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Yaphet Kotto


Yaphet Kotto was born on November 15, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Yaphet Frederick Kotto. He is an actor and writer, known for Alien (1979), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Live and Let Die (1973). He has been married to Tessie Sinahon since July 12, 1998. He was previously married to Antoinette Pettyjohn and Rita Ingrid ... See full bio »
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 2001 Stiletto Dance (TV Movie)
Captain Rick Sands
 2000 The Ride (TV Movie)
Carter
 1997 The Defenders: Payback (TV Movie)
Judge Williams
 1996 1914-1918 (TV Mini-Series)
Kaphe Kamar
- Total War (1996) ... Kaphe Kamar (voice)
 1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (TV Movie)
Detective Martin Talbot
 1993 SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series)
Captain Jack Clayton
- Treasures of the Tonga Trench (1993) ... Captain Jack Clayton
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Isaac
 1993 It's Nothing Personal (TV Movie)
Lt. Riley
 1992 Chrome Soldiers (TV Movie)
Perry Beach
 1991-1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (TV Series)
Kelly
- Lady Luck (1992)
- A Conflict of Interest (1991) ... Kelly
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Judge Louis Decker
- Pro Se Can You See (1992) ... Judge Louis Decker
 1990 After the Shock (TV Movie)
William McElroy
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Lt. Fleming
- The Stone Killer Mystery (1990) ... Lt. Fleming
 1989 Prime Target (TV Movie)
Gilmore Brown
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Lt. Bradshaw
- Steal Me a Story (1987) ... Lt. Bradshaw
 1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel (TV Movie)
General Sorenson
 1987 In Self Defense (TV Movie)
Lt. Tyrell
 1987 Desperado (TV Movie)
Bede
 1986 Harem (TV Movie)
Agha Kislar
 1986 The Park Is Mine (TV Movie)
Eubanks
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Convict
- Prisoners (1985) ... Convict
 1985 Badge of the Assassin (TV Movie)
Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Calvin Matthias
- Blues in the Night (1985) ... Calvin Matthias
 1985 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Fire Chief Walker
 1983 Women of San Quentin (TV Movie)
Sgt. Therman Patterson
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Charles 'East-Side Charlie' F. Struthers
- The Out-of-Towners (1983) ... Charles 'East-Side Charlie' F. Struthers
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Big Gus Belly
 1982 A House Divided: Denmark Vessey's Rebellion (TV Movie)
Denmark Vessey
 1980 Rage! (TV Movie)
Ernie
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 Crunch (TV Movie)
Crunch
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Buckner (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
- The Messiah on Mott Street/The Painted Mirror (1971) ... Buckner (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
 1970 Night Chase (TV Movie)
Ernie Green
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Piney Biggs
- The Scavengers (1970) ... Piney Biggs
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Wyman Jackson
- The Time Is Now (1970) ... Wyman Jackson
 1968-1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Jonah / Luke
- Jonah (1969) ... Jonah
- Big, Black and Out There (1968) ... Luke
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Gabe Johnson / Gabriel Dillon
- Death in a Minor Key (1969) ... Gabe Johnson / Gabriel Dillon
 1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Marine Lance Corporal John T. Auston
- King of the Hill (1969) ... Marine Lance Corporal John T. Auston
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Sgt. Major Creason
- The Buffalo Soldiers (1968) ... Sgt. Major Creason
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Child Barnett
- Child (1968) ... Child Barnett (as Yaphet Cotto)
 1966-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Damien / Lobo Brown
- The Buffalo Man (1967) ... Damien
- The Iron Box (1966) ... Lobo Brown
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Kesho
- Thief Catcher (1967) ... Kesho
 1967 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Musa
- Incident at Derati Wells (1967) ... Musa
 1967 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Abraham
- A Man Called Abraham (1967) ... Abraham
 1967 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Losers Weepers (1967)
 1966 The Avengers (TV Series)
Guard
- Honey for the Prince (1966) ... Guard (uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Zulu and the Zayda. Musical comedy. Book by Howard Da Silva and Felix Leon. Music by Harold Rome. Lyrics by Harold J. Rome. Based on a story by Dan Jacobson. Music orchestrated by Meyer Kupferman. Scenic Design and Lighting Design by William Eckart and Jean Eckart. Directed by Dore Schary. Cort Theatre: 10 Nov 1965- 16 Apr ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »


Alternate Names:

Yaphet Cotto

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Personal Quote:

If you're a black actor, you really don't have too many choices. If you keep turning things down, you might as well hit the unemployment office. If I didn't sometimes take small parts in small films I wouldn't get to play anything, and I do have to eat. See more »

Trivia:

He was the first black actor to play a Bond villain. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays police detectives and military officers

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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