How tall was Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee's Height

6ft 4 ½ (194.3 cm)

British actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Oblong Box, The Devil Rides Out, The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Three Musketeers and film franchise such as the Dracula movies by Hammer Studios, The Lord of the Rings, and the Star Wars prequels. In his early entries in the Spotlight Casting directory he was listed as standing 6ft 3 before changing to 6ft 4. He once told Cinescape magazine - on filming Sleepy Hollow - "They're not going to have me in the same scene standing up. I'm 6'4!, and they are 5' 6' or something like that; they're just not going to have it. I don't blame them". In his book Tall, Dark and Gruesome he says "Dr No at 6ft 6 tops me by a couple of inches." I saw him up close in October 2006 and thought he looked nearly 6ft 3.

How tall is Christopher Lee
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I rose on the legs of a Heron and by the time I was 17 years old I was six foot four inches tall. Whatever fortune tellers and people who give instruction in waltzing may say, there are quite a number of disadvantages to being tall, especially in Britain.
I'm six-foot-four...The first 10 years of my career between 1947 and 1957, I was always being told here in Britain, not in the States - that's why I rather wish I'd been born an American and had become an American actor because my size, either too tall or too short, would've been immaterial - I was told over here I was much too tall for the average British leading man, therefore out of the question that I would be in any kind of film with any of these people because people's eyes inevitably gravitate to something that's either taller or shorter or fatter or thinner or whatever. And so rather than being discouraged by this, which I thought was nonsense anyway - and indeed, in a sense, it is - I was all the more determined that during those 10 years before I got my first break, I would learn everything I possibly could about my craft.

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Average Guess (130 Votes)
6ft 4.77in (195cm)
Ian555 said on 26/Jun/20
Rob a lot of people seem to think the late Christopher Lee was 6โ€™ 5โ€, why donโ€™t you list him at that tall?
Editor Rob
I'm not convinced he was a full 6ft 5 from all I've seen over the years.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jun/20
It must have proved extremely difficult to find actors tall enough to play convincing sons of Christopher Lee.

Tonight I watched a film on the Horror Channel called 'The Heavy', and his two sons were played by the 6ft1-2 Gary Stretch and 6ft Adrian Paul. I couldn't help but notice that not once did he stand up with them! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚

The film was released in 2010, but I believe it was made the year before, so Christopher will have been 86-87 at the time.

Was it any good? Well, I'm buying a copy! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ

6ft5. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/May/20
โญ Sorry! That should have been the 7th of June, 2015, the sad date when Sir Christopher passed on.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/May/20
The great Christopher Lee was born 98 years ago today. He led the fullest of lives, no one can say otherwise.

On the day he passed on, I was in a haze, and that lasted for days.

RIP Christopher ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ XXX

Christopher Lee
27/5/22 - 7/5/15
OriginalAnon said on 17/May/20
I would be surprised if a prime Christopher Lee wasn't 196cm out of bed.
Nearly 180cm guy said on 4/May/20
Returning to his peak height, I wouldn't go with a full 6ft 5 or 6ft 4.25 but 6ft 4.75 may be the best option. Here are two other photos of Lee with Samuel, Hayden and Lucas from 2002 when Lee was around 6ft 3: Click Here Click Here
Although I still believe in 6ft 2.25 for Samuel, let's forget about him for a moment. Here is a photo of Lee next to Jane Curtin and Gilda Radner from 1978 where Lee seems huge: Click Here
And here Lee with Vincent Price on several photos from 1969: Click Here Click Here Click Here
Then in 1974 Lee met Vincent again and too he looked a lot taller than him: Click Here
Here is another video with Lee from 1974 where he looked over 5 inches taller than Peter Cushing: Click Here
Here are his photos next to Britt Ekland from 1974: Click Here Click Here
Unfortunately I didn't find his shoes but here are her heels: Click Here
Here is his other photo next to Herve Villechaize and Britt Ekland from 1974: Click Here
Here you can see Britt's heels and Herve's shoes a little better: Click Here
Lee in the 60's and 70's could really look 195 cm tall. Rob, I hope 6ft 4.75 is still not rule out for him.
Willis Christian Macaraig said on 27/Apr/20
He is 194 cm without shoes.
Willis Christian Macaraig said on 27/Apr/20
6'4.5" sounds right.
Mimi said on 12/Apr/20
Rob how tall do you think he was when he died at age 93? Around 6ft2?
Editor Rob
Yeah near 6ft 2 is likely by that age.
berta said on 11/Apr/20
he looked atleast this height. i think he could have been closer to 195 cm
Tall In The Saddle said on 29/Mar/20
I'm about to start in on the series ONE STEP BEYOND 1959-1961, full episodes freely available on YOUTUBE. I don't know if others are aware of or remember this series.

Sort of the lesser known, less heralded older sibling to THE TWIGHLIGHT ZONE. It actually debuted 9 months earlier than TTZ. I sort of remember the name but TTZ and The Outer Limits stand out more in my memory. A number of established and up and coming stars appear such as Joan Fontaine, Warren Beatty, William Shatner etc. It's different to TTZ in that the paranormal, supernatural stories are claimed to be based on stories reported as fact.

Anyway, cutting to the chase, none other than Christopher Lee appeared in a 1961 Episode called THE SORCEROR. Luckily with this one, the print is better than some of the other episode uploads.

If you haven't seen it and ENJOY! Click Here

Haven't watched it myself yet so I can't say if there is anyone of consequence to compare Lee's height against.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Mar/20
@ Arch Stanton - I thought you might, seeming as you're so interested in old films. When I first came here, I thought you were considerably older than you are because of your taste in films and your extensive knowledge of their stars. When I'd see an old name, I'd say, "I bet that was one of Arch's!"

I was nearly always right! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

Cheers Arch! XX ๐Ÿ˜
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/20
Yeah, I watch that early every morning Sandy!! Channel 81!! Run by legit film buffs too, a daughter following in her father's footsteps I believe. I love catching those 40s and 50s British films. Online you can get a lot of the American ones, but a lot of those British oldies are rare online. The adverts are incredibly patronising though, they assume everybody watching is about 88!
Tall Sam said on 3/Mar/20
Unfortunately I don't have a ton of time to watch the movies, but at a glance I would say 1.25-1.5 advantage for Lee over Sutherland seems likely. Back in the Dirty Dozen, I thought Clint Walker made Sutherland look scarcely over 6'3" a lot, but I think Sutherland had fairly poor posture as usual.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Mar/20
@ Arch Stanton - Thanks very much, Arch! I was wondering recently if you have noticed the fairly new channel 'Talking Pictures'. It is filled with old movies from yesteryear, the sort of films which enthusiasts such as yourself would love! I found Christopher Lee on one only the other night, called 'Scars of Dracula', and starring a well-spoken Dennis Waterman and Patrick Troughton.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Feb/20
@ Tall Sam - That was easy to find, I must say! The other two films which starred Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland together were the 1964 film, 'Castle of the Living Dead' and from 1979, 'Bear Island', based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Feb/20
@ Tall Sam - I'm glad I checked out Christopher Lee's page to find your reply, so thanks for taking the trouble. I must now find out the names of the other two films starring both Lee and Sutherland.

I can only, off hand, think of 'Doctor Terror's House of Horrors', which also stars Peter Cushing as Doctor Terror. It's about a train carriage full of gentlemen, who have their fortunes told by a rather sinisterly dressed Peter Cushing, who owns a pack of Tarot cards. The tales are all acted out for us, the audience, making for great entertainment. The special effects are in many cases so outdated that they look somewhat funny, especially the Donald Sutherland vampire tale, but they're immensely enjoyable nonetheless. For a film from the mid-Sixties, it's endured the test of time pretty well! When the gents get off the train, it is then that you can see their heights. The late Roy Castle, who I believe was 5ft8, and famous DJ Alan Freeman, are among an interesting cast.

Have a great weekend, Tall Sam! ๐Ÿ˜ XX
Arch Stanton said on 29/Feb/20
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Sep/19
On Saturday night, Film Four showed the uncut version of 'The Wicker Man' and I decided to buy it because it comes as part of a 4-disc boxset, complete with an interview with the late, great Christopher Lee. (I have the normal version).

Exceptional taste, that's up there with the best British films of all time!
Tall In The Saddle said on 29/Feb/20
@Tall Sam
Pretty sure you can view all 3 of those movies on YouTube. I recollect a reasonable number of scenes of them together to allow for an averaged out comparison. Just IMO Lee appears at least more than 1โ€ taller and very arguable for a 1.5โ€ max. advantage.
Tall Sam said on 27/Feb/20
I didn't realize that Lee ever co-starred with Donald Sutherland but upon research did so 3 times apparently, not exactly surprisingly since (despite appearing in some great films and always being eminently watchable) they were both in for quantity over quality a lot of the time. There's only 2 stills I could find of them, and unfortunately you can say Sutherland is standing much closer to the camera in one (giving Lee a disadvantage) and the other Lee is closer and Sutherland is slouching.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Feb/20
@ Tall in The Saddle and Ian C - The first picture says it all! No way was the Mad Monk 6ft4, and the belief that he might have been stems from the fact that Christopher Lee played him so convincingly.

@ Tall Sam - I caught the end of the film 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' the other evening, a film from 1965 which I know very well. Christopher Lee was noticeably taller than the 6ft3.5 Donald Sutherland when all the men got off the train, definitely more than one stingy inch! Lee could even have been 6ft5 back then!

Cheers guys! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Tall Sam said on 24/Feb/20
I'd agree with Sandy Cowell, I think Lee was really quite close to 6'5", 6'4.75" is the best fit for his mid-day peak. A quarter inch is hard to prove but the guy IMO would comfortably edge anyone in the 6'4" flat range even at the age where a lot of men started to shrink.
Tall In The Saddle said on 23/Feb/20
@Ian C and Sandy

Interesting sideline on Lee as Rasputin. Years ago I saw a stage production of Rasputin and they cast a very tall, easy 6'4", actor in the lead role. It seems that height has long been synonymous with the historical figure. Online bios claim "documented" testimonies to 6'4" by people who met or saw the Mad Monk. I've never read the actual testimonies.
However, I've also never read written arguments against the well circulated height of 6'4" until Ian's post citing the book Nicholas and Alexandra. Ian is well read. Until now I only saw photos for myself which indicated that Rasputin was somewhat below 6'4" but perhaps a bit tall for his time.
Thanks to the wonder of the internet, I chased up some of those photos I recalled.
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It is also handy to reach out to contemporary newspaper articles which might contain early truths that have since been exaggerated. The following linked 1914 article describes the still living Rasputin as a man of medium height, as Ian suggested,
Click Here
I'll defer to the team and ask, is there enough evidence to say Myth busted? Also, a shout out to Boney M. and "Ra ra Rasputin...โ€ฆ..". Busted some moves to that song back in the day.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Feb/20
Hey, Ian C! I was just roving over to the great Christopher Lee's page to express how pleased I was to wake up the other morning to his voice on my TV in my favourite of his films, 'The Devil Rides Out', in which he plays a good and knowledgeable nobleman, when I came across your thoroughly entertaining comment about the Mad Monk, Grigori Rasputin.

