George Kennedy's Height
6ft 4in (193 cm)
American Actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Naked Gun series, Cool Hand Luke, Charade, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, The Boston Strangler, Earthquake, The Dirty Dozen, Bandolero! and The Eiger Sanction.
I served in the Army Air Corps, but I'm 6'4", and even in those days I weighed 210 pounds...Raymond Burr and I were big men. We're talking 6'4" and both of us weighed more than a ton and a half each. For that reason, as well as others, we liked each other. If you can picture this, we'd talk about being big guys and we would giggle. Now, here was 600 pounds of guys sitting between shots in a couple of chairs and almost breaking them because we're giggling at jokes.
- SmashingInterviews.com, 2011
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Average Guess (10 Votes)
6ft 3.55in (191.9cm)
ArniesLifts said on 15/Jun/17
I always liked George, he came off as a very nice man even outside the big screen. And I would say he was every bit of 6'4. He was a massive guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/May/17
Edged out Clint in Thunderball & Lightfoot. I'd argue strong 6ft4 range.
Arch Stanton said on 28/May/17
He looked massive in Brass Target, could look a convincing 6'4.5 in that film. Looked nearer 240 pounds in the 70s I think and possibly nearer 270 by Naked Gun period.
JJAK said on 28/May/17
Very solid actor unique cool guy aura which stuck with him into his old age.
He was absolutely notorious for making tall guys look average, cheston looked well under 6 2 with him.
He also made paul newman look 5 8 max, only john wayne held up well in comparison.
He saved so many mediocre movies back in the 60s and 70s RIP for so many great performances!
Thomas Veil said on 9/Apr/17
He was huge! 6'3 6'4 easy
said on 25/Mar/17
Rob i just saw a photo of you and George Kennedy. George looks 5'8 inches there. I was actually very surprised.
Editor Rob: charlie, this is one of maybe 20 photos over the years where the actor didn't stand, so it's useless.
Tom murphy said on 3/Mar/17
RIP George great actor thank you for the enterainment.
James said on 9/Dec/16
George Kennedy was 6'3".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Sep/16
Looked near 6ft5 in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot if Clint was still near 6ft4 (likely). His performance in that was outstanding. Played a real nasty piece of work…
Tall Sam said on 2/Sep/16
That''s a great quote about him and Raymond Burr.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Aug/16
I didn't realize he'd died. RIP George, agreed with Rampage.
movieguy said on 26/Apr/16
Towers over Cary Grant in lift scene in Charade. Some have claimed Grant was himself 6'2'' but he didn't look it next to Kennedy. I agree always came across as real nice guy in real life although his size meant he often got to play the heavy. In movies your physical appearance dictates the kind of roles you can play to a large extent.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Mar/16
He looks like a very nice man unlike some of the big bullies he played on-screen.
said on 2/Mar/16
...and he really described Raymond Burr as being the same height
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, the time I seen him he was a pleasant chap and far more friendlier than mickey rooney that day.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/16
Just found out he passed away 2 days ago.
Godspeed to another sensational actor
Gonzalo said on 1/Mar/16
A legit 1´93 guy. Good actor. RIP
Harold said on 29/Feb/16
RIP, big George, memorable in so many movies, including the original version of Flight of the Phoenix.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/16
He still looked close to this in the Naked Gun movies. So, at least 6ft4 peak. Could pass for 6ft5 beside Newman in Cool Hand Luke
Tom said on 8/Jan/16
George Kennedy was 6'3" but looked 6'4" with big boots.
jtm said on 9/Dec/15
he was a legit 6'4 to me.
Tom said on 7/Dec/15
George Kennedy was 6'3" but looked 6'4" with big bots.
Rory said on 20/Nov/15
Had about 0.5-1 inch on Eastwood in Eiger Sanction, although i think he may have had slight footwear advantage..barefoot George 6'4.25, Clint 6'3.75.
TRIPLE HHH said on 11/Nov/15
He was an inch taller than 6'3 Dan Blocker on Bonanza.
movieguy said on 16/Oct/15
Dwarfs Cary Grant in scene in lift in Charade. Always seems an incredibly nice humble guy.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jul/15
Rob can you add a photo and add the Airport film series, Charade, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, The Boston Strangler, Earthquake, The Dirty Dozen, Bandolero! and The Eiger Sanction
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Jun/15
Near 3in on Jeff Bridges in Thunderbolt & Lightfoot and edged out Clint Eastwood.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Mar/15
He still looked near 6ft4 in Naked Gun beside Leslie Nielsen.
Shredo said on 21/Dec/14
George was huge, I would bet he was over 6'4 in his prime no doubt. And would go further by saying he stayed in the 6'4 range long into his career.
said on 22/Oct/14
Rob, is a fraction over 6ft4 possible?
[Editor Rob: yes, maybe it has always been possible.]
