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James Arness's height is 6ft 7in (201 cm)

American actor best known for roles in TV shows Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won and films such as Big Jim McLain, Island in the Sky, The Sea Chase, Hondo, Gun the Man Down, Horizons West, Carbine Williams, Hellgate and Her Twelve Men. In the 1970's he said "I'm 6-6 and weigh 225 pounds", although he also said in 2005 Tv.com, "I was 6 feet 7 when I started and I've shrunk up a little bit. I'm probably 6-5 or so now. But up here at 82 I feel pretty good"

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Sam says on 19/May/15
I think it's quite possible that he was in the middle of the range from 6'6" to 6'7" since he claimed both but I agree he seemed probably closer to 6'7", a rare actor who would have been notably taller than myself.
Shadow2 says on 30/Apr/15
VC, it took me watching many episodes of "Gunsmoke" to finally spot a small consistent height difference between actor Roger Ewing (Thad Greenwood) and Jim, and it was in Jim's favor. I agree they usually did look the same height when walking together and in many scenes in the Marshall's office. But Jim was also prone to slouch or hunch over a lot on the show himself, his leg injury from WW2 didn't help. Even Clint said Jim was the taller, and an on-line picture proves it.
VC says on 25/Apr/15
@Shadow2, I wish to share that Thad Greenword in many scenes with Jim was exactly the same height except Thad prefers to hunch over instead of standing straight. Thad was also in another film starring Clint Walker in "None but the Brave". He was as tall as Big Clint. In my opinion, these guys are legit 6'5" barefeet.
VC says on 21/Mar/15
I have to concur with DietMar. Jim Arness was undoubtedly a strong 6'6" man but a weak 6'7" because when he stood next to several 198m actors, his height was similar to them.
Arch Stanton says on 31/Dec/14
Possible that Connors often wore boots to make him look even more imposing. All I know is in a few roles I've seen him in he "looked" like he'd be near a legit 6'6.
dietmar says on 28/Dec/14
Im pretty sure Connors wore lifts in " The Big Country", he really towered over Peck. When he played with 6'3 Cesar Romero, he wasnt wearing lifts, and the difference is noticeable smaller Click Here

No way he is 3in taller than Romero there. Moore like 2in, at the most. You can also see below, that Chuck is shorter than Michael Conrad. There's actually an inch difference there, that would make Chuck only 194,5cm. If you look at the pic above, i can buy that.
Arch Stanton says on 26/Dec/14
Chuck only 195? Can't see it. He had virtually 3 inches on Gregory Peck, more a weaj 6'6 guy.
dietmar says on 15/Dec/14
Chuck Connors towered over Jim in an early Gunsmoke episode, he was 2-3 inches taller. Its obvious he wore lifts. He was really huge Click Here Click Here

In real life Chuck was shorter than 197cm Michael Conrad. They played together in one "Cowboy in Africa" episode Click Here

I believe Chuck was no moore than 195-196cm. Definitely shorter than Michael Conrad.
Shadow2 says on 12/Dec/14
dietmar, thanks for the pics of Jim with some super size co-stars. For two seasons on "Gunsmoke", Jim ("Matt Dillon") had a deputy "Thad Greenwood" described in the script as being 6' 4", but played by actor Roger Ewing who was in reality 197cm (6' 5.5"). It was only in certain scenes that you could clearly see that Jim was an inch or so taller than Roger. As I mentioned here in a post a long time ago, they looked like father and son on the show.
dietmar says on 11/Dec/14
Here's some pics to judge Jim's height.

With mentioned 198cm Don Megowan Click Here

With 197cm Michael Conrad Click Here

With 196cm Christoffer Lee Click Here

With 196cm Med Flory Click Here

With 198cm Fess Parker Click Here

And finally, just to compare, how a legit 191cm guy like Jim Davis, aka Jock Ewing, looks with Arness Click Here

Anything under 198cm is out of the question for Arness. He was somewhere between 198-201cm.
Shadow2 says on 5/Dec/14
Rob, great photo of Jim Arness that's now on this page. In his first movie starring role "Gun the Man Down", Jim appears an inch taller than legitimate 6' 6" big guy Don Megowan.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Nov/14
Rob can you add a photo and add the TV series How the West Was Won and films like Big Jim McLain, Island in the Sky, The Sea Chase, Hondo, Gun the Man Down, Horizons West, Carbine Williams, Hellgate, and Her Twelve Men.

