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John Wayne height: 6ft 3.75in (192 cm)

American actor best known for starring in films like The Searchers, True Grit, The Quiet Man, Stagecoach, Fort Apache, Rio Grande, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance, The Alamo and The Green Berets. French actress Capucine once said, "He wore lifts; everyone talked about it," and Rock Hudson also commented "I did a movie with Duke and was very surprised to find out he had small feet and wore lifts and a corset. Hollywood is seldom what it seems."

In a book about Wayne's Life, by Scott Eyman, he mentioned that John himself filled out a 1943 application form with the following details: Height 6ft 3 and 3/4, weight 212 pounds.

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Sixseven said on 13/Aug/15
Well said VC
cobra said on 9/Aug/15
This might not be the most accurate picture ever but when you consider who else is there with an aged Wayne it should without a doubt confirm he was in the 6-3 to 6-4 range: Click Here
Steve said on 8/Aug/15
The lifts claim makes me laugh. Wayne was a truly big man. Big boned. He looked massive in Bannigan. And no lifts. That's clear to see if you watch the movie. Silly movie, but lots of fun all the same.
Bruno said on 6/Aug/15
The lifts stuff is defo BS. The Undefeated was made later with 6'5" Rock. If he was that worried about his height he would have worn them in that movie. However he appears circa 1" lower than Rock.

I posted a link of Wayne with 6'3" Mel Ferrer in Brannigan, no lifts in his shoes watch the movie and stands slightly taller maybe 0.75".
Sam said on 4/Aug/15
I think he looks really massive in El Dorado as well. I don't know where you fall on whether Wayne wore lifts, Arch, but he looked taller than his near 6'4" in these later films.
177cmGuy said on 26/Jul/15
The lowest I would go would go for him is 6'3.50. It would have been interesting to see how he would fare against somebody like Randy orton who is estimated as legit 6'4.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Jul/15
Really looked massive in The Sons of Katie Elder, the biggest in fact I've seen him look but might be the narrow screen format I watched it on. He looked bigger than 6'4 in it and 6'5-6'6.
Jesse Stone said on 18/Jul/15
Well strange is: Lots of people claimed he was wearing lifts, but nevertheless never seemed any taller than a legit 6'4 ( Not even with cowboy-heels and lifts in his movies).
VC said on 16/Jul/15
John Wayne is 6'4" with boots and slightly over 6' without boots.
Sam said on 15/Jul/15
Yeah, I think both Arch and I have been trying to get Cooper uplisted a tad to 6'3.25". Oddly enough Cooper looked very even with Jimmy Stewart as well but Stewart could seem a smidge shorter on screen than Wayne. Hard to see more than a half inch between Cooper and Wayne at any rate.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
@Gonzalo I think Robert Stack looked a decent 6 ft guy in his prime, but Rob aint buyin it, but at leats tweaked to 182, Stack was at 180 or 81 at one point!
Gonzalo said on 29/Jun/15
Yes, Bruno, I agree Cooper looks over 6`3 in many movies and pics
Bruno said on 25/Jun/15
Great find Gonzalo, Wayne and Coop look the same height in this pic, although Coop is closer to the camera. I reckon they were very similar in height maybe only a few mm in it. Coop was defo over 6'3'' peak, what do you think Gonzalo?
Gonzalo said on 23/Jun/15
Wayne and Cooper the same day. Never 100% reliable pictures. This one seems a bit more accurate than the one mrbobh5344 posted. But, as Editor Rob has said many times, pics of people walking can be tricky

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Steve said on 22/Jun/15
Gary Cooper was 6'4". He downplayed his height even claiming he was only 6'2 & 1/2".

