How tall was Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper's Height

6ft 3 (190.5 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in High Noon, Vera Cruz, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, Man of the West, The Westerner, The Pride of the Yankees, They Came to Cordura and Sergeant York. In a 1930 article he said "I am six feet two inches tall", although he generally looked more 6ft 3 range and mentioned that height in the film Bluebeard's Eighth Wife. Actor Brian Aherne recalled something Gary said to him once: "Gary Cooper once leaned over ... and asked me my height. When I whispered '6 feet 2 1/2', he whispered back, 'never admit to 6-feet-3.'"

How tall was Gary Cooper
Cooper in 1926
I started pictures in the silent days and I took every job that came my way. Often I worked 18 hours steady. I got myself into such a run-down condition that I weighed only 148 pounds, and I'm six-feet-two.
-- Dec 1959

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Average Guess (79 Votes)
6ft 2.95in (190.4cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Mar/23
Both 6ft2 and 6ft4 are extreme
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Sep/22
@ Tall In The Saddle - Albeit nearly two and a half years late, I have just read your comment to me. Thank you so much! I can’t see my brother writing on this website because he’s not very interested in height. Perhaps this dates back to his childhood, when he was so very tiny, but nonetheless, he reached a respectable 5ft8 or so.

Gary gets 6ft3. One very tall guy indeed, especially for his day.
Tech noir said on 1/May/22
Eastwood range guy imo. Nothing under 6-3.
Lankyweasel635 said on 27/Apr/22
@Canson. Yes, it is interesting how the perception of a particular height has changed over the years. To some extent I think it has been influenced by more taller people in society in general and it has been negatively influenced by those that lie about their height and inflate it by multiple inches. Such that people mis-perceive heights as shorter due to those inflating height 2"-4".

But, even by today's standards, 6'3" is taller than 98% of the world population, 6'4" is 99%, and 6'7" is 100%, so when a legitimate 6'3" person is accurately depicted, especially beside an average 5'7" person - the global height average of men & women, or someone shorter they look even more immense.

Regardless, whether he was the 6'2" that he claimed, the 6'4" that his daughter claimed, or the 6'3" that he is most often cited as being, Gary Cooper was a great actor and very fashionable fellow.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Apr/22
Arch, I think Cooper was still around 6ft3 toward the end...nothing noticeable lost. I agree him and Stewart were strong 6ft3 guys while Heston and Peck were in the weak 6ft3 range. Eastwood and Wayne - belong in the weak 6ft4 zone
Arch Stanton said on 4/Apr/22
Agreed Sam, Eastwood a bit taller than Cooper. I would probably list Gary and Jimmy Stewart at 6'3.25 peak if it was my site.The difference between Eastwood and Hesotn was bigger at the Oscars than Cooper and Heston in Wreck of the Mary Deare, though Cooper was ill and maybe had lost a bit from peak by 1959.
Tall Sam said on 3/Apr/22
I could easily see only a weak cm or so between a peak Gary Cooper and a peak Clint Eastwood, though there are times that Eastwood looked rather closer to the 6’4” mark (see him holding up well near George Kennedy and maybe Donald Sutherland).
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Apr/22
Solid 191cm in his prime, possibly 191.5cm at a push...same applies to Stewart. Wayne was a solid 192cm, Eastwood I'm undecided. Could look anywhere between 6ft3-4 in his prime, often times pulled off 6ft4
Butch Gotman said on 22/Dec/21
I love me some Gary Copper & liked him In every movie I’ve ever saw him in‼️👍
Hong said on 22/Dec/21
Click Here Here's 6ft3 Cooper with 6ft3.75 John Wayne?I personally think Cooper was taller than 6ft3 closer to 6ft4 in fact.
Canson said on 20/Jul/21
I’d say around 6’3”. Funny that it used to be “never admit to 6’3”. Now it’s a guy like Robin Thicke claiming 6’3 and he’s 6’1.5 at best or other guys that are 6’1 claiming 6’3” or Brock O’Hearn claiming 6’7” and being listed 6’6” when that’s universally still considered too tall and he’s more a run of the mill 6’5 or a strong 6’5”. My how far this world has come.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Oct/20
Rob, is 6ft3½ peak a possibility?

Even at the end of his life with his illness he still looked a good 6ft3 at least. Taller than Heston in The Wreck of Mary Deare and made Richard Harris look 5ft11!
Editor Rob
I don't think I'd go that high
Arch Stanton said on 19/Sep/20
1928. 7 am. Cooper in his socks. Good chance of being a tad over 6'4.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Sep/20
He looks massive in that picture, could pass for 6 ft 5 there!
Tall Sam said on 14/Sep/20
Actually I think it would be fair to say there was only a marginal height advantage for John Wayne over Cooper, at most about a cm, in the few pictures of them together, really they could look almost the same height.
Jug said on 14/Sep/20
Cooper was a legit 6'3, possibly 6'3.25. A legit 6'3 guy can look quite massive around shorter people. He was often paired with petite women on film and looked huge next to them. Clint Walker and John Wayne were noticeably taller than him whereas he looked about the same height as Charlton Heston. So very strong 6'3 but not more.
Kevin K said on 30/Aug/20
I’ve always heard that Wayne the actor and Wayne the man were one in the same. His politics were not foolishly juvenile, as so many in Hollywood are, and only critics with skewed and limited understanding would offer the faint praise that he was at once a good actor and a bigot. No, John Wayne was an honest actor, and that honesty was the source of his good acting from role to role, time and again.
Hong said on 30/Aug/20
Click Here He looks very tall here.
Tall Sam said on 27/Aug/20
I see Cooper as a solid 6'3" and as someone who woke up over it and never really dropped under 6'3" over the course of the day. I know it's an unpopular opinion but i never really warmed to Cooper as an actor. I wasn't a fan of his reedy voice and felt his aw-shucks demeanor just didn't do it for me. He was a big time lothario on a nearly Warren Beatty scale. Cooper did have a great look as the tall, lean classic cowboy type. However, I prefer (despite his badly dated politics and bigotry) John Wayne's big lug characters, and Wayne played some more complex, even unwittingly subversive characters (thinking of Red Rjver, Searchers).
Lankyweasel635 said on 7/Aug/20
From the book Gary Cooper: American Hero by Jeffrey Meyers - Page 34, Part III: "When Cooper went into films in the mid 1920s, he was six feet, three inches tall and weighed 185 lbs. He had a thin face, narrow shoulders, long arms, and large hands, and would habitually hook and pull his fingers."

