Thursday, September 11, 2014
Never to be Forgotten:
Richard Kiel 1939-2014
Almost all the obituaries mention his work as Jaws in the two James Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker - the second film I count as genre because it takes place in outer space - but my two favorite performances of his are on The Twilight Zone in To Serve Man and a very funny turn in Burt Reynolds' The Longest Yard. His other roles in genre productions include Inspector Gadget, The Princess and the Dwarf, Superboy, Out of this World, Phoenix, Hysterical, The Humanoid, The Incredible Hulk, Land of the Lost, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, My Mother the Car, I Dream of Jeannie, The Human Duplicator, The Phantom Planet and the starring role in Eegah, a movie that got the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.
I never met Mr. Kiel, but I do remember seeing him as a guest on Letterman back in the 1980s, where he was nice and funny. Best wishes to the family and friends of Richard Kiel, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.