How tall was John Candy

John Candy's Height

6ft 2in (188 cm)

Canadian Actor best remembered for films such as Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, Cool Runnings, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Stripes, JFK, The Great Outdoors and Brewster's Millions. A 1991 description of him mentioned "John Candy is six feet three inches tall and weighs about 275 pounds".

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jon said on 17/Aug/16
Watched a lot of John candy films, real shame this talented guy died so young, But he did look like a 6'2 guy overall to me but I think with heavier guys they can tend to look shorter to people just because of their posture etc, I agree with Rampage on that matter for sure, some of the folks on this page who are saying Candy was 5'9 and 5'10 are clearly just trolls.

rob, Did you watch a lot of his movies overall what Is the Lowest you would have guessed for John and The highest, I did see he was also listed as 6'3, What do you think?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Aug/16
Like John Goodman, he was a strong 6ft2 guy with excessive weight that may have made for a shorter impression
Jordan87 said on 10/Aug/16
Guys,
Charlie is a guy who thinks Carl Weathers was 5'10 ( Despite him looking at least 6 foot in the picture with Rob) and Thinks Arnold is 5'8.5.

Charlie is one of two Things:

A. A Troll
B. Someone who is actually Retarded. ( Seriously Speaking)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jul/16
Known for Trains, Planes & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Wagons East, Brewsters Millions, National Lampoons Vacation, Stripes, JFK, SCTV and Nothing To Lose

Rob, could we add those and a photo?
TapeWormMeasure said on 19/Jun/16
Candy was 6'3 easily
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
Massive hit of retardation...
M said on 27/May/16
@charlie
Your comment gave me mental retardation and everyone on this page is now dumber for having read it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/May/16
If Candy was 5ft9, Steve Martin was sub-5ft7.
Johan said on 23/May/16
John Candy at 5'9" ? Just impossible unless you think Steve martin was 5'7" and that the cast of cool runnings were all 5'7-'5'9" wannabe pro athletes haha.
charlie said on 20/May/16
No way Candy was over 6 ft. In Brewster's Millions he was taller than many of the actors in the movie perhaps 3 inch difference but remember Richard Pryor was not a very tall man maybe 5 ft 7 and the photographer in the movie was about 5 ft 4 and the observer of the Will was about 5 ft 8 inches. John Candy was most likely 5 ft 9 flat feet and in shoes 5 ft 10 inches max 5 ft 11 inches in shoes and no more.
James B said on 15/May/16
His weight made him seem shorter
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Apr/16
I wouldn't go with 6ft1 range for Candy. He was taller than Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd
Johan said on 11/Apr/16
Could have been strong 6'1" range. Outside of film he looked 2 inches taller than Steve martin.maybe a bit more. Somewhere 6'1.5"-6'2". Not more.
richie said on 10/Apr/16
Slightly taller than Tom Hanks and Steve Martin, a strong 6'1"...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Mar/16
So Rob what you're saying is that a strong 6ft2 is as arguable as a weak 6ft2?
Editor Rob: going back to something like 1941, he had a scene with big Frank mcRae, I'd have said he looked no more than 6ft 2 then.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/16
Rob, which one would Candy measure?

A) 190.5cm/188.5cm
B) 190cm/188cm
C) 189.5cm/187.5cm
D) 189cm/187cm
Editor Rob: at times I've thought any of A-C could have been possible
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Feb/16
James, I'd say he was at least that if not more when he died. He was pushing 400lbs in Wagons East. He was enormous
James B said on 31/Jan/16
Rob do you think he was 25 stone?
Editor Rob: might not have been far off it at times.
Rampage(-_- 🍀 -_-)Clover said on 25/Aug/15
Easy 1in taller than Costner (strong 6ft1) in JFK.
MrTBlack said on 14/Mar/15
He's not under 6'2". He looked at least 1/2" if not (and more likely) a full inch taller than Letterman.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Oct/14
He's slouching in all of those and in the last picture he's with Jeffrey Jones (Minimum 6ft4, if not 6ft4½ peak). Those aren't damaging at all. Proportionally his shoulders are above Hanks's and Aykroyd's.

