How tall was Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando's Height

5ft 8 ¾ (174.6 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Godfather, A Streetcar named Desire, The Wild One, On The Waterfront, Last Tango in Paris, Julius Caesar, One-Eyed Jacks, Viva Zapata and Apocalypse Now. Whilst on his driving license he gave 5ft 10, an old enrolment card for tear gas training listed him as 5ft 9 and his official website once listed him as being 5ft 8. In a biography, by Peter Manso, he mentioned "Already at his full height of five feet eight and three-quarters, and weighing a well-muscled 144 pounds".

How tall is Marlon Brandon
Photo by Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Average Guess (62 Votes)
5ft 8.54in (174.1cm)
Animus said on 16/Jul/19
@KONE

It's hard to predict how much taller a specific individual would be as height depends on a multitude of factors. How well-fed was Brando as a child? (Obviously very well-fed as an older man.) How much sickness did he endure? How would his pre-natal environment have been different had he been born in, say, the 90s? And so on and so forth. With that being said, I think you could roughly expect the average person born in the 90s to be roughly an inch taller than its counterpart born in the 20s. So, I would guess Brando would have been nearly 5'10 had he been a millennial.
KONE said on 2/May/19
I read a lot of different articles saying different things about how much height humans have gained in the last decades and century as a whole. So what do you thing, if someone like Brando was born in the 80's or 90's how tall would he be?
James Keffer (185 cm) said on 30/Mar/19
Well Rob, I agree that 5'8.75 would've had to come from somewhere but maybe Brando wasn't quite at his full posture when he got measured. Click Here : In his early 60s, he's the same height as Michael Jackson who you have down as 5'9 although Brando may have been till at his peak height in his early 60s. Anyways, I'd give Brando 5'9 at peak and 5'8.25 at death.
Editor Rob
One thing Brando did seem to do is wear bigger heels in later years, although I am not sure he wore them as much outwith films as in them.
James Keffer (185 cm) said on 24/Mar/19
Rob, do you think it's possible that he was a flat 5'9 at his peak? I've always seen him as a flat 5'9 guy.
Editor Rob
5ft 8.75 to 9 looked likely from his early films, I think the biographer had to have got the 8.75 from somewhere, maybe it was a measurement.
Spencer said on 2/Jan/19
He looks about 5'9" in the Godfather.
Pierre said on 24/Dec/18
Woaow i have see him this day in "Sayonara" i was thinking he was something like 5"10' or even 5"11'.
James Keffer said on 15/Oct/18
@Roban his lifts were also obvious in "You rock my world". Click Here Brando and 5'9-5'9.5 Michael Jackson in YRMW photo shoot.
Roban said on 13/Oct/18
His lifts were obvious in the 1984 film A DRY WHITE SEASON
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Oct/18
If Brando had held onto his height fairly well by 65, he would look tall with his 4" elevators or whatever they were: Click Here Click Here Click Here and then you have scenes like this with Brando still in elevators and Broderick barefoot: Click Here The 5'8.75" peak still seems right since he was in cowboy boots in The Chase(1966) and still a good inch shorter than Robert Redford. Though he might have pulled off taller than Robert Duvall in that film or certainly no shorter.
Animus said on 24/Sep/18
I think they used a different actor well over 190cm as a stand-in in some of his scenes in "Apocalypse Now" to elicit an illusion of height that would explain Brando's bulk.
James Keffer said on 15/Sep/18
Rob, check this out
Click Here he looks aprox. 2 inches taller than 5'7 Mathew Broderick.Click Here He looked really tall with lifts compared to (5'9) Michael Jackson Click Here but with regular footwear, Jackson looks a hair taller which would make Brando slightly under 5'9. He was definetly in the 5'8-5'9 range although he may have been closer to 5'8 than 5'9 in his later years due to shrinking but overall, I think your claim of 5'8.75 is pretty accurate.
Editor Rob
Bulky shoes/lifts in latter roles helped Brando maintain a taller look at times.
MAD SAM said on 21/Aug/18
I thought he was a 5’10” guy, guess I was wrong ; anyway I willing go with 5’8.75” at 174.5 cm listing
Tall Sam said on 30/Apr/18
Yeah, his build and favorable camerawork certainly made him look taller on camera, especially the way he looked in Apocalypse Now when Coppola had to improvise around Brando's sudden gain in bulk. It's actually kind surprising, just from the way they look in films, seeing him next to Paul Newman and Newman looks nearly an inch taller: Click Here
berta said on 29/Apr/18
he had a build that could make him seem like a 177 guy. wide shoulders and a face that could fit on a 6 foot guy easy. But i really have no idea on this guy
Matt99 said on 16/Apr/18
Would his extreme low be around 5’8.5 then?
Editor Rob
On his worst day ever, maybe he could have went down that...
Matt99 said on 6/Apr/18
Rob would his extreme low be 5’8 and 3/8 range?
Editor Rob
Not sure he would measure that short.
Ian C. said on 1/Apr/18
Seemed a lot bigger than Frank Sinatra in Guys and Dolls, but that might have been because he was so much heavier and stronger, rather than taller.
Matt99 said on 29/Mar/18
Rob when in the day would he hit this height? Midday? Like 12:30-1pm?
Editor Rob
I think he would hold this mark for a fair while, past lunchtime.
The Shredder said on 23/Mar/18
He looked about 140's up untill about 21 , he was a pretty slim guy. he started bulking up around Street Car Named Desire , which he was 170 - 180 range.
Animus said on 20/Mar/18
I wouldn't say 144lbs qualify as 'very thin' for a 5'8¾ man. Many young men at that height with minimal body fat will weigh around that figure. Brando, at 165-175lbs, had both more muscle and fat on him.
Anonymous said on 8/Dec/17
Brando looked to be the same height as 5’8 Sean Penn, I think 5’8.75 is probably accurate for his younger years.
James said on 28/Aug/17
The 144 lbs was before he even became an actor.
Peter175 said on 24/Aug/17
He looks nearer 160lbs range than 140lbs range. My guess is around 155 lbs. Don't think he was quite as low as 144 in street car for example and definitely not in the godfather
Shredder said on 22/Aug/17
He was 17 at 144 and he was very thin. Just google pics of him from 1945 and before.
James B said on 17/Aug/17
144 pounds well muscled at 5'8.75?
James B said on 17/Aug/17
144 well muscled at 5'8.75?
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/17
Spot on I think, thanks.
Peter175 said on 8/Aug/17
Yeah is Dean sub5'7 then? because it looked near 3 inches at times between them
Rising - 174 cm said on 27/Jul/17
I agree with you both. I'd say he could look 174 cm a lot with Sinatra and James Garner among others so this is believable and makes no sense such a precise figure would be made up. Certainly, he's no taller with a solid 5'9" guy like Paul Newman. But now James Dean may require more scrutiny!
Arch Stanton said on 23/Jul/17
@Rob, "In a biography, by Peter Manso, he mentioned "Already at his full height of five feet eight and three-quarters, " usually when it's that precise you state it. It's exactly what I guessed with Loren and SInatra and what he generally looked.
Editor Rob: that figure ultimately is believable.
RisingForce said on 26/Jun/17
I haven't read the book, but I assume, particularly with such precise height and weight figures, Manso had access to Brando's medical records. If so, then he'd be in a position to know if Brando never grew any taller than 5'8.75". It makes sense if Brando would then round and write his height as 5'9", but then as an actor padded it a little with a more appealing 5'10", such as this screen test where his weight is now given as 170: Click Here or on his driver's license. James Dean is more of the mystery, imo.
The shredder said on 26/Jun/17
the 144 lbs is very believable , he was really thin at 20 in the late 1940's on stage.
RisingForce said on 24/Jun/17
Brando was about 5 inches shorter than 6'1.5" James Garner in Sayonara. Here's a screenshot of the 2 face to face indoors without their hats: Click Here

Here's Marlon at the 27th Academy Awards in 1955 with a maybe 177 cm Rod Steiger and 5'6" Katy Jurado: Click Here Steiger is obviously taller, but in fairness, he's closer to the camera and wore lifts at times himself, but Brando and Jurado are almost the exact same height. He sure doesn't look 5'10" in shoes there, in fact, if she's 5'9" in heels then he's no more than 5'9.5" in shoes in this photo.
RisingForce said on 11/May/17
Brando's footwear in On the Waterfront: Click Here Click Here I wouldn't be surprised if he had lifts.
With 5'10" Bob Hope at the 1955 Academy Awards: Click Here You can really see from 1:15 on that Brando is noticeably shorter than Hope, more than an inch, especially when they're side by side and Hope stands straight.
With 5'6.5" Grace Kelly at the 1955 Oscars: Click Here Click Here Don't know what kind of heels were popular then, but it's doubtful she'd be any more than 5'9.5", if that and Brando certainly doesn't look any taller in dress shoes.

