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Robert Mitchum's Height is 6ft 0.5in (184 cm)

American Actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Night of the Hunter, The Big Sleep, Out of the Past, Angel Face, El Dorado, 'Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison', Story of G.I. Joe, Cape Fear and Ryan's Daughter. His driving license (at age 33) states his height as 6ft, 200 lbs. He also said he was "Six police department measurements say six feet, and they're good at that sort of thing."

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Tom said on 19/Nov/15
I don't know if Mitchum wore lifts for certain films, but if he said he was six foot then he probably was. It's amazing that being a Holocaust denier didn't wreck his career.
Larry said on 8/Sep/15
Mitchum and Dean Martin both wore lifts in 5 card Stud.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Aug/15
Saw him in 5 Card Stud yesterday and really thought he looked a solid 6 ft 1 in it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Aug/15
A true alpha male. They don't make them like that anymore. I wish could have met him.

I think a weak 6ft1 is fair. Exactly 2in below Peck in Cape Fear.
Sam said on 30/Jul/15
Rob, what are the chances you'd list him at 6'0.75", Rob?
Arch Stanton said on 20/Jun/15
@Sam, I remember the scene in Not as a Stranger in which Sinatra was barefoot next to him. Really looked a good six inches.
Sam said on 7/May/15
Rob, is it possible that you'd split the difference and go with 6'0.75"?...I bet he and Harrison Ford would have dead-even when both guys were peak height.
mike said on 12/Apr/15
Saw Mitchum in person several times when I was a kid waiting tables. I'd say he was a hair over 6'1".
Sam said on 1/Apr/15
I think at times, he can look the new listing, like the difference with Peck could have been 2.5 in...I wonder if he wore small lifts in some his later roles, I think he looked rather tall in Friends of Eddie Coyle and The Big Sleep.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Mar/15
Mitchum was a notorious womanizer, had affairs with many of his co stars including Ava Gardner, lucky git!
If he was just 6 ft flat JTM then so was Cary Grant, and suddenly all those actors and actresses he was in films need downgrades by a good inch. A 6 ft Mitchum and 6 ft Grant would mean a 6 ft Ray Massey and Fairbanks jr under that 6' mark.
jtm said on 3/Mar/15
if he claimed 6'0 then that's what he was.
littlesue said on 2/Mar/15
Just finished his biog, does'nt mention his exact height but says he was a big bloke, he married to the same woman for 50 years but like a lot of the stars had many affair on set, thrown in jail a few times also for fighting and pot smoking. Seemed a laid back sort of bloke who was well liked by other actors.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
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You can see what I mean about Cary Grant with Tony Curtis, there's the film there.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
I do think though that in general Mitchum looked nearer 6'1" than 6' though, I'm not sure he was as low as 6 ft. He was looking about 6'1" with a barefoot Sinatra I thought. If he was actually just 6' flat then a lot of people really need a downgrade! Anything in 6'0.5-6'1 range is arguable for guys like Mitchum, Grant, Reagan etc.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
Marvin's 6'2 is increasingly questionable though. I see more 6'1.5 for him, he made Clint Eastwood and John Wayne look 6'4.5!
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/15
Rob, yes, I've been thinking more 6' range of late too, I was looking at him with Melvyn Douglas and Ava Gardner in My Forbidden Past and he wasn't quite looking a proper 6'1". He looked identical in height to Cary Grant though in The Grass is Greener in what 1961 though. The thing is by the late 50s and early 60s Grant was consistently looking 6' range I think, check out Operation Petticoat with Tony Curtis for instance, looking no more than 184. There are films though where Mitchum could look a solid 6'1". 6'0.5 is probably the best fit overall, but I was certain he was the same height as Grant in that film. Mitchum did look about 6'1" with John Wayne's 6'4" but you've downgraded him slightly now so 60.5-6'0.75 figures I guess. There's so many good Mitchum films I'm yet to see though so I'll keep watching!
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/15
6'0.5 is arguable though like it was for Cary Grant, but in fairness both could often look an easy 6'1".
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/15
Rob, why do you think he claimed just 6 ft? If he was just 6 ft flat everybody needs a downgrade! He consistently looked around 6'1" didn't he?

