Yaphet Kotto, Known For Roles In 'Live And Let Die' And 'Homicide: Life On The Street', Dies At 81
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Yaphet Kotto, Known For Roles In 'Live And Let Die' And 'Homicide: Life On The Street', Dies At 81

Yaphet Kotto, known for his roles in Alien, Live and Let Die and Homicide: Life On The Street, has died at the age of 81.

Kotto’s wife, Tessie Sinahon, announced Kotto’s passing in a post on Facebook.

“A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find,”  Sinahon said in the Facebook post. “One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend. Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my bestfriend, my rock. I love you and you will always be in my heart. Till we meet again.”

Born in New York City, Kotto got his acting start on Broadway, appearing in productions like The Great White Hope. Koto’s breakthrough came in 1973, when he cast as the villainous Mr. Big in the Bon film Live and Let Die.  To many sci-fi fans, he is perhaps most remembered for his role as Parker in the 1979 science fiction classic, Alien. 

Kotto was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as President Idi Amin Dada in the 1976 film Road to Entebbe. He was also known for his role as Lieutenant Al Giardello in Homicide: Life On The Street. 

In her post, Sinahon revealed several of Kotto’s plans prior to his passing, including a book and religious organization.

“We still have a lot of plans honey that we discussed you have a lot of interviews waiting and you have movie offers like G.I. Joe and the movie of Tom Cruise and others. You still have plan to release your book and build a religious organization based on Yogananda’s Teachings.”

Our thoughts are with Kotto’s loved ones at this time.

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