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Character actor Yaphet Kotto, best known for starring as a villain kingpin in James Bond film Live and Let Die, has passed away. He was 81.

Kotto's wife Tessie Sinahon broke the news on Facebook on Monday night, March 15. She wrote:

"I'm saddened and still in shocked of the passing of my husband Yaphet of 24 years. He died last night around 10:30pm Philippine time... You played a villain on some of your movies but for me you're a real hero and to a lot of people also. 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. Rest in Peace Honey, I’m gonna miss you everyday, my best friend, my rock."

Kotto got his start in acting on Broadway, where he appeared in The Great White Hope, among other productions in the 1960s.

In 1967 he released a single, "Have You Ever Seen The Blues" / "Have You Dug His Scene" on Chisa Records.

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He transitioned from Broadway to blaxploitation films such as 1973's Friday Foster, alongside Pam Grier, before major Hollywood studios came calling.

As well as starring in Live and Let Die - pulling double duty as dictator Dr. Kananga and his alter ego Mr. Big - Kotto famously played technician Dennis Parker in 1979 horror movie Alien, and appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987 action film The Running Man.

Kotto also enjoyed success on the small screen, starring as Al Giardello in the series Homicide: Life on the Street from 1993 to 1999.

In his final role before his death he voiced the character of Parker once again for the Alien: Isolation video game.

He is survived by his wife and six children.

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Deezer D, best known as scrub nurse Malik McGrath on NBC TV's "ER," has died at age 55.

Deezer, born Dearon Thompson, was found unresponsive at home, his brother Marshawn told TMZ. It is believed Thompson died of a heart attack. He previously underwent open heart surgery in 2009.

"I have a heart valve that is leaking and the aorta had expanded to way beyond what it is supposed to be," the actor told Radar Online at the time. "As soon as the doctor identified what was going on, he put me in here. What I was going through for the last year — that was scary. I'm fearless about the surgery."

Deezer D began his career as a young rapper in the 1990s. He transitioned into acting and landed a role in the 1991 musical comedy film "Cool as Ice" starring rapper Vanilla Ice.

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The aspiring rapper also starred in the urban comedy films "CB4" and 2002's "Crazy as Hell." He is pictured left in a 1993 photo shoot for CB4 with actors Allen Payne, center, and Chris Rock.

A new Deezer D single, "History Can't Be Stopped," was released posthumously on Friday.
 

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Jamie Foxx bulked up to the delight of his female (and some male) fans. The comedic actor has wowed fans with his pumped-up physique as he transforms himself into the Black hulk to portray boxer Mike Tyson in a new movie.

Jamie perfected Tyson's famous lisp as part of his stand-up routine years ago and now he's bulking up to look like Mike for the upcoming biopic Finding Mike.

Posting a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram on Friday, the 52-year-old Oscar winner added the caption: "The transformation begins... FINDING MIKE."

"It is no secret that I have been pursuing the @miketyson biopic for some time... people always ask me when is it going to happen...? things have finally lined up... A few months ago we started the journey... The first but biggest task is to transform the body... with a regiment [sic] of pull-ups dips and push-ups we are off to a pretty good start... we have a ways to go but God willing."

Jamie's fans complained about the poor quality of the images on his Instagram. One user asked if his phone was a throwback from the early 2000s.

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It's going to be difficult for Jamie to bulk up at his age. Muscles naturally begin to go limp after age 45 when male hormone levels start to decline.

Sure, he can take steroids or supplements to boost his male androgens (hormones), but his huge muscles will still be soft rather than the hard, chiseled look that the ladies (and men) like.
 

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The Wire actor Andre Royo's wife has filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.

According to TMZ, Jane Choi filed the divorce petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Choi, lists the date of separation as 5 December, 2019

The 51-year-old character actor is best known for his role as Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins on the HBO crime drama The Wire.

The couple has one daughter, Stella Royo, who is a teenager, and Choi also asked the court not to award either of them spousal support.

The couple was married on 21 November, 1997.

In addition to his appearance on five seasons of the hit HBO series, Andre has also appeared on Fringe, Party Down, How to Make It in America, and Empire.

Andre attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx around the same time as future rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs.

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Actor Vaughn Hebron is one of the lead stars in Tyler Perry's drama TV series The Oval on BET.

He is originally from Baltimore, and the eldest of 9 children. His father is former Eagles and Broncos running back Vaughn H. Hebron (pictured below).

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Vaughn, 28, attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania on a partial scholarship for Division I football. He graduated with a Bachelor in Arts Degree in economics and business and a minor in Africana Studies in 2013.

After being laid off as a pharmaceutical sales rep, Vaughn moved to Atlanta to "give acting a real shot" in January 2017. On his first day in Atlanta, Vaughn landed the lead role in his first short film. He hasn't looked back since.

