Robert Ryan's Height
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. In the film The Set-Up his character's weight was given as 194 pounds.
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Tunman said on 26/Dec/15
Looked exactly 3.5" taller than Robert Mitchum so that mark seems fine.However with John wayne I wasn't able to tell who was taller.At one point I could have thought wayne was a smidgen taller but nothing is less sure.Anyways 6'3.5-4 is the range one could argue.Great actor,I feel the 50's and 60's delivered so many great films.Can't be compared with new ones based mainly on science fiction.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Oct/15
"Robert Ryan's height is 6ft 3žin (192cm)"
Could look from 6ft3 up to 6ft4. More on the latter though.
said on 10/Jul/15
Here's his biography that states in college, Ryan was 6'4" and 190 pounds.
Also another biography mentions a quote from Ryan "The men stars wouldn't have me in a picture with them. I towered over so many of them." This book also mentions that Robert Ryan's father was an inch taller than him and that he had a 6'8" uncle.
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jun/15
Seeing Ryan next to Marvin in one scene I really believe the full 6'4" for Ryan now, stood his best he had between 2 and 3 inches on Marvin who had to have been more 6'1.5.
said on 14/Jun/15
Really looks the full 6'4 with Lancaster in The Professionals, but doens';t look it here with Marvin and Strode haha! Click Here
Interesting photo, probably not the best for judging though .
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/15
Rob can you mention in the film The Set-Up his character is described as 194 pounds? Towers everybody in that film.
Arch Stanton said on 9/May/15
Looks tall in Crossfire! There's a chance of 6'3.5.
Sam said on 20/Apr/15
No, I doubt 6'2". Lowest I'd go really is 6'3.25", looked really similar range to Wayne in Flying Leathernecks.
Barker said on 27/Dec/14
Robert was 6' 2" .
Sam said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 6/Nov/14
Great actor. Looks very handsome in the above pic. Not under 1´90 and most likely 1`92-93
Sam said 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 said on 22/Jul/14
Amazing, yeah. Definitely underrated as an actor. I've been getting into him a lot of late.
Sam said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 19/Jun/14
Great actor though, totally owned Lonelyhearts as the asshole boss.
Arch Stanton said 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.
said 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.]
Brad said on 24/Apr/14
Easy 6' 4". Incredible actor.
Robbie said on 5/Apr/14
Robert Ryan was 6'3". What a dull actor though.
Gonzalo said 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 said on 15/Jan/14
Agreed on Peck, Cobb and Mitchum, Cobb especially was a fantastic actor.
Bruno said 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 said on 10/Apr/13
Saw most of Ryan's and Wayne's pics. Ryan any day of the week.
Bruno said 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.
jake, 1.82 m- 1.83 m said on 11/Nov/11
Yeah he was a legitimate 6' 4" and a much better actor than his one-time, fellow 6' 4" co-star John Wayne.
john d. said on 8/Mar/11
in the film, "flying leathernecks" both ryan and wayne appear to be about the same height. 6'4" is about right
thebad7 said on 24/Feb/11
I would have loved to have seen this man in the ring when he was a boxer as a youngster--solidly built with wrecking balls for hands. 6'4" sounds right. I own many of his films, and one I viewed recently was 1971's LAWMAN. He looks about 3" taller than 6'1" billed Burt Lancaster.
Also, in THE PROFESSIONALS, there are scenes in which he stands next to Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, and Woody Strode. He is noticeably taller than Marvin and Lancaster, but next to Strode he looks about the same, and Strode himself was measured at 6'4".
misha said on 1/Jan/11
WTR: It's an honor to be able to pay tribute to your father here. Lately I have viewed "The Set-Up" and Nicholas Ray's "On Dangerous Ground", both of which I'd been tracking down for years. These films are dark masterpieces of characer. In ODG, his scenes with Ida Lupino, subtly enhanced by Bernard Herrmann's marvelous score, are as affecting as anything I've ever seen. By the way, in their many scenes together he makes Ward Bond look like a midget - comments putting him under 6'4" are rubbish. There are not any men like your father acting in films now, and we are much the poorer for it.
