David Prowse's Height
6ft 1in (185 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 6in (198 cm)
British Actor best known for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars. He said "When I played him I was 6ft 7 and 20 stone"
although he also said "I'm 6-6"
and in 1997 "I'm about 6ft 5 now"
citing hip operations as result of losing 2 inches. His own explanation is that "I had a right hip replacement. The head of the femur, the main leg bone, and the acetabulum, the socket, were replaced with artificial parts. But because they are smaller than the natural ones. I lost about one and a half inches of bone in my (left) ankle and had to wear a built up shoe. After another dislocation....has meant my right leg is a couple of inches longer than the left, so I need a greater build-up on the left shoe."
I saw him in August 2008 (age 73) at the Collectormania Glasgow (pic by Malcolm), he does have to wear a built up sneaker on his left foot to compensate. I think he has lost a lot of height in his upper body too.
5ft 8 Rob with Dave
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Average Guess (29 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 5.66in (197.2cm)
Current: 6ft 1.26in (186.1cm)
said on 22/Apr/17
I don't believe it! Prowse lost a lot of height, I'm feel sorry for him, but the important is his health.
Sometimes, taller people, have problems with their spine, backs,bones etc..
And giants people never arrive very old.
About Prowse's height, my opinion is;
Young: 197cm not more..
Now: 185/186cm not less
Rob; Is Prowse alive today??
Editor Rob: the force is still strong with David.
said on 20/Apr/17
Rob, how likely is less than 6ft today?
Such a horrific amount of loss...my grandfather was 6ft5 and stayed pretty much the same into his late 70's...a health finatic though
Editor Rob: not seen him in last year, but he may well not be able to stand that tall, I'm sure he will - if able - look 6ft to people.
berta said on 19/Apr/17
i wonder if "son of former ......." is telling the truth. i have a hard time belvieing he was 201 cm peak. never looked taller than max197-98 to me and now 184-185 probably
Jordan87 said on 14/Apr/17
Son Of Former neighbor of David Prowse,
( Long name, dammit)
Interesting Story to say the least. Prowse would have had to Shrink from the 90's to now another 3.5 inches more or less b/c he isn't even over 6'1" Now.
I did however see a Video of Prowse in the 1990's returning to his Green Cross Code Man Stint walking with a Cane with some School Children. He did appear still a very tall man either way.
Son of the former neighbor of David Prowse said on 12/Apr/17
To conclude the debate. David Prowse has suffered from arthritis since the 1950s, and has been losing around an inch a decade since then. When he was twenty in 1955 he was measured by his physician at 6 foot 7. His height decreased to about 6 foot 5 in the seventies. When my father met Prowse in the 1990s he claimed Prowse was 6 foot 3.5, My father is 6 foot 2. My father had many long conversations with Prowse about this when they were practically best friends in the late nineties. David said in a 1980 interview he was 6 foot 6, when asked in 1999 about this he said that he had miscalculated how much height he really lost. Prowse told my father that weightlifting helped keep the arthritis at bay. I apologize for any spelling errors as I am typing on mobile.
John said on 4/Apr/17
Adijos said on 21/Mar/17
Yes! I do Rob! I think David Prowse peak height is 6'6" (198 cm) and today 6'1.25" (186 cm) tall.
berta said on 9/Mar/17
196 max peak. he never looks huge and if he was 198 he makes harrison for d6 foot 1. not a chanseeeeeee
Jordan87 said on 27/Feb/17
Cosmo does look about 6'0.5" Solid, and Dave looks a bit taller when I put the two pics Side by Side so I would say you are right.
But Basically if you took away he 1.5" Shoes, he would look around 5'11.5 with you?
said on 27/Feb/17
Based on Just Eye Level, how much would Dave have on you in your pic do you think.?Top of your heads ignored, say again just eye level?
Editor Rob: Jordan, back then he was over 6ft 1...looked actually about an inch taller beside Malcolm (the photographer) than someone like James Cosmo.
But, he only got that high because one of his shoes had like a 1.5 inch external lift to balance his leg length discrepancy.
josh jeffords said on 24/Feb/17
Dunno guys a loss of 5 inches is a big one he actually only looked about 6 6 in the vader suit which appears to add at least 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
Also the fictional character is supposed to be 6 6 in the suit over 300lbs, and 6 for the man forget weight maybe 200..
Ive not seen him out of the costume but if he were 6 8 or so in suit luke would have looked more like a hobbit not just short.
Yes I know its sacrilege but the new fake bs cg version of vader looked bigger.
Bottom line my money says if he stood next to the awesome Chris Lee he would not tower him.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 19/Feb/17
This guy was really towering at peak when he wore that damn Vader gear.
Though I would really think Christopher Lee deserves an upgrade to 6'4.75" comparing him and peak David Prowse with Peter Cushing.
mister_lennon said on 15/Feb/17
Agree with jordan.
Jordan87 said on 15/Feb/17
Christopher Lee, who was at times weary of his height in Lead roles, claimed 6'4". He was at least that height seeing as at age 80 was still taller than 6'0" Hayden Christensen by 3".
Its quite possible that Dave was not much taller, if Any, than Lee. ( He doesn't look it next to Cushing when Compared to Lee and he had that Damn Vader Helmet on!!!)
Christian-196.2cm (6ft5.25) said on 21/Jan/17
6ft5.5 peak, was never quite the solid 6ft6. Still, he was very tall regardless.
mister_lennon said on 20/Jan/17
Curiously, christopher lee give a taller impression next to peter cushing than prowse did next cushing. And prowse was in the darth vader costume.
berta said on 19/Jan/17
i think this guy was 196 peak and 198 out of bed and cliamed his morning height and with shoes 201 and sometimes went with that
mister_lennon said on 7/Jan/17
194-195 peak. Not more.
berta said on 5/Jan/17
godd update on listign. probably at best 185 now but chances are very big that he is not over 183. Peak i still dont think he was mutch over 196. never looked huge.
said on 1/Jan/17
Rob, I think Glenn would want you to come back to New York and pose back to back with him if you lost as much height as David Prowse!
Editor Rob: Blake, maybe he will want remeasured, I still have the Miracle Growth Tape measure 😲 😵
said on 28/Dec/16
He looks like a weak 6'2" in the picture
Editor Rob: the picture is probably the last time I seen Prowse able to stand pretty well, since then he always sat down in photos and when on his feet has gotten shorter.
In fact it is hard to tell how he'd measure because he wears an elevator shoe because one leg is 2 inches shorter...so he'd measure an inch less than he looks barefoot.
miko said on 27/Dec/16
Big Dave is coming to a Comic-Con event in Burton on Trent in February where I live so I'm hoping I'll catch him, I doubt I'll see him standing but you never know!
Omar said on 23/Dec/16
Imagine going from 6'6" basically taller than 99% of people to whatever he is now...
5'2 said on 22/Dec/16
i say the peak height is 6'5" and the present height is 5'11"
said on 21/Dec/16
How did a man lost 13 cm at 73 years old, Rob?This is so amazing.
Editor Rob: Puma, spine,ankles,knees,hips, he's lost height in all these areas.
anyonmious said on 16/Dec/16
i think he has lost at least 6 inches.
said on 16/Dec/16
I still have a lot of Respect for Prowse. He was the first Brit to deadlift 700 + Pounds and keep in mind this was pre-steroid era, and if you Look at Dave's physique when he was younger, it was not a " Roid Body". Still, to deadlift 700 Pounds in the 60's is quite a thing to brag about.
Look at his forearms. My Father always told me. If you are going fight someone, look at their Forearms, not their biceps to judge how strong of a Lad they are.
said on 14/Dec/16
Rob, Can you put his current height? I know he is 6'0.5 or less...
Editor Rob: Leo, that is the kind of figure I think he could be...certainly 6ft 1 maximum, at least 5 inches down the drain 😢 😥
said on 8/Dec/16
This is some height loss!
said on 21/Nov/16
So, Rob is this guy a candidate for losing 6in?
Editor Rob: yes rampage, at least 5 inches by now, but I haven't seen him for a while now.
said on 25/Sep/16
Rob, do you think he may still measure 6ft2 but just walks around shorter?
Editor Rob: honestly no, he can barely walk these days that well without sticks. He could be 6ft 1 at most, but because of his imbalanced leg lengths, if measuring him he might be lop sided and not even manage above 6ft!
berta said on 2/Sep/16
maybe 184 now if he can stretch up when measured otherwise he may be measured to 182 these Days. at peak i dont really Think he was 198. that is a very very tall height. people Always exagirate. i have meet many guys that claim 2 meter one guy claimed 202 and when i told him to stand back to back with me ( who is strong 196 ore weak 97 depending on day) the people around said " youre the same height". So if he was 194-5 at peak he could easily get away with claiming 198 a 170 guy wouldnt really see the difference.to be onest i Think 1 out of 5 people really tell the height they are. most guys that are 177-179 say 180. most gius that are 180-182 say 6 feet the guys that are 6 feet say 6 foot one and some ever 6 foot 2.it when they are 6 foot 5 ore over they often dont care and say the height they really are.
mrtguy said on 28/Aug/16
He lost height especially over 80 years
The Man said on 8/Aug/16
David has lost so much spinal height over the years that his legs look disproportionately long, especially when he tucks his shirt inside his jeans.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 8/Aug/16
Very interesting case. Rob, you should downgrade to his current height!
