Sigourney Weaver wrote a tribute to the late Yaphet Kotto, her co-star in 1979’s Alien, and said that working with him was “an uninterrupted masterclass.”
Actress Sigourney Weaver paid tribute to the late Yaphet Kotto, her co-star in the classic film Alien, who recently passed away.
In a statement, Weaver wrote: “Every day Yaphet Kotto would blow my mind on the set of ‘Alien.’ He just did it in every scene, raising the stakes and giving each scene a terrifying reality. It was a non-stop masterclass for me and I will always be grateful to him. Rest in peace Parker … One more time, Ripley. “
Kotto’s wife Tessie Sinahon announced this week that the Emmy-nominated actor died at the age of 81. Alien, Kotto is known for playing Dennis Parker, chief engineer of the commercial spaceship Nostromo, who was harassed by the title monster aboard the ship, killing the crew members. Weaver played Ellen Ripley, Nostromo’s NCO. The alien killed Parker while trying to defend the Nostromo’s navigator, Lambert, played by Veronica Cartwright.
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“I knew before opening the script that my character would not reach the end,” Kotto said in an IGN interview. “Because I know and movie fans know, two things will happen to brother in any movie like Alien. He’s not going to get the girl and he’s not going to get it. He is going to die. “
Kotto’s multiple film and television credits include his Emmy-nominated role as Idi Amin in Raid on Entebbe; his turn as Dr. Kananga, aka Mr. Big, in Live and Let Die; and a seven-season career as Baltimore Police Lt. Alphonse Giardello in Homicide: life on the street and the wrap-up movie Homicide: the movie.
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