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This week we catch up with actor Yaphet Kotto, who starred in the science fiction film Alien and in the James Bond flick Live and Let Die. Kotto has many acting credits under his belt which include Broadway shows, television series, and several films. Let's learn more about Kotto's career and where he is now...

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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Jack Warden: He starred or appeared in many, many movies, including "Heaven Can Wait", "Shampoo", "Run Silent Run Deep", "All the President's Men" and "The Verdict"

Simone Signoret: French actress, starred in "Diabolique" and "Ship of Fools"

Broderick Crawford: Gruff, tough-talking actor who appeared in movies for forty years, starred in "All the King's Men" and "Born Yesterday"

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Yaphet Kotto

Learn More About Yaphet Kotto on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: November 15, 1937, New York City, New York

BIRTH NAME: Yaphet Frederick Kotto

CLAIM TO FAME: He is well-known for his role in the science-fiction/horror film Alien.

FAMILY LIFE: He married Tessie Sinahon in July 1998. He has three children with his first wife Rita Ingrid Dittman, and two children with his second wife Antoinette Pettyjohn.

INFO: Kotto began studying acting at the age of 16 at the Actor's Mobile Theater Studio. His professional acting debut came at age 19 in Othello, and he began acting in Broadway productions. He was also a member of the Actors Studio in New York.

He began acting in films in 1963 with an uncredited role in 4 for Texas. A long list of credits followed, including roles in 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair and as the James Bond villain Mr. Big in 1973's Live and Let Die.

He appeared in the 1977 television film Raid on Entebbe in the role of Idi Amin. In 1979, he played the role of Parker in the sci-fiâ??horror film Alien. In 1987, he appeared in the futuristic sci-fi movie The Running Man and in the 1988 action-comedy Midnight Run, in which he portrayed Alonzo Mosely, an FBI agent.

Kotto played Lieutenant Al Giardello in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999. He is also the author of two books: Royalty, and The Second Coming of Christ, and also wrote scripts for Homicide: Life on the Street.

TRIVIA: Wrote in his autobiography that his father was "the crown prince of Cameroon".

Also stated that his great-grandfather King Alexander Bell ruled the Douala region of Cameroon in the late 19th century and was also a practicing Jew.

Has said that his paternal family originated from Israel and migrated to Egypt and then Cameroon, and have been African Jews for many generations.

Has a Bay Area hardcore punk band named after him.

Campaigned for Steve Forbes during his bid for the Republican nomination for the Presidency in the 2000 primaries.

WHERE IS HE NOW: He and his wife Tessie operate an artists retreat resort in Southern Leyte, Philippines called "The Running Man Institute." The focus of the resort is to work with people in the entertainment industry to help them relax, build their creativity, and learn about holistic health.

His most recent acting role was in the 2008 comedy Witless Protection, starring Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy.


2008 Witless Protection...Ricardo Bodi

2001 Stiletto Dance (TV movie)...Captain Rick Sands

2000 The Ride (TV movie)...Carter

2000 Homicide: The Movie (TV movie)...Al 'Gee' Giardello

1999 Dead Badge...Captain Hunt

1993-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series)...Lt. Al Giardello

1997 Law & Order (TV series)...Lt. Al Giardello
Baby, It's You

1997 The Defenders: Payback (TV movie)...Judge Williams

1996 Two If by Sea...FBI Agent O'Malley

1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (TV series)...Kaphe Kamar
Total War (1996) â?¦ Kaphe Kamar (voice)

1996 Almost Blue...Terry

1995 Out-of-Sync...Quincy

1995 Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (TV movie)...Marty Talbot

1994 The Puppet Masters...Ressler

1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (TV movie)...Detective Martin Talbot

1993 SeaQuest 2032 (TV series)...Captain Jack Clayton
Treasures of the Tonga Trench

1993 The American Clock (TV movie)...Isaac

1993 Extreme Justice...Larson

1993 It's Nothing Personal (TV movie)...Lt. Riley

1992 Intent to Kill (video)...Captain Jackson

1992 Civil Wars (TV series)...Judge Louis Decker
Drone of Arc
Pro Se Can You See r

1992 Chrome Soldiers (TV movie)...Perry Beach

1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare...Doc

1991 Hangfire...Police Lieutenant

1990 After the Shock (TV movie)...William McElroy

1990 Tripwire...Lee Pitt

1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV series)...Lt. Fleming
The Stone Killer Mystery

