How tall is David Prowse - Page 2

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Average Guess (107 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 5.87in (197.8cm)
Current: 6ft 1.45in (186.6cm)
Sam said on 4/Jun/15
He has a big enough head though and taller people generally have lower eye-level in ratio to their height because their heads tend to be larger, albeit proportionally the same as someone shorter with a smaller head.
G said on 25/May/15
Hello. I watched Star Wars Episode VI long ago and tried to compare Prowse with other actors like Mark Hamil. As Darth Vader, Prowse looked tall, but not as 6'6 or 6'7, but as 6'4 or 6'4.5. What do you think about that?
berta said on 13/May/15
hm i cant se his ever being taller than me and im strong 6,5. around 6 foot 5 peak and now down to just over 6 foot. must be some kind of recorc
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/May/15
6ft7 out of bed peak
Jordan said on 4/May/15

I have seen those photos and you are Correct. However is Cushing even 5'11.5?
N said on 1/May/15
He was never 6'6". His eyeline was only 4 inches over 5'11.5" Peter Cushing in starwars.
six niner said on 1/Apr/15
My son and I met him in 2010. He was a to me maybe 6'4" son is 6'7" and I 6'9" we both were much taller. I believe he was 6'6" in his prime.
Darth Nihilus said on 7/Feb/15
Rob, any possibility to downgrade Prowse's peak height from 6'6" to 6'4"?
Darth Nihilus said on 14/Jan/15
@Jordan: Let's say, Prowse stood a legit 6'4" in his prime.
Jordan said on 1/Jan/15
Darth Nihilus,

I agree with everything you have stated there. I know the scenes you are talking about in the movie, and there are some pics of the whole cast back in 1977, where Dave looked anywhere from 7 to 9 inches taller than Mark Hamil.

Hamil is about 5'7 Nowadays ( He has pics with Billy Dee Williams who is 5'10 with Rob) and looks about 3 inches under Billy. So I would call Hamil 5'7.5 in his prime and Dave about 6'3.5 to 6'4.5 Range.

Dave was extremely strong regardless of height, he was the first Brit to Deadlift 700 pounds and had a 490 pounds Bench Press!!!!
Darth Nihilus said on 28/Dec/14
I watched Star Wars Episode VI yesterday in the TV. There were enough scenes where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was standing beside Darth Vader (David Prowse), talking to him that he should turn from the Dark Side to the Light Side of the Force. And all I have to say is that Darth Vader looked only full 8 inches taller than Luke who isn't even a legit 5'8". Already 6'1" Harrison Ford as Han Solo dwarfed Luke by almost a full head. So 6'6" or 6'7" is a lie as Prowse's peak height. I don't know why he claimed that mark in his younger days because Prowse as Darth Vader looks nothing more than 6'4", maybe 6'5" with shoes and helmet and so on. Let alone 6'6" and the 6'7" claiming for Dave's height is ridiculous. A human in the size of 6'6"-6'7" looks almost gigantic and yes, as Darth Vader, Prowse looked tall but not gigantic. So 6'4" could describe Prowse's peak height. I wished, Rob could change Dave's peak height from 6'6" to 6'4" and yes, Prowse might have operations because of his unhealthy stature but that never gives a human the possibility to lose 3 inches.
bud said on 13/Nov/14
Rob any chance he was 6'4.5 when he played darth vader?Then he didin't look 6'5 to me,max 6'4.75.
[Editor Rob: he could look anywhere in 6ft 4-5 range by Vader...question is if he had lost an inch or so by 40!]
miko said on 28/Oct/14
Look at the camera David, use the force!

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He's aged quite fast in these last few years.
yenz said on 25/Sep/14
@Clay Thats what I suggest alot, you can roughly judge a person's height(or peak height), by taking note of their other body parts.

Like Clive Russell looks about 6'4" here on Celebheights, yet his wingspan looks over 6'6". Your wingspan should be the same as your height.
Frank said on 17/Sep/14
In his peak he was 6´4" or 6´4.5" top, barefoot of course.
It is big height really, with boots like Dark Vader he would look 6.6" easily and with the helmet a lot of bigger too.

6´6" or 6´7" barefoot sounds a joke...
Clay said on 11/Aug/14
You can tell he still has the limbs and porportions of a near giant-sized human, despite the huge height loss.
Oanh said on 5/Aug/14
About 6'2" in the photo, and 6'5 1/2"-6'6" peak. He never looked 6'7" to me.
Jordan said on 24/Jul/14

No Its a good photo bc Ford is leaning back also giving up height. Look at the other Pics from this event, Dave is no More than 3.5 Inches taller.
SaveUsY2J said on 19/Jul/14
@Jordan- That photo is awful for height comparison, Ford's closer to the camera and Prowse is slouching heavily.
mike said on 23/Jun/14
he looks good for his age here but recent pics from 2013 he looks terrible. but i did find a new pic on his twitter account he's looking better now!
Jordan said on 23/Jun/14
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IM sorry but there only looks to be 3.5 inches between Prowse and Ford ( Dave also has thicker shoes than Ford). I dont buy 6'5. Ford was 6'0-6'1 Tops Dave is at most 3.5" taller. 6'6, 6'7 are out of the question, even in 1977.
mike said on 23/Jun/14
i would just leave David at his peak he's not really doing much these days.
mike said on 22/Jun/14
he looks 188-189 here.
avi said on 9/Jun/14
@Jordan says on 13/May/14
New Photo from 1977 with a front View and Dave Prowse next to 6'0ish Harrison ford. They are both leaning so its ha...

I agree I think peak he was a strong 6'4. Looks like he'd be 3.5ish taller or so than Ford
Jordan said on 15/May/14

The picture I posted earlier I had not seen yet on the internet. Its similiar to the other Photos we have seen from that Groupd Shot.

What is your take on who is giving up more height in the Photo, Prowse or Ford?
[Editor Rob: hard to tell who is standing better there]
Jordan said on 13/May/14
New Photo from 1977 with a front View and Dave Prowse next to 6'0ish Harrison ford. They are both leaning so its hard to tell who is loosing more height in the pic. Prowse looks 3 inches taller at best.

Rob, Ford is leaning agaisnt a Poll and Dave is resting all his weight on one knee so I am not sure who is giving up more height in the pic but I dont see a 6'5 Prowse here. More 6'3ish tops.

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avi said on 26/Apr/14

this is looking like that picture i posted of me and the guy who said could look 5 inches shorter than me. here is another one of me and the same guy and htat difference is maybe .5 less than here.
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could Prowse be 6'1.5?
[Editor Rob: last year he definitely could look between 6ft and 6ft 1, but his posture and all his body problems mean it's hard to say what he'd actually measure today. He'd lose an inch automatically because he's using 2-inch lifted sneaker to help balance the excessive loss in one leg/ when barefoot he's going to be losing some if both his feet were on ground for a measurement.]
Heat said on 26/Apr/14
Peak height was 6ft 5in (196 cm)
Lorne said on 6/Mar/14
Really he looked barely 6'5 by the Star Wars era. Maybe I'm being harsh, but 196-197cm seems more believable than 198... Though he easily would have cleared 6'6 out of bed at one point.
[Editor Rob: it is possible in 40's he had lost some height]
avi said on 20/Jan/14
@Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 1/Dec/13

nooo. he was 6'5 peak i think. now a strong 6'2

@Arch Stanton says on 6/Dec/12
That's funny, you mentioned seeing another 6'5" woman recently in Glasgow too I think? I've only ever seen one woman legit 6'5" range.

i think he means she was 6'5 in the suit which still means shes probably 6'2ish
Luke Skywalker said on 12/Jan/14
I've never seen a human who has lost so many inches like Prowse.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jan/14
He'd still be about 6ft2, I reckon
miko said on 10/Dec/13
It must be quite depressing for David. He was likely over 6'7 in boots at his tallest and today might not even reach much over 6'0 barefoot.

