Birth Date: November 15, 1937 / Age: 77
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Also Credited as: Yaphet Cotto
Biography: Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937 in New York City) is an African-American actor. His father was a Cameroonian Jew.
Kotto got his start in acting on Broadway, where he appeared in The Great White Hope, among other things. His film debut was in 1963 in an uncredited role in 4 For Texas, but his first big break came in Nothing But a Man in 1964. Kotto landed the role of the James Bond villain Mr. Big in Live and Let Die. Kotto also starred in Alien.
He played Baltimore police Lieutenant Al Giardello in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street.
His son, Fredrick Kotto, is a real-life police officer with the city of San Jose, California.
Kotto campaigned for Steve Forbes's bid for the Republican Presidential nomination in the 2000 primary elections.