Richard Kiel (I) (1939–2014)


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Towering 7' 2" tall actor who cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchmen, 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 among these was the ... See full bio »

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Known For

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

Filmography

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 2012/IV The Awakened
Jasper
 2010 Tangled
Vlad (voice)
 2010 Disney Tangled (Video Game)
Vlad (voice)
 2004 Mountain Dew: 007 (Video short)
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
Jaws (voice)
 2002 BloodHounds, Inc (TV Series)
Mortimer
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Famous Big Guy with Silver Teeth
 1996 Happy Gilmore
Mr. Larson
 1990 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
 1982 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 The Phoenix
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 Van Dyke and Company (TV Series)
Ventriloquist / Self
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... Ventriloquist / Self
 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)
Weston Brother
- Edie Adams, Fred Gwynne, Glenn Yarbrough (1966) ... Weston Brother
 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 Movie)
 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
 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
- Run of the Hunted (1961) ... Rake (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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Biography: "Kentucky Lion, Cassius Marcellus Clay" (with Pamela Wallace). 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 | Richard ''Jaws'' Kiel

Height:

7' 2" (2.18 m)

Spouse:

Diane Rogers  (his death)  (4 children) | See more »

Children:

Richard George Kiel | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Not only did God deliver me from the bondage of alcoholism, he also blessed my family financially because of my commitment to honor what he had done for me and for not doing what I believed could possibly be destructive to others. See more »

Trivia:

He co wrote and co produced Giant of Thunder Mountain. See more »

Trademark:

Deep, baritone voice See more »

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