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Lee Marvin height: 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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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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