How tall was Victor Mature

Victor Mature's Height

6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)

American Actor best remembered for films such as Samson and Delilah, Demetrius and the Gladiators, The Robe, The Egyptian, My Darling Clementine, The Las Vegas Story, Kiss of Death and Footlight Serenade. In an Obits.com article it mentioned "Mature also encouraged his PR team to diminish his height- listed at 6'2 1/2, so he would not be passed over in casting his better than 6'4" frame against less-secure co-stars"

How tall was Victor Mature
Publicity photo from 1940's
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Average Guess (12 Votes)
6ft 1.54in (186.8cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jan/19
I'm going back to 188cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jan/18
187cm is the lowest I can see this guy at. Looked too imposing to be shorter. 189cm is probably a shoe height though...


But Rob was it ever confirmed that he did claim 6ft4?
Editor Rob: he never seemed to directly say it, it's just that mention in the newspaper about him supposedly lowering his claim...it makes no sense as he never looked a 6ft 4 guy in anything I've seen.
macfan said on 4/Dec/17
I think Rob is about right with 6'1.5. In his shoes he was probably 6'2.5. Vincent Price did appear to be 2.5 inches taller than him in his prime but Victor shrunk in his old age.
Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jun/17
...but she fully admitted, "A man has to be a MAN!"
Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jun/17
@ Arch Stanton - I think for my Mum, it was a primitive and subconscious yearning! She would NEVER have admitted to it, but when I think about her crushes, the tendencies were all present and correct and definitely did NOT rub off on her daughter! 😉
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jun/17
Interesting Sandy. She likes a bit of rough eh? ;-) Something very rugged about him, you could imagine that he wasn't a gentleman in the sack haha.
Sandy Cowell said on 18/Jun/17
My Mum didn't half have the hots for Victor Mature! She allowed us kids to stay up fairly late to watch 'Samson and Delilah', which I found mesmerizing and still do to this day, the acting and the music.
Victor was huge and rippling with muscle in it. I didn't exactly take in his height, other than he was huge and strong, so I will go with 6ft2.5. He could have passed for taller I reckon at that time!
James said on 17/Jun/17
Mature was never more than 6'1".
Greg said on 16/Apr/17
Sonny Tufts was a solid 6'4" - guy was HUGE. There are several online pics which show Mature next to Tufts, and Mature looks maybe 2" shorter at most. Who knows whether Mature wore lifts, if not then Mature really was 6'2". Not sure why the comments to downgrade his height - yes he lost height as he got older, most of us do and to varying extents.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/17
In After the Fox he looks barely 6 ft with Martin Balsam. Had he lost height by 1966? Though in fairness I think Martin had a little boost in his shoes as you could see his footwear in one scene and a possible small lift. He doesn't look 7 inches taller.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Dec/16
I think D-E zone
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Nov/16
Rob, which these would suit Vic?

A) 191cm/189cm
B) 190.5cm/188.5cm
C) 190cm/188cm
D) 189.5cm/187.5cm
E) 189cm/187cm
F) 188.5cm/186.5cm
G) 188cm/186cm
Editor Rob: Rampage, in the past I did think C could be possible, but over the years I've thought heading towards E could be more possible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Aug/16
He could pass for a decent 6ft2 at times but 6ft3 did look like a bit of a stretch and 6ft4 is just crazy. I wonder if he actually claimed that..he seemed a bit egotistical
Arch Stanton said on 8/Aug/16
@Tom, Rob reckons Michael Rennie is just 6 ft 3!!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Apr/16
Around 187-188cm range
Tom said on 18/Apr/16
Mature was about three inches shorter than 6-4 Michael Rennie and 6-4 William Marshall in Demetrius and the Gladiators. Watch the last shot where the three walk together abreast.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Apr/16
6'1 flat is too low I agree Rampage. I think overall 187 is the best shout.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Apr/16
@Arch: First off, I think 6ft1 flat is too low for him. He could have been a fraction under 6ft2 but I wouldn't argue less than this listing. I still lean toward about 6ft2. A guy with a broad frame can look taller than he really is on-screen. I agree, he was most likely a bit shorter than Heston (who was near 6ft3) but bigger boned. Granger probably would have edged him (a strong 6ft2 guy). I mentioned Chris Noth earlier. Some people insist he's at least 6ft3 if not 6ft4! I'm just saying that I can understand why people might get that impression...same thing goes for Mature. He was also described at 6ft4 at times...which is insane. But he was a mesomorph
Arch Stanton said on 28/Mar/16
Rob, might be worth beefing up on some films, try The Robe, The Egyptian, My Darling Clementine, The Las Vegas Story, Affair with a Stranger, Interpol, Kiss of Death and Footlight Serenade.