I agree with Frank2, Arch and most others here, he looks 5'8.5", such as being an inch taller than 5'7.5" Frank Sinatra and shorter than 5-9ish men like Paul Newman, James Caan and Monty Clift.
Jerry said on 2/May/17
He looks about my dad's height and build actually, 5'8.5" during his peak id say. Not a bad height by any means.
James said on 24/Apr/17
Al Pacino is 5'5".
RisingForce said on 21/Apr/17
Yes, but I think Pacino was only 5'5.5", making Brando 5'8.5". And I'd Brando was 5'9", Caan and Newman would be 5'10" and Sinatra 5'8". I'm fine with 5'8.75" and it's probably spot on, but that's the most, imo, rather than the least. Manso did say that was Brando's full adult height and it's common to get access to medical records posthumously. Brando wore the most ridiculous elevators in the 80s and 90s, what are the odds he never wore them in his prime?
Peter175 said on 20/Apr/17
If he's 5'8, Pacino is 5'5".

He's at the very least 5'8.75 like the biographer stated. I think he is probably as close to 5'9 as possible
RisingForce said on 11/Apr/17
I'd say more 174 cm than 175 since Paul Newman was clearly taller than Brando here as well: Click Here And Newman was most likely about 175 cm himself, imo, maybe 176 cm max since Steve McQueen who was measured 5'9.5" seemed taller than Newman and Newman's mugshot seems to support this. But I can buy the between 174-175 cm figure of 5'8.75". I think he probably shrunk to 5'8.5" by evening though.
Original said on 3/Apr/17
@ RisingForce yeap I agree he was peak either 174 or 175. Nice height.
RisingForce said on 19/Mar/17
Edges out 5'7.5" Sinatra by about an inch at the start of this video: Click Here 5'9" range Paul Newman had Brando by at least an inch here: Click Here Montgomery Clift is listed here at 5'9.5" and edges out Brando while slouching: Click Here He looked 5'8.5" and yeah, 170-175 pounds in his prime to me, but I'll agree with the 5'8.75" measurement. Better chance of 174 cm than a full 175, imo.
Original said on 18/Mar/17
Original said on 22/Jan/12
Brando is 5'8.75" peak and 175 pounds.
RisingForce said on 15/Mar/17
JD, was that the same bio as the Manso one? I can believe it, I do agree with Arch that Brando often looked 5'8" range.
RisingForce said on 24/Feb/17
Btw, I had completely forgotten I had posted about average height and Brando's elevators late in life so my apologies. I can be forgetful, but I don't mean to repeat myself. In any event, just like with John Wayne, I tend to believe the precise figure if it looks believable.
RisingForce said on 24/Feb/17
Of course a quarter inch would be possible well beyond 17, but Manso does say it was his full adult height and I believe it's the best guess because 5'8" was average during Brando's peak and I don't think he looked over that. He at least wore elevators in his 60s, it's said he did in the Godfather too so maybe he also did earlier. James Caan was supposedly 5'9" range, certainly not much above 5'10" if we're wrong so I think a 5'8" range Brando fits here: Click Here (BTW that pic is an example of why I don't think Pacino ever reached a full 5'6") But of course if I can believe someone could be 5'8.75" , then they could just as easily be a quarter inch more or less.
Shredder said on 23/Feb/17
He was 17 at that time. So even if he was 5'8.75 it is possible he grew to 5'9 or more , not 5'10 though
RisingForce said on 16/Feb/17
Rob, do you think it's worth adding the quote from the Peter Manso Bio? In case you want to add it, I was still able to find it verbatim: "He had reached his full adult height of five feet eight and three quarters."
Editor Rob: I got the quote and have included it.
RisingForce said on 15/Feb/17
I think the 5'8.75" height mentioned in that bio is as accurate as you could get. 5'8" was average for a man in the 50's so I don't think Marlon was much more than that. Huge Frankenstein boots in his 60s, which makes me wonder if he wore lifts during the prime of his career as well.
Hijopotamus said on 29/Jan/17
MJ was 5'9" and light weight bone type.
62kg sounds right
JD said on 13/Jan/17
read one of his biography's which stated his adult height was 68.5/68.75 according to medical records (for what its worth)
James said on 13/Dec/16
Brando was probably wearing built up shoes in the pictures with Dean.
Shredder said on 12/Dec/16
He looks about 3 inches over James in some photos
Nick Teixeira said on 25/Nov/16
He doesn't look any more than an inch taller than James Dean and he is apparently 5'7". Celebrities often lie about their height so I think Brando is 5'8" barefoot and the 5'9" and 5'10" claims were due to shoe lifts, which people say he did wear in movies
James said on 3/Oct/16
He had to lose a lot of weight for "The Godfather". He didn't really balloon though until shortly before "Apocalypse Now" was filmed in 1976.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Oct/16
Funny how some people here obviously believe brando was 5'10! I suggest you watch Countess in Hong Kong in which he is in slippers with Sophia Loren and you can safely rule out over 5 ft 9, and a possibility of just under 5'9. Looked an incht aller than Sinatra to me in Guys and Dolls, more likely 174, 5'8.5-75 range.
Shredder said on 4/Sep/16
Rob , how much do you think he weighed around the Godfather?
mande2013 said on 31/Aug/16
Rob, does this look like a full four inch difference to you? Click Here
Editor Rob: probably not, I would think Pacino might be on slightly lower ground, although in the photo it might be at least 3.5 inch
Gx79 said on 20/Aug/16
How tall does Brando look nxt to 5'5.5 Marilyn in heels
Thank you rob Click Here this pic might prove he was really 5'10 barfooted too
Gx79 said on 18/Aug/16
Rob how tall does Brando look in this pic Click Here thank you
Editor Rob: could appear a 5ft 10 range guy there.
Evelyn said on 12/Aug/16
I worked at London City Airport, and on a date prior to November 1998, I was at my desk, waiting to go home, it was about 13.45hrs. Whilst checking things in the computor, I was aware of a male, kicking a ball backwards and forwards to a child, a boy I think, of approx. 3yrs of age. There was a gap with our flights, so my section of the airport was a bit quiet. My 'phone rang, and I was informed by a colleague elsewhere, that the adult in front of me, was Marlon Brando. I discreetly looked up, and thought, MB? He was a short, fat, older male. I was quiet surprised. Although I was sitting, he was just 2 metres away from me, so I saw him right before my eyes.
I told myself that this couldn't have been MB, but that day, I read in the local Guardian freebie, that MB was in town, and he'd come to buy a property in Chigwell - where I lived, so it was him. Being a small Airport, we all knew, most times, who was about. Must have been the weight that aged him terribly, He looked much older than his years.
I'd never seen his films, until I saw on TV about a year ago, The countess from HK - think it featured Sophia Loren, whom I met in 1964. That's all for now.
James said on 7/Jul/16
Brando and Caan were both wearing lifts in "The Godfather".

