How tall was Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson's Height

6ft 5 (195.6 cm)

American actor, best remembered for films such as Pillow Talk, Giant, Seconds, Ice Station Zebra, All That Heavens Allows, Written on the Wind, Tobruk and Avalanche. In 1967 he mentioned how tall he used to be:
I stand 6'5" I'm 6'4". My doctor tells me there's nothing unusual about it. Happens all the time to out-size people like me. I'm glad. Now I'm a little closer to the gang.

Rock Hudson - portrait
My teeth aren't very straight. I have terrible posture and a swayback. I wear glasses because I'm near-sighted, and I'm much too tall.
Most tall men are shy. We're so high up, we can't hear everything going on - so we have to be the silent type.
Jack [Scalia] started calling Rock 'the big guy,' and the writers used it in the scripts. Jack says he's sure Rock was not six feet four, as he has always stated, but six six. "I'm six one, and Rock dwarfed me. I've stood next to a lot of tall guys, and Rock was not six four."
-- Rock Hudson: his story, 1987

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Average Guess (60 Votes)
6ft 4.92in (195.4cm)
Canson said on 24/Apr/24
@Arch: worst case is he fell into the weak 6’5 category or maybe even the little under 6’5 in the afternoon. Easily around 195 cm range. Wonder who was taller between he and John Cleese?
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/24
Rewatched Giant earlier. Haven't seen it in a long time. I realised that Rock was wearing cowboy boots, explains why he looked 6 ft 6 in it. He seemed about the same height as Mickey Simpson or even edged him, the guy who played the bigoted restaurant owner who was listed at 6 ft 6. Perhaps Sampson was more a strong 6'5 and Rock had a little footwear advantage.
Sandy Cowell said on 22/May/23
I’m watching a programme called Discovering Rock Hudson on Sky Arts. As with all the ‘Discovering’ programmes, it is beautifully narrated by the usual film critics. His looks are a particular discussion.

Arch Stanton said on 4/May/23
In Pillow Talk Sandy, Doris describes him as 6 ft 6!
viper said on 3/May/23
Looked too tall to be only 6-3.5
Sandy Cowell said on 2/May/23
Was Rock really that tall? That’s news to me!

Steven Wade said on 20/Mar/23
6ft5 definitely
affidavit David said on 19/Mar/23
In Never Say Goodbye, Sander's posture makes me think he'd already lost 2cm of his 6'2.5 and looked more like 6'2 tops. Yes, Hudson appeared to be 2-2.5 inches taller. That's the reason why I guess Hudson was closer to 6'4.5. Umm, why would that document say Hudson was 6'3.5?, might that have been true?
Arch Stanton said on 23/Dec/22
Seeing him with George Sanders In Never Say Goodbye he really didn't look a hair under 6'5 actually, about 2.5 inches.
Gert Henriksen said on 10/Oct/22
Editor Rob, well, my point is that maybe Charlton Heston did the same when once, playing it down an inch - the only time in his entire life - hinted that he was 6'2-ish. Since then he always said he was 6'3 and most sources have him 6'3. I met him once, and I'm sure he was 6'3 at his peek. Maybe the journalist at that time got it wrong. ("in a December 23rd 1956 Chicago Times it mentioned, "Charlton Heston is six feet two, looks taller because he says, 'Most five-foot-ten actors say they're six-foot-two. I really am.'"
Gert Henriksen said on 9/Oct/22
In his first screentest (can be seen on youtube) Hudson's height is seen written on a document as: 6'3 and a half. Just wondering why? Click Here
Editor Rob
Maybe playing it down an inch?
Hong said on 1/Sep/22
Click Here Here's Rock in his late fifties with 6ft.05 listed Jack Scalia.
Hong said on 21/Aug/22
@Slim1.75m 😂
Hong said on 21/Aug/22
Click Here
Hong said on 21/Aug/22
Click Here With Lee Marvin.
Hong said on 21/Aug/22
Click Here Looking the full 6ft5 alongside 6ft1 Lee Marvin.
Tall Sam said on 18/Aug/22
A believable weak 6’5” guy. Could be similar to someone like Joe Manganiello and they’re built somewhat similarly too.
Slim1.75m said on 17/Aug/22
Hey Rob I would like to introduce you to the original Rock/Dwayne Johnson who was a Genuine 6'5
affidavit David said on 28/Apr/22
He was still a young man when he said he was down to 6'4, his peak height was possibly 6'4.5, that height loss would've been more reasonable than a full inch
Arch Stanton said on 2/Dec/21
Looks about three inches taller than Caine. Caine for me was slightly under 6'2.
Ian C. said on 5/Nov/21
A very strong man. There is a scene in Pillow Talk where Rock exchanges dialogue with Doris Day, with a passed out Nick Adams slung over his shoulder. Adams, who was short but stout, must have weighed at least 150 pounds, and Rock seems not to notice that he weighs anything at all.
Editor Rob said on 4/Sep/21
Here is a photo of Morgan FairChild with Rock. She said "He's 6'4" and I'm 5'4" in heels"
Click Here
MrTBlack said on 12/May/21

I agree a little under 6’5” is likelier than a full or over 6’5” but he looks more than just 6’4” flat if I’m being honest.
Hong said on 22/Mar/21
Click Here If you pause the video at 3min50 you can see Rock looking a few inches taller than 6ft2 listed Michael Caine.
Sixseven said on 2/Feb/21
Very tall actor,6'3.59".
Hong said on 2/Feb/21
I tend to agree Rob.Rock always looked a solid 6ft4 too me and most likely grew a inch or so past 19 years old,his posture in the pic looks a bit relaxed and you can drop an inch because of that.Im not sure whether I'd go as high as 6ft5 for Rock,6ft4.5 seems more like it too me.
Hong said on 1/Feb/21
Click Here Here's a young Rock in front of a height chart,not looking 6ft5,in fact he looks more 6ft3.5 a listing I've come across before for the young Rock,while he was in the navy.
Editor Rob
depends how good his posture is against the chart. At age 19 could he have still put on a little more height...
Canson said on 12/Jan/21
@Arch: he likely was not a full 6’5 at his peak imho. I would say 6’5 early morning maybe 6’5.25 or so out of bed and 6’4.5-.75 afternoon similar to peak Charles Barkley or maybe 195 like Kobe
prokrabsgod2 said on 12/Jan/21
Hudson was also about 5 inches taller than John Randolph, the guy he plays the younger version of in Seconds. By far his best performance imo.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/20
Hudson looked about 1.5 inches taller than Wayne in 1968-9, at a time when Hudson himself said had shrunk to 6'4 and claimed Wayne wore lifts!!!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/20
Send Me No Flowers was the film, Clint Walker had on cowboy boots and footwear advantage, looking about 1.5 inches taller than Rock but I think more an inch barefoot. 6 ft 6 was probably a shoe measurement, Rock certainly looked about that in a few films like Giant. Generally I think 195cm fits him best though.
prokrabsgod2 said on 10/Dec/20
6' 5" sounds about right. Looked taller than most other actors he worked with. Only two I ever saw tower over him (from my memory, that is) are Clint Walker and Mickey Simpson.

Forgot the name of his movie with Clint Walker, but I know Mickey Simpson was the guy he fought in Giant at the diner. Huge guy, was in several John Ford movies.
Editor Rob
his wife Phyllis Gates also referred to him as 6ft 6:

"He looked at Rock and then at me, as if comparing Rock's six-feet-six frame and my five-feet-six"
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Nov/20
Rock Hudson was born 95 years ago today.