Anonymous said on 13/Dec/10
WTR, I believe you. And Im a fan of your fathers. Thank you for your comment.
WTR said on 7/Dec/10
Just so you all can go do something else, my father was 6'4" tall. By the time he died, at 63, he'd probably started to shrink a little bit. It happens with age. And Wayne was an inch shorter, politics or no.
Robert.R said on 15/Jan/07
I did not realise he was that tall because he never seemed to tower over anybody in the films I saw. Then again the actors I saw him with were the likes of James Stewart and Rock Hudson. I think height played a big part in getting leading roles in those days. I wonder how Alan Ladd and Audey Murphy did so well.
Kerry said on 5/Nov/06
Robert Ryan was taller than Wayne and Stewart. He was definitely 6'4".
Frank J said on 14/Aug/06
I wrote Ryan's biography, and his sons stated that he was between 6'3" and 6'4". In fact, as a person ages, they shrink in height, so that maybe in his earlier years he was closer to 6'4", but later he was closer to 6'3". I myself was 5'11 and 1/2 inches several years ago and I am now 5'10", but my case may be more extreme than others. My book, entitled Robert Ryan: A Biography And Critical Filmography is reviewed on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
[Editor Rob: thanks, interesting tidbit of information there]
Brad said on 12/Aug/06
6' 3" and was an amazing actor.
Anonymous said on 7/Aug/06
I've just read in a mini-biography he was 6'4'' and 190lbs when young.
Anonymous said on 5/Aug/06
I'd say at least 6'3''. Possibly an inch taller. A brilliant actor who could explode from a state of suppressed rage like no other. He often played right wing reactionaries but was fairly liberal in real life I understand.
CC-Tron said on 5/Jun/06
6'2 has also been mentioned for Ryan. In Leathernecks he was wearing boots so barefoot he very well could have been 6'2 or possibly 6'3. In my combat boots, I'm close to 6'4. I'm 6'2.25. 6'4 is pushing it though. If he were that tall he'd be just under 6'6 with boots. He didn't look that tall. Since he been measured from 6'2 to 6'4, I'd go with middle height 6'3.
Frank2 said on 30/May/06
Ryan could have been 6'4".
Larry said on 29/May/06
Watched FLYING LEATHERNECKS just todat on TCM. Ryan & Wayne are about the same height in most scenes. But the ground is very uneven, so sometimes one or the other would look SLIGHTLY taller. In THE NAKED SPUR he looked 1" taller than Jimmy Stewart. I'd say Mr. Ryan was at least 6'3.5" tall and he was ectomorphic, not really skinny. Great actor IMHO! :-)
Gonzalo said on 12/May/06
It depended on the shot. It is true that, by the end of the movie, when they both meet at their headquarters (or whatever it is called) Wayne looked clearly taller. However I had seen pics of the two together and Ryan was taller.
Ryan was as tall as Donald Sutherland in Dirty dozen. I think he was at least 6`3. I also remember him in a film with Ward Bond, called On dangerous ground, and Ryan seemed to have at least three inches on Bond
CC-Tron said on 10/May/06
He was shorter than John Wayne. Wayne seemed to have two inches Ryan in "Flying Leathernecks" (they were wearing boots in that movie). I'd put him no taller than 6'3. I think he was 6'2 though. His slim build made him appear taller than he was and Ryan was definitely on the slim side. I'm 6'2" and people make that mistake with me all the time. Also most of the actors he starred with were 6 feet or shorter (mostly shorter).
Gonzalo said on 8/May/06
Robert Ryan was very tall, at least 6`3. He did a film with Rock Hudson and he was an inch shorter. He appeared in a film with John Wayne and it was hard to tell who was taller. In some shots Wayne was taller, but I also remember seing pics of both of them together and Ryan seemed taller. Mysteries
Frank2 said on 24/Apr/06
Ryan was one of my favorite actors. He could do just about anything. His role of Claggart, the brutal Master of Arms aboard a British navel warship in the classic film Billy Budd is chilling. The film is a bona fide masterpiece.
sam said on 24/Apr/06
He definitely looked to be 6'4"ish.
Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
Ryan was at the very least 6'3". He towered over just about everyone he appeared with.