Richard Kiel, James Bond villain Jaws actor, dies at 74

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Actor Richard Kiel – who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films – has died in California aged 74.

The towering American star, who appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979, died in hospital in Fresno on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Saint Agnes Medical Center confirmed Kiel’s death, but did not reveal the cause.

The 7ft 2in (2.18m) actor also appeared in the sports comedy Happy Gilmore, starring Adam Sandler, in 1996.

Kiel got his first acting break in the 1950s

Kiel made his name as cable-chomping henchman Jaws opposite Roger Moore as 007.

Sir Roger said he was “totally distraught” at the death of his co-star.

“We were on a radio programme together just a week ago,” said the former Bond star, adding “[I] can’t take it in”.

Kiel and Sir Roger were guests on BBC’s Radio 4 programme The Reunion, which aired on Sunday, along with Bond actress Britt Ekland, recalling their roles in the spy series.

During the programme, Kiel said he initially thought playing Jaws – a man who killed people with his teeth – could appear “over the top”

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