David Prowse's Height
6ft 6 (198.1 cm)
English actor, best remembered for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars. He said "When I played him I was 6ft 7 and 20 stone"
although he also said "I'm 6-6"
and in 1997 "I'm about 6ft 5 now"
citing hip operations as result of losing 2 inches. His own explanation is that "I had a right hip replacement. The head of the femur, the main leg bone, and the acetabulum, the socket, were replaced with artificial parts. But because they are smaller than the natural ones. I lost about one and a half inches of bone in my (left) ankle and had to wear a built up shoe. After another dislocation....has meant my right leg is a couple of inches longer than the left, so I need a greater build-up on the left shoe."
I saw him in August 2008 (age 73) at the Collectormania Glasgow (pic by Malcolm), he does have to wear a built up sneaker on his left foot to compensate. I think he has lost a lot of height in his upper body too.
5ft 8 Rob and Dave (1935 - 2020) @ 2008 Glasgow Collectormania
I'm 6'7" but since the hip operations I've gone down to about 6'5" if I keep going on like this by the time the surgeons are finished, I shall be about the same size as Kenny Baker
When you're 6 feet 6 inches tall and big like me, you're always going to get parts as baddies or heavies.
[Prowse] was considered a cripple himself in his early teens and was hospitalized for a solid year age 13.
I grew from 5-9 to 6-3 in that year. The next year I was 6-5. My leg joints just weren't catching up with the rest of me. I couldn't walk for a time and then they put me in leg irons. Finally, they took them off and told me I'd have to build myself up. That's when I took the Charles Atlas course.
I learned early my size was limiting. Directors have preconceived notions. I simply would never be cast as a happy father because they don't come in 6-foot-6 packages.
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Average Guess (119 Votes)
6ft 5.86in (197.8cm)
Jordan87 said on 22/Feb/21
@ Celebheights 6'1.5",
100 Percent! Again, Prowse had very dominant body language. If you put his scenes in empire strikes back on mute, take away Jones's Voice, and just watch Prowse. You know Vader is in Charge.
Naprous , while tall, Solid 6'4, Likely taller, did a good Job, especially in that Corridor scene but I felt he looked a bit too thin in the shoulders ( At least compared to Prowse).
Celebheights 6'1.5" said on 15/Feb/21
The copious amount of hip and bone dislocations, combined with the number of artificial bone parts he had contributed to his astronomical height loss. His many years of bodybuilding probably played a decent role in his significant height loss. His torso appears noticeably smaller with Rob in comparison to how it did in his peak years!
He appears to be around 6’1” by Rob, and I’d argue that David Prowse was a solid 6’5” in his peak, being built like a mountain man or a mammoth. The first thing I noticed when I saw him on screen was “Wow, he’s staggeringly tall!”.
On a side note, he was born to play Vader with his deep, orotund voice, his imposing frame and his on-point body language. He was an underrated actor with a lot of charisma.
R.I.P. David Prowse
Jordan87 said on 10/Feb/21
What's Also Interesting about the MacDowell Pictures, is Prowse has boots on, MacDowell had slips on in that Scene, Interesting.
Vincent Caleb said on 6/Feb/21
Posture is likely effecting some of it. While 6’6” does seem unlikely considering that evidence, he could still be over 6’5” for sure. He had 5 inches on a peak height Harrison Ford.
Vincent Caleb said on 5/Feb/21
Yeah I could see him inflating his height by a good amount to get roles.
said on 5/Feb/21
I agree with Jordan. Maybe Prowse could give a taller impression, but comparing him to known heights and he consistently looked around 6'4.5" in the 70s. Malcolm McDowell is pretty much a confirmed 5'8.5" peak, but no taller by his own admission, yet he reaches around the top of Prowse's mouth: Click Here
If he were 6'6", McDowell wouldn't even be a full inch above his chin. Similarly, Ford was almost certainly around 6'0.25" or 6'0.5" at the very most while there's little question Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill were around 5'11" and 5'7", respectively, with Hamill's own claim ruling out anything over that. I won't argue 6'5" peak, but I'm not seeing any evidence he was 6'5.5"-6'6" peak comparing him to known heights.
Jordan87 said on 3/Feb/21
@ Vincent Caleb,
If you are fighting about an Opinion, that you in fact changed, that is a strike and weakens the argument. You are confusing Immaturity with actually calling people out about stupid stories and using the word " Facts" in their argument. B/c why? their Relative met him? lol That is completely idiotic. Facts? Yeah ok.
Agree to disagree? Sure, we both admire Prowse it sounds like. Now, Not Having Prowse do the Body of Vader really sucks. He has Passed and was in bad health for nearly 20 years. One thing is for sure, His tall, Macular Frame as well as DOMINANT Body Language was Unmatched. Hayden didn't have it in the suit, he looked tiny. And Naprous , Who did a good job, looked much smaller than Prowse. As Far as his height? I will still argue he does not look 6'6".
Prowse has Claimed 6'6" and 6'7" a few times before. Keep in mind, his height got him roles so it would make sense he would inflate it. He does not look over 6'5" Next to Cushing, McDowell, Mayhew, and many others. Also he comes to about 6'0-3/4" with Rob. Do I think its possible for him to loose over 5 inches....Anything is possibly buy Extremely Unlikely.
Vincent Caleb said on 3/Feb/21
Yeah, that is possible. I have said 6’5” range in the past and also 197 range, so they both could have been possibilities. If I had to say who was taller between him and Hulk Hogan, it would be very close but I think I might say a really young David Prowse. Due to the damage his body had taken early on, he shrunk younger than most, even more than Hogan. Maybe Hogan peak 6’5.25”-6’5.5” and Prowse 6’5.25”-5.75”. Also, check out the footwear with McDowell. It looks definitely a bit thinner than his. Could be a good fraction, and he already looks a weak 6’5” there. If the footwear was more even then perhaps he would look taller. Also, in the clip from a clockwork orange he was working out with weights and carrying Malcolm. If there had been many takes of that(something Kubrick the director was infamous for), he could be dipping into extreme lows compared to Malcolm. I think taking those factors into account he could easily be 6’5.5” next to the 5’8.75” McDowell.
Canson said on 1/Feb/21
@Vincent: not sure if my last post went through. IMHO 6’5-6’6 range is fair. I can’t see 6’6 but 6’5 flat may be too low. I was implying he could be closer to
Canson said on 31/Jan/21
@Vincent: I’ve always assumed he was a weak 6’6”. That’s possible but Rising presented evidence that it could be a bit lower. I don’t rule out less but I rule out anything under 6’5” or above maybe a weak 6’6”. I can’t see him being 6’6”. It’s very possible he was similar to a peak Hulk Hogan
Vincent Caleb said on 30/Jan/21
6’5” is an extreme low though. Definitely no less. 6’5.5”-6’6” is likely imo, but maybe he could have surprised me and only measured 6’5”. I always figured that 6’7” was a shoe claim, perhaps with a small round up.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Jan/21
197cm at worst. In the Vader suit - 6ft9+
Canson said on 26/Jan/21
@Rising: Yikes! You’re right. I may have overestimated him! Maybe he was closer to 6’5”
Canson said on 26/Jan/21
@Rising: I’d give a possibility of a peak 197 or just under (6’5.5) but didn’t think only 6’5” is what I meant (I said at most 6’5.5 but didn’t mean that) but because he lost so much height it’s possible he could’ve been that way at a younger age. I used to think 6’6” was possible.
@Chaos Control: yea 197 range is a very good possibility for his peak height
Rising174cm said on 23/Jan/21
He really only had about 8" on Malcolm McDowell, whom we know was never taller than 5'8.5" from his own claim and Prowse was only 35 when he filmed that. Then by Star Wars, he looked about 6'4.5" again to me in direct comparisons to the cast. Honestly, he looked 6'4.5" compared to known heights in the 70s, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was a full 6'5".
said on 20/Jan/21 Click Here
Back in this 1980 interview he said "Well I'm Six Six and weigh about 19 stone"
Vincent Caleb said on 19/Jan/21
It is called changing an opinion, which definitely happens. Rob has changed many of his estimates here, and so have many other posters like Canson and Hyper. I admit that I changed my mind, which is not something I feel bad about, and you should not be so bothered by it. You can compare me to fictional movie characters all you want like you did on the Sheamus page, but I really don’t care. Your immaturity is really showing. Just agree to disagree man jeez. At the end of the day, your not changing my mind and I’m sure as heck not going to change yours with the way you state your opinion like fact. This is a website about guessing people’s heights for god’s sake, no need to get this upset at people.
slim 6'1 said on 19/Jan/21
I got this guy and hulk hogan as height twins within the 197cm range
Jordan87 said on 18/Jan/21
They Don't have to ask me, nor Do I care.
No I cannot control what People think, but in Vincent Caleb's case, I can certainly point out his posts contradicting each other, which has not been Hard.
