How tall is Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson's Height

5ft 8.5in (174 cm)

American actor best remembered for films such as Death Wish, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Mechanic, Mr. Majestyk, Hard Times and Death Hunt. His shoes maybe made him appear taller than he was. A would be 6ft 1 actor who wanted to audition for Death Wish 2 once said "I heard from somebody in the office that Bronson [said that] nobody could be in a scene with him who was taller than he was."

How tall is Charles Bronson
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Average Guess (20 Votes)
5ft 8.1in (173cm)
Harris said on 16/Oct/17
Rob, do you see yourself upgrading Bronson to 5'9" in the near future? Or do you still think 174 is more reasonable...he could look 5'10" at times, but I think 5'9" is more realistic than 5'8.5" or 5'8" is for him, as far as his peak height goes.
Editor Rob: 5ft 8.5 is the lowest I think I'd argue these days, and can see 5ft 8.75-9 arguments too.
Rising - 174 cm said on 6/Oct/17
Not the early 90's. If Sean Penn is 5'8" as he's listed here then Bronson still pulls off over 5'9" here in 1991: Click Here Also worth noting is Dennis Hopper is given a peak height of 5'8" here and wasn't that old at the time(54-55) yet he wasn't even as tall as Penn at those events, much less Bronson. Whether Bronson had a little extra lift, I don't know, but even if he did, he still looks like he'd have been taller than Penn.

Now if you mean the late 90's then Bronson was probably closer to that. I'd estimate a nearly 79 year old Bronson to be about 4" shorter than 72 year old James Coburn here in 2000: Click Here Here's footwear: Click Here Coburn may have been closer to 6'0" than 6'1.5" by that point although he still looked like a pretty big guy. Sadly, you can see age finally catching up to Bronson by that point as he had an old man hunch at times, which was never the case less than a decade earlier.
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 6/Oct/17
There are numerous instances where Mr. Bronson could pull off 5'9" in his youth, but by the 1990s, the man looked a weak 5'8".
Rising - 174 cm said on 25/Sep/17
Found a couple interesting pics, though they're unfortunately small.

Bronson looks a weak 5'9" to me if President Reagan was an even 6' at the time: Click Here

This early 70s photo MIGHT finally show Bronson wearing lifts as well since the ankle seems like it may be high: Click Here But the photo is too small to say for sure. However, even though I still think Bronson was a flat 5'9", I suspect he wore lifts at times or a bit extra heel, which could make him look 5'9.5" or even 5'10" at times. It's also possible he was 5'9" and then shrunk to 5'8.5" during his Cannon Films days.
Rising - 174 cm said on 18/Sep/17
I haven't seen Breakout in years, but I think it's perhaps the ground though I do remember thinking Bronson was shorter the last time I saw that film. I still think 5'9" flat is the best guess since that's not only what Michael Winner said, but considering Rob gives Winner his claimed 5'9", if you see a 63 year old Bronson and a 49 year old Winner on the set of Death Wish 3, if anything, I'd guess Bronson was the taller of the two. Plus, you and I as well as Rob have all agreed that Bronson can look 5'9" in scenes where he's barefoot. Then you see a 65 year old Bronson next to a 46 year old 5'8.5" Chuck Norris and I can't help but think Bronson was the taller of the two. I do think 174 cm is a pretty good guess as the older stars are more difficult to pinpoint, imo. If I had to guess something other than 5'9" on the nose, I'd guess under rather than over 5'9". But I do think seeing Bronson in his mid to late 60s with more recent stars, particularly ones in that 5'8"-5'8.5" range helped me make up my mind.

Btw, here's a decent shot of shoes he wore in the first Death Wish: Click Here Could those have lifts? If so, that would at least explain why he could look 5'10" at times. But I will agree he's quite enigmatic, even as a huge fan who has seen tons of his movies.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/17
Mmm in Breakout he could give a 5 ft 7.5-8 impression again. His height bugs me, at times he can really only look 5 ft 7 range but then look a decent 5'9!
Sumerhawk said on 3/Aug/17
I met Bronson once in Westwood Ca. He had just come out of a camera shop there. He stood almost as tall as me at 5' 10" He was wearing CLOGS! I couldn't believe my favorite tough guy was wearing Clogs. After our meeting he jumped into his Rolls that had name of his wife on the license plate. Ireland.
RisingForce said on 11/Jul/17
I wouldn't read too much into a mugshot for a movie as there's no way to authenticate it. I do give him taller than 174, but more a solid 175, imo and with his great posture, he could look 178 at times, even at 65 years old with a 174 cm Chuck Norris. Maybe Bronson has worn lifts at times, though I've not seen proof of it yet. But this is a good scene to compare with a wide shot: Click Here You can see when Bronson's sitting that his ankle looks normal so I'd say no lifts there and then you see Deborah Raffin who is listed here at 174 cm and should be at least 5'11" in her heels. Bronson at 63 years old honestly doesn't look much shorter. I wouldn't guess under 5'10" in shoes that don't look to have lifts or larger than normal heels. There is another wide shot with 187 cm Ed Lauter at about 58:50 as well.
RichardSpain said on 10/Jul/17

Bronson was taller than 174 cm . I think a good 178 cm barefoot in peak. I want to sharing you a Charles Bronson's mugshot of the movie Mr Majestyk


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RisingForce said on 5/Jul/17
It's not exactly rare for an actor to try to look younger. It's more rare to find an aging star who hasn't! I'm glad Bronson made his films regardless of how he had to do it as I've greatly enjoyed them since my childhood. Bronson only did that later anyway and a source for that is Michael Winner, who also said Bronson was 5'9". If Winner was about 5'9" then he's the best source we have for Bronson's height given how much time he spent with him and especially directing him in so many films. It wouldn't be surprising if Bronson wore lifts at times because he could look 5'10", but there's a scene early in Death Wish 3 where you can see he doesn't have lifts, yet looks an inch max shorter than 5'8.5" Deborah Raffin in heels in that wide shot, he didn't have lifts with Elvis and you can read below on 11/Jan/15 where Rob agreed Bronson looked taller than 5'8.5" in barefoot scenes. Bronson could do a lot of things, but putting lifts in his bare feet was not one of them. But 176 cm is a strong 5'9", not 5'10". I'd say Bronson was closer to 175 anyway.
James said on 4/Jul/17
He wore lifts in the "Death Wish" films, and had loads of plastic surgery to look younger. Paul Kersey was supposed to be nearly 15 years younger than Bronson.
Movie man said on 3/Jul/17
LOOKS STRONG 5'10 in death wish 3 !!!!!!! STRONG 5"10. 176cm
RisingForce said on 1/Jul/17
I do think Bronson seemed very similar in size to Kirk Douglas. Probably similar height and weight, though Douglas was one of the most notorious lift wearers in movie history so if anything I'd give Douglas the 5'8.5" and Bronson the 5'9", but in general, they always seemed in the same range to me.
RisingForce said on 23/Jun/17
Arch. I think 5'8.5" is a reasonable listing, but to me, in his early 70s films like the first Death Wish, Cold Sweat, Someone Behind The Door, The Family/Violent City, Mr. Majestyk etc. he looks like a classic completely average 5'9" guy to me. If you look at a 5'8.25"-5'8.5" guy like Jeremy Renner, he clearly gives a shorter impression than Bronson did. Similarly, even when he was 69, Bronson not only measured up more than an inch taller than 5'8" Sean Penn, but Penn has always given a significantly shorter impression, definitely another 5'8" guy like Wahlberg too doesn't give the impression of being near Bronson's height as he never seems average. 5'8.5" Chuck Norris looked more short and squat to me than Bronson before he started wearing lifts and he's another 5'8" range guy an aged(65 year old) Bronson was taller than. I definitely can't see a guy like Marlon Brando taller than Bronson. I did think in Death Wish 3 it was a toss up between 5'8.5" or 5'9", mostly 5'9", but there was at least one or two scenes I thought 5'8.5" possible, but he's 3 inches or more taller than Martin Balsam who was only 2 years older throughout the entire film. And there's a scene early where he's sitting on a bench, you can see his shoes and ankle and when he stands up with 5'8.5" Deborah Raffin who has heeled boots, he's just a bit shorter. There's a scene in The Mechanic too where he has slippers and is just a bit shorter than Jan Michael Vincent in shoes.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Jun/17
Alain Delon has consistently looked a weak 5'10 and this listing and Delon at 5'9.75 checked out perfectly.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Jun/17
I saw a film of his from the early 70s recently and in one scene he could look barely 5 ft 8, but as you say Rising, there's examples of him being barefoot and seeming at least 5 ft 9. I don't know, at times he can look too short and squat to be 5'9 or more, I think overall 5'8.5 is the best fit.
Jug said on 21/Jun/17
I'd say about 5'8.
RisingForce said on 20/Jun/17
Watching Kid Galahad, Bronson was only about 2 inches shorter than Elvis to me in many scenes together on flat ground. These stills are pretty representative of how the difference looked: Click Here Click Here As you can see, Bronson wore flat shoes in that scene: Click Here The short stuff is just rumors, imo. He's looked at least 5'9" when he's been barefoot in films.
RisingForce said on 5/Jun/17
Bronson wasn't 5'10", but such a subjective statement doesn't mean anything, especially considering the film stars of Mitchum's era. Many think Mitchum was joking with the comment about John Wayne's lifts too. Mitchum called De Niro short too and he was likely 5'8.5"-5'9" at the time, just like Bronson. Though if anything, I'd say Bronson had a better chance of being the full 5'9" than De Niro. I've certainly seen Bronson look taller than I've ever seen De Niro look.
James said on 2/Jun/17
Mitchum said Bronson was short, so he can't have been anywhere near his official height of 5'10".
RisingForce said on 26/May/17
I don't remember how he looked with Borgnine, I'll have to watch that film, but Borgnine is all over the place. I can't make a real guess on him. Bronson wasn't 5'10", but he could definitely pass for it at times. I'd believe 5'9.5" out of bed. I believe Michael Winner that Bronson was 5'9", no more, no less. He's a pretty typical height to get listed 5'10". This description was written by a journalist who interviewed him published in The Town Talk October 30, 1985 and The Morning News October 20, 1985 among other papers:

