In Memorium (‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76)

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Post by WyldeMan on 7/24/2017, 6:51 am

@ForeverBlu wrote:John Heard and Melissa Leo had a bitter split and custody battle.

There were allegations of domestic violence.

Heard and Leo were a couple? I never knew that.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 7/24/2017, 7:32 am

@WyldeMan wrote:
@ForeverBlu wrote:John Heard and Melissa Leo had a bitter split and custody battle.

There were allegations of domestic violence.

Heard and Leo were a couple? I never knew that.

Before her I think he was married to Margo Kidder.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 7/25/2017, 3:26 pm

Last I saw him in was in Runner Runner. RIP
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 10:49 am

Sam Shepard Dies: America’s Pulitzer Winning Cowboy Playwright, Actor & Screenwriter Was 73
Sam Shepard, whose snaggle-toothed smile, craggy good looks and outlaw style as actor and writer made him an American icon in the mold of Gary Cooper and Marlon Brando, died July 27 at home in Kentucky. He was 73 and had been suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death, according to Chris Boneau, a family spokesman.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director, Shepard was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film The Right Stuff. The author of 44 plays, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child and was best known for such works as Fool for LoveTrue West and A Lie of the Mind. In 2009 he was named the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist.

Shepard’s screen acting career began with Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978), with Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. He played Ellen Burstyn’s love interest, Cal, in Resurrection (1980). In 1985, Robert Atman adapted Fool for Love with Shepard playing opposite Kim Basinger and Harry Dean Stanton.

The following year, Shepard was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shepard, like Bob Dylan a Midwest transplant to New York’s creatively roiling, devoutly anti-Establishment downtown scene of the 1960s, came of age in the anarchic, off-off-Broadway theaters – Theatre Genesis, Caffé Cino, Judson Poets’ Theatre and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. His early plays grafted the energy and often the music of rock ‘n’ roll onto the free-wheeling open verse of protest and youth worship. His affair and collaboration with poet and rocker Patti Smith resulted in Cowboy Mouth, whose hero was described in semi-mythic terms (“a rock-and-roll Jesus with a cowboy mouth”). The 1971 play was performed only once before Shepard, whose wife at the time had just given birth to their son, left town, finding the show “too personal.” In 1966 the American Place Theatre had presented his first full-length play, La Turista, which Shepard trimmed from three acts to two just before opening.

“I was a belligerent asshole back then,” he told me in an interview later. “Really. I mean I was really not a pleasant person to be around. I was rude and belligerent.” He told producer Wynn Handman, “‘Listen, man, it’s too long, let’s make it a two- act play.’ He didn’t even blink an eye. He just said, ‘Fine, whatever works.’ I just dropped the last act and made adjustments in the second act. It worked much better.” But the show, which included an onstage act of fowlicide, infuriated audiences.

“I had my doubts about killing a live chicken onstage every night,” Handman told me. “I told them it was illegal.” The creative team came up with a way of faking the death of the chicken, but the audiences were not assuaged.

Shepard’s plays remained obsessed with American iconography – especially of an idealized West in which cowboys roamed, at odds with modernism, capitalism and most other isms – while addressing serious themes of inequality, disenfranchisement, poverty and anti-militarism that put him in the company of the greatest American playwrights. Those works – Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, A Lie of the Mind and others – were significant in influencing a new generation of socially engaged writers across genres, from theater to film and television and poetry; Shepard’s oeuvre includes several volumes of poetry and short stories.

Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, IL. His partner from 1982 through 2009 was Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange, with whom he had two children. Survivors include his children, Jesse, Hannah and Walker Shepard, and his sisters, Sandy and Roxanne Rogers. Funeral arrangements remain private. Plans for a public memorial have not yet been determined.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 10:51 am

Sam Shepard was always a pleasure to watch work, he had so many wonderful roles over the years and this is another really big loss. But at the current pace we're going, it feels like by the time 2017 is over, there might not be any legends left.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 7/31/2017, 11:05 am

Another OG Legend gone.


RIP..

Seeing the first name, I thought it was Sam Elliott or Law and Order Alumn Sam Waterston.


The latter's daughter recently starred in Alien Covenant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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Post by WyldeMan on 7/31/2017, 11:41 am

@ForeverBlu wrote:Another OG Legend gone.

RIP..

Seeing the first name, I thought it was Sam Elliott or Law and Order Alumn  Sam Waterston.

The latter's daughter recently starred in Alien Covenant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Oh no not Sam Elliot! Don't let him be next!
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Post by WyldeMan on 8/18/2017, 4:16 pm

‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76

Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76.

The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels.

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.” With over 50 acting credits to his name, Landham continued to appear in films through the 1990s.

In 2003, Landham embarked on a brief campaign for the governor of Kentucky, but was unable to secure the Republican Party’s nomination. Landham also ran for the Kentucky State Senate in 2004, and was nominated by Kentucky’s Libertarian party for candidacy in 2008 for one of Kentucky’s seats in the U.S. Senate, although his comments on a political radio show caused the party to rescind his nomination a few days later.

Landham is survived by his son, William, and daughter, Priscilla.
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