I hadn't really thought about whether or not he was good-looking, to be quite honest. I did think, however, that he was fearsome to look at. Sir Christopher certainly was a handsome specimen, but I think his portrayal of Rasputin suggested that the monk was ugly inside, and that's what matters more than anything, one's character often coming over in one's face. His chilling performance, which I saw when I was in my teens, left me with the impression that he was cruel and rough, and definitely someone to be feared, but I did think that he was kind of on the tall side, yes! Coupled with the information doled out by many a history book, one is left thinking that he was tall, and this is hammered home by Lee's very convincing performance of him, which I have reason to believe is going to be shown on the Horror Channel in the near future.

I'm always interested in the way facts are presented, and for dramatic effect, a tall, more powerful Rasputin is likely to draw in more money to the box offices. On the day I found out that it was his birthday, I was shocked that he was an Aquarian, because they're meant to be the humanitarians of the Zodiac, and humanitarian is the last word I'd use to describe Rasputin! That he allowed for himself to be depicted either alone or with some malnourished, small peasant woman does indeed suggest that he wanted to be taller, and might even have been hung up about his height, lashing out in ways that his level of power permitted back then, but it wasn't even that long ago! He can thank his lucky stars that the paparazzi hadn't been around those days because there wouldn't have been anything he could have squirrelled away from them in the height department!

Cheers Ian and thanks for your interesting comment! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ Sandy XX

Sir Christopher Lee gets 6ft4.75.
Dream said on 12/Feb/20
Truthfully, I think he could've been at least 6'4.75", before World War 2. He actually got critically injured, from live bombs, maybe, during World War 2. He was really active and War starves many soldiers out.

Keep in mind, he started his acting career, after World War 2.
Ian C. said on 6/Feb/20
Actually, Sandy, Rasputin's height is debatable. At least one account (the well-researched book Nicholas and Alexandra) says that he was a man of average height. It is possible that the claim that Rasputin was six foot four is based on the rather strange belief that Christopher Lee actually looked like the real Rasputin. (Who was not a handsome man.)

Most photos of Rasputin are of him alone, with no one else in the picture for comparison. There is a picture of Rasputin with a Russian peasant woman, and he towers over her. Of course, she might have been just a very short woman.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jan/20
I saw a film about 'The Mad Monk', Grigori Rasputin, when I was still in my teens. Today I found out that Rasputin was born 151 years ago today, so I checked out his height. He was all of 6ft4, so it's entirely justified that Sir Christopher Lee should have played him.

The film showed the Politician at his most violent - and I was quite disgusted! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

The late, great Christopher gets 6ft4.5.
movieguy12 said on 19/Jan/20
I read that Lee was told he was too tall and dark to play an Englishman when he starting out as an actor. I suppose in acting if you don't look the part you don't get the part. Fairly or not looks are very important in acting. He made it work though and his distinctive looks became an advantage.
Matt6'5'' said on 9/Jan/20
Editor Rob,

Who would you say was teller at their peaks, Christopher Lee or Liam Neeson, and how much would you put between them?
Editor Rob
I would still give Lee a slightly taller peak than Liam, however Liam could be a 6ft 4 and 1/8th as he seemed to indicate he measured a little bit over it in his prime.
Ian C. said on 29/Dec/19
You are a generous man, Rob, in that you often tend to give people the benefit of the doubt when they make questionable claims. If Lee was tall in an era when people were shorter than they are today, this would have made his height even more of an advantage. I once stayed for two weeks in a rural village in Mexico. The people in the village were all short, and few of them had ever seen a movie or a tv show, so most of them had never seen anyone as tall as I was. And all I got from those people was admiration.

What I think Lee was doing in complaining about his height was trying to mitigate other people's resentment of the privileges his height afforded him. It's like beautiful women again. They know that they get serious privileges as a result of their looks, and they know that this isn't strictly fair, and they expect plain people to resent them for it. So they to try on that story that beauty can have disadvantages. (Which, to tell the truth, it really does, because they have to develop graceful strategies for rejecting platoons of unworthy suitors.)
Ian C. said on 29/Dec/19
I tell you, Rob, that none of Lee's complaints about being tall are borne out in my own experience. I have never been in the driver's seat of even a small car and been unable to comfortably operate its controls, as long as the seat was all the way back. I can sit normally in a movie theatre without bumping my knees on the seat in front. I have never bumped my head on the top of a doorway. I sleep in a bed that is a two feet longer than I am. I do have to have pant legs lengthened by a tailor, but that's about it.

And sure, I get a lot of You Are Tall comments from people on first meeting, but that's a good thing. It's not as if they're insulting you. (The same people would never dream of mentioning the height of a short man on first meeting, because that would be quite rude.)

Six foot four is for me a lovely height. You're tall enough to stand out (which I have always thought of as a good thing), but you're not over the line into freak territory, which starts at about six foot six.

I have never had a tall man say to me, I wish I wasn't so tall. It would never occur to me to say that. Lee is the only tall man I have ever heard of who wasn't actually a giant (like, say, Richard Kiel) who complained about his height. In his case, this was absurd. He got his big break in Hammer horror movies in roles that required a tall actor. Frankly, I think the guy was being fake-humble, like those insufferable women who complain that they feel handicapped by physical beauty.
Editor Rob
You have to remember Lee at 6ft 4.5 in the 1950's and 60's is the equivalent of being 6ft 6.5 range in the UK today.
Ian C. said on 28/Dec/19
Lee said, "there are quite a few disadvantages to being tall, especially in Britain?" Really? There are none here in Canada, pal. I'm six foot four myself, and I have never known so much as a split second's regret about it. I would describe my attitude about my height as "smug."
Editor Rob
The rest of what he was talking about:
"Cars are made to be steered by pygmies. The only buildings with doorways of sufficient clearance for men of my stature are cathedrals. The normal sizes of cricket bats and golf clubs look like conductors' wands in my hands...Trousers and shirts for the tall man have to be made privately. He is obliged to sit in the back row of the cinema...Long before he had done anything to justify his being the cynosure of all eyes, he is conspicuous in any gathering as soon as he enters the room. In most strange beds he will find himself obliged to sleep diagonally. Waggish strangers feel free to address him as 'Lofty' or 'Tiny' before they ever learn his real name. I went through my school days in a constant state of embarrassment that I could never be overlooked."
Ian C. said on 17/Dec/19
Christopher Lee actually may have killed people at close quarters during World War II. He was some kind of secret agent, I think. Handy for subtext if you're going to play an undead serial killer.

Dracula in the book is described as tall, so Lee had that going for him. The book Dracula has a moustache, which none of the movie Draculas ever did.
Tall Sam said on 5/Dec/19
@Alex Katch, interesting idea, maybe deserving of its own celebheights page, as I think Dracula rivals Sherlock Holmes as the most widely represented character on film (I could be off).

In terms of Max Schreck, his height was a bit a mystery wasn't it? You'd guess based on his frame that he was taller than average (in Germany in the 1920s). He fairly towers over Gustav von Wangenheim who plays the Jonathan Harker-type character but doesn't stand next to others much in that film. On the other hand, people generally averaged shorter back then and I'm not sure he was nearly as big as his director, F.W. Murnau, who was 6'4".
Alex Katch said on 3/Dec/19
Count Dracula

6' 5" Andrew Bryniarski
6' 4ยฝ" Christopher Lee
6' 4ยฝ" Claes Bang
6' 3ยฝ" Duncan Regehr
6' 3ยผ" Jack Palance
6' 3" Max Schreck
6' 3" Frank Langella
6' 3" Patrick Bergin
6' 2ยผ" Morgan Freeman
6' 2" Stephen Billington
6' 1ยฝ" Lon Chaney Jr.
6' 1ยฝ" Ronn Moss
6' 1ยผ" Gerard Butler
6' 1" Bela Lugosi
6' 1" George Hamilton
6' 1" Leslie Nielsen
6' 0ยฝ" Dominic Purcell
6' 0" John Carradine
6' 0" Al Lewis
5' 11" Louis Jourdan
5' 8ยฝ" Gary Oldman
5' 8" Klaus Kinski
Mrs. P said on 2/Dec/19
A bit off topic, maybe, but I am curious as to the height of Lady Lee. Having read โ€œTall, Dark and Gruesomeโ€, Sir Lee comments on his height with regards to dancing โ€” (paraphrased) most dancing partners found their nose facing his chest. My apologies, I mean no disrespect for the Lees. I adored him, and Lady Lee is an icon.
Mon said on 22/Nov/19
Spot on. Watched an in depth interview in eighties on daytime tv (there was a different British actor reminiscing each episode) in which he said that is how tall he was. Also said when he started acting there was no English actor over 6'2'' and it was difficult to get work because of his height, so the early self downgrade was likely for purely career reasons.
Nearly 180cm guy said on 19/Nov/19
I wonder how fast Lee lost his height. Rob, I can believe that, as you said when he met you, he was almost 6'3" because in 2005 he looked good 6 inches taller than Ian McDiarmid who was probably 5'8.75" at that time: Click Here
For comparison, I found two photos of Lee next to Johnny Depp, the first is from 2006: Click Here
The second photo is from 2010 and the difference in height between them looks much smaller: Click Here
I believe that in 2005-6 Lee was probably 6'2.75 "and at the time of meeting James Woods in 1998 he could have 6'3.25" and at the age of 80 in 2002 he still had a full 6'3". I also found more photos of Lee along with Samuel L Jackson, Hayden and Lucas from 2002: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
You can also look at the videos: Click Here Click Here Click Here
It is strange that in one photo the difference between Lee and Samuel looks large: Click Here
On the other photo, the difference between them looks small again: Click Here
The sidewalk can actually play tricks, but keep in mind that Lee had thicker shoes than Samuel so I still see 6'2.25" as a better option for Samuel's peak height. Rob, your thoughts?
Editor Rob
6ft 2 or 2.25 is what I could see for Samuel, though as I've mentioned in the past to you, I am not certain whether 2.25 is a better figure...it's up in the air!
Caldoni said on 10/Nov/19
A bit taller than Price. Legit tall guy
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Oct/19
The film that scared me more as a youngster than any other, 'The Devil Rides Out', is on tonight on the Horror Channel at 6.55 and repeated at 11am tomorrow morning. In my youth, they wouldn't have shown it until very late! It is my favourite Christopher Lee film because he plays a nobleman who has studied the dark arts well enough to know NOT to mess with them. He plays his part so well, and is knowledgeable and beautifully spoken, which he was anyway!

