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Jimmy Stewart height: 6ft 3in (191 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, Destry Rides Again, The Shop Around the Corner, The Naked Spur and Anatomy of a Murder. In 1974, he was quoted, when talking about once being tried to cast as a Chinaman in 'The Good Earth', "I was Six Feet Three and 138 pounds. They must have thought I looked like I just survived a famine."

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Matthew190 said on 4/Aug/15
Stewart was definitely right in around the 6'3" mark. 6'3" is fine for him, I wouldn't even be surprised by 6'3.25".
Sam said on 28/Jul/15
I forgot, are you 6'5" or 6'6" Brad?
Brad said on 23/Jul/15
Strong 6' 3" peak. I had him by 4 30 years ago at book signing.
Sam said on 16/Jul/15
Cooper and Stewart were pretty dead-even IMO.
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Both 6'3.25"...LOL
Bruno said on 13/Jul/15
Rob, both Stewart and Cooper I think should be upgraded to 6'3.25. I just watched Bend of the River and in one scene Rock Hudson had between 1 and 2 inches on him,.
Not a full 2 inches IMO. I'd say it's more like 6'3.25 vs 6'4.75 than 6'3 vs 6'5. I can see I'm wasting my time arguing Stewart and Cooper were over 6'3" flat though LOL.

I agree Arch, although I think peak Coop was slightly taller than JS, My guess is

JS 191.5
GC 192.5
JW 192.5

All peak estimates
James B said on 6/Jul/15
Arch a small built 6'3 man like Stewart should have weighed 12 stone 4

He probably did not hit the gym or had the right diet
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jul/15
Excellent quote Rob, well, there we go, there's proof he was almost as low as 135, at least he admits to be being absurdly skinny! 138 and 6 ft 3 is nuts!
Arch Stanton said on 5/Jul/15
Rob, both Stewart and Cooper I think should be upgraded to 6'3.25. I just watched Bend of the River and in one scene Rock Hudson had between 1 and 2 inches on him,.
Not a full 2 inches IMO. I'd say it's more like 6'3.25 vs 6'4.75 than 6'3 vs 6'5. I can see I'm wasting my time arguing Stewart and Cooper were over 6'3" flat though LOL.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jun/15
I used to weigh 155lbs at almost 6ft4 and a lot of people thought I was at least 6ft5.
Matthew said on 19/Jun/15
modeus says on 5/Jun/15
"This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here"
lmfao that is photos hoped


lol no it isn't! Here's more photos of him: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
Lorne??? said on 8/Jun/15
... 140 is not skinny for a 5'7 guy. Lol at Cruise at (supposedly) 147.

Agree, slim and skinny are two different things.

Stewart was extremely skinny at one point, and clearly was barely 140 to have been rejected by the army.(at 5'8, they said 125 wa acceptable, though borderline.)

And to another poster below: 180 is NOT skinny at 6'1, at all.

A guy like Matthew Gray Gubler, who is 6'1 range, is quite thin, and at one point weighed around 140.(now could be 150)
modeus said on 5/Jun/15
"This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here"
lmfao that is photoshoped
Matthew said on 16/May/15
Vladman says on 7/Apr/15
Below 150 pounds of weight? Lol thatīs rubbish. I am 6ī2" and skinny and havenīt weighted under 170 pounds since I was 18 years young. i have a long torso, short legs and quite a big head and still I am skinny and weigh betwwen 180 and 185 pounds and I am over 40 years old.