So 6ft 3in sounds bang on.
Lankyweasel635 said on 2/Aug/20
The curator of the Jimmy Stewart Museum states that he was exactly 6ft 3in and also that both he and Gary Cooper were exactly the same height.

But I'll admit they look similar, each have moments of looking taller than the other, and were both considered 6ft 3in.

Maria Cooper wrote in a book about her father stating that he was 6ft 4in.

It wouldn't surprise me if both were 6ft 3.5in or 6ft 4in early on in the day and if the lowest they measured was 6ft 2.75in (given the wagon wheel example from Cooper) and they just went with 6ft 3in, or Cooper who called himself 6ft 2in when he was clearly more.

It's refreshing to see someone rounding down their height instead of inflating it multiple inches like so many seem to do nowadays. But I digress.

Either way, he was also definitely at least a safe, solid, strong, full 6ft 3in tall fellow, a fine actor, a good looking dude, and a stylish fellow.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/20
Yes, the average guess should be more like 6 ft 3.21!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jul/20
Average guess is too low. This is most likely a guy who was told by the studio to claim 6ft2 in order to avoid losing out on roles. Aherne and Sanders also
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/May/20
191-192cm peak is likely
Arch Stanton said on 4/May/20
Watching Garden of Evil, I'd forgotten how big he was, in cowboy boots looks about 6'5 to me. 190.5 is short changing him I think though, could look a strong 6'3.
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Apr/20

Cheers, I appreciate that. My comments aren't always liked. Oh well. Can't please everyone so you gotta please yourself. LOL!

Your brother should get on board. Would love to hear his comments. I'm sure they will be just as interesting as your own.
Sandy A Cowell said on 14/Apr/20
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Gary can have a huge 6ft3.
Tall In The Saddle said on 14/Apr/20
Another great pic of Coop with Duke, Coop appearing clearly taller

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Tall In The Saddle said on 13/Apr/20
A leaning Cooper already looking an easy 2" taller than Basil Rathbone who was 6'1.5" IMO.

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Cooper with 6'4" listed Lex Barker

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Animated GIF Cooper receiving Oscar in 1942 from James Stewart

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Another pic of Cooper with 6'2" listed Jack Carson

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Tall In The Saddle said on 12/Apr/20
IMHO, Cooper was 6'3" at the least. Over the many photos I've seen, it appeared that James Stewart generally had the slight edge on Cooper. I've always had Stewart at about 6'3.5" but possibly even a tad taller than that.

Both Cooper and Stewart could appear equal to and sometimes even a touch taller than John Wayne. Several other photos indicate that Cooper was at least 1" taller than solid 6'2" Jack Carson. Cooper also had the edge on Randolph Scott. I respectfully disagree with Scott's 6'2.25" listing on this site - I think he's being short changed somewhat and was at least in the vicinity of 6'3" - Scott also could look very close in height to John Wayne. I've also included a reasonably assessable pic of Coop with 6'2.5" Max Baer and I think it's clear that Coop held at least .5" advantage over the then World HW in 1934.

Possibly John Wayne is the real wild card here. Should other actors be upgraded OR should Wayne alone be downgraded a bit? The height of many actors has been compared to Wayne's claimed and long held 6'4". If Wayne did "lift" a bit, I guess it's all the same for comparative purposes if he "lifted" to the equivalent of 6'4" + shoes. Sometimes Wayne appeared to hold a reasonable height advantage over certain actors like Stewart, Scott etc. that he would inexplicably "lose" in other movies/images/informal photos which suggests a possible and appreciable variance in heel.

Barefoot, Wayne may've been no taller or even a touch less than Stewart and Cooper, which would put Wayne somewhere between 6'3"-6'3.5" with Stewart's and Cooper's listed heights on this site not appearing as understated (at least IMO) but I still think Scott's height needs to upgraded any which way.

Cooper with James Stewart

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Cooper with John Wayne

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Cooper with Randolph Scott

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Cooper with Jack Carson

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Cooper with 6'2.5" listed Max Baer

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I'll also point to Coop Appreciation Tumblr - Click Here - great image resource primarily for Cooper but other random stars also. Endless photos. Some nice animated GIFs included also.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/20
Strong 6ft3 is possible but 6ft4 is pushing it
Xhavier said on 24/Mar/20
His daughter, Maria Janis Cooper,who wrote a book called Gary Cooper: Enduring Style, states he was 6ft 4in. But most movies and biographies state that he was 6ft 3in, with the memorable highlight being his famous wagon wheel measurement of exactly 6ft 2.75in tall.
Ian C. said on 15/Mar/20
Three inches taller than Jack Elam in High Noon, and Elam claimed six foot one and half. Cooper must have been six foot four. It is extremely difficult to find him in a shot with another actor who is taller than he is, and you see that only with very tall men.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jan/20
He was still taller than Charlton Heston Richard even in his last years, easily 6'3 peak
RichardSpain said on 5/Jan/20
I think he was 188/ 189cm
Andrew Brown said on 17/Nov/19
Watching The Westerner and Gary Cooper easily matches Forrest Tucker. If anything he appears slightly taller. Tucker at 20 might not have been finished growing but I doubt it.

Coop at 38 would still have been at peak height. I'm convinced this man must have been close to 6'4".
Tall Sam said on 17/Jul/19
He's obviously not a foot taller than Bergman but it's doubtful to me he was anything less than a strong 6'3" in his youth, in fact I think 6'3.25" was a good likelihood.
Brian Smith said on 16/Jul/19
Gary Cooper did not need lifts. He was all of 6'3" tall. Here's a pic of him walking with Ingrid Bergman, who was herself 5'9" tall. He's easily half a foot taller than the statuesque Swedish beauty.

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Arch Stanton said on 21/Jun/19
@Rob, is it worth mentioning he claimed 6 ft 3 in that film?
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jun/19
I did send you an email Rob, Cooper claimed 6'3 in a film.
Gert Henriksen said on 11/Apr/19
6'3. just like Charlton Heston, working with Cooper in "Mary dear..."
Mister lennon said on 14/Mar/19
He was 191 minimum.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Mar/19
Average guess is too low
Neelasish Send Roy said on 10/Mar/19
He looks an inch taller than Basil Rathbone who might be 6'2" in the adventure of march polo
Mark Harrison said on 26/Jan/19
He was 60 when he died, not 62. And the cause was prostate cancer which had spread to his colon, lungs and bones.