Brando should be downgraded to 5'8".
charlie said on 5/Jul/16
Marlon looks closer to 5 ft 7 inches. James caan looked 3 inches taller than him and he is 5 ft 9 inches
Gonzalo said on 25/May/16
1,75-76 at the most. He looked short. I think he had lifts help in several of his movies. In Apocalypse now for sure
Dan said on 19/Mar/16
In Eleanor Coppola's book about the making of Apocalypse Now, she mentions the first day she met Brando on location; she states something like (been years since I read it), "I saw a short heavy set man on the beach..." who turned out to be Brando. If he was 5'10" I doubt she would have referred to him as 'short.'
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
Brando always wore lifts, just like Richard Burton.
rc 5'10 said on 23/Jan/16
rob i want you to think on his gas traning card he was 5'9 and very heavy okay the heavy you are can cause pressure on the spin and your disk but if you look at brando in his younger years he is 5,10 barfoot what do you think rob
Editor Rob: he wasn't like a massive guy or anything, I wouldn't expect his height to be effected
Jim said on 22/Jan/16
Brando was about 5'9.5 or so at his peak. Closer to 5'8 before his death. Not tall but not short by an actor's measure either. He was a good height for leading man back then.
Gx79 said on 22/Dec/15
I say he's 5'10.5 at peak then 5'9 due to weight
Emma said on 20/Dec/15
On his screentest for rebel without a cause he is listed as 5.10 height and 170 weight.
But I always thought he was shorter than the regular Hollywood actor and closer to the 5.7 Tom Cruise than 5.10
the shredder said on 16/Nov/15
He was measured 5'8.75 at 17 , but still an open case because we don't know how he was measured. Barefoot , shoes , morning , night?
Gx79 said on 28/Oct/15
Rob are you sure he's 5'9 our is it a guess
[Editor Rob: everything is a guess unless a measurement is known, then we can be more confident.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Oct/15
Rob, do you think his extreme weight gain affected his height later on?
[Editor Rob: it certainly would put more strain on discs and joints...it might increase risk of losing a bit more than average.

I remember there was a photo on here a while ago of Depp and Brando together and he wore these big bulky shoes to aid his height.]
pablo77bar(184cm) said on 19/Sep/15
I don't know the name of the movie but was a western
He was looking 5ft 7 max.Was a midget
mande2013 said on 18/Aug/15
I'm pretty sure anything over 5'9 is a 'good' height even for today. Let's be honest here, on a college campus in the northeastern United States it's really only the 5'7 flat and under guys who have a reputation as 'short dudes', unless you're a 5'8-er on the football team or something and are considered small for a football player. As a short guy myself I'm biased, but I do still think that for white males, the 170 and under crowd has a monopoly on the 'short' epithet. 171-174 seems to be 'no man's land' range. I'm 165/166 range fwiw.

On another note, if Brando was 172 cm, that would mean Dean struggled with 5'5, which seems a little absurd to me. Maybe Dean was like Pacino's height while Brando was 174.5 or something and had already lost a few mms by the time he filmed Last Tango.
Gx79 said on 17/Aug/15
Rob how can u tell how big he is no one can unless you were next him wouldn't be fair to put what he's always be listed at 5'10'
viapto said on 16/Aug/15
good photo for comparison brando next robert kennedy 5 9', brando looks a bit taller, young marlon can be maybe 5 9.5' that was a good height for 1950 Rob? he was in the average height in 1950 or he was taller at this time. other ladyesmans at this time was 5 9' too like paul newman and Tony Curtis. Click Here 5 9' is a common height for actors in usa, action heros silvester stallone, antonio banderas, jason statham, wesley snipes. actors cillian murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, jeremy renner, shia labeouf, jared leto, ian somerhalder tom hardy. 5 9' is average in usa?
Gx79 said on 25/Jul/15
He was taller then James dean by 3 inches
shortboy88 said on 24/Jul/15
brando was 5'7.75'' or 172 cm. basically a weak 5'8

lou cobb who is 5'10-11 had about 2-3 inches on him on the waterfront
mande2013 said on 21/Jul/15
No way was Brando 5'10. Just look at some set pictures from Last Tango in Paris of him standing next Bernardo Bertolucci who I think was 5'10.5.
Gx79 said on 13/Jul/15
Rob would u change some height if u some hade evidence u were wrong about ther height
[Editor Rob: if I see enough of someone to think X might be a better listing than Y, then I will change it. Sometimes the more you see of someone, the greater you believe X over Y.

But, it still doesn't mean it is right, we are all still guessing ultimately.]
gx79 said on 3/Jul/15
rob i found this on tumbler Click Here what do you think
[Editor Rob: considering he's been on 5ft 9 for many years now, and that description is the latest version, you altered it :)
]
Gx79 said on 1/Jul/15
Rob are you going to update his height to 5'10 because that photo was during the 50s before he wore lifts or cub in heels
[Editor Rob: I still think 5ft 9 was the best fit for him.]
Gx79 said on 30/Jun/15
Rob what do you think maron Brando with 6'1karl Malden Click Here does Brando still look 5'9
[Editor Rob: he can look near to 6ft there.]
Gx79 said on 22/Jun/15
Robe he is a pic with Brando barfoted
Click Here hers same pic he's in sock Click Here
Now would you still stick with 5'9 for him or 5'10 he was at least 2.5 or 3 inch taller then Sophia who is 5'7.5 which would make Brando 5'10 or 5'11 maybe rob what do you think
gx79 said on 20/Jun/15
rob here is a pic do you think brando is still 5'9 or 5'10 by this pic Click Here
[Editor Rob: 5ft 9, I would say his heel was reasonably big there, it kind of blends in but looks thicker than your standard 1-inch style.]
Gx79 said on 19/Jun/15
@ maze You sure you were taller then Brando because I hade people think they were taller then me and it turn height when we stood side by side they were an inch or 2 inch shorter then me or lower but people like to think there the tallest person.
Gx79 said on 13/Jun/15
@steve both marlon and Montgomery both look same height they both are slouching the same look at top. Of there head and compare they look same height what do you think rob
Steve said on 9/Jun/15
He wore huge lifts in The Freshman. So big they looked silly.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jun/15
[Editor Rob: 170-80 range, and at some points later in career was well into 230's I think.]

