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Richard Burton's height is 5ft 9.5in (177 cm)

Welsh Actor best remembered for films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Becket, Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Look Back in Anger, The Robe, Alexander the Great, The Night of the Iguana, 1984 and Anne of the Thousand Days. In an edition of a 1962 Lima News, Richard said: "And I'm too old. I'm now 36 And I look about 5-foot-2 I'm 5-10 but I look smaller It's because I'm so wide or my head's, too big or something"

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Mark Anthony says on 5/Aug/15
Always a big fan,I saw Burton on Broadway when he was doing "Equus". After the play, a bunch of us were milling around the outside of the theater and Burton came out. He passed right by me as he was making his way through- nobody between us, 3 feet away or less. I am between 5'8-5'9 and he was my size and wearing black shoes with a good sized heel. I noticed as I was very surprised, thinking Burton was 6'and I looked at his shoes. I have read bios that put him up to 6'1. I put him at 5'8.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 9/Jul/15
Arch: I don't think they ever met. But McQueen looked a solid 5ft10 for most of his career so I'd imagine may have had a slight edge over Burton.
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jul/15
Burton and Mcqueen never did a film together did they? I'd be interested to see how they fared together, I'd bet on them being the same height.
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jul/15
Rob, do you think a full 5 ft 10 is still possible?
5'9.5 is the very lowest I can see him as, he always looked a decent 5 ft 10 on screen to me, but it's possible he often had on "shoes" to make him seem taller.
In most films he really gives a 5 ft 10-11 sort of impression, above average,
Arch Stanton says on 1/Jul/15
The question though Sue is if he wore lifts or not at times though..
littlesue says on 16/Jun/15
Arch, heels were not very high in the 60's fashion, they would probably only added an inch or so.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Jun/15
See Werner walking with Julie Christie here Click Here I think she has on decent heels too. Now he pulls off looking 5'9" range to me if you consider her in heels. If he was just 5 ft 7 range he'd be barely taller than her in heels.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Jun/15
Mmm, Werner might have wore lifts himself to look 5'9 range.
If you really look at him here Click Here he gives if anyting a 5'7" range impression.
Now there's no chance he was just an inch taller than Signoret, so Hollywood tricks had to have been at play making him look inches taller. He really looked average height in Fahrenheit 451 with Julie Christie though and I saw him walking about a fair bit and I thought he looked a strong 5'9. Perhaps he was nearer 5 ft 8 then and wore lifts.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Jun/15
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Arch Stanton says on 14/Jun/15
Rob, he had to have worn lifts in a good number of his films too. He can look nearer 5 ft 11 at times.
I was going to request Oskar Werner, best known for films like Fahrenheit 451, Ship of Fools and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. I was going to say he looked around 5'9.5". Then I saw him with Burton, check out 1 hr 38 Click Here Now there's absolutely no chance he's the same height as Burton, if anything he looks weak 5 ft 8 there but if Burton is in lifts hmmm. But he was a few inches taller than a heeled Signoret in Ship of Fools, I really thought he looked 5'9" range in other films. Werner is definitely worth adding.
Arch Stanton says on 3/Jun/15
Just saw Desert Rats. Outstanding performance by him. Amazing that he was only about 25 when they made it but still had the command of a 40 something year old guy. Looked about 35 even at that age!
Arch Stanton says on 1/Jun/15
Rob can you add a photo? Difficult to see him under 5 ft 10 in films like The VIPs and The Sandpiper. He can even look tallish at times, perhaps it was lifts.
casandra says on 4/Feb/15
judge by photos of burton next to liz taylor who was five two he would be about five eight in his bare feet
James says on 14/Oct/14
How tall was Stanley Baker? It would be easy to work out Burton's exact height if we compared him with his fellow Welshman and drinking partner.
John says on 29/Sep/14
Arch, if you look at there's a picture of Burton wearing a red suit with shoes that have huge heels.
[Editor Rob: this Photo]
John says on 28/Sep/14
The special shoes Burton wore gave him an extra 2-3 inches. So O'Toole could have been 6'1" and Burton may have appeared close to six foot in the movie.
Arch Stanton says on 28/Sep/14
Burton could often look a strong 5'10 guy but I wasn't aware that he was a lift wearer.
Arch Stanton says on 28/Sep/14
O'Toole looked pretty much the exact same height as Timothy Dalton in The Lion in Winter who was a measured 6'1.75 barefoot by the Bond tailors. 187 is not impossible but I really think he looked a proper 6'2" a lot, in fact he could look 6'2.5".
John says on 28/Sep/14
Peter O'Toole was just under 6'1".
Alex says on 28/Sep/14
O'Toole seemed like a strong 6'1. Didn't look that much taller than Sharif, really.
AlexMahone says on 28/Sep/14
Peter O'Toole was his prime a strong 6'2 (188cm). In "The Night of the Generals" (1967) stands face to face the french actor Philippe Noiret who played inspector Morand. Noiret height was 6'1 (185cm) and O'Toole was 3-4cm taller, so the 188cm in his prime arguable.
jtm says on 27/Sep/14
Bobby says on 24/Sep/14
O'Toole was never 6'3".

