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Rock Hudson's Height is 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" 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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movieguy said on 24/Jan/16
In the brilliant movie Seconds there is a party scene in which a very drunk Rock Hudson stumbles around into the other guests. One of the guys he nearly bumps into is taller and much bigger built than Hudson who was himself massive. He gives the Hudson character a nasty stare. Although this guy is just an extra I wonder if he may have been a football player or something as there can't have been too many guys bigger than Hudson in the 60's.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jan/16
The odd thing though is that he really looked a solid 6'5 with John Wayne and that was AFTER he claimed to lose height haha!! I guess like Manganiello he was a guy who could walk around like a 6'4 er but might scrape 6'5 stood his best.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
With John Wayne he did look just about the full 6'5" though. Hell, if Wayne was wearing lifts in that film as Hudson claimed he was nearer 6'6 haha. I still think 1.95m suits him better but it's just a hunch!
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
I mean, if a guy like Tim Robbins (who actually looks a strong 6'5 in most films) is just 6'4.75 then.. Click Here With Jimmy Stewart looks a wee bit under to me. Obviously it's not easy to tell 0.25-0.5 diff in just films but you can certainly say the sort of impression you get. The only film I saw where Hudson looked a solid 6'5 er was Giant.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
Rob, do you think a 195cm listing might be more accurate here? With Jimmy Stewart he looked in 6'4.5-6'4.75 range but I guess you could argue 6'3.25 for Stewart. I think a smidge under 6'5. If you see Send Me No Flowers with big Clint Walker, Walker did have on cowboy boots though and Hudson in golf shoes, but I still think 195 might be on the money. Like Christopher Lee, with Hudson I struggle to see a 196 6'5 in most of his films, both looked more in upper 6'4 range to me.
Editor Rob: yes he could have been that range, but I do believe he lost height earlier as he mentioned.
movieguy said on 26/Nov/15
Clint was definitely shorter than Rock Hudson by an inch or inch and a half.
bobby3342 said on 20/Nov/15
guys we are talking barefoot heights not street size or hollywoods size . Remember 6'3.5 to 6'4 bf is 6'5 in shoes all day. rock was 6'4 in stocking feet very tall man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! clint was 6'5 to 6'5.25 bf. I have said it so many times "a barefoot 6 '4.5 will get guessed at 6'6 all day, believe me I know.
movieguy said on 10/Nov/15
Gonzalo, yes it is strange watching Rock Hudson and Jeff Goldblum acting together. They seem from totally different eras. Also Goldblum always looks very lanky whereas Rock Hudson does not give the impression of great height until you see him standing next to somebody else. However Hudson was at least as tall as Goldblum.
Shadow2 said on 4/Nov/15
I also remember Rock and Jeff appearing together in Rock's TV detective series "The Devlin Connection" (with Jack Scalia as Rock's son) in the early 1980's. And yes, they were very similar in height, maybe both 6' 4.5" at that stage of their lives (Jeff was at peak, Rock in his late 50's, down from 6' 5" peak).
Gonzalo said on 4/Nov/15
Rock Hudson and Jeff Goldblum together? Never thought that could have been posible!
movieguy said on 13/Oct/15
Just watched him acting alongside Jeff Goldblum, difficult to gauge exactly but looked similar in height.
movieguy said on 3/Oct/15
Reading a bio of sorts of Hudson by one of his good friends Tom Clark. He says Hudson was 6'5''. I could buy this.
Unsub 5'10" said on 28/Sep/15
Clint Walker had 1.25" ( 3cm) on Hudson. Rock Hudson was a very tall man, 6'4.75".
Arch Stanton said on 20/Sep/15
Yes, Hudson generally never looked over 6 ft 5 to me, although in one or two scenes in Giant and that film he did with Robert Stack he could look 6 ft 6. Generally I think you could argue Joe Manganiello sort of range peak, a possibility of just under 6'5 but generally looks near enough it.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Sep/15
Clint Walker looked about 1.5 inches taller than Rock Hudson in Send Me No Flowers but had on cowboy boots, and Rock normal/golf shoes. If footwear had been even it would have been not even an inch. Granted though Walker was considerably bigger in frame and was one of the few guys who outsized Hudson.
movieguy said on 18/Sep/15
Keep changing my mind but apparently Rock Hudson objected to starring with Clint Walker because he thought Walker was too tall. They lied to Rock and told him Walker was only 6'5'' to get Rock to agree. Rock was shorter for certain. He was not under 6'4'' but was but wasn't more than 6'5'' tops.
movieguy said on 13/Sep/15
Looked again at Send Me No Flowers again. I'll admit that Rock Hudson and Clint Walker are pretty close in height. Not as much difference as I thought previously. Jack Scalia's 6'6'' estimation probably isn't too far off. Although I still Walker edges out Hudson.
movieguy said on 1/Sep/15
Reading bio of Hudson at moment, Hudson is described as 6'4'' on a couple of occasions. Apparently for one of his early parts he dropped in weight from 203 lbs to 191 after training. Surely he could not have been 6'6'' to weigh only 191lbs.