I think his rake-thin build made him seem even taller than he was.
Ian C. said on 26/Dec/18
I've just seen about half an hour of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and he looks six foot four. He is taller than anyone else in the movie, and he has the long, narrow look that you see only in very tall men. His legs are disproportionately long.

Cooper was a meso-ectomorph. That's a man who is predominately ectomorphic, but is also quite well muscled. He can't play football but he might do well running track. Cooper was like a stronger, more durable Jimmy Stewart.
wishbone said on 16/Oct/18
Gary Cooper made some really great movies in his long career,some of which I have. These classic Cooper movies I have include The Hanging Tree,Wings,and his Best Actor Oscar winners Sergeant York and High Noon. Each of these movies and The Pride Of The Yankees and Mr. Deeds Goes To Town all won Oscars. Cooper also made a 1959 What's My Line? mystery guest appearance when young Clint Eastwood nailed him on clue #6. Eastwood called Cooper a "true legend who will be remembered forever!" Gary was only 62 at his death in 1961 from throat cancer,but sadly many of today's movie viewers have never seen Gary Cooper movies. But I have! Gary Cooper movies show QUALITY and CLASS today's movie performers lack!
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 21/Sep/18
He looks 2cm taller than Sir Basil Rathbone in Adventure of the Marco Polo.
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 27/Aug/18
Rob how could gary cooper and forest tucker had same height.Cooper was not more than 6'3" and forest tucker was 6'4" or more.Forest tucker looks half an inch taller than 6'3.75" john wayne.
Editor Rob
It could be argued that Tucker might not have been near 6ft 4, but a bit under that.
Ian C. said on 11/Aug/18
Watch The Westerner (1940) and size up Cooper in scenes with Walter Brennan (6 feet) and Forrest Tucker (6 foot 4), and Cooper seems very close to 6 foot 4, and maybe a little over.

Also you can tell how tall a man is by where his feet hang when he rides a horse. Cooper's feet hung very low. (In comparison, Alan Ladd's, in Shane, hung high, well above the lowest point of the horse's belly.)

And Cooper could really ride a horse. There is a scene in The Westerner where he rides a galloping horse for at least 30 seconds of screen time, and he looks perfectly comfortable doing it. I can't remember any John Wayne movies where he rode a galloping horse, although maybe someone here can cite one. In fact, the only other movie star I can think of who rode a galloping horse in a movie is Steve McQueen (for about three seconds of screen time) in The Magnificent Seven.
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 2/Aug/18
Gary cooper was solid 6'3"/191cm seems he is 2cm taller than 189cm gregory peck and charlton heston.He is 6'3" (191cm) tall and weighs 206lbs(93kg).
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 1/Aug/18
Gary cooper was solid 6'3"/191cm seems he is 2cm taller than 189cm gregory peck and charlton heston.He is 6'3" (191cm) tall and weighs 206lbs(93kg).
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 31/Jul/18
Gary cooper was solid 6'3"/191cm seems he is 2cm taller than 189cm gregory peck and charlton heston.He is 6'3" (191cm) tall and weighs 206lbs(93kg).
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 7/Jul/18
He is shorter than john wayne. But in only one picture he looks taller because he is front of camera. He is solid 6'3" and John Wayne is 6'3.75".
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 23/Jun/18
Errol Flynn is 6'2", Basil Rathbone & Gregory Peck is 6'2.5" then Gary Cooper is 6'3" or even 6'3.5" where charlton heston is solid 6'3" and Jimmy Stewart is same as cooper and john wayne is 6'4" or 6'3.75".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/18
Rabindra although I think your estimates for Flynn or Rathbone are way off the mark, I do think Cooper could very well have been a bit over 6ft3 and 6ft3½ isn’t an unreasonable guess...because he looked comfortable 2in taller over Errol and Basil.
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 15/Jun/18
Cooper was always 6'3.5" tall at peak. Sometimes he looks 6'4"/193cm.
marcus said on 12/Mar/18
I formerly believe that Cooper lied about his height and like James Stewart was much taller than he claimed.
Gonzalo said on 19/Feb/18
In Bluebeard,s Eighth Wife Cooper claims to be 6`3. And I disagree with you Ian C. I like that movie
Ian C. said on 1/Feb/18
I've just Cooper in a horrendously bad movie called Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, and he looks like six foot four. Quite a thin man. He and Clark Gable were rivals for most popular leading man, but Gable could have beaten him like a gong in a fist fight, and eaten a plate of noodles at the same time.
James said on 18/Dec/17
He only looked 6'2" in ordinary shoes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Dec/17
James, because he was clearly taller than 6ft2 guys...
James said on 13/Dec/17
If Cooper said he was 6'2" on several occasions why not put him as that? He probably only looked taller in westerns because he had cowboy boots with big heels.
Anonymous said on 2/Dec/17
Cooper was 6'2" without cowboy boots.
James said on 16/Nov/17
Stewart was seven years younger than Cooper and in much better health.
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Rory said on 30/Oct/17
In almost every picture Jimmy Stewart seems to edge Cooper so I'm surprised to see them listed the same. I would have thought Cooper 6'2.75 and Stewart 6'3-6'3.25.
James said on 8/Oct/17
I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Cooper wearing lifts in later films, because in 1958 he had some bad plastic surgery that made his face look very different.
Richard said on 23/Sep/17
I can see Cooper as 6'3" in the 1920s, but not over that.
Bruno said on 27/Aug/17
191 would be the absolute minimum for him peak. Probably closer to 192
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Jun/17
Rob, is 189cm too low for him?
James said on 15/Jun/17
He didn't.
177cm said on 12/Jun/17
Why did he downgrade himself?
James said on 26/May/17
In an interview while making his final film "The Naked Edge" in 1960 Cooper said most of the things he had been reported as saying in early interviews were just invented by the press or by his publicity.
Soxtory said on 14/May/17
Cooper had that condition that is a short torso and long legs.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 30/Apr/17
Gary Cooper is 6'3.25"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Mar/17
A 6ft2 guy just cannot not look as imposing as Cooper, Aherne or Stewart did.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Mar/17
It's a great quote, excellent find :-)
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/17
Rob can you add the Aherne quote here after you mention he claimed 6'2 as it puts it in better perspective!
Editor Rob
yes, I was planning to add it, as it is an admission of being 6ft 3 range.
mister_lennon said on 15/Feb/17
Stop that everyone is wearing lifts nonsense, please.
James said on 14/Feb/17
Cooper was obviously wearing lifts in "The Wreck of the Mary Deare", which is why he looked 4 inches taller than Richard Harris.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 11/Feb/17
I pray to god that James doesn't claim that 'Christopher Lee' and 'Vincent Price' wored lifts which is truly impossible.
Editor Rob
considering Lee pretty much was consistently claiming 6ft 4, yet could pass for taller, I think he is one of the least likeliest to wear lifts.
mister_lennon said on 18/Jan/17
Strong 6'3 guy.
James said on 16/Jan/17
Cooper was wearing lifts in "The Naked Edge" because he was on oxygen. The cancer had already spread to his bones.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jan/17
Still looked 6ft3 in his last there's no reason to doubt a bit over it
Josh Jeffords said on 7/Oct/16
Hollywood politics are funny tall guys are gold now but olden times many big guys had trouble.
Unless they wanted to be a monster or such.
Off the hip I'd wager 6 2 prime by the time of real movies he have likely shrunk to 6 1 or so like Stewart he wore it well and didn't look like a freak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Oct/16
Well Arch, a solid 6ft3 in the 30's to -50's was pretty much the equivalent of what 6ft5 is now so getting the lead was a quite struggle for guys like Cooper, Stewart, Peck and Heston nevermind true giants like Hudson or Sterling Hayden
James said on 3/Oct/16
He didn't downgrade himself. That was what he was measured as being at the age of 23.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Oct/16
I doubt 6'4, but in his 30s films he could certainly look 192. There's a chance of a stronger 6'3. But in his era there were lots of big 6'3+ actors, he didnt have a reason to downgrade himself to 6'2-.5.
James said on 30/Sep/16
He was with heels.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Sep/16
I don't buy that. I think he was a solid 6ft3 guy and possibly a bit over.
James said on 8/Sep/16
That's right. Cooper was measured as 6'2.5" in 1924.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Sep/16
@James: Then Cooper was slightly under 6ft3.
James said on 2/Sep/16
Leif Erickson was 6'3".
Bruno said on 1/Sep/16
I dunno Erickson is listed on some sites as 6'4" and checking images of both men, some Cooper looks slightly taller, the same or slightly shorter. So I would say the were similar height and as I have said before Coop was very close to 6'4" peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Sep/16
Rob, could Leif Erickson have been a full 6ft4 guy?

