Yaphet Kotto, the seasoned actor whose many roles span the sci-fi epic Alien, the James Bond movie Live and let die, unfortunately passed away. The news comes from Kotto’s wife, Tessie Sinahon, with a post on Facebook revealing that the actor passed away around 10:30 p.m. Monday evening, although a cause of death has not yet been revealed. He was 81 years old.
“I am saddened and still shocked by the death of my 24-year-old husband Yaphet,” the Facebook post reads. “This is a very painful moment for me to inform you all my husband’s fans, friends and family. We still have a lot of plans baby we have talked about you have many interviews waiting and you have movie offers like G.I. Joe and the film by Tom Cruise and others. You still have plans to publish your book and build a religious organization based on the teachings of Yogananda. You played a bad guy in some of your movies, but to me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people too. “
Sinahon adds, “A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent person, very rare to find. One of the best actors in Hollywood, a legend. Rest in peace. Honey, I’ll 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. As a teenager he made his professional acting debut with a stage production of Othello, going on to Broadway and appearing in other shows such as The great white hopeWhen he started acting, he had made his screen debut at the age of 23 with a role in 4 for Texas, launching a film career that would last for decades.
One of Kotto’s most memorable roles was that of the villainous Mr. Big opposite Roger Moore in the classic James Bond movie Live and let dieHe is also much loved by horror fans for his radiant role in the original Alien, where he played Dennis Parker, along with his role as Doc in the horror film’s sequel Freddy’s Dead: The Final NightmareHe has appeared in many other movies as well, such as The running man Midnight Run, and Eye of the tiger, with his last film role in the 2008 comedy Without protection
We also got close to seeing Kotto as Captin Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role famous for Patrick Stewart. In 2015, Kotto expressed regret about turning down the role, noting that “when you make movies, you tend to say no to TV.” The actor was also offered the role of Lando Calrissian Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, but passed in the same way to the role in which he had already appeared AlienBilly Dee Williams then got the part.
“I wanted to go back to Earth”, said Kotto in an interview in 2003. “I was afraid if I made another space movie afterwards Alien, then I would be typed. Once you have one of those big blockbuster hits, you better have some other big blockbuster hits with it and be Harrison Ford because if you don’t … you’re putting yourself right outside the company. ‘
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 a Drama at the NAACP Image Awards. His other credits on the small screen include The A-Team She wrote murder, and RootsKotto’s career culminated when the actor reprized the role of Parker for 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 turn to Sinahon’s and Kotto’s family in the wake of this terrible news. May he rest in peace while his legacy lives on forever. This news comes from Tessie Sinahon on Facebook.