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Richard Kiel (1939–2014)


Towering 7' 2" tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains! Kiel worked in numerous jobs including as a night club bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Noted amongst these was ... See full bio »

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Known For

Moonraker Jaws
(1979)
Happy Gilmore Mr. Larson
(1996)
Pale Rider Club
(1985)
Tangled Vlad
(2010)

Filmography

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 2012/IV The Awakened
Jasper
 2010 Tangled
Vlad (voice)
 2010 Disney Tangled (Video Game)
Vlad (voice)
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
Jaws (voice)
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Famous Big Guy with Silver Teeth
 1996 Happy Gilmore
Mr. Larson
 1991 The Giant of Thunder Mountain
Eli Weaver
 1989 Superboy (TV Series)
Vlkabok
- Mr. and Mrs. Superboy (1989) ... Vlkabok
 1989 Think Big
Irving
 1988 Out of This World (TV Series)
Norman
- Go West, Young Mayor (1988) ... Norman
 1985 Qing bao long hu men
Laszlo
 1985 Pale Rider
Club
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Arnold, Mitsubishi Driver
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Mark Horton
- The Skeleton Who Came Out of the Closet (1983) ... Mark Horton
 1983 Hysterical
Captain Howdy
 1981 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Animal
- That's Right, We're Bad (1981) ... Animal
 1981 So Fine
Eddie
 1979 Moonraker
Jaws
 1979 The Humanoid
Golob
 1978 Wu zi tian shi
Steel Hand (Guest star)
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone
Drazak
 1977 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
The Hulk (one scene only)
- The Incredible Hulk (1977) ... The Hulk (one scene only) (uncredited)
 1977 Young Dan'l Boone (TV Series)
Grimm
- The Game (1977) ... Grimm
 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
Jaws
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Manager - 'Haunted House'
- The Mystery of the Haunted House (1977) ... Manager - 'Haunted House'
 1976 Silver Streak
Reace
 1976 Land of the Lost (TV Series)
Malak
- Flying Dutchman (1976) ... Malak
- Survival Kit (1976) ... Malak
 1976 Gus
Tall Man
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Iggy
- Omaha Tiger (1976) ... Iggy
 1975-1976 Barbary Coast (TV Series)
Moose Moran
- The Dawson Marker (1976) ... Moose Moran
- Mary Had More Than a Little (1976) ... Moose Moran
- The Day Cable Was Hanged (1975) ... Moose Moran
- Sharks Eat Sharks (1975) ... Moose Moran
- Arson and Old Lace (1975) ... Moose Moran
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Loach
- Death Heist (1975) ... Loach
 1975 Flash and the Firecat
Milo Pewett
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
The Monster / The Diablero
- The Spanish Moss Murders (1974) ... The Monster
- Bad Medicine (1974) ... The Diablero
 1974 Emergency! (TV Series)
Carlo
- I'll Fix It (1974) ... Carlo (uncredited)
 1974 The Longest Yard
Samson (as Dick Kiel)
 1972 Deadhead Miles
Big Dick
 1970 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Luke Brown
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant: Part 2 (1970) ... Luke Brown
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant: Part 1 (1970) ... Luke Brown
 1970 The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (TV Movie)
Luke Brown
 1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Lemouche
- Benvenuto... Who? (1969) ... Lemouche
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Willy
- The Galloping Skin Game (1968) ... Willy
 1968 Skidoo
Beany
 1968 Now You See It, Now You Don't (TV Movie)
Nori
 1965-1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Voltaire / Dimas
- The Night of the Simian Terror (1968) ... Dimas
- The Night of the Whirring Death (1966) ... Voltaire
- The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth (1965) ... Voltaire
 1968 A Man Called Dagger
Otto
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Tiny
- A Few Miles West of Nowhere (1968) ... Tiny
 1967 The Monroes (TV Series)
Casmir
- Ghosts of Paradox (1967) ... Casmir
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Monster
- I Was a Teenage Monster (1967) ... Monster (as Dick Kiel)
 1963-1966 Lassie (TV Series)
Chinook Pete / Dinny
- Lassie the Voyager: Part 6 (1966) ... Dinny
- The Journey: Part 5 (1963) ... Chinook Pete
- The Journey: Part 4 (1963) ... Chinook Pete
 1966 Las Vegas Hillbillys
Moose
 1966 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series)
Walter Weston
- Episode #3.30 (1966) ... Walter Weston
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
The Ghost / Russian Agent
- Ghost-a-Go-Go (1966) ... The Ghost / Russian Agent
 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Cracks
- A Riddler on the Roof (1966) ... Cracks
 1966 Honey West (TV Series)
Groalgo
- King of the Mountain (1966) ... Groalgo
 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Ali
- My Hero? (1965) ... Ali
 1965 Brainstorm
Asylum Inmate (uncredited)
 1964-1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Merry / Guard
- The Hong Kong Shilling Affair (1965) ... Merry
- The Vulcan Affair (1964) ... Guard (uncredited)
 1965 The Human Duplicators
Dr. Kolos
 1965 Two on a Guillotine
Photographer at Funeral (uncredited)
 1964 The Nasty Rabbit
Ranch foreman (uncredited)
 1964 Roustabout
Strongman (uncredited)
 1963 30 Minutes at Gunsight (TV Short)
 1963 The Paul Bunyan Show (TV Short)
Paul Bunyan (uncredited)
 1963 Lassie's Great Adventure
Chinook Pete
 1963 The Nutty Professor
Man in Gym (uncredited)
 1963 House of the Damned
The Giant
 1962 Eegah
Eegah
 1962 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Kanamit
- To Serve Man (1962) ... Kanamit
 1962 The Magic Sword
Pinhead No.1 (uncredited)
 1961 The Phantom (TV Movie)
Big Mike
 1961 The Phantom Planet
The Solarite
 1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Carl Hazlitt
- The Decision (1961) ... Carl Hazlitt
 1961 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Doorman
- The Wizard of Ice (1961) ... Doorman
 1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Rake - Tolan's helper
- Run of the Hunted (1961) ... Rake - Tolan's helper (uncredited)
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Master Styx
- Well of Doom (1961) ... Master Styx
 1960 Klondike (TV Series)
Duff Brannigan
- Bare Knuckles (1960) ... Duff Brannigan
 1957 The D.I.
Ugly Marine (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercial: Fayva Shoes (USA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Richard Keil | Dick Kiel

Height:

7' 2" (2.18 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I am actually 7'1-1/2" tall. I say 7'2" because it's easier. Unlike some tall skinny guys, I am really "big", weighing around 350 pounds. See more »

Trivia:

Offered the role of Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but turned it down in favor of playing "Jaws" in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He preferred "Jaws" because he felt he could bring more to the role, whereas Chewbacca required a full costume. Taking the role also meant working for scale and he had been working for so long that he felt such a low salary was beneath him. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and menacing frame

Star Sign:

Virgo

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