Yaphet Kotto

Birthday: Nov 15, 1937
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
African American actor Yaphet Kotto was one of the most prominent beneficiaries of the upsurge in black-oriented theatrical pieces of the late 1950s; he appeared in many prestigious Broadway and off-Broadway productions, taking regional theatre work rather than accept stereotypical "mainstream" roles in movies and TV. Kotto's first film was Nothing But a Man (1964), an independently produced study of black pride in the face of white indifference. Though he vehemently steered clear of most of the '70s blaxploitation fare, in 1972, Kotto produced, directed and wrote the feature film Speed Limit 65 (aka The Limit and Time Limit), a one-of-a-kind "black biker" film. The biggest production with which Kotto was associated in the early 1970s was the James Bond film Live and Let Die, in which, as the villainous Mr. Big, he was blown up in the final scene (a similarly grisly fate awaited Kotto in 1979's Alien). On television, Yaphet Kotto was a regular on the TV series For Love and Honor (1983) and Homicide: Life on the Streets (1992), and was seen as Ugandan president Idi Amin in the 1977 TV movie Raid on Entebbe.

Highest Rated Movies



100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen Actor 2018
4% Witless Protection Alonzo Moseley $4.2M 2008
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Parker 2003
No Score Yet Stiletto Dance Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Ride Actor 2000
86% Homicide: The Movie Al Giardello 2000
No Score Yet The Defenders: Payback Judge Williams 1997
No Score Yet Out of Sync Quincy 1995
11% Two if by Sea O'Malley 1995
26% The Puppet Masters Ressler 1994
No Score Yet Dead Badge Capt. Hunt 1994
No Score Yet Intent to Kill Captain Jackson 1993
No Score Yet Almost Blue Terry 1993
No Score Yet Extreme Justice Larson 1993
No Score Yet Chrome Soldiers Actor 1992
20% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Doc 1991
No Score Yet Hangfire Lieutenant 1991
No Score Yet Tripwire Lee Pitt 1990
No Score Yet After the Shock McElroy 1990
No Score Yet Ministry of Vengeance Mr. Whiteside 1989
No Score Yet The Jigsaw Murders Doctor Fillmore 1989
96% Midnight Run Alonzo Mosely 1988
No Score Yet A Whisper to a Scream Det. Taillard 1988
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel General Sorenson 1987
62% The Running Man Laughlin 1987
No Score Yet Desperado Bede 1987
No Score Yet Prettykill Harris 1987
No Score Yet Terminal Entry Col. Styles 1987
No Score Yet In Self Defense Lt. Tyrell 1987
No Score Yet Eye of the Tiger J.B. Deveraux 1986
No Score Yet The Park Is Mine Eubanks 1986
No Score Yet Harem Kislar 1986
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin Detective Cliff Fenton 1985
11% Warning Sign Maj. Connolly 1985
71% The Star Chamber Det. Harry Lowes 1983
20% Fighting Back (Death Vengeance) Ivanhoe Washington 1982
75% Brubaker Richard "Dickie" Coombes 1980
No Score Yet Rage! Actor 1980
97% Alien Parker 1979
100% Blue Collar Smokey James 1978
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe President Idi Amin 1977
No Score Yet The Monkey Hustle Daddy Foxx 1976
No Score Yet Drum Blaise 1976
No Score Yet Report to the Commissioner Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone 1975
No Score Yet Shark's Treasure Ben Flynn 1975
No Score Yet Friday Foster Colt Hawkins 1975
No Score Yet Truck Turner Harvard Blue 1974
67% Live and Let Die Kananga 1973
80% Across 110th Street Lt. Pope 1972
67% Bone Bone 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Nate Hodges 1971
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones Sonny Boy Mosby 1970
No Score Yet Night Chase Actor 1970
77% The Thomas Crown Affair Carl 1968
No Score Yet 5 Card Stud Little George 1968
95% Nothing But a Man Jocko $9.7K 1963


91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Giardello Lt. Al Giardello
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Law & Order
Lt. Al Giardello
  • 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Lt. Bradshaw
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
  • 1983
No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Piney Biggs
  • 1970
No Score Yet Bonanza
Child Barnett
  • 1968