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Burt Lancaster's height is 6ft 1in (185 cm)

American actor best remembered for films such as From Here to Eternity, Judgment at Nuremberg, Trapeze, Run Silent Run Deep, Elmer Gantry, Atlantic City and The Birdman of Alcatraz.

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Ian C. says on 25/Jul/14
Lancaster was in the same rough height class as Lee Marvin in The Professionals, which made him tall. What is interesting about that is that he was once a circus acrobat. That would be a vocation where being tall would be a disadvantage, but you can see Lancaster swinging in circles on a horizontal flag pole in The Flame and the Arrow. That would have taken quite a bit of strength for anyone over six feet tall. A very gifted guy, and obviously intelligent, as in fact most movie stars are.
Sam says on 20/Jun/14
I thought he was fairly good in Birdman of Alcatraz but its definitely one of those Stanley Kramer-type message movies that aged not-so-well, they seemed prevalent in the late 50s/early 60s. It would have been interesting to see a gritty, violent Birdman remake in the 70s with Gene Hackman being directed by someone like Friedkin, Scorsese or Coppola, which would not skimp on the brutal side of the character.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Jun/14
Looks a weak 6'1 in Birdman of Alcatraz. Completely got the atmosphere of Alcatraz and Stroud wrong though. It should have been a gritty, violent film, but it glorified him.
Arch Stanton says on 10/May/14
Not Lancaster's best performance of course, that would be Judgement, Elmer Gantry, or Atlantic City, but I thought the film and his performance was thoroughly enjoyable and Magnani was an amazing actress in it.
Arch Stanton says on 10/May/14
I loved it yeah!! I thought she was amazing in it.
Sam says on 6/May/14
Really, The Rose Tattoo?...I wasn't crazy about that one. He and Anna Magnani overacting the hell out of Tennessee Williams dialogue with overblown campy Italian accents (I know that was just the way Magnani talked but Lancaster struck some false notes). I don't think it was nearly as well directed as Sweet Smell.
Arch Stanton says on 5/May/14
Nah, The Rose Tattoo is the best film of Lancaster's by far I've seen and is now one of my favourites of all time.
Sam says on 26/Mar/14
Yeah, she was definitely a little on the short side, I think she wore heels in Sweet Smell. She's was hot enough that (SPOILER ALERT) it almost explained Lancaster's creepy, incestous obsession with her in the movie.
Arch Stanton says on 25/Mar/14
Sam do you think Susan Harrison looked 5'3" as listed? She was a gorgeous looking gal..
Arch Stanton says on 24/Mar/14
I know Burt, but I go by year of release which was 1960. Technically 1959 really as you say though.

