Yaphet Kotto, Bond Villain and ‘Alien’ Star, Dies at 81Well known for playing hardened personalities, he was also seen in movies like “Midnight Run” and the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
Yaphet Kotto with Sigourney Weaver in the 1979 film “Alien,” in which he played a member of a spaceship crew doing battle with an extraterrestrial creature. Credit...20th Century Fox, via Associated Press
- March 16, 2021Updated 6:19 p.m. ET
His agent, Ryan Goldhar, confirmed the death but said he did not know the cause. Mr. Kotto had lived in the Philippines for some years.
Mr. Kotto worked mostly in the theater for the first decade or so of his career. His bodily size made him a dominating figure in any sort of role, though it tended to bring him parts as a heavy.