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Actor Richard Kiel, who played steel-
toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond
films, has died in California aged 74.
The towering American star, who
appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977
and Moonraker in 1979, died in hospital in
Fresno on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Saint Agnes Medical
Center confirmed Kiel's death, but did not
reveal the cause.
The 7ft 2in (2.18m) actor also appeared in
the sports comedy Happy Gilmore, starring
Adam Sandler, in 1996.
Kiel made his name as cable-chomping
henchman Jaws opposite Roger Moore as
Sir Roger said he was "totally distraught"
at the death of his co-star.
Sandro Monetti, director at Bafta in Los
Angeles and a former showbiz reporter,
described Kiel as having "teeth of steel, but a
heart of gold."
He recalled seeing the actor at James
Bond conventions: "It was like seeing kids
meeting Santa Claus. Everyone has got such
joyous memories of Jaws, and he had time
Monetti added: "Whenever you mentioned
Jaws, his eyes lit up and there was that
Micky Dolenz, who starred with Kiel in the
seminal episode of The Monkees - I was a
Teenage Monster, tweeted his memories of
the star: "The great character actor and
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kiel had the
hormonal condition acromegaly, which was
said to have contributed to his height. (BBC)
Veteran actor Kiel dies at age 74
PETER RAY BLOOD
When I remember Holly Thomas, I recall
his soothing bass voice on the radio on a
Sunday morning, asking, "Who loves you,
baby?" Also, I remember him admonishing
those in the kitchen preparing Sunday lunch,
reminding all that callaloo required swizzling
and must not be pureed in a blender.
Like some of his colleagues in the era of
the 80s, including Rennie Bishop, Billy Reece,
Jim Sutherland and Phill Simmons, Thomas
had a distinctive voice and manner of broad-
casting that endeared listeners to him and his
Having made a name for himself in the New
York tri-state area, initially with Ken Webb
on New York s WBLS frequency, and subse-
quently on WLIB, Thomas returned home
and hitched his wagon to Trinidad Broadcasting
Company s Studio 730 in 1982. He worked
for 15 years in the United States and, after a
stint on Radio 730 transferred to Radio Nine
Five in 1988, making his Magnificent 7 pro-
gramme, specialising in "soft jazz," a must-
Simmons, fondly remembered as "the Thrill"
on the TBC network, left Radio 610 to join
Radio 730. He said: "Holly and I worked
together when I returned to Radio Trinidad
730. He was one of the last of the real breed
of radio people . What we have today is actually
a cheap copy of what we used to have. Holly
stood for quality and professionalism, from
way back in the callaloo days on a Sunday
morning on Magnificent 7. In fact, Mavis
John s hit single, Jazz in the Callaloo, was
inspired by Holly.
"Holly and I did the first radio station J Ou-
vert band, Mas on the Radio. It was a successful
venture. All our masqueraders used to get a
taste of whatever the bandleader had in his
pouch, making us even more popular.
"Life is a funny thing. The last time Holly
and I spent any time together was at Frankie
Dixon s funeral earlier this year and he was
fine, as he was when I saw him during this
year s Carnival."
Current TBC personality Chris Boynes, who
also worked with Thomas, said: "Beside being
a colleague, Holly was a brother, adviser and
mentor to me. Although he met me here at
TBC, I still regarded him my senior, as he was
a full-time broadcaster when I was just a DJ.
"Holly was from the old-school camp of
radio and was a true professional and perfec-
"He helped me to understand some of the
key elements in radio and the musical clock,
the concept which helps with your daily pro-
gramming, and not just from a DJ s point of
TBC senior producer/broadcaster Eddison
Carr is one of the people who has history with
Thomas. He said: "One of the best voices on
radio has gone. We worked together at Radio
730 but also did Magnificent 7 on Sundays
for about five years on Radio 95. I remember
his consummate radio persona. Not everyone
"Holly had that radio personality that
touched everybody in terms of his voice and
style. He always reminded me of Barry White
as both had that same kind of arresting, grav-
elly, warm voice that drew you to listen to
Adrian Don Mora is one of today s top radio
personalities who learned at the feet of
Thomas. The assistant programme director,
morning show host and sports editor at Ebony
104.1FM said: "I heard the news of Holly s
passing this morning (Wednesday) while I was
on the air and was really taken aback. I remem-
ber as an aspiring radio announcer Holly
Thomas stood out so much because his voice
was like no other on radio in T&T; deep and
rich. And, he knew how to use it to full effect.
When I eventually got my foot into the door
at Radio Trinidad I marvelled at the ease with
which he operated.
"His shows like the Magnificent 7 and Can-
dlelight & Wine will always remain the stan-
dard for radio shows in my mind, especially
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...THE VOICE IS NO MORE
Beloved broadcaster Holly Thomas who
passed away on Wednesday.
Holly Thomas, second from left, poses with some past celebrities from the TBC network. From
left, presenter Emmett Hennessy, programme director Gabriel Francis (deceased), presenter
Selma Ahyee (deceased), presenter Jim Sutherland (deceased) and presenter Rennie Bishop.
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