How tall was Matthew McGrory

Matthew McGrory's Height

7ft 6in (228.6 cm)

American actor best remembered for appearing in Big Fish. A 1999 article mentioned him "Standing seven feet, six inches tall and wearing a size 29 1/2 shoe".

How tall was Matthew McGrory
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
7ft 6.25in (229.2cm)
even said on 20/Jul/17
7 foot 6 was his height
songo said on 30/Dec/13
Was a really good actor as well as being huge. Loved him in Big Fish.
WestChesterMike said on 14/Jun/11
Matt was a friend and I actually have three pairs of his shoes. His height was measured with his curvature at 7'6". His shoe size was 29 1/2 which was his left foot. He did not have acromegaly or any other syndrome like anterior pituitary gland overactivity. This was from Matt's mouth. You may want to disagree, but this was either the truth or what he wanted people to think. Please respect by not speculating. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have as to keep peoples stories as close to the truth as possible.
Nick said on 28/Aug/07
The Guinness of Record Ed. 1990 reports the biggest shoes, giant Harley Davidson of Avon Park, Florida, 21.7 inches long (55 cm), 42 US size. Anyone have info, pics ?
Maddy Acton said on 20/Aug/07
He died in 2005... I cried that day
tobbe_klippan said on 19/Apr/07
chris: Wasn't the size 37 figure for Wadlow based on the "old" shoe sizes?
chris said on 6/Feb/07
I had the pleasure of knowing Matt personally for more than a decade. His height was never quite certain because he had curvature of the spine since a young age, but he was well over 7' tall standing, even with his slight stoop.

Regarding his shoe size. His bare foot was about 17 inches long, and one of his sneakers measures about 18 inches long. I am lucky enough to have a pair he gave me years ago, I will treasure it always.

I saw someone mentioned Robert Wadlow's shoe size. Guinness has been wrong about it for years. His shoe was a verifiable 18 inches long, there are several still around, they can be measured to check. A shoe 18 inches long is roughly Matt's size, 28, 29, something like that. Not size 37 as widely reported. A size 37 shoe would be 21 inches long, and his was no where near that. Go to the Wadlow museum in Alton, Illinois and measure for yourself, as I did many years ago. It's about 18 inches long the Wadlow show on display
jane said on 24/Aug/06
hi joe m. , 9ft2 was a bullshit for people were think.. u know robert wadlow the world ever tallest men was 8ft11.5(272cm) was the most ever tallest walk on earth.. if mcgrory was top of him is truely obviously rank as guinness world record book long ago.. think about it.. search from any web: robert-wadlow image u be agree.. the world tallest man recognise BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORD now was a 7ft8.8(2.361m) china man XI SHUN..
Emil said on 23/Aug/06
Becky: "he's a big guy , but i wanted to meet him in person to see what he's like compared to me and other people. I saw him in Big Fish and he was sooooo huge that i couldn't understand why he was sooo large!"

