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Robert Wadlow

1918 - 1940

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Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940), also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American man who was the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri.Wadlow's height was 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) while his weight reached 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Wadlow has received more than 11,398,760 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Robert Wadlow is the 7th most popular celebrity (down from 6th in 2019), the 223rd most popular biography from United States (down from 174th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Celebrity.

Robert Wadlow is most famous for being the tallest person in history. He was 8 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 490 pounds.

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Among celebrities, Robert Wadlow ranks 7 out of 181Before him are Ötzi, Wallis Simpson, Jeanne Calment, Phineas Gage, Lisa del Giocondo, and Kaspar Hauser. After him are Simonetta Vespucci, Buffalo Bill, Lina Medina, Black Dahlia, Empress Michiko, and Jon Brower Minnoch.

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Among people born in 1918, Robert Wadlow ranks 8Before him are Nicolae Ceaușescu, Ingmar Bergman, Anwar Sadat, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Richard Feynman. After him are Rita Hayworth, Ken Miles, Louis Althusser, Helmut Schmidt, Leonard Bernstein, and Kurt Waldheim. Among people deceased in 1940, Robert Wadlow ranks 9Before him are Selma Lagerlöf, Neville Chamberlain, Paul Klee, Mikhail Bulgakov, Walter Benjamin, and J. J. Thomson. After him are Nikolai Yezhov, Emma Goldman, Carl Bosch, Peter Behrens, Manuel Azaña, and Gerda Wegener.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Wadlow ranks 223 out of 18,182Before him are Frank Zappa (1940), Edwin McMillan (1907), Walt Whitman (1819), John Travolta (1954), Tim Cook (1960), and Andrew Jackson (1767). After him are Patti Smith (1946), Charles Sanders Peirce (1839), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), Orson Welles (1915), Colonel Sanders (1890), and Cameron Diaz (1972).

Among CELEBRITIES In United States

Among celebrities born in United States, Robert Wadlow ranks 3Before him are Wallis Simpson (1896) and Phineas Gage (1823). After him are Buffalo Bill (1846), Black Dahlia (1924), Jon Brower Minnoch (1941), Monica Lewinsky (1973), Margaret Brown (1867), Sarah Knauss (1880), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), Don King (1931), and Rodney King (1965).