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Yaphet Kotto

Highest Rated:   100% Homicide: The Movie (2000)
Lowest Rated:   4% Witless Protection (2008)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
100% 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
63% 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
20% 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
66% 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
79% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Carl
1968
No Score Yet 5 Card Stud
  • Little George
1968
95% Nothing But a Man
  • Jocko
$9.7k 1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lt. Al Giardello
  • 1997

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