"Even the technicians kept their distance as 63-year old, 5-foot-10 wouldn't-hurt-a-fly Charlie Bronson strolled moodily around the set of "Death Wish."

If I had to guess, I'd say Bronson would edge out Brando. Better chance of Bronson being 175 cm and Brando being 174, imo. I do agree 5'8.5" is a decent listing for Bronson, though. He has to be either 174 or 175, imo.
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/17
He could look a decent 5'9 range at times, but difficult to see near 5'10 with Borgnine! At times Bronson could look as low at 5'7.5-5'8, but mostly a weak 5'9 fits.
James Ritchie said on 25/May/17
Charles Bronson seemed an easy five nine to me, and maybe five ten when he first woke up. I'm an easy six one and a half, but Bronson didn't seem much shorter. He was certainly well above my shoulder.
RisingForce said on 22/May/17
Norris was still at least 5'8" at 72 years old. I wouldn't even be surprised if Norris measured 5'8" today so I'd say 5'8.5" is more than fair. Even if Chuck was a flat 5'8", Bronson looks over 5'9" with him.
Richard said on 19/May/17
Chuck Norris was never any more than 5'8".
RisingForce said on 17/May/17
Found another picture of Bronson at 65 years old with Chuck Norris and Bronson looks taller again, this time at a disadvantage: Click Here Chuck was no less than 5'8.5" and it's not impossible he was about 5'9", but Bronson genuinely seemed like a 5'9" guy who was often successfully passing for his official height of 5'10". You could tell he wasn't 5'10" even when he looked it, but he seemed bigger than a 5'8" range guy.
RisingForce said on 27/Apr/17
I don't know if there's a connection. Bronson did work out, stay in shape(outside of stamina, which he struggled with way back during Hard Times due to smoking) and still had better posture than a lot of younger men. If he had lose height or noticeable height by that time, then that only increases the chance he was 5'9" peak.
Richardspain said on 27/Apr/17
Bronson is one of my favourite actors.

He was not tall, I agree with 174cm maybe 175cm in peak but his face of hard man, his security and talent making differents roles and characters in the movies it made him singular and exclusive.
James said on 26/Apr/17
Not sure why this isn't being posted, but I doubt Bronson would have retained his full height by his late sixties as he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by then.
RisingForce said on 24/Apr/17
I just remembered Michael Winner said Bronson was 5'9" as well. Here's a 63 year old Bronson on the set of Death Wish 3 with a 49 year old Winner: Click Here
RisingForce said on 23/Apr/17
I agree with you both. Bronson had dress shoes with Penn, but one looked to have a bigger heel, which you can spot in other films like The Dirty Dozen too(Frank2 said this was a war injury). I use to think Bronson was 5'9" peak and shrunk to 5'8.5" by the time of the 80s Cannon films, but now I think he may have even held 5'9" until age 70. 5'8.5" is of course arguable too, but no shorter. Borgnine like Savalas, is a mystery. But I think with Bronson, he started off with credence given to the 5'7" rumors and only now is he really being judged by how he looks. He was noticeably taller than Wolford Brimley in 10 to Midnight, who surprisingly I don't think has a page here. Bronson may have worn lifts at times, but not the 4" lifts they'd have to be for him to be 5'7".
Arch Stanton said on 22/Apr/17
Yeah Rampage, there's too much evidence of him obviously not in lifts looking around 5 ft 9 to make the claims that he was just 5 ft 7 valid. 5'8.5 is a reasonable shout , he can look that a lot, but never under 5'8. Can't explain Vera Cruz though, but Borgnine also pulled off 5 ft 11 range with big Sterling Hayden in another picture from that year, Johnny Guitar, perhaps he got some big lifts in his wardrobe that year!
RisingForce said on 21/Apr/17
Was the difference really that big? Bronson still consistently looked no less than an inch taller than 5'8" Sean Penn in every premiere photo of them at age 69.
Editor Rob: I'm not sure what footwear bronson had with Penn, but he did look taller, which for a nearly 70 year old was remarkable...he may well have been a man who held onto his height through most of his 60's, or dropped a fraction that was hardly much.
James said on 20/Apr/17
Bronson was 4 inches shorter than Ernest Borgnine in "Vera Cruz".
RisingForce said on 20/Apr/17
He had slippers at one point in the Mechanic too. Bronson definitely didn't look under 5'9" with Anthony Perkins in Someone Behind the Door either. Is there any clear shot showing Bronson wore lifts? Even if he did at times, he could look the 5'10" he was always listed at. The 5'7" figure came from that silly 90s Washington Post article that had Burt Reynolds at 5'8" and Arnold at 5'10"!
Arch Stanton said on 12/Apr/17
In St Ives (1976) Bronson in his dressing gown (and slippers I think) was similar height to Jackie Bisset in boots. Really could pull off 5 ft 9 range at times.
RisingForce said on 4/Apr/17
That may be, but Bronson was 69 turning 70 when The Indian Rubber premiered and that's when my pics with Sean Penn are from and Bronson is easily pulling off no shorter than 5'9.5" and he couldn't have had more than an inch lift at most looking at his shoes. He didn't drop below 174 cm until his 70s and 175 cm peak is likely. We've seen him look around that in a couple of films barefoot, including the Great Escape.
Ian C said on 3/Apr/17
Bronson worked for years as a supporting player, doing many roles on TV shows in the fifties and sixties. I can forgive him for wearing lifts after he became a leading man, but you can see him in dozens of roles before he became a star, and he always seems short.