RIP Rock 🕯️
(17/11/1925 - 2/10/1985)
Tall Sam said on 10/Nov/20
On evidence of Rock between the two Clints, young pre-stardom Eastwood who looked only a bit shorter and Walker who to my eyes looked more than an inch over Rock, would you consider downgrading Hudson to 6'4.5"-6'4.75", Rob?
Editor Rob
well I haven't ruled it out.
Hong said on 17/Sep/20
Click Here Here's a good pic of Rock towering Kirk Douglas.
Sinclair said on 17/Aug/20
My estimate for Hudson’s peak is the full 6’5”. I thought Hudson was taller than John Wayne in The Undefeated and I thought Hudson had at least two inches on Nigel Green in Tobruk. Some sites even list Green as 6’4”!
hal Pritzker said on 5/Aug/20
Obviously, Rock rarely, if ever, ate fried foods. They're made with..."shortening."
Hong said on 11/Jul/20
Click Here Here's Rock in 1984 with Ronald Reagan.Hudson aged 59 and suffering with Aids still looks a tall 6ft4 even if Reagan aged 73 had been less than 6ft at that stage.Thd 6ft2 comments are a joke and should not be taken seriously.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jul/20
That is just so strange!!! Tom Selleck would be one of the last celebrities I would have thought was short or I could hate. He comes across as one of the most likeable people in the industry!! That article comes across as pure trolling.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/20
Lifts rumour with Rock Hudson? LOL that's a first. You only have to look at his body frame in films like Giant to tell he was legitimately a towering guy. John Wayne was barefoot in the Shootist and even in old age still looked 6'3. But I do believe in his westerns he wore padded up boots to look even bigger. He made Dean Martin look 5 ft 8 in some scenes in Rio Bravo and it's difficult to generally see him that low.
Editor Rob
Over the years, the same kind of stuff on CelebHeights was being talked about in newspapers in decades prior. You had articles about height written with exaggeration at times (today's clickbait, The Sun and other newspapers got into the 'How Tall is' articles as well in recent years).

Also, you had trolls writing into 'Ask Deirdre' or 'Dear Dick' or whatever the columnist was, with stuff like:

My daughter-in-law insists that Tom Selleck is a wee shrimp, all of 5ft 6!

Dear Dick
Tall Sqm said on 29/Jun/20
Rob, are you certain that Rock would look a half inch taller than Christopher Lee? I would find that hard to believe. I think Lee looked closer to the height of Jim Arness than Hudson did to Clint Walker? Also Hudson looked closer to a strong 6'4" with young Clint Eastwood, certainly didn't seem to be 1.5 inches between them.
Editor Rob
Not certain on it, but Rock could look over 6ft 4 quite a lot in his prime years.
movieguy12 said on 29/Jun/20
I've no idea if that 'Scram Shorty' article is accurate but it's very interesting anyway. I read a book on John Wayne in which it mentioned a 6'4'' guy running into Wayne minus hairpiece and boots. Apparently the guy in question noticed that the real John Wayne was not only bald he was also not 6'4'' as he was shorter than the guy who actually was this height.

This article tallies with that if it is true. I don't know where it would have got the actors 'real' heights from though. And again was Rock Hudson really only 6'2''. The rumours about Rock's height usually raise the possibility that he was taller not shorter than his official height of 6'4''. This is unlike the John Wayne situation where it has long been suggested that his supposed 6'4'' height was really a Hollywood height and not genuine.
Editor Rob
It doesn't make any sense for Rock to really be wearing lifts at his height, maybe it was a rumour at the time.
movieguy12 said on 28/Jun/20
I've never read any reports of Hudson wearing lifts. He usually seemed to be a little self conscious about his height and downplayed it. I searched for the article referred to by Rob but couldn't find it.

It's hard to believe that Hudson was only 6'2''.
Editor Rob
It is behind a paywall.
The original article is from June 1955, called "Scram Shorty, Ya Bother Me".
"Gable's estimate comes pretty close to the facts. A snap tally of 25 leading male actors - those in the star or feature brackets - shows that they hit an average height of 6 feet 1.8 inches....

Towering over all the current skyscrapers is your old friend Fess Parker...Fess looks down upon earth from 6 feet 5 inches even. Fred MacMurray is 6 feet 4: Gregory Peck, Gary Cooper and James Stewart are all 6 feet 3, while Jeff chandler, John Wayne and Victor Mature are just a fraction under that...

Bob no shorty either, coming in at 6 feet 3 3/4"

Interesting there were a few publications back then giving Wayne 6ft 3 or a weak 6ft 3 in that article!
Editor Rob said on 23/Jun/20
From same article in which Gable said 6ft 2:

"Rock Hudson was touted recently as reaching 6 feet 4, but it was later revealed the measurement was taken while he wore 2-inch lifts."
movieguy12 said on 22/Jun/20
In the Ambassador Hudson still looked very tall, much taller than Robert Mitchum. Rock looked surprisingly good physically in this film considering he was becoming ill at this time. I think the diagnosis of AIDS came a little after filming. There are a couple of scenes where he seems gaunt but overall he still looks his handsome self albeit older.

Rock Hudson seems to be the unusual case of an actor who slightly downplayed his height. Probably over 6'4'' he wasn't usually billed as his full height it seems.
movieguy12 said on 8/Jun/20
There are other photos of Hudson and Poitier together where the difference is much less noticeable. It's misleading to just look at a single photo. Rutger Hauer wrote in his autobiography at being surprised how tall Poitier was in when he worked with him in the 70s. In his youth Hauer was a tall man either 6'2'' or close to it.
Canson said on 28/May/20
@Bobby: I agree with what you’re saying in principle but Rock looked like a 194-195 guy (6’4-6’5) in his prime. Maybe worst case 193-194.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/20
I caught the Ambassador and I thought he still looked like a 6'5 guy, in one scene he was the same height as the door in shoes. He said he lost height by 1967 so by 1984 and have AIDS you'd expect further loss but to me he didn't look any shorter than he did when younger.
Arch Stanton said on 16/May/20
6'3.5 is laughable. Keeping in mind Poitier was a strong 6'2! Great find Hong. The lowest you could argue in his prime is 194cm.
Hong said on 14/May/20
Click Here Rock and Poitier in the fifties,since Poitier always looked a solid 6ft2,I think we can rule out 6ft3.5 for Rock,he looks a solid 6 ft5 in comparison.
Sixseven said on 13/May/20
He was 6'3.5
Ian C. said on 10/Apr/20
movieguy 12 says, "All celebrities should be required to stand before height charts." Yeah. There oughts to be a law, I tells ya.

Actually, celebrities are people and as such are entitled to their privacy, the same as everybody else, which means that a certain moderate amount of outright lying about the personal details of their lives is okay. In the case of actors, they make their money pretending to be other people, so a little fakery in the construction of their public personalities is only to be expected.

This tolerance should not be extended to Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan should be shot full of sodium thiopental, put under deep hypnosis, sworn to an oath that would make any perjury he might tell an indictable offense, and then required to tell his real personal life story at gun point. But that will never happen.

Also, thin women who are over thirty and who claim they have been on a diet should be told that particular variety of lying is in very bad taste.
Janes332 said on 14/Jul/19
how big do you think rock's head might've been, rob ?
Editor Rob
Probably 10 inch range
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 10/Jul/19
@Dream Elvis wear heeled boots most of time in the 60s.
movieguy12 said on 16/May/19
Dream , just checked out that photo. Read down the page, it says it's a photoshop creation. The original photo had the boxer Rocky Marciano standing where Elvis is. I wouldn't go under 6'4'' for Rock and it's possible he was taller than this.
Dream said on 4/May/19
Doesn’t look 6’5” with Elvis Presley

Click Here
Ian C. said on 9/Apr/19
Hudson' navy induction photo (you can google it), taken before a height chart, puts him at six foot three. His age at that time would have been eighteen, which means that he grew another two inches in early adulthood. I'll bet this is a frequently observed phenomenon in unusually tall men.
Mister lennon said on 4/Apr/19
I think peck was a legit 6'3.