I've seen The Grass is Greener fully, and I thought Grant and Mitchum looked so close in height that you could evenly balance Sookie on her paws across their heads!
[Editor Rob: I can understand him as being over 6ft and dropping a fraction. The more I see of him the more I think 6ft 1 is optimistic actually.]
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/15
Looks near an inch shorter than Melvyn Douglas in My Forbidden Past, Rob has him at 6'1.5, so Mitchum was looking just under 6'1" in comparison.
joelj said on 21/Feb/15
Hes not a man who really cared about his height, his posture wasnt the best.
joelj said on 21/Feb/15
6' 1" easily, gary cooper didnt have that much on him infact there didnt look like anything more than an inch between them
Beau said on 2/Feb/15
I first met Robert Mitchum by the coffee machine in the morning , on the film "Scrooged" in 1988, where I was working as an actor. He was very charming and casual, and stood almost as tall as my 6'1".I'd say about 6'0", with great posture and bearing for a 71 year old man. Nice memory.
Steve said on 5/Jan/15
Like I said. Watch the entire movie.

One scene doesn't tell the tale. They could have elevated Grant in that scene by having him stand on something. That sort of thing is done a lot. We don't see their feet.
Sam said on 5/Jan/15
Sorry, Steve, Mitchum wasn't an inch taller than Cary Grant, in some shots he could seem have a fraction of an inch edge on him but look at the scene where they stand back-to-back, w/ good posture Grant was equal to Mitchum's height.
Steve said on 2/Jan/15
Arch, when you watch the entire movie, this is what you'll see:

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Steve said on 1/Jan/15
Mitchum was definitely 6'1" because he appeared an inch taller than Cary Grant in The Grass is Greener. I just watched it the other night. Mitchum was also much broader.

Mitchum once said that the one actor he'd hate to end up in a fight with was Frank Sinatra. Even though Sinatra was small, Mitchum reckened that in such a fight, one of them would end up dead.

Sinatra had a notorious bad temper. When JFK made last-minute plans not to stay at Sinatra's estate in Rancho Mirage, Sinatra reportedly took a sledge hammer and broke up the newly installed cement helicopter landing pad. Later on, it was replaced. Today, there's a garden when it once was.
Sam said on 4/Dec/14
Obviously, in size, Sinatra was upstaged quite a bit, I remember him looking physically tiny compared to Sterling Hayden but Hayden didn't have that star presence on level of Sinatra or Mitchum. I've read his bio and have mixed views on some of actions and statements but no movie star was cooler than him. Cooler than Steve McQueen who Mitchum strongly disliked.
Gonzalo said on 4/Dec/14
Mitchum looked very tall in Not as a stranger. Taller than Lee Marvin to my surprise
James said on 2/Dec/14
Sinatra was tiny. Mitchum was six foot so he was at least 5 inches taller.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/14
The only actor to date I've seen upstage Sinatra and make him look like a fumbling little boy. There's a scene in Not as a Stranger in which they're both barefoot and Mitchum has him by between 5 and 6 inches and just dominates him.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/14
Rob can you add films like Out of the Past, Angel Face, El Dorado, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (one film) and Story of G.I. Joe. He's one of those where it's difficult to cut like Grant and Stewart but those should be among his best known.
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
I was just about to post the same picture here...I don't think Widmark actually looks taller considering the camera proximity but Mitchum does look more a flat six footer there.
Gonzalo said on 1/Dec/14
Well, that shot is on uneven ground, Widmark has angle advantage and Mitchum doesn´t seem to be wearing high heeled shoes while Widmark and Douglas are. It is a tricky picture.
steviebaby said on 15/Nov/14
If Mitchum was six-one, how does anyone explain this photo of him standing next to five-ten Richard Widmark (right) in The Way West? Widmark actually looks taller.

