My friend, actor Sonny Landham was in a car accident a few months back….
He lost his leg shortly thereafter. And a couple weeks ago they had to remove his second leg. I am just torn up over this tragedy. He’s been one of my closet friends since we met in 1981 in acting classes in LA.
Landham did so many nice things for me over the years. He was one of the few Hollywood folks to meet and hang out with and my King of Sting partner Don Woodbeck.
We all went out on the town many times in the early 1980’s until Woodbeck’s death in 1983. Later Sonny hung with me after my release from prison in 1988 and we worked out together. He even took me to my first academy awards show in 1989. Sonny is a member of the Academy. Later Sonny gave me a role in the movie Billy Lone Bear that he directed and starred in, We shot it in Canada and I had scenes with Frank Stallone and Blade Runner/ The Player star, Brian James. The movie wasn’t the greatest but it was a fun experience to work on a picture with Sonny.
Later he introduced me to Sly Stallone when Landham worked in the picture, Lockup.
The guy was just always so great to me.
And as some of you may recall, Sonny spent many weeks with me hanging out in Westport. He even flew in to support my father’s run for the mayor of Kansas City in the early 2000’s. I was his best man in his wedding in Kentucky back in 2007.
Sonny is best known as an action star of the 80’s and 90’s in movies like 48 Hours, Predator and Lockup. He had quite a nice career going in those days. He has a daughter by an earlier marriage and an young 8 year-old son Mo. His son loves him to death and is with him at the hospital every week.
Sonny Landham is a brave man, just like the parts he played on screen.
He’s handled this nightmare with dignity and good spirit.
It kills me to see this happen to him in his later years. Many have asked how he is doing. He’s still in the hospital and doing well under the circumstances. We talk on the phone several times a week.
Sonny became a big Chiefs fan over the years and we went to a number of Chiefs games in LA and KC over the years. Yep, we even saw the Chiefs beat the Raiders and Chargers back in the day out west. Many great times.
I hope he comes out of this as well as possible. It’s just so hard to see a man with all Sonny’s spirit and ability have something like this happen to him.
The doctors are having prosthetic legs made for him. It will take months to get all that completed. He’s a tough son of a gun. If anyone can handle it Sonny can. And I know that he appreciates all your good wishes. Thank you.