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Actor Yaphet Kotto Of ‘Live And Let Die’ And ‘Alien’ Dies At Age 81

Yaphet Kotto as Lt. Al Giardello on “Homicide: Life on the Street.” (NBC via Getty Images)

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Yaphet Kotto, who played supervillain Mr. Big in “Live and Let Die” and starred in “Alien,” has died at the age of 81.

Kotto’s wife, Tessie Sinahon, posted on Facebook that the actor died on Monday.

“I’m saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years,” she wrote.  She called him “a good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find.”

Kotto starred as Al Giardello in the hit TV series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and was also credited as a scriptwriter.

He appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action movie “The Running Man” and starred in “Midnight Run” with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role as President Idi Amin in the TV movie “Raid on Entebbe” in 1976.