Copper towered over many true 6' actors.
Gonzalo said on 22/Jun/15
John Wayne and Robert Stack. Stack is listed at 1,82 in this site.
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Gonzalo said on 22/Jun/15
John Wayne and Anthony Perkins
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mrbobh5344 said on 21/Jun/15
Have seen a picture of Wayne and Gary Cooper walking side by side with sandles and boat shoes showing. Picture appears mid 50's.... when both men are 50ish. They look identical height. Exactly the same.
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Sam said on 17/Jun/15
Gonzalo, there's a good chance people might not know you're joking...even Wayne at just six foot is pretty ridiculous!
Steve said on 28/May/15
Dan, John Wayne was never 6' in college. If you're hinting he was just 6' then I have to laugh at the silliness of it.
Bruno said on 25/May/15
Looked at TMWSLV and I have to say Wayne's acting was superb. A must watch film for all Wayne fans. He appears similar to JS in height, maybe .5" difference at most in Wayne's favour.
vin58 said on 23/May/15
Certified genius is a certified idiot
Dan said on 7/May/15
Too bad older comments on Wayne here have been deleted. He was listed by USC while a football player as 6'0". Also every picture with him and Gary Cooper, he is shorter than Cooper.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/May/15
A weak 6ft4 is spot on. Easily 6ft5 or more in boots and/or dress shoes.
Gonzalo said on 4/May/15
Wayne was barely 5 feet tall. He was shorter tan Mickey Rooney
TRIPLEHHH said on 1/May/15
John Wayne was a solid 6'3 in his socks.
funnyguys said on 30/Apr/15
5'10" That's not even close. I'm over 5'10" and Wayne was a lot taller than me and it was at a pool.
Sixseven said on 25/Apr/15
He was 187 cm tall.(6'1.62")that's it.
Anonymous1 said on 23/Apr/15
John Wayne, without boots and in socks, next to Ron Howard in True Grit looked like a giant. I don't buy the lifts stories.
Certified Genius said on 21/Apr/15
Absolutely not. He was famous for his walk, the result of so much cardboard in his footwear. He was 5'10" in his stocking feet. They use astigmatism lenses in movies, which makes actors appear taller and thinner, more fit. John Wayne was short and fat, the same as most everyone else in Hollywood, actors are paid to tell tales, no matter how tall a tale it is.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Apr/15
Really looked massive in They Were Expendable, shorter haircut than normal too made him look more masculine than ever! In films like that he could really seem a strong 6'4" at times.
Bruno said on 17/Apr/15
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Got this one Arch of the 2 and he looks a little taller than Ferrer who was in his 50s.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
And if you see War and Peace, a tad over the 6'3 is possible for Mel Ferrer too, he made Fonda look barely 6'1".
Steve said on 15/Apr/15
Welles was obviously two inches shorter than 6'2" Carol Reed. Click Here
Bruno said on 14/Apr/15
Agreed Arch looked slightly taller than 6'3" Mel Ferrer in 1975 Brannigan whilst wearing regular shoes. Very little height loss in his last years.
Steve said on 14/Apr/15
No way was Welles as tall as people think he was. The evidence just doesn't add up.

Welles was only around an inch taller than Dean Martin back when Dean had his weekly variaty show.

Welles was a lot shorter than Heston when seen standing next to him in the wide shot. In the film they played tricks to make Welles look close to the same height as Heston.

Welles wore lifts in Citizen Kane.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Apr/15
I don't know Steve, Welles could still look 6'1 in Treasure Island (1972). I also think Wayne could still look a strong 6'3" even in his last films.
Steve said on 11/Apr/15
I think Wayne was a full 6'4" in his youth. Then by his sixties he lost about an inch.

Welles was never more than 6'1". He might have even been 6' even. By the 1970's he had packed down to around 5'11".
Gonzalo said on 10/Apr/15
Are you sure about that, Ray? What about this?

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All of these pictures are reliable. On even ground, both men at the same distance from the camera, similar shoes (I guess). If anything, Wayne looks a bit taller than Stewart.
Ray said on 7/Apr/15
When I was a kid and John Wayne had just died, my aunts gave my dad a lot of books about the Duke as he was a bid fan. An old publicity photo from the early 1930's said he was 6' 2" and 198 lbs! In photos, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart always look taller than Duke. But, Lee Marvin was supposed to be 6' 2" and Duke was a lot taller than Lee!
120 said on 25/Mar/15
Don't forget to mention that he's a big guy with really small feet
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
Yes, Coop had probably about 2cm on Heston in The Wreck of the Mary Deare which was 1959, they were very close in height but Coop definitely looked a bit taller, but he looked quite ill and shrunken in that film. And if you see Heston with Orson Welles in Touch of Evil and Peck in The Big Country, Heston was nothing under 6'2.5 peak. Coop was looking about 6'3" flat with Lancaster in Vera Cruz too, but if you really watch his 30s and early 40s films he generally looked nearer 6'4" to me than 6'3" anyway. Certainly difficult to see under 192 in a lot of his films.

