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Friday 17 August 2018

Actor who played 007 bad guy 'Jaws' dies

Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.

A spokesperson confirmed that Kiel had been a patient at St Agnes Medical Centre in Fresno, California, and had died.

The 7ft 2in performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Towering

The Michigan native said he had never held ambitions to become an actor. However, he went on to appear in 65 TV shows and 20 movies, including roles as towering boss Mr Larson in Happy Gilmore, lethal assistant Voltaire in The Wild, Wild West and extraterrestrial Kanamit in The Twilight Zone.

He published an autobiography in 2002 titled Making It Big in the Movies.

Kiel said he had multiple opportunities to cash in on the Jaws image, but he said in the 1978 interview that he passed on them all.

"I want to stay away from things that will typecast me," he said.

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