It would be scary to see him standing next to his prime self.
[Editor Rob: I've seen him a few times this year, I walked by him last month and got a still from a video showing his sneakers Here, you can see it built up a bit compared to the other one.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/13
His legs come to Rob's torso. You can tell that he was very tall at one point. No problem believing 6ft6. Mightve been 6ft7 out of bed.
Frank said on 6/Nov/13
I dont think that he was taller than 6ft 5 barefoot in his life.
I dont understand why some famous lie about it....
In serie "Champions" he is in his peak, only 33 years and for me he does not look 6.6 barefoot, max 6.5.
I would tell without doubt, in peak 6ft 5 barefoot and with boots 6.6 or a little taller.
miko said on 30/Oct/13
I've seen some recent photos of Prowse and he looks terrible, no idea what is wrong with his eye and he looks incredibly frail compared to the photo he has with Rob.
[Editor Rob: he had a car accident not that long ago, his eye got effected.]
Matt 184.7-186.7cm said on 27/Oct/13
yeah his torso looks really short for his very long legs here
Connor 184cm said on 24/Oct/13
Darth vaders actual height in the star wars universe is 6ft 8 though Prowse looked 6ft 7 in the vader suit, 6ft 6 peak barefoot is believable from looking at his body size, now he looks no more than 6ft, rob i think the only possible way he could get measured probably is maybe if he laid down straight on the floor or bed and the person puts the tape measure flat onto the floor/ bed next to him perhaps?
Jordan said on 1/Oct/13
Rob would you say conservatively that Dave would have 6 inches on Bulloch in the pic I posted below a few days ago? If Dave has a 5 inch eve level he would be about 6 inches taller than Bulloch in that Pic ( who is 5'11ish with the Helmet) making Dave at least 6'5 there? Maybe 6'5 max and 6'3 min?
[Editor Rob: I would say he looked about 6ft 5 in early 40's]
Arch Stanton said on 26/Sep/13
Rob how tall would you guess that he measured in the Darth Vader Suit? He looks about 6 ft 6 in it to me. I think I read 6'8" somewhere though.
[Editor Rob: with the helmet on maybe 6ft 7, but I think there is a good chance he lost some height by early 40's.]
Jordan said on 26/Sep/13
I am trying to scale the pic I previously posted. Is there any way that Dave has less than 4" on Bulloch anyone? I see 4.5" but Dave's hair could be an extra inch so I am not sure.
[Editor Rob: a guy like dave could have 5 inch eyelevel...I saw dave again recently, he actually can still be over 6 foot if he manages to stand tall, but with a 2-inch lift in one shoe, I don't know what he'd measure barefoot! ]
Jordan said on 24/Sep/13
Rob, May need a Star Wars nerd to help us out to see how much the Fett Helmet adds but it looks like Dave has him by 4.5 Inches? Bulloch is 5'10 with you plus his helmet height maybe 5'11, add the 4.5 Dave has on him and could Dave have been only 6'3.5 in his prime?

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[Editor Rob: the helmet is probably giving an extra inch, in star wars era he could look about 6ft 5, but it is possible Prowse had lost height by early 40's when he did those films.]
miko said on 23/Aug/13
I think Mayhew is having some big surgeries on his knees soon Rob.

Given how twisted and bent his legs currently are I do wonder if the surgery will push him closer to 7'0 again and he can still look 6'10/6'11 on occasion these days in good posture.

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miko said on 22/Aug/13
Rob have you considered giving him a downgrade into the 6'0.5/6'1 range which he looks closer to these days?
[Editor Rob: he struggles to get around these days, so uses 2 sticks a lot. It's like Mayhew, he really is in a wheelchair most of the time last year or so, anytime he stands he needs stick]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Aug/13
Those are some long legs. Definitely a big 6ft5+ guy in his prime. Probably 6ft6.
avi said on 25/Jul/13
He lost more than Eastwood huh? Like 4 inches. He was never 6'7. 6'6 tops but still maybe 4.5 inches. Eastwood was 6'3.5 and lost 3 I think 3.5 is only for people 6'3 and above I notice. I think its just not right to be over 6'3 right? Too many problems...
Tim said on 5/Jul/13
A little over 6 ft one he is now, wow major height loss.
[Editor Rob: I see him walking about a bit at cons, well walking with 2 crutches, possibly standing tall 6ft 1 range but how do you measure a guy barefoot who has one leg 2 inches shorter than the other?]
Emil said on 22/Jun/13
Holy .... what a leg length. He had to be at least 6'5 at peak
greg said on 20/Jun/13
There's a picture of Dave taken in about 1977 (and darn it, I can't find it online again to point to it) together with the other members of the Star War's cast, and he certainly doesn't look 6'6", more like 6'3" or 6'4".
Brandon said on 17/Jun/13
6'6 peak and 6'2 now is spot on
Connor 184cm said on 15/Jun/13
Darth Vader/David Prowse is no more than 6ft now but still a big guy though his heads enormous bloody hell he's massive for someone at that height.
Henrik said on 14/Jun/13
James Earl Jones claimed that the producers of Star Wars said 6'6 1/2".
Lorne$ said on 7/Jun/13
@maio: Why is it hard to believe'? Average height loss for a man by age 70 is 4-5cm. And Rob himself can attest the man has to wear a built up shoe! That alone accounts for 2 inches, or so. So really, he has lost a good 2 inches of spine, with the rest from his leg. So when you ignore the fact one leg is lOnger than the other, he's lost a good 2 inches, which is well within normal range. Of course, the total loss of 4 inches is extreme, but if the extreme cases didn't exist, we wouldn't have normal!!!
Greg said on 7/Mar/13
He lost an insane amount of height in his torso. You can clearly see his legs are very long, at least long enough for a 6'6 man. They come all the way above Rob's stomach.
Balrog said on 8/Feb/13
David Prowse stood 6 feet 5 inches at least at his prime. This poor man has suffered since age 13 when first symptoms of arthritis appeared. I also red that he was near dead when his left arm became paralyzed, followed by his right. He was diagnosed with septic arthritis. Then a few years ago, revealed that he is suffering from prostate cancer. The amount of surgery has reduced his height by 4-6". This man is a true fighter.
Alex said on 6/Feb/13
I know, that's why am a bit shocked by that enormous height loss. Hope he has recovered by now...
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/13
Did you see him in his prime Alex? This guy was nothing under 6 ft 6. He's lost more height than Hogan or Eastwood.
Alex said on 30/Jan/13
Is it really possible to lose that much height? Health problems and advanced age aside this man lost 4-5 inches!
Connor 184cm said on 30/Dec/12
David does look like a genuine 6ft 2 guy next to you rob, i can clearly see a 6 inches advantage would he be 6ft now in 2012 or could he even get different measurements because of his bad leg he might struggle standing straight perhaps?
[Editor Rob: this was last time to get a standing photo of when he could stand better than he has done in last few years...he walks about like a 6ft guy today, well uses sticks to help his mobility]
Arch Stanton said on 6/Dec/12
That's funny, you mentioned seeing another 6'5" woman recently in Glasgow too I think? I've only ever seen one woman legit 6'5" range.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Dec/12
Rob says "It's like Jenny's dad. Used to be 6ft 2, last few years he wears a lifted boot. Here is a photo of it.". You sure that isn't a screenshot from that movie where Downey Jr stole a wheelchair from a hospital?

