How tall is Clark Gable ?

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Clark Gable height: 6ft 0.5in (184 cm)

American best remembered for films such as Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, Boom Town, Mogambo, The Tall Men, Command Decision, Saratoga and The Misfits. At the time he was regularly called 'Tall, dark and handsome' and 6ft 1, 195 pounds. A quote in 1955 claimed that Gabe said "When I came to town 25 years ago my six feet, two inches were considered pretty high up. But year by year they keep coming in - taller and taller. Today, it would appear than an actor under six feet is virtually a runt."

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Comment on the Height of Clark Gable

Larry said on 18/Sep/15
Gable had severe back problems in the last years of his life, so he may have only looked about 5'10" in 1960.
Larry said on 16/Sep/15
Gable wore built up shoes in the 1950s, don't know if he did earlier.
Greg said on 13/Sep/15
Knowitall said on 23/Feb/13
Explain why Gable isn't taller than five feet ten Montgomery Clift:

Wasn't Gable about 59 in that pic? I can tell as someone who's also 59 that you can lose height at that age. I've lost an inch and a half (was 5'10" peak). I have no doubt Gable was about 6' give or take when younger. Comparing heights based on movie footage is insane because heights are often made to look similar - Spencer Tracy wearing lifts, etc.
Larry said on 10/Sep/15
Gable stood on a box to look taller than Robert Ryan in "The Tall Men". You could see that Gable's knees were much higher up than Ryan's.
MrTBlack said on 17/Jul/15

6'1" is most overstated height IMO. I'm a hair over 6'2" and guys at my work claim 6'1" and most of them were really 5'10.5-6'0" tops. Some were even shorter than the listed range I put!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jul/15
Rob, is 185cm possible?

He really does look it in his early stuff.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Apr/15
@Steve In some scenes in Boom Town too Gable could look only 2 inches taller than Tracy. Now Tacy was nothing over 5 ft 9. Gable could often look a good inch shorter than listed here, then other times he could look near 6'1".
Sam said on 6/Apr/15
Yeah, I agree Tracy held his own much more than you'd expect with Gable. Although in his 60s I think, by Run Silent Run Deep and Tall Men he still hadn't seem lose height with age.
Steve said on 3/Apr/15
I'm still puzzled by Gable only appearing to be an inch and a half taller than Spencer Tracy in San Francisco. I'm sure Tracy was no more than 5'9". Tracy doesn't appear to be wearing lifts. There are wide shots where the two men look to be close to the same height.
Sam said on 1/Apr/15
Must have been a small box if he did...but if you watch the film Ryan appears to be the same height or shorter than Gable when in reality he seems to have been at least 3 inches taller.
Steve said on 31/Mar/15
I don't believe Gable stood on a box.
Sam said on 30/Mar/15
Anyone know if the trivia on the site that shall not be named that during a scene in The Tall Men, Gable stood on a box to look taller than Robert Ryan. For sure they did do a good job suggesting Gable was at least equal to Ryan in height. Although some of the scenery was beautiful Tall Men was a pretty boring western.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Mar/15
Rob can you add Mutiny on the Bounty, Boom Town, Mogambo, The Tall Men, Command Decision, and Saratoga ?

Command Decision sounds like it might have had Seagal in it!
Arch Stanton said on 29/Mar/15
I saw Boom Town the other day and Gable was calling Tracy "shortie" in it. Made me laugh as in some scenes he only looked 2-3 inches taller! I suspect it was an in joke and Tracy was wearing lifts through part of it though. There is a scene at the end where they're walking and Gable looked nearer 5 inches taller than Tracy. So I was thinking weak 6 ft through much of the film but when you saw them walk presumably Tracy forgot his lifts. 6'0.5 think is OK, but for some reason he could often look max 6'0.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Feb/15
184cm is still considered tall now. It just gets undermined because men who are really just below 6ft are claiming 6ft1
Steve said on 13/Feb/15
Also, In just about every photo taken with Gary Cooper, Gable is several inches shorter. If he had been 6'1" there wouldn't have been a four to five inch difference in height. Check this out