No less than 188cm, sorry
Sam said on 1/Oct/14
The most damaging evidence to 6'2" or more is that he only looked a fraction taller than Tom Hanks, who probably was 6'0.25" at most. Click Here
Difficult for me to see him easily clearing out Aykroyd, looks similar height.
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Don't even see 2 inches over Martin here, more 1-1.5 inches although I'd admit Candy is dropping more height.
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Still near 2 inches under a somewhat hunched 6'4" Jeffrey Jones.
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I think going 6'1.5" is better than 6'2" at least.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Sep/14
No way was Candy only 6ft1. He easily cleared out Aykroyd (legit 6ft1) in The Great Outdoors and I'm almost 100% he was taller than Bill Murray in Stripes. He was a few inches taller than Steve Martin In Planes, Trains & Automobiles
the shredder said on 31/May/14
Rob , he was no bigger than Pullman in spaceballs
SeanRt said on 14/Apr/14
2.5" taller than steve martin when stood straight in plains trains and automobiles
James B said on 19/Mar/14
Will you downgrade him rob?
[Editor Rob: maybe I need to look at his first few films again!]
James B said on 18/Mar/14
Rob I think 6ft1 is a more realistic shout for candy then 6ft2. 6ft3 is just absurd.

Here he is with 6ft1 Dan akroyd
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With 6ft Tom hanks
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Time for downgrade?
[Editor Rob: 6ft 1 is a mark he was described at, both 6ft 1 and 2, sometimes the 6ft 3, but it seemed a bit much.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jan/14
He was taller than Aykroyd in The Great Outdoors by a good 1in.
I wouldn't rule out 189cm for Candy. Looked like a 6ft2-6ft3
avi said on 17/Jan/14
@Rob

He was always a 6'1 guy right? I heard stories that we wasn't shorter in person.
[Editor Rob: Candy has been called 6ft 1 in early 80's but then latter career he was being called 6ft 3. I think you can rule 6ft 3 out, 6ft 1 or 2? What was he like in The Great Outdoors with Dan Aykroyd? ]
Lenad is sexy said on 29/Dec/13
6'2ish
QvO said on 16/Dec/13
I gotta put my 2 cents in here, wayyyyyyy back in 1988 when I was 17 years old I worked room service at the Santa Maria Inn, John Candy was staying there because he was playing in a charity golf tournament in Nipomo, I took a room service order to him and met him and his brother. He was HUGE, I was (am) a very broad shouldered 6'2 and he absolutely dwarfed me, I would have to put him at 6'4 maybe even 6'5. He seemed like a helluva nice guy, made it a point to shake my hand and introduce the other man with him as his brother.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Oct/13
Listed 6ft2-3 in most places. Looked in that range throughout the 80s-90s. His weight might've added to the illusion of less height?

"John Candy height: 6ft 2.25in (189cm)"
Conti said on 24/Feb/13
Tom hanks isnt 6'2 or 6'3.He's now at least 5'11 now days,I would say he was the same height as tom hanks.
James said on 5/Feb/13
rob is it worth taking another look at john candys height?
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he does not look 6'2 compared too letterman at all
[Editor Rob: a guy of his size maybe got poorer posture even in his 30's]
Jamesy said on 1/Feb/13
Mike Starr might be 191cm though
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Dec/12
Bit shorter than 192cm Mike Starr in Uncle Buck.
Somewhere between 6ft2-6ft3
James said on 15/Oct/12
Looked same height as 6'3 listed mike starr
mcfan said on 6/Aug/12
Chevy Chase was 6'4 at his peak. Keep in mind Chevy always wore small heeled shoes. Candy was 6'2. Aykroyd and Murray were 6'1. Chevy was 6'4 in NP's Vacation but the reason he looked half-inch shorter than Randy Quaid is that Randy was actually 6'4.5.
avi said on 8/Dec/11
more like 6'1-6'1.5 because Chevy Chase is strong 6'3 and Candy is almost 2 inches shorter.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Sep/11
Looks 6"2-6"3 with Tom Hanks.
TheHardTruth said on 29/Aug/11
Not perfect as well, but just for comparison:
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TheHardTruth said on 29/Aug/11
The picture is heavily tilted in Hanks' favor. You can not judge height by movies, because you donĀ“t know what tricks are used to make an actor taller than he really is. Candy was by no means a small man and looked a solid 6Ā“2" to me.
Sam said on 10/Aug/11
If you see Splash Hanks consistently looks the same height or a hair taller than Candy, which is strange.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Aug/11
185-186cm with Hanks.

Maybe 6ft1.75 is nearer than 6ft2?
Sam said on 19/Jul/11
6'2" is very hard to believe next to Tom Hanks
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Danimal said on 27/Jun/11
mcfan says on 14/May/11
No, he was 2 inches shorter than Chase in that scene in Vacation. Candy was 6'2.