Hudson a flat 6'5.
Sotiris Gravas said on 2/Apr/19
6'5" Hudson w/ 6'2.5" Gregory Peck (1968)... Click Here , Click Here

Hudson and 5'11" Lee Majors (1962)... Click Here , Click Here , Click Here
movieguy12 said on 26/Dec/18
A new biography of Rock Hudson has been released. Amazon have a preview on kindle. Fascinatingly Rock's induction photo from the navy is included in which he stands against a height chart. He is about 18 or 19 at this point. He comes in at around the 6'4'' or 6'5'' mark against the chart but has a bit of a quiff and might be wearing shoes. It's possible he grew a little after this but he is definitely not the 6'6'' Jack Scalia claimed for him at this point unless he was slouching. Surprisingly the photo looks nothing like the Hollywood heartthrob of the 50s and 60s. He looks like a bony faced teenager nervous about going into the forces. All celebrities should be required to stand against height charts.
Canson said on 11/Dec/18
I think a peak Hudson would’ve been around 195cm as opposed to a flat 6’5 or 6’4
movieguy12 said on 10/Dec/18
Dream, to answer the question put to Rob. I'd say it would be very close. Both Hudson and Cleese are given estimates of between 6'4'' to 6'6''. Possibly they both fall around the 6'5'' mark. Cleese had a more lanky look at least when young but doesn't necessarily mean he was taller than Hudson.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 14/Nov/18
Rob, who would you say is taller, a peak John Cleese or peak Rock Hudson?
Neelasish Sen Roy said on 2/Aug/18
Rock hudson is weak 6'5" like sir christopher,tim robbins. He is solid 6'4" (193cm).
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jun/18
Very funny, Ian C! (The no girlfriends bit).

Rock gets 6ft5.
Ian C. said on 29/Jun/18
"Most tall men are shy?" What? No they're not. Anyway, Hudson was an actor, so how could he possibly have been shy? I have a suspicion that he may have been claiming shyness as an excuse for not having any girlfriends.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 22/Apr/18
John Cleese, Bo Burnham, Peyton Manning, and JJ Watt gave me a taller impression than Rock Hudson.
Ian C. said on 17/Dec/17
Reading the quote from Hudson, above, where he lists what he considers his physical defects, is kind of amusing, because you wonder what he's getting at. Guy was a heroic leading man. Nothing to apologize for, Rock. This kind of thing is standard with handsome men: they either refuse to discuss their beauty, or talk about it as if they don't care, or even deny that it exists.

I remember Barbara Walters, who loved to put people on the spot, asking Tom Selleck if he thought he was good-looking. Selleck, to his credit, said yes, but he should have said, is there anyone in the world who doesn't think I'm good-looking, and is that person sane?
Anonymous said on 12/Dec/17
haha he had 4 inches on ronald reagan in the early 80s,
James said on 17/Oct/17
I don't believe Hudson would have lost an inch by the age of 41.
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Aug/17
I agree with about a 1.5" difference, but Wayne's cowboy boots gave him at least a fraction advantage. But the height difference also could have been closer to 3 cm or about 1.25" as well. I mostly judge the ending scene when they drink with Rojas(Tony Aguilar) as they were on more solid ground. Hudson had to have been 1.5" minimum taller barefoot by that point. I thought Wayne looked tall barefoot in The Shootist as well, but I think Ron Howard was 5'8"-5'8.5" rather than a full 5'9". But I thought Wayne looked a bit shorter than Jimmy Stewart in that film and Stewart was only a year younger than Wayne.
Canson said on 22/Jul/17
Weak 6'5" barefoot

196/197 out of bed
194/195 at his lowest

Later in life

195 out of bed
193 at his lowest
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/17
I don't know about that Rampage, I think he was barefoot in the Shootist and still looked very tall. Wayne looked roughly 1.5 inches shorter than Rock Hudson I thought. Hudson reckons he was down to 6'4 by 1967 though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/17
6ft6 out of bed peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/17
Wayne looked closer to 6ft2 at the end of his life.
RisingForce said on 8/Jul/17
That's true, Rampage. It's also possible that since Rock didn't like his height by his own admission, he said he shrunk a bit more than he was, otherwise, I agree with Unsub that Wayne looked 6'2.5" in comparison. Of course, Wayne being at least close to Hudson's height, heavier, a drinker, smoker and nearly 2 decades older, he could have easily shrunk more than Hudson by The Undefeated. But I also agree, big presences.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jul/17
He had a good 4in+ on Ronald Reagan, I reckon he was still at least 6ft4 at the time of his death if not a bit more.
Unsub 5'10 said on 6/Jul/17
Hudson was an enormously tall man, 6'4.75. He might well have been 6'4.25 in The Undefeated, I also think that rather than losing 1 inch he had shrunk a half inch, it's like you said RisingForce, it's not unreasonable. Visibly taller than 6'3 Wayne and one inch shorter than 6'5.75 Clint Walker. And yes, Wayne looked more like 6'2.5 to me next to Rock in 1969, both of them were still imposing.
RisingForce said on 2/Jul/17
Watching The Undefeated a while back, Hudson seemed more than an inch taller than John Wayne. Wayne's cowboy boots probably gave him an advantage over Hudson's boots as well. You have to be careful with ground level in that film, but the best scene to compare height is probably the end when they drink with Rojas. Here are a few screenshots from that scene: Click Here If Hudson really was only 6'4" by 1967, then Wayne had to be closer to 6'2.5" by 1969.

For what it's worth, Hudson did make the same claim about shrinking from 6'5" to 6'4" in the LA Times around 1981. There have been some people who seem to shrink a bit and then maintain their height for years so it's possible Hudson was one of them, but it's also possible Hudson was 6'4.75" peak and shrunk to 6'4.25" by 1967 or Hudson had been measured earlier in the morning and then later and wasn't aware how much you shrink in a day.
Ian C said on 11/Jun/17
I just saw a bit of Hudson, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor (both short) in Giant, and Hudson seems to be trying his level best to be shorter. He walks with flexed knees, and he slouches.
movieguy said on 4/Jun/17
In that Eastwood Hudson film clip it's hard to tell who is taller. There is a photo out there from the 70s that shows them next to each other. Hudson is definitely the taller of the pair by at least an inch perhaps a little more. I think 6'5'' for Rock and Clint 6'4'' or slightly under. Let's face it both were very tall men the minimum you'd say would be 6'4'' for Hudson and 6'3'' for Eastwood.
RisingForce said on 16/May/17
I think given he would claim and get listed both 6'5" and 6'4" throughout his career so I think there's a good chance he was a 195 cm guy prime who maybe shrunk down closer to 194 at night. Decent chance of 6'4.5" as well. Occasionally people get carried away with Hudson. He looks a bit taller than Eastwood in that clip just as you expect, but he can strike me at times as being closer to the range of Eastwood, Wayne and Selleck than Clint Walker or maybe right in between. I'd have to back and see his early films and see if he really was noticeably taller than during MacMillan and Wife. He still looked easily 6'4" with Reagan, who I think was still near 6 feet. A film like Giant can make him seem enormous, but then Liz Taylor and James Dean probably weren't even 5'3" and 5'7", respectively, but likely shorter by perhaps half an inch.
Canson said on 10/Apr/17
Weak 6'5 prime (194-195). May have been early measurement.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Mar/17
Well, seeing Clint Walker with Vincent Price I think we can rely on him being a legit 6'6, he really looked it peak. Walker had on cowboy boots, Hudson did't and Clint had about 1.5 inches on Hudson, So HUdson had to have really been around 6'5. 195cm might fit him perfectly but near enough this.
James B said on 12/Mar/17
Lol no way Eastwood was taller than Hudson
Unsub 5'10 said on 12/Mar/17
Good clip, I wouldn't want to believe Eastwood was a bit taller than Hudson, we can't see their footwear though, I guess sometimes camera angles are confusing.
movieguy said on 12/Mar/17
I've mentioned this before but one of Hudson's best friends Tom Clark wrote a biography of Rock. He states that Hudson was 6'5''.
James B said on 11/Mar/17
Rob look at this clip of rock and Clint Eastwood