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MrTBlack said on 27/Jan/15
Hudson is probably 6'7" in his cowboy boots. He even claimed 6'5" but said he shrunk to 6'4" and put 6'4" on his papers.
Eric said on 30/Dec/14
In one movie, Rock Hudson played with Murray Rose, an Olympic swimmer whose height I know, 6'1''. And Hudson was neatly taller than him. I believe he was 6'4'' as it is said commonly. Gary Cooper was 6'3''.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Nov/14
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For starters, I think it's safe to say that C. Aubrey Smith was quite possibly nearer 6ft3 than 6ft2
Judd said on 20/Nov/14
i assess him at 6'0"...6'0" in the first half of 20th century was considered tall, and Gable never gave me the idea to be a giant, but just medium-tall...i would say a strong 6'0" when he portrayed the first roles, and about 5'11" in the last ones...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Nov/14
Hudson could look near 6ft6 at times. Gable could have been 6ft2 in shoes
Arch Stanton said on 18/Nov/14
The article also claims John Wayne and Victor Mature are the same height and under 6'3 LMAO. Anybody who's seen a few John Wayne westerns known that he generally looked 1.5-2 inches taller than Ward Bond who himself edged out Mature in My Darling Clementine.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Nov/14
LMAO, great find Rob. LOL so they're basically claiming Fred McMurray was taller than Rock Hudson!! In reality Rock was a weak 6'5" and McMurray struggling with a flat 6'3! The biggest laugh I got though is from the "Bing Crosby is 5'10 and a half"!! I'm guessing he paid them to say that, he wouldn't even reach that in his expensive customs!! Yeah Sam 6;2" for Gable is a joke, but he had a huge ego as Rampage says. In fact out of all the old Hollywood stars I'd say this guy tops the list.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Nov/14
This guy had some major ego issues, though
Sam said on 21/Apr/14
That article's a great find but full of falacies, as Rob already knows. The only quote is from Gable at 6'2", stating that he's an inch under Cooper, which is hilarious when they're compared to each other. Certainly fuels the Wayne-shrinkers though, because it claims him as under 6'3". Even their stab at Fred MacMurray as 6'4" was off. Maybe they were shrinking Hudson due to his in-house reputation as someone of the other persuasion and Gable's reputation as someone who had an adversion to such folks.
Mr. Kaplan said on 19/Apr/14
This article is full of crap. They also have Alan Ladd at 5'8" and Bing Crosby at 5'10.5"!
Editor Rob said on 19/Apr/14
This is an interesting article to read: Click Here

The first time I've ever heard of Rock Hudson being described as being 6ft 4 in 2 inch's like a line you might occasionaly read from a visitor on celebheights, but it's 60 years earlier :)
Arch Stanton said on 17/Mar/14
I disagree that Gable was the greatest of all stars!! No way. One of the most overrated stars IMO with one of the most colossal egos in classic Hollywood!! He was a good actor and watchable in some of his films but he was nowhere near as great as the likes of Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.
James said on 27/Dec/13
I'm not sure Gable could have won a fight in real life because he smoked nearly 80 unfiltered cigarettes a day, and was an alcoholic.
LJM said on 26/Dec/13
Gable maybe was an inch, maybe two inches, shorter than string beans Jimmie Stewart or Coop. If that's the standard. But seeing them side by side, Gable is at least 6 ft and almost certainly more in height, and more to the point is a solid wide-shouldered rock who could deck these other guys in one instant if needs be. In terms of sheer presence, there's a reason Gable was the greatest of all the great stars, and the King.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/13
If you haven't seen the film here's a still Click Here . That was how the height difference appeared in the film.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/13
Mmm Rob have you seen San Francisco? Bizarrely he only looks about 1.5 inches taller than Spencer Tracy in it. Was Tracy wearing lifts? Proportionally he did look about 184 but seeing him next to Tracy if Tracy was 5'9" he looks 5'11" tops. Tracy had to have been wearing lifts.
[Editor Rob: can't recall seeing the film, but Gable]
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/13
Does look near 6'1" in San Francisco.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Dec/13
Solid 6ft1/185cm peak, not a hair less. Towards the end of his life he looked about an inch below that and a lot heavier than 195lbs. I'd say about 230lbs at least. Very much a shell of his former self. Dreadful to see in his last movies.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Oct/13
Jim, Sterling Hayden was a head taller than Frank Sinatra in Suddenly. No way did Hayden have a full head on Gable! I've never seen him look under 6 ft peak.
JimMorrison said on 30/Aug/13
Gable was five inches shorter than Gary Cooper who was at least a strong six three. Gable was 5-11 max. Hayden was a head taller than him.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/13
5'3" I'd say was nearer. I'll try to watch Cleopatra sometime.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Aug/13
Rob is there any chance you can add Claudette Colbert? I'm about to give up with requesting heights for good! She was listed at 5'4.5" I think but didn't really look it in my opinion. In It happened one night Gable even said she looked small. I'd knock a good inch off of that. Nearer 5'3" I'd say.

