September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014
Richard Dawson Kiel, a Detroit native with over 75 acting credits, may be best known for his portrayal as Jaws in the James Bond franchise, or as the telepathic Kanamit alien in the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”, but it was his role as The Solarite in THE PHANTOM PLANET (1961) that secures his status among the honored CDF Alumni.
Mr. Kiel also made appearances on an amazing variety of television episodes, such as The Rifleman (1961), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1965), I Dream of Jeannie (1965), Gilligan’s Island (1966), The Monkees (1967), Emergency! (1974), Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974), Starsky & Hutch (1976), Land of the Lost (1976), The Fall Guy (1981), and Simon & Simon (1983).