Granted he looked a strong, well built guy, probably 215-220 pound range at one stage, tbut I'm baffled as to how you ever got 6 ft 3 Rampage. Now a guy like Charlton Heston or Stewart Granger could give the illusion of that at times because Granger either wore lifts as some claimed or his slender frame made him look taller, but Mature was a guy who never looked over 6 ft 2 to me. To me he looked same range as guys like Anthony Quinn and Lee Marvin and more 6'1" range. In fact in some scenes he could look no more than 6 ft 1 flat.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Mar/16
I was watching Samson & Delilah and he reminded me a lot of Chris Noth. Facially quite alike but also similar height and build. Very broad guy and might have given the illusion of 6ft3 at times (probably was that shoes). Amazing presence on-screen and a virile masculinity that is long extinct today.

Rob, could the 6ft1¾ you had previously be closer?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Mar/16
Anything less than 6ft1½ is a joke...
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/16
@Rampage, Rarely looked it, Ward Bond was taller. Looked 6 ft 1 range in virtually everything I've seen him in. I reckon the 6'2.5 was a shoe measurement.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jan/16
I think he was 188cm, personally. He lost out on parts because he was tall.
Sam said on 1/Oct/15
Anything under six foot or even 6'1" really is vastly unlikely.
Rampage(-_- 🍀 -_-)Clover said on 24/Aug/15
This 5ft9-10 talk for Mature...when is it gonna end. The man was big and tall. He 🍺 like a 🐟 and 🚬 like a 🏭 but nonetheless he had a magnetic presence on screen and knock out any of today's so-called leading men with one👊. To put it simply, he was the characters he played.

"Victor Mature's height is 6ft 2in (188cm)"
Maximus said on 8/Aug/15
Bottom line....he is a very good height for a leading man and didn't need lifts to appear tall....anything 6' and over is pretty good.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/15
@Rampage When did he ever look 6'3?? I've never seen him look over 6'2. Now a guy like Stewart Granger could look anywhere from 6'1-6'3".
littlesue said on 19/Mar/15
Lol!! Humprhey Bogart 5ft 3.5!!! go look at pics of him with Lauren Bacall who was around 5ft 8, he taller in most pics
Steve said on 19/Mar/15
Hillys,

Bogart was at least 5'7" and Mature was minimum 6'1".
hillus said on 19/Mar/15
In the golden days of Hollywood, it was considered essential that leading actors should appear tall on screen, whether tall or short in reality. Take Humphrey Bogart for instance, he was very short, 5'3 and a 1/2" to be exact, but he always looked much taller on screen.
hillus said on 19/Mar/15
I believe mature to be between 5' 9"" and 5' 10". The poster above has been posed to highlight the length of his legs rather cleverly, but it's obvious that the studio thought he was too short for his width. Yes, 5' 9" is about right.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Feb/15
Personally, I'd have stuck with the 6ft1¾. The original 6ft2 was also believable. He could look from 6ft1 to 6ft3.