The man had a terrific face and a rough, working class dignity. In the Death Wish movies he played an architect, which was a bigger stretch than if he had played somebody tall.
James said on 3/Apr/17
Bronson was 68 in "The Indian Runner" (when it was filmed in 1990).
RisingForce said on 16/Mar/17
How do you know that, James? How do you know Sean Penn and Chuck Norris weren't wearing lifts there too? Norris was a more obvious lift wearer than Bronson. Bronson's footwear doesn't have any noticeable bulge to it with Penn, maybe an extra heel, but he's also 70 years old and still taller than Penn.
James said on 15/Mar/17
Bronson was wearing lifts in those photographs.
RisingForce said on 8/Mar/17
Norris was probably 5'8.5" and started wearing lifts at some point, but Bronson still looks 5'10" there and he's well into his 60s. Bronson at 70 with 5'8" Sean Penn(who claims 5'9": Click Here Click Here Bronson could still look near 5'10" with Penn and he's taller in every decent picture of the 2 of them. Penn was comfortably taller than Dennis Hopper at those same events so it's tough to argue less than 5'8" for Penn. Definitely a solid 5'9" for Bronson.
Danimal said on 7/Mar/17
Charles Bronson next to listed 5'10" Alain Delon:
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Charles Bronson next to listed 5'10" Chuck Norris:
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Danimal said on 6/Mar/17
He was bare minimun 5'8", but I say 5'9" is more accurate. He could pull off 5'11" with 2" shoes.
RisingForce said on 9/Feb/17
Assuming he was 5'9", I thought he usually looked around 160-165 although I can believe as low as 155 at his leanest and 170 when his most built. I'd guess he was about 5'8.5" by the time of his 80's Cannon films as well and may have worn lifts at times then.
6 foot guy with small head said on 11/Jan/17
Taller than chuck norris both in dress shoes..
James said on 15/Dec/16
Lol, Coburn was never 6'3".
Paul said on 11/Dec/16
Eastwoood is 6-4 and coburn is 6-3
Paul said on 11/Dec/16
Eastwoood is 6-4 and coburn is 6-3
Ian C. said on 15/Sep/16
Bronson was built like a short man. His arms and legs seem short. Unusually muscular though, and if he had been tall with that build he could have played football at a high level.
Danimal said on 25/Aug/16
Dago Red said on 13/Mar/15
Wonder what he weighed? He could look pretty built at times. 180 maybe?

He wasn't 180. Probably 155-160 depending on the role. May have got as high as 170 at some point?
MDH said on 23/Aug/16
In the 1958 western "Showdown at Boot Hill," the character played by Bronson has a height complex due to his supposed shortness. I don't know what significance this has with respect to Bronson's true height, but I never thought of him as being especially short, so it was surprising to me that the film made it such an important part of his character.
Editor Rob: Bronson, from what I've read did seem to have a short temper.

Once a director had set up a shot with I think Donald Sutherland and another big guy Clint Walker or someone and put Bronson right between them...he wasn't happy!
James said on 6/Aug/16
Bronson was never 5'10" except with lifts. The heights given for characters in films are almost always untrue.
richie said on 24/Jul/16
Bronson was a legit 5'10", certainly during his peak years which isn't exactly small and was a respectable height during the 70's. His mug shot in DeathWish 3 shows 5'11" albeit with shoes so he was definitely on or around the 5'10" mark. This reads true as Ed Lauter who was a strong 6'2" had around 4 inches on him, possibly during the latter stages of his career he may have dipped to 5'8" but peak 5'10", no less....
lucas mccain said on 12/Jul/16
in tennessee champ he looks like the 5"7, but in a photo with director michael winner on location for Chatos Land he looks 2 inches taller than 5"9 michael winner.
meezemaker said on 28/Jun/16
no more than 170cm. about an 1.5 inch less than the french actor Alain Delon , so in the range 174-172 is definitely accurate, no less, no more.
Yibner said on 6/Jun/16
One built dude for sure
Yibner said on 6/Jun/16
One built dude for sure
Jug said on 6/May/16
I think probably 5'7, same height as Tom Cruise
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jan/16
The upgrade was a good call and looks right with Delon.
Sam said on 12/Nov/15
What lead you to add the extra half inch, Rob? I think at times he does convince me as a weak 5'9", although when he got to the top of the cast list, I believe he wasn't adverse to popping on lifts.
Editor Rob: I think on seeing him without shoes, I didn't think he was as short as expected. At times he would have worn lifts though in films.
Larry said on 31/Oct/15
Bronson wore lifts after he became a star. In "Vera Cruz" he looked about three inches shorter than Ernest Borgnine.
JK1964 said on 27/May/15
Looks about 5"8 -5"9 max am watching hard times right now and he's clearly at least 5 inches shorter then Coburn
meezemaker said on 7/May/15
an inch taller than lino Ventura said Arch. The only thing i know perfectly is lino 's height since someone wrote that his gran father had a bar where Lino came to have a few drink. since a arm wrestling competition was raging in the bar, they propose to Lino to participate. He had to give his height and weight. 169cm and 83kg. So if charles Bronson is an inch taller, he is something like 172cm.
thanks for reading.
Justice said on 28/Mar/15
Another great example that Bronson was only 5'7. In the movie the Stone Killer he works with Norman Fell. Fell is said to be 5'9, No Way! He stands next to 5'11 John Ritter and he is always looking up at John Ritter's Character Jack Tripper from Three's Company sitcom. In the Stone killer Bronson and Fell are the exact same height. Plus look smaller than many of the the other actor's. Add 2" heels to Bronson now he's 5'9.
Dago Red said on 13/Mar/15
Wonder what he weighed? He could look pretty built at times. 180 maybe?
justice said on 12/Mar/15
I still say Bronson was 5'7. Watch the Valachi paper's as he walks away in the end with Gerald S.O'Loughlin who plays the investigator. In his biography O'Loughlin is described as "SHORT, dark, rough-looking and-tough-talking American character actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin" In the movie Valachi Papers they walk away side by side and are the same height. Just as Bronson is the same height as 5'7 Strother Martin in Hard time's. Bronson always kept fit and thin which made him appear taller than actors the same height who would look shorter due to their more out of shape bodies. I have seen pictures of identical twin's where one is thin and the other heavier. Even though they are the same height the thin one appear's taller till they stand side by side. Their where people who argue Bronson was 5'11. Even in Chato's land you could easily see Bronson was short while standing at the bar in the begining. Too many instance's where Bronso looks A lot shorter than what is claimed. I'm 5'7 and I can always tell everyone I am 5'9 and pass a such until someone actually measure's me.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
And it's not as if the 5'9" range he could often look was always in lifts either, we have him barefoot with Susan George in Lola looking clearly much taller than 5'7.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
He's elusive though Justice, and it's not as if he only ever looks 5 ft 7 like Waltz or somebody. But I agree that just when you think he's obviously close to 5 ft 9 he can look 5'7" range. I think he'd be pretty similar to Sean Penn in height and weight.
Justice said on 11/Feb/15
Also check out those enchanced heels in Kid Gallahad as he is walking away from Elvis near the ring, where Elvis character see's Bronson's character has a deformity to his foot. Stallone has the same hang up with his height. Half the women in hollywood lie about there height now.
Justice said on 11/Feb/15
Bronson is 5'7 as was listed in the autobiography. Bronson used camera angles and lift's. As a past poster noted same height as 5'7 Strother Martin in Hard time's. If you look real close in Hard Time's Bronson has pretty big heel's on his boots, enough where it arche's his stance and makes him stand a bit strange. A good indication is stop the scene where Bronson is talking to Coburn on the balcony of the hotel, he puts his foot up on the railing, unrealistic heel's on those boots. Autobiography's don't tend to lie. Bronson's father who was a coal miner was 5'7 also.
Danimal said on 17/Jan/15
He was bare minimum 5'8.5" and most likely taller in the morning.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/15
His height and build remind me quite a bit of Sean Penn, built like a rugged wiry boxer.
Anon said on 15/Jan/15
Watched him in many films over the years. Never looked under 5'10", even in his sixties.
jtm said on 15/Jan/15
Arch Stanton says on 14/Jan/15
Watch him BAREFOOT with Susan George in shoes. If he's just 5 ft 6 or 7 are you telling me she is just 5 ft 1? I don't think so. Look at his proportions. 5 ft 6 or 7 is ridiculous. He's slouching in the Borgnine picture and standing further back than him. He does look shorter in that comparison but he never looked under 5 ft 8 to me!