Lancaster still looked 2-2.5 inches taller than Kirk Douglas in lifts in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Those are actually my two favourite Lancaster films too Sam :-]
Burt says on 18/Mar/14
Arch, both "The Unforgiven" and "Elmer Gantry" were filmed in 1959 when Lancaster was 45.
avi says on 16/Mar/14
Never was much taller than 5'10ish Telly Savalas in the birdman from Alcatraz movie. 6'0ish probably
Jeff C says on 9/Jan/14
Sam says on 8/Jan/14
"Sweet Smell of Success is my very favorite Lancaster film"
I have to agree with you Sam, I think It was also Tony Curtis finest acting. Fantastic Film, too bad it wasnt a blockbuster. However, it has become a cult classic.
Sam says on 8/Jan/14
Sweet Smell of Success is my very favorite Lancaster film, more so than From Here to Eternity, a more praised film. Also a big fan of The Killers, Atlantic City, The Leopard and Go Tell the Spartans...he always made interesting choices.
Jeff C says on 6/Jan/14
I think one one of his best films was "Sweet Smell Of Success" with Tony Curtis. Very underrated.
James says on 29/Dec/13
Lancaster was only six foot, as others have said he was three inches shorter than Gary Cooper. Lancaster was 74 when "Field of Dreams" was filmed in 1988, so he might have only been 5'11" in his last movie. He was not actually that fit physically because he chain smoked Camels and drank heavily.
Arch Stanton says on 23/Dec/13
Doesn't really look over 6 ft in The Leopard either. Of course the lovely Claudia Cardinale was also in that film!
Arch Stanton says on 23/Dec/13
What happens to guys in their 60s really is most cruel! Harrison Ford is one of the few guys who seem to have got through his 60s relatively unscathed. If you compare Lancaster in Airport in 1970 to Atlantic City in 1980 he aged 25 years in 10 years! My dad's 66 in June and has aged immensely in the last 5 years and has pretty much lost his athletic frame and has now shrunk and looks quite frail and his skin has yellowed. He looked pretty good up until about 60.
Arch Stanton says on 23/Dec/13
Thanks. Oddly Lancaster looks a bit shorter than 5'10" listed Robert Joy in Atlantic City!! He really looks noticeably shorter than 6'1", he was 67 when they made it.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
He won an Oscar for Best Actor for Elmer Gantry and BAFTA for Best Actor for Atlantic City.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
Rob can you add Elmer Gantry and Atlantic City? I'd argue that those were among his best known roles.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
Lancaster had a really tough year in 1960 didn't he, working opposite Audrey Hepburn in The Unforgiven and Jean Simmons in Elmer Gantry. Poor chap! Looks a strong 6'1 range in The Unforgiven but he's in cowboy boots.
Arch Stanton says on 13/Dec/13
Actually looked 6'2 in Judgement at Nuremberg I though, but they made him look radically different.
Arch Stanton says on 8/Dec/13
In The Rainmaker he has 1-2 inches on an actor who in the film claims to be six foot and they make a thing of it. He also looks a strong 6'1" next to Katharine Hepburn in it IMO. I think He can look more 6' at times but I think 6'1" is accurate for peak. His hair reminds me of mine..
Sam says on 14/Nov/13
He was a interesting guy, I read his biography. He was a producer with a real keen creative eye and successfully broke away from the beefcake image he first had...he also was an experienced acrobat and maintained superior strength to the end of his days. On the other hand, like a lot of successful guys, he could be a real SOB and was a womanizer and generally bad to his wife. My favorite ancedote was when a snooty 7-year-old Macaulay Culkin was rude to a 80-year-old Lancaster, Burt threatened to beat his little butt.
Arch Stanton says on 3/Nov/13
Well he didn't look over an inch shorter than Dean Jagger in Elmer Gantry who was clearly a solid 6'2" next to Peck in earlier films so he had to be 6'1. He can look more 6 ft at other times though.
Arch Stanton says on 3/Nov/13
Doesn't really look over 6 ft in Elmer Gantry
high tom says on 28/Sep/13
just watched 'Brute Force" (circa 1947) with Charles Bickford co-starring: Bickford
was about 65 at that time. His height was listed as 6'1" and in the scene where they're standing almost nose-to-nose, Burt was at least 2" shorter...
Sam says on 5/Sep/13
Hard to tell, but to my eyes Delon could have pulled off 5'10"...he's got several inches on Charles Bronson for example.
IndroB says on 12/Aug/13
I am sorry, are you serious?
Burt Lancaster is at least 8-10 cm taller than Alain Delon, who incidentally is probably closer to 5'9'' than 5'10''.
6'1'' sounds right for Lancaster, anything over 5'9'' for Delon is way off.
Knowitall says on 18/Jul/13
I'm convinced that Cooper was taller than six three. Perhaps closer to six four.

Think about it. Like Rock Hudson, Cooper always appeared taller than all the men in his films. He was a good two inches talker than six foot two Lon Cheney Jr. And if Tony Perkins was really six two then Coop was six four because he was a solid two inches talker than Perkins in Friendly Persuasion.

So if Coop was six four, and three inches taller than Lancaster, Burt was six one.
jano says on 11/Jun/13
i seen this 2 guys burt lancaster and alain delon . delon is 5 ft 10 burt lancaster is 6 ft 1 tall
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jun/13
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Rob see from 26 minutes onwards. Pause at 29:12 in particular, how much to you reckon Gary Cooper has one him? It looks an easy 3 inches to me. I mean if Cooper really was 6 ft 2 Lancaster would be struggling with 5 ft 11! And if Cooper was only 6'3", Lancaster doesn't look above 6'..
[Editor Rob: not sure a big 3 inches there.]
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jun/13
Rob can you add Elmer Gantry, he won an Oscar for that film!