He reminds me a lot of Danny Huston
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Feb/15
Rob, would you argue as low as 185cm for Mature?
[Editor Rob: at times he could appear near that mark, other times he could look near 6ft 2...]
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
There's still a few Stewart and Grant films I've not seen but I've seen probably 75% of both of them, it is my intention to watch every single one, but so many films I've been meaning to watch, it's easy to get distracted and forget!
[Editor Rob: I've not seen all of either of their output, but most of the major ones.]
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
Jimmy Stewart for me is definitely one of the greatest actors ever, perhaps not quite as talented as somebody like Day Lewis but I literally enjoy him in every film he's in, he makes even some of the more average ones in terms of scripting very good to watch. The pinnacle of his career IMO was Mr Smith Goes to Washington, just fantastic acting. His best film is either Vertigo or Rear Window though I think. Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant for me probably have the highest rate of great films of all the classic actors.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
He did edge out Fonda though so I wouldn't under 6'1.5 for him, somewhere around that 187 mark looks right IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Feb/15
Thanks, I think we finally have him at something more reasonable. You're right though that he could look the full 6'2" at times, but generally he seemed more 6'1" range, in fact in some comparisons he could look as low as 6'1" flat! It was the comparison with Ward Bond in My Darling Clementine which initially made me question the 6'2 I think!
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
Rob, maybe 6'1.5 would be better for him then if Rennie was just 6'3" flat. 6'2.5 might be a legit shoe measurement. I thought in some scenes the difference looked easily two inches, in others perhaps just 1.5 inches. Something isn't quite right though, not convinced Rennie was 6'3" flat! It is possible though but he looked lankier to me.
[Editor Rob: it is possible, look at Victor with Jimmy Stewart! Ok Mature is 74 but Stewart is like 79 I think there! He held up pretty well into his old age. I re-watched a few Jimmy Stewart Hitchock films recently and forgot how great he was...probably in my top 5 actors of all time.]
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
Thanks Rob, definitely shorter than Ward Bond. It seemed more than 0.25 as that's not really detectable but 187 generally seems more plausible in comparison to others.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jan/15
Rob, maybe he was 6ft2½(189cm) out of bed?
Sam said on 9/Jan/15
Agreed on this downgrade...he probably only had half an inch on Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine. 6'4" is such a crock!
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
"Mature also encouraged his PR team to diminish his height- listed at 6'2 ½", so he would not be passed over in casting his better than 6'4" frame against less-secure co-stars" is such BS though, if he was 6'4" Michael Rennie was a solid 6'6" er! I really think the 6'2.5 was a genuine shoe measurement.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
In some roles like Samson he could look easily 15 stone range, a big built guy. 14 and a half stone is certainly the least I think he could have really been. He probably had to bulk up even more for roles like Samson though to look as big and strong as possible. He really looks nearer 220 pounds in Samson. His boots are suspicious in the film though, really big and heavy, in one scene he actually pulled off looking taller than George Sanders! He had about 5-6 inches on Angela Lansbury when stood his best.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
I mean look at Click Here for instance with 5'10 Maurice Evans!
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
He does look 6'2" range in the above photo though!
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
Rob is there any chance of a slight downgrade? He really didn't look a full 6'2" with actors like Ward Bond and Michael Rennie and he doesn't quite look it in Samson and Delilah either. I think you'd be spot on with 187.
[Editor Rob: 187 is probably a better overall fit.]
John said on 29/Sep/14
The 6'4" claim for Mature is a joke, as he was clearly several inches shorter than 6'5" William Marshall in "Demetrius and the Gladiators".
Arch Stanton said on 28/Sep/14
My bad!! It did look like The Robe and Burton and Mature at first glance!
John said on 27/Sep/14
That picture was from the sequel, "Demtrius and the Gladiators", which did not have Richard Burton in the cast.
littlesue said on 26/Sep/14
Arch, thats not Richard Burton in that pic you posted of Victor and Susan Haywood x
Sam said on 25/Sep/14
Burton always wore built up shoes in films and in real life from 1949 onwards.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Sep/14
There's still quite a lot of this films I haven't seen though so I'll try to get some more comparisons on film over the next few weeks.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Sep/14
Are you sure on the lifts Sam? I can't see them there Click Here Burton's feet look flat inside the sandals.

Rob I think you're right on Ward Bond being a flat 6'2 now as I always used Wayne as a solid 6'4 gauge :-). However I really think this listing is a wee bit generous, I always got a more 6'1 range impression, see him with Burton in the above link with Granger for instance Click Here , and with 6'4" Vincent Price Click Here I think a 6'1.5" might be more accurate and then assume the 6'2.5" claim was a genuine shoe measurement. He did edge out Fonda but as Sam says it was miniscule. Fonda could look 187 at times himself, but then at others seem 185 tops. Victor definitely looked a bit shorter than Ward though. Only odd thing is that Victor did look a similar height to Sonny Tufts in Easy Living and he's at 6'4" on the database LOL. Maybe he really was 6 ft 4, yeah and Richard Burton not under 6 ft :-)
[Editor Rob: 6ft 1.5 is possible for Victor]
Sam said on 21/Sep/14
Remember Burton was wearing lifts in "The Robe".
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/14
Mature actually looked about an inch shorter than Ward Bond in My Darling Clementine Rampage who I think was a proper 189cm guy.
[Editor Rob: I looked at Bond and on the football team he was called 6ft 2 in 1928, I mean that's what I'd put him at, maybe Mature himself is adding an inch to his own height.]
Arch Stanton said on 20/Apr/14
Agreed Sam, exactly what I was going to say. They looked about the same height, but I think Mature edged him out as you say. Difficult to argue anything over 6'2" flat, especially as Rob now has Fonda at 186.
Sam said on 21/Feb/14
He really didn't look more than 6'2" next to Fonda, a weak half-inch I though was between them in My Darling Clementine.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jun/13
They plucked the 6"4" figure out of the sky because he was never anywhere near that. But he was at least 6"2" if not a bit more.