i doubt he was even 6'2.
Bobby says on 24/Sep/14
O'Toole was never 6'3".
ivor says on 22/Jul/14
In Becket, when Burton stood side by side with Peter O'Toole, there was only an inch between them, yet O'Toole is (was) 6ft 3". So 5ft 10" Burton must have been wearing 4" lifts throughout the movie.
Arch Stanton says on 18/Apr/14
Even the Bond films and sci-fi films of that period had kinky looking actors and dodgy music LOL.
Arch Stanton says on 18/Apr/14
I have yup. creepy in it wasn't he? What is it about films shot between 1975 and 1982 and the seedy factor though LOL. The decor, fashion and hairstyles always looks kinky or creepy to me hehe. Look at Dustin Hoffman's films from that period for instance hehe.
littlesue says on 17/Apr/14
Arch you should read 'Furious Love' its a book based on the Taylor/Burton romance and the Melvyn Bragg biog of him. Have you seen The Medusa Touch? slammed when it came out but has become a bit of a cult classic.
Anon says on 17/Apr/14
He enjoys edging out 5-7(?) Barry Foster, face to face in the Wild Geese.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
Click Here An interesting insight into his alcohol problems.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
You're not missing anything with "Lifeboat" either!! There's only so much you can do on a small boat in 2 hours! The highlight is probably Tallulah Bankhead's voice! In my opinion Hitchcock's second worst film after Jamaica Inn. The Life of Pi is the best "lost boat at sea" movie I've seen I think. Those are the only two of Hitchcock's films I haven't liked so far. Look Back in Anger is well worth a watch for Burton's performance Rob, it's on y-utube I think.

Yes Sam, on occasions in films he seemed groggy and lacking in energy compared to other times. His energy seemed to wane at times during films which affected his overall performance. He could be full of energy one minute and then in others look like he could barely stand and would rather have a kip and curl up somewhere. He spent half of Sea Wife asleep on a boat too!
Sam says on 17/Apr/14
Arch, you said "later on he really looked very lethargic and half asleep" mean fall-down drunk or hungover, right? In quite an amusing scene in Where Eagles Dare, Clint Eastwood clearly struggles to climb a rock wall set while Burton scales the wall effortless, that was because Burton was inebriated and put on a lift to get up the wall that was hidden with special-effects while Eastwood was actually climbing the set.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
You're not missing anything with Sea Wife don't worry LOL. Even more pointless than Hitchcock's Lifeboat!
[Editor Rob: I have lifeboat sitting on my shelf, my shelfs have too many unwatched films...I pretty much manage 1 movie and 1 episode of a show per day, that's my lot. Then throw in odd bit of sport and youtube clips.

And an hour or 3 of 'Create and Craft tv' while I update the site :( Jenny wants that on, not me :)]
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
I'm really into Burton at the moment. About to watch Sea Wife, a little known film he did in the 50s with Joan Collins, who no doubt he slept with! It's hard to believe he never won an Oscar and didn't appear in many prominent Hollywood films. Perhaps it was because he didn't really care and his alcoholism but for me he was a much better actor than most American film actors of his period. I think both him and Liz were underrated as actors largely because of their larger than life media personality and celebrity status. I saw BUtterfield the other day and thought Liz was great. The more I see her you know Sue I'm seeing more 5'2.5-5'3" max than 5'4" actually. I think you might be right. I think Rob's spot on with Burton though.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Apr/14
Thanks Rob. Oh yeah, that could be the reason Liz :-) Yeah Woolf was terrifically well-acted and certainly Liz's best performance I believe, but Burton's best performance IMO was in Look Back in Anger Liz which he should definitely have won an Oscar for.
Brad says on 17/Apr/14
My father met him a number of times and always said he was "wide chested" with "wide open eyes". As listed.
littlesue says on 16/Apr/14
Well Arch is was on his Honeymoon with Liz Taylor so that was probably why he loked tired, lol. Brilliant actor, his performance in Virginia Wolf one of the best I have ever seen from a male, shame he missed out on an Oscar but Liz got hers
Arch Stanton says on 16/Apr/14
Rob can you add best remembered for films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Becket, Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Look Back in Anger, The Robe, Alexander the Great, The Night of the Iguana, 1984, and Anne of the Thousand Days?

