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Lee Marvin's Height is 6ft 1.5in (187 cm)

American Actor best remembered for roles in films The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank, The Big Red One, The Killers, The Wild One, Hell in the Pacific, Cat Ballou, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance, Seven Men From Now and The Professionals. On his Marine Corps identity card his weight was listed as 180 pounds.

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Comment on the Height of Lee Marvin

Larry said on 14/Sep/15
Lee Marvin was 6'1".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Aug/15
I think John Vernon might have been a strong 6ft2.
Sam said on 16/Jul/15
Also, in dress shoes I think Marvin in Point Blank looked dead-even with a barefoot John Vernon who was just added at 6'2".
Sam said on 16/Jul/15
Have you seen Attack? In that he looks around 1.5 inches shorter than Jack Palance there. Speaking of whom, I usually think of Robert Ryan as a guy whose leading roles in the 50s are extremely dark & complex enough to make them quite unsettling but Palance takes the cake over Ryan in that regard IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
Rob, the funny thing is in The Killers Marvin looks max 2 inches taller than Clu Gulager who was supposed to be 5 ft 11!!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Jun/15
6ft1½-1¾ peak. This is closer
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jun/15
Thanks Rob, excellent find with the id card too. I've been saying for ages he looked 6'1 range. He made Clint and Ryan look 6'4.5 and both of them I think you could argue weak 6'4 for peak. This now fits with Wayne too. 6'1.5 really looked the most he could be with Ryan. He did look about an inch taller than Lancaster though. I could believe 6'0.5 for Lancaster, but I don't think he looked as low as a flat 6'. In some films like Vera Cruz and From Here to Eternity he really looked a convincing 6'1 guy.
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jun/15
Rob, I got a good look at him with Robert Ryan in The Professionals and Ryan honestly looked between 2 and 3 inches taller, much like Clint did in Paint your Wagon. He really looked 6'1" range next to Ryan, but he did look taller than Lancaster though.
[Editor Rob: actually if you think of Marvin being in shoes here, his eyelevel is just under 5ft 9...and give his eyelevel say 5 inches (and the camera around his eyes) and bung on another half inch for good measure then his eyelevel barefoot might not be much more than 5ft 8 so somwhere in 6ft 1-1.5 range could be more likely.
Marvin Id Card.]
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jun/15
In The Professionals Marvin looks between 2 and 3 inches shorter than 6'4" Robert Ryan, about the same diff with Clint Eastwood in Paint your Wagon. Marvin looked near an inch taller than Lancaster, Lancaster at 185 and Marvin at 187 I think quite possible.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jun/15
Rob I really think a full 6ft 2 is a stretch. he never really looked it to me. He made Clint look 6'4.5 in Paint Your Wagon and him at 6 ft 2 would also make John Wayne nearer 6'4.5. I think 187 would be the best fit for him. Somebody said he was the same height as Roger Moore too. 6'1.5 I really think would be better. 6'32 in shoes is a bit too much IMO.
Gonzalo said on 10/Apr/15
Maybe we can gauge Marvin“s height with this pic. He is wearing tongs

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Rob in your opinion, how tall is this fish?
Gonzalo said on 10/Apr/15
Maybe we can gauge Marvin“s height with this pic. He is wearing tongs


Rob in your opinion, how tall is this fish?
Sam said on 6/Apr/15
Rob, would you add to his credits the following?: The Wild One, The Killers and Hell in the Pacific.
AlexMahone said on 6/Apr/15
In "Shout at the Devil" (1976) he was eye to eye with Roger Moore.

