How tall was Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart's 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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Average Guess (9 Votes)
6ft 3.22in
Willes189 said on 24/Aug/16
Why is it okey to talk bad about tall and skinny guys, but almost illegal to mention that someone is fat and short? I will never understand this nonsense.
James said on 6/Aug/16
Cooper put two stone on later life.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/16
Stewart and Cooper were both painfully thin for 6ft3
FriendlyNeighborhood6Footer said on 7/Jul/16
Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor. I have too many favorites of his to list, with Vertigo and It's a Wonderful Life being at the top of the list. I've seen most of his filmography, many of them more than once. I've always pegged him at a little over 6'3". I'd be surprised if he came in at just 6'3" given all the 6'3" actors I've seen him have a hair or two over.
James said on 1/Jul/16
Dean Martin should have been the romantic lead in "Rio Bravo".
Ian C. said on 24/Jun/16
Middle-aged men successfully courting women a generation younger than they are is practically a movie trope. Think John Wayne in Rio Bravo, for example. He was nearly double Angie Dickenson's age in that one, but nobody really minds much, because he's John Wayne, and we are supposed to close the gap between what he was and what he has become in order to follow the movie. Most male move stars over forty habitually play somebody who is roughly 32.

And six feet tall, if they are shorter than that. All Paul Newman's characters were six feet tall. And Kirk Douglas's and Dean Martin's and Humphrey Bogart's.

Sometimes I wonder what the typical leading man movie character's I.Q. is. Right around 125, usually. This is probably pretty close to the real I.Q. score of most movie leading men. Clearly smarter than average, but not intellectual. John Wayne did not play stupid men, but he did not play men who read a lot of books either.
Sam said on 22/Jun/16
I don't agree with that, perfect in both Window and especially Vertigo...his characters were more romantic leads in their own middle-aged minds. They rank along with Stewart's best performances along with Mr. Smith, Wonderful Life, Harvey and anything he did with Anthony Mann.
Tom said on 21/Jun/16
Stewart was badly miscast in "Rear Window" and "Vertigo", he was far too old to play the romantic lead.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/16
OK guys, I'm sure Rob is with me on this, lets talk about Kim Novak in those green shoes now ;-)
Editor Rob: lovely shoes indeed!
Gonzalo said on 17/Jun/16
Willam Holden appeared shirtless in several movies, such as Picnic (shaved) or The bridge over river Kwai. In the 50`s it was more common to appeared shirtless, meanwhile it was very rare in the 30`s and 40`s, when it only happened in adventure films (Mutiny on the bounty). In the fifties and sixties there are many examples: Holden, Douglas, Hudson, Curtis, Lancaster, Jeffrey Hunter, Heston, Mitchum (Heaven knows Mrs. Allison, Gable (Mogambo), etc. It also had to do with the fact that stars of the 30s and 40s were in his late forties or fifties while the others were in his thirties. The fifties was the beef cake era!
Randolph Scott was in bathing suit in My favourite wife; he looked in great shape.
Stewart was skinny. Not the best guy to do a beff cake scene.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jun/16
Charles Bronson I think overall had the best physique out of them all, the nearest thing to a modern day MMA fighter/boxer. He was in incredible shape. Hard as nails. Bronson was more of a professional fighter type, whereas Charlton Heston a physique of somebody who spends a lot of time with outdoor pursuits, similar to Laird Hamilton, I'd guess very similar height and weight. Hston looked strong as hell in the 60s, particularly Planet of the Apes.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Jun/16
Yes I was going to say what Sam said, Jimmy appears shirtless in Read Window. It was after seeing him that that I could well believe he was just 130 pounds range in younger years, rake thin, unhealthily thin, and by Rear Window he was probably in 155-160 pounds range.
Ian C. said on 10/Jun/16
Well Sam, if Eastwood is going to take off his shirt in his movies he'd better look good without a shirt. And he's sung in a few movies too. He shouldn't oughta have done that either, as those were also cases of undeserved self-regard.

