If that title doesn’t give away the massive impact that Yaphet Kotto had on multiple franchises in film history, than his other body of work will. The prolific actor died late Monday night at the age of 81. His iconic roles included parts in Alien, Live and Let Die, Homicide: Life On the Street, and The Running Man.

He’s survived by his six children and his wife.

His career was defined by his magnetic presence and his imposing figure. He famously turned down roles in The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek: The Next Generation, out of fear of getting type cast after Alien.

HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, Yaphet Kotto, 1993-1999. ©NBC

Live and Let Die gave us the first black Bond villain, the evil Caribbean diplomat Dr. Kananga. His role on Homicide: Life On the Street led to a successful TV career with the character of Lieutenant Giardello.

So, what’s your favorite film role of Yaphet Kotto?

Let’s all remember him for the many wonderful roles he’s given us over the years. I know I’ll be rewatching Alien in his honor tonight.

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