You can be 6'3" and weigh 150... But the sub-140 stuff at that height, is really extreme. This is what a 6'2" athlete looks like in the high-130s: Click Here
JB said on 25/Apr/15
Just watched the documentary "a wonderful life" on youtube and it mentions that he's 6'4"
Vladman said on 7/Apr/15
Below 150 pounds of weight? Lol thatīs rubbish. I am 6ī2" and skinny and havenīt weighted under 170 pounds since I was 18 years young. i have a long torso, short legs and quite a big head and still I am skinny and weigh betwwen 180 and 185 pounds and I am over 40 years old.
[Editor Rob: at one point he was...he failed army physical because he was 138 pounds.]
Sam said on 9/Jan/15
I believe I've read something that stated Stewart was 6'4" before, but I don't believe it was a quote from him. If there was a Stewart quote where he claimed 6'4", would you slightly uplist him Rob? Heightwise, I think he would have been very similar to Sacha Baron Cohen.
Sam said on 2/Jan/15
When you read about the Golden Age stars in their bios, from Bogart to Davis to Grant to Cooper, the consistency is that they were all consumate pros, always punctual, knew their lines and were quietly serious about their work. I think Stewart was the ultimate though, the great directors like Hitchcock, Capra & Anthony Mann knew he was going to deliver every time with minimal direction and that's why he had such fruitful work with them and was in so many classics.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 20/Dec/14
A tad shorter than John Wayne in the timeless, marvelous classic 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'. He was a proper 6ft 3in guy and one of the most endearing Hollywood stars of all time in my opinion. I'm a big fan of Stewart.
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
Around the Corner is the perfect blend of romance, screwball comedy and social drama, as they said back then pure Lubitsch.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
I wouldn't blame anybody for wanting to get out of fighting in World War II. It's not cowardice, it's simply that they want to live a life.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
The Shop Around the Corner -wonderful film
Sam said on 13/Oct/14
Could you add to his known fors?: Destry Rides Again, The Shop Around the Corner, The Naked Spur and Anatomy of a Murder.
...Wickedly difficult to keep it to just 10 films, Stewart had one of the keener eyes for material of any his generation of stars.
Realist said on 3/Oct/14
His body type kind of reminds of Nicholas Hoult, absolutely skinny and tall. Most tall guys i meet are heavy like Chris Pratt, the shorter guys like me are normal and mid-range guys skinny. @Crash yup this guy was skinny, abnormally thin in his younger days but by 1950's he had bulked up a little in the Hitchcock movies.
Gonzalo said on 29/Aug/14
Millard Mitchell was very tall, over 1`85 for sure
Sam said on 21/Aug/14
Here's a shot of Stewart with Millard Mitchell and Charles Drake and, not the best comparison picture, but he does look a bit taller I think than these two more than six feet guys.
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Ian C. said on 13/Aug/14
Jimmy Stewart was so thin that he was rejected for military service in World War II the first time he tried to enlist. He had to go an a forced eating diet to make the threshold weight. Think what an amazing man he was to have done that. He could have sat out the War with a legitimate 4-F, but got into combat anyway. Compare this to Frank Sinatra, whose rejection for military service was that he claimed to be anxious in crowds. An odd affliction for a man who performed before large audiences for a living.
Crash said on 2/Aug/14
Arch, there is a big difference between skinny and slim believe it or not. Now this guy at 135 was obviously skinny, but saying that at that height anything under 200 is skinny, is a very big stretch.

