Yaphet Kotto on Movies


Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1939) is an American actor, known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–99) as Lieutenant Al Giardello. His films include the science-fiction/horror film Alien (1979), and the Arnold Schwarzenegger science-fiction/action film The Running Man (1987). He portrayed the main villain Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die (1973). He appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy thriller Midnight Run (1988) as FBI agent Alonzo Moseley.




Year Title Role Notes
1963 4 for Texas (uncredited)
1964 Nothing But a Man Jocko
1968 5 Card Stud Little George (Mama’s bartender)
1968 The Thomas Crown Affair Carl
1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones Sonny Boy Mosby
1972 Across 110th Street Lt. Pope
1972 Bone Bone
1973 Live and Let Die Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big
1974 Truck Turner Harvard Blue
1975 Report to the Commissioner Richard ‘Crunch’ Blackstone
1975 Sharks’ Treasure Ben Flynn
1975 Friday Foster Colt Hawkins
1976 Drum Blaise
1976 The Monkey Hustle Big Daddy Foxx
1977 Raid on Entebbe President Idi Amin Dada Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1978 Blue Collar Smokey James
1979 Alien Parker
1980 Brubaker Richard ‘Dickie’ Coombes
1983 The Star Chamber Det. Harry Lowes
1984 Terror in the Aisles Himself
1985 Warning Sign Major Connolly
1985 Badge of the Assassin Det. Cliff Fenton NYPD
1986 Eye of the Tiger J. B. Deveraux
1986 The Park is Mine Eubanks
1987 The Running Man William Laughlin
1988 Midnight Run FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely
1990 Tripwire Lee Pitt
1991 Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare Doc
1993 Extreme Justice Larson
1994 The Puppet Masters Ressler
1996 Two If by Sea FBI Agent O’Malley
1996 Almost Blue Terry
1997 The Defenders: Payback Judge Williams
2000 Homicide: The Movie Al ‘Gee’ Giardello
2000 The Ride Carter
2001 Stiletto Dance Captain Rick Sands
2008 Witless Protection Ricardo Bodi (alias Alonzo Mosley)
2014 Alien: Isolation (Video Game) Parker (voice)



Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Big Valley Damien Episode 15 Season 3: “The Buffalo Man”
1968 Bonanza Child Barnett Season 10 Episode 2: “Child”
1968 The High Chaparral Sergeant Major Episode 38: “The Buffalo Soldiers”
Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for Best Fictional Television Drama
1968 Daniel Boone Luke Season 5 Episode 11: Big, Black and out There
1969 Mannix black jazz musician Gabe Johnson Season 2 Episode 18: “Death in a Minor Key”
1969 Hawaii Five-O Marine Lance Corporal John T. Auston Season 1 Episode 14: “King of the Hill”
1969 Daniel Boone Jonah Season 5 Episode 18: “Jonah”
1970 Gunsmoke Piney Biggs Episode 294: “The Scavengers”
1971 Night Gallery Buckner Season 2 Episode 13: “The Messiah on Mott Street”
1977 Roots
1983 For Love and Honor Platoon Sgt. James “China” Bell “The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel” (1987)
1993–2000 Homicide: Life on the Street Lieutenant Al Giardello Nominated-NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (1996-1999)


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