The amount this guy has lost is tremendous. Rob, what does he claim nowadays? 6'3?
[Editor Rob: no idea what he says now, he does struggle to walk and uses crutches. Last time I saw him, there was a 6ft 5 lady who dresses as a stormtrooper at some of these events...she made him look a 6 footer...]
Mightyman said on 4/Nov/12
He does seem to have suffered from osteoporosis his torso looks very bulging due to compression of the spine. My Cousin used to live in the same house and train with him in Bristol. He was a big guy.
Desann said on 29/Oct/12
Yes ok, when I look exactly at this pic, I recognize that Prowse has a head, a torso and legs of a giant. So 6'6" at his youth is where I put the money on.
fliper said on 21/Aug/12
It is not normal to lose more than 3 cm after 50 years, people think that settles over time, it is absolutely wrong!
It is probably of osteoporosis in the case of David Prowse.
Henrik said on 12/Feb/12
pedro says on 9/Feb/12
My son and I met him two years ago at an awards dinner. my son is 6'3" and Dave was about an 1.5" taller than my son. My buddy who is 6'4.5" says when he met Dave back in the 60's he says Dave was at least 2" taller than he.

I could buy the last part, but not the first.
pedro said on 9/Feb/12
My son and I met him two years ago at an awards dinner. my son is 6'3" and Dave was about an 1.5" taller than my son. My buddy who is 6'4.5" says when he met Dave back in the 60's he says Dave was at least 2" taller than he.
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miko said on 7/Jan/12
Rob would you ever rule out him dropping to 6'0 or below?

Given how much he's lost so far, I suppose you can't rule it out!
[Editor Rob: if he takes off his shoes one leg is 2 inches longer, so he's going to lose another inch if he had 2 feet on the ground and his posture would be effected for a measurement most likely.

So he could be 6ft barefoot.

It's like Jenny's dad. Used to be 6ft 2, last few years he wears a lifted boot. Here is a photo of it.

If jenny's dad stands in slippers he's like a 5ft 9-10 man, he wouldn't measure over 5ft 10 today.

ANDREA[ITA] said on 7/Jan/12
Rob, in this pic he looks more like about 186. You think he would measure 6'2 today? And you think he was really 6'6 at peak? That's a big loss!
[Editor Rob: last year I saw him standing and he was shorter than when i got this photo. I think this was the last time he could try to stand reasonably tall - at subsequent events I saw him sitting for photoshoots) - considering all his physical ankle/leg/back problems over the years.]
Jim said on 3/Jan/12
I done a couple of power lifting demonstrations with him in the late sixties early seventies and he was 6'4" then
Henrik said on 2/Dec/11
6'4.5" max? Come on now. Ironically enough, my mother happens to know a man who looks very similar to Prowse (except the muscles) and claims 6'4.5" (194cm). My mother thought there was no way I could be 6'3" (190-191cm), because he looked so much taller than me. A hundred measurements on me or so can't be wrong, and the Prowse-lookalike was clearly more than just 1.5 inches (4cm) taller. I wouldn't rule 6'7" (201cm) out for him.

As for Prowse, anything under a legit 6'5" (196cm) peak is purely redundant. He could very well have been 6'6" (198cm).
ChiasmataX said on 22/Nov/11
He's 6 feet 1 (just compare him to the legit 186.8cm guy from height challenge # 8). Come on Rob stop inflating height of those over 183cm :P
jeremy said on 19/Nov/11
never ever 6ft6 6ft4.5 max
sdsds said on 7/Nov/11
Looks 6ft 1in in the photo with Rob
Henrik said on 6/Nov/11
Shaun says on 31/Oct/11
To me he did look 6'6" peak. 6'7" is pushing it. Probably 2 metres out of bed peak.

2 metres is basically 6'7". Rob stated recently that he saw Prowse again not so long ago without elevator shoes and that he'd be surprised if Prowse was a lot taller than 6' even barefoot these days. Losing more than four inches, which already is quite extreme? Hmm...
[Editor Rob: he still has one elevator shoe to compensate for the leg that is 2 inches shorter. What I mean is barefoot I'd be surprised today if he could measure much over 6 foot because of the problem.]
Shaun said on 31/Oct/11
To me he did look 6'6" peak. 6'7" is pushing it. Probably 2 metres out of bed peak.
LAN Jiao said on 22/Oct/11
Recently he look 6'1.2 in picture..
Big d said on 22/Sep/11
Never 6'7". Looking at some old pics from the 60's he looks around 6'5" at the very most.
Legend said on 14/Sep/11
I mean 6'2 sorry.
Henrik said on 26/Aug/11
He didn't look that much taller than supposed 6'2" (188cm) Julian Glover in The Empire Strikes Back. Probably three of four inches in difference at most. It wasn't a case of towering over. You may argue that General Veers (Glover's character) is standing fully straight up and Vader is slouching somewhat, but Vader has somewhat of an angle advantage. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if the Vader gear included huge shoe soles, giving an extra inch or so.

He was probably around 6'5" (195-196cm) barefoot in his prime years.
DarthVader113 said on 16/Jul/11
He looks better than rob the navel to the location of more than 15 cm, then the upper body when he was young should be higher than it is now 10 cm.
Phillip Niemandt said on 17/Jun/11
Sure Dave may not be strong nowdays but beleive me he was a very strong man.

In 1996 i benchpressed 275 KGgs at a comp in Southapton and then did a strength demo at Daves Gym .

Dave was way past it and was having big time health problems but he did a work out with me and his upper body was still very strong especially with the bench press and close grip bench which was not that easy for a tall guy with long arms.
Give dave his due he was a big tall strong guy and he inspirred me to achieve what i did in powerlifting and that was to become a world champ. Regards
rob89 said on 13/Jun/11
Doesn't look 6'2" at all here, looks pretty much exactly 6'1", maybe add a quarter or half inch tops to account for the fact that he may not be standing as straight as Rob, kinda hard to tell.
James said on 3/Jun/11
186cm on the nose with rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/May/11
6ft5 peak
6ft2.5 today
Legend said on 14/May/11
Am I supposed to believe that he lost 4 whole inches? 6'4.5 peak...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/May/11
More of a solid 6"5 guy at peak...his height loss is without a doubt exaggerated, the same with Clint Eastwood.
Lenad said on 1/May/11
Judging by his build he may very well have been 6ft6 when he was younger. No more than that though
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Apr/11
189-190cm now
196cm peak
James said on 24/Apr/11
He's still an exceptionally tall man at just over 6ft but he's nowhere near his peak anymore.
Aaron said on 19/Apr/11
He's a huge guy. I mean, dang, even in today's age of improved nutrition and growth hormones in the milk, there aren't many 6'6" guys who are as proportionate as Prowse was. Look at the size of this guy! Reminds me of my 6'5" great uncle; he also has arthritis.

