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Actor Richard Kiel and Bond villain who played Jaws dies at 74

(SNN) - Sadly, Actor Richard Dawson Kiel, best known for his role as the scary but loveable Bond villain, Jaws, died Wednesday at the age of just 74. A towering man, Keil (7ft 2in) is remembered by fans worldwide for many roles, but nobody can forget his love-hate relationship with James Bond, as played by British film star Roger Moore, in “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and “Moonraker” in 1979.

Featured in over forty films, he starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy "Happy Gilmore" and reappeared as “Jaws” in the live character version of “Inspector Gadget” in 1997.

Mostly known as an actor, Kiel broke into films in the early 1960s with the B-movie "Eegah" (watch here). Kiel also produced a television show titled, “The Paul Bunyan Show”; and as a writer, Kiel created the screen play “The Dance of Death” in 1965. He had recently completed co-writing a novel, “Kentucky Lion, The Cassius Clay Story”, with co-author Pamela Wallace.

Richard Kiel on Late Night with David Letterman 1985.
This clip provides some insight into David Kiel as more than
just the character "Jaws"

According to the latest entertainment news, Kiel was cast as Mr. Patterson in the motion picture “The Engagement Ring”, which was in production at the time of his death. 

Having broke is leg just one week ago, Kiel was admitted to a hospital in Fresno, California. Sadly, Mr. Kiel, a memorable actor, writer and producer, passed away just three days before his 75th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Diane, four children, and nine grandchildren. 

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