Actor Richard Kiel passed away yesterday. He was hospitalized last week after sustaining a broken leg. Kiel died three days shy of his 75th birthday.
Standing more than seven feet tall, Kiel has the distinction of being the only actor to play a Bond villain in more than one film playing Jaws in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker starring Roger Moore as 007.
Younger audiences may remember Kiel from his role in Happy Gilmore starring Adam Sandler. Kiel’s other movie credits include The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, Silver Streak with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor and Pale Rider with Clint Eastwood.
Kiel was also originally cast in The Incredible Hulk TV series. However, the show’s producers thought Kiel’s physique wasn’t right for the role and Kiel didn’t like all that green makeup. So the role was given to Lou Ferrigno and the rest is TV history.
Speaking of TV, here is a clip of Kiel’s guest shot on The Monkees.