Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto

Date of Birth: 15.11.1937
Country: USA

Biography of Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto was born on November 15, 1937, in New York City. He was regarded as one of the most outstanding black theater actors in the late 1950s. He participated in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, willingly choosing to work in local theaters rather than accepting stereotypical roles in films and on television.

In his first film, "Nothing But a Man," released in 1964, the question of "black" pride in the face of "white" indifference was explored. Despite Kotto's reluctance to be paid as a "black actor," which was significantly lower than his lighter-skinned colleagues, he personally produced, wrote the screenplay for, and directed "The Limit" (also known as "Speed Limit 65" or "Time Limit"), a kind of "black" biker film. The most expensive film in Kotto's career was the Bond film "Live and Let Die," in which he played the role of Mr. Big's evil uncle and was blown up in the finale.

Something similar awaited the actor in "Alien," although he was not as villainous there. Kotto's most famous television role is undoubtedly that of Al Giardello in the series "Homicide: Life on the Street."