Yaphet Kotto, ‘Alien’ actor and Bond baddie, dead at 81

Kotto passed away on March 14 at 10:30 p.m. regional time in the Philippines, where he lived with his spouse, Goldhar stated. Details on the cause of death was not offered.

Kotto’s on-screen body of work started in the late ’60s and stayed stable through the ’90s. Because time, he collected a range of unforgettable functions that talked to his transformative skill.

His noteworthy movie work consists of functions in “Alien,” “The Running Man,” “Midnight Run” and “Live and Let Die,” in which he played renowned Bond bad guy Mr. Big.

In tv, his longest-running function was as Lt. Al Giardello on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

“Yaphet Kotto. My Mom’s favorite,” director Ava DuVernay composed on Twitter. “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.”
Tv manufacturer David Simon included: “Memories and respect for Yaphet Kotto, whose film career was legend even before he came to Baltimore to grace our television drama. But for me, he’ll always be Al Giardello, the unlikeliest Sicilian, gently pulling down the office blinds to glower at detectives in his squadroom.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.