Vincent Caleb said on 15/Jan/21
RIP, great actor. 6’5.5”-6’6” peak.
Hyper said on 14/Jan/21
Save your lectures for yourself. You can’t control what people think. Only agree to disagree.
Hyper said on 14/Jan/21
No one asked you.
Jordan87 said on 13/Jan/21
On 24/Oct/20th you wrote "6’5” range at his peak IMO."
And Now you are saying he is was a Minimum of 6'5.5" ? lol....Nice! Bravo!
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 12/Jan/21
@Pierre the photos from 1993 (maybe he’d lost 1/4 by then) and his hairline is just over 6’0. So the two of his head is probably 6’0.5. Also where’s the guarantee he’s in shoes?
slim 6'1 said on 11/Jan/21
197 likelier than 198, yeah his big head does look disproportionate above, he did shrink a lot before his passing last year...
Pierre said on 11/Jan/21
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 9/Jan/21
If Harrison Ford was 6’1 in shoes, as indicated by the photo he’s not 5’11 peak
No the pic give around 72 inches at the top of his head so 71 inches barefoot so 5"11'
Vincent Caleb said on 10/Jan/21
It wasn’t the greatest picture, but I think it could still show there was a big height difference between the two, like 5+ inches. And to be fair, if Harrison really was only a weak 5’11” at peak like Pierre said, then 6’4” is possible for Prowse. I have always had Harrison at 6’0.5” peak personally and Prowse 6’5.5-6’6”.
Canson said on 9/Jan/21
@Jordan87: in Vincent’s defense, he usually does post good pics. He’s a very decent and credible poster overall
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 9/Jan/21
@Canson if you’re not sure on 6’5.5 or 6’6 for his peak, how’s 6’5.75? And you’re right, his head looks big for his height, I wonder if he stayed at his claimed 20 stone cause that’s a lot for 6’1
Canson said on 9/Jan/21
@Chaos Control: yea Rob removes the current height and just uses a peak when someone passes. He looks odd next to Rob. His head size reflects someone at that height surprisingly. Yet it on his 6’1 body looks very disproportionate. 6’6 is possible for peak height or maybe 6’5.5”. Hell of a loss to only be 6’1” later in life
Vincent Caleb said on 9/Jan/21
David Prowse was minimum 6’5.5” and looked it next to Ford. He is also holding up next to Peter Mayhew in the pic. If Ford really was 5’11” like Pierre is saying, then maybe Prowse really is only 6’4”.
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 9/Jan/21
If Harrison Ford was 6’1 in shoes, as indicated by the photo he’s not 5’11 peak
slim 6'1 said on 9/Jan/21
He did play in a clockwork orange 👍
slim 6'1 said on 9/Jan/21
197cm peak, not sure about his shrinkage over the years
Probably 184-185cm before his passing
Rip darth Vader
said on 9/Jan/21
Comparison next to Harrison Ford = Harrison was probably more 5"11' peak than 6"0' = here very probably wearing shoes = Click Here
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 8/Jan/21
I remember he was listed as “6’1, peak height was 6’6” before his passing
Jordan87 said on 8/Jan/21
At Vincent Caleb,
Great Picture! They are Both Leaning and Prowse has massive shoes on. I would expect that from you my Friend lol. You just disproved your own post. Good Job :)
Jtm said on 7/Jan/21
Eye to eye doesn’t mean you are exactly the same height anyway
said on 6/Jan/21
Easy 5 inches over 6’0.5” prime Harrison Ford, so he could be a good 6’5.5”:
Prowse is dropping height in his knee, and Ford isn’t standing to well either, but still easily 5 inches. Don’t be foolish :).
ChaosControl 6'2.5 said on 6/Jan/21
@Jordan87 deceased celebrities are listed as their peak heights, look at Andre the Giant’s page.
Jordan87 said on 6/Jan/21
Fact? Um no Actually since there is no proof. Why? B//c you say so? LOL Don't be foolish my friend. You did not just end the debate. What you may want to do is actually look at the hundreds of pictures posted on this Page showing that Prowse did not look 6'6". Try that :)
Dtj said on 28/Dec/20
My uncle met him in the lobby of a hotel in London in the mid seventies, before he landed the role of Vader...my uncle was 6’6” and always said he was eye to eye with Prowse...fact...so definitely 6’6” at some point in his life...
Jtm said on 5/Dec/20
6’5 at the very most peak with the evidence posted on this pafe
Canson said on 3/Dec/20
6’7 in shoes peak height. Could’ve been 197 range barefoot worst case
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/20
RIP big guy. Big 6 ft 6 peak, he was one of my inspirations for weight training when younger!
said on 1/Dec/20Click Here
In the photo, Arnold looks more like a legal 6'5". Could it be that Arnold is 6'5" tall ？🤔
Eddie said on 1/Dec/20
RIP prowes, I am sad to hear that. He is 6’6-7, but his greatness is 10000000000000000000000 foot
Canson said on 29/Nov/20
Heard the sad news this morning. RIP
Big King said on 29/Nov/20
It's surprising me that Prowse already died yesterday. RIP Prowse!! He was a good actor. I looked at the pics with Prowse standing beside Harrison Ford. Prowse gives really a clear 6'5" impression. 6'6" could be his peak height what he stood out of bed in the morning in his younger days, especially when he played Darth Vader. I'm sure that 6'5" was his true height most time during the day. He as a 6'5" guy appeared as 6'7" with his shoes and Darth Vader helmet. So 6'7" is what he stood in his Darth Vader costume.
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 29/Nov/20
RIP David Prowse. Could not be an easy life losing ~5 inches.
Big King said on 22/Nov/20
It is interesting to note that Hulk Hogan has the same story as David Prowse. Both, Hulk Hogan and David Prowse stood around 6'6" back in their younger days before their surgeries in fact! Both claimed 6'7" as their peak height although they only stood 6'6" and both had surgeries and went down to about 6'3" nowadays. Check out Hulk Hogan's page here on CelebHeights. He has exactly the same story as Prowse. My mum always told me that there are no coincidences!
Big King said on 22/Nov/20
Well, the reason why Prowse claimed 6'7" at first is because he measured himself 6'7" right out of bed in the morning. During the day he stood 6'6" when he was younger and that's the reason why he claimed his height as 6'7" on the one hand and two times as 6'6" on the other hand. Prowse never looked more than 6'6" when he played Darth Vader. Sometimes he gave us a strong 6'5" appearance when he played Darth Vader.
J2Frenzy said on 15/Nov/20
How the hell does he lose 5 inches?
Vincent Caleb said on 24/Oct/20
6’5” range at his peak IMO.
Big King said on 8/Oct/20
He was definitely not 6'7" in his younger days. It could be that he stood either 6'7" out of bed in the morning or with shoes. A weak 6'6" was his true height.
Reaaal said on 7/Oct/20
When i look at his old photos i say he never was more than 6'4.5 (194 cm) peak at his max. In .Vader Costume propably 6'6 (198 cm). Looking those old black and white photos and comparing him to Harrison Ford who was 6'0.5 (184 cm) at max. In those photos Mark seems to be closest his current height and have loosed not that much. Mark was around 5'7 (170 cm) at max. So in those photos Ford and Prowse seem to have around 4 inch (10 cm) difference and Mark and Ford around 5'5 inch (14 cm) difference.
In the end Prowse seemed to be still intimidatingly tall. If there is to believe his difference in his legs length he could've been and his peak in Vader costume with his helmet around 6'7 (200 cm) at best.
Matt logan said on 16/Sep/20
Jordan87 I agree i love prowse but 6'6" was not his height 6'4.5 at most foe david
said on 31/Aug/20
@ Andreiw Guina,
Do you mean 6'2" as a possible peak height ? I'd say no way. In other pictures Carry Is looking lower than his shoulders. Also he is pictured with Ford looking around 6'4" ( I will post this below). I don't think he was ever over 6'5", but I doubt he was as low as 6'2" as far as a peak height. he is no more than 6'1" With Rob back in 2008 however.
Ford is about an inch Below Prowse Eye Level. I'd say Ford was around 6'0, puts Dave at 6'5 there. Dave has Thick Shoes I'm Betting if you go by what he wore in the 80's, He likely has a shoe Advantage over Ford but in this picture you cannot tell.
No Way was he as low as 6'2-6'3 in his prime.
Andrei Guina said on 18/Aug/20
Hi guys I hope it's okay adding two pence worth here as well. I saw Dave Prowse briefly in 1995 at Cardiff at a convention. Unfortunately he was sat down, but he is big in frame. If you look at Google images with him compared to Carrie Fisher (5 ft 1" apparently) you see she just comes to his shoulders. I am 6 ft 6" myself and my mum is 5 ft 6" and she comes just my shoulder height. I think there could be an exaggeration with their heights. 🤔
I guess him to be a biggest at 6.2 or 6.3
Sakz said on 22/Jul/20
@Mincer I was shocked to see how much height he lost when I first visited his page. I immediately thought he must be up there for worst celebrity height loss.
