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    Exclamation The great character actor - Yaphet Kotto

    Usually played the heavy or enforcer!
    Always intelligent!
    Could handle any trouble come his way!
    Was everywhere in late 60's -70's!
    One contemporary, legendary Bill Duke!

    Discuss.

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    Yes, Mr. Kotto was always a charming, magnetic, powerful force in any project in which he appeared. Six words: that death scene in Truck Turner. Holla if you hear me!

    *Side note: This thread would probably be better suited for the Clubhouse, since it doesn't involve soul music.*

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    He was great in Alien.

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    Isn't he literally descended from Cameroonian royalty? He was also raised Jewish. Fascinating guy.

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    I recall an episode of a weekly documentary series that wanted to make a point about racism. They made it by having Yaphet Kotto dressed in a business suit in downtown New York City trying to hail a taxi. Time after time, the taxi drivers drove 100 feet past him to pick up a white guy who was dressed in very casual clothes, all the time unaware that the guy that they passed on was a world famous and classically trained actor and the guy the picked up was a paroled murderer. That had nothing to do with his career, which was truly remarkable, but it said something about him that he cared enough to participate in the experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    I recall an episode of a weekly documentary series that wanted to make a point about racism. They made it by having Yaphet Kotto dressed in a business suit in downtown New York City trying to hail a taxi. Time after time, the taxi drivers drove 100 feet past him to pick up a white guy who was dressed in very casual clothes, all the time unaware that the guy that they passed on was a world famous and classically trained actor and the guy the picked up was a paroled murderer. That had nothing to do with his career, which was truly remarkable, but it said something about him that he cared enough to participate in the experiment.
    That's a powerful experiment!!

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    ^That is deeper than deep.

    Also, two more words...Blue Collar. A woefully unsung masterpiece with Oscar-worthy performances from its leads: Kotto, Harvey Keitel, and, in arguably his dramatic finest hour, Richard Pryor.

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    Blue Collar was good. I think it shook some people when they saw Richard Pryor in a serious role. And yes, like many of Yaphet Kotto's roles, he stood out with a strong performance.

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    Didn't he play Idi Amin in a TV special?

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    Thank you, Jerry.

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