How tall was Charles Gray

Charles Gray's Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

English actor, best known for roles in Diamonds Are Forever, You Only Live Twice, The Devil Rides Out and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In a 1974 Spotlight directory, he listed himself "Height 6 feet 1 inch"

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Average Guess (13 Votes)
6ft 1.02in (185.5cm)
BSaint said on 10/May/20
He is slightly taller than Connery.. it’s tough to see in YOLT but much more clear in DAF in the oil rig scenes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Sep/18
Out of bed: 188cm
Before bed: 186.1cm
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jun/18
@ Rob - Thanks a bunch, Rob! 😊

πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ˆ "You horrid basket!" 😝
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jun/18
Please could you add 'The Devil Rides Out' to his credits Rob?

I suspect his eerieness in this film could well have contributed to his being chosen for playing future menacing roles.

He can have 6ft1.
Rory said on 4/Apr/18
In Bergerac he had around 3 inches on John Nettles who was about 5ft10. Aged 57 in that he looked like a guy who'd lost height to me, so a solid 186 in his prime seems reasonable to me. It's funny to think he looked fairly old in Diamonds are forever and yet the next Bond in waiting(Moore) was actually older than him.
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Oct/17
@ Rampage Clover - You're right there! There's no way that I would have disputed 6ft2 for Charles Gray either. There is something well and truly menacing about him and his burliness!
And those eyes..... Arggh!!😨
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Oct/17
6ft1 is the lowest I'd argue. I wouldn't have doubted 6ft2 if I saw it listed here
James said on 6/Oct/17
Charles Gray was 185 cm at his peak. He was about 183 cm in the 1980s.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Oct/17
186-187cm peak is arguable especially if Connery was 188-189cm
Slim 6' said on 4/Oct/17
Honestly, he would've been 6'1.25"(186 in his youth.
Heightster said on 4/Oct/17
Honest, accurate listing. A true 6' 1" man. Great character actor!
Z186 said on 2/Oct/17
Actually seems slightly taller than Connery in their barefoot scene in You Only Live Twice.... though I aways thought Connery was more 6'1.5" ...
James said on 2/Oct/17
Charles Gray was exactly 6'1" as a young man, although by the 1980s he wasn't at his peak height as the episode of "Bergerac" showed where he reprised his Hammer role.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Oct/17
😠 I think my mind was off the plot when I wrote part of that comment yesterday! Unfortunately!
Sure, you can tell that Charles is a tall and burly specimen, but NOT because you see the two leading actors (Christopher Lee and Gray) standing together! That bit determines his height is on the tall side, but you don't need to compare the two to see that Gray was well made! That was stark staring obvious!
Where was my head?
Sorry about that roundabout way of looking at things! 😞😜
It was utter nonsense!
Jug said on 30/Sep/17
I thought Gray looked a little taller than Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice. They looked about the same height in Diamonds Are Forever. In an episode of Danger Man, Gray looked about the same height as Patrick McGoohan, possibly slightly taller. In The Night of the Generals, Gray looked about two inches shorter than Peter O'Toole. Later in life, in an episode of Sherlock Holmes, he looked about the same height as Jeremy Brett, with Brett edging him out a tad.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/17
I think anywhere from 6ft1-1Β½ is arguable for this guy and he even pulled off 6ft2 at times. Definitely no less than this listing...
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Sep/17
Hooray! Charles Grey, creepy crook extraordinnaire, has a page on Celebheights at last! I'd looked him up before and was quite surprised that he wasn't there!
I remember him best for his devillish character in 'The Devil Rides Out'. His piercing, hypnotic blue eyes sent shivers down my spine as he practiced his evil in whatever form he felt was necessary, to corrupt the two naive young people to succomb to his powers of Satanism.
That film, which I saw when I was very young, scared me more than most, and was still having an effect on me years later. I loved Christopher Lee in it though for saving everybody in the end, including an innocent child. It was my favourite Christopher Lee part, but it left me with a lifelong dread of Charles Gray!
Even though Christopher was significantly taller, of course, with his 6ft4.5-5, one could still tell that Charles was a tall and burly specimen in that film because firstly, you don't see the two actors standing together apart from when they turn up at the beginning looking for a young and vulnerable man, played by Patrick Mower, at an icy cold get-together containing the 13 Devil worshippers needed to complete the coven. Secondly, there are other people at the gathering, and they look a whole lot shorter than he does! Scary stuff it certainly is, but if you can take your mind off the plot for a minute and compare the two leading actors, you will notice that 6ft1 is definitely a good call for Charles Gray. I'm lucky in that I own a copy of this film (part of my Christopher Lee accumulation!), so I have had the opportunity to pause the film in the appropriate parts!
I have also seen Gray in a film called 'The Legacy', another chiller, and starring 5ft3 Katherine Ross and 5ft5 Roger Daltrey. Gray, of course, towers over them! Then I saw Mr Gray sitting on a Parliamentary bench in one of my historic favourites, possibly about Sir Thomas Moore, and finally who can forget his excellent rendition of 'Blofelt', the fluffy white cat-owning crook, playing opposite Sean Connery's James Bond?
That's quite a meaty career to have had, and if I should come across any more of his films, I'm sure they will thill me every bit as much as the ones I've seen so far. Although
I have only seen him exert his nasty side, I'd like to believe that Charles Gray is really a good old fashioned English gentleman!
I'm going along with 6ft1 after a fair amount of analyses, complete with height comparisons.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/17
Harris could vary next to Connery. Sometimes 2in shorter other times almost the same. This guy had better posture. I wouldn't have disputed 6ft2 either.

Rob, maybe 186cm?
Editor Rob: During that era there are many actors who gave specific fractions in Spotlight, but I never seen Charles giving it, although I suppose some actors who are a fraction over 6ft 1 won't bother with the fraction.
movieguy said on 30/Sep/17
I always thought this guy was listed as 6'2'' everywhere and looked it. However if he says himself he is 6'1'' them must be right I guess. Seem to recall him being same height as Connery in Diamonds.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/17
Rob, was he really shorter than Connery?

I thought they looked close in Diamonds and You Only Live Twice...
Editor Rob: he wasn't much smaller really, I'd have said he held up better than someone like Richard Harris did against Sean in Molly Maguires.

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