How tall is Will Sampson ?

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Will Sampson's height is 6ft 5in (196 cm)

US Actor from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. His son said in a 2000 interview (chicago times) "My father was 6-feet-7, so I looked up to him in every way", in 1976 courier times had been described "6ft 5, 250lbs".
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MrTBlack says on 18/Jul/15
Rob, Do you think he's another 6'5.25" guy?
Jason says on 6/Apr/15
Fair point Rob, but if you take a strong 6ft 4 barefoot guy, bung some high heeled cowboy boots on him (as he wore for 90% of his film roles) and he could easily give off the impression of a 6'6 or 6'7 guy.
Jason says on 5/Apr/15
What's your thoughts Rob? There are several reports of 6ft 4 including the New York Times in 1976 when he was described as 6ft 4 and 235 lbs. could he have been this low?
[Editor Rob: I wouldn't have thought he looked as short as 6ft 4, generally he looked more than that range.]
Jason says on 1/Apr/15
This is a tricky one, although there are several occasions where he gives the impression of a 6ft 7 or 6ft 8 guy, there are other scenes of films where he has full body shots in flat shoes where he looks 6ft 4 to 6ft 5. Most noticeably in Fishawk and Vegas with Robert Ulrich. Robert Ulrich is a confirmed 6ft 2 barefoot and there is a max 2 inch difference between the two. Robert's eyes come up to the bottom of Will's nose they are stood face to face on flat ground with the same footwear. This leads me to believe that Will was actually as low as 6ft 4, which incidentally several reports put him at the height of his career in the 1970's. With the lifts that he wore and some clever camera angles he often looked 6ft 7 as is character in Cuckoo's Nest was meant to be!
Niggurd says on 19/Feb/15
Will is 6'6. He looked 2 or 3 inches taller than Craig T. Nelson in Poltergeist II and Craig the Coach is listed as 6'3 1/2 (192 cm) which I believe is correct. He also looked 11 inches taller than 5'9 1/2 Jack Nicholson in The Cuckoo's which would make him 6'8 1/2 so he had to be wearing 2-and-a-half inch lifts at the time. So 6'6 sounds fair for this guy.
Tim says on 4/Aug/14
My Dad who was 6'1" met Will at a NCAI convention said he was indeed 6ft 5 if not taller! Indeed one big Brother! Rest in peace!
Chris says on 13/Jul/14
What was the chances of Will being 6ft 4 barefoot?
Arch Stanton says on 8/Mar/14
Believe me this guy in lifts or whatever was pushing 6 ft 8 in Cuckoo's.
Jason says on 16/Jan/14
Sampson was 6ft 4 barefoot I reckon
Sam says on 13/Jan/14
Would have been interesting to see him and compare him to Clint Eastwood in Th Outlaw Josey Wales but Sampson never gets off his horse in their scene together. Sampson was for sure taller but by how much who knows.
mickser says on 22/Sep/13
I met will on a trip to the usa in 1986. I myself am 6'5" and was eye to eye with him. lovely man. r.i.p
jasperwazup says on 6/Sep/13
In the Book One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest Chief Bromden is supposed to be around 7 foot tall. I guess the lifts made him look 6'7''-6'8'' which is getting up to the 7 foot mark
Arch Stanton says on 5/Aug/13
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Arch Stanton says on 5/Aug/13
Rob try to get hold of a DVD copy on Amazon or something, you can get it for a few pence I think. Worth getting, I'd like to here your views on how he looked in the film. Clearly bigger than 6'5" in the film, no doubt.
Arch Stanton says on 5/Aug/13
Trust me, the guy was nearer 6'8" than 6'5" in Cuckoo's Nest, he had 3-4 inches inches on Vincent Schiavelli. He definitely looked around 6'8" in that film and looked a virtual giant as oppose to a just very tall 6'5". Obviously he had on lifts which with his build gave off a massive impression but if he was 6'4.5"-6'5" actually in the film he wouldn't have looked so big and would have been a similar height to Schiavelli.
avi says on 28/Jul/13
@Lo sgozzatore says on 16/Jul/13
yeah i just looked at a few pics between the 2 its obvious they gave him some huge boots. so if he was 6'4 he stood over 6'6 int he movie in shoes. i think they gave him 3 inch lifts to make the difference much greater as many have said here.
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its the only one i can find where you somewhat see Sampson's footwear. seems easy 2 inches to me and we dont know whats inside! maybe another 1 inch or 2 inch lift!
Jason Jeffers says on 25/Jul/13
Will Sampson was actually closer to 6ft 4.5 if you watch scenes towards the end of the film when Will is wearing flat shoes you'll see Nicholson comes up to just below his nose (Nicholson peak 5'9.5). 7 inch difference.some big platform shoes and clever camera angles were used to make him bigger in many shots earlier in film. This was mentioned years ago in a documentary on the film. He also looks 6'4 in several other films where his height was no significance to his character and he probably had normal footwear. (Fishawk for one)
Arch Stanton says on 24/Jul/13
Lo Sgo, yeah I think it's clear he was wearing big shoes to make him look bigger. My eyes aren't deceiving me, without a doubt he looked around 6'8" in Cuckoos.
Arch Stanton says on 24/Jul/13
Rob he also had 2-3 inches on Vincent Schiavelli who I think was 6'4" range (didn't look his listed 6'5.5" in that film but way did he only have 0.5 on Vincent unless he was wearing big lifts to make him look even bigger.
Arch Stanton says on 24/Jul/13
He looks much bigger than this is Cuckoo's Nest, looked 6 ft 8 I thought. He had nearly a foot on Jack Nicholson.
Lo sgozzatore says on 16/Jul/13
Rob, you think he wore boots to appear taller in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? I mean, just look at pics with Jack Nicholson. There's a huge difference... Look close to 6'7, if Nicholson was 177
[Editor Rob: not seen it for a while so can't remember as much]
Jason says on 9/Feb/13
Trent, I'd say 6'4 minimum is possible if you consider Sampson nearly always wore cowboy boots with a larger than average heel.
Trent says on 2/Feb/13
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He looks around 6.5 inches taller than 5'10 listed comedian Jonathan Winters there. Winters, however, is standing closer to the camera; but then the ground appears to be tilted to Sampson's advantage.

I'd say he could have been ~6'5. 6'7 is definitely too high, but I don't think he could have been as low as the 6'4 some biographers put him at.
Lo sgozzatore says on 16/Dec/12
Well, if Jack Nicholson really was 5'9.5 at his peak, this guy was over 6'6, near 6'7 for sure.
drummer777 says on 9/Dec/12
Will was in Orca as well, very tall...
Jason says on 13/Feb/12
good information Tommy but the height could have been in shoes!
Tommy says on 9/Feb/12
I just found an interview with him where he's described: "Sampson still stands tall (six-feet, 5,5-inches, in fact)." This seems like quite a specific measurement for the interviewer to have made up, and the height of his family members is described, so I think he probably claimed 6'5.5 himself. Whether he was as low is 6'4 is up for questioning.

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