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Oliver Hardy's Height is 6ft 0in (183 cm)

American comedic actor best remembered as one-half of the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.
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kevin said on 9/Aug/15
6'2" Blanche Payson almost towered Hardy in the episode "below zero" a plain 6'0" is about right for Hardy, he's often billed at 6'1" but that's too much
Bruno said on 15/Feb/15
Arch Stanton says on 13/Nov/14
@Sam, Johnny Vegas is a lot like Hardy physically

That's the only similarity Arch, Hardy had true talent.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Nov/14
@Sam, Johnny Vegas is a lot like Hardy physically.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Nov/14
True Sam. Nah generally I can't see Hardy under 6 ft. In Jitterbugs actually he can look near 5 inches taller than Hardy. At times he could seem almost 6'1 actually. With John Wayne he oddly looked 5'11 range though, but I think Wayne had footwear advantage.
Sam said on 15/Sep/14
I meant James Franco obviously, I was meaning Denzel was shorter than Malcolm X.
Sam said 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 said 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you'd want a 5'10" man with a slim build, given that the average height today in the US (where their comedies were originally made) is 2 inches more than it was during their heyday 70-85 years ago.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 said 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 said on 22/Aug/14
Yeah, a better listing I'd agree upon review.
Tim said on 21/Aug/14
Okay, now the 5'8" listing for Stan Laurel makes much more sense.
Arch Stanton said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 19/Aug/14
In fact he's only about 2 inches taller barefoot than Stan Laurel in shoes.
Arch Stanton said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 23/Dec/13
Laurel must have been a strong 5'8 maybe 5:8.5 hard to tell he was so thin...
Star said 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).
Ajax said on 28/Jul/12
How tall do you think laurel was? 5'8"?
Brian said on 20/Jul/07
I agree with 6'1" for Ollie as well, and can imagine him possibly being 6'2" in his youth. I never thought about it, but I would also have to agree that Ollie could've been very strong because of his interest in football and may have played some at some time. Also may have have done some heavy lifting in jobs before he made it big. Last, with way he carried himself with ease, he must've been strong! I think the same was the case with 5'10" Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: very strong and very heavy at between 260-300lbs. Rob, please add Roscoe! I thought Stan Laurel was 5'9". I agree Patrick: L and H were extremely funny and creative, while not having to resort to profanity and other vulgarities (which would have been censored in those days anyway, but still).
Kid-Icarus said on 11/May/07
Well if he is 6'1" than Stan Laurel is 5'8" because there is a 5 inch gap between them.
patrick said on 15/Feb/07
What is sure it's that he was a very very strong man; His arms were naturally HUGE NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF "FAT". DON'T FORGET HE WAS VERY PHYSICAL AT HIS DEBUTS. Did you ever see a domestic film where he last appears at home with also late Stanley? He has lost here maybe 80 to 90 lbs and yet, his arms, even at the "bones level" are those of a gorilla and ...he was dying!
I think he was 6'2 when young and never less than 6'1; THESE MEN GAVE US HAPPINESS FELLOWS, that is the most important thing, isn't it?
JT said on 26/Dec/06
You're right Paul. Fox movie channel had the movie with Mitchum and Hardy on today.
Paul said on 1/Oct/06
It's hard to believe, but Robert Mitchum and Oliver Hardy made a movie together. It's called THE DANCING MASTERS and is one of L&H's better later efforts. Mitchum, who was unbilled, has a scene with Hardy early in the film and appears taller, but not by much. If Mitchum was 6'1" to 6'2" then Hardy was still 6 foot in his 50s.
Regus said on 5/Aug/06
I have seen the Fighting Kentuckians, Hardy was maybe closer to 6-2 to my thinking. He was a big guy no two ways about it.
ColinG said on 7/Feb/06
Although I've never seen the film, in a still from "The Fighting Kentuckian" Hardy is standing beside John Wayne, who appears to be not more than a couple of inches taller. In the L & H comedies, fans will remember the admirable Tiny Sandford, who usually played policemen. He is said to have been 6ft 5", and he doesn't tower over Hardy. Six-one seems about right. Possibly a tiny bit more.

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