How tall was Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart's Height

6ft 3 (190.5 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, Destry Rides Again, The Shop Around the Corner, The Naked Spur and Anatomy of a Murder. In a 1988 article it mentioned "Stewart looks even taller than his 6-foot-3-inch frame. 'I used to be 6-foot-4, but I'm shrinking'"
[On trying for the role of Chang, in film The Good Earth] I was 6-feet-3, and I weighed 138 pounds. They must have thought I looked as though I'd just survived a famine. So they slanted my eyes, gave me a bald wig, with a queue, and a pair of Oriental pants. Paul Muni looked at me and said, 'That's a big one for a Chinese.' So I kneeled down in a trench to match Muni's height. But I lost the job, and I haven't tried to play a Chinese since.

Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01

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Average Guess (77 Votes)
6ft 2.87in (190.2cm)
Hong said on 12/Nov/20
Click Here Here's James with 6ft.5 listed Clark Gable,I think he looks about 3 inches taller,so a comfortable 6ft3 for Stewart,maybe even 6 ft3.5?
Lankyweasel635 said on 18/Oct/20
@Editor Rob

Although I never lost the full 3.75in from 6ft 6.5in down to 6ft 2.75in in a day, I have lost 3in from 6ft 6.5in to 6ft 3.5in and also from 6ft 6in to 6ft 3in, and also have only lost 2.5in, 2in, 1.5in, 1in, and as little as half an inch in a day, but those losses did happen, and I know it is hard to believe.

Regardless I did not intend to have that conversation on this fine actors page, and if there was a way to move it to the height loss page or the general height page that would be great.

And if comments can be made on the height loss page still, I have a continuation to our height loss conversation from August 2016 that I will post Rob. :)

Regardless have a great day.

Stay safe, stay sane, keep busy, and keep on being awesome.

Gerry :)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Oct/20
"My variance between morning and night is significant as it has been a morning high max of 6ft 6.5in and an absolute night low of 6ft 2.75in, and in general usually varied between a morning height max of 6ft 6in and an evening high low 6ft 3in."

Rob, did you read this post?
Editor Rob
It would be a record for diurnal variation I'm sure, if true...
Canson said on 4/Oct/20
Willes190 said on 3/Oct/20
@FrankR1 - You should get a different hobby since judging height really doesn’t seem to be working out great for you. Jimmy Stewart looking 6’1” in It’s a a Wonderful Life? Yeah sure, if you say so big guy...

I wouldn’t talk if I were you
Willes190 said on 3/Oct/20
@FrankR1 - You should get a different hobby since judging height really doesn’t seem to be working out great for you. Jimmy Stewart looking 6’1” in It’s a a Wonderful Life? Yeah sure, if you say so big guy...
FrankR1 said on 23/Sep/20
Jimmy Stewart was 6'3"?! And he claimed that he used to be 6'4"?! That's hard to believe. He didn't look a quarter-inch over 6'1" in It's A Wonderful Life. He might have been close to 6'2" (peak), but I seriously doubt that he was close enough to 6'4" to round up.
Lankyweasel635 said on 22/Aug/20
@ Miss Sandy Cowell
The answer to your question is: 5ft 7in. Ha! I'm kidding.

The answer actually is: It depends. :)

My variance between morning and night is significant as it has been a morning high max of 6ft 6.5in and an absolute night low of 6ft 2.75in, and in general usually varied between a morning height max of 6ft 6in and an evening high low 6ft 3in.

However, when I stopped growing I was 6ft 5in, but I have a unique to me muscle condition that shortly after I stopped growing, kicked in, and has caused me to shrink/re-grow half a dozen time over the past 20 years, and will probably continue to do so until I am no longer on this planet.

However, although I had regained to being 6ft 5in at night after 16 hours of being awake, recent events re-aggravated and accelerated my condition, such that I am only 6ft 3.5in now, which the doctors then round down to 6ft 3in, but I am built much taller than I am rather very disproportionately so, such that I am built like someone 6ft 10in as is, and in fact, if they could fix everything I would be 6ft 10in tall built like 7ft 6in tall. However, we come in all shapes and sizes so, oh well.

Either way, now because of my shrinkage I am a little closer to everyone else and just a tiny 6ft 3.5in fellow who rounds down more often then up, but admits to both, and whether or not I will be able to regain any of my lost height and maintain it before either my condition or nature takes it away from me again is to be determined.

Regardless, most people do not like my answer and insist that I am at least 6ft 5in if not 6ft 7in tall, with a few having guessed me at 6ft 8in and one at 7ft, which made me laugh to say the least. But that seems to be because there are many people that are multiple inches off of their height, as I have met many supposedly 6ft 3in tall men who are at least two to four inches shorter than me, but I figure rather than argue with them like I have done from time to time, it is a waste of energy and really does not matter in the grand scheme of things, and is not really a big deal, pun intended, so although I used to be 6ft 5in, now I am only 6ft 3.5in, and I just thank them for the upgrade and keep on answering 5ft 7in or at least that I was at one point and now I am little taller than that, then walk away, and smile. :)

Have a great day.

Stay safe, stay sane, keep busy, and keep on being awesome.

Gerry :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Aug/20
@ Lankyweasel635 - I like your name! Just how lanky a weasel are you by the way? 😁

All the very best!

Sandy 😉👍

The late Jimmy Stewart gets 6ft3. Good looks, height, an acting career....

Some guys really do have all their eggs in one basket!

Lankyweasel635 said on 20/Aug/20
In Roy Pickard's 1993 biography of James Stewart, his height related to his WWII weight requirements is listed as being 6ft 4in.

He was also referenced as 6ft 4in in the 1936 movie Born To Dance.

Sticking with he was 6ft 3in / 6ft 4in and probably was 6ft 3.5in but more often than not rounded down, and/or measured 6ft 3in more often than 6ft 4in and was probably even 6ft 3in at night, so definitely a solid strong 6ft 3in tall.
Lankyweasel635 said on 14/Aug/20
In Jhan Robbins biography of Jimmy Stewart, it details early on in his career when Stewart was sent to the studio gym to try to put on weight, when they ask him height he stated "six foot three and a half" and when for weight he stated "130 lbs".

Stewart may have been 6ft 4in at one point or at least measured it once, but also measured 6ft 3in at times, and probably had a 6ft 4in morning height and a 6ft 3in evening height, and a midday height of 6ft 3.5in.

Likely he was rounded down by doctors since medical science rounds down the half whereas math rounds it up, and at 6ft 3.5in he usually said exactly that figure or rounded down or up depending on his mood and how he felt that day.

Either way, at 6ft 3.5in tall, instead of being considered a weak 6ft 4in, he was a strong solid 6ft 3in tall.
Lankyweasel635 said on 10/Aug/20
Look at him beside Fred Gwynne in the 1972 version of Harvey. Gwynne was 6ft 5in and stated himself as being 6ft 6in and Stewart looks close very to him in height. Dare say a solid 6ft 3in, and his 6ft 3.5in claim is probably also solid and valid too.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Aug/20
Pot o Gold too, even Jimmy thought that film was his worst!
Arch Stanton said on 2/Aug/20
Stewart and Cary Grant are extremely rare in that virtually every film of theirs is good, they made films which would be mediocre with lesser actors in them great. I think Malaya was the only film of Stewart's I wasn't fussy on. Yeah he looked easily 6'3 in general though in Rope you could argue he looked under the 6'3 mark with John Dall.
Tall Sam said on 8/Jul/20
It's odd to me that some people see him as a weak 6'3". At what time did he actually look under the mark? Even in old age, he still looked close to the same height as Clint Eastwood.
OriginalAnon said on 5/Jul/20
He was my favourite actor of the era. May have been 190cm flat, as opposed to a full 190.5cm 6'3''.
Hanov said on 14/Jun/20
Looked like a 196 cm guy in Mr Smith goes to Washington, sometimes at worst 6'3
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/May/20
Jimmy was born 112 years ago. I found him written up as James Stewart, but it simply has to be the same guy because you don't find many James Stewarts who stand 191cm tall, which matches Rob's figure perfectly! Jimmy lived to the age of 89.

