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Rock Hudson height: 6ft 5in (196 cm)

American actor best remembered for films such as Pillow Talk, Giant, Seconds, Ice Station Zebra, All That Heavens Allows, Written on the Wind, Tobruk and Avalanche. In 1967 he mentioned how he used to "stand 6'5"...now I'm 6'4". My doctor tells me there's nothing unusual about it. Happens all the time to out-size people like me. I'm glad. Now I'm a little closer to the gang"

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Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/15
Dunno James, see him with Anthony Perkins and Jeff Chandler, he can really look a proper 196 6'5 guy. Other times yeah he can look just under 6'5. He looked high 6'4 range with Jimmy Stewart.
James B said on 26/Aug/15
6'4.75
Sam said on 9/Jul/15
6'6" being a claim for his character in Pillow Talk but obviously a stretch (I think mentioned by Thelma Ritter?), Hudson can look 6'4.75"ish next to Clint Eastwood, only a fraction taller. I'd agree about a 1.5 difference w/ Stewart.
movieguy said on 7/Jul/15
Did a movie with 6'4'' Robert Ryan and Hudson looked a bit taller I remember. I think the evidence points to 6'5'' for Rock. It has even been claimed that he was 6'6'' but this I think is doubtful.
Just said on 5/Jul/15
Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Gregory Peck are all the dark and handsome man. Very rare.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Jul/15
Hudson had 1.5 inches on Jimmy Stewart in Bend of the River. I think 6'3.25 for Stewart and 6'4.75 possible.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Peck did look around that 6'3 mark in most films, most comparisons do check out. However in 12 0 Clock High he was eye to eye with 6'2" Dean Jagger!
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Yes, the comparison with Jimmy Stewart I think is proof enough Hudson was a legit 6'5, and not just 6'4 as many claim. There's a chance of 195cm for Hudson but a flat 6'5" is OK.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Rob, what do you think? I think Perkins at 186 would make more sense. My gut on Peck is 190cm, but in fairness with Perkins he looked easily 191!
[Editor Rob: I'll have another look at him, 186 could fit ok, he could look 186-7 a fair amount.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jun/15
Peck at a weak 6ft3 is possible. He didn't look more than 2in taller than Rob Mitchum (who some believe wasn't quite 6ft1) in Cape Fear. Perkins does look more 6ft1 range with Hudson. But you could also argue a strong 6ft5 for the latter.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Especially if you consider the possibility than Peck might have measured 190, Perkins really looked near 6'1" flat with him!
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Rob, if you see Perkins with Peck in On the Beach and Cooper in Friendly Persuasion too I think you'd be more accurate with a 186 listing for Perkins. Peck and Coop 2 inches taller I thought, although I think Coop might have been a bit of 6'3" and Peck 190 is possible.
Sam said on 25/Jun/15
Anthony Perkins looks 6'1"-6'1.25" there compared to Hudson's 6'5" frame.
Sam said on 25/Jun/15
Very interesting line-up here from 20th Century Fox. Can't tell whether Hudson is standing on a step up from James Stewart and Jeff Chandler or not, although he's clearly standing with better posture than Chandler. For sure Hudson is not looking less than 6'5" here.
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Gonzalo said on 22/Jun/15
Rock towering over Anthony Perkins
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/15
6ft5 minimum peak. Later on nearer 6ft4 flat
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
movieguy says on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.

He aged a lot better than Monty Clift did haha. I thought he aged pretty well actually Click Here Peak in the late 50s though in those grey silver suits and black tie though I agree he was probably the best looking male movie star, but other times didn't look so good.

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Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
movieguy says on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.

