Yaphet kotto, the veteran actor whose many roles include the sci-fi epic Alien, the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, sadly has passed away. The news comes from Kotto’s wife, Tessie Sinahon, with a Facebook post revealing that the actor died Monday night around 10:30 p.m., although the cause of death has yet to be revealed. He was 81 years old.
“I am saddened and still in shock at the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years,” the Facebook post reads. “This is a very painful time for me to inform all the fans, friends and family of my husband. We still have many plans honey that we discussed, you have many interviews waiting and you have movie offers like G.I. Joe and the Tom Cruise and others movie. You still have a plan to publish your book and build a religious organization based on the Teachings of Yogananda. You played a villain in some of your movies, but for me you are a true hero and for many people too. “
Sinahon adds: “A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find. One of the best actors in Hollywood, a legend. Rest in peace, honey, I will miss you every day, my best friend, my rock. I love you and you will always be in my heart. Until we meet again! “
Yaphet was born Fredrick S. Kotto on November 15, 1939 in New York City. He made his professional acting debut as a teenager with a stage production of OTHELLO, going to Broadway and appearing on other shows like The great white hope. Beginning acting, she made her film debut at age 23 with a role in 4 for Texas, launching a film career that would last decades.
One of Kotto’s most memorable roles was as the villainous Mr. Big opposite Roger Moore in the classic. James bond film Live and Let Die. He is also well loved by horror fans for his brilliant role in the original. Alien, where he played Dennis Parker, along with his role as Doc in the horror movie sequel. Freddy’s Dead: The Last Nightmare. It has also appeared in many other movies like The running Man, Night race, Y Eye of the tiger, with his last film role in the 2008 comedy Protection without ingenuity.
We were also close to seeing Kotto as Captin Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role that was famous for Patrick Stewart. In 2015, Kotto expressed regret for turning down the role, noting that “when you’re making movies, you tend to say no to television.” The actor was also offered the role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but similarly passed through the part that had already appeared in Alien. Then they gave the role to Billy Dee Williams.
“I wanted to go back to Earth,” Kotto said in an interview in 2003. “I was afraid that if I made another space movie after I had done Alien, then it would be typed. Once he gets one of those big box office hits, he better have other big box office hits to go with it too and be Harrison Ford, because if he doesn’t … he puts himself right out of business. “
Meanwhile, Kotto was also known for playing Lt. Al Giardello in the crime drama series. Homicide: life on the street, a performance that earned him a nomination for Best Actor in Drama at the NAACP Image Awards. His other small screen credits include Team A, Murder, she wrote, Y Estate. Kotto’s career culminated with the actor reprising the role of Parker in the hit video game. Alien: isolation in 2014.
Kotto had been married twice before his third and last marriage to Sinahon, and had six children from his first two marriages. Right now, our thoughts are with Sinahon and the Kotto family in the wake of this terrible news. May he rest in peace as his legacy lives on forever. This news comes to us from Tessie Sinahon on Facebook.