It had been a problem for me being taken seriously. I'm 6-foot-4 and I came in during the era of leading men like Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino...anybody in the old leading man mold was all of a sudden not acceptable. That was the same reason I didn't do much TV. They said I was too tall or that I conflicted with the hero.
I never tried to project a macho image. In fact, I'm 6 feet, 4 inches tall. I've been taller than most people most of my adult life. I see no reason to run around trying to intimidate people with that. I've always kind of gone the other way.
Dad's my height; Mom's 5-foot-7, My brother Bob, 19 months older, and my kid brother Dan, 10 years younger, are both 6-foot-6½ My sister Marti, who's eight years younger, is 5-foot-9...Being tall is no problem when it's your show. There are ways to get around the differences in height. It's a problem, though, on someone else's show. They don't want anyone to tower over the leading man...
At 6ft 3in and more at home outdoors than inside, I was never going to be an ideal romantic lead but put me in a flowery shirt, give me a gun now and then send me out in Hawaii to catch a few criminals and I am your man.
Sunday Post 2019
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