Yaphet Kotto: 'James Bond' Villain and 'Aliens' Actor Dead at 81

Yaphet Kotto: 'James Bond' Villain and 'Aliens' Actor Dead at 81

- Actor Yaphet Kotto has passed away, which was earlier made public by his wife, Tessie Sinahon

- According to the late actor's agent Ryan Goldhar who confirmed the death, Kotto died at age 81

- He will be remembered for his roles in Alien and the James Bond film, Live and Let Die

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The film and movie industry has yet again been hit by bad news.

Yaphet Kotto, a revered actor popularly known for his roles in Alien and James Bond's film, Live and Let Die is dead, Briefly.co.za has learnt.

According to Variety.com, the actor who also made a name for himself through the television series Homicide: Life on the Street died at the age of 81.

Yaphet Kotto: James Bond villain and Aliens actor dead at 81
Yaphet Kotto's death was confirmed by his agent Ryan Goldhar. Photo: UGC
Source: UGC

His unfortunate death was confirmed by his agent Ryan Goldhar.

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Well, before Ryan's confirmation, the news of Kotto's death had earlier on been made public by the actor's wife Tessie Sinahon.

Briefly.co.za has learnt Tessie first broke the news through her Facebook account on Monday, March 15, night.

“I’m saddened and still in shocked by the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30 pm Philippine time. You played a villain in 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 every day, my best friend, my rock.” Tessie wrote on FB.

The late actor was born in New York City on November 15, 1939, and started studying acting and theatre at the Actors Mobile Theater Studio at only 16.

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Kotto will be remembered for his role as a technician named Dennis Parker in Alien, which was released in 1976.

He also played a very important role in the action film The Running Man alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987, in which he played William Laughlin.

The actor was also big on Television having played Al Giardello in the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Scottish film legend, Sean Connery, has died - aged 90. The most iconic role he played was the dashing spy James Bond, 007. Connery also stared in other blockbuster films such as The Hunt for Red October and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

He won an Oscar in 1988 and in 2000 he was knight by the Queen of England. Connery's death spread quickly, with many of his fans shocked by the sudden passing of the screen legend.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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