180 for example would be rather slim for this height but hardly seems skinny. I mean, I'm not all that much shorter at 6'1" but 55lb under 200 (I'm 145) but am definitely not skinny, just slim.
Gonzalo said on 8/Jul/14
A legit 6`3 guy. Always looked that tall in movies. He even could have been a bit over that. One of the best actors ever
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Mmm in Harvey he looks fractionally taller than Charles Drake. Perhaps Drake was a similar height to Joel McCrea or something and 6'2.5.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Harvey's obviously taller than 6'3.5". More like 6'6! He looks up to speak to him in the film! If he was 6'3.5" he'd be looking directly ahead!
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
Oddly looked a tad shorter than 6'2 listed Charles Drake in The Glenn Miller Story!
Arch Stanton said on 12/May/14
Actually 135 pounds is quite possible at least in his 20s and early 30s. in Destry Rides Again he's tucking his shirt in and around the waist and his upper torso he was ridiculously skinny. Paper thin build which he often hid with his suit jackets. He really was super thin, nothing of him, and considered he was 6'3" his upper torso is actually more like that of a skinny 5'7" guy with very long legs and arms. I'd guess his waist could have been as low as 27-28 . I think he was telling the truth, as hard to believe as it is. In the 50s though he looked nearer 155-60 pounds to be though.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
It must have been Wayne's cowboy boots with a little advantage. Wayne still looked very close to 6'4" in the Shootist, his last film and clearly had an easy inch on Jimmy.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Although I think Wayne had footwear advantage with cowboy boots.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Rob how much height do you think he's have lost on average by 1976? He was pushing 70, an inch? He's looks more 6'2" range next to John Wayne in The Shootist who should have lost the same sort of height!
[Editor Rob: on average maybe an inch, but I don't think he lost that much]
John said on 6/Apr/14
I could have believed 192cm for JS, he had very long legs and looked really tall even with other tall actors.
Sam said on 19/Mar/14
Naturally, he lost some height with age. Charlton Heston looks to have edged him out in 1987. I'm guessing at peak that Stewart would have been around 0.75 in taller than Heston was. Note how short Robert Wagner looks compared to Heston.
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long time movie buff said on 20/Feb/14
Jimmy Stewart was 6' 3 and 3/4 in.. Gary Cooper was 6' 3 in. at peak.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jan/14
Ha I guessed John Dall at 6'1" by his proportiond in Rope. And when Jimmy Stewart walks in he has about 2 inches on him so I was right!
Mathew said on 24/Nov/13
He's claimed 6'3.5" before.
Sam said on 21/Oct/13
I've seen that shot before, Bruno. In it Stewart is leaning on the bar, so it's hard to tell how they'd compared because Stewart is dropping a couple of inches.
Bruno said on 19/Oct/13
I think peak Stewart was 6'3.5'' and peak Cooper was 6'4''.
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Sam said on 14/Oct/13
I think both Cooper and Stewart could both look some change over 6'3" but Stewart definitely seems a bit taller in that photo. It is possible that 6'3.5" is a morning height, then again maybe not. Maybe split the difference to 6'3.25"?
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
I dunno, it's possible. I think he could look 6'4" in the 1930s and early 1940s but in films like Spirit of St Louis, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo in the late 1950s I don't think he really looked over 6'3" but I think his peak at some point in the day could have been 6'3.5".Cooper on the other hand could still look nearer 6'4" than 6'3" up until his death.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Rob check out 22:55 Click Here He said in the Spirit of St Louis that "I made up my mind I would be 6 ft 3 inches tall and I made it with half an inch to spare". I really think 6'3.5" peak makes a lot of sense. He also claimed it on the Harvey DVD apparently. Why would he say such a thing about that half inch and lie about it in a film? It would be different if he was claiming 6'5" or something!
[Editor Rob: or he measured near 6ft 3.5 at 9am one day and drops to 6ft 3? I don't know if he's really taller than Cooper though, hard to tell.]
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Unless of course Cooper really was 6'2!!
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/13
Rob, that's interesting you mention his 6'4" claim. Check out Click Here . Taken in about 1948 I'd say, looks like the premiere of June Bride. He's with Gary Cooper and looks a good inch taller in the photo. I've seen a lot of his films and in the Mr Smith Goes to Washington days of the late 30s and early 40s he could certainly look 192.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Sep/13

I've seen some of his earlier 30s movies and yeah he really was a stick insect and I think he's have been around what he claimed back then. But in the 40s onwards he looks more 150-160 pounds to me. Clearly he got his height from his father then! He could look 192cm like Gary Cooper.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/13
Strange. Donna Reed looked near 5'7" in From Here to Eternity but in It's a Wonderful Life she's a full head shorter than Jimmy in two inch heels. Looks more 5'5 in the film. He looks easily 6'3".
Sam said on 9/Sep/13
Agreed he might have been an hair over 6'3" at peak. Also, no question he was probably the most diverse male star of his generation, in terms of being comfortable in pretty much any genre, more willing to seem vulnerable or unlikeable if the part required it and committing to acting his butt off rather than modifying his popular persona to fit the script.
Xhavier said on 7/Sep/13
Donald Dewey Biography: "Standing at almost 6 foot 4 and weighing only a 130 lbs" --- when he was at Merceberg Academey -- re: him playing football

James Stewrat on the Harvey DVD, states, "Well I'm 6ft 3.5in, so I figured Harvey would have to be at least 6ft 8in for me to have to look up to him.".