Jordan87 said on 21/Jul/20
@ Nik Ashton,
I know, It makes the average person not too smart considering there is a picture above to support Rob's listing at 6'1".
Some people on here are extremely ignorant. I'm Arrogant, huge difference ;)
said on 20/Jul/20
Rob, has David suffered the worse heightloss of all the celebs on this site?
One of the worst, there could be some actresses who reached very old age and lost nearly as much.
There's also rare case of Mick Mars who claimed to have lost nearly 5 inches.
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/20
@ Jordan87 - Look at the average guess though!
Jordan87 said on 13/Jul/20
Check his picture with Rob, he doesn't look 6'1.5" ( Barely 6'1"), and Rob even states he is not that high. C'mon lady.
Canson said on 4/Jul/20
@Sandy: I think it’s the other way around. His peak was off not his current. Rob said he only looked 6’1 today so maybe 6’5 peak and 6 1 now
Miss Sandy Cowell
said on 1/Jul/20
🎁🎂🎈🎊 Happy Birthday David! 🎊🎈🎂🎁
A Very Happy Birthday to David Prowse, who celebrates his 8️⃣5️⃣th Birthday today!
Have a great time, David! 😆👍
Peak height - 6ft6
Now - 6ft1.5
Last week I added another quote from Prowse.
At 13-14 going from 5ft 9 to 6ft 3 would have been some jump in height!
Jkiller said on 23/Jun/20
Prowse always looked around 6'5.75 (197cm). Nowadays 187cm probably
Big King said on 15/Jun/20
The reason why he claimed 6'7" on the one hand and 6'6" on the other hand when he was young ist that I'm sure that he stood 6'7" with shoes and 6'6" without.
Jordan87 said on 9/Jun/20
No One is denying the man is HUGE. He never looked over 6'5, struggled to reach it at times. HE most often actually looked 6'4-6'5. Never Looked 6'6, hardly looked over 6'5.
movieguy12 said on 27/May/20
People seem keen to knock Prowse down to 6'4'' or 6'5'' at most but come on. The guy was absolutely massive in his younger days. He's had loads of health issues and has gotten much older. If you visit YouTube and search Prowse and Morecambe and Wise you will see a cameo from Prowse where he looks enormous. OK Eric and Ernie were never giants but David Prowse was a very large man indeed back then.
said on 27/Apr/20
"where would you place Harrison Ford in his prime? "
Well......Its Hard b/c we have Billy Dee Williams on here with ROb Looking 5'10ish at his older age. Billy Dee had heels on in Empires Strikes back and was in his prime so figure he was pushing 6 foot himself and Harrison was still a bit taller which would suggest 6'0-1/2" in Fords Youth.
Below here he is with Arnold for what's it worth in 1997.
Honestly, He is a bit shorter than Arnold in 1997 ( around an Inch). Not Sure if I ever had Arnold as tall as 6'1, I would say Ford was likely not 6'1" in his prime, I wouldn't dip below 6'0 for Ford in his heyday however.
Canson said on 21/Apr/20
@Jordan87: where would you place Harrison Ford in his prime? I have heard 6’1” from many sources including his description in the Fugitive but I’ve always wondered if he’s maybe only Trump’s Current height of 184ish in his prime
Jordan87 said on 20/Apr/20
ok Gotcha, I would hope the average man doesn't loose that much b/c it would really suck lol
I will say one guy I thought Lost some serous height was Harrison Ford. He looked 1.5" Taller than Billy D Williams back in the day ( With Williams wearing mug bigger heels), now Ford looks maybe 1/2" taller making for a 1.5"+ Loss on a guy who was not very tall like the others ( Hogan, Graham, Prowse, to a lesser extent Clint).
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 19/Apr/20
I think that Prowse just naturally had a big head for his height to begin with, and him losing a lot of height just accentuated the size. The average male head size for his peak height (6'4"-6'6" depending on who you ask) should be around 9.75"-10", but his looks to be easily 10.5"
Plenty of celebs on CH. Maybe "plenty" was too far, but I'd say it's not all that uncommon. You have Prowse, Arnold, Clint Eastwood, Superstar Billy Graham, Roddy Piper, and Jack Nicklaus, all of whom lost 2.5"+ IMO. The average man won't lose that much height of course, but Hogan's loss isn't that unique either.
Jordan87 said on 17/Apr/20
When you say plenty of guys, do you mean plenty of Guys that you know of personally or that you see on this site? Bc I can't say I have ever known sombody Personally to loose over 3". My father was Measured in the Military at 5'11-3/4, and In His Senior year of High School at 5'11-1/2 for whats its Worth. He is now down to 5'10.5" at age 6'3. My Uncle on my mothers Side was 6'4", now at age 71 he is 6'2-1/2".
To me loosing 2-1/2" is a big deal, most people hopefully wont loose that much in their ( By Prowse and Hogan's Age)
Canson said on 17/Apr/20
@Jordan87: I’ve kinda had my suspicions about Prowse really being 6’6”. He claimed 6’7 but that’s possible he was really a 6’5” guy who has just lost a very large amount of height. His head is enormous. I’m sure that he is not thrilled to say the least lol. And yea his head looks odd for that body
Canson said on 16/Apr/20
@Christian: for Prowse I’m uncertain but for Hogan I would say that his loss is about that. 2-2.5”. Peak height of about what you said 6’5-6’5.5 range and current 6’2.75-6’3.25.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 15/Apr/20
There are plently of guys who've easily lost way more than Hogan. Rob's estimation is 3" (6'6" and 6'3"), but I'd say more 2.5" (6'5.25" and 6'2.75")
Jordan87 said on 13/Apr/20
His head is quite enormous, 5" is hard to believe on anyone. Hogan and Prowse are two guys who I'd Say lost a tremendous amount of height, yet 5" is really hard to believe.
Even 6'5 to 6'5.5 is tough. I have never seen Prowse look that tall. He always to me passes above 6'4 but struggles to go over 6'5.
Mister lennon said on 14/Mar/20
Never 6'6. Forget 6'7.
6'5 peak tops. And the most of the times looking 6'4.
Agree with jordan. My guess is from a strong 6'4 to a flat 6'5 peak.
Canson said on 13/Mar/20
@Jordan87: Rampage is saying out of bed which would make Prowse more of a 197cm guy in the afternoon by his estimation. But it befuddles me that a guy could lose 5” if he really was ever as tall as Rob lists him now. He has an abnormally large head esp at that current height. I will say that
Jordan87 said on 11/Mar/20
Rampage, Look at all the below pictures from all Users. He has never looked over 6'6, struggles at times with 6'5, at times looked below 6'4 like Rob said with that group Shot. Forget about him ever being above 6'5, he has never looked it.
Can you post a picture where you see him looking above 6'6 to back up your statement? I want to see.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Mar/20
Probably 199-200cm out of bed peak
Jordan87 said on 27/Feb/20
Um.....Look above at his picture with Rob from 12 years ago and see a 6'1" Man. You think his current height is 6'2"? OK lol
VitoCheng said on 8/Feb/20
Nik said on 28/Jan/20
He looks bang on 6'1"'
said on 22/Jan/20Click Here
Prowse is leaning but I know for a Fact Prince Charles is not 6'2". He would have to be 6'2 to Stand up to 6'6" Dave Prowse here.
Some doubt even 5'10 for Charles, but assume he is his 5'10 Claim, there is no way Prowse was even over 6'5 there.
Take into account Dave's lean and he has him by no More than 6" of height. 6'4" was His peak IMO
Boxingfan said on 12/Jan/20
I have an uncle who's a little younger than David Prowse by about 2-3yrs and in his old age has actually morphed into a pretty good double of Prowse today (when they were younger... not so much) but he stands around 6ft-6ft 1 today as well and claims he was 6ft 7in in his youth. I can't say for certain he was, because I've only known him since he was in his 40s when he was easily 6ft 4 but probably no more... but my older brother remembers that when my uncle was younger he had to duck to walk through doorframes, so that must put him up there around a strong 6ft 5 at a bare minimum. So yeah, this kind of height loss over the course of a long life is very possible folks - it might be rare, but it does happen. AFAIAA my uncle has never had any major back injuries or surgery, but he was in a pretty serious car crash when he was younger that left him blind in one eye, so it's possible he injured his back and over the years that might have contributed to such excessive, gradual height loss.
Canson said on 30/Dec/19
@The Bat: I’ve actually never had an issue with Jordan87. He’s never been disrespectful or condescending to me as long as I’ve interacted with him. But in Greg’s defense, he’s using the listed heights here so if they are correct then it is 5”. However Jordan is saying that they aren’t. Guess we will never know but Greg’s opinion is valued here so it’s not an automatic that he wasn’t 6’6” in his prime
Canson said on 30/Dec/19
@The Bat: I’ve never had an issue with Jordan87. He’s never but disrespectful to me as long as I’ve interacted with him
Jordan87 said on 30/Dec/19
@ Bobby 5'10, TheBat and whoever else.
