Yaphet Frederick Kotto was an American actor known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Lieutenant Al Giardello. Yaphet Frederick Kotto was an American actor known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street. Yaphet Kotto, Actor: Alien. Physically imposing, intense Yaphet Kotto was one of the few actors of his generation to succeed in breaking racial stereotypes. Yaphet Kotto, a versatile actor whose many roles included the wisecracking engineer in the hit science-fiction film “Alien,” the villainous. Yaphet Kotto, best known for playing a villain in James Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died at the age of The actor also played a. In the TV movie Badge of the Assassin, Yaphet Kotto, who has died aged 81, is told by Alex Rocco, playing an NYPD detective, that the. Yaphet Kotto, the African-American actor best known for memorable roles in Alien and the film Live and Let Die, as well as the hit TV. Yaphet Kotto, the charismatic actor who faced off with James Bond, a deadly alien and devious criminals in his long career, has died at age. (CNN) Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for bringing gravitas to his roles across television and film, has died, according to his agent. Yaphet Kotto, the compelling character actor who portrayed police lieutenant Al Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street, a space traveler.