Richard Kiel Trivia

September 10, 2014 – Actor Richard Kiel has passed away in a Fresno, CA. Hospital…He was 74-years-old.vThe 7-foot-2 Kiel reportedly broke his leg last According to sources…he passed away this afternoon. It has not clear of his death was connected to his leg injury.

Richard Kiel is best known for playing Jaws, a giant and seemingly unstoppable assassin with steel teeth who battled James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
Richard Kiel was the original choice to play the title character in the television series The Incredible Hulk (1978). After 2 days of filming it was decided that he was not “bulky” enough for the role. He was paid for the two movies of the week and replaced by Lou Ferrigno. He was happy this happened because he only had sight in one eye and the full contact lenses were bothering him.
Richard Kiel once said that people are always confusing him with André the Giant, Fred Gwynne (“Herman Munster” from The Munsters (1964), or Ted Cassidy (“Lurch” from The Addams Family (1964), all of whom are deceased.
In 1992 he was in a serious automobile accident that affected his auto-balance, and he now walks using a walking stick or rides a battery-powered scooter around if he has to go very far. In Happy Gilmore (1996) he is never seen walking and almost all of his scenes are from the waist up. There are only two full body scenes and both times he is leaning on something. The first is a post, the second is a man.
Worked as a bouncer at a Los Angeles nightclub, before being recruited by Arch Hall Sr. for the lead role in Eegah (1962).
Richard Kiel owns a film production company in Oakhurst, California.
Richard Kiel a ppeared in a National Geographic special produced by David L. Wolper in which he portrayed Big Foot.
His son “Richard George” appears in the film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He is the little boy on the beach pointing to the upcoming car that “James Bond” is driving from the water.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver’s books “Eye on Science Fiction” (McFarland & Co., 2003) and “A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde” (McFarland & Co., 2010).
Offered the role of Darth Vader, but turned it down in favor of playing Jaws. He preferred Jaws because he felt he could bring more to the role, where Vader would have confined his performance by acting behind a mask.
He was terrified of heights, something not helped by Kiel’s gigantic size. He often shuddered at some of the stunts he had to perform as Jaws, so Martin Grace, Roger Moore’s stunt double, would fill in for him. He did a superb job of capturing Kiel’s movements even though he was a foot shorter, but when watching the films, nobody could tell them apart.
Working on his third book which is “You can be a supersalesman using Christian principles.”
Richard Kiel attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Malmö, Sweden. [May 2000]
Signing autographs at a DVD-Trading market in Cologne, Germany. [January 2004]
Attended Wondercon in San Francisco, signing autographs. [February 2009]
Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK: Selling books and signing autographs at the Motor Museum [May 2013]
Completed Kentucky Lion, The Cassius Marcellus Clay Story, a historical novel which is co-authored by Pamela Wallace who co-wrote the Academy Award winning screenplay for the movie, Witness (1985), with Harrison Ford.
Autograph session at Bally’s Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. [December 2006]
Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Stockholm, Sweden. [October 2003]
Wrote his autobiography “Making It BIG In The Movies. Published by Reynolds & Hearne of London, England.
Signing autographs at the Sims and Hankow Astronaut Autograph Show in Burbank, California, due to his portrayal of “Ali” in I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Uses a walking stick normally, but at convention he uses a battery powered scooter. [September 2004]
Attended The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Helsingborg, Sweden [October 2009]
Walnut Creek, CA: Attended the Vintage Toys & Memorabilia Show [April 2013]
Signed autographs and sold books at OmegaCon. [March 2008]
Signed autographs at The Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC on March 21-23, 2014. Was also on a Twilight Zone Panel on March 22nd with William Shatner and Anne Serling, Rod Serling’s daughter.

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