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'Alien' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street' actor Yaphet Kotto dies at 81: reports


Yaphet Kotto as Lt. Al Giardello on the NBC television series 'Homicide: Life On The Street.'

Yaphet Kotto, known for roles as Parker in 1979’s “Alien” and Lieutenant Al Giardello in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has died, according to reports. He was 81. 

Kotto’s agent Ryan Goldhar confirmed the news to New York Times and Variety. His wife Tessie Sinahon announced his death in a Facebook post Monday. 

“I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time,” she wrote. “Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my bestfriend, my rock. I love you and you will always be in my heart. Till we meet again!”

USA TODAY reached out to Kotto’s agent for a statement. 

The New York native took on roles in both film and television and earned a supporting role Emmy nomination for portraying President Idi Amin Dada in NBC film “Raid on Entebbe.” He also played villain Dr. Kananga, also known as Mr. Big, in James Bond film “Live and Let Die.” 


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