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Los Angeles – He was 7 foot 2 inches tall, an imposing figure that made for one of the most memorable James Bond villains. Richard Kiel portrayed “Jaws” in two Bond films – “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker” – and left an unforgettable mark as a character actor with a distinctive look and persona. Richard Kiel died at age 74 on September 10th, 2014.
Richard Kiel in 2010
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Richard Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his first appearance in the TV show “Laramie” in 1960. Throughout the 1960s, he made appearances in low budget horror movies and television, most notably in a famous episode of “The Twilight Zone,” entitled “To Serve Man,” and in the TV series “The Wild, Wild West.” It was a western series in the 1970s, “The Barbary Coast,” that caught the attention of the Bond producers, and the villain Jaws was born. »
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Few Hollywood stars can sustain a 50-year career, let alone as a character actor. Richard Kiel, who played James Bond villain Jaws, passed away Wednesday afternoon in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., at age 74, but left us with several unique performances in dozens of films. Kiel's most iconic role was as the villain Jaws who debuted in the Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 and returned to the franchise in “Moonraker” in 1979. Modern audiences may also know him as Mr. Larson in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore” or the voice of the character of Vlad in Disney's “Tangled. »
- Gina Hall
Movie fans suffered an iconic loss today as iconic character actor Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. The cause of death has not been determined. Kiel is best known for his performance as Jaws in the films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, but he is also recognizable from cameos in movies like Happy Gilmore and the Gene Wilder comedy Silver Streak. The 7'2" Kiel was also a writer and director. Other memorable performances of his include the classic Twilight Zone episode »
- Alex Maidy
Richard Kiel, whose imposing presence made Bond henchman Jaws into one of the series' most enduring villains, died Wednesday at the age of 74, reports the Associated Press. The seven-foot-two Kiel appeared in both 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker, and his popularity with audiences made Jaws the rare baddie to survive multiple brushes with the British secret agent. Outside of the Bond franchise, Kiel played a member of Burt Reynolds's prison football team in The Longest Yard and one of the Kanamit aliens in the famous Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man." »
- Nate Jones
'James Bond' villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
James Bond villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
Kiel died in a California hospital in Fresno, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
The 74-year-old actor was the villain Jaws in two of the Sir Roger Moore's Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), but to a younger audience, he's recognized for his cameo in Adam Sandler's 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.
Moore, 86, reacted to his co-star's passing via Twitter, writing:
I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel's passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) September 11, 2014
The affection and love for Richard Kiel which people shared with me @Harrods book signing »
Remembered best as Jaws, the towering steel-toothed villain of James Bond movies, Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. No cause of death was given. The news was confirmed late Wednesday evening by Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Richard Kiel's agent Steven Stevens also reported on the news, both parties refusing to provide further details.
Richard Kiel was a giant of a man, standing at 7-foot-2-inches. He captured the public's attention in the 1977 James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore. Jaws was a cable-chomping henchman who towered over his co-stars. The villain was so popular, he was brought back for the 1979 Bond adventure Moonraker. Of his advisory, Bond would quip, "His name's Jaws. He kills people."
Today we bring you the sad news that Richard Kiel — the towering actor who embodied renown James Bond villain, Jaws — has died at the age of 74.
The 7-foot-2 actor passed away on Wednesday morning in a Californian hospital; though the medical staff is yet to release an official cause of death, citing client confidentiality.
His agent, Steve Stevens, released the following statement.
“He was a very loyal friend and client for over 35 years, a terrific husband and father, and was not only a giant actor but a giant man”.
Kiel was perhaps best known for his aforementioned role as the Bond villain Jaws; a role he brought a tremendous amount of gravitas to during his back-to-back appearances in Roger Moore’s The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). And though the memorable baddie was slated to be killed off during the finale of The Spy Who Loved Me originally, fans »
- Michael Briers
Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite his appearance in several other films and TV shows, »
- Associated Press
Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows, »
- Associated Press
A clip compilation from actor Richard Kiel's best known role metal-mouthed James Bond villain Jaws. Kiel died aged 74 on Wednesday in California. Standing at seven feet and two inches tall, Kiel's imposing height made him one of the most recognisable villains in the James Bond film franchise, playing Jaws in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker opposite Roger Moore's 007 Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Richard Kiel as Jaws
He was seven foot two and, with a steely grin, he gave us one of the most iconic villains of the James Bond films. Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74.
The charismatic actor, also known for his roles in Pale Rider and Happy Gilmore, played Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. On first hearing about the character, he felt he was being asked to play a monster rather than a person, but he imbued Jaws with the kind of poignancy of many of the best movie monsters, making him a complex character whom audiences ended up rooting for; and in doing so, he secured himself a place in film history.
Roger Moore, who played Bond opposite Kiel, said that he was distraught at hearing today's news and s still struggling to take it in. The two had remained close friends over the years, »
- Jennie Kermode
American actor Richard Kiel – best known for his role as the towering steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the James Bond movie series – has passed away yesterday, aged 74. No cause of death has been released.
