Robert Shaw's Height
5ft 10in (178 cm)
British actor best remembered for roles in films such as Jaws, The Sting, From Russia with Love, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, A Man for All Seasons, Swashbuckler, Battle of the Bulge, Black Sunday, and Force 10 from Navarone. He claimed 5ft 11.
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James B said on 6/Apr/16
He's not a short man just not as tall as advertised
Larry said on 18/Sep/15
Robert Shaw was 5'9".
said on 1/Aug/15
This is a photo I've seen before from a slightly different angle in a book and reminded me of the lifts he was wearing in "A Man For All Seasons"..
They look like 3" lifts (or thereabouts) and if Paul Scofield was approx. 6'1" and appears to be wearing loafers, then I'd be guessing Mr Shaw stands in the 5'10-11" range barefoot.. maybe 179cm in the metric system?
Sam said on 19/May/15
In the photo above, could pass for Michael Fassbender's grandpa IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Mar/15
Rob can you add a photo and films like From Russia with Love, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, A Man for All Seasons, Swashbuckler, Battle of the Bulge, Black Sunday, and Force 10 from Navarone?
Van said on 23/Sep/14
Shaw was wearing lifts in "From Russia with Love", and camera angles were used to disguise the difference in height.
5ft7 in bare feet said on 26/May/14
He looks about 3 inches shorter than Harrison Ford in Force 10 from Navarone.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/13
It's amazing that he was this short. In FRWL I could've sworn I was looking at a big, burly 6ft3+ guy. It was only when he greets Connery at the station that his true stature was revealed. Thought his bleached hair in that movie was real aswell!
Mastro said on 22/Nov/13
I just saw Black Sunday - and Shaw walks past some of the football players- who tower over him. I was surprised- I thought he was 6-something but no-
Oh-and I DON'T mean Too Tall Jones.
Viper said on 16/Sep/13
He looked pretty tall in James Bond.
Ian C. said on 6/Aug/13
Speaking of Bond villains who were shorter than you thought, another site on the Net says that Harold Sakata, who played Oddjob in Goldfinger, was only five foot eight. That would have been five inches shorter than Sean Connery, as James Bond. Finding this out has made watching Goldfinger a little funnier than suits my taste. In the big Fort Knox scene in Goldfinger, Oddjob runs towards Bond with mayhem in mind, and 007 actually runs the other way, madly looking for something to use as a weapon. I have never been an international secret agent in an expensive suit and a toupee, but I suspect that it would be a violation of Secret Service protocol to run away from a short fat guy who does not have a gun.
Knowitall said on 4/Aug/13
Roy Scheider was five nine.
Shaw was five ten.
Ian C. said on 3/Aug/13
This is the only entry on this site that really surprised me, as I always assumed that Robert Shaw was six foot three. I came away from repeated viewings of From Russia With Love with the impression that Shaw was taller than Sean Connery. He probably pulled this off by virtue of having a powerful physique and a nasty, bullying demeanor. Notice how much bigger he seems than Roy Scheider in Jaws, for example, even though they are about the same height.
Willy said on 30/Aug/12
Lenya was reportedly 5'0.25'' (153 cm). But is it indeed confirmed that Shaw wore lifts in From Russia With Love? When I rewatched the film, I was surprised to see that Connery had almost four inches on Shaw, covered a bit by the fact that Shaw wears a rather ill-fitting hat when their characters first meet. Peak 189 cm Connery was certainly 6'3'' in shoes and Shaw reaches his eyebrow level, so that I'd say 5'11.5'' for Robert in shoes. Maybe they should have given him even bigger lifts, particularly since Sean also has noticeably broader shoulders. Or is it possible that Shaw woke up at 5'11'' while filming FRWL in his mid-30s, and therefore was a legitimate 180 cm (5'10.75'') at peak who did not wear lifts even when standing right next to James Bond?
Shaun said on 28/Aug/12
Yeah Sam in From Russia With Love in the garden scene he gave the impression of being the typical 6'2" + hulking blonde Bond assassin.
stingfan said on 20/Aug/12
If Robert Redford is 5' 7", then Robert Shaw must be 5' 10" at least. Bigger and taller, he towered over Redford in The Sting.
