How tall was Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts Height

6ft 0 (182.9 cm)

American actor, best remembered for playing Adam Cartwright in Bonanza and for starring in Trapper, John, M.D. In 1962 TV Star Parade was described 6ft 1 and 198lbs. But the same magazine gave:
Dan Blocker 6ft 4, 275lbs
Lorne Greene 6ft 1.5, 195lbs
Mike Landon 6ft, 155lbs.

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Average Guess (9 Votes)
6ft 0.86in (185.1cm)
Ian C. said on 19/Oct/20
Here is my (admittedly whimsical) evidence that Roberts did not wear lifts: He wore a hairpiece as Adam Cartwright, but he often left it off in his daily life, and in fact went bald as Trapper John, M.D. There was a man who was not overly burdened with vanity. He wouldn't fake having hair, so why would he fake being a few inches taller?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/20
Rob, maybe a bit over this?
Editor Rob
Could make the case for it
Beau Dare said on 1/Feb/20
I recently saw Pernell Roberts underrated Western "Ride Lonesome". Next to 6'1" James Coburn, Roberts seemed abut the same size. About 6'1/2". Roberts was truly one of a kind, not only was he a fine actor, but he had a wonderful view of life, "to move gently, and be at ease with the mystery of what it's all about."
greg99 said on 31/Jan/20
With apologies to the almost infallible Frank2, I'm going to side with those who think he was about 6'1". Just saw a no-name 70's movie in which he looks about 2" taller than another actor whom I've met and was 5'11". What confuses all this is Bonanza where it sounds like half the cast were wearing lifts :)
Ben Solomon said on 9/Sep/19
Sometimes he did seem to stand as if he were 6', but maybe that was because he was one of the few on the show that didn't wear big boots or lifts.
In the "Springtime" episode of Bonanza, Pernell looked a good half inch taller than 6'1" Denver Pyle. They both looked to have one inch boots on and were standing straight up eye to eye.
avi said on 24/Jul/19
He doesn't look 6'1
Barefoot 6'0 flat.

@Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jul/19
I agree he can sometimes look close to 6'3ish Blocker.
Blocker was not 6'4 barefoot.
Some even say he was 6'2 zone.
I think around 6'3 is fair.

It's weird. Roberts can look 5'11 range one minute than look close to 6'2 as Ben Solomon said.
Probably posture, camera angles and footwear.
He was not a solid 6'1 guy.
6'0 suits him well
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jul/19
Both this guy and Lorne Greene were an anomaly. Could look barely shorter than Blocker at times.
Ben Solomon said on 10/Jul/19
He was recently on an episode of The Big Valley and appeared to be the same height or a half inch less than Peter Breck who was 6'1 1/2. Both seemed to have just an inch or less on their heals, so I agree that Pernell was either 6'1" or 6'1 1/2".
Mike Akins said on 20/Jun/19
Roberts was no taller than 5'10",maybe best 5'10'5 but that's it. I believe his sister's story of him being 5'10". You see Landon wore two inch lifts in his heeled boots as well as Greene. Why wouldn't Roberts have done the same? He was 5'10".
Ian C. said on 12/Apr/19
Same height as James Coburn in the movie Ride Lonesome. So, at least six foot one, and maybe six foot tow.
Sue Chilcote said on 23/Jun/18
Wrong. Landon was 5'9" but started wearing boots w/ lifts so he would look taller next to his co-stars. Roberts btw 6' & 6'1". Blocker 6'4" & Greene btw 6' & 6'1". All heights approx depending on what footwear they had on.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Apr/18
This one is underbilled. I reckon that 6ft1 holds some validity.

