How tall was David Tomlinson

David Tomlinson's Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

British actor best remembered for roles in films such as Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug, Up the Creek, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Tom Jones, The Liquidator, Dominique and The Wooden Horse. In the spotlight casting directory his height was listed as being 6ft 1.

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Average Guess (4 Votes)
6ft 1in (185.4cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/23
Gerald, I don’t think Tomlinson and Williams ever worked together so there’s no way of really knowing who was taller of those two.

Compared to Van Dyke though, Tomlinson had a clear edge so no less than 6ft1 and I’m open to giving him a fraction over…
Gerald S said on 10/Jun/23
Rob, as you have given John Williams 6’1.25”, I reckon you should also give 6’1.25” to Tomlinson, especially seeing Tomlinson gave a taller impression to me than Williams did.
Sinclair said on 8/May/22
In Mary Poppins, his character is described by a policeman as “about 6’1”. He could not have been anything under that, in my opinion.
Sinclair said on 27/Feb/22
Rob, do you have any ideas yet on Dean Jones’ likely height?

In the 80s Herbie, the Love Bug tv show, Larry Linville had about a centimetre on Jones and Jones was about two inches taller than 5’10” Richard Paul, which fits in nicely with my theory that Jones peaked at 5’11.75”. However, with Tomlinson in The Love Bug, admittedly Jones looked more 5’11” range.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Oct/21
186cm peak for Tomlinson while Van Dyke could've arguably been 184-185cm range
Sinclair said on 22/Sep/21
For everyone: How tall do you think American actor Dean Jones was at peak?

I doubt Jones was under 182cm as he had at least 4cm on 5’10” listed Charles Lane in The Ugly Dachshund, at least 7cm on 5’9” listed Roddy McDowall in That Darn Cat! and solid six footer Charles Grodin was only a tad taller than Jones in Beethoven. Six footer Richard Eastham was also around Jones’ height in That Darn Cat! Tomlinson was probably over an inch taller than Jones in The Love Bug. I’m not sure about the full six feet for Jones though.
Sinclair said on 4/Jul/21

Can you please update him to 6’1.25” ?
If Sid Caesar was a legitimate 6’0”, then Tomlinson was most likely a tad over 6’1”, there was at least a 3 cm height difference between them in The Fiendish Plot of Dr, Fu Manchu (Tomlinson’s last film).
And 2cm taller than Van Dyke sounds correct.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jun/21
Strong 6ft1 peak is arguable...taller than Van Dyke
Sinclair said on 24/May/21
Rob, do you think Dean Jones was closer to 5’11” or 6’0”?
Editor Rob
still need to look at Dean again
Sinclair said on 7/Apr/21
I think Sid Caesar was 6’0” max. In The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, the 62 year old Tomlinson had the 57 year old Caesar by more than an inch.
Tall Sam said on 6/Apr/21
It would be great to see a page for Sid Caesar. I think he could pull off a strong six foot or so with 6’2” Carl Reiner.
Sinclair said on 6/Apr/21
Rob, how tall would you say Sid Caesar was?

In The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Tomlinson looked about an inch taller than Caesar. Perhaps, 6’1.25” for Tomlinson, 6’0” for Caesar and 5’11.75” for Dean Jones?
Editor Rob
Sid claims 6ft 1, though he may be a 6ft 1 in shoes guy.
Sinclair said on 1/Apr/21
Rob, how tall would you say American actor Dean Jones was?
Editor Rob
don't think I settled on a figure for him
Sinclair said on 2/Sep/20
I feel anything from 6’1” to 6’1.5” is possible for Tomlinson’s peak height.
Hulk.23 said on 29/Aug/20
I would say 6’0.5/184cm David Tomlinson and 6’/183cm Dick Van Dyke
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Aug/20
Sinclair, he could look that range. Wouldn’t dismiss it
Sinclair said on 23/Aug/20
Rob, do you think David Tomlinson could have been 6’1.25” or even 6’1.5” in his prime?
Editor Rob
I think he was a good 6ft 1, there may have been a greater chance of over than under that 6ft 1 mark.
Sinclair said on 6/Aug/20
I’m tempted to see my second favourite actor be awarded the full 6’1.5”, but to play it safe, instead I’ll politely suggest upgrading Tomlinson to 6’1.25”. Tomlinson was a fair bit taller than the younger Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. Moreover, Tomlinson still came off as a solid 6’1” at the end of his career in The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu when he was 62 years old, he was at least an inch taller than Sid Caesar. Tomlinson also looked over an inch taller than Dean Jones in The Love Bug. Tomlinson may have been the tallest 6’1” person I’ve ever seen.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Oct/19
Could look a strong 6ft1 compared to Van Dyke
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Apr/19
Rob, did this guy edge out Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins?

I thought they looked similar, maybe he had the edge
Editor Rob
I'd have said Tomlinson probably was taller.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Mar/17
You just have to watch Up the Creek to see he was mininum this. 6 inches in shoes on Peter Sellers barefoot. He could look 6'1.5 in that film.
James B said on 14/Dec/16
WOW shocked he's this tall I thought he was like 5'11
Gonzalo said on 5/May/15
Tomlinson looks 1´85. Taller than Dean Jones in Herbie and way taller tan Angela Lansbury. A legit 1`85 man
Sam said on 30/Mar/15
A familar face for sure, from this picture looks like that actor Toby Jones but obviously rather taller.
Judd said on 8/Mar/15
A bit overestimate IMO! I can't see him over 6'0.5"...
Arch Stanton said on 8/Mar/15
I asked for him last Christmas I think, seems about right.
Editor Rob
I think from seeing those films listed that he could pull it off.

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