Giants of horror

The big men of horror who are often called upon to play the biggest monsters. So they are both monstrously tall and play "monsters" (literally or figuratively inhuman).

Horror, especially backwoods horror and creature features, does rely on a very large man to increase the already considerable threat.

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1.
Angus Scrimm
The evil screen villain Angus Scrimm, most famous as "The Tall Man" in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm and its sequels, grew up in Kansas City, but in his teens moved to California and studied drama at USC under William C. de Mille (brother of Cecil B. DeMille). His film debut came as another "Tall Man" he played Abraham Lincoln in an educational film made by Encyclopaedia Brittanica...
“ When you think The Tall Man, your mind should be drawn to the wonderfully Dickensianly named Angus Scrimm, from the Phantasm films.

NB: The rest are ordered by height, but I wanted him at the top to provide the thumbnail.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
2.
“ Tallest man on the list and one half of the world's tallest twins. He has only appeared briefly in one film so far, It Follows (2014) but his appearance as the tall "It" was striking and memorable, so it wouldn't surprise me if he gets lured away from his job as an engine designer for other appearances (even if only on his holidays).

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website - which gives his height as 7' 6":
http://www.thetallestman.com/mikelanier.htm

7' 7" (2.31 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
3.
“ The big redneck monstrosity in Humongous (1982) and Wrong Turn (2003). He has been described as The Tallest Man in Canada, and wrestles as the Canadian Giant.

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/garryrobbins.htm

7' 5" (2.26 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
4.
“ The Fly in Return of the Fly, he was a circus giant.

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/edwolff.htm

7' 4" (2.24 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
5.
“ In Crooked House and The Sick House.

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/johnlebar.htm

7' 3" (2.21 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
6.
Kevin Peter Hall
Actor, Predator 2
This African American actor attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started his junior year at 6' 5" and finished it at 6' 9"! He played basketball throughout his high-school years and won a scholarship. He averaged 18 points a game and 10 rebounds! He played basketball during college...
“ The original Predator and Harry, the Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons. Really helped set the modern standard for recent monster actors.

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/kevinpeterhall.htm

7' 2½" (2.20 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
7.
“ No other credits beyond being the alien in Alien, but he set the early standard for modern horror giants.

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/bolajibadejo.htm

7' 2" (2.18 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
8.
Richard Kiel
Actor, Tangled
Towering 7' 2" tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains! Kiel worked in numerous jobs including as a night club bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s / early 1960s...
“ Jaws didn't do much horror work, which seemed a waste, but he did get a couple of outings in Kolchak, one role being simply "The Monster."

His entry on The Tallest Man.com - the Giant website:
http://www.thetallestman.com/richardkiel.htm

7' 1½" (2.17 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
9.
Ian Whyte
Actor, Prometheus
Ian Whyte was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. He received athletic scholarships to Iona College in New York and Clarion University in Pennsylvania as a basketball player and later distinguished himself with 80 caps for England over a nine year international basketball career...
“ Predators in both AVP films and the Last Engineer in Prometheus.

7' 1" (2.16 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
10.
Robert Maillet
Retired Canadian professional wrestler turned actor. Trained under Bret Hart, Leo Burke and Stephen Petitpas. Debuted in 1989 as the Acadian Giant for Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling. Competed for years in Canada, Japan and South Korea, using the name Goliath El Gigante. Arrived in the U.S...
“ Frankenstein in Monsters Brawl.

7' (2.13 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
11.
“ Appeared in Harbinger Down and is playing a man in mid-transiton to zombiehood in ReGhost, as well as playing a cultist in the short Black Mass.

7' (2.13 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
12.
Conan Stevens
Conan was born and raised in Australia of combined British/German blood. Conan studied Drama at the University of Newcastle where his academic studies took 2nd place to his joining the University Regiment (infantry) and winning the record for the Bachelor Of Inebriation and holding that record for several years until his flatmate took the title...
“ Played Man-Thing in the eponymous Marvel movie.

