Rory said on 31/Aug/22
5ft10.5 wasn't "big" in the 70s/80s. The average height for a man of Lewis generation was about 5ft9,so it was between upper average and Tallish. Probably the equivalent to say 5ft11.75 for a 25 yr old today.
Alan mctavish said on 30/Aug/22
in the proffesionals i always thought lewis looked 5'10" flat footed or 5'10"05 at a push. wich in the 1970s and 80s was seen as being big. i just couldnt see him at 5'11"05 no chance, thats like saying he was nearly touching 6'0" plus with they 2 inch shoes on back in those days would put him at least 6'1"05 wich just sounds a bit carried away lol, he was never over 6ft with shoes on never mind 6'1"05. And 6'1"05 is a big guy, trust me, am 6ft dead on flat footed and when a see friends that i know is 6'1"05 i find it hard to believe that there just an inch and a half taller than me becouse they look 2 or 3 inches taller. And even 6'0" flat footed is a big guy even still today. Becouse when am in a pub or walking about i can see over nearly every one. And guys at 5'11" will tell me am at least 6'1" wich am not. So there it is even an inch taller makes people believe your 2 inches taller becouse there an in inch lower and look up to you! So lewis was never near 6ft, thats madness, even a kid could see that. And i always saw him as being 2 inches taller than martin shaw who was never over 5'8" infact i thought martin was 5'7" at most, but al give him 5'8" and lewis 5'10" lewis wasnt tall but he wasnt small.
Vibram said on 27/Jun/22
Collins pulled off 5'10½ quite well in his prime. Inch and half above average for his time. Well built guy = probably 85kg where as his co-star Martin Shaw looked 72kg in Proffesionals.
Tech noir said on 19/May/22
I think his claim of 5-11,1/2 is shoe height . I’d say barefoot 5-10.5. In the 60/80s 5-10.5 was looked at as a tallish person.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jan/22
I saw Who Dares Wins at the cinema. It was packed with action and enormously enjoyable.
V for 1984 said on 21/Jan/22
5-10.25 range. Stocky but not a very tall person. Just above average.
Rory said on 28/Jul/21
Definitely not 5ft11.5 barefoot, i think 5ft10.5 is going to be pretty close. Consistently looked a 5ft10-11 guy.
Hotspots said on 30/Apr/21
Not 5-11.5 barefoot imo. Looks more 5-10.5 peak
Soda machine said on 3/Dec/20
5-10 range. No less
Frank Col said on 27/Aug/20
Collins looks at least 5ft 11 on Cluedo alongside 6ft 3 Tom Baker and 6ft Christopher Biggins. Have a look it's on youtube. Taken with Jack the Ripper with Michael Caine and Collins looking max 3 inches shorter (and occasionally only an inch?) and suddenly 5ft 11 seems spot on.
movieguy12 said on 1/Mar/20
The classic Lewis Collins story is about him being turned down after auditioning for the part of James Bond on the grounds that he was 'too aggressive'. Bond has killed countless adversaries but Collins was too macho for the part. I'm sure there is a little bit more to this but it is a great story. Would certainly have brought a steely edge to the part. Its funny how his career sort of faded out while Martin Shaw went on to great success. Both were good looking with on screen charisma. I think height wise Collins was probably his quoted 5'11'' or slightly under.
Caldoni said on 8/Nov/19
Over 5-10 5-11 max. Good call on this.
GUK said on 18/Aug/19
I recently watched the Jack the Ripper mini series with Lewis and Michael Caine. Caine would have been 55 at the time so maybe he was 6ft 1 to 6ft 1.5. But Lewis does not ever look more than 2 inches lower. 5ft 10.5 is a very good guess and he could have been 5ft 11.
Rory said on 4/Aug/19
6ft1 is outrageous, I think 5ft10.5 is perfect for Collins, It's what he looked and also fits with his claims. 5ft11 a round up from 5ft10.5 and 5ft11.5 a shoe height claim. Martin Shaw I think was arguably weak 5ft9 range. I wouldn't go below 5ft8.5 for him.
Jimhopper said on 14/Feb/19
No more that 5-10. Looked just 2” on shaw at the most.
Fountain said on 1/Mar/18
Lewis Collins was clearly stated as being 6/1 at the time.
That's what I wanted to be, I finished at 5/11. For ages I was jealous of LCs "6/1"!!!
Only quite recently did I discover little teeny bit of hype going on the time.
said on 15/Oct/17
Quite a brazen claim 5ft11.5. He tended to look 5'10.25-5'10.5. Quite possible though 5ft11.5 is a shoe height as in the 80s twice he just went with 5ft11.
yeah he normally went with 5ft 11, but pushed it to 11.5, which is a bit harder to beleive. You could say 5ft 10.5-11 was possible.