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Sam said on 4/Aug/14
His son Christopher did look a lot like him but was rather less attractive, not that Mitchum was typically good looking but had attractive features, Robert's brother John wasn't bad looking when younger but got quite fat, so I'd say Bob Mitchum lucked out genetically. I have a co-worker who looks like she could be his granddaughter, attractive girl but she can look a little masculine, same lidded eyes, similar cheekbones and clift chin.
Sam said on 29/Jul/14
Mitchum and Wayne didn't hate each other according to Mitchum's biography I read...Mitchum's comments about Wayne's lifts were like ribbing and from what I read they had no problems working together really, Wayne just hated Ed Asner during filming of El Dorado, apparently Wayne's nickname for him of "New York" was a big snap in Wayne's mind. Now an actor who genuinely seemed to hate Mitchum was Gregory Peck when they were filming Cape Fear, from what I've read Mitchum was kind of a douche towards Peck.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/14
Funny that Wayne and Mitchum hated each other and Wayne played Christopher Mitchum's father in Big Jake!!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/14
He must have super strong genes as his other son James Mitchum is also a spit for him!!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/14
Hahhaa, watching Rio Lobo and I spotted Christopher Mitchum and I knew as soon as I saw him it was his son. Spitting image of him!! One of the closest father-son resemblances I've ever seen!!
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jul/14
The thing is though Sam Mitchum and Cary Grant looked the exact same height in Grass is Greener!! I think 185 was spot on for Grant.
Sam said on 3/Jul/14
This is reportedly a shot of Robert Mitchum and Burt Lancaster in full drag, while a understandably terrified-looking Errol Flynn looks on. Mitchum looks shorter than Lancaster but I don't know what their, uh, heel situation is.
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The Horse of FUNK said on 22/Apr/14
People automatically assume a person is the exact height they say they are. In reality, not everybody stresses over height and some people are more laid back about it, especially when they have a comfortable height. I can imagine Mitchum being 184-185cm. He didn't seem like a guy who would dwell on his height. Not enough to claim 6'1", but over the 6'0" mark.
Burt said on 18/Mar/14
Director Michael Winner said he made Mitchum wear built up shoes in "The Big Sleep" because he wanted him as the star to tower over the other actors.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/14
Looked 6ft2 in Cape Fear and The Big Sleep. I can buy 185-186cm peak and 6ft flat at the time of his death, maybe a fraction over.
Lenad is sexy said on 10/Jan/14
I think he was more of a weak 6'1
Clive said on 5/Jan/14
If Mitchum said he was six foot then that's what he was.
Robert said on 4/Jan/14
Mitchum was six foot, but no more than that. If only he had been a few years younger he could have been the best Philip Marlowe.
JJ said on 31/Dec/13
He always claimed 6 foot. His drivers license said 6 foot. If he was really 6'1" than that's what he would have claimed. I think he was 6 foot in his prime and Hollywood being Hollywood listed him as 6'1". Ill say a 6' is a more accurate listing.
Andy said on 28/Dec/13
Mitchum was exactly six foot at his peak. He was wearing shoes with bigger heels than Cary Grant in "The Grass Is Greener".
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Amazing guess Rob, him and Cary Grant stand back to back in The Grass in Greener about to have a gun duel and they're the EXACT same height!! You could lay a ruler across the top of there heads and they're dead on the same height!
[Editor Rob: never seen this movie yet]
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Odd but Bob Mitchum looks a bit taller than Cary Grant in comparison to Deborah Kerr in The Grass is Greener.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Aug/13
Towers above Leo McKern in Ryan's Daughter, although I think he was only 5'5" rangem but he does seem about this.
Willy said on 25/Aug/13
In Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - which was shot when Mitchum was 57 -, Robert's character, Philip Marlowe, describes himself as "six feet of iron man". And judging by the pictures with Cary Grant, I'd also say that that's the hight he looked 15 years before this film with 6'0.75'' Cary.
Sam said on 2/Jul/13
He and Cary Grant were very close in height. Grant, when compared to Howard Hughes, Randolph Scott and Jimmy Stewart, was barely 2 inches shorter than those alleged 6'3"ish guys.
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Also in The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Mitchum at a somewhat rough-looking 56 was probably less than an inch shorter than 6'2.25" listed Peter Boyle.
tex said on 22/May/13
Mitchum was never vain about his height. He always said he was 6'. He also said "John Wayne had to be the tallest person on his sets and wore lifts".
Slope said on 14/Mar/13
SRG -- As I said earlier, I never saw Robert Mitchum, and if you say his son, Chris Mithcum, is 6' 1" I won't argue. I saw Chris in person only once and I'm basing his height solely on my impression. Maybe because Chris, like his Dad Robert Mitchum, has very broad shoulders I concluded at least 6'2" for Chris. Of course, that may be "in the heel" and I didn't notice Chris Mitchum's footwear. Still, I agree with you that Robert Mitchum was a tad over 6 feet. That makes sense based on his son's height; the genes reveal the son to be over 6 feet so Robert Mitchum probably stood at least 6 feet tall.
JJ said on 3/Mar/13
Honestly, 5'7.5". He was a strong 6 feet tall there are numerous images,interviews, and movies where he looks a strong 6'. I don't think they could hide a 6 inch difference from the public so effectivley for so long without it getting out. mitchum was 6' or a little over.
kokkiesan said on 26/Feb/13
he was in about 1958 getting a new top put on his convertible here in Silver Spring
where I saw him. I am 5'7 1/2" without my shoes... he was about my height both of us
wearing shoes... not sure what kind of shoes he was wearing.

