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Posted ByLL on May 24, 2003 at 13:53:06:

In Reply to: How tall was Jack Benny? posted byMike in L.A. on May 24, 2003 at 01:47:45:

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Some sources say that Jack was 5'8, others say 5'10. His driver's license says 5'11. According to the Book of Lists, he wore a size 9 shoe.

I would guess the correct answer is around 5'8. Here's why...Jack liked to weigh 151 pounds. Putting that on today's ideal height-weight charts gives you 5'6. Also George Burns and Jack look to be about the same height on Jack's TV shows. According to online resources, you can lose 1 to 3 inches in height due to age. When I met Burns in 1982, I was 5'8 and he was noticeably shorter than me...I would estimate 5'5. So it is unlikely that Burns started at 5'11 and declined 6 inches due to age.



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