Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Live and Let Die Actor Yaphet Kotto Dead at 81


Yaphet Kotto, the actor known for movies such as Alien and The Running Man has died, .His wife Tessie Sinahon shared the heartbreaking news in a post to social media on Monday, with the news later being confirmed to The New York Times by Kotto’s agent. The actor was 81 years old.


The son of Cameroonian royalty, Kotto was born in New York City on November 15, 1939. He started studying acting at age 16, later making his professional theater debut at age 19 with the legendary Shakespearean play Othello.

 Kotto would then set his sights on acting for film, securing roles in features such as Across 100th Street, The Thomas Crown Affair, Nothing But a Man, and most notably, Live and Let Die.

 In the 1973 James Bond film, Kotto portrayed the quietly maniacal Mr. Big, making history as the first Black villain of the Bond franchise. 

 Three years later, he received his first and only Primetime Emmy nomination for his role as President Idi Amin in the made-for-tv movie, Raid on Entebbe. On the TV side, Kotto was best known for his role as Lieutenant Giardello in the NBC crime series Homicide: Life on the Street.

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