Hollywood stuntman and actor Tommy Lane, known for his appearances in films like the 1971 blaxploitation classic Shaft and Live and Let Die in the James Bond series, passed away in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was 83. The iconic stuntman's daughter Kamala told U.S. media that he died after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lane played the role of Leroy in Shaft and most notably in the scene where he is seen crashing through Richard Roundtree’s Times Square office window.
Tommy Lane also played a character named Adam in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die and is seen as one among Kananga’s henchmen, who goes after Roger Moore's James Bond in a speedboat off the coast of the fictional island of San Monique. Lane's dialogue in the scene is as follows: "You made one mistake back on that island, Bond. You took something that didn’t belong to you. And you took it from a friend of Mr. Big’s. That kind of mistake is tough to bounce back from." Prior to the speedboat scene, Lane says, "Bond ripped off one of our boats. He’s headed for the Irish Bayou. The man that gets him stays alive! Now, move you mothers!" Apart from starring in Shaft and Live and Let Die, Tommy has also appeared in films like the Burt Reynolds-starrer Shamus, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Ganja & Hess to name a notable few. He was also seen in television shows like Flipper and Simon & Simon.
Born Tommy Lee Jones in Miami, Florida, Lane was also a jazz musician playing trumpet and flugelhorn at New York City’s Blue Note during the 1980s. He is survived by wife Raquel Bastias-Lane, seven children; a stepson and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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