'Austin Powers' actor suspected in prison death

October 11, 2011 - 7:25 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials say a bit actor who appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie is suspected in the death of his cellmate at the Central Valley prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Joseph Son arrived at Wasco State Prison northeast of Bakersfield last month after he was sentenced for the 1990 gang rape of a Southern California woman. Son, who is 40, played one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, named Random Task, in 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery."

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Tuesday the death of Son's cellmate on Monday is being treated as a homicide. The dead inmate, who was 50, was serving a two-year sentence from San Luis Obispo County for failing to register as a sex offender.