He aged a lot better than Monty Clift did haha. I thought he aged pretty well actually Click Here Peak in the late 50s though in those grey silver suits and black tie though I agree he was probably the best looking male movie star, but other times didn't look so good.
Shadow2 said on 17/Jun/15
Was the diner owner played by Mickey Simpson who was himself about 6' 5" (but not the 6' 6" sometimes listed on-line)?
Sam said on 18/May/15
On Giant, all are much shorter except for that racist diner owner near the end who whoops him, that guy looks at least even height with Hudson with a solid weight advantage.
movieguy said on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.
movieguy said on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.
Dan said on 15/May/15
KROC...Aside from Hudson, thecast of "Giant" is full of midgets, so of course Hudson would look 6'5" in that. I put him at 6'4".
James B said on 26/Mar/15
Rob I don't think he looked a full 6'5 compared to clint eastwood
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/15
@Bruno: He looks closer to 6ft4 in that picture with Lansbury but I think he had lost some height by that stage.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Feb/15
Funny thing is in A Farewell to Arms Jennifer Jones said to Rock "You go into town and find yourself some gay young playmate" LOL!! Makes you wonder if it was an in joke or something though, gay generally meant jovial in those days but I believe the term was in use by even 1957...
Arch Stanton said on 21/Feb/15
Come September also worth adding.
shorty said on 9/Feb/15
I believe Rock Hudson was a legit 6'4" I met Clint Walker and he said I was one of the few men he had to look up at. Like I said before I am 6'10 1/8" and 340#. I have lost some height myself I was measure at a shade under 6'11" about 1/16" Clint is a legit 6'6" 250#
Bruno said on 1/Jan/15
Towered over (5'8'')Ed Fox in 1980 Mirror Cracked, looked a head taller. Not a good photo.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Jan/15
He looks like an adolescent beside Walker
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
No Barker, all your downlistings are too low. If you're going to claim two inches under the listing, you should have evidence.
Barker said on 27/Dec/14
On a good day, Rock Hudson was 6' 3" barefooted.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Dec/14
Rob can you add a photo? Looks a full 6'5" in One Desire.
KROC said on 12/Nov/14
Walker had a footwear advantage Rampage... He was wearing boots the entire movie.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Nov/14
He doesn't look over 6ft4 in this picture with Clint Walker

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KROC said on 27/Oct/14
Actually yeah he could. Easily. Personally I think that Walker was 6'4.5 and Hudson was a legit 6'5. So we're not talking about a significant difference to begin with.
Jay said on 15/Oct/14
If Walker was actually smaller than Hudson, then he wouldn't make Rock look shorter in Send Me No Flowers, just by wearing boots.
KROC said on 2/Sep/14
And in what movie have you seen where Clint Walker has actually looked 6'5 range? Don't bring up the one with Hudson where Clint had a significant footwear advantage.
James B said on 28/Aug/14
6'4 range. Him and clint Eastwood where close in height
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/14
LOL how can Hudson be an "easy 6 ft 5" and Clint Walker only 194cm.
KROC said on 14/Aug/14
If there's anyone who doesn't believe that Rock was a legit 6'5, then they haven't seen the movie GIANT. The man looked an easy 6'5 in that movie.
Sam said on 5/Aug/14
Here in walking pictures near Kirk Douglas and Robert Ryan, he does look 6'5" range IMO, a lift-less Douglas is unsuprisingly towered by Hudson.
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KROC said on 5/Aug/14
@Filmfan Yea I've already seen it. He did not look anything over 6'5 with Jack Benny. The only way that Walker was bigger then Rock was in build. In terms of height they were more or less the same.
KROC said on 17/Jul/14
@Filmfan Walker was wearing boots throughout that entire film. It was difficult for me to guage his height because of that. Rock did not look 6'5 in that movie. Makes me wonder if he had shed some height by then. I can't comment on how he looked in the Dirty Dozen because I haven't seen that movie yet. In most movies that I've seen Walker in he looks 194cm and looks to weigh about 240lbs. He was a big guy for sure.
jtm said on 16/Jul/14
he was only 41 or 42 in 1967. he looked 6'5 to me but i would be very surprise he lost full inch at that time.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jul/14
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KROC said on 8/Jul/14
Arch 99% of the movies I've seen Clint Walker in he looks within the same range that you described Rock Hudson. Seriously he looked 194cm in Night of the Grizzly! He barely looked 6'5 next to Vincent Price in Dead or Alive. Looks 194cm in Cheyenne which I'm watching right now by the way. I'd have an easier time believing Rock was 6'5 range then Walker...
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jul/14
Doris Day's character described him a six six, yeah. But 6 ft 7 in shoes though? Didn't even look close Edguy. In most of his films he looked in that Manganiello/Ibrahimovic sort of range 6'4.5-6'5". Never looked as big on screen as guys like Chuck Connors and Clint Walker, although in some films like Giant and certain scenes in other films he could look near 6'6.
edguy282 said on 23/Jun/14
I just watched Pillow Talk (1959), and the characters in the movie often cite how Hudson's character is 6'6". He may have well been that height in his peak!
Arch Stanton said on 27/May/14
Finally managed to find All that Heaven Allows. What a beautifully shot film. Definitive mid 50s colour film for me. Both that film and The Trouble with Harry looked awesome from 1955 shot in the autumn. I can't believe Jane Wyman was 38 when they filmed it! Looked more like 52!
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Better balance now, thanks.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Rob can you add All That Heavens Allows, Written on the Wind, Tobruk and Avalanche?
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Huge hands too as well as feet. They zoomed in on his hands in Seconds and they were huge!!
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
I've seen Pandora now, just not Heaven.
Ricardo said on 7/May/14
TCM channel in Brazil is playing a few Rock movies this week. I just watched "Showdown" (1973 movie - by the way, I had never seen this film and what a terrible film! Really bad!) with Rock, Dean Martin (5'11") and a tall Susan Clark! Rock looks very tall. Much taller than anybody else in the film. By the way, a young Ed Begley Jr is in the movie and he is listed 6'4". Rock had to be in 1973 somewhere between 6'5" to 6'6".

