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Yaphet Kotto is a Actor American born on 16 november 1939 at New York City (USA)

Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto
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Birth name Yaphet Frederick Kotto
Nationality USA
Birth 16 november 1939 at New York City (USA)
Death 15 march 2021 (at 81 years)

Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1939) is an American actor, known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–99) as Lieutenant Al Giardello. His films include the science-fiction/horror film Alien (1979), and the Arnold Schwarzenegger science-fiction/action film The Running Man (1987). He portrayed the main villain Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die (1973). He appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy thriller Midnight Run (1988) as FBI agent Alonzo Moseley.


Kotto married Tessie Sinahon in July 1998. They currently live in Baltimore, Maryland. He was previously married to Antoinette Pettyjohn, his second marriage, whom he married on January 29, 1975. They have two children together. His first marriage was to Rita Ingrid Dittman, whom he married in 1962. They divorced in 1975, and have three children together.

Best films

Live and Let Die (1973)
Brubaker (1980)

Usually with

Arthur Marks
Arthur Marks
(2 films)
Spiro Razatos
Spiro Razatos
(3 films)
Pam Grier
Pam Grier
(4 films)
Walter Hill
Walter Hill
(2 films)
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Filmography of Yaphet Kotto (41 films)

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Nothing But a Man, 1h31
Directed by Michael Roemer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Ivan Dixon, Yaphet Kotto, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster, Tom Ligon, Mel Stewart
Roles Jocko
Rating78% 3.9394553.9394553.9394553.9394553.939455
The story introduces Duff Anderson on the railroad, playing checkers with his rail worker friends, at a pool hall, and on the street at night. At a church meeting featuring lively gospel music, Duff meets the pretty and genteel schoolteacher Josie Dawson. They begin to date against the will of Preacher Dawson (Josie’s father). Duff tells her he doesn't want to get married. But after visiting his illegitimate son who has been abandoned to the care of a wet nurse, and his drunken father who is barely keeping it together under the care of a loving wife, Duff realizes that he prefers the stability of a family to the life of a drifter. The two marry with bright hopes for the future, but then begin to face a series of challenges as a married couple. Being on the move had given Duff the illusion of freedom, but living in the town makes Duff subject to the town's social rules, and he immediately starts to have problems. He hates his preacher father-in-law, whom he sees as having sold out to the white people, and he hurtfully says to his wife, "You've never really been a nigger, living with them, in that house." After refusing to bow down to the white bosses at the mill he is fired, and subsequently finds himself blacklisted. His father-in-law finally finds him a job at a gas station, but customers who find him too proud for a black "boy" threaten to cause trouble if the boss keeps him on. Duff and his wife get into a fight because of the emotional and physical trials Duff faces, and because of the added pressure that a coming baby adds. Unwilling either to kowtow to white bosses or to pick cotton for $2.50 a day he leaves in a rage, telling his wife that he will write her when he is on his feet again. Duff storms off to his father, who is so inebriated that he dies as Duff and his stepmother are driving him to the hospital. Neither Duff nor his stepmother knows where his father was born or how old he was, and the only possessions he has handed down to Duff are the contents of his pockets. Duff and his stepmother stare at one another, facing the grim reality of the invisibleness and lack of history of the negro. The film concludes as Duff gains the courage to return home with his son, and the two tearfully embrace as he reassures her that "everything is gonna be all right”.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, 4h
Directed by Daniel Farrands
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Horror
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Serial killer films, Documentary films about films
Actors Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Lisa Wilcox, John Saxon
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating85% 4.2821854.2821854.2821854.2821854.282185
