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Yaphet Kotto
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Yaphet Kotto

Played villain Dr. Kananga in the Bond film 'Live & Let Die'
Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Frederick Kotto


78 (approx.)



Yaphet Kotto
Bio Details

Full name

Yaphet Frederick Kotto




78 (approx.)

Date of birth


Birth place

New York City, New York, USA



Film Director


Screenwriter (1972)


American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, California, United States


Kotto was the first black man to play a villain when he portrayed Dr. Kananga in the bond film 'Live & Let Die' in 1973.  He was also the first black man to kill a white man in a major Hollywood movie - the film 'The Liberation of L. B. Jones'.
Kotto claims he can trace his family back to Cameroonian royalty, and that he also has a connection to the British Royal family.  In his book "Royalty" he claims he is the great-great-grandson of Queen victoria, following a liaison between Princess Nakande of Cameroon and Prince Edward VII.  However, this has been denied by Buckingham Palace.
Kotto states that growing up black and jewish in the Bronx resulted in quite a lot of fist fights on a Friday!  His father converted to Judaism in Cameroon before emigrating to Harlem in the 1920s, and changing his name from  Njoki Manga Bell to Abraham Kotto. 

Partners of 
Yaphet Kotto

Tessie Kotto


May 1997

Rosemary Gayon

Brief Liaison

brief liaison from about Jan 1994
until before May 1997

Toni Kotto


3 children together

married 1974
divorce about 1981

Rita Kotto


3 children together

married about 1960
divorce about 1974

Yaphet Kotto Children

Natasha Kotto

born 1966, age 52 (approx.)
with Rita Kotto

Frederick Kotto

born 1968, age 50 (approx.)
with Rita Kotto

Robert Kotto

born 1972, age 46 (approx.)
with Rita Kotto

Sarada Kotto

born 1977, age 41 (approx.)
with Toni Kotto

Mirabai Kotto

born 1979, age 39 (approx.)
with Toni Kotto

Salina Kotto

born 1981, age 37 (approx.)
with Toni Kotto

Yaphet Kotto Partner(s) Other Children


Yaphet Kotto Family

Yaphet Kotto's parents:

Yaphet Kotto's father was Abraham Kotto Yaphet Kotto's mother was Gladys Kotto

Yaphet Kotto's children:

Yaphet Kotto's daughter is Natasha Kotto Yaphet Kotto's son is Frederick Kotto Yaphet Kotto's son is Robert Kotto Yaphet Kotto's daughter is Sarada Kotto Yaphet Kotto's daughter is Mirabai Kotto Yaphet Kotto's daughter is Salina Kotto

Yaphet Kotto's current partners:

Yaphet Kotto's wife is Tessie Kotto

Yaphet Kotto's former partners:

Yaphet Kotto had a brief liaison with Rosemary Gayon Yaphet Kotto's former wife is Toni Kotto Yaphet Kotto's former wife is Rita Kotto

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James Bond Villains


Other people in this association:

Sir Christopher Lee, CBE 1974

Woody Allen 1967

Sir Ian McKellen 2010