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Sam said on 6/May/14
Looking back, I realized I had gotten All That Heaven Allows as well as Pandora on Netflix.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is another which is extremely hard to get hold of and very expensive!
Arch Stanton said on 2/May/14
I still find it dubious that he was down to 6'4" in 1967. I mean that year in Tobruk he looked about 5 inches taller than Peppard and in 1968-9 whenever they shot The Undefeated he actually looked about 1.5 inches taller than Wayne. If he was 6'4" at the time John Wayne looked 6'2.5 tops in comparison.
Arch Stanton said on 2/May/14
Yeah that's what I'd guess for both. Sam can you find a link to All That Heaven Allows. It's surprising as it's one of Rock's more notable films.
Sam said on 1/May/14
I'm surprised at least on All That Heaven Allows because that is easily available here stateside.
I wonder if Rock's quote about losing height might have been effected by seeing the doctor later in the day and lost some of his 6'5" range-frame. I think it's possible that he was 195 cm, like I think Joe Manganiello is.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
All That Heaven Allows is £10 and The Girl Who Had Everything £25 on Amazon!! Very expensive. Few copies seem to exist, it's not just online.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
Some films are really hard to find online or are expensive on DVD for some reason. All That Heaven Allows and The Girl Who Had Everything are really difficult to get hold of. Perhaps the film companies have certain films which they scour the web for and ensure they're taken down as it's surprising.
Mr. Kaplan said on 25/Apr/14
Brad A., that was most likely done to give him easier access to roles.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/14
In Pillow Talk Doris says "He's 6 ft 6". There is a scene in which he's in the bath and he puts his feet up and they're huge!!
Brad A. said on 19/Apr/14
He's listed as 6'3.5" in a YouTube video called "Rock Hudson's First Screen Test". He was 24 at the time.
RisingForce said on 13/Apr/14
Good find, Rob, but I'm surprised he was already saying that by 1967. As I've posted before, he said essentially the same thing in 1982, but it'd be strange to already lose an inch by 1967 and not lose any more by 56-57. For what it's worth, he still looked 6'5" next to Reagan in the 80's.
Sam said on 3/Apr/14
After reviewing the celeb-filled pictures from John Wayne's birthday at Paramount, I don't see Hudson as over 6'5". I think 195-196 cm at peak is a good guess.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/14
6'5" range is possible for Clint Walker, he might have been similar to Chuck Connors but both men pretty much looked 6'6" to me. Were they ever in a film together? BTW I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They? yesterday and Michael Conrad is another of a similar height, 6'5.5" looks accurate for him he looked nearly 6 inches taller than Bruce Dern!
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/14
So he said he already lost an inch by 42 Rob?? Although a heavy drinker and smoker he kept himself pretty fit. Seems hardly to believe he'd lost a full inch at 42.
[Editor Rob: unless lying, but it isn't impossible to lose some height through physical wear and disc damage in 40's. Could also be slight measurement error, posture/stance not as good, earlier morning versus later in day measuring.]
Editor Rob said on 2/Apr/14
Here's a quote from 1967..
"I'm surprised about it...I used to stand 6'5", now I'm 6'4". My doctor tells me there's nothing unusual about it. Happens all the time to out-size people like me. I'm glad. Now I'm a little closer to the gang."
KROC said on 2/Apr/14
@Arch Stanton
I just finished watching Send Me No Flowers, and I do agree with you in that case. So I started watching other movies with Clint Walker. He didn't look anything over 6'5 with Peter Graves in Scream of the Wolf. Interestingly enough, in a photo with James Arness he looks 194cm. There's also a photo with the bodybuilder Steve Reeves (about 6'1) where he also looks 6'4 range. I think the 6'6 listing is merely Hollywood hype.
Rick said on 1/Apr/14
I agree with KROC, he is 6'5" to 6'6".
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
He does look easily 6'5" in Magnificent Obsession though, can look 6'6 in some scenes.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
I thought actually he looked 6'4" range in The Golden Blade but I think 6'5" is probably accurate.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
@KROC, Walker looked about 6 f 6 in Send Me No Flowers, and looked about 1.5 inches taller but he had on cowboy boots and Rock normal shoes. You could argue 197 and 194 for Hudson but claiming Walker was a flat 6'52 is like saying Rock was a flat 6'4".
KROC said on 20/Mar/14
I just finished watching Golden Blade, and other movies starring this guy. No way is he under 6'5! He looked 6'6 in the movie Giant. Especially in the diner fight scene with Mickey Simpson (who is listed as 6'6, but probably is really 6'5)they looked exactly the same. I still think that Clint Walker is 6'5 after seeing Dead or Alive with Vincent Price. He barely had an inch on that guy...
avi said on 8/Feb/14
@Shaun says on 7/Sep/12
Reagan's height in the 80s was questionable, he certainly didn't look the 6'1" he might have been in his prime. I think somewhere around 6' would have been in the ballpark as he'd lost height by the time he was in office I think.

