Richard Kiel The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo COA DECEASED
~~Great looking black and white autographed photo signed by ...Richard Kiel as "Merry" from the classic television series..."The Man From U.N.C.L.E.". This episode was entitled, "The Hong Kong Shilling Affair". The star from the show, Robert Vaughn, is also pictured on this photo. Robert didn't autograph the photo, but it would look even better if you are able to obtain his signature as well.
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Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor known for his role of the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) as well as the video game Everything or Nothing; he also had cameos in many other James Bond video games. He was also known for roles in The Longest Yard (1974), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Pale Rider (1985), and as Mr. Larson in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore. In television he appeared as the Kanamit aliens in the classic The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" and as Dr. Miguelito Loveless' assistant, Voltaire, in first-season episodes of The Wild, Wild West (1965-1966).
Life and career
Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1939, he was of German descent. He made his acting début in a 1960 Laramie episode called "Street of Hate". He also acted in an unaired TV-pilot featuring Lee Falk's superhero The Phantom, where Kiel played an assassin called "Big Mike", who was hired to kill the titular hero.
Before breaking into film and television Kiel worked in numerous jobs including a nightclub bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman.
Kiel broke into films in the early 1960s with the B-movie Eegah (1962), which was later featured on the TV shows Elvira's Movie Macabre and Mystery Science Theater 3000, as were The Phantom Planet and The Human Duplicators. He also co-wrote, produced, and starred in the family-friendly movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain. Kiel also appeared as the towering — and lethal — assistant Voltaire to Dr. Miguelito Loveless in first season episodes of The Wild, Wild West. He later appeared in another role, in the episode "The Night of the Simian Terror", as Dimas, the outcast son of a wealthy family, banished because of birth defects that distorted his body and apparently affected his mind. This episode is significant because it allowed Kiel the opportunity to really act, rather than just look intimidating. Kiel also had a cameo role in a 1961 episode of The Rifleman.
From 1963 to 1965 Kiel worked as a night school math instructor in Burbank, California.
In the first episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The Vulcan Affair," Kiel appeared as a guard in Vulcan's plant; he also played the role of "Merry" in "The Hong Kong Shilling Affair," which aired on 15 March 1965. He also played the role of the hitman with metal teeth, Reace, in the (1976) film Silver Streak. He and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the original choices to play the title character in the 1977 TV series The Incredible Hulk. Schwarzenegger was turned down due to his height. Kiel participated in the filming of the TV movie pilot. During the shoot, producers decided their Hulk needed to be muscular rather than just towering, and Kiel was dismissed because he possessed more body fat than the producers deemed necessary. According to a Den of Geek interview, Kiel, who saw properly out of only one eye, also reacted badly to the contact lenses used for the role, and found the green makeup difficult to remove, so he did not mind losing the part. All recognizable footage of Kiel was cut, except the one where the Hulk saves the little girl from drowning; the scenes were then re-shot with Lou Ferrigno.
He has appeared on many other television episodes like Laramie, I Dream Of Jeannie, Honey West, Gilligan's Island, The Monkees, Daniel Boone, Emergency!, Starsky & Hutch, Land of the Lost, The Fall Guy and Simon & Simon.
The James Bond film producers spotted Kiel in the William Shatner western TV series Barbary Coast and thought he was ideal for the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He was one of the few Bond villains to appear in two Bond films, later appearing in Moonraker (1979). He reprised his role of Jaws in the 2004 game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, supplying his voice and likeness.
Kiel's height and features were a result of a hormonal condition known as acromegaly. In his prime, Kiel stood 7 feet 1.5 inches (217 cm) tall. He noted in his 2002 autobiography, Making It Big in the Movies, that he used to state that he was 7 feet 2 inches (218.44 cm) because it was easier to remember. He suffered from acrophobia (fear of heights), and during the cable car stunt scenes in Moonraker, a stunt double was used because Kiel refused to be filmed on the top of a cable car at over 2000 feet (607 m) high.
In 1992, Kiel suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, which affected his balance. He was subsequently forced to walk with a cane to support himself (as shown in his appearance in the movie Happy Gilmore, where he is seen leaning on a person or a cane). He was later confined to a scooter or wheelchair.
He co-authored a biography of the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay called Kentucky Lion.
He was also a born-again Christian. His website states that his religious conversion helped him to overcome alcoholism.
Kiel died on September 10, 2014, three days before his 75th birthday, at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California. The cause of death was not given. He had been admitted to the hospital after breaking his leg the previous week. He is survived by his wife, Diane, four children, and nine grandchildren.
3 days before his death he had been a guest on BBC Radio 4 along with Roger Moore, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Britt Ekland and John Glen talking about their time on the James Bond franchise. Moore said after his death, he thought Kiel sounded weak but at the time thought it was the connection as he was in Fresno, California, calling into the show.
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