Sam said on 22/Apr/14
A fraction over 6'4" is possible, maybe like 6'4.25".
Editor Rob said on 21/Apr/14
Saw another quote from him in 1976 where he did say "I'm over 6 feet 4"
avi said on 12/Dec/13
Probably In lifts in charade as his character was meant to be big
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
He really looks huge in Charade and 6'4.5" looks very possible in that film IMO.
said on 15/Jul/11
How tall would Kennedy be today, Rob?
[Editor Rob: under six foot, whether he can stand tall for a measurement I don't know, two years ago he barely could stand...]
thebad7 said on 9/May/11
This guy was in everything from 1967 to about 1976--he was a terrific character actor, and like all the great character actors, he could steal an entire film with a handful of scenes. I liked him best in 1974's THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT as Clint Eastwood's sadistic former partner in crime, Red Leary. I can't speak on his height today as I have not seen any recent photographs, but even as late as the early '90s, he looked to be 6'4" tall.
In T&L from '74, he looked to be even in height with Clint Eastwood--6'4" for both men, with Kennedy perhaps just a fraction taller. His build reminds me so much of another old Eastwood player named Gregory Walcott--who can be seen in 1972's JOE KIDD and 1975's THE EIGER SANCTION (alongside Kennedy). Like Walcott, Kennedy was a tall, thickly-built man in his younger days.
He was in a great commercial in the late 1970s/early 1980s for Midas Mufflers with Lee Van Cleef. Standing nose to nose, Kennedy had about 1" to 1.5" on 6'2" Van Cleef.
P.S.--I don't know if he still views his page here, but if so: Mr. Kennedy, thank you so much for all your great work over the years. Red Leary is still my favorite character of yours--I especially liked it when you fired a burst from your M1 Carbine when Geoffrey Lewis ("Goody") started taking a leak next to the wrecked Mercury after the chase of Eastwood and Bridges down the mountaintop. I'll bet that was your idea! ;)
luckydave1968 said on 26/Mar/11
God Bless you, George, and thank you for the years of entertainment you've given us all. Hope to see you again shortly, and (as Mr.Burns said) keep chasing the girls, and the roles.
Mr. Kaplan said on 27/Feb/11
Hi George. I love your work. You were very funny as the bad guy in "Charade"!
said on 25/Feb/11
that was really him?
[Editor Rob: well the post came from a small town, where George lives, so there's more of a chance.
It's like what I said on Mechad Brooks page...his comment on that page originated from austin, texas, his hometown - so there's more chance than 90% of these type of comments where the faker is posting from alaska or something like timbuktoo]
said on 24/Feb/11
It was great to hear from George himself last December. George, on behalf of all your fans and co-workers worldwide, thank you for all your great screen and TV work, and your friendliness to us all. We love you!
[Editor Rob: I think that post came from the same town George lives in...]
JW said on 26/Dec/10
Hey Happy Christmas and have a great New Year, George. You and Ernest Borgnine are two of the top actors of the 20th entury and the first decade of the 21st. The latest crop just isn't that "real"; so Thank You very much.
rebel peter said on 13/Nov/10
A great actor and was terrific at Dragline in Cool Hand Luke, one of my top 4 actors and he is definitely 6,4 same as James Stuart was. Great actor nice man.
Gonzalo said on 27/Aug/07
Kennedy was taller than James Stewart in one of those airplanes movies. And he was about four inches taller than Nielsen in The Naked Gun. No less than 6`4 in his prime
sam said on 9/Aug/07
From what I recall, Kennedy was about 1.5-2 inches over Simpson in The Naked Gun.
BBklang said on 18/Mar/07
One of the yeraly 80's Lesely Nelson play's a ediot cop George Kenndy and O.J Simpson are in the movie beside each other in several scenes.They are the samr hieght.Simpson is 6'0".
Stephen said on 13/Sep/06
I think George was about 6'3", maybe 6'3.5" in his prime. He looked to be about the same height as Clint Eastwood and about an inch taller than Charlton in the movies they were in together. Heston is about about 6'2.5".
said on 11/Aug/06
Kennedy face to face to 6 ft 2 Lee van Cleef.
Roy's Nephew said on 24/Jul/06
I seem to recall George Kennedy on the Johnny Carson show saying that he was 6' 4". This was when his TV show "Sarge" was on, in which he played a priest/ex-cop. Carson asked if he had played high school football, & Kennedy said he had been given no choice in the matter, that guys his size were FORCED to play football in high school.
Lindsay said on 19/Nov/05
I just watched an episode of Charmed that she was in (Don't know the name of it but its the one where she is vanquished and Phoebe and Piper find out Leo is an Avitar) and she and Milano have many scenes together wearing 3 inch heels both and there really wasn't much difference between them at all- 3 inches max!!!!