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Rock is looking a strong 6'5" here and clearly nothing under 6'5". More chance of 6'6" than 6'4".
Shaun says on 7/Sep/12

Reagan was never 6'1 peak maybe over 6'0 but thats even questionable as he was only 2.5-3 tops inches taller than 5'8.5 Jimmy Carter but yeah by the late 80s was 5'11-5'11.5 max. there is about 5 inches in that infamous picture. so Rock at 6'4.5 even a strong 6'4 is reasonable. the 6'3.5 listing is strange. must be from he was 17 or 18 and it stuck until he was measured again at 6'4.5ish hence he gets 6'4 and 6'5 listings depending on a roundup or rounddown.
avi said on 8/Feb/14
6'4.5 . Arness always seemed a 6'6.5-6'7 guy
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jan/14
What on earth 3 inches??? No where near it. The difference to me from what I remember of them on the golf course was about 2 inches max, and Clint Walker was wearing cowboy boots and Rock was in normal golf shoes. As Nielsen says the real height difference would be 1-1.5" at most.
nielsen said on 24/Jan/14
Height difference between Rock and Clint Walker is just what it should be, 2 inches, in thet movie. Clint is wearing 2in cowboy boots while Rock is in regular shoes. Clint is 1 inch taller than Rock in real life, if both men were barefoot.

My estimation (peak) conserning tall actors:

- James Arness 201cm
- James Cromwell 201cm
- Ken Howard 199cm
- Michael Conrad 199cm
- Clint Walker 198cm
- Fess Parker 198cm
- Alan Napier 198cm
- Chuck Connors 196cm
- Sterling Hayden 196cm
- Rock Hudson 196cm
spaniard68 said on 19/Jan/14
What really confuses me is the height difference between Rock and Clint Walker in Send me no flowers. In the picture that was posted here Clint seems to have 3 inches on Rock, maybe because Clint was wearing cowboy boots and had ground advantage, that's the only possible explanation. I watched part of the movie and Clint Walker always looked way bigger than Hudson though. Next to James Arness he looked 1'5 inches shorter and Arness was no less than 6'7"...next to Wayne he appeared to be 1'5 inches taller than the Duke and Wayne was huge indeed.If he once said he was 6'5", why would it be otherwise?.If he really was 6'4,75" and wanted to round up a bit, good for him!!
spaniard68 said on 18/Jan/14
Bruno, check out the photos of Reagan and the King of Spain, King Juan Carlos claimed he was 1.86m in his youth, he had 2,5 inches on Reagan. He definitely was 5'11" during his presidency.In the picture with Rock, the top of Reagan's head comes up to Hudson's nose tip...there's a 6 inch difference between them... Hudson has a relaxed body posture.
Ricardo said on 17/Jan/14
I still cannot see a difference between Clint Walker and Rock. Moreover, Clint is wearing boots all the time. I just watched the film again. The photos of Rock and Arness also do not show a 2 inches difference, so, for me Rock is 6'6".
Bruno said on 15/Jan/14
Arch have a look of any photos of Pres Reagan and lady Di, He is always taller than her by at least 1''. She was 6' in heels, so Reagan is defo 6' during his presidency and taller at peak close to 6'1''
little sue said on 13/Jan/14
Must have been angle of photo. I compared it to a photo I have of him standing next to Liz in Giant and he looks taller in earlier pic. Liz has got big hair in the later pic though so maybe that makes him look shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jan/14
That's odd Sue as he looked an easy 6'5" next to Reagan in 1985 not long before his death!! Reagan looked more 5'11" range during his presidency though. He was never a legit 6'1" er.
little sue said on 11/Jan/14
Found some pics from a Charity gig not long before he died standing between Liz Taylor and Liza Minelli. He looks to have lost quite a few inches, only looking about 6ft 1.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
Yes, Clint Walker was one of the few guys in film who outsized Rock in height and build, but he was wearing cowboy boots in Send Me No Flowers and Rock had on normal shoes.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
Oh he wasn't 6'6" I know that, and Clint Walker did look 1-1.5 taller than him in Send Me No Flowers. I think 6'4.5"-6'5" is most likely.
KROC said on 26/Dec/13
Clint Walker wasn't 6'6. He is 6'5. He only has an inch on Vincent Price.
daddy cool said on 11/Nov/13
Rock was only slightly shorter than 6'7 Jim Arness in Horizons West so 6'5 seems about right. He might have been closer to 6'5.5in in his youth.

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Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
Looks between 6'4" and 6'5" to me in Come September. I think 195cm could have been on the money.
MrTBlack said on 1/Nov/13
The video that said '6'3.5" must have been handwritten and not verified. He's 6'4.5" at the lowest from what I've seen.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/13
Elizabeth Taylor is in big heels and he still looks easily a foot taller.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/13
Rob I think the film was Giant. I think you said he look "really massive in that and looked 6'6" in it" and I agree with you, he looks 6'6" in this film.
RisingForce said on 29/Aug/13
Found that quote both Knowitall and myself have mentioned again where Rock claims to have shrunk from 6'5" to 6'4". From 8/29/82 Los Angeles Times.

"I used to be 6-foot-5," he likes to say. "Now I'm just 6-foot-4." It comes from doing all that television."

Also interesting is this from a 1957 article.

"He is physically immense— 6 feet, 5 inches tall (a little ashamed of his height, he protests that he is 6 feet, 4 inches), weighs 200 pounds"

Explains why he was listed at 6'4" and even 6'3" earlier on. Though even the interviewer wasn't buying the 6'4" he claimed earlier in his career.
JimMorrison said on 28/Aug/13
Was taller than Duke the draft-dodger in THE UNDEFEATED even though Wayne was wearing his lifts. Six five or more for sure.
john b said on 8/Aug/13
Arch I've just watched the film pillow talk with Rock and Doris Day she says in the film how tall he was which was 6'6 '' so guess the film you were looking for was Pillow Talk. Always thought he was a good 6'2 but guess not lol.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/13
Yeah Gavin edged out Clint Eastwood who I think genuinely measured 6'4" at least in the morning at peak. In the early scenes in Psycho though it seemed they had Janet Leigh on a box next to him, he looked nowhere near 6'4" in comparison!! I agree though that later on he looked 6'4" next to Perkins.
Knowitall said on 31/Jul/13
More proof Hudson was six five:

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He makes James Garner look short!

I see a five-inch difference.

And Ross Hunter wasn't short. He was about five eleven.
Knowitall said on 30/Jul/13
I was in the entertainment business. But seeing the web is filled with nutjobs, it!s not safe to make oneself known. Too many risks.

Here's more proof Hudson was six five:

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Gavin was reportedly six four. As you can see, Hudson is taller.

Gavin was a lot taller than Tony Perkins in Psycho. I've seen Gavin in the flesh and can report his peak height was six four.

