Actor Sonny Landham was one of my best friends in life…
Sonny died Thursday of heart complications. Landham lost both legs over the past two years. He was in Kentucky where his young son, Mo lives in his final days.
We spoke weekly and I knew he was nearing the end.
HIs health was beyond repair and at age 75 his acting days were well behind him. Boy did he and I have some great times in LA and KC though.
Sonny is best known for co starring in two monster hits – Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger and 48 Hours with Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy.
Sonny was best known in the 80’s and 90’s as a big time movie bad guy.
Including in films like Fire Walker with Chuck Norris, Lock-up with Sly Stallone and Best of The Best with Eric Roberts.
He was a wild man on and off camera.
Sonny and I met in acting classes back in 1982.
He knew my partner in crime Don Woodbeck of King of Sting fame.
Sonny got his first break from director Walter Hill in movies like the Warriors and Southern Comfort. Those led to his co starring in 48 Hours.
We all hung out back in those crazy Hollywood days.
Sonny introduced me to his gang back then, which included Gary Busey and Mickey Rourke.
Later he brought them to KC and Stanford’s.
The party life for Sonny was a bit over the top with those guys but I was young and thought I was superman. Found out different in time. Still those were fun days and nights.
Sonny was a big guy with a huge heart.
He was always involved in charities both here, LA and Kentucky.
Sonny had a part of my father Stan’s running for Mayor of KC and participated in all the Red Friday events with the Chiefs and all of us in Westport.
As I’ve mentioned before, Sonny took me to my first Academy Awards schmooze in 1989, right after I was released from prison. That was a night to remember.
Sonny was like a big brother to me and my closest pal in LA. He opened many doors for me back in those days.
I will miss him and remember him all the days of my life.
Sonny Landham was a Man’s man.
Now rest well my dear friend.