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So, 187-188cm is possible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Apr/15
@Arch: I agree with everything you say about Marvin. He did look more like a 6ft1½ guy at peak. But Lee Van Cleef? I ain't sure on that. He looked too close to Eastwood to be anything less than 6ft2. I put him in the 6ft2-2½ category.
Sam said on 1/Apr/15
Arch, maybe 1.5 to 2 inch range, I think Palance cleared Marvin by a noticeable amount...Palance claimed 6'4" at peak, I think he could have been as much as 6'3.5".
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
He might have worn lifts in the Big Heat though to fit his mean character which was intended to be imposing. Below I say I even thought he looked 198-190 in that film. Generally I think 6'1.5 would be the best shout. Did he really look 2 inches shorter than Palance Sam?
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
I think the only time I thought he looked the full 6'2 was in what was it The Big Heat with Glenn Ford in the early 50s?
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
Rob do you think 6'1.5 might be a better shout? He looked a bit more than 2 inches shorter than John Wayne and you now have Wayne at 6'3.75. He made Clint Eastwood look 6'4.5 in Paint Your Wagon if he was the full 6'2". He's looked 6'1" range in almost everything I've seen I think. There's a chance that Cleef was 187 too of course. I might check out a few more films just to be more certain but I've seen about a dozen of his I think.
Los Pollos Hermanos said on 21/Feb/15
Jamie says on 22/Sep/14:
"I always thought Lee was 6'5".
Of course, Jamie... Ha, ha, ha!! Lee, Christopher Lee...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jan/15
Excuse that post below. The movie with Bruce Willis I'm thinking of is Hudson Hawk (1991) and the actor was actually James Coburn who had not quite yet hopped off of the mortal coil but resembled Marvin facially and coincidentally in stature also.
Sam said on 12/Jan/15
Yeah, could have been a fraction under 6'2" but I'm pretty sure he was quite even with Lee Van Cleef in Liberty Valance. Van Cleef rarely looked under 6'2" at peak IMO. On the other hand, I thought Marvin looked nearly two inches under Jack Palance in Attack!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Dec/14
Nice photo thanks! Looks like Amsterdam?
[Editor Rob: yeah]
Arch Stanton said on 12/Dec/14
Rob can you add a photo? Well, now the Duke has had a downgrade and considering that he made Clint Eastwood look 6'4.5 in Paint Your Wagon perhaps a 187 listing wouldn't be unreasonable. He could look a solid 6'2" at times though.
Sam said on 10/Dec/14
Near Rock Hudson, he looks a little sub 6'2" here but it looks like he's standing on slightly lower ground.
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Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 27/Nov/14
One of his best roles was in 'Hell in the Pacific' with Toshiro Mifune. Have you seen that, Rob? It not, highly recommend it.
[Editor Rob: not for 20 years, a lot of older films I am going to rewatch.]
Ian C said on 4/Nov/14
Okay, Arch, you got me. Wayne was so much heavier than Marvin that maybe Marvin's height was augmented so that they would look equally matched in their fight scenes. A couple of disagreeable drunkards, it has been reported, but Marvin was an intelligent man and often a serious and skilled actor, unlike Wayne, who couldn't have given a damn about most of the movies he made.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Oct/14
According to self-proclaimed 6fter Oliver Reed, Marvin was 6ft5!
Jamie said on 22/Sep/14
I always thought Lee was 6'5".
Sam said on 7/Aug/14
I think he did seem fairly even in height with 6'2" Lee Van Cleef in Liberty Valance...I imagine they had respect for each other, "Los Pollos Hermanos", both were decorated WWII veterans (like Stewart but unlike The Duke), I don't picture them fighting unlike Burt Lancaster, who anecotedly wanted to throw Marvin off a cliff for his messing up the filming of The Professionals with his drunknessness.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
Ian C. says on 1/May/14
Marvin made three movies with John Wayne (Donovan's Reef, The Comancheros and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) and I always thought while watching those movies that he was roughly the same height as Wayne.

LOL you need glasses! John Wayne looked easily 2 inches taller!! Click Here Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
Ian C. says on 1/May/14
Marvin made three movies with John Wayne (Donovan's Reef, The Comancheros and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) and I always thought while watching those movies that he was roughly the same height as Wayne.

LOL you need glasses! John Wayne looked easily 2 inches taller!!
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
Point Blank is one of my favourites of his, that film for me was almost the iconic late 60s spy movie.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
Yeah Sam he could look 6'1" range at times. I didn't like Cat Ballou much admittedly, but it was an Oscar winner and among his best known roles. In Paint Your Wagon at times Clint Eastwood could look 6'4.5" in comparison.
jtm said on 5/Aug/14
a strong 6'1
Sam said on 5/Aug/14
He could look a little sub 6'2" at times for sure, but generally seemed close to it, 6'1.5"-6'1.75" is the lowest I'd go but this is fine.
Los Pollos Hermanos said on 12/Jul/14
Clearly note that Marvin leads hikes. In fact, if Van Cleef pushes slightly with his finger on Lee's back, he would fall to the floor and his neck would break. Ha ha ha! Stewart looks 1'78. Because is thinner than the rest? No way!On the contrary, thinner people looks taller than fat people...
Sam said on 28/May/14
Yes, he was an Oscar winner for Cat Ballou but that was not even close to his best film. Also please add Seven Men From Now.
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Rob can you add Cat Ballou, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Big Heat and Donovan's Reef?