I actually do not care about what others think of my posts, taking it as aggressive or whatever. My Idea here is to actually get people to think for themselves.
Now Whether Prowse is 6'0.5, or 6'1......do you actually think he was 6'6" in his prime? That's the debate here. He never looked 6'6" actually. Not next to Cushing, Ford, or Jeremy Bulloch.
The man did not loose 5" of height. Hip replacements and old age 100 percent contributed to his height loss, but 5"? No .The Man only admitted to loosing 1.5" inches off the surgery you do realize this right ? Look above at the information Rob Posted. Old age is another couple inches for sure. Not 5", that's insane. He never looked 6'6". Don't worry about the tone of my posts, start looking at the facts instead.
Njp said on 30/Dec/19
I find it difficult to believe he was anything over 6’4.5” peak. Just like in wrestling, if you’re a big guy and you’re an attraction for your size you inflate it seem more impressive. Andre The Giant was a case in point. Billed as 7’4” and in reality he barely scraped the 7’ ceiling.
TheBat said on 24/Dec/19
Well said Bobby. Jordan87 has a reputation of this behavior.
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 19/Dec/19
Must you be so condescending in your responses to others? How about you start learning some respect and address people with consideration instead? Being kind will certainly go a long way towards creating and maintaining site relations with the other users and will likely prevent any heated debates in the future. As for him struggling to look 6'1, I'd say no lower than 6'0.5, but I think he can measure quite close to the 6'1 mark there. Remember, he had a hip replacement in addition to needing a built-up shoe to make up for the difference in leg length. Don't you think that perhaps he is not able to stand as well as he normally could have, in his youth? Take that into account before you cast judgement about his height in the photo. It's easily considerable that in his stance he is losing half an inch. If Rob believed that he was measurably 6'1 that day, then who are you to disagree with that?
TheBat said on 15/Dec/19
6'5.5" peak, 6'1" or lower today.
Jordan87 said on 12/Dec/19
He wasn't 6'6". He struggled to look 6'5" in his prime. Start thinking for yourself.
Caldonio said on 17/Nov/19
Lost so much.
Canson said on 9/Nov/19
@Christian: true. It’s a big head lol. I think it’s more magnified because it’s on a tall body now as opposed to a very tall body or extremely tall body whereas if his peak was really 6’6 it wouldn’t stand out quite as much
Damon Blank said on 8/Nov/19
I feel sorry for the guy. 6ft 1 is very tall on it's own, but being 6ft 6 and losing 5 inches after surgeries make 6ft 1 look tiny. But, some people shrink even more, regardless of period of time.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 3/Oct/19
Even most 6'6" guys don't have heads as quite as big as Prowse's.
Mister lennon said on 2/Oct/19
He has a largue head, but he was 6'5 tops. Never looked 6'6. Even not in the vader suit.
Canson said on 1/Oct/19
He does have a large head of a 6’6” guy
Mister lennon said on 30/Sep/19
He wasnt 6'6. He was 6'4-6'5 tops.
Greg said on 28/Sep/19
@Jordan87 6’6-5=6’1 so 5 inches of height.
Jordan87 said on 15/Aug/19
He didn't loose 5" of height. he lost about 4".
Importer said on 8/Aug/19
5inch height loss is just insane, one of the things that keeps me up at night tbh.
Canson said on 1/Aug/19
@Berta: your first estimate of 197 is the most I could see but the next of 196 if equally possible. Just no way I see anyone losing 5” even with that many surgeries. I could buy him being 6’5 range peak and 6’7” in shoes. Not a straight 6’6 or 6’7 tho
K.A 188 said on 20/Jul/19
Good heavens..he really lost that much what was he doing? Even Hulk Hogan did not loose this much. I stil believe he was 6ft6 in his prime judging by his head and hand size, this picture was taken 11 years ago who knows if he is up to 6ft today.
berta said on 6/Jul/19
198 out of bed peak and before bed barely 196 is my guess and today 184. I cant believe how he lost that mutch. Its not like he was working as a carpenter his whole life
Jordan87 said on 3/Jul/19
Yeah we are going to " come off it" b/c you say so. How about not. The man NEVER looked over 6'6". Try posting some pictures before making your statement. The AVG Guess is below 6'6", so lets see your evidence? .....Waiting....
movieguy12 said on 26/Jun/19
To the doubters who say Prowse was only 6'4'' prime I say come off it. He was massive when he was young, if not 6'7'' then no doubt 6'6''. This is one instance when medical issues and ageing genuinely appear to have had a significant effect on a celeb's height. Look at the clip on YouTube of his appearance on the Morecambe and Wise show in the late 70's. Prowse was not a 6'4'' guy.
berta said on 2/Apr/19
i just cant see how this guy ever measured legit 6 foot 6 in the efternoon. maybe 6 fot 7 with shoes on in the morning and down to at best 197 barefoot in the evening.
rawdshaq said on 17/Mar/19
Maybe was 6'5 but he rounded up to 6'7
texluh said on 6/Mar/19
First of all this picture with Rob was taken in 2008 which could have been a full year and a half after I last saw him. His health condition was pretty bad and he became less and less capable of standing up straight.
A couple of other things - his suit was much too big for me and what we have here is a man with huge wrists, hands, head and probably long arms. Also, the head thing is a huge factor - I've compared myself with a few people in the mirror since the end of last year who I thought were my height exactly or possibly taller than me, and i Have found I am taller. Because I judge by eye level - but actually I can see in the mirror than I my head is 'tall' at the top. So you're right, I would have overestimated Dave's height. Maybe 6 ft 2 in 2006 and 6 ft 1 in 2008.
Jordan87 said on 19/Feb/19
"He said he was 6'7" though"
OK? And Dolph Lundgren said he was 6'6, and the Rock Said h was 6'5. There is reason this site exists, its bc men lie about their height 9/10 times.
Prowse was not 6'7". 100 Percent IMpossible. 6'6" is extremely doubtful. 6'5 may be not even the case.
He has never looked 6'7", not even once with other celebs !
rawdshaq said on 15/Feb/19
He said he was 6'7" though
said on 14/Feb/19
Yeah, I think his peak should at least be downgraded to 6'5.5" because honestly I see the evidence pointing to 6'4.5"-6'5" range and lack of evidence suggesting he was any taller. Compare him to Peter Mayhew with a peak listing of 7'0.25": Click Here Click Here Click Here
The 3rd pic is obviously on grass so consider even an inch or two difference possible there, but if the ground difference were much more, I'd expect Mayhew's knees and waist to be much higher in comparison. Either way, I see much more than 6" between them. I don't see Prowse more than 6" taller than 5'11.5" listed Peter Cushing: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
Actually, it looks closer to a 5" difference. Cushing is closer to the camera in the 3rd pic, but I'm giving Prowse some benefit of the doubt because I'm not even considering his Darth Vader boots or the fact Cushing may have not been above 5'11" flat by 63-64 when these photos were taken. It's possible Prowse had lost a small amount of height by Star Wars, but I'm not convinced of this because he looked just 6'4.5"-6'5" with 5'8.5" Malcolm McDowell. We know Malcolm was not taller than that because he said as much himself in an interview just a year before A Clockwork Orange was filmed. If we could somehow verify how tall Prowse was circa 1970 and were doing a precise height challenge, I may bet on something like 6'4.5"-6'4.75", but as it is, I can give him a little benefit of the doubt and say maybe a full 6'5". Sadly, I'm not sure he can still stand or walk since he retired from public appearances over a year ago, but when he was still walking around 2016, I'd say there's a good chance he wouldn't have measured above 6'0" without the elevator sneaker.
@Jordan: Yeah, similar cases. In Dolph's case, he claimed 6'5.5" and 6'6" when Rocky 4 came out in '85 and was regularly listed and described at those figures through at least Showdown in Little Tokyo or Universal Soldier around '91-'92, though i haven't seen him claim more than 6'5" since and he did recently refer to himself as 6'4" during the Rocky 4 days so in his case, I think it was directly to sell the Drago and perhaps He-Man image since it seems he reduced those claims to much more reasonable(or even honest in the case of his 6'4" claim) once his star power was fading. Though Prowse never claimed a peak height under 6'6" as far as I know. There are many other examples like these guys such as a probably 6'3.5"-6'4" peak Lou Ferrigno selling himself as The Hulk and Hercules by claiming 6'5" up to the present or The Rock claiming 6'4.5" and 6'5" when he peaked at 6'3" and perhaps the worst offender is Kane Hodder not only claiming to be 6'3.5", 6'4" and an insane 6'5", but taking it a step further than any of the others by also wearing the biggest platforms and now elevator boots everywhere to maintain his image as Jason. It's kind of interesting how some of these genuinely big guys who have been made to be even bigger for a character then sell themselves with this off screen and this also applies to virtually the entire WWE, though others famous for similar roles like Michael Clarke Duncan and Will Sampson don't appear to have done this.
