How tall was James Coburn

James Coburn's Height

6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in films like The Great Escape, Charade, The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint, A Fistful of Dynamite, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Nutty Professor, Major Dundee, Affliction and as the voice of Henry J. Waternoose III in Monsters, Inc. In the film 'The Carey Treatment' his character describes himself as "Six-One and a half"

How tall is James Coburn
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Average Guess (49 Votes)
6ft 1.28in (186.1cm)
Gerald S said on 13/Sep/23
Rob, at around 15:05 below, is 5'4" likely for Aznavour, compared with Coburn?

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Gerald S said on 12/Sep/23
Rob, could you add his SKY RIDERS co-star, Charles Aznavour?

Arguably France’s most famous singer, and also a famous actor, so definitely worth a page. He has quoted himself as five feet four, and generally seemed that mark, although looked a tad shorter than Sammy Davis Jr. in photos. So, I feel Sammy was a fraction above 5’4”.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 9/Apr/23
Rob, can you please add a page for his THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN co-star, Brad Dexter? Pretty renowned character actor back in the day. He gets listings from 184 cm - 188 cm but he didn't look as tall as Coburn.

Could he have been 6ft or so, Rob? Would love a page for him.

Also, what about Barry Nelson (THE SHINING)?
Editor Rob
Brad looked a bit shorter than Mitchum so I can see 6ft range for him. No chance of 6ft 1-2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Jan/23
Not under a solid 187cm peak
berta said on 12/Jan/23
i dont agree with averqage guess, he did lok like a very legit 187 guy. He was tall even in the end
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/22
Check out Coburn barefoot with Lee J Cobb in shoes at 12 minutes. I can see 6'1.5 there. Click Here His skinny build had me thinking he was an inch taller at one time.
Sandy C said on 8/Aug/22
Not two years after I wrote about the James Coburn/Lynsey de Paul relationship, little Lynsey, who unfortunately is no
longer with us, has her own page on Celebheights! Hooray for that! The songstress was part of music history, and had many interesting relationships.

LOVED James’s performance in The Great Escape!

6ft1.75. Yes, I’ve upped him by a quarter of an inch.
Voorhees Myers said on 19/Jul/22
Peak looks a weak 6-2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Feb/22
Similar to a young Benecio Del Toro
Ben Solomon said on 11/Jul/21
James looked to be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch taller than Pernell Roberts when he was a guest on Bonanza. My estimate is 6'1 1/2.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Oct/20
I remember when James dated 70s songstress, the late 5ft Lynsey de Paul, who represented England in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1977, dueting with Mike Moran.

From the pictures of the couple in newspapers and magazines alone, I knew James was very tall, possibly believing he topped his actual height.

He gets 6ft1.5.
Hong said on 23/Sep/20
Click Here Here's Coburn with 6ft Leonard Nimoy,the angel isn't great but Coburn looks the taller by around an inch.
Jtm said on 18/Aug/20
6'1.5 for coburn and 6'1 for Garner seems about right to me.
Sinclair said on 15/Aug/20
Coburn’s slim figure helped him to look very tall on film. For Coburn’s peak, I’d estimate 6’1.75”, although, I wouldn’t entirely dismiss the full 6’2”. Coburn was easily taller than Cary Grant in Charade and I don’t think Coburn was dwarfed by George Kennedy. Additionally, I think Coburn was a shade taller than 6’1.5” listed James Garner in The Great Escape and was roughly the same height as Richard Benjamin in The Last of Sheila.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Jun/20
Oh yeah, I mean anything with somebody like Coburn I'll watch. It was worth watching for Coburn and Mason but I felt the plot was very overcooked. The Carey Treatment was a very 70s looking film, I enjoy watching films just to see the period, it's like being in a time machine! If I could go back to any period in film history I think it would be 1955 Hollywood. Just the iconic cars and the look of the times, Back to the Future made a great choice!! Being a hippy type I'd love to see late 60s London too!
movieguy12 said on 20/Jun/20
Arch Stanton, sorry you weren't too impressed with the Last of Sheila, I found it very entertaining. Anything with Coburn in I'll watch. I do think though that Coburn always had the look of a 6'2'' guy though. Yeah you can argue just below 6'2'' but he was round about this mark I'd guess.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jun/20
True Arch, I felt he had the edge on Garner in Great Escape though. Both guys could look 6ft2
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jun/20
movieguy12 said on 28/May/20
Watched the Last of Sheila last night. If you like older films its very entertaining with a script by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins which seems unbelievable.