6ft3 😁👍

RIP Jimmy XX 🕯️
Tall Sam said on 8/Apr/20
I think he was certainly not imposing despite being tall. However, weakling is a bit harsh, he was an active duty Air Force soldier well after beginning his career as an actor, so presumably had a baseline level of fitness. In terms of Western roles, he certainly was miscast as a roughed woodsman in How the West Was Won but in Stewart's best Westerns like his Anthony Mann films and Liberty Valance he was one of the few western stars to be routinely overpowered and humiliated, often winning in the end by just outgunning his adversary. Eastwood in Unforgiven as the less than heroic protagonist (who is also beaten and humiliated by Gene Hackman) feels like it's in the tradition of the Stewart-Mann films.
Ian C. said on 6/Apr/20
Certainly tall, and with a handsome face, but Stewart was very nearly a physical weakling. He made quite a few westerns, and made them well, but he was just too thin and awkward to pull off being the hero of a western. If you look at contemporary pictures of real cowboys and soldiers from the America West, they all seem to have the same basic physique. They're squarely built, strong, athletic-looking men, and almost all of the have moustaches. None of them were built like Stewart.

On the other hand, there are hundreds of pictures of Civil War soldiers, and many of them seem emaciated. This was probably the natural effect of near-starvation, and marching a hundred miles every week. Stewart, when well-fed and rested, could have credibly played an infantryman in the Union Army at Shiloh or Antietam.
Canson said on 26/Mar/20
@Rampage: that’s certainly possible in his prime
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/20
6ft3-3¼ is possible peak (w/h 6ft4 out of bed)
Canson said on 24/Mar/20
@Cmillz: it’s hard to take that seriously. Willes always claims that the celebs here are underlisted and that the appropriately listed ones downplay their heights. There are plenty of successful 6’4”+ actors. Liam Neeson, David Hasselhoff, Jeff Goldblum are all 6’4” then Tim Robbins and Vince Vaughn were 6’4/6’5” then even James Cromwell was a 6’6/6’7 range guy
cmillz said on 24/Mar/20

Disagree. Plenty of very successful actors taller than 6’3 whose heights I never gave a second thought to.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Dec/19
'I used to be 6-foot-4, but I'm shrinking'"

Interesting quote. Kudos to whoever found it. Could he have in fact been a guy who initially rounded down but later admitted to being taller? Like Paul Bettany.
Editor Rob
That would be me, from the newspaper archives. I think I exhausted a lot of quotes, though there are probably still quite a few surprises out there hidden waiting to be found...
Willes189 said on 29/Nov/19
6’3 really seems to be the last good/goodish height before it all comes falling apart. If Jimmy was 6’4+ he probably wouldn’t have been casted as much, and would have looked too tall and awkward on screen.

Stewart is pulling of 6’3 good without looking too tall and lanky, I’m not even thinking about his height while watching his movies which wouldn’t have been the case if he was 6’4.

Maybe he was in his 20s but I wouldn’t go higher.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Nov/19
Both Cooper and Stewart could have been a little over 6ft3
Ian C. said on 10/May/19
Notice that, despite Stewart's great height, no one has ever called him "big." He is in fact a little guy with a long body (135 pounds qualifies as little, I'd say,) although nobody ever called him little either.

Are there actors who are not especially tall but whom people call big? Well, let's see: Boris Karloff seems gigantic in Frankenstein, even though he wasn't quite six feet tall. Robert Shaw seems big in From Russia With Love. Oliver Reed seems big in everything. What these guys have is large, strong heads and nasty, violent movie personalities.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Mar/19
Nah in looking again it's about 3 inches maybe Arness was 6'6 then.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Mar/19
Watching Carbine Williams and James Arness honestly looked about 3.5-4 inches taller. So odd to see somebody markedly taller than him but seeing them together. If Arness was just 6'6 flat Jimmy looked no more than 6'2.5. Could Arness have been more 6'6.5 Rob?
Neelasish Send Roy said on 10/Mar/19
He might be 6'3" at peak but in 1942 he was measured as 6'2.5". But in a picture I had seen Stewart is 2 inches taller than 6'1" Errol Flynn& in another photo he looks 1 inch taller Than Basil Rathbone who may be 6'1.6"-6'2" and 2 inches taller than 6'1" Robert Montgomery may Rathbone was 6'2"?
Mark Harrison said on 18/Nov/18
Lee Marvin was 6'1".
Dave1 said on 2/Nov/18
Stewart was tall and lanky. His thin frame gave the illusion of added height. He was most likely in the 6’2”-6’2 1/2” range. John Wayne was pretty similar. Watch the film .... The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance......Lee Marvin was a verified 6’2”. Wayne & Stewart look maybe 1/2” taller in all scenes. Gary Cooper was also lanky, but a solid 6’3”, perhaps another 1/2” in his prime. Cary Grant was 6’ 1”. Later in life..... 6’. Gregory Peck was 6’3” easy. Robert Mitchum was 6’ 1 1/2 “.
Mister lennon said on 20/Oct/18
Less than 6'3 is totally unlikely.
Tall Sam said on 17/Oct/18
A lot of co-stars would have to be downgraded if Stewart was only 6'2", I definitely don't see it.
wishbone said on 15/Oct/18
One of the greatest actors EVER! James Stewart was 6'2" at best. Many Stewart movies can be considered "requirements" in your video collection,but it was the Dec.15,1963 What's My Line? mystery guest appearance he made what stands out most with me. That night,Los Angeles Dodgers 1960's pitching ace Don Drysdale made a surprise panel appearance and walloped a "game winning" HR nailing Stewart. But Bennett Cerf set the Dodgers pitching ace to nail Stewart when he asked Stewart if he had any World War II expierence. He did. Then panelist Jean Byron asked Stewart if he ever served in the Air Force during World War Ii,which he did as a bomber wing pilot. Then Don said,"Bennett and Jean must be onto something about this Oscar winning actor's World War II Air Force career.James Stewart looked like he was highly decorated and I'll guess it's James Stewart,John." Don cleared the bases with his guess of James Stewart,because he served in the 8th United States Air Force during World War II! A true immortal!
Mister lennon said on 16/Aug/18
Stewart was a solid 6'3 guy. Grant a solid 6'1 guy. That was they looked in the philadelphia story
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 15/Aug/18
He was never 6'4" tall. He was measured 6'2.5" at 1942.But before it he would be 6'3". In Philadelphia Story if he was solid 6'3" then Cary Grant was 6'2". Iam right or wrong,Rob?
Tall In The Saddle said on 6/Aug/18
@Mark Harrison - not challenging you but I am just curious as to what evidence you have seen to indicate that Eastwood was taller than Stewart - I've seen a few pics but at least several that I have seen clearly imply Eastwood to be standing on higher ground IMO - even if Eastwood was taller in some measure he couldn't have held the advantage these pics appear to suggest. I've linked one such pic:-

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Mark Harrison said on 5/Aug/18
Eastwood was taller than Stewart.
Mister lennon said on 3/Aug/18
Maybe 191-192 peak.
Tall In The Saddle said on 31/Jul/18
1959 pic of 50/51 yo James Stewart appearing to rock a marked height advantage over boxer Henry Cooper -listed 6'1.5" on this site. Personally I'd give Cooper a touch more than that but even so, with head slightly bowed, anyone afford Stewart at least a 2" advantage over "Enry? The average guess here surprises me because imo, no way was Stewart less than 6'3".