a friend who was in films in Hollywood told me that they used camera angles and
boxes for him to stand on to make him look taller. He especially had to look taller than his female co-stars. NO WAY was he over 6 feet tall !
Anonymous said on 26/Feb/13
he was in about 1958 getting a new top put on his convertible here in Silver Spring
where I saw him. I am 5'7 1/2" without my shoes... he was about my height both of us
wearing shoes... not sure what kind of shoes he was wearing.

a friend who was in films in Hollywood told me that they used camera angles and
boxes for him to stand on to make him look taller. He especially had to look taller than his female co-stars. NO WAY was he over 6 feet tall !
JR said on 6/Nov/12
6'0.25 to maybe 6'0.5 peak
Shaun said on 10/Oct/12
Yeah this is about right I'd guess 6'0.5-6'1" range about 3 inches shorter than Wayne I think. Didn't like him, he had one of those shifty, cocky faces you wouldn't trust...
SRG said on 27/Sep/12
Slope, Christopher Mitchum is 6'1. As for robert I'll meet his license and his billed height in the middle and give him 6'0.5
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Jul/12
186-187cm in Cape Fear.
Rob, is there a chance he have been 6ft1.5?
[Editor Rob: I doubt he was that tall, ]
slope said on 29/Jan/12
I saw his son, Chris Mitchum, recently at a John Wayne tribute in Hollywood and Chris is a big guy, at least six foot two inches, maybe taller. Although I never saw Robert Mitchum, based on his son's genes, at least six foot would make sense for Robert. No way 5'8"; as I say, Chris the son is a big guy.
sam said on 26/Sep/07
In Cape Fear (to me), 6'3" for Peck and 6'1" for Mitchum looked just right.
Joe said on 12/Aug/07
I just watched Cape Fear again (1962) just about an hour ago. I'd say Mitchum was 6'0" even. Possible 6'2"-6'3 for Peck.
Gonzalo said on 16/Jun/07
I wouldn`t say mitchum was an "elder star of western films". That clearly shows a deep lack of knowledge of Mitchum`s filmography.
I have just seen Cape Fear, the true one, not the crap Scorsese did later. He looked clearly shorter than Peck, although the shots weren`t very good. Hard to pin Mr. Mitchum: sometimes he looks 6`2 (in El dorado or Not as a stranger) and sometimes 6`0. I will stick to 6`1 however
patrick said on 11/Jun/07
Bob Mitchum never looked 6' unless being eye troubled and was not just a western star as Randolf Scott for example.
He looked tall and everybody said he was. I always saw him 6'2 while had something of taller men, you know, that "dimension"; Who are agree with that appreciation of the man and the fabulous actor he was, stand me up here!
Kevin T said on 9/May/07
If his driver's license stated he was 6' 0", why is he listed here as 6' 1"? And why are people saying he looked 6' 2"?

