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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 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."

Gone with the Wind, Clark Gable, 1939
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says 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 says 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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Steve says on 12/Feb/15
What's puzzling is Gable was visably shorter than Broderick Crawford in Lone Star. Crawford was supposedly 6'. He was about an inch shorter than 6'1" John Ireland in All the King's Men. And Crawford and William Holden appeared to be the same height in Born Yesterday. Holden was supposedly 5'11" but I believe he was more like 5'10".

So how tall was Gable?

Speaking of Rock Hudson, he was nearly a foot taller than President Reagan. Google the photo. Reagan looks like a midget next to Hudson. And Reagan was supposed to be 6'1"!
MrTBlack says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 18/Nov/14
Hudson could look near 6ft6 at times. Gable could have been 6ft2 in shoes
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says on 14/Nov/14
This guy had some major ego issues, though
Sam says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 19/Dec/13
Does look near 6'1" in San Francisco.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 23/Aug/13
5'3" I'd say was nearer. I'll try to watch Cleopatra sometime.
Arch Stanton says 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 says on 15/Aug/13
Whit Gary cooper he is wearing white dress shoes and cooper is wearing boots.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 20/Jul/13
I think the full 6ft1. I have hard time believing he was shorter than Cary Grant
Sam says 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 says on 14/Jun/13
Looks like 183 cm at best next to Gary Cooper...definitely not 6'1".
Knowitall says 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 says on 29/May/13
Well, he has about 2 inches on Leslie Howard who was listed at 5'10 1/2...
Arch Stanton says on 29/May/13
Mmm, doesn't really look 6 ft 1 in Gone with the Wind, doesn't look over 6 ft.
Knowitall says 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 says 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 says on 23/Feb/13
Explain why Gable isn't taller than five feet ten Montgomery Clift:

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johnny says on 30/Oct/12
@edgarhernandez - please, get a life! ;-)
EdgarHernandez says 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 says 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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