Do you mean Fields of Dreams? Well that film was 1989, he'd have been 76 by then and probably nearer 5 ft 11. Not seen that film in yonks though, I can't remember how he looked, but as I say I get a very similar height impression in his prime to Reagan and Grant. 6'0.5" is possible for his peak don't you think?
[Editor Rob: yeah it's that film]
Arch Stanton says on 9/Jun/13
Doesn't even look close to a real 6'2" in Vengeance Valley Frenchman. Charlton Heston looked a lot bigger. Lancaster looks about the same height as Cary Grant and Reagan weak 6'1" I think. 6'0.5"-6'1" looks about right. He reminds me a bit of a John Schneider from Smallville facially.
Arch Stanton says on 9/Jun/13
Rob can you update his films Rob, known for films like From Here to Eternity, Marty, Trapeze, Sweet Smell of Success, Elmer Gantry, Birdman of Alcatraz and Atlantic City.

Watching Vengeance Valley right now, haven't been watching so many films of late as I've been enjoying the sunshine!
[Editor Rob: I'll give him a photo, I noticed an article talking about stand ins for Shoeless Joe, the casting was wanting James Earl Jones (6ft 1.5, 235 pounds), Kevin Costner (6ft and 165 pounds) and Burt Lancaster (6ft, 189 pounds)]
Jeff C says on 4/Jun/13
Frenchman in regard to your post, your way off. Delon is nowhere near 5ft11.5, I woulnt be so sure if I were you. Next to Charles Bronson and Jane Fonda he was barely taller. The most I will give him will be my exact height which is 5ft9.5.
Frenchman says on 1/Jun/13
Burt Lancaster was 6ft2 (188 cm)at his peak. When I watch a movie I always make comparisons between actors. I know it is tricky or misleading because of the camera angle or else, but I am 66 years old and I have done that for so many years that I have come to reliable conclusions. As for Alain Delon, he is either 181 or 182 (a good 5ft11,5 at his peak). I am sure of that too.
Frenchman says on 1/Jun/13
Burt Lancaster was 6ft2 at his peak. When I watch a movie I always make comparisons between actors. I know it is tricky or misleading because of the camera angle or else, but I am 66 years old and I have done that for so many years that I have come to reliable conclusions. As for Alain Delon, he is either 181 or 182 (a good 5ft11,5 at his peak). I am sure of that too.
Jeff C says on 25/May/13
I am a big Alain Delon fan. However, his height has always puzzle me. I grew up with his films as a little kid In Cuba. There is one film in particular called Honor Among Thieves with Charles Bronson, and Delon is one inch taller. So if Bronson is 5.8 then Delon cant be any taller than 5.9. Rob if you get information about his height it will be highly appreciated. Thanks.
[Editor Rob: near 5ft 10 I thought was possible, but I too wasn't sure so haven't yet added him until I watched some of his stuff.]
ArjunaKorale says on 8/May/13
In Vera Cruz with Gary Cooper (where Burt outshone Cooper in every scene in my opinion), Burt seemed a full three inches shorter than Cooper. Cooper has always been listed as 6 ft 3 & nothing more, so my guess is that Burt was a 6 footer & nothing more.
ArjunaKorale says on 8/May/13
Burt was one of my favourite actors...makes today's cool guys like Tome Cruise look like wimps! I've seen him in many films & I always pegged him out as 184 - 183 cm (dead on 6 feet or half an inch over). I really don't think that he was anything over this.
Clint says on 5/Jan/13
Probably you're right, Sam. Actually there are some sites that list Delon 5.10, the official 182 looks a bit too much for him. Moreover, I have seen a pic of Burt colse to Gary Cooper (6.3-6.4), who looks about 2 or 3 inches taller than him. Definitely, 185-186 seems accurate for Burt.
Ps: why isn't Delon listed on this site?
Sam says on 4/Jan/13
I've seen that movie, Clint. Lancaster did look considerably taller. However, I think Delon's listed height is slightly exaggerated. Next to 5'7" Monica Vitti, in L'eclisse he is scarcely taller when she is in heels. Delon's probably a strong 5'10" nothing more.
Clint says on 2/Jan/13
In the movie "Il Gattopardo" by Luchino Visconti, Lancaster looks much taller than Alain Delon, who is listed about 182. I'd say he looks about three inches taller than Delon, definetly around 190, do you see it possible Rob?
Copnovelist195 says on 9/Nov/12
I would say Lancaster was 6ft1 even into old age, possibly 6ft2 at his peak. Always prided himself on his physical fitness into his sixties when his health completely broke down; he even almost died during a gallstone operation. Just goes to show it's what's in your genes at the end of the day. He spent the last twenty years of his life in pretty poor health despite a lifetime's daily fitness regime and being a former acrobat.

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