How tall was Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in Duel, Gentle Ben and Mcloud. On tv he was known for playing Chester on Gunsmoke and as Sam McCloud in McCloud. In a 1968 article it described him as: "a powerfully built, 6-foot, 2-inch"

How tall is Dennis Weaver
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Height is relative. Jim (Arness) is 6-foot, 6 inches, and I'm 6-foot, 2 inches.
-- Minneapolis Star, 1960

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Average Guess (15 Votes)
6ft 1.45in (186.6cm)
QM6'1.75"QM said on 14/Apr/23
187-188cms in "Duel", one of my favourite movie.
Ian C. said on 30/Dec/21
As so many other posters have already noted, James Arness made Weaver look short. What this shows, by way of its inherent paradox, is what an appealing actor Arness was, because he had to overcome the handicap of his enormous size. A man who could make a six foot two inch man seem short would have been automatically excluded from any production with an average sized leading man.

Arness' other notable role was as the alien vegetable monster in The Thing From Another World. So, monster to heroic leading man. That's quite a range, with nothing in between.

Back to Weaver, who was in no way average in any way. He made a credible try for the U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon when he was 24, and in World War II he was a Navy fighter pilot, flying an F4U from the deck of an aircraft carrier. He stayed married to the same woman his entire life, which has to count as an extraordinary feat in a successful film actor. He was a hero in real life, as was Arness, who was a combat infantryman in WW II.
berta said on 17/Nov/21
impossible that there was only 4 inches beetween him and arness. I think 199,5 vs 187,5 cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Nov/21
Average guess is too low

188-189cm peak, 187cm in later career
Hong said on 24/Feb/21
Click Here In this pic Arness doesn't look as tall next to Dennis as he usual does.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Sep/19
Viper, that’s because Arness was likely a bit more than 6ft6
I think Weaver could look 189cm at times
viper said on 9/Sep/19
He physically looked 6-2 minimum that's for sure.

Arness could look taller than 6-6 at times
berta said on 27/Sep/17
he looked short next to james arness. was he this tall.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Sep/17
Strong 6ft2 peak
Richardspain said on 13/Jul/17
188cm when he was young

187cm in Duel

184/185cm when he was older.
Sandy Cowell said on 11/Feb/17
I've just seen the Spielberg debut film 'Duel' and though I didn't think I'd pick up on the poor terrorized guy's height, I certainly could see that he was very tall and sturdy!
I'll have to agree with the 6ft2 then!
Gonzalo said on 2/Jan/17
He looked tall in Touch of evil next to Charlton Heston. He could have been a smidge over 6`2 when he was young
Chase Witherspoon said on 5/Nov/16
Surprising, I always thought he was 6'3" but then he was wearing cowboy boots & a ten gallon hat (McCloud)..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Aug/16
Well Arness was 6ft7!
Dorothy Bridgeman said on 14/Jul/16
Weaver LOOKS very SMALL next to Arness WHY
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 8/Sep/14
Looked at least 6ft 2in in 'Duel'.
avi said on 10/Feb/14
Thanks Rob!
avi said on 7/Feb/14
Can you also add "Gunsmoke" as his notable roles because this is what started his career. He spent almost a decade on the show.Thanks
Editor Rob
yes I'll mention that
avi said on 11/Jan/14
Can you also add "Gunsmoke" as his notable roles because this is what started his career. Thanks
Bruno said on 20/Jul/13
Weaver looked slightly taller than 6'3'' Brian Dennehy in Pearl. I think Dennehy's height is exaggerated and Weaver in his prime was a full 6'2''.
Dan said on 17/May/13
NO WAY was Weaver even 6'2". Arness has at LEAST 5-and-a-half inches, probably 6, on him in Gunsmoke, and Arness was a most 6'7", probably a bit shy of that. On top of that, in a film he did with Chuck Connors, who was 6'5" tall, Weaver was absolutely dwarfed by Connors by a good 4 inches. Also, William Hopper, who was listed as 6'3" appeared in a Gunsmoke episode and looked only around 2 to 2-and-a-half inches shorter than Arness. There was no way Hopper was just an inch closer to Arness' height than was Weaver.
dbuis said on 19/Nov/12
Keep in mind when you compare Dennis Weaver to James Arness, you are talking about a 6 foot 7 inch man in Arness according to records. So Weaver would look fairly short standing beside Arness.
avi said on 29/Jul/12
yes Rob he isnt over 6'2 because it wouldnt make sense. Even next to the Doc on Gunsmoke (Milburn Stone who was small probably 5'6 ) he has 7 inches tops. Arness had about 5 inches on him maybe 6 because of the limp they made Weaver .
Mr. Kaplan said on 3/Jun/11
He couldn't be that tall. James Arness had six inches on him.
Brad said on 10/Apr/11
As listed, we'd joke at shows when the snow would stop so we could drive back through Colorado.
Shadow2 said on 24/Feb/11
The Mad Trucker in "Duel" was apparently veteran Hollywood stunt man Carey Loftin. Steven Spielberg (in a recent documentary) said he (Spielberg) even drove the "Peterbuilt" tanker truck a few times while making the movie. For the lead role in this, Dennis Weaver's 6'2" height was irrelevant to the character he played.
pjt said on 22/Feb/11
They never showed the Mad Trucker in Duel.
jake said on 29/Dec/10
6" 2.75 peak and still around 6' 2" when he died I think.
Chaco said on 14/May/09
I visited with Dennis Weaver for a moment on the Wildfire set. Allowing for his height in boots, and my height in boots as well, I estimate that he was about 6'2" barefooted.
Ryan said on 23/Sep/08
Standing next to 6'7" James Arness on Gunsmoke he was at least 5 inches shorter. This would make him approximately a shade under 6'2".
Viper said on 12/Jun/07
He looked 6-2 in the Duel. Ive seen him listed as a flat 6-2 before. I never thought he was over it that Rob has him at.
Bleemo said on 11/Jun/07
Mostly I'd agree except for this weird pic of him as a younger man stood next to 6'7" James arness looking like a six footer. Now I deffo think this guy is atleast 6'1.5 but it just shows you that even very tall men like Weaver can look small.

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MyKat said on 21/Sep/06
I'm 5' 11" and in his boots he stood over 6' 4". In tennies, he was closer to 6' 2".
Rut said on 1/May/06
I have him at 190cm in a book, so that would be right I guess...

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