How tall was John Barrymore

John Barrymore's Height

5ft 9 ¾ (177.2 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in films like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Grand Hotel, Dinner at Eight, Twentieth Century, Sherlock Holmes, Marie Antionette, The Mad Genius, A Bill of Divorcement, Svengali, and Romeo and Juliet. He was described in his day generally as standing 5ft 11 and weighing 170 pounds.

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Average Guess (10 Votes)
5ft 9.68in (177cm)
Steve said on 25/Dec/14
Check this out:

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And here from Svengali, those 'elevators' look downright painful.

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Steve said on 25/Dec/14
With Howard Hawks who was reportedly 6' 1 & 1/2" and Carol Lombard.

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I doubt Hawks was that tall. Check him out with the Duke.

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Steve said on 25/Dec/14
Trust me. He was no more than 5'7". He wore elevator shoes.

With 6'1" Basil Rathbone, 5'10" Leslie Howard and 5'10" Reginald Denny:

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And remember, John was wearing lifts.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Dec/14
5'7" LOL. There's a scene in Arsene Lupin in which one of the actors in it is described as 6 ft and 190 pounds and Barrymore looks just under 2 inches shorter. So probably the actor was 5'11.5 or something but rounded up.
Steve said on 25/Nov/14
Closer to being 5'7.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/14
He does look 5'9".5 or so next to Hepburn in moderate heels but the comparison with Henry Stephenson, listed at 6'2" doesn't add up. Stephenson towered him by easily 5 inches. See 40 minutes range for example Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/14
He was fantastic in A Bill of Divorcement, best performance I've seenm played the confused nutcase to perfection.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/14
Rob can you squeeze in George Cukor's A Bill of Divorcement ? He was in it with an early Katherine Hepburn. Better known than Svengali I reckon.
Sam said on 27/Oct/14
He could look nearer 5'9" than 5'10" next to Carole Lombard though.
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Sam said on 27/Oct/14
He was really good in Twentieht Century, which suited his status as the archetypal ham.
Sam said on 24/Oct/14
In Arch's photo (good find!) with Disney and his two siblings, he does look this range.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Oct/14
Spot on Big Rob I reckon, thanks! 5 ft 11 I think would have been a shoe measurement.

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