Try 300lbs+. That's pretty much why he was out of the limelight for most of the 90's.
the shredder said on 8/Jun/15
Rob how tall do you think he was in the 90's ?
[Editor Rob: by time say with Johnny Depp I think he lost an inch, but maybe he had dodgy footwear at times, I'm sure on one film he wore big shoes....]
Steve said on 29/May/15
Brando was shorter than 5'10" Montgomery Clift. Click Here
the shredder said on 29/May/15
Another question Rob , does he look more in On The Waterfront than he does in Streetcar and his screen test? Even though he is in bulky sweaters and Jackets , he's face looks a bit puffier.
[Editor Rob: not much, a few pounds maybe but not a big 15-20 difference.]
the shredder said on 29/May/15
So Rob , you think He was 230 in Superman? He was listed 170 for a screen test in 1947 , in Street Car and Waterfront looks more 180 based on that .
[Editor Rob: not sure if quite that much, but maybe a bit less around that time and apocalypse. I suppose compared to his latter days when he was over 300 pounds, he looked relatively trim!]
Ron said on 26/May/15
Rob, What do you think his weight was in his prime?
[Editor Rob: 170-80 range, and at some points later in career was well into 230's I think.]
Mazr said on 11/May/15
I had the opportunity to meet Brando when I was in HS in 1972. I was 5'10" at the time and was easily over an inch taller than he was and he was wearing boots with heels at the time. There is no way he was over 5'8". Like almost every guy under 6' ft he exaggerated his height by at least an inch.
Red Beard said on 6/May/15
Hey Rob I think he was 5'9 but when I saw his audition tape for rebel without a cause , they listed him 5'10 in the audition. His height is not accurate do you think he was 5'9 or 5'10
Heylo said on 28/Apr/15
All the comments about him being short is ridiculous. If he was about 174-175cm then that was a strong average or even slightly above back in the day. Being 177-179 cm today was like being 173-175 back in the days so he was definitely not short. Hollywood is ****ed up, listing 6ft as a golden height back when the average in america was below 5'9..
Steve said on 17/Apr/15
5'8&1/2".
mande2013 said on 17/Apr/15
176 in the morning and 174 at night perhaps? Either way, basically 5'9. He looked about three inches than Maria Schneider, who by the way deserves a page I think. By the way, when does height loss really begin? A lot of sites say it actually begins at age 40, but I read that more as it could begin as early as 40 depending on one's overall health and what not, because I know plenty of people in their late 50s and early 60s who haven't lost a centimeter. My grandmother didn't really begin to 'shrink' until she was in her seventies. I have an aunt who's 61 who's lost an inch, but she's had some serious health issues and an uncle who's 65 who's lost an inch, but he's quite tall to begin with and also doesn't have very good posture, but my father who was always weak average is about 60 and doesn't appear to have lost height. How do you feel about this topic Rob?
Spencer said on 22/Mar/15
He looks 5'9 ish in the Godfather. I think 5'9.5 peak.
Lorne said on 21/Mar/15
Yeah, it seems odd that him and Nicholson, Pacino aren't more frequently discussed, considering not only their popularity, but that there respective heights were discussed in the media during their so called peak eras.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Feb/15
Looks a strong 5'9" in The Chase.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/15
Rob it's funny how little traffic and comment he really gets. I'm pretty sure if celebheights hopped into the DeLorean and went back from 2015 to 1955 this guy would get all the traffic and comments that Tom Cruise does!
[Editor Rob: unfortunately there's no comments from 2005-2012 still available, but there has been periods of discussion about him intermittently over the years. But it's true that if you had the Internet at different time periods things would look a lot different. People who in last 10 years get a trickle might have had a flood if the site was available during their peak era's.

I'd love to keep this site going as long as I can, if I am still healthy I will keep at it as long as I can. That's 10 years now, I could still have 30 more years in the tank!
]
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
180cm Glenn Ford had Brando by about 2-2.5 inches in Teahouse. Ford was nothing over 180, see him with Poitier in Blackboard Jungle. I think a whisker under 5 ft 9 for Brando would have been spot on.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
Oh come on, in slippers in Countess from Hong Kong anything over 5 ft 9 is effectively ruled out with Sophia Loren.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
Anybody seen The Teahouse of the August Moon? Hilarious as an Oriental in it!! No actor would ever be allowed to play that on screen today surely!!
Gx79 said on 26/Nov/14
Rob do u think he can look 5 foot 10-11
[Editor Rob: I think at times he could have looked a bit over 5ft 9, but between 5ft 10 and 11, not really]
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 18/Oct/14
Duval and Caan looked at least 1 inch taller than him in the Godfather. Though his posture was poor due to the character.
George smith said on 12/Oct/14
He was 5 foot 10 when I meet him and he was wearing slippers we were eye to eye looked more 5 ft 10 and half or 70.5 inch
Gx79 said on 28/Sep/14
He was taller then jack Nicholson and he's 177 cm that means brando was 5 foot10 or 5 foot 10 and half
Sam said on 18/Sep/14
He was probably 5'10 in dress shoes ..
yhh said on 11/Sep/14
he was 5foot10 Click Here
Thug said on 2/Sep/14
I'm 5 foot 10 and he looks the same height as me by looking at his photo
Sam said on 2/Sep/14
Powerhouse, Brando was wearing some monster shoes on the set of The Freshman...it's doubtful he was much taller than Broderick barefoot at that point. The tallest they made Brando seem was in Apocalypse Now...that's the only role where he seemed taller than average.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Sep/14
@Powerhouse he only had about an inch on Sinatra in Guys and Dolls.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Sep/14
@Powerhouse I've seen virtually all of his films, at least 50s and 60s and I thought he could often look 5 ft 8 range. You'd have a point with under 5 ft 8 but 5 ft 8 range is quite arguable. I still think he'd have measured 174cm barefoot but 5 ft 9 flat is OK.
Powerhouse said on 2/Sep/14
Anybody saying anything under 5'9 for Brando have never seen him in a film. In the movie The Freshman at 66 years old Brando had 2 inches easily on 5'7.5 Matthew Broderick.
marlon1 said on 24/Aug/14
he looks 178.3cm what do you think rob here a picture of him next to sinatra
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Marlon1 said on 12/Aug/14
He was 5 foot 10 and 1/4 I took a picture mesure of him standing next to Sinatra
177cmGuy said on 15/Jul/14
Brando was probably a flat 5'9 at his peak. Although just average height his presense looked intense especially in the godfather and apocalypse now.
Sam said on 3/Jul/14
Brando is pretty well towered by Burt Lancaster, Charlton Heston, Harry Belanfonte and Sidney Poitier here...only Sammy Davis Jr. looms shorter.
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Realist said on 27/Jun/14
Peak 174 later years more 171-72. One of the most attractive guys Hollywood has ever had. Rob does broad shoulders look good on shorter guys like 5'7-5'8?
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jun/14
Actually Viva Zapata! is probably better known that The Ugly American and he had an Oscar nom and BAFTA win for it so probably worth mentioning instead.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jun/14
Rob can you update with best remembered for roles in films like The Godfather, A Streetcar named Desire, The Wild One, On The Waterfront, Apocalypse Now, Julius Caesar, Last Tango in Paris, Sayonara, One-Eyed Jacks and The Ugly American, and add a photo? I could have sworn you used to have one of him in The Wild One.
RisingForce said on 5/Jun/14
The biography was written by Peter Manso, iirc, and you use to be able to view a preview online. I don't specifically remember it saying he was measured, but it said something along the lines of "He had reached his full adult height of five feet eight and three quarters."

