Yaphet Kotto Biography: Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Career, Death Cause

Who is Yaphet Kotto? Yaphet Kotto Bio/Wiki

Yaphet Frederick Kotto was an American actor best known for his role as Lieutenant Al Giardello in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999). He was born on November 15, 1939, in New York City, New York, U.S.

Credit: Yaphet Kotto / Facebook

At the age of 81, he died on March 15, 2021. There was no mention of a cause of death.



He was 81 years old.


Tessie Sinahon is the wife of Yaphet Kotto.

Tessie Sinahon is from the Philippines, but nothing else is known about her.


With his two ex-wives, Kotto has six children.


Credit: Yaphet Kotto / Facebook

His TV credits include appearances on The A-Team and Law and Order, with Lieutenant Al Giardello in seven seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street, for which he also served as a scriptwriter.

Alien (1979), a science fiction/horror film, and The Running Man, a science fiction/action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, are two of his films (1987). In the James Bond film Live and Let Die, he played the main villain Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big (1973).

Credit: Yaphet Kotto / Facebook

In the comedy thriller Midnight Run (1988), he played FBI Agent Alonzo Mosley opposite Robert De Niro.

Lieutenant Al Giardello was played by Kotto in the long-running television series Homicide: Life on the Highway. He wrote the book Royalty and even scripted episodes of Homicide. He voiced “Parker” in the video game Alien: Isolation in 2014, reprising his role from the 1979 film Alien.

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Death Cause

Tessie Sinahon, Kotto’s wife, first announced the news on Facebook, and Kotto’s agent confirmed his death to Variety. Sinahon said, “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,”

I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm…

Posted by Sinahon Thessa on Monday, 15 March 2021

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