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Sonny Red

Biography

Sonny Crimson was an excellent however, not great altoist who was simply somewhat lost within the shuffle in the 1960s and ’70s. He proved helpful in Detroit with Barry Harris (1949-1952), in 1954 briefly turned to tenor while with Frank Rosolino, and afterwards that year joined up with Artwork Blakey briefly. In 1957, along with his entrance in NY he obtained some recognition, documenting with Curtis Fuller and Paul Quinichette, furthermore to having many dates being a head (1958-1962) for Savoy, Blue Be aware, and especially Jazzland. Despite some freelancing and documenting with Clifford Jordan, Pony Poindexter, Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham, and Yusef Lateef amongst others in the 1960s, Crimson is at obscurity with the 1970s.

Quick Facts


Full Name Al Indelicato
Died May 5, 1981, Dyker Heights, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Mafioso
Nationality American
Children Anthony Indelicato
Music Songs Moon River, Redd's Head, Blues in the Pocket, Bluesville, Stay as a Sweet as You Are, A Handful of Stars, Alone Too Long, Never, Never Land, The Lope, If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You, Super-20, I Like The Likes Of You, Moonlight Becomes You, The Rhythm Thing, All I Do Is Dream of You, Blues for Donna, Blue Sonny, Bye, Bye Blues, Dodge City, If I Should Lose You, Blues for Kokee, Ko-Kee, A Time for Love, You're Sensational, Lost April, I've Never Been in Love Before, A Portrait of Jenny, Fungi Mama, All Members, Breezin', Blue Spring Variation - Shifting Down, Blue Spring, Blue Spring Shuffle, Starway to the Stars
Albums Out of the Blue, Two Altos, The Mode, Breezing, Images, A Story Tale, Breezing / A Story Tale / The Mode / Images, Out of the Blue (feat. Jimmy Cobb) [Remastered 2016], Blue Mitchell & Sonny Red Baltimore 1966 (Live), Essential Jazz Masters, Sonny Red, Complete Prestige & Savoy Sessions, Bluesville (Remastered), Highlights Of Sonny Red, Moon River, Sonny Red Quartet, Quintet & Sextet, Stairway to the Stars, The Return (Remastered), Breezing (feat. Blue Mitchell / Yusef Lateef / Barry Harris) [Remastered 2017], All I Do Is Dream of You


  • Facts
  • Filmography
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  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 Currently running for governor of Kentucky [May 2002]
2 Announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the Libertarian Party candidate. [June 2008]
3 On June 18, 2003, Sonny Landham held a press conference at the Kentucky State Capital, in Frankfort to announce his withdrawal from the campaign of Governor of Kentucky. [June 2003]
4 After having done the character in the now famous '48Hrs' as "Billy Bear", he has had many roles where he is either called "Billy" or "Bear" or both. In a 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick episode 'You Don't Hear the One That Gets You' (1985) as Sheriff Billy Blackstone. In 1987's Predator as 'Billy', and in a 1996 movie "Billy Lone Bear" as Billy Lone Bear. And in his last known appearance as 'Chief Bear' in 2009's Mental Scars (video).
5 He spent three years in the army.
6 He is a descendant of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations.
7 Sonny Landham has produced, directed, and moderated a political education DVD which will be on the market Spring 2006. He is currently busy at work as President of the Sonny Landham Foundation, and making speeches across the country.
8 His big break in movies came, when one of Hollywood's all-time great directors, Walter Hill, cast him as Billy Bear in 48hrs. The movie offers started coming fast and furious, among them, Predator, Fleshburn, Firewalker, and many others plus TV offers.
9 Sonny became known as a filmmaker. He produced movies, directed movies, wrote movie scripts, and even became a published author with his book Total Man, but Sonny's main passion is still golf.
10 On 18th June 2003, he held a press conference at the Kentucky State Capital, in Frankfort to announce his withdrawal as an independent candidate for governor of the state of Kentucky. This was done with the advice of campaign consultants who determined that the Landham campaign was 6 months behind schedule and lacking the funds to run a successful campaign.
11 During the filming of Predator (1987) a bodyguard was hired, not for his personal protection, but because the film's insurance company worried for the safety of the cast with him around.
12 He tried to sue some local TV stations who showed clips of his movies during news broadcasts without paying him. The lawsuits were settled.
13 Former 1970s porn star.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mental Scars 2009 Video Chief Bear
Disintegration 2007 Boone Cagle
Billy Lone Bear 1996 Billy Lone Bear
Carnival of Wolves 1996 One-Eyed Jack
2090 1996 Indian
Fatal Choice 1995 Brick
Guns and Lipstick 1995 Albino
Night Realm 1994 Verrick
Savage Land 1994 Lassiter
Extralarge: Condor Mission 1993 TV Movie Indian
Madame 1993 Hector
Taxi Dancers 1993 Diamond Jim
Best of the Best II 1993 James
Three Days to a Kill 1992 Pepe
Maximum Force 1992 Pimp
Lock Up 1989 Chink
Action Jackson 1988 Mr. Quick
Predator 1987 Billy
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series Toad
Firewalker 1986 El Coyote
Northstar 1986 TV Movie Becker
The Fall Guy 1986 TV Series Jake
Hardcastle and McCormick 1985 TV Series Sheriff Billy Blackstone
Call to Glory 1984-1985 TV Series Willy Nighthawk
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission 1985 TV Movie Sam Sixkiller
The A-Team 1984 TV Series Ryker
Fleshburn 1984 Calvin Duggai
48 Hrs. 1982 Billy Bear
Poltergeist 1982 Pool Worker #2
Southern Comfort 1981 Hunter
B.J. and the Bear 1981 TV Series Football Player
Gloria 1980 Riverside Drive Man #8
The Warriors 1979 Police
MisBehavin' 1978 Clyde
The Ganja Express 1978 Party Guest (uncredited)
Sylvia 1977 Junkie #1
Big Thumbs 1977
The Trouble with Young Stuff 1977 Lane the Milkman
Blood Bath 1976
The Honey Cup 1976
Slippery When Wet 1976 Dougie Knowles
Virgin Snow 1976 Ben (as Bill Ashley)
Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town 1975 Bo
Illusion of Love 1975
Big Abner 1975 Big Abner
The Passions of Carol 1975 Curt Reynolds
The Big Con 1975 Tex (as Sonny Landam)
The Defiance of Good 1975 Dr. Gabriels Patient
The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann 1974 Political Candidate
Cheese 1974
The Switch or How to Alter Your Ego 1974 Huntington Van Huff
The Love Bus 1974 Amos Johnson
Happy Days 1974 French Cook
Come Fly with Us 1974 Joe (as Tex Miller)
Special Order 1974 Teamster #1 (uncredited)
B.S. I Love You 1971 uncredited
The Lost Man 1969 uncredited

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grace Quigley 1984 stunt driver
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 stunts - uncredited
Gloria 1980 stunt driver - uncredited
Ryan's Hope 1980 TV Series stunt coordinator - 3 episodes
Love at First Bite 1979 stunts - uncredited
King of the Gypsies 1978 stunts

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Lone Bear 1996

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billy Lone Bear 1996 producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking a Blood Bath: Making 70's Indies in New York 2006 Video documentary short Himself
If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of 'Predator' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Predator: The Unseen Arnold 2001 Video documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steam Heat 1979 Cowboy

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#Quote
1 [on his appearance in porn films] If I was going to do it now - knowing that I'm going to have four children, knowing that I was going to run for office - no, I wouldn't make that choice. But at the time I made the choice of getting a paycheck, staying alive for your big break.

#Trademark
1 Muscular physique and booming voice

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