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berta said on 28/Jul/18
this guy and clint eastwood back to back at peak. who would be tallest? its a hard one. I cant see the average of 190 guess for this guy. i thought he looked 191-191,5 ish peak
Willes189 said on 2/Jul/18
Rob is 192cm peak possible?
Editor Rob
I'm not sure about that 6ft 3.5 barefoot mark for Stewart.
Rabindra sankar sen roy said on 15/Jun/18
Jimmy Stewart is solid 6'3.5"/192cm but he is so lean than he seems even taller.
Tall In The Saddle said on 5/Jun/18
I like 6'3.5" for Stewart. As a kid I never really thought of his height - just perceived a fairly tall extremely thin guy whose great acting was the focal point. Only later came to realise that he was a bit more than just fairly tall and always felt that he edged Coop. Here's a link to his intro on the Johnny Carson show - IMO nothing substantial to choose between 80/81 yo Stewart and 66 yo Ed McMahon (latter at least 6'3.5" peak imo), both of whom you would assume had lost height by this stage but Jimmy more so. If pressed I might give Stewart the slightest edge over McMahon but can settle for close enough to even. Both guys had nice straight posture well into their later years.

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For perspective, 4 years later, 69 yo McMahon appeared to have about .5" advantage over a less posture perfect 63 yo Clint Eastwood.
Tall Sam said on 18/Apr/18
Me as well, I've said several times that Stewart at peak could've well been 192 cm/6'3.25" at peak.
berta said on 17/Apr/18
i agree Gonzalo he lokeed like a 192 man to me.
Gonzalo said on 4/Apr/18
It puzzles me how people here guess Stewart to be under 1`90. One of the most absurd guesses in this site
berta said on 2/Apr/18
i can believe little over 6 foot 3 for stewart
Tall Sam said on 23/Mar/18
It's crazy to me these folks guessing him under the 6'3" mark, Stewart could look a bit over it in my eyes not under it. With Gary Cooper, I don't see how people can say Stewart is the slightly shorter one, Jimmy either appears dead even with Cooper or even edges him slightly. Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Mar/18
I think there's a shred of truth to that 6ft4 claim. Maybe close to it early morning at peak?
Ian C. said on 9/Feb/18
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Jimmy's character knocks John Wayne off his feet with one punch. Wayne must have weighed about ninety pounds more than Stewart. Now I don't mind a middle-aged male movie character winning the heart and hand of a much younger woman, but I draw the line at accepting a human breadstick like Jimmy knocking down a tree trunk like Wayne.
Mister lennon said on 1/Dec/17
Well, 6'3 or solid 6'3 is a better choice.
Mister lennon said on 1/Dec/17
Strong 6'3 peak.
Ted said on 30/Nov/17
6' 3.5'' on a good day.
Richard said on 8/Nov/17
He only looked 6'3" in westerns. His real height was about 6'2".
Scoobydoo said on 26/Oct/17
He looks 188 /189cm in "The rope" not more, maybe was a strong 6'2 and in his shoes 6'3... is easy!
Joseph said on 17/Aug/17
A guy like Jimmy really don't need to lie of his height......
Bruno said on 12/Aug/17
Saw a docu today on him, came across as a real gent. That poem about Bo the dog had me in tears. Looked at least 2 inches taller than 6' Terry Wogan at 80.
James said on 27/Jul/17
How else did a dying Cooper manage to look 4 inches taller than Richard Harris?
Mister lennon said on 27/Jul/17
Yeah, everyone wears lifts in your imagination.
James said on 27/Jul/17
Cooper died six days after his 60th birthday so he was never seen in his 60s. His last public appearance was for a ceremony honouring his career in February 1961, when his terminal cancer was still not publicly known.
James said on 26/Jul/17
Cooper wore lifts in his later films, which is why he looked four inches taller than six foot Richard Harris.
Mister lennon said on 26/Jul/17
Yes,he was. He looked every bit of a strong 6'3 guy at his peak. Boots or not boots.
In his late 50s and 60s he looked more in the strong 6'2-weak 6'3 range.
James said on 25/Jul/17
Cooper only looked above 6'3" in films because of footwear. He was mainly known for westerns and he wore boots with big heels.
James said on 25/Jul/17
No, he wasn't.
Mister lennon said on 24/Jul/17
No,he was a strong 6'3
James said on 23/Jul/17
No, Cooper was exactly 6'3".
Mister lennon said on 23/Jul/17
Cooper was more than just 6'3. About 6'3 .5 or 6'3.75. Stewart was about 6'3 or 6'3.25.
James said on 23/Jul/17
If Cooper was 6'3" then Stewart was definitely 6'2.5".
Mister lennon said on 22/Jul/17
And gary cooper was a solid 6'3 peak.
James said on 21/Jul/17
He was slightly shorter than Gary Cooper.
Mister lennon said on 21/Jul/17
Stewart was a true 6'3 guy. Not less than 6'3.
James said on 20/Jul/17
Stewart was 6'2.5".
Arch Stanton said on 20/Jul/17
6'3.25 is certainly arguable. I'm lucky if I watch one film a week at the moment, but be the summer, but don't feel that interested at the moment!
James said on 5/Jul/17
Stewart said 6'3.5" in the commentary for "Harvey". He also gave his height as 6'3" in other interviews.

Wayne's character in "The Quiet Man" claimed to be 6'4.5". In real life Wayne said he was less than 6'4".
paulie said on 3/Jul/17
Jimmy Stewart claimed to be 6'4" 1/2 in the commentary for Harvey.
Was Jimmy Stewart lying?
John Wayne also claimed to be 6'4" 1/2 in the Quiet Man. I'm pretty sure John Wayne also claimed to be this tall in another film.

What's strange is Jimmy Stewart looked taller than John Wayne in both The Shootist and Liberty Vallance
RichardSpain said on 21/Jun/17
I think he was a perfect 190cm in peak not more. I think he seems taller in screen because he had a long legs and he was thin but he wasn't 191 or 192 cm in my opinion.