I have noticed any elder star of western films tends to get a height boost from fans, for some unknown reason.
patrick said on 13/Feb/07
Yes jon, you're right! What is sure that is Robert was never slouching!
He had larger frame than he was, a bit like Charlton Heston; These guys have "something else" which puts them "elsewhere", in another domain than "poor mortals" and allowed them to act and play roles higher than human condition standards.
That is why we love them and regret them, don't you?
jon said on 12/Feb/07
In The Big Sleep when he was entering his sixties, he looked a solid 6'2''.
patrick said on 6/Feb/07
I agree: 6'2 when "young" and maybe a bit less after 45 or 50.
Bob Mitchum was one of the greatest man and actor ever; a unique indivudual with nobody to be compared above all, TODAY !
he was a very very natural broad shouldered man and a fantastic boxer; Very clever and talented with that kind of intelligence taht makes everybody stupid in comparison because, him, seems alway saying "after all, i don't care but i'll do the job".
He probably had one of the widest back i ever saw; stood all the time like tensed bow; He was tall but even looked taller; Great singer and writer too, he was able to read just one time his lines and play; better: he read once the screenplay and remembered everything, even his co-stars lines!
A great American actor, one of the best. Just imagine him (or J.Wayne, C.Grant, Bogart, Cagney, J.Stewart or Douglas acting with Tom Cruise or G Clooney or Brad Pitt; Remeber Ricky Nelson next to J Wayne? Who could copare these guys with the old ones? Put C.Gable in the shoes of G.Clooney in "the perfect storm" and you get a good and credible movie. As for Tom CRUISE in the Mitchum or Wayne boots. Sorry, i can't!
Paul said on 27/Aug/06
Several Mitchum movies were just released to DVD. In "His Kind of Woman" he looks quite tall. Side by side with Vincent Price he doesn't look all that much shorter and he appears taller than Raymond Burr. I can easily see 6'2" for him in the early 1950s. He was one of the few male actors who could look tall next to Jane Russell.