Click Here

Do you think 6'4 range is more realistic for Hudson?
Anonymous said on 7/Mar/17
Actually, in the shot with Walker and Hudson, we can't see the ground. I don't think it was just a footwear disadvantage, I think the ground was actually favoring Walker as well. Later in the film, if we compare Walker dancing with Doris Day and Hudson dancing with her, it looks like they would be closer in height than the shot on the golf course. And Walker was still wearing boots.
Movieguy said on 31/Jan/17
Exactly unsub. Walker looks an inch or two taller thus undermining claims Hudson was 6'6''. Some on this site have argued that the height difference is because Walker is wearing cowboy boots. To my eyes Walker just looks a bigger man both in height and physique.
Unsub 5'10 said on 21/Jan/17
I'm starting to consider that he was more like 6'4.75 at his peak rather than the full 6'5. I paused at 44:47 in Send Me No Flowers" and whatever the reason was( ground advantage, cowboy boots) Clint had no less than 2 inches on Hudson who, by the way, was said to have lost a bit of height by that time, maybe 0.5". Anyway, Clint looked visibly bigger, possibly 1.25-1.5 inches taller than Hudson. Rock was definitely a very tall man, most likely 1.95m at his peak standing next to Arness, and 1.94m in Send Me No Flowers.
jessman said on 14/Dec/16
Just read an archive report from a local newspaper in Ireland. It's about the visit of Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush to an Irish town in 1954. It describes Hudson as 'the six-foot tall, dark and handsome actor'. It also includes a photo of Rock and Barbara among a group of people. He looks easily 6'4 and more in the photo. Goes to show that many have no concept of heights.
movieguy said on 12/Dec/16
On YouTube there is a brief clip of the filming of Seconds. Hudson is next to the director John Frankenheimer who I believe was 6'3''. Hudson looks a little taller but doesn't tower Frankeneheimer. Not a great angle but I still think 6'4'' to 6'5'' is the best guess on available evidence.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Dec/16
I think we can safely rule out anything over 196cm, see in in Send Me No Flowers with Clint Walker for instance. I know Walker had footwear advantage but he was 1.5 inches taller in boots, so about an inch taller than Rock.
Ibracadabra said on 30/Oct/16
Rob, 6ft6 at peak is possible for him ?
Editor Rob
I'd be very surprised if over 6ft 5.
Ron Hill said on 1/Sep/16
Rock was 6'4" no more no less. Any other height would be a bit queer.
movieguy said on 3/Aug/16
Hudson appeared at the Oscars in the year before his death I think to give one of the gongs and looked extremely tall next to Liza Minnelli. The 6'1'' quote from the autobiography is at the point where Hudson was at the end stage of AIDS and his body was pretty much falling apart. Hudson was considerably taller before the illness destroyed him.
jervis said on 3/Aug/16
He still looked 6ft4 with Reagan even with Reagan being down to 5ft10.5 or 5ft11 at that stage of his life.
movieguy said on 2/Aug/16
Rampage, if you mean at the end of his life proper he definitely shrunk. In his autobiography which was ghost written it says he was down to about 6'1'' at the end of his life. His frame shrunk but this was the result of being extremely ill and is not an accurate reflection of his height nor the loss of height that comes with the ageing process.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/16
He towered over Reagan who wasn't at his peak then either
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/16
He towered over Reagan wasn't at his peak then either
jervis said on 28/Jul/16
Sorry he was 59 when he died,it was in 1984.
jervis said on 28/Jul/16
He still looked a strong 6ft4 with Ronald Reagan not long before his death at the age of 58.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jul/16
Rob, do you think that he was 6ft4 at the end of his life?
Editor Rob
just like he says, I think he shrunk and probably a bit more.
movieguy said on 2/Jun/16
Gonzalo. Interesting photos and I agree both look taller than Hudson. I've seen others where Hudson is taller than Gavin and also taller than Poitier. Like you say difficult to judge from a photograph. I do think though that Hudson was a genuinely big man at least 6'4''. I think I read a quote in which an actress who worked with him said he the only star she had met who was as big in real life as he looked on screen.
Sam said on 1/Jun/16
Haha good finds there, never seen Hudson looking so short. Good examples of how photos can warp perspective and make people seem taller or shorter with others.
Gonzalo said on 25/May/16
Hudson forgot his 6 inch lifts this day. Towered by Sidney Poitier

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Hudson towered by John Gavin