Mister lennon said on 12/Feb/19
Never was 6'7
Jordan87 said on 11/Feb/19
He was never 6'7 though. He went from 6'4 to about 6'1 ( at age 73 with rob) . About 1.25" Of that Height loss was from age. The other 1.5" came from His Surgeries .
This is how i'm guessing the loss happened for him.
There is no way this man was 6'7" and lost 6". Now Way.
He was maybe 6'5 tops in his Prime and Looks more around 6'4.
rawdshaq said on 9/Feb/19
I mean, this dude has to have like the unofficial world record for most height lost EVER. A 6'7" guy who shrunk all the way down to 6'1"!!! Imagine being a good friend of this dude at his peak, and lets pretend you are 6'2". You meet him 30 years later, and you are taller than him lol.
Jordan87 said on 1/Feb/19
Yes Rob, that's the Problem with Prowse is his many surgeries have really more or less dismantle his posture and joints to a level that I wouldn't want to wish on my worst enemy.
Problem is sometimes in his peak near the Star Wars Cast he doesn't look 6'6, more 6'4".
Prowse , Like Lundgren and so many other tall guys get roles b/c of their Height which is why I think The 6'4" Lundgren reported 6'6" on two occasions and is why a 6'4" Prowse reported, 6'6" and 6'7"!!!!
said on 8/Jan/19
He is not " easily" Over 6'1". He barely makes 6'1 actually. Look at the picture again. Christ.
He did look over 6ft 1 10 years ago, but might not have measured it barefoot...since he is using an elevator sneaker on one foot to balance his shorter leg.
Areyoureallytellingmwthisishaplening said on 7/Jan/19
5 inches my dude? That is so unrealistic!!
Canson said on 3/Jan/19
He’s not over 6’1 next to Rob, RawdShaq. He just has a very large head which would fit a guy who is some few odd inches taller like he was when he was younger
rawdshaq said on 30/Dec/18
Naaah this guy is easily over 6' 1 and thats crazy that hes lost so much height
said on 19/Dec/18
@Rob: what happened to Ryan Lee Stiles’s Page?
Canson said on 17/Dec/18
He has a large head to make someone believe he was 6’6”
Rising - 174 cm said on 16/Dec/18
I was going to make a similar about Prowse and Cushing, except I was going to compare to Cushing with a 62 year old Vincent Price 3 years earlier in Madhouse. Price still towered Cushing in wider shots while Prowse looks about 5" taller than Cushing in shots in costume, but without his helmet. Without considering whether Prowse's Vader boots gave him an advantage, I'd guess him no taller than 6'5" at the time of Star Wars based on this. It's possible he had lost height, but is there evidence of this? He looked about 8" or so taller than 5'8.5" Malcolm McDowell, maybe a little more if he had worse posture or was at a camera disadvantage, but I'm still seeing him no taller than 6'5" with McDowell 6 years before Star Wars. That's just what I see based on those two comparisons.
Mister lennon said on 16/Dec/18
If could be interesting to see prowse and lee together in their peaks.i think that they would be very close.
Rob, what do you think?
Mister lennon said on 16/Dec/18
Well, he could be 6'5 peak. But i think that he looks 6'4 the most of the times. A strong 6'4. In vader costume, with extra height in his favour, he didnt look much taller than 5'10-5'11 peter cushing than 6'4-6'5 christopher lee did. So, 6'4 peak is very possible. As 6'5 is.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 14/Dec/18
6'4" peak for Prowse is pretty hard to believe. Not as tall as 6'6" but I'd think 6'5" range.
Canson said on 13/Dec/18
@Jordan87: I’m not sure on his peak. But he for sure has a head on him in that picture that speaks to being 6’6” plus probably although that may not necessarily mean he was. He may have been 6’5 range or even 6’4” range claiming shoes and then some. I never really took the time to study older pics of him to get a definitive range so I can’t really make a qualified estimate
Jordan87 said on 12/Dec/18
He wasn't 6'5 or 6'6". He maybe 6'4". Still rough.
Jdubbz said on 10/Dec/18
Poor guy. I can't imagine being 6'5-6'6 at one point then losing 5 inches of height. That has to be rough.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 10/Nov/18
I've seen a few 6'1" range guys who have around the same head size as Prowse though. Jamie Waylett probably has the biggest head size to height ratio I've seen on someone. (without a medical condition)
Mister lennon said on 9/Nov/18
6'5 could be his max at his peak. And i see him more as a strong 6'4 guy at peak. He looked it next to harrison ford, who i think was about 183-184 peak. He looked 6'4 next to malcom mcdowell. And he looked 6'5 max in star wars next to peter cushing in star wars. And with the darth vader costume, helmet and boots. He didnt look any taller than 6'4-6'5 christopher lee next to cushing, even with the height advantage of vader suit. See him next to cushing in the tv programme this is your life in youtube, dedicated to peter cushing. He looked 6'4 there too. Not a bigger difference with cushing than lee had again.
Even in the hammer movies vampire circus and frankenstein and the monster from hell, he looked a strong 6'4 max. Althought he was slouching a lot in the later film.
Never 6'7 or 6'6. 6'5 tops and even mote probably 6'4 peak.
Canson said on 8/Nov/18
@Bobby: looking at his head size I would’ve guessed him much taller. That looks abnormal for someone his current size
Bobby 5'10 said on 8/Nov/18
You can tellby the unnatural way that he lost height, that he used to be a much bigger man.
Jordan87 said on 5/Nov/18
There are some Pictures where is looks under 6'5 like with Malcolm McDowell. He looked about 6'4.
Canson said on 4/Nov/18
@Christian: that’s awfully high. Probably wasn’t 6’6” to begin with I agree. I question Clint Eastwood’s to be honest. I would say maybe 3” for him 6’3 to 6’0”
said on 4/Nov/18
ROb in those photos that " Anonymous" posted below does he really look 196-97 range in them? I know how i look beside a 184 cm guy and i make them look small. If ford was 184 and they both stood tall in those photos, then i dont think David looks taller than at best 6 foot 5 and probably under it 194,5-195 range would be my guess. I can believe He was 6 foot 5 during star wars and had lost almost half inch already back then. 6`5 3/8 peak and 6`6 3/8 out of bed, sometimes rounded that to 6`6 and sometimes 6`7. haha just a guess as usual but i feel that is what he looked.
He doesn't look much over 6ft 5 at times, though I don't believe prowse made it to 40 without height loss.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Nov/18
I think 6ft6 is still fair for his peak (and 6ft7 out of bed)
said on 1/Nov/18
Rob, I'm wondering how it could really be peak height from Prowse. I read old comments and saw that you once said that everything from a weak 6'6 "(6'5.75") to a strong 6'6 "(6'6.25") could be possible. I found some old Prowse photos alongside Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Kenny Baker, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew from 1980:
What do you think was his height in 1980?
Around 6ft 5 range might be possible, 6ft 5-5.5 - I think prowse was a candidate for earlier loss than you would expect, due to his bodybuilding efforts from 20-40. Please try to comment with your original name again and the email you had used.
Manpreet Singh Virk said on 29/Oct/18
Prowse barefoot is currently 6'2. Peak height is 6'7.
Mister lennon said on 19/Sep/18
Well, he really never looked a 6'6 guy. Compared with people like harrison ford, peter cushing, billy dee williams, malcom mcdowell or martin landau, he looked only a 6'4 or 6'5 peak.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 18/Sep/18
A 5" loss for him is very questionable. Even Clint Eastwood who's older than Prowse, haven't lost that much height. Chances are that he was never 6'6".
said on 16/Sep/18
Hey Rob, Do you think it's possible he could be about 6'6.5" at his lowest or do you think that's mostly an early measurement? Since maybe that is the reason why he keeps switching his claims with 6'6" and 6'7" from time to time. In one of a old star wars scrapbooks that Scarlett Rose (one of the commenters in this page claims to have). In his profile in the scrapbook, she said they had his height listed as 1.99m (6'7" [might've been rounded from 6'6.5"]). But she provided no photo of it unfortunately, but does seem believable.
Maybe he once measured over 6ft 6 early in the day or 6ft 7 in footwear and went with that.
A young Prowse busting a gut for a measurement I doubt was as short as 6ft 5-5.5.
Jordan87 said on 11/Sep/18
HE admitted to loosing 2" of Height from Surgery and if you look at his proportions with Rob you can see he def. lost height.
He is about 6'0.5" At age 73 with Rob. A Average man that age would have lost around 1.25". PRowse lost likely the extra 2" he claims b/c that claim was from the 90's.
He has probably lost 3" of height. He is 6'0.5" at 73, Was about 6'4 in his prime. ( He was not 6'6" or 6'7" he claimed).
