Originally Posted by edward morbius
For anyone interested in the question of John Wayne's real height,
I recommend googling
"Gary Cooper and John Wayne photographs"
The two men took at least two photos side by side, and Cooper looks CONSIDERABLY taller in both.
One shows them walking together inside (so on a level floor) with both apparently wearing sandals and Cooper seems much the taller.
Gary Cooper was listed as 6' 3"
Photos can be very deceiving as any photog will tell you. I have several first hand accounts of Wayne, including from costars, all stating that he seemed a legit six foot four.
But was he packing like a gnat?
Marciano lowers his t rex arms for body work and this fight is over early. He can't close the distance well enough and he doesn't get off fast enoughn. The more I think of this match up, the bigger the demolition of the wee fellow and the Italian American pyche.