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Pictures can be deceiving
jervis said on 27/Apr/16
There is a picture of him with Clint Eastwood on Borsari images he looks about 6ft5 if Clint was 6ft.3.5 peak,Hudson clearly the taller than the two.
LoganNoll1996 said on 10/Apr/16
Is 6'4.75" a possibility? He did look a solid inch taller than Wayne in "The Undefeated". Plus you've got guys like Christopher Lee and Tim Robbins who give off identical height impressions despite being just under the 6'5" mark.
movieguy said on 2/Apr/16
I'd go with 6'5'' given on this site. I realise Jack Scalia said he was 6'6'' but Tony Randall said 6'5''. There is a site on which a guy talks about meeting Hudson many years ago. The guy writing claims to be 6'6'' and said Hudson was 6'5''. The Rock Hudson Project a site dedicated to his life says 6'4''. Overall my feeling is 6'5''. Even if he was 'only' 6'4'' let's not forget this is still very tall particularly for a Hollywood star where heights tend to be inflated.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Mar/16
Yes, he could look 6'4 range in some films but then in others look massive and almost 6'6. He could look a big 6 ft 5 er in a number of films making the 6'5 196 listing perfectly reasonable. Perhaps he had on bigger footwear or it was the way the film was shot who knows. I'm increasingly seeing that some actors can look a bit different in height from film to film. While a level camera and full body shot can be a great way to roughly guess height the way the camera is staged and other devices can really manipulate things and make it really tough to judge at times. In Embyro he really made Barbara Carrera look small and she was around 5 ft 8 and in heels, so hardly a small woman.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/16
Could really look across that range from a strong 6ft4 up to a weak 6ft6 at times, probably closer to the former at the end of his life. Is it a toss up between 6ft4¾ and 6ft5¼?...who knows
Arch Stanton said on 20/Mar/16
Caught Embryo again, really looked massive in it, if anything looked a strong 6'5 with Barbara Carrera but she might have been a little under 5'8.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Mar/16
Looked 196/197cm in Giant and Seconds but then only 194/195cm in Ice Zebra Station and Sea Devils
Sam said on 14/Mar/16
Stills with James Arness and Robert Ryan support him being a pretty good 6'5"er, looking only a bit over an inch under the earlier and easily an inch taller than the latter.
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james said on 12/Feb/16
Seen Giant a couple days ago man Rock was huge in his younger years solid 6'5 about 215 .like a athlete
movieguy said on 24/Jan/16
In the brilliant movie Seconds there is a party scene in which a very drunk Rock Hudson stumbles around into the other guests. One of the guys he nearly bumps into is taller and much bigger built than Hudson who was himself massive. He gives the Hudson character a nasty stare. Although this guy is just an extra I wonder if he may have been a football player or something as there can't have been too many guys bigger than Hudson in the 60's.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jan/16
The odd thing though is that he really looked a solid 6'5 with John Wayne and that was AFTER he claimed to lose height haha!! I guess like Manganiello he was a guy who could walk around like a 6'4 er but might scrape 6'5 stood his best.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
With John Wayne he did look just about the full 6'5" though. Hell, if Wayne was wearing lifts in that film as Hudson claimed he was nearer 6'6 haha. I still think 1.95m suits him better but it's just a hunch!
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
I mean, if a guy like Tim Robbins (who actually looks a strong 6'5 in most films) is just 6'4.75 then.. Click Here With Jimmy Stewart looks a wee bit under to me. Obviously it's not easy to tell 0.25-0.5 diff in just films but you can certainly say the sort of impression you get. The only film I saw where Hudson looked a solid 6'5 er was Giant.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jan/16
Rob, do you think a 195cm listing might be more accurate here? With Jimmy Stewart he looked in 6'4.5-6'4.75 range but I guess you could argue 6'3.25 for Stewart. I think a smidge under 6'5. If you see Send Me No Flowers with big Clint Walker, Walker did have on cowboy boots though and Hudson in golf shoes, but I still think 195 might be on the money. Like Christopher Lee, with Hudson I struggle to see a 196 6'5 in most of his films, both looked more in upper 6'4 range to me.
Editor Rob
yes he could have been that range, but I do believe he lost height earlier as he mentioned.
movieguy said on 26/Nov/15
Clint was definitely shorter than Rock Hudson by an inch or inch and a half.
bobby3342 said on 20/Nov/15
guys we are talking barefoot heights not street size or hollywoods size . Remember 6'3.5 to 6'4 bf is 6'5 in shoes all day. rock was 6'4 in stocking feet very tall man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! clint was 6'5 to 6'5.25 bf. I have said it so many times "a barefoot 6 '4.5 will get guessed at 6'6 all day, believe me I know.
movieguy said on 10/Nov/15
Gonzalo, yes it is strange watching Rock Hudson and Jeff Goldblum acting together. They seem from totally different eras. Also Goldblum always looks very lanky whereas Rock Hudson does not give the impression of great height until you see him standing next to somebody else. However Hudson was at least as tall as Goldblum.
Shadow2 said on 4/Nov/15
I also remember Rock and Jeff appearing together in Rock's TV detective series "The Devlin Connection" (with Jack Scalia as Rock's son) in the early 1980's. And yes, they were very similar in height, maybe both 6' 4.5" at that stage of their lives (Jeff was at peak, Rock in his late 50's, down from 6' 5" peak).
Gonzalo said on 4/Nov/15
Rock Hudson and Jeff Goldblum together? Never thought that could have been posible!
movieguy said on 13/Oct/15
Just watched him acting alongside Jeff Goldblum, difficult to gauge exactly but looked similar in height.
movieguy said on 3/Oct/15
Reading a bio of sorts of Hudson by one of his good friends Tom Clark. He says Hudson was 6'5''. I could buy this.
Unsub 5'10" said on 28/Sep/15
Clint Walker had 1.25" ( 3cm) on Hudson. Rock Hudson was a very tall man, 6'4.75".
Arch Stanton said on 20/Sep/15
Yes, Hudson generally never looked over 6 ft 5 to me, although in one or two scenes in Giant and that film he did with Robert Stack he could look 6 ft 6. Generally I think you could argue Joe Manganiello sort of range peak, a possibility of just under 6'5 but generally looks near enough it.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Sep/15
Clint Walker looked about 1.5 inches taller than Rock Hudson in Send Me No Flowers but had on cowboy boots, and Rock normal/golf shoes. If footwear had been even it would have been not even an inch. Granted though Walker was considerably bigger in frame and was one of the few guys who outsized Hudson.
movieguy said on 18/Sep/15
Keep changing my mind but apparently Rock Hudson objected to starring with Clint Walker because he thought Walker was too tall. They lied to Rock and told him Walker was only 6'5'' to get Rock to agree. Rock was shorter for certain. He was not under 6'4'' but was but wasn't more than 6'5'' tops.
movieguy said on 13/Sep/15
Looked again at Send Me No Flowers again. I'll admit that Rock Hudson and Clint Walker are pretty close in height. Not as much difference as I thought previously. Jack Scalia's 6'6'' estimation probably isn't too far off. Although I still Walker edges out Hudson.
movieguy said on 1/Sep/15
Reading bio of Hudson at moment, Hudson is described as 6'4'' on a couple of occasions. Apparently for one of his early parts he dropped in weight from 203 lbs to 191 after training. Surely he could not have been 6'6'' to weigh only 191lbs.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/15
Dunno James, see him with Anthony Perkins and Jeff Chandler, he can really look a proper 196 6'5 guy. Other times yeah he can look just under 6'5. He looked high 6'4 range with Jimmy Stewart.
Sam said on 9/Jul/15
6'6" being a claim for his character in Pillow Talk but obviously a stretch (I think mentioned by Thelma Ritter?), Hudson can look 6'4.75"ish next to Clint Eastwood, only a fraction taller. I'd agree about a 1.5 difference w/ Stewart.
movieguy said on 7/Jul/15
Did a movie with 6'4'' Robert Ryan and Hudson looked a bit taller I remember. I think the evidence points to 6'5'' for Rock. It has even been claimed that he was 6'6'' but this I think is doubtful.
Just said on 5/Jul/15
Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Gregory Peck are all the dark and handsome man. Very rare.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Jul/15
Hudson had 1.5 inches on Jimmy Stewart in Bend of the River. I think 6'3.25 for Stewart and 6'4.75 possible.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Peck did look around that 6'3 mark in most films, most comparisons do check out. However in 12 0 Clock High he was eye to eye with 6'2" Dean Jagger!
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Yes, the comparison with Jimmy Stewart I think is proof enough Hudson was a legit 6'5, and not just 6'4 as many claim. There's a chance of 195cm for Hudson but a flat 6'5" is OK.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jun/15
Rob, what do you think? I think Perkins at 186 would make more sense. My gut on Peck is 190cm, but in fairness with Perkins he looked easily 191!
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I'll have another look at him, 186 could fit ok, he could look 186-7 a fair amount.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jun/15
Peck at a weak 6ft3 is possible. He didn't look more than 2in taller than Rob Mitchum (who some believe wasn't quite 6ft1) in Cape Fear. Perkins does look more 6ft1 range with Hudson. But you could also argue a strong 6ft5 for the latter.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Especially if you consider the possibility than Peck might have measured 190, Perkins really looked near 6'1" flat with him!
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Rob, if you see Perkins with Peck in On the Beach and Cooper in Friendly Persuasion too I think you'd be more accurate with a 186 listing for Perkins. Peck and Coop 2 inches taller I thought, although I think Coop might have been a bit of 6'3" and Peck 190 is possible.
Sam said on 25/Jun/15
Anthony Perkins looks 6'1"-6'1.25" there compared to Hudson's 6'5" frame.
Sam said on 25/Jun/15
Very interesting line-up here from 20th Century Fox. Can't tell whether Hudson is standing on a step up from James Stewart and Jeff Chandler or not, although he's clearly standing with better posture than Chandler. For sure Hudson is not looking less than 6'5" here.
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Gonzalo said on 22/Jun/15
Rock towering over Anthony Perkins
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/15
6ft5 minimum peak. Later on nearer 6ft4 flat
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movieguy says on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.

