How tall was John Vernon

John Vernon's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

Canadian actor best remembered for roles in films such as Topaz, Dirty Harry, Animal House, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Point Blank, Brannigan, Curtains, Charley Varrick, Chained Heat, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Savage Streets. In a 2005 obituary it mentioned him as being "six-foot-two".

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Average Guess (5 Votes)
6ft 1.9in (187.7cm)
Ian C. said on 5/Mar/21
I'm Canadian, so thanks for the John Vernon page. If he'd had better luck he could have been a star on the order of Robert Mitchum, as he had similar gifts as an actor. He had a terrific, big guy voice.
Sinclair said on 28/Aug/20
Rob, could you please add Point Blank and Herbie Goes Bananas to Vernon’s film credits?
Sinclair said on 8/Aug/20
Vernon strikes me as a legitimate 6’2”. I wouldn’t argue with 6’2.25” but I’ll go with a flat 6’2” as listed on here. Clint Eastwood didn’t look much taller than Vernon in Dirty Harry, a 2 inch height difference at the very most, I’d say. I felt Vernon had the edge on Lee Marvin in Point Blank, so I concluded Vernon would have been at least a flat 6’2” in his prime.
Greg99 said on 3/Jun/18
Looked at least an inch taller than his 6'1" Canadian pal Leslie Neilson.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Sep/17
He looks taller than Marvin in photos from that movie. But I think Lee might've lost a fraction by then and was closer to 6ft1 flat. Either way I still 6ft2 is still reasonable for this guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Sep/17
Looked every bit of 6ft2 in Animal House
Editor Rob
I can't remember how he looked with Lee Marvin, it might be interesting to watch that Point Blank film again.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Sep/17
I'm going with 6'1.5.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Sep/17
See 51:19 with Selleck, really doens't look 6'2, looks nearer 6'1. It would have been 1978 or 1979 when they shot it, Vernon would have been 46 or 47 and unlikely to have lost height.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Sep/17
@Rob check out 33 minutes Click Here , looks a very dubious 6 ft 2 there with a 62-3 year old Glenn Ford! Earlier in the film Selleck made Ford look 5 ft 10 flat.
Editor Rob
hard to tell from the clip. Vernon could have been anywhere in 6ft 1-2 range.
Anonymous said on 9/Aug/16
Just saw him in an episode of Murder She Wrote. I do believe he is as undeniable a 6'2" as it gets.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Feb/16
I posted this on another page
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Rob, he was 71 when that photo was taken and he's easily around 6ft2 there. Are you suggesting that he lost no height?
Editor Rob
if you look at his foot, he might be rising up a bit on one leg, an old 'G Trick'
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Feb/16
The tallest person in this photo, just standing further back. He was over 70 by this point and still looked roughly this height.
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Rob, is a fraction over 6ft2 peak a possibility?
Editor Rob
not sure if he was over that mark
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jun/15
Looked taller than Tim Matheson (also listed 6ft2) in Animal House.
Shadow2 said on 15/Jun/15
He was in an early episode of the original "Hawaii Five 0" playing McGarrett's best friend with a dark secret. Obviously Jack Lord was using his "lifts" to match Vernon's legit 6' 2".
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jun/15
Odd for a guy with blue eyes, but in Topaz he really did pull off looking like a Latin dictator type with a beard and olive clothing.
Sam said on 10/Jun/15
Yeah, he was good at a cold blue start that looked like he wanted to disembowel someone but his characters were more usually beaucratic schemers and backstabbers. Thought Point Blank was already on definitely deserves a mention even if another film needs to be dropped.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jun/15
Yeah 6ft2...scary looking dude. Loved him in Animal House.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jun/15
Thanks Rob, but you've mentioned Dirty Harry twice and forgot Topaz, which I think should probably be mentioned first given the size of the role as a Hitchcock. Also A Special Day, Point Blank, Herbie Goes Bananas and Brannigan and mention TV series like Wojeck, Mission Impossible, Delta House and Acapulco H.E.A.T..
Sam said on 8/Jun/15
Rob, could you add Topaz, Charley Varrick, Chained Heat and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka to his credits?
Sam said on 8/Jun/15
Thanks for adding, he certainly looked within this range. In nothing but a towel next to a shoed and dressed Lee Marvin in Point Blank, Vernon was roughly equal height. Unfortunately in Josey Wales, a rare good-ish guy role, he never stands with Clint in a shot. Actually a film of squandered height comparisons (LOL) with Will Sampson too.

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