7' (2.13 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
13.
Stephen R. Hart
Stephen Hart has a strong background in live theater and solo performance. He has performed with a variety of dangerous, live edgy shows, including the renown sideshow Carnival Diablo (1998-2002) as Stevan Hart the Scandinavian Giant. His voice is part of a nationally known daily opening rant on Canada's national broadcaster...
“ His size has seen him appear in a number of minor roles in horror movies.

6' 11" (2.11 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
14.
“ Plays chief the giant zombie enforcer in iZombie.

6' 10½" (2.10 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
15.
Kevin Shand
Kevin Shand, a former professional basketball player, he is well traveled. His career path in basketball started at Humber college in Toronto, where he was apart of a team which won the Canadian Athletic Association Championship in 95' and also two Ontario Canada Athletic Association (OCAA) titles, in 95' and 96'...
“ Axeman in Resident Evil: Retribution.

6' 10½" (2.10 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
16.
“ Was in the horror movie See No Evil, a film made by WWE Films where Jacobs is better known as The Undertaker's brother Kane.

6' 10" (2.08 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
17.
“ Best known for his Hancock role, but has appeared in Hellbinders and Supernatural, as well as doing stunts in RIPD.

6' 10" (2.08 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
18.
“ Rufus in House of 1000 Corpses.

6' 10" (2.08 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
19.
“ He has played a whole range of horror roles in Thir13en Ghosts, The Dresden Files, Stan Helsing, Solomon Grundy in Smallville, Lurch in The New Addams Family, Supernatural, The X-Files, etc.

6' 9" (2.06 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
20.
George Eastman
Writer, Keoma
Born Luigi Montefiori in 1942 near Genoa, Italy, the future actor provided artwork for various advertising agencies in Genoa before moving to Rome in 1966. Though he intended to further his art career, he became involved with a crowd of film people who urged him to put his good looks to advantage in the movies...
“ Italian actor with a lot of credits (although the bulk are cheap and nasty Italian exploitation flicks) but he is possibly best known for his loosely-related roles as the monstrous Greek (for some reason) cannibal in the video nasties Antropophagus and Rosso sangue, which he also wrote (he co-wrote the former with the director of both Joe D'Amato).

6' 9" (2.06 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
21.
“ Prometheus in Victor Frankenstein and is very striking as the Ogre in Il racconto dei racconti - Tale of Tales (Tale of Tales). He has largely appeared in French-language films until now, but I expect big things for this big guy.

6' 9" (2.06 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
22.
Tyler Mane
Actor, X-Men
“ Michael Myers in the Halloween reboot, not a character that was previous played by giant actors.

6' 9" (2.06 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
23.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player. On 31 January 2015, Björnsson beat a 1000-year-old record set by Orm Storolfsson at the World's Strongest Viking competition in Norway, where he carried a 10 m (33 ft) long 650 kg (1,430...
“ Playing Psycho Phil Bell in Devilish Deeds

6' 9" (2.06 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
24.
“ Got a recent high profile outing in American Mary and has appeared as a large redneck in The Cycle and Pleatherface (not a typo) in Stan Helsing. He is also a professional wrestler, the most popular second career for horror movie giants.

6' 8" (2.03 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
25.
“ Rocco the Clown, a murderous underground wrestler, in The Funhouse Massacre.

6' 8" (2.03 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
26.
Paul Davis
Director, The Body
Born in Carshalton Surrey in 1981, Paul displayed a keen love for movies (especially the horror genre) as early as three years old after watching An American Werewolf In London. Growing up he exposed himself to all walks of the genre from the classic Universal monsters, the Hammer horror flicks and later the 80s slashers...
“ He has directed, written and acted in a number of short horror films, as well as appeared as the main monster in Doctor Who: Sleep No More (#9.9).

6' 8" (2.03 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
27.
Daniel Vivian
Daniel Vivian's early involvement from his teens in Eastern European experimental cinema, stand up comedy, solo and group improv shows and Italian medieval fringe theatre was an unlikely springboard for his subsequent castings as psychotic soldiers, creepy monsters, action heroes and thoughtful mobsters in feature films and on television...
“ From Zombie Massacre and The Seasoning House.

