Sonny Landham, ‘Predator’ and ’48 Hrs’ Actor, Dies at 76

The actor died from congestive heart failure at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital

Sonny Landham, the brawny journeyman actor best known for tough guy roles in films like “48 Hrs.” and “Predator,” has died. He was 76.

The actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital, his sister Dawn Boehler said, according to the Associated Press.

Landham played a small part in Walter Hill’s 1979 street-gang thriller “The Warriors” before Hill cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982’s “48 Hrs.”

However, Landham who was part Cherokee and Seminole, is perhaps best known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic film “Predator.”

Later in life, he attempted to go into politics.

Landham is survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.