I have seen Rear Window, and that shirtless scene is arguably part of the plot. It is brief, and Stewart lies on his stomach all through it, and doesn't actually display his torso. It isn't in the movie to thrill anybody. And of course his character gets Grace Kelly, which makes my point for me, which is that it used to be that you could be a male lead without looking like that guy on the cover of Men's Health.
Sam said on 9/Jun/16
I guess you've not seen Rear Window where Stewart is shirtless for a bit, definitely far from an ideal strapping Hollywood hunk there but he still gets Grace Kelly there...I've not spent as much time contemplating these stars physiques...kinda weird to be annoyed by Eastwood because his bone structure wasn't as good as Heston's or whatever.
Ian C. said on 7/Jun/16
Yeah, Arch, I forgot about Lancaster. But he did the muscle display routine only in his action movies, and managed to keep his shirt on in his forays into serious drama. Charles Bronson is also a major contender in the shirtless movie guy competition and he really did look terrific without a shirt on, so you can forgive him. Also, he did it less than half his roles. Eastwood has always kind of annoyed me when he did his shirtless routine because, unlike Bronson and Heston, who really were physically extraordinary, he was just an average guy who lifted weights. His hips are as wide as his shoulders, and he has bad posture. So who was he kidding?

Of course Jimmy Stewart (remember him?) would have been laughed at if he gone shirtless in a movie. Stewart was, not a weakling exactly, but certainly less than average in terms of male strength and stamina. And yet he was a successful romantic lead, and sometimes a successful man of action in a few westerns, like Broken Arrow and Bend of the River.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jun/16
Burt Lancaster used to show off his physique a bit, even in Swimmer in 1968 when he was in his 50s! Clint Eastwood didn't take up bodybuilding at 40, he'd lifted weights in his teens and 20s too, there's a few pictures of him. Eastwood did bulk up in the 80s though and must have changed his diet and lifted heavier as in his late 50s he was in 220 pounds range.
Ian C. said on 5/Jun/16
Yes, Fruit, you've got me there about Flynn and the Sea Haw, but look at how few shirtless scenes Flynn did, when he really did have a terrific body. The larger point is that, for most male leads at that time, taking off shirts in movies to display beautiful torsos was uncommon, and probably regarded as vulgar display.

If Sinatra worked out, it wasn't out of physical vanity but professional utility, which is a different thing entirely.

Which old-time stars did show off their bodies? Not too many. Charlton Heston couldn't resist, but at the same time vigorously denied that he would ever do anything so crass as indulge in bodybuilding. Paul Newman has a few look-at-how-beautiful-I-am scenes, but in only a handful of his movies. Robert Redford the same. Sean Connery appears shirtless in all his Bond movies, but at the same time you don't get the impression that he had been dieting, or working with a trainer. In Diamonds Are Forever, he is downright paunchy.

Clint Eastwood avoided appearing shirtless until he was forty. He took up bodybuilding and then you couldn't keep a shirt on him until he was sixty.

Sylvestre Stallone is perhaps the worst offender in the gratuitous shirtless sweepstakes, aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger, for whom muscles are most of his talent.
Bruno said on 4/Jun/16
Check this out Ian C. and he was an older man at that stage.
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Fruit said on 3/Jun/16
Errol Flynn was also shirtless in The Sea Hawk and maybe Captain Blood (not %100 sure about that one).

Sinatra did work out, mainly to improve his lung capacity.
Ian C. said on 1/Jun/16
James B, of course Jimmy Stewart didn't hit any gyms. Nobody in his generation of movie leads did. I'm not sure if John Wayne ever made a movie where he took his shirt off. Or Cary Grant or Randolph Scott either. Errol Flynn has made only one movie where he appeared shirtless (Gentleman Jim) and in that one he played a boxer. Rock Hudson has two, and in one he played a boxer and in the other a Native American. Other leading men like Charlton Heston, who usually had a shirtless scene in any movie he made because he was so proud of his physique, did not work out. Do you think Robert Mitchum ever lifted a barbell or ran a mile? It doesn't seem likely. How about Peter O'Toole? Richard Burton? Lee Marvin? Frank Sinatra? Steve McQueen? Sean Connery? James CoburnÉ Forget it. Marlon Brando? Double forget it after he became a big star, even though much of his initial appeal was based on his physique.
Tom said on 5/Apr/16
Cooper was measured as 6'2.5" in 1924.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Apr/16
Neither of them were under 6ft3. Hard to tell who was taller because it could vary. Cooper could edge Stewart and then vice versa. They were both skinny guys...
James said on 24/Mar/16
I said Cooper was measured at just under 6'3", not Stewart.
Sam said on 22/Mar/16
I've read quite a bit on Stewart and have never read of a measurement under 6'3" and would doubt it pre-old age height loss.
LoganNoll1996 said on 21/Mar/16
Jimmy Stewart - 6 feet 3 inches

