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Cary Grant height: 6ft 1in (185 cm)

English Actor best remembered for films such as North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace, Notorious, The Bishop's Wife, To Catch a Thief, The Awful Truth, His Girl Friday and An Affair to Remember. He once stated his height as '6ft one and a half.'


Cary in I Was a Male War Bride (1949/ 20th Century Fox)
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Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/15
Rob two films I think you should see for Grant comparisons are The Grass in Greener and Operation Petticoat. Difficult to see him taller than Mitchum and if Tony Curtis was really just 5'8.75 Grant looked barely over 6ft. I thought Grant looked the exact same height as Mitchum in the Grass is Greener, there's a scene in which they're stood very close for quite a long time. Sam also thought they looked the same when Grant stood his best, but Steve reckons Mitchum had an inch on Grant. He'd have been 55 by that period, did he lose height quite early? He doesn't look to have with Connery but in films of the 60s Grant could really look no more than 6 ft at times. If you watch Arsenic and Lace, Grant was eye to eye with Raymond Massey who could at times pull off look 186-7 range with others. Grant did look a decent 6'1" in the 30 and 40s. Should we assume then that he'd lost a bit by early 60s which accounts for Mitchum being the same height or as Steve says looking taller? See them if you can and tell us what you think.
[Editor Rob: it's possibly by mid 50's for Grant to have lost a fraction. Certainly you can argue Grant in 6ft 0.5 range is a possibility.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Aug/15
Connery is slouching though.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
@Sam Charade was a great film, but so were most of his films. Personally if Rob had to add another one I'd probably ask for Monkey Business or I Was a Male War Bride, both among the greatest comedy films ever made.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
@Sam/Rob, difficult to argue under 6 ft 1 with Connery in 1957 here! Click Here Plus Grant had begun to look a little shorter in the late 50s that he did in 30s and 40s!
Sam said on 21/Jul/15
I personally preferred Charade over To Catch a Thief, although Grace Kelly is perhaps at her most stunning in Thief.
mande2013 said on 17/Jul/15
How about adding Charade to the list of films, Rob?
[Editor Rob: I'm trying to limit the descriptions to 10 films.]
Sam said on 10/Jul/15
Grant's biographies which all state he was 6'1":
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Here's that quote from Grant of 6'1.5" but he mentions "I'm shrinking."
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...and Cole Porter's bio which notes that "six-foot-two" Grant was picked to play 5'6" Cole Porter.
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Gonzalo said on 3/Jul/15
Cary Grant and Adrien Brody
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Arch Stanton said on 15/Jun/15
Grant was eye to eye with Mitchum in Grass is Greener though so around 184 by early 1960s.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jun/15
He did look it, easily in his 30s and 40s films. But by the late 50s he really looked no more than 6', see him with Tony Curtis in Operation Petticoat for instance.
James B said on 11/Jun/15
Well 6'1 seemed hard to believe in some of his films
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/15
@ Rob I have that on DVD as I couldn't find it on the web! It's towards the end of the film. Perhaps as you said somewhere it's not good to judge people when moving, but they were both running similar. Not sure on road level, I think it was near cnetre of the road. A few things could explain it but if you really watch it you'll see what I mean, it really does look a big height loss compared to earlier in the movie which looks sus. If you see it I think you'll believe the full 6 ft 5 for Jim. I've found some of his early 30s films which I'll be watching sometime, seen most from 1940 to 1966 at the end now.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jun/15
Grant is in slip on leather type shoes actually, Hutton is in sneakers. But really, Grat suddenly looked to lose near 2 inches next to him in comparison and looked nearer 5 ft 11!!
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jun/15
Rob I've made a big discovery on Grant. In the film Walk Don't Run he looked just about 6 ft 1 with 6'5" ish Hutton, although 6'0.5 at times. However, later on they're in a Race walk and Grant is in sneakers like Hutton and suddenly he's lost a good 1-2 inches and looks more 6 inches shorter and dwarfs him!!! The difference from earlier is very noticeable. It seems to point to lifts. He looks near 2 inches shorter than he did next to him earlier in the film. Now was he wearing lifts in his earlier films too?
[Editor Rob: I have a big cary grant box set to watch one spare week, so I might pay some attention to anything like that...]
