Richard Kiel (1939 - 2014)

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Richard Kiel (1939 - 2014)

Post  BoG on Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:55 pm

James Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dies at 74


http://variety.com/2014/film/news/james-bond-villain-richard-kiel-dies-at-74-1201303251/

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 | 05:36PM PT Carmel Dagan
Richard Kiel, who most famously played Jaws in two James Bond films starring Roger Moore, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker,” and also appeared in Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore,” died Wednesday afternoon in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., three days shy of his 75th birthday. The actor had broken his leg earlier in the week, but it is not clear whether that contributed to his death. Kiel had lent his voice to a James Bond videogame in 2003 but more recently had voiced Vlad for the animated film “Tangled” in 2010.

http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/8241-RICHARD-KIEL,-THE-GENTLE-GIANT-OF-THE-CINEMA,-DEAD-AT-AGE-74.html

Kiel was an iconic figure in both television and feature films. His imposing stature often led to him being cast as a heavy. Those of us who were privileged to call him our friend always found this ironic, since he was a kind, gentle man who virtually never said an unkind word about anyone else. Kiel appeared in the 1960s in a slew of major TV shows and played the role of the seemingly benign alien in the classic Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man". Although his role had no dialogue, Kiel's presence was so impressive that, decades after the telecast, collectibles from the episode were still being made in his likeness. Among the other classic shows he appeared in were The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild, Wild West, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Monkees and Honey West. Kiel made an impression on the big screen as well in films like Silver Streak and The Longest Yard. However, his biggest claim to fame came when he was cast as the mute, steel-toothed villain Jaws opposite Roger Moore in the 1977 James Bond hit The Spy Who Loved Me. Kiel was considered so popular with test screening audiences that his final scene was reshot, thus sparing the character death and allowing him to reappear in the next Bond flick Moonraker. Over the decades, Kiel was a popular fixture at film events and autograph shows around the world. He truly enjoyed meeting his many fans and always had time to swap stories with them and pose for photos. He wrote and actively promoted his entertaining autobiography, appropriately titled Making It Big in the Movies. He also won a new generation of fans with his role in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore.
At the start up of Cinema Retro ten years ago, we approached Richard Kiel to contribute an article about his early days in show business. He agreed immediately and became one of our major boosters. In 2010, we attended a special dinner in his honor in London, hosted by www.bondstars.com  It became evident that his popularity, far from waning, was increasing. He was a devoted husband to his wife Diane and an outstanding father to his children. We express our sincere sympathies.

Richard Kiel has left us in the physical sense- but his presence will live on indefinitely through his appearances in film. Rest in peace, big guy- we miss you already. - Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall

Genre Films: The Phantom Planet (1961) - as the Solarite alien // Eegah (1962) // The Human Duplicators (1965)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - as Jaws // Moonraker (1979) - as Jaws // The Humanoid (1979)
other roles: regular on The Barbary Coast (1975-76) // Force 10 From Navarone (78) // So Fine (1981) // Pale Rider (1986)
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