By the way, the more shots you see of his shoes around the time of The Freshman, the more ridiculous they seem. Click Here Click Here Definitely not short. Somewhere in the 5'8"-5'9" range, but it makes me wonder how long he wore lifts. I remember hearing that Brando, Caan and Pacino all wore lifts in The Godfather!
the shredder said on 31/May/14
Measured in his teens as 5'8 3/4. We do not know how this was measured , moring ? Shoes? evening? Was he exactly 5'8 3/4 on the tape?
existential.man said on 29/May/14
definitely no more than 5'8
5'8.5'' guy said on 24/May/14
looked 5'8 in streetcar next to 6'1 karl malden and 5'3 vivien leigh
Arch Stanton said on 21/May/14
He does actually look 5 ft 10 in One Eyed Jacks but he's in boots.
Gusty said on 20/May/14
He was 5 foot 10 when I got older he looked like he was 5 foot 9 1/2
Lorne said on 23/Feb/14
I'm sorry but he looked more than an inch taller than Sinatra to me. The 5ft8.75 measurement could ultimately be spot on, but I think peaking at 5ft9 pre-weight gain is fair. Look at him in his late 60's with Matthew Broderick; he was still at least 5'8... And he weighted 300lbs! I know it's just 1cm, but 174, I struggle with that, though not impossible... But 5'7-5'8 is!
Arch Stanton said on 16/Feb/14
I've paid attention to Sinatra's footwear in most of the films I've seen him in and I can't remember an occasion where they looked suspicious. Bing Crosby on the otherhand EVERY film I've seen him in his footwear was high at the back and looked very suspicious.
cos said on 15/Feb/14
don't forget Frank Sinatra used to wear lifts aswell to look taller. therefore it is possible that Sinatra hit 5'9 in lifts and met Brando who would be 5'10.5 in dress shoes.
cos said on 15/Feb/14
I would say 5'9.5 peak and 5'10.5 - 5'11 possibly in footwear and gave an illusion of a 6 footer.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jan/14
In fairness though he is starring alongside Michael Rennie and Alan Napier!!
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jan/14
Really looks more 5 ft 8 in Desiree though.
BobbyGray said on 7/Jan/14
@kartal5: The host is Dick Cavett and he's known to be around 5'3...Brando was most likely 5'9 in cowboy boots or lifts. You have to keep in mind that the average height for males back in Brando's peak (the 50's) was 5'8, maybe 5'9. The majority of people back then were shorter so that's why he was able to look taller in some of his earlier movies. His body proportions along with an imposing build with lifts most likely pushed him up to 5'9 at max. I'm guessing maybe he was 5'7 flat.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Dec/13
I agree on 174cm. He barely an inch taller than Sinatra in Guys and Dolls. I really think 5'8.5"-5'8.75 would make the most sense.
the shredder said on 25/Nov/13
He took his shoe off and he had no lifts in that interview , he was no way 5'8.75.
Powerhouse said on 24/Nov/13
@kartal5 The host Dick Cavett is 5'5
kartal5 said on 14/Nov/13
Brando looks pretty tall compared to the host here Click Here although i dunno what height he is.
the shredder said on 13/Nov/13
Rob , can you can take down the official site 5'8 comment and replace it with the 5'8.75 measurement?
[Editor Rob: I need the reference for the measurement, the 5ft 8 on the official site is gone, but it was there at some point so worth mentioning, or even linking to from the archive site.]
the shredder said on 12/Nov/13
Rob , his offical site is not up , plus do you buy the 5'8.75 measurement in his , he could have grow ?
[Editor Rob: being measured near that mark is very possible]
BB said on 25/Oct/13
@Arch Stanton: It's funny because that's one of his movies where I think he looked shorter. 5'8-5'8.5 maybe. Even in his healed boots he looked shorter and stockier. He had short-ish legs it looked like; like his upper body was longer than his legs. Which gives the illusion that he looks shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Oct/13
Well, he does look a solid 5'9" in The Wild One.
Sam said on 18/Oct/13
I don't know if its a "gift" to survive that long after getting that obese but there's no question Brando lived it up in terms of wine, women and, uh, food.
Ian C. said on 16/Oct/13
Brando was an unusually physically gifted man in that he was able to double his young adult body and still live past eighty. It must have been quite a treat to be young and rich, with that kind of vitality.
Lorne said on 9/Oct/13
Sorry Stanton, having watched his films, I still say 175. Is better than 174, though maybe 5ft8.75 was spot on all along. Could be exactly 175, which is just a hair under 5ft9, so like weak 5'9.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Oct/13
I'd say he was more likely near 5 ft 9 than 5 ft 8. Seeing him next to Red and James Garner. Garner had about 5 inches on him, and he had about 3-3.5 inches on Red who I think was between 5'5" and 5'6". I still think 174cm would seem to fit him well but I guess 175cm is possible.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Oct/13
Rob pause at 31:29 Click Here Red Buttons was around 167cm. My initial thought early in the film was that he looked near 5'9" but in seeing them face to face without hats do you see a full 5'9"?
[Editor Rob: he can look 3, possibly 3.5 inches taller.

possibly red was between 5ft 5 and 6]
Arch Stanton said on 7/Oct/13
Mmm he does actually look 5'9 in Sayonara next to Red Buttons who was between 5'5" and 5'6 I think.
BB said on 25/Sep/13
I still say 5'8.5.
Powerhouse said on 14/Sep/13
5'10 at his peak.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/13
the shredder says on 11/Jun/13
Rob , what do you think would be his outright claim ?
[Editor Rob: 5ft 9 I think early on, he might have pushed a 5ft 10 in heydey]

In lifts, maybe.. Who was it who persuaded Rob to upgrade him to 5'9"? He was right originally with 174 in my opinion!!
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/13
This is Brando's page not Cruise's!! I still think 5'8.5 is the best shout for him.
Cass said on 9/Aug/13
You mean that with shoes Tom Cruise hits 5'9?
Knowitall said on 7/Jul/13
Lorne, we're you there with a tape measure when Tom Cruise hit five eleven?

Cruise was never five eleven in his entire life. Nor was he five ten. Time to get real here.

Marlon was fantastic in that screen test.
BB said on 5/Jul/13
@shredder: yeah, but anyone can give themselves an extra inch or so on a DL. Though at that point he was much heavier so maybe he would have even dropped an inch...
BB said on 26/Jun/13
But Rick, even back then producers/agencies would boost an actors height to make them bigger/"manly" or whatever. It was easier to get away with back then too. No where else has he legit been listed higher than 5'9. He had such a presence that you didn't notice his height.
rick said on 23/Jun/13
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Arch Stanton said on 21/May/13
I think you were nearer originally!!
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
Rob, he looks easily an inch shorter than Robert Duvall Brando in The Godfather. Watching it now, if Duvall is 5'9.5" Brando was surely little more than 5 ft 8. He looked 5'8" range in On the waterfront too. Would you consider a downgrade to 5'8.5"? I doubt Brando would have lost height by then, he wasn't even 50 when they shot that film. I think 174 would be nearer.
[Editor Rob: I've had him 174 and 5, for the moment I've left him at 5ft 9]
Lorne$ said on 9/May/13
@knowitall: Actually, Tom Cruise has hit 5ft11 with high cut boots and lifts. Note that in order to look 5'10, you must measure 5'10,( bcuz most people wear one inch heels) and so cruise has hit 5'11 multiple times, definitefly. Cruise is 172cm, possibly a full 5'8, so Occasionaly he wears high cut boots that give a full 3 inches. And we are well aware that getting more than 2.5 in is nearly impossible, which is exactly why Cruise can't be under 172cm. Otherwise, you contradict yourself when Cruise is clearly 2 inches taller than 5ft8 Dana Carvey, and other examples, which couldn't be accomplished by a 5ft6 guy, as some people say. Not that you said that at all, just illustrating the point here of Cruise. As for Brando, a couple of off pics don't change his established height over decades, or that he was still a strong 5'8 guy, at 67 years old, and weighing 300lbs or so. But 5'8.5 is a reasonable minimum estimate for Brando, far from ridiculous. But I believe firmly that the 5ft8.75in "measurement" is his minimum peak height, with a full 5ft9 at least equallyi likely. But I'll go with the full 5ft; all of his films, and everything else just doesn't point to him being less than a full 175( and for the record, Brando lpoked '5'10-up, many times, meaning he would've hit close too 6 feet, in some of his more outrageous footwear...)
Knowitall said on 5/May/13
Tom Cruise couldn't manage to hit five ten unless he wore 'Frankenstein' boots.

Lifts don't work the way most people think they do. A one-inch lift inside a shoe that already has a one-inch heel will only gain the person roughly half an inch. The only way to gain the same height as the shoe provides is to wear platform shoes.

Brando wasn't any taller than five eight and a half. He was barely taller than five seven Frank Sinatra in Guys and Dolls.

Brando was at least five inches shorter than Karl Malden who was supposedly six one.

But what's really telling is five ten Montgomery Clift was at least two inches taller than Marlon:

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BB said on 2/May/13
It's odd because in "Streetcar" (in some shots) he does really look (at the least) 5'9, but in "Waterfront" he looks smaller for sure at 5'8. Im sure thats just film and the way it can change height appearence, but Waterfront doesnt try to make him look dominant and imposing, like Streetcar did.