Gary Cooper - 6 feet 3.75 inches

John Wayne - 6 feet 3.75 inches
James said on 19/Mar/16
Cooper was never 6'4". He was measured at just under 6'3" when he went to Hollywood.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/16
Cooper and Stewart were about the same. Both 6ft3 minimum peak
Bruno said on 17/Mar/16
No way Tom peak Coop would edge out Stewart.
Tom said on 17/Mar/16
Stewart was slightly taller than Cooper. Stewart was 6'3" and Cooper was 6'2.5".
Bruno said on 16/Mar/16
Ya defo Arch, Coop was probably very close to 193 peak.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Mar/16
@Bruno, I was citing Rampage's claim#links. Personally I would have thought that at peak Cooper could have edged him out. Cooper could look near 6'4 in the 30s, Stewart never really looked nearer 6'4.
jtm said on 12/Mar/16
i wouldn't be surprised if he really was 6'3.5. he was over 3 inches taller than cary grant in a couple of scenes in the philadelphia story.
Bruno said on 11/Mar/16
Don't agree Arch, in some Stewart looks taller in other shots Coop looks taller. They were pretty identical in height I'd say.
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Scroll down to near half the page, Coop looks a bit taller.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Mar/16
@Rob, Stewart edged out Cooper, was an inch taller than Walter Pidgeon and 1.5 inches shorter than Rock Hudson. Would 6'3.25 be that unreasonable?? Watch him in some of his earlier 30s films, I think it would be fair Remember that Stewart claimed 6'3.5 himself and is even mentioned in Harvey. He claimed both 6'3.5 and 6'3".
Editor Rob: I never thought 6ft 3.5 was as probably as 6ft 3, but then maybe earlier in the day he could have been 6ft 3.5 and still held a solid 6ft 3. I'm ok with the 6ft 3 mark just now but 3.25 isn't impossible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Feb/16
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Stewart has a slight edge over Cooper in these
Tom said on 7/Feb/16
Stewart was about half an inch taller than Cooper.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/16
Fruit said on 16/Jan/16
6'2" is average nowhere. It's always tall.

Male average height in Germany is approximately 5'10".

In some very very secluded parts of the world it can actually come in at just over average. But other than that it is legit, stand out tall
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/16
Rob, is it possible they were both a fraction over this mark?

They both edged out Peck and Heston
Editor Rob: they may well have fallen into the legit 6ft 3 range and if measured even a little over 6ft 3 wouldn't be rules out for either.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Feb/16
Rob, who do you think was taller at peak Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper?
Editor Rob: it can be very close to call between them.
Tom said on 31/Jan/16
Stewart was slightly taller than Gary Cooper.
Fruit said on 16/Jan/16
6'2" is average nowhere. It's always tall.

Male average height in Germany is approximately 5'10".
Thomas6ft1 said on 16/Jan/16
I know that Germans are tall in general. Most of the time when I feel average height at 6'1", its usually with Caucasian white people. I'm not surprised though as tallness seems to be the most common in white people. However, the world doesn't revolve around Germany or places like Netherlands. Elsewhere, 6'2" and 6'3" are pretty tall heights. Its not average height at all.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jan/16
Stewart and Cooper were both 6ft3-3˝ range in their prime. A little taller than Gregory Peck and a little shorter than Wayne and Eastwood.
Moke said on 26/Dec/15
@Adam 1.88 -
Reynolds stands 6'2.
@Rusty190cm - My brother weighs around 180 at 6'2.75 and he doesn't strike me as particularly tall, being 6'2 myself. Every third or so young man nowadays stands around that height. Running around at 6'2-3 you just tend to blend in perfectly with crowds in german cities like Hamburg, Berlin or Cologne...In 20 years it very well be the same phenomenon with 6'4...
Rusty190cm said on 2/Dec/15

Yeah I weigh about 180 lbs at 6'3" and people often guess me 6ft4-5
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/15
A rail thin 6ft3 guy can be mistaken for 6ft4-5.
Adam 1.88 m said on 23/Oct/15
On an interview with David Letterman, Ryan Reynolds guesses Jimmy Stewart's height at 6'4 to 6'5. It's funny how Reynolds underestimates his own height and overestimates on other celebrities.
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Larry said on 24/Sep/15
Not really Arch, Stewart was far too old to play Lindburgh which is why the film flopped.

