Movie Wisdom – Richard Kiel Edition

22 Jun

I was flipping through the channels and happened upon Pale Rider, one of those mystical Westerns that Clint Eastwood liked to make. It is not one of my favorites and, therefore, is something that I have not seen in a while.

I caught one aspect that I did not realize. The bad guy is played by John Russell, who also played the bad guy in Rio Bravo. I caught another aspect that I had forgotten. Richard Kiel is in the movie.

Kiel was one of those actors that stood out because of his physical persona. At over 7 feet tall, he played tough guys. However, he was also good at comedies. It had always been my opinion that Kiel’s stature overshadowed his acting ability.

To honor Richard Kiel, here are some words of wisdom that we can glean from his movies.Richard Kiel

From The Nutty Professor

You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you’re going to have to spend with you.

People just don’t like teachers blowing up their kids.

From The Longest Yard

Shaving points off of a football game, man that’s un-American.

From Silver Streak

Keep your foot on the pedal.

From The Spy Who Loved Me

When someone’s behind you on skis at 40 miles per hour trying to put a bullet in your back, you don’t always have time to remember a face.

It’s very important to have a positive mental attitude.

From Pale Rider

A man without spirit is whipped.

There’s plain few problems can’t be solved with a little sweat and hard work.

Starting fresh always sounds good when you’re in trouble.

From Happy Gilmore

You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad.


6 Responses to “Movie Wisdom – Richard Kiel Edition”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 23, 2016 at 04:29 #

    He is one of those guys I recognize, but whose name I never know. Garry would know. Naturally. I think he was indeed typecast by his height. He was just so massive and higly visible.

    • Rick June 23, 2016 at 19:28 #

      Garry is filled with entertainment trivia.

  2. Bantering Ram June 23, 2016 at 06:21 #

    Ah! So that’s his name. Like Marilyn, I didn’t know his name either.

    • Rick June 23, 2016 at 19:28 #

      That’s his name. He definitely made a cinematic impression.

  3. jcalberta June 24, 2016 at 15:25 #

    I always wondered how guys like this make a living in the Entertainment industry ?? thinking that they can’t be getting that much work. But Kiel had work in over 40 movies and 30 tv shows.
    Not bad for a guy with obvious type casting.

    • Rick June 24, 2016 at 18:56 #

      He was in a lot of stuff.

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