1989 The Jigsaw Murders...Doctor Fillmore

1989 Ministry of Vengeance...Mr. Whiteside

1989 Prime Target (TV movie)...Brown

1989 A Whisper to a Scream...Jules Tallard

1988 Terminal Entry...Col. Styles

1988 Midnight Run...Alonzo Mosely

1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV series)...Lt. Bradshaw
Steal Me a Story

1987 Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel (TV movie)...General Sorenson

1987 The Running Man...William Laughlin

1987 In Self Defense (TV movie)...Lt. Tyrell

1987 Desperado (TV movie)...Bede

1987 Tomorrow's a Killer...Harris

1986 Eye of the Tiger...J.B. Deveraux

1986 Harem (TV movie)...Agha Kislar

1986 The Park Is Mine (TV movie)...Eubanks

1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series)...Convict

1985 Badge of the Assassin (TV movie)...Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD

1985 Hill Street Blues (TV series)...Calvin Matthias
Blues in the Night

1985 Warning Sign...Major Connolly

1985 Playing with Fire (TV movie)...Fire Chief Walker

1983-1984 For Love and Honor (TV series)...Platoon Sgt. James "China" Bell / Platoon Sgt. James 'China' Bell

1983 Women of San Quentin (TV movie)...Sgt. Therman Patterson

1983 For Love and Honor (TV movie)...Sgt. China Bell

1983 The Star Chamber...Det. Harry Lowes

1983 The A-Team (TV series)...Charles 'East-Side Charlie' F. Struthers
The Out-of-Towners

1983 Fantasy Island (TV series)...Big Gus Belly
Return to the Cotton Club/No Friends Like Old Friends (1983) â?¦ Big Gus Belly

1982/I Fighting Back...Ivanhoe Washington

1982 A House Divided: Denmark Vessey's Rebellion (TV movie)...Denmark Vessey

1980 Rage! (TV movie)...Ernie

1980 Brubaker...Richard 'Dickie' Coombes

1980 Othello...Othello

1979 Alien...Parker

1978 Blue Collar...Smokey James

1977 Roots (TV mini-series)

1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV movie)...President Idi Amin - Jr.

1976 The Monkey Hu$tle...Daddy Foxx

1976 Drum...Blaise

1976 Crunch (TV movie)...Crunch

1975 Friday Foster...Colt Hawkins

1975 Sharks' Treasure...Ben Flynn

1975 Report to the Commissioner...Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone

1974 Truck Turner...Harvard Blue

1973 Live and Let Die...Kananga / Mr. Big

1972 Across 110th Street...Lt. Pope

1972 The Limit...Mark Johnson

1972 Bone...Bone

1971 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV series)...Buckner
The Messiah on Mott Street/The Painted Mirror

1971 Man and Boy...Nate Hodges

1970 Night Chase (TV movie)...Ernie Green

1970 Gunsmoke (TV series)...Piney Biggs
The Scavengers

1970 The Name of the Game (TV series)...Wyman Jackson
The Time Is Now

1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones...Sonny Boy Mosby

1968-1969 Daniel Boone (TV series)...Jonah / Luke
Big, Black and Out There

1969 Mannix (TV series)...Gabe Johnson / Gabriel Dillon
Death in a Minor Key

1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV series)...Marine Lance Corporal John T. Auston
King of the Hill

1968 The High Chaparral (TV series)...Sgt. Major Creason
The Buffalo Soldiers

1968 Bonanza (TV series)...Child Barnett
Child (as Yaphet Cotto)

1968 5 Card Stud...Little George

1968 The Thomas Crown Affair...Carl

1966-1967 The Big Valley (TV series)...Damien / Lobo Brown
The Buffalo Man
The Iron Box

1967 Tarzan (TV series)...Kesho
Thief Catcher

1967 Cowboy in Africa (TV series)...Musa
Incident at Derati Wells

1967 Death Valley Days (TV series)...Abraham
A Man Called Abraham

1964 Nothing But a Man...Jocko

1963 4 for Texas...Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Jack Warden - DEAD
Born: 09/18/1920 Died: 07/19/2006

Simone Signoret - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 03/25/1921 Died: 09/30/1985

Broderick Crawford - DEAD (Stroke)
Born: 12/09/1911 Died: 04/26/1986

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