Richard Kiel, Actor in James Bond Films, Dies at 74
Actor Richard Kiel, who played one of the most iconic villains in the James Bond series, has died according to a report on TMZ. He was 74 years old.
In 1977, Kiel co-starred in 10th James Bond movie titled 'The Spy Who Loved Me' as Jaws, a henchman known for his formidable height and metal teeth. He instantly became a fan favorite and later appeared as Jaws again in 1979's 'Moonraker.' Kiel would later reprise the role in various James Bond video games.
Kiel, who was 7'2'' in height, appeared in several film and TV productions over the course of 50 years. He is also remembered for his cameo part as Mr. Larson in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy 'Happy Gilmore.'
His last movie role was providing his voice for the character Vladimir in Disney's 2010 animated feature 'Tangled.'
The site says that Kiel was hospitalized in Fresno, Calif. last week after breaking his leg. He passed away today, Sept. 10, while recovering in the hospital. It is unclear at the moment whether the injury had anything to do with his death.
We send our condolences to Richard Kiel's family, friends and James Bond fans worldwide.