Of course it was also very controversial given Lindburgh's anti-Semitism and pro-Nazism.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Sep/15
The Spirit of St Louis IMO is actually one of his best films and performance. A genuine joy to watch.
Larry said on 20/Sep/15
Stewart was exactly 6'3".

I liked most of his films except for "The Spirit of St Louis", as he was far too old to play Charles Lindburgh.
Sam said on 30/Aug/15
Bear in mind that 6'3" was like 6'5"-6'6" for his generation, not many 6'6" beanpoles do you see among the top male stars today.
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 that´s rubbish. I am 6´2" and skinny and haven´t 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 that´s rubbish. I am 6´2" and skinny and haven´t 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.
Pete Procrastinator said on 29/Dec/11
Maybe when JS was drafted he hadn't yet reached his full height. Especially so in those days, as they didn't mature as early (on average) as the young do now.
sdsds said on 7/Nov/11
It also says in a few of his biographies that Stewart grew to a full 6ft 3in, such that he was exactly 1 inch shorter than his father Alexander, who was 6ft 4in tall.
Gonzalo said on 19/Oct/11
He claims to be 6`3.5 and he looks half an inch taller than legit 6.3 Gary Cooper. I think James Stewart should be upgraded at 6`3.5
Gonzalo said on 17/Oct/11
James Stewart in this pic looks slightly taller than Gary Cooper
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Mr.V said on 28/Aug/11
Here's a documentary about "Harvey" where Jimmy describes himself as 6'3.5 ( he says it at 2:28 in the video ) :

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I think he was .
ALohaJoe said on 23/Jun/11
I reiterate what was posted below:

Anonymous says on 3/Apr/10
According to the curator of the James Stewart Museum, he was exactly 6'3" tall. His military physical would have indicated he was 6'3", since he was 138 lb., five pounds under the 143 required for his draft eligibility. The weight / height requirements for the US Air Force prior to October 1999 was 143 lb. minimum for a man of 6'3". By the late 1950s, he reported that his weight was up to 160 lb.
Anonymous says on 2/Apr/10

Stewart’s draft number was 310. When his number was called and he appeared at Draft Board No. 245 in West Los Angeles in February 1941, the 6’3” Stewart weighed only 138 pounds, 5 pounds under the acceptable weight level. He was turned down.
Sam said on 1/Jun/11
Some interesting comparison shots. In one, I think Wayne is dropping a little height and the other Stewart is:
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Bon_ said on 25/May/11
6'3.5 at peak.
jake said on 20/May/11
Rob do you think he might've been 6' 3.5" at his peak?

[Editor Rob: it is possible.]
T said on 28/Apr/11
He could be 6'4.His posture is terrible
Mathew said on 25/Apr/11
This guy is an example of a legitimate 6'3". Not as tall as 6'4" though.
Sam said on 21/Apr/11
He possibly had a peak height a little over 6'3". There are a few 6'4" reports and he could have easily pased for it
rafa said on 12/Apr/11
He was between 6'3" and 6'4", not "reaching a full 6'4" but close
tom said on 12/Mar/11
I once saw an interview on tv with stewart claiming he was six feet four and three quaters.He said that the three quarters were very important to him in jest.
thebad7 said on 24/Feb/11
Another magnificent performer from a long-gone day. As poster Red says: "Solid 6'3" ". He looked to be 6'3" well into his final years.

In 1962's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, and in 1976's THE SHOOTIST, he looks to be a strong 6'3" standing next to The Duke--who was in the 6'3"-6'4" range during this time.

Red said on 7/Feb/11
Solid 6'3
Kemp said on 29/Jan/11
I've just saw BEND OF THE RIVER, and Stewart and Hudson look exactly the same height.
brunobrowne said on 23/Jan/11
Appears at most 1'' lower than Rock, so JS is nearer to 6'4'' id say.
krazy krippled! said on 2/Jan/11
6'5 Rock Hudson was clearly taller than Jimmy in bend of the River, so 6'3 seems about right.
Mr. Kaplan said on 30/Oct/10
Rob, he should be upgraded. Jimmy claimed 6'3.5".
JanJ said on 30/Jul/07
James Stewart was 192 cm
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Ivan 6'2.25 said on 21/Jul/07
in the rope picture he look way taller but hitchcock was a short man 5'6/7 inches tall.
Anonymous said on 11/Jul/07
I notice the discussion of Harvey. Yes in the movie Stewart says that Harvey is 6'3 1/2"; that is correct. However, if one watches the special introduction to Harvey that was done by James Stewart, he says that he himself is 6'3 1/2" and that although the person inside the Harvey suit was 6'1 1/2", he said that Harvey was 6'8" that way Stewart would have to actually look up at Harvey.

