R.I.P. Yaphet Kotto

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That's a shame.
I was a fan.



R.I.P. I loved everything he did, especially his work as Captain Giardello in Homicide: Life on the Street. The scripts he wrote for the show weren't half bad either.
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I really enjoyed his work on Homicide: Life on the Street series (1993-2000). TBH I can't recall any of his movie characters. No cause of death was listed on Wikipedia.



Leonard Parker and Yaphet in Nothing but a Man (1964)


Yaphet in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)


Yaphet in 5 Card Stud (1968)


Yaphet in The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)


Yaphet in "Night Chase" (1970)


Yaphet in Man & Boy (1971)


Joyce Van Patten and Yaphet in Bone (1972)


Yaphet in The Limit (1972)


Yaphet and Anthony Quinn in Across 110th Street (1972)


Yaphet in Live & Let Die (1973)
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Yaphet in Truck Turner (1974)


Yaphet in Report to the Commissioner (1975)


Yaphet in Sharks' Treasure (1975)


Yaphet in Friday Foster (1975)


Yaphet in Drum (1976)


Rudy Ray Moore and Yaphet in The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)


Yaphet and Martin Balsalm in "Raid on Entebee" (1976)


Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet in Blue Collar (1978)


Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet in Alien (2979)


Yaphet in Brubaker (1980)



Yaphet and Bernie Casey in "A House Divided: Denmark Vessey's Rebellion" (1982)


Yaphet in Fighting Back (1982)


Yaphet in The Star Chamber (1983)


Yaphet, Gary Grubbs, Shelley Smith, and Cliff Potts in "For Love & Honor" (1983)


Yaphet in Warning Sign (1985)


Yaphet in The Park is Mine (1985)


Gary Busey and Yaphet in Eye of the Tiger (1986)


Yaphet in Pretty Kill (1987)


Yaphet in "Desperado" (1987)


Yaphet in Terminal Entry (1987)



Linda Purl and Yaphet in "Hollow Point" (1987)


Yaphet in The Running Man (1987)


Yaphet in Midnight Run (1988)


Yaphet in The Jigsaw Murders (1989)


Yaphet in A Whisper to a Scream (1989)


Yaphet in Ministry of Vengeance (1989)


Yaphet in Tripwire (1989)


Yaphet in Hangfire (1991)


Yaphet in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)


Yaphet in Intent to Kill (1992)



Yaphet in "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993-1999)


Yaphet in Extreme Justice (1993)


Yaphet in The Puppet Masters (1994)


Yaphet on "TV Nation" (1994)


Yaphet in Dead Badge (1985)


LL Cool J and Yaphet in Out-of-Sync (1995)


Yaphet in Two If by Sea (1996)


Yaphet in Witless Protection (2008)





(1939-2021)
R.I.P.



R.I.P Yaphet.

As a child it felt like he was in almost every other 70's film I watched. Looking back at mark and Holden's posts, he very well might've been.
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Wow. Loved this guy. He had such a unique voice, a commanding presence, and nobody wore a pair of dark shades as stylishly as he did. 5 Card Stud was the first thing I ever saw him in and he stood out immediately for me, especially with his final scene in that. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. Alien, of course his role goes without saying as great. Live and Let Die---I loved him as Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big. But Homicide: Life on the Street was far and away my favorite role of his, playing Giardello, the Chief of the homicide squad. Watched it religiously.

So glad we can revisit him on DVD, cable, and streaming, what have you. Godspeed, Yaphet!
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