Actually looks 189-190cm in The Big Heat.
Ian C. said on 18/May/14
Well, you could be right there, Maestro. I love Liberty Valance, even though it is cringingly bad, and the reason Stewart seems smaller than the others is only because he's so much thinner. Everybody in it is decades too old. The plot doesn't make sense unless all the main characters are in their early twenties, but the youngest actor in it was Marvin, who was probably about thirty-five. Wayne and Stewart were both about fifty.
Maestro Ciruela said on 11/May/14
I must insist, Ian C. If you see Henrik photo shown below, in the Liberty Valance film, is ridiculous that James Stewart (6'3) seems a kid of 14 years among adults. I'm sure all those guys except him, were using hikes! Cinema's world is always lying us. I think that Wayne and Stewart were 1'91, Marvin 1'84 and Van Cleef 1“87. Of course, without hikes!!
Ian C. said on 1/May/14
Marvin made three movies with John Wayne (Donovan's Reef, The Comancheros and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) and I always thought while watching those movies that he was roughly the same height as Wayne. In Liberty Valance they stand toe-to-toe and you don't get a sense watching that scene that Wayne was two inches taller. Even so, I do think that six foot two is right in there, within half an inch, because Marvin was not quite as tall as Clint Eastwood in Paint your Wagon, or Woody Strode in The Professionals. This leads me inexorably to the point of this post, which is that John Wayne was a lying midget. (Sorry for that outburst. I still resent that he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1969 instead of Jon Voight.)
Zediah said on 13/Mar/14
I've read that Marvin was only six foot, even though he was sometimes described as being 6'3".
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/14
He won the Oscar for Best Actor for that film!! No way was his performance better than Omar Sharif's in Dr. Zhivago!!
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/14
He looks more 6'1 range to me in Cat Ballou.
James said on 28/Dec/13
Marvin was 6'1", not the 6'2" he was billed as. He never made a film with Bruce Willis as he died before Willis was a movie star.
Mr. Kaplan said on 8/Nov/13
I believe he was 6'1". In The Dirty Dozen, he's shorter than Jim Brown who is supposedly 6'2". He is also quite shorter than 6'4" George Kennedy in the same movie.
Maestro Ciruela said on 29/Apr/13
Ed T, thanks for your comment. Now I would like to emphasize that Henrik photo shown below, the Liberty Valance film in which I find it hilarious that James Stewart (6'3) seems a youngster of 14 years among adults. Ha ha ha! Do all those guys except him were using hikes?
I apologize for my English, but I am and I write from Barcelona - Europe.
Ed T. said on 27/Apr/13
Maestro, I have seen Emperor of the North Pole a few times and I agree with your assessment. In most scenes in that movie Carradine appears to be at least as tall, if not slightly taller than Marvin. Another example of how Marvin, although a tall man, was most likely right around 6'1" peak , possibly a hair under 6'1", possibly a hair over 6'1", but to me eyes, very doubtful that he was a legit 6'2" or even a hair under 6'2". I really believe that Lee Van Cleef was no taller than 6'1.5" and in Liberty Valence, it appears that Van Cleef may be slightly taller than Marvin.
Maestro Ciruela said on 23/Apr/13
Yesterday, I saw again "Emperor of the North Pole", and Keith Carradine (6'1) and Marvin were at the same level, even sometimes, look shorter Lee...
Ed T. said on 30/Dec/12
What film was that Rampage? Didn't Marvin die in 1987?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Dec/12
Looked 2in taller than 5ft11.5(182cm) Bruce Willis in some film from 1990.
Yaspaa said on 17/Nov/12
6 inches on Bronson? I don't see it.
angeleyes said on 24/Oct/12
John Boorman said Marvin was 6'3''. A big man. I don't buy he was under 6'2'' anyway.
Ed T. said on 9/Sep/12
Henrik, I don't know if that is a more fair picture, but I don't think that Marvin was far under 6'2", just not a legit 6'2". I wouldn't be surprised if Marvin was 6'1.5" . I would be surprised if he was anything less than 6'1".
Henrik said on 9/Sep/12
This is a more fair picture with John Wayne (although Marvin is closer to the camera):