I watched it on your recommendation, Not the greatest of films, Raquel looked like she didn't want to be there, but Coburn and Mason shined.
movieguy12 said on 29/May/20
Took a look at another Coburn classic 'The Carey Treatment'. Maybe not a great film but how cool is Coburn. A guy tells Coburn 'he is trying to take his measure' meaning trying to figure out what kind of person Coburn's character was. Coburn's razor sharp reply is ''6 ft one and a half'. I guess this is probably his actual height or maybe they decided that it was a better line than saying I'm 6 ft 2''.
movieguy12 said on 28/May/20
Watched the Last of Sheila last night. If you like older films its very entertaining with a script by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins which seems unbelievable.

Coburn looked similar in height to Richard Benjamin. Benjamin who showed up a lot in 70s movies is one of those actors where you recognise the face but don't know the name and looks a classic 6'2'' guy.
Arch Stanton said on 21/May/20
Yeah his lanky frame at times in films could look like a 6'2.5-6'3 guy. I still think Coburn and Garner looked nearer 6'2 flat most of the time. Garner was taller than Dean Jagger who wasn't far off Peck's height in his prime.
Hopping hopper said on 10/Aug/19
Strange guy. Could look 6-3 then 6-1 in some films. Definitely over 6-1.
houss said on 20/Mar/19
Just watched the magnificent seven , he looked very tall , I remember it was a scene in the movie eraser when he stood up next to Arnold and they looked the same height
AntMan said on 21/Feb/19
6 feet 1.5 sounds accurate for James Coburn. He was slightly taller than 6 foot listed Leonard Nimoy in an episode of M Squad, in which they played brothers. Lee Marvin who bore a strong resemblance to Coburn also was in the show and looked a similar height to Coburn.
Both Marvin and Coburn could look taller due to their lean, gangling physiques. A tall guy but not as tall as fellow famed silver haired American Peter Graves listed as 6'3.
James said on 12/Oct/17
Garner was only six foot. It depends on their footwear.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Sep/17
He edged out James Garner. I really would not have believed he was less than 6ft2
James said on 25/Aug/17
Coburn was 6'1".
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 18/Aug/17
Perfect listing 186-187 cm peak. Fine actor, could be quite camp at times.
Jug said on 6/Aug/17
He looked closer to 6'1 next to George Kennedy in Charade but I think that Kennedy wore lifts in that film to look more imposing (he looked more than 6'4 next to Cary Grant, who was probably 6'0 at that point). Otherwise Coburn always looked like a strong 6'2.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Aug/17
Interestingly in Bite the Bullet (1975), Coburn looked a bit taller than Gene Hackman. If Hackman was 6'2 Coburn honestly looked 6'2.5-75, but could be boot difference or the ground level. In Prime cut (1972) Hackman actually looked about an inch taller than Marvin yet Coburn and Marvin are listed here at the same height. Height can be tough to figure out at times!
Mister lennon said on 3/Aug/17
He was a strong 6'1 peak. Close to 6'2.
James said on 1/Aug/17
Coburn was less tan 6'1".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Jul/17
189.6cm out of bed
Arch Stanton said on 12/Apr/17
Coburn was definitely shorter than Michael Sarrazin, near an inch. If Coburn was 6'1.5 then OJ Simpson had to have been more 6'0.5 I think.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Apr/17
Mmm in Firepower Coburn looks easily an inch taller than OJ Simpson...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Apr/17
I always thought a strong 6ft2 if Garner was a weak 6ft2. Maybe he just gave a taller because he was lanky while Garner was broad-framed
Arch Stanton said on 19/Mar/17
Actually in Hard Contract he doesn't look that much taller barefoot than 2-3 inches on a heeled Lee Remick, so maybe 6'1.5 is accurate.
jervis said on 28/Feb/17
If you want to compare Coburn to Eastwood,watch an episode of Rawhide on youtube,called Hostage Child.In it both Coburn, and Eastwood are in a scene together,on level ground facing each other,and Eastwood is about 2 inches taller.So Coburn would have been in the 6ft1 to 2 range,6ft1.5 sounds about right.
Ant said on 24/Feb/17
Sounds accurate. A shade taller than Leonard Nimoy and a tad shorter than Clint Eastwood. A tall guy who looked even taller due to his lean physique.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Dec/16
Rob, did he actually claim this height?
Editor Rob
it would be a strange figure for his character to give, I think it is effectively a claim.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Nov/16
188cm is closer, IMO. Edged out James Garner in The Great Escape and could even appear 189cm at times. Very gangly-framed like Peter O'Toole. Could look from 6ft1 to 6ft3 depending on posture.
mister_lennon said on 13/Oct/16
I think that cary grant was close to 6'1 at peak. He was about 184 or 185 when he was young. Maybe 186 out of bed.
coburn was about 187 or 188 peak, i think.
josh jeffords said on 11/Oct/16
Coburn was tall but looked shorter than Heston.
Could pass for 6 2 in magnificent 7 that is the only time he was that tall most of them were "average" and some short.
May have been as much as 6 2 peak he did have the tall guy lazy posture.
He still looked over 6 ft even as he got white haired so he was a legit tall guy for sure.
James said on 11/Oct/16
Cary Grant was only six foot.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Sep/16
This also means Cary Grant struggled with 6ft in Charade
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Sep/16
I think 188cm is fair for Coburn if Garner was 187cm
Arch Stanton said on 11/Aug/16
6'1.5 still seems too low...
Brad said on 10/Aug/16
6 feet 2 and a half peak. In cowboy boots he was one mean tall hombre yanking out the pistol.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/16
Though a guy with a skinny, wiry sort of build like Coburn, guys like that do tend to look taller anyway.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/16
Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/16
@Rob, what prompted the downgrade? Now Garner was a guy you can see at 6'1.5, but Coburn honestly generally looked a proper 6'2 to me.
Editor Rob: I think if his character had said 6ft 1.5, it seems to specific to not be the height he really claimed himself.