6'3" now. I sincerely doubt his height is constant so it doesn't even matter, poor old chap.
Phil Niemandt said on 11/Apr/11
I met Dave in 1974 in his gym.

I had a friend with me who was a rugby player. He played lock and was 6.5 in his socks. Dave was at least 2 inches taller than Ben. I have remained friends with Dave ans saw him in Decemebr in New York where he recieved a life time achievement award for his contirbution to Strengh sport and he was around 6.3 as i am 6.2.
James said on 4/Apr/11
His hair makes him look taller with rob but in the pic that is a solid 5 inch difference. can't see 6'2.5-6'3 let alone 6'2 flat.
Avi said on 3/Apr/11
Haaaaaahaaaaa. Never ever was 6'7. He was a strong 6'5 now weak 6'3.
Chameleon said on 27/Mar/11
No way 189cm with Rob :S
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Mar/11
Looks 189cm-190cm with Rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/11
6ft5 at his peak...probably 6ft6+ in the Darth Vader Suit

Today he's 6ft2.5(189cm)
Candyman said on 23/Mar/11
SolidSnake says on 9/Feb/11
wow 4 inches lost? how did that happen?

Some people just have different bone structures. I mean look at the height loss of Hulk Hogan, Clint Eastwood and others over 6feet. I remember hearing that taller people usually lose height more often than shorter people. As we age the body usually cannabilizes the bones and spinal tissues for nutrients anyways especially if someone has a bad diet, though it is more common in elerly women. The fact that he has had bone surgery on his hips, knees, legs and ankles should be reason enough to have lost 2inches or more.
Chameleon said on 28/Feb/11
I agree with James....
James said on 28/Feb/11
185cm on the nose with rob
Mathew said on 27/Feb/11
I could see him 6'5.5" - 6'6" prime, but from the sounds of it he's lucky if he's even 6'2" now. It's too bad he had to go through so much physical stresses.
miko said on 11/Feb/11
Rob is it possible that without the elevated shoe he would look in the 6"0 range? And probably tilted over to one side!

[Editor Rob: yes he'd be tilted at the hip a lot.]
jtm said on 10/Feb/11
rob did he looked 6'2 to you back in 2008 or do you think he is that height nowadays?

[Editor Rob: I think he looked around 6ft 2.

BUT this is with him wearing an elevated shoe to balance his short leg. His sneaker had 2 external inches of lift on it, so barefoot if he put his shorter leg on the ground he wouldn't measure as tall as he looked.]
SolidSnake said on 9/Feb/11
wow 4 inches lost? how did that happen?
d wade said on 7/Feb/11
the Vader costum could give him 3 inches i say 6,5 at peak and 186 cm today
Spence said on 6/Feb/11
He looks close to 6'6 in Star Wars
James said on 23/Jan/11
If you look how is eye level measures up next to the top of robs head in the pic he actually looks under 6'2 in the pic for sure.

It could be the way the photo is taken? In the pic though he looks 6'1.25 (186cm).
tommie said on 16/Jan/11
He was 6'7 " I used to work for him 25 yrs ago. As for bodybuilding he played with it for a few years but was never any good.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/11
6"2.5(189cm) today
6"5(196cm) prime
EdgarHernandez said on 27/Dec/10
are you kidding?: this guy lost height for a big combination of, artritis, age, hip remplasement, and his ancle, the guy on top of that used to be a bodybuilder, so 4 inches dont surprise me at all.
are you kidding? said on 24/Nov/10
WHAAT i dont think a ¨human¨could become 10 or 11cm shorter just because his age, i mean 1 or even(EVEN) 2 inches would be rigth but 10 cm? this guy should be 190 at peak when young
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Nov/10
196cm-197cm at peak

188cm-189cm now. His height loss is exaggerated a bit.
James said on 9/Nov/10
He's looking 6'1.75 (187cm) with rob.
Zach said on 8/Nov/10
And I thought Hulk Hogan's height loss was bad...
Big King said on 29/Jun/09
Ed(1), on his website it is written that he stood 6'5"-6'7" tall. So 6'5"-6'6" as his prime height can't be wrong and a strong 6'7" in his Darth Vader armor.
Ed(1) said on 24/Jun/09
Big King, I too think that Prowse might have been no more then 6ft5 in his prime, but I don't think that the max he got from the Vader suit was 2".

Maybe he wasn't 6ft10, but I could see 6ft8ish.
Big King said on 23/Jun/09
So that would make Vader 6'9"-6'10" after Prowse's height claim as 6'7"??? Come on, Vader with his armor was tall, yes but not gigantic. I really think that Prowse was no more than 6'5" in his prime.
Ed(1) said on 14/Jun/09
Big King, the Vader costume had to give more then 2", I'd guess close to 2" for the helmet alone. Maybe he didn't wear super big heeled boots, but even if they were 1.5", he was still getting close to 4" in boost from the costume.

In this pic alone you can see how big the helmet was in relation to his head.
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Big King said on 13/Jun/09
Ed(1), I already told that Prowse has still a head and a body of a semi giant and with his Darth Vader costume, he stood 6'7.5" and there is a source for that. The shoes and the helmet gave Prowse at least extra 2 inches. So he could only be a weak 6'6" in his prime.
Jordan said on 13/Jun/09
Yeah I def think he was over 6'4.5 in his youth, Maybe a good 6'6. But the man was massive though and he was clean of Roids too.

MY fualt steve it was his offical site and I converted stones wrong to 252 pounds, he actually was 266 pounds.
Ed(1) said on 13/Jun/09
It really sucks how our bodies give out on us as we get older, especially in the case of a guy like Prowse who has obviously lost a lot of height and struggles to get around. In the pic with Rob he looks a solid 6ft2, and with the great size difference of his head and hands it's safe to say he has the proportions of a much larger man.

I have a hard time seeing the 6ft7 peak height, but 6ft5 is definitely a possibilty. In his Vader costume, boots, helmet, etc., I bet he was pushing 6ft9,

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Not the best angle, but I honestly can say I don't see a 6-7 inch difference between Ford and Prowse.

