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Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

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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." 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."
In this 1978 file photo, American actor Richard Kiel, 7' 2" weighing 327 pounds, strolls along the "Croisette" with 17 month Jennifer, his wife Dianne and their 3 year old son, Richard G. In this 1978 file photo, American actor Richard Kiel, 7' 2" weighing 327 pounds, strolls along the "Croisette" with 17 month Jennifer, his wife Dianne and their 3 year old son, Richard G.

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."

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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AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang reported from Los Angeles.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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