Matthew McGrory

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Matthew McGrory
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McGrory at the world premiere of Big Fish in 2003
Born (1973-05-17)May 17, 1973
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died August 8, 2005 (aged 32)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death Heart failure
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–2005
Height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Weight 317 lb (144 kg)

Matthew McGrory (May 17, 1973 – August 8, 2005) was an American actor, known for his great height.

Early life[edit]

McGrory was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Maureen, a homemaker, and George McGrory, an accountant.[1][2] He studied pre-law at Widener University. He also studied Criminal Justice at West Chester University. McGrory grew to the height of 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) and had size 29½ shoes.[3] He was over five feet (1.5 m) tall when he graduated from kindergarten.[4]


McGrory's large size led to appearances on The Howard Stern Show[5] beginning in December 1996[6][7] as a member of Stern's Wack Pack. He also appeared on Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show and in music videos including Iron Maiden's "The Wicker Man" and the 1999 Marilyn Manson "Coma White"[8] (and God is in the TV VHS cover). He can also be seen in Blondie's video for their 2003 hit "Good Boys."

Due to his height and deep voice, he was in demand to play roles in movies[8] cast as a giant – he did so in films such as Bubble Boy (2001), Big Fish (2003), House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005). Television appearances included Malcolm in the Middle, Charmed, and Carnivàle. The Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the titles of the tallest actor. At the time of his death, he was filming a biography film about André the Giant in which he portrayed the famous wrestler.[3]


He lived in Sherman Oaks, California, with his girlfriend Melissa. On August 8, 2005, McGrory died at age 32 of heart failure.[3] He was subsequently buried in section 31, range 7, lot 39 at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[9]

Rob Zombie's film The Devil's Rejects was dedicated to him.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Dead Hate the Living! Gaunt
2001 Bubble Boy Human Sasquatch
2002 Men in Black II Tall Alien (uncredited)
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Tiny Firefly
Big Fish Karl the Giant
2004 Big Time Richard Blunderbore
Planet of the Pitts Toto
2005 Constantine Demon (uncredited)
ShadowBox Hort Willows
The Devil's Rejects Tiny Firefly


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