Richard Kiel the much loved actor behind the classic bond villain of Jaws has passed away.
Kiel who was a mainstay in films of the sixties and seventies and much of the eighties was known in the industry as a gentle giant who stood an impressive 7 feet 1.5 inches.
The actor got his acting debut in an episode of ‘Laramie’ titled ‘Street of Hate’, but his most iconic role as the metal jawed henchman Jaws would not come until 1977, which was when Kiel first faced off again Roger Moore’s 007 in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’
Kiel would go onto reprise Jaws in the 1979 Bond film ‘Moonraker,’ which saw Jaws find himself a little bit of redemption and fall head over heels for a tiny blonde lady.
While speaking to the Telegrath about the passing of Kiel actor Sir Roger Moore who played James Bond for much of the 70s and 80s expressed how devastated he was at the loss of someone he considered to be a true friend.
Moore said that he is “totally distraught” at the death of his James Bond co-star.
Kiel, who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, appeared with Sir Roger on BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion only last week to talk about the films.
Sir Roger, 86, said: “I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel’s passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught.
“Can’t take it in.”
Despite having made numerous appearances in television series and films the role of Jaws was a part that Kiel could never escape from.
“To this day, I go out in sunglasses and a hat because people will shout ‘Hey, Jaws!’ at me from across the street,” he told the Daily Mail earlier this year. “The only way I can explain it is that he’s like the Road Runner, which Coyote keeps trying to blow up, but he keeps going.”
Kiels other memorable roles include Mr. Larson in ‘Happy Gilmore,’ lethal Dr. Loveless’s assistant Voltaire in ‘The Wild, Wild West’ and extraterrestrial Kanamit in ‘The Twilight Zone.’ He also was part of an ensemble cast that backed Burt Reynolds in the 1974 film ‘The Longest Yard,’ which was known in the UK as ‘Mean Machine.’
We here at scifipulse are deeply saddened by the loss of such a great personality and favorite genre star and pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Richard Kiel.