Jordan87 said on 2/Aug/16
Mayhew is around 6'9 nowadays, He wasnt 7'3. He was maybe 7'0 in his day. Either way a tall Dude.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jun/16
Probably looks 6ft-6ft1 walking about but might still stretch up to 6ft2 when measured...
JAsper said on 31/May/16
To think that Mr. Prowse might have played the Wookie (Peter Mayhew) who stands at 7'3 would have been interesting.
said on 5/Apr/16
Rob is he still 188? Wich person have lost most height that we now of from this site? I read ion a newspaper some years ago about a lady who hade shrunken from 155 -141. BEcause she hade extremely weak bones. This guy seems to be around the same.197-98 peak and probalbe closer to 185 now?
Editor Rob: barefoot it would be hard to say because I posted a link many comments ago showing the kind of elevator shoe he has to wear. Take him barefoot and he could be 6ft to 6ft 1 range under the stadiometer. But he walks badly last couple of events I seen him, impossible to really tell as he needs the crutches.
Jordan said on 2/Apr/16
Rampage, in boots the slipper wearing McDowell came up to his top lip. Look at robs picture with prowse above . His top lip would make prowse ( in boots) 8" taller than the 5'9 McDowell making him 6'5, except McDowell had the footwear disadvantage putting Dave about 6'4 in reality.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Apr/16
I imagine 6ft7-8 in boots
said on 29/Mar/16
Based on the Prowse/Mcdowell Pic since McDowell only comes up to Prowse's Top lip, ( and has slippers in the scene) suggest not even a 6'4 for prowse? It boggles my Mind I almost cannot believe it
Editor Rob: I think Prowse does have a bigger head than average so wouldn't have thought he looked less than 6ft 5 there.
James B said on 25/Mar/16
suprised that was him in clockwork orange.
He looked well over 6ft6 but would not have guessed 6ft6
said on 9/Mar/16
5'8.5 McDowell looks like he comes up to Prowe's Upper Lip in this pic.
Thing is if you watch the movie, Prowse has thick heeled boots on and Mcdowell has Slippers so In reality Mcdowell would Comes up to Prows's Nose for only a 5 inch difference which is odd. Dave looks shorter than 6'6 in that picture. Looks 6'2ish actually and thats when he was supposed to be in his prime. Very Odd with this man's height.
said on 1/Feb/16
Are there any pictures of him pre-Star Wars? Based on the images of him and Harrison Ford, I'd say he looks 6'4.5 tops.
he could look Like this
in clockwork with 174cm mcdowell.
movieguy said on 27/Dec/15
Looked at this guy's website and he come across as pretty straightforward. Says he couldn't make it as a championship bodybuilder because he wasn't anything like as muscular as shorter competitors. Gives his peak height as 6'7'' which I actually believe. I suspect that the doubters would have been shocked to see him in his younger days before health issues took their toll.
said on 12/Nov/15
David Prowse doesn't seem interested in the new star wars movies.
Cliff said on 11/Nov/15
I agree with you completely. I don't think he was ever over 6'5". Reread my post. I think you misunderstood me. I think he probably was the 6'5" he actually claimed way back in the day, but was likely a bit shorter just due to posture.
tumac66 said on 6/Nov/15
People do shrink with age. My grandfathers Army records have him at 5`9 and a half, by the time i was was full grown, at 5`7 and in his 60`s he was my height. By the time he was in his eighties,he was about 5`4. I think Dave could have been 6`6 at his peak.He looks well over a head taller than a 5`8 Malcolm MC Dowell in A Clockwork Orange
Pedro said on 13/Sep/15
My son and I met him a t an awards dinner. he had a hard time standing. BUT he was at least 6'4" as he was a little taller then my son who is 6'3". 6'6" at his peak is believable Plus he was a competitive weightlifter and that compresses your spine and vertebrae. Which causes height loss.
said on 11/Sep/15
Rob, We know Jeremy Bulloch ( Left in the above Picture) is 5'10 with you at age 60 something. Lets say he was 5'11 in his Prime, and 6 foot with his helmet? Prowse seems at most 5 inches taller in the pic above.
I'm almost inclined to say that Prowse is a 6'3-6'5 range Guy, with more of a chance he was below 6'5 in his prime. ( The above pic he would have been in his early 40's, so not to much out of his Peak height.
[Editor Rob: around Star Wars Prowse I think could have been 6ft 5, it's a question of whether he had lost any height by early 40's or not...generally it would seem unlikely, but he was a heavy lifter so I've never ruled out that by 40's he lost something.]
Jordan said on 11/Sep/15
Prowse claimed 6'5 only after his operations. In his younger days he claimed 6'6, 6'7, and 6'8 at different times. Personally if you watch him with Boba Fett ( 5'10 Jeremey Bulloch-Proven on this Site) he was never 9 inches taller. More like 6 tops. In ESB Prowse was no where near 6'7. He was about 6'4 based on Pics with Him and Bulloch ( 5'10-5'10.5).
In the Cast Pics from 1977 Prose was 4 inches tops on Harrison Ford who was 6'1 at best. I doubt the man was ever over 6'5 people.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Sep/15
The "barely over 6ft" claims are absurd
Cliff said on 8/Sep/15
Look... He was no more than 6'5". I do believe he was that and with a slouch 6'4"..I think I'm under 6' with my ****ty posture, but I was 72.75" at my last doc visit and this was after being on my feet for many hours; I think Dave was very much the 6'5" he claimed, but hey, who can police their posture 24/7? This goes for Peter as well. :)
Rey said on 6/Sep/15
@Darth Nihilus says on 28/Dec/14 You can lose and incredible amount of height once you age and with an illness. Losing 3 inches of height or more is a medical science fact.
Chase Witherspoon said on 2/Aug/15
I can believe 6'5" barefoot peak (195cm) but anything more seems ambitious, or perhaps a rounded-up shoe height to achieve the 6'6" status..
Azrael5 said on 4/Jul/15
Mark Hamill is 165cm max tall.
said on 14/Jun/15
Looks nearly 186-187 if he was standing upright.
[Editor Rob: last 6-7 years he rarely can manage to stand at all, he's standing very well in that photo, he's lost height in back and legs.]
Sam said on 4/Jun/15
He has a big enough head though and taller people generally have lower eye-level in ratio to their height because their heads tend to be larger, albeit proportionally the same as someone shorter with a smaller head.
G said on 25/May/15
Hello. I watched Star Wars Episode VI long ago and tried to compare Prowse with other actors like Mark Hamil. As Darth Vader, Prowse looked tall, but not as 6'6 or 6'7, but as 6'4 or 6'4.5. What do you think about that?
berta said on 13/May/15
hm i cant se his ever being taller than me and im strong 6,5. around 6 foot 5 peak and now down to just over 6 foot. must be some kind of recorc
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/May/15
6ft7 out of bed peak
Jordan said on 4/May/15
I have seen those photos and you are Correct. However is Cushing even 5'11.5?
N said on 1/May/15
He was never 6'6". His eyeline was only 4 inches over 5'11.5" Peter Cushing in starwars.
six niner said on 1/Apr/15
My son and I met him in 2010. He was a to me maybe 6'4"....my son is 6'7" and I 6'9" we both were much taller. I believe he was 6'6" in his prime.
Darth Nihilus said on 7/Feb/15
Rob, any possibility to downgrade Prowse's peak height from 6'6" to 6'4"?
Darth Nihilus said on 14/Jan/15
@Jordan: Let's say, Prowse stood a legit 6'4" in his prime.
Jordan said on 1/Jan/15
I agree with everything you have stated there. I know the scenes you are talking about in the movie, and there are some pics of the whole cast back in 1977, where Dave looked anywhere from 7 to 9 inches taller than Mark Hamil.
Hamil is about 5'7 Nowadays ( He has pics with Billy Dee Williams who is 5'10 with Rob) and looks about 3 inches under Billy. So I would call Hamil 5'7.5 in his prime and Dave about 6'3.5 to 6'4.5 Range.
Dave was extremely strong regardless of height, he was the first Brit to Deadlift 700 pounds and had a 490 pounds Bench Press!!!!
