How tall is Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell's Height

5ft 9 ¾ (177.2 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Hurricane, It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with The Wind, High Noon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stagecoach, The Outlaw, Lost Horizon and Only Angels Have Wings.


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Average Guess (8 Votes)
5ft 9.38in (176.2cm)
Charlie said on 5/Jun/17
Thomas Mitchell was more like 5'6 at most. His head comes to the eye brows of 5'10 actors.
Tom said on 29/Jun/16
I agree with Steve. Mitchell was around 5-8. Click Here He never looked any taller.
Steve said on 3/Jan/15
More evidence. Mitchell with 6'1" Ray Milland.

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Steve said on 2/Jan/15
With Clark Gable.

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Steve said on 2/Jan/15
Here we see again that Mitchell was shorter than 5'9" Spencer Tracy.

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Steve said on 2/Jan/15
The shot with Stewart is not equal footing because we can't see their feet.

The second one with Grant shows Mitchell's right foot elevated.

I've watched nearly every movie he was in. It's apparent to me he couldn't have been 5'9".
Sam said on 2/Jan/15
I'm familar with some of these pictures but some of them are useless practically for height comparison, with Stewart probably standing a few feet closer to the camera. Do you understand that it makes Stewart look bigger?
Here's a shot of Stewart and Mitchell on equal footing: Click Here
& of Grant & Mitchell on more equal footing (still not a perfect shot): Click Here
You're entitled to your opinion, but I can't see Mitchell under 5'9" even when older.
Steve said on 1/Jan/15
As you can see, Mitchell was considerably shorter than Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings.

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Steve said on 31/Dec/14
Tyrone Power and Mitchell.

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Mitchell with 5'1" Norma Shearer (in heels) and 5'4" Edward G. Robinson.

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Bottom line was Mitchell wasn't any taller than 5'8".
Steve said on 31/Dec/14
Notice how short Mitchell is compared to Gary Cooper.

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Steve said on 30/Dec/14
Mitchell with 6'3" Jimmy Stewart.

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Steve said on 30/Dec/14
Ronald Colman was no more than 5'8".

If you watch the film he's in with Andrews, you'll see he's a good two inches shorter. The movie is dreadful. It's called When the City Sleeps. Hard to believe Fritz Lang directed it.
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
He is slouching w/ Andrews & Sanders and is further away from the camera w/ Power and Tracy, but I'd agree at times he could look more a 5'9" guy. His posture didn't help but it's hard to compare when Power could be a few feet closer to the camer than Mitchell. 5'8" range is too low though!
Here from Hunchback w/ Maureen O'Hara & Edmond O'Brien, he looks 5'9"-5'9.5" range I think. Click Here
He's also similar height to Ronald Colman. Click Here
Steve said on 26/Dec/14
Thomas Mitchell, considerably shorter than Tyrone Power.

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Steve said on 26/Dec/14
He was shorter than Spencer Tracy who wasn't that tall.

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Steve said on 25/Dec/14
Thomas Mitchell with 5'10" Dana Andrews, 6'3" George Sanders, and 6'2" James Craig.

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Sam said on 25/Dec/14
He is further away from the camera there with Glenn Ford & Peter Falk, so has a disadvantage. Also, some height loss might be at play... I think by the time of High Noon, he looked a little shorter, maybe just over 5'9".
Leo McCarey is a rather underrated director, like an under the radar auteur, that is he was by everyone but himself. He claimed to have more or less invented Cary Grant!
Steve said on 24/Dec/14
He was more like 5'8". He was a good two inches shorter than 5'10" Edmond O'Brian in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

And considerably shorter than 5'11" Glenn Ford in Pocketful of Miracles.

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Arch Stanton said on 24/Dec/14
Make Way for Tomorrow is one of my favourite films of the 30s. The last 30 minutes are really incredibly beautiful. Should have won the Oscar for best film or at least best Director, even the director was annoyed he won it for The Awful Truth and not that film! I saw the film like many others before I really knew who Mitchell was!
Arch Stanton said on 24/Dec/14
Rob, speaking of great films (Lost Horizon) Jane Wyatt is missing. She had a few good roles like that, Task Force, Great Expectations, Gentleman's Agreement, The Man Who Cheated Himself etc. Do you have a listing in a book? 5 ft 5 range might be OK, Sam?
[Editor Rob: there is a 5ft 4 mention]
Arch Stanton said on 24/Dec/14
Seems a good shout!
Sam said on 23/Dec/14
A great filmography for Mitchell...you already have ten but I wanted to make an honorable mention of Make Way for Tomorrow where he was quite good as one of the adult siblings befuddled as to what to do with their elderly parents.
[Editor Rob: his problem is he was in a lot of good movies!]
Sam said on 23/Dec/14
Thanks! Pretty accurate listing IMO.
Mitchell w/ Ray Milland: Click Here
w/ Norma Shearer & Edward G. Robinson: Click Here
w/ Cary Grant: Click Here
near Rita Hayworth & Charles Boyer (but slouching): Click Here
w/ James Stewart: Click Here
w/ Clark Gable: Click Here
w/ Gable, John Ford, Robert Montgomery & John Wayne: Click Here
w/ Vivien Leigh: Click Here
I think he could have been near 5'10" but often enough looked a tad under it.

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