The following year he played Parker in the sci-fi–horror film Alien. Kotto has said that his paternal family originated from Israel and migrated to Egypt and then Cameroon and have been African Jews for many generations. Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15 1937) is an African-American actor known for numerous film roles including the science-fiction/horror film Alien the science-fiction/action film The Running Man and as the main villain in the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die and his starring role in the NBC television series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-2000).
He is also a music producer who is a part of Legendary Inc. He appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the 1988 comedy thriller Midnight Run as disgruntled FBI agent Alonzo Moseley.