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Oliver Hardy height: 6ft 0in (183 cm)

American comedic actor best remembered as one-half of the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.
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Sam says on 15/Sep/14
I meant James Franco obviously, I was meaning Denzel was shorter than Malcolm X.
Sam says on 4/Sep/14
Hollywood has shown their indifference to casting actors of comparable height or to reflect average height inflation, Denzel Washington & Chadwick Boseman clearly taller than James Dean & James Brown, etc.
Tim says on 24/Aug/14
@Sam: If you want to get very specific when it comes to height and build, for Hardy you would want someone with a big build at 6'2", and Laurel you'd want a 5'10" man with a slim build, given that the average height today in the US (where their comedies were originally made) is 2 inches more than it was during their heyday 70-85 years ago. That is of course to get their relative sizes to the general public roughly on spot, but Hollywood after all can make people look as tall and short as they want. Eric Stonestreet though does look like a great Hardy.
Sam says on 22/Aug/14
If they ever did a L & H biopic, Eric Stonestreet seems like he'd be a shoe-in for the part of Hardy, down to his height and size...maybe Simon Pegg or somebody for Laurel?
Sam says on 22/Aug/14
Yeah, a better listing I'd agree upon review.
Tim says on 21/Aug/14
Okay, now the 5'8" listing for Stan Laurel makes much more sense.
Arch Stanton says on 20/Aug/14
I've seen it and concluded Wayne had him by about 5 inches. I think though Wayne had footwear advantage.
Arch Stanton says on 20/Aug/14
Watching it now, that still is from 16 minutes in I think. Good grief pause at 17:58 you know, even 6 ft looks questionable next to Wayne! Wayne looks easily 5 inches taller and it can look near 6 when he's stood up straight. There was one scene in Sons of the Desert in which Laurel was in shoes and Hardy barefoot and he actually looked as low as 5 ft 11 as he looked about 2 inches taller and Laurel would have been about 5 ft 9 in footwear I think. I'm not sure, but just saying!!
Arch Stanton says on 20/Aug/14
There's a still here, can't see ground level or footwear but I think you can safely rule out 6 ft 1!! Click Here
[Editor Rob: here is another one Here]
Arch Stanton says on 20/Aug/14
You're in luck Rob Click Here :-) That's one I've been meaning to see actually. I might watch that this evening.
Arch Stanton says on 20/Aug/14
Much better Rob, thanks, exactly what I'd have guessed now. I got a good look at them yesterday and he really didn't look 6 ft 1 barefoot. Generally the difference between the 2 is about 4 inches 5 ft 8 and 6 ft I think looks spot on. The difference could fluctuate at times though, it could look 3 in some scenes and a smidge over 4 in others. The very most I could see for him is 184 but as I say seeing him barefoot it is very difficult to buy anything over 6 ft. He was probably 260-280 pounds though so as you say in some situations could probably seem a more imposing guy and bigger than this. 6 ft 3 is absolute nonsense though, I'm pretty sure a proper 6'3 er like Jimmy Stewart or Gray Cooper would look almost 4 inches taller on screen!
[Editor Rob: The Fighting kentuckian - I would like to see this one with wayne and hardy!]
Arch Stanton says on 19/Aug/14
Looking at them together in shoes I'd say Hardy has 3.5 inches on Laurel, 4 at the most. So if Laurel was 5'8.5 (the highest I can possibly see for him) that would put Laurel at more 6 ft-184 range. I think you'd be nearer a flat 6 ft Rob.
Arch Stanton says on 19/Aug/14
Laurel really didn't look over 5'8", 5'8.5" is the absolute mac I can see for him, 5'10" is utter nonsense, even 5'9" barefoot would be a stretch. His high forehead ad hair probably made him look taller as he did have a Clint Eastwood like hair line and head which belonged on a 6'4" guy!
Arch Stanton says on 19/Aug/14
In fact he's only about 2 inches taller barefoot than Stan Laurel in shoes.
Arch Stanton says on 19/Aug/14
Rob are you sure on Oliver Hardy being 6'1"? There's a scene in Sons of the Desert where he's barefoot and he really doesn't look anything over 6 ft. Stan Laurel looked 5'8" range.
[Editor Rob: no, you are right, 6ft is a better shout for Oliver and about 5ft 8 for Stan. I had a look at them and can buy those figures.]
Wishbone says on 25/Jul/14
Many years ago,Tom Poston called Laurel And Hardy the greatest comedy team EVER! Now true,everybody's opinion differs,but this foxy To Tell The Truth veteran knew what he talked about! The secret as to why Laurel And Hardy is the greatest comedy team EVER is what Tom Poston mentioned about Laurel And Hardy taking simple everyday situations and using them to their advantage without resorting to cheap jokes. Take for example how Ollie sneezed a whole river away in Bonnie Scotland after he sniffed snuff! Or who could forget how in Laughing Gravy Stan and Ollie were booted out of their house in a blizzard because they smuggled a dog in their house what their landlord wouldn't permit,but the house was quarantined for diphtheria in the end! Or Ollie catching a terrible cold in They Go Boom and sneezing plaster on three cops who arrested Ollie for sneezing! That's why Laurel And Hardy are the greatest comics EVER!
Hai says on 25/Jul/14
Sounds accurate, but this would put Stan Laurel at 5'10. I think there was a 3 inch gap between the two.
avi says on 23/Dec/13
Laurel must have been a strong 5'8 maybe 5:8.5 hard to tell he was so thin...
Star says on 25/Aug/13
In all the well-taken pictures of the duo together, I can't really see more than a four inch difference between Stan and Ollie. So I'll say 5'9" for Stan (for now anyway).
filmfan says on 14/Apr/13
It's funny cause I always think of Stan Laurel as the tall thin one. In reality Oliver Hardy was easily the tallest of the pair and very big build.
Ajax says on 28/Jul/12
How tall do you think laurel was? 5'8"?

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