Actor Yaphet Kotto, best known for his memorable roles in ‘Alien’ and ‘James Bond’ passed away on Sunday night at the age of 81.
As The New York Post reports:
Social-media salutes and tributes are being made to the late “Live and Let Die” star, whose death was first announced by his wife, Tessie Sinahon, Monday night.
“I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30 pm Philippine time,” Sinahon shared on Facebook, captioning a picture of the Emmy-nominated actor smiling…
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
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 16, 2021
A native of Harlem, Kotto was born on Nov. 15, 1939, a descendant of Cameroonian royalty on his father’s side. But his early life was anything but luxurious. He was raised by his maternal grandparents in the Bronx after his parents split up and his mother joined the Army.
You were so memorable in every role you did. Your presence and talent were undeniable and magnetic…whether you were the villain or the hero. Rest well #YaphetKotto. God bless your wife and family. You will be missed.https://t.co/YQ7x5LM8ym
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 16, 2021
Kotto’s first feature film role in “Nothing But a Man,” in 1964 at 23, would be the catalyst of an illustrious career complete with credits in Hollywood blockbusters like Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” Paul Schrader’s “Blue Collar” with Richard Pryor and “The Running Man” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Kotto is survived by his six children, and his wife.