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Richard Kiel



We shouldn't say it, but...at nearly seven foot two, American actor Richard Kiel was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Making the cast-call rounds while working as a nightclub bouncer, Kiel began picking up bit roles in the early '60s. He was the misleadingly altruistic alien in the classic 1962 Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" (you'll remember that climactic line "It's a cookbook!") and was less prestigiously starred in that masterpiece of bad cinema, Eegah! (1962). Ambling through a series a tough-lug and town-bully roles, Kiel attained full stardom as the menacing, steel-dentured Jaws in the the 1977 James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. So well-received was this appearance that the scriptwriters contrived to bring Jaws back from the dead in the next Bondfest, Moonraker (1979), wherein Kiel becomes a good guy before the end and even gets a girlfriend. In 1992, Richard Kiel turned producer/director (in addition to starring) with the appropriately titled The Giant of Thunder Mountain, a "four waller" which was released on a city-by-city basis. He played a memorable role in Happy Gilmore (1996), playing a fan of the title golfer and voiced a thug in Disney's animated film Tangled (2010). Kiel died in 2014, just days before his 74th birthday.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Tangled
  • Vlad
2010
No Score Yet Cheonsamong (Dream of a Warrior)
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Inside 'Moonraker'
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Giant of Thunder Mountain
  • Eli
  • Producer
1997
60% Happy Gilmore
  • Mr. Larson
1996
No Score Yet Giant of Thunder Mountain
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Think Big
  • Irving
1990
92% Pale Rider
  • Club
1985
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Arnold
1984
No Score Yet Zuijia paidang zhi nuhuang miling (Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street) (Mad Mission 3: Our Man from Bond Street)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Hysterical
  • Captain Howdy
1983
80% So Fine
  • Eddie
1981
60% Moonraker
  • Jaws
1979
No Score Yet L'Umanoide
  • Golob
1979
64% Force 10 From Navarone
  • Drazac
1978
No Score Yet They Went That-a-Way & That-a-Way
  • Duke
1978
No Score Yet War of the Wizards
  • Actor
1978
79% The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Jaws
1977
88% Silver Streak
  • Reace/Goldtooth
1976
No Score Yet Gus
  • Tall Man
1976
No Score Yet Flash and the Firecat
  • Milo Pewett
1975
81% The Longest Yard
  • Samson
1974
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Actor
  • Director
1974
36% Skidoo
  • Beany
1968
No Score Yet Las Vegas Hillbillies
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet The Human Duplicators
  • Kolos
1965
No Score Yet The Nasty Rabbit
  • Actor
1964
63% Roustabout
  • Strong Man
1964
No Score Yet Lassie's Great Adventure
  • Chinook Pete
1963
No Score Yet House of the Damned
  • The Giant
1963
No Score Yet Eegah
  • Eegah
1962
33% The Magic Sword
  • Pinhead
1962
No Score Yet The Phantom Planet
  • Solarite
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Kanamit

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