How tall was Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors Height

6ft 5.5in (197 cm)

American actor best remembered for his role in TV series The Rifleman and for appearances in films such as Geronimo, The Big Country, Soylent Green, Move Over Darling, Old Yeller, Pancho Villa, Virus and Airplane II. Has been described as 6ft 5 and 6ft 6 during his early baseball career.

How tall was Chuck Connors
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Robby D. said on 19/Apr/16
He was listed as 6' 5 1/2" in a 1964 magazine which seems accurate to me.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Jan/16
Was the 6'5 and 5/16 claim form somebody legit or just tongue in cheek?
Arch Stanton said on 7/Jan/16
He had about 3 inches on Peck I thought. 6'5.5 is still possible but the lowest I'd have thought..
Arch Stanton said on 7/Jan/16
Rob can you add a photograph and films such as The Big Country, Soylent Green, Move Over Darling, Old Yeller, Pancho Villa, Virus and Airplane II. Looked nearer the full 6'6 IMO. Would you consider a 6'5.75? He really looked it in the 50s. Perhaps he got measured at 6'5 at 18 or something and grew a bit and then they rounded up to 6'6. I got a good look at him with Heston in Soylent and he really looked near 6'6. I'd give him 6'5.75.

He's taller than John Wayne's hat there with poor posture! Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Aug/15
He still looked at least 6ft5 range w/h Elliott.
Certainly don't doubt this listing, possibly even 6ft6
Steve said on 10/Jan/15
It took a Chuck Connors to make Michael Ansara look short:

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wishbone said on 3/Dec/14
One of the greatest "athletes turned actor." (Cathy Rigby and Merlin Olsen would match 6'7" Chuck as an athlete turned actor.) Loved him on The Rifleman and have his first season of Branded on DVD. One of the finest TV western actors of all time.
Shadow2 said on 3/Dec/14
In an early "Gunsmoke" episode Chuck did with Jim Arness, the director made Chuck appear obviously taller (than Jim) in his guest role as the town bully. Chuck referred to this in an on-line interview shortly before he died, and confirmed that Jim was definitely taller than him in reality.
Sam said on 2/Dec/14
I think he was about an inch below James Arness when near him.
Ian C said on 1/Dec/14
Now Lurch, there is just so much utility to be had from height, and then it becomes a liability. Connors was a healthy, handsome near-giant with no deformities and professional caliber skill at baseball and basketball. Cassidy and Kiel were both sufferers from pituitary giantism. Connors was a credible heroic leading man, and Cassidy and Kiel played monsters.
lurch said on 3/Nov/14
As much as I liked Chuck Conners hexl wasnt the tallest in Hollywood. Ted cassidybwas 6'9, Richard Kiel 7'2
Ian C. said on 16/Aug/14
You must never have smoked Sandy. I used to smoke and the truth (now unprintable in most newspapers) is, when you're young smoking does negligible damage to your wind. You just cough out most of the tar. I'll bet that many Olympic runners smoked in the fifties. I'll bet that most professional baseball and football players of the sixties smoked. Of course, Connors eventually died of lung disease, but he probably had superb lung strength and stamina when he was forty, as he was clearly a man of considerable physical gifts.
Colleen Connors said on 30/Jun/14
Chuck was 6'6.5", and his boys were all between 6'4 to 6'7". Love and miss you Kevin and Jeff.
Andy Clifford said on 3/Apr/14
It was a very different time.
Sandy said on 1/Apr/14
How could Connors have been an athlete if he smoked 60 cigarettes a day?
Greg said on 29/Mar/14
Of course he was this height. Didn't he play basketball for the Boston Celtics?
I remember Branded as a child - repeats, I hasten to add! One of the best Western actors of all time but just didn't get the breaks.
Sam said on 21/Mar/14
To me, Connors still pulls off looking 6'5" with Cesar Romero in those shots. Sam Elliott looks more 6'1.5" there with Connors and Tom Selleck, Connors height was pretty impressive considering that he's much older than the other two in the photo Rob posted.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Nov/13
Rob can you answer my question? Well, lifts or not he certainly looked about 6 '6" next to Peck 2.5-3 inches taller.
daddy cool said on 27/Nov/13
Connors didnt look so tall in "The proud and damned" (1972) with Cesar Romero (6'3")

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Its possible Chuck wore lifts in "The big country" to appear (even) taller. He played a mean villain there, you know..

I still believe 6'5 was peak for Chuck. In the -70,s he was probably little under, maybe 6' 4.5".
Arch Stanton said on 27/Nov/13
Rob do you think at peak he could have been 199cm out of bed? He looks virtually 6'6" in The Big Country and Designing Woman next to Peck.
daddy cool said on 27/Nov/13
If Connors really was 6ft 6" then Mr. Conrad must be 6ft 7". He was at least an inch taller than Connors in that "Cowboy in Africa" episode.

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Conrad allways looked massive in every scene, like in Waltons. He may have been 6ft 7in. Ralph Waite, in the middle, is a six footer.

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Mr. Conrad winning an Emmy. Looks huge there as well.

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Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/13
daddy cool says on 3/Nov/13
Chuck is shorter than 6ft 5.5in listed Michael Conrad. Check at 6.50.

