How tall was Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel's Height

7ft 1.5in (217.2 cm)

American actor, best remembered for playing Jaws in Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me and for roles in films like The Longest Yard, Silver Streak, Pale Rider, Happy Gilmore and Tangled. He talks about his height with CBN, saying "I am actually 7 foot and and one-half inches tall. I say Seven two because it's easier. Unlike some tall skinny guys I am really "big" weighing around 350 pounds". In 2012 he said "Seven-One and Three quarters".

People sometimes confuse me with Ted Cassidy, the big man who played Lurch in 'The Addams Family.' Ted is a good actor but he plays different roles than I do. He's 60 pounds lighter and 6 inches shorter than I am. My private life isn't limited by my size. And I don't like to think there are physical limitations to the roles I can play. Some directors emphasize my height by having me stand on platforms in some scenes.

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Average Guess (22 Votes)
7ft 1.74in (217.8cm)
even said on 20/Jul/17
7'1.5" , just as he said , i love truthful people .
Logan said on 29/May/17
I think he is 7,2 maybe 7,3.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/May/17
I think he was around 7ft2-7ft3...more that than 7ft1-7ft2
berta said on 12/Apr/17
he was probably measured at both thoose number i wonder if aguy like him was around 7 foot 3 out of bed. i can belive he lost 4 cm during the day
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Apr/17
It's sad to find out that an actor is no longer with us when you go to his page.
This guy was legendary as a Bond villian - he sticks out in my mind and I'm not big on Bond films at all!
I give him 7ft1.5
Adijos said on 19/Mar/17
7ft 2in - 218 cm
S.J.H said on 25/Jan/17
I ever thought he wasn't over 7 foot 0.5
James B said on 20/Dec/16
WOW 7ft1.5 I thought he wasn't over 7feet
josh jeffords said on 10/Oct/16
Ive seen him interviewed he is or was really cool but 7ft he didnt look after the 80s
He may have crouched and hunched to try to be shorter but he probably shrunk.
He was in a number of movies as a big guy not a giant and looked more 6 8.
Probably the biggest he ever looked was the Bonds he was in he was gigantic in them.
He was a good actor and was quite funny nice to see a giant with a soft side.
Strong 5ft9 said on 10/Aug/16
Hey Rob, would you also add his 7'1 3/4 claim from tim's comment that he gave out?
Editor Rob: yes, I've added that to the top.
mrtguy said on 27/Jun/16
he looked 7'2'' when he played jaws
Ian C. said on 25/Jun/16
Whenever Kiel appeared on talk shows he seemed socially normal. He was friendly and funny and relaxed. Think what an achievement social affability would be for anyone that tall and ugly. Being seven feet tall would be a far worse handicap than being, say, four foot ten. Danny DeVito can walk around without frightening anybody, and in fact is quite a pleasant looking little guy, but Kiel must have caused alarm wherever he went.
Max said on 30/Nov/15
He rounded his height up for professional reasons. If he rounded it down then by deduction the shorter actors who fudge their height would be shown up. Nobody over 6'2" needs to claim a 1/2" or fudge their height up. I am 6' 5 1/2" and just claim 6'5". I did not know about morning/evening height until I visited this site. I measured 6' 6 1/4" once, just out off bed and 6' 5 5/8" at bed time that day, as an experiment. My tall friends all round down because they get so tired of being asked their height and just want to be left alone on the subject. You would not ask a fat person what they weigh, people are the way they are.
I judge people by 2 things ( 1 ) Are they nice or a jerk ( 2 ) Do they smell bad, I don't hang with stinky people.
Hypado said on 19/Sep/15
Richard Kiel height: 7ft 1.5in (217 cm)

