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Buster Keaton's height is 5ft 5in (165 cm)

American actor and comedian, best remembered for roles in films like The General, Sherlock, Jr., Seven Chances, Our Hospitality, The Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr., Convict 13, The Passionate Plumber, Speak Easily and The Invader. On the Buster Keaton society website it mentioned that "According to his widow, Eleanor Keaton, as well as his own youthful diaries (in which he recorded all sorts of useful information), he was 5'6" tall".
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ArnoldS says on 27/Sep/14
@Arch Stanton: I saw the linked video, that wasn't a good scene to compare his height because he was standing on lower ground than the other two guys. So considering that, 5'8" for Harold Lloyd I can buy, but for the 1920s, that was actually above average (which was 5'7" at the time).
Tim says on 21/Aug/14
I would have believed 5'6" still even when considering the co-actors/actresses of several slapstick comedians (same with the Charlie Chaplin and Three Stooges shorts/films) who tend to be relatively average/above average height women with heels or actors 5'9" and above (I noticed particularly in the Stooges shorts that barely any of the co-actors were between 5'6" and 5'9", some, but barely any) to highlight their short stature more, to play as 'somebody' well below this page puts it, the "diminutive antihero" (or in the Stooges case, 'antiheroes'). However, given certain pictures I've seen with Chaplin (who I personally think was between 5'5" and 5'6"), Keaton being 5'5" is a reasonable change.
Sam says on 17/Jul/14
Yeah, Steamboat Bill Jr. it does look like close to a foot difference with his dad, a bit like the inverse in real life of John to Nick Cassavetes. One thing for sure, Keaton isn't 2 inches taller than Chaplin, nor even 2 cm taller.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Jul/14
Well, I don't think he looked quite as short as Chaplin on screen. Around 5 ft 5 is near I think., although at times he can look half an inch either way.
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jul/14
I mean see 25:10 of the film, he makes Ernest look 6 ft 7 there!
[Editor Rob: that bit is on a boat so I don't think it is as level as indoors, on the dock he can look near a foot smaller.]
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jul/14
Rob, Click Here See from 16 minutes. The big guy is 6'4" Ernest Torrence, looks a foot taller or so doesn't he? 4'11 in heels Marion comes in at 18 minutes, -see 19:29 -19:39 for how they look together. You know 5'4.5 might be a good shout.
[Editor Rob: it depends on how big his head is, I don't think Buster really looked much below his chin, I can still buy around 5ft 5, although whether the big guy is standing as tall as he can is another matter.]
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jul/14
5 ft 4 range is definitely possible Sam!! In Steamboat Bill Jr, Ernest Torrence (listed at 6'4" at looked it easily, I guessed him at 6'4-6'5") had a good foot on Buster. He played his father in it and before they met him they cracked a joke about the son now being taller than his dad!
Sam says on 8/Jul/14
I swear I've seen a photo where Keaton and Chaplin look the same height, never Keaton taller...5'5" is at least more accurate than 5'6"...the only photo I can find with Keaton and Lloyd, they are both sitting down and are considerably older.
[Editor Rob: I did see at least one newspaper article describe Keaton as 5ft 5 and 140 pounds back in that era.]
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jul/14
See Harold Lloyd's proportions at 51-52 minutes here Click Here He was definitely nowhere near 5 ft 10 was he? More chance of 5 ft 6 than 5 ft 10!! See the comparisons at 52:24 and 54:24 for instance! Now they must be big guys but still... I think 5 ft 7 is a possibility. Is he worth adding?
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jul/14
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I mean if he's 5 ft 10 the guy on the left must be.... I could believe 5 ft 8 but I really doubt he was over it. The 2 inch silent rule seems to apply again!!
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jul/14
Rob can you add a photo? Any idea how tall Harold Lloyd was? I see 5 ft 10 listed but that's ridiculous. In The Kid Brother some of the others tower over him. He's not as short as Buster or Charlie but I'd have guessed 5'7"-5'8" max 5 ft 10 is really silly!
[Editor Rob: possibly 5ft 8 range, but not looked at him]
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jul/14
Here's a still from Steamboat, Marion Byron was reportedly 4 ft 11 in heels which she's in there. Click Here He's in normal shoes I think. He's nearer the camera but it might be a 5 inch difference. You know, 5 ft 4 range is quite possible actually. He looks quite like an Angus Young type among the women here Click Here
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jul/14
It's worth seeing his films like Seven Chances and Sherlock Jr alone for the stunts. What he lacked in height he made up with sheer guts! I wouldn't have had the balls to have of the stuff he did!
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jul/14
Rob I've mentioned Seven Chances twice LOL, can you replace the second one with Steamboat Bill Jr.? 5'4" is possible I think, 5 ft 5 definitely seems more accurate than 5 ft 6 anyway. Based on the 2 inch silent rule though it's quite possible he was as low as 5 ft 4. When I watch him on screen though I see him as a similar sort of height as Edward G Robinson who as Sam says 5'4.5" is a possibility.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jul/14
That Chaplin image rather reminds me of your "tall Rob" Dons photo! Deceptive, I think you can see the outline of the block lift in Chaplin's shoes but it's doubtful he'd get 3 or more inches from them.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jul/14
5 ft 6 was probably his measurement in normal shoes.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jul/14
Chaplin's shoes do look a bit blocky though and he's probably in lifts but even if so I can't see Keaton over 5 ft 5. In some scenes in films like Seven Chances Keaton could look as low as 5 ft 4 but I think around 5 ft 5 might be a good shout.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jul/14
Rob this one's a major eye opener, might make you question the 5'6" listing! Click Here
Actually looks noticeably shorter than Chaplin!!
[Editor Rob: looks more like a 5ft 4 guy there, that might be nearer, I think anyway ruling out that 5ft 6 claim is wise.]
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jul/14
Rob can you update and add American actor and comedian, best remembered for roles in films like The General, Sherlock, Jr., Seven Chances, Our Hospitality, The Navigator, Seven Chances, Convict 13, The Passionate Plumber, Speak Easily and The Invader.

I've seen seven of those. I think you're being a bit generous with the 5'6" listing though Rob, I always see him as more a 5'5" er overall, perhaps a downgrade to 5'5.5? I actually think 166cm might be on the nose.
somebody says on 13/Jan/14
Short, but not as short as I thought. It's a little hard to guess from his films because he surrounded himself with tall costars (as Chaplin did) to appear more the diminutive antihero. For the 1920s, it's surprising how many of his leading ladies were about his height (in the later, not-so-good film "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath," I believe almost all of the women towered over him).
Arch Stanton says on 25/Nov/13
Looks about right in The General.
Anon says on 17/Apr/13
Seemed 5'5-.5 ish in his last few years. I can believe this claim.

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