Darth Nihilus said on 28/Dec/14
I watched Star Wars Episode VI yesterday in the TV. There were enough scenes where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was standing beside Darth Vader (David Prowse), talking to him that he should turn from the Dark Side to the Light Side of the Force. And all I have to say is that Darth Vader looked only full 8 inches taller than Luke who isn't even a legit 5'8". Already 6'1" Harrison Ford as Han Solo dwarfed Luke by almost a full head. So 6'6" or 6'7" is a lie as Prowse's peak height. I don't know why he claimed that mark in his younger days because Prowse as Darth Vader looks nothing more than 6'4", maybe 6'5" with shoes and helmet and so on. Let alone 6'6" and the 6'7" claiming for Dave's height is ridiculous. A human in the size of 6'6"-6'7" looks almost gigantic and yes, as Darth Vader, Prowse looked tall but not gigantic. So 6'4" could describe Prowse's peak height. I wished, Rob could change Dave's peak height from 6'6" to 6'4" and yes, Prowse might have operations because of his unhealthy stature but that never gives a human the possibility to lose 3 inches.
said on 13/Nov/14
Rob any chance he was 6'4.5 when he played darth vader?Then he didin't look 6'5 to me,max 6'4.75.
[Editor Rob: he could look anywhere in 6ft 4-5 range by Vader...question is if he had lost an inch or so by 40!]
said on 28/Oct/14
Look at the camera David, use the force!
He's aged quite fast in these last few years.
yenz said on 25/Sep/14
@Clay Thats what I suggest alot, you can roughly judge a person's height(or peak height), by taking note of their other body parts.
Like Clive Russell looks about 6'4" here on Celebheights, yet his wingspan looks over 6'6". Your wingspan should be the same as your height.
Frank said on 17/Sep/14
In his peak he was 6´4" or 6´4.5" top, barefoot of course.
It is big height really, with boots like Dark Vader he would look 6.6" easily and with the helmet a lot of bigger too.
6´6" or 6´7" barefoot sounds a joke...
Clay said on 11/Aug/14
You can tell he still has the limbs and porportions of a near giant-sized human, despite the huge height loss.
Oanh said on 5/Aug/14
About 6'2" in the photo, and 6'5 1/2"-6'6" peak. He never looked 6'7" to me.
Jordan said on 24/Jul/14
No Its a good photo bc Ford is leaning back also giving up height. Look at the other Pics from this event, Dave is no More than 3.5 Inches taller.
SaveUsY2J said on 19/Jul/14
@Jordan- That photo is awful for height comparison, Ford's closer to the camera and Prowse is slouching heavily.
mike said on 23/Jun/14
he looks good for his age here but recent pics from 2013 he looks terrible. but i did find a new pic on his twitter account he's looking better now!
said on 23/Jun/14
IM sorry but there only looks to be 3.5 inches between Prowse and Ford ( Dave also has thicker shoes than Ford). I dont buy 6'5. Ford was 6'0-6'1 Tops Dave is at most 3.5" taller. 6'6, 6'7 are out of the question, even in 1977.
mike said on 23/Jun/14
i would just leave David at his peak he's not really doing much these days.
mike said on 22/Jun/14
he looks 188-189 here.
avi said on 9/Jun/14
@Jordan says on 13/May/14
New Photo from 1977 with a front View and Dave Prowse next to 6'0ish Harrison ford. They are both leaning so its ha...
I agree I think peak he was a strong 6'4. Looks like he'd be 3.5ish taller or so than Ford
said on 15/May/14
The picture I posted earlier I had not seen yet on the internet. Its similiar to the other Photos we have seen from that Groupd Shot.
What is your take on who is giving up more height in the Photo, Prowse or Ford?
[Editor Rob: hard to tell who is standing better there]
said on 13/May/14
New Photo from 1977 with a front View and Dave Prowse next to 6'0ish Harrison ford. They are both leaning so its hard to tell who is loosing more height in the pic. Prowse looks 3 inches taller at best.
Rob, Ford is leaning agaisnt a Poll and Dave is resting all his weight on one knee so I am not sure who is giving up more height in the pic but I dont see a 6'5 Prowse here. More 6'3ish tops.
said on 26/Apr/14
this is looking like that picture i posted of me and the guy who said could look 5 inches shorter than me. here is another one of me and the same guy and htat difference is maybe .5 less than here.
could Prowse be 6'1.5?
[Editor Rob: last year he definitely could look between 6ft and 6ft 1, but his posture and all his body problems mean it's hard to say what he'd actually measure today. He'd lose an inch automatically because he's using 2-inch lifted sneaker to help balance the excessive loss in one leg/ankle...so when barefoot he's going to be losing some if both his feet were on ground for a measurement.]
Heat said on 26/Apr/14
Peak height was 6ft 5in (196 cm)
said on 6/Mar/14
Really he looked barely 6'5 by the Star Wars era. Maybe I'm being harsh, but 196-197cm seems more believable than 198... Though he easily would have cleared 6'6 out of bed at one point.
[Editor Rob: it is possible in 40's he had lost some height]
avi said on 20/Jan/14
@Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 1/Dec/13
nooo. he was 6'5 peak i think. now a strong 6'2
@Arch Stanton says on 6/Dec/12
That's funny, you mentioned seeing another 6'5" woman recently in Glasgow too I think? I've only ever seen one woman legit 6'5" range.
i think he means she was 6'5 in the suit which still means shes probably 6'2ish
Luke Skywalker said on 12/Jan/14
I've never seen a human who has lost so many inches like Prowse.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jan/14
He'd still be about 6ft2, I reckon
said on 10/Dec/13
It must be quite depressing for David. He was likely over 6'7 in boots at his tallest and today might not even reach much over 6'0 barefoot.
It would be scary to see him standing next to his prime self.
[Editor Rob: I've seen him a few times this year, I walked by him last month and got a still from a video showing his sneakers Here
, you can see it built up a bit compared to the other one.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/13
His legs come to Rob's torso. You can tell that he was very tall at one point. No problem believing 6ft6. Mightve been 6ft7 out of bed.
Frank said on 6/Nov/13
I dont think that he was taller than 6ft 5 barefoot in his life.
I dont understand why some famous lie about it....
In serie "Champions" he is in his peak, only 33 years and for me he does not look 6.6 barefoot, max 6.5.
I would tell without doubt, in peak 6ft 5 barefoot and with boots 6.6 or a little taller.
said on 30/Oct/13
I've seen some recent photos of Prowse and he looks terrible, no idea what is wrong with his eye and he looks incredibly frail compared to the photo he has with Rob.
[Editor Rob: he had a car accident not that long ago, his eye got effected.]
Matt 184.7-186.7cm said on 27/Oct/13
yeah his torso looks really short for his very long legs here
Connor 184cm said on 24/Oct/13
Darth vaders actual height in the star wars universe is 6ft 8 though Prowse looked 6ft 7 in the vader suit, 6ft 6 peak barefoot is believable from looking at his body size, now he looks no more than 6ft, rob i think the only possible way he could get measured probably is maybe if he laid down straight on the floor or bed and the person puts the tape measure flat onto the floor/ bed next to him perhaps?
said on 1/Oct/13
Rob would you say conservatively that Dave would have 6 inches on Bulloch in the pic I posted below a few days ago? If Dave has a 5 inch eve level he would be about 6 inches taller than Bulloch in that Pic ( who is 5'11ish with the Helmet) making Dave at least 6'5 there? Maybe 6'5 max and 6'3 min?
[Editor Rob: I would say he looked about 6ft 5 in early 40's]
said on 26/Sep/13
Rob how tall would you guess that he measured in the Darth Vader Suit? He looks about 6 ft 6 in it to me. I think I read 6'8" somewhere though.
[Editor Rob: with the helmet on maybe 6ft 7, but I think there is a good chance he lost some height by early 40's.]
said on 26/Sep/13
I am trying to scale the pic I previously posted. Is there any way that Dave has less than 4" on Bulloch anyone? I see 4.5" but Dave's hair could be an extra inch so I am not sure.
[Editor Rob: a guy like dave could have 5 inch eyelevel...I saw dave again recently, he actually can still be over 6 foot if he manages to stand tall, but with a 2-inch lift in one shoe, I don't know what he'd measure barefoot! ]
said on 24/Sep/13
Rob, May need a Star Wars nerd to help us out to see how much the Fett Helmet adds but it looks like Dave has him by 4.5 Inches? Bulloch is 5'10 with you plus his helmet height maybe 5'11, add the 4.5 Dave has on him and could Dave have been only 6'3.5 in his prime?
[Editor Rob: the helmet is probably giving an extra inch, in star wars era he could look about 6ft 5, but it is possible Prowse had lost height by early 40's when he did those films.]
said on 23/Aug/13
I think Mayhew is having some big surgeries on his knees soon Rob.
