James Bond’s Jaws Richard Kiel dies, aged 74

Posted on 11 September 2014
By Mark Langshaw
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Richard Kiel, the actor best known for playing Bond villain Jaws, has died at the age of 74.

The 7ft 2in star, who appeared as the steel-toothed henchmen alongside Roger Moore in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979’s Moonraker, passed away at a hospital in Fresno, California on Wednesday (10th September).

A spokesperson for the Saint Agnes Medical Center confirmed Kiel’s passing, but was unable to divulge the cause of death.

Kiel made his acting debut on the small screen in Laramie, before scoring his big break in 1965 on CBS show The Wild, Wild West, in which he served as henchman to antagonist Miguelito Loveless.

The actor when on to appear in 1996 Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore and work on several voice projects, lending his vocals to a James Bond video game and the 2010 animated film Tangled.

He released his autobiography, Making It Big In The Movies, in 2002.

Kiel spend his final years travelling the world and meeting fans at James Bond conventions.