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Yaphet Kotto Dies at 81 - How to Stream His Best Films

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An appearance by Yaphet Kotto was always one of the most memorable parts of any film. At 6-foot-4, he was a commanding presence, whether with a beaming smile or a menacing grimace. He was a James Bond villain and one of the first characters to die from the terrifying xenomorph in “Alien.” His wife confirmed his death in a Facebook announcement.

Kotto may be most-remembered as Lieutenant Al Giardello in his 122-episode run on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Unfortunately, that NBC drama is not available for streaming. Thankfully, much of his work can be enjoyed on streaming services today.

Kotto was nearly a much, much bigger star. Director Irvin Kershner suggested that Kotto would be a good fit as Lando Calrissian in a little movie called “The Empire Strikes Back.” He passed on that role, afraid that he’d be typecast as a sci-fi actor since he was coming off his role in “Alien.”

He also passed on another iconic sci-fi role. Kotto declined to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard - the role that launched Patrick Stewart to immortality in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” But Kotto always seemed more interested in staying true to his acting roots, rather than chasing stardom.

How to Stream Yaphet Kotto’s Greatest Hits

  • ミッドナイト・ラン

    1988年7月20日

    Kotto is memorable as stern FBI agent Alonzo Mosely, who shows up to hound Robert De Niro as he escorts Charles Grodin across the country.

  • バトルランナー

    1987年11月13日

    2017年、独裁政権が支配し社会経済が混乱したアメリカ。正義感に溢れる警官ベン・リチャーズは、食料を求めて暴動を起こした一般市民への同情から発砲命令を拒否したため、無実の罪を着せられ凶悪犯として強制労働所へ収容されていた。施設で知り合った反政府組織のラフリンやワイスらと結託して脱獄するが捕らえられてしまう。人気司会者デーモン・キリアンが率いる「凶悪犯と正義の戦士との戦い」を放映するテレビ番組『ランニング・マン』のスタッフ達は、卓越した身体能力を持ち凶悪犯として時の人となっているベンに目をつけ、新たなチャレンジャーとしてベンに番組出演のオファーをする。

  • Brubaker

    1980年6月20日

    The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

  • エイリアン

    1979年5月25日

    The commercial spaceship Nostromo is heading back to Earth when they’re tasked with intercepting a distress signal from a distant planet. The crew discovers a chamber full of seemingly benign eggs. When one hatches unexpectedly, the crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them. Directed by Ridley Scott, this film is the first in the series to feature its most-known protagonist, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).

    Kotto portrays Parker, one of many unlucky members of the Nostromo crew.

  • Blue Collar

    1978年2月10日

    Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man’s end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.

    Kotto stars with Harvey Keitel and Richard Pryor.

  • Raid on Entebbe

    1976年12月26日

    Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually flew so far and rescued the passengers in one of the most successful Military operations in history. The only casualty for Israeli soldiers was Lt. Col. Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu..

    Kotto was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

  • 007/死ぬのは奴らだ

    1973年7月5日

    Roger Moore begins his run as 007 in this very weird movie. James Bond must investigate a mysterious murder case of a British agent in New Orleans. Soon he finds himself up against a gangster boss named Mr. Big (Kotto).

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