HE did not go from 6'6 to 6'1". He went from about 6'4 to 6'0.5" due to age and Surgeries IMO.
In many Pictures with Harrison Ford, he was not even 4" taller than Him back in the 70's. Ford is a very weak 6'1".
Siddharth Dwivedi said on 4/Sep/18
Well this is one hell of a height loss .hulk hogan was also 6'6 but lost to 6''3 ..which was because of his wrestling career..but what made him go this low 5' ****ing inches
Mister lennon said on 1/Sep/18
For sure, jordan.full agree with you. Dave was and is a great guy and a gentleman.and a honest and smart guy. I couldnt blame him for inflate his own height because , in his case, his height and physichal aparence was key for him for get roles in movies.
And yes, he was 6'5 tops.or maybe 6'4.
Jordan87 said on 30/Aug/18
@ Mister Lennon,
I'd say he was closer to 6'4 than 6'6 if I were to bet. IN a pic I posted a while back showed him on Even Ground With Billy D. Williams and Harrison Ford and even ROb said Prowse didn't look more than 6'5 with those guys. Ford had regular dress shoes on and Prowse and Williams had thicker heels.
Dave is a gentleman though, and very intelligent. I have watched a good deal of his interviews. I do not think he ever was over 6'5 though.
Mister lennon said on 27/Aug/18
He inflated his heigth in that interview. He was 6'4-6'5 tops.
said on 24/Aug/18
In case people miss it. In a 1980 interview. David Prowse describes him self as "I'm 6'6" and about 19 stone (266lbs)". Click Here
It's a more believable figure than 7 for sure.
Joey700 said on 14/Aug/18
Jordan87 Prowse has also claimed he weighed 260 during his Star Wars days but I agree with you that he was 240ish. If you read his book it sounds like he really watches what he eats.
said on 13/Aug/18
What would you have figured Prowse to Weigh when he played Vader say in A New hope at age 41? 240ish?
Do you buy the 280 pound Claim for Prowse during Star Wars?
I'm sure at some periods he has weighed that range, but maybe that was his prime weight.
Joey700 said on 10/Aug/18
Jordan87 You are exactly right that Prowse was much to lean to ever weigh 280 pounds. Prowse developed his huge upper body for bodybuilding then built his legs up when he went to olympic style lifting.
Jordan87 said on 9/Aug/18
Prowse Said he was 280 pounds as Vader. His Bios gave him 18 stone as a Bodybuilder which is 252 pounds.
I agree with you, he never looked 280 pounds as he said he was During Star Wars. There is no way he was ever 6'6" and he was never 280 pounds in his life. Impossible.
Joey700 said on 4/Aug/18
Prowse was more like 6'5"1/2 and 225 pounds as a bodybuilder and 250 pounds as a weightlifter. 490 bench press, 678 deadlift and 202 strict curl Prowse was a very strong man .You all have a awesome site!
Christian 6'5 3/8
said on 26/Jul/18
Rob met him in 2008 (which isn't a long time from 2007) and estimated him at 6'1" and even has a photo to prove it. Unless Prowse lost 2.5" in less than a year, 6'3.5" is impossible and you have a very poor judgement of height like Jordan87 said.
well I think he could have been 6ft 1 barefoot range because he has unbalanced legs. With the elevator sneaker 10 years back looked taller....I could see him looking 6ft 2 range to other folk... but since then he progressively got worse walking about
Jordan87 said on 24/Jul/18
All those words you typed are useless as Rob has a Picture with Prowse. 6'3-1/2"? No, Struggling with 6'1". Just Look above.
I'm not saying you are a liar and never met/knew him, but you are a poor judge of height.
said on 18/Jul/18
I was a photographer in 2006 when I met Dave. From 2006 to probably the end of 2007 I met with him several times, as I used to go with him to public appearances and do photos for my portfolio, for his, for the press, and sometimes to sell. I have not seen Dave since 2007 or 2008.
First I'd like to back up the fact that in the photo he would have been quite a bit taller than 6 ft 1. Because in 2006 - 2007 he was 6 ft 4 in my constant estimation at the time. At least 6 ft 3 1/2. I am 47 and haven't lost any height since I was 16 or 25 or whenever I stopped growing. I wake up almost always at 6 ft 1 9/16 ths - rarely am I taller, once I had 6 ft 2 exactly. However often by 12 noon I'm down to 6 ft 0 6 / 16ths, usually finishing the day there or even 6 ft 1/4. I put the height change down to having a long spine relative to my legs. Having spent probably a total of 80 hours with Dave spread over about 12 occasions, I'm very confident in saying he was at least 6 ft 3 1/2.
There was an occasion where I had his suit jacket for a few weeks, by mistake as he left it in my car or something. I asked if I could wear it to an occasion and he said I was welcome but "it would probably be a bit big for me". Sure enough he was right - you could barely see my hands when I tried it on!
I'd also like to say that whilst the information is correct about the replacement hip, he had an infection of the hip and leg in the 90s whilst in hospital, and a car accident to compound it all, in the 90s or early 2000s. So it wasn't and isn't just a normal hip replacement he was confronted with - his health and his legs and hips really suffered. That's why he never really recovered.
I'm convinced he was 6 ft 6 at peak height - if you go to the Star Wars exhibitions that have the real Vader costume from 1977 you'll find the boots to be conventional and they are size 16 or something!!! It all adds up to a 6 ft 6 man, not a 6 ft 4 man.
I'd be interested to know how it's become clear that he is now 6 ft 1 1/2 - is this a guess based on what happens between age 73 and 83? p.s He retired from public appearances in 2017 and cited Alzheimer's. He is a generous man.
Considering his leg length difference, I am not sure what he would have measured in 2017, but I would be surprised if it was over 6ft 1.
Jordan87 said on 10/Jul/18
@ Neigbor 12 ,
Rob has a picture with Prowse ( Pictured Above for Christ Sake) taken in 2008. If you see a 6'5 man in the picture with Rob we have a big problem.
If Prowse was 2" taller than your Son in 2010......your Son Is 5'11".
Have a nice day. Nice Try.
Neighbor12 said on 4/Jul/18
Met him at his AOBS induction in '10 my son is 6'3" and he was when he stood up straight to be 2"taller then my son. Peak height 6'7"
Jordan87 said on 19/Jun/18
They are probably checking this site b/c I cannot find anything else that would ever give prowses height in the 6'1 range except this site.
In the case of Mr. Prowse, they should have left his prime height since that's when he did most of his movies.
miko said on 9/Jun/18
I think his 6'7 claim was likely a measurement in footwear, possibly rounded up. Not sure he ever looked a full 6'6.
Christian-6'5 3/8" said on 7/Jun/18
Prowse was a weightlifter. Like wrestlers, they inflate height as well. Just because he claimed 6'7" doesn't mean he can't be shorter than 6'6". I've seen guys my height or even a tad shorter claim 6'7". Lonzo Ball claims 6'7" too despite being listed as 6'5".
said on 4/Jun/18
Rob, back when he was young, who gave the taller impression, David Prowse or Anthony Joshua?
Well unfortunately never seen Prowse at his peak age 30, but he certainly would have been at least 6ft 5 range minimum. The fact he put 6ft 7 on his resume - would he be lying by a whole 2 inches? Or did he get 6ft 7 in footwear and went with that...
In person of course at age 70 Prowse looked several inches shorter than Joshua does up close!
ImTall(6'6) said on 2/Jun/18
Not under 6' now
Miiiiiiighty_- said on 31/May/18
6'5ish prime, probably around 6'2 if he was able to stand straight nowadays, which he doesn't look able to..
So 6'5 prime -6'1.5 now
Jordan87 said on 23/May/18
If Bruce Spence is 6'5 or Above, Prowse is most certainly shorter.
Gracian said on 16/May/18
I think the peak height of David Prowse was a bit shorter than the peak height of Bruce Spence. Rob, do you think that peak height Bruce Spence could was higher than peak height by David Prowse and Hulk Hogan?
Jordan87 said on 7/May/18
Yeah honestly the picture I posted with D Williams and the whole Bunch is really the tallest PRowse has ever Looked. He was around 41 when that picture was posted so no height loss yet. 6'4 to 6'5 , I am more inclined to say 6'4.5 there is accurate. He has Dee Williams who is 5'10.5 by around 6" so 6'4.5 works.
The 6'6 and 6'7 Claims are a bit much. But his height is why he got roles so I'd say that's the reason for the inflation.
berta said on 4/May/18
in that photo of him billy dee, mark hamill ,ford carrie fisher and the dwarf guy it looks like.