Candy was always listed as 6'3". That's what he was.
Danimal said on 27/Jun/11
James says on 26/Jun/11
I do agree with Rampage i think he did look maybe only 1 inch shorter than Chevy Chase

Wrong. Watch the end of National Lampoons Vacation. Chevy Chase is in Sandals standing right next to John Candy in black boots and Chevy has an easy 2" if not more on John Candy (this was 1982/1983).
James said on 26/Jun/11
I do agree with Rampage i think he did look maybe only 1 inch shorter than Chevy Chase.......possibly though Candy might have footware advantage cause he was wearing cop shoes.

Certainly compared to Steve Martin didn't even look 188cm let alone 189cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/11
Probably 188.6cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/May/11
He was usually described as either 6ft2 or 6ft3 and on screen he could appear either of those heights. Probably 6ft2.25 or 6ft2.5...around 189cm
mcfan said on 14/May/11
No, he was 2 inches shorter than Chase in that scene in Vacation. Candy was 6'2. This can be backed up by him being an inch taller than 6'1 Dan Aykroyd in The Great Outdoors. Also, in the mud wrestling scene you get a clear view of his height next to 6'1 Bill Murray in Stripes. Candy is barefoot and Murray is wearing plain shoes and he's still a hair taller than Bill.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Apr/11
He was an inch shorter than Chevy Chase in National Lampoons Vacation, James
James said on 16/Feb/11
He was NEVER over 6'2.
James said on 29/Dec/10
he wasn't 189cm. Look at him wiht Steve Martin in Trains, Plains and Automobiles he looks 6'1.5 (187cm).
sunnysideslim said on 3/Sep/07
i once bumped into him at a restaurant in santa monica about 1990. he appeared to be exactly my height- 190cm, but was probably twice my weight. that would make him 360lbs.- he was morbidly obese. very funny guy, very sad.
Terry said on 2/Aug/07
As a retired customs officer, I was walking down a terminal walkway with another officer, and we saw a HUGE - I mean GINORMOUS guy walking towards us. He seemed incredibly large both in width AND in height. When we got close, we saw that it was John Candy. We introduced ourselves and wished him a good night. But the thing is, he was in fact a tall man and his stature was intimidating. His personality however quickly balances it out, as he becomes very much down to earth when he talks to you - very friendly. I miss John Candy, as I'm sure tens of thousands of other Canadians and fans worldwide do.
aussie bloke said on 7/May/07
O must say, hewas no more than 3 inches taller than Eugene Levy in armed and dangerous, and Eugene is certainly no more than 5ft10, I think Candy may have struggled for 6ft2
Danimal said on 21/Apr/07
John was said to have been between 330-375 pounds at the end.
Franco said on 21/Apr/07
it is rare for a fat guy to look tall too but John Candy who was a great man and great actor looks tall.

at times he looks as short as 6'0 in UNCLE BUCK (barefoot) then at times again barefoot looks as tall as 6'3

imho he was more of a 6'2 flat and looked an easy 6'3 with shoes.

let pull out his bones and measure, he won't mind.....he was a great guy! :)
Jordan said on 22/Dec/06
I would say John was also about 350lbs toward the end, but I heard he was a real nice guy in real life.
Anthony said on 22/Nov/06
Candy was also taller than 6'1.75 Pullman in "Spaceballs". I really do think he was a legit 6'3.
Derek said on 12/Oct/06
Candy looked taller than Alan Alda in Canadian Bacon. I think he is 6'3", or at the very least, 6'2 3/4".
Glenn said on 12/Oct/06
Thanks Danimal and Anthony.sometimes I stay a full 5-8.but if you listen to some clowns here,Im 5-6.looking forward to that D.
Danimal said on 10/Oct/06
Anthony, Glenn is a cool guy. He is 5'8" in the morning and 5'7" at night if I'm not mistaken. Is that correct Glenn?
Anthony said on 9/Oct/06
Candy was definitley at least 6'2 and probably more 6'3.

