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 a 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 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 9,453,828 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Robert Wadlow is the 6th most popular celebrity (up from 7th in 2019), the 174th most popular biography from United States (up from 256th 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 6 out of 184Before him are Wallis Simpson, Ötzi, Phineas Gage, Jeanne Calment, and Kaspar Hauser. After him are Lisa del Giocondo, Buffalo Bill, Lina Medina, Joseph Merrick, Simonetta Vespucci, and Black Dahlia.

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

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Among people born in United States, Robert Wadlow ranks 174 out of 15,968Before him are Dr. Seuss (1904), Thomas Kuhn (1922), John Cage (1912), Bernie Sanders (1941), Tom Selleck (1945), and Peter Falk (1927). After him are John B. Watson (1878), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Gene Cernan (1934), Patti Smith (1946), Chuck Berry (1926), and Gregory Peck (1916).

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), Monica Lewinsky (1973), Margaret Brown (1867), Rodney King (1965), Kim Kardashian (1980), Don King (1931), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), and Rosemary Kennedy (1918).