He aged a lot better than Monty Clift did haha. I thought he aged pretty well actually Click Here Peak in the late 50s though in those grey silver suits and black tie though I agree he was probably the best looking male movie star, but other times didn't look so good.

Click Here That was 1955 in his prime. Reminds me of Hugh Jackman there.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
movieguy says on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.

He aged a lot better than Monty Clift did haha. I thought he aged pretty well actually Click Here Peak in the late 50s though in those grey silver suits and black tie though I agree he was probably the best looking male movie star, but other times didn't look so good.
Shadow2 said on 17/Jun/15
Was the diner owner played by Mickey Simpson who was himself about 6' 5" (but not the 6' 6" sometimes listed on-line)?
movieguy said on 17/May/15
Watching Macmillan and Wife at present. Rock is in early middle age I guess. Filled out a little by then and although still good looking no longer world's most handsome man. I would guess that Rock looks about 6'4'' in this show.
James B said on 26/Mar/15
Rob I don't think he looked a full 6'5 compared to clint eastwood
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/15
@Bruno: He looks closer to 6ft4 in that picture with Lansbury but I think he had lost some height by that stage.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Feb/15
Funny thing is in A Farewell to Arms Jennifer Jones said to Rock "You go into town and find yourself some gay young playmate" LOL!! Makes you wonder if it was an in joke or something though, gay generally meant jovial in those days but I believe the term was in use by even 1957...
Arch Stanton said on 21/Feb/15
Come September also worth adding.
shorty said on 9/Feb/15
I believe Rock Hudson was a legit 6'4" I met Clint Walker and he said I was one of the few men he had to look up at. Like I said before I am 6'10 1/8" and 340#. I have lost some height myself I was measure at a shade under 6'11" about 1/16" Clint is a legit 6'6" 250#
Bruno said on 1/Jan/15
Towered over (5'8'')Ed Fox in 1980 Mirror Cracked, looked a head taller. Not a good photo.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Jan/15
He looks like an adolescent beside Walker
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
No Barker, all your downlistings are too low. If you're going to claim two inches under the listing, you should have evidence.
Barker said on 27/Dec/14
On a good day, Rock Hudson was 6' 3" barefooted.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Dec/14
Rob can you add a photo? Looks a full 6'5" in One Desire.
KROC said on 12/Nov/14
Walker had a footwear advantage Rampage... He was wearing boots the entire movie.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Nov/14
He doesn't look over 6ft4 in this picture with Clint Walker

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KROC said on 27/Oct/14
Actually yeah he could. Easily. Personally I think that Walker was 6'4.5 and Hudson was a legit 6'5. So we're not talking about a significant difference to begin with.
Jay said on 15/Oct/14
If Walker was actually smaller than Hudson, then he wouldn't make Rock look shorter in Send Me No Flowers, just by wearing boots.
KROC said on 2/Sep/14
And in what movie have you seen where Clint Walker has actually looked 6'5 range? Don't bring up the one with Hudson where Clint had a significant footwear advantage.
James B said on 28/Aug/14
6'4 range. Him and clint Eastwood where close in height
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/14
LOL how can Hudson be an "easy 6 ft 5" and Clint Walker only 194cm.
KROC said on 14/Aug/14
If there's anyone who doesn't believe that Rock was a legit 6'5, then they haven't seen the movie GIANT. The man looked an easy 6'5 in that movie.
Sam said on 5/Aug/14
Here in walking pictures near Kirk Douglas and Robert Ryan, he does look 6'5" range IMO, a lift-less Douglas is unsuprisingly towered by Hudson.
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KROC said on 5/Aug/14
@Filmfan Yea I've already seen it. He did not look anything over 6'5 with Jack Benny. The only way that Walker was bigger then Rock was in build. In terms of height they were more or less the same.
KROC said on 17/Jul/14
@Filmfan Walker was wearing boots throughout that entire film. It was difficult for me to guage his height because of that. Rock did not look 6'5 in that movie. Makes me wonder if he had shed some height by then. I can't comment on how he looked in the Dirty Dozen because I haven't seen that movie yet. In most movies that I've seen Walker in he looks 194cm and looks to weigh about 240lbs. He was a big guy for sure.
jtm said on 16/Jul/14
he was only 41 or 42 in 1967. he looked 6'5 to me but i would be very surprise he lost full inch at that time.
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KROC said on 8/Jul/14
Arch 99% of the movies I've seen Clint Walker in he looks within the same range that you described Rock Hudson. Seriously he looked 194cm in Night of the Grizzly! He barely looked 6'5 next to Vincent Price in Dead or Alive. Looks 194cm in Cheyenne which I'm watching right now by the way. I'd have an easier time believing Rock was 6'5 range then Walker...
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jul/14
Doris Day's character described him a six six, yeah. But 6 ft 7 in shoes though? Didn't even look close Edguy. In most of his films he looked in that Manganiello/Ibrahimovic sort of range 6'4.5-6'5". Never looked as big on screen as guys like Chuck Connors and Clint Walker, although in some films like Giant and certain scenes in other films he could look near 6'6.
edguy282 said on 23/Jun/14
I just watched Pillow Talk (1959), and the characters in the movie often cite how Hudson's character is 6'6". He may have well been that height in his peak!
Arch Stanton said on 27/May/14
Finally managed to find All that Heaven Allows. What a beautifully shot film. Definitive mid 50s colour film for me. Both that film and The Trouble with Harry looked awesome from 1955 shot in the autumn. I can't believe Jane Wyman was 38 when they filmed it! Looked more like 52!
Arch Stanton said on 26/May/14
Better balance now, thanks.
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Rob can you add All That Heavens Allows, Written on the Wind, Tobruk and Avalanche?
Arch Stanton said on 25/May/14
Huge hands too as well as feet. They zoomed in on his hands in Seconds and they were huge!!
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
I've seen Pandora now, just not Heaven.
Ricardo said on 7/May/14
TCM channel in Brazil is playing a few Rock movies this week. I just watched "Showdown" (1973 movie - by the way, I had never seen this film and what a terrible film! Really bad!) with Rock, Dean Martin (5'11") and a tall Susan Clark! Rock looks very tall. Much taller than anybody else in the film. By the way, a young Ed Begley Jr is in the movie and he is listed 6'4". Rock had to be in 1973 somewhere between 6'5" to 6'6".