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He's listed 6ft3§ here (a mark that we're arguing for Cooper) and he looks at least 1in taller. I just went on his page and no one has touched it since 2006!
Editor Rob
it's possible, although maybe he has footwear advantage there...not looked at leif for a long time.
Tom said on 21/Jun/16
Lol, Stewart was exactly 6'3" as he admitted.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/16
Yeah Arch, that mark could be closer. He was a very tall guy by those days standards. Might even have hit 6ft4 in the morning. Same goes for Jimmy Stewart. But I think by his last film, he could more like a weak 6ft3. Didn't really look taller than Heston. His 6ft2 claim is quite remarkable though. I get the sense he didn't like being tall.
Tom said on 18/Jun/16
Cooper was 6'2.5".
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jun/16
He could look close to 6'4 in the 30s, but in later roles no more than 6'3. 6'3.5 peak isn't impossible.
Tom said on 4/May/16
Wayne was 6'3" and Scott was shorter.
Bruno said on 2/May/16
There shoulders are touching and his is considerably higher. Randy is listed as 6'3'' and looked close to it with 2 films he did with John Wayne.
Tom said on 29/Apr/16
Randolph Scott was about 6'2". You can't really tell in that picture as they are not standing together.

I liked Cooper's first Oscar-winning performance in "Sergeant York", but I didn't acre for "High Noon" as he was way too old for his character. A younger actor like Gregory Peck or William Holden should have played Will Kane.
Bruno said on 22/Apr/16
Wait height was Randy Scott Tom and James?
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James said on 7/Apr/16
Cooper was 6.2.75" and Stewart was exactly 6'3".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Apr/16
Most likely around 191/192cm peak. I'd argue the same for Stewart.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Feb/16
Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart: 6ft3-3½
John Wayne and Clint Eastwood: 6ft3½-4
Sixseven said on 15/Feb/16
No more than 189 cm.
Tom said on 31/Jan/16
Cooper was walking in front of Wayne so he would have appeared taller there.
LoganNoll1996 said on 25/Jan/16
Rob, you and Jenny should do photos of yourselves walking side by side done in the same fashion as the photos of Wayne and Cooper walking side by side - and from the same angles too. Wayne tends to look shorter than Cooper in those photos despite Wayne being listed taller than Cooper on this site. It would be a good way of seeing whether or not those photos are deceiving.
Tom said on 10/Jan/16
Cooper was actually measured as 6'2.5" when he was 24.
marcus said on 6/Jan/16
Cooper needs to be upgraded
Bruno said on 27/Oct/15
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Oct/15
Cooper and Stewart both looked 191-192cm range

I'd buy that for a dollar.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Oct/15
Cooper and Stewart both looked 191-192cm range
Palmira Figatova said on 4/Oct/15
I have always believed that Coop was like Rock Hudson, 6'5. Therefore, an inch taller than John Wayne as can be seen in several pics. And I'm talking about when they were young and healthy.
Larry said on 23/Sep/15
Cooper was wearing lifts in "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" because he had lost some height due to his terminal cancer.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Sep/15
Cooper had about 2 cm on Heston in Wreck. On one cabin scene they're standing very close. If Cooper had worn lifts he'd have looked nearer 6 ft 5 and easily 2 inches taller.
Steve said on 21/Sep/15
Larry, Cooper never wore lifts. Are you nuts? Or just kidding? Copper was four inches taller than Richard Harris because Cooper was 6'4". He was the same height as John Wayne.

And not released publicly? How did you read it? This is getting to be quite silly.
Larry said on 19/Sep/15
This was not released publicly.

Cooper was obviously wearing lifts in "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" as he looked four inches taller than Richard Harris.
Steve said on 17/Sep/15
Do you believe studio publicity? Studios lied about every star's height. Mostly they enflated it. But I think in Cooper's case they felt as he did that being too tall would limit the parts ge was given. Cooper appears to be over 6'3". Go by your eyes, not publicity.
Larry said on 17/Sep/15
I don't know if he wore built up shoes in all his films but he did in "Vera Cruz", which is how he looked more than three inches taller than Burt Lancaster.
Larry said on 16/Sep/15
Cooper's height was measured at Paramount studios.