I guess you just have to trust me.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
It's difficult to believe the "I remember back in the day at Universal" type claimers on here. Frank2 was the only one I believed on here because he had photographic proof of who he was. This site just tends to attract rather a lot of apparent old Hollywood personnel who apparently knew what John Wayne had in his shoes etc. I think a lot of people claiming that on here are frauds and only say it to strengthen their own arguments. I agree that Rock Hudson was 6'5", but I wish the people claiming to be in the Hollywood film industry on here would link some photos or something to prove themselves... You might be legit, I have no idea, but most surely aren't.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/13
Rob what was the film you said he looked massive and like 6 ft 6 in, was it Giant?
[Editor Rob: I can't remember now!]
Knowitall said on 19/Jul/13
Hudson was one of the very few actors who in person was kind of intimidating because of his height. I remember back one day at Universal when he walked past a group of people and I heard them muttering stuff like "I knew he was tall, but not that tall!"

He looked six five to me. That was back in the early 1970s.

They had to put other actors on platforms that worked with him. Otherwise they couldn't have framed the shots.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jul/13
Could've been 6ft5.5/197cm at his tallest.
But towards the end looked about 6ft4, maybe a fraction over.

He was a huge man
Sam said on 18/Jul/13
Any estimate under 6'4" for Hudson is suspect. How he looked next to other 6'4"+ guys is another matter, as he can look closer to 6'4" sometimes and 6'5"ish other times, to me.
Knowitall said on 18/Jul/13
He was six five.

You know, this diminishing of really tall actors has become a pattern on this website. Idiots claim John Wayne was six one and wore huge lifts.

It's tiring reading this tripe written by people who have no idea what they're talking about.

If Rock Hudson was only six foot three and a half, Ronald Reagan was just five ten. If Reagan was only five ten then Michael Jackson was five six.

See where this is going?

Rock and President Reagan:

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Reagan and Michael Jackson:

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Sixseven said on 16/Jul/13
Rock Hudson was 192 cm tall.(6'3.5")
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/13
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Look at the height difference between him and the other guys, That's how he often appears in film, not just tall but a truly very tall guy who looks like he had to be around this. You've got to admit that he does really look even taller than 6'4" in his prime.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/13
Rob can you update his films and correct your "he done do a film" sentence. There is a scene in Lover Come Back when he's barefoot in a gown after Doris Day left him stranded naked and although he is leaning as he runs from the van he really doesn't look like a 6'5" man. However in other scenes he really towers above the other male actors, and doesn't just look tall but very tall and in the height range which can look massive compared to a lot of guys. And he was standing with poor posture and it seemed they were trying to downplay his height. He's a difficult one to gauge because at times he really doesn't look near 6'5", especially in solo scenes, but other times he really looks a full 6'5" minimum and you realize just how tall he was compared to other guys. I think the reason he often didn't look 6'5" as he was well-proportioned and like Manganiello in photos of just him he can look considerably shorter than 6'5" but you realize just how tall they are when stood next to average height guys.
Sam said on 12/Jul/13
He probably was around the same height as, say, Joe Manganiello or Tim Robbins today. He looks 6'4.5"-6'5" in photos to me. He can look close in height to Eastwood and almost 2 inches shorter than Clint Walker.
Knowitall said on 27/Jun/13
Hudson was definitely six five. He was two inches taller than Jimmy Stewart in Bend in the River. He was an inch taller than John Wayne in The Undefeated.

Hudson said he was six five in two interviews, one with TV Guide in the late 1970s and the other in the 1980s. In both interviews he admitted he had lost an inch due to age.
Robert Jay said on 8/Jun/13
His passports list his height as 6'-4".
MaskDeMasque said on 17/May/13
I agree with the 6'3.5 for Hudson, he was a very tall man but not as tall as 6'5. In Seconds he looked around 6-7 inches taller than Salome Jens(5'9).
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/13
OK Rock Hudson looked between 1 and 2 inches shorter than Clint Walker in cowboy boots with about a 1.5 inch heel. They showed it up close when he mocked Clint's boots. So Walker would have been 6'7.5 in the boots and Rock around 6'6" in shoes. This of course if Clint Walker was a legit 6'6", I wouldn't bet on him being under 6'5.5" barefoot peak put it that way so 6'4.5"-6'5" for Rock has got to be genuine.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Arrgh then 21:00 odd he barely looks shorter as they walk out. . He seems to badly slouch quite a lot I think.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Nah pause at 16:04 on that video clip him with good posture, 6'5" definitely looks about right as I believe Ed Andrews was a legit 6'2" guy. But he can seem 6'4" range a lot.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Mmm 15:58, OK that's near 3 inches but doesn't quite look a full 6'5" in comparison in my view.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
This is strange, See 15:00 odd. He barely looks taller than 6'2" Edward Andrews. Click Here
Gonzalo said on 4/Feb/13
Rock next to James Arness, listed 6`7 in this site.
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There is another pic of them in which Arness doesn`t look much taller than Hudson. I can´t find it now
Outlaw said on 31/Jan/13
James, those pictures with Eastwood, Hudson, Wayne, etc. were at a bad angle. You could absolutely no way see the height difference accurately between the two.

