How tall was Clark Gable

Clark Gable's 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.
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. - Clark Gable (June 24, 1955)

How tall is Clark Gable
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James said on 17/Jul/16
Gable did wear lifts in "The Tall Men" so he would look more in line with 6'4" Robert Ryan. He was even standing on a box when they first saw the jayhawkers.

Not all the old stars were tall. Robert Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Fredric March etc weren't tall.
grizz said on 15/Jul/16
How come all the greatest male actors in golden Hollywood era,from Clark Gable,Gary Cooper to John Wayne,were all tall guys,right in the 6'-6'4" range?
Did Hollywood do that on purpose? These days there are much more terrific male actors 5'8 and below than from 1930s to 1960s
Tom said on 12/Jul/16
Gable most definetely did not wear lifts. And was a legitimate 6 feet. I have to laugh at these silly claims that John Wayne and Gable were a lot shorter than advertised and needed help to look taller.
charlie said on 10/Jul/16
I would put Clark Gable at 5 ft 9 flat feet. In his films he was most likely wearing lifts to appear taller.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jun/16
I can believe he wore lifts to pull off 6ft2 range
James said on 23/May/16
He didn't win an Oscar for GWTW because Robert Donat was given the award for political reasons due to the Blitz. Gable wore lifts in all his later films including "The Tall Men".
Tom said on 22/May/16
Except in Gone With the Wind, Gable did not wear lifts.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/16
@Sam, I don;t know, there's a scene nearer the end indoors where the difference does look almost 4 inches. Earlier in the film, yeah Gable did look taller than 6'1 in comparison, box tricks likely as Tom says.
LoganNoll1996 said on 20/May/16
Just watched "Gone With The Wind" 2 days ago and I find myself wondering why he didn't win the Oscar for Best Actor. No one - past, present, or future - could portray Rhett Butler better than he did.
Tom said on 10/May/16
Gable always wore lifts.
Tom said on 8/May/16
Gable stood on a box next to Robert Ryan in "The Tall Men".
Sam said on 6/May/16
I don't see how Gable could look how tall he did with Robert Ryan in The Tall Men without some sort of help and Ryan was more convincing as a solid 6'4" than Gable ever was as a solid 6'1".
Tom said on 4/May/16
Tom, Gable didn't wear lifts in his later films. Watch them. In the western The Tall Men he wore cowboy boots that looked normal to me. I believe he was 6' even in his prime and was 5-11 by the time of his death.
James said on 4/May/16
"Large man" just meant he was well built.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/May/16
Well, 6ft-6ft1 was the 30-40's equivalent of what 6ft2 is today
Angel Segarra said on 2/May/16
In "Bring on the empty horses" 5'11" David Niven refers several times to Gable as a large man.He was obviously impressed with his size,6"1' minimum in his prime.
Ian C. said on 28/Apr/16
Taller than James Cagney. Taller than Mickey Rooney. Taller than Gary Cooper. Dammit, taller than Gary Copper. Taller than Vivien Leigh, I'm pretty sure about that.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Apr/16
He could look 6ft up to 6ft1 really. More the former in later films and more the latter in early films. But reading his 6ft2 claim and then scrolling down and seeing that smirk on his face, lol who was he fooling with such an idiotic claim...
Tom said on 5/Apr/16
Gable wore lifts in his later films. Don't know about in the 1930s. He was too old for all the characters he played in the 1950s.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Frank2 said on 10/Mar/06
One thing is for certain and that's Gable wore lifts in Gone With the Wind. I know since I found those very shoes at the MGM prop and wardrobe auction. They had two-inch Cuban heels. Take a look at publicity stills and you'll notice them. I think Gable was closer to 5'11 1/2" or maybe a solid 6' when he was young. By the time he made The Tall Men at Fox he had shrunk to about 5'10 1/2". I knew the film editor who worked on the film as well as a fellow who worked in Fox Publicity. They both confirmed this. The man who was a publicist said that when he first met Gable he was surprised he wasn't this big 6'2" guy, but was instead only slightly taller than he was and this fellow I knew was about 5'10".
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5'11.5 is a bit low but I reckon 6'0 is definitely arguable He can look 6'0.5 in some films/ photos, 6' flat in others, Perhaps he was Alex height and 6'0.25! I've been meaning to watch The Tall Stranger, will see that later.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
See him in San Francisco and Boom Town with Tracy for instance. Tracy didn't look like he was wearing lifts but you never know!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Click Here Another one with Tracy and Boyer. Boyer like Tracy could look 5'8 range at times!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Mar/16
Rob, would you consider tweaking to 6'0.25? Check him out with Tracy and Charles Boyer here for instance Click Here Often looks no more than 6 ft. With Franchot Tone looked nothing over 6 ft. Slightly over 6 ft maybe, but 6'0.5-6'1 territory looks a little high.
James said on 22/Mar/16
Wayne was taller than Cooper.
LoganNoll1996 said on 21/Mar/16
Clark Gable - 6 feet 0 inches

