By CBSLA Staff

FILE — Actor Yaphet Kotto speaks at Wizard World Comicon at the Oregon Convention Center on Jan. 24, 2015 in Portland, Ore. (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Actor Yaphet Kotto, best known for his roles in “Alien,” “Live and Let Die” and “Midnight Run,” died Sunday at the age of 81, his wife announced Monday.

In a social media post shared on Kotto’s Facebook page, Tessie Sinahon said she was “saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years.”

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She said Kotto, who played the James Bond villain Mr. Big, died Sunday night in the Philippines.

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“You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you’re a real hero and to a lot of people also,” Sinahon wrote. “A good man, a good father, a good husband and a decent human being, very rare to find. One of the best actor in Hollywood a Legend.”

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The circumstances surrounding Kotto’s death were not immediately known.