Depuis des décennies, Freddy Krueger s'est frayé un chemin à travers les rêves d'innombrables jeunes, effrayant plus d'un demi-milliard de dollars au box-office à travers huit films terrifiants et spectaculaires.
Witless Protection, 1h39
Directed by Charles Robert Carner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Larry the Cable Guy, Ivana Miličević, Joe Mantegna, Jenny McCarthy, Yaphet Kotto, Lisa Lampanelli
Roles Ricardo Bodi
Rating34% 1.7091551.7091551.7091551.7091551.709155
The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman. The kidnappers turn out to be FBI agents assigned to protect her and deliver her to a big Enron-type corruption trial in Chicago but are later found to be on the take and are villains who are bent on killing her.
BaadAsssss Cinema, 1h
Directed by Isaac Julien
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Action
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Larry Cohen, Pam Grier, Tamara Dobson, Quentin Tarantino, Isaac Hayes
Roles Self
Rating68% 3.4325853.4325853.4325853.4325853.432585
With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Director Melvin Van Peebles discusses the historical importance of his landmark film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. For a contemporary perspective, the excitable Quentin Tarantino offers his spirited commentary and author/critic bell hooks provides some scholarly social analysis.
Clay Pigeons, 1h44
Directed by David Dobkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Georgina Cates, Gregory Sporleder, Phil Morris
Rating65% 3.2978353.2978353.2978353.2978353.297835
Clay Bidwell is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend, Earl, kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife, Amanda. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow when she presses him to continue with their affair as if nothing has happened.
Two If by Sea, 1h36
Directed by Bill Bennett
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Sandra Bullock, Stephen Dillane, Denis Leary, Yaphet Kotto, Mike Starr, Tracey Cherelle Jones
Roles FBI Agent O'Malley
Rating52% 2.648322.648322.648322.648322.64832
Leary plays the role of a petty thief who steals a $4,000,000 masterpiece painting. Bullock plays his girlfriend who works as a cashier. She befriends the potential buyer of the painting played by Dillane on an island. After being captured by FBI Agent O'Malley played by Kotto at the fish factory she discovers her new friend is actually an art thief.
Out-of-Sync, 1h45
Directed by Debbie Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors LL Cool J, Victoria Dillard, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman, Yaphet Kotto, Aries Spears
Roles Quincy
Rating45% 2.292812.292812.292812.292812.29281
LL Cool J stars as Jason St. Julian, a talented yet troubled DJ with a gambling problem. As St. Julian is sleeping, Crash (Ray) & Nut (Venturini) break into his apartment to collect a debt, since St. Julian doesn't have the money, he gets a week to repay it. One night while DJing an underground party, St. Julian runs into Danny Simon (Zada) & his girlfriend Monica (Dillard), Simon tries to convince St. Julian to DJ at his club, but he refuses to do so because of Simon was responsible for sending St. Julian to jail.
The Puppet Masters, 1h49
Directed by Stuart Orme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Donald Sutherland, Julie Warner, Keith David, Andrew Robinson, Will Patton, Richard Belzer
Roles Ressler
Rating58% 2.9493452.9493452.9493452.9493452.949345
When a flying saucer reportedly lands in rural Iowa, The Old Man (who runs a secret branch of the CIA), decides to investigate. He goes in person, accompanied by agents Sam and Jarvis, as well as Dr Mary Sefton, a NASA specialist in alien biology. They find that aliens have indeed landed and are planning to use their mind-control powers to take over our planet.
Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan
Genres Crime
Actors Elizabeth Montgomery, Yaphet Kotto, Dean Stockwell, Audra Lindley, Joe Flanigan, Jenifer Lewis
Roles Marty Talbot
Rating73% 3.671543.671543.671543.671543.67154
À Miami, un mafieux est mystérieusement tué. Il n'y a pas de témoin du meurtre. D'après la police il s'agirait d'un conflit entre mafieux. Seule la journaliste Edna Buchanan (Elizabeth Montgomery, dans son dernier rôle) du Miami Tribune remet cette théorie en question. Avec le médecin légiste Aaron Bliss (Dean Stockwell), elle mène l'enquête pour trouver le meurtrier. Une course contre la montre commence...
Intent to Kill, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Traci Lords, Yaphet Kotto, Angelo Tiffe, Scott Patterson
Roles Captain Jackson
Rating46% 2.3299952.3299952.3299952.3299952.329995