Humphrey Bogart - 5 feet 8.5 inches

Spencer Tracy - 5 feet 8.75 inches

Ingrid Bergman - 5 feet 9 inches

Jimmy Stewart - 6 feet 3 inches

Gary Cooper - 6 feet 3.75 inches

John Wayne - 6 feet 3.75 inches

As for the supposed 6'2 claim, I have to agree with Tom. Sure he had an ego but he was the ideal height for his generation, no need to inflate his height.
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
Gable might not have even made that remark in 1955. Gary Cooper said in 1960 that he had often been reported by the press as saying things he hadn't really said.
Nagi said on 7/Mar/16
I think Judd is right. Gable was just 6.0 feet at the beginning of his career, but just 5.11 at its end.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Mar/16
Rob, can you switch some of the the "you may interested" ones here. Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy, by far his most prolific co-stars. I'd also argue that somebody would more likely be looking for Spencer Tracy and Franchot Tone than Cooper or Grant.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Feb/16
A solid 6ft guy in those days is what 6ft2 is now. But mind you even back then there were a lot 5ft10-11ers claiming it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Feb/16
Arrogant height claim...
LoganNoll1996 said on 31/Jan/16
The more I look at photos and videos of this guy the more I get the impression that he was 6 feet tall. That was the golden height back then(still is) and I can see a 6 foot guy of his appearance as being described "tall, dark, and handsome" a lot.

Clark Gable's height was 6 feet 0 inches.
Tom said on 18/Jan/16
Gable's official height was clearly a studio invention as he was not 6'1".
charlie said on 16/Jan/16
Clark Gable and Franchot Tone stood eye to eye in mutiny on the bounty 1935 and Franchot Tone looked taller and he is listed at 5 foot 10 inches so maybe 5 foot 10 for Clark Gable is a little generous I would put Clark Gable at 5 foot 9 inches
charlie said on 16/Jan/16
Clark Gable was about 5 foot 10 in height
LoganNoll1996 said on 1/Dec/15
Figured I'd share this photo. Clark Gable and Gary Cooper in dress shoes.

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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
@Rampage