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Perhaps Marvin wasn't a legit 6'2", but I don't buy that he was far under it. 6'2" straight out of bed is what I would say.
JR said on 6/Sep/12
Im with SRG and Ed T. I think he was a solid 6'-6'1 at the most.
Ed T. said on 1/Sep/12
I agree SRG. Marvin is also one of my favorite actors. I think that your point about Marvin's lanky build and his fearless attitude has a lot to do with some people perceiving him to be a little taller than he actually was, is dead on. Marvin had long legs for his height and that combined with his slim build could make him appear taller at first glance. I've seen too many films where he looks at least two inches ( if not more) shorter than actors who were most likely between 6'3 and 6'4 inches barefoot, such as Jack Palance, Donald Sutherland, Robert Ryan and John Wayne. There are scenes and a photograph in "The Professionals" where he looks to be easily more than two inches shorter than both Jack Palance and Robert Ryan. Also in the Dirty Dozen, I remember a scene where Marvin and George Kennedy are side by side while saluting a superior officer. To me it seemed that Marvin was nowhere near as tall as Kennedy. If I recall correctly, to me in that scene, Kennedy appeard to have a "good" three inches or so on Marvin. Even in some face to face scenes with Sutherland in the Dirty Dozen and in a scene in the trailor of the making of the film for the Dirty Dozen when walking side by side down a London street, Sutherland appears to be quite noticeably taller than Marvin, I'd say by at least an "easy" two inches. Personally, I believe Sutherland to have been closer to 6'3" barefoot than 6'4" barefoot or maybe 6'3.5" . From all the films and pictures I have seen of Marvin I believe an accurate description of him is probably a barefoot height of around 6'1", maybe slightly over 6'1" at most, but not 6'2" barefoot. Add his lanky appearance and "I'm gonna kick your butt attitude" to 6'1" and the perception can become 6'2" for some people.
SRG said on 23/Aug/12
I think he had the build and the attitude to pull off 6'2 ( Lee Marvin was one of my favorite actors by the way) but I think he was under 6'2. Just look at the photo below from donovan's reef with 6'4 inch John Wayne. someone who is 6'2 should be able to easily hold there own against a 6'4 inch guy but it looks like there is alot more than a 2 inch difference between them. Although John Wayne was known to wear lifts so I might be wrong.

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Gonzalo said on 11/Oct/07
Not the best pic to judge but Marvin looks very similar to Gene Hackman, who is clearly around the 1`88 area
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Bob H. said on 16/Aug/07
Wonderful ator. Magnificent voice. Clearly tall and very manly. In 1970 version of "Monte Walsh" he is noticably shorter than 6'2 1/2" Jim Davis and 6'3" Jack Palance. Lee Marvin seems to be more like 6'1" and maybe 1/2". Maybe.
Liberachi16 said on 27/Feb/07
Hey frank2, whwere did you get your pictures?
Gonzalo said on 23/Feb/07
Liberachi16, take a look at the picture posted by Frank2 on April 21st and tell me Marvin was as tall as Wayne
Anonymous said on 22/Feb/07
This page makes me think about Frank2, see below. I'll always wonder if he was genuine or a fantasist. Some of the stuff he said seemed far fetched other things very insightful.
Liberachi16 said on 13/Feb/07
I don't know mabey its just me but Lee Marvin stood about the same height as John Wayne was 6'4. Now guys I'm a chick and I'm 5'11 so any one that tall would be very noticable.
chris said on 21/Jan/07
In my opinion, I'd put Marvin at at least 6'3.
I was watching the film 'The Proffessionals' earlier, and he looked about an inch shorter than a 6'4 Robert Ryan.
Roger Field said on 12/Sep/06
I had a small part in "Avalanche Express" in Munich in 1978. I spoke a lot to Lee Marvin and he towered over me. He walked me around Bavaria Studios to the casting office. I am almost 5'9" without shoes and I would put his height at at least 6'2.5 inches. Lee was very nice.
mike c said on 28/Apr/06
Gramps, with all due respect, your Marvin and Newman shot is not accurate..take 2-3 inches from Newman (look at the heels of his boots..and add 3 inches at least to Marvin..he' leaning against a wall with hand in pockets and has his legs crossed..were he be standing tall and were Newman to have normal shoes on, Marvin would be a great deal taller than least 6'2"...
Frank2 said on 27/Apr/06
That's correct. Lee was 6'2".
Mikex said on 27/Apr/06
I've just watched feature about the making of the Dirty Dozen on dvd. The cast is shown walking round the streets of London, Lee Marvin only looks a little shorter than 6'4'' Donald Sutherland. The difference is no more than 2 inches and it might be a little less.
Frank2 said on 26/Apr/06
I worked at MGM film lab back when MGM had its own studio in Culver City. I ended up working in the color timing dept. Shamus was a Columbia release and back then MGM had a contract to do all Columbia's negative processing and release printing. When it came time to run the answer print for the director who was Buzz Kulik, Burt showed up with his then girlfriend singer Dinah Shore and we ran it for them. After the film ended, Dinah expressed her desire to sing the main title and got into a heated argument with Buz over going back and recording her voice and then laying over the existing Jerry Goldsmith music track. At that point Burt made a dash out the door. I could tell from his reaction that he didn't like angry confrontations. In the end Dinah lost the argument, thank God.
Glenn said on 25/Apr/06
Yes,how I can I forget Deliverence.The longest yard also,what did you do on Shamus? I havnt veiwed it since I was a kid.where did they film it?
Frank2 said on 25/Apr/06
Deliverance is my favorite. I worked on Shamus. Not a bad film. It's kind of dated when viewed today, but still fun. The Longest Yard is very entertaining.
Glenn said on 25/Apr/06
Frank-whats your fave Burt movie? Im a huge fan.Sharkys Machine and Shamus are mine.
Frank2 said on 24/Apr/06
I'd say when he was young, Burt Reynolds was about 5'10". Now he's about 5'9" and goes to bed with his lifts on.