i know he is slouching and i think borgnine was taller than 5'9 but i still think bronson wasn't over 5'7.5. the funny thing is he was actually listed 5'7.5 here before and btw that video wwith george is not helping.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
Bronson looks a good inch taller than Lino Ventura in The Valachi Papers who is listed at 5'9 1/4!!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
"In Cold Sweat 5'11 James Mason did look much taller than Bronson. " was meant to read as "didn't".
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
About two inches shorter than 5'11 listed Walter Chiari in The Valachi Papers.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
If there's still any doubts on 5'8.5 check out 1 hr 26 range with Liv Ullman in flats. Click Here No way was he only 5'6-5'7"!! It could look less earlier in the movie because she had footwear advantage and Bronson was slouching.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
In Cold Sweat 5'11 James Mason didn't look much taller than Bronson. It could seem less than 2 inches actually.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
In Cold Sweat 5'11 James Mason did look much taller than Bronson.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
He tends to slouch a lot though doesn't he. He looks about 1.5 inches taller than Liv Ullmann when stood his best but I got a glimpse of Liv's footwear and she had a low-medium heel which would make her perhaps 5'7.5-5'8, and Bronson had on plimsols which probably don't give even an inch. Somewhere in 5'8 range makes sense actually, even with Ullmann, although he slouches and hunches a lot so can look shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
He does look shorter in Cold Sweat with Liv Ullmann actually. He's really hard to nail down, just when you think he's looking 5'9" barefoot he'll look 5'7" range.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
I'm going to have a Charles Bronson movie spree I think and I'll let you know if I ever think he looks just 5 ft 6.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
Click Here

Must be in 4 inch lifts here with Henry Fonda...
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jan/15
Watch him BAREFOOT with Susan George in shoes. If he's just 5 ft 6 or 7 are you telling me she is just 5 ft 1? I don't think so. Look at his proportions. 5 ft 6 or 7 is ridiculous. He's slouching in the Borgnine picture and standing further back than him. He does look shorter in that comparison but he never looked under 5 ft 8 to me!
jtm said on 13/Jan/15
he wasn't over 5'6 if borgnine was 5'9 but i think borgnine was 5'10-5'10.5 and bronson 5'7.
Steve said on 12/Jan/15
Bronson never looked any taller than 5'8". He could have been even shorter. Check this out.

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jtm said on 12/Jan/15
even 5'8 was generous. it makes no sense that he was 5'8.5 and ernest borgnine was 5'9.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jan/15
He does generally give a 5'9" impression but there's something about it and him which I'm still not convinced about, you get that same feeling? 5'8.5" is a fair compromise though and still possible of course.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jan/15
Rob how about 5'8.5 then? He could look taller than that with Susan. I think that would be fair. 5'8.5
and lifts to pull off looking 5'10 range at times I think. He's one of those guys I know you're very dubious about his real height, his shifty demeanour doesn't help either but we do have him barefoot there which is better really to judge from I think.
[Editor Rob: I think it could be possible, how he beats out Chuck, it must be from bigger heels.]
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/15
I think he often wore lifts to pull off looking 5'10 range but you can see in that barefoot clip barefoot he was a bit taller. Perhaps 5'8.75 might be a good shout I dunno.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/15
It's difficult to see under 5'9" with Susan George put it that way!, but I think she was shorter than 5'4.
[Editor Rob: I think at times he had to have something, he could pull off taller at times, look with Chuck Norris, he's managed to beat him!]
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/15
Rob are you sure he was quite as low as 5'8" flat? I never thought he looked that low See 7 minutes range barefoot with Susan George. Click Here He could pull off looking 5'9 but I think you'd be more accurate with 5'8.5". Can you add a photo?
[Editor Rob: maybe 8.5 is better, barefoot he pulled off looking above the mark!]
Sam said on 7/Jan/15
Rob could you update his credits?: "American actor best remembered for The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Diry Dozen, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Mechanic, Mr. Majestyk, Death Wish, Hard Times and Death Hunt."

Would have been interesting to see him in a part for Quentin Tarantino, even as an elderly man, I bet Bronson would kill it.
qashid said on 28/Nov/14
5'9 peak and later dropped to 5'8.
Robby D said on 17/Jul/14
I saw him in a 1964 episode of Bonanza entitled "The Underdog" and he appeared to me to be the same height as Michael Landon if not slightly taller. I would say he is either 5'9", the same as Landon's listing or else if this 5'8" listing for him is correct then Michael Landon was also 5'8".
jtm said on 10/Jul/14
too bad frank2 is not here anymore.
RisingForce said on 9/Jul/14
Good to more people agreeing. I think 5'9" is the best guess, and he often looked 5'10" without suspicious looking shoes. I also agree that Bronson was still at least 5'8.5" by the time of say Death Wish 3 when he was 63 through at least the 80's. I just can't see 5'8" flat at all for Bronson.
Minty said on 19/Jun/14
5'9 at peak possibly hit 5'10 in footwear
5'8.5 after
very not tall said on 6/Jun/14
really can't see him under 5' films like The Mechanic he actually looks above average in height without suspicious footwear
RisingForce said on 5/Jun/14
Just watched Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects a while ago and Bronson looked average as always in it, though he did appear a bit shorter than James Pax who Rob met and has listed at 5'9.75" here, but Bronson would have been about 66-67 when filming it, so he definitely could have shrunk a bit and depending on how old James Pax is, it's possible he was slightly taller in 1989 than he was in 2010. Peggy Lipton is also in it and listed at 5'6" here. Bronson was several inches taller, but I didn't see her shoes that well.

I also saw the ending of the Dirty Dozen again on TV recently and Bronson didn't look short next to Lee Marvin. Some were full body shots and if Marvin was 6'2" then Bronson was looking at least 5'10" during those ending scenes.
RisingForce said on 16/Apr/14
Rob, is Bronson someone you might have another look at? I definitely didn't see more than 4 inches between Bronson and Anthony Perkins in "Someone Behind The Door" and even at 70, he was visibly taller than Sean Penn in a few premiere pictures.
RisingForce said on 15/Apr/14
Well, I think Bronson's later movies might have used shorter casts since there were less recognizable stars, and Cannon was paying Bronson a lot of money to start in otherwise low budget movies. But even then, it doesn't completely make sense because Ed Lauter who is listed at 6'1.5" here was in Death Wish 3 and shared scenes with Bronson.

By the way, Bronson once again looked well over 5'8" next to James Mason in "Cold Sweat" Click Here Mason walks by Bronson around 52:20 and there doesn't look to be much of a height difference, and Bronson wasn't wearing boots in this movie. Mason was about 60 so he could have shrunk a bit from the 5'11" he's listed at here, but Bronson still looks above 5'9" in that movie and without suspicious footwear.
Sam said on 14/Apr/14
It's funny the quote at the top of the page about Bronson not wanting to be in scenes to be taller than him because almost all of his major roles back in the 1960s-1970s show him next to taller guys like Marvin, Coburn, Fonda, Garner, etc.
RisingForce said on 13/Apr/14
Yeah, Walter Hill mentioned that when talking about Bronson's lack of stamina while filming "Hard Times."