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jun/15
Could look 184 with 6'5" Jim Hutton in Walk Don't Run but might have lost a bit by mid 1960s..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Apr/15
He could look up to 6ft1˝(187cm) at times.
Sam said on 1/Apr/15
Never seen The Pride and the Passion...here's a photo with Grant next to Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra.
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A picture from that film with Sinatra and Grant, the latter could look 6 inches taller there.
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Good find on the photo with Connery, never thought there'd be a picture with those two.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Feb/15
Maybe it was just one scene, he looks about 5 inches taller than Sinatra generally.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Feb/15
He looked a weak 6'2" in The Pride and the Passion with Frank Sinatra! Totally shrimped him!
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 14/Feb/15
He looked at least 6ft 1in in the classic film 'Notorious'.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
At times he could look 6'1.5, at other times he could a weak 6'1".
Gonzalo said on 11/Feb/15
Cary Grant not looking much shorter than Sean Connery. Grant isn´t standing straight.

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Arch Stanton said on 31/Jan/15
Amazing, really? I thought An Affair to Remember was one of his weaker films, largely because of the lack of chemistry with Kerr. Grant had wonderful chemistry with most of his stars, Kerr wasn't really one of them. The music to the film though is amazing, and I worked it out on piano and guitar and play it with my other jazz tunes!
Gonzalo said on 30/Jan/15
Well, Sam. I hope you are not talking about "An affair to remember", a dramatic film in which Grant was simply amazing. The last scene, in which he does almost all the talking and acting, is unforgettable: the way he moves, the way he changes mood....Just incredible
Sam said on 5/Jan/15
Grant hated his own performance in Arsenic and Old Lace but I agree it's great, Capra's funniest film. Bringing Up Baby I hold up as the definitive screwball comedy, I would say Philadelphia Story qualifies as the definitive romantic comedy. I feel like Grant was always excellent in comic or semi-comic roles but some what hit-or-miss in his dramatic roles, excepting those directed by Hitchcock.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
Those are his more definitive films yeah, but That Touch of Mink and Charade I personally find among his most enjoyable although virtually all of those listed above are superb films, especially Arsenic and Bringing Up Baby.
Sam said on 19/Dec/14
Just noticed that Grant has just 8 films credited, hard call on filling it out to 10 but I'd say add The Awful Truth and His Girl Friday...just ahead of Only Angels Have Wings and Charade.
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
Rob, Grant worthy of a photo?
[Editor Rob: everybody is worthy of a photo.]
Sam said on 24/Nov/14
I imagine there was some height loss for Grant in Charade but I wonder if Kennedy was wearing big shoes, he looked enormous...more like 5 inches taller than Grant, maybe 4 over James Coburn. In other roles, Kennedy seemed only a flat 6'4" but he looked like a 6'5"+ giant there.
Lebensdorf said on 23/Nov/14
Looked 6'1 next to 6'3 James Stewart. Certainly 6'1 at peak. He looked this height in North by Northwest, as the tallest cast member in that movie, edging out Martin Landau, but by the time he made Charade, he looked no more than 6 feet next to George Kennedy.
Sam said on 18/Nov/14
I would say Grant looked relative to other actors how a 187 cm guy would look with a modern cast since the average was shorter back in his time, IMO a solid 6'1" guy and would have edged out at peak more recent 6'1" claiming leading men such as Tom Hanks, Denzel or Harrison Ford. 6'1" is a better listing though than his claim of 6'1.5".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Nov/14
He could appear 6ft1˝ at times. Near 6ft flat by the time of his death though.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/14
He could look 187 at times. In Only Angels Have Wings he looked nearer 6'2" actually in some scenes, but generally I think 185 is spot on. In some films from the late 50s and early 60s he could look barely over the 6' mark. It's difficult to see 187 with Tony Curtis for example.
mike said on 11/Nov/14
Sam reply: Well like Arch said in his earlier movies he can look between 6ft 1 and 2 and i agree. 6ft 1 is fine listing maybe 186?
Sam said on 28/Oct/14
mike, Arch said "185 has to be spot on." not 6'1.5". He was a 6'1" man IMO, the 6'1.5" claim trying to squeeze a bit extra or perhaps a morning height or measured in sandals or slippers.
mike said on 16/Oct/14
He could've been 6ft 1.5 peak i agree with Arch.