I often think that this film is semi auto biographical of author Dennis Wheatley, who had himself studied the occult and would only sell his fact-based books with a safety emulet. I read all about him when I was 15. He died a year later.

I look forward to seeing Christopher (again!) in tonight's film. He was 45/46 at the making of it, in 1968, according to my TV magazine, though I used to think it had been made earlier, so I will double check this fact. Whether it was 1967 or 1968, Sir Christopher Lee will have surely been at his peak height.

He can have 6ft5. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Oct/19
I just read on Sean Connery's page a very interesting comment by Ian C, stating that Sir Christopher Lee was considered too tall at his 6ft4 - 6ft5/5 to play James Bond himself. I thought that a little on the odd side as regards the decision makers, since Sean is 6ft2 and Daniel Craig only just tops 5ft10, making a by no means insignificant 3 and 3 quarter inch difference between the two actors. Well, there is a 2 and-a-half inch difference between Christopher and Sean, so why should Christopher's height have been responsible for losing him the part.

I know that this sort of thing is rife in the film world, but Bond, not unlike the actors chosen to play Dr Who, should be able to be any height! Perhaps they thought that Christopher would excel as a super villain instead, which he did, and an excellent job he did at that!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Sep/19
On Saturday night, Film Four showed the uncut version of 'The Wicker Man' and I decided to buy it because it comes as part of a 4-disc boxset, complete with an interview with the late, great Christopher Lee. (I have the normal version).

I did notice that there were some additional shocking touches to the final cut. The boxset arrived today and I can see before me that the actual Director's Cut is all of 15 minutes longer than the Theatrical version. The one shown by Film Four was the Final Cut - I think!

Considered by some to be one of the scariest horror scenes of all time in a very entertaining programme I once saw back in the 90s, I watched as the bewigged Lord Summerisle (Lee) danced, arms flailing, as he led the procession of dressed-up pagans, each representing something of relevance, to the destination where they were to perform the ritual sacrifice of poor Edward Woodward, who was burnt alive with a collection of animals, many of them baby ones, who screamed pitifully as the revolting huge Wicker Man was burnt. Edward, who played Sergeant Howie, was praying out loud all the time to God and Jesus. My brother noticed tears running down my face as he asked God 'not to forget him.'

Christopher Lee stood out as the tallest cast member by far. The film was made in 1973, making the actor 50 or 51 at the time, so doubtless at his full height.

I read he was 6ft5 peak but will have been a bit less at bedtime and a bit more fresh out of bed.

I have decided on 6ft4.75 for this talented legend of an actor and War hero ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ–๏ธ
Tall In The Saddle said on 31/Aug/19
If not exactly 6'5" Lee was very close - in a couple of movies with Donald Sutherland he was easily taller by 1" and held up to a reasonably estimated 1.5" advantage. Here's a quick visual grab
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Lee also held 1" advantage over Vincent Price on THIS IS YOUR LIFE. Sutherland was always taller than Eastwood. IMO Lee would've appeared 1.5" taller than Eastwood if they stood together. I would've thought maybe there would be a pic of iconic Brits Cleese and Lee together at peak - in the 60s/70s - no such luck finding any so far.
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 11/Aug/19
This particular actor from Hobbit definitely has longest legs that I've ever seen just like Importer said. May be super duper long legs with bit shorter torsos... Well, I am actually Fat dude with longer legs than other fat men with bit shorter torso like similar body proportion with him.. 6ft 4 is the best guessed height for him at least!!!
Ian C. said on 21/Jul/19
While I do think that Lee was taller than Clint Eastwood (but by less than an inch), Lee seems so much taller because he is quite thin, and has a smaller head. The young Christopher Lee can be seen wearing a sleeveless shirt in the movie The Battle of the River Plate. He has sticks for arms, and narrow shoulders. You couldn't cast him as a boxer, like the one Eastwood played in those movies with the Orangutan.

Eastwood is quite a bit heavier (and liked to lift weights), and has a head the size of a packing crate.
Importer said on 18/Jul/19
RIP. The longest legs I have ever seen.
Tall Sam said on 16/Jul/19
It'd be hard to determine a mere cm difference. I think he and I are similar looking heights, evening I'd say 6'4.5" is typical and near his lowest peak height, mid-day more 6'4.75".
Dan Dadley said on 14/Jul/19
The intensity that contributors put into arguing over a quarter of an inch on someone the have only seen in films makes me laugh!
David duFresne said on 9/Jul/19
Feels like the site is getting too stingy with the heights. I've known several guys who were 6'4 flat. It's not a common height, but it isn't an unusual height either, if that makes sense. Lee wouldn't have stuck out the way he did unless he was 6'5 or so. Where I'm from only women make a big deal if a guy is that height, although people may refer to him as "the big guy". 6'6 is a totally different universe though. You almost never see guys that height and they will start to get stared at. 6'5 is a nice height I think. Most people will acknowledge it, but not stare at a guy that height. Lee was clearly tall in a way that 6'4 actors like Eastwood and Price weren't. I've measured 5'8, but I still claim 5'7 flat as I only measure that tall if it is a morning doctor's appointment. Apparently so many people lie that a number of people have insisted I'm 5'9 or something and since I don't like arguing about nonsense I'll just say that I haven't measured myself in a long time and it is possible. Who knows why Lee said 6'4, but if that is all he really was than a lot of actors need to move down an inch on here and it would mess everything up.
Dream said on 24/Jun/19
I'm beginning to believe that Sir Lee may have been a quarter inch taller, prior to World War 2.
Dream said on 12/Jun/19
Peter Snow would definitely be taller than Christopher Lee, but 195 cm is arguable for Sir Lee.
Ian C. said on 31/May/19
Another tall guy with a deep voice. (Also, a reasonably competent singer.) I wonder if there really is a correlation between height and depth of voice. There are probably too many exceptions to say for sure.

On that theme, I wonder how tall Thurl Ravenscroft was. Ravenscroft was the voice of Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant, and the singer of the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the How theGrinch Who Stole Christmas cartoon. He sounds as if he should be six foot six.
Alex R said on 16/May/19
This guy is very, very tall.
George Kaufman said on 23/Apr/19
6'4.75 peak, 6'2.5 at time of death.
'Annonymous' said on 20/Apr/19
I think something is wrong with Lee's pictures next to Samuel L. Jackson from 2002. Just look at this picture: Click Here
It seems that Lee had a lot of thicker shoes than Samuel, except that in this photo Samuel is bent backwards while Lee stands tall with good posture. In other photos of Lee and Samuel, Hayden and George Lucas are also standing next to them: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
Hayden, like Samuel, had less footwear than Lee and Lucas had already worn big high heels. In these pictures, Hayden may look just a little shorter than Samuel, but his hair definitely helps him to look taller than he is really. It's true that in these pictures Lee looks much taller than Samuel (although Lee has thicker shoes) but there is something that makes me doubt, look on this photo: Click Here
In this picture, Lee looks barely taller than Samuel and Hayden, it's weird. Another strange thing is this photo: Click Here
In this picture, Lee again is barely taller than Samuel, except that Samuel looks here at least two inches taller than Hayden despite Hayden's hair. Perhaps camera angles can sometimes increase or decrease the height differences between several people. Rob, I have two important questions:
1. What do you think about these photos?
2. How important is the camera angle if we want to compare the height of several people?
Editor Rob
It is a pavement/sidewalk from the looks of it, so not impossible one side benefits a little, plus it might be not much (1/4 to 1/3rd) but samuel/hayden could have less footwear. Sam's heel looks small.
berta said on 19/Apr/19
I think he could have been the full 6 foot 5. How tall do we believe samuel l jackson was back in 2002 when Lee edged him out with 2 inches at around 80 years of age? If lee was194 peak and down to 191 at that time, then Samuel was not a mm over 185, if we go by the photos of them together. I think 6 foot 5 peak. and 192,5 during star wars. Then couple years later when rob meet him, down to 191.
Angus said on 30/Mar/19
He was 6'5"
Matt6'5 said on 29/Mar/19
Two questions Height Master Rob:

1) Are you convinced that in their physical primes, John Cleese would measure taller than Sir Christopher ?

2) At age 80 Mr.Cleese is currently sitting at 6โ€™ โ€œ3.5. Here is a picture of Christopher Lee at a Star Wars premier circa 2002 (note Samuel L. Jackson next to him) where he wouldโ€™ve been 78-80 yrs old. How tall would you put Sir Christopher there, and who would you say held their height better/longer?