Not to mention with Peter Mayhew, who only seems to have about 7 inches or so on Prowse. I met him in 2002 and he was tops 6ft11, not the 7ft3 listing he's always had.
Hugh 190cm said on 13/Jun/09
Okay I'd say 6ft5.25 peak and 6ft2.75 now.
yoyo said on 13/Jun/09
looks a strong 6ft2 now. but i have never believe he reach 6ft6 or 6ft7 ever. my guess he is 6ft4.5 barefoot in his youth.. maybe topped 6ft5 at most.
Big King said on 12/Jun/09
And Prowse's official websites says that he stood 6'5"-6'7" tall. That would make him a legit 6'6" guy in his prime.
Big King said on 12/Jun/09
There are several evidences and sources that Prowse stood 202cm tall with his Darth Vader amor. So shoes and helmet towered him to 6'7.5". So his 6'6" claiming is correct although he was barefoot a weak 6'6".
Steve said on 10/Jun/09
Jordan, can you provide us that link?
Jordan said on 7/Jun/09
His physique was impressive for back in the 60's when roids werent used. His offical page says he was 6'6 and 252 pounds.
Big King said on 2/Jun/09
Jordan, I also think that Prowse stood no more than 6'5"-6'6".
Jordan said on 31/May/09
I still say 6'5-6'6 as a prime height.
Martin said on 27/May/09
I agree with Big King completely. His head clearly shows that he is over 6'5 otherwise it would be mal-proportioned.
Big King said on 14/May/09
As we can see it on the pic. Prowse has a head and a body of a semi giant but because of his surgeries he's down at the 6'2"-6'3" rage. How strange that a human can lose so many inches only because of some surgeries.
Jordan said on 3/May/09
If he lost 3 inches than he still isnt 6'6 though. 6'5 would be more like it Bigd.
bigd said on 1/May/09
hes an old guy now. My dad is 70 this year and hes 5'11. he was 6'2.25" when he was measured for going into the RAF. a loss of 3 inches is very feasible for prowse.
Jordan said on 21/Apr/09
He was could have been 6'6.5 in his 20's but remember by the time of Star Wars he was already in his 40's so he could have lost height by then. I would call 6'6 as prime, 6'5 during Star wars and 6'2 now.
Sam said on 20/Apr/09
He looks 6'1 at the highest and how the hell can someone loose 4 inches on height. If the man is 6'1 now, than he coudnt have been taller then 6'5 in his hay day sorry. 6'6 and 6'7, nope.
Anonymous said on 14/Apr/09
I dont buy a 4-5 inches heightloss. he could have been only 6'3-6'4 peak
Big King said on 30/Mar/09
The original Darth Vader stands at 2,02 m (6'7.5") with his helmet and shoes, that can make Prowse only 6'6" on his earlier days.
Big King said on 27/Mar/09
Prowse was a strong 6'6". He could hit 200cm out of bed.
Steve said on 27/Mar/09
I would say Prowse was solid 2 meters tall in his youth.
Sam said on 23/Mar/09
In this pic he looks a decent 6'1-6'2.
Big King said on 23/Mar/09
Maybe Prowse was exactly 200cm tall and he tried hard to round that up to feet and inches. Although he wasn't a full 6'7" in his prime.
Anonymous said on 15/Mar/09
I thought he was 6 ft 7 at peak well thats what he say he was when he played vader in the first star wars.
Doug said on 9/Mar/09
He was definately in the 6'6" range peak though.
Doug said on 9/Mar/09
Looks in the 6'2"-6'3" range now. He has lost a tremendous amount of height like other heavy weightlifters like Hulk Hogan. The amount they lifted in their lifetime is just not healthy. I can't see anything over 6'6" prime same as Hogan. He has lost 4 inches which is an extreme amount.
Jordan said on 8/Mar/09
Steve, it appears that a 6'6 peak height is pretty acurate. Dave said he was 6'6, and has also been listed at 6'6 in powerlifting sites, so i doubt he was 6'7. His weight in his bodybuilding days had been listed at 238lbs and 266 pounds.
miko said on 2/Mar/09
4 inches height loss just seems ridiculous at first. But its possible, and clearly this guy has shrunken dramatically. It must be painful to lose over 10cm of height.
Steve said on 26/Feb/09
Its really confusing,when Star Wars first came out,he said to intervier on tv that he is 6ft 6.5in,before and after that he almost always stated his height as 6ft 7in,than he stated 6ft 6in,i just dont understand what is the true.
Big King said on 23/Feb/09
Oh come on, 6'7" for David Prowse is ridiculous. Even in his prime he was just at least 6'6". Also in his interview when he stated his height as 6'6" he was younger and also 6'6" was surprising me because I always estimated Prowse being 6'5" tall.
Steve said on 20/Feb/09
Rob,have you ever listed Prowse as 6ft 7in?

[Editor Rob: I think 6ft 6.5]
Anonymous said on 17/Feb/09
Rob,have you ever had Prowse at 6ft 7in?
Jordan said on 3/Feb/09
Yeah Anonymous, he looks about 6'1 or 6'2 with Rob, but its basically a fact that he shrunk ,its just a matter of how much. If he said he was 6'6, than I Dont think he is anything higher but it could be possible. To me he looked a solid 6'5 after all reaserch so he shrunk at least 3.5 inches Or so, which is interesting.
Anonymous said on 25/Jan/09
I saw him shopping and hes only 6 ft 1-2.
Jordan said on 9/Dec/08
Yeah Big King I agree with a strong 6'5. He was about 265 pounds when he was competing which is impressive for those days.
Big King said on 7/Dec/08
Prowse looked 6'5 1/2" (197cm) in his prime. A strong 6'5" by the way.
Jordan said on 5/Dec/08
When Prowse said he was 6'6, he prolly gave himself an inch. I belive he was 6'5 in his prime, maybe 6'6. Now looks 6'1 to 6'2 with rob. Thats alot of height loss.

Still cant get over how big the guys hands are, Looks like a catcher's mit on Rob's shoulder.
Anonymous said on 5/Dec/08
The other website merely says "David Prowse is 6'5" or so in real life I
believe", so does not claim to be an authority.
As to other celebrities losing a lot of height, in the authorised biography of Alistair Cooke ('America', 'Masterpiece Theatre' etc) it states that he went from 6'1" in his prime to around 5'7" in his nineties - and that having been a tall man for most of his life he really disliked how much height he had lost.
Big King said on 4/Dec/08
I found another website where it is written that prowse was 6'5". Click Here
Jordan said on 4/Dec/08
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Dave was huge in this show. Looked 6'6ish here.
lillo thomas said on 4/Dec/08
yep Darth Vader is supposed to be 6-7 in helmet so david prowse was around 6-5 barefoot peak 6-5.5 max.
Big King said on 3/Dec/08
The original Darth Vader has been described as 6'7 1/2" (2,02 m) and if Vader is that tall with his shoes and helmet then the actor Dave Prowse has to be 6'6" at his peak but I would say that his peak height was more 6'5" like.
Hugh said on 2/Dec/08
hmmmm. Looking at recent photos of him he looks 6ft3-6ft3.5 range these days.
adam said on 13/Nov/08
His torso looks shorter than Rob`s yet his legs look extremelly long!!! No doubts he has lost a lot of height from his upper body. I can easily buy 6-6 peak.
Anonymous3 said on 11/Nov/08
This is one massive man!
trueheight said on 11/Nov/08
he certainly has the noggin of a giant, seems like all that weightlifting was not kind to his spine.
flash_of_eden said on 11/Nov/08
rob wears awesome sweatshirts.
adam said on 11/Nov/08
Oh, it wasn`t Rob. amit, thank you. My bad...

And Clint has lost a lot of height too! Around 4 inches, I`d say.
adam said on 11/Nov/08
Julia Child, yes... Thank you, Rob. It`s hard to believe that anyone would have lost more than 5 whole inches!
lillo thomas said on 11/Nov/08
4 inch height loss is a huge height loss even 3 inches is a huge height loss.
In my opinion dave was 6-5 tops peak . He don't seem taller than 6-5 on darth vader suit.
Big King said on 11/Nov/08
adam, Hulk Hogan has lost almost 4 inches too. And 6'6 1/2" sounds right for Dave's peak height.
adam said on 11/Nov/08
The man has claimed 6-6 and 6-7. He was listed as 6-6
glenn said on 11/Nov/08
geez this guy shrunk.rob do you think this guy would be nice to me on the street or would he be the grouchy wookie peter mayhew was to me?.i would want him for clockwork orange as well.