Excellent actor and nice blue eyes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jun/17
Cary Grant looks near 6ft2 in that photo.
James said on 15/Jun/17
He was measured as 6'2.5" in the air force.
Sam said on 14/Jun/17
@Charlie, that was good for a laugh or, if serious, you may need your vision checked.
@James, do you have a source? I haven't seen a credible source claims any less than 6'3" for him.
James said on 11/Jun/17
Stewart's actual measured height in 1942 was 6'2.5".
Charlie said on 10/Jun/17
I want to add one thing that supports my last comment. In the Glenn Miller Movie he approaches his Ben The leader of the Band Glenn Miller was with before he formed his own. Now Ben Pollack plays himself int he movie. Ben Pollack stood no less than 3.5 inches shorter than Jimmy Stewart. Ben Pollack was the shortest Of all his Band Members. I have him pegged at 5.6. All the photo's i came across shows his Band members almost a head taller than him and here i see Jimmy Stewart only 3.5 inches on him. It doesn't add up.Anyhow this supports my 5'10 claim for Jimmy Stewart. If anyone feels differently about my comment please look up Musician Ben Pollack with Jimmy Stewart on Google Image. Ben's head was higher than Jimmy's eyebrows. Another thing in the Movie Harvey Jimmy has a 6' imaginary Rabbit he walks around with. He later tells a Doctor that the Rabbit is more like 6'3. All through the movie you see Jimmy Stewart looking way up at the Rabbit's eyes when hes talking to him. If the Rabbit was 6'3 then the Rabbits eye level would be 5'10 but you clearly see Jimmy looking way up at this Rabbit. Jimmy was most likely 5'10.
Charlie said on 10/Jun/17
I just watched The Glenn Miller Story. Now we all know in Europe the average door height is 6'6 and USA and Canada the average door height is 6'8.5. Jimmy Stewart no joke was a good head and 2 inches shorter than the door in a scene where he buys a Trombone from a German Store Owner. The door height in all Retail Stores and Shops are under 6'9. He did not look 6'3 in that movie. Jimmy's head was well under the top hinge and his head was 11 inches shorter than the door. A whole head size plus 2 inches. I measured his head with a piece of Paper and lined it up with his face then i penciled in a little dot where the top of his head was at and a dot where the bottom of his head was at. Then i placed the bottom dot over top of his head and it gave m an idea how tall he was. Now many people do not realize just how tall 6'3 really is. For example i am 5'10. I have been mistaken as a 6'1 person why i will never know. I wake up measure myself back to the wall and i get the same measurements my Doctor gives me 5'10. Peoples perceptions can be way off. Statistics Canada say the average male is 5'9.5. Now in the afternoon i measured myself at 5'9.5 but i seem to tower over mot males. Then one Afternoon is asked Windows 10 Cortana the average Canadian male height and she said 5'7.So with all said i am going to go out here and say Jimmy Stewart was 5'10. In Shoes he was probably 5'11 and a quarter.
Editor Rob: 🤔

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Jun/17
He was comfortably 6ft3 with a strong chance of measuring just over it.
shiva 181 cms said on 2/May/17
6'3.5 is possible only in certain footwear or might have pulled it off with his lanky frame he,s almost 6'3 like he's claimed
Unsub 5'10 said on 17/Apr/17
On our merry way( 1948) he really looked 6'3.5 next to Fonda, aprox. 2.75" taller than him, extremely tall, and made Fonda look 6'1", I'd rather say 1.85m.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Apr/17
In the 1930s I could really believe 6'3.5.
Unsub 5'10 said on 28/Mar/17
Peak height 1.92m, 6'3.5", that's what he claimed.
mister_lennon said on 24/Mar/17
Stewart was 6'3 minimum.
SonnyboySlim said on 22/Mar/17
I'm still processing 138lbs at 6'3". I'm quite slim (as the name suggests) and I'm 155lbs at 6'1". A weight of 138 is pretty light for anyone over 5'10".
James said on 19/Jan/17
I wrote he was 6'2.5", not 6'2".
mister_lennon said on 18/Jan/17
He was 6'3 in normal shoes. 6'2 for stewart is just trolling.
James said on 16/Jan/17
He was only over 6'3" with cowboy boots.
mister_lennon said on 16/Jan/17
Stewart was a solid 6'3 guy. 191-192.
mister_lennon said on 15/Jan/17
No less than 191 peak.
James said on 14/Jan/17
He was 190 at his peak.
mister_lennon said on 13/Jan/17
191-192 peak
James said on 11/Jan/17
Stewart was less than 6'3".
berta said on 10/Jan/17
this is one of the guy i think was rounding down instead of up. to me he looked 192
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Dec/16
Stewart & Cooper: 191-192cm
Peck & Heston: 189-190cm
James said on 27/Oct/16
Stewart was 6'3" at his peak.
Unsub 5'10 said on 26/Oct/16
Stewart was nothing under 6'3.25"
Willes189 said on 24/Aug/16
Why is it okey to talk bad about tall and skinny guys, but almost illegal to mention that someone is fat and short? I will never understand this nonsense.
James said on 6/Aug/16
Cooper put two stone on later life.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/16
Stewart and Cooper were both painfully thin for 6ft3
FriendlyNeighborhood6Footer said on 7/Jul/16
Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor. I have too many favorites of his to list, with Vertigo and It's a Wonderful Life being at the top of the list. I've seen most of his filmography, many of them more than once. I've always pegged him at a little over 6'3". I'd be surprised if he came in at just 6'3" given all the 6'3" actors I've seen him have a hair or two over.
James said on 1/Jul/16
Dean Martin should have been the romantic lead in "Rio Bravo".
Ian C. said on 24/Jun/16
Middle-aged men successfully courting women a generation younger than they are is practically a movie trope. Think John Wayne in Rio Bravo, for example. He was nearly double Angie Dickenson's age in that one, but nobody really minds much, because he's John Wayne, and we are supposed to close the gap between what he was and what he has become in order to follow the movie. Most male move stars over forty habitually play somebody who is roughly 32.

And six feet tall, if they are shorter than that. All Paul Newman's characters were six feet tall. And Kirk Douglas's and Dean Martin's and Humphrey Bogart's.

Sometimes I wonder what the typical leading man movie character's I.Q. is. Right around 125, usually. This is probably pretty close to the real I.Q. score of most movie leading men. Clearly smarter than average, but not intellectual. John Wayne did not play stupid men, but he did not play men who read a lot of books either.
Sam said on 22/Jun/16
I don't agree with that, perfect in both Window and especially Vertigo...his characters were more romantic leads in their own middle-aged minds. They rank along with Stewart's best performances along with Mr. Smith, Wonderful Life, Harvey and anything he did with Anthony Mann.
Tom said on 21/Jun/16
Stewart was badly miscast in "Rear Window" and "Vertigo", he was far too old to play the romantic lead.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/16
OK guys, I'm sure Rob is with me on this, lets talk about Kim Novak in those green shoes now ;-)
Editor Rob: lovely shoes indeed!
Gonzalo said on 17/Jun/16
Willam Holden appeared shirtless in several movies, such as Picnic (shaved) or The bridge over river Kwai. In the 50`s it was more common to appeared shirtless, meanwhile it was very rare in the 30`s and 40`s, when it only happened in adventure films (Mutiny on the bounty). In the fifties and sixties there are many examples: Holden, Douglas, Hudson, Curtis, Lancaster, Jeffrey Hunter, Heston, Mitchum (Heaven knows Mrs. Allison, Gable (Mogambo), etc. It also had to do with the fact that stars of the 30s and 40s were in his late forties or fifties while the others were in his thirties. The fifties was the beef cake era!
Randolph Scott was in bathing suit in My favourite wife; he looked in great shape.
Stewart was skinny. Not the best guy to do a beff cake scene.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jun/16
Charles Bronson I think overall had the best physique out of them all, the nearest thing to a modern day MMA fighter/boxer. He was in incredible shape. Hard as nails. Bronson was more of a professional fighter type, whereas Charlton Heston a physique of somebody who spends a lot of time with outdoor pursuits, similar to Laird Hamilton, I'd guess very similar height and weight. Hston looked strong as hell in the 60s, particularly Planet of the Apes.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jun/16
Yes I was going to say what Sam said, Jimmy appears shirtless in Read Window. It was after seeing him that that I could well believe he was just 130 pounds range in younger years, rake thin, unhealthily thin, and by Rear Window he was probably in 155-160 pounds range.
Ian C. said on 10/Jun/16
Well Sam, if Eastwood is going to take off his shirt in his movies he'd better look good without a shirt. And he's sung in a few movies too. He shouldn't oughta have done that either, as those were also cases of undeserved self-regard.