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Editor Rob
Lee could still look near 6ft 4 in that photo, but in person 4 years later I just don't think he was over 6ft 3....but then Cleese nowadays can look not that much over 6ft 3 either, but probably still measures 6ft 3.5 range.
Dream said on 23/Mar/19
Because Sir Lee was extremely active in World War 2, Iโ€™m beginning to wonder if he was a quarter-inch taller than 6โ€™4.5โ€ before World War 2.
'Annonymous' said on 17/Mar/19
Rob, I think you should once again consider the number 6'4.75" for Lee. In the 40s he started his career and was rarely seen, but in the 50s, 60s and 70s Lee could really look close to 6'5". The fact that at the moment you met with you he was at least 6'2.5" and in the late 90s he was still 6'3". I think that in the 80s and 90s Lee lost a large part of his height. Please take a look at this photo from 1966 where Lee is next to Catherine Deneuve, Raquel Welch, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Dirk Bogarde, Julie Christie and Bill Travers, he looked like a giant:
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Lee really looked at least a footer taller than Woody Allen. Here's another group photo from 1979 where Lee is next to Anthony Quinn, Patricia Neal, James Mason and Kay Lenz:
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Besides, you could see Lee next to Herve Villechaise, Roger Moore and Britt Ekland, Herve definitely looked no more than 3'10" next to Lee even if Lee was close to 6'5" and the difference between Lee and Moore looked at least like three and a half inches. Please look at these photos:
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I think Moore as 186 cm is ok but Lee really could be a 195 cm guy. Rob, maybe 6'4.75" would be more reasonable?
Editor Rob
I'm still ok with 6ft 4.5, Lee himself didn't really go over 6ft 4 with his claim, though I think most folk estimate he looked taller than that. 6ft 5 I feel is just too much, though of course 6ft 4.75 isn't ruled out entirely.
movieguy12 said on 16/Mar/19
Lee was either 6'4'' or 6'5'' or somewhere in between. It appears that he gave both heights for himself on different occasions. His height was originally a problem when he tried to break into acting as he was told he was too tall. Also he was told he was too dark and foreign looking to play Englishmen. At this time I suppose there was a very stereotyped view of what an actor should look like. Thankfully he proved the doubters wrong and entertained the public with many wonderful performances. I'd consider him to be one of the greats of cinema. The Hammer films were sometimes considered trashy by critics but were very respected by many of the great American directors of the 1970s in my understanding. I think that people who make movies are usually better judges of what makes a good movie than people who write about them.
Mister lennon said on 12/Mar/19
Lee at 6'1 or 6'2 is ridiculous and absurd. He was a strong 6'4 minimun. And probably a flat or solid 6'5.
Mister lennon said on 12/Mar/19
Lee at 6'1 or 6'2 is ridiculous and absurd. He was a strong 6'4 minimun. And probably a flat or solid 6'5.
Strahinja_1,94m said on 9/Mar/19
Here is the picture of Christopher Lee and Serbian actor Branko Djuric who is legit 1,88m or 6'2. I marked that actor, he is all the way to the left.

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This photo clearly shows that Christopher Lee was not even 6'2. I would say he was around 1,87m on a very good day, otherwise around 1,86m in his older days...and when it comes to his peak height, I think he probably was never over 1,90m (6'3)....based on this photo :)

By the way, this photo was taken somewhere in 2008.
Rising174cm said on 14/Feb/19
6'4.5" is believable for his peak. Probably more 6'4" flat by the time of this interview if Wogan was 6'0": Click Here Of course, Christopher was 62, almost 63 so it lends some credence to a peak above 6'4". Not that height in any way makes a man, but it is fitting that such an impressive man would also be 6'4"+, especially with the baritone he had.
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Jan/19
@ Banaanas - Christopher Lee was famous for being extremely tall. I once was watched a programme on him entitled, 'Tall, Dark and Gruesome', hailing back to the nineties, when he was still very much alive, and it was only the then that I realised he was so tall!

I don't think the 'Lord of the Rings' is a good film trilogy in which to judge people's heights anyway! Just ask Peter Jackson why!
Banaanas said on 3/Jan/19
Are you kidding me? I thought he and Ian McKellen were about the same high
Sandy Cowell said on 19/Dec/18
@ Tall In The Saddle - I remember when I first saw 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'; I was 13 years of age and every Wednesday evening, they showed a particularly scary film, including 'Village of the Damned', 'The Time Machine' and others on that sort of level of scariness. It was the highlight of my week, and I enjoyed them all immensely. I was lucky that I wasn't bogged down with too much homework on Wednesday evenings, and even if I had done, I'd have probably done it hiding in the corner of the classroom under the desk, in break time, which I did in secret in emergencies. That's when being small came in VERY handy!
Sandy Cowell said on 19/Dec/18
@ Tall In The Saddle - I am intending to buy a whole new player in the New Year, which plays all regions. It doesn't cost the Earth - I'll probably have change out of ยฃ30! Thanks for the advice - I do have a growing collection of DVD's which I bought online and cannot play.

I popped back to tell you that I 'won' the auction, and now I'll be able to watch 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' for the first time in many years, complete with Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy and who knows who else, for I know it is a film rich with stars! The last time I saw it, I wasn't anywhere nearly as interested in celebs as I am now....

Cheers, Tall In The Saddle! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Tall In The Saddle said on 17/Dec/18
@Sandy - yes a fan off horror/sci fi (including good old Hammer Horrors) but I only became aware of those two movies via your post.

I like a good scare but the more you have seen the less likely you'll get the fright you're looking for - at least for me. One movie that scared the e out of me when very young was THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN 1957. The title suggests your typical dodgy B-grade movie but it is actually several notches above - and it is somewhat topical to mention on a height related site - Lol.

Btw, IF it's just a normal DVD player you have and associated DVD disc you're after - you might be able to obtain a code online that is input via your remote to make your player multi region - that would open you up to ordering whatever region is available. However, I don't think you can do same if it's in respect of Blu Ray.
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Dec/18
@ Tall In The Saddle - I am bidding for a copy of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' on eBay! It isn't easy to get hold of a Region 2 copy - and I didn't expect it to be either!
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Dec/18
@ Tall In The Saddle - Hi again! What an interesting reply! I actually saw 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' on the 'Horror Channel', which shows it fairly often. I don't think I've ever seen 'The Castle if the Living Dead'; I'm fairly sure I'd remember a film which stars Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland together. Having watched Mr Lee towering over an entire roomful of people in 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors', it was a surprising to see anyone nearing his height at the very end of the film, and that someone was Donald Sutherland, but I swear that the difference between the two was noticeable, and I can't believe that the young Donald was ever 6ft4. 6ft3.5 is fine, but at that time, the 43-year-old Christopher Lee really did look 1 and-a-half inches taller and that is why he got 6ft5 from me on Sunday.

I haven't seen 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' for many years now, and I might even order myself a copy because it's the best of its kind, with the mighty and often comical Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland - and wasn't Leonard Nimoy in it too? That's done it! I'm going to see whether it's possible to buy a copy on Amazon!!!! The opportunities for height comparisons are many, and the plot is original and still as new and fresh as ever it was!

Great to chat to you, as always, Tall In The Saddle; you do know your horror films, don't you? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Gracian said on 13/Dec/18
Here are Lee's photos alongside James Woods from 1998:
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Rob, you said once that Woods has a chance of 181-2 cm in his prime, but Lee looked much taller than him. What did you think his height was when he was 76 in 1998?
Editor Rob
Lee would still be 6ft 3 range there, Woods can seem around 5ft 11.
Tall In The Saddle said on 12/Dec/18
@Sandy - Dr Terrors House of Horrors - nice find! Full length movie avail on YouTube - which is perhaps where you saw it. I also found Sutherland in another horror with Lee - THE CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD - again full length movie online

I would never have thought to check on Lee and Sutherland together in a photo much less a movie but these two movies present nice opportunities (however brief) to compare the two. This site has Sutherland at 6'3.5" - though he was often listed at 6'4". Personally I think he might've been closer to 6'4" than 6'3.5".

In INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS Sutherland appeared almost equal to or marginally edged by better postured young Jeff Goldblum who IMO was a bit more than 6'4" at best - probably around 6'4.25".

I'll further cross reference and say that Lee held greater advantage over Sutherland than Goldblum held at any point in INVASTION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS - so if were to stand next to Goldblum Lee's advantage would still be clear

Lee is taller than Sutherland for sure - I don't know that he has more than inch on Sutherland though - perhaps he did - because some angles give Lee better advantage - but at any rate Sutherland's exact height is a real key for me - if Sutherland was 6'3.5" I might remain with Lee at 6'4.5" but if the Donald was taller - then Lee's height (with maintained 1" advantage at least) goes up accordingly for me. I will say that I think 6'4" Vincent Price appeared to stand closer to Lee's height than Sutherland did so Sutherland doesn't appear the full 6'4".

I can only repeat height estimation is by no means an exact science but it still makes for interesting light discussion - and a great excuse to watch snippets of old classics.
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Dec/18
If anyone wants to see Christopher Lee looking nearly a minimum of a head taller than a whole roomful of people, take a look at him in 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors'! The film also stars Donald Sutherland, who we don't see standing with him until the very end, and he himself is well over 6ft, but no way as much as Mr Lee!

I have no alternative than to succumb to giving him 6ft5! ๐Ÿคฃ
Jordan87 said on 3/Dec/18
I Got him at 6'4.5", But If I had to guess In the earlier hrs he was closer to 6'5" than 6'4". Tall Man, Deep Voice, dominating presence in a room.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 18/Nov/18
@Canson

I was looking more into Christopher Lee, and I thought he was more in the 6'4.5"-6'4.75". I also have a feeling that Sir Lee 'could' have 'potentially lost' height after World War 2.

I was wondering what your take on this speculation would be. Let me know!
Dream(5'9.5") said on 31/Oct/18
@Mister lennon

I understand. He can look slightly closer to 6'5" flat than 6'4".

I do think 6'4" is too low.
Mister lennon said on 30/Oct/18
Dream, i said 6'5 flat, not 6'4.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 28/Oct/18
@Tall Sam

Technically speaking, Bo Svenson did look slightly taller than Clint Walker, but that's more of the camera doing it's tricks, and both of them were standing on snow, a surface not so great for judging height. I'd say 6'5.25" for Bo Svenson is better (similar to 6'5.25" Bo Burnham).

What I'm thinking is that Christopher Lee could have been a 6'4.5"-6'4.75" range even after World War 2. I'm beginning to think that World War 2 'may' have caused Lee to shrink a little. Keep in mind, Lee started his 'acting career' after World War 2.

I do agree that he could have been nearer 6'4.75", and 6'4" flat is certainly too low. He visibly edged out easy 6'4" guys like Vincent Price.
Tall Sam said on 25/Oct/18
I think the average guess might be around right, I'd tend to lean towards 6'4.75" than 6'4.5" but it's hard to say.

IMO Bo Svenson might have been more like 6'5.25" or maybe even 6'5.5" peak, I think he looked properly huge in North Dallas Forty with other listed guys such as Nick Nolte. He looked similar size to me as guys like Clives Russell & Mantle and would've probably just edged the somewhat overlisted (IMO) Nick Cassavetes.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 25/Oct/18
@Mister Lemon

I think 6โ€™4โ€ flat is too low for Lee. I think Lee can pull of a weak 6โ€™5โ€ more than a strong 6โ€™4โ€.

Thatโ€™s also taking into account Leeโ€™s World War 2 duties for years.
Mister lennon said on 24/Oct/18
Dream, agree that people like cleese or svenson would beat lee at peak, but a very sligtly.
I think that a full peak lee could be a flat 6'5. There are chances or a strong 6'4 or a solid 6' 5 peak. He could be both of them. There are true chances on both. But i think that the winner bet is a flat 6'5.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 23/Oct/18
Keep in mind, Christopher Lee was active in World War 2, for many years, before he started his acting career.