Even 6'4-6'5 for that period was like 6'6-6'7 today, 6'7" then would be like 6'9 or 6'10 today!
Alicia says on 16/Jul/14
Like the statement (see top of page) says "...I've shrunk up a little bit...". Mr Arness developed arthritis and arthritis can do a number on you through the years. Now, somewhere on the 'net it was stated he was about 6'5"/6'5.5" before he died. Wish I could tell you exactly where this is stated but I had found it many years ago and for all I know it might not be on the net anymore. There is an interview with him a few years before he died and he still looks (although he is sitting for the interview) like he could tower over a person and still muster enough strength to "Matt Dillon back-hand" you into next year. BTW I've also noticed in some of the Gunsmoke episodes where their footwear was visible that Mr. Arness boot heel seemed shorter than some of the other male actors. This may account as to why sometimes he didn't look his stated height against other actors near his height range.
nice girl says on 11/Jul/14
How tall was James Arness when he died?? Had he shrunk??
Alicia says on 1/Jul/14
You have to remember that as people age they can start to shrink. I'm surprised that Mr. Arness didn't end up with a stoop considering how much he had to look down at other actors. Also I've read in many different stories about Gunsmoke that some of the actors were put on something like a crate so they'd appear taller when next to Mr. Arness. Quite frankly, I wouldn't of cared if Mr. Arness and Mr. Weaver were only 4ft high, both were fine actors and people and I'm glad they graced my screen :)
KROC says on 28/Apr/14
@VC
I agree. I've looked at multiple pictures of him with other celebs and he never looks anything over 6'5. 240lbs is believable but he admitted to being 235 at his own admission.
VC says on 25/Apr/14
@Shaun, I agreed with Shaun that Clint is almost 6'6 & probably at 245 in his prime
VC says on 15/Jan/14
I read an article from Clint Walker's wife (Susan) & she mentioned that Clint is about 6'5", no more or less. I also read that Clint was at 240 in his prime but I watched Cheyenne season 7 & he looks much heavier than previous seasons thus he was mature & dwarfed everyone in the show including big Leo Gordon.
avi says on 23/Dec/13
@Rob
How tall do you think Millburn Stone was from Gunsmoke (played Doc)? 5'8 is given online but he looks 5'6 area not even 5'7.
[Editor Rob: not looked at him]
Sam says on 8/Nov/13
Here's Forrest Tucker with John Wayne, he could look about an inch taller.
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Tucker's the actor who legend has it lost a measuring contest to his size rival Milton Berle, won't tell you what they were measuring (not height).
Greg says on 7/Nov/13
Watching an old Gunsmoke right now, with guest star Forest Tucker. Tucker is listed at 6'4" and looks it, he dwarfs everyone in most scenes. Next to Arness, looks 2 to 3 inches shorter. Arness certainly looks the stated 6'7".
Bobbie says on 21/Aug/13
I never met James Arness however,If James Arness says he was 6'7' when he started Gunsmoke at age 32yrs. then I believe he was 6'7". He had incurred an injury his leg during the war which may have caused some muscle loss resulting in a few inches in height in his latter days.
avi says on 6/Aug/13
Its possible he wore lifts. I doubt he was under 6'6.5.
Sixseven says on 5/Aug/13
James Arness was 196 cm tall(6'5.16")
MyKat says on 10/Jan/13
Dennis Weaver was older and had shrunk but said he was 6'3" and James Arness was 6'7" at his peak. I was about 6' and Dennis was a few inches taller than me, even in tennis shoes.
Answer says on 9/Jan/13
Yes, Jim played the early "Thing." There was one film he was in with possibly John Wayne where they had to cut a rut for him to walk in to not dwarf the star. I confirmed his 6'7" frame at its peak, and the shrinkage down to 6'6" later, in the 1990's in an e-mail with Jim. I really miss him and Gunsmoke.
Answer says on 9/Jan/13
Yes, Jim played the early "Thing." There was one film he was in with possibly John Wayne where they had to cut a rut for him to walk in to not dwarf the star. I confirmed his 6'7" frame at its peak, and the shrinkage down to 6'6" later, in the 1980's in an e-mail with Jim. I really miss him and Gunsmoke.
patrick says on 3/Sep/12
Clint Walker was visibly at least as heavy as peter lupus and probably more, namely 250lbs minimum and Jim Arness was visibly 6'7. As said VC many highly tall actors look notably shorter even 6'4.5 Robert Easton. Clint Walker always said he was effectively just one inch taller than he.
Shaun says on 10/Aug/12
@VC

Clint Walker I'd estimate at about 240 pounds in his prime, I doubt he was over 250. And I think he was closer to 6'6".
avi says on 29/Jul/12
Next to a limping 6'2 or so Dennis Weaver he looked over 6'6. There is 5 inches between them. I believe Dennis Weaver was 6'2 NOT over this. I was watching Gunsmoke under the impression he was 6'3 for some reason...He limps so its like hes 6'1ish. Also i think Arness has a boot advantage on the show.

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