[Editor Rob: he struggles to walk at any speed and I've seen him using crutches, I think it'd be rare to see him on streets. He is pleasant at conventions, that's all I know.]
Jordan said on 10/Nov/08
He has a full head of hair still, amazing for someone in his 70's.
Mattiew_- said on 10/Nov/08
I don't think this guy was under 6'5

Come on , look at the length of his legs ... He was at least 6'5 in his prime for sure .
Could easily have been 6'6 IMO
Alex said on 10/Nov/08
I would say more 6'1 in the picture with Rob. This guy has lost 4-5 inches during his life? Thats a lot
Markus said on 10/Nov/08
Looks like mighty Darth Vader lost a lot of height indeed...still the Force is strong in him! 6'2" max in this pic. Notice the size of his hands....
Jordan said on 10/Nov/08
His hands are Huge, coudnt help but notice his hand on Rob's shoulder looks like a cathcher's mit, Dam Rob what did that feel like ?

[Editor Rob: I wasn't aware of that until I shook his hand, it is pretty big.]
Jordan said on 10/Nov/08
Easy 5 inches between Rob and Dave. Could be a Solid 6'2 here, which would be a 4 inch height lose. I still think he was around the 6'5 mark in 1977, but maybe 6'6 peak when he was in his 20's or so.
Brad said on 10/Nov/08
He's losing his height. He was 6' 3" plus regular shoes, I was 6' 7" in shoes at a Ray Courts show a few years ago. Believe he lost 4", he did. He was a legit 6' 6" in '76.
thekiddd said on 10/Nov/08
There will always be the exception Hugh. But it is unusual I agree.
Big King said on 10/Nov/08
Prowse has still a big head. So his 6'6" to 6'7" claimings in his prime could be right.
Hugh said on 10/Nov/08
6ft6 to 6ft2! I do not beleive that in a million years!
miko said on 10/Nov/08
Severe height loss. Could still be 6"2.5-6"3 if he forced his posture.
adam said on 10/Nov/08
Look at that! His legs look extremelly long and on the other hand -his torso looks short. He has lost a lot of height, no doubts.
Dr. D said on 10/Nov/08
10 of height loss?? is that healthy? I mean that really is a lot
el toppo said on 7/Nov/08
hi rob, where can we see the photo of you and prowse?

[Editor Rob: later this month.]
Ange said on 19/Oct/08
I hear so many differing things about him ranging from 6'7 to 6'0. I'm sorry to hear his health is not good. He was a fine Vader. Usually I try to say something snappy, but actually this was the first I heard about his health and it saddened. I'm a big SW nerd.
Big King said on 8/Oct/08
Jordan, some people are also downgrading their heights for at least one inch, you know? Maybe Dave was one of them. Many people don't wanna be tall so that's the reason why they are downgrading their heights. But I've the same opinion as you. I also doubt that Prowse was above 6'6" in his prime. I always thought that Prowse was 6'5". And you're also right if you believe that Prowse is an inch shorter than Kevin Sorbo. I saw a photo of them standing beside. There was really about an inch height difference. If Sorbo is at least 6'3" then Prowse is 6'2 1/2" nowadays. In this case, Rob is right with his height estimation for David Prowse.
Jordan said on 8/Oct/08
Dave Prowse himself stated he was 6'6 in a interview. This was back in the early 70's I Belive, so he was never 6'8 and prolly not even 6'7. If so then why would he say 6'6 ?
Dave said on 7/Oct/08
Alot of people are talking about pictures, film, and such, but it is incredibly difficult to tell height from pictures. You have no way of knowing how the people are standing unless it's a full shot and even then the camera angle makes a difference. I am 6'5" and my brother is 6'8". Last I saw David in person was in the late '90s. He was already walking with a cane and my brother and I walked right past him as he was standing at a table signing autographs. He was about my brother's height at that time, perhaps a little shorter. He had already had at least one surgery and he was still taller than I. That should really end the conversation about whether he was ever 6'7". He was at least 6'7".
miko said on 4/Oct/08
Rob, this is proof that - in extreme cases, massive height loss can take place.
Jordan said on 4/Oct/08
Yeah I agree there Rob. The poor guy is in bad physical Condition. I have respect for him though, cause he never used roids and he got very big for his time. Plus its harder for tall guys with long arms to get the beefed up look and he did it without roids, so all the more credit to him.
Jordan said on 3/Oct/08
Yeah Rob, Cool that you met him. I belive he is a good 6'2 nowadays like i mentioned below, but no way do i Think he was 6'6 or 6'7 for his prime. He coudnt have lost 4 or 5 inches right?

[Editor Rob: I think he's lost about 4, all the things and actually seeing his upper body and when he was trying to stand tall for the photoshoots with people...fair play to him, he could have just sat on a chair.]
Jordan said on 26/Sep/08
Prowse is not close to 6'5 nowadays. He was an inch shorter than 6'3 Kevin Sorbo. I give him 6'5 for prime height, and about 6'2 nowadays.

[Editor Rob: he is a good 6ft 2, in August I managed to get a photo with him and saw how he has built up sneaker because one leg is shorter. He has lost a lot of height in his back aswell.]
Big King said on 26/Sep/08
Well, ok, I don't think that Prowse is still 6'5" nowadays, maybe in 1997. Today he might appear being 6'3" tall.
Big King said on 20/Sep/08
Atlanta, if Prowse was definitely bigger than your 6'3" dad then I guess Prowse could hit 6'5" nowadays.
Atalanta said on 17/Sep/08
When I got my pic with him at a creation con, I have a "deer in headlights" look on my face because when he put his hand on my shoulder, I was not expecting something so massive. Comparatively, I am a petite 5'10". My dad is 6'3" and he was most definitely bigger than my dad.
Big King said on 4/Sep/08
Steve, the other explanation is that Dave was 6'7" with shoes. That's why he said that he was 6'7" when he played Darth Vader.
King said on 29/Aug/08
David was never 6'7" because he already admited his height as 6'6" on a YouTube video, posted by Jordan. I think, the problem is solved.
Steve said on 5/Jul/08
Yes,you're right Chaz,I've just read an article that said Prowse had suffered from arthritis when he was 13 years old,due to his arthritis he has shrinked and by his early forties he was shorter than his peak height,and if he was 6'6.5"(199cm) in his mid and late thirties he could have been 6'7"(201cm) in twenties or even early thirties.That's the explanation.
Chaz said on 18/Jun/08
The truble with your 1977,hey day Ed(1)is Prowse was 42,and allready had arthritis,his real hey day was 1962-68,when he was British Weightlifting champ,and world Caber tossing champ,that's what he blames his bad hips on,his true peak height was 6'6.5''.
Ed(1) said on 7/Jun/08
I stll think Prowse was no more then 6ft4.5-6ft5 tops in his hey day! Just look at the premiere pic Jordan posted of him with Harrison Ford(6ft1) back in 1977. There he looks to have about 3-maybe 4 inches tops on Ford. I'm sure if the angle was shifted it would be more apparent. The 6ft6 and 6ft7 claims sound like the usual body builder exaggerations!

