Saturday, 13 September 2014

In Memory of Richard Kiel (1939-2014)

Richard Kiel (1939-2014)

Most of you who know of this 
actor are familiar of his famed 
portrayal as the steel-teethed 
brutish but silent minion Jaws 
in the two classic movies 
from the James Bond series, 
are to be heard of that actor 
Richard Kiel who sadly passed 
away on September 10th 2014 
nearing three days short of his 75th 
birthday in Fresno, California, 
USA and succumbed to unknown causes besides a leg injury. 

Kiel suffers from a condition of acromegaly which shows his facial displays and an intimidating stature heighten about 7 feet, 1.5 inches tall in centimetres 127. His common gigantic appearance is what got others to cast him in multiple performances involving giants, monsters, etc. Kiel was once a nightclub bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman when he moved to television about 1960 such as an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' and in 1962, went to the movies whilst continuing to make several early TV appearances before becoming a night school math teacher. In 1965, after two years he returned to acting roles in shows like The Wild, Wild West when playing as a lethal minion to an evil mad scientist. Kiel continued to do more extensive appearances in notable shows as 'I Dream of Jeannie', 'Gilligan's Island', 'The Monkees', 'Starsky & Hutch', etc. Richard was phoned by Albert R. Broccoli the producer of the James Bond movies when he assigned him to be in the series tenth instalment 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and thus the character of Jaws is created. This infamous Bond henchman of lethal jaws was a result of Richard's portrayal and appearance, the popularity within the character helped the actor to return in 'Moonraker'. He also guest-starred the character whilst in cameo appearances in few of the non-Bond features.

In 1992, Kiel ended up in a car accident that wounded his head and triggered the loss of control to his balance. Because of this, Richard had to use a cane to help him walk as it was seen in one of the supporting parts in Happy Gilmore for which he was known as the main hero's former boss and big fan, Mr. Larson. We all going to miss you, big guy ;-(

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