How tall is Lionel Barrymore ?

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Lionel Barrymore's height is 5ft 8in (173 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in It's a Wonderful Life, A Free Soul, Grand Hotel, The Temptress, David Copperfield, Camille, Captains Courageous, You Can't Take It with You, Duel in the Sun, Key Largo and 1940's Dr Kildare films and Its a Wonderful Life. In 1954 NYTimes obit, he was described as 6ft.
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Arch Stanton says on 20/Dec/14
There's absolutely no way John Barrymore was only 5 ft 7. I was watching a scene in Counsellor's the other day and when he was stood in the doorway he looked way taller than one of the other guys in it and generally looked near 5 ft 10. 5'9" range is possible. At times though Lionel could look taller which is pretty bizarre. He had to have been a lift wearer at times!!
Arch Stanton says on 20/Dec/14
He must have worn lifts!!!
Steve says on 19/Dec/14
Lionel's peak height was 5'8". His brother John was 5''7".
Editor Rob says on 19/Dec/14
I think 5ft 11 is a bit far, check him here with Wallace Beery
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5ft 8 or 9 is more believable than anywhere near 6ft though
Arch Stanton says on 18/Dec/14
He does look 5'11 range next to John in Arsene Lupin!
Arch Stanton says on 18/Dec/14
Rob check out 58-59 minutes Click Here OK I'm stumped. Lionel does actually look taller than John and not far off 6 ft there!! He does walk funny though so might be in lifts. This really needs looking into I think, his height is all over the place!!
Arch Stanton says on 18/Dec/14
Look at his proportions on the right Click Here Generally I think 5 ft 9 might be nearer but his height could be all over the place at times. He does look as low as 5 ft 8 in the Disney photo. I don't think he was taller than John although he looks it in one of the photos. He had to have been a lift wearer.
Arch Stanton says on 18/Dec/14
Possible he wore lifts on occasions. Looks nearer 5'9" a lot of the time, see Click Here
Arch Stanton says on 18/Dec/14
Rob can you add a photo and films like A Free Soul, Grand Hotel, The Temptress, David Copperfield, Camille, Captains Courageous, You Can't Take It with You, Duel in the Sun and Key Largo. Are you sure on this low Click Here
Sam says on 14/Oct/14
Was he really this short? I had no idea, not that I thought he was necessarily a tall guy at peak, before rhumatoid arthritis, but I've read the six foot listing around the net. I've seen him younger in some D.W. Griffith's shorts, I thought he looked medium-height, although I guess in 1910s-1920s, 5'7" was medium height!
Knowitall says on 7/Jul/13
Five eight in his prime when he could stand up straight. But by the early thirties he walked slightly bent over causing him to appear shorter. By 1937 he was in a wheelchair suffering from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis and a broken hip which never healed properly. Turns out Barrymore broke his hip twice.

There was a huge mystique over the Barrymores which added height to both John and Lionel. Of the two brothers, Lionel was the taller. John was no more than five seven. Both actor's studio publicity listed them as being six feet tall which was ridiculous. But then, much of Hollywood publicity was and still is filled with make believe.

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