Matthew McGrory was a United States actor. He was best known for roles in movies such as Big Fish, Men in Black II, and The Devil’s Rejects to name a few. McGrory was a very tall man and this was reflected in his film roles as he was often chosen for roles because of his height and physical size. Before breaking into the film industry, McGrory appeared on numerous talk shows including the popular Oprah Winfrey talk show. He also appeared in music videos of songs performed by bands like Blondie and Marilyn Manson. He died in 2005 at the age of thirty-two.
Matthew McGrory Bio
Matthew McGrory was born on the 17th of May 1973 in Pennsylvania, the USA to Maureen and William McGrory. His father was a professional accountant and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. Growing up in the West Chester borough of Chester County in Pennsylvania, the young McGrory took interest in the legal profession and had dreams of becoming a lawyer. This interest led him to Widener University, a private University in Chester where he studied for a pre-law bachelor’s degree. However, in a turn of events, he did not make it to law school but instead proceeded to study at West Chester University, and in keeping with is long-held interest in legal affairs and the justice system, he studied and earned a degree in Criminal Justice.
McGrory started becoming popular after he was invited to The Howard Stern Show. He had been invited by the host of the talk show, Howard Stern, due to Stern’s fascination with his unusual height and large body size. Stern even included McGrory on a list known as Wack Pack, a list of highly unusual people who have appeared on the show. As his popularity grew, McGrory began to receive invitations from other radio and TV talk show hosts to appear on their own shows. He even appeared on the very popular Oprah Winfrey television talk show. Soon enough, he was receiving requests to appear in music videos.
Matthew McGrory’s height also took him to Hollywood to play movie roles that favored his height. His debut film role was playing Gaunt in The Dead Hate the Living in 2000 alongside Brett Beardslee, Eric Clawson, Wendy Speake, Jamie Donahue, and Benjamin Morris among others. The film was about a group of aspiring filmmakers who attempt to shoot a horror movie and wind up being trapped by a large pack of zombies in the hospital which was meant to be the setting of the film.
His next role was in 2001 when he appeared in Bubble Boy, a film that also starred other notable actors like Ken Daurio, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Cinco Paul. In 2002, he appeared alongside Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, Lara Boyle, Rip Torn, and Rosario Dawson among others in the Barry Sonnenfeld directed Men in Black II.
Matthew McGrory’s film career began to really blossom after appearing in Men in Black II, as he started appearing in multiple films each year after that. In 2003, he appeared in House of 1000 Corpses, a horror film directed by Rob Zombie in which he appeared alongside Bill Mosely, Karen Black, Sid Haig, and Sheri Moon. That same year, he appeared in Big Fish, playing the role of Karl the Giant, yet another role that capitalized on his unusual height and body size. In Big Fish, his peers included Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, as well as Albert Finney, and Billy Crudup among others.
In 2003 as well as 2004, he appeared in several episodes of the television series, Charmed, playing Ogre. The latter year also had him appear in Big Time, where he played the role of Richard Blunderbore. That same year, he appeared in Planet of the Pitts where he portrayed the role of Toto. The next year (2005), McGrory played the role of Demon in Constantine. He also appeared in ShadowBox and played Tiny Firefly in The Devil’s Rejects. McGrory died in August 2005 due to complications from heart disease.
Wife or Girlfriend, Was He Married?
Matthew McGrory never got married before he passed away. However, he had a girlfriend with whom he was romantically involved at the time of his demise. Matthew McGrory’s girlfriend at the time of his death was Melissa Davis. Davis keeps a low profile and as such, very little is known about her except the fact that they lived together in McGrory’s home in Sherman Oaks, California.
Matthew McGrory’s Height
Matthew McGrory’s height was 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) and he weighed 317 lb (144 kg). His height and rapid physical growth have been attributed to a hormonal anomaly which is the root cause of cases like his. It has been noted that by the time he was leaving kindergarten, he was already 5 feet tall. His shoe size was 29.5 (US).