Jeune et fraîche, Vickie ressemble à une innocente étudiante ; elle est en vérité l'un des flics les plus coriaces de Los Angeles. Pas le genre à baisser les yeux ou à fuir. Vickie fait toujours face, surtout aux seigneurs du crime. Et lorsque Salvador, un puissant et cruel trafiquant de drogue de la côte Ouest, entreprend d'agrandir son empire, il tombe sur Vickie justement, plus déterminée que jamais à en découdre...
Extreme Justice, 1h36
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Chelsea Field, Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Divoff, Richard Grove
Roles Larson
Rating54% 2.7495952.7495952.7495952.7495952.749595
After an incident where he used questionable police tactics, Jeff Powers (Lou Diamond Phillips) is placed on probation. Upon hearing of his probation, a friend from the force later invites Jeff to join the Special Investigation Section, an elite and highly secretive LAPD unit designed to track and shut down high profile criminals. Jeff discovers that the group is actually a group of rogue cops who actually function like an unofficially sanctioned death squad and are given wide latitude when it comes to dealing with criminals. Although their official mission is to surveil criminals and arrest them in the act of committing a crime, the squad often resorts to brutality and murder to dispatch the subjects they are supposed to arrest.
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, 1h45
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Freddy, Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Shon Greenblatt, Lisa Zane, Robert Englund, Lezlie Deane, Yaphet Kotto, Breckin Meyer
Roles Doc
Rating47% 2.357592.357592.357592.357592.35759
Set ten years from the present and from the fifth film, it is 1999 and Freddy Krueger has managed to kill every child in Springwood, Ohio, though it is hinted that one child survived.
Tripwire (1989)
, 1h31
Directed by James Lemmo
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Terence Knox, Meg Foster, David Warner, Yaphet Kotto, Isabella Hofmann, Charlotte Lewis
Roles Lee Pitt
Rating50% 2.5175452.5175452.5175452.5175452.517545
A band of ruthless international terrorists led by Josef Szabo (David Warner) hijack a speeding railroad train loaded with a full arsenal of powerful military weaponry capable of threatening world peace. The only hero who can stop the terrorists scheme for world domination is Jack DeForest (Terence Knox). During the battle between good and evil the hero DeForest accidentally kills the son of the Szabo. Seeking revenge Szabo locates DeForest’s family, murders his wife and kidnaps their teenage son thereby turning their fight it into a personal vendetta.
Midnight Run, 2h6
Directed by Martin Brest
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Buddy films, Chase films
Actors Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Joe Pantoliano, Dennis Farina
Roles Alonzo Mosely
Rating74% 3.748293.748293.748293.748293.74829
Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is enlisted by bail bondsman Eddie Moscone (Pantoliano) to bring accountant Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Grodin) back to L.A. The accountant had embezzled $15 million from Chicago mob boss Jimmy Serrano (Farina) before skipping the $450,000 bail Moscone has posted for him. Walsh must bring Mardukas back within five days, or Moscone defaults. Moscone says the job is easy, a "midnight run", but Walsh demands $100,000. Walsh is then approached by FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely (Kotto), who wants Mardukas to be a witness against Serrano and orders Walsh to keep away from Mardukas, but Walsh takes no notice and instead steals Mosely's ID, which he uses to pass himself off as an FBI agent along his journey. Serrano’s henchmen Tony (Richard Foronjy) and Joey (Miranda) offer Walsh $1 million to turn Mardukas over to them, but he turns them down.
Terminal Entry, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Action
Themes Films about computing
Actors Patrick Labyorteaux, Edward Albert, Paul L. Smith, Yaphet Kotto, Kabir Bedi, Mazhar Khan
Roles Col. Styles
Rating45% 2.269872.269872.269872.269872.26987
The film room briefly where Lady Electric shares with Bob her measurements. After being chased down another corridor and into an elevator where they both fall to their deaths Bob snaps out of his daydream at the last second. When he comes to, he finds his friends have lost the game in the same fashion. Later, when selecting another game to play on the "Outlaw BBS", they chose one called "Terminal Entry", however, this one is password protected. Thinking that the game was set up by members at MIT, Tom decides that he will crack the password and play it during a vacation planned up in the mountains for the weekend.