Have a nice day.

Gonzalo said on 10/Jul/07
Stewart looking at least two inches taller than 6`1 Ronald Reagan
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Stewart looking huge next to Alfred Hitchcock.
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6`3 is out of the question. The only doubt is 6`3 or 6`3 1/2
DOW said on 7/Jul/07
In his bio it was stated that he was measured at 6'3 1/2 and 139 lbs by the military when he inlisted, and that was to skinny and they would'nt let him in. But they gave him a some time, and he ate spagetti like crazy and gained a few pounds quickly and they let him.
Ivan 6'2.25 said on 7/Jul/07
in Vertigo premiere beside hitchcook ,has 8 inches taller that s mean hitchcook where just above his lips.
steve nevil said on 13/May/07
I met Mr. Stewartin May of 1989 when I was working with him on the Campbell's Home Cookin' Soup campaign. I'm 6'1" and I remember being introduced to Jimmy by the director. I remember looking up at this movie legend and realizing how really tall he was. I'd say a good 6'3" at least...and I felt like I was four feet and ten years old. He was a truly great actor and, as director George Steven said, he was doing what Brando was doing fifteen years before...
al said on 7/Apr/07
stewart could have been a little over 6ft 3 when he was younger
but the 6ft 3 mark is right as he was a good 2 inches below the duke in the shootist.
Brad said on 1/Apr/07
6' 3" at The Tattered Cover book store in Denver years ago. My father met him at Jack Benny's house in the late 60's. He was still doing hard location films and Benny was all over him to "hang up the guns Jimmy!".
Anonymous said on 16/Dec/06
I think 6'3.5 is correct . Seemed to me slighty taller than 6'3 Charlton Heston in "The Greatest Show on Earth"
Glenn said on 24/Nov/06
Me-Vincent Price(6-4,Peter Lorre(5-5),Cagney(5-8?),Grant(?),Peck(6-2?),Brando(5-9),Charles Laughten(spelling,?),Flynn(?),Powers(?),Sofia Loren,Bridget Bardot,Raquel Welch,Lauren Bacall(5-8?).
Anthony said on 23/Nov/06
Yes. I also love Ann-Margret, Gene Tierney & Sophia Loren. Favorite actors (male) are Stewart, Grant, Bogie, & Cagney.
Glenn said on 23/Nov/06
I love early Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.
Anthony said on 22/Nov/06
Yes, Glenn, they did. But I've been educating myself lately. I love Hitchcock, and I'm a huge Grace Kelly fan. Most beautiful woman ever.
sam said on 22/Nov/06
I've read 6'4" a couple of times for Stewart, but far more often have read 6'3". I think 6'3.5" was possible for the young Stewart.
Glenn said on 22/Nov/06
Cool.did you learn alot about music and movies from your parents?
Anthony said on 21/Nov/06
Yeah, pretty well. I'm basically into anyhting from older generations.
Glenn said on 21/Nov/06
You know your Golden Era too Anthony?
Anthony said on 18/Nov/06
I'm a pretty big Jimmy Stewart fan. 6'3 looks right, maybe pushing 6'4 in his 20s'. One of the best actors ever, too.
Gonzalo said on 7/Sep/06
I have a book about Stewart. There is a pic of him with his parents and he looks the same height as his father. Stewart was at least 6´3 and I read 6`3 and a half when he died. Tall guy anyway
Mario said on 2/Sep/06
I understand the point of making Bogart 2 or 3 inches taller in his movie's, but what would be the point of adding a half inch to James stewart who was so tall in his time?
Larry said on 15/Aug/06
The chacter that is 6'3 1/2" in HARVEY is... well, Harvey. :-) Stewart (Elwood Dowde) mentions several times that The Pooka is 6 foot 3 and a half. When Dowde talks to Harvey, he looks SLIGHTLY up. James Stewart is pretty well documented at 6'3". His dad owned a hardwear store and was also 6'3", but about 40 pounds heavier.
Frank2 said on 14/Aug/06
A line in a movie doesn't always mean it's the actor's correct height. Bogie was sometimes listed as being 5'10" in his films. In Saboteur, 5'10" Bob Cummings is listed on a radio broadcast as being 6'1"!