I think 6"2.25"(189cm) might've been his peak
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/13
He does actually look 189cm in the above pic though doesn't he.
[Editor Rob: around 188 I think is fair for him, I don't think he was over 188]
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/13
Yeah anything like 6'4" + is a definite joke for him. I'll try yo pick up some older films with him in. My impression of him is 6'1" range next to Michael Rennie and Burton. Now Michael Rennie is how a legit 6'3" range guy looks.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Apr/13
Rob see 13:00 range. Do you think he looks 6'2" next to 5'9.5" Richard Burton? Click Here
[Editor Rob: he doesn't look more than 4 inches]
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Now Michael Rennie did look about 6'3"-6'4" in comparison to Burton and had about 2 inches on Mature.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
190cm??? Have you seen The Robe Rob? No way did he have 5 inches on Richard Burton. He looked about 6'1" in comparison.
Lebensdorf said on 31/Mar/13
Very solid 6'2 but not more, I agree.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Sep/12
I think 6ft2.5(189cm) minimum for Mature, quite possibly even 190cm?
Shadow2 said on 10/Feb/12
He was 6'1.5" max, maybe slightly shorter. One example, 1955's "Violent Saturday", is his scene with 6' Richard Egan. Because of his large physique, Mature appeared to be much taller in his movies, but the test is when he appears alongside other tall actors of known height. Another example is 1952's "Million Dollar Mermaid", where Mature is in scenes with legit 6'3" David Brian, a noticeably taller actor.
mcfan said on 26/Nov/11
Victor Mature was not 6'5. He was as stated, 6'2.5.
Don Sr. said on 6/Aug/11
I stood within 3' of him in 1954 at Miramar NAS in San Diego. I'm 6'2" and he was at least 6' 5". He was in full costume that included Roman sandals (or what ever they call those strap on thingies.) He was a BIG Guy!
Don Sr. said on 6/Aug/11
In 1955, I stood within 3' of him at Miramar Naval Air Station when his plane was diverted there. He was in make-up and full attire and wearing what appeared be Roman sandals. He stood a full 6'4" at a minimum. I'm 6'2!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Jun/11
Nearer 6ft3
adam said on 24/Jun/09
Victor Mature should have won at least two oscars. He had a big chest.
Frank2 said on 23/Jun/09
I thought Wayne was excellent in TRUE GRIT.
adam said on 23/Jun/09
Hayden played pretty much the same character in every film. The same monotonic line delivery. But his films were good and he had charisma! He worked with great directors such as Kubrick and Huston.

Wayne had the same thing. He played pretty much the same character. But his films were very enjoyable. And I agree about THE SEARCHERS. A great film and he should have gotten the nomination. His performance in TRUE GRIT on the other hand wasnt that good.
Frank2 said on 23/Jun/09
Sterling Hayden was a terrific actor. Superb in DR. STRANGELOVE. Hayden was great in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. But Hayden was also excellent in lesser known films. I loved his take on Jim Bowie in the underrated THE LAST COMMAND. Hayden showed he could act in films like SUDDENLY and THE KILLING.

John Wayne was a terrific actor. He deserved an Oscar nomination for his role in THE SEARCHERS.
adam said on 23/Jun/09
Havent seen his film noir stuff but those SAMSON AND DELILAH etc style films... he wasnt a good actor. He knew it himself. He belongs to the same category as Sterl Hayden and John Wayne.

