'Predator' star Sonny Landham breathes his last at 76

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His sister, Dawn Boehler, said in a statement that the actor died from heart failure at a hospital in Kentucky.

Predator star Sonny Landham has died aged 76. He continued to land roles in over 5o films through the 1990s.

Landham co-starred along with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original "Predator" film, where he played Native American tracker Billy Sole.

Landham's early work in the 1970s included several X-rated films, but after appearing in Walter Hill's 1979 street-gang thriller "The Warriors", Landham often portrayed the tough guy in 1980s films including roles in "Action Jackson" and "Lock Up". However, he did not appear in the film's sequels.

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Landham with Schwarzenegger on the set on Predator.

Variety reports during his break from Hollywood, Landham launched a campaign for the governor of Kentucky in 2003, but came up short in his bid for the Republican Party's nomination. He only had one more acting credit, in the indie horror film Mental Scars, in 2009. The Libertarian party voted to withdraw Landham's nomination after he made controversial comments on a political radio show.

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

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