Jimmy Stewart Museum says 6ft 3in. Most biographies say 6ft 3in, or 1 full inch shorter than his 6ft 4in father Alexander.

The army said 6ft 3in.

Either way he was taller than at least 98% of today's world population (going with 6ft 3in) and he was one heck of an actor.

Sam said on 30/Aug/13
I know he was razor-thin while young but I truly think that at 138 pounds, Stewart would look unhealthy thin, which I don't think he did. Maybe right around 150 lb. When I was a teenager and briefly close to 160 pounds, I looked kind of unhealthy thin. I'm happy with the 180-200 lb range.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Actually in Mr Smith Goes to Washington he can even look 6'5" range at times. He really towers above everybody in the film.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Rob can you mention You Can't Take it With You, The Philadelphia Story, Winchester '73, The Spirit of St. Louis, and Anatomy of a Murder. You can't won Academy Award for Best Picture and he won best actor for Philadelphia Story opposite Katherine Hepburn.
[Editor Rob: he appeared in so many good films it's hard to mention them all.

I think the other week I saw a quote by him and he said 'I used to be 6ft 4']
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Yes Sam, in my opinion anything under 200 for a 6'4" guy is skinny. I doubt the 135 pounds thing is real. He looks thin but not anorexic thin. I have a hard time believing under 150. More like 6'3" and 155 pounds would fit the bill for his frame and that's dead skinny for 6'3", Brad Pitt was that in Fight Club.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
He can look 6'4" in Mr Smith Goes to Washington, he's at least a head taller than a lot of the actors in it.
Ian C. said on 21/Aug/13
In Stewart's earliest movies he seems grasshopper thin, although not necessarily weak. He went on a forced eating program to make the minimum weight requirement for acceptance into the Army Air Corps during World War II. He is probably the only American movie leading man that I could have beaten in a fist fight in real life. Mickey Rooney could have made short work of me.
Sam said on 16/Jul/13
I don't recall the source, but I saw something that stated 160 pounds later in life for Stewart. I'm around an inch and a half taller than Stewart and have been 180 pounds at my lightest in the past few years (often a bit more). I'm considered quite skinny, so Stewart's 138 lb sounds unhealthy to me for his height.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jun/13
Looked a clear 6 ft 3 in Broken Arrow. Strange thing is though he seemed a bit taller than Jeff Chandler (listed at 6'4") and seemed an easy inch shorter than Basil Ruysdael (listed at 6'2")!! I looked up Ruysdael and actually guessed he'd be 6'4" range. Very odd.
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
Looks 3.5-4 inches taller than 5'11 listed om Helmore in Vertigo.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Apr/13
I doubt he was 130 pounds, that's lighter than 5'7" Bruce Lee!!!! A skinny 5 ft 7 guy typically weighs 130-140.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Apr/13
Funny, but facially he looks like he'd be a big hunky guy. I'm watching Rear Window right now and he takes off his shirt and he was all skin and bone, a very flat chest and stomach, body was wasting away. I can believe 6'3" ad 150 pounds.
Jamesy said on 13/Jan/13
6\'3.25 said on 9/Jun/12
I used to weigh 135lbs when I was skinnier, it just depends on you're body type; some people are naturally built slimmer.
toby said on 5/Jun/12
How on earth can you be 6'3 and weigh under 148 pounds, thats insanely skinny.
Richard D said on 11/Feb/12
In a Michael Parkinson interview (see youtube) he says he was 130lbs. That is under the weight regulations but in those days this was not uncommon. I'd say he was6"3
Sam said on 10/Feb/12
He may have had an edge over Gary Cooper:
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Yeehaw! said on 9/Feb/12
When he was drafted he was 32 years of age. Chances are he had reached his full height.

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