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Robert Wadlow (1918–1940)

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 in Alton, Illinois. His height of 8' 11.1" qualifies him as the tallest person in history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Robert was the first born of Addie and Harold Wadlow. He had two sisters, Helen and Betty, and two brothers, Eugene and Harold Jr., all of whom were of average ... See full bio »


(age 22) in Manistee, Michigan, USA
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 2009 Extreme Bodies (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Tallest Person Who Ever Lived
- Giants (2009) ... Himself - Tallest Person Who Ever Lived
 2008 Extraordinary People (TV Series documentary)
- The World's Tallest Man (2008) ... Himself
 2007 Inside Extraordinary Humans: The Science of Gigantism (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 History's Mysteries (TV Series documentary)
- Circus Freaks and Sideshows (2000) ... Himself (uncredited)
 2000 Ripley's Believe It or Not! (TV Series)
- Episode #1.21 (2000) ... Himself
- The Torture King (2000) ... Himself
- Episode #4.3 ... Himself
 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)
 1999 Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (TV Movie documentary)
 1981 Some Call Them... Freaks (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - World's Tallest Man
 1975 The Story of Robert (Documentary short)

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8' 11" (2.72 m)

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The son of Harold Franklin Wadlow (1892 - 1969) and Addie May (née Johnson) Wadlow (1897 - 1980); the eldest brother of Eugene Harold Wadlow (1922 - 1959), Betty Jean (née Wadlow) Brda (1924 - 1980), Helen Wadlow, and Harold Franklin Wadlow Jr. (1932 - 2000). See more »


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