Martin Sheen also had a 5ft 10 claim most of his career, I think there was at least 2 inches between them.
said on 16/Aug/17
Rob, what would you say the difference in height is in this video with Collins and Shaw ?
could be 2 inches there.
jim said on 28/Jul/17
It's difficult because factors like the ground level camera angle came into play in the professionals & type of shoes. Over the episodes, I think he was on average 2 inches taller than Jackson & Shaw with Shaw tending to wear stacked shoes so 5'11 is not impossible. He just looked a bigger man than Gordon & Martin IMO
Rory said on 15/Apr/17
Martin Shaw in the professionals- 5'8.5-5'8.75
Lewis Collins in the professionals- 5'10-5'10.25
Jim Hopper said on 8/Apr/17
I doubt he was over 5-10.
Jim hopper said on 8/Apr/17
5-10. Max. Not much taller the Shaw.
Rory said on 9/Jan/17
Yh somewhere in 5'10 range for Collins I think. I think 5'10.5 is a little generous though, can't really see him being over a strong 5'10, with just a decent 5'10 being his most likely measurement. Certainly Had no more than 1.5 inches on Martin Shaw who was somewhere in the 5'8-9 range peak.
Professor Nal said on 2/Dec/16
Just bought a Blu-ray of the brilliant Professionals and Collins, who usually only wore shoes with modest heels as Bodie, always looks 2- 3 inches taller than Doyle (taking into account Shaw's curls) when Shaw is wearing sneakers or dress shoes and an inch taller on those episodes where Doyle has his stacked boots on. It's a tough one to call as Collins looks a similar height to 6 foot John Junkin in one episode but if I had to estimate I would say Collins was 5ft 10. I think Shaw and Jackson where pretty much the same height about 5ft 8. A great show with fine performances from the three leads.
Rory said on 10/Sep/16
@Vibram, Yh I think you're listings are bang on, Collins ultimately I think was nearer 5'10 than 5'11, probably 5'10.25. Shaw was maximum 5'9, but 5'8.5 could be closer.
Vibram said on 9/Sep/16
I'm a fan of the series Professionals. This is what I believe.
Collins: 5'10 (178cm)
Martin Shaw 5'8.5 (174cm) (at a push and could be 173cm)
Gordon Jackson: 5'9 (175cm)
Rory said on 9/Aug/15
Yh this guy would have made a good James Bond imo,tough but suave looking. His height at the time may have been an issue baring in mind he was 5'10-5'11 range and attempting to succeed 3 guys all around 6'2 range whod played the part..but when you consider how well Daniel Craig has done who is probably a tad smaller again then its a shame rly he wasnt given the role back then. A lot of those 80s bond movies were pretty stale I think, he might have freshened them up.
Chase Witherspoon said on 7/Aug/15
Looked a solid 179 in those Euro trash war pics he did beside Lee Van Cleef and then later on next to Caine in the Jack the Ripper mini series, alas gone too soon...
Rory said on 14/Jul/15
He could look anywhere i think from 5'10 to 6ft..in the professionals he appeared a tallish guy but in reality he didn't seem much taller than 5'8.5 Martin Shaw although his big hair and platforms made Shaw seem taller, Collins i noticed tended to wear normal shoes, so yh probably barefoot 5'10.5 is fair..i reckon he was wearing lifts in jack the ripper as he looked about 6 ft next to Caine yet he wasnt as tall as that.
Ben said on 28/Nov/13
Collins auditiuoned for the Bond role in 1982 but he was never seriously considered.
Kent said on 12/Apr/11
Weird, my comment from a year or two ago disappeared. I met Lewis Collins in 1990 when he was in his bare feet and pajamas. I would say 5'11 easily, if not a bit more.
Richard Starkey said on 12/Feb/11
I think Martin Shaw is around 5ft10. Yes- they both look taller in the brilliant Professionals.
Kent said on 5/May/08
I briefly met Lewis Collins at his home back in 1990. He was in pajamas so I assume he was barefoot, and I was wearing sneakers. He seemed very close to my height, and I am 5'10. If I add an inch to my shoes that he wasn't wearing, I'd say he was about 5'11.
Marcelo C. said on 7/Apr/08
I used to watch "The Professionals", and do think Lewis is properly listed at 5
Manx said on 10/Jul/06
Well, Gordon Jackson was always listed as 5'9", which would bear out Martin Shaw's contemporary (late '70s - early '80s) height of 5'10", and Lewis Collins' height of 5'11". There seemed to be exactly an inch between the 3 guys.
Tubbs said on 9/Jan/06
He can look a 6ft guy, and he did in the Professionals in my view. If he's 5'11, i'm not so sure about Shaw at 5'10, he has the Brian May hair that gives a couple of extra inches, so maybe Shaw is 5'9 against Collins at 5'11.