Given how twisted and bent his legs currently are I do wonder if the surgery will push him closer to 7'0 again and he can still look 6'10/6'11 on occasion these days in good posture.
said on 22/Aug/13
Rob have you considered giving him a downgrade into the 6'0.5/6'1 range which he looks closer to these days?
[Editor Rob: he struggles to get around these days, so uses 2 sticks a lot. It's like Mayhew, he really is in a wheelchair most of the time last year or so, anytime he stands he needs stick]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Aug/13
Those are some long legs. Definitely a big 6ft5+ guy in his prime. Probably 6ft6.
avi said on 25/Jul/13
He lost more than Eastwood huh? Like 4 inches. He was never 6'7. 6'6 tops but still maybe 4.5 inches. Eastwood was 6'3.5 and lost 3 I think 3.5 maybe...wow..this is only for people 6'3 and above I notice. I think its just not right to be over 6'3 right? Too many problems...
said on 5/Jul/13
A little over 6 ft one he is now, wow major height loss.
[Editor Rob: I see him walking about a bit at cons, well walking with 2 crutches, possibly standing tall 6ft 1 range but how do you measure a guy barefoot who has one leg 2 inches shorter than the other?]
Emil said on 22/Jun/13
Holy .... what a leg length. He had to be at least 6'5 at peak
greg said on 20/Jun/13
There's a picture of Dave taken in about 1977 (and darn it, I can't find it online again to point to it) together with the other members of the Star War's cast, and he certainly doesn't look 6'6", more like 6'3" or 6'4".
Brandon said on 17/Jun/13
6'6 peak and 6'2 now is spot on
Connor 184cm said on 15/Jun/13
Darth Vader/David Prowse is no more than 6ft now but still a big guy though his heads enormous bloody hell he's massive for someone at that height.
Henrik said on 14/Jun/13
James Earl Jones claimed that the producers of Star Wars said 6'6 1/2".
Lorne$ said on 7/Jun/13
@maio: Why is it hard to believe'? Average height loss for a man by age 70 is 4-5cm. And Rob himself can attest the man has to wear a built up shoe! That alone accounts for 2 inches, or so. So really, he has lost a good 2 inches of spine, with the rest from his leg. So when you ignore the fact one leg is lOnger than the other, he's lost a good 2 inches, which is well within normal range. Of course, the total loss of 4 inches is extreme, but if the extreme cases didn't exist, we wouldn't have normal!!!
Greg said on 7/Mar/13
He lost an insane amount of height in his torso. You can clearly see his legs are very long, at least long enough for a 6'6 man. They come all the way above Rob's stomach.
Balrog said on 8/Feb/13
David Prowse stood 6 feet 5 inches at least at his prime. This poor man has suffered since age 13 when first symptoms of arthritis appeared. I also red that he was near dead when his left arm became paralyzed, followed by his right. He was diagnosed with septic arthritis. Then a few years ago, revealed that he is suffering from prostate cancer. The amount of surgery has reduced his height by 4-6". This man is a true fighter.
Alex said on 6/Feb/13
I know, that's why am a bit shocked by that enormous height loss. Hope he has recovered by now...
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/13
Did you see him in his prime Alex? This guy was nothing under 6 ft 6. He's lost more height than Hogan or Eastwood.
Alex said on 30/Jan/13
Is it really possible to lose that much height? Health problems and advanced age aside this man lost 4-5 inches!
said on 30/Dec/12
David does look like a genuine 6ft 2 guy next to you rob, i can clearly see a 6 inches advantage would he be 6ft now in 2012 or could he even get different measurements because of his bad leg he might struggle standing straight perhaps?
[Editor Rob: this was last time to get a standing photo of when he could stand better than he has done in last few years...he walks about like a 6ft guy today, well uses sticks to help his mobility]
Arch Stanton said on 6/Dec/12
That's funny, you mentioned seeing another 6'5" woman recently in Glasgow too I think? I've only ever seen one woman legit 6'5" range.
said on 6/Dec/12
Rob says "It's like Jenny's dad. Used to be 6ft 2, last few years he wears a lifted boot. Here is a photo of it.". You sure that isn't a screenshot from that movie where Downey Jr stole a wheelchair from a hospital?
The amount this guy has lost is tremendous. Rob, what does he claim nowadays? 6'3?
[Editor Rob: no idea what he says now, he does struggle to walk and uses crutches. Last time I saw him, there was a 6ft 5 lady who dresses as a stormtrooper at some of these events...she made him look a 6 footer...]
Mightyman said on 4/Nov/12
He does seem to have suffered from osteoporosis his torso looks very bulging due to compression of the spine. My Cousin used to live in the same house and train with him in Bristol. He was a big guy.
Desann said on 29/Oct/12
Yes ok, when I look exactly at this pic, I recognize that Prowse has a head, a torso and legs of a giant. So 6'6" at his youth is where I put the money on.
fliper said on 21/Aug/12
It is not normal to lose more than 3 cm after 50 years, people think that settles over time, it is absolutely wrong!
It is probably of osteoporosis in the case of David Prowse.
Henrik said on 12/Feb/12
pedro says on 9/Feb/12
My son and I met him two years ago at an awards dinner. my son is 6'3" and Dave was about an 1.5" taller than my son. My buddy who is 6'4.5" says when he met Dave back in the 60's he says Dave was at least 2" taller than he.
I could buy the last part, but not the first.
pedro said on 9/Feb/12
My son and I met him two years ago at an awards dinner. my son is 6'3" and Dave was about an 1.5" taller than my son. My buddy who is 6'4.5" says when he met Dave back in the 60's he says Dave was at least 2" taller than he.
said on 7/Jan/12
Rob would you ever rule out him dropping to 6'0 or below?
Given how much he's lost so far, I suppose you can't rule it out!
[Editor Rob: if he takes off his shoes one leg is 2 inches longer, so he's going to lose another inch if he had 2 feet on the ground and his posture would be effected for a measurement most likely.
So he could be 6ft barefoot.
It's like Jenny's dad. Used to be 6ft 2, last few years he wears a lifted boot. Here is a photo of it
If jenny's dad stands in slippers he's like a 5ft 9-10 man, he wouldn't measure over 5ft 10 today.
said on 7/Jan/12
Rob, in this pic he looks more like about 186. You think he would measure 6'2 today? And you think he was really 6'6 at peak? That's a big loss!
[Editor Rob: last year I saw him standing and he was shorter than when i got this photo. I think this was the last time he could try to stand reasonably tall - at subsequent events I saw him sitting for photoshoots) - considering all his physical ankle/leg/back problems over the years.]
Jim said on 3/Jan/12
I done a couple of power lifting demonstrations with him in the late sixties early seventies and he was 6'4" then
Henrik said on 2/Dec/11
6'4.5" max? Come on now. Ironically enough, my mother happens to know a man who looks very similar to Prowse (except the muscles) and claims 6'4.5" (194cm). My mother thought there was no way I could be 6'3" (190-191cm), because he looked so much taller than me. A hundred measurements on me or so can't be wrong, and the Prowse-lookalike was clearly more than just 1.5 inches (4cm) taller. I wouldn't rule 6'7" (201cm) out for him.
As for Prowse, anything under a legit 6'5" (196cm) peak is purely redundant. He could very well have been 6'6" (198cm).
ChiasmataX said on 22/Nov/11
He's 6 feet 1 (just compare him to the legit 186.8cm guy from height challenge # 8). Come on Rob stop inflating height of those over 183cm :P
jeremy said on 19/Nov/11
never ever 6ft6 6ft4.5 max
sdsds said on 7/Nov/11
Looks 6ft 1in in the photo with Rob
Shaun said on 31/Oct/11
To me he did look 6'6" peak. 6'7" is pushing it. Probably 2 metres out of bed peak.
LAN Jiao said on 22/Oct/11
Recently he look 6'1.2 in picture..
Legend said on 14/Sep/11
I mean 6'2 sorry.
Legend said on 31/Aug/11
Henrik said on 26/Aug/11
He didn't look that much taller than supposed 6'2" (188cm) Julian Glover in The Empire Strikes Back. Probably three of four inches in difference at most. It wasn't a case of towering over. You may argue that General Veers (Glover's character) is standing fully straight up and Vader is slouching somewhat, but Vader has somewhat of an angle advantage. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if the Vader gear included huge shoe soles, giving an extra inch or so.
He was probably around 6'5" (195-196cm) barefoot in his prime years.
DarthVader113 said on 16/Jul/11
He looks better than rob the navel to the location of more than 15 cm, then the upper body when he was young should be higher than it is now 10 cm.
Phillip Niemandt said on 17/Jun/11
Sure Dave may not be strong nowdays but beleive me he was a very strong man.
In 1996 i benchpressed 275 KGgs at a comp in Southapton and then did a strength demo at Daves Gym .