...having said that, Hayden and Wayne definitely had charisma and they both did some great films. THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE KILLING and DR. STRANGELOVE are awesome. Wayne of course did a great deal of good stuff too. Mature? I`ll have to check those two films (I WAKE UP SCREAMING and KISS OF DEATH).
guyfrommars said on 23/Jun/09
Orson Welles said that Mature had 3-inch tall sandals in that low-budget Italian Vikings vs. Mongols films they co-starred in. He did wear lifts and heels frequently or used camera tricks, boxes, etc. to look taller on screen.
Frank2 said on 22/Jun/09
Actually, Mature was a terrific actor. He's excellent in KISS OF DEATH.
adam said on 22/Jun/09
Alright. I believe you. And this man was also a horrible actor! He got his roles only because of his physique.
Frank2 said on 19/Jun/09
Mature wore lifts. That and they used trick camera angles, ramps and a box. Watch the film I WAKE UP SCREAMING. In it, Mature is obviously shorter than 6'3" Laird Cregar. In DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS, 6'4" William Marshall towers over Mature. Also, Michael Rennie who was 6'4" towered over Mature.
adam said on 19/Jun/09
Frank2, Mature was about the same height as George Sanders in Samson and Delilah. Mature wore lifts? Sanders was at least 6-3.
Frank2 said on 15/Jun/09
Speaking of Lucille Ball, here she is with and Ronald Reagan:

Click Here

Reagan was 6'1" in his prime and by the time of this photo was about 6'. Ball is wearing what appears to be pumps with 2 &1/2" heels. She's still several inches shorter than Reagan.

Ball with 6' Richard Denning:

Click Here
Frank2 said on 15/Jun/09
According to people I knew who worked in Fox publicity during the 1950's, Mature was 6'1". I think he was slightly over that. Maybe by a quarter of an inch. But in the film DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS, 6'4" William Marshall toward over Mature.

Ball was more like 5'6". I saw her many times over the years.
Alex (London) said on 14/Jun/09
In the film 'Dangerous Mission' AKA 'Rangers of the North' also starring Piper Laurie & Vincent Price he appeared less than 6'2" compared to Vincent Price in my estimation.

A six footer but not 2 inches over.
adam said on 30/Dec/08
6-2 or perharps slightly more. Rob has him right.
mcfan said on 21/Jul/07
I think he was closer to 6'3 when he was young.
sam said on 21/Dec/06
From what I've seen of him, I've been surprised at his 6'2.5" listing. He really looks 6'1" next to co-stars. He was about the same height as Henry Fonda in My Darling Clementine.
richinkle said on 14/Apr/06
In "Seven Days Leave", 1942, Victor Mature in 1" shoes looked about 4 to 4 1/2" taller than Lucille Ball in 3" heels. (She came up to just above eye-level). Lucille Ball in her prime was 5'-7 1/2". He looks tall in the movie, but I don't think he's much taller than 6'-1" or 6'-1 1/2".
Frank2 said on 29/Mar/06
That photo of Stewart with Mature just proves he really never lost that much in height. When I met him he was still a solid 6'3" and that was when he was approaching his last decade.
larry said on 24/Mar/06
Looks like we need a 1" down-grade to me, Coach! :-) He was in several movies with 6'4" Vincent Price & looked 2.5 - 3.0" shorter.
larry said on 23/Mar/06
I see about 6'1.5" in that photo. He didn't look quite as tall as Chaney Jr. in ONE MILLION BC (not the one with Raquel Welch, the 1939/40 film).
Frank2 said on 20/Mar/06
Here's 6'1" Henry Fonda with Mature. In the film My Darling Clementine they were about the same height give or take half an inch: Click Here
Frank2 said on 3/Mar/06
Vic was slightly taller than six one. I'd say by no more than a quarter of an inch. He looked short next to such very tall actors as Michael Rennie (6-4), Walter Pidgeon (6-3), William Marshall (6-4) and Laird Cregar (6-4). He was just big-boned and therefore always seemed to be taller than he was.
Gramps said on 23/Oct/05
There's no way Victor Mature was 6'4" - - none! Check how he looks here with the 6'1.5" Henry Fonda:
http://www.wildestwesterns.com/images/issue_3_images/henry_fonda_victor_mature.jpg
Now view him with the 5'10" Lynn Redgrave:
http://www.redgrave.com/images/0664.jpg
Finally, see how he looks in this group of men and ask yourself if he could be 6'4":
http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/beefcake/victormature1.jpg
You're right! There's no way. I'd give him a solid 6'2" but no more.

[Editor Rob: the whole 6ft 4 thing is bizarre...I even think 189cm might be a cm too high for him]
mcfan said on 17/Sep/05
I know for a fact this guy was only 6'2-3. He only looks 4-4.5 inches taller than Angela Lansbury.
CC-Tron said on 4/Aug/05
I've seen a few of Victor Mature's films and he doesn't look 6'4. No taller than 6'2 I'd say. Taller than 6'4 is definitely a tall tale.

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