By the way, I haven't seen the movie, but here's a clip of Bronson with Elvis who was probably about 5'11.5", though Bronson's boots give him an advantage. Click Here Here's a picture where Bronson does look a solid 5'9" in comparison with his footwear advantage, though the low angle also gives an advantage to the taller person(Elvis) Click Here And here are a couple of more stills. Click Here Click Here
Clinton said on 11/Apr/14
Surprisingly, although Bronson always looked very fit, he was actually a heavy smoker for much of his life.
RisingForce said on 11/Apr/14
Anyway, as far as his height, he looked about 5 inches shorter than James Coburn who looked every bit a solid 6'2" in "Hard Times." The difference could look less, but that's usually when Bronson was closer to the camera and you couldn't see his feet. And here are a couple of stills of Bronson and Lee Marvin who is also listed at 6'2" here from "The Dirty Dozen." Click Here Click Here Bronson definitely looked taller than 5'8" in the scenes with those 2 towards the end.
RisingForce said on 10/Apr/14
Yeah, his age was definitely borderline, though that's not a real surprise. Worse examples of this were De Niro and Pacino in "Righteous Kill", John Wayne in "Brannigan" and "McQ", Jerry Orbach in his later years on "Law and Order" and quite a few more.

But it is surprising Bronson got that bloated look in his face considering I'm unaware if he was a heavy drinker, and still looked to be a strong guy in good shape for his age even a couple of years later in Death Wish 3. But Bronson's age was unfortunately pretty obvious during the scenes where he had to run. Of course, there are loads of cops, both young and middle-aged who are out of shape and aren't going to be able to move too quickly. With that said, Bronson did age a lot between Hard Times and this movie. You'd think there was more than 8 years between the movies considering what great shape he was in for a man who was already 52-53 when he made Hard Times.
Patrick said on 8/Apr/14
The biggest problem was that Bronson was 60, and looked far too old and puffy to be a cop.
RisingForce said on 5/Apr/14
While we have gotten a bit off track on a height site, I'll just say this. I don't know what the statute was in early 80's LA, but you never know what kind of plea deals are made, how politics factor in, and whether or not a prosecutor will be sympathetic since they may be aware of information that would be inadmissible to a jury. Granted, Bronson wouldn't have too much leverage due to his admission, but your past record often works in your favor during sentencing. I do also know there have been cops who have done worse things and not seen jail time, though in those cases, there typically hasn't been an admission and those tend to be dragged out in lawsuits and usually wind up in forced retirement, at least from what I've seen, though I'm neither a cop nor a lawyer.

Either way, this is a bit besides the point since there is obviously a process, and Bronson wouldn't be remanded without bail during this time, so him being out on the streets in itself until the end of the movie isn't unrealistic itself. His biggest legal problem would be the shooting at the end of the movie with too many witnesses for Bronson to claim imminent danger.
Eddie said on 4/Apr/14
For faking evidence in a murder case a police officer would certainly be sent to prison.
RisingForce said on 3/Apr/14
I like the movie regardless of how realistic it is, some of it due to nostalgia as well as the fact that I'm a fan of Bronson and like 80's slasher-type movies, but while Bronson would be in hot water legally, he certainly wouldn't be remanded without bail, and I doubt he'd actually serve time, especially with a decorated career as a detective. I'd say what's most likely is, he'd lose his pension.
Zediah said on 23/Mar/14
10 to Midnight was garbage. Bronson would have been arrested for faking evidence.
RisingForce said on 18/Mar/14
I agree, Efoersaan. 5'9" is the safest guess, imo, or 5'8.5" minimum, and I believe he was still that tall even in the 80's. He could definitely look 5'10" in the 70's and 80's, and I don't whether he wore lifts, but they clearly weren't big enough to give near 3 inches. He could give a smaller impression in early movies, but look at the series of pictures with Sean Penn in 1991 when Bronson was 70 and he looked a couple of inches taller, or with Chuck Norris in the 80's, and how about The Mechanic? If Jan Michael Vincent was anywhere near the 5'10.5" he's listed here then Bronson wasn't under 5'9" since there wasn't much of a difference, and I believe Bronson is even in slippers in one scene.

10 To Midnight has always been my favorite 80's Bronson movie, I'll watch that one again soon and try to note how tall he looks next to Lisa Eilbacher who plays his daughter in the movie compared to how Lisa looked next to Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop.
Zediah said on 13/Mar/14
In "Vera Cruz" Bronson looked 3-4 inches shorter than Ernest Borgnine.
Efoersaan said on 7/Feb/14
I've recently watched Death Wish again and have noticed multiple times that Charles doesn't look much shorter than Steven Keats who is listed at 5ft 10.5in (179 cm). The Height difference I saw was 3 to 4 cm max. I'm starting to think that Charles Bronson was a legit 5ft 9in guy.
The Exorcist said on 27/Jan/14
Hi Rob, hopefully this one will work.

Charles standing in front of a height chart in Death Wish 3.
Click Here
[Editor Rob: that kind of shot will add height to him]
The Exorcist said on 26/Jan/14
Standing in front of a height chart in a scene from Death Wish 3.
Click Here

Probably standing on a box! LOL! ;P
[Editor Rob: the site doesn't allow hotlinking]
frank p said on 24/Jan/14
5"7 or 5"8
Bayou Bill said on 14/Jan/14
In "Hard Times", when he stood next to 5'7" Strother Martin, he was no taller than Martin.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/13
For some reasn Garner only looks about 3 inches taller and James Coburn looks more 5-6 inches.. That's odd. Coburn makes him look 5'8"-5'9".
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/13
Rob he must have worn massive lifts, he looks almost 5'112 next to James Garner in The Great Escape. He also looked 5'10" it a lot of other films I've seen him in.
pillsberry111 said on 31/Oct/13
In 79 I was a ride operator at the S. Cal. Expo. With fans chasing him I let him and a little girl on the ride free to escape the mob. We stood inches away from each other, spoke and looked each other in the eye. I'm 5' 7" 1/2.
RisingForce said on 16/Sep/13
Bronson's height is tricky. He could look shorter in earlier movies, but in his 80's films he looked more 5'9"-5'10" than 5'7"-5'8". For example, in Death Wish 3, he usually looks roughly 5'9" next to Ed Lauter listed at 6'1.5" here, and next to Deborah Raffin listed at 5'8.5" here, he looks slightly shorter than her when she wears heels and a bit taller when she's in flats leading me to believe they were about the same height, and Bronson was in his 60s at the time.

And there's this photo from 1986 with Chuck Norris. Click Here Unfortunately, it's not a full body pic, but Charles looks close to if not 5'10" if Norris is 5'8.5" as listed here.

I doubt Bronson was ever the 5'10" he was usually listed at, but I think 5'8.5" minimum is more likely, possibly 5'9".
Nicky said on 1/Sep/13
5' 8" to 5' 9" flat is about right. But he wore lifts in the movies. Not so good looking but effective in action movies.
Dolomite said on 30/Aug/13
I met Bronson and talked with him briefly and he was about 5'9" but that's a solid full size 5' 9" not a chicken chest, weenie armed guy.
Elfoersaan said on 20/Aug/13
Bronson gave the impression of a 175 cm guy next to 188 cm Coburn in Hard Times. Anything in between 5ft 8 and 5ft 9in is believable. I'd guess him at 174 cm in the '60s and '70s. Probably 173 cm in his last fifteen years. He became after all famous at an old age.
jtm said on 11/Jul/13
5'7 range
Wild Bill said on 21/May/13
We were both in boots, with around one and a half inch heels. Standing next to a guy for several minutes at a time gives you a good idea of his height. I was there and that's it! I spoke to him later near his dressing room and our eyelines were exactly the same level. I'm 5ft 8 and so was Charlie.

Why ever would one of us be crouching?
Spock said on 18/May/13
Wild Bill says on 9/May/13
I did a scene with Charlie Bronson in Death Wish 2 - a terrible film - in LA in June '81. I am 5ft 8in and exactly the same height as Bronson.

Hello there, Wild Bill.

I´m not convinced yet.

