Yaphet Kotto


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Birth Name: Yaphet Kotto
Born: 11/15/1937
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Born Nov. 15, 1939 in New York City, Yaphet Frederick Kotto was the son of Avraham Kotto, a businessman from Cameroon, and his wife Gladys, a nurse and army officer. Both of Kotto's parents were Jewish, which contributed greatly to a rough childhood spent defending both his faith and his race. As a teenager, he wandered into a screening of "On the Waterfront" (1954) and became captivated by Marlon Brando's performance. Kotto soon began studying at the Actors' Mobile Studio and made his professional debut as a performer at 19 in a production of "Othello." More stage roles preceded his first feature film appearance as an uncredited extra in the Rat Pack Western comedy "4 For Texas" (1963). The... Continue Bio >>


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