Mark hamill 170 legit
Billy dee 179
Harrison ford 182-183 ( but was not that short peak)
And prowse 195. He cant have lost more than 1 cm from peaj there. the guy was no taller than 6 foot 5 peak and 184 today. he have lost alot about 12 cm. But not 14 ( dont believe he still can measure 185)
Mister lennon said on 11/Apr/18
No more than a strong 6'4- weak 6'5 at his peak.
berta said on 10/Apr/18
i think he was maeasured maybe 199 out of bed and round that to 6 foot 7 and really was during the day 197. this guy dont look taller than that to me peak. big chanse of legit 196. today he could be just fraction over 6 foot. but he can hardly stand
Terry said on 8/Apr/18
Bang on 6'5 in his prime.
Jordan87 said on 2/Apr/18
I tend to agree with you about the whole Shrinkage thing. People claiming Eastwood lost 5" is absurd. Dave on the other hand, normally doesn't look over 6'5 in his prime, sometimes 6'4. He is about 6'1ish with Rob which would mean about a 3" loss ( I had assumed he was 6'4) but if you check out the picture I posted of Prowse next to strong 5'10 Billy Dee williams and 6 footish Ford, Dave looks like he could be pushing 6'5 there. Maybe he shrank 4", which just sucks for him , but his surgeries are a bit worse than what you normally hear about.
I mean, I could See arnold losing 3/4", Lou Ferrigno losing maybe an 1". Eastwood maybe 3" ( At his current age) but Prowse seems to be a different thing entirely. The man really looks awful. If you compare his neck to what it was in the picture I posted you will see he's got some serious problems. ( Worse than Hulk Hogan)
Canson said on 29/Mar/18
He really lost 5”? I call Bullsh*t
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Mar/18
He couldn’t have been less than 6ft5 peak
Jordan87 said on 13/Mar/18
Unfortunately that is the tallest I have Seen Him Look. If he does have Ford by 5-1/2" That would make him closer to 6'6 as I see Ford as at least slightly over 6 foot tall in his prime. Usually he looks shorter than this however.
Jordan87 said on 13/Mar/18
@ Editor Rob,
Yes Hamills boots look thicker even among most cowboy boots. It looks like Prowse has Ford by 5-1/2" though would you say ?
Jordan87 said on 13/Mar/18
@ Mark Reyes,
"He looks a lot taller that six one in this photo."
No He doesn't. Line this picture up with Brandon routh, Prowse is shorter.
said on 12/Mar/18
Prowse looks really really tall here. Would you say Dave has Billy Dee Williams ( 5'10ish) by a Solid 5.5" here or could it be less?
Doesn't seem particularly tall in that photo, like 6ft 4-5 at most...check out Mark hamill's heels though, they are pretty beefy.
said on 12/Mar/18
He looks a lot taller that six one in this photo.
That day he was still over 6ft 1, but it was 10 years ago. He lost more height, last few years he never looked over 6ft 1.
ImAlexandros said on 10/Mar/18
Rob How Tall Is John Bloom In Real 6' 8'' or 6' 9'' or 6' 10'' ?????
Jordan87 said on 9/Feb/18
Agree. Whats weighed is Anthony Joshua weighs currently 254 pounds. Dave Prowse claiemd to have weighed 280 pounds when he played Vader. Weights can be tricky but I'm not sure I buy 280 pounds. Dave was 260 when he was a bodybuilder , as a 42 year old in the Vader role I would imagine he would be smaller, not bigger. Plus A Guys Like Joshua ( Having an inch on a prime Prowse) at 254 looks alot thicker.
FIint said on 8/Feb/18
jordan87, I pretty much agree with your estimate. He was tall, but never looked like a proper 6'6 guy, like say Anthony Joshua.
Jim Hopper said on 7/Feb/18
Peak was 6.5-5. Never was 6-7.
Jordan87 said on 6/Feb/18
I halfway agree with your statement. He wasn't 6'6, but her certainly was very tall. He was likely around 6'5, 6'4 at the min in his peak.
FIint said on 5/Feb/18
Just watched Vampire Circus. Even next to the dwarf he doesn't look particularly tall. 6'6 seems way too much for him.
Paul NS (6ft0.5) said on 1/Feb/18
Mick Mars is the record, I think. His peak-current loss on here is 5.5, so a half-inch more than Prowse.
said on 22/Jan/18
He surely holds the biggest peak-current loss of height on celebheights?
As far as I can think, yes he probably does have greatest loss.
5'10 lad said on 6/Jan/18
I’m a fan of prowse, as he always wore a helmet in scenes in Star Wars it’s difficult to gage his true height. But I can honestly only see him being 6’5 range next to guys like Cushing as there are occasional set photos with his helmet removed as well as seeing him next to other cast members in photos
Mister lennon said on 3/Jan/18
I think that he was 194-195 peak maximun.
berta said on 1/Jan/18
196 peak is the most i can give this guy. toady i believe he is no taller than at best 185 but possible 184.. he have lost about 11-12 cm by 80 yers old.
said on 31/Dec/17
Yeah Vader can be pretty scary,especially when he found out Geroge Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney Click Here
said on 30/Dec/17
Hey folks and Rob what you think is the best height for Darth Vader?
He shouldn't be a giant so a 6ft6 actor would be perfect.
Sometimes i felt in the original trilogy that Prowse who was max 6ft5 should be a bit taller
Editor Rob: from a visual point of view I understand why Lucas cast someone like Prowse at 6ft 5-6 range, because you want him to look a towering and fearful presence.
I certainly remember having nightmares about Vader as a young kid! Of course a commanding and powerful voice like Earl Jones made the character...I don't think it would have worked with Prowse voice.
Mister lennon said on 30/Dec/17
Never 6'7. Strong 6'4 guy, or maybe weak 6'5 at peak.
Not even 6'6 .
tree said on 28/Dec/17
There is 0 proof he was 6ft7,even as a young guy he was listed 6ft6 but didn't looked that either.
Jordan87 said on 28/Dec/17
He Was never 6'7. Look at him next to 5'11 Cushing, 5'7 Hamill, and 6' Ford. Also next to 5'8 Mcdowell. Dave was a monster of a man, and a great gentleman but was never 6'7.
He was very tall at about 6'4- 6'4.5 and has shrunk down to 6'1ish.
Keep In Mind According to Dave himself he only Shrunk 2". He is no taller than 6'1 now. Think about it, 6'7 was impossible.
I think with his hairstyle in the 70's and if he was measured in shoes he could be around 6'6".
even said on 26/Dec/17
6 foot 7 ( past ) , 6 foot 1 ( now ) = at 70 years old he has already shrunk over half a foot , which means if he lives to the age of 90 he is going to be shorter than rob , something isn't right
Starlo said on 16/Dec/17
Never really gave off much of a 6'8 vibe standing next to Luke. Yes he towered him, but not by well over a foot even with helmet and boots. I would say 6'4-6'5 range, but hard to tell.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 14/Dec/17
6'6" was probably a shoe height for him.
Mister lennon said on 13/Dec/17
Agree. 6'5 is the maximum for him at peak. But i see him more as a strong 6'4 guy. But yes, 6'5 could be too.
Jordan87 said on 11/Dec/17
Id say 1/2" to an Inch maybe for Ian's posture.
Jordan87 said on 11/Dec/17
Good FInd. I have seen that Picture Also Keep in mind the 5'9 McDiamid is sort of Playing a old man and you can see he is not at Full Posture there, however yes this is more or Less the Tallest I have seen Prowse look.
If we go by Eye Levels, Prowse is around 8" Taller than Ian There ( Again, playing an Old Man), Dave is a good 6'5 here though, yes.
Look at the width of him though! And He was 47 years old when Jedi was Filmed.
said on 8/Dec/17
Maybe this is the only time he looks 6ft5,with 5ft9 Ian Mdiarmid Click Here
Ian could have bad posoture there but i don't think he dropes more than half an inch compared to Vader
said on 21/Nov/17
I wanted to take this chance to share some pics of Dave in his Heydey since lets face it, his health has deteriorated quite a bit.
As I mentioned I think he was around 6'4 in his prime, I take nothing away from the Man's Accomplishments. Take at look at the link below which features Dave in the 1960's. Keep in mind FOlks he was an all natural Bodybuilder, no roids. This is not debated anywhere. Guy was an Absolute monster in his prime, also maintaining an Gentlemen's personality. Truly great man. His Size and Body language were just as Important to Vader's Success as the voice.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 16/Nov/17
I don't know but I guess it's not impossible. An overwhelming amount of celebs exaggerate their height and also a lot of celebs listed here are listed a bit higher than they really are IMO
Mister lennon said on 15/Nov/17
6'5 peak is possible too.
Anonymous said on 15/Nov/17
I doubt Prowse was as Tall as you. I think you would look down on him about an inch honestly. Or Course In his heyday he would be built like a Truck so I doubt the Inch would make you feel that much " Bigger " Than him Overall. Dave was around 240-260 I think when He did Star Wars.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 15/Nov/17
Not as tall as 6'6" peak, but I couldn't see him being anything under 6'5" either.