Sam said on 15/Sep/14
Grant kind of had a bullish neck and could seemed broad across the shoulders, at least until he put on Ralph Bellamy jacket & looked like a teenager putting on dads big jacket. Yeah, he could have been closer to 170 lb, but I could still see up to 30 lbs. more on Grant compared to the skinny Stewart in the 30s/40s but not 50 lbs.
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
Ha I thought it was him. Harry Guardino of Dirty Harry fame was the guy in Houseboat! A little less craggy faced back then but still recognizable!!
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
Compared to Brando Sam, yes Bogart had a low number of flops. I personally thought ones like High Sierra were really overrated films though, even if I enjoyed most of his movies.
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
I find it hard to believe he was 180 pounds and Jimmy Stewart 130 pounds!! Grant looked very thin in the late 50s, underweight if anything. He didn't as heavy as 180 at that time anyway.
Gonzalo said on 7/May/14
Grant, Stewart and Cooper are the leading actors with a higher number of masterpieces in their careers and the ones who have worked with the best directors ever: Ford, Hawks, Wilder, Hitchcock, Capra, Cukor, Stevens, McCarey, Vidor, Lang, Mann, Lubitsch, Wyler, DeMille, Mankiewicz, Donen, Stenberg, Preminger, Borzage
Sam said on 6/May/14
Agreed on Grant & Stewart, I might disagree on Bogart, I think his flop quota is fairly low. I feel that Clark Gable and Gary Cooper had a pretty solid number of weaker movies in their career.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
Bogart IMO had a high number of duds than both Grant and Stewart.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
Agreed Sam. Cary Grant was one of those rare actors who could make a mediocre film watchable. Like Jimmy Stewart the vast majority of his films are very good and I've enjoyed every performance of each I've seen to date. He could look 187 in some of his 30s and early 40s movies like Fonda could, but yeah by late 50s he was looking nearer 6 ft.
Gonzalo said on 5/May/14
Cary Grant is simply one the best actor in cinema history. French director Jean Renoir said that God invented cinema in order Jean Gabin to act. I think the same sentence can be used for Grant. Just watch the final scene of "An affair to remember" to see what acting is about. Nobody can compare to him by the way he moves on the screen. He was one of a kind.
In his old films he looked around 1,85-86. He looked tall next to James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story. In the fifties he looked more 1´82-83
Sam said on 25/Apr/14
I read an opinion on a film board that Grant's filmography had a high crap-to-good ratio, I think the opposite, even Grant's weaker movies usually have something to recommend them and he clearly had a good eye for material that suited his strengths. Anyway, rewatching The Philadelphia Story, there seems to be no way that Grant dipped much (if at all) under 6'1" since the difference between him and 6'3"+ Jimmy Stewart seems 2 inches max.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Apr/14
George Kennedy actually looked 6'4.5" in Charade.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Apr/14
185 has to be spot on. He also had about 2 cm on 6 ft Nigel Bruce in Suspicion. 185 checks out in nearly every comparison, although later on he could look a bit shorter.
Michael said on 10/Apr/14
I'd say he was over 6' 2" in agreement with the chap who met him in Cleveland. No way was he under 6'.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Mar/14
Mmm I dunno, in other scenes Grant only looks between 1 and 2 inches shorter than McLagen. But there's quite a few actors in the film who were taller than him.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Mar/14
Victor McLagen listed at 6'3" actually makes Grant look 6' range in Gunga Din.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Mar/14
Oddly looks average in Gunga Din, a lot of actors in it were taller.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/14
In The Awful Truth I agree that Bellamy looked as if he slightly edged out Cary but they're practically the same height.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/14
A little nutmeg? LOL yeah The Awful Truth is a great film, close to His Girl Friday in comedic quality and timing. Agreed.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/14
Looks barely taller than Noah Beery, Sr. in She Done Him Wrong.