6' 7¼" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
28.
Brian Steele
Actor, Hellboy
As a child, Brian Steele knew only two speeds: full throttle and off. Perpetually hyperactive and adventurous, young Brian constantly pushed boundaries and tested the patience of his parents and teachers. But Brian's boundless energy and ambition had no direction, growing up in small-town Highland...
“ If you are looking for a big man to put in a monster suit these days then the top of your list will be Brian Steele.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
29.
James Arness
American leading man famed as the star of one of the longest-running shows in U.S. television history, Gunsmoke. Born of Norwegian heritage (the family name, Aurness, had formerly been Aursness) in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rolf and Ruth Duesler Aurness. His father was a traveling salesman of medical supplies and his mother later became a newspaper columnist...
“ The original Thing from Thing From Another World.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
30.
“ A relative newcomer but he has chalked up a number of horror movie roles, most notably as Chromeskull in the Laid to Rest films.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
31.
“ He's played the Minotaur in Wrath of the Titans and, like other established British creature actors, he has played a number of monsters in Doctor Who and a White Walker in GoT.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
32.
Raymond Olubawale
Ray is a 6'7" tall professional heavyweight boxer whose boxing "alias" name is Mount Kilimanjaro. Several years ago he was crowned Heavyweight Boxing Champion of Canada. Born in Nigeria, Ray moved to Toronto at the age of four. When Ray was a child, his life was a constant struggle. He grew up the hard way in the inner city...
“ Axeman in Resident Evils: Afterlife and Retribution.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
33.
Carey Jones
Makeup Department, Surrogates
“ Mainly a special effects guy but his size means he has worn the monster suit, as he did in Predators.

6' 7" (2.01 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
34.
Glenn Strange
Actor, Gunsmoke
At various times in his life a rancher, deputy sheriff and rodeo performer, this huge, towering (6' 5") beast of a man was born George Glenn Strange in Weed, New Mexico, on August 16, 1899, but grew up a real-life cowboy in Cross Cut, Texas. Of Irish and Cherokee Indian descent, he taught himself (by ear) the fiddle and guitar at a young age and started performing at local functions as a teen...
“ Famous for his appearances as Frankenstein's Monster.

6' 6½" (1.99 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
35.
David Prowse
David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young adult...
“ He might be best known as Darth Vader (and the Green Cross Code Man, to Brits of a certain age) but he also played Frankenstein in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973).

6' 6" (1.98 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
36.
Matthew G. Taylor
Matthew G. Taylor is a Canadian born Actor who has been a part of the Television and Film industry since 1998. He grew up in a Toronto suburb and attended College in Hamilton, Ontario, graduating in 1994. Matthew is an ex-police officer and has often been able to use his experiences on the force when performing...
“ Nemesis from Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

6' 6" (1.98 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
37.
“ Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D.

6' 6" (1.98 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
38.
Dru Viergever
Actor, The Colony
Dru Viergever was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He performed theatre and music from an early age. After studying at the University of Toronto, Dru was cast as Kubiak in NBC's Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. He has since appeared in commercials, feature films and television series, including Lionsgate's Saw 3D...
“ Was the leader of the clan of feral humans in The Colony, a zemon (zombie demon) in Dead Before Dawn 3D and a zombie in Romero's Survival of the Dead.

6' 6" (1.98 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
39.
Andrew Bryniarski
Andrew Bryniarski was born on February 13, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 6' 5" is a former bodybuilder. He came to Hollywood for a short summer vacation to visit a friend, was spotted by a talent scout, who set up a screen test for Joel Silver, and all of a sudden he was acting alongside Bruce Willis and James Coburn in Hudson Hawk...
“ Leatherface in the TCM franchise reboots.

6' 5½" (1.97 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
40.
“ Lead werewolf in Howl.

6' 5¼" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
41.
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Top class actor whose height and presence have been used to great effective in recent years playing characters with a dark edge (Saruman and Count Dooku) has also played who also played classic monsters back in the day, like the Creature in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Kharis in The Mummy (1959), although is perhaps best known for his turn as the Count in 1958's Dracula and 1970's Count Dracula and Scars of Dracula, 1972's Dracula Today and 1973's The Satanic Rites of Dracula.