I tend to enjoy even Wayne's lesser movies, his charisma and presence always shines through, even if the script was relatively poor. I've gradually been working through his massive filmography! I'll see them all eventually, even Brown of Harvard (1926) if I can get it haha!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/15
Viper would probably go with 6ft-6ft1 for Wayne...
Bruno said on 1/Mar/15
100% agree with you Arch, Coop was indeed a very tall man and lost a bit in later years, but still looked slightly taller than Chuck Heston in The Wreck of the Mary Deare.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/15
Well Bruno, I always thought Wayne and Clint Eastwood gave off a similar height impression on screen, and I thought that Gary Cooper looked about the same sort of height on screen as Eastwood. It's difficult to buy a flat 6'3" for Coop in his 30s and 40s films especially.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/15
Haha Wayne at 5 ft 11. I doubt even Viper would come up with that one!
184.3cm said on 27/Feb/15
5'11 ? More chance of him being the 6'4.5 that he claimed in The Quiet Man than that. Listing is good and also not that crazy he just said 6'4.
Nic said on 27/Feb/15
He's about 6ft 4 or 5 and 250 at an older age but younger maybe 6ft 1 205.
Jake said on 24/Feb/15
Old Hollywood folks from the business say he was 5'11". Everyone's height was exaggerated, still is.
Bruno said on 22/Feb/15
Ya Arch I seen that one before, also the one on the sub and one where they are at a dinner party with drinks. In them 3 Coop does appear taller, there is another on location where they look similar not a good angle though.

I have always said that Coop was peak 193ish.Very tall thin man. My guess is that both men were similar in height.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Feb/15
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Bruno said on 15/Feb/15
Ya Arch I always maintain Wayne lost very little height. Have a look at 79 oscars his poignant last tv appearance. He was very frail and thin but looked supertall because of it.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Feb/15
In The Fighting Kentuckian Wayne could make Oliver Hardy look as low as a weak 5'11 at times!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Feb/15
There's one scene in The Cowboys where Wayne is teaching the kids something and he really looks towering in particular, I should have noted what time it was in the film. There's certain moments in his films where he can look taller than 6'4", there was one scene in Donovan's Reef too when he walked into one of the rooms and looked close to 6'5", and he was wearing boat shoes in that film!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Feb/15
Dern could look 6'1" range in that film though! I think Wayne had him by between 2 and 3 inches. The worst you could really argue even in the years before his death is a strong 6'3".
Bruno said on 12/Feb/15
Ya Arch, I have a memory of where he goes into the classroom and he is with Slim Pickens and he appears a bit taller. He also is quite a bit taller than Bruce Dern, love the fight scene btw.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
Still looked 6'4ish in The Cowboys didn't he Bruno?
Steve said on 9/Feb/15
The lifts rumor spread because of Wayne's conservative politics which went against the Hollywood status qua. But he never wore them. It got so silly that people who never worked with him or even met him were spreading it.
dietmar said on 9/Feb/15
In "Donovans Reef" Duke was easily 2in taller than Lee Marvin. Both men are wearing sneakers in this scene.

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In "Big Jim McClane" Duke was about 2.5 -3in shorter than 201cm Jim Arness.

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In "The Undefeated" Duke was 3-4cm shorter than Rock Hudson.

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So, 192cm for Duke is about right.
Steve said on 7/Feb/15
Tex,

John Wayne never wore lifts.

Here's Wayne a good five inches taller than Robert Montgomery who himself claimed to be 6':

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Bruno said on 6/Feb/15
Good to have you back Tex, did you ever get those pictures of JW wearing lifts or are just listening to hearsay.
Scroll down there a few pics Tex and tell me what you observe
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And here is a little extra as the big fella would say.
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One more for you
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Tex said on 5/Feb/15
I see the same "man lovers" of the Duke are still on this site--adding inches to his height. I have met three or four people who actually knew and worked with Wayne. Once again--as he aged he wore lifts inside his shoes and he also walked on boards in his movies. When he was young he was about 6'3" --the same as Randolph Scott (in Pittsburg-the movie you can see that Scott is actually a smidgen taller). As he aged he lost about an inch. Many, many actors said he wore lifts and a member of Ricky Nelson's band who lives near me in Texas said he sit next to Wayne listening to music night after night when he made "Rio Bravo". He told me Wayne was about 6'2" and "he wore lifts in his boots". John Wayne the myth is always going to be taller-just like Elvis the myth loved his Mom and apple pie.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Jan/15
Yes Bruno, he did edge out Ferrer and absolutely towered over Attenborough.
Bruno said on 29/Jan/15
You are correct about Brannigan Steve, He looked slightly taller than Mel Ferrer (6'3''). For a big heavy man he lost very little height though IMO. Lifts statements are rubbish I believe. As I said before he looked supertall
Steve said on 28/Jan/15
Wayne was a big man. No question. He towered over nearly every actor he ever appeared with. But with all big guys who are overweight, they pack down and lose height as they age. So by the time he was in his mid-sixties I think he dropped to 6'3". But I never saw what looked like lifts. In both McQ and Brannigan he wore loafers with low heels. Yet he was taller than almost everyone in both films.
Gonzalo said on 27/Jan/15
Wayne looking slightly taller than James Stewart
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Carl said on 7/Jan/15
6ft 4ins all day long
Bruno said on 1/Jan/15
He stated 6'4'' in a 1969 interview.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Dec/14
I think Wayne might have got measured at 6'4.5 in shoes Sam so started believing he was that mark!! I'm going to request Barry Fitzgerald as I love that guy to bits.
Sam said on 30/Dec/14
Yeah, that's how that Quiet Man scene went...probably hard for someone of Barry Fitzgerald's size to gauge heights for men probably nearly a foot taller. Wayne claiming 6'4.5" is like Russell Crowe claiming "five eleven and change", they find they're pushing that inch mark but go over it LOL.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/14
Wayne edged out John Carroll who was listed at 6'3.5" in Flying Tigers. They looked very close in height though.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/14
@PJO

