The actor Richard Kiel, famous for playing the steel-toothed villain Jaws in James Bond films, has died at the age of 74.
Kiel died at Saint Agnes medical centre in Fresno, California, the hospital confirmed without giving further details, citing patient confidentiality.
TMZ said the towering 7ft 2in (218cm) character actor died a week after breaking his leg – it was not immediately known if the death was related to this.
Kiel was one of the most memorable villains in two of Roger Moore’s best Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979. He was also cast as Mr Larson in Adam Sandler’s 1996 golf comedy Happy Gilmore, and voiced the villain Vlad in 2010’s animated princess tale Tangled.
Kiel, who was born in Detroit, made his small screen debut in a 1960 Laramie episode called Street of Hate.
According to his movie database entry he was working as a bouncer at a Los Angeles nightclub before being recruited by Arch Hall for the lead role in Eegah (1962), about teens who stumble across a rampaging prehistoric caveman. Between acting jobs and writing screenplays he also worked as a cemetery plot salesman and night school maths tutor.