How tall is Fredric March

Fredric March's Height

5ft 10 ¼ (178.4 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Best Years of Our Lives, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Seven Days in May, Inherit the Wind, Alexander the Great, Hombre, Nothing Sacred and A Star is Born. He has been described as tall as 5ft 11.5 in 1931, and in 1938 his weight was given as 165 pounds.

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Average Guess (13 Votes)
5ft 9.81in (177.3cm)
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 23/Jun/18
Fredric March is below 6'. He is 5'11.5".
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 15/Jun/18
In 1935 Anna Kareenina he looks 6'0.25" with 6'3" Sir Basil Rathbone.
Larry said on 15/Sep/15
March was miscast as Dr Jekyll due to his American accent.
Sam said on 11/Jun/15
He certainly was nowhere near 5'10" anymore by the time he was Inherit the Wind, the similarly-aged Spencer Tracy looks close to the same height and Tracy was never more than 5'9".
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James said on 12/Oct/14
The Tracy version was overlong and suffered immensely from the Hay's Code.
Sam said on 8/Oct/14
Yeah, it was, I believe the Hays Code started enforced in 1934...1933's King Kong also has an undressing, by a giant ape nonetheless!
Arch Stanton said on 7/Oct/14
@Sam wasn't it pre-Code, 1931 I think, might explain it.
Sam said on 7/Oct/14
Yeah, her voice was blood-curdling but her state of undress was quite shocking at the time of the films release.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Oct/14
The actress in the film (Miriam Hopkins I think) was a bit annoying though Sam, her screams were so blood curdling they went right through me!!
Sam said on 2/Oct/14
Totally missed the joke, Arch, I was trying to be as generous as possible in my summation of why March's film was way better. It is a tough role, even Michael Caine only did ok in it, his TV movie version was forgettable.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/14
March's performance was far superior, captured the tension between the two characters wonderfully.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Sep/14
OMG you two LOL, I was joking because the 1920 film wasn't exactly great. What part about the ;-) didn't you get hehe?
Sam said on 29/Sep/14
Well, I thought the Barrymore movie was rather weaker overall IMO, it was no match for other atmospheric silent horrors like Nosferatu or Haxan or even Phantom of the Opera. Barrymore's transformation practically with no make-up is amazing, I'd admit, but as a whole it's hard to compare the silent acting style w/ March's sound performance...to me March is the definitive on-screen Jekyll & Hyde.
John said on 28/Sep/14
Can you really say a silent film performance is better than a sound movie?
Arch Stanton said on 27/Sep/14
@Sam Neither of them compared to John Barrymore in the 1920 film ;-) Yeah March was much better than Tracy agreed.
Jamie said on 22/Sep/14
March was the definitive Jekyll and Hyde. Tracy was miscast in both roles.
Sam said on 17/Sep/14
How would you stack March's Jekyll & Hyde against Spencer Tracy's. Of course, March won the Oscar (the only horror film actor ever!) and Tracy didn't. I think March's is rather better.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Sep/14
Definitely, one of the greatest and most versatile actors of the Golden period. Underrated in many ways as a film star, but the real film buffs and the directors and co stars still living who remember him realise just how good he was at least. Sometime I'll try to clear his filmography entirely, but I'm slowly ploughing through Doris Day's at the moment! I find her films quite enjoyable.
Sam said on 15/Sep/14
March was really talented actor, he had one of the bigger ranges I can think of, he could play mean, crazy and decent quite welland could have good comic timing, don't you think Arch? I'd say he was like a minor Spencer Tracy or near Paul Muni level.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Sep/14
I'll have to watch Nothing Sacred, that's the only one I haven't seen out of all mentioned. Man in the Grey Flannel Suit is a badly underrated film too I think. It's length turned off a lot of critics but it's actually a very good film and one of Peck's best performances IMO.
Sam said on 11/Sep/14
While I love all those movies, could you at least add Nothing Sacred & Hombre, Rob? They are minor masterpieces IMO.
Sam said on 2/Sep/14
I'm back and re-upping these credits: "Design for Living, Nothing Sacred (by far March's funniest film and performance IMO that I've seen at any rate)...I think you run out of room, but The Desperate Hours, The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit, Hombre and The Iceman Cometh".
Arch Stanton said on 26/Aug/14
Peck had him by 4 or 5 inches I thought.
Gonzalo said on 26/Aug/14
Gregory Peck was not 13 cms taller than March in The man in the gray flannel suit. The difference was more 8-9 cms. So, there are several options: Peck was not 1`91; March was taller than 1`78; March was wearing lifts.
March was taller than Dana Andrews in The best years of our lives. I doubt Andrews was shorter than 1`78. He was taller than Robert De Niro in The last tycoon and he was well into his sixties
Arch Stanton said on 24/Aug/14
I'll try to see some of his earlier movies some time...
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/14
Yeah, not a chance on 5'11.5, but 5'10.5 in his younger years is possible. He was looking a weak 5'10 next to Tracy in Inherit the Wind but he was 60s by then.
Sam said on 22/Aug/14
He abbreviated his middle name to Fredric, I guess to sound more distinguished, but that kind of seemed silly...nonetheless still better than his real first name, Ernest.
He was an infamous wolf-whistler and ass-grabber when ever a pretty girl was near I've read but was a beloved and generous sort in Hollywood.
Sam said on 22/Aug/14
There's no way he was 5'11.5", his head came up to about Gary Cooper's mouth-level (I'd reckon March to be 5-6 inches shorter), so the listing is good. Possible he could have hit 5'11.5" when he was young and holding good posture...in good shoes, but even that might be doubtful.
Sam said on 22/Aug/14
Also, please add Design for Living, Nothing Sacred (by far March's funniest film and performance IMO that I've seen at any rate)...I think you run out of room, but The Desperate Hours, The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit, Hombre and The Iceman Cometh are probably worth mentioning.
Sam said on 22/Aug/14
Yeah, in Lancaster's biography, it states Frankenheimer had inches over him.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
In Inherit the Wind he looked about 2 cm taller than Spencer Tracy, an inch max. Only Tracy was looking more 5 ft 8 range by then with Gene Kelly. He did look 5 ft 10 in Seven Days and Hombre towards the end though, but possible he lost a bit.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
Click Here Looks more a weak 6'3" there though with Burt Lancaster!
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
Frankenheimer incidentally was the tall chap I linked you on Hackman's page. He was listed at 6 ft 3 and easily looked it, personally I thought he could look nearer 6 ft 4 as you suggested.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
Its a technical masterpiece! Have you seen The Manchurian Candidate? Same genius director. Manchurian and Seven Days are among the best political thrillers ever made.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
Rob can you add Seven Days in May, I think that was one of his most distinguished performances, even the brilliant director John Frankenheimer said so.
[Editor Rob: never seen that film]
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
Thanks Rob. Anything in 5 ft 10 range peak is arguable, personally though I thought 5'10.5" peak was a good shout and that the 5'11.5" measurement might have been a shoe measurement. He was still looking a solid 5'10" even in his 60s.

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