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Sam said on 6/May/14
Looking back, I realized I had gotten All That Heaven Allows as well as Pandora on Netflix.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is another which is extremely hard to get hold of and very expensive!
Arch Stanton said on 2/May/14
I still find it dubious that he was down to 6'4" in 1967. I mean that year in Tobruk he looked about 5 inches taller than Peppard and in 1968-9 whenever they shot The Undefeated he actually looked about 1.5 inches taller than Wayne. If he was 6'4" at the time John Wayne looked 6'2.5 tops in comparison.
Arch Stanton said on 2/May/14
Yeah that's what I'd guess for both. Sam can you find a link to All That Heaven Allows. It's surprising as it's one of Rock's more notable films.
Sam said on 1/May/14
I'm surprised at least on All That Heaven Allows because that is easily available here stateside.
I wonder if Rock's quote about losing height might have been effected by seeing the doctor later in the day and lost some of his 6'5" range-frame. I think it's possible that he was 195 cm, like I think Joe Manganiello is.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
All That Heaven Allows is £10 and The Girl Who Had Everything £25 on Amazon!! Very expensive. Few copies seem to exist, it's not just online.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
Some films are really hard to find online or are expensive on DVD for some reason. All That Heaven Allows and The Girl Who Had Everything are really difficult to get hold of. Perhaps the film companies have certain films which they scour the web for and ensure they're taken down as it's surprising.
Mr. Kaplan said on 25/Apr/14
Brad A., that was most likely done to give him easier access to roles.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/14
In Pillow Talk Doris says "He's 6 ft 6". There is a scene in which he's in the bath and he puts his feet up and they're huge!!
Brad A. said on 19/Apr/14
He's listed as 6'3.5" in a YouTube video called "Rock Hudson's First Screen Test". He was 24 at the time.
RisingForce said on 13/Apr/14
Good find, Rob, but I'm surprised he was already saying that by 1967. As I've posted before, he said essentially the same thing in 1982, but it'd be strange to already lose an inch by 1967 and not lose any more by 56-57. For what it's worth, he still looked 6'5" next to Reagan in the 80's.
Sam said on 3/Apr/14
After reviewing the celeb-filled pictures from John Wayne's birthday at Paramount, I don't see Hudson as over 6'5". I think 195-196 cm at peak is a good guess.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/14
6'5" range is possible for Clint Walker, he might have been similar to Chuck Connors but both men pretty much looked 6'6" to me. Were they ever in a film together? BTW I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They? yesterday and Michael Conrad is another of a similar height, 6'5.5" looks accurate for him he looked nearly 6 inches taller than Bruce Dern!
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/14
So he said he already lost an inch by 42 Rob?? Although a heavy drinker and smoker he kept himself pretty fit. Seems hardly to believe he'd lost a full inch at 42.
Editor Rob
unless lying, but it isn't impossible to lose some height through physical wear and disc damage in 40's. Could also be slight measurement error, posture/stance not as good, earlier morning versus later in day measuring.
Editor Rob said on 2/Apr/14
Here's a quote from 1967..
"I'm surprised about it...I used to stand 6'5", now I'm 6'4". My doctor tells me there's nothing unusual about it. Happens all the time to out-size people like me. I'm glad. Now I'm a little closer to the gang."
KROC said on 2/Apr/14
@Arch Stanton
I just finished watching Send Me No Flowers, and I do agree with you in that case. So I started watching other movies with Clint Walker. He didn't look anything over 6'5 with Peter Graves in Scream of the Wolf. Interestingly enough, in a photo with James Arness he looks 194cm. There's also a photo with the bodybuilder Steve Reeves (about 6'1) where he also looks 6'4 range. I think the 6'6 listing is merely Hollywood hype.
Rick said on 1/Apr/14
I agree with KROC, he is 6'5" to 6'6".
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
He does look easily 6'5" in Magnificent Obsession though, can look 6'6 in some scenes.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
I thought actually he looked 6'4" range in The Golden Blade but I think 6'5" is probably accurate.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Mar/14
@KROC, Walker looked about 6 f 6 in Send Me No Flowers, and looked about 1.5 inches taller but he had on cowboy boots and Rock normal shoes. You could argue 197 and 194 for Hudson but claiming Walker was a flat 6'52 is like saying Rock was a flat 6'4".
KROC said on 20/Mar/14
I just finished watching Golden Blade, and other movies starring this guy. No way is he under 6'5! He looked 6'6 in the movie Giant. Especially in the diner fight scene with Mickey Simpson (who is listed as 6'6, but probably is really 6'5)they looked exactly the same. I still think that Clint Walker is 6'5 after seeing Dead or Alive with Vincent Price. He barely had an inch on that guy...
avi said on 8/Feb/14
@Shaun says on 7/Sep/12
Reagan's height in the 80s was questionable, he certainly didn't look the 6'1" he might have been in his prime. I think somewhere around 6' would have been in the ballpark as he'd lost height by the time he was in office I think.

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Rock is looking a strong 6'5" here and clearly nothing under 6'5". More chance of 6'6" than 6'4".
Shaun says on 7/Sep/12

Reagan was never 6'1 peak maybe over 6'0 but thats even questionable as he was only 2.5-3 tops inches taller than 5'8.5 Jimmy Carter but yeah by the late 80s was 5'11-5'11.5 max. there is about 5 inches in that infamous picture. so Rock at 6'4.5 even a strong 6'4 is reasonable. the 6'3.5 listing is strange. must be from he was 17 or 18 and it stuck until he was measured again at 6'4.5ish hence he gets 6'4 and 6'5 listings depending on a roundup or rounddown.
avi said on 8/Feb/14
6'4.5 . Arness always seemed a 6'6.5-6'7 guy
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jan/14
What on earth 3 inches??? No where near it. The difference to me from what I remember of them on the golf course was about 2 inches max, and Clint Walker was wearing cowboy boots and Rock was in normal golf shoes. As Nielsen says the real height difference would be 1-1.5" at most.
nielsen said on 24/Jan/14
Height difference between Rock and Clint Walker is just what it should be, 2 inches, in thet movie. Clint is wearing 2in cowboy boots while Rock is in regular shoes. Clint is 1 inch taller than Rock in real life, if both men were barefoot.

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- James Arness 201cm
- James Cromwell 201cm
- Ken Howard 199cm
- Michael Conrad 199cm
- Clint Walker 198cm
- Fess Parker 198cm
- Alan Napier 198cm
- Chuck Connors 196cm
- Sterling Hayden 196cm
- Rock Hudson 196cm
spaniard68 said on 19/Jan/14
What really confuses me is the height difference between Rock and Clint Walker in Send me no flowers. In the picture that was posted here Clint seems to have 3 inches on Rock, maybe because Clint was wearing cowboy boots and had ground advantage, that's the only possible explanation. I watched part of the movie and Clint Walker always looked way bigger than Hudson though. Next to James Arness he looked 1'5 inches shorter and Arness was no less than 6'7" to Wayne he appeared to be 1'5 inches taller than the Duke and Wayne was huge indeed.If he once said he was 6'5", why would it be otherwise?.If he really was 6'4,75" and wanted to round up a bit, good for him!!
spaniard68 said on 18/Jan/14
Bruno, check out the photos of Reagan and the King of Spain, King Juan Carlos claimed he was 1.86m in his youth, he had 2,5 inches on Reagan. He definitely was 5'11" during his presidency.In the picture with Rock, the top of Reagan's head comes up to Hudson's nose tip...there's a 6 inch difference between them... Hudson has a relaxed body posture.
Ricardo said on 17/Jan/14
I still cannot see a difference between Clint Walker and Rock. Moreover, Clint is wearing boots all the time. I just watched the film again. The photos of Rock and Arness also do not show a 2 inches difference, so, for me Rock is 6'6".
Bruno said on 15/Jan/14
Arch have a look of any photos of Pres Reagan and lady Di, He is always taller than her by at least 1''. She was 6' in heels, so Reagan is defo 6' during his presidency and taller at peak close to 6'1''
little sue said on 13/Jan/14
Must have been angle of photo. I compared it to a photo I have of him standing next to Liz in Giant and he looks taller in earlier pic. Liz has got big hair in the later pic though so maybe that makes him look shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jan/14
That's odd Sue as he looked an easy 6'5" next to Reagan in 1985 not long before his death!! Reagan looked more 5'11" range during his presidency though. He was never a legit 6'1" er.
little sue said on 11/Jan/14
Found some pics from a Charity gig not long before he died standing between Liz Taylor and Liza Minelli. He looks to have lost quite a few inches, only looking about 6ft 1.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
Yes, Clint Walker was one of the few guys in film who outsized Rock in height and build, but he was wearing cowboy boots in Send Me No Flowers and Rock had on normal shoes.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
Oh he wasn't 6'6" I know that, and Clint Walker did look 1-1.5 taller than him in Send Me No Flowers. I think 6'4.5"-6'5" is most likely.
KROC said on 26/Dec/13
Clint Walker wasn't 6'6. He is 6'5. He only has an inch on Vincent Price.
daddy cool said on 11/Nov/13
Rock was only slightly shorter than 6'7 Jim Arness in Horizons West so 6'5 seems about right. He might have been closer to 6'5.5in in his youth.

