February 11, 1941|
Canton, Georgia, US
August 17, 2017 (aged 76)|
Lexington, Kentucky, US
Landham was born February 11, 1941, in Canton, Georgia, and raised in Rome, Georgia. He was a descendant of the Cherokee and Seminole tribes. He also stated he had Jewish heritage. He had at least one sibling, a sister, Dawn.
At the beginning of his acting career, Landham was an actor in pornographic films. He then became a mainstream movie actor and appeared in a number of 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.
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 it was 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, 2003, 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 (CofCC) convention. Landham has also appeared on the CofCC-affiliated radio show, The Political Cesspool.
On June 25, 2008, Landham announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell on the Libertarian line. The same day Landham was accused of calling for genocide against Arabs (who Landham referred to as "camel dung shovelers," "camel jockeys," and "rag-heads") for his comments on the political radio show The Weekly Filibuster. 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.
After being convicted on federal charges of making threatening and obscene phone calls to his wife, Landham spent three years in prison. However the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction in May 2001.
|1969||The Lost Man||Uncredited|
|1971||B.S. I Love You||Uncredited|
|1974||Special Order||Teamster #1||Uncredited|
|Come Fly with Us||Joe|
|Happy Days||French Cook|
|The Love Bus||Amos Johnson|
|The Switch or How to Alter Your Ego||Huntington Van Huff|
|The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann||Political Candidate|
|1975||The Defiance of Good||Dr. Gabriels Patient|
|The Big Con||Tex|
|The Passions of Carol||Curt Reynolds|
|Big Abner||Big Abner|
|Illusion of Love|
|1975||Abigail Leslie is Back in Town||Bo|
|Slippery When Wet||Dougie Knowles|
|The Honey Cup|
|1977||The Trouble with Young Stuff||Lane the Milkman|
|1978||The Ganja Express||First Yellow Toga Guy||Uncredited|
|1980||Gloria||Riverside Drive Man No. 8|
|1982||Poltergeist||Pool Worker No. 2|
|48 Hrs.||Billy Bear|
|1988||Action Jackson||Mr. Quick|
|1989||Lock Up||Chink Weber|
|Three Days To A Kill||Pepe|
|1993||Best of the Best 2||James|
|1994||Taxi Dancers||Diamond Jim|
|1995||Guns & Lipstick||Albino|
|Carnival of Wolves||Bodyguard No. 4|
|Billy Lone Bear||Billy Lone Bear|
|2009||Mental Scars||Chief Bear||TV Movie, (final film 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|
|1987||Miami Vice||Viking Bikers from Hell||Toad|
|1991||3 Days to a Kill||Pepe|
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