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 lifts...it'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.
Jake: 1.82 m-- 1.83 m-- 1.84 m said on 18/Aug/12
No, he was much taller than 5ft 10.5, 184- 185 cm was his height.
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 .
Patrick said on 28/Dec/11
I never heard or read that Mr.R but though almost 60, i am not of that generation! I always saw the King as being 6'1. His built and constitution were far above average; look at his neck and hands too. Facing slender Lancaster, he looks at least as tall and probably taller, the latter looking as tall as 6'1 Kevin Costner while being quite old at 76.
Mr. R said on 22/Dec/11
Does anyone remember Clark being listed at 6-4 when Gone With the Wind became popular again?
maio said on 20/Dec/11
according with rob, Clark Gable was 6 ft 0.5 in/184 cm.
Jay said on 4/Aug/11
185 centimeters minimum for Gable as he was still as tall or taller than Lancaster in Run Silent Run Deep at age 57.
john said on 11/Jun/11
the eptitome of the alpha male...tall dark and strong minded.....6"1
bgsdooley said on 6/Jun/11
Everybody shrinks with age. I was over 5'10" when I was younger and am now perhaps 5'8". Yes I am now 65 years old but again everyone shrinks with age.
EdgarHernandez said on 1/Feb/11
Editor rob, judgin with this photo, you think that clark gable was more close to 6ft 1 than was robert motgomery?, robert is listend at 6ft .5 same as gable and gable look his same height with losse posture. also his shoes are very visible(looks like between .75 or 1 inch max or hight). What do you thinck?
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[Editor Rob: maybe loose posture is made up for by Clark having a wee camera advantage.]
EdgarHernandez said on 23/Jan/11
clint eastwood is an awesome director and was a big guy, gary cooper had natural talent and was big, i will dont considered tom cruise talent at all, charismatic yes, genius, no.
krazy krippled! said on 1/Jan/11
nowadays, american kids are usually taller, while american actors are usually shorter, maybe serious talent comes in small packages?
EdgarHernandez said on 24/Nov/10
searchin i found omething very interestin, here is him whit katerine hepburn, who is straight as is human posible and clark who is sluchi to reach the fire of his lighter, both old, but i thinck still at his prime.
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clark look between 2 or 2.5 inches taller, whit a horrible sluch, the angle is nearly neutral.
yes you will ask abaut his shoes, well look this one clark whit fair falt shoes(well had very little heel) and hepburn whit generour heel, like 2 or 3 inches.
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hepburn is listend here as 5ft 7.5, but if you want, he was for age 5ft 7 only, but even whit only 2 heels, making her 5ft 10, clark is still much taller, whit not efort apart.
Jackie said on 20/Sep/07
^Clark Gable by no means was a short man, but still he was no stranger to wearing lifts or high heeled boots or shoes. See this picture with Wallace Beery and Jean Harlow: Click Here
And also in Gone With The Wind he wore quite high heeled boots: Click Here Click Here
He did have a magnificent chest, though.
John Lucas said on 18/Sep/07
I met Clark Gable with my father in 1952 when I was thirteen years old. Mr. Gable, an astonishingly handsome middle-aged man at that time, was perhaps two inches taller than my father who was 5'11' in height. I was about 5'3'' at the time and Mr. Gable was surely nearly a foot taller than I, if memory serves me well. He was also quite large, with a big chest.
By the way, he did not stand on a box to kiss Vivien Leigh; it was the other way around. And Rhett's boots did not have lifts; those were pretty standard heels for dress or cowboy boots.
patrick said on 26/Feb/07
I read the same story about Lee Marvin meeting Gable and trying out his jacket; Sure, Lee was purposely exagerating because he was precisely treating the "what is a star" topic; I remember he added something about a young female extra who supposedly fainted in seeing "the King"; so, this one ran and tried to reanimate her; while he was succeeding, she awoke and what did she see then? Clark Gable and she fainted again! It was a magic time when living people were more than "people";It is not that different today except concerning the "general taste"; People now want cute and teenage men (and girls)NOT MATURE at all! That is why Jhonny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell are the current stars; They would have then been relegated to secondary roles; Imagine them alongside Clark, Wayne, Mitchum etc.
When actors are tough now, they are either on TV and do not get the "first place" (Dennis Farina in "law & order") or play the vilains in movies (David Morse or so); At last, real tough guys are often somewhere crazy (for me !) as are Sean Penn or Mickey Rourke; The other are "gentle"!
