Richard Kiel: RIP

Actor Richard Kiel, best known for portraying the steel-toothed villain “Jaws” in two of the Roger Moore-era Bond films, died on September 10 at the age of 74.

I photographed him in 2012 during his appearance at MiniCon at UOP’s Spanos Center. At 7-ft, 2-inches tall he was an imposing figure but genuinely seemed like a genial kind of guy. When posing for pictures with a fan he had a standard “schtick.” He would envelope the fan’s head in his two massive hands as if to crush it like a grape. Of course, he wouldn’t, but that Jaws “clutch” was a kick to fans and onlookers alike.

I covered the 2014 edition of StocktonCon last month and Kiel was there, as he was at the 2012 MiniCon and the 2013 StocktonCon. I thought about getting a shot of him but he had been signing a lot of autographs and posing for pictures at that point. Had I known that this would have been one of his last appearances I might have tried to get a picture of him but he looked a bit tired so I left him alone.

Kiel was becoming a staple of StocktonCon and his passing has left a void for the fans that won’t be easily filled.

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