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
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" 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:

Click Here

Reagan and Michael Jackson:

Click Here
Sixseven said on 16/Jul/13
Rock Hudson was 192 cm tall.(6'3.5")
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/13
Click Here
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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.
Click Here
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.
Darkman said on 14/Oct/07
He did look about 2meters in his 2 inch boots in Giant. He does look like he is off the growth chart if you know what I mean. I would put him at 6'5 maybe 6'4 1/2" but pretty sure he is a tad over 6'4".
King said on 26/Sep/07
Hudson was 6-6, period. Wayne was about 6ft3 and Ryan 6-4.
Jared said on 24/Sep/07
Remember, in "Giant" he was next to James Dean, who most think was about 5'8" at VERY MOST. I've seen a lot of Rock Hudson movies, and to me I'd say 6'3.5" to 6'4".
6-2_Baskman said on 14/Aug/07
In a western with a young James Arness (6'7"), Rock seemed an inch shorter max. Rock was 196 cm at least in his 20's
David said on 16/Jul/07
I have a tape of "Ironman" with Rock and Jeff Chandler. It's from 1951. Chandler is a solid 6'4" tall and Rock is considerably taller. Let me tell you. Rock learned how to box very well for the movie. What a reach the guy had. Rock could certainly fight. I don't think people realize how strong he was.
Patrick said on 13/Jul/07
The Duke "was" at this peak if only thanks to his "true grit" cowboy boots! Anyway, the Duke was very tall and Rock confirmed it. Yves Montand is much shorter than both American stars and, believe me, I met Montand: he was tall, a good 6'2! Not 6'6 but 6'5, quite possible and probable for Rock.
supes78 said on 11/Jul/07
Here is a 1969 publicity photo with Rock Hudson, 6'4" John Wayne (assuming he was still at his peak height), and 6'2" Yves Montand on the top row:
Click Here
Rock looks maybe .5" taller than Wayne making Rock around 6'4.5" tall. One things for certain, Rock was not 6'6" tall.
Patrick said on 11/Jul/07
As I wrote it many times for other actors, 6'6 is or even 6'5 was and still is more than ever, JUST TO TALL for a star!
Read interviews about that point with Adam Baldwin, Clint Walker, Vince Vaughn or Jeff Goldblum! Midjet as Colin Farrel or Tom Cruise do definitely not have that kind of problem and they play heroes anyway!
George H. said on 11/Jul/07
My wife has a documentary on tape in which Doris Day and Tony Randall both say he was 6'6". Day added he had a bad back. And Randall said that he played in some other movie with a broken shoulder, because he didn't want to lose the part.
Mr. R said on 11/Jul/07
When Rock worked for the studios, he was listed at 6-4. However, numerous folks who worked with him, including Lifetime for Women hunk Jack Scalia, insist that Rock was 6-6. Jack played Rock's son in a series in the 70s, and he played a lot of basketball with tall guys, so he knew that Rock was taller than the studios gave.
King said on 10/Jul/07
Walker was 6ft6 and two inches taller than Hudson.... Hudson was a solid 6ft4
Patrick said on 9/Jul/07
Thanks Miguel; I would add that I have just rewatched Giant and the so famous final diner fight; the owner is played by Mickey son who is listed 6'6 and ...looks so! He furthermore, was a former NY City boxer champ in the 3Oies.
So, I can tell you that, unless I need new glasses and if so, all my family as well, Rock NEVER ever looks shorter; on the contrary, I would say he seems to be taller!
Remember having seen it in the early sixties in a theater and how impressed I was by the whole movie and that scene in particular.
Worth to see and see it again and again!
miguel said on 18/Jun/07
Patrick, to the best of my knowledge my info is correct,could be easily
corroborated by readers being able to contact the Sat. Ev. Post. or their photographic archives. Live in Spain so it would be diff. for me to obtain the info. Rgds.
patrick said on 30/May/07
Miguel, that would be very interesting to get that pic!
6'6 ! Wow! I always saw him at 6'5 but...6 !
George H. said on 14/May/07
Jackie, could you post your Rock Hudson photos again?
miguel said on 14/May/07
If my memory serves me well, I read an article on Rock Hudson in the Saturday Evening Post -july 23, 1960- written by Pete Martin and thre was a photograph of both Rock Hudson and Pete Martin standing barefooted against a tape measure and Mr. Hudson 'hit' 6ft 6in barefooted!!.
patrick said on 15/Mar/07
Yes, he had the head , the face of Supi as drawn by Curtis Swan in the 60ies and 70ies; He always towered others but John Wayne who just appears a bit (less than an inch) shorter in the "paramount stars of the moment portrayal" with Yves Montand, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, then very tall too.