Dave was way past it and was having big time health problems but he did a work out with me and his upper body was still very strong especially with the bench press and close grip bench which was not that easy for a tall guy with long arms.
Give dave his due he was a big tall strong guy and he inspirred me to achieve what i did in powerlifting and that was to become a world champ. Regards
rob89 said on 13/Jun/11
Doesn't look 6'2" at all here, looks pretty much exactly 6'1", maybe add a quarter or half inch tops to account for the fact that he may not be standing as straight as Rob, kinda hard to tell.
James said on 3/Jun/11
186cm on the nose with rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/May/11
Legend said on 14/May/11
Am I supposed to believe that he lost 4 whole inches? 6'4.5 peak...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/May/11
More of a solid 6"5 guy at peak...his height loss is without a doubt exaggerated, the same with Clint Eastwood.
Lenad is sexy said on 1/May/11
Judging by his build he may very well have been 6ft6 when he was younger. No more than that though
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Apr/11
James said on 24/Apr/11
He's still an exceptionally tall man at just over 6ft but he's nowhere near his peak anymore.
Aaron said on 19/Apr/11
He's a huge guy. I mean, dang, even in today's age of improved nutrition and growth hormones in the milk, there aren't many 6'6" guys who are as proportionate as Prowse was. Look at the size of this guy! Reminds me of my 6'5" great uncle; he also has arthritis.
6'3" now. I sincerely doubt his height is constant so it doesn't even matter, poor old chap.
Phil Niemandt said on 11/Apr/11
I met Dave in 1974 in his gym.
I had a friend with me who was a rugby player. He played lock and was 6.5 in his socks. Dave was at least 2 inches taller than Ben. I have remained friends with Dave ans saw him in Decemebr in New York where he recieved a life time achievement award for his contirbution to Strengh sport and he was around 6.3 as i am 6.2.
James said on 4/Apr/11
His hair makes him look taller with rob but in the pic that is a solid 5 inch difference. can't see 6'2.5-6'3 let alone 6'2 flat.
Avi said on 3/Apr/11
Haaaaaahaaaaa. Never ever was 6'7. He was a strong 6'5 now weak 6'3.
Chameleon said on 27/Mar/11
No way 189cm with Rob :S
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Mar/11
Looks 189cm-190cm with Rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/11
6ft5 at his peak...probably 6ft6+ in the Darth Vader Suit
Today he's 6ft2.5(189cm)
Candyman said on 23/Mar/11
SolidSnake says on 9/Feb/11
wow 4 inches lost? how did that happen?
Some people just have different bone structures. I mean look at the height loss of Hulk Hogan, Clint Eastwood and others over 6feet. I remember hearing that taller people usually lose height more often than shorter people. As we age the body usually cannabilizes the bones and spinal tissues for nutrients anyways especially if someone has a bad diet, though it is more common in elerly women. The fact that he has had bone surgery on his hips, knees, legs and ankles should be reason enough to have lost 2inches or more.
Chameleon said on 28/Feb/11
I agree with James....
James said on 28/Feb/11
185cm on the nose with rob
Mathew said on 27/Feb/11
I could see him 6'5.5" - 6'6" prime, but from the sounds of it he's lucky if he's even 6'2" now. It's too bad he had to go through so much physical stresses.
said on 11/Feb/11
Rob is it possible that without the elevated shoe he would look in the 6"0 range? And probably tilted over to one side!
[Editor Rob: yes he'd be tilted at the hip a lot.]
said on 10/Feb/11
rob did he looked 6'2 to you back in 2008 or do you think he is that height nowadays?
[Editor Rob: I think he looked around 6ft 2.
BUT this is with him wearing an elevated shoe to balance his short leg. His sneaker had 2 external inches of lift on it, so barefoot if he put his shorter leg on the ground he wouldn't measure as tall as he looked.]
d wade said on 7/Feb/11
the Vader costum could give him 3 inches i say 6,5 at peak and 186 cm today
Spence said on 6/Feb/11
He looks close to 6'6 in Star Wars
James said on 23/Jan/11
If you look how is eye level measures up next to the top of robs head in the pic he actually looks under 6'2 in the pic for sure.
It could be the way the photo is taken? In the pic though he looks 6'1.25 (186cm).
tommie said on 16/Jan/11
He was 6'7 " I used to work for him 25 yrs ago. As for bodybuilding he played with it for a few years but was never any good.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/11
EdgarHernandez said on 27/Dec/10
are you kidding?: this guy lost height for a big combination of, artritis, age, hip remplasement, and his ancle, the guy on top of that used to be a bodybuilder, so 4 inches dont surprise me at all.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Nov/10
196cm-197cm at peak
188cm-189cm now. His height loss is exaggerated a bit.
James said on 9/Nov/10
He's looking 6'1.75 (187cm) with rob.
Zach said on 8/Nov/10
And I thought Hulk Hogan's height loss was bad...
said on 15/Oct/07
Rob, this is strange becasue Prowse looks a tad taller then 5'11-6'0 Peter cushing in this pic Click Here
Here is how someone who is 6'4-6'5 should look next to cushing. Read down in the article and it shows 6'5 Lee with Cushing, making for a larger height difference than when Cushing was with Prowse.
Rob, I am utterly confused on Prowse, he looks 6'1 in that pic with cushing, yet that cant be the truth.
Chip said on 18/Aug/07
Is he really only 6'2.5" now? Dang, he looked really tall in the Star Wars films he was, in, definitely taller than 6'2.5". Has he really lost this much height? Well, he's still tall. I mean, I'd be quite glad to go from 6'6" to 6'2.5". I'm 14 and 5'6", and I started my growth spurt two years ago (I don't know if I'm still going through it or not). I certainly want to be tall, but I don't want to be 6'6". That would be too tall for me (I wouldn't complain if I was that tall, though). But my ideal height is a solid 6'2", nothing more or less. I mean, I wouldn't mind being 6'0, either. I would like to be nothing more than 6'2", nothing less than 6'0.
Jordan said on 25/Jul/07
Supes78, prolly a combation of those things you just said and he got mutiple hip operations, so that contributed as well.
supes78 said on 2/Jul/07
Jeez. This is some extreme height loss. I wonder if this has to do with all those years of bodybuilding or if it's something genetic.
Jordan said on 1/Jul/07
Yeah Rob and he is stated claiming he is 6'6, than 6'7 and even 6'8 and the description in the video says that he always states differerent heights. There is even someone on the YOutube Video that posted he was shorter than 6'7 in one of the comments. He is one of the Strangest guys to peg.
said on 30/Jun/07
Thanx Rob. I guess this defenetly rules out a 6'7 claim since he himself says he is 6'6. I honestly think he could still be bulking it up a little even with the 6'6 claim.
[Editor Rob: if you're going to give a height, be honest, because it looks foolish giving different heights.]
said on 29/Jun/07
This is Really interesting Rob
[Editor Rob: I'll mention the 6-6 at top aswell.]
Jordan said on 26/May/07
Kevin T, I have hayden at 6'0 and DAve at a pime 6'4 or 6'5. There is alot of evidence here on this site that conflicts with Dave Being 6'7, but it seems you suggest him at 6'6 which is also a possiblity, however I think he was 6'4 or 6'5 in his prime.
Kevin T said on 10/May/07
What was Lucas' explanation for the obvious discrepancy in the height of the actors who played Darth Vader? Even if the downgrade is accurate (and it could be--I have a theory that bodybuilders shrink more than ordinary people because of spinal stresses) Prowse was clearly six and a half feet tall in his costume. Christensen looks 6' 0" at most, and the padded shoulders don't make up any real difference.
Anonymous said on 12/Apr/07
if u check out d photos of dave with other celebrities, u'll see dat he's next 2 lou ferrigno, who is 6'4", and dave appears to b at least an in ch or 2 shorter...hes def lost a few inches over d years
Jordan said on 11/Apr/07
I agree with the downgrade Rob. There is alot of evidence posted by myself and others that have Dave looking short of a prime 6'7.
Jordan said on 17/Feb/07
I agree with Sf
sf said on 16/Feb/07
Tall sightings, especially in Hollywood, are not that hard to come by. If someone suddenly looks 6'6" or 6'7" but in another picture looks 6'4", then the logical thing, usually is to go with the shorter heights. You can make anyone look any height in the movies. But, when you see candid photos, such as with Arnie or Sorbo, or when you see older movies when the star wasn't as famous or needed to be built up so much, to me, anyway, those are the evidence I'm going to use.
so, I guess what I'm saying is I dismiss many of the taller sightings in movies and stage photos, etc. The evidence clearly points to Prowse being no taller than 6'1" or 6'2" at the time - hard to beleive he lost 5 inches..probaly no taller than 6'4" or so at his prime.
