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Showbiz Loses A Familiar Face/Presence

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Fans know him for his roles as "Jaws" in the late 1970s James Bond Films Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me.  He was also a part of several other films and he stood out. Why did he stand out? Because of his massive size. His name was Richard Kiel and he was a familiar performer for fans. In fact, a new generation of fans was introduced to him in the mid-1990s when he joined the cast of the Adam Sandler classic Happy Gilmore.

Kiel has died at the age of 74 and the film business is deeply saddened. He was a very popular performer who won generations over. Kiel was recently used for voicework in the 2010 flick Tangled. It was a testimony to the friends he made during his career.

Kiel is a native of Detroit, Michigan and started his film career in the 1960s after doing a lot of TV work. His first motion picture of note was The Phantom Planet with Coleen Green back in 1961. From there he landed several roles before being called for the role in Bond films as "Jaws."

Kiel made appearances on TV shows such as "Gilligan's Island" and "The Monkees."