Click Here Hudson w/5'1" Natalie Wood (she's in at least 3" heels, keep in mind). Even in her high heels, he looks to have 15" on her.
Jamesy said on 25/Jan/13
192-193cm Clint Eastwood was almost as tall as him so I give rock Hudson 194cm.
Trent said on 25/Jan/13
It's a rational theory, but he did put down 6'4 on several passports as well, which I assume was a rounded up claim of his 6'3.5 he was listed at on the screen test. I don't see why he would also be lying about his height on personal documents like that.
Shadow2 said on 24/Jan/13
Red 183 and Trent, please scroll down this page and have a look at my post of 13/Nov/11 which explains Rock's advertised 6'3.5" height as quoted in that video you mention. He would have been unemployable in Hollywood as a young struggling actor in that era, if admitting to being 6'5". Most of the male stars then were relatively short in comparison.
Alex (London) said on 10/Jan/13
I have watched 'Send Me No Flowers' (1964) several times.

Clint Walker at 6'6" is obviously taller than Rock Hudson no matter how you look at it - not just an impression because Clint is broader & more muscular than than the already impressively built Rock.

6'4".5 for Hudson MAX.
Trent said on 9/Jan/13
He was 6'3 & 1/2 at peak, confirmed: see 20 seconds into this video: Click Here
Ajax said on 8/Dec/12
When you first added him you put 6'4"?
Daniel said on 8/Dec/12
Here's a pretty good shot of Hudson, Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and John Wayne. Eastwood, Marvin, and Hudson look almost the same height. They all seem to tower over Fred MacMurray, who's listed as 6' 3".

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Daniel said on 8/Dec/12
Here's a pretty good shot of Hudson, Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and John Wayne. Eastwood, Marvin, and Hudson look almost the same height. They all seem to tower over Fred MacMurray, who's listed as 6' 3".
Mr. R said on 5/Dec/12
Jack Scalia did a tv show with him years ago, and states that Rock was 6-6, not 6-4 as listed.
Ajax said on 4/Dec/12
Rob. You did originally list him as 6'4" before right?
Nancoise said on 3/Nov/12
In pictures with John Wayne (there are many, still and motion) Hudson is always a half inch or more taller. Wayne is universally described as 6'4".
angeleyes said on 30/Oct/12
He was at least 6'4'' but was he taller. Some claim he was really 6'6'' which was probably freak height back in the 50s so they had to knock off a couple of inches in his profile.
Shaun said on 7/Sep/12
Reagan's height in the 80s was questionable, he certainly didn't look the 6'1" he might have been in his prime. I think somewhere around 6' would have been in the ballpark as he'd lost height by the time he was in office I think.

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Rock is looking a strong 6'5" here and clearly nothing under 6'5". More chance of 6'6" than 6'4".
Shaun said on 7/Sep/12
There is a photo of him and Reagan shortly before his death and he looked at least 6'5" I think. Reagan could look 5'11 a lot in the 80s and remember thinking if Rock was 6'5" Reagan was barely 6'. I'll try to find the photo.
patrick said on 30/Aug/12
3cm,3cm difference but it is obviously about the double! Rock is at least 2 inches taller in that clip and he is on the background. Greg Peck never looked shorter than his legit 6'3 height. I still consider that 6'4 was the top height for a first rank star as Rock used to be. None star was taller...i mean real star, not very famous actor as Sterling Hayden or Clint Walker. Fortunately Jhon Wayne was the biggest star and still is which allowed 6'4 - or more - guys as Clint Eastwood to become stars. But think it over...Clint became a star very late, at 35 and the Duke at 32 but really at 35 too. In bend of the river the tall and late talented Jimmy Stewart is way shorter than Rock despite his good 6'3.

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