Were you both barefoot, at the time? Was any of you crouching? How did you measure your own height?
Wild Bill said on 10/May/13
I forgot to mention in my 9th May post that actors auditioning for Death Wish 2 were asked their height. Anyone more than an inch or two above 5ft 8in was out of the loop. This was not the case in many of Charlie's '60s films, nor in Death Hunt, in which he was paired with the superlative Lee Marvin.
Wild Bill said on 9/May/13
I did a scene with Charlie Bronson in Death Wish 2 - a terrible film - in LA in June '81. I am 5ft 8in and exactly the same height as Bronson.
Mike 181 said on 5/Apr/13
Just was watching death wish I guessed him 5"9 so I was close
Parker said on 13/Mar/13
Somebody I've not really looked at, but I watched Death Wish 2 tonight (awful dated film with some terrible acting), but aside from that I would have guessed him at 5'10, not saying he is, but that's what he looked. Maybe they just cast a lot of short actors in it.
Rasmussen said on 8/Mar/13
There a Films like the Mechanic in which Bronson played with short men like Jan-Michael Vincent. And so he looks tall. But in old movies, You can see, he is really small (as small as Alan Ladd). And near Gary Cooper he looks like a midget. But there are very much tough guys in cinema, who are small: Kirk Douglas, McQueen, Robinson, Bogart. And if you read official sites, the are all very often 5,9... But these sites are lying. Bronson and McQueen are as small as someone like Dustin Hoffman or Tom Cruise!
Spock said on 10/Dec/12
I´ve just watched "You can´t win´em all", featuring 5ft 8,75in Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson. Both share many scenes and in many of them their shoes are clearly visible, and it´s the same type of boots for both, and also the flat floor they´re standing on is clearly visible in some scenes. Tony Curtis seems to be clearly taller Than Charles Bronson, one inch at least, so maybe Charles Bronson is 5,7 or midway between 5,7 and 5,8, but a sharp 5,8 seems improbable to me, if Tony Curtis really is 5,8.75.
Arch Stanton said on 15/Nov/12
Click Here

Rob, pause at 1:14:30. LOL his casefile claims he is 6 ft and 155 pounds!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Nov/12
Watching The Mechanic right now and he looks 5 ft 10.
SuzyQ said on 26/Oct/12
I saw Charlie with Jill in Beverly hills in about 1968. They were nearly the same height. She was wearing low heels.
Suzyq said on 26/Oct/12
I saw Charlie with Jill in Beverly hills in about 1968. They were nearly the same height. She was wearing low heels.
Brucey said on 24/Jul/12
The comment says that no actor could be in a scene with Bronson that was taller than him. I watched Death Wish last night and very few of the actors, a handful at the most, were taller than Bronson, so maybe he really did have a height complex.
He could come across as a tall man because of his tough looks, presence and build but I would say 5'8" is a fair estimate.
To people who say he was 5'6" because of something they saw of him as an old man, maybe he was 5'6" as an old man, people shrink with age but I presume this is a listing of his prime height in which case 5'6" would be way off in my opinion.
Lee Costa said on 9/Feb/12
If we think about it, guys like Cagney, Raft, Donlevy and Eddie G, Bruce Lee and Bob Steel were all well under six foot tall physically just like, Bronson but guess what ? So is Hal Needham highest paid stuntman in the world at one time who made guys like, Richard Boone look good on camera. When you get right down to it the smaller guy tends to be tougher and stronger pound per pound. Agility is harder to come by when you are larger as well. Bigger is often slower although not every time. Point is it's all about attitude. At 5' 6" I can intimidate guys twice my size because really mean it and they never have had to :-)
Dan said on 6/Feb/12
bronsons height on i.m.d.b now is at 5"8 and a half inches down from 5"10 as originally posted. i would say this height is spot on for him
RisingForce said on 30/Jan/12
Interestingly, Clint Walker did say Bronson had a height complex, but Bronson's height could look all over the place. In the 70's, he looked at least 5'9", but he could look more like 5'8" in earlier movies. In The Dirty Dozen, his height varies a lot in comparison to Lee Marvin. And he didn't look that short barefoot next to James Coburn in boots in The Great Escape.
Johnny said on 11/Dec/11
Charles Bronson was no more than 5'6 in height in his prime. I just watched the movie "Big House USA". Broderick Crawford was 6 foot tall. Charles Bronson comes to about his shoulder and has to look up at the rest of the cast. Who ever said Bronson was ever 5"11 is blind. In the movie he plays a prisoner nicknamed Junior. He is the shortest in the cast by at least 5 inch's. Watch the movie, everyone tower's over Bronson, so if we believe that Bronson was ever 5'11 then the rest of the cast would have to be 6'5, highly unlikely. Watch the movie and see.
joker said on 9/Nov/11
Nope, but Charles Bronson is always referenced as being 6 ft in most of his movies if you pay attention to the fine details.
dan said on 10/Oct/11
does anybody know where i can get this movie tennessee champ please,
Sterling said on 9/Oct/11
In 1954 Charlie made Tennessee Champ with Dewey Martin. They played boxers, and both appeared to be the same height and weight. Martin's height is listed on the Internet as 5'8". Actually, Martin looks a bit taller than Bronson. Keenan Wynn was in that picture, and he is listed at 5'10". Wynn is considerably taller than both boxers. Like Jimmy Cagney and Steve McQueen, part of Bronson's cinematic appeal was that he was a tough little guy. Movies need such characters. His effectiveness might have been lessened had he been a big man.
Spielberg said on 2/Oct/11
I noticed that he was often shot with the camera at a low angle so it was looking up at him, which gave the appearance he was taller.
curtis said on 23/Sep/11
Check out Man With a Camera. Bronson id significantly shorter than every male on the show. I think he was about 5'6".
John said on 5/Jul/11
I just had dinner with one of Charles Bronson's sisters ( her name is Joy ). She told me Charles was about 5'8" ( which is my height ). Also, her son in law ( about 5'6" ) is in a picture with Bronson taken around 1998. They both look to be about the same height.
John said on 5/Jul/11
I just had dinner with one of Charles Bronson's sisters ( her name is Joy ). She told me Charles was about 5'8" ( which is my height ). Also, her son in law ( about 5'6" ) is in a picture with Bronson taken around 1998. They both look to be about the same height.
mike said on 28/Jun/11
" A would be 6ft 1 actor who wanted to audition for Death Wish 2 once said "I heard from somebody in the office that Bronson [said that] nobody could be in a scene with him who was taller than he was."

What about Jeff Goldblum. He's listed at 6.4 here and was with Bronson in the Death wish movies.
Dan said on 3/Jun/11
And if you watch closely at the line up when lee marvin is inspecting them he has 5"7 richard jackael beside him and he is the same height as bronson, both of these were together in luke and the tenderfoot episode and were the same height again, also if you look at bronsons hat in dirty dozen its puckered up to give him height
James J. said on 28/May/11
He was the same height as 5'7" (max) Trini Lopez when they stood next to each other near the opening of The Dirty Dozen. And pretty much the same height as 5'7" Strother Martin in Hard Times.
humvet said on 27/May/11
There's no way Bronson was 6ft. The best examples that I can see. Bronson was in one of the first episodes of Marshal Dillon . James Arness towered over him at 6ft6. Another example is the movie Stone Killer where he stood eye to eye with Norman Fell and Martin Balsam. Those guys were 5ft6 to 5ft8. Bronson was 5ft8.
thebad7 said on 18/Apr/11
He's one of my favorites--very lean & mean, and a master of pure cinema. 5'8" or 5'9" sounds right for him--he wasn't tall, but he was a very well built guy and he maintained his outstanding physique well into advanced age, up until about 1998 when he had a hip replacement and an Alzheimers' diagnosis. He looked amazing in 1971's CHATO'S LAND--a 50 year old man putting men in their 20s to shame.

I don't think he wore lifts as he either wore normal-looking boots (military or cowboy), or in the case of the first DEATH WISH, standard dress shoes in his films. I've heard he had issues with height, but he had no reason to--he was the real deal, being a Purple Heart winning B-29 tailgunner.

