By Carmel Dagan
September 10, 2014
Richard Kiel, who most famously played the villainous 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 if that event is tied 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.
Before his appearances in the Bond film in the mid to late ’70s, Kiel was perhaps best known for his roles in Burt Reynolds prison football film “The Longest Yard” and for appearing in several episodes of “The Wild Wild West” as an assistant to supervilllain Miguelito Loveless (played by dwarf Michael Dunn).
Younger audiences knew him best from “Happy Gilmore,” in which he played a golf spectator who threatens the villainous Shooter McGavin.
KIEL, Richard (Richard Dawson Kiel)
Born: 9/13/1939, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 9/10/2014, Fresno, California, U.S.A.
Richard Kiel’s westerns – actor:
Klondike (TV) – 1960 (Duff Brannigan)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Carl Haslitt)
Laramie (TV) – 1961 (Rake Tolan’s helper)
30 Minutes at Gunsight TV - 1963
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1968, (Voltaire)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967 (Casmir)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1969 (Lemouche)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975-1976 (Moose)
Young Dan’l Boone (TV) – 1977 (Grimm)
Pale Rider – 1985 (Club)
The Giant of Thunder Mountain – 1991 (Eli Weaver)