One of the small and big screens' biggest performers will be at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight to watch one of his most famous performances.
Actor Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played the towering Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, will be live and in person at the Drafthouse's Richardson branch for a special screening of Moonraker. The screening will feature an original 35-mm cut of the movie in which James Bond gets to go to outer-goddamn-space as well as a special Q&A with Kiel and an autograph session.
Kiel is one of the ultimate "I know that guy" faces in Hollywood not just because of his staggering height and booming voice. He's also got a long acting resume that goes far beyond his screen time with Roger Moore in movies like The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. He was all over television in the '60s and '70s whenever their plots called for a giant man, most famously as the mysterious alien visitor Kanamit in the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man." Adam Sandler gave him another shot in the late 1990s to become a big screen presence by casting him as the super big super fan Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore. Walt Disney Studios cast him for the voice of Vlad in Tangled. He's even gotten a chance to relive his days as Jaws thanks to the stand-alone 007 video game Everything or Nothing.
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