Anonymous said on 13/Aug/06
Frank2--then what about this comment from below---on the Harvey DVD Mr. Stewart says he is 6ft 3.5in
Frank2 said on 7/Aug/06
Stick with whatever you like. Stewart said he was 6'3". I met him and he was definitely 6'3".
John Doe said on 7/Aug/06
He was thin. Im sticking to almost six four.
Frank2. said on 3/Aug/06
Nope. 6'3".
John Doe said on 2/Aug/06
Id say tack on another half inch...James stood close to six four in his day.
Mario said on 14/Jul/06
To me he always looked 192cm, even in his later movie's.
Frank2 said on 4/Jun/06
No. He was always 6'3".
J-Dog said on 3/Jun/06
Hey Frank2, do you think Stewart was more 6'3.5" and closer to 6'4" in his earlier years?
Frank2 said on 26/May/06
Stewart didn't shrink when he got older. When I met him and shook his hand he was already in his late seventies and still a solid 6'3".
Giovanni Drogo said on 25/May/06
At one scene of Bend of the River, James Stewart and Rock Hudson are face to face, and they are exactly the same height; so probably Stewart is about 6'3-6'4. In a long career in movies, he was towered only once, by James Arness in Carbine Williams, but Arness is hour-concours...
Gonzalo said on 24/Mar/06
I saw Liberty Valance the other day. In the beginning Wayne looked a little bit taller. But afterwards, in the scene of the polls they looked the same height. Wayne´s lifts? Posture? I think they were both the same height. In The shootist, Wayne was taller, but they were both quite old so it`s easy to think that Stewart shrunk quicklier than Wayne.
I love Liberty Valance
larry said on 19/Mar/06
Watched WINCHESTER 73 yesterday and Mr. Stewart's "side kick" was Millard Mitchell (uh, I think... missed the credits). Stewart looked about 1" taller tan Michell & Mitchell was listed as 6'2" in several places. Will Geer (sp?) was in that one too as Wyatt Earp & Stewart was about 1" taller than him as well. Mr. Geer was listed as 6'2". 6'3" always seemed right for Jimmy Stewart, but wasn't Mr. Wayne supposed to have been about 1" taller? I need to watch THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE again someday.
Gonzalo said on 6/Mar/06
James Stewart was at least 6-3. I was in United States when he died and the newspaper I read said he was 6-3 and a half. He was always the tallest guy in his pictures, except when he was on screen with John Wayne (about the same height) and Rock Hudson (taller than James Stewart)
Frank2 said on 3/Mar/06
Stewwart is another actor who didn't lose that much in height as he grew older. I had the pleasure of talking with him at one of the Golden Boot Award functions just a few years before he died and he still looked to be six-three.
Xhavier said on 21/Nov/05
Go To, go to the memories section and read the museum's official statement of his death. It states 6'3".
Xhavier said on 5/Nov/05
Yes on the Harvey DVD Mr. Stewart says he is 6ft 3.5in. However, according to the curator of the James Stewart or Jimmy Stewart Museum, he was exactly 6ft 3in tall. Also his military physcial would have indicated he was 6ft 3in tall, since he was 138lbs and was 5 lbs under the 143 required for his draft eligibility. The weight height/requirements for US Airforce Service Prior to October 1999 was 143 Lbs minimum for a man 6ft 3in in height.
CelebHeights Editor said on 22/Oct/05
I accidentally deleted some comments yesterday. One was somebody saying on the Harvey dvd, his height is stated as 6ft 3.5.
CelebHeights Editor said on 23/Aug/05
In the 1936 Chicago Tribune he was described: "He is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds"
sam said on 17/May/05
I've heard on occasion that he was 6'4" at his peak and many websites say 6'3 1/2", although most sources agree 6'3". At his peak, I think he may have been slightly over 6'3".
Mr R said on 14/Feb/05
At his hayday, he was this height - I met him in New York years ago.

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