Looks a Giant in I Dream Of Jeannie
George said on 7/Jul/15
Great actor you will be missed RIP.....
Brian said on 18/Jan/15
I saw him in person accidentally. My best friend and I were waiting at the gate for a flight so we wouldn't miss it. I was sitting down leaning forward staring at the carpet when I saw a shadow approaching on my right. My friend and I were the only ones there at the time and he was standing several feet away to my left so I knew it was somebody new showing up. So I looked up...and kept looking up as he passed by me and and it was Richard. I was so stunned that I couldn't speak because I was trying to say "hey I know you". But all I could manage was "hey". Mr Kiel looked down at me and nodded as he walked by. The funny part was the look on my friends face. He was actually standing and he's 6'6" flat footed. He was visibly more shocked than me because being 6'6" he wasn't used to looking up at anybody. His head was barely above Mr Kiel's shoulder. At that moment a gate attendant opened the door to let him board early and of course he was sitting in first class when my friend and I got on board.
Sam said on 6/Jan/15
Could you update his credits to continue with?: "and for roles in films like The Longest Yard, Silver Streak, Pale Rider, Happy Gilmore and Tangled."
Icehole73 said on 10/Oct/14
Every bit that size at his peak, no question. he has said it many times, 7'1.5" and rounded up for simplicity. I'm sure in different boots he could look 7'3ish. We will miss you Big Guy!!!! Thank you for entertaining us all these years and leaving a GIANT impression on the world.
Clay said on 12/Sep/14
RIP Mr. Larson, 74 is a great age to reach for a giant like Richard - and he got to live one hell of a life im sure.
truth178cm said on 11/Sep/14
RIP Richard
andy said on 11/Sep/14
If he says he is 7feet 1 and a half inches tall that's how tall he is people. Love it how people think they know better than the actual person themselves.. RIP Richard. You'll be missed.
Ian C. said on 25/Mar/14
So. . . a man who is seven foot and a half inch has actually exaggerated his height. Because it was easier to say, "seven foot two." I'm cool with that. I'm sure that Bob Dylan also found it easier to say "five foot nine" than "five foot five." Yeah. Listen, whatever is easiest to pronounce, I always say.
tim said on 23/Jan/13
he says 7 ft 1.75 in here Click Here
guyfrommars said on 20/Dec/11
He was wearing platform shoes and a huge built-up headpiece when he appeared as a 9-foot tall alien in The Twilight Zone.
Bon_ said on 15/Nov/11
did he say 'one half', as 7'0.5, Rob? are you sure of this?
[Editor Rob: the quote was picked up from another site years ago, maybe commander bond.

I believe the 'and' and part should really read seven one and one half. Why else would he say he says seven two.

If it was 7ft and one half, saying 7ft 1 is easier...]
Mamun said on 13/Nov/11
My friend Nippu , Kiel is huge but compared to Channa he would have been tiny !
I believe you can still see the picture of me and Kiel I had posted and you can tell the difference in size of Kiel's head and hands as compared to Channa ! Kiel told me in that he weighed 345 pounds and Alam Channa was weighed in a Abu Dhabi Hospital at 525 pounds ( 238 kg ) one week before that photo was taken . The Guinness Book has one listing of him saying he weighed more than 212 kg . I mean I my self weighed 102 kg in that photo . Can you really tell that ?


Nippu said on 11/Nov/11
Mamun, how do u compare size of mr Kiel and mr Channa. I don´t mean height but size. R. Kiel is huge even now when he´s with bad posture, hunched and old. He is still the man.
LG69 said on 6/Nov/11
7'1.5" 350 pounds for Richard, 7'0 500 pounds for Andre Roussimoff.
Jarod said on 2/Jul/11
Met Richard at the Chicago Wizard world comic book convention about 5 years ago, I was 16 and at the time probably around 6'4 - 6'5 (6'6.25'' currently.) and he had no problem wrapping his hands around my head like he was grabbing a coffee mug. I have the picture somewhere, if i can find it maybe the mods will help me put it up for everyone to see?
Nippu said on 10/Jun/11
Again supermun! You really travel a LOT=)
Mamun said on 28/Feb/11

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Fredrik Farhadian said on 18/Feb/11
I met Kiel ten years ago. He was sitting down the whole time, but shaking hands with him, I noticed how huge his paw was.
Very nice man by the way. Kind and gentle.
Mr. Kaplan said on 14/Jan/11

Richard Kiel played a character named Jaws... he didn't play in Steven Spielberg's movie of the same name.
Marcelo C. said on 5/Oct/07
Huge, enormous no matter the angle you´re looking at him from. Remember the scenes where he´s next to Moore (6´1" or so), who seems to look 5´9" if compared.
Poker Portal said on 30/May/07
I give Tiplady 6'10" at the most. Just look at the picture with Lennox Lewis, only 4 or 5 inches difference.

