Yaphet Kotto Biography (1944-)

Full name, Yaphet Frederick Kotto; born November 15, 1944 (some sources say 1937 and 1939), in New York, NY; son of Njoki Manga Bell (some sources say Yaphet Mangobell or Abraham) and Gladys Maria (a nurse and army officer) Kotto;married Rita Dittman, c. 1964 (divorced, 1975); married Antoinette Pettyjohn,January 29, 1975 (divorced); married Rosemary Gayon, c. 1995 (divorced); married Tessie Sinahon (a secretary), 1997; children: (first marriage) Natasha,Frederick, Robert; (second marriage) Sarada, Mirabai, Salina. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish. Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Arena Stage, Washington, DC, guest artist; co-chair of Congressof Racial Equality (CORE), Bronx chapter, in the mid-1960s; previously worked at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Awards, Honors: EmmyAward nomination, best supporting actor in a comedy or drama special, 1977, for Raid on Entebbe; named honorary captain, Frederick Police Department, Frederick, MD, 1997. Addresses: Agent: Artists Group Ltd., 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2490, Los Angeles, CA 90067-4045.

Kotto's book Royalty contains information that he uncovered whilestudying his family's lineage. He spent more than fifteen years tracing his roots and discovered evidence that he can lay claim to the title of CrownPrince of the Royal Bell family of Doualla, Cameroon in West Africa. He alsoasserts that he is the great, great grandson of Queen Victoria. Rumblin Entertainment, the producers of Homicide: Life on the Street, have bought the film rights to the book.

Actor, director, producer, writer
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November 15, 1944
New York, New York, United States

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