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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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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."
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.
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The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In “To Serve Man,” he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there. »
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Earlier this afternoon, TMZ was informed that Richard Kiel had passed away at the age of 74. The 7-foot-2 actor used his imposing size to play one of the most memorable Bond villains of all-time, 'Jaws.' Kiel played henchman with steel-capped teeth for two Roger Moore-led Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). At this moment, there is no information how or why the actor passed away, but we do know Kiel suffered a broken leg last week and was recuperating in a hospital in Fresno, California. His death comes three days before what would've been his 75th birthday. Kiel will also be remembered for his roles in Happy Gilmore, the original The Longest Yard and Cannonball Run II. In this 11th film of the series, Agent 007(Roger Moore) is assigned to investigate a hijacked space shuttle. Along the way, he joins forces with Nasa scientist Holly Goodhead »
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
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With this weekend's release of the video game adaptation Need for Speed, the cross-country auto-race movie is back. So, let's get out our copies of The Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run II and other similar movies and see which one darts to the front of the pack. If not those two Burt Reynolds vehicles, then how about the related semisequel Speed Zone? Or one of the earlier, unrelated movies based on the same race, The Gumball Rally or Cannonball? And before that, don't forget the cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop, which was a major inspiration on the real Cannonball contest. Not all movies of the genre and that time period dealt with coast-to-coast races, though. Vanishing Point and the Smokey and the...
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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gabriel Axel (1918-2014) - Danish director whose Babette's Feast won the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (see the win below). His other work includes Royal Deceit and a part of Lumiere and Company. He died on February 9. (THR) Sid Caesar (1922-2014) - Comic actor and writer and legendary TV host who appears in the movies Grease, Grease 2, Cannonball Run II, Silent Movie, History of the World, Part 1 and It's a Mad, Mad...
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