I'm not saying I'm 100% certainly Lee could have lost height, but I consider it a possibility, based on what I've read from Lee's time and days in the Second Great War.

Of course, I still think a full 6'5" is too high, but I think Lee could have fallen into that 6'4.5"-6'4.75" range.
oooaaaa said on 22/Oct/18
I would say 6'5". this guy is massive
Dream(5'9.5") said on 22/Oct/18
@mister lemon

I wouldnโ€™t call Lee a 6โ€™5.25โ€ guy. I think John Cleese or Bo Svenson will edge him out at peak.

I do think 6โ€™4โ€ flat is certainly too low for Lee.
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Oct/18
@ Dream(5'9.5") - That information you sent in I will refer back to again and again! I sent off for an autographed picture of Christopher Lee, so you see, I really am an admirer of his. I, too, would give anything to travel back in time to meet and speak to him! Good on you, Dream, and thanks once again!
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Mister lennon said on 20/Oct/18
I think that he could be a true 6'5 peak. A flat one or a solid one.
Tall Sam said on 19/Oct/18
I agree with an old comment by Dream(5'9.5"), he could look equal height with Charles Barkley.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 19/Oct/18
If he wished to claim 6'5", he could get away with it.

I don't think Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, or even Usain bolt would be any taller than a Peak Christopher Lee.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 19/Oct/18
@Sandy Cowell You're welcome!


Interestingly enough, Lee had to literally climb Mount Vesuvius 'three days' before it erupted. This was during World War 2 for sure. I don't remember the source, but I heard Lee could have 'been killed' when a squadron's airfield was bombed, at the Mareth Line.


I also read that Lee could have lost his life when one of the planes crashed on takeoff, and he tripped over live bombs. This was during the final assault on Monte Cassino.


It sounds like Lee was extremely active, and I think he could have potentially shrunk a little bit after World War 2. I'm not saying he's a full 6'5", but I think he could have been a little taller before World War 2 started. He certainly did a lot more physical work than most actors.


If Lee was still alive and I got to hear his stories in person, I'd be killing time just to listen to him!
Dream(5'9.5 said on 17/Oct/18
Rob, based on the information given, could World War 2 activities have 'potentially' made Lee shrink to a slightly lower height?

Maybe I'm wrong though.
Editor Rob
If they impacted his spine, it's a chance.
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Oct/18
@ Dream (5ft9.5) - I've just read the information you sent in and it is FASCINATING! It even mentioned the execution Lee witnessed, and that he knew the names of all the executioners dating back centuries. It also pegged him at 6ft5! Wonderful stuff, and a big "thank you" from me for sending it in! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Oct/18
@ Dream (5ft9.5) - That was a really interesting read! I know that Christopher Lee also saw the beheading of a man in the late 1930's when he was still in his teens. He must have had enormous strength of personality to overcome what scars many people for life and go on to make a massive career as an actor.

You're so right - the guy's an absolute legend! ๐Ÿ‘

6ft5 at his tallest time of day.
6ft4.75 I reckon, average day's height.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 19/Sep/18
Rob, this is only my assumption, this isn't facts nor truths.

I assume that Christopher Lee held onto height very well. However, I think he could've lost height after World War 2. I mean, he was directly involved in World War 2. In fact, according to Lee himself, he could've literally died in some of the battles. He climbed Mount Vesuvius three days before it erupted. He also had five missions a day. He fought the Nazis in North Africa.


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Rob, I'm not saying he definitely lost a little height post-World War 2, but I do believe he's 'could' have lost a bit of height. He's done a lot more physical work than one would believe.

This man is a true legend.
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 4/Sep/18
As per Guinness World Record Lee and vince vaughn are the tallest leading actor. Since you have tell me that lee was solid 6'4.5" then vince vaughn would be same. Is my opnion is right? Rob?
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 29/Aug/18
Rob,Christopher Lee claimed that he was 6'4" tall,you have listed him 6'4.5" guy and imdb listed him as 6'5" guy. You have listed alan napier as 6'6" but he also claimed he was 6'5". Then what was the real peak height of Sir Christopher Lee according to him, Rob?
Editor Rob
Well I think 6ft 4.5 is what he might have measured and could round to 6ft 4. I am not convinced he was a full 6ft 5.
Ian C. said on 28/Jun/18
I can certainly forgive Lee for fudging his height downwards, Rob. He was trying to get work, his height was a potential disqualifier from employment, so he downgraded an inch or two. This wouldn't have been that dishonest, because a six foot five inch man can slouch himself down to six foot three without too much trouble. Six foot four is probably pretty accurate as his real, everyday height. Most people give their heights as measured when they are standing as tall as they can, and craning their necks. So most people, even if they are citing an accurate measured height, are an inch or so shorter than that height in actual fact.

Although even a few inches of height can be quite distinctive. Lee has a brief part in Captain Horatio Hornblower, with Gregory Peck. Peck towers over most of the actors in the movie, and then Lee shows up and towers over him, if only for about twenty seconds of screen time. This happens during a sword fight, so both actors are moving around with their knees flexed, and yet Lee is clearly taller than Peck.
Editor Rob
I remember in the film Devil Rides Out with Leon Greene, Lee could look near 2 inches taller. Leon was another guy who potentially did round down as he too used to get listed 6ft 2 in his earlier years, though could seem taller.
Ian C. said on 28/Jun/18
Lee always said that he was six foot four. He was very specific about it, and I can't find any instance where he claimed to be anything else. Certainly he was at least that height and, if he was really six foot five, was still putting himself in the correct general category.

And height is more of a category than a discrete number. John Wayne claimed six foot four and, even if he was really only six foot three, was still in the category of "very tall." Yul Brynner on the other hand, who was probably about five foot eight, claimed five foot eleven. That was cheating, because he was bumping himself up from "average-sized" to "pretty tall." He was not just misstating his height, he was promoting himself to a higher status category.

Paul Newman is an interesting case, because he just flat-out refused to tell people how tall he was. I defy you to show me a single interview where the interviewer was allowed to ask Newman his height. He was probably about five foot nine, which is a perfectly respectable height for a real live human being, but too short for the hero of a movie. Most movie heroes are understood to be six-footers, and Newman went around acting as if he were the same person he played in the movies. Which might have been something of a strain.
Editor Rob
He did start out in younger years having his height listed 6ft 3 in Spotlight, before he changed to 6ft 4.
Canson said on 24/Jun/18
This would be a normal low for him
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 23/Jun/18
I would say Lee will be 194cm-195cm not 196cm at peak.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 16/Jun/18
I would say Christopher Lee would edge out a peak Dolph Lungdren and Jeff Goldglum.

He'd fall into a similar range like a peak Charles Barkley without question.
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 16/Jun/18
I think he is weak in 6'5" like Tim Robbins, Dolph Lungdren and Jeff Goldglum. They all are 6'4.5"/194cm. Satyajit Ray was not tall as Goldblum Stated in his height. Ray is same as Sean Connery 6'2.5" as Bachchan. Alan Napier was 6'5" at barefoot and he was so lean that he seems 6'6". Sir Christopher Lee was 6'4.5" in Barefoort and 6'5" with shoes. He never Wore Heels. But I think he is 6'4.75" tall an inch over John Wayne who is 6'3.75" tall. Rock Hudson had stated he is 6'5" but he looks between 6'4"-6'4.75" near lee's Height Range 6'4.5"-6'5".
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 15/Jun/18
He is 6'5"/196cm at younger days.
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Jun/18
Lovely-mannered gentleman that he was, I am sure that his peak height was 6ft5! I don't half miss him! He was still doing films for us right up until he died.
MAD SAM said on 23/May/18
A great actor who used to use his real life experiences in the movies, he was huge no doubt 195-196 cm in my opinion
Dream(5'9.5 said on 9/May/18
Rob, there is a saying โ€˜the taller you are, the shorter your lifespan is.โ€™

I donโ€™t necessarily agree with it, since Christopher Lee lived up to his early 90โ€™s.
Editor Rob
There are some studies out there hinting there's a link to shortness and a bit more longevity.
KT said on 9/Apr/18
Great actor and a great height!
Dream(5'9.5 said on 10/Mar/18
Rob, would you say 6โ€™4 5/8thsโ€ is closer for young Christopher Lee than 6โ€™4 3/8thsโ€?
Editor Rob
The odds might be better he'd measure near 5/8th than 3/8th, though I'm still happy with right in between 6ft 4 and 5.
James B 170.8cm said on 26/Feb/18
Rob he was already 52 in man with the golden gun.

Do you think he could have been under 6ft4.5 like 6ft4.5 by that point.
Editor Rob
Small fraction maybe...but some men definitely reach early 50's with nothing noticeable, while others seem to shift their first half inch or so by then.
Dream(5'9.5 said on 7/Feb/18
Rob, mind if you add a quote? Here is Samuel L Jackson describing Christopher Lee as 'Very Tall.'

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Dream(5'9.5 said on 7/Feb/18
The sad part is

Christopher Lee (at age 80) actually looked taller than a peak 'Dwayne Johnson' (comparing them both to a peak Samuel L Jackson).
Jordan87 said on 5/Feb/18
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Sir Lee had Samuel L by 3" and Hayden by 4" when he was aged 80. Hayden hovers right at around 6 foot most of the time. And jackson is Leaning back but Lee is leaning in so not sure that Offsets but this is to show that even at age 80, When most men are a good 1-1/2" shorter than their Prime height, Lee still towered other tall, much younger men.

The man had to have been 6'4.5 in his prime, possibly waking in the morning at around 6'5.
Jordan87 said on 2/Feb/18
@ Dream ( 5'9.5"),

6'4.75 is very possible as well with this guy. 6'4" Flat I would Argue is a tad low.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 1/Feb/18
Iโ€™d argue 6โ€™4.75โ€ for Christopher Lee.
Jordan87 said on 1/Feb/18
@ Cob,

6'5-1/2" is pushing it. The man Reported 6'4 and said it was the reason he lost roles. Lee is probably one of those people like my father who doesn't feel to need to round up with his height, but rather round down.