I think he said six four and a half. Fitzgerald guessed him at 6'6 didn't he?
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/14
Wayne really looks an honest 6'4 in Flying Tigers, slimmer back then he could lanky at times. Love films from the mid war period, you can feel the tension and uncertainly of the times on film. 1942 and 1943 films especially I love watching.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/14
Well Brannigan wasn't exactly very good either! You've got to hand it to him though, he was still walking tall right until the very end and still towered most of his costars and looked near 6'4".
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/14
I actually preferred Brannigan to Mcq Steve! At least Brannigan wasn't quite trying to be the poor man's Magnum Force and had some good locations and actors in it!

Saw The Sea Chase afterwards and I thought Wayne looked less than 3 inches shorter than James Arness in it and made him look 6 ft 6-6'6.5".
Steve said on 26/Dec/14
McQ was enjoyable, but still not great.

Brannigan wasn't very good.

The Duke made some truly atrocious movies towards the end of his long career.

His best role was Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Probably his best film. He deserved an Oscar for that performance. That's a western I can watch over and over and never get bored. A masterpiece and perhaps John Ford's greatest film.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/14
Brannigan was OK I thought, it was Mcq I thought a bit poor. Just didn't look right in the film.
Bruno said on 25/Dec/14
Yes Arch, still edged out 6'3'' Mel Ferrer and wearing regular shoes. As I have always said he didn't lose much height in his later years.
PJO said on 25/Dec/14
John Wayne tells Barry Fitzgerald when asked during a cart ride through the Irish countryside that he was 6'4" tall...Indeed the Duke was...not that important for Marion Morrison though...
Arch Stanton said on 24/Dec/14
Looked a weak 6'4" in Brannigan and he was in his late 60s at the time. Absolutely towered over Richard Attenborough.
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 24/Dec/14
John Wayne seemed larger than life because he had a massive& long upper torso And the legs of a 6 ft 0 man,--a 33 inseam, large chest; 42-44 inches & His boot size was 11-- which would be a foot length of ~10-3/4 to 11 inches long or, 14.2% of his stature- all these give him a perspective trick, making him look bigger than life. I can buy 6-ft-3-3/4, as he was definitely a very tall man. He weighed a Paleolithic 170 at college when he was a football player, but filled his frame out to his majestic size of 200-220 lbs.
Steve said on 23/Dec/14
Almost any film is better than The Green Berets. Even Plan 9 From Outer Space!
Sixseven said on 23/Dec/14
His son claims he was 185 cm. tall.
Sam said on 22/Dec/14
I agree that Liberty Valance is better than Hondo but I might add that Red River is way better than The Green Berets IMO.
Shredo said on 21/Dec/14
Strong 6'3 with no lifts
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 20/Dec/14
Rob, can you please add 'Red River' and 'the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' to the top.
[Editor Rob: I try to keep mention of movies to a limit of 10, but Libert vance is better than Hondo.]
Big Jake said on 18/Dec/14
When I was 22, I saw John Wayne's fist print in the concrete outside Mann's Chinese theatre. I bent over and put my fist on it. I was very sorry I did. My fist dwarfed his. I'm 6'6". If the Duke was around an inch shorter than I am, he had tiny hands. Also, I have size 14 feet. He should have been 12-13 at 6'4 3/4".
Big Jake said on 18/Dec/14
When I was 22, I saw John Wayne's fist print in the concrete outside Mann's Chinese theatre. I bent over and put my fist on it. I was very sorry I did. My fist dwarfed his. I'm 6'6". If the Duke was around an inch shorter than I am, he had tiny hands. Also, I have size 14 feet. He should have been 12-13 at 6'4 3/4".
Jock said on 15/Dec/14
If you look at the scene from Donovans Reef where Marvin and Wayne get out the pool and walk away side by side on a level floor, you can see Wayne is a good 2 to 3 inches taller,flat beach shoes are worn by both, this is one film that 100% confirms that Wayne was a tall guy without Cowboy boots or lifts,

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