Sam said on 30/Jan/14
I actually thought Bellamy just edged Cary Grant out but there's only a weak cm if that between them. Bellamy had surprisingly broad shoulders which made him look bigger overall IMO than Grant did, despite Grant's kind of thick neck. This is most apparent when Grant wears Bellamy's jacket in The Awful Truth, which is almost as great as His Girl Friday.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jan/14
But he was exact same height as Raymond Massey and Bob Mitchum, both 185cm. Ralph Bellamy in my opinion looked a bit shorter though in His Girl Friday.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jan/14
In fairness he could look 6'1.5" in the 30s and 40s, but in the 1950s and 1960s he really didn't look over 6'1", in fact he could look barely over 6' at times.
mark thomas said on 13/Jan/14
saw cary grant in Cleveland on his lecture tour....he was in his eighties and still looked great......I'm 6'4', and walked right up to him after show, and definitely was well OVER 6'2', and that's at eighty two...sadly he passed away shortly after that appearance.....
Arch Stanton said on 29/Dec/13
That's a good selection that'll do!
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/13
Rob this isn't going to be easy given that virtually every film of his is great but can you mention some of his notable films. The ones I think worthy of mentioning are Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, Arsenic and Old Lace, Notorious, The Bishop's Wife, To Catch a Thief, An Affair to Remember, North by Northwest and Charade.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/13
Spot on I think. He was the exact same height as Raymond Massey in Arsenic and Old Lace who was listed at 1.85m. He could look near 6'2" in some of his 30s and 40s movies granted though.
avi said on 12/Dec/13
Plain vanilla 6'1 guy he may seem but probably 6'0.5 . He's the Brad Pitt of the 1940s and 50s
Mr. Kaplan said on 14/Nov/13
I think Grant was halfway between 6' and 6'1 at his peak.
Sam said on 30/Oct/13
Here he looks like he could easily be 6'1.5" if not more with 6'3.75" listed Howard Hughes...however, I think the truth is that Grant seems 6'1" in almost every other context, so Hughes is probably a little less than his listing/claim.
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Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Him and Bob Mitchum do indeed look the exact same height in Grass is Greener. However, Grant tends to slouch a lot and Mitchum can often seem a bit taller but they're really about as you've listed them.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Rob pause at 52:20 Click Here Do you think 185 looks right next to George Kennedy? Kennedy could have course have been 6'4.5" peak but I'm not sure he was.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Oct/13
Looks around the same height as 185cm listed Gig Young in That Touch of Mink. At times though Grant can look 2cm taller and at times Young can look 2cm taller, they're about the same height I think!
Arch Stanton said on 16/Sep/13
Yup, he was looking this in both North by North West and To Catch a Thief too. His suit in North by North West was awesome and read that it is apparently the most iconic male suit!
Arch Stanton said on 4/Sep/13
Yeah I think this is OK. Barefoot next to Katherine Hepburn in Bringing up Baby he looks about 5 inches taller barefoot than her. Not sure what shoe size he wore but his feet look massive, at least a size 13 I'd say. Proportionally his feet look way too big for his body!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Aug/13
Rob see 80-82 minutes of Click Here He looks 184-5 next to 5'10.5" John Howard and seems about 2-2.5 inches shorter than Jimmy Stewart. 185 looks accurate compared to both don't you think?
[Editor Rob: I think 185 is ok for him, wouldn't mind the job Jimmy had there, carrying katherine around! ]
Arch Stanton said on 14/Aug/13
Na, Jimmy Stewart looks easily 2 inches taller.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Aug/13
Mmm watching The Philadelphia story and he actually seems nearer 6'2" than 6'1" actually at times next to Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn. He seems a bit taller in the 40s than he did later on, did he lose height by the late 50s? He might have lost an inch by then and was 6'1.5" peak? I think he looked 6'1.5" next to Niven in the Bishop's Wife too.
Sam said on 24/Jul/13
Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant appear to have been the same height:
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James said on 14/Jul/13
Army records as others have pointed out would be accurate, Clearly 6'1"
Arch Stanton said on 27/May/13
@Marcus, clearly you've not seen many of his films! Watch Operation Petticoat, he looks 1.5 inches shorter than two genuine 6'1.5" guys in that film!! He looks near 6' than 6'1 next to Curtis. He did look a solid 6'1"next to Niven in Bishop's wife though but the more I look into it the more I think Niven was nearer 5'11" flat.
marcus said on 22/May/13
6'1.5" seems right to me
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/13
He looks 4 inches taller than Tony Curtis in Operation Petticoat which I see you have at 5'8.75". Looks about right. 185 is definitely nearer than 187 i think.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/13
185 looks the most he could be in Operation Petticoat, looks similar on screen to Reagan in height and build, I could buy 184, but he did look an easy 6'1" next to David Niven didn't he.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/13
Rob Bryant says on 3/Mar/13
If the army records say he was 6'-1.5" that was his height period. Who cares what some of these people think that have never met him. You can't judge by comparing them to other stars in movies the camera angles can make who ever they choose appear to look taller. And don't forget the elevator shoes. Cary Grant 6'-1.5" Remember Randolf Scott liked em tall.