184cm upgrade, Rob?
Ian C. said on 18/Mar/18
Roberts was in episode of Bronco with Ty Hardin, whom I am pretty sure was six foot one, and Roberts was about an inch taller than Hardin. And in fact in most of the stills I have seen of the cast of Bonanza, Roberts is within an inch of Dan Blocker, who I think was six foot three. So six foot two for Roberts.
avi said on 10/Oct/17
Can you add he was a star in Bonanza and Trapper John MD
Mike said on 19/Apr/16
I say that Pernell Roberts was at least 6'1 or 6'2. He was the exact same height as Charles Siebert his costar on Trapper John MD.
Barker said on 27/Dec/14
Pernell was 5' 10 1/2" in bare feet. Was a little better than 6 ' in cowboy heels.
Mike said on 4/Aug/14
He was 3 inches shorter than Dan Blocker on Bonanza. He was about the same height as Charles Siebert on Trapper John MD. I would say that he was about 6'1 or 6'2'' tall.
avi said on 3/Jan/14
Why isn't he 6'0.5 or 6'1?
Didn't he always seem a weak 6'1?
Michael Voisinet said on 5/Oct/13
I say that Pernell Roberts was 6'1'' tall.
avi said on 27/Jul/13
Yeah strong 6'0 maybe 6'0.5
hoss said on 28/Dec/12
dan blocker was a big man 275 in 1959 and 300 to 320 1967.1972 he was not 6'4'' he was 6'2''or 6'3''
dave said on 14/Aug/11
dan block high is 62 and boot lifts 64
Joanie said on 20/Jul/11
Pernell was 6ft.2in. 195lbs. I know this because he was a friend of mine and dearly missed
Mark said on 31/May/11
6'2 was very tall in the mid 60's, much less now. Roberts never towered over anyone on Bonanza, or any other show he was on. 6' sounds right. Liz says her brother says he was 5'10 or a bit over, and Johnee says he was 6'2. That's a 4 inch difference. Again, I go with 6'.
Johnee said on 1/Dec/10
Pernell is 6'2, I met Him , He is very tall, and weighs 198, and very, very Handsome and a wonderful , caring and generous,Man, there is no other Man like Him.
Shadow2 said on 15/Nov/10
In "Trapper John MD" Pernell was close to the same height as Gregory Harrison, and shorter than Charles Siebert. I met Harrison and Siebert during the show's run, Harrison was 6' and Siebert 6'2". I agree with Joanee, Pernell is sadly missed.
Ashley C said on 13/Aug/08
I read somewhere that Michael was 5'9" and Pernell was 6'1" and I don't remember the others height.
Scott B said on 7/Jul/08
I saw an episode of Bonanza today. There was a scene where Roberts was Barefoot standing next to Landon in Boots. Landon was 5'9 and 6'0 in boots. Roberts was and inch taller putting him at 6'1. Roberts and Blocker did several scenes barfoot, but Landon and Green always had their Botts on.
Roberts 6'1
Blocker 6'3
Green 5'11 3 inch Lifts.
Landon 5'9 3 inch Lifts.
Scott B said on 3/Jun/08
I saw a Movie the other day with Charlton Heston and Loren Green. Heston Towered over Green. Green wore 3 inch Lifts on Bonanza as did Landon.
Scott B. said on 2/Apr/08
Landon wore HUGE Lifts on Bonaza. Loren Green also wore Lifts. Roberts Boots were normal. I saw a movie the other day with Roberts called Ride Lonesome. He was standing next to James Coburn who was 6'2 and they looked about the same height. Roberts is 6'1 Barefoot. Dan Blocker was 6'3. NO less.
Marcelo C. said on 28/Feb/08
Glenn: Evidently, the heights mentioned in the upper highlights, taken from the 60
Scott B. said on 29/Dec/07
I agree with michael Roberts was at least 6'1.
michael voisinet said on 24/Jul/07
6' for pernell roberts is a very inaccurate depiction.he is more than 6'tall.on an episode of hawaii five o he looked the same height as jack lord who was 6'1.5''tall.i say that pernell roberts is 6'1.5''tall.
Brad said on 2/Nov/06
6'. He wore a big wig on Bonanza.
Frank2 said on 25/Apr/06
as did Pernell.
Frank2 said on 25/Apr/06
Landon was 5'9". I met him on several occasions. He wore lifts. Pernell was 6', Blocker was not 6'4" but was at the very most about 6'3" and Lorne Greene was 6'1" when he was younger, but as he got older he shrank down by two inches. By the time he appeared in Earthquake (1974) playing of all things, Ava Gardner's father (Greene was only seven years older in real life!) he was about my height. Green wore lifts in Bonanza. He also wore a rug.

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