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Richard Kiel Dead: James Bond Villain ‘Jaws’ Dies At 74

Wed, September 10, 2014 9:18pm EDT by 4 Comments
Richard Kiel Dead
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So sad. Richard Kiel, who famously played ‘James Bond’ villain Jaws in two films, passed away on Sept. 10, according to reports. He was 74 years old.

Richard Kiel, who made his movie debut in the 1977 flick The Spy Who Loved Me and later became famous for playing the perfect movie villain, reportedly passed away this afternoon in Fresno, Calif. He will be missed.

Richard Kiel Dead: James Bond Villain ‘Jaws’ Dies At 74

Richard Kiel has died at 74 years old, just three days before his 75th birthday. TMZ first reported the sad news.

Richard passed away on Sept. 10 in a hospital in Frenso, Calif, according to Variety. According to the site, Richard had broken his leg during the past week, but it has not been confirmed that the injury was linked to his death in any way. 

Richard had a long and respectable career. He was famous for his very tall stature — he was 7’2” tall. 

While Richard was most famous for his role as steel-toothed Jaws in two James Bond movies, he also made memorable performances in The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, The Longest Yard and Happy Gilmore. Four years ago, Richard voiced the character Vlad in the popular film Tangled.

Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan. Before making it big in acting, Richard had a variety of jobs including a math teacher. In 1992, Richard was in a car accident and suffered a severe head injury, which affected his balance. After the accident, he used a cane to walk. In his 2002 autobiography Making It Big In The Movies, Richard explained that his VERY tall height was due to a hormonal condition called acromegaly.

Richard married Diane Rogers in 1974 — they were still married at the time of his death. Richard was the father of four children.

The world has lost a great talent. Our thoughts are with Richard’s loved ones during this very difficult time.

HollywoodLifers, leave your well wishes for Richard’s loved ones in the comments below.

— Megan Ross

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