Yaphet Kotto - Updated Apr 2024

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Yaphet Kotto


Yaphet Kotto was a very famous legendary actor from the United States. One of the immortal stars of the American entertainment industry has worked in many movies and television projects in his career. Fans have loved his work in projects like; Homicide: Life on the Street, The Running Man, Live and Let Die, etc.

Early Life and Education

Yaphet Kotto was born on 15th November 1939, in New York, United States of America. His real name was Frederick Samuel Kotto. His father’s name is Avraham Kotto, and his mother is Gladys Marie.

Talking about the profession, his father was a U.S. Army officer, and his mother was a nurse. While he held an American nationality and practiced Judaism.

Further, he belonged to the African-American ethnicity. According to astrology, he had Scorpio as his zodiac sign.

Talking about his formal educational status, he completed his schooling at a local school in his hometown.

And, he also accomplished his higher studies at university. He also went to Actors Mobile Theatre Studio to learn acting.


Yaphet Kotto is not with us today physically. The legendary actor left for his heavenly abode on 15th March 2021 at the age of 81 in Manila, Philippines. Many of his fans and relatives paid tribute to him.

Yaphet Kotto – Net Worth 2024

Yaphet Kotto lived a comfortable life with his family. Thanks to the fame and fortune he has earned from his work. Moreover, his total net worth is about $5 million US dollars at the time of his death.

Personal Life

Moving on to the romantic and private life of Yaphet Kotto, he married three times in his life.

His first wife was Rita Ingrid Dittman, who was a German Immigrant and they married in 1969. They had three children together.

They separated in 1976. Secondly, he was married to Toni Pettyjohn, with whom also he had three children.

After divorcing in 1989, he married a third time Tessie Sinahon in 1998. Apart from that, he has no affairs with any other person.

While he is straight regarding gender choices. And, he does not have any kind of controversial events till today.

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Caption: Yaphet and Tessie Sinahon (Source: The Sun)

Body Measurements

Yaphet Kotto was very good-looking and had an amazing personality. The actor stood about 6 feet and 4 inches tall. While he weighed 112kg.

Moreover, talking about the overall body measurement, the number had not been revealed yet. The color of his eyes was dark brown, and he had black colored hair.

Carer and Professional Life

Career-wise Yaphet Kotto was a legendary actor in Hollywood. The actor has made very concrete footprints in the field of the acting industry through his dedication, commitment, and work in different television projects, and many movies too.

The born-to-be actor was very much into acting and movies from his very early years. He made his debut in the movies in the year 1963 with the movie 4 for Texas. But, he was not credited for it.

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Caption; Poster of the movie featuring Yaphet (Source: Deezer)

Later, he went on to do many movies in his career. His first credit however was Nothing But a Man in 1963 in the role of Jocko.

Some of his movie credits are; The Thomas Crown Affair, 5 Card Stud, The Liberation of L.B Jones, Man and Boy, The Limit, Across 110th Street, Truck Turner, The Monkey Hustle, Brubaker, Othello, Fighting Back, The Star Chamber, Warning Sign, The Running Man, Ministry of Vengeance, Intent to Kill, Dead Badge, Witless Protection, etc.

Further, he has an equally great contribution to television too. He made his debut in the television series The Big Valley in the year 1966-67 in the role of Lobo Brown Damien.

Some of his other works were; Death Valley Days, Bonzana, The High Chaparral, Daniel Boone, Mannix, Gunsmoke, Night Gallery, Raid on Entebbe, A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion, The A-Team, Women of San Quentin, Badge of the Assassin, Desperado, Murder, She Wrote, The American Clock, SeaQuest DSV, TV Nation, The Ride, etc.

He was recognized with different titles, and awards for his exceptional work in his career.

Yaphet Kotto – Social Media

Yaphet Kotto was also present on social media. He had a Facebook account under his name with around 8k followers. While he also had a Twitter account under the name @KYaphet.