Lee was probably 6'4.5 and reported 6'4. My father was around 5'11 5/8" at age 19 and reported 5'11 and still does to this day.
Cob said on 30/Jan/18
I believe he was a 6"5'1/2
Jake94 (5'9 said on 18/Jan/18
What do you think his height was when he died?
Editor Rob
Lee may have fallen towards 6ft 2 by his last couple of years.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 17/Jan/18
@Jordan87 and Vincent Price at 5โ€™11โ€.... just LOOOOOL at that!
Tommo said on 13/Jan/18
Did you ever get to speak to him Rob? What an absolute legend he was, and the most spectacular voice.
Editor Rob
Unfortunately not!
Jordan87 said on 9/Jan/18
If lee was 6'0, Moore would be 5'8 lol
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 30/Dec/17
Yes! They changed it back to 6โ€™5โ€!

Finally!
Leo justice said on 30/Dec/17
He towered over Peter Cushing heโ€™s at least 6โ€™5โ€
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 15/Dec/17
Either way, they better get that straight.

A s@#! Ton of celebrities need a downgrade if Lee was really 6โ€™0โ€.

Lee was 6โ€™4.5โ€-6โ€™5โ€. Nothing less of that.
Jordan87 said on 14/Dec/17
Searched " Christopher Lee height" On google to get me to this page, and it listed him at 6'0. Man that Flakka Drug is really something.
Editor Rob: it's more a case of a search engine algorithm having some bugs and getting another christopher lee mixed up with the most well known one.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 14/Dec/17
What the f@#! Google? Why did they list Lee at 6โ€™0โ€?! ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘
Jordan87 said on 14/Dec/17
@ Dreampuffe ( 5'9.5"),

Roger Moore was only an Inch Shy Of Connery who was around a good 6'2. Moore was very close to 6'1, If not Over it in the Morning Hrs.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5 said on 13/Dec/17
@Jordan87 What Iโ€™m actually waiting for is โ€˜Jamesโ€™ to say his โ€˜liftsโ€™ statement for actors he spoke about! (If you look in Roger Mooreโ€™s Page, you can see some comments that James posts say like โ€˜Moore was no more than six foot. He wore lifts).

I swear to the skies if he does say that about Lee, Iโ€™d be looking for the drugs heโ€™s taking!
Jordan87 said on 13/Dec/17
My Logic with Lee is he was 3" Taller than SOlid 6'0 Hayden Christensen and he was 80 years old at the time. AVG 80 Year old losses around 1-1/2" of Height ( taller people lose more I believe). The Minimum he could have been was 6'4.5" until he started hitting his 50's.
Mister lennon said on 13/Dec/17
I think he was more a weak 6'5 peak.
Jordan87 said on 12/Dec/17
Christopher Lee and Lifts? Dude the man lost out roles due to being too tall. He would be the last guy in Hollywood to ever use lifts.
Jordan87 said on 11/Dec/17
I could see Sir Lee as a 6'5 Guy after a couple hrs out of Bed. Maybe 6'4.5 toward the end hrs of the day.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 11/Dec/17
Lee can look much taller than Vincent Price here in this video at 2:27.

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Though Vincent might have lost a fraction by then and the camera angle is in Leeโ€™s favor, Vincent did have โ€˜better postureโ€™ and Christopher Lee was still much taller.

If Lee came with a โ€˜6โ€™5โ€ claim,โ€™ no one is going to question since heโ€™s rounding down with a 6โ€™4โ€ claim but heโ€™s obviously taller than 6โ€™4โ€ flat.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5 said on 10/Dec/17
Rob, this is going to be the stupidest question, but how โ€˜unlikelyโ€™ is Lee (peak) wearing damn lifts (if James dares to say so himself).
Editor Rob: some taller actors have worn lifts in films, but I never would believe Lee would wear them.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 10/Dec/17
Anywhere from 6โ€™4.5โ€-6โ€™5โ€ is really arguable.

Heโ€™s often looked a weak 6โ€™5โ€.
James B said on 10/Dec/17
Siddhartha Shankarย said on 13/Nov/17
Though Sir Christopher Lee was noted for being exceptionally tall, dark and gruesome, he was not exactly 6ft 5in as others have put him to be, since he and others who had worked with him say he was a bit less than that.ย 
However, one would say that him being 6ft 4in would pararrel his friend and colleague, Vincent Price, but the latter seems at least half an inch to an inch shorter than Lee, especially in the 1974 televised 'this is your life' where both men stand next to each other.ย 
Years later, when Lee and Price starred together in 'house of long shadows', Price seems at least 1 1/2 inch shorter than his counterpart when they are sipping wine together. But then Price was in his seventies so spinal disk might have shrunk a little. Price was quite definitely 6ft 4, which means Lee might have been at least 6ft 4.6 inch if not exactly 6'5".


He defnintly towered Roger Moore in Man with the Golden Gun didn't he?
Jordan87 said on 7/Dec/17
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Not much Difference eh? Prowse reports 6'6 ( and 6'7) and Lee Reports 6'4. I can tell you they aint no 2 to 3" between them.

Lee is downplaying his Height and Dave is inflated his.

Christopher Lee: 6'4.5"
Dave Prowse: 6'5 ( Tops)
Jordan87 said on 7/Dec/17
Rob has him at 6'4.5" and I think that is Accurate.

AGain,

Awhile Back I posted Pictures of Christopher Lee and Dave Prowse both SEparately next to all time Legend Peter Cushing.

Prowse Claims 6'5, 6'6, and 6'7 ( Yes all in his prime) and Looked not much taller than Lee next to Cushing.

What this means to me is Either Lee is 6'6" or Prowse is 6'5 ( At times I think Prowse is below this height).

I'd Guess Lee's Range is 6'4.5" to 6'5 depending on what time of day you would measure him at 9 of course in his youth).
Anonymous said on 18/Nov/17
Strong 6'5" peak height.
Siddhartha Shankar said on 13/Nov/17
Though Sir Christopher Lee was noted for being exceptionally tall, dark and gruesome, he was not exactly 6ft 5in as others have put him to be, since he and others who had worked with him say he was a bit less than that.
However, one would say that him being 6ft 4in would pararrel his friend and colleague, Vincent Price, but the latter seems at least half an inch to an inch shorter than Lee, especially in the 1974 televised 'this is your life' where both men stand next to each other.
Years later, when Lee and Price starred together in 'house of long shadows', Price seems at least 1 1/2 inch shorter than his counterpart when they are sipping wine together. But then Price was in his seventies so spinal disk might have shrunk a little. Price was quite definitely 6ft 4, which means Lee might have been at least 6ft 4.6 inch if not exactly 6'5".
Canson said on 23/Oct/17
As listed. Thatโ€™s at his lowest
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 3/Oct/17
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Just to give an idea where Lee really falls. No doubt 195 cm.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 3/Oct/17
Rob, I found something interesting!!

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Samuel L Jackson did directly say that Lee was โ€˜very tall,โ€™ and had a blooming voice (I probably miss quoted that! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)
Mark(5'9.5") said on 3/Oct/17
@Slim He was originally listed as a full 6โ€™5โ€. At the same time, I would bet an upgrade at 195 cm for Lee! He was only 1-2 inches shorter than 6โ€™7โ€ James Arness!

He even managed to still be a solid inch taller a peak Samuel L Jackson in his 80s! Itโ€™s rare to fine 80 year olds who are 6โ€™3โ€!

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Slim said on 28/Sep/17
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he reached the 6'5"(195) mark at least once.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 26/Sep/17
Christopher Lee: Weak 6'5"

John Cleese: Strong 6'5"
Anonymous said on 22/Sep/17
Mr Lee was 195cm

Maybe 193/ 194 cm in his fifty /sixty years old and solid 189/190cm older in his last days.

here next to Hayden Christensen ( 6 feet) 183 cm . Christopher was eighty years old in this pic,

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Unsub 5'10 said on 13/Sep/17
Most likely 1.94-95 in his younger years, which still is 6'4.5.,also, 1cm taller than Vincent Price.
Unsub 5'10 said on 9/Sep/17
He was 1.5 inches taller than 6'2.5 Heston in The three Musketeers 1973 but 2" could also be possible, so 6'4.5 would be spot on. He was also described as 1.94m in The Guiness Book of World Records in 2002.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Sep/17
Weak 6ft5 peak
Mark(5'9.5") said on 24/Aug/17
A strong 6'4" is undercutting it. He's easily taller than 6'4" guys. There's only 1 inch between a Peak Lee and 6'7" James Arness! He would be taller than say 'Randy Orton.' Rob did say that a Peak Christopher Lee and Kobe Bryant would measure close.
even said on 16/Aug/17
a strong 6 foot 4
Richardspain said on 11/Aug/17
To be honest he wasn't more taller than 196 to me he looked 195 cm when he was young 195 cm is a good mark for a tall man.

And 194cm in the movie the man with the golden gun. Perfect!

187 / 188 cm last days before of his death

Roger Moore was 186cm in peak and 185cm in his fifty years old.

In the movie the man with the golden gun Lee was 194 cm and Moore 185m.

In the duel scene they are face to face and we can see Moore was much shorter than Lee.
Mark(5'9.5") said on 8/Aug/17
He actually can look 'nearly' same height with 6'7" James Arness!!

6'4.75" would really work for Christopher Lee!
Mark(5'9.5 said on 7/Aug/17
No reason to doubt 195 cm.

Like Rob said, A peak Christopher Lee would be similar to Kobe Bryant and measure close.
Ray said on 28/Jul/17
I would say Christopher Lee was no less than 196 as a young man. In middle age, I would say he was still close to the mark. In his 80s and 90s, I would say he had dropped to around 189-190. He said he was 6'4" because it would cost him less roles than if he was honest about being 6'5".
Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jul/17
@ Bugsy - Hi Bugsy! If you wait until the end of 'The Wicker Man', when they are proceeding through their land all dressed up in weird costumes, you will see that Christopher Lee, who is dressed as a woman in a frock and a long, black wig, is much taller than anyone else!
I don't know where you live Bugsy, but if you are in the UK and get 'The Horror Channel', you will be able to see it on that as it often shows on that particular channel.
Enjoy it - and remember to wait until the end to be able to take in his height!
Christopher gets 6ft4.75 from me today.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 27/Jul/17
A 6'4.75" would suit better.
Bugsy said on 26/Jul/17
Lee was WAY taller than Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun. Not less than four full inches, he was looking straight over his head. For some odd reason in The Wicker Man, I didn't notice Lee standing out as particularly tall. It's been a while since I've seen it though.

