Thursday, September 11, 2014

R.I.P. Richard Kiel

The best minion ever has left us. 74 year old Richard Kiel played the infamous Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

The 7'2 (yes, 7'2) actor also "reprised" his role when he played "Famous Big Guy with Silver Teeth" in the 1999 Inspector Gadget movie. He specialized in playing minions and thugs and did it very well. He was in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. a couple of times (Like about everyone else working at the time). He also almost played The Incredible Hulk, but was rapidly replaced by Lou Ferrigno - but he did end up left in in one scene, so it counts, right?

He had a long career - and a long life despite his condition (Kiel had acromegaly - he was a giant in the medical sense). But he'll always be remembered as the metal-toothed thug with the disturbing habits...but who was ultimately redeemed.