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Robert Ryan's height is 6ft 4in (193 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as Crossfire, The Set-Up, Flying Leathernecks, The Naked Spur, Bad Day at Black Rock, On Dangerous Ground, Billy Budd, The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch. In the 1999 book Stars in Marine Corps, he was described as "6ft 4", although has also been called 6ft 3.

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Sam says on 8/Dec/14
Would have been interesting to have been there when Robert Ryan asked John Wayne to step outside to fight him after Wayne did some heavy-handed political baiting at the expense of left winger Ryan. Wayne declined and kept more quiet after that. The two guys looked pretty similar in height there.
wishbone says on 3/Dec/14
Although I don't often agree with sportscaster Jim Rome,especially because he butchers pro bowling so much,Jim and I have seen The Set Up. Ryan should have won an Oscar for that movie as a boxer who looked butchered and beaten,but Ryan's role fit him perfectly. He was 8-2 as an amateur boxer at Dartmouth and in the Marine Corps. What Rome and I like about The Set Up is the harsh realism about boxers being manipulated to throw fights. Ryan's Stoker Thompson Set Up character looked like he would be a borderline contender when he was younger,but notice as you watch The Set Up how scarred his face was. (That's commonplace with boxers.) He refuses to go down,no matter how badly he's beaten to a "fruit juicy pulp." The secret making The Set Up what it is is it was shot in real time. The Set Up is a severely underrated movie,but if you can find The Set Up on TCM or at Disc Replay,it packs a deadly "rabbit punch." (In boxing lingo,"rabbit punch" is a hit to the kidneys.It's grounds for disqualification.)
Arch Stanton says on 28/Nov/14
@Jake Agreed, fantastic actor, BTW I recommend Lonelyhearts if you've not seen it, he stole the show.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m says on 27/Nov/14
He's one of my all-time favourite actors. There's something about him. Just unflincing, often candid naturalism to his performances. Just watched him in Bad Day at Black Rock which was marvellous. I think 6ft 4in is legit/very, very tall. Rob, can you add THE PROFESSIONALS to the top? I'm sure that's one you've seen as you seem to be a bit of a movie buff.
Gonzalo says on 6/Nov/14
Great actor. Looks very handsome in the above pic. Not under 190 and most likely 1`92-93
Sam says on 23/Sep/14
Yeah, considering Wayne is listed at 6'3.75", it's possible Ryan was just a shade under 6'4" since they were quite similar. It's acceptable to list him as 6'4" range because that's what he was.
Arch Stanton says on 22/Jul/14
Amazing, yeah. Definitely underrated as an actor. I've been getting into him a lot of late.
Sam says on 21/Jul/14
Wasn't he great, Arch? Really quite edgy not afraid to play dark characters, more so than most any top-line character actor of his generation, although I also respect the more leading man-ish Kirk Douglas's willingness to go starkly unsympathetic. Like I said Hayden was taller but they both had that lanky but strapping build IMO.
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jul/14
I dunno, I thought Sterling gave a taller impression and generally looked 6'4.5-6'5.5". I see Ryan as around that 192-3 range.
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jul/14
Rob can you add those films Sam mentioned and add a photograph? I'd also add Lonelyhearts, he was terrific in that.
Sam says on 18/Jul/14
He was a legit 6'4" IMO, he also physically reminded me proportionately of the taller Sterling Hayden. Rob, could you add "best known for Crossfire, The Set-Up, Flying Leathernecks, The Naked Spur, Bad Day at Black Rock, On Dangerous Ground, Billy Budd, The Dirty Dozen and The Wild Bunch"?
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jun/14
Great actor though, totally owned Lonelyhearts as the asshole boss.
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jun/14
Seeing him with Monty Clift in Lonelyhearts it's difficult to see him under 6'4" Difference looked a good 7 inches.
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jun/14
Rob can you see him under 6'4" at all, like 6'3.5? There's a scene in Bad Day at Black Rock where he's stood on a railway line and the shot reminded of Gary Cooper in They Came to Cordura. Very similar proportions. Ryan did have really lanky legs though, typical of a skinny 6'4 guy though didn't he?
[Editor Rob: some 6ft 4 guys will fall in the 6ft 3.5 zone, but not as many would say 6ft 3.5...there isn't that many on here, maybe Matthew Modine and Chevy Chase spring to mind though.]
filmfan says on 4/May/14
Did a film with John Wayne, they looked similar in height. Some scenes Wayne looks taller others Ryan. Both must have been at least 6'3''.
Brad says on 24/Apr/14
Easy 6' 4". Incredible actor.
Robbie says on 5/Apr/14
Robert Ryan was 6'3". What a dull actor though.
Gonzalo says on 21/Feb/14
He towered over Ward Bond in the excellent film "On dangerous ground". Bond was at least 1`85, so 1`93 for Ryan seems accurate.
Arch Stanton says on 15/Jan/14
Agreed on Peck, Cobb and Mitchum, Cobb especially was a fantastic actor.
Bruno says on 3/Jun/13
Yes Ryan was a fine actor, usually portrayed characters the polar opposite to himself. Wayne starred in a lot of movies and yes there was some turkeys, but his good movies were real good. He had presence.
Gail says on 10/Apr/13
Saw most of Ryan's and Wayne's pics. Ryan any day of the week.
Bruno says on 17/Mar/13
Jake, have a look at The Searchers, The Shootist, True Grit, Liberty Valance, Red River shall I go on. Much better my a**e.

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