Anyway, so this seems about right to me. I always thought Moore was max 6'0.5 so this makes sense.
Jordan87 said on 16/Jul/17
Sir Lee is read was 190-195 pounds most of his life. He was tall man but his lean frame made him appear even taller.

His fight with yoda in ep. 2 required a stunt double but the idea of a man over 6'4" fighting a green alien of 3 feet tall could only happen in a Star Wars movie. Lee was also taller than his stunt double by an inch or two in the behind the scenes.

Even in his late 70ms this guy was tall.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 14/Jul/17
Ahh. Basically Rob, I can still make an argument for 6'4.75"? I wouldn't go lower than 6'4.5" really.
Editor Rob: yes, but a full 6ft 5 I wouldn't be as confident of.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 13/Jul/17
Out of curiosity Rob, because you did downgrade Roger Moore to 186 cm, would that rule out 6'4.75" for Lee or is 6'4.75" still an arguable figure for a peak Christopher Lee?
Editor Rob: I think anywhere from 6ft 4 to 5 zone was arguable for Lee. I think given Moore claiming first thing height, and basically looking 186 range, it is the best mark to give him. Lee I feel right between 6ft 4 and 5 is still what he generally could look from all I've seen through the years.
Mark(5'9.5") said on 11/Jul/17
He's likely the only person back then (along with John Cleese) who would stand out that tallest.

I still will make a case for Lee at 195 cm.
Ian C said on 29/Jun/17
Lee claimed six foot four, but he was probably taller. He just didn't realize it.

True story: I am now 65, and I measured myself a few weeks ago to see if I'd lost any height. I had been measured at six foot four by a nurse for a physical exam when I was eighteen, and I had always assumed that that was my adult height. But when I measured myself last month, I was amazed to find that I was six foot five. Probably I had grown for at least a year after my height had been measured by the nurse. This was, as I say, quite a surprise, but it explained a few things. Like, why so many people marvel at my height when they first meet me. Or why I'd meet people who claimed to be six foot four, and was taller than they were. Or how I was able to eat so much food when I was nineteen without getting fat.
Canson said on 13/Jun/17
@Mark: he may very well be and him listed the way rob has him could even signal that. I'm actually between 6'4.25-.5 so he may be the full 6'4.5 at his lowest or be 195cm. I sure don't think he was less than a strong 6'4. But in rob's case he has Joe mangianello 6'4.75 too he looks a bit less more like 194cm compared to other guys so he and lee could be 6'4.5 and dead even
Mark(5'9.25") said on 7/Jun/17
@Canson I don't want to say this, but Christopher Lee seems like a guy taller than you. Rob mentioned that Peak Christopher Lee and Kobe Bryant would measure close.
Canson said on 6/Jun/17
He claimed 6'4 I'd say no less than 193 no higher than Rob's listing for him.Bobby3342's signature quote " People aren't aware of how tall that height actually is" when you have someone like Conan claiming 6'4 and is close to an inch shorter
Sam said on 5/Jun/17
I agree with a lot of folks here, I wouldn't really go under 6'4.75" for his peak height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Jun/17
He looked 6ft3 range in the 2000's.
Jordan87 said on 28/May/17
He said he was 6'4" bc he was actually weary of his height since he admitted he lost roles bc of it. He was closer to 6'5" then 6'4". He made Sir Roger Moore ( rip) look like a man of average height when he in fact was over 6'0" himself.

Lee maybe have been closer to 6'4.25 at night , but a strong 6'4.5 during the day I'm betting , possibly higher.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 27/May/17
6'4" flat? Lee has always been 6'4.75" or much nearer 6'5".
Sonnecker said on 25/May/17
I'd give to a young Sir Christopher 195 cm of height, 6'4.75".
At 90, although the stick helping him to walk, he still looked at 190 or similar...
Willes188 said on 24/May/17
6'4 flat is a joke for a young Christopher Lee. He was near 195cm.
Jin said on 22/May/17
6'4 (193 cm) at peak, as he always claimed to be
Mark(5'9.25") said on 20/May/17
@berta Rob did confirmed that Peak Christopher Lee would measure very close in height with Kobe Bryant. It's on Kobe Bryant's page.

We may as well go for 6'4.75".
Sandy Cowell said on 12/May/17
@ Jordan - Hi! I totally agree that Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing were incredible in front of the camera!. I liked what you had to say! ๐Ÿ‘

@ Jordan and Mark - Hello to both of you! I'm not really a 'Batman' fan, but when I saw Heath Ledger playing 'the Joker', I was totally transfixed! He had it in him to become one of the all-time greats one day. It's such a tragedy that he passed so young. As with Lee and Cushing, he owned that screen!
Mark(5'9.25 said on 11/May/17
@Jordan87 I think Heath Ledger would have been one of the greats. After all, he deserved when he showed his performance as Joker.
Jordan87 said on 8/May/17
Mark,

Sir Lee was certainly a Camera Dominating Guy, of course to do to height, other to do with Poise. Sir Peter Cushing was great too, that generation of Actors were really something. The Modern day guys, Daniel Day Lewis, Tom Hanks are great, but I tend to favor the Old School Guys.

Heath Ledger would have been one of the greats by now. Dude was 28 when he passed and had Birthed a great Villain in the Joker. Many Say he rivals Darth Vader as the "all time villain" but that's a Topic for a Different board.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 4/May/17
@Jordan87

Not to mention Lee was taller than a Peak Samuel Jackson at 80 years old! That's really saying something! He's probably the best actor of all time save for a few others. I doubt anyone is going to give as much presence like Sir Lee.
berta said on 4/May/17
rob 195 would really be better never looked shorter than that at his peak.
30% 196
50% 195
20% 194
Jordan87 said on 3/May/17
Mark,

Yes The Chances of This Man wearing lifts is 0. He lost out roles do to his height, thus lost money. He was a tall man. Classically tall. Great Actor as well.

Look at pics of Him at Age 80 with 6'0 MIN Hayden Christensen. He still was around 6'3- 1/2.80 Year olds typically loose around 1-1/2" so add that to his height in 2005 at age 80 and he was 6'5 easily.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 1/May/17
Of course, I would be infinity percent damned if James comments here and says that Sir Lee wore lifts.
Mark(5'9.25" said on 30/Apr/17
He deserves an upgrade to 6'4.75" or maybe 6'5". He's not under this listing by any means even 1/8th of an inch.
RichardSpain said on 4/Apr/17
He was a tall man, and excellent actor. I think he lost height 6 or 7 cm total.

Young: 196 cm peak
50-70 years old: maybe 194cm
before his death:187-189 cm
berta said on 31/Mar/17
Also if he was 190 cm in 2006 when he was about 85 years i think he had lose 2 inches at 85.at this listing he would have only lost 4cm at 85 thats less than arnold. I guess some guys really dont loose that mutha at 85 but my believe is that most people have lost about 5,5 cm at that age if they are in good shape. 3 cm if they are in incredibly shape and some people even loose 10 cm at that age if they have small bones and weak muscles
berta said on 31/Mar/17
Rob i really hhink he deserves a 195 listing ore even full 6 foot 5. He looked almost 10 cm taller than roger more 7 cm is to little. Also he was in the series " HOW THE WEST WAS WON" with james arness who is listed 201 cm and arness looked maybe 3,5 cm taller it was nowhere near 7 cm. Yes arness had very bad posture. But this guy at 195 and perfect posture could look just litte shorter than a 6 foot 7 guy
Slim said on 25/Mar/17
Rob, where are there average door ways in homes that are 6ft8-10"? Highest I've seen are 6'9".
Editor Rob: I'm not sure which countries have doors that size, but there are certainly more lavish homes around the UK with very big doorframes, taller than your typical 6ft 6 frame.
Jordan87 said on 10/Mar/17
Mark ( 5'9.25)

Yes Prowse was 29 years old when he lifted the Stones in 1964( 12 years before he Suited up as Vader). He was more successful as a Power Lifter than a Bodybuilder. He also was a natural athlete, no roids.

As Far as Lee, Yes I enjoyed him as Saruman, especially when he created his own Orc Army. Again, in LOTR Saruman was my favorite villain of the whole series do to Sir Lee's Performance and look. He had the perfect dark Sorcerer look to him. Very Evil looking Fellow indeed.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 9/Mar/17
@Jordan87 Dave prowse lifting 775 pound of all stone combined? That's terrifying!

Also, Lee has always gave the vibe of what evil can truly be in movies especially lord of the rings! Also, Lord of the Rings is my actual first movie i watched when I was with my parents at that time!
Mark(5'9.25") said on 9/Mar/17
@Jordan87 Dave prowse lifting 775 pound of all stone combined? That's terrifying!
Jordan87 said on 8/Mar/17
Mark ( 5'9.25

Lee could be intimidating on a separate kind of level than Prowse. Example him being tall and thin with his very dark eyes gave him a Lucifer type look.

Dave Prowse on the other hand, (of similar height) was 250 pounds of muscle and a former British strong man so they needed some mass to fill out the Vader Suit. ( A side note, Dave Prowse lifted the Dinnie stones which weigh 775 pounds combined!)

Sir Lee was also a gentleman but looked quite evil as Saruman in LOTR Trilogy. My favorite Villain of those movies. Again, he gave a Lucifer impression.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 4/Mar/17
Rob, how tall does lee look compared to this standard door? He actually looks like the full 195 cm in the picture or maybe slightly higher.

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Editor Rob: Mark, the doorway height is unknown, it could be 6ft 8-10 range, but since he's in front and the camera is lower, his height looks taller against the door.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 4/Mar/17
@Jordan87 @mister_lennon

Just imagine if Sir Lee wore the full Darth Vader helmet at his prime; god knows how imposing he would be in person wearing them!
mister_lennon said on 4/Mar/17
I think:
lee:194-195.
Prowse: 193-194
Mark(5'9.25") said on 2/Mar/17
@Jordan87 I'm not sure about lee being taller than prowse but I would like to believe he is taller! I think Prowse should be downgraded to 6'5.5" at peak. Lee deserves the 195 cm upgrade if not the full 6'5". We rarely see an 80 year old man at 6'3". He's taller than Vincent Price, Leon Greene, and isn't half way towered by listed 6'7" James Arness.
Jordan87 said on 1/Mar/17
Mark ( 5'9.25"),

I couldn't ever See Sir Lee wearing lifts, due to the fact that he lost roles due to his tall height already.

Dave Prowse is a different story. I do not think he wore Lifts, but he certainly exaggerated his height. The Way Prowe's career goes he got roles for being tall, so Of Course he would bump it up a bit. I still think Lee was actually taller than Prowse.