Jordan said on 15/Feb/07
Oh oK rob, I had never seen the other pic at daves site in which Dave clearly is taller then glover. Thanks for posting it. If glover is 6'2, (6'1 in that pic because he is really old) then Dave heights could have been 6'6 in his prime. I must say out of all the celebs at this site, I belive that DAVe Prowse is one of the more difficult to peg.
said on 13/Feb/07
Rob there is a Pic of Dave on the Julian Glover page and Dave looks the same height, maybe a little taller then Julian who is 6'2. DO you think it is possible that Dave was never more then 6'3?
[Editor Rob: I do believe he has lost a solid 3 inches. 6ft 5 or 6 is only question, the true peak because now, in 2007 he could be no more 6ft 2. Although that Glover fellow was also on another pic on dave's site]
Jordan said on 1/Feb/07
Yeah I agree Ed. 6'4-6'5 as a peak height seems to fit. I just dont know how this guy could have had a 2-3 inch boost on all his listings. I dont think he wore lifts so maybe he just lied like a rug. And yes he did have some wierd lookin shorts on in Clockwork Orange, but actually the whole dam movie is weird so he fits right in with his shorts.
Ed said on 31/Jan/07
Jordan, 6ft4-6ft5 sounds right, probably leaning more towards 6ft4. I don't see how if in 97 he still claimed 6ft5 after losing 2 inches, he could have shrunk to what looks to be 3.5 inches more in the Sorbo pic which I believe is recent. On a recent look at that pic, I see more like 6ft1.5 to Sorbo's 6ft3, a 5.5 inch height decrease seems pretty damn severe, regardless of surgeries. I said once before if you lost that much height from health issues, I would think you would need a wheelchair to get around, I don't see how you could stand up in a remotely comfortable way. Glenn, you are hysterical, "hooker shorts," LMAO!
Jordan said on 31/Jan/07
Ed, I have been saying all along he does not look 6'6 or 6'7. I even mentenoned in one of my post on how the Vader helmet would give more then the fett helmet. I personally think he was never more 6'5 and could have possibly been 6'4.
Glenn said on 31/Jan/07
I know Ed.with his hooker shorts I thought he looked very much 6-5.
Ed said on 30/Jan/07
Jordan in regards to the Bulloch/Prowse pic I think the Vader costume is the culprit. With the cowboy style boots he wore(now redesigned to a more motorcycle style for Hayden Christensen), and the helmet I think Prowse got a boost of 3.5 -4 inches. 1.5-2 for the boots and 2 for the helmet. Add that to a 6ft4-6ft5 guy and he's now 6ft8-6ft9. Plus what Rob mentioned regarding Bulloch's height of 5ft11-6ft, add his boots and helmet which would put him between 6ft1-6ft2. Personally I see more like close to 8 inches between them, but the pic is a bit deceiving. Robin, you're right there is nothing simple about Prowse, and Glenn you saw it too then, Prowse was a beast in ACO, with some hilarious short shorts!
said on 30/Jan/07
No Dubt Dave is big, But there is alot of Evidence that Suggest he has blown his hieght up. Just read Robins post about Daves attitude. There is no doubt Dave is huge, I think more 6'4 or 6'5 as a prime height. In a Clockwork he appears huge because Malclm McDowell is only 5'8 1/2. And If you watch closely he only has 7 inches on Malcolm.
Here is some evidence that Dave is undoutibly huge in his prime. But Just not 6'6 or 6'7. Click Here
Also Compare Prowse with 5'11 Jeremy Bulloch in the pic i posted a few days ago. he doesnt have 7 inches on Jeremy either.
Robin said on 30/Jan/07
Ya know, I have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely NOTHING simple about Dave Prowse.
Viper said on 30/Jan/07
Prowse is one of those guys that has a switch to be any height he wants, lol.
marc gray said on 30/Jan/07
I HAVE READ ALL THE COMMENTS ABOUT DAVES HEIGHT AND I GOT TO THINKING ABOUT THE BEVERLY HILLBILIES EPISODE THAT DAVE WAS IN AND IF YOU WATCH THE LAST PART OF THE EPISODE WHERE HE IS STANDING CLOSE TO JETHRO (MAX BAER)HE IS QUITE A BIT TALLER THAN JETHRO, AND I HAVE READ THAT MAX BAER WAS 6FT.4. SO THIS WOULD MAKE ME BELEIVE HE WAS AT LEAST 6FT.7 IN HIS PRIME.I BELEIVE THIS WAS FILMED IN 1968.I MET DAVE IN 1996 AND HE HAD JUST GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL MAYBE A WEEK EARLIER FROM HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY AND WAS WALKING WITH CRUTCHES. ALSO HE LOOKED QUITE TALL IN THE MOVIE HAMMERHEAD.I STILL LIKE HIS APPEARANCE IN THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN.
Jordan said on 29/Jan/07
I agree Ed, In the video i posted off Dave getting on the scale, he looked his biggest, 6'4-6'5. I dont know why he got the 6'7 listing as a body builder. Personally I dont think he was ever a true 6'6 or 6'7. He might not have even been 6'5 for all we know.
Glenn said on 29/Jan/07
Yeah,I havent seen Clockwork in 5 years.but I remember him a monster too Ed.
Jordan said on 29/Jan/07
Most of you know that Prowse trained Christopher Reeve to get bigger for Superman. What would be great is if we saw pics with them in it, Because Reeve is a tall man to. Reeve is 6'4, maybe 6'3.5 at the lowest so it would be great to see how he would look near Dave when he trained him for Superman.
Ed said on 29/Jan/07
Jordan, the only thing I can get out of the Arnold/Prowse pic is that maybe all the Arnold is 5ft11 comments is a bunch of nonsense. It really looks like Arnold was a good 6ft1 in his hey day, carrying through to that picture. If that's the case Arnold would be about 6ft2 plus in that photo w/shoes putting prowse about a 1 inch taller, but we can't really see how much Prowse might be slouching in that pic. With any pic I've ever taken w/ someone like that I'm always slouching a ton to fit into the frame w/ who ever is in the picture. If this is the case maybe Prowse was all of 6ft4 maybe 6ft4.5 in his hey day and down to about 6ft2plus in that pic, I'm not really quite sure when all of his surgeries started, so I don't know if the shrinkage applies to that pic, just spectulation on my part. It's possible I guess he could be only about 6ft1.5-6ft2 these days, having lost 2.5-3inches. With the Vader costume and boots he could have been 6ft4 barefoot and hovering near 6ft7 w/ the height of the helmet and hefty boot heels. Either way in the old video of him standing on the scale he looked massive, at least 6ft4-6ft5.
Jordan said on 29/Jan/07
Also guys Rob Posted a nice pic of Prowse and Arnold. If Arnold is prolly 6'1, Dave looks 6'1.5 in the pic. I dont think Dave could have lost 5 inches of height. I would back 3 inches maybe. If he actually lost 5 inches then he would be around 6'6 for a prime height. The Kevin Sorbo pic also has him looking 6'1ish so if we can find how many inches he has lost, we can add that to his current height which looks to be 6'2 on a good day.
Jordan said on 29/Jan/07
Ed, I agree. Sometimes it seems that i'm arguing with myself on topics, one minute he will look 6'6, and they next he would look 6'3.5. So I am very stumped on this guys height. Robin said he has blown himeself up alot in interveiews, but why still would he have all the 6'7 listings. Your right Ed, b/c sometimes to me Dave will look diferent heights, the whole thing is bizarre really.
Robin, i have heard that also about Dave in interviews he can gey a little full of himself but he is still a great guy i suppose. Do you think that could be the reason his height maybe blown up?
Ed said on 29/Jan/07
Robin, you make a very good point, I'm starting now to lean towards what you're saying considering the obvious difference in height from ACO til now. I have heard before that Prowse is arrogant at times, which shows itself in the riff between him and Lucas, as well as his apparent signing of autographs, Dave Prowse is Darth Vader. Maybe he realy has built himself up a bit from between 6ft4-6ft5, to 6ft7. It wouldn't be unheard of in the world of movies.
Robin said on 28/Jan/07
Hi all, I dont mean to sound harsh toward Dave Prowse because I love him too, but he does tend to build himself up so to speak. I have read alot of articles where he sounds very arrogant and I have also caught a few of his white lies so to speak because in one interview he did, he said he starred in Casino Royal back in 1968 and that is not the exact truth. Peter Sellers and David Niven starred in that film, Dave was in it dressed as Frankenstein, but he wasnt the star. I think He tends to exagerate things about himself because its almost as if he is still trying to sell himself. It kinda makes me mad sometimes.