One of the most talented actors I've seen in films but his performance and energy noticeably changed a lot during films. I wonder if it was related to his alcoholism. In The Night of the Iguana for instance his acting near the beginning when he has a nervous breakdown as the priest ranting at the congregation was terrific, Oscar-worthy, but later on he really looked very lethargic and half asleep. I suppose the heat of Mexico didn't help. I wouldn't feel sleepy around Ava Gardner put it that way!
Arch Stanton says on 15/Apr/14
He had to have been near 5'10". He looked about 4 inches taller than Deborah Kerr in the Night of the Iguana.They show his shoes in the film and they look perfectly normal. I'd say 177cm is probably spot on.
Zediah says on 12/Mar/14
He claimed 5'10.5" in his diaries and a 1977 interview.
john says on 15/Feb/14
Maybe 5ft 8in by 1984. He always wore shoe lifts in films. 1.73m to 1.75m maximum.
john says on 14/Feb/14
5ft 9in
James says on 27/Dec/13
Burton looked a lot shorter than Stanley Baker, who must have been six foot.
David says on 29/Nov/13
O'Toole was 6'1" and he still looked about three inches taller than Burton in that terrible film "Becket".
David says on 29/Nov/13
Penny Junor's 1986 biography said Burton was "about 5 foot 9", but always wore elevator shoes on and off screen.

I expect the publicity stills from "The Wild Geese" were shot to make the other three stars appear in line with Burton.
Ciaran says on 28/Nov/13
"Becket" was filmed in a certain way so that Burton, who was more famous than O'Toole, would not look too short by comparison.

Roger Moore was six foot, not six foot one or two as some sources claimed. There's a photograph of him with Sean Connery and Michael Caine where he looks at least two inches shorter.
FM says on 22/Nov/13
Plus, look at this pic from The Wild Geese - he is with 6'2ish Roger Moore and Richard Harris and holds his own. Even with shoes that would give him a couple of inches, he'd still have to of been 5'10" or pretty darn close to it.

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FM says on 22/Nov/13
He looks pretty close to 6'2" Peter O'Toole in Becket:
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Even if he wore lifts, he looks close to 6'0", at least. So 5'9.5" or 5'10" even sounds spot on.
Andy Seward says on 20/Nov/13
Burton was certainly not five foot ten, except when wearing elevator shoes perhaps. Five foot eight was his real height.
Scotty says on 14/Nov/13
@Rob skip to 3:15, Burton talks about his height and claims to be "exactly five feet ten and a half inches" I think your estimate or 5'10" flat is more likely though.

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John says on 23/Oct/13
You have to remember Pleasance and Seagal were wearing ordinary shoes, unlike Burton who always had his specially made with lifts. Camera angles were also used to make him appear taller in films.
Arch Stanton says on 22/Sep/13
He actually looks tallish in Virgina Wolff, like 5'11-6' but seeing him next to Segal I#d guess 5'10" ish.
kinglear says on 25/Aug/13
5' 9" flat or around there is a good estimate. Most stars in his era wore elevator shoes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 12/Jul/13
I think he was about 5ft10

Underrated actor
RobT says on 29/Jun/13
Burton wore built up shoes in real life and in all his films, so you can't tell by how tall he looked in movies.
Knowitall says on 20/Apr/13
Burton was the same height as George Segal in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

I doubt Burton was under five ten. He always looked a solid five ten.
sbu says on 18/Apr/13
Burton did look 5'10" range, in Look back in anger he looked a good 3-4 in taller than 5'6" Donald Pleasence and usually towered Liz Taylor. I would say 5'9.5" is fair, I don't think he would be any lower than 5'9" and 5'10" could be a possibility.
Liz Look says on 30/Mar/13
Eva Garbor said he was 5'6" tall!
Sbu says on 29/Dec/12
@Rob: How come you downgraded him? I thought you had Burton listed as 5'10" until recently.
[Editor Rob: I think he's been about this mark for a while]

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