We lost another good one today. Richard Kiel, most famous for playing Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), passed away today aged 74.
This is quite a different loss to those of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams. Hoffman was already one of the greatest actors of all time and we were looking forward to a couple of decades more worth of mind numbingly good acting performances. Williams was a once in a generation comedic force who brought incredible joy to so many lives and literally helped to shape childhoods like mine. But the death of Kiel affected me in a different way, as I tweeted about when I heard the news.
Just cause he was no Phillip Seymour Hoffman, does not mean Kiel was not a wonderful performer. He definitely was. And those talents of his, combined with some huge metal chompers, were a gateway for me into a life filled with appreciation for film. I might have come to this point in the end anyways. But for me, it was Richard Kiel as Jaws that brought me here, writing this little piece for you guys.