Originally Posted by Unforgiven
The height of the American male lead movie actors has gone down.
Loads more of the old-time movie stars were 6'2 and 6'3. Greg Peck, Joel McCrea, Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, James Stewart.
Even Clark Gable was 6'. Cary Grant 6'1. Burt Lancaster 6' or more.
Short ones like Cagney and Bogart were rare.
John Wayne was 6'4. So was Robert Ryan.
Nowadays most of the big movie stars are under 6', or so it seems.
There might be a technical reason for that, I dunno.
It's interesting. If John Wayne was born 60 years later he'd be like 7 foot tall.
(but he probably wouldn't shoot as many 'injuns')
I think Gable was 6' 1"
but you are picking and choosing here. After all during that era Spencer Tracy, Ronald Colman, Wm Powell, Robert Taylor, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, James Dean, Jack Lemmon, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, etc were stars. And what about MICKEY ROONEY.
As for John Wayne, Robert Mitchum was quoted as saying Wayne was about an even six foot but wore lifts to look taller than his co-stars.
next to Clint Eastwood or Clint Walker, Wayne was a shrimp.