I have seen Rear Window, and that shirtless scene is arguably part of the plot. It is brief, and Stewart lies on his stomach all through it, and doesn't actually display his torso. It isn't in the movie to thrill anybody. And of course his character gets Grace Kelly, which makes my point for me, which is that it used to be that you could be a male lead without looking like that guy on the cover of Men's Health.
Sam said on 9/Jun/16
I guess you've not seen Rear Window where Stewart is shirtless for a bit, definitely far from an ideal strapping Hollywood hunk there but he still gets Grace Kelly there...I've not spent as much time contemplating these stars physiques...kinda weird to be annoyed by Eastwood because his bone structure wasn't as good as Heston's or whatever.
Ian C. said on 7/Jun/16
Yeah, Arch, I forgot about Lancaster. But he did the muscle display routine only in his action movies, and managed to keep his shirt on in his forays into serious drama. Charles Bronson is also a major contender in the shirtless movie guy competition and he really did look terrific without a shirt on, so you can forgive him. Also, he did it less than half his roles. Eastwood has always kind of annoyed me when he did his shirtless routine because, unlike Bronson and Heston, who really were physically extraordinary, he was just an average guy who lifted weights. His hips are as wide as his shoulders, and he has bad posture. So who was he kidding?

Of course Jimmy Stewart (remember him?) would have been laughed at if he gone shirtless in a movie. Stewart was, not a weakling exactly, but certainly less than average in terms of male strength and stamina. And yet he was a successful romantic lead, and sometimes a successful man of action in a few westerns, like Broken Arrow and Bend of the River.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jun/16
Burt Lancaster used to show off his physique a bit, even in Swimmer in 1968 when he was in his 50s! Clint Eastwood didn't take up bodybuilding at 40, he'd lifted weights in his teens and 20s too, there's a few pictures of him. Eastwood did bulk up in the 80s though and must have changed his diet and lifted heavier as in his late 50s he was in 220 pounds range.
Ian C. said on 5/Jun/16
Yes, Fruit, you've got me there about Flynn and the Sea Haw, but look at how few shirtless scenes Flynn did, when he really did have a terrific body. The larger point is that, for most male leads at that time, taking off shirts in movies to display beautiful torsos was uncommon, and probably regarded as vulgar display.

If Sinatra worked out, it wasn't out of physical vanity but professional utility, which is a different thing entirely.

Which old-time stars did show off their bodies? Not too many. Charlton Heston couldn't resist, but at the same time vigorously denied that he would ever do anything so crass as indulge in bodybuilding. Paul Newman has a few look-at-how-beautiful-I-am scenes, but in only a handful of his movies. Robert Redford the same. Sean Connery appears shirtless in all his Bond movies, but at the same time you don't get the impression that he had been dieting, or working with a trainer. In Diamonds Are Forever, he is downright paunchy.

Clint Eastwood avoided appearing shirtless until he was forty. He took up bodybuilding and then you couldn't keep a shirt on him until he was sixty.

Sylvestre Stallone is perhaps the worst offender in the gratuitous shirtless sweepstakes, aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger, for whom muscles are most of his talent.
Bruno said on 4/Jun/16
Check this out Ian C. and he was an older man at that stage.
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Fruit said on 3/Jun/16
Errol Flynn was also shirtless in The Sea Hawk and maybe Captain Blood (not %100 sure about that one).

Sinatra did work out, mainly to improve his lung capacity.
Ian C. said on 1/Jun/16
James B, of course Jimmy Stewart didn't hit any gyms. Nobody in his generation of movie leads did. I'm not sure if John Wayne ever made a movie where he took his shirt off. Or Cary Grant or Randolph Scott either. Errol Flynn has made only one movie where he appeared shirtless (Gentleman Jim) and in that one he played a boxer. Rock Hudson has two, and in one he played a boxer and in the other a Native American. Other leading men like Charlton Heston, who usually had a shirtless scene in any movie he made because he was so proud of his physique, did not work out. Do you think Robert Mitchum ever lifted a barbell or ran a mile? It doesn't seem likely. How about Peter O'Toole? Richard Burton? Lee Marvin? Frank Sinatra? Steve McQueen? Sean Connery? James CoburnÉ Forget it. Marlon Brando? Double forget it after he became a big star, even though much of his initial appeal was based on his physique.
Tom said on 5/Apr/16
Cooper was measured as 6'2.5" in 1924.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Apr/16
Neither of them were under 6ft3. Hard to tell who was taller because it could vary. Cooper could edge Stewart and then vice versa. They were both skinny guys...
James said on 24/Mar/16
I said Cooper was measured at just under 6'3", not Stewart.
Sam said on 22/Mar/16
I've read quite a bit on Stewart and have never read of a measurement under 6'3" and would doubt it pre-old age height loss.
LoganNoll1996 said on 21/Mar/16
Jimmy Stewart - 6 feet 3 inches

Gary Cooper - 6 feet 3.75 inches

John Wayne - 6 feet 3.75 inches
James said on 19/Mar/16
Cooper was never 6'4". He was measured at just under 6'3" when he went to Hollywood.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/16
Cooper and Stewart were about the same. Both 6ft3 minimum peak
Bruno said on 17/Mar/16
No way Tom peak Coop would edge out Stewart.
Tom said on 17/Mar/16
Stewart was slightly taller than Cooper. Stewart was 6'3" and Cooper was 6'2.5".
Bruno said on 16/Mar/16
Ya defo Arch, Coop was probably very close to 193 peak.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Mar/16
@Bruno, I was citing Rampage's claim#links. Personally I would have thought that at peak Cooper could have edged him out. Cooper could look near 6'4 in the 30s, Stewart never really looked nearer 6'4.
jtm said on 12/Mar/16
i wouldn't be surprised if he really was 6'3.5. he was over 3 inches taller than cary grant in a couple of scenes in the philadelphia story.
Bruno said on 11/Mar/16
Don't agree Arch, in some Stewart looks taller in other shots Coop looks taller. They were pretty identical in height I'd say.
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Scroll down to near half the page, Coop looks a bit taller.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Mar/16
@Rob, Stewart edged out Cooper, was an inch taller than Walter Pidgeon and 1.5 inches shorter than Rock Hudson. Would 6'3.25 be that unreasonable?? Watch him in some of his earlier 30s films, I think it would be fair Remember that Stewart claimed 6'3.5 himself and is even mentioned in Harvey. He claimed both 6'3.5 and 6'3".
Editor Rob: I never thought 6ft 3.5 was as probably as 6ft 3, but then maybe earlier in the day he could have been 6ft 3.5 and still held a solid 6ft 3. I'm ok with the 6ft 3 mark just now but 3.25 isn't impossible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Feb/16
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Stewart has a slight edge over Cooper in these
Tom said on 7/Feb/16
Stewart was about half an inch taller than Cooper.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/16
Fruit said on 16/Jan/16
6'2" is average nowhere. It's always tall.

Male average height in Germany is approximately 5'10".

In some very very secluded parts of the world it can actually come in at just over average. But other than that it is legit, stand out tall
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/16
Rob, is it possible they were both a fraction over this mark?

They both edged out Peck and Heston
Editor Rob: they may well have fallen into the legit 6ft 3 range and if measured even a little over 6ft 3 wouldn't be rules out for either.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Feb/16
Rob, who do you think was taller at peak Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper?
Editor Rob: it can be very close to call between them.
Tom said on 31/Jan/16
Stewart was slightly taller than Gary Cooper.
Fruit said on 16/Jan/16
6'2" is average nowhere. It's always tall.