In some scenes where you can see ground level, footwear and whole body, films are actually an excellent way to judge height. I do it all the time and mostly I find the comparisons check out with what Rob has listed them at on here or look very close. Occasionally you'll get some freak ones like James Caan in The Godfather seeming a lot taller but generally if you can see footwear and full body proportions I find you can make a good judgement if on a flat floor interior, its the outdoor scenes, when you can't see below the torso, and when camera angle isn't straight that you have to be wary.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/13
Watching Operation Petticoat right now and he had 1.5 MAX on 5'11 listed Robert F. Simon.
Rob Bryant said on 3/Mar/13
If the army records say he was 6'-1.5" that was his height period. Who cares what some of these people think that have never met him. You can't judge by comparing them to other stars in movies the camera angles can make who ever they choose appear to look taller. And don't forget the elevator shoes. Cary Grant 6'-1.5" Remember Randolf Scott liked em tall.
James said on 22/Feb/13
6ft0.5 (184cm)
Dubles said on 8/Feb/13
He always looked a good 6'.2" or more to me, maybe just carried himself well. Wouldn't imagine he bothered with 'lifts', he was well tall enough for his leading ladies..
Anon said on 18/Jan/13
I knew Cary. He was a tad shorter toward the end of his life. In youth a hair under 6 ft. tall. Near the end 5'11 and a hair.
James said on 13/Jan/13
He can look 5'11 in pics with Jim stewart
Sam said on 3/Dec/12
That photo with Monroe is a strange one, in that he looks closer to 5'11". He never looked that short next to her in the film Monkey Business, more around 5 inches taller.
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Also around the same height as Joe DiMaggio next to Monroe:
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Copnovelist195 said on 9/Nov/12
I would put him at about 5ft10 or 11. In Walk Don't Run, 6ft5 Jim Hutton towered over him.
Willy said on 25/Oct/12
6'4'' George Kennedy had a full four inches on him in Charade (1963). However, at the age of then 59, Grant had finally started to age (and rapidly at that) and would go on to make only two more films before his retirement. Therefore, I believe that the posters who estimate him as a weak 6'1'' are correct and would assume a peak height of 6'0.75'' for Cary and 6' flat in 1963.
thetruth said on 13/Oct/12
I'd say he was a good 6ft but not sure if he was taller. He did a film with Robert Mitchum and he was slightly shorter than his 6'1'' co-star I seem to recall.
Nick Nock said on 15/Sep/12
Standing beside him I would've bet Mr Grant was at least 6'2" (You Brits can fill in the cms.) Perhaps I had begun shrinking, but, hey, I was only 37.5 at the time!
Nick Nack said on 15/Sep/12
5'10?? Cary Grant? Baloney! I was 5'11.5" and Grant standing beside me towered over me, to my surprise and revelation. So yeah, he was quite a bit over 6 ft. (USA measure, because that is where the meeting occurred)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Sep/12
"Cary Grant height: 6 ft 0.75 in (185cm)"
Hard time believing he was 187cm. Out of bed maybe?
Ginger Davis said on 4/Aug/12
You can tell he was tall. Watch Suspicion!!
Gregg said on 27/Jul/12
@dora glasberg I have the same photo in the book "Cary Grant: A Celebration by Richard Schickel". Since Marilyn Monroe is listed here as 5'5.5" and I'd say you're about right about the height difference between the two, that would make Grant 5'10.5", or perhaps Shaun's estimate of 5'11". Seems plausible.
Harrison Roberts said on 31/Jan/12
Page 184 "That's Amore" by Ricci Martin Carry Grant standing behine Prince Charles who is shaking hands with Dean Martin Grant appears to be the same height as Prince Charles who is in the 5'10" range Martin is leaning forward Grant could not have lost that much height was he ever 6'1 go fiqure!!!!! let me know

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