Burgess Meredith's Height
5ft 5 ½ (166.4 cm)
American actor best remembered for his role as The Penguin in the Batman TV series. In films he appeared in the Rocky series and Grumpy Old Men. In the 1940's he claimed 5ft 8 and a weight of 130ish lbs.
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5ft 5.85in (167.3cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Jan/20
Come to think of it, I found his Penguin really scary as a small kid! I still do, casting my mind back!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Jan/20
⭐ Add a couple of years to each figure. 'The Sentinel' was made in '76, and not '74. I checked at the end, which takes some beating on the scariness front. I think it's the scariest ending I've ever seen! 😩
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jan/20
I've worked out that Burgess was 66-67 when he starred in the movie 'The Sentinel'. He does look rather little standing next to high-heeled beauty Cristina Raines, but he's so cute, arriving at her door with a canary on his shoulder and a cat in his arms, that he gets away with inviting himself into her apartment and having a thoroughly good nose, criticising away! If he'd been taller, he'd very possibly have have come across as threatening!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Nov/19
Burgess Meredith was born 112 years ago today.
Best remembered for playing 'The Penguin' in the 1960s Batman series, there was far more to him than that! My favourites of his were 'The Sentinel' and 'Magic', in which he starred with Anthony Hopkins and Ann-Margret. Then, of course, there were the Rocky films, which were enjoyable to watch even if you weren't boxing-mad! A possible candidate for the Classical Actors section, Rob? 😉👍
5ft5.75 - peak.
RIP Burgess XXX 🕯️
Ian C. said on 21/Jul/19
Here is an actor who was cast (at least) twice because he was short, because his height served to make other actors look taller than they were. He makes Sylvester Stallone look like a six footer in the Rocky movies, and Lon Chaney Jr. look suitably huge as Lennie in Of Mice and Men.
In a parallel way, notice how many female stars are shorter than average. This would be a handy attribute in an actress, because they could work well with less-than-tall leading men. Tall girls have a certain handicap. Michael Douglas declined to work with Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island, and Tom Hanks rejected Uma Thurman as a leading lady in Bonfire of the Vanities.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Feb/18
If he was 5ft8 then Stallone was over 6ft!
JJAK said on 8/Jan/18
Seems a fair guess at peak say the 40s by rocky he was likely 5 4 or so.
He looked surprisingly average in clash must have been a short cast he was over 70.
Good actor, amazing voice over man from serious to funny could do it all.
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Jan/17
I think Burgess was a little smaller in his later years! In the film 'Magic', he looked possibly as small as 5ft4.5!
I had no idea it was him in the 'Batman' series playing 'the Penguin', but I was so young when I watched those that I would be jumping off chairs afterwards and trying to fly!
the shredder said on 12/Feb/12
Rob , I was watching old episode of Batman and guess what ? Burt ward looked 3 " on him ... So I guess its time to add Burt at 5'8 ish !
the shredder said on 5/Apr/07
His 5'8 claim is pretty funny though ! ... Never anywhere near that !
said on 5/Apr/07
Rob , what made you guess 5'5.5 ? that would have made Burt Young 5'9 and Sly near 6'0 !
[Editor Rob: based on age/posture, by his 60's this guy surely had lost a little]
guyfrommars said on 19/Feb/07
In a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone 5'6ish Don Rickles was taller than Meredith.