Ed said on 28/Jan/07
Jordan even if Guiness was 5ft9, Prowse looks to have at least 8 inches on him in that photo, putting him at at least 6ft5, this is if Guiness was shorter as opposed to 5ft10, making Prowse 6ft6. If Macdowell is only 5ft8.5, and Prowse only had about 7 inches on him, wouldn't that make him 6ft3.5. I'm not trying to be nitpicky, but Jordan do you really think he was only that height? I don't know what kind of footwear Dave wore in ACO, but in Star Wars I do know he wore boots with a good heel on it. Wouldn't it be kind of odd for him to claim 6ft7, if he was only hovering near 6ft4, especially since ACO came out before SW? If he shrunk considerably from that point to now, wouldn't that make him only about 6ft1.5? I'm with you, his height remains a mystery, but now you've got me wondering if he was ever really as tall as he claimed.
Jordan said on 28/Jan/07
Keep in mind Ed, that Malcolm Macdowell( The star of a clockworlk orange) stands right next to prowse and keep in mind he is no more then 5'8 1/2. I had to really focus on him, but sadly Prowse only had 7 inches on him which made Dave look only 6'4. I am having trouble peging this guys prime height. I am a big fan but i just dont see 6'6 or 6'7 as a prime height. I think 6'4 or 6'5 as a Prime height.
Thanks for reposting the pic rob. There looks to be an inch difference between Arnold and Dave.
Ed said on 28/Jan/07
I haven't seen A Clockwork Orange in along time, does anybody have any pics or clips of it because I always thought Prowse looked huge in that movie, contrary to the short comments. As for his peak height, it remains a mystery somewhere between 6ft5-6ft6. I really don't see anything taller now, because based on so many recent pics of him, he would have lost 4 or even more inches in height. I would think if you lost that much height, your body would be in very rough shape, so much that just standing up straight would be a challenge. Now I don't know other than what I've read how tough things might be for Prowse, he's obviously gone through a tremendous ordeal physically, but has retained his strength of spirit, and things could be worse for him than we all know. As far as that old video Jordan posted, he looks massive in it, no doubt of his size back then, and the pics of the Star Wars cast show he truly was a big man in comparison to Ford and even Mayhew, who had to easily stand over the 7ft mark back then.
Jordan said on 28/Jan/07
Rob, i Think that link you posted reads error every time I click it. But great job finding it b/c it would be interesting to see.
said on 27/Jan/07
Here is Dave looking big. Watch when he comes into the video. I still dont know if he was 6'6 or 6'7.
said on 27/Jan/07
Here is a clip showing Dave in the 70's, and he hits his head on the bars. Im not posting this to make fun of him.( he is one of my idols) but he does look about 6'4 here, depending on the size of the other actors. Even if i dont know how tall they are, Dave looks pretty tall here. Like i said maybe 6'4, but not 6'7 or 6'6.
sf said on 27/Jan/07
Jordan - I absolutely agree with you about "A Clockwork Orange". I gave 6'4" and I was being generous. He really doesn't look much taller than your estimate in that movie, at all. Not close to 6'6" atll...
Jordan said on 27/Jan/07
I agree Robin, David is one of my heroes two since he takes roles like Green Cross code man to hepl kids. He def. has srunk but these days he appears 6'1 alot. If you watch cloclwork Orange(1971) he doesnt seem 6'6 next to Mcdwell who is 5'8. Prowse looks more like 6'3-6'4 in that movie and that would be inb his prime. But then I agree with the 6'6 estimate in pics with 6'1 harrison ford. So i am still trying to peg this guys prime height.
Robin said on 27/Jan/07
I was reading an article about Dave Prowse and it was talking about when he participated in lifting the Dnney stones in England, sorry if I spelled that wrong, but they said that he was 6'6" and weighed around 19 stones. I also read in an interview done with Prowse where he said he was now 6'4" because of his hip surgeries and you have to remember that he is 71 years old so he has lost bone mass. I have loved Mr.Prowse for 37 years, ever since I was a little girl.
Jordan said on 26/Jan/07
Actually the more I think of it, after watching Clockwork orange again Prowse Looked 6'3-6'4. 6'2 was a bad estimate. But 6'6 he didnt look, He would have to have had 10 inches on 5'8-5'9 Mcdowell and he didnt have that many on him. Prolly had around 6 or 7 inches on him making him around 6'3 or 6'4 in 1971. It is as clear as day when you watch cloclwork Orange b/c he stands right next to McDowell and there is no way a ten inch difference.
Anonymous said on 26/Jan/07
I know this sounds crazy buy in Clockwork Orange Prowse only had 6 inches on 5'8 Malclom Macdowell. Which would suggest that Dave was 6'2 which would be crazy. Dave just didnt look 6'7 or 6'6, or even 6'5 to me. I think his peak height may have been 6'3 IMO. Ok Lets hear everyone's argument. I know people would disagree that he was never more than 6'3. Rob Have you seen Clockwork Orange, b/c he really doesnt look 6'5 and up. He honestly looks 6'2 man.
Ed said on 30/Dec/06
A Prowse cameo would have been cool,but I heard the same thing about him and Lucas, so it's doubtful it would have happened. Apparently on the set of Star Wars, when Prowse was in the suit going through a scene with Guiness or any of the cast, his English accent was so strong, since he comes from a more rural part of England, that the crew were making fun of him calling him Darth Farmer. As for the T.V. show, I've heard the rumours, as well as spectulation of all the movies being rereleased in 3D starting this summer, since it marks the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.
Jordan said on 29/Dec/06
Well you have a point about hayden and the Vader Suit. But I too think that Prowse should have had a cameo in the movie you know. But I have read that Prowse and Lucas dont really like each other ever since Lucas dubbed Prowse's voice with James Earl Jones without telling him. Yeah ROTS was great, def better the Episode 1 and 2. ESB will always be my favorite though. HAve you heard about this new Star WArs T.V show that is in the Works?
Ed said on 29/Dec/06
Jordan, ESB without a doubt is my favorite Star Wars film. I grew up with the OTC, so I'm definitely partial to them, but I am a big ROTS fan. That was by far my favorite of the prequels. Yeah, Hayden did put some size on for the role, and the amount of training him and Ewan put in for the films is pretty impressive. With all that hardwok put in, I'd be pissed if I was him and I didn't get to put on the suit. Even if they wheeled me out in it, and had 3 people prop me up, I'd be satisfied, just to have accomplished the full character arc from Anakin to Vader to the Darth Vader we all know and love.
Jordan said on 28/Dec/06
Yeah I have seen that Documentary. They also said that the new Helmet was totaly cymetrical and was slighty diferent then the old one. But Lucas is brillent for designing a helmet 30 years ago and it still looks up tp date and cool. Yeah hayden Also packed on 24 pounds of muscle between Episode 2 and 3 which shows dedecation. Is now a good time to ask you what is your favorite Star wars movie. I am 17 so you would figure I would like the newer ones, which I do, but my favorite is ESB. I just think it has the most of Vader in it and the whole fight with Luke is good to.
Ed said on 27/Dec/06
If I was Christensen, and had played Anakin for two movies and then Vader for part of one, I'd be bummed if I didn't get to suit up in the whole outfit. Prowse(like Mayhew) would have been cool for the sake of nostalgia, but I would have felt bad for Christensen. Jordan, if you watch the doc that came with the OTC first release about 1.5 years ago, before ROTS, they showed how they made up for the height discrepancy for Christensen with the helmet and the oversize shoulder pads. Christensen, I believe was looking out more of the mouth grill than the eyes, plus I read later his boots had lifts as well, which would explain why they had people walking on either side of him to keep him from falling over.
Jordan said on 26/Dec/06
Yeah I agree, Darth Vader is almost a movie God to me. Its like sometimes I cheer for him against Luke even though In ROTJ i know Luke is going to beat him lol. And I would love to have a body like Prowse did in his hayday. But yeah a 6'5 prowse looks about right for his prime height and yes the Character of Darth VAder is usually 2 meters tall. They had to give Hayden some major lifts to be the right height of Vader in Episode 3, I think Lucas should have let Prowse Play the suit Vader in Episode III right?
Ed said on 26/Dec/06
Jordan, I've always seen the character of Darth Vader listed at 2 meters tall, now as some others have stated that's the character, not necessarily Prowse's height. Maybe Prowse is more like 6ft5 in his prime, and about 6ft2 these days. I was bummed a few years back, because I heard he was going to be in town for a convention, but had to cancel for health reasons. Peter Mayhew was his subsitute, first and last time I'll ever pay a celeb for an autograph. I would have much rather had Prowse's autograph and a pic with him instead.
Jordan said on 24/Dec/06
Goint Point Ed but Sorbo is listed alot of places at 6'3, so if Prowse looks 6'1.5 in that pic, i could see him losing 3 inches so 6'5 for a prime height sounds good but 6'7 looks out of the question.
