Bond villain Yaphet Kotto (81) died

The American actor Yaphet Kotto died. He was 81, and a cause of death was not disclosed.

Kotto had dozens of roles in film and on television. He was the first (and only) black actor to play a Bond villain. In 1973 Live and Let Die, he played a double role as the Caribbean dictator Dr. Kananga and his alter ego Mr. Big, a New York drug boss.

Kananga was blown up by James Bond:

Kotto also played important roles in sci-fi thriller Alien (1979) and the Schwarzenegger vehicle The Running Man (1987). In the 1990s, he played policeman Al Giardello for many years in television series Homicide: Life on the Streets.

For his role as the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the television film Raid on Entebbe, he was nominated for an Emmy Award, the most important American TV prize in 1977.