Actor Richard Kiel dies, aged 74

Jaws chews cable

Richard Kiel, famous for playing Jaws in the James Bond films dies.

Sad news has come in overnight. Richard Kiel whose career saw him springboarded to fame as the metal-toothed, giant henchman Jaws in the James Bond films has died aged 74.

Kiel played alongside Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, with his role as Jaws later becoming a reoccurring character in James Bond video games.

His film career also saw him play roles in movies the likes of Cannonball Run II, Force 10 from Navarone and Happy Gilmore, with casting, particularly in his early work making use of his 7 foot 2 inch frame. More recently he lent his vocal talents to the Disney film Tangled.

Kiel also performed in some notable TV series, with appearances in The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and as Dr. Miguelito Loveless’ towering assistant  Voltaire in The Wild, Wild West. He also played The Hulk in the original pilot of the 1970s series The Incredible Hulk before Lou Ferrigno was brought in.

Richard Kiel died in California and leaves behind his wife and four children.

Rest in peace Richard Kiel, and thanks for some very memorable performances, we feel that as Jaws you were best henchman ever.

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