Ed said on 24/Dec/06
If Sorbo is 6ft3 which I'm not doubting he is, than in that pic Prowse looks 6ft2 at best. That would work if he was 6ft5 in his prime, and he's lost 3 inches from surgeries. Unless Sorbo's taller at close to 6ft4.
said on 23/Dec/06
here is the Sorbo pic. Kevin Sorbo is 6'3. Click Here
Jordan said on 23/Dec/06
I def think Prowse shrunk, no doubt since he looks 6'1 next to KEvin Sorbo who is 6'3. But He could not have shrunk 5 inches. I love Star wars and DArth Vader was my fav. Sci-fi villain ever. But Prowse was prolly 6'5 in his prime, and is now 6'1 to 6'2 like the Sorbo pic suggests. I cant see 6'7, and SF is correct about Clockwork Orange, prowse looked under 6'6. Prolly 6'5 or 6'4 was his peak height.
Ed said on 22/Dec/06
So if he was 6ft5 in his hey day, it could be possible with the amount of surgeries he's had that he's now under 6ft3. If Christopher Lee can shrink 2 inches from 6ft5 to 6ft3,Hulk Hogan can shrink from 6ft5 to 6ft3 post surgeries, and Clint Eastwood can go from apparently 6ft4 to 6ft1 plus than I'm sure Prowse with the litany of surgeries he's undergone can shrink several inches. The guy has been through the ringer physically, and imo I thought he definitely looked 6ft5 in A Clockwork Orange, massive as well. Yeah he wasn't huge by todays standard, but todays bodybuilders are using every form of chemical enhancement possible to get so freakishly large. Look at Arnold's progression from his younger days, to his later Olympia wins, he went through a drastic change as soon as he hit the juice, and he wasn't nearly as tall. The same for Ferigno, he was nowhere near the size he got in the 80's and 90's that he was in the 70's, until he started hitting the juice.
sf said on 22/Dec/06
Doesn't look near 6'6" or 6'7" in A Clockwork Orange....and, really not that musculat at the time. (at least compared to today's bodybuilders, I guess)
Ed said on 22/Dec/06
Prowse must have been at least 6ft6, because he was originally offered two roles by Lucas, either Vader or Chewbacca. Because of his height he was offered these roles, not his bodybuilding physique, which did though help Vader's intimidation factor. Mayhew insists at the time he was 7ft3, and I read that with the Chewie suit his feet had extra padding and a bit of lift adding several more inches to the character, making Chewie about 7ft5 or a bit more. If Prowse was 6ft6, with the Vader boots and helmet, he would have been even taller like Dave Prowse Double says about 6ft8-6ft9. I have at times thought Vader didn't look that tall, but that also has to do with various stand ins for Vader like Bob Anderson(6ft1) the sword trainer who was made to wear lifts to get him up closer to Vader's height, as well as taller British actors several in the films who had to have been 6ft1 to 6ft3, and when they are on screen with Prowse he doesn't dwarf them like he does Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill.
Jordan said on 21/Dec/06
I being a huge Star Wars fan/Geek have seen all the movies but in the original Star Wars a new hope, he never looks 6'7. In shots with Princess Leia( CArrie Fisher) who is 5'1 he doesnt look anythying close to 6'7. And even if Cushing was a legit 6'0 which is very possible, Prowse in the Vader suit and all looks at most 6'5.
Glenn said on 15/Dec/06
I know.the whole thing is bizzare.
Anonymous said on 13/Dec/06
Why would he claim to be 6'7'' if it wasn't true? Where's the gain?
Jordan said on 11/Dec/06
Dam Brad your 6'7, wow. WHat other celebs have you met??
Brad said on 9/Dec/06
I stood right next to him at Ray Courts' show. I was 6' 7" in big heel shoes and beat him by 3".Probably 6' 3" barefoot. He looked like he couldn't stand with great posture like those Darth Vader shots.
Glenn said on 25/Oct/06
He never looked more than 6-5 to me in those movies.
sf said on 24/Oct/06
I don't know - that's a lot of height lost. I think as Darth Vader, he may have looked 6'7", but I don't think he actually was. Again, watch "A Clockwork Orange, and he doens't look near 6'7". From the movie, I thought he looked about 6'4" to 6'5" and we're talking way before the physical problems. Like many, his height was probably exaggerated. But, that's a good quote you found.
Padraig said on 24/Oct/06
By the sounds of his interview in today's uk daily mail, his body has been through the ringer. He has had 4 hip replacements. I include a few quotes to do with height:
"I had a right hip replacement. The head of the femur, the main leg bone, and the acetabulum, the socket, were replaced with artificial parts. But because they are smaller than the natural ones"
"I lost about one and a half inches of bone in my (left) ankle and had to wear a built up shoe".
"After another dislocation....has meant my right leg is a couple of inches longer than the left, so I need a greater build-up on the left shoe."
Add all those woes to some natural spine loss and I wouldn't rule out him having been 6 feet 6-7.
venus said on 10/Oct/06
The real Darth Vader was imposing,he looked 6'7,because the camera was at an angle alot in the first movie. I believe he is about 6'4 now due to hip operations.
sf said on 2/Oct/06
I hear ya, it's just amazing how "short" he looks next to Sorbo. Makes me wonder if he was ever truly 6'5" or so. Could his back/health problems have caused so much "shrinkage"?
sf said on 2/Oct/06
Rob - the funny thing is, though, is that he looks like he's standing as straight as possible. that's what I don't get. How could he be 6'3" when Sorbo's got him by at least a few inches?
[Editor Rob: yeah, note I say "he looks near 6ft 3" when walking tall...in other words, I'm giving the poor fella some slack on his posture. For sure, he can look nearer 6ft 1 with sorbo]
Glenn said on 2/Oct/06
What happened to 6-5 to 6-7?
[Editor Rob: could have still lost 3 inches...2 major hip operations, busted ankle, maybe other things with spine...who knows]
sf said on 2/Oct/06
Yea, that picture next to Sorbo - it's hard to give Prowse more than 6'1". Sorbo's leaning, and STILL has Prowse by a few inches. That's kind of odd, to me, that he could have lost so much height. No way is he near 6'3.5".
[Editor Rob: you have to see this guy's posture though, it isn't that good, he was walking in slow motion effectively, but yes, no more than 6ft 3 nowadays]
guy said on 1/Oct/06
yes, kevin sorbo looks even 2 inches taller than david. i think, that david prowse is always listed as 6'7" because the original Darth Vader is 6'7" in the star wars databank.
[Editor Rob: no, listen...today he walked by me...very slowly on the way to a signing table. He has a walking stick and its obvious his hips still give him woes.
He looks near 6ft 3 when 'walking tall']
said on 28/Sep/06
On his official website, Dave is standing next to Kevin Sorbo in two different photos
Kevin Sorbo is only reported as being 6'3", and though I hate to admit it....he appears to be TALLER than Dave!
[Editor Rob: the 6ft 1 guy who insisted to me he was 6ft 3 tops wasn't lying, if sorbo pic is anything to go by...]
bob1 said on 25/Sep/06
On his website there are some pictures of him next to kevin sorbo who is around 6'3" and he looks about the same in height. 4 inches is a lot of height to lose but with the operations and problems he's had perhaps it's not impossible - there isn't much in terms of photographs to see how tall he was back in the 70's and 80's.
Editor Rob said on 7/Sep/06
Speaking to a guy (6ft 1) who has met him a few times in recent years, he insists he's 6ft 3 tops nowadays. 4 inch height loss??? Hmm, maybe not.
Glenn said on 26/Aug/06
I agree.6-7 I never saw.6-5 sure.
sf said on 25/Aug/06
Yea, I never thought Prowse looked 6'7", but maybe 6'5". He certainly doesn't look it in a Clockwork Orange. Either way - pretty damn tall!
Black said on 15/Aug/06
David Prowse is exactly 6' 5" tall. I also saw the pictore from that guy and noticed that the mask from Darth Vader is 5 cm taller that David's height. David Prowse only remarked that his height "was" 6' 7" when he played Darth Vader. Remember, the shoes and also the mask add a few cm to him.
Tomasi said on 30/Jun/06
Is David Prowse really 6' 7" tall??? I saw pictures from him and he didn't look tall enough to estimate him as 6' 7". He looked like 6' 6" and 1.98 meters (6 ft 6 in) is his true height I think.
sf said on 10/Jun/06
Gotta say one thing. I didn't think David Prowse looked 6'7" in a Clockwork Orange. I didn't think he looked near that tall. I'm not saying he isn't or wasn't but he didn't look that tall to me. Compared to Malcom McDowell, I didn't think he looked taller than 6'4" or so.
MC Jackson said on 9/Jun/06
Yes, David Prowse is 6 ft 6.5 in (199 cm) or 6 ft 6.74 in (200 cm) tall. He never looks like 6 ft 7 in (201 cm).
elio said on 19/Mar/06
Perhaps celebs should be listed with 'current height' and 'peak height' ?