But at the time, the Duke was much older than the others and probably had lost of his size because also of having been operated; J. Wayne had so two ribs off and that is awful for your height, that's known; Rock doesn't tower the Duke in "the undefeated"; But it's true that the Duke wore then lifts and needed a corset because of what is previously written;
Daniel said on 14/Mar/07
I agree. At least 6'4". Did you see him standing next to other actors? He towered over all of them. And yes, he was "supermanlike" too.
patrick said on 13/Mar/07
6'4 always seemed to me a very minimum even i always thought either "he" was taller or "the others" were shorter than they claimed to be.
Imposing in both cases and "supermanlike" too.
Rock Hudson's height said on 22/Feb/07
I am 6'3" and I was standing outside the oscar's one night right next to the big rock himself and we almost looked eye to eye so I would say that he probably had an inch at most on me so I would say 6'4" to 6'5" is about right
patrick said on 22/Feb/07
Thanks a lot Mike c. That makes feel good to read that because i consider that subject as more important than it first sounds; I see in the current (from the mid 60ties to now) taste about actors and a lot of film topics, very significant as for the "moral" of a society, its values and how the people really feels; We love and respected "giants" even though they were less than 5'7: James Cagney, E.G Robinson, A Ladd and many others;
That means something that now, actors look 17 at more than 40 (B. Pitt, T. Cruise etc.) or have to be "foolish" and "funny" to get some success!
I met people "John Wayne or so like" but NEVER on screen today; It was "in the street", walking by them and telling myself: "wow, that is a real "one" !"
What was so important in those so great actors, was their profound humanity, their visible natural psychology and the fact they obviously appear more mature at 20 than George Clooney will ever be at 80!
Since the 70ties, except Clint, Gene Hackman, Ford and in a way D. Washington, the actors PLAY to be what the "old class" was naturally; I already told that but "being cool" is different than "wanting being cool"!
I just would like to add that i consider many "modern actors" as very very good IN AMERICA (because in Europe, but for England...) and i must admit that what i say is a bit caricatural because of lack of time to explain that subtle subject as such it deserves.
The fact is "giants" do not exist any longer, as good as are current actors; That's a past time...In the 40ties and 50ties, C. Reeve would have done an utterly different carreer than he did. Think it over...
See you.
mike c said on 18/Feb/07
of course everyone knows I meant to write 6'4.5" for the Duke...well, he WAS 4'5.5" at age three....
mike c said on 17/Feb/07
Patrick, your comments are, as on the Wayne page,refreshing..I totally agree with everything you've said. In the 20's-late 40's..4'.5.5" for the doubt what so ever!..Hudson, just a tad taller...Stewart (another great) 6'3" and of course Clint Walker 6'6"..oh, Clint Eastwood..6'4 without a doubt...thanks Mike C.
patrick said on 15/Feb/07
No, i always saw him at 6'4.5 and having the "superman" as such designed, look. Clint Walker was taller and bigger but only because Clint WAS superman !!! Gosh! did you ever pay attention to him? The biggest man ever on screen, naturally or not...
In 1969, when undefeated shooting, John Wayne wasn't the same anylonger; Operated and partly weakened (what made him just a very strong man instead of a "hulk"!), John Wayne couldn't stand at his peak next to a 40tie big man like Rock! But what if the met in early 50ties? The same and that's all.
M. Talker, John Wayne has never been 6'3, never.
talker said on 18/Jan/07
Rock Hudson was 6'4" which is taller than most tall actors,who were around 6'3",Wayne,Stewart,Cooper etc.But he was not 6'6".I recently saw the movie Bend of the River,in one scene Hudson stands next to 6'3"J.Stewart and looks an inch taller but NOT 3" taller which is enormous and would have been very easy to see.
Daniel said on 12/Jan/07
I agree. Rock and Clint were just about the same height- 6'6", but Clint had a better build. Much broader. That doesn't take away from Rock's build though. Rock also was very muscular, particularly once he reached his late 20s. He was known to work out, using weights and went to the gym often. He also learned how to box and developed a very good physique.
Anthony said on 11/Jan/07
I actually think Rock and Clint were the same height (6'6), but the fact that Clint was incredibly broad and muscular (something Rock was also known for, but nowhere near Walker's proportions) made him across as bigger.
George H said on 11/Jan/07
Clint is for sure standing on a slope in that scene, plus he had on cowboy boots while Hudson wore loafers. He's bigger than Hudson, just not that much bigger.
Anthony said on 10/Jan/07
I believe Clint is on slighlty higher ground there. I myself think Rock was 6'6 or close to it.
Anonymous said on 10/Jan/07
6'4'' to 6'5''. He looked bigger than John Wayne in the film they did together. He was smaller and shorter than Clint Walker though.
Mr Mayfair said on 10/Jan/07
6ft 4ins at his peak.
Viper said on 10/Jan/07
6-3 for Rock Hudson is short changing him I think. Most evidence has him between 6-4-6-5. Im still not sure what his exact height is, its tough to tell for some reason.
Gonzalo said on 10/Jan/07
Well, that pic again...Dee, you should read the other comments in this page more carefully. That pic has been sent a million times. Have you seen that movie? Watch it and tell me Walker is four inches taller. Pics can be deceiving
TJ said on 16/Dec/06
Douglas was super fit and very strong in his younger days. Don't let a choreographed fight scene in a film change your mind about that.
dario leggeri said on 10/Dec/06
I read in an italian magazine that Hudson was 1,94.
Bill J said on 2/Dec/06
Watching Rock Hudson in a movie with John Wayne (which I why I clicked on this site). He is clearly an inch taller than the 6'4" Wayne, which surprised me. I didn't realize he was that tall. Both were in boots.
Kortney said on 5/Oct/06
In Pillow Talk Doris Day's character refers to Rock as being 6'6"
Stephen said on 14/Sep/06
I think that 6'4.5" to 6'5" seems like an accurate range for Rock. I don't think that he was taller than 6'5". Of course, I never met him or saw him in person. Its possible he could have been a bit taller.
George H said on 13/Sep/06
Jackie, great photos. That's the same movie my wife has on DVD. I thought for sure there was a long shot from that scene where Hudson and Walker meet. I seem to remember clearly seeing him standing on a slope. Myabe I'm imagening things and I remember it from seeing it on TV or something. Walkers jacket seems padded, though.
Anonymous said on 6/Sep/06
Hudson looks massive on camera but it must be borne in mind that most actors are short to average in stature or at least were at the time Hudson was in his prime. Most of the guys around him were probably well under 6ft. I think 6'4'' is on the mark at least in his later years. Frank2 below claims Hudson was 6'5'' when young but lost an inch over time. This seems plausible but I don't accept 6'6''.
Charlie said on 2/Sep/06
Talk about a tower of strength. How about the 6'6" tall Rock carrying Robert Stack up the spiral staircase in Written On The Wind. Stack was not a little guy either. Rock had to awfully strong to perform that feat.
Jim said on 28/Aug/06
When John Wayne was next to Rock in the pic below Duke was bent legged. In fact there are serveral pictures of John Wayne next to Rock and they are both standing up right. They are eye to eye. 6'4 1/3. Clint Walker was 6'6. James Arness was 6'7. Forest Tucker was 6'4. Jim Davis was 6'3. Robert Conrad is /was 5'8. David Janssen was 6. I have studied the hights of stars for years and these above heights are facts.
Brad said on 18/Aug/06
6' 6" with ease. Movie star in every respect. When he hit the restaurant at Universal, everybody looked.
Steve said on 15/Aug/06
6'4", 6'5" or 6'6". It doesn't matter, but I'd lean toward the taller end. Rock was massive. I watched The Last Sunset for the first time this weekend. Granted, Kirk Douglas may have been 5'10 at most in his prime, probably more in the range of 5'8". Rock was so much taller and bigger than Kirk. I was actually surprised Kirk agreed to play the role. He played an outlaw, constantly antagonizing Rock. Unfortunately for Kirk, he didn't come off the least bit intimidating as he did in other movies with smaller guys. Rock would just cross him arms and stare down at Kirk. I loved the fight scene. Rock's entire torso was leaning on Kirk's body, pushing down on Kirk. You could bearly see Kirk. At the same time, Rock's incredibly long arms were wrapped around Kirk's body. Kirk was enveloped in the clutches of Rock's his enormous body. It looked like a big man fighting a little boy. We're talking about one of the best built actors (Kirk Douglas) looking ridiculous opposite a man of Rock's stature. Rock was huge.
Larry said on 15/Aug/06
Viper652 - I think Clint Walker could have beaten up King Kong! :-)
Frank2 said on 14/Aug/06
Early on Rock was 6'5" and later lost about an inch. Universal Publicity listed him as being 6'4". When I used to see him on the Universal lot he looked 6'4".
Viper652 said on 14/Aug/06
Hes looking at least 6-6 here with Elizabeth Taylor, though his footware could be giving him a boost. Click Here
Viper652 said on 14/Aug/06
I guess Clint Walker was the only one who could beat up Rock.
Bruce said on 13/Aug/06
There was a Rock Hudson marathon on this Saturday. I'm convinced he had to be 6'6" tall. The guy was massive. Rock was the star in each of these movies, playing oppposite co-stars Kirk Douglas, Rod Taylor and Robert Stack. (just to name a few.) Douglas, Taylor and Stack were all known for their tough guy roles. They were all built very well. Rock not only towered over them, but made each one look almost scrawny. The contrast that most amazed me was Rock and Kirk Douglas in The Last Sunset. I always think of Kirk playing roles where he could intimidate other guys with his toughness. Both Kirk and Rock play macho men in the movie and Rock wins the contest easily. He makes Kirk look puny. They have a good fight during the movie and it is so obvious that Rock could just crush Kirk. Kirk can't even make the fight scene look good.
Even Robert Stack, who was over six feet tall, looked much shorter than Rock.
Charlie said on 11/Aug/06
There are about 10 movies on television this weekend with Rock Hudson. I think you can get a good idea of Rock's tremendous height if you watch some of them. Kirk Douglas, Robert Stack, Rod Taylor and Bobby Darin are just some of the stars Rock is appearing with. I've seen all of these movies and Rock looks massive next to all of these guys.
Viper652 said on 30/Jul/06
Or just maybe, Rock was really 6-5 and Rob has his correct listing down.
Gary said on 30/Jul/06
I still think Rock was 6'6". The picture with Clint Walker was on a slope. Clint was also wearing boots, while Rock had flat shoes on. When they stood next to each other on level ground, they were the same height. I agree that Clint looked huge next to Rock, but it had nothing to do with height. It was because of his great build. Rock had a great build as well, but nowhere near Clint's. Rock was very muscular. Clint was extraordinarily muscular. Rock looked massive in all of his roles opposite other leading men. Clint was the only guy who could make Rock look "small."
Anonymous said on 29/Jul/06
Hudson was not 6'6''. No way. The Doris Day film keeps coming up and Clint Walker was bigger built and TALLER than Hudson in that film. This is the only time I've ever seen Hudson look smallish in a film. Usually he looks massive. This shows how big Walker was.
Viper652 said on 28/Jul/06
I originally thought Rock was 6-4 or a little over, but after looking at some of these pics he truly does look closer to 6-6.
Glenn said on 27/Jul/06
See Rob,look,another that noticed that about Frank.not to mention possibly countless golden era stars I know nothing about.I DO agree with Frank that Mcqueen was 5-10.5.however other times he looked 5-9.somethings fishy.Frank meant well there however.and 75%,he is right on Mcqueen.
Mark said on 27/Jul/06
The picture below from May 26 speaks for itself. It is of Rock and Elizabth Taylor. I am 5'10" tall and I'm exactly a foot taller than my wife. Taylor was about 5'4." Rock is well over a foot taller than Taylor, even with those boots. By comparison, I am in no way that much taller than my wife. This would easily put Rock at 6'6" tall.
Larry said on 27/Jul/06
George H - I didn't recall the footwear. Haven't seen that movie in years.
Gramps - Wow! Rock looks several inches taller than Wayne in that pic? Maybe Hudson WAS 6'5"? Or maybe John Wayne was not as tall as advertised? Doesn't add up, does it??? :-)
Anonymous said on 26/Jul/06
Hudson was big yeah. However if he was 6'5'' plus this puts him in the same range as guys like Chuck Connors and Clint Walker who is mentioned below. He does not look as big as either of these guys. I think 6'4'' is correct for Hudson.
Anonymous said on 26/Jul/06
Hudson was AT LEAST 6ft 5. May have been a half to an inch more. Definitely well over 6ft 4.
George H said on 26/Jul/06
They were the same height. My wife's got a Doris Day DVD box and when you see that scene head to toe, Clint is wearing massive cowboy boots while Hudson is wearing normal everyday shoes. Walker is also standing on kind of a slope.
Larry said on 26/Jul/06
Clint looks taller than Rock by a couple of inches. If Clint was 6'6", then Rock was 6'4", maybe 6'4.5". When he was healthy, I suspect Rock weighed about 220 pounds. I once read that Clint weighed 270 pounds (and SOLID)! He looked it. :-)
Anonymous said on 25/Jul/06
I thought McQueen was about 5'7'' or 5'8'' until Frank2 said otherwise. Frank2 usually suggests that Hollywood stars are slightly shorter than their official heights. Given this, when he said McQueen was 5'10'' I guessed he wasn't exaggerating. Hudson was a big guy without a doubt. However he certainly wasn't as big as 6'6'' Clint Walker in the Doris Day film they appeared in. I think 6'4'' is probably right although he might have been 6'5''. I can't belive the stuff about McQueen and AIDS. He died to early.
Glenn said on 25/Jul/06
You know I had no idea on geez.I never paid attention or even heard he was that tall.I have this book on hollywood deaths thats on its 3rd edition called Fade To Black that gives height on at least 40,50 % of the names.they left this one out! that book was the first time I heard Steve Mcqueen was 5-7.and supposedly died of AIDS.I thought Hudson was know,come to think of it,I did read 6-4 years ago elswhere.

[Editor Rob: I remember the arguments had over that aids/5ft 7 stuff...Clint with Newman]
Mark said on 24/Jul/06
I have to go along with George. Rock was huge. Had to be 6'6. There were certain scenes where he looked enormous. One was the one George alludes to in Written On The Wind. A better one that sticks out in my mind is The Last Sunset. Rock and Kirk Douglas starred together. Both played "Mr. Tough Guy." Whatever Kirk was, 5'8, 5'9 or 5'10, Rock made him look tiny. Not only in height, but total physical appearance. Kirk had a tremendous build and usually Kirk could play the bad tough guy role so well. He tried in the movie, but it just wasn't convincing against a guy of Rock's stature. Rock and Kirk finally had the fistfight that was brewing the entire movie. Rock looked so overpowering and massive. It looked like a real fight and Rock convincingly dominates from start to finish.
George said on 23/Jul/06
Rock Hudson had to be 6'6". I think in certain films, he doesn't look as tall. He had a habit of slouching at times, which was probably intentional. In certain movies, the producers didn't want him to appear that much taller than his co-stars. If you watch him in movies where he plays a tough guy in a dramatic role, Rocks looks so huge. I recently saw Written On The Wind, with Rock and Robert Stack. Stack was a little over six feet. In certain scenes, where Rock slouched, he looked about four inches taller than Stack. One scene, when Rock is standing face to face with Stack, he stands straight up. You can really get a better idea of the difference in height. Rock appears to be a good six inches taller than Stack. When Rock wants to use his enormous height to his advantage, he looks awfully intimidating.
Roy\'s Nephew said on 23/Jul/06
I'd always assumed Rock Hudson was about six foot four, but I was wrong..

John Wayne was over 6' 4", probably by about half an inch. Take a look at the film "The Undefeated" and when you see Wayne & Rock Hudson (very briefly) side by side on LEVEL GROUND (mostly they're on sloping ground) you can see that Hudson was at least an inch taller than Wayne. This would make him close to 6' 6". His legs were extremely long, and when he sat down he lost a lot of his height advantage over other actors. ("Undefeated" was made around 1968, I think, and Hudson was in his early 40s, & I thinkJohn Wayne was around 20 yrs. older, so his height could have declined a bit at that point.
Anthony said on 4/Jun/06
He looks AT LEAST 6'5 to me. In that Taylor pic he looks about 6'8, though he is wearing boots.
Mikex said on 2/Jun/06
Hudson looked about the same height as Wayne in the Undefeated for the most part. In reality I suspect Hudson was a bit taller than Wayne in real life. I think that Frank2 commented previously that Eastwood and Hudson were the same height in the photo you mention Gonzalo and I believe this to be the case.
Bruce said on 31/May/06
That picture with Elizabeth Taylor just emphasizes how tall Rock was. He looks absolutely huge. Even putting an average size man in the picture with Rock, he would look enormous. I'd love to know what his leg length for pants and sleeve length for shirts were.
Gonzalo said on 30/May/06
Larry, the film was called The undefeated. I saw it years ago and I can´t remember who was taller. I think Hudson was taller anyway. Frank2 sent that pic of both of them with Marvin and Eastwood and Hudson was a bit taller.
Yes, Frank2, it is discouraging to go to the movies nowadays. But at least we can always go back to the thirties, forties and sixties. Have you ever thought about how many similarities are between the films Red river and Bend of the river? I guess it is because Borden Chase was the screenwriter.
Larry said on 27/May/06
In BEND OF THE RIVER Hudson looks 1 to 1.5 inches taller than James Stewart. So, I'd say Rock was about 6'4.5" tall then. Wasn't he in a movie with John Wayne in the 60's? I just can't remember the title. I was wondering how they compared?
Frank2 said on 26/May/06
I agree. The film is excellent. They just don't make pictures like that any more which is why I stay home and watch old movies on TV. My wife sees everything new, but a week later couldn't tell you what she saw. But she sure remembers the old stuff.
Anonymous said on 24/May/06
That picture is taken from the film Bend of the river, which I love. I have seen the movie several times and Hudson was a couple of inches taller than Stewart. Stewart wore no lifts and was at least 6`3. Frank2 has said that several times.
Frank2 said on 23/May/06
Stewart isn't on a step. The photo is slightly tilted. Straighten it out so the right corner is raised and you'll see Hudson is about an inch taller than Stewart. Arthur Kennedy (the actor on the left) stood approxamately 5'10".
Gonzalo said on 22/May/06
Hudson was huge. He was in a movie with George Sanders and he was at least two inches taller. And Sanders is listed as 6`3
sam said on 21/May/06
Maybe 6'3" then, never 6'5". That is Howard Stern and Fred Gwynns height. Do you think he was that tall? No way.
Anonymous said on 8/May/06
Hudson was taller than 6'2'' without a doubt sam
sam said on 7/May/06
Hudson 6'5"?? I don't think so. Maybe 6'3", but more like 6'2".
Daniel said on 2/May/06
I just watched The Last Sunset with Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas. Unbelievable how much taller Rock was than Kirk. Even though Kirk has one hell of a build, Rock looks enormous next to him. Rock seems to have a good build as well. I never thought of Rock as an intimidating looking guy, but he certainly was in this movie. I didn't think too many actors could make Kirk look scrawny, but Rock did. Good fight scene in the movie between the two also.
Mikex said on 28/Apr/06
Just watched a Clint Eastwood documentary. They showed a brief clip of one of Eastwood's early roles when he appeared on screen with Rock. Although they were not standing right next to each other they were both in the same shot. They appeared very similar in height with Eastwood having the edge if anything. I don't think Rock was ever bigger than 6'4'' and never really shrunk muck either, he was tall when he was on Dynasty. Also it was surprising to see how big Clint actually was when young.
Gonzalo said on 27/Apr/06
There is a quote of Rock Hudson about John Wayne:
"John Wayne was then the Hollywood legend, and I was on screen with him. The guy is an angel. He saved my life back then when no other film maker wanted to know me."
Wayne`s partners always said good things about him: César Romero, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall
Frank2 said on 21/Apr/06
Knowing that Wayne was a consummate gentleman, I seriously doubt the story as having any validity to it. Oh, Wayne could be crude, but he would never have belittled a co-star in such a cheap and derogatory manner. Can you imagine the ramifications if that comment had gotten back to Rock? Movies are a first and foremost a business and when unnecessary tensions mount on a film set it only harms the production and ends up costing money.
Mikex said on 20/Apr/06
There's a story abour Rock and John Wayne filming the Undefeated. One day during filming Wayne turned to someone on set and said (talking about Rock) 'Look at that face, the things I could have done with that face and it's wasted on a ******'. I guess we all know about Rock's sexual preferences so you can fill in the blanks easy enough. I don't know whether the above story is true but Rock was one hell of an impressive looking guy even for an actor.
Bruce said on 20/Apr/06
I watched parts of Come September again. There are six scenes with Darin and Rock standing toe to toe. In two of them, Darin does come up to Rock's lower lip. The other four, Rock is an entire head taller. Quite a difference. Unfortunately, you couldn't see their feet. The most interesting shot though is when Rock's extends himself to full height. That's where he looks to be at least a head taller than Darin. Darin doesn't even come close to his lower lip. I almost got the impression that Rock may have slouched a bit at times, so he wouldn't totally dwarf other guys. I have to believe there was more than a 7 or 8" difference. The movie is on again on Sunday, April 23 at 12:00 P.M. (Turner Classic Movies) if anybody wants to make their own judgment.
Frank2 said on 20/Apr/06
Maybe Darin was wearing lifts when I saw him.
Bruce said on 19/Apr/06
Actually my wife taped the movie. She adores Rock. I will watch it again tonight and report back.
Bruce said on 19/Apr/06
How about Darin only coming up to Rock's Adam's Apple at best? Rock wasn't wearing boots or anything. And I'm sure he didn't wear lifts. I just saw the movie and Darin didn't come near Rock's lower lip. It wasn't just in one scene either. They were right next to one another several times in the film. So it couldn't be blamed on angles each time. Could Darin have been less than 5'7"?
Frank2 said on 19/Apr/06
As as to why Marvin looked bad....well, if you drank like he did you'd look awful too!

FYI Bobby Darin was short. No more than 5'8". So next to 6'4" Rock he'd be seven inches shorter which means he'd come up to Rock's lower lip. Tony Randall was 5'8" and looked as short next to Rock.
Bruce said on 19/Apr/06
Have to agree with Daniel's comment below. I saw Come September over the weekend as well. Rock looked absolutely huge next to every other actor in the movie, particularly Bobby Darin. Darin actually looked like a child. Rock looked about a foot taller. It's not only his height, but his overall presence is amazing. Even in his comedy roles, Rock always comes off as an intimidating character when he has to. In his dramatic and western roles, Rock certainly is even more intimidating when his part calls for it.
Mikex said on 18/Apr/06
It's hard to believe that Clint and Marvin were close in age as Marvin looks about 2 decades older. Clint is someone who appears to have lost a good 2 or 3 inches over time. As a young guy he looks the full 6'4'' no probs.
Frank2 said on 18/Apr/06
The photo taken on the steps at Paramount Studios was right at the time True Grit and Paint Your Wagon were being filmed. Wayne was about 62, Yves Montand was 48, Marvin was 45. and Clint was 39.
Gonzalo said on 18/Apr/06
Great picture of Wayne, Hudson and the other guys, Frank2. Hudson and Wayne look almost the same height. Wayne looks old in that picture. Was he shooting True grit?
Daniel said on 16/Apr/06
I watched Come September (1961) last night with Bobby Darin. Never saw it before. I could not believe how tall Rock looked. And what a build. Darin came up to Rock's Adam's Apple. Maybe even a little below. That's at least a foot difference, if not more. Darin was supposed to be 5'9" tall. In fact, every male in the film looked exceptionally short next to Rock. What a surprise! I just can't believe Rock may have only been 6'4" Any chance he ever wore lifts? I can't believe he would have wanted to look any taller. He was huge to begin with.
Charlie said on 15/Apr/06
Actually, that's very funny. Up the stairs... I guess Rock didn't get what he wanted. (Just kidding) Maybe that's why Rock decked Stack during the next scene.
Frank2 said on 15/Apr/06
Up the stairs and right into bed! (Just kidding)

I have no idea if it was a dummy or really Stack, but knowing how scenes are filmed from different angles with take after take within those angles it might have been a dummy. I know with my bad back had I been in that situation I'd have insisted on one.
Charlie said on 14/Apr/06
Didn't know Stack had plastic surgery done. Do you know if it was Rock who carried Stack up the staircase in Written On The Wind?
Frank2 said on 14/Apr/06
Stack was an even six footer and he never lost his height as he aged. I saw him and his lovely wife at some black tie function about three years before he died and he was still 6'. I just wish he hadn't decided to go the plastic surgery route since he ended up with what some call a "stone face" with "Chinese eyes."
Charlie said on 14/Apr/06
Frank2- Looking at the pic of Rock with Robert Stack from Written On The Wind- Just curious if that was Rock actually carrying Stack up that long winding staircase in the movie. Or if somehow a dummy was used. It did look genuine though. Rock had Stack "draped" over his shoulder. If it was, Rock had to be awfully strong. Stack wasn't small. I know he was over six feet.
Frank2 said on 13/Apr/06
Rod was 5'9" when he was younger, claimed he was 5'10" and wore lifts in many of his films. That wasn't the only film he was in with Rock. Taylor had a small part in the beginning of Giant.

I'll never forget Talor driving up in his white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud with two beautiful woman in tow and then shouting to James Garner and Steve McQueen that he'd race "anyone for pink slips!" That was very late one night up on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. I was there along with several other wild and crazy guys! That was the night a Corvette went off the road racing a classic Mini Cooper. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. After Taylor shouted that funny line to us, Garner yelled back, "You're drunk Rod! Go home!"
Charlie said on 13/Apr/06
Great info Frank2. I am surprised that Rock looks so enormous next to Rod Taylor. I guess it really shouldn't surprise me, since Rock always looks huge next to his costars. I remember Rod Taylor always appearing to have a very muscular build, although Rock does as well. I just imagined Taylor to be somewhat taller.
Charlie said on 13/Apr/06
Great pictures, Frank2. Do you know who is standing to the right of John Wayne?
Mikex said on 13/Apr/06
That's a great photo Frank2 of John Wayne, Eastwood etc. Hudson looks an inch or so taller than Wayne and Eastwood does genuinely look 6'4'' if you take Marvin as 6'2''.
Charlie said on 12/Apr/06
Frank2- I was referring to my comment below from April 10. It's right above Editor Rob's pic. Thanks.
Charlie said on 12/Apr/06
Are you saying that the photo below (from The Last Sunset) is unrealistic or out of proportion in some way? There is no way Rock is only 3 inches taller looking at the photo. Yet it is a "reasonable" comparison between Rock an Kirk, even if Kirk is standing on an elevated portion of the set. Rock looks a good 8 or 9 inches taller than Kirk.
Frank2 said on 12/Apr/06
I have a DVD of The Third Man and watch it quite a lot. It's one of my favorite films. Welles is not taller than Cotton in it. No way. They appear to be about the same height in the Ferris wheel sequence, but Cotton is obviously slouching a bit and there are a lot of strange angles in the photography. The reason I know Cotton was 6'2" is I saw him once where he lived with his wife Patricia Medina which was The Shoreham Towers above the Sunset Stripe. I had a good friend who lived there next to the woman who would eventually be Milton Berle's last wife. Cotton was old, but still quite tall - a lot taller than me. I met Orson in the 1970's when I worked on a TV movie he was in and by then he was my height or 5'11".
Gonzalo said on 12/Apr/06
I doubt Cotten was 6`2. He was clearly shorter than Gregory Peck in Duel in the sun, two inches at least. And Welles and Cotten were at least the same height if not Welles a bit taller. Maybe Welles wore lifts in Kane but he was also taller than Cotten in Estambul and in The Third man (arguably Welles`and Cotten`s best film), did he wear lifts in those films as well?

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