Born in Detroit in 1939, Kiel began his career in 1960 with a role in an episode of Laramie, before breaking into films in the early 60s with big screen appearances in the likes of House of the Damned, The Nutty Professor, Lassie’s Great Adventure and The Longest Yard alongside TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
In 1977, Kiel made his first appearance as Jaws alongside Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me, and became one of a handful of Bond villains to return for a subsequent movie, reprising the role for 1979’s Moonraker, as well as the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing. »
- Gary Collinson
Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played Jaws, the James Bond villain with the teeth of steel, died at a California hospital on Wednesday after being admitted for a breaking his leg. He was 74. Kiel's character appeared in the Bond films "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker" (1979). The actor also played an alien in the 1962 "Twilight Zone" episode "To Serve Man," a hitman in the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy "Silver Streak" (1976) and Adam Sandler's boss in the classic golf comedy "Happy Gilmore" (1996). The actor also played bad guys in such TV shows as "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "The Wild, Wild West" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." He also auditioned for the role of the green monster in "The Incredible Hulk." It eventually went to Lou Ferrigno. In total, his career spanned more than 50 years. »
Richard Kiel and Roger Moore were adversaries in Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, but when the cameras stopped rolling the pair had a mutual respect that blossomed into an unlikely friendship.
Visually and personality-wise the pair couldn't have been more different - Moore the witty, urbane Englishman, Kiel the towering 7'2" man from Detroit. It was this contrast that made them a great match on celluloid, but off-screen there was no such animosity. It was somewhat fitting that, by the close of Moonraker, Jaws had performed a u-turn and helped save 007's life.
With the sad news of Kiel's passing at the age of 74, Digital Spy takes a look back at Kiel and Moore's friendship in 6 wonderful pictures.
1. In this shot from The Spy Who Loved Me's thrilling train carriage sequence, Kiel fends off an attack from Moore's 007 while chomping on a plank of wood to fashion a weapon. »
Kiel created what is widely considered to be the best villain in Bond history. The 7′ 2″ giant made the role his own making the character both a nemesis to Bond but being lovable at the same time. He recounts a story to the BBC of seeing an audience at a screening erupt with ‘hoots and howling, applause’ when he was seen swimming away from the destruction at the end of Moonraker.
We’ve scoured the internet for memorable moments featuring Kiel showing how diverse he was before and after we saw him in the James Bond movies…. enjoy!
Montage of Pre-Bond Richard Kiel »
- David Sztypuljak
Actor Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74. The 7'2 tall, Detroit-born actor had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno after breaking his leg last week.
Kiel starred in numerous films and TV shows over the years including "Happy Gilmore," "Tangled," "Force 10 from Navarone," "The Longest Yard," "The Nutty Professor," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Greatest American Hero," "Starsky and Hutch," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "The Wild Wild West," "The Twilight Zone," "I Dream of Jeanie," "I Spy," "Daniel Boone," "Simon and Simon" and more.
At one point he and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the original choices to play the title character in the 1977 TV series "The Incredible Hulk". Kiel was cast and shot the pilot, but was ultimately replaced by Lou Ferrigno.
It is, however, one role in two films that Kiel will always be remembered for - the iconic steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the Roger Moore-era »
- Garth Franklin
James Bond bad guy Richard Kiel, who played the villain Jaws in two of the hit Sir Roger Moore movies, has died in a California hospital just three days before his 75th birthday. The actor, who later appeared in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, was best known for his villainous portrayal of the steel-toothed bad guy in Bond classics The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). He died in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, TMZ first reported. A cause [...] »
Best known as James Bond's formidable foe Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, actor Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. Reaching a height of 7 foot 2 inches, the metal toothed henchman is the most iconic role the actor played, but through his career he has also stared in the likes of 1974's The Longest Yard, Cannonball Run II, Happy Gilmore, as well as lending his voice to Tangled. For bringing to life one of the most memorable bad guys in cinema history, we thank you Sir. The thoughts of everybody here at The Movie Bit are with his friends and family during this hard time. »
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Richard Kiel, best known for playing Jaws in the James Bond films, has died at the age of 74.
Some sad news came in overnight. Richard Kiel, who sprung to fame playing Jaws in a pair of James Bond movies, has died at the age of 74.
Kiel appeared alongside Roger Moore in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, yet his film career also covered the likes of Cannonball Run II, Happy Gilmore and Force 10 From Navarone. His casting, particularly in his earlier work, made specific use of his 7 foot 2 inch height, but then more recently, he also lent his voice to the Disney movie Tangled.
He died in California, and is survived by his wife and four children.
Rest in peace Mr Kiel, and thanks for some very fine memories.
Movies News Simon Brew Richard Kiel 11 Sep 2014 - 06:30 »
Actor Richard Kiel has passed away in a California hospital at the age of 74. Born in Detroit, this distinctive, towering presence was known for his appearances in films such as notorious B Movie Eegah and TV show The Wild Wild West. He was also the original choice for The Incredible Hulk series before producers decided he had the wrong build (Kiel didn’t mind as he found the contact lenses and make up for The Hulk difficult to deal with).
However it was his turn as a monster in another franchise that brought him to wider attention, when he took the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. With his steel teeth he was the perfect villain for the more flamboyant Bond era ushered in by Roger Moore. The scene where he killed Nadim Sawalha at the pyramids haunted many a childhood. Kiel played an enormous part »
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