Male average height in Germany is approximately 5'10".
Thomas6ft1 said on 16/Jan/16
I know that Germans are tall in general. Most of the time when I feel average height at 6'1", its usually with Caucasian white people. I'm not surprised though as tallness seems to be the most common in white people. However, the world doesn't revolve around Germany or places like Netherlands. Elsewhere, 6'2" and 6'3" are pretty tall heights. Its not average height at all.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jan/16
Stewart and Cooper were both 6ft3-3½ range in their prime. A little taller than Gregory Peck and a little shorter than Wayne and Eastwood.
Moke said on 26/Dec/15
@Adam 1.88 -
Reynolds stands 6'2.
@Rusty190cm - My brother weighs around 180 at 6'2.75 and he doesn't strike me as particularly tall, being 6'2 myself. Every third or so young man nowadays stands around that height. Running around at 6'2-3 you just tend to blend in perfectly with crowds in german cities like Hamburg, Berlin or Cologne...In 20 years it very well be the same phenomenon with 6'4...
Rusty190cm said on 2/Dec/15

Yeah I weigh about 180 lbs at 6'3" and people often guess me 6ft4-5
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/15
A rail thin 6ft3 guy can be mistaken for 6ft4-5.
Adam 1.88 m said on 23/Oct/15
On an interview with David Letterman, Ryan Reynolds guesses Jimmy Stewart's height at 6'4 to 6'5. It's funny how Reynolds underestimates his own height and overestimates on other celebrities.
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Larry said on 24/Sep/15
Not really Arch, Stewart was far too old to play Lindburgh which is why the film flopped.

Of course it was also very controversial given Lindburgh's anti-Semitism and pro-Nazism.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Sep/15
The Spirit of St Louis IMO is actually one of his best films and performance. A genuine joy to watch.
Larry said on 20/Sep/15
Stewart was exactly 6'3".

I liked most of his films except for "The Spirit of St Louis", as he was far too old to play Charles Lindburgh.
Sam said on 30/Aug/15
Bear in mind that 6'3" was like 6'5"-6'6" for his generation, not many 6'6" beanpoles do you see among the top male stars today.
Matthew190 said on 4/Aug/15
Stewart was definitely right in around the 6'3" mark. 6'3" is fine for him, I wouldn't even be surprised by 6'3.25".
Sam said on 28/Jul/15
I forgot, are you 6'5" or 6'6" Brad?
Brad said on 23/Jul/15
Strong 6' 3" peak. I had him by 4 30 years ago at book signing.
Sam said on 16/Jul/15
Cooper and Stewart were pretty dead-even IMO.
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Both 6'3.25"...LOL
Bruno said on 13/Jul/15
Rob, both Stewart and Cooper I think should be upgraded to 6'3.25. I just watched Bend of the River and in one scene Rock Hudson had between 1 and 2 inches on him,.
Not a full 2 inches IMO. I'd say it's more like 6'3.25 vs 6'4.75 than 6'3 vs 6'5. I can see I'm wasting my time arguing Stewart and Cooper were over 6'3" flat though LOL.

I agree Arch, although I think peak Coop was slightly taller than JS, My guess is

JS 191.5
GC 192.5
JW 192.5

All peak estimates
James B said on 6/Jul/15
Arch a small built 6'3 man like Stewart should have weighed 12 stone 4

He probably did not hit the gym or had the right diet
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jul/15
Excellent quote Rob, well, there we go, there's proof he was almost as low as 135, at least he admits to be being absurdly skinny! 138 and 6 ft 3 is nuts!
Arch Stanton said on 5/Jul/15
Rob, both Stewart and Cooper I think should be upgraded to 6'3.25. I just watched Bend of the River and in one scene Rock Hudson had between 1 and 2 inches on him,.
Not a full 2 inches IMO. I'd say it's more like 6'3.25 vs 6'4.75 than 6'3 vs 6'5. I can see I'm wasting my time arguing Stewart and Cooper were over 6'3" flat though LOL.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jun/15
I used to weigh 155lbs at almost 6ft4 and a lot of people thought I was at least 6ft5.
Matthew said on 19/Jun/15
modeus says on 5/Jun/15
"This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here"
lmfao that is photos hoped


lol no it isn't! Here's more photos of him: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
Lorne??? said on 8/Jun/15
... 140 is not skinny for a 5'7 guy. Lol at Cruise at (supposedly) 147.

Agree, slim and skinny are two different things.

Stewart was extremely skinny at one point, and clearly was barely 140 to have been rejected by the army.(at 5'8, they said 125 wa acceptable, though borderline.)

And to another poster below: 180 is NOT skinny at 6'1, at all.

A guy like Matthew Gray Gubler, who is 6'1 range, is quite thin, and at one point weighed around 140.(now could be 150)
modeus said on 5/Jun/15
"This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here"
lmfao that is photoshoped
Matthew said on 16/May/15
Vladman says on 7/Apr/15
Below 150 pounds of weight? Lol that´s rubbish. I am 6´2" and skinny and haven´t weighted under 170 pounds since I was 18 years young. i have a long torso, short legs and quite a big head and still I am skinny and weigh betwwen 180 and 185 pounds and I am over 40 years old.


You can be 6'3" and weigh 150... But the sub-140 stuff at that height, is really extreme. This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here
JB said on 25/Apr/15
Just watched the documentary "a wonderful life" on youtube and it mentions that he's 6'4"
Vladman said on 7/Apr/15
Below 150 pounds of weight? Lol that´s rubbish. I am 6´2" and skinny and haven´t weighted under 170 pounds since I was 18 years young. i have a long torso, short legs and quite a big head and still I am skinny and weigh betwwen 180 and 185 pounds and I am over 40 years old.
[Editor Rob: at one point he was...he failed army physical because he was 138 pounds.]
Sam said on 9/Jan/15
I believe I've read something that stated Stewart was 6'4" before, but I don't believe it was a quote from him. If there was a Stewart quote where he claimed 6'4", would you slightly uplist him Rob? Heightwise, I think he would have been very similar to Sacha Baron Cohen.
Sam said on 2/Jan/15
When you read about the Golden Age stars in their bios, from Bogart to Davis to Grant to Cooper, the consistency is that they were all consumate pros, always punctual, knew their lines and were quietly serious about their work. I think Stewart was the ultimate though, the great directors like Hitchcock, Capra & Anthony Mann knew he was going to deliver every time with minimal direction and that's why he had such fruitful work with them and was in so many classics.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 20/Dec/14
A tad shorter than John Wayne in the timeless, marvelous classic 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'. He was a proper 6ft 3in guy and one of the most endearing Hollywood stars of all time in my opinion. I'm a big fan of Stewart.
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
Around the Corner is the perfect blend of romance, screwball comedy and social drama, as they said back then pure Lubitsch.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
I wouldn't blame anybody for wanting to get out of fighting in World War II. It's not cowardice, it's simply that they want to live a life.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
The Shop Around the Corner -wonderful film
Sam said on 13/Oct/14
Could you add to his known fors?: Destry Rides Again, The Shop Around the Corner, The Naked Spur and Anatomy of a Murder.
...Wickedly difficult to keep it to just 10 films, Stewart had one of the keener eyes for material of any his generation of stars.
Realist said on 3/Oct/14
His body type kind of reminds of Nicholas Hoult, absolutely skinny and tall. Most tall guys i meet are heavy like Chris Pratt, the shorter guys like me are normal and mid-range guys skinny. @Crash yup this guy was skinny, abnormally thin in his younger days but by 1950's he had bulked up a little in the Hitchcock movies.
Gonzalo said on 29/Aug/14
Millard Mitchell was very tall, over 1`85 for sure
Sam said on 21/Aug/14
Here's a shot of Stewart with Millard Mitchell and Charles Drake and, not the best comparison picture, but he does look a bit taller I think than these two more than six feet guys.
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Ian C. said on 13/Aug/14
Jimmy Stewart was so thin that he was rejected for military service in World War II the first time he tried to enlist. He had to go an a forced eating diet to make the threshold weight. Think what an amazing man he was to have done that. He could have sat out the War with a legitimate 4-F, but got into combat anyway. Compare this to Frank Sinatra, whose rejection for military service was that he claimed to be anxious in crowds. An odd affliction for a man who performed before large audiences for a living.
Crash said on 2/Aug/14
Arch, there is a big difference between skinny and slim believe it or not. Now this guy at 135 was obviously skinny, but saying that at that height anything under 200 is skinny, is a very big stretch.

