Actor Richard Kiel, Who Played Bond Villain Jaws, Has Passed Away
We're always sad to report another death, and yet here we go again. Actor Richard Kiel, who stood 7-feet 2-inches tall hailing from Detroit, Michigan, has passed away at age 74. The news comes from TMZ.com (via THR) where they report that he also just broke his leg last week and was in a hospital in Fresno, California where he eventually passed away ("it's unclear if his death was connected to the leg injury"). Kiel is best known as the James Bond villain "Jaws", seen in Moonraker and The Spy Why Loved Me, but he also appeared in various roles or cameos in a number of other films alongside Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. He was so tall, it was impossible to miss him. Toss in one of those Bond movies in his memory.
Richard Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939. Kiel worked at various jobs including a night club bouncer, a cemetery salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s, early 1960s. His appearances/cameos include films like Eagah (1962), The Nutty Professor (1963), Brainstorm (1965), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Silver Streak (1976), The Humanoid (1979), Moonraker (1979), Phoenix (1983), Cannonball Run II (1984), Think Big (1989), The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991), Happy Gilmore (1996), Inspector Gadget (1999), and a voice in Disney's Tangled (2010), of all things. He wrote an autobiography in 2002 titled "Making It Big in the Movies", and appeared on numerous TV shows.
As a huge Bond fan myself who always loved Jaws, I'm sad to see him go, he was one-of-a-kind. May you Rest in Peace our giant friend. He will certainly be remembered fondly for all of these films, but especially when he gets his girl at the end of Moonraker (spoiler!). Here's a 2009 interview with Kiel at Den of Geek.