Sonny Landham

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Sonny Landham
Born William M. Landham
(1941-02-11) February 11, 1941 (age 75)
Canton, Georgia, United States
Occupation Actor

William M. "Sonny" Landham (born February 11, 1941) is an American film actor and political candidate.

Acting career[edit]

At the beginning of his acting career, Landham was an actor in pornographic films.[1][2][3] He then became a mainstream movie actor and appeared in a number of popular Hollywood films, including The Warriors (as a subway policeman whose leg gets broken by a baseball bat-wielding Michael Beck), Predator, 48 Hrs., Lock Up and Action Jackson.

Personal and political life[edit]

Landham was born in Canton, Georgia. He is a descendant of the Cherokee and Seminole tribes.[citation needed]

In 2003, Landham ran in the Republican Party primary election for the post of Governor of Kentucky, hoping to repeat the success of his Predator castmates Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He based his candidacy on opposition to an amendment which endorsed the Kentucky Family Court, saying his bad experiences at the hands of the family court had convinced him that it was run for the benefit of lawyers rather than families or children. He was unsuccessful in gaining the party's nomination. He ran briefly as an independent candidate, but withdrew on June 18, and endorsed the Republican slate.

In January 2004, Landham announced his candidacy for the 27th State Senate District of Kentucky.

In 2005, Landham spoke at a Council of Conservative Citizens convention. Landham has also appeared on the CofCC-affiliated radio show, The Political Cesspool.

In the spring of 2006, Landham also accepted a bid as an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Phi, Beta Chi Chapter at American University.

On September 19, 2006, Landham was injured in a four-car accident in Ashland, Kentucky.[4]

On June 25, 2008, Landham announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mitch McConnell on the Libertarian line.[5] The same day Landham called for genocide against Arabs and referred to them as "ragheads". His comments were made on the political radio show The Weekly Filibuster.[6] Three days later, on June 28, the Kentucky Libertarians voted unanimously to withdraw Landham's nomination, citing his comments were not in keeping with the party's platform and values.[7]

Landham is currently pursuing a degree at Eastern Kentucky University.[citation needed]


Year Film Role
1975 Abigail Leslie is Back in Town Bo
1976 Slippery When Wet
1979 The Warriors Cop
1981 Southern Comfort Hunter
1982 Poltergeist Pool Worker No. 2
48 Hrs. Billy Bear
1984 Fleshburn Calvin Daggai
1986 Firewalker El Coyote
1987 Predator Billy
1988 Action Jackson Mr. Quick
1989 Lock Up Chink Weber
1992 Maximum Force Pimp
1993 Best of the Best 2 James
1994 Savage Land Lassiter
1995 Fatal Choice Brick
Guns & Lipstick Albino
1996 Carnival of Wolves Bodyguard No. 4
Billy Lone Bear Billy Lone Bear
2090 Indian
2007 Disintegration Boone Cagle
2009 Mental Scars Chief Bear


Year Television Episode Role
1984 The A-Team The Island Ryker
1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Sam Sixkiller
Hardcastle and McCormick You Don't Hear the One that Gets You Sheriff Billy Blackstone
1986 The Fall Guy War of the Wheel Jake
North Star Becker
1987 Miami Vice Viking Bikers from Hell Toad
1991 3 Days to Kill Pepe


  1. ^ "Ex-Porn Star Enters Kentucky Governor's Race". WKMB / July 3, 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  2. ^ Crowley, Patrick (June 30, 2002). "Porn on candidate's resume". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Sonny Landham". Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  4. ^ Hart, Kenneth (2006-09-19). "Actor injured in 4-car chain-reaction wreck". The Independent. Ashland, Kentucky. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  5. ^ Lucas, Mary Grace (June 26, 2008). "Tough-guy actor eyes Senate seat". CNN. 
  6. ^ "Sonny Landham calls for genocide of all Arabs and Muslims". Independent Political Report. July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Libertarians drop Sonny Landham". Independent Political Report. July 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

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