Gable was not 6'1".
Sam said on 16/Sep/15
Larry please provide a source if this is a case...a young Cooper looked more 6'3.5" than 6'2.5"!
Larry said on 15/Sep/15
Cooper is standing closer to the camera than Wayne and he was clearly wearing his special shoes.
Steve said on 14/Sep/15
Measured by who? And the big shoes claim is absolutely ludicrous.

Go by how the man appeared. He towered over Clark Gable who was supposedly 6'1". He isn't wearing big shoes either.
Steve said on 11/Sep/15
Cooper was three inches taller than 6'1" Ray Milland. Click Here

Cooper and 6'4" John Wayne. Click Here
Larry said on 11/Sep/15
As I said, Cooper's height was measured as 6'2.5" when he began his acting career in 1925. Big shoes probably made him look over 6'3" in westerns.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Sep/15
He really looked around 192 in the 30s and 40s I thought. I also think Jimmy Stewart at 6'3.25 would be better too. I also think that Palance needs a slight upgrade too.
Larry said on 8/Sep/15
Gary Cooper's height was actually measured as 6'2.5" in 1925.
Mon said on 8/Sep/15
I don't think I know of anyone underestimating their height this much. Weak 6'3''.
Sam said on 8/Sep/15
Considering you have Wayne at 6'3.75" & Forrest Tucker at 6'4" and neither guy really looked any taller than Cooper would you consider that 6'3.25" listing now Rob?
Editor Rob
I wouldn't dismiss the idea
Mon said on 7/Sep/15
Big man next to Heston. Cooper looks to be a slightly weak 6'3'' who kept his height and posture, but never 6'4''
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Aug/15
Strong 6ft3 guy, IMO. Could even pull off 6ft4 at times.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Jul/15
In his 50s films though Cooper didn't often look over 6'3", he had 1.5 inches on Richard Webb in Distant Drums who I think was 6'1.5. It is in his 30s and earlier 40s films he could look a weak 6'4.
Bruno said on 2/Jul/15
Ferrer was 6'3'' and Cooper looks similar or slightly taller. I think peak Coop was slightly taller than peak Stewart. I'd say 192 peak nothing less.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Rob, could you tweak to 6'3.25? I think it's fair to give him a solid 6'3 listing without going 192 or higher.
Editor Rob
I think he was very similar to Jimmy Stewart, both you could argue were 6ft 3 or at times looked a bit over it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jun/15
Heston: 189-190cm
Peck: 190-191cm
Cooper: 191-192cm
Wayne: 192-193cm
Gonzalo said on 29/Jun/15
Cooper, with Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda. He is closer to the camera
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Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
A guy like Cooper I could imagine measuring near 2 cm taller on a stadio than somebody like Gregory Peck for instance who I think was 190cm, I don't think both the exact same height.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Rob, I was wondering if you could you tweak to 6'3.25, I know you don't buy 192 or 6'4", but I think the more solid 6'3" listing might be a better shout for him. I think out of all the 6'3" guys listed on the site he, Jimmy Stewart and Sacha Baron are probably the two guys you could argue 6'3.25 for realistically. If you really watch Coop in his 30s films though I really think he'd have cleared the 6'3 mark with ease.
Modeus said on 26/Jun/15
definately a strong 6ft3 at his peak
Shadow2 said on 31/May/15
The photo linked from the previous post is at odds with an adjacent photo found when you do a web image search "Gary Cooper Clint Walker". The other photo shows a clear three inch height difference between 6' 3" Gary and 6' 6" Clint.
TonyD said on 9/May/15
Gary with Clint Walker
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Arch Stanton said on 2/May/15
Can look easily 6'4 in some scenes in Cloak and Dagger. 6'2" is a joke for him!!
Sam said on 1/May/15
I've seent that pic before. I'm pretty well convinced that Wayne, Cooper and Eastwood could have all been around the 192 cm mark at peak.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Feb/15
Check out this with John Wayne Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
Cooper to me looked about the same height on screen in the 30s and 40s as Clint Eastwood did in the 60 and 70s.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/15
Rob for some reason it says "Image Not Available".
Editor Rob
yeah I put another one up instead
dietmar said on 2/Feb/15
All the heights in this site are peak heights, if not other indicated. So, ie. Adam Baldwin is still in he's peak (193cm). About 10-15 years, we may see Adam's height as 191cm (peak 193cm). He will be never mentioned as peak 195cm. Even though he was 195cm out of bed. That's the difference. So, it would be quite corny to claim 193cm peak for Cooper.
Bruno said on 1/Feb/15
I'm never getting measured in the evening, I need all the cms I can get.
dietmar said on 1/Feb/15
No. People shrink when they get old, as we all know. If we take ie. Clint Eastwood, he was peak 193cm, when he was young. It doesnt mean he was 193cm out of bed. He was moore like 195cm. Average 193cm guys are 193cm most of the day, not just in the morning. Clint was a legit 193cm in his youth.

So peak height is the height you were, most of the day, when you were young. I think old Gary Cooper was only about 191cm when he woke up, and drop to 188cm in the evening. When he was young, he was 193cm out of bed, and 191cm in the evening.
Bruno said on 31/Jan/15
Bit tipsy now dietmar, but peak height means your tallest and if that's just out of bed well that's your peak surely??????
dietmar said on 31/Jan/15
Excuse me Bruno, but morning heights doesnt count as "peak" height. In this site, there are loads and loads of 191cm guys, who are 193cm out of bed, but they are listed as 191cm, as the should. Gary Cooper in just one of them. He was never peak 193cm.

Just to mention, Adam Baldwin, Conan O'Brien, Jeff Goldblum, etc, are true 193cm guys. They are all 195cm out of bed. Means their peak is 193cm, not 195cm.

In fact, Coop was slightly shorter than 191cm listed James Stewart. There are couple of good photos in the net. Jim may have been 192cm though. Anyway, 191cm peak for Coop.
Bruno said on 30/Jan/15
Good old Dietmar, we now think the same peak height for Coop 193 or 6'4'' thank you.
dietmar said on 29/Jan/15
Well, if you look at the pic below( Coop vs Bridges), Coop is not 10cm taller than 183cm Bridges. If Coop really was 193cm, then Bridges was 186cm and Charlton Heston was 193cm.

I dont really get where this 193cm claim for Cooper comes from? To me he doesnt look over 191cm. In some pics he really looks the same height, or even taller than John Wayne, but that only prooves Wayne was not a full 193cm. And we all know pics can lie.