Is 5'8 considered the "just below average" thats in middle between "short" and average"? Most people consider that the cut off for "not short". Marlon was kind of stocky but proportional -- muscular with average length legs.

Overall I just think he was between 5'8.5-5'9. Though I do think your observation is interesting.
Lorne said on 1/May/13
BB- you are correct. Tom Cruise is 172-173cm(a weak 5ft8) and he can manage 5'10 on occasion, albeit with high cut boots AND lifts, which ultimately could be giving 3 inches. However, I think Brando was closer to 5ft9 peak. Honestly, the 5ft8.75in listing could be spot on, but I think he would have hit 175cm on a sradiometer, ESP. Pre-weight gain. Either way, he was nearer 175 than 174cm range. Also, at age 65(ish) he wore platform shoes in that film with Matthew Broderick, and looked like he would have measured at least 5'11 in them. Granted, these we're thick platform style shoes, but he was at least 5ft8 barefoot, possibly a tad more, since I doubt they gave more than 3 inches. The point is, he still looked at least a solid 173cm barefoot, and he was in his late 60's, not to mention he was near 300lbs! So as far as I'm concerned, he had lost a decent amount of height. Considering he looked a strong average when he was younger, 5ft9 just makes sense. Of course, he coulda been just under the 175cm mark in the evening, but 5ft8.75 would be the absolute minimum, and a full 5ft9 just seems more likely. Either way, he was 175cm.
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/13
He's got 2-3 inches on 5'4" Eva Marie Saint who I think is in heels which give about 2 inches. Brando though is wearing thick workman's boots. 5'8" range in my opinion.
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/13
I'd guess 5'8.5", 5 ft 10 looks a joke to me. I'm not sure he was a full 5'9" either but it's possible but my honest impression of him in On the Waterfront is a strong 5'8" guy.
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/13
Watching On the Waterfront now and he looks a stocky 5'8"-5'9".
BB said on 30/Apr/13
Lorne, that's not nessecarily true. He could easily be 5'8.5 and still look 5'10 with lifts. I think he barely scratched 5'9. Just because he looked taller, doesn't mean he was.
Lorne said on 12/Apr/13
I like this upgrade. I agree with Shredder, he could look 5'10 in some films, I think he would need to be the full 5ft9 to look 5'10 with lifts.
The Riddler said on 27/Mar/13
He's small compared to slim pickens and karl malden in One Eyed Jacks
Tempest said on 26/Feb/13
He's towered by nearly every other male actor in On the Waterfront. They must have picked a tall cast. He looks 5'7" in it.
Brandon said on 12/Feb/13
I know it's only a mere inch, but I think he was 5'8 more than 5'9. Maybe he was 5'9 as his "official" stats say but, (and again only an inch) he looked 5'8. Look at him in The Wild One -- he wears thick heeled boots and still looks kind of small; his legs weren't that long. Film makes everyone look bigger and who knows if he had been wearing slight lifts in his movies or in pictures. He was just well proportioned.
Will said on 5/Jan/13
Marlon Brando was a big guy but that doesn't mean that he was also standing tall. He was only just 5ft 8 IMO.
matt678 said on 2/Dec/12
Rob do you think that 5ft10 peak is possible?
existential.man said on 6/Oct/12
he looks exactly the same height as Frank Sinatra. he can't be over 5.8.. maybe under
saba said on 3/Oct/12
All I can say is that the guy was fit especially in the film 'A street car named desire' I would definately not kick him out of bed!After he hit his 30's it was all down hill he became fat and greedy and shagged any female in sight.
jtm said on 17/Sep/12
definitely one of the greatest actors of all time. who do we have nowadays? nicolas cage? hahahaha. btw i don't understand why he got upgraded back to 5'9. i thought he claimed 5'8.75.
Sonny said on 16/Sep/12
He looked tall in The godfather.I always tought that he was maybe 6',5'11" at least.Bu,now i see that even 5ft10 is questionable.Anyhow,one of the greatest actors of all times.
little sue said on 21/Aug/12
The Shredder ' Eve Marie Saint was always listed as 5ft 4.
the shredder said on 20/Aug/12
Rob , how tall is Eva Marie Saint ?
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure on her]
Anon said on 12/Aug/12
Thanks, the shredder. In A Streetcar Named Desire I guessed him at 170-175 too. He seems a bit bulkier than me. :) But I just saw One-Eyed Jacks (1961, so he would have been 36-37) and he was already pretty fat by then. He must have been about at least 180-185 at that point. Say man, do you also have a guess for his weight in the early 70s in Last Tango in Paris and The Godfather? I'd guess about 190-200 range, but like I said I'm not very good at estimating weight. :p I'd appreciate it if you shared your guess with me. :D
the shredder said on 11/Aug/12
I'd guess 175 lbs in street car .
Anon said on 10/Aug/12
144 pounds at 17? Hm... I'm 15 and similar in height to Brando (5' 8.75", full 5' 9" with good posture), and I already weigh 165-170, pretty much what he was in the 1947 screen test.

Would anyone care to take a guess at his weight at peak? I'd say he looked 175-ish in The Men and 180+ by the early 60s, but I'm not that good at guessing weight so I have no idea what I'm talking about, lol. xD
the shredder said on 2/Aug/12
Rob , I missed used what I was saying ... In a book by Peter Manso it said that at age 17 Marlon was at his full height of 5'8 and 3/4 and 144 lbs !
the shredder said on 1/Aug/12
Rob , the cmg site is not up and it changed him to 5'10 before ... Would you replace that with the 5'8.75 measurement qoute from a bio ?
[Editor Rob: do you know the exact quote?]
the shredder said on 1/Aug/12
Rob , is there anyway he was 5'10 ? Not saying he was !
[Editor Rob: with a wee lift I'm sure he could look it to people, and his physical looks probably helped give an illusion of height. ]
hgsc said on 26/Jul/12
In later films Brando could look 5'10" but I notice he wore some pretty chunky shoes. In On the Waterfront,one of his earlier fims, I would say he only looks 5'8". Even 5'8.5" would be pushing it in my opinion, nowhere near 5'9".
Still, 5'8" or 6'8" he was a great actor, one of the best.

@Rob: Would you say that in On the Waterfront 5'8" would be a fair guess for Brando?
[Editor Rob: he could look a good 5ft 9 a lot of time, in some later films he looks indeed to have height issues by wearing big footwear to enhance his stature.]
the shredder said on 10/Jun/12
Rob , what made you change his height ? You not sure about that measurement ? BTW , I heard that Al Pacino claims 5'7 in one of his books
[Editor Rob: an even 5ft 9 I think is a fair mark for him.]
Sam said on 10/Feb/12
Brando and Paul Newman look close in height here:
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JohnnyRB said on 9/Feb/12
Click Here Marlon Brando and 5ft7.5 Frank Sinatra
Tom said on 5/Feb/12
Here Brando looks at least two inches shorter than Bob Hope who supposedly was five-foot ten.

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Original said on 22/Jan/12
Brando is 5'8.75" peak and 175 pounds.
Drake J said on 19/Jan/12
My grandfather once saw him and said that he was not as tall as many people saw him on screen.
He looked taller, because he is just muscular. My grandfather was 177cm.

Marlon Brando was a bit shorter than my grandfather.

