Richard Kiel, the towering actor who played the legendary villain Jaws in the Roger Moore-era Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), has died today.
The cause of death at this stage is unknown, but Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died at the St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA.
The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in TV, appearing in such classics as Lassie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Gilligan’s Island, The Monkees, I Spy, It Takes A Thief, The Wild Wild West and Starsky & Hutch. He also appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling role as an enigmatic alien in the Twilight Zone.
Kiel later turned up Adam Sandler’s golf comedy Happy Gilmore, and recently voiced the villainous Vlad in the 2010 Disney toon Tangled.
Probably best known overall for his stint in Bond, we thought we’d show you the best bits of Kiel’s other film roles…
Here’s our Top 5 Kiel Characters:
“The Monster” – The Monkees (1967)
“The Alien” – The Twilight Zone (1962)
Mr Larson – Happy Gilmore (1996)
“The Ghost” – Gilligan’s Island (1966)
Vladimir – Tangled (2010)