In later life he did look less than 5'8" but I'm almost certain that's due to the hip replacement/later health problems. One other note about Bronson: he was another guy with very good posture. For good reading on him, I would recommend Michael R. Pitts' CHARLES BRONSON: THE 95 FILMS AND THE 156 TELEVISION APPEARANCES. Excellent encyclopedia on Bronson's life & career.


mike said on 5/Apr/11

In the movie "Breakout", Randy Quaid played his associate. Randy Quaid is a very big guy. He was considerably taller than Bronson, but did not completely owned him as he should have if Bronson was only 5'8". Bronson just might be 5'10" as stated in other websites.
mike said on 5/Apr/11
There is no way Jan Michael Vincent was 2 1/2 inches taller than him for sure.
dan said on 1/Apr/11
never bronson wasnt 5"10 barefoot watch his western movies he was average and as for the 6"ft mug shots they are not real its fake
mike said on 24/Mar/11

Bronson was always at 6ft in his mugshots. Watch mr majestik. The ruler in his mugshot states 6 ft.
RisingForce said on 16/Mar/11
Interesting quote at the top, Rob. Maybe that's why Bronson seems to be a solid height in most of his movies.
TruebloodFan said on 7/Mar/11
@dan says on 11/Feb/11
bronson was never 6ft with or without heels, he was always shorter than other actors who were 6ft and 5"11 like glenn ford for example, bronson with hells i think was 5"10

indeed. I'm very similar in build like Bronson, also 5ft8. frequently I get called 5ft9, although with some heels I'd look 5ft10 or 5ft10.5 at best.
Bronson was born in like early 20s. the guy was pure average during ww2.
TruebloodFan said on 7/Mar/11
@dan says on 11/Feb/11
bronson was never 6ft with or without heels, he was always shorter than other actors who were 6ft and 5"11 like glenn ford for example, bronson with hells i think was 5"10

indeed. I'm very similar in build like Bronson, also 5ft8. frequently I get called 5ft9, although with some heels I'd look 5ft10 or 5ft10.5 at best.
Bronson was born in like early 20s. the guy was pure average during ww2.
dan said on 11/Feb/11
bronson was never 6ft with or without heels, he was always shorter than other actors who were 6ft and 5"11 like glenn ford for example, bronson with hells i think was 5"10
m said on 7/Jan/11
@me Elvis wore boots in the army picture where he's listed around 6'
@Sam what was your father's ethnic background? Just asking because Bronson's ethnicity - Lithuanian mixed with Tatar isn't very common. Any pics?
me said on 1/Jan/11

I agree. Bronson used lifts to get to 6ft. He was always portrayed as being 6 ft in all his movies. He was at least 5.9. A person under 5.9 using lifts to get to 6ft doesn't look natural.
Sam said on 1/Jan/11
My father stood back to back with Charles Bronson and they were the exact height of 5'9 barefoot! My dad was a 24 year vet who was a Bronson lookalike (or as my father use to say Charlie looked like him since he was 5 years older)
me said on 4/Dec/10