180 for example would be rather slim for this height but hardly seems skinny. I mean, I'm not all that much shorter at 6'1" but 55lb under 200 (I'm 145) but am definitely not skinny, just slim.
Gonzalo said on 8/Jul/14
A legit 6`3 guy. Always looked that tall in movies. He even could have been a bit over that. One of the best actors ever
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Mmm in Harvey he looks fractionally taller than Charles Drake. Perhaps Drake was a similar height to Joel McCrea or something and 6'2.5.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Harvey's obviously taller than 6'3.5". More like 6'6! He looks up to speak to him in the film! If he was 6'3.5" he'd be looking directly ahead!
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Oddly looked a tad shorter than 6'2 listed Charles Drake in The Glenn Miller Story!
Arch Stanton said on 12/May/14
Actually 135 pounds is quite possible at least in his 20s and early 30s. in Destry Rides Again he's tucking his shirt in and around the waist and his upper torso he was ridiculously skinny. Paper thin build which he often hid with his suit jackets. He really was super thin, nothing of him, and considered he was 6'3" his upper torso is actually more like that of a skinny 5'7" guy with very long legs and arms. I'd guess his waist could have been as low as 27-28 . I think he was telling the truth, as hard to believe as it is. In the 50s though he looked nearer 155-60 pounds to be though.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
It must have been Wayne's cowboy boots with a little advantage. Wayne still looked very close to 6'4" in the Shootist, his last film and clearly had an easy inch on Jimmy.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Although I think Wayne had footwear advantage with cowboy boots.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Rob how much height do you think he's have lost on average by 1976? He was pushing 70, an inch? He's looks more 6'2" range next to John Wayne in The Shootist who should have lost the same sort of height!
[Editor Rob: on average maybe an inch, but I don't think he lost that much]
John said on 6/Apr/14
I could have believed 192cm for JS, he had very long legs and looked really tall even with other tall actors.
Sam said on 19/Mar/14
Naturally, he lost some height with age. Charlton Heston looks to have edged him out in 1987. I'm guessing at peak that Stewart would have been around 0.75 in taller than Heston was. Note how short Robert Wagner looks compared to Heston.
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long time movie buff said on 20/Feb/14
Jimmy Stewart was 6' 3 and 3/4 in.. Gary Cooper was 6' 3 in. at peak.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jan/14
Ha I guessed John Dall at 6'1" by his proportiond in Rope. And when Jimmy Stewart walks in he has about 2 inches on him so I was right!
Mathew said on 24/Nov/13
He's claimed 6'3.5" before.
Sam said on 21/Oct/13
I've seen that shot before, Bruno. In it Stewart is leaning on the bar, so it's hard to tell how they'd compared because Stewart is dropping a couple of inches.
Bruno said on 19/Oct/13
I think peak Stewart was 6'3.5'' and peak Cooper was 6'4''.
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Sam said on 14/Oct/13
I think both Cooper and Stewart could both look some change over 6'3" but Stewart definitely seems a bit taller in that photo. It is possible that 6'3.5" is a morning height, then again maybe not. Maybe split the difference to 6'3.25"?
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
I dunno, it's possible. I think he could look 6'4" in the 1930s and early 1940s but in films like Spirit of St Louis, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo in the late 1950s I don't think he really looked over 6'3" but I think his peak at some point in the day could have been 6'3.5".Cooper on the other hand could still look nearer 6'4" than 6'3" up until his death.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Rob check out 22:55 Click Here He said in the Spirit of St Louis that "I made up my mind I would be 6 ft 3 inches tall and I made it with half an inch to spare". I really think 6'3.5" peak makes a lot of sense. He also claimed it on the Harvey DVD apparently. Why would he say such a thing about that half inch and lie about it in a film? It would be different if he was claiming 6'5" or something!
[Editor Rob: or he measured near 6ft 3.5 at 9am one day and drops to 6ft 3? I don't know if he's really taller than Cooper though, hard to tell.]
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Unless of course Cooper really was 6'2!!
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Rob, that's interesting you mention his 6'4" claim. Check out Click Here . Taken in about 1948 I'd say, looks like the premiere of June Bride. He's with Gary Cooper and looks a good inch taller in the photo. I've seen a lot of his films and in the Mr Smith Goes to Washington days of the late 30s and early 40s he could certainly look 192.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Sep/13

I've seen some of his earlier 30s movies and yeah he really was a stick insect and I think he's have been around what he claimed back then. But in the 40s onwards he looks more 150-160 pounds to me. Clearly he got his height from his father then! He could look 192cm like Gary Cooper.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/13
Strange. Donna Reed looked near 5'7" in From Here to Eternity but in It's a Wonderful Life she's a full head shorter than Jimmy in two inch heels. Looks more 5'5 in the film. He looks easily 6'3".
Sam said on 9/Sep/13
Agreed he might have been an hair over 6'3" at peak. Also, no question he was probably the most diverse male star of his generation, in terms of being comfortable in pretty much any genre, more willing to seem vulnerable or unlikeable if the part required it and committing to acting his butt off rather than modifying his popular persona to fit the script.
Xhavier said on 7/Sep/13
Donald Dewey Biography: "Standing at almost 6 foot 4 and weighing only a 130 lbs" --- when he was at Merceberg Academey -- re: him playing football

James Stewrat on the Harvey DVD, states, "Well I'm 6ft 3.5in, so I figured Harvey would have to be at least 6ft 8in for me to have to look up to him.".

Jimmy Stewart Museum says 6ft 3in. Most biographies say 6ft 3in, or 1 full inch shorter than his 6ft 4in father Alexander.

The army said 6ft 3in.

Either way he was taller than at least 98% of today's world population (going with 6ft 3in) and he was one heck of an actor.

Sam said on 30/Aug/13
I know he was razor-thin while young but I truly think that at 138 pounds, Stewart would look unhealthy thin, which I don't think he did. Maybe right around 150 lb. When I was a teenager and briefly close to 160 pounds, I looked kind of unhealthy thin. I'm happy with the 180-200 lb range.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Actually in Mr Smith Goes to Washington he can even look 6'5" range at times. He really towers above everybody in the film.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Rob can you mention You Can't Take it With You, The Philadelphia Story, Winchester '73, The Spirit of St. Louis, and Anatomy of a Murder. You can't won Academy Award for Best Picture and he won best actor for Philadelphia Story opposite Katherine Hepburn.
[Editor Rob: he appeared in so many good films it's hard to mention them all.

