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You're Going to Need a Bigger Bond: Richard Kiel aka Jaws Dies at 74

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 10, 2014 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 10, 2014 |


People, stop dying…please?

Of favorite Bond villains, to this day, Richard Kiel’s “Jaws” — who appeared in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker — is still one of the most recognized and beloved (Sorry, Mads). Metal teeth aside, Kiel was a huge (standing at over 7 feet tall) and powerful presence, and his character was a truly terrifying killing machine. (Those teeth were reportedly so uncomfortable, Kiel could only wear them for about 35 seconds at a time.) The actor was also known for stints on old television standards like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Wild, Wild West. More recently he appeared in Welcome to Sweden (with Verne Troyer!), and voiced Vlad in Tangled.

According to his bio Kiel had quite the interesting background; he was once a night school math instructor, and a cemetery plot salesman — he wrote his own life story and co-authored a biography.

After breaking his leg last week, Kiel was admitted to a hospital. The cause of his death is unknown. RIP, big man.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)


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