Richard Kiel dies aged 74
Actor Richard Kiel, the man who played Jaws in two James Bond films, has died aged 74. The imposing 7ft 2in actor appeared alongside Roger Moore as the metal-toothed villain in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, as well as a host of other films including Adam Sandler's golf-themed comedy Happy Gilmore.
Kiel died in Fresno, California at the Saint Agnes Medical Centre. The cause of death remains undecalred by the hospital, however, citing patient confidentiality.
The actor was apparently discovered while working as nightclub bouncer by Arch Hall, who cast him in 1962 film Eegah, where he played a prehistoric caveman. Rumour has it he also turned down the role of Darth Vader in George Lucas' Star Wars to play the role of Jaws in the Bond films.
Celebrity gossip website TMZ had reported earlier this week that Kiel had suffered a broken leg, but it is not known at this stage whether the injury was directly related to his death.