Mister lennon said on 14/Nov/17
I think he looked more 6'4. 6'5 is possible too, but i see him more like a 6'4 guy. Only seeing him next to malcom macdowell or harrison ford . Or with the darth vader suit next to peter cushing, he looked a smaller heigth difference tha christopher lee did with cushing. And lee was about a 6'5 guy.
I cant see more than a 6'4 peak prowse.
Jordan87 said on 14/Nov/17
In the photo I posted Below of Dave and Malcolm, Dave really has 8" Tops on Malcolm and that's with Some Footwear Advantage there. Assume they had the same footwear ( I do not believe they did, I need to watch it again to be sure) , Malcolm Comes up to Dave's Bottom Lip which only Puts 5'9 Malcolm at 7" Shorter. Dave is nowhere near 6'6 there.
I think based on those Pics, Above 6'5 is just not Possible. ( I am a True Dave Prowse fan, 100% My Word- But he did inflate his height).
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Nov/17
I can see an argument for just under 6ft6 but no way was he just 6ft4...
said on 13/Nov/17
If you take into Account that Dave's Footwear was higher, he would be more 7" on McDowell putting him at around 6'4 Tops really.
said on 13/Nov/17
He didn't look 6'6" near the 5'9ish tops MalColm Mcdowell. There was no Way he had Malcolm by 10" and that was when he had a Footwear Advantage in the scene I belive Malcolm had Slippers. 8" Tops. 6'4" is more accurate .
Mister lennon said on 13/Nov/17
Never looked a 6'6 guy for me. 6'4 maximum.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Nov/17
Danimal, how believable do you think 6ft7 was?
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Nov/17
@ Danimal - Hi! 'Poor' David lost height from a 6ft6 height, so as long as he's free of pain now, and I hope he is, he isn't really a poor David anymore at all! That's one of the advantages of being tall! If you lose height, you don't end up feeling freakishly small! 6ft1 is still an incredibly desirable height from both sexes' points of view!
He did go through some rather unpleasant hip operations though, there's no getting away from that! Reading about them again just now made my eyes water!
6ft1.5 - today's height.
6ft6 - original height.
said on 12/Nov/17
Poor David today:
Danimal said on 12/Nov/17
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jun/17
It's hard to believe that David once stood six-and-a-half feet tall! He's suffered an exceptional height loss, and if some of it was due to a hip-replacement op, it must have been a painful way to lose it, the poor sausage!
It's clearly not all hip replacement height loss. You can see his upper torso is very short/compressed with Rob. He's lost a lot of height in his spine as well. He was at least 6'6" in A Clockwork Orange.
said on 10/Oct/17
Rob in the Link you Provided in your Description ( Click Here
), does that give his weight at 260 pounds right next to his height at 6'7? I cannot make it out .
Editor Rob: 260 pounds.
said on 7/Oct/17
Wow, he lost a lot of height. Was there an injury involved?
Editor Rob: ankle, hips, spine, he's lost height through a few injuries over the years, although I think the argument is whether Dave was a big 6ft 6 range or a weak 6ft 6 range.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/17
lifting heavy weights every day for years possibly but balancing it out with calisthenics, stretching etc. would do nothing...dieting and rest also
said on 28/Sep/17
I'm not as convinced you lose height from heavy lifting as you do from injuries and just not looking after your body...
Editor Rob: very heavy lifting over years will certainly raise risks, but moderate lifting might not do anything, unless poor form and bad extensions cause herniation..
Jordan87 said on 27/Sep/17
Do you see a 6'3-1/2" Man with Rob in the Picture? If you Do I think you need an upgrade in your Glasses.
said on 27/Sep/17
Rob, come on, please! No human has ever the possibility to lose 5 inches! I would give Prowse 6'5"-6'6" as his peak height and about 6'3 1/2" nowadays.
he's certainly nowhere near 6ft 3 today. He has to wear an elevator sneaker because he has lost nearly 2 inches on one of his legs.
you can see His shoe
I seen him standing with 6ft 5 Dan Naprous, well trying to, he looked a bit deflated...one time he was as tall or taller than Dan, now he's 4-5 inches shorter.
You can see with Mayhew
he was a very tall man. With heavy weight-lifting in his 30's, it might have knocked him down a little, because I know many agree around time of Star Wars he looked maybe 6ft 5.
TonyG said on 10/Sep/17
I had the pleasure of meeting David Prowse in 1984. I was 180cm or 5'11" then, and when David stood straight upright, the top of my head reached the nub of his chin with both us standing on a flat concrete surface. So, I personally can assure all in this blog that he was at least 8" taller than me; which would've measured him at 6'7" in 1984.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 4/Sep/17
196cm guy at his peak but listed as 198cm on here, same situation as Hulk Hogan.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Sep/17
I think a solid 197cm guy at least peak.
berta said on 31/Aug/17
i still dont believe this guy have ever been taller than me. 196-197 peak seems more realistic and today 185.
Paul said on 26/Aug/17
Losing half a foot is definitely possible. Ever hear of Mick Mars?
Jordan87 said on 31/Jul/17
I would tend to agree with you. Dave Himself said he lost 2" by 1997 due to surgeries , and he would have been 62 by that point. From 62yo to the time he got a pic with Rob it was another 11 years. I could see him losing another 1.5"" in the 11 Years since 1997 so that would mean a total of 3.5" Height loss. Remember by age 62 Dave Himself said he lost only 2". I can only see him losing another 1.5" from 62 to 73 ( When he was Pictured with Rob).
So Yeah he is 6'1 with Rob, Plus 3.5" is 6'4.5. I was more impressed with his Physique and Lifting feats then his height.
People forget he competed in a day without Steroids or as good nutrition and still was the 1st Brit to Deadlift over 700 Pounds.
even said on 22/Jul/17
the are two men in the picture , the one the left is 5'8" and the one on the right is 6'1" . boys listen to me , losing half a foot is not possible unless you cut off a limb , he was never over 6'4" , its just a biological certainty .
Richardspain said on 20/Jul/17
Peak a strong 196cm
David Prowse wasn't a strong 6'7 was between 195 -198
I give him 196cm
Jellybean said on 13/Jul/17
Must hurt to lose that much height.
even said on 11/Jul/17
i just know one thing losing 13 centimeters is extremely unlikely ( one in a hundred thousend )
SW - 6'0 said on 3/Jul/17
Gives off a big impression just from the picture but christ almighty that's a big height loss.
said on 1/Jul/17
IMDB has changed his height to 6'3.
Editor Rob: that's a problem with not having a peak/current option, it's harder to account for height losses and you're sometimes left with your pants at your ankles and missing the pan by a few inches on both sides...😱 Just like a 6ft 3 listing 😳
Jordan87 said on 27/Jun/17
You see a 6'3.5" man in the Picture above with Rob? Think before you type.
C. Giant said on 24/Jun/17
The reason why Prowse first claimed his height with the words "When I played him I was 6ft 7 and 20 stone" is because I'm sure that he was 6'7" anbd 20 stone with boots and helmet. He claimed his height as 6'6" with his own words when he was younger. He later claimed his height as 6'5" after operations and that's realistic because a human can loose an inch after operations because of bone issues. So I would say that Prowse stood 6'6" in his younger days and nowadays as an old man he could hit 6'3 1/2".
Jordan87 said on 21/Jun/17
It would appear in your Picture that Mayhew has Dave by 7". Mayhew is still taller than Kristian Nairn ( Spelling) who is at least 6'8 with Rob. Mayhew is still around 6'9 and he is 73 with Multiple Operations. Peter may have been a Good 7'0" when he was younger, putting Dave at around 6'5 so your post makes sense.
said on 19/Jun/17
I think he was never more than a strong 6'5" guy, Rory McCann-size, I'd say 6'6" was rounding up from a half or quarter inch less and 6'7" maybe a booted height. He more or less looks 4 inches taller than Harrison Ford (I know some of which are previously posted), when it should be a more than 5 inch difference if he was 6'6". I also think he looked more a 6'5" kind of guy in that photo Rob posted with McDowell on the Clockwork Orange set.
With Mayhew, I'd say he might look near 6'5.5" at times.
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 15/Jun/17
No more than 6'5.5" peak.
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jun/17
It's hard to believe that David once stood six-and-a-half feet tall! He's suffered an exceptional height loss, and if some of it was due to a hip-replacement op, it must have been a painful way to lose it, the poor sausage!
I'll give him 6ft1 for today's height and 6ft6 for his (night-time!) peak. As he argues that he once stood 6ft7, he probably must have had that reading at some stage in his life. He doesn't strike me as the type to bull💩!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jun/17
I think he'd make 6ft1 range today and 6ft5 peak is too low. He looked near 6ft6
said on 9/Jun/17
Jesus Christ the guy lost 13cm...he's lived two lives !
Although in the pic with rob guys he obviously looks a strong 187-190cm
That does NOT look like only a 15cm height difference...
Editor Rob: that photo is about 9 years old, he lost another inch since then.
World Citizen said on 7/Jun/17
185 cm and no less than that.