Anyway, my grandfather said that he was the only actor with charisma. Other actors had been so boring since Marlon Brando.
james said on 25/Dec/11
Rob have James Dean drop to 5'6.5 or Marlon up to 5'9. Just look at any of the pictures of them together!!
toby said on 20/Dec/11
brando said he weighed around 170 pounds for most his life, not including when he got fat and went over 200 pounds
the shredder said on 28/Nov/11
So whats your guess for the film ? He is clearly more then the 180 guess in A Streetcar .
the shredder said on 28/Nov/11
Rob , weight is hard to guess but what would you guess his weight in The Godfather ? ... pre fame his weight was listed 170 and your guess him 180 for A Streetcar ?
[Editor Rob: possibly close, only seen a few clips of movie last year and not seen it for ages]
the shredder said on 25/Nov/11
I know its hard to tell 5'8.75 , but I think he looked taller , He pretty much says 5'10 , I know this sounds nuts but I think he can pull off 5'11 in films .
toby said on 14/Nov/11
brando had favourable proportions which was one reason he looked taller
the shredder said on 7/Nov/11
Rob , check at the book from Peter Manso ... It says the 5
8.75 in it .
the shredder said on 4/Nov/11
Rob , does this look 2 inches between him and James ? ... Click Here ... Btw , how tall does the actress look ? ... I say Jimmy should drop under 5'7 or Brando the full 5'9
[Editor Rob: might be more chance of 5ft 9 brando.]
the shredder said on 31/Oct/11
Rob , it sounds crazy , but do you think he grew to the full 5'9 ? ... He really looks at least that in movies .
[Editor Rob: yeah it's possible]
the shredder said on 28/Oct/11
Rob , Its only .25 , but I don't see him less then 5'9 ... The book with the 5'8.75 is from Peter Manso .
the shredder said on 19/Oct/11
Rob , that official with 5'8 is not there anymore ... I think you should replace the saying with the 5'8 measurement ?
the shredder said on 19/Oct/11
Rob , that official with 5'8 is not there anymore ... I think you should replace the saying with the 5'8 measurement ?
BRANDO JR said on 13/Oct/11
Maybe 5"9" no more because KArl Malden was 6"1 in A Streetcar Named Desire movie and Brando looked shorter than him
Weight probably 177 pounds
Mr. Kaplan said on 8/Oct/11
Broderick barely had the edge on Dustin Hoffman, who was never over 5'5". Ask Brad, he met him as a teenager IIRC.
Homayoun said on 11/Sep/11
No matter how tall he was,Marlon was so attractive to any one.His character is not repeated.
lorne said on 7/Sep/11
Mr. Kaplan says on 11/Aug/11
Broderick was never over 5'6"

WTF? Broderick is 5ft7 flat, minimum.Brando had 3 inches on him.Brando had monsters, while Broderick wore converse. even if Brando's shoes gave 2,5in, he would still be an inch taller.That show's he was a solid 5ft8, at age 66, while waying near 300lbs.
Toby said on 24/Aug/11
I don't think 176 or 177 is totally out of the question. But he definitely was under 5'10 which was what he claimed to be.
Jay said on 14/Aug/11
Brando clearly shrunk as he got older due to his obesity. He just never looked that short in his prime and couldn't be under 5'9'' peak. In the screentest video does that look like someone below average height? 175-177cm in prime and 170cm as he got older.
Mr. Kaplan said on 11/Aug/11
Broderick was never over 5'6".
Drunky McDrunkalot said on 11/Aug/11
Joe Polito, who was in 'The Freshman' with him, describes him as 'Very short. He's about 5-foot-6, I believe. Or 5-foot-7.' That seems too low, but worth noting.

He then later mentions his ' Frankenstein shoes.'

Here's the interview:
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the shredder said on 11/Aug/11
Very odd pic ... We know he was taller then 165cm lol .
skep said on 11/Aug/11
what about this picture? Click Here . kim hunter was, according to this site, 1.60m, and jessica tandy 1.63. brando dont look taller than 1.65 here...
Bon_ said on 5/Aug/11
Rob, did the 5'8.75 figure appear in his biography book?
[Editor Rob: it was mentioned in a book, someone may say exact title]
the shredder said on 4/Aug/11
400lbs is BS ... Maybe 250 lbs in Apocalypse Now and 300 in after .
Mr. Kaplan said on 2/Aug/11
You'd be naive to think he wasn't under 5'8.5" when he was 75 and 400 lbs.
the shredder said on 26/Jul/11
Rob , do you buy the 5'8.75 measurement ?
[Editor Rob: it's a good possibility]
Will said on 25/Jul/11
Marlon Brando was 5-9 tall. Not 5'10" barefoot.
Toby said on 13/Jul/11
Indeed. He always looked tall in his movies, even after he started to get fat.
the shredder said on 11/Jul/11
He was minimum 5'8.5 in his prime ... He looked taller then He was ... If I did not read on the net that he was Average height , I would have thought he was 6'0
guyfrommars said on 10/Jul/11
He wore thick footwear in every movie he ever appeared in. Looking at publicity photos, he could never be seen without at least 1.5-inches of heels. In The Wild One he wore biker boots with nearly 2-inch heels. In Guys and Dolls he had dress shoes with heels (and maybe lifts). In Mutiny on the Bounty he had 18th century-style boots, with nearly 2-inch heels. Again, 2-inch heeled boots in Reflections in a Golden Eye, and nearly 2 inches on his cowboy boots in The Last Tango in Paris. As Jor-El, he had 3-inch elevation in Superman, and his sandals in Julius Caesar were also a bit "padded". Yet, he still seemed to be quite short next to guys like 6'1" Karl Malden. In Guys and Dolls he's only a bit taller than 5'7" Frank Sinatra, who was famous for wearing lifts. Brando was a 5'8" guy in his prime, who appeared 5'10"ish thanks to his footwear. In older days, he was closer to 5'7".
Mr. Kaplan said on 5/Jul/11
He was just too fat to be over 5'7" before he died. He was a strong 5'8", like Rob, at his peak.
oli said on 22/Mar/11
judging on the picture with broderick, and the earlier picture which shows the 'special' shoes, which both seem to have been taken on the same day given that he's wearing the same outfit in both pictures, i would argue that he was 5'7.5 at his very lowest, and 5'9, possibly 5'9.5 at his peak, but he obviously has no qualms using certain footwear to increase this figure
DMan said on 5/Mar/11
5'8.5
Bon_ said on 18/Feb/11
Today an actor of his reputation would call himself 6' and get away with it.
174-175 cm seems accurate for Brando.
Anonymous said on 3/Feb/11
He was a big, muscular guy and had very broad shoulders, making him look a lot bigger than an averagely built 5'9 person.
Toby said on 28/Jan/11
I'd say he was about 5'9. Maximum. But shoes(not always lifts, just normal shoes) and a strong muscular build in his early days made him look a fair bit bigger. He was an imposing presence.
Will said on 8/Jan/11
Brando was a strong 5'8". More like a very weak 5'9". He was never 5'10" barefoot at all.
Mr. Kaplan said on 7/Jan/11
Brando in lifts (confirmed) + Montana being shorter, like, I don't know, 6'3"-6'4"?

Brando was 5'8" but whatever. One of the coolest actors of all-time!
Arslan said on 25/Dec/10
Honestly, Brando has NEVER apparead to be even average! I mean, look at him with othr guys in Wild One, On the Waterfront or on the sets of Julius Caesar (particulary a picture found in the book Brando Unzipped) and he was ALWAYS the shorthest one. But can someone explains the difference between the 5'8'' Brando and the 6'6'' Lenny Montana in this picture ?

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Isn't the difference a bit too ... well, short ?
guyfrommars said on 3/Dec/10
Brando wore thick 2-inch heeled boots in Reflections in a Golden Eye, based on a behind-the-scenes photo of him on the set. Also, in Last Tango in Paris he had cowboy boots on. He had his ways of adding some extra height. I'm sure he also wore lifts occasionally.

Here's his costume from Superman:
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Those boots have ca. 3-inch heels.

