Monster of the Day #990 Updated on September 11, 2014 By Ken Begg 20 Comments Edgar Winter’s hippie period was thankfully short-lived. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Cullen Waters Short lived it might have been, yeti never lived it down. bgbear_rnh and sitting in the audience that day was a young a Cornelius Yukovitch whose initial fright of the sight of beast would lead to a 40 year rivalry that ended in the North Pole. bgbear_rnh I am sure he will bounce back. Eric Hinkle Feels odd to see this pic today given that I just learned of Richard Kiel’s death. Anyone else remember when he portrayed the Peremalfait in ‘The Night Stalker’? Or that murderous apeman in an episode of ‘Wild Wild West’? bgbear_rnh he was also Miguelito Loveless’s henchman as well wasn’t he? Eric Hinkle He was Voltaire in the first season, yes. Seriously, look at his filmography on Wikipedia. Mister Kiel did a lot of movies and TV — mostly as a heavy, but even so. bgbear_rnh Around 1979, I was at one of only two SF conventions I have ever attended. Richard Kiel was there. A friend had the shock of being at a urinal with Kiel waiting behind him. Gamera977 Bored with his life on Nerul the Mugatu ran away to join the circus… Gamera977 I had no idea he was even still alive. He did have acromegaly didn’t he? I thought most people with this condition didn’t live all that long. bgbear_rnh Last film I saw him in was Happy Gilmore (18 years ago!) and it looked like he was leaning on thing quite a lot so, I assumed he was having back trouble but, otherwise was healthy looking. Flangepart “If they ask me to play ‘Let it show’ again, I SWEAR I’ll do something rash!” sandra Richard Kiel, whom I will always remember as Jaws in the James Bond films, spent his last years in a wheelchair because he had severe inner ear trouble. He couldn’t stand up for more than a minute without falling over. Jabootu should really dedicate a week to him, with pictures of Pere Malfait, the hungry alien in To Serve Man on Twilight Zone etc bgbear_rnh Oh, a balance problem, that explain the way he was filmed in “Happy Gilmore”. I had assumed a muscle/skeletal problem because of his size. A one of a kind guy, a palette to layer all types of monstrosities on. Rock Baker As far as I know, there was nothing medically wrong with him, he was just a very big fella. People that large do tend to be a lot weaker than they appear, strength-wise, and their bodies can ache from the strain of holding themselves up. But again, as far as I know, he didn’t have any medical issues aside from those that may result from such size. bgbear_rnh I feel bad I had to look to see if Robert Conrad was alive. He is, just retired. Eric Hinkle I’d like to see this myself. Especially if Ken could post a picture of Mister Kiel as the Peremalfait from ‘Night Stalker’. Flangepart I’ll third that idea. Lots of material to work with. Ken Begg I think I already did him there. Definitely did his Twilight Zone alien. Also I have automatically set my pictures to post in advance as I’m out of town. GalaxyJane He did in fact have Acromegaly, a pituitary condition, and was blind in one eye, likely a result of the pituitary tumor that caused it. Pituitary giants do not tend to live long lives, being prone to enlargement of the heart and kidney problems among other things, though a lot would depend on whether the condition was treated (usually with surgery to remove the tumor that is the most likely cause). He also suffered a severe head injury in the 90s that was the cause of his balance problems and inability to walk unaided in his later years. Rock Baker I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info!