How tall was Vincent Gardenia

Vincent Gardenia's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

Italian-American actor, best remembered for appearing in films like Little Shop of Horrors, Death Wish, The Front Page, Heaven Can Wait, Bang the Drum Slowly and Moonstruck. One 1973 article mentioned "He is as medium height as you can get (5-foot-9). Not fat. Not lean. A rather flat, untanned face that resembles the local baker, butcher or grocer."

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Average Guess (6 Votes)
5ft 7.71in (172cm)
Gerald S said on 3/Jun/23
Gardenia surprisingly had about an inch on 5'7" Dick O'Neill and close to two inches on 5'6" Charles Durning in The Front Page, so 5'8" peak might actually be correct for Gardenia after all!
Gerald S said on 13/May/23
Paul Dooley actually had more like 6cm over Vincent Gardenia in Death Wish. 175.5cm for Dooley and 169.5cm for Gardenia thus works at that time, although I might be being a bit generous to Gardenia, he was potentially closer to 169cm than 170cm by then.
Gerald S said on 10/May/23
Rob, could Gardenia get 5’7.75”?
Gerald S said on 9/May/23
Rob, that’s interesting. On the Andrew Robinson page, you suggested 5’8-5’9 range for Dooley in DS9, but also mentioned he may have started to lose height by that time as he was into his 60s. I guess 5’9.25” peak is not to be ruled out.
Editor Rob
Yes he likely lost height by the time of DS9. You can see him with Andrew and Rene Here.

5ft 9.5 in his prime is a possibility.
Gerald S said on 9/May/23
Rob, could Paul Dooley get a page?

Very popular American character actor who played dads in Breaking Away, Sixteen Candles and Runaway Bride. He also appeared in DS9, Insomnia, Death Wish, Slap Shot, Hairspray etc. He evidently peaked at 5’9” range, looking 5’9” at most in a Get Smart episode.
Editor Rob
In DS9 I thought could still clear 5ft 9.
Jtm said on 9/May/23
paul dooley was probably 5'9ish peak.
Gerald S said on 7/May/23
Gardenia did look under 5'7" in Death Wish, either 5'6.75" or 5'6.5".
Gerald S said on 6/May/23
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Nik Ashton said on 6/May/23
The average guess (5’7.5” after 4 votes) could be on the money.
Gerald S said on 3/May/23
How tall does Gardenia look in your above photo, Rob?

I’d say 5’6.5”; he’s seventy there. A strong 5’7” peak is not out of the question.
Gerald S said on 2/May/23
Maybe a case of a weak 5'8" at peak, Rob?
Gerald S said on 30/Apr/23
Gardenia could look 5’6.5” in Death Wish. Highly unlikely he had lost a full inch, let alone 1.5 inches, by 53 years of age.
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Apr/23
I can’t see 5ft9 for Vince, so he can have 5ft8. 😁
Gerald S said on 30/Apr/23
Rob, could we compromise on 5’7.5”?

If you see around 1:05:00 below, Paul Dooley has a good two inches on Gardenia. Now Dooley could have peaked at a strong 5’9” but that would be my highest estimate for him. A flat 5’7” is the most I could buy for Gardenia in that film and he was only 53 years old so he couldn’t have shrunk much if at all. 5’7” peak I’m voting.

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Editor Rob
By his 50's I believe he likely lost some height.

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