Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Frederick Kotto (November 16, 1939 - March 15, 2021) was 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 and horror film Alien (1979), and the Arnold Schwarzenegger science-fiction and 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 Mosley.

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Alien (1979)

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During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Veronica Cartwright  •  Harry Dean Stanton

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Veronica Cartwright  •  Harry Dean Stanton

The Running Man (1987)

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By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and U.S. society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Michael Glaser
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Richard Dawson  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Yaphet Kotto

By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and U.S. society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Michael Glaser
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Richard Dawson  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Yaphet Kotto

5 Card Stud (1968)

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Dean Martin  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Inger Stevens  •  Roddy McDowall

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Dean Martin  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Inger Stevens  •  Roddy McDowall

Across 110th Street (1972)

In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Capt. Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. Will the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shear
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Anthony Franciosa  •  Antonio Fargas

In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Capt. Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. Will the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shear
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Anthony Franciosa  •  Antonio Fargas

BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)

With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isaac Julien
CAST:  Larry Cohen  •  Tamara Dobson  •  Ron Finley  •  Pam Grier

With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isaac Julien
CAST:  Larry Cohen  •  Tamara Dobson  •  Ron Finley  •  Pam Grier

Blue Collar (1978)

Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Ed Begley Jr.

Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Ed Begley Jr.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Just when you thought it was safe to sleep, Freddy Krueger returns in this sixth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, as psychologist Maggie Burroughs, tormented by recurring nightmares, meets a patient with the same horrific dreams. Their quest for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Talalay
CAST:  Robert Englund  •  Lisa Zane  •  Shon Greenblatt  •  Lezlie Deane

Just when you thought it was safe to sleep, Freddy Krueger returns in this sixth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, as psychologist Maggie Burroughs, tormented by recurring nightmares, meets a patient with the same horrific dreams. Their quest for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Talalay
CAST:  Robert Englund  •  Lisa Zane  •  Shon Greenblatt  •  Lezlie Deane

Midnight Run (1988)

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A bounty hunter pursues a former Mafia accountant who embezzled $15 million of mob money. He is also being chased by a rival bounty hunter, the F.B.I., and his old mob boss after jumping bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

A bounty hunter pursues a former Mafia accountant who embezzled $15 million of mob money. He is also being chased by a rival bounty hunter, the F.B.I., and his old mob boss after jumping bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

Nothing But a Man (1964)

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Roemer
CAST:  Ivan Dixon  •  Abbey Lincoln  •  Julius Harris  •  Gloria Foster

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Roemer
CAST:  Ivan Dixon  •  Abbey Lincoln  •  Julius Harris  •  Gloria Foster

Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

The Star Chamber (1983)

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Sharon Gless

As violence escalates in Los Angeles and heinous murders are committed, Steven Hardin, a young judge of the California Supreme Court, must struggle with his tortured conscience and growing despair as he watches helplessly as the ruthless criminals brought before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Sharon Gless

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Young businessman, Thomas Crown is bored and decides to plan a robbery and assigns a professional agent with the right information to the job. However, Crown is soon betrayed yet cannot blow his cover because he’s in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Paul Burke  •  Jack Weston

Young businessman, Thomas Crown is bored and decides to plan a robbery and assigns a professional agent with the right information to the job. However, Crown is soon betrayed yet cannot blow his cover because he’s in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Paul Burke  •  Jack Weston

Truck Turner (1974)

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Isaac Hayes  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Alan Weeks  •  Annazette Chase

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Kaplan
CAST:  Isaac Hayes  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Alan Weeks  •  Annazette Chase

Drum (1976)

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver  •  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Pam Grier  •  Ken Norton  •  Isela Vega

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver  •  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Pam Grier  •  Ken Norton  •  Isela Vega

Brubaker (1980)

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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Jane Alexander  •  Morgan Freeman

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Jane Alexander  •  Morgan Freeman

Eye of the Tiger (1986)

Buck is a Vietnam vet, recently released from prison. He returns home to discover the town being terrorized by a vicious motorcycle gang. When the bikers murder his wife and traumatize his daughter, Buck and his friends arm themselves to the teeth and wage war ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard C. Sarafian
CAST:  Gary Busey  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Denise Galik

Buck is a Vietnam vet, recently released from prison. He returns home to discover the town being terrorized by a vicious motorcycle gang. When the bikers murder his wife and traumatize his daughter, Buck and his friends arm themselves to the teeth and wage war ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard C. Sarafian
CAST:  Gary Busey  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Seymour Cassel  •  Denise Galik

Tripwire (1989)

A band of ruthless international terrorists led by Josef Szabo hijack a speeding railroad train loaded with a full arsenal of powerful military weaponry capable of threatening world peace. The only hero who can stop the terrorists' scheme for world domination is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Lemmo
CAST:  Charlotte Lewis  •  Terence Knox  •  David Warner  •  Yaphet Kotto

A band of ruthless international terrorists led by Josef Szabo hijack a speeding railroad train loaded with a full arsenal of powerful military weaponry capable of threatening world peace. The only hero who can stop the terrorists' scheme for world domination is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Lemmo
CAST:  Charlotte Lewis  •  Terence Knox  •  David Warner  •  Yaphet Kotto

Desperado (1987)

Duell McCall finds himself in the middle of a deadly feud in a small mining town. Framed for the murder of Sheriff John Whaley, McCall is forced to wander the wild frontier in search of the one man who can clear him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Virgil W. Vogel
CAST:  Alex McArthur  •  David Warner  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Donald Moffat

Duell McCall finds himself in the middle of a deadly feud in a small mining town. Framed for the murder of Sheriff John Whaley, McCall is forced to wander the wild frontier in search of the one man who can clear him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Virgil W. Vogel
CAST:  Alex McArthur  •  David Warner  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  Donald Moffat

Prime Target (1989)

A homicide detective assigned to investigate the serial killings of New York policewomen begins to suspect that the serial killer might be a fellow police officer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert L. Collins
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Joseph Bologna  •  David Soul  •  Yaphet Kotto

A homicide detective assigned to investigate the serial killings of New York policewomen begins to suspect that the serial killer might be a fellow police officer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert L. Collins
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Joseph Bologna  •  David Soul  •  Yaphet Kotto

Women of San Quentin (1983)

A young female prison guard finds out that her first assignment is to San Quentin, one of the toughest prisons in the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  Stella Stevens  •  Debbie Allen  •  Hector Elizondo  •  Amy Steel

A young female prison guard finds out that her first assignment is to San Quentin, one of the toughest prisons in the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  Stella Stevens  •  Debbie Allen  •  Hector Elizondo  •  Amy Steel
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