To my opinion 191cm is dead on Cooper. Its possible he was 193cm out of bed, but not over 191cm in the evening.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/15
I'd say Vera Cruz was one of the few films actually where Cooper didn't look nearer 6'4".
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/15
In Vera Cruz the film though Steve, Cooper looks more 2-2.5 inches taller than Lancaster. I remember watching it and thinking that actually Lancaster did look about 6 ft 1. I didn't see 3 inches in the film.
Steve said on 27/Jan/15
Go by the photo I posted because if you watch the film they played tricks with camera angles. I'm sure to get them to being as close to the same height they put Lancaster on a box.
dietmar said on 27/Jan/15
In "Vera Cruz" Coop looked no moore than 190cm with Lancaster.

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Steve said on 26/Jan/15
If Burt Lancaster was 6'1" then Cooper was 6'4".

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Bruno said on 7/Jan/15
Well if you say 192 we are pretty close in our estimates. I reckon peak was 193 in his early years in 30s and 40s. Just like the pic you posted might not give the true diff. between the actors.
dietmar said on 6/Jan/15
Of course the height difference varies, depending the camera angle, everybody knows that. I was just pointing out that the pic you posted was not showing the true difference between these guys.

There's no need to downgrade anybody, Coop was most likely 192cm out of bed, and 190cm late in the evening. I just watched High Noon, and Coop was about 7cm taller than 183cm Lloyd Bridges Click Here
Bruno said on 4/Jan/15
Firstly dietmar I never claimed GC was same height as Walker. Just proving that 2 photos taken at the same event with different angles the height difference varies.

Cooper was unwell and off his peak height in that movie with Heston. He still looked slightly taller though. If he was as low as 190cm peak we have to down grade a lot of actors.
dietmar said on 4/Jan/15
Cooper and Heston are indeed the same height.

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Both men were around 190-191cm.
dietmar said on 3/Jan/15
The pic Bruno just posted is obviously lying, due to camera angle. Cooper would need 3in extra heels, to reach Walkers height Click Here

Gary Cooper was around 190cm, just like Charlton Heston Click Here
Bruno said on 3/Jan/15
Defo 192 maybe 193 peak.
Bruno said on 2/Jan/15
Same place and time, does not look to much shorter here.
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Coop looks slightly taller than JS here 3rd photo. Might be the angle not much between these 2, peak height for both I'd say Coop by .5''.
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Arch Stanton said on 1/Jan/15
Walker I think might have boot advantage there and with the hat gives the illusion of being even taller. + it was obviously late 50s I'd say when Coop didn't look over 6'3". You watch Coop's 30s movies and he frequently looked taller.
dietmar said on 31/Dec/14
Gary Cooper was no moore than 6'3. The real difference between Clint Walker and Cooper can be seen Click Here
Sam said on 23/Dec/14
Even a half inch downgrade would shrink a bunch of co-stars and actors Cooper was seen with, not buying a thing under 6'3" at peak.
Celebheights 188 CM said on 22/Dec/14
He was never 6'3.5", but I will agree that 6'2" was a bit low as well. 6'2.5" is my bet.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Dec/14
I suppose he cut a handsome figure even if a bit lanky looking but I wouldn't call him "incredibly handsome". Rock Hudson or Clint Walker I think might have been the most impressive looking actors I've seen on screen in those days with strong features and a big height and frame. Under 190 as you say though is BS.
Gonzalo said on 19/Dec/14
Anything under 1`90 for Cooper is a joke. In fact he could have been taller than that.
Great actor. Incredibly handsome man.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Dec/14
6ft2 is pure bogus. Another classic case of the insecure actor who felt he'd never work again if they found out he was in fact nearer 6ft4.

"Gary Cooper's height is 6ft 3¼in (192cm)"
Steve said on 13/Dec/14
Cooper looked a good six inches taller than 5'10" Fredric March:

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Arch Stanton said on 12/Dec/14
Peak yeah I think he'd have been 192 a good chunk of the day in his younger years. 6 ft 3 flat is really the lowest I can see but in a few comparisons in the 50s like with Burt Lancaster in Vera Cruz, Lee J. Cobb in Man of the West and Heston in Wreck he didn't really look over the 6'3" mark.
Sam said on 12/Dec/14
Arch, don't you think 6'3.25"-6'3.5" range is a better fit than a flat 6'3" for Cooper at peak? However, if he's that range, James Stewart would probably be that as well.
Bruno said on 9/Dec/14
Agreed Arch the 6'2'' peak is BS, if that was the case we would be downgrading a lot of actors.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Dec/14
Heston wasn't a full 6'3" though Bruno and Cooper was barely taller in Wreck. He also didn't look over 6 ft 3 next to Audrey Hepburn, but in some scenes in They Came to Crdura he could still look a strong 6'3" with Rita. Peak, I think he's have hit 6'4" sometime early in the day.
Bruno said on 8/Dec/14
I'd put Coop at 6'4'' peak, in latter years still looked a strong 6'3'' next to Heston.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Dec/14
Yes, good film that Jake and it had my favourite jazz singer Julie London in it who Rob won't add :-(
James said on 1/Dec/14
Cooper was good in "Man of the West" but he was at least 20 years too old for the part. He was actually a decade older than Lee J Cobb who played the man who brought him up.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 29/Nov/14
Just watched him in Man of the West and I think he was 6ft 3in, looked it beside Lee J. Cobb. Good western that too, some lovely locations.
John said on 29/Nov/14
Cooper was actually measured as 6'2.5" when he arrived in Hollywood in the autumn of 1924. As he was already 23 it's unlikely he grew any more after that. He probably appeared taller in westerns because he wore boots with big heels.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/14
If Cooper was a flat 6'2" Lancaster was like 5'11 and change!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/14
Not a chance David. There's a scene in Morocco lying down on a bed and his legs look crazy lanky. When he gets up he even has to duck significantly on the way out the door. At times it's difficult to see him under 6'4.
David Miller said on 25/Nov/14
Gary Cooper was in fact 6'2" as he said.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Nov/14
If Cooper was 6'2 range everybody else needs a serious downgrade.... Agreed with Sam, I think he was pushing 192 peak.
John said on 19/Nov/14
Cooper was 6'2.5".
Editor Rob
that you Frank ;)

