Richard Kiel

Actor, Bouncer
Actor Richard Kiel's towering 7'1. 5" height granted him a five-decade career in Hollywood playing henchmen, strongmen and costumed creatures, as well as a brief flirtation with stardom as the steel-toothed Jaws in "The ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1939 in Redford, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Vlad (Voice)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Jaws (Actor)

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Mr Larson (Actor)

The World of James Bond 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Superboy 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1992 (Movie)

Eli Weaver (Actor)

Think Big 1990 (Movie)

Irving (Actor)

Mob Busters 1985 (Movie)

The Butcher (Actor)

Pale Rider 1985 (Movie)

Club (Actor)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Hysterical 1983 (Movie)

Captain Howdy (Actor)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

Mr Eddie (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

Jaws (Actor)

Force 10 From Navarone 1978 (Movie)

Captain Drazak (Actor)

L' Umanoide 1978 (Movie)

Golob--One (Actor)

Land of the Lost 1973 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

Jaws (Actor)

They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way 1977 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

Reace--Goldtooth (Actor)

Van Dyke and Company 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbary Coast 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Flash and the Firecat 1974 (Movie)

Milo Pewett (Actor)

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

Samson (Actor)

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Beany (Actor)

Brainstorm 1965 (Movie)

Inmate (Actor)

Roustabout 1964 (Movie)

Strong Man (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbary Coast (TV Show)

Actor

The Las Vegas Hillbillys (Movie)

(Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Actor Richard Kiel's towering 7'1. 5" height granted him a five-decade career in Hollywood playing henchmen, strongmen and costumed creatures, as well as a brief flirtation with stardom as the steel-toothed Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1976) and "Moonraker" (1979). Though rarely afforded top billing or even dialogue, Kiel was a memorable presence on countless television shows like "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) and "The Wild, Wild West" (CBS, 1965-1969) and features like "The Longest Yard" (1974) and "Silver Streak" (1976). His turn as Jaws opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in "Spy" struck a chord with audiences, which earned him a second franchise appearance in "Moonraker" and a newfound career as a heroic, even comic character actor in "Cannonball Run II" (1984) and other films. Health issues curtailed Kiel's acting career in the new millennium, though his popularity in the Bond films continued unchecked, thanks to voiceover reprisals as Jaws in various video game spin-offs. Though Kiel made his name playing larger-than-life or supernatural characters, his lasting fame came from the degree of humanity that he brought to each of those roles. His death on September 10, 2014 brought fond remembrances from co-stars and fans alike.

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