James Bond's "Jaws" Actor Richard Kiel Dies At 74

richardkiel7'2" actor Richard Kiel made his mark early in acting with appearances on TV series like Twilight Zone, The Man From Uncle and The Wild Wild West and films like The Phantom Planet and The Nutty Professor. But Kiel became internationally recognized when he popped in the metal chompers to play Jaws opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He continued to work steadily through the 80's on a variety of television series and movies and had a memorable turn in Happy Gilmore as the man who scared the hell out of Shooter McGavin.

According to TMZ, Kiel had broken his leg last week and was in a hospital in Fresno, CA. A family member told them he passed away Wednesday afternoon in the hospital — and it's unclear if his death was connected to the leg injury.

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