Rob have you seen Mutiny on the Bounty? He looked max two inches taller than Franchot Tone who was listed at 5'10". Tone could look nearer 5'11" though in my opinion.
[Editor Rob: she got described 5ft 3, 4 and 4.5...I'm not sure which]
EdgarHernández said on 15/Aug/13
Whit Gary cooper he is wearing white dress shoes and cooper is wearing boots.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jul/13
I think the full 6ft1. I have hard time believing he was shorter than Cary Grant
Sam said on 19/Jun/13
Next to Spencer Tracy, he looks at max 3 inches taller, not 4 inches taller.
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Also close in height here to 6'0" listed William Powell:
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However, the plot thickens because he he looks the same height as 6'1" listed Burt Lancaster, who was still equal to 6'1" Kevin Costner at nearly 80:
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Sam said on 14/Jun/13
Looks like 183 cm at best next to Gary Cooper...definitely not 6'1".
Knowitall said on 1/Jun/13
Well, he sure looked short next to six foot three Gary Cooper:

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I see almost a five inch difference.
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/13
Well, he has about 2 inches on Leslie Howard who was listed at 5'10 1/2...
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/13
Mmm, doesn't really look 6 ft 1 in Gone with the Wind, doesn't look over 6 ft.
Knowitall said on 26/Feb/13
If you draw a horizontal line at the bottom where their feet meet the ground and a the top right above their heads, they're just about the same height. Also, I've seen other photos taken on the set showing Clift being as tall as Gable. Clift tended to slouch all the time. But when he stood up straight he looked as tall as some actors listed as being six feet.
Sam said on 25/Feb/13
They are standing on a hill, Clift at the highest position. Weird picture, shows that Wallach probably really cleared 5'7" mark once, after years of aging he has come to look so tiny heightwise.
Knowitall said on 23/Feb/13
Explain why Gable isn't taller than five feet ten Montgomery Clift:

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johnny said on 30/Oct/12
@edgarhernandez - please, get a life! ;-)
EdgarHernandez said on 19/Oct/12
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clark has an edge on robert montgomery who is at the same height in this site,
and for gary cooper, he has a very long thin body, that make his look taller:
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also he had in that photo boots, Clark have a very flat kind of shoes:
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in this other one the diference is no that impresive, notice the top of their heads, put on top of that the ground
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here whit jimmy stewart, notice how 2 "6ft 3" guys look diferent with clark, i always suspect that cooper was taller than 6ft 3
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draw a line on top of their heads, is between 2.5 to 3 inches, and jimmy himself descrived his height at 6ft 3.5, so 6ft .5 for clark is more than fair.
Kevin said on 16/Aug/12
Gable when standing next to Gary Cooper was considerably shorter . Cooper was roughly 6'3" in his prime . Gable was between 5'10" and 5'11" which was quite tall for his time and is still taller than the average American male today .

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