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Richard Kiel


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Birth Name: Richard Kiel
Born: 09/13/1939
Birth Place: Redford, Michigan, USA

Born Richard Dawson Kiel in Detroit, MI on Sept. 13, 1939, his considerable height and unique features were the result of acromegaly, a pituitary condition that also affected motivational speaker Anthony Robbins, actor Rondo Hatton and wrestler André "The Giant" Roussimoff. He initially worked as a cemetery plot salesman before heading west to try his hand in the movies. Kiel was discovered while working as a bouncer at a bar in Los Angeles, which led to his television debut as a bare knuckles fighter in an episode of "Klondike" (NBC, 1960-61). He soon landed an agent and began a string of bit and supporting roles in movies and episodic television, usually as silent henchmen, oversized toug... Continue Bio >>


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