Where did he claim that? Keeping in mind Mel Gibson was 6 ft 3 in one film not longer back ;-) Yes, if his character said it in a film it's more likely, but if we have Coburn at 6'1.5 then most people need a half inch downgrade. Coburn to me generally looked a proper 6'2 guy. Though so did Sean Connery and he was suppoedly measured at 6'1.5 too!
Editor Rob
shadow had mentioned it before in the comments.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/16
@Rob, what prompted the downgrade? Now Garner was a guy you can see at 6'1.5, but Coburn honestly generally looked a proper 6'2 to me.
Editor Rob
I think if his character had said 6ft 1.5, it seems to specific to not be the height he really claimed himself.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Aug/16
Watch him with George Kennedy in Charade for instance...
Arch Stanton said on 3/Aug/16
@Rob, sorry, but I think you've made a bad call here. Coburn was always one of those who looked an honest 6'2 to me. Taller than Garner.
jervis said on 29/Jul/16
looked about 3 inches shorter than Eastwood in rawhide,max for him 6ft1.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
Well then, Garner was 6ft1 flat because Coburn edged him in The Great Escape.
charlie said on 26/Jan/16
In the Movie Our Man Flint he is standing beside a girl whos in a bikini barefoot and hes wearing shoes and the height difference cant be any more than 3 inches. She could of been a taller actress perhaps 5 foot 6 inches that would make a lot of sense that he would be 5 foot 8 inches no more no less
charlie said on 26/Jan/16
wow almost every male celebrity I have come across is either 6 foot 2 or 6 foot 1.Watch his movies he stands average height with the other male actors in which the average male height was and still is 5 foot 8 in the USA. In Canada the average male is 5 foot 5 inches in height.
Tom said on 16/Jan/16
Coburn was 6'1".
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Rob can you add a photo? @Rampage Honestly, I've seen Garner in a fair few films now and have increasingly thought he looked more 6'1 range. Coburn could look 189 like o'Toole at times, but the skinny frame can add that.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Jun/15
Taller than James Garner in The Great Escape.