I saw this figure in an article about Cooper in fact, 6ft 2.5...
Sam said on 10/Nov/14
Rob, any chance you could list Cooper as 6'3.25"? In all but his later films he often looks a bit tall to be a flat 6'3"er. Also there was really just a fraction between he and John Wayne and he could look close to 6'4"-6'6" range claiming guys.
John said on 2/Oct/14
Perhaps Cooper wore lifts in his later films.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Oct/14
Rob can you add Man of the West, The Westerner, The Pride of the Yankees and They Came to Cordura? Yeah, if Cooper was only 6'2" then everybody, and i mean everybody is listed 1-1.5 inches higher than they really were!! Cooper could certainly look nearer 6'4" in his prime, but in his last years really looked nothing over 6'3", barely taller than Charlton Heston in Wreck.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Oct/14
Yeah, if Cooper was only 6'2" then everybody, and i mean everybody is listed 1-1.5 inches higher than they really were!! Cooper could certainly look nearer 6'4" in his prime, but in his last years really looked nothing over 6'3", barely taller than Charlton Heston in Wreck.
184.3cm said on 30/Sep/14
Its funny how in that era alot of actors downgraded themselves. He looks all of 191cm and yet claimed 188cm. He probably was 196cm in cowboyboots must have raised a few eyebrows when he claimed 6'2 haha.
Ian C. said on 28/Sep/14
There is enough photographic evidence linked to this page to support the proposition that Gary Cooper was at least six foot four. Now and then you get these very tall actors (like Rock Hudson or Christopher Lee) who seem to be downgrading their heights. It's as if, in the forties and fifties, there was not only a height threshold for leading men but a height ceiling.
James B said on 11/Sep/14
Why thr he'll would he claim 6ft2?
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jul/14
Yeah Marcus he really looked pale, thinner and ill in the face after 1957 and lost a lot of his screen presence. Worrying thing is that Hugh Jackman has had that look in the face of late and makes me wonder if he is hiding something. Plus he's now shaved his head which I'm told is for a film role. Hmm.. I think Cooper had Heston by about 2 cm. They were stood almost face to face on several occasions and you could see he was slightly taller.
marcus said on 13/Jul/14
Cooper aged terribly in the last years of his life with cancer ravaging his body. If he was still taller than a young Charlton Heston in 1959 it would mean he was still at least 6'3". He had to have shrunk considerably from his peak and needs to be upgraded.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jun/14
Unlikely John, Cooper was barely taller than Charlton Heston in the Wreck of Mary Deare.
john b said on 14/May/14
saw a few pics of him next to John Wyane - if John was 6'4? Cooper Looked 6'6 -
Arch Stanton said on 13/May/14
Cooper had to have been around 6'5" in boots. He didn't look more than 3 inches taller than 6' Walter Brennan in The Westerner though.
Arch Stanton said on 13/May/14
LOL, he wasn't 6 ft 7. But I agree he looked an inch taller than supposed 6'4" Forrest Tucker in The Westerner.
marcus said on 5/May/14
Just watched The Westerner again. Cooper looks about 3" taller than Forrest Tucker.
marcus said on 19/Apr/14
Walker was clearly standing erect and most likely in cowboy boots. It is time Cooper was up graded. Probably 6'7" at his peak. Plenty of photos to support this.
Andy Clifford said on 3/Apr/14
Walker was clearly crouching a bit.
Gonzalo said on 24/Mar/14
Gary Cooper and Fess Parker
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Gary Cooper and Clint Walker
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Knowitall said on 10/Mar/14
Well, I stand corrected. Later in the movie Dallas, Erickson appears taller than Cooper. The reason is, early on, Cooper is wearing cowboy boots with two-inch heels. Later in the film, the two actors swap outfits. Cooper ends up wearing dress boots with one-inch heels while Erickson is wearing cowboy boots. So both actors were six-four.
Knowitall said on 10/Mar/14
In the 1950 western feature Dallas, Cooper appeared taller than Leif Erickson who's officially listed as being six-four.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/14
Tone was more 5'11" I think but granted he barely looked shorter than Gable in Mutiny on the Bounty.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/14
Cooper didn't look 6'4" next to Lee J. Cobb and Jack Lord in Man of the West.
Knowitall said on 3/Mar/14
In The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Cooper was five inches taller than Franchot Tone.

Tone was supposedly six feet tall. He was just about the same height as Clark Gable in Mutiny on the Bounty.

It's looking like Copper was six-four.
Hatti said on 12/Feb/14
He was tallest as Howard Roarke.
Mcxslim said on 11/Feb/14
I'd just like to say, Gary cooper is part of a generation, who's acting portrayed the inner depth of what it's like to be a mans man. Randolph, Wayne, mccrea, widmark,( don't forget him) , and others, all in the same genre have givin me a real appreciation for whom I really am. Most people today do not seem to be drawn toward decent moral code. Basically what these film are about. I can't change who I am. I can only get better at it. Thanks for the memories.
Bruno said on 20/Jan/14
I'm allowing for that Sam, Randy Scott claimed 6' 3.5'' so add .5'' and you get 6'4'' for Coop.
Sam said on 20/Jan/14
Interesting find Bruno, Scott was almost like the low-budget equivalent to Cooper...I actually prefer Scott's Budd Boetticher movies to many Cooper Westerns (except maybe High Noon & Man of the West). I think in the shot, Cooper is closer to the camera giving him a slight advantage over Scott. In an even shot, I think Cooper would be only a fraction taller than Scott.
Gonzalo said on 20/Jan/14
In this pic Scott towers over Sinatra and Cooper

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Bruno said on 18/Jan/14
Gary Cooper was definitely 6'4'' peak check this pic out with 6'3''+ Randy Scott
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Knowitall said on 16/Jan/14
Look how Cooper towers over Anthony Quinn:

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I believe Cooper was six-four.