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
42.
Tony Todd
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk. Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut...
“ Best known as Candyman and he has appeared in so many horror films it is impossible to count them all.

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
43.
Fred Gwynne
Fred Gwynne was an enormously talented character actor most famous for starring in the television situation comedies Car 54, Where Are You? (as Officer Francis Muldoon) and The Munsters (as the Frankenstein clone Herman Munster). He was very tall and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals...
“ Herman Munster

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
44.
“ Played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 Ft13th reboot and a Predator in Predators.

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
45.
“ Becoming one of the go-to guys for creature actors in sci-fi and has played Railroad Jack in Jack the Reaper and the Abominog in The Knights of Badassdom.

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
46.
Vladimir Kulich
Vladimir Kulich was born in Prague and began his training at the State Theatre of Czechoslovakia. During the Soviet occupation his father, an advisor in the military arranged for his escape to Austria by bribing border guards. Arriving in Canada he was scouted by John Ferguson and became a professional hockey player for the New York Rangers farm team...
“ The Beast in the Angel TV series.

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
47.
“ The creatures in Frankenstein Reborn and The Beast of Bay Road (the latter about a real-world lycanthropy case).

6' 5" (1.96 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
48.
Gunnar Hansen
He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, then his family moved to Texas, where he went to high school and then the University of Texas. He majored in English and mathematics and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English...
“ Leatherface!!

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
49.
Vincent Price
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ A man of menace, whose voice almost defines creepiness.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
50.
Michael Bailey Smith
Michael Bailey Smith grew up as an Air Force brat, traveling the world, and he graduated from high school in Tehran, Iran. He later served in the renowned 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He attended college at Eastern Michigan University, where his athletic talents earned him a spot as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys...
“ His first acting credit on IMDB is as Super Freddy and he has played numerous monsters, including the lead baddies in Monster Man and Chain Letter.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
51.
Ross Mullan
Ross Mullan, originally from Montreal, Canada, has been living in the UK now for 20+ years. He began his performing career working mostly in mask and physical theatre companies and then began writing his own material and playing clubs and bars doing comedy. He then started working in theatre doing National and International tours of shows such as East of Eden...
“ Experienced British creature actor - he's appeared as a White Walker in GoT, a werewolf in Howl and a number of monsters in Doctor Who.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
52.
“ Frankenstein's Monster in Van Helsing.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
53.
“ Played Cheese, a rather dim zombie in DeadHeads, and Frankenstein in a short film.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
54.
“ Vampire in Penny Dreadful and a female werewolf in Howl. Seems to be a new but up and coming in this field.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
55.
“ Played the eponymous serial abductor/killer in Otis and the chainsaw-wielding hitchhiker in the 2007 Superbowl Bud ad.

6' 4" (1.93 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
56.
Kane Hodder
Stunts, Se7en
Kane Hodder was born on April 8, 1955 in Auburn, California. He is best known for his role as horror icon Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X. He is also known for his role as the deformed serial killer Victor Crowley in Hatchet, Hatchet II, and Hatchet III.
“ Jason Vorhees from Friday 13th VII, the longest running actor behind the mask, Victor Crowley in the Hatchet films and Leatherface in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.

One of the shortest man on the list at a hair under 6'4''

6' 3½" (1.92 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
57.
Richard Brooker
Discovered by a casting magazine "Dramalogue" for the role of mindless killer Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III, Richard Brooker also gained the role of Oghris in "Deathstalker" (1983). It was the only acting experience of Brooker, who later start creating completely a different professional career...
“ Jason Vorhees in Ft13th 3.

6' 3" (1.91 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
58.
Eugene Clark
Eugene Clark Brings Multiple Talents Eugene Clark brings a career in theatre, television and film that is fascinating and diverse. A veteran of more than 100 television productions and 15 feature films, he won a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work on the hit TV series Night Heat...
“ Big Daddy in Land of the Dead and the one on the list who I've met - he was a very nice chap (which is why I included him, although he is one the shortest on the list. At 6' 3" he is the same height as my "little" brother, so it makes a handy reference point for me when it comes to considering how tall people are).

6' 3" (1.91 m) ” - Mighty_Emperor