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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, and Harvey.
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Gonzalo says on 29/Aug/14
Millard Mitchell was very tall, over 1`85 for sure
Sam says 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. says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 10/Jun/14
Oddly looked a tad shorter than 6'2 listed Charles Drake in The Glenn Miller Story!
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says on 10/May/14
Although I think Wayne had footwear advantage with cowboy boots.
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 20/Feb/14
Jimmy Stewart was 6' 3 and 3/4 in.. Gary Cooper was 6' 3 in. at peak.
Arch Stanton says 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 says on 24/Nov/13
He's claimed 6'3.5" before.
Sam says 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 says on 19/Oct/13
I think peak Stewart was 6'3.5'' and peak Cooper was 6'4''.
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Sam says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 12/Oct/13
Unless of course Cooper really was 6'2!!
Arch Stanton says 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 says on 21/Sep/13
@Sam.

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 says 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".
Jake: 1.83 m- 1.85 m says on 10/Sep/13
Peaked at 6ft 3.25in or at least that's my guess.
Sam says 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 says 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.

Period.
Sam says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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. says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 20/May/13
Looks 3.5-4 inches taller than 5'11 listed om Helmore in Vertigo.
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says on 13/Jan/13
6'3.5
6\'3.25 says 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 says on 5/Jun/12
How on earth can you be 6'3 and weigh under 148 pounds, thats insanely skinny.
Richard D says 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 says on 10/Feb/12
He may have had an edge over Gary Cooper:
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Yeehaw! says 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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