And not to open a whole can of worms again, but to downgrade Glenn is somewhat rediculous. He definitely is 5'8, and in some shots even manages to look closer to 5'9.
Danimal said on 4/Oct/06
No problem G. ;). I'll let you know when I'm in the NY area. You and 2 other buddies of mines.
Glenn said on 4/Oct/06
Thanks D.
Danimal said on 4/Oct/06
Candy was 6'3". A little shorter than Chevy Chase (1983) and a little taller than David letterman (1982) and a little taller than Dan Akroyd (1988).
Glenn said on 3/Oct/06
I never met Candy.my friends did.they said he was real fat and really tall.weight will weigh down your height.
Glenn said on 3/Oct/06
Im 5-8 and accurate enough.I meet them.you guys dont.Sly is 5-10.Colin Farrel is 5-11.deal with it.and be a real man and use your anonymous.maybe one day,but probably not,people will realise I was right.Jimmy Page at 5-9,Paul Mccartney at 5-9.5 and Sly at 5-7 is absurd.the site is comprised of people wanting these celeb shorter than they really are for their own insecurities and stupidities.

[Editor Rob: back to candy, it is possible even in his 30's that maybe his size contributed to poor posture and he slouched?]
Brad said on 2/Oct/06
Im with you mcfan about glenn adding an inch to heights but where are your pictures? At least glenn has some to post even if he can't get the heights correct.Cough up some of your own.How tall are you? glenn at 5 7 is not that short.

[Editor Rob: the only thing is...this isn't Brad, I don't like folk trying to back up points with other names...its like Brad Pitt being 6ft 1, *its annoying*]
anonymous said on 2/Oct/06
kinda think mcfan is right glenn is bad with his heigth claims.
Glenn said on 2/Oct/06
Like I said Mcfan,YOU ARE THE WORST ON THE SITE.Frank2 was dead on compared to you.
mcfan said on 1/Oct/06
You ever notice how Glenn has the tendency to overestimate celebs by an inch or more he has taken a photo with? There are exceptions, but the majority seem to be always an inch taller than their claimed heights.(exceptions Ashlee Judd, Clapton, Charlie Sheen). This leads me to believe that Glenn is only 5'7, not 5'8 barefoot. I mean, he has Aykroyd and Murray at 6'2. Candy is 6'3. McCartney is 5'11.5. Robert Plant is 6'2. Pete Townshend is 6'2. Colin Farrell is 5'11. It seems to me there is a pattern of overestimating heights. This could only be to mask his true height... 5'7.
Regus said on 29/Sep/06
One of my all-time faves, seems to be somewhat overlooked now. 6-2 or so looks right, sure, in Summer Rental or Splash.
mcfan said on 14/Aug/06
I only saw him as nothing more than 6'2. If he was 6'3 he would have been two inches taller than Aykroyd which he did not.
Glenn said on 11/Aug/06
One of my favorites scenes of all time.he is 6-4 though.
Danimal said on 11/Aug/06
However Chevy has claimed that he is 6'4" many times. I remember when he was referring to JAck Palance as being as tall as him and that he is 6'4" himself.
Danimal said on 10/Aug/06
In Fletch when he is dreaming of being on the court, the commentator says that Chevy is actually 6'5" and 6'9" with the Afro...lol.
Glenn said on 10/Aug/06
Chevy is 6-4.Candy was 6-2.5 to 6-3.
Danimal said on 9/Aug/06
Chevy had 1-2" on him in National Lampoon's vacation and they were both standing straight. Chevy was 6'4"-6'5".
Viper652 said on 9/Aug/06
he looked at least 6-2. Its possible he was 6-3 as he was so big to begin with its hard to tell.
Danimal said on 8/Aug/06
I still say he was a legit 6'3" or damn near close to it. Taken into account, when you're between 330-375 pounds, you look shorter.

[Editor Rob: May the schwartz be wit you, was candy taller than pullman in spaceballs? I thought they might have been close, but then pullman might have more heel]
mcfan said on 7/Aug/06
He was just taller than Aykroyd in the Great Outdoors and the same height as Harold Ramis in Stripes. 6'2 seems right.
morrow said on 10/Apr/06
met him in the early 80s. stood face to face with him, and i'm 6', and he was just slightly taller, between 6'0.5" to 6'1", no more.
Darkfalz said on 8/Mar/06
In Spaceballs he's the same height as Bill Pullman who is 6'1" maximum, maybe closer to 6'0" (comparing to Will Smith in Independence Day). So I'd say 6'1", maybe pushing 6'2".

RIP
Rick said on 4/Mar/06
I met him a couple of times in the early 90s. Huge man all around. At least 6'3".
MHouillon said on 5/Jan/06
I saw "The great Outdoors" yesterday. Have you ever compared John Candy to Dan Aykroyd ??? John Candy was 6'1 MAXIMUM... (He even looked slightly shorter than 6'0.5" Aykroyd...)

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