How tall is William Holden ?

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William Holden's height is 5ft 11in (180 cm)

American actor best remembered for appearing in such films as Sunset Boulevard, Network, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Country Girl, Sabrina, The Wild Bunch, The Towering Inferno, Stalag 17 and The Horse Soldiers.

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Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/15
In some other scenes though he could look a few inches taller than he looked with Jennifer in previous scenes. He had to have worn lifts.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/15
Jennifer Jones claimed 5 ft 6 I think too LOL. Holden really looked nowhere near 180 barefoot with her. Worrying!
Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/15
Rob, something's bothering me with him. There was a barefoot scene in Love is a Many Splendored Thing and for some reason he only looked about 2-2.5 inches taller than Jennifer Jones. It was on a beach though but the ground looked fairly level. In heels she looked about 1.5-2 inches shorter though. Did he wear lifts or was she taller? He should have been about 6 ft in shoes, her heels weren't very big I don't think. Was she taller than 5'6.5? I didn't think she looked 5 ft 7 or more in some of her others but with Holden it's difficult to buy under 5 ft 7.
[Editor Rob: I've not seen it for a long time. ]
Steve said on 16/Dec/14
I think Holden was slightly over 5'11" peak, but shrank as he aged to where by his last few films he was around 5'10". In Network he didn't look that much taller than Robert Duval who's peak height was 5'9".

It's hard to see a half an inch on film which is why he appeared as tall as Crawford in Born Yestersay.

Holden looked at least an inch taller than 5'10" Jack Webb in Sunset Blvd. and an inch taller than 5'10" Edmund O'Brian in The Turning Point. And an inch taller than 5'10" Cliff Robertson in Picnic.
Sam said on 15/Dec/14
Holden was very good at a certain kind of cynical, wise-cracking somewhat amoral-acting protagonists who mask a broken heart or moral side, all his best roles from Sunset Blvd to Network basically fit that mold. Ford may have done better in a wider range of roles and was very good at being effective while underplaying a role. On the other hand, IMO it's hard to say he equals the movie-star type magnetism of Holden in his better roles.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Dec/14
Yeah I said before somewhere Holden looked 6 ft in Born Yesterday. Holden didn't look under 5 ft 11 with John Wayne in the Horse Soldiers. Watching Glenn Ford with Brando in Teahouse of August Moon and Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle Ford if anything could seem 5'10.5 a times, I think 180 is OK though. Both Ford and Holden gave a similar height impression on screen to me in that Clooney/Brad Pitt 179-180 range. The Picnic was OK I thought but not great.
Steve said on 13/Dec/14
What's extremely odd is Holden was the same height as 6' Broderick Crawford in Born Yesterday. Yet Holden was shorter than Glenn Ford on film as well as in real life. But wait! Ford was shorter than Broderick Crawford in Convicted. I never, ever noticed Holden wearing elevator shoes. But I did see evidence of Ford wearing them.

Could actors gain, then lose height from film to film?

As for Pucnic, its a rather turgid melodrama. Badly directed. The scene where Holden has his shirt torn by spinster Rosiland Russell is laughable, made all the worse by the use of overly dramatic music.

When I saw the film at a retrospect screening, the audience laughed their heads off at that scene.

I thought Holden was way too old for the part. Plus he just couldn't play a character who was that flighty. And kind of stupid.

Interesting that Glenn Ford could have played it. I always thought Ford had a wider range as an actor. He could play beffudled guy in a comedy like Don't Go Near the Water then do a serious role such as The Big Heat.
Sam said on 11/Dec/14
I for one, have mixed feelings on Picnic.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
The Country Girl on the other hand was rather "bla".
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
@Gonzalo. Surprisingly yes. It's one of those movies where I'd usually probably not like so much. I thought especially the last 20 minutes or so were excellent.
Gonzalo said on 9/Dec/14
Arch, did you really like The bridges of Toko-Ri? I remember at home we all thought it was a very bad movie, despite the cast. We were really disappointed. Mark Robson was not a great director
Arch Stanton said on 3/Nov/14
Rob can you add a photo?
Sam said on 22/Sep/14
Here's Holden with co-star from Horse Soldiers, also fellow hard-drinking Republican (like my grandpa), John Wayne:
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I see a solid 5 inches there.
Sam said on 22/Sep/14
In 1969, Warren Oates does seem to be marginally taller in The Wild Bunch...I feel like Holden's leading-man-type bearing and lean face can give him a taller impression on screen.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jun/14
Looks about 11 inches taller than Mickey Rooney in Bridges at Toko-Ri. What a great film that is.
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Also looked that height to Grace Kelly in The Country Girl. I've seen all of the above films.
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Looked 5 ft 11 next to Wayne in The Horse Soldiers.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Apr/14
He appeared in so many good films but those were among his more notable ones!
Arch Stanton said on 17/Apr/14
Rob can you add "best remembered for films such as Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Network, Born Yesterday, The Country Girl, Sabrina, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, The Wild Bunch, The Towering Inferno and The Horse Soldiers"?
Dave said on 22/Mar/14
Holden was 5'10" at his peak. By 1981 he was probably 5'9".
Mr. Kaplan said on 22/Dec/13
Holden was 5'10", Bogie 5'7".
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
Looks just about 3 inches taller than Bogie in Sabrina, maybe not quite, although Bogie could of course have a wedge in those shoes of his!! Near 5 ft 11 looks about right for peak.
Arch Stsnton said on 3/Oct/13
Looks 5'10" ish in Network but probably lost a good inch by 1976.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Sep/13
Erich von Stroheim who had to have been 5'5"-5'6" did make Holden look tall in Sunset Boulevard. I still think he was more 5'10" range though, but 5'11" is possible.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Sep/13
Mmm he looks 5'10 tops in Sunset Boulevard, in fact he can look shortish compared to some of the actors in it.
JimMorrison said on 8/Sep/13
Holden was six inches shorter than Marion Morrison, who was six feet four on his four inch platforms.
Sierpan said on 27/Aug/13
Nancy Olson was 5'6", hardly short for a woman. Holden looks about a half inch shorter than Glenn Ford in that shot, maybe 5'10.5" (1.79m). Often stars would have their heights "rounded up", the military does it too, although sometimes Hollywood would increase heights by two inches as many people today know.
Knowitall said on 7/Jul/13
Jack Benny was around five seven.
jww jr. said on 25/May/13
I saw clip of william holden on jack benny show, 1956.holden is about 3 inches taller than j.benny.seems like, close to 5ft 11 is right on.if jack was 5ft 8.
Knowitall said on 12/Mar/13
Holden was around five ten. He was shorter than five eleven Glenn Ford:

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Handbag Lover said on 11/Mar/13
No way was William Holden 5'-11" tall - in the mover 'Sunset Blvd.' he is only a few inches taller than Nancy Olson and she was considered short.

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