American actor best remembered for films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Killing, The Big Sleep, Shane, Rosemary's Baby and House on Haunted Hill.
Len Blake said on 5/Sep/21
In The Killing,he is told by Humphrey Bogart,
he was too tiny to date a certain actress.
He played a jockey in a movie where a gang
is trying to rob a race track. His blonde wife,
towers over him and her boyfriend beat him up.
A talented actor, not more than 5ft2in tall.
said on 6/Aug/15
Yeah, two more w/ Ladd and Cook.
The staging is always advantageous to Ladd but never more so than there in Shane!
said on 4/Aug/15
Not a lot of difference in height between Cook and Alan Ladd, but can you imagine a director shooting this scene with the roles reversed.!
Sam said on 3/Aug/15
Good find...I couldn't find any links to books that cited Cook's height.
I read a quote from somebody (John Huston?) that surprisingly for a little guy who was always victimized on screen, he was a tough, reclusive and rugged guy who would go between his films to a cabin in the mountains and live off of what he caught (especially trout).
said on 2/Aug/15
Enlisted in U.S. Army on 15 August 1942. Height and weight at enlistment given as 5' 5" and 123 lb.
Here he is with a barefoot Alan Ladd
Arch Stanton said on 2/Aug/15
Seems OK yup, always a chance of just under though. I don't think he looked as low as 5 ft 4 flat though. 164-5cm range.
Sam said on 2/Aug/15
Looks to be re-creating his famed Shane scene in the photo there from 4 years prior.
Yeah, pretty accurate, one of the few actors who made Bogart look tallish in comparison or Alan Ladd didn't have pop on lifts to stand next to. Just saw in Blacula, of all things, he was always a unique presence.