Yaphet Kotto

Biography

Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937) is an African-American actor, known for numerous film roles including the science-fiction/horror film Alien, the science-fiction/action film The Running Man and as the main villain in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, and his starring role in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-2000). He is also a music producer who is a part of Legendary Inc., founded by Young L of The Pack. Early Life Kotto was born in New York City, the son of Gladys Marie, a nurse and army officer, and Avraham Kotto (originally named Njoki Manga Bell), a businessman from Cameroon. In his autobiography titled Royalty, Kotto writes that his father was "the crown prince of Cameroon." Kotto stated that he found out that his family was royal in adult life while studying his family's lineage, and also stated that he is a descendant of Queen Victoria. Kotto's father, who emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s, was, according to Kotto, an observant Jew who spoke Hebrew, and Kotto's mother reportedly converted to Judaism before marrying his father. Kotto also stated that his great-grandfather King Alexander Bell ruled the Douala region of Cameroon in the late-19th century and was also a practicing Jew. Kotto has said that his paternal family originated from Israel and migrated to Egypt and then Cameroon, and have been African Jews for many generations. His claim of being a descendent of Queen Victoria has been denied by the Buckingham Palace press office. Being black and Jewish gave other children (both whites and blacks) even more reason, he has said, to pick on him growing up in New York City. "It was rough coming up," Kotto said. "And then going to shul, putting a yarmulke on, having to face people who were primarily Baptists in the Bronx meant that on Fridays, I was in some heavy fistfights." Career By the age of 16, he was studying acting at the Actor's Mobile Theater Studio, and at 19, he made his professional acting debut in Othello. He also was a member of the Actors Studio in New York. Kotto got his start in acting on Broadway, where he appeared in The Great White Hope, among other productions. His film debut was in 1963 in an uncredited role in 4 For Texas.[citation needed] He performed in Michael Roemer's Nothing But a Man in 1964 and played a supporting role in the 1968 caper film The Thomas Crown Affair. He played John Auston, a confused Marine Lance Corporal, in the 1968 episode "King Of The Hill" on the first season of Hawaii Five-O. In 1973 he landed the role of the James Bond villain Mr. Big in Live and Let Die, as well as roles in Across 110th Street and Truck Turner. Kotto portrayed Idi Amin in the 1977 television film Raid on Entebbe. He also starred as an auto worker in the 1978 film Blue Collar. The following year he played Parker in the sci-fi–horror film Alien. He followed with a supporting role in the 1980 prison drama Brubaker. In 1983, he guest-starred as mobster "Charlie" in the A-Team episode "The Out-of-Towners". In 1987, he appeared in the futuristic sci-fi movie The Running Man and in the 1988 action-comedy Midnight Run, in which he portrayed Alonzo Mosely, an FBI agent. A memo from Paramount shows that Kotto was among those being considered for Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role which eventually went to Patrick Stewart. He played Lieutenant Al Giardello in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street. He has written two books: Royalty, and The Second Coming of Christ, and also wrote scripts for Homicide: Life on the Street. Personal Life Kotto married Tessie Sinahon in July 1998. They currently live in Baltimore, Maryland. Filmography 4 for Texas (1963) Nothing But a Man (1964) Jocko 5 Card Stud (1968) — Little George (Mama's bartender) The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) — Carl The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970) — Sonny Boy Mosby Across 110th Street (1972) — Lt. Pope Bone (1972) — Bone Live and Let Die (1973) — Kananga/Mr. Big Truck Turner (1974) — Harvard Blue Report to the Commissioner (1975) — Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone Sharks' Treasure (1975) — Ben Flynn Friday Foster (1975) — Colt Hawkins Drum (1976) — Blaise Monkey Hustle (1976) — C.C. Foxx Roots (1977) TV miniseries Raid on Entebbe (1977) (TV) — President Idi Amin Dada Blue Collar (1978) — Smokey James Alien (1979) — Parker Brubaker (1980) — Richard 'Dickie' Coombes The Star Chamber (1983) — Det. Harry Lowes Terror in the Aisles (1984) documentary — archival footage Warning Sign (1985) Eye of the Tiger (1986) — J. B. Deveraux The Park is Mine (1986) — Eubanks The Running Man (1987) — William Laughlin Midnight Run (1988) — FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely Tripwire (1990) — Lee Pitt Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) — Doc Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999) — Lieutenant Al Giardello The Puppet Masters (1994) — Ressler Two If by Sea (1996) — FBI Agent O'Malley Witless Protection (2008)

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Birth Name

Yaphet Frederick Kotto

Birth Place

New York City, New York, États-Unis

Birth Date

11/15/1939

Death Date

3/15/2021
Known For
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Live and Let Die

Kananga / Mr. Big

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The Running Man

Laughlin

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The Star Chamber

Detective Harry Lowes

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Truck Turner

Blue

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Blue Collar

Smokey

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Friday Foster

Colt Hawkins

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Eye of the Tiger

J.B. Deveraux

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Raid on Entebbe

President Idi Amin Jr.

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Two If by Sea

FBI Agent O'Malley

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The Park Is Mine

Eubanks

Starring In
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Memory: The Origins of Alien

Self - Parker, Alien (archive footage)

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage)

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Witless Protection

Ricardo Bodi

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Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films

Himself (archive footage)

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Ministry of Vengeance

Mr. Whiteside

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Best Ever Bond

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Stiletto Dance

Captain Rick Sands

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Homicide: The Movie

Al 'Gee' Giardello

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The Defenders: Payback

Judge Williams

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Two If by Sea

FBI Agent O'Malley

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The Puppet Masters

Ressler

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Extreme Justice

Larson

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Seaquest DSV - Season 1

Captain Jack Clayton

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Intent to Kill

Captain Jackson

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Doc

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Hangfire

Police Lieutenant

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After the Shock

William McElroy

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The Jigsaw Murders

Doctor Fillmore

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Midnight Run

FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely

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The Running Man

Laughlin

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Tomorrow's a Killer

Harris

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In Self Defense

Lt. Tyrell

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Desperado Ein Mann riskiert Kopf und Kragen

Bede

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Eye of the Tiger

J.B. Deveraux

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Badge of the Assassin

Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD

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The Park Is Mine

Eubanks

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Warning Sign

Major Connolly

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Women of San Quentin

Sgt. Therman Patterson

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The Star Chamber

Detective Harry Lowes

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Fighting Back

Ivanhoe Washington

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Brubaker

Richard 'Dickie' Coombes

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Alien

Parker

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Blue Collar

Smokey

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Raid on Entebbe

President Idi Amin Jr.

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The Monkey Hu$tle

Daddy Foxx

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Drum

Blaise

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Der einsame Job

Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone

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Friday Foster

Colt Hawkins

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Sharks' Treasure

Ben Flynn

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Truck Turner

Blue

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Live and Let Die

Kananga / Mr. Big

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Live and Let Die

Kananga / Mr. Big

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Across 110th Street

Lt. Pope

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Bone

Bone

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Man and Boy

Nate

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Night Chase

Ernie Green

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The Liberation of L.B. Jones

Sonny Boy Mosby

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5 Card Stud

Little George

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The Thomas Crown Affair

Carl

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Nothing But a Man

Jocko

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King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Himself

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