How tall was Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers Height

5ft 11 (180.3 cm)

American comedic actor best remembered for his role as Sergeant Bilko in TV series The Phil Silvers Show. He also appeared in films such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, Lucky Me, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, Lady Be Good, Cover Girl, A Thousand and One Nights, A Lady Takes a Chance, Summer Stock, The Boatniks and Carry on Camel. In his book he mentioned "suddenly I was twenty and six feet".

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Average Guess (3 Votes)
5ft 11in (180.3cm)
Man in Black said on 26/Dec/19
Watching Carry On Follow that Camel now, my guess was 5'11".
Arch Stanton said on 24/Apr/17
Yeah seeing him with Jim Dale and Kenneth Williams I agree on a full 5 ft 11
Charlie said on 1/Apr/17
He looks more like 5 ft 8. I saw an episode on Gilligan's Island where Phil Silvers plays a producer who gets ship wrecked on Gilligan's Island. There was a scene where he stood side by side with Bob Denver (Gilligan) They were the same height.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Yup, now check out 1 hr 38:22 Silvers is now the one who looks 1.5 inches taller! Cummings has gone from looking 5'11.5 to 5'9.5 in the same film! Must have forgotten his lifts in those last scenes, that's the only thing which can explain it. Silvers does certainly look 5'11 there.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Probably safer to leave him at 5'11 and just attribute Cummings wearing lifts for the reason haha. Those boat shoes didn't look like lifts though. Height at times is really a mystery!
Editor Rob: sometimes interpreting height can be hard in films, even I scratch my head at times as cameras and angles can definitely swing things about...
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
I give up, how can Cummings go from looking a bit taller than Silvers at 1 hr 17 in Lucky Me to a few inches shorter at 1 hr 37!!! I know he's furthest from the camera but it's a mystery, He had to have worn lifts in some earlier scenes!!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
In some later scenes like 1 hr 36 actually Cummings looks noticeably shorter than he did earlier in it, no more than 5'10, so possible he had a lift at times. Still, Silvers didn't look quite 5'11 in it though.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Rob, I got a good look at him in Lucky Me, to be honest he didn't look 5 ft 11 in it in to me, but you could argue that his posture at times wans't great, I reckon 5'10.5 might be better. It would be worth seeing more of his films though. Robert Cummings oddly could look like 182 in that film!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Mmm with Doris Day in Lucky Me I thought he looked in 5 ft 10 range.
Sam said on 29/Jun/15
He didn't always hold the best posture but looked pretty solid at times at 5'11" IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Cheers Rob, 180 seems a good shout, 179 possible too I guess. Can you add Lucky Me, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, A Lady Takes a Chance, Summer Stock, and The Boatniks?
[Editor Rob: I did watch him that Carry On film, and he could look 5ft 10.5-11 range I think]
Sam said on 26/Jun/15
Rob, could you add Lady Be Good, Cover Girl, A Thousand and One Nights and Summer Stock to his credits?
Sam said on 26/Jun/15
Thanks for adding, I think this is an accurate listing, 3.5-4 inches over Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, similar range to Danny Kaye.

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