Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Richard Kiel, Known As 'Jaws' In Bond Movies, Dies at 74

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - 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.

Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details.

The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and 1979's "Moonraker." Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people."

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Richard Kiel portrays Jaws, a murderous giant with a mouthful of deadly steel teeth in a scene from the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 1977. (Photo by United Artist/Getty Images)
Actor Richard Kiel, left, who played the role of Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me," jokes around with Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge during a ceremony honoring Roger Moore with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Richard Kiel backing actress Barbara Bach into a corner in a scene from the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 1977. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Roger Moore fights with Richard Kiel, as Jaws, who bites through a board in a scene from the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 1977. (Photo by United Artist/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, actor Roger Moore, right, who played the part of James Bond 007 in seven films, poses with actor Richard Kiel who played the role of Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me," during a ceremony honoring Moore with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Kiel, the 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Moore's Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Moonraker" has died. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Actor Richard Kiel, who played the role of Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me," is seen signing an autograph during a ceremony honoring Roger Moore with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Prop Teeth And Prop Teeth Mould Worn By Richard Kiel In The Spy Who Loved Me Designing 007 Fifty Years Of Bond Style Press View. (Photo by William Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Richard Kiel, known as 'Jaws' in the James Bond-Movie 'Moonraker' present his new Swatch watch to the media at the Swatch news conference in Bregenz, Austria, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. To celebrate 25 years of plastic and the launch of a provocative new line of villainous Swatch watches, Swatch founder Nicolas G. Hayek invited hundreds of Swatch fans, special guests and journalists from around the world to a spectacular multimedia party in Bregenz. (AP Photo/Keystone Photopress, Gaetan Bally)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Richard Kiel attends The Hollywood Show 2014 held at Westin LAX Hotel on April 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 08: Actor Richard Kiel attends the 12th annual Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on August 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
Bond Star Richard Kiel Poses For Photos At The Final Leg Of A Uk Tour To Promote The Bond 50 Blu-Ray Collection At Hmv Oxford Street In London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JULY 18: Richard Kiel and Maud Adams pose at the The Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in Burbank, California on July 18, 2009. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Actor Richard Kiel arrives at The Thalians 52nd Anniversary Gala Honoring Sir Roger Moore to benefit The Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JULY 22: Richard Kiel attends the Super Comicfest at the Crowne Plaza on July 22, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
CANADA - FEBRUARY 24: Roger Moore in Quebec City for weekend James Bond film festival fundraiser in Canada on February 24, 2006-Sir Roger Moore, seven times James Bond on the screen and Richard Kiel, the steel-toothed Jaws in the two successful James Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Quebec City is spellbound by 'Vue sur Bond 007', an unprecedented event that is feature Sir Roger Moore and a host of celebrities and artists who were involved in the filmography of the famous British secret agent. The project was designed and produced to spotlight the contribution of Harry Saltzman, one of the most important producers of this series who also happens to have Quebec roots. The project also aims to raise funds for the 7th edition of the 3 Americas Film Festival and UNICEF through cultural and sports activities. (Photo by Jean-Philippe DUMAS/PONOPRESSE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Actor Richard Kiel gives Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione a hand during party to celebrate the release of Kiel's autobiography 'Making it BIG in the Movies' at Guccione's Manhattan townhouse. Kiel is best known for his role as James Bond's nemesis, Jaws, in the movies 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 7: Actor Richard Kiel attends the 17th Annual NATO/ShoWest Convention on February 7, 1991 at the Bally's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Heino, Ex-James Bond-Beisser Richard Kiel 'Jaws' (v.l.n.r.), 'River CafŽ'-Studio, New York, Amerika, getönte Brille, Sonnenbrille, Schlager-, Volksmusik-Sänger, MW/PH, 23.10.1994; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 26: Actor Richard Kiel attends the 36th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 26, 1999 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Actor Richard Kiel and his niece, April Warren, at party celebrating the release of Kiel's autobiography 'Making it BIG in the Movies' at Bob Guccione's Manhattan townhouse. Kiel is best known for his role as James Bond's nemesis, Jaws, in the movies 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: Bradford's National Museum of Photography, Film & Television hosts James Bond retrospective exhibition in Bradford, United Kingdom on March 20, 2002 - Richard Kiel in 'Moonraker'. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 10: Actor Richard Kiel and wife Diane Rogers attend the 'Licence to Kill' West Hollywood Premiere on July 10, 1989 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 10: Actor Richard Kiel attends the 'Licence to Kill' West Hollywood Premiere on July 10, 1989 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 29: Actor Richard Kiel attends the 'Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling' Beverly Hills Premiere on April 29, 1986 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Roger Moore (r.), Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel, bei den Dreharbeiten zum 'James-Bond'-Film 'Moonraker', Paris/Frankreich, 01.01.1981, Uniform, Kulisse, Kostüm, verkleiden, Promis, Prominente, Prominenter, Schauspielerin, Schauspieler, (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Roger Moore (unten), Richard Kiel, bei den Dreharbeiten zum 'James-Bond'-Film 'Moonraker', Paris/Frankreich, 01.01.1981, Uniform, Kulisse, Statisten, Kostüm, verkleiden, Promis, Prominente, Prominenter, Schauspieler, (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Roger Moore and Richard 'Jaws' Kiel in front of Maxim's restaurant in Paris. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Roger Moore and Richard 'Jaws' Kiel in front of Maxim's restaurant in Paris. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actors Richard Kiel as Jaws and Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax on set for the United Artist movie ' Moonraker' in 1979. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Richard Kiel picking up actor Roger Moore off the ground by the collar of his jacket in a scene from the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 1977. (Photo by United Artist/Getty Images)
Richard Kiel bares his teeth in publicity portrait, Circa 1975. (Photo by Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Richard Kiel plays an alien Kanamit from THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode, 'To Serve Man'. Season 3, episode 71. Original air date March 2, 1962. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Richard Kiel plays an alien Kanamit forcing Lloyd Bochner as Michael Chambers into the spaceship in THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode, 'To Serve Man'. Season 3, episode 71. Original air date March 2, 1962. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Richard Kiel plays an alien Kanamit from THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode, 'To Serve Man'. Season 3, episode 71. Original air date March 2, 1962. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
American actor Richard Kiel (as a Kanamit) grabs actress Susan Cummings (as Pat) from behind in a scene from the 'To Serve Man' episode of 'The Twilight Zone,' March 2, 1962. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Richard Kiel as the alien Kanamit in 'To Serve Man', an episode in the TV science fiction series 'The Twilight Zone, 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Richard Kiel (as a Kanamit) in a scene from the 'To Serve Man' episode of 'The Twilight Zone,' March 2, 1962. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows, such as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "The Longest Yard," the role of Jaws was an iconic one Kiel could never escape.

"To this day, I go out in sunglasses and a hat because people will shout 'Hey, Jaws!' at me from across the street," he told the Daily Mail earlier this year. "The only way I can explain it is that he's like the Road Runner, which Coyote keeps trying to blow up, but he keeps going."

Kiel's other memorable roles included bullying golf spectator Mr. Larson in "Happy Gilmore," lethal Dr. Loveless's assistant Voltaire in "The Wild, Wild West" and extraterrestrial Kanamit in "The Twilight Zone." He also reprised the character of Jaws for several James Bond video games and voiced the thug Vlad in the animated Disney film "Tangled."

Born in Detroit, Kiel began appearing in TV shows and films in the 1960s, debuting in an episode of the Western series "Laramie." He published an autobiography in 2002 titled "Making It Big in the Movies."

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