Actually he wasn't that large in real life. He was made larger with CGI in the film. The dad telling the story exaggerated most things, including the size of Karl. In the funeral scene near the end, his son sees Karl (Matthew without "enhancements") and while he's extremely tall, he's not as big as the dad described him in his story. In his story, he was exaggerated to be pretty much twice as tall as Ewan McGregor, which translates to more than 11 feet. :)
Joe M. said on 3/Jun/06
I met the dude in person and he was at least 9'2". I played a pickup game with him and he whacked his head on the rim numerous times when he would barely jump off the floor. So, from persona experience, he is most definitely not 7'6" like you guys say. He's dang near 10 feet tall. Thank you and good morning/good evening/good afternoon.
Becky said on 24/Feb/06
he's a big guy , but i wanted to meet him in person to see what he's like compared to me and other people. I saw him in Big Fish and he was sooooo huge that i couldn't understand why he was sooo large! I feel so bad for him because he died at the age of 32 because of his abnormal large stature.
Dominic said on 12/Feb/06
Definetely 7'6 or over. It's really hard to determine the height of a person this tall.
Brian D. said on 14/Jan/06
I went to see Big Fish on my first date with my current GF of two years. Mat was great! I really wish I could've met him. He seemed like a great person. He will be missed by his friends and those who would've liked to have been.
maryann said on 19/Dec/05
I first met Matt when I was only eighteen years old. I was a freshman at West Chester University when my roommate came back to our dorm screaming because there was a giant on campus. This giant turned out to be Matt, and over the next five years myself and my girlfriends grew to know and love him. I have fond memories of drunken nights at parties and bars where he made us laugh with his wit and watching The Simpsons at his house. It's been quite a few years since I've spoken to Matt. When I found out he was acting I was happy for him. While I'm glad Matt got to do so many things in his life most of us will never do, I have to say that I'm sure what people who know and love him will miss most about him is his big heart and great sense of humor. He is going to be sorely missed.
tom thompson said on 27/Nov/05
I just saw Devil's Rejects and was thrilled to have recognized Matthew McGrory as Tiny. I've followed Matthew's career for years and have always enjoyed his performances. When I saw in the end credits that this wonderfully gruesome horror movie was dedicated to him, my heart caught in my throat.
My sincerest condolences to the McGrory Family.
Anonymous said on 19/Nov/05
This guy is AWSOME! I never got the chance to meet him, and even if i did i wouldnt stare at him differently. I would stare at him with a smile because he is regular no matter what others see... he will be missed. You were great in the movie big fish. I loved it.
molly said on 11/Nov/05
yes, his name was matthew mcgrory.. he was a really nice man.. he died at age 32... i feel so bad, he was such a nice guy.. he died of "natural causes" but as you can tell he was extremly tall and he probibly died because of his height and cause he was a little deformed..

the director making "andre the giant" (true story about a VERY big man) said:

""He felt the same way, that he would do anything just to be a person of regular size one day a week, where people don't have to stare at him, where he could go see a regular movie and walk down the street," Sky said."

go here to see more about his death
CheeseSteakNation said on 10/Nov/05
Yeah...this dude is all of 7'6. I went to West Chester University the same time he was there. We were both in Ruby Jones Hall having classes at the same time. He is a quite dude. A gentle Giant.
Anshelm said on 14/Aug/05
Well, now that he's dead (Aug. 9, age 32), Guinness has re-enstated the height of 7'6"/229 cm, and US shoe size 29½ (UK 29, European 63). His reported (absurd) weight of 280 kg/617 lbs remains, however.

I'd really like to find out the truth behind US/UK-to-European shoe size conversion. Using formulas found in the web I get radically different results, compared to the equivalents given in most articles. For McGrory, for instance, I get European size 69 – not 63 – using the "proper" formula. In my opinion the record for the largest feet should be based on foot length, rather than shoe size anyway.

I wonder how big are the World's biggest feet now: a good candidate is Britain's tallest man, 232 cm/7'7½" tall Hussain Bisad, with size 26 UK/27 US/61 European feet. Here in Finland I read in 2003 about a 14 year-old 210 cm/6'10½" tall boy named Leevi with European size 60 feet. That's more than the size 57 shoes of 246 cm/8'1" tall Väinö Myllyrinne (1909–1963), the tallest Finn ever.

McGrory, of course, had only the biggest feet in his time. The all-time record goes to the tallest man ever, 272 cm/8'11" tall Robert Wadlow, who had size 37 US/36 UK/72 European feet.

I think I got a little carried away, sorry about that.
Anshelm said on 10/Jul/05
The Guinness website says 7'4"/2.3 m (not quite a match, I know). And, more absurdly, his weight was given as 280 kg (617 lbs). Now, he's a pretty slim, or normal-proportioned guy, so they must have meant 280 lbs (127 kg). Other source says 330 lbs (150 kg). He has the biggest (verified) feet in the world: he wears a U.S. size 28½ shoe (the 29½ given in Guinness 2000 was apparently a typo). Guinness '98 had a live-sized picture of his footprint, I measured it 37 cm (14½ in) long.

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