PROFILE
Name:
Matthew McGrory
Birth Date:
May 17, 1973
Birth Place:
West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Karl the Giant in 'Big Fish' (2003)
BIOGRAPHY
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Heart of the Giant

Background:

Extremely tall actor Matthew McGrory was frequently seen as a giant in such films as "The Dead Hate the Living!" (2000), "Bubble Boy" (2001), "Men in Black II" (2002), "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003), "Big Fish" (2003), "Constantine" (2005), and "The Devil's Rejects" (2005). He also has appeared in the TV series "Malcolm in the Middle," "Charmed," and "Carnivàle."

Standing at 7' 6" (but was frequently shot so as to look even taller), McGrory, nicknamed “Bigfoot,” is currently listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Tallest Actor." On August 9, 2005, he died of natural causes at age 32. At the time of his death, he was playing André the Giant in a film about the wrestler's life, “Andre: Heart of the Giant.”


Irish/Scottish Lineage

Childhood and Family:

On May 17, 1973, of Irish/Scottish descendant Matthew McGrory was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He played the drums in high school and attended law school at Widener University, where he resided in campus housing on the first floor of Howell Hall.

When he was born, McGrory, nicknamed “Bigfoot,” weighed 15 pounds and was 24 inches long. He was over 5' tall when he graduated from Kindergarten and was ambidextrous, but was never tested for any physical abnormalities based on his height. Standing at 7' 6" (but was frequently shot so as to look even taller), McGrory is currently listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Tallest Actor."

McGrory lived in Sherman Oaks, California with his girlfriend, Melissa. On August 9, 2005, McGrory died of natural causes at age 32. Even though he died in August 2005, he appeared in Guiness World Records 2006 Book for having the longest feet of any living person.


Big Fish

Career:

Initially working as a bouncer at a bar in his hometown of West Chester, where he became friends with Bam Margera and the rest of the Viva La Bam crew, Matthew McGrory began appearing on screen in Marilyn Manson's music video "Coma White" (1999).

Afterwards, the extremely tall aspiring actor began receiving small film roles, as gaunt in writer/director Dave Parker's horror/comedy "The Dead Hate the Living!" (2000), as human sasquatch in Blair Hayes' comedy starring Jake Gyllenhaal, "Bubble Boy" (2001), and as tall alien in Barry Sonnenfeld's sci-fi action/comedy "Men in Black II" (2002; starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith). Meanwhile, he was spotted as Lothar in an episode of FOX critically-acclaimed sitcom starring Frankie Muniz, "Malcolm in the Middle."

From 2003 to 2004, McGrory played Ogre on The WB supernatural drama series "Charmed." He also played the giant on HBO series "Carnivàle" from 2003 to 2005.

Meanwhile, he was cast as Tiny Firefly in Rob Zombie's horror film "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003) and gained recognition for portraying Karl the Giant in Tim Burton's Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of Daniel Wallace's novel, "Big Fish" (2003; with Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, and Billy Crudup).

He also starred in Geofrey Hildrew's 29-minute short film "Big Time" (2004) and was featured in Rokki James Hollywood's independent comedy/action film "Planet of the Pitts" (2004).

2005 saw McGrory in Andrew Getty's horror film "The Storyteller," Francis Lawrence's "Constantine" (starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz), Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects," and Philip Adrian Booth's "ShadowBox."

Before he died, McGrory filmed Anthony Leonardi III's 26-minute short fantasy film "Existence" (2006) and Philip Adrian Booth's straight-to-video released "DarkPlace" (2007). He also filmed a few scenes as Andre the Giant in “Andre: Heart of the Giant” (2006), in which his footage will be saved for the credit sequence, as an homage to him.


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