Richard Kiel

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Richard Kiel
Richard Kiel 2014 (cropped).jpg
Richard Kiel in June 2014
Born Richard Dawson Kiel
(1939-09-14)September 14, 1939
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died September 10, 2014(2014-09-10) (aged 74)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, video game actor, stage actor
Years active 1960–2012
Height 7 ft 1.5 in (2.17 m)
Spouse(s) Faye Daniels (m. 1960–73) (divorced),
Diane Rogers (m. 1974–2014) (his death)
Children 4 with Diane Rogers

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor, voice actor, video game actor and stage actor. He was perhaps best known and remembered for his role as Voltaire to Dr. Miguelito Loveless in the first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966). Keil was also perhaps most notable and best known for his most prominent role as Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Keil's movie and television acting career had lasted for about and over 50 years.

Early life[change | change source]

Kiel was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He had since then moved to Fresno, California and had began with his acting career in Hollywood and had lived here then and there on with his whole family until and up to the time of his death in 2014.

Acting career[change | change source]

Kiel began with his acting career in 1960. His first television role was in the television show Laramie and his first movie role was in the 1961 movie The Phantom Planet.

Kiel also played the role of the tough and steel titanium-toothed Bond villain Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1985) as well as in the James Bond video game Everything or Nothing. He also played Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy film Happy Gilmore.

In 1986, Kiel was nominated for a Saturn Award for his most prominent role as Jaws in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Kiel's last television role was in the 2000 television series Bloodhounds, Inc. and his last movie and voice role was in the 2010 animated movie Tangled, where and in which he played and provided the voice for the character of Vladimir.

Personal life[change | change source]

Kiel was originally married to Faye Daniels from 1960 until they divorced in 1973. Then, he was married for a second time to Diane Rogers from 1974 until his death in 2014. Both Kiel and Rogers had 4 children together.

Keil also had acromegaly, which creates to much growth hormones. In 2005, he also wrote his own autobiography "Making It BIG In The Movies".

Death[change | change source]

Kiel died on September 10, 2014 in Fresno, California at the age of 74. Kiel died from a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease. He was about just 3 days away from just before turning 75.[1] Prior to his death, Keil had already since then been admitted to a hospital in Fresno after breaking his leg while during over in the previous week.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Klompus, Jack (11 September 2014). "James Bond villain Jaws, Richard Kiel, dies aged 74". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  2. "Bond villain Richard Kiel dies at the age of 74". 3 News. September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Richard Kiel at Wikimedia Commons