I guess he was a 5ft8 guy, who could come off as a 5ft10 or 5ft11 person on screen.
James said on 21/Nov/10
Well he is not short a guy who is in the average height range give or take today.

for his time he was probably bang in the average height range.
ilias said on 2/Nov/10
In my opinion and comparing him to sinatra in a picture someone added some time ago, Brando was close to 5'7". Ofcourse this is how he looks at movies and stuff, cause if u see him for example in "Last tango in Paris",
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Bob said on 1/Nov/10
Same height as 5'8" Matthew Broderick
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Anonymous said on 29/Jun/09
On one site it said brando was meausured bang on 5ft 8 somewhere before he made it big and was known to wear lifts in some films. His height was probarbly correct but without shoes. In some of the films he could look around the 5ft 10 mark.
Frank2 said on 25/Jun/09
Politics has no place on this forum. If you want to express your views in that regard, go to a political forum. So many non-political forums are spoiled today by people who cannot seem to quell their need to blast people like Wayne on their politics. It's inexcusable.
adam said on 25/Jun/09
[on John Wayne's 1971 interview with Playboy magazine] That doesn't need a reply, it's self-evident. You can't even get mad at it; it's so insane that there's just nothing to say about it. He would be, according to his point of view, someone not disposed to returning any of the colonial possessions in Africa or Asia to their rightful owners. He would be sharing a perspective with B.J. Vorster if he were in South Africa. He would be on the side of Ian Smith. He would have shot down Gandhi [Mahatma Gandhi], called him a rabble rouser. The only freedom fighters he would recognize would be those who were fighting Communists; if they were fighting to get out from under colonial rule, he'd call them terrorists. The Indians today he'd call agitators, terrorists, who knows? If John Wayne ran for President, he would get a great following . . . I think he's been enormously instrumental in perpetuating this view of the Indian as a savage, ferocious, destructive force. He's made us believe things about the Indian that were never true and perpetuated the myth about how wonderful the frontiersmen were and how decent and honorable we all were.


Everybody ought not to turn his back on the phenomenon of hatred in whatever form it takes. We have to find out what the anatomy of hatred is before we can understand it. We have to make some attempt to put it into some understandable form. Any kind of group hatred is extremely dangerous and much more volatile than individual hatred. Heinous crimes are committed by groups and it's all done, of course, in the name of right, justice. It's John Wayne. It's the way he thinks. All the crimes committed against Indians are not considered crimes by John Wayne.


What do you say about those quotes, Frank? The man has a point, right?
Frank2 said on 24/Jun/09
Yeah, he cared when it got him notoriety. One stunt he pulled was to donate land to a tribe of Native Americans. Problem was, they discovered after he did it that he owed millions in property taxes which in order for them to accept the land, they were stuck paying!

And I wouldn't use Marilyn Monroe or Jack Nicholson as references.

Look, even the nastiest character has a few people who like them. I'm not saying that Brando was despicable. Only that he wasn't that bright and pulled a lot of stunts due to his lack of intellect.

Many actors are juvenile in their behavior. Perhaps it goes to the core that to be a great actor, a person needs a screw looses somewhere. All I know is, I never met anyone who liked him.

And as far as Huston is concerned, I met John, spoke with him and he said lots of thinks in public that he contradicted in private. One being his deep admiration for Bogart. In private he detested Bogart. The reason Huston gave was, Bogart went back to Washington along with other celebs to protest the US government's investigation of communists in the entertainment industry. All fine and good. But when it appeared Bogart would end up on a blacklist himself, he turned tail and ran. He was photographed in DC, but never spoke out. To Bogart's dying day Huston never forgave him. But he never mentioned it in public since Huston was a gentleman.
adam said on 24/Jun/09
But Brando was a caring invidual. Remember that he fought against racism, he fought against poverty. He was a sensitive man.

And Laurence Olivier, John Huston, Jack Nicholson, Marilyn Monroe and many other picture personalities liked Brando.

Even though I definitely agree with you -he had a massive ego and could be a real pain in the arse.
Frank2 said on 23/Jun/09
No one I ever met liked him. Certainly this was true with those who had the misfortune to work with him who I happened to know. This was a fellow who after he was signed to play Fletcher Christian in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and quite a bit of footage had been shot, wanted to switch parts and play the role of one of the ship's officers . He even stopped working when the studio held him to his agreement. Several directors where on that film. After a couple of weeks of filming, and witnessing Brando's antics, the great Carol Reed had it with 'mumbles' and quit the film. Lewis Milestone took over and Brando sent him back to boozing. Other people stepped in. Even Brando directed a few scenes. Dreadful movie and it's all due to him. Everyone else was great. The photography was superb as was Bronislau Kaper's music. Brando ruined the film plating Christain as a sill foppish fool.

All the publicity people at Fox hated Brando. The fellows I knew who worked at the studio when he did VIVA ZAPATA told me how he'd come into the studio commissary with washers stuffed in his nose that he used to make his nostrils flare out and then blow them disgustingly onto the table.

He was a crude person and I'v always found that crude behavior is one sign of a serious lack of intelligence.
RisingForce said on 23/Jun/09
These are defintley some fascinating stories Frank2, thanks. I always thought Brando seemed like an intelligent and interesting man from the interviews I saw, but I'd imagine you'd have a better idea having met him and talked to many people who worked with him.
adam said on 23/Jun/09
But many people do think that Brando was highly intelligent man. And if you`d read his quotes, his opinions, you`d know why. Sure he could have been childish, arrogant and very irritating but I disagree with you here, my boy.
Frank2 said on 23/Jun/09
Brando wasn't very intelligent. It had nothing to do with how many books he read or didn't read. Actions speak louder than words. I saw it from personal experience, heard about his behavior and lack of intellect from people who worked with him plus my own folks who met with him and related what they saw and heard. And trust me. Not everyone can commit to memory pages and pages of Shakespeare and do it accurately. Certainly not that many actors. I once quoted a passage from JULIUS CAESAR to Heston and he corrected me on where I got it wrong. He was extremely polite about it. Later when I checked, I discovered he was right and I was wrong.

Montgomery Clift, troubled as he was, was ten times as intelligent as Brando. During production on THE YOUNG LIONS, Clift would come into the projection room while dailies were being shown, then would get onto the phone pretending to be Brando doing a perfect vocal impression. He'd do stuff like call up Brando's home and tell his maid to take the week off. Then Brando would arrive at home wondering where she was. I got that from the editor who worked on the film. When Brando showed up to work he was usually incoherent. Then he'd argue with director Ed Dmytryk over how a scene he was in should be played, only his notion was usually silly and downright stupid. Then he'd sulk like a spoiled child when he didn't get his way. Clift would pull all kinds of gags at Brando's expense. Half the time, Marlon was too dumb to pick up on it.
adam said on 23/Jun/09
That fight thing was a joke, my friend.

But education? Sure he probably didnt spend much time with the books but does that make him less bright? Anyone can read and learn all the Shakespeare lines, all the capitals and every possible reptile species but does that make the person BRIGHT? Not in my book. Book-wise or something like that but...

Heston was a good man, no doubts.
Frank2 said on 22/Jun/09
Brando was pretty ignorant when it came to most things. One reason I believe he feigned this aura of mystery was to cover for the fact that he juts wasn't very bright. There have been several celebrities who used this ruse.

Conservative Chuck Heston marched with Brando during the civil rights era and few seem to acknowledge him for it. I met and spoke with Heston and believe me, he forgot more than Brando knew and I don't mean after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Heston was a fascinating fellow. Well schooled in the classics, he could pretty much quote word-for-word many passages of Shakespeare's works. On the other hand, when Brando did "Julius Caesar," he needed cue cards on the set. One reason why Brando left the stage was his inability to properly learn his lines.

I wouldn't go so far as to refer to him as an idiot savant, but he sure bordered on it.

As far as who would win a fight between Wayne and Brando.....who cares?
adam said on 22/Jun/09
Brando vs. John Wayne. Fist fight. One on one. Frank, which one would win? I would put my money on the man who could act and who fought against racism -Marlon Brando!

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