Los Angeles, Sep 12 (): Actor Richard Kiel who gained fame after playing the James Bond villain “Jaws,” died on Wednesday in Fresno at Saint Agnes Medical Center at the age of 74.
Appearing in steel-toothed character, Kiel was seen in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” that released in 1977 and “Moonraker” in 1979. He has also essayed the role of Adam Sandler’s boss in the comedy movie “Happy Gilmore” in 1996. The other big-screen recognitions include playing a hit man alongside Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in 1976 comedy film Silver Streak, as well as The Longest Yard (1974) with Burt Reynolds.
The 7-foot-2-inch actor had been getting better from a femur fracture and the exact reason of his death is still unclear, Kiel’s oldest son, Richard George Kiel, said.
The younger Kiel said the favourite experience of his father was to act in James Bond movies as he always wished to travel all over the world for two years while the film is made, including the filming as well as promotions. From 1980 to 2002, Kiel with his family lived in Coarsegold and had been Clovis residents since.
Before becoming an actor, Kiel worked as nightclub bouncer and graveyard plot salesman. His first acting performance as a Bare Knuckles character started in NBC series ‘Klondike’. He later played as an alien in famous 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).
He has also done TV shows such as ‘The Man From U N C L E”, ‘Wild West’, ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker’ and ‘The Wild’ and was interviewed for the character as the mean green guy in the CBS series ‘The Incredible Hulk’, a role that later went to Lou Ferrigno.
His abnormal height was due to a hormonal disorder called acromegaly.