Richard Kiel Remembered By Sir Roger Moore, Adam Sandler On Twitter

Richard Kiel, the 7’2″ actor who was most famous for playing the James Bond villain Jaws, passed away yesterday at the age of 74.

Kiel landed his most famous role in 1977 when he played Jaws opposite Sir Roger Moore in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Kiel reprised the role a few years later in Moonraker.

Jaws was originally written as a “monster” villain but Richard Kiel wanted to give the character a gentle side.

The actor said in an interview: “I didn’t really want to do it as it was a monster part … If I were to play the role I’d give him some human characteristics, perseverance, frustration, those kind of things. I had convinced the producer that Jaws should have some characteristics that were human to counteract the steel teeth,” Kiel said. “I guess I overdid it – I became too likeable to kill off.”

Sir Roger Moore took to Twitter shortly after news broke about his friend’s death.

Richard Kiel is most well-known for playing Jaws in a few James Bond movies but this wasn’t his only memorable role. Remember Happy Gilmore’s boss? The guy with the nail in his head? Yep, Richard Kiel.

Adam Sandler also took to Twitter to share his sadness about Richard Kiel’s passing.

Kiel is survived by his wife and four children. The Kiel family posted a message today on the actor’s Facebook page.

The message reads: “It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that Richard has passed away, just three days shy of his 75 th birthday. Richard had an amazing joy for life and managed to live every single day to the fullest. Though most people knew of him through his screen persona, those who were close to him knew what a kind and generous soul he was. His family was the most important thing in his life and we are happy that his last days were spent surrounded by family and close friends. Though his passing was somewhat unexpected, his health had been declining in recent years. It is nice to think that he can, once again, stand tall over us all.”

Dan Evon

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