How tall was Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

English Actor, best remembered for playing the Third incarnation of The Doctor in BBC series Doctor Who. from 1970-74. He also starred as the titular character in the TV series Worzel Gummidge. His son Sean Pertwee said in The Express, "He was a lot more insecure than anyone would believe of a 6ft 3in guy", although Jon listed himself as Height 6 feet 2½ inches

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Average Guess (15 Votes)
6ft 3.1in (190.8cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/May/21
I think the original 6ft2½ was fair
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Mar/20
Still looked 188cm in the 90’s so 189cm peak
Caldoni said on 12/Oct/19
Met Jon in Oldham in the 90s at a dr who convention and would say he was 6-2 still. Didn’t look to of lost much height
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jul/19
⭐ Jon was born 100 years ago today! ⭐

Sandy Cowell said on 1/Jan/19
Oh, didn't Jon follow Patrick Troughton? Yes, I think that was the order of things!

I used to get SO upset when they changed the Doctor Who players when I was a child because I grew so fond of them. The one I took to the most rapidly was Tom Baker, because he was such a comical fellow, with a trademark long scarf and an ever-ready bag of jellybabies!

I learnt something today though via Katy Manning's page, and that is how very tall Jon was!

As he's, alas, no longer with us, I will give Jon what I reckon to be his peak height of 6ft3.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Oct/18
Still looked near 6ft2 in the 90’s
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Sep/17
189cm was closer.
Daniel said on 3/Mar/17
I met Jon in 1995 in Birmingham city centre
Editor Rob
any idea how tall he looked?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
Personally, I'd rate this guy as a strong 6ft2 and Baker a weak 6ft3...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/May/16
Rob, who do you think was taller at peak, Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker?
Editor Rob

I have actually rewatched all pertwee stories, in some he had a wee 1.5-1.7 inch heeled shoe...I intend to rewatch Baker's stuff next, but in person especially the first time I saw him he still looked quite tall.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Mar/16
He looked a very strong 6ft2 guy at least in the 60's-70's and sometimes near 6ft3. In the 80's-90's he may very well have been less.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/16
Rob, isn't 6ft2 flat a bit low?

He looked nearer 6ft3 in Doctor Who for sure. Later on he may have been this mark though
Editor Rob
I watched a lot of Pertwee and didn't really think he looked over 6ft 2 the more episodes I watched.
Chaz said on 28/Nov/13
I met him in 1986,at the BBC studios,at lime Grove,I stand right next to him in the Canteen,and was shocked how tall he was,a good 6'2''+ must of been 6'3'' as a young man.
tom said on 15/Sep/12
Met him in oldham england few years before he passed,looked a tiny bit shorter than me {6' 2.5"} but he was in his 70's i think so its to be expected.
Anonymous said on 6/Jul/09
I met Jon Pertwee at a SciFi convention or something similar (I only attended it to meet him and get his autograph) in the early 80s (I believe). I think it was in Alabama somewhere. I lived in Atlanta at the time. I asked him how tall he was and he immediately straightened up and seemed to really enjoy the question. I'm pretty sure he said he was originally six foot four and a half, but he had had a back operation and lost a bit of his height from the operation. I don't remember how many inches he lost, but he looked very tall, even while he was sitting. He was a very nice and friendly man, who seemed to be very happy with life.
Barry Langcaster said on 24/Jun/09
I can still remember when I first seen Jon Pertwee as the doctor,I instantly liked the ol chap, at times I would have to admit that the budget on the show seemed a bit low in the 70s but there was just something about the atmosphere of the show the music and Pertwee. I always could tell he was indeed a big egg and toast guy easily 6'3 on doctor who, maybe even 6'3.25 in his prime.
GUK said on 13/May/09
I have a pic of him with my 5ft 10.5 brother somewhere def at least 6ft 2 in his 70s
Raymond Delauney said on 21/Mar/09
Yes agreed, the best Dr Who. Maybe I'm biased as he was my first Dr Who. I don't think height really that important for playing Dr Who, maybe extra gravitas? Tom Baker who succeeded him was perhaps taller but I preferred Pertwee. Invasion of the Sea Monsters (when
Tobacanist Richard said on 11/Feb/09
From watching Dr who for many years I could tell you this old chap was a big eggs and toast sized guy, so I would agree to the 6'3 listing here ,I myself estimated his height within the 6'2 to 6'3 range. Marvelous actor and the best Doctor in my opinion.
Middle-sized Cat said on 26/Oct/06
Worzel Gummidge - best TV comedy of the lot! Jon Pertwee was perfect for the lead scarecrow role. Went to the area it was filmed in - just beautiful (Hampshire, UK).
Anonymous said on 14/Feb/06
looked it next to the people round him. theres a publicity still of him and patrick troughton(who looks to be about 5'7"/5'8" although im not sure) from doctor who: the three doctors and he towers over him

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