Gentle Giant Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dies At 74

Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel, right, with RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left. Keil’s scenes from RECOiL were, regrettably, deleted because it was discovered too late that his head was cropped out of frame in most of his scenes.

Fresno, CA—He survived being left in space by James Bond and getting a nail shot in his head by Happy Gilmore, but 7 foot 2 actor Richard Kiel died last week in a Fresno hospital at the age of 74. The cause of death hasn’t yet been determined.

Born with acromegaly, Kiel mad a name for himself playing huge characters both on TV and in films. He was best known as the henchman Jaws in two James Bond films, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.”

He also appeared in the films “Happy Gilmore,” “The Longest Yard,” “RECOiL” and “Silver Streak.”

On the small screen, he played the title character in “The Paul Bunyan Show” and “Lassie.” He also tried to *SPOILER ALERT* cook the entire world’s population in the classic “Twilight Zone” episode, “To Serve Man.”

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane Rogers Kiel, sons Richard, Bennett and Christopher; one daughter, Jennifer; and six grandchildren. Continue reading

She Found Her Happy Place; Frances Bay Dies

Frances Bay

It was Frances Bay who actually invented the "marble rye" bit when she snatched a marble rye from creator/director Brian DiMaio on the set of RECOiL, and refused to give it back..

Los Angeles—Frances Bay, Happy Gilmore’s grandmother in “Happy Gilmore,” died Thursday. She was 92.

Born in Mannville, Alberta and raised in Manitoba, Bay, born Frances Goffman, put her burgeoning acting career on hold when she got married. She moved with her husband, Charles, to South Africa until the 1970s, when Charles’ job moved them to California. It was then that she again turned to acting, in her mid-fifties.

Besides appearing most recently on ABC’s “The Middle” as Aunt Ginny, Bay also appeared as Fonzie’s grandmother on “Happy Days,” guest-starred in “The Dukes of Hazzard” and famously refused to give up her marble rye on “Seinfeld.”
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