[Editor Rob: Tiplady did post here once, just his kind of bio I think.]
Slig said on 16/Apr/07
Tiplady looks about 6´7-6´9 tops but not even close to 7 feet.
the new Geordie jaws said on 1/Mar/07
Gary Tiplady

Left school where he went onto catering college and after that gained vast amounts of experience working in some of the best hotels in the north east .he also worked at the world famous Gleneagles hotel in Scotland, which he gained vast and varied cooking skills.

He cooked for, and met royalty, showbiz stars and sports celebrities along with political leaders.

Whilst participating in his profession he started to teach himself the art of lard modelling

With no formal training in the arts, Gary Crafted his original work in lard and margarine made in the many hotel kitchens that he worked as a very popular top chef, his work graced the tables of many grand company banquets and has been feature on many television shows. Documentaries and far-reaching local news He has now turned his hand at sculpting with galvanised wire mesh
Brad said on 1/Dec/06
Hard to judge now. He shows up at the Ray Courts show and has a terrible curve to his back.
JT said on 23/Nov/06
Nice picture, Bendy. I've never seen Kiel next to anyone taller than him. Kiel looks around 2 inches shorter. If Kiel could/would straighten up, he'd probably be about as tall as Mayhew. His shoulders are definitely at a higher level. Kiel looks like he has no neck. His spine is probably curved forward in the cervical region.
Jim said on 10/Oct/06
Having examined the photos of Kiel standing next to Carl Weathers(6'1") and Van Dyke(6'0.5"), Kiel certainly was a solid 7'1" in his day and I have every reason to believe he was the 7 ft 1 1/2 ins he has claimed.
JW said on 28/Sep/06
JT. Those are interesting photos. Chuck Connors was one of the few actors who didn't exaggerate his height, which makes him a good standard for judging the heights of other actors. I always considered Fess Parker to be a legitimate 6'5" although he may have been slightly smaller than Connors. I have never found a height reference for Walter Burke, the little man in the photo between Kiel and Parker. He seemed to be about 5 feet tall or less. There is no way that Richard Kiel could be 8.5" taller than Chuck Connors or Fess Parker. Dick Van Dyke must be somewhat under 6 feet because there is considerably more than 4.5" difference between him and Fess Parker, based on the two photos with Richard Kiel. The photo of Kiel, Parker, and Burke doesn't show their feet so there is no way of knowing what kind of shoes they were wearing. Richard Kiel may have wore elevated shoes occasionally to appear more menacing. Fess Parker is leaning over in the photo so his full height is not apparent.
JW said on 19/Sep/06
Richard Kiel was on an episode of "The Rifleman" and appeared to be no more than 4 or 5 inches taller than Chuck Connors who was 6'5". Richard Kiel was probably only about 6'10".
Anonymous said on 30/Aug/06

Gary Tiplady the giant 7ft 3 in actor from Newcastle at the moment just came back from Sweden doing a million pound film commercial for Tic Tac mints as george the yeti
He has stared in the very popular French film called “Le Boulet” as the caricature “Le Meg” in which he has golden metal teeth I played the second lead roll. In the film
He also stared in a British Film called “Baby Juice Express” which is a comedy spoof take off, of the popular UK film “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”
I have also done varied television work which is quite impressive.he had parts in East Enders,Moll flanders ,the 10th Kingdom , BBC Granada documentaries. I have appeared in News paper and magazines and received great media exposure as a result.
Amongst other things I have not long done a photo shoot in a London Park with a very well known photographer. If you were in Australia you would see my face plastered all over the place. It was to do with the Australian wool industry.

A few weeks ago I was being photographed again at a local stately home, the result of which the photos are to be found in a very high class German Magazine.

I am registered with an agency in the USA called featuring myself Gary Tiplady. If you click on this web site you can see my credits thus far.

e said on 25/Aug/06
It is true that Gary Tiplady is at 7ft 3ins and is a Jaws looklike actor cos I knew him well.
Anonymous said on 9/Aug/06
message for ck Gary Tiplady is a actor in his own right
ck said on 9/Aug/06
On an interesting side note there is a guy called Gary Tiplady who claims to be 7'3" and is a Jaws (Richard Kiel) lookalike from the Bond Films.

