Two men with Acromegaly

Kiel’s height and features were a result of a hormonal condition known as acromegaly. In his prime, Kiel stood 7 feet 1.5 inches (217 cm) tall. He noted in his 2002 autobiography, Making It Big in the Movies, that he used to state that he was 7 feet 2 inches (218.44 cm) because it was easier to remember. He suffered from acrophobia (fear of heights), and during the cable car stunt scenes in Moonraker, a stunt double was used because Kiel refused to be filmed on the top of a cable car at over 2000 feet (607 m) high.

Rondo Hatton, Hollywood’s Real Quasimodo

Rondo Hatton may have been the first physically deformed person to be elevated to the status of movie star, but he was born a normal, healthy baby on April 29th 1894 in Hagerstown, Maryland. His parents moved near Tampa, Florida when Rondo was ten, where he was a well-adjusted child. He attended Hillsborough High School where he excelled at sports, especially football, and was a popular student, twice voted ‘Most Handsome’ in his class. Rondo developed an interest in journalism and following high school he was hired by the Tampa Tribune newspaper as a sportswriter. When World War One broke out, Rondo joined the National Guard and while fighting in Europe, he inhaled a dangerous amount of ‘Mustard Gas’, a poisonous German warfare chemical. He was hospitalized with damaged lungs and recovered. but the exposure triggered a disease known as Acromegaly, a pituitary disorder where an abnormal increase in hormones results in extra growth of the hands, feet, nose, chin and lips


Two men from different generations affected by the same disease and both go to Hollywood where because of their deformed state get roles in movies and in Kiel’s case television.

One born with the disease and one trigged the disease because of exposure to mustard gas.

I know of no one else who got Acromegaly from mustard gas and would be interested if it has that side effect.



5 thoughts on “Two men with Acromegaly

  1. I wonder if the cause of Mr. Hatton’s condition had more to do with the treatment given for the mustard gas exposure rather than the mustard gas itself… Interesting post for a Saturday morning – thanks. I may have to put on a Bond movie this afternoon now that you mention it 😉
    Take care!

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