Quinn claimed to be six-two. I believe in reality he was around six-one. He is leaning in the photo, but still I think Cooper was considerably taller.
Clive said on 5/Jan/14
If Gary Cooper siad he was 6'2" then surely that's what he was.
James said on 28/Dec/13
Cooper was definitely 6 foot 3. Although "Sergeant York" is just an overlong and very dated wartime propaganda film, "High Noon" still holds up brilliantly and he well deserved his second Oscar.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/13
Thanks. He can even look 6'5 at times in Mr Deeds from 1936!!
Arch Stanton said on 14/Dec/13
Rob can you add Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, Sergeant York and The Pride of the Yankees? Sergeant York and Meet John Doe in particular were among his best known films.
Editor Rob
yes I'll add a few of those.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Dec/13
Looks more 6'3" in Sergeant York though, some of the other actors in it are almost the same height. In my opinion his finest acting role I've seen to date, great film and he deserved that Oscar.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Dec/13
Looks 6'4 in Meet John Doe.
Sam said on 6/Dec/13
Interesting shots, would be nice if Quinn was standing as upright as Cooper in that shot though.
Outlaw said on 6/Dec/13
He was taller than any 6'3" actor he ever worked with. I'll go with 6'4.25"

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Click Here w/6'1.5" Anthony Quinn and Ward Bond

Click Here w/Jack Benny, who was at least 5'8"

DEFINITELY a minimum of 6'4". But I'll go with 6'4.25".
Sam said on 5/Dec/13
I'm convinced Cooper was, like Jimmy Stewart, was a strong 6'3", perhaps a hair over the mark.
Xhavier said on 3/Dec/13
According to his daughter, Maria Cooper Janis: 6ft 4in. Aocording to 99% of his biographies 6ft 3in as of age 17. Also there is a story of him having measured himself against a wagon wheel and he was 6ft 2.75in (it was late in the evening). Either way at 6ft 3in he would be taller than 98% of the world population. So be it.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Nov/13
Really looks 6 ft 4 in For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Bruno said on 8/Oct/13
Henry Brandon is listed either 6'4'' or 6'5'' depending on the site you look up.
Bruno said on 6/Oct/13
Looking at High Noon he looks a good 10" on 5'6" Harry Morgan and Grace Kelly. He was 50 odd years of age at the time and to me he looks a strong 6'4".
Knowitall said on 4/Oct/13
In Vera Cruz, Cooper was the same height as Henry Brandon who was six four.
Arch Stanton said on 15/Aug/13
There is a scene in Wings which he was in as a young man in 1927 where he walks into Clara Bow's dressing room and he literally looks twice the guy of the other guy. Gave the illusion of 6'4-6'5" compared to the other guy who had to have been short.
mitchell said on 26/Jul/13
Gary was strong 6'3. My very favorite actor. Good honest man, loved by all. Never pretended to be better
than others.
Knowitall said on 18/Jul/13
Sixseven, did you measure him?
Sixseven said on 16/Jul/13
Gary Cooper was 190 cm tall.(6'2.8")
Sam said on 12/Jul/13
It's just my personal opinion. I personally think that (although he's a pretty different actor) Henry Fonda is my favorite actor of the older class in westerns. Perhaps you're right that Wayne wouldn't have been a good fit in High Noon, but you mentioned The Searchers, I don't think that Cooper could have pulled off the darkness and complexity of Ethan Edwards, nor Wayne's role in Red River. In terms of vulnerability, I think Stewart takes the cake, he's brutalized in every Anthony Mann western he was in. The darkest Cooper western I can think of, Man of the West, Cooper's character is kind of violent but not nearly as depraved as the other characters.
jtm said on 11/Jul/13
doubt he was under 6'3.
Sam said on 10/Jul/13
I think Cooper, Wayne and Stewart were all tall guys within the 6'3" to 6'4" range at peak. I have to say, Cooper is one of the my least favorite actors of this generation. I know he's supposed to be the classic example of doing a lot with a little and most classic stars had a basic character that they adhered closely to, but Cooper's acting never did it for me. I don't know if it's his flat affect, his weird voice (which I found a little grating) or his artificial seeming aw-shucks veneer or that he had off-screen status as a cocky, somewhat boorish and boasting womanizer. Though I found his politics somewhat offensive, to me John Wayne was a much better actor and star. I do enjoy some of Cooper's films in spite of his acting style, like High Noon or Ball of Fire.
Knowitall said on 5/Jul/13
Mr. R,

I know Gary Cooper wasn't in From Here to Eternity. Your point?

We were discussing Coop being two inches taller than six foot two Burt Lancaster. Arch posted that he believed Burt never looked six two so I posted a photo showing him to be at least four inches taller than Montgomery Clift.

Understand? Or do I need to 'splain it all over again?
Mr. R said on 2/Jul/13
@Knowitall The actor in From Here to Eternity is Burt Lancaster, not Gary Cooper.
Knowitall said on 27/Jun/13
He sure did look a slid six two in From Here to Eternity where he towered over five foot ten Montgomery Clift:

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Arch Stanton said on 14/Jun/13
Lancaster never looked a legit 6'2 though!!
Knowitall said on 11/Jun/13
Except that Lancaster was at least as tall as Karl Malden in Birdman of Alcatraz. Malden was a legit six foot one. In some angles in the film, Burt looked to be an inch taller.

And in From Here to Eternity, Burt towered over Montgomery Clift. He had a solid four inches on Clift who was supposedly five ten and usually looked it. And Burt was the same height as six foot two George Reeves.

I think Coop was closer to being a solid six four. There are just two many actors he towered over for him to be six three or six two as Cooper claimed.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/13
He really doesn't look like a legit 6 ft 4 guy in Vera Cruz, I think 6 ft 3 looks about right. But to me he seemed to have near 3 inches on Burt Lancaster, at times it could look more 2 inches. I think Cooper at 6'3" and Lancaster at 6'0.5" would make more sense.
Knowitall said on 7/Jun/13
I'm watching City Streets starring Cooper and I'm shocked to see he was a solid five inches taller than Paul Lukas who was supposedly six foot one. Either Lukas's height was way exaggerated or Coop was six five.
Outlaw said on 6/Jun/13
Yeah, they could be lifts with Stewart, but I don't believe they are. If he wore lifts then, he should of been wearing them on all other occasions.

I still believe he was 6'0.5"-6'1" barefoot.

Regardless, I also believe Cooper was much taller than than Gable -- 3"-3.5".
Knowitall said on 6/Jun/13
Ray Milland is listed as being six two by many sources.

In Beau Geste he was at least two inches shorther than Cooper and in some angles appeared three inches shorter:

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Knowitall said on 6/Jun/13
Outlaw, check out the shoes on Gable seated next to Stewart:

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They could be lifts.

And here Gable looks considerably shorter than Albert Dekker who was around six two:

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And in Command Decision, Gable was no more than an inch taller than five foot ten John Hodiak:

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And Hodiak was definitely five ten. I've watched just about all his films comparing him to other actors listed as being six feet. He was usually shorter by a couple of inches.

Here's Hodiak next to Wendell Cory who was about six one and a half:

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As you can see, he was considerably shorter.

So I think, cowboy boots or no cowboy boots, Coop was much taller than Gable.

Check this out:

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Henrik said on 4/Jun/13
Probably a 6'3.5" man who claimed the lower to be gentle. I'm more like 6'2.5", and I claim 6'2".

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