At the time Clark Gable was a (deserved) star, nice guys like Spencer Tracy or James Stewart were able to credibly embody very tough and savage men; Clooney playing that or worse, J. Depp...to funny ! I think actors at the time,were not inspiring themselves with what was not considered as "an art"; The di their job and that was all; Now, all of these people are "so called" intellectuals who went to university and are sooo admiring not Gable or Wayne BUT ONLY Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro; Who currently, ever mentions Spencer Tracy among them? My best advice: READ THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY RAOUL WALSH WROTE IN THE 70ies OR SO. You will see what was a man at the time and why the 40ies films are what they are! Gable today would not even have been able to play an extra !
Brad said on 27/Aug/06
Read Burt Reynolds' account of meeting him when he first went to Hollywood.
Anonymous said on 29/Jul/06
I read a Lee Marvin bio. in which there's a mention of Marvin as a young actor trying on a jacket that Gable wore in a movie. Supposedly the arms of the jacket came down to Marvin's knees. Gable was shorter than Marvin but he was very well built and broad shouldered. Marvin was self deprecating and I think he told the interviewer the story so as to say 'Clark Gable was a star. I'm just an ordinary mortal'. I don't know whether the story is true or not to be honest.
Frank2 said on 21/Jun/06
MGM publicity always stated that Gable was that height. I have no doubt he was about 6' when he was young. But I've seen him with other actors who I know are over 6' and Gable was usually shorter. He wasn't that much taller than 5'8" Spencer Tracy in San Francisco. Tracy must have worn the best lifts in the biz 'cause in that film I can't spot them. The two men are standing next to each other in long shots where you can see their feet. But then when Tracy co-starred with Gable in Boom Town he was a lot shorter. In that film Gable tells him he's wearing "Justin boots with four-inch heels."
jess said on 19/Jun/06
wow i thought he was alot taller. he always seemed to be on screen i thought he would be listed as 6'3" or 6'4". wonderful actor in any case
Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
Well, looking at the photo, Gable is just as tall as Montgomery. Bob is standing erect and Gable is slouching a bit. Montgomery was about 5'11.5". So had Gable stood up straight he'd have been about the same height or slightly taller. Lionel is purposely trying to look short. Had he stood up straight he'd have appeared about 5'7" or three and a half inches shorter than Montgomery. Paul Muni was 5'8" and is obviously wearing lifts in his shoes. Gable is dressed in the torn outfit he wore after the earthquake sequence in San Francisco. I believe Montgomery is wearing his outfit for Trouble for Two. Lionel is wearing the costume for "Devil Doll" a film in which he appeared as a man who seeks revenge on those he believes wronged him in the past. He hides out wearing women's cloths while he gets his revenge using hypnotized living dolls he's created who kill using poisonous needles. I kid you not! Paul Muni is dressed in costume for his role in The Good Earth. All were being made at the same time at MGM. Circa 1936.
larry said on 21/Mar/06
Thanks Frank2!
Frank2 said on 20/Mar/06
Unfortunately, I never met Gable or even saw him. Ditto that with Robert Ryan who was at least 6'3". Great actor!! I did meet and talk with Cam Mitchell. He was at least two inches shorter than me so I'd say he was around 5'9". In The Tall Men he was shorter by at least two inches than Gable. One famous actor I did see in the flesh was Bogart. I was only about 9 at the time. I was with my dad eating lunch at the famed Brown Derby in Beverly Hills and Bogie was seated across from us in another booth with a group of people. He looked terrible. Very Frail and sickly. At the time I had no idea who he was until my father told me. On the way out we stopped and said hello. He died not long after from cancer.
larry said on 19/Mar/06
I recall Gable looking a good bit shorter than Robert Ryan in THE TALL MEN, but there were few scenes where they showed them together. Frank2: Did you ever see Robert Ryan or Cameron Mitchell?
S said on 17/Mar/06
He looked very tall in 'The Misfits' with Marilyn Monroe (5'5 1/2"), even when she was wearing heels.
Frank2 said on 10/Mar/06
One thing is for certain and that's Gable wore lifts in Gone With the Wind. I know since I found those very shoes at the MGM prop and wardrobe auction. They had two-inch Cuban heels. Take a look at publicity stills and you'll notice them. I think Gable was closer to 5'11 1/2" or maybe a solid 6' when he was young. By the time he made The Tall Men at Fox he had shrunk to about 5'10 1/2". I knew the film editor who worked on the film as well as a fellow who worked in Fox Publicity. They both confirmed this. The man who was a publicist said that when he first met Gable he was surprised he wasn't this big 6'2" guy, but was instead only slightly taller than he was and this fellow I knew was about 5'10".
sam said on 15/Dec/05
Leigh was the one standing on a box to be in the same frame as Gable, not the other way around (I've seen a picture of that myself).
fiveten said on 7/Jun/05
i'm in film...and one of my teachers showed us a picture of clark gable standing on an apple box to achieve the towering presence he had over leigh....theres no way he was 6'1... she was only 5'3 anyways.

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