I think the other week I saw a quote by him and he said 'I used to be 6ft 4']
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Yes Sam, in my opinion anything under 200 for a 6'4" guy is skinny. I doubt the 135 pounds thing is real. He looks thin but not anorexic thin. I have a hard time believing under 150. More like 6'3" and 155 pounds would fit the bill for his frame and that's dead skinny for 6'3", Brad Pitt was that in Fight Club.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
He can look 6'4" in Mr Smith Goes to Washington, he's at least a head taller than a lot of the actors in it.
Ian C. said on 21/Aug/13
In Stewart's earliest movies he seems grasshopper thin, although not necessarily weak. He went on a forced eating program to make the minimum weight requirement for acceptance into the Army Air Corps during World War II. He is probably the only American movie leading man that I could have beaten in a fist fight in real life. Mickey Rooney could have made short work of me.
Sam said on 16/Jul/13
I don't recall the source, but I saw something that stated 160 pounds later in life for Stewart. I'm around an inch and a half taller than Stewart and have been 180 pounds at my lightest in the past few years (often a bit more). I'm considered quite skinny, so Stewart's 138 lb sounds unhealthy to me for his height.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jun/13
Looked a clear 6 ft 3 in Broken Arrow. Strange thing is though he seemed a bit taller than Jeff Chandler (listed at 6'4") and seemed an easy inch shorter than Basil Ruysdael (listed at 6'2")!! I looked up Ruysdael and actually guessed he'd be 6'4" range. Very odd.
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
Looks 3.5-4 inches taller than 5'11 listed om Helmore in Vertigo.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Apr/13
I doubt he was 130 pounds, that's lighter than 5'7" Bruce Lee!!!! A skinny 5 ft 7 guy typically weighs 130-140.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Apr/13
Funny, but facially he looks like he'd be a big hunky guy. I'm watching Rear Window right now and he takes off his shirt and he was all skin and bone, a very flat chest and stomach, body was wasting away. I can believe 6'3" ad 150 pounds.
6'3.25 said on 9/Jun/12
I used to weigh 135lbs when I was skinnier, it just depends on you're body type; some people are naturally built slimmer.
toby said on 5/Jun/12
How on earth can you be 6'3 and weigh under 148 pounds, thats insanely skinny.
Richard D said on 11/Feb/12
In a Michael Parkinson interview (see youtube) he says he was 130lbs. That is under the weight regulations but in those days this was not uncommon. I'd say he was6"3
Sam said on 10/Feb/12
He may have had an edge over Gary Cooper:
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Yeehaw! said on 9/Feb/12
When he was drafted he was 32 years of age. Chances are he had reached his full height.
Pete Procrastinator said on 29/Dec/11
Maybe when JS was drafted he hadn't yet reached his full height. Especially so in those days, as they didn't mature as early (on average) as the young do now.
Sam said on 12/Dec/11
Rob, what do you think of the 6'3.5" quote?
[Editor Rob: it could be possible]
sdsds said on 7/Nov/11
It also says in a few of his biographies that Stewart grew to a full 6ft 3in, such that he was exactly 1 inch shorter than his father Alexander, who was 6ft 4in tall.
Gonzalo said on 19/Oct/11
He claims to be 6`3.5 and he looks half an inch taller than legit 6.3 Gary Cooper. I think James Stewart should be upgraded at 6`3.5
Gonzalo said on 17/Oct/11
James Stewart in this pic looks slightly taller than Gary Cooper
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Mr.V said on 28/Aug/11
Here's a documentary about "Harvey" where Jimmy describes himself as 6'3.5 ( he says it at 2:28 in the video ) :

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I think he was .
ALohaJoe said on 23/Jun/11
I reiterate what was posted below:

Anonymous says on 3/Apr/10
According to the curator of the James Stewart Museum, he was exactly 6'3" tall. His military physical would have indicated he was 6'3", since he was 138 lb., five pounds under the 143 required for his draft eligibility. The weight / height requirements for the US Air Force prior to October 1999 was 143 lb. minimum for a man of 6'3". By the late 1950s, he reported that his weight was up to 160 lb.
Anonymous says on 2/Apr/10

Stewart's draft number was 310. When his number was called and he appeared at Draft Board No. 245 in West Los Angeles in February 1941, the 6'3" Stewart weighed only 138 pounds, 5 pounds under the acceptable weight level. He was turned down.
Sam said on 1/Jun/11
Some interesting comparison shots. In one, I think Wayne is dropping a little height and the other Stewart is:
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Bon_ said on 25/May/11
6'3.5 at peak.
jake said on 20/May/11
Rob do you think he might've been 6' 3.5" at his peak?

[Editor Rob: it is possible.]
T said on 28/Apr/11
He could be 6'4.His posture is terrible
Mathew said on 25/Apr/11
This guy is an example of a legitimate 6'3". Not as tall as 6'4" though.
Sam said on 21/Apr/11
He possibly had a peak height a little over 6'3". There are a few 6'4" reports and he could have easily pased for it
rafa said on 12/Apr/11
He was between 6'3" and 6'4", not "reaching a full 6'4" but close
tom said on 12/Mar/11
I once saw an interview on tv with stewart claiming he was six feet four and three quaters.He said that the three quarters were very important to him in jest.
thebad7 said on 24/Feb/11
Another magnificent performer from a long-gone day. As poster Red says: "Solid 6'3" ". He looked to be 6'3" well into his final years.

In 1962's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, and in 1976's THE SHOOTIST, he looks to be a strong 6'3" standing next to The Duke--who was in the 6'3"-6'4" range during this time.

Kemp said on 29/Jan/11
I've just saw BEND OF THE RIVER, and Stewart and Hudson look exactly the same height.
brunobrowne said on 23/Jan/11
Appears at most 1'' lower than Rock, so JS is nearer to 6'4'' id say.
krazy krippled! said on 2/Jan/11
6'5 Rock Hudson was clearly taller than Jimmy in bend of the River, so 6'3 seems about right.
Mr. Kaplan said on 30/Oct/10
Rob, he should be upgraded. Jimmy claimed 6'3.5".
Mathew said on 29/Jun/09
This is a legit 6'3" man.
Anonymous said on 18/Jun/09
The 6ft 3.5 listing was probarbly in shoes which could have made him 6ft 2.5 barefoot. In some of the westerns that would have put him at over 6ft 4.
Sam said on 6/May/09
Jimmy was a solid 6 ft 3 in. Buddy Ebsen was 6 ft 2.5
mo said on 18/Apr/09
There's a picture of him with Victor Mature on the Getty images website--both are in their late 70s.
And I swear to God, Stewart is at least 3 inches taller than Mature, could obviously be due to Mature having lost more of his head in his late age.
mo said on 18/Apr/09
There's a picture of him with Victor Mature --both are in their late 70s.
And I swear to God, Stewart is at least 3 inches taller than Mature, could obviously be due to Mature having lost more of his head in his late age.
Rusty said on 15/Feb/09
How could he possibly weigh only 138, it said he was 160 in 1936 and im 40 years old 6'3" and 170 pounds, which ive been for 20 years, and i am always called thin.
adam said on 18/Jan/09
Yes, he was a stick!
jake said on 8/Nov/08
wow 6 ft 3 and 63kg is unbelievably thin
Anonymous said on 30/Sep/08
James Stewart is the greatest American actor ever even greater than John Wayne Humphrey Bogart Marlon Brando and Cary Grant.His Peak height was a definitely 6'3 or 190 cms.

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