Another one who exaggerates is Peter Mayhew(Chewbacca), just look at that pic of him next to Prowse and Ford, and it's obvious he was never 7ft3-7ft4 like he claimed! When I saw him in 2002 he was 6ft11 tops. What did he lose 5 inches too? LOL
Jordan said on 6/Jun/08
See Bulloch said he is 6'0 himself and he lists it on his myspace so I cant buy 6'1 especially when Rob said he was 5'11. Vader's boots also have more of a heel than Fett's I belive.
Steve said on 6/Jun/08
Of course,Vaders helmet gives more height than Fetts helmet,its obvious.And even without helmet Prowse looks about 5 inches taller.Bulloch is always listed as 6'1",and I strongly believe he is,cause he doesnt look less than 6'1" standing next to David.

That picture is not good for judging about Davids height.Saw that pictue and many others from better angles where I saw that Prowse has 5 inches on Harrison Ford,but Peter Mayhew is listed as 7'3" and he doesnt that tall on that picture.

Lee looks much taller than Cushing who is 6'0",and he is probably 6'5" on that picture but no way he was taller Dave.
Jordan said on 5/Jun/08
Dave Prowse vs. Christopher Lee

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Lee might have been as tall as 6'5 in his younger years and they both look to stack up evenly with Cushing in both of those photos but Prowse has the Helmet on, so its possible that Lee might have been taller.
Jordan said on 5/Jun/08
Rob this pic blows my mind.

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Dave is the one with the Glasses and the real tall one is Peter Mayhew. I thought at first the tall one was Dave but he is the glasses guy looking only 2 to 3 inches taller then 6'1 tops ford.
Jordan said on 5/Jun/08
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Keep in mind:

1. Bulloch has said he is 6'0 himself and rob has said he looked 5'11 so I dont think Bulloch is a full 6'1.

2. Vader's helmet gives him more height than the fett helmet, so even though bulloch may be 6'1 in his armor, Prowse's helmet gives more height anyway.

3. There looks like 5 inches between them but when you take into account that Bulloch is more like 6'0 and Vader's helemt gives him more of a boost I would guess Dave at 6'4 in 1980.
Jordan said on 5/Jun/08
yeah, i checked again 20 stone is 280lbs.

I think Rob said bulloch was 5'10 when he met him. Its on the Bulloch page but in his helmet I think Jeremy would be around 6'0 at least.
Steve said on 5/Jun/08
I think Bulloch was 6'1"(185cm) without a doubt because he wasnt so much shorter than Dave who is supposed to be around 6'6" on that picture,and if Bulloch was 6'1" on that picture that would make Prowse 6'6".

The same picture with Alec Guinness I saw,and you can see he is clearly almost for head taller than him,so 6'6" undoubtfuly.

Well he really looked huge and massive on that picture,but I cant judge about his height from that picture.Do you may be know Jordan what was his peak weight?
He is always listed as 265 lbs(120kg),but than you say 19 stone (266lbs) and than he might have been 20 stone,how much lbs is 20 stone?

I have already seen that video before.That what he stated doesnt mean that his peak height wasnt 6'7".He stated 6'6" probably because he had shrunk from 6'7" to 6'6".That doesnt rules him being 6'7".

Thanks for posting those pics Jordan.
Jordan said on 4/Jun/08
Here is the original Vidoe i sent rob in which he mentions up on the top.

Dave States he is 6'6, so he def not 6'7.

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Jordan said on 4/Jun/08
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Alec is 5'10 tops so Dave has a strong 7 inches on him in this pic making him 6'5 but the Vader suit has big boots so IDK here. I would say a solid 6'5.

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He just looks Massive here. And that was a natural body with 0 roids back in the day. He has stated that he was 20 stone and Ive seen a video where he got weighed at 19 stone (266lbs. No Doubt a big man but IDK if he was quite 6'7.
Jordan said on 4/Jun/08
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Keep in Mind that Vader's boots give him more height and Bulloch(Fet) though listed at 6'1 looked more 5'11 according to Rob.
Steve said on 22/May/08
What is billed height?
sf said on 20/May/08
Jason - exactly. "Sensible weightlifting." Meaning, proper weightlifting done with, overall, proper form.

Sadly, and I say this from 23 years' experience, most guys don't lift correctly, even champion bodybuilders. I'm not trying to sound like a know-it-all, when I say that, but it's true. I see guys in the gym just killing themselves (including a former Mr. Iowa), doing jerky movements, putting on too much weight, etc, etc, only because they are young and stupid and just want to impress everyone. Want to impress everyone and show how much them can lift, etc. They just want to get "huge", while they continually rip up their bodies and do damage to them.

Correct weightliting results in better posture, denser bones, stronger bones, more supported bones, and stronger muscles. Even squats don't shrink you like everyone loves to say. But, they can be hugely damaging if done incorrectly and "over the top". They will kill your back, among other things. do them correctly, without always killing yourself, and you've got stronger legs, denser bones, and you actually stretch out your back.
Jordan said on 19/May/08
The thing is Steve, that the famous fett facing off with Vader photo has Prowse 3 inches taller than 6'1 Guy (Forget his Name) that Played Jango fett and in alot of other scenes he shouls look much taller then Princess Leia (5'0) if he was 6'7. I will try to round up the photos that I posted her once showing the cast of Star Wars in offscrren photos. Give me like a day and ill get them back up here.
Steve said on 19/May/08
I dont think so Jordan.After his first surgery he was 6'5"(196cm),and that surgery was before Star Wars.So he could only have been taller than 6'5",and thats why I think he was 6'6"(198cm) in Star Wars.
Jordan said on 18/May/08
Well i provied a quote that had dave daying he was 6'6 and Rob shows that on the page so that rules out him being 6'7, And if he was 6'6 it wasnt in Star Wars casue he looked alot shorter than that there.
Steve said on 18/May/08
So whats your point Jason?
Jason said on 17/May/08
sf says on 16/May/08
''Shrinking from weightlifting is a myth. After 23 years of continued lifting, I am not shorter now, than I was at 19. In fact, weightlifting, done correctly, reinforces your height and stature because the muscle reinforce your skeletal structure. That's a fact. More muscle, stronger skeleton. Also, continued weightlifting results in DENSER bones, which, again, makes them stronger.''