Doesn't really look the full 7'3"??

Click Here
Jason said on 10/Jun/06
Looking at more pics of Kiel, I reckon he was 7'1'' max. Maybe the 7'1 1/2'' and 7'1 3/4'' were more morning measurements? Someone that tall would lose a little more height during the day. In terms of amount, not proportionately. He's no more than 6'11'' today, probably under.
Alex said on 6/Jun/06
He says 7'0.5 then he says he says 7'2 since its easier. So hes boosting himself up 1.5 inches. He must have meant hes 7'1.5 and saying 7'2. He does look 7'1ish.
Paul said on 3/Jun/06
He attends all the 'autographicas', usually with Blanche Ravalec. There was one in a hotel near Heathrow airport on 3 and 4 June. I will try and make the one later this year and judge him for myself as with the autographicas you get to meet the guest signers in person. He was definitely at least 7ft back in the Bond movies.
Cr@zyHor$e said on 7/May/06
Here he is standing in front of a UK door, (6'5"-6'6"), And he seems to have bad posture, That pic is from 2005 so he's 66 yrs old which is old for an acromegalic giant, its hard to say how tall he is in that picture, but I doubt hes at the 7'0 mark, But in the bond movies and older pics he definately did seem 7'1"
Picture said on 21/Apr/06
I will be honest.
I cant see the difference between 7 ' 1 and 7 ' 2.
JT said on 21/Apr/06
He's always looked a good 7'1" to me. Sing, Shaq may be as tall or very nearly as tall as Kiel, but he just wouldn't look as big on film. Because of his acromegaly, Kiel has a giant head, huge hands, and a very wide frame that makes him appear imposing (like Andre and Big Show). I think he weighed around 350 lbs. when he did the James Bond films.
Jason said on 10/Apr/06
I dunno, Sing. You know I normally don't believe a lot of this stuff, but Kiel really did look the 7'1 1/2'' he claims to me in the James Bond movies.
sing said on 9/Apr/06
RICHARD KIEL IS NOT 7 FEET 1.5 WITHOUT SHOES ON. EDITOR ROB, YOU ARE SLIPPING A BIT. If you take what actors/athlete say they are, then all the heights would be wrong. I believe he's 7-1 with shoes on, without shoes, he's probably right around 6-11 or 7 feet mark, same height as Shaq.
Alex said on 6/Feb/06
This guy looks to be a solid 7'1.
katie said on 29/Jan/06
iI the description of the movie "Eegah!" it says "...giant actor Richard Kiel..." I just thought that was funny.
todzilla said on 29/Dec/05
I have met Mr. Kiel on several occasions near his home in oakhurst california, and due to the degenerative skeletal disease he is inflicted with with it is really hard to tell how tall he is with any accuracy. his frame is very wide and deep due to this and his skull is very large, even too big for his large body. he walks with great difficulty and is hunched over and usually in discomfort because of his disease. I believe he was never taller than 6'8" or 6'9". he now stands about 6'4 or so from being hunched over. yes his daughter is really hot, and he is one of the most genuinly nice guys you will ever meet.
Bam Bam said on 17/Oct/05
I am a personal friend of Richard Kiel I can tell you that he is everybit of 7'1". The funny thing is his wife is 5'1" ish about the same height as my mom. He does have to wear leg braces and it is difficult for him to get around. His oldest son has his shoulders and his mom's height but a little taller. Good for football he made for a great lineman. His daughter won miss preteen USA back in the late 80's. His height in respect to tall for nowadays is tall but not weird. In the 70's he was tall! Thats why they used him in the Longest Yard, Canonball Run, and he is best known for being "Jaws" in James bond. I do have to say he is one nice guy as well as his whole family. They are normal by all respects other than he doesn't need a ladder to chage a light bulb...
weggy said on 27/Jun/05
Some great pics of Kiel stood back to back with Barbara Bach on Barbara Bach website.Barbara at 5'6'' barefoot stands a fraction above elbow height to Kiel,putting him I reckon about 7'1.

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