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Yaphet Kotto has died

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This is sad news to wake up to. Yaphet Kotto, star of Live and Let Die, Alien, Midnight Run, The Running Man, Homicide: Life on the Street and so much more, has passed away at the age of 81.

His wife, Tessie Sinahon, shared the news.

I’m saddened and still in shock of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time.

This is a very painful moment for me to inform you all fans, friends and family of my husband.

You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find.

One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend. Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my best friend, my rock.I love you and you will always be in my heart. Till we meet again!

His film debut was in 1963, aged 23, in an uncredited role in 4 For Texas. He performed in Michael Roemer’s Nothing But a Man (1964) and played a supporting role in the caper film The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). He played John Auston, a confused Marine Lance Corporal, in the 1968 episode, “King of the Hill”, on the first season of Hawaii Five-O.

In 1973 he landed the role of the James Bond villain Mr. Big in Live and Let Die, as well as roles in Across 110th Street and Truck Turner. Kotto portrayed Idi Amin in the 1977 television film Raid on Entebbe. He starred as an auto worker in the 1978 film Blue Collar. The following year he played Parker in the sci-fiā€“horror film Alien. He also voiced Parker for the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation.

In 1987, he appeared in the futuristic sci-fi movie The Running Man, and in 1988, in the action-comedy Midnight Run.

He was among those being considered for Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role which eventually went to Patrick Stewart.

Whatever role he played you just couldn’t keep your eyes off him.

A legend has been lost.

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