Many say the handsome actor is the reason they tune into the show, which returned from Winter break on Wednesday night.

Some ladies have voiced their complaints that Vaughn's shoe size is only 8. Maybe he makes up for his shortcomings in other areas?
 


 


 


 


 

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A loyal reader recommended brawny actor, comedian and rapper Page Kennedy for today's Morning Wood.

I'm sure you ladies agree that Mr. Kennedy is one fine chocolate bar! No need to close the comments in this post!

Page, 43, is best known for portraying Radon Randell in the Spike sports comedy series, Blue Mountain State, and U-Turn in the Showtime series, Weeds.

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Born in Detroit, Page moved to Los Angeles where he lived an upper middle class lifestyle with his single mom at age 6.

Page moved back to Detroit to reunite with his dad, a doctor who passed away 10 years later.

He moved back to Los Angeles and signed up with a talent agent who got him numerous bit parts on primetime TV series.

His star turn came when he played a fugitive held captive in his mother's basement on Desperate Housewives. But in 2005 he was fired for an undisclosed reason.

Page is a single dad to 4 children and 1 grandchild. He's a YouTube comedian who coined the phrase "That's So Drake", in reference to flamboyant male entertainers like the Canadian rapper.

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Height: 6-2
Weight: 170 lbs
Shoe size: 12
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Acting legend Kirk Douglas died from natural causes at his Hollywood home on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Son Michael Douglas announced the passing of the 'Spartacus' star in a statement, which reads: "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.

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"To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to... but to me and my brothers, Joel and Peter, he was simply dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband."

According to WENN.com, New York-born Kirk, real name Issur Danielovitch, started his acting career onstage in New York in 1940 before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Following service in World War II, the son of Russian emigrants returned to the theater and then found fame on the big screen.

He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1959 for his role in Champion and went on to become one of the most revered Hollywood icons of the 1960s and 1970s.

Douglas survived a helicopter crash in 1991 and a stroke in 1996. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and was also honored with France's top award, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Kirk was nominated for three Oscar awards but he never won.

He was finally presented with an honorary Oscar in 1995, a year before suffering a stroke.

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O'Shea Jackson Jr. broke hearts everywhere when he stepped out with his longtime girlfriend over the weekend. The couple held hands while shopping for organic groceries at the local farmers market on Sunday.

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The hunky 28-year-old Pisces is the son of rap mogul and movie director O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson of NWA fame. O'Shea Jr made his acting debut playing his father Ice Cube in the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which his dad also produced.

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O'Shea Jr released a mixtape Jackin' for Beats in 2012 under the stage name OMG. He also rapped on his dad's studio album I Am the West.

O'Shea was the first of four children born to Ice Cube and his wife Kimberly Woodruff, 49.

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Actor Danny Aiello has died at age 86. Aiello died on Thursday night, Dec. 11, following a brief illness, his family told TMZ.

Aiello was being treated for a sudden illness at a medical facility in New Jersey when he contracted an infection that did not respond to treatment.

According to TMZ, his family had come to visit him earlier in the day, and he passed away unexpectedly after they'd left that evening.

Aiello is best known for his supporting roles in the films Do The Right Thing, Bang the Drum Slowly and The Godfather Part II.

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He was memorable as Madonna's disapproving father in her music video for "Papa Don't Preach".

Aiello, the fifth of six children, was born on West 68th Street in Manhattan, NY. Aiello got his start in the 1973 baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, with Robert De Niro. He also had a walk-on role as a small-time hitman in The Godfather Part II (1974).

Following his breakthrough role, the screen star capitalized on his success in the '80s, landing roles in movies such as Fort Apache the Bronx with Paul Newman, Once Upon a Time in America, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Moonstruck, with Cher.

Most notably, he scored a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for his role as pizza store owner Sal in Spike Lee's, Do the Right Thing.

His son, stuntman and actor Danny Aiello III, died from pancreatic cancer in 2010. Sandy Cohen, Aiello's wife of 64 years, died in 2019.

Aiello is survived by three children, Rick, Jaime, and Stacey Aiello.

Friends and fans paid tribute to Aiello on Twitter.com on Friday.

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Idris Elba has signed on to star in Jay-Z's all-Black Western flick The Harder They Fall. Elba's fans can't wait to see the hunky British actor wearing leather chaps and riding horseback.

The Harder They Fall is no Brokeback Mountain. The all-black Western for Netflix is produced by rapper Jay-Z, James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender.

The Harder They Fall stars actor Jonathan Majors as an outlaw who finds out that the murderer who killed his parents (Elba) is being released from prison.

According to Deadline.com, Elba is also starring in another Western drama, Concrete Cowboys, which began filming this year.

The 47-year-old Virgo is best known as the sexy drug kingpin Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire.