How tall was Anthony James

Anthony James Height

6ft 5 (195.6 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in Unforgiven, Vanishing Point, Burnt Offerings, In the Heat of the Night, Naked Gun 2½ and High Plains Drifter. In his memoir he described himself as "6 foot, 5 inch".

How tall is Anthony James
Anthony in Unforgiven

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Average Guess (11 Votes)
6ft 4.98in (195.5cm)
Leone_Fan said on 8/Jun/23
His autobiography is called 'Acting my Face' and I hope to read it at some point, its supposed to be really good. I think the title refers to the fact that James knew that his looks meant that he could only play supporting parts usually the bad guy or heavy of some sort. Of course in the real world nice guys can be ordinary looking and beautiful people mean and nasty but that's not how Hollywood works.

Outside of the movies he was apparently a sensitive person and an artist and an all round nice guy. Although he had a rangy look I didn't know he was so tall until looking on here and seeing he was 6'5''.
Tall Sam said on 17/Sep/22
I forgot he had a ridiculous fight scene with Leslie Nielsen that I had seen many times while young. Nielsen holds up admirably newt James, maybe James lost a little height at some point in middle age, not surprising for a man of his stature. Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Mar/22
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Yeah this guy was a real 6ft5er...odd angle and he's leaning against the counter but you can tell he was comfortably 2in+ taller than Poitier. Brilliant character actor
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Sep/21
I haven't seen 'Burnt Offerings' for absolutely AGES! I checked it out just now on Amazon and eBay and the place to go for the best bargain is eBay, but it's still rather expensive.

That would be my ideal choice for eyeing up the late Anthony James, and I'd be able to compare him to Classic Actor Oliver Reed into the bargain, and he wasn't exactly tiny, was he? Still, half-a-foot NOTICES!

Anthony gets 6ft5. 🕯️
prokrabsgod said on 15/Oct/20
I believe he definitely towered over all three Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, and Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jul/20
@ Ian C - ...but strange in a nice way! It's things like this that opens up opportunities for parts for actors.

I've just come from Nick Chinland's page, and he can be strange in the creepiest of ways!

Cheers Ian! XX 😉👍
Tall Sam said on 6/Jul/20
Interesting, I wasn't aware when I compared that that Anthony James had co-starred with Christopher Lee. He does look a little taller but I think James has an advantage in stance over Lee there which accentuates how much taller he looks. Here's another with them from that film, you could get the impression that James is much taller as he's slouching there but he is also closer to the camera. I'm beginning to think James can even look as tall a guy as Bo Burnham...and him with Lee reminds me of Burnham comfortably edging out Pete Holmes.
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Ian C. said on 2/Jul/20
This one is a surprise. I had him at six foot or so. At six foot five and gaunt he was a genuinely strange looking man.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Jul/20
Taller than Christopher Lee

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Editor Rob
I can't even remember watching Return from Witch Mountain, I wonder if they had any comparable scenes together!
movieguy12 said on 29/Jun/20
If you google 'Anthony James George Kennedy' the excerpt from his book comes up and put the wide as he was tall quote in context.
Editor Rob
yeah, that quote didn't quite make sense without context.
Yang (5 footer 8, 173, Aries) said on 27/Jun/20
True lister for sure.
@Tall Sam, Agreed. He was even bit taller than Eastwood during their peak years...
Michael187 said on 26/Jun/20
195 seems about right.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jun/20
I knew he was tall but I wouldn’t for second have guessed as high as 6ft5! But I’ll take it :)
movieguy12 said on 24/Jun/20
One of these guys where you recognize the face but don't know the name. Had a weaselly look and hence tended to be cast as villains. I didn't know he was so tall I'd have thought he was a 6'2'' guy. I don't think he's exaggerating either as his height probably didn't help him get parts and may have been a hindrance.
Tall Sam said on 23/Jun/20
He was definitely had some height on Eastwood. Could see James looming at a similar height as Christopher Lee.
berta said on 23/Jun/20
i really thought the guy was 190 cm
Canson said on 22/Jun/20
He could be one of the more legit 6’5” guys on the site along with Peter Hermann, a peak John Cleese, a peak Peyton Manning to name a few. That’s not including some of the others who may be able to measure a hair over 6’5” such as Howard Stern
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jun/20
Yes he had very thin features and what you'd call a "chiselled face". In fact his cheekbines and jawline are so pronounced that it indicates excessive growth hormone, I wonder actually if he had some sort of illness like Marfan or even a bit of acromegaly or something, he could look quite ill at times.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jun/20
Anthony was no stranger to westerns, Clint Eastwood-style. 'Burnt Offerings' was a good film, in fact, judging by the films I know of the above, which is all but 'Naked Gun', Anthony had a taste for some excellent roles.


RIP Anthony 🕯️
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 21/Jun/20
Strange that Stephen Merchant look identical as Anthony James. RIP Legend.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Jun/20
You must have been watching some old Clint Eastwood films Rob! He's more like somebody I would ask for! I wouldnt have thought him as tall as 196 cm, I thought he looked more 6'4 range. The "same height as Kennedy" is a give away!
Editor Rob
I came across his quote by accident, which happens half the time. But I do remember him looking quite tall in films, helped by his slimness.

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