The 7-foot-2 actor, who played the villainous 'Jaws' in two James Bond movies, last his life on Wednesday (Sept 10th).
One of James Bond's most formidable foes, Richard Kiel, has sadly passed away aged 74. The American actor, well known for playing the villainous character 'Jaws' in the famous spy film franchise, died on Wednesday (Sept 10th) in a California.
Richard Kiel passed away on Wednesday, aged 74
Kiel, who stood an enormous 7-foot-2 tall, lost his life in a Fresno, California, hospital after being submitted for breaking his leg last week, TMZ reports. It is still unclear if his death was directly due to the injury.
The late actor had a very successful career in television and movies that spanned over five decades, which included portraying a football playing convict in the original 'The Longest Yard,' an alien in 'The Twilight Zone' TV series, and an appearance alongside Adam Sandler in the comedy 'Happy Gilmore.'
However, he will undoubtedly be remembered for starring as the steel-toothed assassin 'Jaws' in Bonds' 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) and 'Moonraker' (1979), alongside Roger Moore.
"I was working actor for 17 years before playing 'Jaws' in my first James Bond film. I suddenly became an overnight success," he wrote of his famous role on his official fan page. "I found myself transformed from a recognizable face to an internationally known movie star."
Roger Moore was very upset to hear of the passing of his former co-star
Upon hearing this tragic news, Moore immediately took to Twitter to express how upset he was that his former co-star had passed away. "I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel's passing," he tweeted. "We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught. Can't take it in."
Earlier this year, during an interview at the International Spy Museum, Kiel spoke about the recognizable steel mouth piece, and revealed wearing it was no easy task.
"Every night the teeth would go into a safe for safe-keeping," he said. "They were miserable. Instead of being made out of rubber they were made out of cobalt steel, like chromium steel. So it was kind of like swallowing a bumper of a car."