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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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joelj says on 21/Feb/15
6' 2.5" peak
Thompson says on 4/Feb/15
I think people underestimate how tall 6' 2 is most men that height (unless they are very chunky) look noticeably tall especially to the average 5' 9-10 man.
Key says on 3/Feb/15
There was about an inch between him and Clint and that's being generous. There was little difference between Cleef and Mario Brega who is apparently meant to be 6'4".? I highly doubt it when there was barely 7 inches between Brega and Elli Wallach who was in the 5'7 range; if Wallach stood on his tip toes he could of easily been near eye level.
Arch Stanton says on 31/Jan/15
Disagree, 6'2" is the very most he could have been, like Marvin I'd have put him more at 187 if anything. If he was 6'3" Clint was 6'5!!
gez says on 31/Jan/15
Definitely taller, I would give him a possible 6'2 3/4. His height hasn't been looked into
that much for all we know he could be near 6'4" which wouldn't surprise me.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m says on 20/Dec/14
Similar size to Lee Marvin. He was a tall 6ft 2in.
Sam says on 24/Nov/14
I noticed in Escape from New York that he looked shorter than at peak, more six feet even. I'd say some height loss was possible but I think Russell was wearing some fairly large boots as Snake there to make him look closer in height.
The Master says on 24/Nov/14
In Escape from New York he looked around 6', next to Kurt Russell.
mrbobh5344 says on 14/Nov/14
Van Cleef also looks the same height as Claude Akins (6'1") in Joe Dakato.
mrbobh5344 says on 6/Nov/14
I collect and rewatch western movies. In The Vanishing American (1955) there is a 'front on' porch scene where Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis, Lee van Cleef and John Dierkes stand side by side looking out at the street. By height from tallest to shorter it goes Tucker (6'4"), Dierkes (6'4-), Davis (6'2 +) and Van Cleef. Van Cleef is clearly shorter than Davis... Davis looks to have a bigger heeled boot... but allowing for that he still looks taller than Van Cleef. I believe Van Cleef was what you call a weak 6'2". Still tall... and in the range he claimed. Like 6'1 1/2".. claiming 6'2".
Paleman says on 3/Oct/14
He didn't look much shorter than Eastwood in the Dollars films. I wouldn't be surprised if his peak was a good 6'3" back in those days. Eastwood was definitely taller than him, but only by an edge.

I would say that Lee was 6'2" at absolute minimum, but 6'2" 1/2 - 6'3" seems more likely.
Sam says on 19/Sep/14
I saw part of a western I've never heard of, Barquero, definitely not a masterpiece! He did look this range, a couple inches under Forrest Tucker. Warren Oates was also in it but don't recall a height comparison. For some reason, they tried to slather a couple of hot ladies over Van Cleef and he was walking around shirtless a bunch, he had muscular arms and shoulders but seemed to move awkwardly like he was holding his gut in like Robert Mitchum! Loved the guy but to me he had a face like a bird of prey and was quite bald, not exactly Mr. handsome.
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.
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.

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.

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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