Tommy Lane, star of ‘Shaft’ and ‘Live and Let Die,’ dead at 83

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Veteran actor and stuntman Tommy Lane has passed away at the age of 83.

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Lane — who starred in 1971’s “Shaft” and 1973’s “Live and Let Die” — died Monday at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This news was given by his daughter Kamala. according to variety.

Prominently shot after appearing in the lane Richard Roundtree’s classic crime film “Shaft” – Widely regarded as one of the most important films of the 1970s. IndieWire Declared the film ‘Badla History’ As it proved “a black film made by a black director for a black audience could be a huge hit.”


Lane had a small part in the film, playing Leroy, a character who crashes through the window of the office of protagonist and private eye John Shaft.

He landed an even bigger role two years later, being cast as a henchman named Adam in the James Bond blockbuster “Live and Let Die.”

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the actor was seen Overtaking Roger Moore in a speedboat Before he uttered the famous line: “You made a mistake back on that island, Bond. You took something that wasn’t yours. And you took it from a friend of Mr. Big’s.”

Lane (second from right) is seen with his “Live and Let Die” co-stars Yaphett Cotto, Arnold Williams, Jane Seymour and Roger Moore, who played James Bond.
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In addition to her roles in those two action classics, Lane — who was born in Miami — had a long and varied entertainment career.

His showbiz career began in the mid-1960s by appearing in several episodes of the NBC series “Flipper”.

He also appeared in the 1980s crime series “Simon & Simon” and was a noted jazz musician during the 1980s, playing the trumpet at the famous Blue Note Club in New York City.

Lane is survived by his wife Raquel Bastias-Lane, seven children and a stepson.


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