The tragic news has reached us that James Bond star Yaphet Kotto has sadly passed away.
Yaphet Kotto, best known for playing a villain in 1973's Bond movie, Live And Let Die has died aged eighty-one.
R.I.P. Yaphet Kotto, who has passed away at the age of 81. https://t.co/16DkTdYx9E— The Film Stage 📽 (@The Film Stage 📽)1615893397.0
And hundreds of tributes for the star have already been shared.
Just damn. Rest In Peace Yaphet Kotto. 😢 #RIPYaphetKotto https://t.co/lplEubxGMg— Mark Arum (@Mark Arum)1615866798.0
Just learned the great Yaphet Kotto has passed away at 81. A superb actor and a socially conscious, respected man.… https://t.co/IdyTaBpogk— Alan K. Rode (pronounced ROE-DEE) (@Alan K. Rode (pronounced ROE-DEE))1615867215.0
Rest in Power to one of the best actors of his generation and one of the most under-appreciated James Bond villains… https://t.co/EpF89NNTsJ— Michael Eaves (@Michael Eaves)1615870827.0
Sorry to hear about the passing of Yaphet Kotto. From Live a d Let Die (James Bond) to Alien to Running Man and man… https://t.co/QRx4sD97E7— Daniel Logan (@Daniel Logan)1615868104.0
Rest in peace, Yaphet Kotto. Wonderful actor. https://t.co/hjIlWZN5bb— Scott Weinberg (@Scott Weinberg)1615892783.0
RIP Yaphet Kotto, an absolute force of nature in everything, but especially HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. https://t.co/HTHzLynqJs— Sean Fennessey (@Sean Fennessey)1615869948.0
Rest in Power #YaphetKotto thank you for paving the way. Deep bows & condolences to family & close friends of this… https://t.co/egG14RKEOt— Orlando Jones (@Orlando Jones)1615875977.0
Yaphet Kotto could make every scene crackle. He was a force of nature in many roles, and certainly as Parker in ALI… https://t.co/EVMdDeBQTe— Charles de Lauzirika (@Charles de Lauzirika)1615868794.0
Damn. Funnier than he had any right to be. Versatile as fuck. Royalty in Cameroon. Jewish, too. Made everything jus… https://t.co/7Jp4tBBXyp— Marc Bernardin (@Marc Bernardin)1615870403.0
Just saw Yaphet Kotto passed away - what a talented actor and my favorite role of his was in Midnight Run which is… https://t.co/OqvXQWaTBQ— Michael Matteo Rossi (@Michael Matteo Rossi)1615871985.0
RIP to Yaphet Kotto, an absolute towering figure and quintessential space trucker. https://t.co/Zrjjk5t4a0— Clint Worthington (@Clint Worthington)1615869513.0
Sad news on hearing of the death of actor Yaphet Kotto age 81. He appeared in some quality films including Alien, B… https://t.co/F6oWclnskZ— PETER OXLEY (@PETER OXLEY)1615882683.0
Kotto, who was married 3 times and is survived by 6 children, was born in New York.
He began to study acting aged sixteen and by nineteen, he made his professional theatre debut in Othello.
He went on to star in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street, The Running Man, Midnight Run and Alien.
Kotto was also offered a role in the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back but he turned it down.
In an interview, he explained: "I wanted to get back down on Earth. I was afraid that if I did another space film after having done Alien, then I'd be typed."
"Once you get one of those big blockbuster hits, you better have some other big blockbuster hits to go with it too and be Harrison Ford, because if you don't… you place yourself right out of the business."
Kotto also, of course, starred in the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die.
The actor is most famous for his role as the first Black Bond villain Dr Kananga/ Mr Big, an evil Caribbean diplomat masquerading as a New York drug lord.
Kotto's death was announced by his wife, Sinahon Thessa.
In a post on Facebook she wrote: "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. This is a very painfall moment for me to inform you all fans, friends and family of my husband."
"We still have a lot of plans honey that we discussed you have a lot of interviews waiting and you have movie offers like G.I. Joe and the movie of Tom Cruise and others. You still have plan to release your book and build a religious organization based on Yogananda's Teachings."
"You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you're a real hero and to a lot of people also. A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find," she continued.
"One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend. 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!"
A cause of death was not revealed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Rest in peace, Yaphet Kotto.