Jake: 1.82 m-- 1.83 m-- 1.84 m said on 6/Aug/12
He was an excellent actor and this listing seems fair enough. I wouldn't rule out 5ft10.5in/1.79 m though, he had a bit of height on Scheider in "Jaws".
said on 13/Dec/11
I guess he really was 5'10". Its funny since the impression I had from a very young age of him in From Russia with Love, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 and Jaws, I thought he was a hulking guy easily over 6 feet tall. I don't know what's going on here (Shaw may be partially seated) but he sure does look shorter than Ian McKellen here:
Shaun said on 4/Dec/11
Yeah he did look believable didn't he as a SMERSH/SPECTRE thug. He looked tallish in From Russia but he apparently wore lifts in his scenes with Connery. Barefoot though next to Rosa Kleb who I suspect was no more than 5'2" he looks big and imposing at 5'10.
Carter said on 8/Aug/11
What a good actor. Very menacing in FRWL...looked much stronger than Connery, who was a former bodybuilder and a very big man. I could believe 5'9.5 or even 5'11 for Shaw. Hard to tell.
Caesar said on 1/Nov/10
Thanks for the interesting tidbits about the lifts in FRWL. He did look shorter than Connery in that movie, but not by much. Very much a physical match in that fight.
sam said on 17/Jul/07
If Frank2 is to be believed, it would explain why Shaw would look close in height to Connery in From Russia with Love & Robin and Marian. I thought Shaw a big guy over 6 feet from Jaws, but looking back on it now, he looks at most 2 inches over Roy Scheider and usually less.
Glenn said on 24/May/06
I met Dreyfus and he is 5-5.but your right he can look 5-8,5-9 in movies.
Mario said on 24/May/06
Shaw appears at the beginning of FRWL barefoot (at the spectre training camp) he appears tall next the Russian Lady and even next Walter Gotell, a guy who looks tall in all his movies.
Frank2 said on 23/May/06
I worked with Shaw and he was 5'10". He wore lifts in both From Russia With Love and Swashbuckler, the film I unfortunately was involved in. Way back when he did the Bond film a magazine did an article on him where he admitted he wore lifts to make himself appear to be the same height as Sean Connery. He stated he was 5'11" which wasn't really true. I saw him many times without his lifts and he was always shorter than me. If you watch From Russia With Love you'll notice that even with his lifts he was still at least two inches shorter than Connery. And the lifts he wore in that film were huge. In The Sting he's the same height as Robert Redford.
In Jaws he's taller than 5'9" Roy Scheider. And he's more than four inches taller than 5'5" Richard Dryfuss. In that film the actor who played the deputy was Jeff Kramer who's got a thread here with a photo of me standing next to him. He's 5'8". If you watch Jaws you'll notice he's slightly shorter than Scheider. Jeff is now a successful TV producer and an extraordinarily nice fellow.
Mario said on 23/May/06
What if Dreyfuss was standing on a Box? In many films Dreyfuss can look unussualy tall.
Steve D said on 22/May/06
Robert Shaw was one of my favourite actors - but 5'11"? I don't think so. Check out the scene near the end of "Jaws" when he helps Richard Dreyfuss put on his air tank. You have Drefuss down as 5'5", and Shaw is no more than 3-4 inches taller. My guess: Shaw was no more than 5'9"
Frank2 said on 4/Mar/06
I worked with Shaw on the awful film Swashbuckler. Without his lifts he was 5-10. He was drinking heavilly at that time and having a troubled affair with co-star Geneviève Bujold. In fact while filming a scene, Shaw took his sword and put it to her throat. Even though the blade was dull he ended up cutting he slightly causing blood to flow scaring her to death. That was a day I'll never forget as long as I live!
sam said on 24/Aug/05
He looked closer in height to Connery in Robin & Marian. He also looked quite tall in The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three. I always got the impression he was at least 6 feet tall.
Mario Nariano said on 23/Aug/05
This guy is funny, in some of his movie´s he looks like 6 ft 1 and some times 5 ft 10. Great actor, in From Rissia he is 3 inches shorter than Connery.