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Richard Kiel

Born September 13, 1939 (1939-09-13) (age 68)
Flag of the United States Detroit, Michigan, United States
Years active 1960-present
Official site RichardKiel.com

Richard Dawson Kiel (born September 13, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing, Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore, and his considerable height. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 558 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1252 × 1344 pixel, file size: 1,005 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Largest metro area Metro Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Jaws is a fictional assassin in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (plus some later videogames). ... 007 redirects here. ... The Spy Who Loved Me is the 10th film in the James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Moonraker is a 1979 spy film. ... Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film starring Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay and Christopher McDonald. ...

Acting career

Kiel made his acting debut in a 1960 Laramie episode called "Street of Hate." Laramie was a television series aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963. ...

He also acted in an unaired TV-pilot featuring Lee Falk's superhero The Phantom, where Kiel played an assassin called "Big Mike", doing his best to kill the Phantom.

Kiel broke into films in the early 1960s with the B-movie Eegah (1962). Eegah was later featured on the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. He also portrayed: The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Eegah is a 1962 film starring Arch Hall Sr. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ...

Kiel also co-wrote, produced, and starred in the family friendly movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain. “Green people” redirects here. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... Actors Richard Kiel and Lloyd Bochner in the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man “To Serve Man” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... For other persons named Jerry Lewis, see Jerry Lewis (disambiguation). ... The Nutty Professor, starring Jerry Lewis, was filmed from October 9-December 17, 1962. ... Rare childrens storybook based upon Left to right: David McCallum, Robert Vaughn, and Leo G. Carroll. ... The Human Duplicators is a low budget film released in 1965 by independent company Woolner Brothers Pictures Inc. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Wild Wild West 1990s VHS release. ... For the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) video game, see The Adventures of Gilligans Island. ... I Dream of Jeannie was a popular American sitcom with a fantasy premise. ... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... Skidoo is the title of a 1968 comedy film, directed by Otto Preminger, and released by Paramount Pictures, with storyline by Doran William Cannon. ... Darren McGavin as Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972) Kolchak: The Night Stalker is a television series that aired on ABC in 1974, about a newpaper reporter -- Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin -- who investigates crimes with mysterious and unlikely causes that the proper authorities wont accept. ... The Longest Yard is a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards. ... Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy film about murder on a Los Angeles to Chicago train trip. ... Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 war film very loosely based on upon Alistair MacLeans 1968 novel Force 10 From Navarone. ... See also Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Cannonball Run II is a film that was released in 1984. ... Pale Rider is a 1985 Western film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ... Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film starring Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay and Christopher McDonald. ... Verne Troyer and Richard Kiel on their scooters celebrating May Day, in episode 1 of Welcome to Sweden. ... Verne Troyer (born January 1, 1969) is an American actor and stunt man who has appeared in several movies, mostly in non-speaking roles. ... The Giant of Thunder Mountain is a 1991 film starring Richard Kiel. ...

He was the original choice to play the title character in the 1977 TV series The Incredible Hulk. He participated in the filming of the TV movie pilot. During the shoot, producers decided their Hulk needed to be muscular rather than just towering, and Kiel was dismissed because he possessed more body fat than the producers deemed necessary. All recognizable footage of Kiel was cut; the scenes were then reshot with Lou Ferrigno. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Incredible Hulk was an American television series loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... A film being made in Warsaw, Bracka street Filmmaking is the process of making a film, from an initial story idea or commission through scriptwriting, shooting, editing and finally distribution to an audience. ... Lou Ferrigno at Comicon 2007 Louis Jude Ferrigno (born November 9, 1951[1]) is an American bodybuilder and actor. ...

He is well known in the UK for his appearance in a commercial for Shredded Wheat (1980), which can be seen on YouTube. Post Cereals shredded wheat Shredded Wheat is a breakfast cereal made from whole wheat. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...

He reprised his role of Jaws with voice and likeness in the 2004 game Everything or Nothing. Everything or Nothing is a third-person shooter video game, where the player controls the famous spy James Bond. ...


Kiel's distinctive height and features are a result of a hormonal condition known as acromegaly. Kiel stands 7 feet 1.5 inches (217 cm) tall. He notes in his 2002 autobiography, Making It Big in the Movies (ISBN 1-903111-31-5), that he used to state that he was 7 feet and 2 inches (218.44 cm) because it was easier to remember. Acromegaly (from Greek akros high and megas large - extremities enlargement) is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (hGH). ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...

In 1992, Kiel suffered a severe head injury in a car accident which has affected his auto-balance mechanism. He was, from then on, forced to walk with a cane to support his balance, and then eventually to using a scooter or wheelchair. He is largely retired from the movie business. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A mobility scooter is a mobility aid similar to a wheelchair but configured like a motorscooter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

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  Results from FactBites:
Richard Kiel: My Co-Pilot (1377 words)
He remembers from age "8, 9, 10, 11, 12 up to age 15 his father being devout." Apparently, it was Kiel's mother who was responsible for Kiel's father accepting Christ as his savior after years of being a heathen, and it was the Count from Sesame Street who was responsible for Kiel's inspiring counting ability.
One of the highlight's of Kiel's moving speech was "How many of you get angry on the freeway, and say 'you jerk!'?" Basically he compared the idle threat of saying "I'm going to kill you (if you don't get out of my way)" to murder.
Kiel also said that his daughter's babysitter was killed on her porch by the same kind of driver.
Dragon*Con Biography: [Richard Kiel] (523 words)
Richard seemingly became an overnight success after Bond and co-starred in many films, such as his gangster role in So Fine with Ryan O'Neal and Jack Warden, where his wife (played by Mariangela Melato of Swept Away fame) has an affair with O'Neal's character.
Long before these successful movies, Richard Kiel was an active actor in such memorable television shows as The Twilight Zone where he appreared in the classic episode "To Serve Man" as a Kanamit.
Richard is now putting the finishing touches on his own autobiography, which should prove to be very interesting reading to his fans as it will contain insights and secret moments from his Bond films and others.
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