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Richard Kiel (1939–2014)


Towering 7' 2" tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains! Kiel worked in numerous jobs including as a night club bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Noted amongst these was ... See full bio »

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Known For

Tangled
Tangled Vlad
(2010)
Moonraker
Moonraker Jaws
(1979)
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore Mr. Larson
(1996)

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 2010 Tangled
Vlad (voice)
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Famous Big Guy with Silver Teeth
 1996 Happy Gilmore
Mr. Larson
 1991 The Giant of Thunder Mountain
Eli Weaver
 1989 Think Big
Irving
 1985 Qing bao long hu men
Laszlo
 1985 Pale Rider
Club
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Arnold, Mitsubishi Driver
 1983 Hysterical
Captain Howdy
 1981 So Fine
Eddie
 1979 Moonraker
Jaws
 1979 The Humanoid
Golob
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone
Drazak
 1978 Wu zi tian shi
Steel Hand (Guest star)
 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
Jaws
 1976 Silver Streak
Reace
 1976 Gus
Tall Man
 1975 Flash and the Firecat
Milo Pewett
 1974 The Longest Yard
Samson (as Dick Kiel)
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Big Dick
 1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1968 Skidoo
Beany
 1968 A Man Called Dagger
Otto
 1966 Las Vegas Hillbillys
Moose
 1965 Brainstorm
Asylum Inmate (uncredited)
 1965 The Human Duplicators
Dr. Kolos
 1965 Two on a Guillotine
Photographer at Funeral (uncredited)
 1964 The Nasty Rabbit
Ranch foreman (uncredited)
 1964 Roustabout
Strongman (uncredited)
 1963 Lassie's Great Adventure
Chinook Pete
 1963 The Nutty Professor
Man in Gym (uncredited)
 1963 House of the Damned
The Giant
 1962 Eegah
Eegah
 1961 The Phantom Planet
The Solarite
 1957 The D.I.
Ugly Marine (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercial (Finlalnd): Sampo Mini VISA Card See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Richard Keil | Dick Kiel

Height:

7' 2" (2.18 m)
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Personal Quote:

My wife is 5'4" and everybody asks how we do it. See more »

Trivia:

In 1992 he was in a serious automobile accident that affected his auto-balance, and afterwards walked using a walking stick or riding a battery-powered scooter around if he has to go very far. In Happy Gilmore (1996) he is never seen walking and almost all of his scenes are from the waist up. There are only two full-body scenes and both times he is leaning on something--the first is a post, the ... See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and menacing frame

Star Sign:

Virgo

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