Rare color footage has been found of the World’s Tallest Man. Robert Wadlow (1918-1940) stood 8 feet 11 inches and weighed 491 pounds.
Home movie footage that was thought lost for decades has now reemerged and appears to have been taken during one of Wadlow’s personal appearances in the late 1930s.
Born on February 22, 1918, Robert Pershing Wadlow was born at 8lb 7oz and from there began to grow exceptionally fast and exceptionally tall.
By his first birthday, he was 45 pounds, and 3 feet, 3.5 inches tall. At his eighth birthday, he had exceeded his father’s height of 5 feet, 11 inches. At 13, he became the world’s tallest Boy Scout, at 7 feet, 4 inches and by the time he graduated high school, he was 8 feet, 4 inches tall according to Guinness World Records.
Robert was diagnosed with hyperplasia of the pituitary gland which caused him to grow rapidly due to an abnormally high level of human growth hormones in his body.
Despite his size, Robert’s parents tried to make his life as normal as possible. At school a special desk was made for him and as the oldest of his four brothers and sisters, he was expected to play take part in the same activities they did