Lee 6'5"
Prowse 6'4"
Mark(5'9.25") said on 28/Feb/17
I'm also waiting for some one to say 'Lee wears lifts' because I would find that ridiculously difficult to believe!
Mark(5'9.25") said on 25/Feb/17
@Jordan87 a full 6'5" is possible for Lee. I still make a case for 195 cm for Lee. He's not under 6'4.5" by any means at his peak.
Jordan87 said on 23/Feb/17
Mark(5'9.25,

Lee Maintained a good weight, perhaps if he had put on the pounds like a typical man it would have affected his posture more but he stayed thin.

Lee in Man with the Golden gun had Moore by a good deal of height when they were back to back.

Keep in Mind Roger Moore was about a inch under Connery who was 6'2". Say Moore is 6'1" ( Conservatively). Lee did have a Solid 4" On Moore. 6'5" Very Possible as Younger man.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 22/Feb/17
@Jordan87 I'm surprised he didn't shrink that much compared to most people. Another indicator of Lee being a solid 6'4.5" or even a 6'4.75" person is pictures and videos with him and Vincent Price. Lee appears to be at least an inch taller than Price.


Also, Lee towered 6'1.5" Roger Moore. Lee almost looks the same height as this standard door for the picture below.

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Jordan87 said on 21/Feb/17
Hayden Christenson is a solid 6'0" IMO and Lee had him be at least 3" in all of their Pics. Lee was 80 at the time. SO a guy that age loosed around 1.5". Lee could have easily been a 6'4.5 guy back in his day.

IN the below Pics ( Scroll Down) you will See Lee( Age 80) looking around 5" On the roughly 5'10" Jeremy Bulloch ( See his picture with Rob) putting him at around 6'3" as an 80 year old man. Must have been a good 6'4.5" Back in his day based on height loss alone.

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Mark(5'9.25 said on 15/Feb/17
194.5 cm is possible but that's the worst absolute case. 195 cm would a better listing. I'm starting to think Lee would be completely even with Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley.
mister_lennon said on 14/Feb/17
Yeah, i think that he was 195 at peak.
Willes189 said on 14/Feb/17
I agree with 194.5-195cm for Lee, always thought that 6'4.75 is a better estimate
Mark(5'9.25") said on 11/Feb/17
I agree Berta. 195 cm would be a better shout for Lee. Though 194 cm is possible, that's the worst I give Lee.
berta said on 11/Feb/17
hm 194 for him means that roger more was not taller than 185. i can see him as 195 and 186 for roger more. was way more than 7 cm beetween them
Mark(5'9.25") said on 3/Feb/17
Physically standing alone, he pulls off a 6'5" and does physically look it in this picture.

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He towered a lot of people even in Lord of the Rings.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 3/Feb/17
I think 195 cm would suit better for Lee. He's looks too tall to be just 194 cm flat many of his films. Overall, I would like to believe 195 cm for Peak Christopher Lee.
The big O said on 27/Jan/17
So how tall was he in Lord of the rings? He dwarfed James Bond. Depending on how tall Roger Moore was. Will say 6'5 prime
Mark(5'9.25 said on 26/Jan/17
Rob, how likely is 6'4.75" peak for Lee?
Editor Rob: he could pull off looking almost 6ft 5, other times I thought a big 6ft 4 guy.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 13/Jan/17
In the section of 6'4.75"-6'5" in a dictionary, Christopher Lee is likely the dictionary definition of 6'4.75"-6'5".
Mark(5'9.25") said on 13/Jan/17
Similar to Ben Affleck and Joel kinnaman (who I consider is a 6'2.25" person.)


Edit* Rob, I'm so sorry. This comment was meant for Sean's connery's page! Could you delete both comments please?
mister_lennon said on 13/Jan/17
Who would be taller, christopher lee at peak or david prowse at peak? Very equal, i think.
Editor Rob: for me, the Prowse at age 30 I think would beat Lee.
Willes189 said on 12/Jan/17
6'4.75 is closer to the truth, Lee wasn't that comfortable with his nearly 6'5 frame
berta said on 12/Jan/17
i really dont think that vince vaugn was almost 2 cm taller than this guy at his peak. i think christopher lee was 195 ore weak 196
Mark(5'9.25 said on 11/Jan/17
Rob, I have a feeling that Lee would have edged out Alexander Skarsgard both at their prime even if it's less than an inch.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 11/Jan/17
@MadDrummer I wouldn't call it a lie. I would call it 'honesty' or 'humble' about his height. He downgrades himself which is not bad at all, but from what I've seen in his films, Lee's clearly over 6'4" without question. Anything under this listing would be ridiculous.

If anything, I'd happily give Christopher Lee the 195 cm mark without question or even 195 cm/196 cm with 194.5 cm at his lowest.

Like Rob said, he'd expected Lee to hit over 6'5" in the morning without question. That's really saying something because there are a number of people who is listed 6'4.5" that Lee could certainly edge out.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 8/Jan/17
I think out all of the actors in Hollywood, Christopher Lee is my favorite holly wood actor of all time. The moment i heard about his passing, I did want a day of silence for respect of him. He's really a humble man. No less of it!
MadDrummer said on 7/Jan/17
I'm pretty sure that Christopher Lee lied about his height to seem less intimidating. He definitely was as listed here in late middle age, but he was certainly a strong 6'5" in his prime.
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Dec/16
I have just punched 'Christopher Lee' into the Amazon services, and, just as expected, a load of his films came up!
Well, at this moment in time, I was looking for something more - perhaps a keepsake of this great icon, who has captured my interest for many years.
I'm so pleased to say that I found a reasonably-priced 'signed' photograph and I will frame it and treasure it.
Although he was over 90 when he passed, we still feel the pain. With all the celebrities we have lost this year, I feel that more than a bit of sentimentality lives on for these great stars in all of us.

I have a collage of pictures of my cats who are no longer in physical form. Now I think I might set up a little tribute wall in my home to the entertainers we have lost.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 7/Dec/16
Rob, is there a possibility that Christopher Lee would have hit a full 6'5" flat in the morning during his peak?
Editor Rob: Mark, I'd fully expect Lee to have been over 6ft 5 flat comfortably in the morning.
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Oct/16
Oh, the adorable Christopher Lee! I was so upset when he died. I read twice that he was 6ft5 and maybe he was in his heyday. I loved his voice and my favourite part was when he played a very knowledgeable fighter against evil in 'The Devil Rides Out' and who can forget his spendidly sinister dancing in 'The Wicker Man?'
Mark said on 5/Oct/16
Lee can be a full 6'5"
Mark said on 21/Sep/16
He's actually my favorite movie actor. Tall person and very warm and calm personality.

This guy would edge out Paladecki in his peak and would measure the same as Kobe Bryant at his peak.
Willes189 said on 29/Aug/16
Why is no one commenting on this page!
Richard Golen said on 30/Apr/16
I have a signed photo of Christopher Lee sent to me in the mid 1960s when he lived in Switzerland. I asked him a few questions, one of which was How tall are you? On the verso of the photo he answered this question with: 6' 4". I still have this photo with the info.
Willes190 said on 10/Dec/15
I think 6'5 is accurate for him
Sam said on 23/Oct/15
Rob, would you consider a 6'4.75" listing for Lee? Someone like Vincent Price can look near an inch shorter and I highly doubt under 6'4" for Price. Also, 6'7" listed James Arness looked at max 2 inches taller than Lee.
[Editor Rob: from what I've seen I think you could argue 6ft 4.5 or 4.75, for the moment I feel 4.5 is ok.]
heelshealheight said on 31/Aug/15
Definitely a 6'6" man in his youth. A timeless man and great actor, nonetheless. A true talent indicative of his stature and vice versa.
Sam said on 23/Jul/15
Yeah, I have a hard time picturing the young Lee measuring any shorter than say Tim Robbins, Joe Manganiello or Vince Vaughn.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jul/15
There's still a good case for 6'4.75 for Lee, but if you really watch a lot of his films I don't think he looks quite a 196 6 ft 5 kind of guy, usually seems 6'4" range. He can look the full 6'5 in some films though.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jul/15
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Now I was convinced Leon Greene was around a legit 6'4 guy, but if you see here Lee's looking at least an inch taller. 195cm for Lee is possible.
Gonzalo said on 18/Jun/15
He looked very close in height to Vincent Price in the video Edgar Hernรกndez posted. So probably he was just 1`94 instead of 1`96 as I always thought.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 17/Jun/15
RIP, had incredible one of a kind voice and charisma. No one else like him.
177cmGuy said on 16/Jun/15
6'5. An actor with such significance that it didn't matter what type of film he was in. Not many actors can do this. Thanks sir. RIP
Bishop said on 16/Jun/15
Losing a lot of cinema legends. R.I.P.
Lorne??? said on 14/Jun/15
Oh man, I just found out from this site...

Terrible. RIP.

I still think 195cm, he clearly was taller than 6'4 guys like Vince Price. 194 is certainly believable though.

The last year we've lost some greats... I mean every year, but man, it just seems to be hitting hard lately. Maybe it's just me getting older...
Steve said on 12/Jun/15
He led a long, fascinating, productive life. Who can ask for any more?
hijopotamus said on 12/Jun/15
6'5" out of the coffin. Great actor Movie Legend.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jun/15
Very sorry to hear it his passing. A huge talent
184.3cm (Night) said on 12/Jun/15
RIP another true legend passes :(
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jun/15
My thoughts exactly like Sam. We've lost one of British cinema's greatest treasures!
OneNamePlease said on 12/Jun/15
Peak 195 cm, rest in peace Great actor
Modeus said on 11/Jun/15
read he was a direct descendant of charlemagne who has been listed between 184 and 192 cm who lived during the 8th century, that must have been extremely tall for this time like equivalent to a 6 ft 10 guy nowadays
172.4cm guy said on 11/Jun/15
RIP, to a talented, elegant, and professional actor. He leaves behind a great work of art. I will miss hearing his voicework too; such a commanding voice! Godspeed.
James B said on 11/Jun/15
RIP tall man
Sam said on 11/Jun/15
RIP, what an amazing career and an amazing life and he possessed a great, irreplaceable screen presence.
MJKoP said on 11/Jun/15
RIP, great actor.
Amaze said on 11/Jun/15
RIP. You will be missed. Good actor
Very tall!
6:4.5 194cm
Edgar_Hernรกndez said on 2/Jun/15
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