In "The Racket" he looks a couple of inches shorter than Robert Ryan.
Frank2 said on 1/Jun/06
Mitchum was 6'1" at his peak. Heston and Peck were the same height or 6'3".
sam said on 31/May/06
I have seen that awful overlong western several times as well, and Heston is an inch taller than Peck in most scenes, except a few where they apperar about the same. Peck was 6'2 at his peak (5'11 when he died), and Heston was 6'3 (6'0 nowadays).
Gonzalo said on 25/May/06
Clark strikes again, downgrading everybody! I have seen The big country several times and Heston was, at the most, as tall as Peck, but no way taller. Peck was at least 6`3. He towered over everybody else in his movies.
Clark said on 22/May/06
Peck was actually 6'2, he was an inch shorter than the 6'3 Heston in "The Big Country". Mitchum was 6'0 at his peak, 5'10 when he died at 79.
Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
Well, Mitchum was 6'1". He was an inch taller than 6' Cary Grant in The Grass is Greener. And Mitchum didn't wear lifts or elevators. He was two inches shorter than 6'3" Greg Peck in Cape Fear. And don't tell me Peck wasn't 6'3" 'cause I met him several times and he was at the very least several inches taller than me.
Gonzalo said on 6/Apr/06
Frank2 said he was 6`1. In El Dorado he doesn´t look much shorter than Wayne, less than what I expected. Peck was above 1`90 so he had to be taller than Mitchum.
Mitchum wanted to give the impression that he didn´t care about things: acting, being in jail, height. It was all part of a trick to create some kind of a myth around him. Howard Hawks said once that Mitchum was a true professional and a hard working actor. He said that to Mitchum, something like "people think you are a lazy actor who doesn´t care about this job, but you are not". And Mitchum replied "don`t tell anybody"
larry said on 20/Mar/06
In NOT AS A STRANGER, Lon Chaney Jr. plays his dad. In their scene together Mitchum looks 1" shorter than Lon (who was 6'2"). BUT, Lon was in pajamas and a house coat, so: was he barefoot or in slippers? He looked the same height as Bill Murray in SCROOGED. SOOO, 6'0.5"? Ever see Mitchum, Frank2?
MIKE said on 15/Mar/06
Gonzalo said on 10/Mar/06
Mitchum surely lied about his height. He looks at least 6-1. He was as tall as Nick Nolte in Cape fear, and he was in his seventies. he was as tall (maybe a bit taller) than Cary Grant in The grass is greener. As tall as Lee Marvin in Not as a stranger. Definitely a big guy.
When he was in Spain, in San Sebastián he said again that he was six feet tall.

[Editor Rob: quite possible just didn't care about height, or who knows, maybe he liked to surprise people by being taller than he claimed...?]
Frank2 said on 5/Mar/06
On the recent deluxe DVD set of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, director Richard Fleischer recals on his commentary track that he was quite surprised when he met Kirk. He had always thought of him as being tall. It turned out according to Fleischer that Kirk was the same height as he was and I've met Dick and he's really short! I'd say five-five to five-six.
Frank2 said on 2/Mar/06
Kirk was NEVER five ten. Not at least without his lifts.
Tubbs said on 11/Feb/06
Mitchum, as has been said many times probably didn't care about his height, but to me he looked atleast 6'1. Saw him in a movie last night from 1947, and there were some good scenes of him with Kirk Douglas, who was 5'10 at the time. When they were up close to each other, Robert had ATLEAST 3 INCHES on Douglas, maybe he was 6'2 in his youth, as Gramps has suggested. To me he always came across as such a big guy opposite other actors, check out Ryans Daughter, he seems huge, definately above 6'0.5".
CelebHeights Editor said on 9/Feb/06
From Baby I don't care book:
"How tall are you?"
"Six foot or so, I guess"
"You guess? Don't you know, every god damn midget that comes in here says he's six feet tall. Alan Ladd is Six Three!!!"

Maybe Mitchum didn't really care...
D said on 5/Jan/06
this is the guy who called a short jail term the "best holiday i ever had". im pretty sure he didnt really care what his license said
sam said on 9/Dec/05
I don't know, I have trouble buying this guy as anything less than 6'1" compared to other actors. I would imagine Mitchum didn't care what height his license says (I have a 6'1" friend who's license says he's 5'10").
Mario Nariano said on 4/Oct/05
Mitchum was probably 6 ft 1, that's what he looked in his most movie's.
Mitchum was an inch shorter than Gregory peck so I say 185-6 cm for Mitchum.
talker said on 12/Aug/05
I believe Mitchum when young was around 6'2"probably lost an inch in later years but still looked tall.
Anonymous said on 22/Jul/05
I don't think Mitchum was ever 6'1, although he was pretty big the 5'11 Oliver Reed looked a lot heavier than him in "The Big Sleep". 6'0 seems more accurate.
sam said on 5/Jul/05
Definitely at least 6'1" compared with other actors. He was still eye to eye with Nick Nolte in Cape Fear in 1991 despite being in his 70s.

[Editor Rob: Nolte did not look a hair over 6ft in Hotel rwanda beside Cheedle...but his driving license is on the net somewhere, but the 6ft 1 did look more plausible back in the 60's...]

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