Sensible weight-lifting, sure. Over-the-top weight-lifting, I'd have to disagree. There's no way that's good for you. I also distinctly remember seeing a study a few years back (haven't been able to find it again so far) which resulted in about 50% of the subjects (young - 20's/30's - heavy weight-lifters) showing the first signs of one type of bone degeneration.
elio said on 17/May/08
well said sf. I'm a little tired of people jumping to conclusions when weightlifters lose height as they age.
Genny said on 17/May/08
Dave Prowse has suffered from severe arthritis for years. he was as several science fiction cons about 20 years ago and he talked with a group of us and chatted for ages at three, cons. Nice bloke.He was easily three inches taller than my ex who is 6ft 2.There's no way, he was only 6ft 4.
Jordan said on 16/May/08
Glenn, On the Malcolm page Rob shows a quote of McDowell saying he is 5'8.5...SO my estimate was closer than yours.
sf said on 16/May/08
Shrinking from weightlifting is a myth. After 23 years of continued lifting, I am not shorter now, than I was at 19. In fact, weightlifting, done correctly, reinforces your height and stature because the muscle reinforce your skeletal structure. That's a fact. More muscle, stronger skeleton. Also, continued weightlifting results in DENSER bones, which, again, makes them stronger.
glenn said on 16/May/08
im aware of that jordan,but someone else here backed me that he was 5-9ish.i dont believe he is a low as 5-8.5.maybe a height when he was younger or late at night.when he wakes he is 5-9 5-9.5 is my guess.
Jordan said on 16/May/08
Actually i think Malcom stated he was 5'8.5 in a Interview. It might be on his height page on this site.
Steve said on 16/May/08
Jordan is right,before weightlifting,in his youth he was definetely taller.So I think 6'7"(201cm) was his peak.(I dont know where or why did he state he was 6'8"?)
glenn said on 15/May/08
so you know for a fact that malcom was or is 5-8? thats absurd.i have a photo with him and he was a least 5-9.5.if not 5-10.maybe i was 5-7 then,but that would make malcom 5-9 at worst.i dont think he wore lifts.
Jordan said on 15/May/08
well in CLockwork Oranage he had 8 inches on 5'8 McDowell and that was in 1973 making him around 6'4 in that time, but yeah he could have been taller before all the weighlifting. I just never saw him before a Clockwork Orange.
Steve said on 15/May/08
As a result of weightlifting he had lost several inches,and I would say his peak height was 6'7"(201cm),why would he be listed as 6'7" if he wasnt.I dont think he was 6'7" in Darth Vader suit,but he was undoubtfuly 6'6"(198cm),he was almost for whole head taller than Alec Guinness who is 5'10"(178cm).
Jason said on 12/May/08
I agree with you guys about Hogan being 6'4'' peak. Though, I think Prowse likely would have been 6'5''.
Jordan said on 8/May/08
I agree Ola, My Uncle stood next to Hogan in an Airport in 1986 and was the same height as hogan. My Uncle is 6'4 by the way.
Lawrence said on 29/Apr/08
4 inches is nothing to lose,some people with osteoperosis can lose 14'' in height,my grandad was 5'6.5'' in 1939 in the army,but only 5'3'' in 1999 when he died aged 94,and it's very commone to lose at least 2'' when you have a hip replaced cos they have to put the now hip further down the femur cos the head has crumbled away.and it's not uncomman for giant's to lose over 10'' dew to scoliosis of the spine.and most people will lose 2'' with no medical problems at all,over there life's
Socom said on 28/Apr/08
How can someone lose 4 inches?! I do not think this is scientifically possible without surgery. Nice research Rob. You are great at what you do.
Lawrence said on 30/Mar/08
He was taller than 2 time worlds strongest man Geoff Capes in 1979 at the Bremar highland games,and capes is at least 6'5''and Prowse was at he's peak in 1962-4 when he was british weightlifting campe,I think he must of been 6'6.5'' back then.
Lulman said on 24/Mar/08
Me too. Prowse was definitely at 6'5". I would pay for that.
Jordan said on 21/Mar/08
I disagree that Dave was ever 6'6 or 6'7. He had 3 inches on Harrison Ford back in 1977 photos. Ford is 6'1 tops and Dave had 4 inches on him. I think Dave's peak was 6'5.
Menster said on 14/Mar/08
Just like Hulk Hogan. Hogan and Prowse, these two guys have lost lots of inches. Hogan could be 6'4" while Prowse is 6'3" now. Their peak heights were also 6'6" to 6'7". They were having the same height and they lost several inches because of bad luck! Now I'm taller than them, I'm 6'6", easily two inches taller than Hulk and Dave!!
supes78 said on 16/Feb/08
Jeez, this guy has lost a lot of height! Does he have some sort of degenerative disease or is this a result of all that weightlifting and possible steroid use?
Ivan 6'2.25 said on 6/Feb/08
in benny hill show always had a head taller than benny hill
Jordan said on 29/Jan/08
Yes menster..I agree. If you look at my past posts I have said he doesnt look near 6'7 or even 6'6. In movies like Clock Work orange and Star Wars he looks 6'3 or 6'4, even in his prime.
Menster112 said on 15/Jan/08
Jordan, if Prowse is 6'7" tall, I'm 7 feet tall but in fact I'm only 6'6".
LargeHill14 said on 11/Jan/08
Yes, I saw the picture of Jordan and David Prowse does look a legit 6'6" but not 6'7". The metric system would describe Prowse as a 1,97 metres tall man. He looks near 6'6" as mentioned.
Jordan said on 11/Jan/08
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Interesting he looks about 2-3 inches taller than 6'1 ford making him 6'4 tops. Thats assuming ford is 6'1. Dave looks smaller then 6'11 Mahew by about 6 inches. Carri Fisher is 5'0 and Dave does not look 6'7, maybe 6'4 to 6'5.
LargeHill14 said on 10/Jan/08
I still can't understand why David Prowse is often listed as 6'7". It's a lie! He is 6'5" at least, I would say 6'6" or even 6'6.5" was his peak height but not over. 6'7" is absolutely nonsense and he didn't look that tall in his heydays.
sf said on 9/Jan/08
That I can believe. Also, people seem confused how he can look so huge in Star Wars....big boots, big helmut, THE FORCE, you name it...

[Editor Rob: I seen him again 2 months ago, he's struggling with 2 sticks that day, 5 months earlier he was walking slowly mind you. Same with Richard Kiel, he was being wheeled about in a chair.]
sf said on 9/Jan/08
That I can believe. Also, people seem confused how he can look so huge in Star Wars....big boots, big helmut, THE FORCE,
Joshua said on 8/Jan/08
Well... Prowse has himself made an unofficial statement after interview that he really is "only" about 6`4
Jordan said on 29/Nov/07
DAm, one of the prevoius pics is by tri-pod, ill try to find another
Jordan said on 15/Oct/07
Rob, this is strange becasue Prowse looks a tad taller then 5'11-6'0 Peter cushing in this pic Click Here

Here is how someone who is 6'4-6'5 should look next to cushing. Read down in the article and it shows 6'5 Lee with Cushing, making for a larger height difference than when Cushing was with Prowse.

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Rob, I am utterly confused on Prowse, he looks 6'1 in that pic with cushing, yet that cant be the truth.
Chip said on 18/Aug/07
Is he really only 6'2.5" now? Dang, he looked really tall in the Star Wars films he was, in, definitely taller than 6'2.5". Has he really lost this much height? Well, he's still tall. I mean, I'd be quite glad to go from 6'6" to 6'2.5". I'm 14 and 5'6", and I started my growth spurt two years ago (I don't know if I'm still going through it or not). I certainly want to be tall, but I don't want to be 6'6". That would be too tall for me (I wouldn't complain if I was that tall, though). But my ideal height is a solid 6'2", nothing more or less. I mean, I wouldn't mind being 6'0, either. I would like to be nothing more than 6'2", nothing less than 6'0.
Jordan said on 25/Jul/07
Supes78, prolly a combation of those things you just said and he got mutiple hip operations, so that contributed as well.

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