Marvin was 6'2" and the last time I saw him he still looked it. He was two inches shorter than Clint Eastwood in Paint Your Wagon.
Glenn said on 23/Apr/06
Frank-is Burt 5-9 or 5-10? Lonnie Anderson said he was 5-10 and wore lifts in his sneakers.I think,and read he can be as low as 5-8.
Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
And Angie Dickenson was the Duke's height. She was over six feet tall.
Frank2 said on 22/Apr/06
Yes, I did meet Akins once at The Golden Boot Awards. By then he was about an inch taller than me or roughly 6'. But that was shortly before he died and he looked just plain awful. I'd venture to guess that Akins was at least 6'1" when he was younger. At that same event I saw Burt Reynolds not looking as tall as he usually did with his huge lifts. Then a few years later I ran into him on a street in Beverly Hills and he was shorter than me by an inch. By then he had so much plastic surgery work done to his face that he didn't look human! More like a wax figure. And his hairpiece looked like a carpet!

[Editor Rob: I'll add akins, for sure early career could have been 6ft 1+]
Frank2 said on 22/Apr/06
I'm retired and don't need to pretend.

[Editor Rob: Frank, did you ever meet Claude Akins...he puzzles me that guy's height...]
Frank2 said on 3/Mar/06
I saw Marvin shortly before he died and he was still well-over six feet tall.
Gramps said on 28/Dec/05
Based on Marvin's later work, I thought him to be about 5'11" to 6'0". But seeing him in his early days he was much taller than I expected. I think 6'2" was about right for the 30-ish Marvin, but not later in life.
Mikex said on 27/Dec/05
John Boorman the film director says Marvin was 6'3'' and wrote about how imposing Marvin was in person. Boorman is certainly no fool so I guess he couldn't have been out by more than an inch.
Tubbs said on 15/Dec/05
Shorter than old Rog in Shout at the Devil, who I reckon was 6'2" at the time - Gotxo would have another view on that, but I think Marvin was 6'2" earlier in his career, and shrunk to 6'1 later on in his career. Still looked a big guy in the Dirty Dozen, but hey, so did Charles Bronson in some scenes!
David said on 14/Dec/05
Sorry but I too have seen that John Ford movie, and the Duke did look 4 inches taller than Marvin in some scenes.
CelebHeights Editor said on 27/Jul/05
Hmm, I start to wonder about this guy's peak height. Back in wild bunch he really did not even look this height...and in gorky park he looked struggling with 6ft!
PhantomPhan said on 3/May/05
I think Lee Marvin is/was not more than 6'0", if even that much. Even in his early, "small speaking part" rolls, he doesn't look much taller that 5'11". If you can, watch "Paint Your Wagon"--Clint Eastwood towers over Marvin. (Now if we can just confirm Eastwood's height, we'll be all set!)

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