Matthew McGrory
McGrory at the world premiere of Big Fish in 2003
Born(1973-05-17)May 17, 1973
DiedAugust 9, 2005(2005-08-09) (aged 32)
EducationWest Chester University and Widener University
Years active1996–2005
Height7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)

Matthew McGrory (May 17, 1973 – August 9, 2005) was an American actor. At 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m), he held the Guinness World Record for tallest actor and portrayed physically imposing characters throughout his career, including Tiny Firefly in the horror films House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005) and Karl the Giant in the fantasy comedy-drama Big Fish (2003). McGrory also held the Guinness World Records for biggest feet and longest toe.[1][2]

Early life

McGrory was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Maureen, a homemaker, and William McGrory, an accountant.[3][4] 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 29.5 shoes.[5] He was over 1.5 m (5 feet) tall by the time he completed kindergarten.[6]


McGrory's large size led to appearances on The Howard Stern Show[7] beginning in December 1996[8][9] 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"[10] (and God Is in the T.V. 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[10] 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.


On August 9, 2005, while living in Sherman Oaks, California with his girlfriend Melissa, McGrory died at age 32 of congestive heart failure.[5]

Rob Zombie's film The Devil's Rejects was dedicated to McGrory’s memory.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Coma White Gaunt Marilyn Manson - Coma White (Official Music Video)
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
2003–2004 Charmed Ogre 2 episodes
2003-2005 Carnivàle Giant 3 episodes
2004 Planet of the Pitts Toto
Big Time Richard Blunderbore
2005 Constantine Demon Uncredited
The Devil's Rejects Tiny Firefly
ShadowBox Hort Willows
2017 The Evil Within Giant at Overlook Cafe Posthumous role, dedicated to McGrory; filmed in 2002


  1. ^ "Matthew McGrory". Daily Telegraph. 2005-08-12. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  2. ^ "Longest toe". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ "Matthew McGrory, 32; Actor Played Key Role in Movie 'Big Fish'". Los Angeles Times. 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  4. ^ "High Class". 2004-01-19. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  5. ^ a b "'Big Fish' Actor Matthew McGrory Dies". Fox News. August 15, 2005.
  6. ^ News Clip, WPLG Miami,
  7. ^ "Matthew McGrory, 32, a Film Actor Typecast as a Giant". New York Times (Associated Press). August 15, 2005.
  8. ^ Dempster, Michael. "The Rundown - Wack Pack profiles". The Howard Stern Radio Show. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30.
  9. ^ "Obituaries: Matthew McGrory". The Daily Telegraph (UK). August 13, 2005.
  10. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (August 11, 2005) "Matthew McGrory, Big Man In 'Big Fish' And 'Devil's Rejects,' Dead At 32"]. MTV News.
  11. ^ The Devil's Rejects (2005). Dir. Rob Zombie. Cinelamda, Lionsgate. Dedication.