Actor Richard Kiel, best known for playing Bond villain Jaws, has died at the age of 74.

Kiel passed away at the Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California on Wednesday. A cause of death has not been released.

Kiel is one of the very few actors to have appeared in more than one Bond movie who wasn't playing the title role. The towering 7 foot 1 inch tall actor faced off against Roger Moore's Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and in Moonraker two years later.

Jaws - so-called because of his steel teeth - proved popular with audiences, even siding with Bond eventually and enjoying a happy ending following the events of Moonraker.

Before his death, Kiel had even suggested a team up with current Bond Daniel Craig in as future film.

"Could Jaws beat Daniel Craig? Well, probably give him a run for the money, you know, who knows he might be on Daniel Craig's side, if they paid me enough!"

Kiel's television credits include roles in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in 1964, The Wild Wild West in 1965 and Barbary Coast in 1975.

He is survived by his wife and four children.