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I doubt Chuck was never over 6ft 5in.

Connors looked about 3 inches taller than Gregory Peck. I could buy 6 ft 6. Really tough imposing looking guy, I wouldn't mess with him!!
ian c. said on 24/Nov/13
Connors was one of the most athletic people who could also act. He always slouched, even when he walked, such that he seemed to have a pronounced bow in his spine. Maybe this was just the way he was naturally made, but it could have been a longstanding habit of holding himself in an effort to make himself seem shorter. Because six foot five is getting too tall to be a leading man.
daddy cool said on 3/Nov/13
Chuck is shorter than 6ft 5.5in listed Michael Conrad. Check at 6.50.

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I doubt Chuck was never over 6ft 5in.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/13
@Knowitall, nah, nearer 3 inches on Peck in The Big Country.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/13
I mean Burl Ives, Burl Ives was the big robust Papa in that film. Connors looks about 4 inches taller, Ives was supposedly 6'1" but could look 6'2" I think. Built like a brick house though at least 300 pounds.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/13
Chuck Hayward was a big fella, easily 6'3" peak I'd say (John Wayne's double in a lot of his films). But in The Big Country Chuck Connors has a good 3 inches on him, even if Hayward looks more robust. I'd say he had to have been near 6'6". I get a similar impression to him as Trace Adkins. 197-98 looks about right.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/13
Does look massive in The Big Country in cowboy hat and boots next to Jean Simmons who wasn't a short woman and 5'5.5-5'6".
Knowitall said on 15/Aug/13
Connors was a good four inches taller than six foot three Chuck Connors in Designing Women. So either Peck wasn't six three or Connors was a strong six seven.
tex said on 23/Apr/13
Paul Picerni, the great character actor, said Connors was the "tallest Actor in Hollywood". Chuck played both pro baseball and pro basketball. He was a great athlete and was the first player in basketball to break a backboard. He also was a tank instructor during World War 2.
Hob said on 7/Aug/12
i would packed 6'5 for chuck.
sdsds said on 7/Nov/11
Peck was 6ft 3in
Mark said on 25/Jun/11
Paul Fix was his co-star in The Rifleman, and is listed as 6'0. Connors is about a "foot" taller, so there's no way Fix was 6'0, unless Connors was 7'0. Just a little aside. As for The Rifleman, I SURE wish the whole series would come out on DVD.
Shadow2 said on 12/Jan/11
In normal shoes Chuck was easily 6'6", so the 6'5.5" barefoot seems right. Like James Stewart and Alan Napier, Chuck never lost height as he aged. A fine actor, athlete, and gentleman.
PatB said on 15/Dec/10
People here don't seem to realize that Chuck Connors played center for the Boston Celtics. He later played professsional baseball in the majors. Michael Jordan himself couldn't do that. Connors was the single best athlete to ever star in movies and one of the biggest. His first big film was probably his best, "The Big Country" with Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston - both about 6'2". Peck improbably has a draw in his long boxing match with Heston and then has a brief wrestling moment with Connors. Peck looks a skinny child when rolling around with Connors.

Heston and Connors themselves has a boxing match in "Soylent Green". No amount of movie magic can disguise Connors superior stature and muscularity. Like Clint Walker, Connors was just too damn big to appear on screen with most Hollywood leading men.
Editor Rob said on 23/Apr/06
Visitor Tony mentioned when he chatted with Johnny Crawford, Johnny said Chuck was "Six foot Five and Five Sixteenth inches"
Frank2 said on 26/Mar/06
Tom Selleck is about 6'3". I'd say that Chuck could have easily been 6'6" when he was young such as when he starred in The Rifleman TV series and had a role in The Big Country.
Mikex said on 25/Mar/06
He loooks much bigger than Selleck in that pic. Are you sure he's not even taller than 6'5''?

[Editor Rob: camera perspective is enhancing the difference in height]
Frank2 said on 21/Mar/06
I'd say Chuck could have easily been 6'6". I watched The Big Country once again and in the scene where he's back-to-back with 6'3" Greg Peck he looks like he's about three inches taller. When I saw Chuck walking by me back in the early-1990's he was huge!
larry said on 18/Mar/06
By George: I think you've got him! :-)
larry said on 16/Mar/06
Chuck Connors was probably 6'5.5" or around there, so sometimes he was listed as 6'5" as sometimes as 6'6". I watched THE RIFLMAN every week and only once do I ever recall a guest star being taller than "Lucas" and that was 6'7" Don Magowen (who usually played monsters) and Megowen was only 1-1.5 iches taller.
In a later series, BRANDED he seemed to tower over 6'2" guest stars like Leo Gordon and Lee Van Cleave (sp?). 6'5" for Chuck Connors AT LEAST! P.S.: I've seen that photograph with Tom Selleck, and Connors LOOKS at least 3-3.5 inches taller, but if Selleck were standing farther back???
Anonymous said on 16/Mar/06
I saw him in person and I'd say he could have easily been 6'6".
Editor Rob said on 16/Mar/06
Dummies for basketball described him as first player to shatter the backboard, "6ft 6 Chuck Connors" of his Boston Celtic days.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/connoch01.html is similar to that baseball-ref site.

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