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Lee Van Cleef height: 6ft 2in (188 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in movies like High Noon, For a Few Dollars and The Good The Bad and the Ugly. On his official site it mentioned his height and weight, saying: "I'm six-feet two, weigh around one-ninety, two hundred, I'm fairly well put together"
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struggles says on 11/Sep/14
at 6'2 he was a whole man where I am merely half...I cant reach him with my cell phone, Ill try to telegraph. by sue n.
Greg says on 27/Jun/14
Yes, never thought he was that tall but in this clip with Johnny Carson, he clearly 6'1" or more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2_UZjiKq88
thebad7 says on 30/Jan/14
@Andrew M.:
If you can, you should see if you can find Lee's 1984 appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON. Lee was invited on as part of a promotional tour for THE MASTER, and he gave a great interview for Johnny in which he talked about how he got the part of Jack Colby--his first film role--in 1951 for the now classic Western, HIGH NOON. At the end of the interview, when Johnny was introducing the next guest (a young and very hot at the time actress), the guest slipped in her high heels, falling flat on her face, and Lee was up and out of his chair helping the girl up before anyone else moved. Not bad for a man known as "The Bad." ;) In regards to height: Lee was onstage at the same time as 6'4" Ed McMahon, and he only looked about 1" and bit of change shorter. Alongside his immaculate posture, LVC kept most of his height even to the end in 1989.

By the way: the 80s film you're talking about in which Lee starred with David Carradine is a 1986 Fred Olen Ray film titled ARMED RESPONSE. Yes, it's a B action film, but it's not without its charms, and Lee is great in it as Carradine's gruff and crusty retired police officer father. Although it's a good action film, I don't watch it often because it was around that time that Lee started appearing sickly--he suffered from heart disease the last seven years of his life--but it's the best the work he did in film post 1981.

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Andrew M says on 20/Oct/13
I really came to like him in his sadly short-lived TV show "The Master". Reputedly he couldn't do too much of the kicking, as his knee (or knees?) was badly injured in a car crash. In fact, the bad guy in the show was played by Sho Kosugi, a well known martial arts star who is himself 5'10", and Sho said he often doubled for Lee when in his Ninja costume, "with half a rugby ball stuck on top of your head!" added the the interviewer for the martial arts magazine. Sho said Lee was a very nice man, which I can believe. He always seemed to be smiling on screen!
I think he must have been a bit of a martial arts fan himself, given that he appeared in Chuck Norris' "The Octagon"; a "martial arts Western" (as described by the TV guide) the name of which I can't recall, with a young Chinese guy and his girlfriend doing the martial arts stuff; and along with David Carradine in one of those straight-to-video shots, both playing a bodyguard / crime-fighting duo.
And say what you like about "The Master" being a naff '80s TV show (I don't agree, by the way!), it was still good enough to show off Lee's all round acting ability, including the humorous bits. Pity it didn't continue, with him finally finding his daughter, Terri. Thanks for all the fun, Lee!
thebad7 says on 10/Oct/13
Lee Van Cleef is one of the most underrated film actors of all time. He had a screen presence that rivaled even Eastwood's. He was minimum 6'2" tall--my best estimate for him is 6'2 1/2" (strong 6'2"). In the the finale of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, he and Clint stand side by side as Monco returns the Colonel his dead sister's pocketwatch. Both men are wearing cowboy boots with similar heels. Eastwood has about 1.5" on Van Cleef, and I believe Eastwood was 6'4" in his prime (plenty of photographic evidence available to support this).

Another great example is 1956's IT CONQUERED THE WORLD. Van Cleef stands nose to nose with 6'3" co-star Peter Graves, and Graves just barely edges out Van Cleef--the difference is less than an inch. Likewise, in 1962's THE MAN WHO CONQUERED LIBERTY VALANCE, Van Cleef has about an inch on strong 6'1"/weak 6'2" Lee Marvin.

One note about Van Cleef: the man always had excellent posture that he kept up until his death in 1989. He never slouches in his films.

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avi says on 29/Jul/13
looked tall next to 6'6-6'7 James Arness in Gunsmoke
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 30/Jun/13
6"2.5"(189cm) is was what I saw next to Eastwood who I'm convinced was 6"4".
Not so sure about 6"3"+ though. The boots he wore mightve brought him to 6"4" while Clint would've been over 6"5" in them.
Tony says on 22/Apr/13
6'2" 1/2 without shoes.
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jan/13
On his official site "he" mentioned his height and weight. Rob, he died in 1989 before Internet even existed!
[Editor Rob: it should have read, 'it' ;)]
Winston says on 23/Jul/12
At least 6'2"
henry says on 11/Feb/12
he is a little taller than 6'1.5.barefot 6'2
Henrik says on 9/Feb/12
Richard says on 6/Feb/12
Looking at Van Cleef he looked much taller than 6'2". I'd say at his peak he might have been 6'3" 1/2. He towered over most of his costars and there was little difference between him and Eastwood. He may have shrunk down to 6'2" 1/2 or 6'2" later in life.

Not impossibe, I suppose. Maybe he did state a "shrinked" height?
PKB says on 7/Feb/12
Rob, could you please add The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the introduction of Lee Van Cleef?
[Editor Rob: yeah, I'm slowly over the next year refreshing the descriptions a bit more.]
Richard says on 6/Feb/12
Looking at Van Cleef he looked much taller than 6'2". I'd say at his peak he might have been 6'3" 1/2. He towered over most of his costars and there was little difference between him and Eastwood. He may have shrunk down to 6'2" 1/2 or 6'2" later in life.
MR.HEIGHT says on 25/Jan/12
a strong 6' 2". makes me wanna smoke a pipe. cant wait for the remake of death rides a horse.

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