Maybe near 6ft2½ Rob?
Ed T. said on 16/Feb/15
Looks about only an inch taller than Leonard Nimoy in an episode of the late 1950's tv series M Squad. Coburn could have been 6'1.5" peak. I am curious if there are any pictures, movies or television episodes in which Coburn and Lee Marvin appear side by side. I would bet that Coburn and Marvin were very similar in height, as I suspect Marvin was probably between 6'1-6'1.5" peak height.
Sam said on 2/Jan/15
I was kind of surprised by how skinny looking he is in Ride Lonesome w/ Randolph Scott, I wouldn't be surprised if he weighed less than Jimmy Stewart's famed 138 pound measurement. It's possible that by the time he played Pat Garrett he was nearly 40 pounds more.
John said on 25/Nov/14
Coburn was just under 6'2". His career suffered somewhat from his similarity to Lee Marvin.
Ian C said on 4/Nov/14
The Magnificent Seven are the Six Average-sized Guys and the One Tall Guy. Notice how everybody in that movie stays away from Coburn, unless he's sitting down.
Bud said on 14/Sep/14
Looks taller with 5'10.5 Terry Savallas Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jul/14
Rob can you add "American actor, best remembered for roles in films like The Great Escape, Charade, The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint, A Fistful of Dynamite, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Nutty Professor, Major Dundee, Affliction and as the voice of Henry J. Waternoose III in Monsters, Inc.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jul/14
I've been getting into him a lot recently. Smashing actor, great to watch. Could look 6'2.5" in Duck you Sucker (Fistful of Dynamite) and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
Sam said on 30/Apr/14
I thought he looked to be maybe struggling with the full 6'2" back in Ride Lonesome, being only a smidge taller than 6'1" Pernell Roberts and at times looking about a couple inches under Randolph Scott.
Here's an interesting shot of Coburn with Lee Van Cleef, who may have a slight edge over Coburn. Apparently they are "menacing" Clint Walker's good guy, LOL, in an episode of "Cheyenne". Van Cleef and Coburn were badasses but Walker was 6'6" and looked like he could have picked them both up at the same time.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jan/14
189 is possible but no more.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jan/14
He looks just about 3 inches shorter than 6'5" listed Andrew Duggan in In Like Flint. He had lanky legs though and a skinny frame which made him look deceptively tall.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jan/14
Oddly he looks near 2 inches shorter than 6'2 listed Edward Mulhare in Our Man Flint.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jan/14
Looks 6'2 max in Our Man Flint next to Lee J. Cobb, in fact at times Cobb can look 6 ft next to him.
avi said on 12/Dec/13
No he wasn't much taller than Cary Grant in Charade 6'2 flat probably
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
George Kennedy had about 1,5 inches on him in Charade. Agree that 6'2.5" peak is about right.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jan/13
A bit taller than James Garner in The Great Escape.
"James Coburn's height is 6ft 2.25in (189cm)"
Ace said on 2/Aug/12
I agree with Jake. 6'2-6'2.5 looks right for his peak. He was very lanky in addition, with rather long thin legs, which could make him appear taller.
jake said on 11/Aug/11
I think 188-189 cm peak for Coburn. He was tall and lanky.
Shadow2 said on 9/Feb/11
Thanks Ed T. I think the movie was the "Carey Treatment", and Coburn's co-star was the beautiful 5'8" Jennifer O'Neill.
Ed T. said on 4/Feb/11
Shadow2, I think your assessment of Coburn's height is accurate.
Shadow2 said on 12/Jan/11
In a 1972 movie, Coburn's character states his height as 6'1.5", which I think is the actor's true height. This explains why he was close to James Garner's height (6'1") when they worked together. I've also watched "Charade" recently, and Coburn is only marginally taller than (near) 6'1" Cary Grant.
Mr. Kaplan said on 25/Dec/10
James Coburn was never 6'2", let alone taller. Watch "Charade" there is many shots of him near 6'4" George Kennedy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Dec/10
Could he have been taller than 6"2, Rob?