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Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
Looks between 6'4" and 6'5" to me in Come September. I think 195cm could have been on the money.
MrTBlack said on 1/Nov/13
The video that said '6'3.5" must have been handwritten and not verified. He's 6'4.5" at the lowest from what I've seen.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/13
Elizabeth Taylor is in big heels and he still looks easily a foot taller.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Sep/13
Rob I think the film was Giant. I think you said he look "really massive in that and looked 6'6" in it" and I agree with you, he looks 6'6" in this film.
RisingForce said on 29/Aug/13
Found that quote both Knowitall and myself have mentioned again where Rock claims to have shrunk from 6'5" to 6'4". From 8/29/82 Los Angeles Times.

"I used to be 6-foot-5," he likes to say. "Now I'm just 6-foot-4." It comes from doing all that television."

Also interesting is this from a 1957 article.

"He is physically immense— 6 feet, 5 inches tall (a little ashamed of his height, he protests that he is 6 feet, 4 inches), weighs 200 pounds"

Explains why he was listed at 6'4" and even 6'3" earlier on. Though even the interviewer wasn't buying the 6'4" he claimed earlier in his career.
JimMorrison said on 28/Aug/13
Was taller than Duke the draft-dodger in THE UNDEFEATED even though Wayne was wearing his lifts. Six five or more for sure.
john b said on 8/Aug/13
Arch I've just watched the film pillow talk with Rock and Doris Day she says in the film how tall he was which was 6'6 '' so guess the film you were looking for was Pillow Talk. Always thought he was a good 6'2 but guess not lol.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/13
Yeah Gavin edged out Clint Eastwood who I think genuinely measured 6'4" at least in the morning at peak. In the early scenes in Psycho though it seemed they had Janet Leigh on a box next to him, he looked nowhere near 6'4" in comparison!! I agree though that later on he looked 6'4" next to Perkins.
Knowitall said on 31/Jul/13
More proof Hudson was six five:

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He makes James Garner look short!

I see a five-inch difference.

And Ross Hunter wasn't short. He was about five eleven.
Knowitall said on 30/Jul/13
I was in the entertainment business. But seeing the web is filled with nutjobs, it!s not safe to make oneself known. Too many risks.

Here's more proof Hudson was six five:

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Gavin was reportedly six four. As you can see, Hudson is taller.

Gavin was a lot taller than Tony Perkins in Psycho. I've seen Gavin in the flesh and can report his peak height was six four.

I guess you just have to trust me.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/13
It's difficult to believe the "I remember back in the day at Universal" type claimers on here. Frank2 was the only one I believed on here because he had photographic proof of who he was. This site just tends to attract rather a lot of apparent old Hollywood personnel who apparently knew what John Wayne had in his shoes etc. I think a lot of people claiming that on here are frauds and only say it to strengthen their own arguments. I agree that Rock Hudson was 6'5", but I wish the people claiming to be in the Hollywood film industry on here would link some photos or something to prove themselves... You might be legit, I have no idea, but most surely aren't.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/13
Rob what was the film you said he looked massive and like 6 ft 6 in, was it Giant?
Editor Rob
I can't remember now!
Knowitall said on 19/Jul/13
Hudson was one of the very few actors who in person was kind of intimidating because of his height. I remember back one day at Universal when he walked past a group of people and I heard them muttering stuff like "I knew he was tall, but not that tall!"

He looked six five to me. That was back in the early 1970s.

They had to put other actors on platforms that worked with him. Otherwise they couldn't have framed the shots.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jul/13
Could've been 6ft5.5/197cm at his tallest.
But towards the end looked about 6ft4, maybe a fraction over.

He was a huge man
Sam said on 18/Jul/13
Any estimate under 6'4" for Hudson is suspect. How he looked next to other 6'4"+ guys is another matter, as he can look closer to 6'4" sometimes and 6'5"ish other times, to me.
Knowitall said on 18/Jul/13
He was six five.

You know, this diminishing of really tall actors has become a pattern on this website. Idiots claim John Wayne was six one and wore huge lifts.

It's tiring reading this tripe written by people who have no idea what they're talking about.

If Rock Hudson was only six foot three and a half, Ronald Reagan was just five ten. If Reagan was only five ten then Michael Jackson was five six.

See where this is going?

Rock and President Reagan:

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Reagan and Michael Jackson:

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Sixseven said on 16/Jul/13
Rock Hudson was 192 cm tall.(6'3.5")
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/13
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Look at the height difference between him and the other guys, That's how he often appears in film, not just tall but a truly very tall guy who looks like he had to be around this. You've got to admit that he does really look even taller than 6'4" in his prime.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jul/13
Rob can you update his films and correct your "he done do a film" sentence. There is a scene in Lover Come Back when he's barefoot in a gown after Doris Day left him stranded naked and although he is leaning as he runs from the van he really doesn't look like a 6'5" man. However in other scenes he really towers above the other male actors, and doesn't just look tall but very tall and in the height range which can look massive compared to a lot of guys. And he was standing with poor posture and it seemed they were trying to downplay his height. He's a difficult one to gauge because at times he really doesn't look near 6'5", especially in solo scenes, but other times he really looks a full 6'5" minimum and you realize just how tall he was compared to other guys. I think the reason he often didn't look 6'5" as he was well-proportioned and like Manganiello in photos of just him he can look considerably shorter than 6'5" but you realize just how tall they are when stood next to average height guys.
Sam said on 12/Jul/13
He probably was around the same height as, say, Joe Manganiello or Tim Robbins today. He looks 6'4.5"-6'5" in photos to me. He can look close in height to Eastwood and almost 2 inches shorter than Clint Walker.
Knowitall said on 27/Jun/13
Hudson was definitely six five. He was two inches taller than Jimmy Stewart in Bend in the River. He was an inch taller than John Wayne in The Undefeated.

Hudson said he was six five in two interviews, one with TV Guide in the late 1970s and the other in the 1980s. In both interviews he admitted he had lost an inch due to age.
Robert Jay said on 8/Jun/13
His passports list his height as 6'-4".
MaskDeMasque said on 17/May/13
I agree with the 6'3.5 for Hudson, he was a very tall man but not as tall as 6'5. In Seconds he looked around 6-7 inches taller than Salome Jens(5'9).
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/13
OK Rock Hudson looked between 1 and 2 inches shorter than Clint Walker in cowboy boots with about a 1.5 inch heel. They showed it up close when he mocked Clint's boots. So Walker would have been 6'7.5 in the boots and Rock around 6'6" in shoes. This of course if Clint Walker was a legit 6'6", I wouldn't bet on him being under 6'5.5" barefoot peak put it that way so 6'4.5"-6'5" for Rock has got to be genuine.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Arrgh then 21:00 odd he barely looks shorter as they walk out. . He seems to badly slouch quite a lot I think.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Nah pause at 16:04 on that video clip him with good posture, 6'5" definitely looks about right as I believe Ed Andrews was a legit 6'2" guy. But he can seem 6'4" range a lot.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Mmm 15:58, OK that's near 3 inches but doesn't quite look a full 6'5" in comparison in my view.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
This is strange, See 15:00 odd. He barely looks taller than 6'2" Edward Andrews. Click Here
Gonzalo said on 4/Feb/13
Rock next to James Arness, listed 6`7 in this site.
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There is another pic of them in which Arness doesn`t look much taller than Hudson. I can´t find it now

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