actor job was in 2009 film Mental Scars.

He earned the Libertarian Party nomination in a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2008, but bowed out due to strong comments on a political radio show.

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