Elvis army records shows he's 5.11.75. That is not a small guy in any era.
Bud said on 25/Nov/10
I worked on films with both Tom Cruise and Bronson. They are both small men. Bronson had a balanced build so he could look any size with camera trickery. I don't think Bronson was 5'8"
Saw a suit jacket once worn by Elvis. Also looked quite small.
John said on 20/Nov/10
Tom Cruise himself admitted to be only 5'7 and he isn't even that. He once walked off a stage in China or Japan not sure which, when a reporter remarked how short he actually is. Charle's Bronson was 5'7 max. Hollywood can make someone look like a monster. They can easily add a few inch's to a star's height. Just like they can give a star a thick full head of hair, when in reality they are close to bald. The only proof anyone needs is Stallone, some picture's he's the same height as other Star's, in other's he's shorter. The Dickinson photo says it all.
John said on 20/Nov/10
Bronson was no taller than 5'7 if that. In Hard Time's when he is sitting on the balcony, he put's his boot up, look at how huge his heel's are when he put's his feet up, there at least 3 inch's. In the fight scene's he looks like a woman does when she is wearing heel's. Just like Stallone who in picture's of him walking with Janice Dickinson, Stallone is 2 inche's shorter than her and she is 5'9. Bronson was no taller than 5'7. We all know the illusion's hollywood can do.
Anonymous said on 29/Oct/10
Look at Bronsons footware in his movies. Looked 5'7 to me.
Jeeb said on 27/Oct/10
After finally viewing The Mechanic and Telefon, it's clear that Bronson was at least 5'8.5. There's no way he could appear as tall as he does in his films and be any shorter than this. I think he's been subjected to chronic downgrading the same way Tom Cruise has. And Cruise himself is 5'8.5, no less.
Yeppers said on 7/Oct/07
Everyone around the Hanover/Lebanon NH/Windsor VT area saw Bronson in person for years. I saw him, up close. Look-he was maybe 5-7 if that. He was solidly buildt but he was NOT 5-9 or taller, hate to break it too you.
Marcelo C. said on 4/Oct/07
He always looked in a good shape, but I´d have bet he was no less than 5 ft. 9 or a bit more. Evidently, I may be wrong. Though, a great actor with strong personality, showing a good presence.
Marcelo C. said on 4/Oct/07
He always looked in a good shape, but I´d have bet he was no less than 5 ft. 9 or a bit more. Evidently, I may be wrong. Though, a great actor with strong personality, showing a good presence.
Lmeister said on 2/Aug/07
I hate to repeat myself, but ppl who think that Mr. Bronson is taller than 5'8'' should watch the Dirty Dozen especially look at the lineup scene. Breakout with Robert Duvall and the Magnificent Seven. There is also a lot pics showing that Charles Bronson is 5'7'' - '5'8''. Also ppl who saw him always stated that he was a petit guy.
Glenn said on 1/Aug/07
Borgnine was 5-9 to 5-10.Yul was 5-8 to 5-10.
Lmeister said on 1/Aug/07
I agree he wasn't 5'6'', but 5'8'' - 5'9'' then Yul Brynner must have been 5'9''- 5'10'' and Ernest Borgnine must have been 6'0'' - 6'1''. This is a very accurate listing.
Glenn said on 1/Aug/07
He wasnt 5-6.but he wasnt 5-10.he was 5-8 or 5-9.
TJ said on 31/Jul/07
He looked closer to 5'10 in Kid Galahad with Elvis, but then there aren't many scenes where you can see a categorical shot of them next to each other and head to foot. No way was he 5'6 though as Lmeister's CV anecdote suggests.
Lmeister said on 31/Jul/07
I read some pages of his bio and It was pointed out that he put 5'11'' to his CVs and audition forms, but in reality was almost 5'' inches shorter.
Anonymous said on 4/Jul/07
Bronson always looked like an average height guy in everything he did.
glenn said on 8/Apr/07
i agree al.thats a good possibilty.
al said on 7/Apr/07
I think bronson was a little taller than 5ft 8.
say just touching 5ft 9
anonymous said on 25/Mar/07
In "once upon a time in the west" he was looking pretty close to 5`8.
AL said on 2/Mar/07
Maybe he stood just under 5ft 10 in height.
He was always round the 5ft 9 mark through most of his career.
Mikex. said on 18/Nov/06
R-70 most actors of those days were no taller than Bronson. It is wrong to think that actors are usually tall, in fact most are short to average. Back in the 40s and 50s anyone of about 5'8'' or more would be a 6 footer in official publicity.
alex germany said on 25/Oct/06
yes, it does, mere shadows of themselves, "Hard Times" is one of my favorite movies, Bronson i believe was in his mid 50's (when in "Hard Times")and physically looked great. I remember a picture in the National Enquierer showing Bronson being in a wheel chair, he was close to the end and looked already dead, his eyes unfocused, really sad. We all age and it ain't pretty sometimes, Cary Grant seemed the exception!
Glenn said on 6/Sep/06
interesting R-70 and Lmeister.
R-70 said on 5/Sep/06
In the 1950's and early 1960's Bronson played bit parts next to tall film stars like Gary Cooper.
Next to these stars, an American of the average height
(5-7 or 5-8) of those days looks rather short. Even today, the average American is "only" 5-9,according to "Scientific American".
So, Bronson seems to have been of average height for his generation, but not compared with Hollywood actors.
My impression is, after Bronson became a star in the mid 1960's, co-actors of similar height (as Robert Duvall) were choosen, so the audience should get the impression that Bronson has got the height of an average Hollywood acor.
Lmeister said on 11/Aug/06
Hmm there is a scene in Breakout where he is next to Robert(5'9.5'')Duvall. Duvall isn't wearign shoes and Bronson is wearing high heeled boots and still Bronson was only one inch taller. Bronson's peak height was 5'7.25'' tops.
Lmeister said on 10/Aug/06
Come on Rob...Like Frank2 said 5'7''
Glenn said on 10/Aug/06
I agree.5-7 or 5-8.Ill settle with 5-7.
Frank2 said on 9/Aug/06
Charles was 5'7" I stood right next to him when we spoke. He also had a slightly higher heel on one shoe since he suffered from a short leg.
Lmeister said on 9/Aug/06
Just watched Breakout last night. In that movie he looks like a solid 5'10'' with cowboy boots = )
Lmeister said on 8/Aug/06
In White Buffalo Charles looks like 5'7''. Not 5'6'' not 5'10'' Charles Bronson is 5'7''.
Rick said on 4/Aug/06
Hmmm ! He looks around 5 cms taller than Liv ullmann in " De la part des copains" and Liv looks pretty tall for a woman, certainly more than 170 ( she looks clearly taller than Catherine Deneuve in " Speriano che sia femmina", for exemple).
Lmeister said on 21/Jul/06
Rob U downgraded Yul Brynner back to 5'8'' as I recall he looks an inch taller than Charles Bronson in that promo shot + all the comments about him being 5'7''. Maybe time to downgrade Mr Bronson???
Anonymous said on 7/Jul/06
Just watched Death Wish 3. In one scene they put Bronson against a height chart. On first glimpse he hits 5'11", but it's probably more a case of the angle they put the camera at and his distance from the wall. Looks like he could be hitting 5'9 1/2", 5'10" in reality on the chart (with shoes on). So something in his shoes perhaps?
Frank P said on 6/Apr/06
5"6-7, no more than that. Dirty Dozen he's the shortest guy in the lot. Hard Times same thing.
Frank2 said on 22/Mar/06
Ingred Bergman was 5'8". Brynner was 5'7". Bronson was also 5'7".
Glenn said on 22/Mar/06
I enjoyed that thanks.he was a sweet man I never an airport in 1993 my friends approached him to sign photos,when a airport greeter said "dont sign for them,they are dealers" and Bronson shot back "so what,if I want to sign,Ill sign,besides Ive got nothing better to do waiting for my luggage". A true gentleman.
Gill F. said on 20/Mar/06
I worked for the Camas Prairie Railroad back in the mid 1970s when they were filming Breakheart Pass, much of which was filmed on that railroad. So I was well aware that Charles Bronson and other big names were in town. I ran into Bronson in a jewelry store in Lewiston, Idaho, the largest town on that railroad line, and the location of the railroad's headquarters, switch yard, repair shops etc. I passed him in an aisle, not more than 6 inches from him. I'm 5' 8", and he appeared to be a little shorter than me, certainly no taller. After seeing how they always portray him as a tough guy, I couldn't believe he was so small. I'd say your guess of 5' 7" is accurate (assuming normal shoes, which I didn't notice). If he's not 5' 7", I'd believe 5' 6" before I'd believe 5' 8".
Regus said on 30/Jan/06
I also used to see Bronson around the Lebanon NH area. He was real common in Ames, K-Mart, bars, etc. Not a nice guy. You could get him to talk if he needed to go around you on a dirt road or if he wanted to buy a TV or something, usually carried wads of One's (!) and would complain about the price of TV's etc he was buying. He was maybe my height(5-7). He is a fave star but as a person wasn't easy to be around.
Fab said on 2/Jan/06
I just watched the charles bronson Movie "hard times" and he appears shorter than most actors in the movie, as well as eye level to Jill Ireland. Theres no way hes more than 5'7.
A-Bomb said on 15/Dec/05
Interesting I never became interested with Bronson until a week ago while watching The Dirty Dozen and saw the scene in which the dozen have to line up via height order and Bronson places himself towards the bottom. What was even more revealing was that I noticed the guy next to him who was supposedly meant to be shorter actually had maybe half an inch or more on him. It was strange because in The Great Escape without thinking too much about it I took him as a strong 5'11"er. Seriously he looks no taller than 5'7 1/2".
TJ said on 22/Oct/05
He looks only an inch or two shorter than Elvis in Kid Galahad and only around thre inches shorter than Lee Marvin in a pic of the two together. I think you were right with 5'10. That or he wore very flattering footwear.
Lmeister said on 8/Oct/05
At least I see more than one cm difference between Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner. I think that Charles stood 5'7.5'' max.
CelebHeights Editor said on 3/Oct/05
A quote from Anecdote:
"Yul Brynner was shorter," Ingrid Bergman (who was 5'9") once recalled of her co-star. "I suggested putting a little block under him. 'You think I want to play it standing on a box? I'll show the world what a big horse you are!' I never had a complex about my height after that."

Both these guys (most likely cancelling each other's cowboy boots out) in a promo shot: Brynner and Bronson
talker said on 2/Oct/05
In "Vera Cruz" Charlie looks his true height 5'7".He is probably the shortest guy in there.Borgnine is average in there about 5'11",not looking short even next to Gary Cooper.
Lmeister said on 25/Sep/05
Correction to my comment. Charles seemed more than 2 inches shorter than Telly Savalas not Ernest Borgnine. Bronson looks really short in the beginning of the Dirty Dozen during the line up scene. After that scene there is no full body shots of him...
Lmeister said on 24/Sep/05
In "the Dirty Dozen Bronson" appears shorter than Ernst Borgnine. I really do think that Charles was 5'7.5''. There is no way that he would have reached 5'10'' without boots.
CelebHeights Editor said on 19/Aug/05
From a 1996 posting on Showbiz Newsgroup: "Charles Bronson: Lives in my hometown. Countless run-ins. He'd run around town a lot if another movie star was in the area for filming, etc. and getting attention. Had a reputation for being very unfriendly. I used to participate in horse shows at his home, he's a serious equestrian, so he knows me personally. When I see him I say hello, he'll ignore me. If I see him and I don't say hello, he'll say hello. Strange man. BTW, he's a lot shorter than you'd imagine, only
about 5'7"
Mr. Klaus said on 3/Aug/05
Ernest Borgnine was 4 inches taller than Bronson in the 70s. I would say that BorgBine was 5'11, maybe 5'11 1/2, This would make Bronson between 5'7 and 5'8. The 5'10 listening is just impossible or Borgbine would be a 6'2" guy, what he didn't looked.

[Editor Rob: borgnine must have lost a fair chunk of height, but looking at more pics I agree that he was in the 5ft 10 range although 182cm would appear to too much. I've not seen the film Jubal for a long long time, so can't comment on the height difference...but bronson might well have been that short and wore outlandish lifts in some films...not sure on this bronson fella!]
John said on 24/Jul/05
According to "The Washington Post", Bronson was only ever 5'7 at his peak. I think the "5'10" listing was untrue, and should be corrected here.
talker said on 12/Jul/05
Bronson was around 5'7'',its obvious in his early movies before he became a star and studios had to make him look taller.
Danjo said on 5/Jul/05
In one early biography, he was listed as 5'7", not the 5'10" given here.

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