Editor Rob
in the 60's he was described as this mark, sometimes in the future he was called 6ft 3 aswell. I've not seen a movie from his heydey for a while though!
Ian Fawn-Meade said on 16/Dec/10
Worked with him just before he died. He was tall...I am six feet, and he certainly had an inch or two over me then. His arthritis was serious, and might have affected his height- hard to guess.
Hugh 190cm said on 22/Mar/09
I'd say 189cm-190cm peak. He was a tall man even by the time of his death.
Hugh said on 3/Jan/09
I think 6ft2.75 was his peak and say 6ft2 in his latter years.
Anonymous said on 16/Nov/08
Was 6'2.5 maximum.
Hugh said on 24/Oct/08
In Charade he was definately 6ft2 if not 6ft3. He had quite a lanky frame and his posture wasn't great.
Hugh said on 4/Oct/08
He was probably a bit less than 6ft2 in his later years. I think he was 6ft2.75 at his peak and 6ft1.75 or 6ft2 flat by the time of his death.
Hugh said on 26/Sep/08
He was most definately 6ft2 if not 6ft3. He was a tall guy.
Ed T. said on 25/Sep/08
Coburn did not look a full two inches taller than either Dick Shawn or Aldo Ray in " What did you do in the War Daddy" ( 1966) . Both Dick Shawn and Aldo Ray are usually listed as 6'0" even. I think there is a good possibility that Coburn was slightly below 6'2" even at his peak. I would say 6'1.5" is more likely his peak height.
Ed T. said on 16/Aug/08
I think the maximum Coburn peak height was 6'2". Peak height could have been more like 6'1.5" . He looked more 6'1" than 6'2" in the Americanization of Emily ( 1964) and the President's Analyst ( 1967). Despite the 6'2" listing for Hackman, I believe Hackman was never a full 6'2".
Corvette said on 14/Jul/08
AT Bit the Bullet, he's taller than Gene Hackman. His peak is 6'2.5 (189cm).
Mike said on 14/Apr/08
..I shook his hand in '83. I was 17, and 5'11 and 3/4's. He seemed a little taller than me, but not by inches. I'd say 6'1 at best.
JOSH said on 8/Mar/08
He said below when he was younger that his height was 6ft1.5.
Marcelo C. said on 23/Jan/08
Glenn: In a film, Coburn standing in front of Schwarzeneger is himself not less than 1" or maybe taller than Arnold (I don
ras said on 13/Jul/07
He was shorter than Jeff Fahey on the hit list.
Trev said on 30/Mar/07
I met james Coburn about 1990 in London on several occasions, he was the same height as me 6'1", however he may have shrunk a little by then, also in the film The Carey Treatment 1972, one of the charcters say's "you're 6'2" right? Coburn's response is "no! 6'1.5"
marlon said on 2/Mar/07
I think coburn was a full 6ft 3 inches and he looked a good inch taller than gene hackman in the film bite the bullet.
venus said on 10/Oct/06
Next to Andrew Duggan in In Like Flint, Coburn looks 6'1.2 to me.
Glenn said on 22/Jul/06
So did I.I thought he was 6-3.
Anonymous said on 22/Jul/06
On the biography channel described as 6'2''. I always thought he was taller, this must be because he was so skinny it added to the impression of great height.
mike c said on 27/Apr/06
Hi Frank! Just saw again the Americanization of Emily..Garner is at least 1" to 1.5" taller than Coburn in all the face to face scenes..from what I remember reading, Coburn was 6'3"..also read a few yrs. ago about his malady...Garner 6'2"-6.3" in '64..Coburn about the same taking into account shoes..and they were not cowboy boots!! take care!
Frank2 said on 20/Mar/06
Coburn was about 6'2" when he was young and shrank down to about 6'1" when he got to be older. I saw him at a party and noticed his hands were severely distorted from arthritis.
larry said on 20/Mar/06
It seemed shorter than 6'3". He was in a RIFLEMAN episode in which he fought Lucas with torches. He looked no more than 6'2" then. I've seen him in a lot of films. I would think more like 6'1-2" at his peak.
Mikex said on 4/Jan/06
I've seen him described as 6'4''. Remember him being on a chat show once and he looked it. I suspect the interviewer was short though and this might have emphasised his height. 6'3'' seems safe.

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