Actor Yaphet Kotto remembered for his roles in “Live and Let Die”, from the James Bond saga, and “Alien” (“Alien – The eighth passenger”) died at the age of 81. His death occurred of natural causes at age 81 in the Philippines, as confirmed by his wife, Tessie Sinahon, in a Facebook post.
“You played a villain in some of your movies, but to me, you are a true hero and to many people,” Tessie Sinahon, wife of Yaphet Kotto, wrote on Facebook. News of the actor’s death was also confirmed by the artist’s agent, Ryan Goldhar.
The imposing figure of Yaphet Kotto made his mark on the cinema of the 1970s, even though he never became a world-renowned figure.
The great actor Yaphet Kotto has died. His wife just posted this information. I was fortunate to have been a FB friend and to have heard great stories from him. (He told a story involving him and Robert Mitchum which is one of the great actor tales of all time.) pic.twitter.com/ob02UUQ14o
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At 190 centimeters tall, Yaphet Kotto began his film career in the early 1960s. His debut was in the film “Nothing But a Man” (1964) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).
In the 1973 James Bond film, Yaphet shared credits with Roger Moore, who played the famous secret agent.
Yaphet Kotto also had an outstanding career in theater. The Broadway Street stages enjoyed his art. He made his debut in the play “Othello” (1968), an adaptation of the text by the English playwright William Shakespeare.
In 1969, on Broadway, he replaced James Earl in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Great White Hope.”
The consecration in the cinema of Yaphet Kotto
Yaphet Kotto became famous in 1972, when he participated in the film “Across 110th Street” (“The mafia never forgives”).
Yaphet Kotto. My Mom’s favorite. He’s one of those actors who deserved more than the parts he got. But he took those parts and made them wonderful all the same. A star. Rest well, sir. pic.twitter.com/BqeuVc7DSB
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Undoubtedly the peak of his career were films such as “Midnight Run” (“Escape at midnight”), in which he plays a police officer whose character Robert De Niro steals his badge.
In the late 1970s, Kotto played the villain Mr. Big in “Live and Let Die”, one of the films in the James Bond saga.
He also went down in history as the aerospace technician, Dennis Parker, in “Alien.”
Emmy nominated for playing a dictator
Yaphet Kotto was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 1977 television movie “Raid on Entebbe”.
The nomination gave more impetus to his career. In 1987 he shared a team with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “The Running Man” (“The survivor”).
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“Or they say I fill the room. I’m a 200 pound (90 kilos) 6 skin, 3 inch black guy. I think I have this image of a monster. It’s very difficult, “the actor told the Baltimore Sun in a 1993 interview, collected this Tuesday by AFP.
The actor of Cameroonian descent hated that the producers only considered him for villain roles or action movies: “I want to try playing a much more sensitive man, a family man. There is an aspect of the lives of black people that is not running and jumping. “
He died in the Philippines at the age of 81. His wife and six children mourn him.