How tall is Spencer Tracy ?

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Spencer Tracy's height is 5ft 8.75in (175 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as Judgement at Nuremberg, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Bad Day at Black Rock, Captains Courageous, Boys Town, Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year and Father of the Bride. He was regularly described as standing about 5ft 10 and weighing 170 pounds.

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Sam said on 20/Aug/15
Yeah, this is possible, 5'10" would have been a realistic shoed measurement for Tracy. Pretty solid guy, could have crept up to 180 from 170 by the 40s and 50s.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Jul/15
Makes most sense I think, I did say that with Katharine at 5'7.5 he looked 5'9 but as Katharine is now at a more realistic 5'7 just under 5'9 is the best shout. At times he could pull off a strong 5'9 like Kirk Douglas though, a helping hand with footwear no doubt but there's too many roles when he looked 5 ft 8 range to ignore.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
Tracy had an inch max on Gene Kelly in Inherit the Wind and was 59 I think at the time. I think peak a smidge under 5'9.

The Master says on 13/Sep/14
In a TV interview, Katharine Hepburn said that she was 5'7" and Tracy was 5'10".

Well that's a laugh because Tracy was little more than 4 cm taller barefoot in Adam's Rib in one bedroom scene!
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
@Rob, any chance of a slight tweak to 5'8.75? There's a barefoot scene in Adam's Rib with KH and it looked 1.5 inches. Now she's at 5 ft 7 flat you'd think Tracy more 5'8.5, especially if you saw him with Borgnine in Bad Day. Yet at times he could look a comfortable 5 ft 9 range with guys like Gable, I think he might have worn lifts at times to look a bit taller. I think just under that 5 ft 9 mark might be a realistic barefoot shout.
[Editor Rob: a weak 5ft 9 is probably realistic.]
Steve said on 9/Jan/15
I think his peak height was 5'9" but by the fifties he packed down to 5'8".
richinkle said on 9/Jan/15
He looks about the same height as Lucille Ball in the 1945 movie "Without Love" in this scene:
She has about 1.5" additional heel than he does.
Mike1961 said on 7/Dec/14
He looks 5'9" in "Bad Day at Black Rock," a great film. It's a movie, not real life. He loos good beating up Borgnine and others with just one arm- unless you are looking to criticize. He's someone you root for. Alan Ladd supposedly also was considered for that role. How do you think he would look?
Filmnut said on 23/Nov/14
It seems almost a given that so many are listed as 5''10" and so suspect, it has always in the past (now it's taller) been the the cut-off for short, shorter, not tall. It's also kind of arbitrary, that 10 is kind of special in our number system and has two digits, so it looks much bigger next to a 9. In fact something like 5'11" seems to crowd 6'0" to the ceiling. Also, I really doubt all the quibbling here about one inch often, or less, and this given just screening movies which obviously can change relative heights given angles and lifts and boxes and such. Tracy has always struck me as shorter, not taller, he has a thick torso and big head, so it diminishes his verticality. Later when aging and losing muscularture and maybe some height, he looked absurd in Black Rock supposedly beating people up with one arm and Louis B. mayer's notion of karate, however necessary to explain how this small guy could beat people up. And remember Earnest Borgnine seems in comparison huge near Tracy in the film, and he's listed as 5'9". Just pointing this out but hardly know. Trust mostly those people who have stood next to stars, but going back 60 years makes personal observations unlikely on the web.
The Master said on 13/Sep/14
In a TV interview, Katharine Hepburn said that she was 5'7" and Tracy was 5'10".
Realist said on 12/Sep/14
Rob, if this guy is 5'9, his proportions may have been quite poor because he looks in the 5'6-5'7 range. Though i dont doubt your estimation because he was always visibly taller than Katherine Hepburn.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/14
He had an inch max on Gene Kelly in Inherit the Wind, and there's a case for a flat 5 ft 7 for Kelly too. Could have lost a bit by his later years, although in guess Who's Coming he didn't look under 5 ft 9 next to Poitier.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jun/14
He really doesn't look 7 inches shorter than Robert Ryan in Bad Day at Black Rock, more like 5-6 inches.
jtm said on 24/May/14
wasn't he listed 5'10 here before?
Arch Stanton said on 24/May/14
Yeah I suppose that most people into classic Hollywood won't be visiting Celebheights and commenting!
I make up for it though right? :-)
[Editor Rob: it's good some people do have an interest as the comments on some pages will last probably a long while - since I cut off comments to I think 250 then for guys like say Pitt/Cruise/Bieber it's more recent, for some older people the comments won't even reach 250 after 20 years, so hopefully still around.]
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
It's a pity there isn't more interest on pages like this on here. On a lot of the classic actor pages it seems almost entirely me posting observations and the occasionally comment by Sam!
[Editor Rob: there's maybe not as much interest in this era in some heights of past era's, or potential visitors who might have an interest never find the site...]
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/14
Thanks. He's was one of those rare actors who were the life and soul of their pictures and could make even mediocre films enjoyable. I love his expressions most of all, one of my favourite actors. I'm surprised that he as a struggling alcoholic though, he didn't come across as that type on screen, unlike Burton or somebody.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/14
Looks minimum 5 ft 9 next to Joan Bennett and Liz Taylor in Father of the Bride but he was dwarfed by big beefy 6'3" Moroni Olsen in that film by minimum 6 inches.
Arch Stanton said on 22/May/14
Rob can you add Captains Courageous, Boys Town, Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year and Pat and Mike? All classics.
Arch Stanton said on 7/May/14
He always looked 1.5-2 inches taller than Hepburn. I really can't see anything under unless she was 5'6" range.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
He looked a solid 5'9" in Desk Set too. I recently got the Tracy and Hepburn box set as I couldn't get a lot of them on line. They're real gems.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/14
He looks a solid 5 ft 9 in Pat and Mike. He compared much like Kirk Douglas did to a 5 ft 7 actor in it and looked much taller. Tracy had a very similar height and build on screen to Kirk Douglas.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
I've never seen him or Hepburn look happier than they did in that film. Hepburn looked as if she could laugh all the way through it. They had a blast shooting it for sure!! It really is a top notch comedy film!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/13
Rob have you seen Adam's Rib? There is a bedroom scene in Adam's Rib with Katharine Hepburn in which both are barefoot and he has a bit over an inch on her I believe stood eye to eye. If she was 5'7.5" I'd say 5'8.75-5'9" looks spot on.
[Editor Rob: seen many moons ago]
Arch Stanton said on 19/Dec/13
Somehow manages to look a strong 5'9" next to William Powell in Libeled Lady.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Dec/13
Looks fairly tall in Boys Town for some reason.
Sam said on 12/Dec/13
I'd pay to see Bad Day at Black Rob...Rob faces off against Beiber, G, Cruise and Stallone, who will menace the town until Rob admits that they're 5'7", 5'8", 5'9" and 5'10.5".
Arch Stanton said on 11/Dec/13
Rob I've just noticed a typo on Bad Day at Black Rock you've written at Black Rob! Was that intentional?
[Editor Rob: it's Rob blindness, I see the word Rob so often every day reading the site :) ]
Arch Stanton said on 11/Dec/13
Looks a weak 5'9" in Judgment at Nuremberg, he was about 60 at the time.
Sam said on 9/Sep/13
With his rough, hard-drinking lifestyle, it's very likely he lost an inch if not more by the time he died.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Sep/13
Mmm actually he's taller than Katherine Kepburn in heels and looks around 5'10" next to 6'2.5" Sidney Pointer.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Sep/13
Nearer 5'8" by Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in my opinion.

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