Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, & despite what you might
think, was a perfectly normal-sized young boy until he experienced a sudden
growth spurt in his teens.
Richard has been described as the ‘gentle giant’ of the film business, with
his 7’ 2” frame. In fact Roger Moore said of Richard “the only things
greater than his height are his heart and intelligence”.
Aside from acting, Richard is an accomplished writer and producer. In the
early 90s he co-wrote and executive-produced The Giant Of Thunder Mountain.
A film he brought in under-budget and ahead of schedule, and furthermore it
was awarded the “Film Advisory Board’s Family Film Award Of Excellence.”
It is, however, true to say that Richard is remembered most famously as
Jaws, the deadly henchman in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. His return
in the second adventure was due to stunt co-ordinator Bob Simmons suggesting
that as the character proved so popular, it might be wise to let him
It took Richard 18 years as a struggling actor to become an overnight
success with the Bond film!
Richard was originally cast as the Incredible Hulk for the tv series, though
make-up problems (he is blind in one eye, and the green make-up severely
irritated his good eye) saw him decline the part. However, he went on to
enjoy a varied career – appearing in tv series such as The Monkees, The
Twilight Zone and films such as The Nutty Professor, The Longest Yard,
Barbary Coat, Silver Streak, Pale Rider (directed by and starring Clint
Eastwood), Force Ten From Navarone and Happy Gilmore.
In 2002 his autobiography Making It Big n The Movies was published by
Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, London.
Richard’s latest (and long-cherished) project is a biographical-novel about
Cassius Clay … not the boxer Muhammad Ali but the great white anti-slavery
character who ran for President at the same time as Abraham Lincoln.
“It’s an actor’s dream role, full of action, romance and even courtroom
drama. It has the high drama and award potential of a Schindler’s List and
all the romance of Gone With The Wind. It’s a film about a little known
American hero in an era of America that is amazingly fascinating.”
Perhaps the most frequently asked question to Richard is “did those teeth
hurt?”. The answer is no, but they were extremely nauseating to wear … check
out his autobiography for the rest of the story, and many more!
- Website: www.richardkiel.com
Misty Moon Event
- An Evening With Richard Kiel