Many of us have not had the pleasure of seeing celebrities in person. We may wonder about some of the actors who played a role in our childhoods—like the late Bob Saget of Full House—who was 6’3”.
And, while we know that NBA players are tall—on average 6 feet 6 inches—there are other celebrities whose heights may be surprising.
Magazines, television shows, and movies do not always give a good idea of how tall our favorite celebrities are. But, once you have an idea, how do these celebrity heights compared to our own?
What is My Height Compared to Celebrities?
Knowing where we stand compared to the people who make our favorite shows, movies, and music is something many of us have probably wondered in the past. Being able to check out height against that of celebrities in the limelight can be intriguing—and seeing where some of them stand can be even more! One of the tallest celebs is basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal who stands over seven feet tall.
Celebrity Height Comparisons
The average male actor height is 5’10”, this is one inch taller than the average male American. The average height for an actress in Hollywood is 5’5”, just like their male counterparts, actresses in Hollywood are, on average, one inch taller than the average American woman, not too far off from the actors. The average female in the United States is 5’4”.
Who Are Some Celebrities That Are Taller Than Expected?
Now that we know the average height of actors and actresses in Hollywood, who are some celebrities that are taller or shorter than average? To have some famous people in mind will let us know where we will stand in this lineup.
Tall Male Celebrities
- Tyler Perry 6’5”
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 6’5”
- Ben Affleck 6’4”
- Machine Gun Kelly 6’4”
- Snoop Dog 6’4”
- Will Ferrell 6’3”
- Post Malone 6’2”
Tall Female Celebrities
- Gwendoline Christie 6’3”
- Karlie Kloss 6’2”
- Brooke Shields 6’0”
- Taylor Swift 5’11”
- Khloé Kardashian 5’10”
- Adele 5’9”
- JoJo Swia 5’9”
Who Are Some Celebrities That Are Shorter Than Expected?
Now that we know some celebrities that are taller than average, what are some celebrities that don’t reach those heights?
Short Male Celebrities
- Danny Trejo 5’6”
- Nick Jonas 5’6”
- Billy Joel 5’5”
- Martin Freeman 5’4”
- Rob Schnieder 5’3”
- Kevin Hart 5’2”
- Prince 5’2”
- Danny DeVito 4’10”
Short Female Celebrities
- Reese Witherspoon 5’1”
- America Ferrera 5’1”
- Kourtney Kardashian 5’0”
- Kylie Minogue 5’0”
- Lil’ Kim 4’11”
- Madeleine Albright 4’10”
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi 4’8”
- Simone Biles 4’8”
How Much Taller or Shorter Are these Celebrities Than the Rest?
Seeing that height in Hollywood is on both ends of the height spectrum, it makes us wonder how these men and women fall on the height percentiles and how much taller or shorter they are than the rest of us.
One of the tallest men on the list is Tyler Perry, standing at 6 feet 5 inches. Using the height percentile calculator, we can see that he is taller than 99.86 percent of the male population in the United States. Similarly, Post Malone, standing at 6 feet 2 inches, is taller than 96.87 percent of the population. Finally, looking at Billy Joel, who stands at just 5 feet 5 inches, is only taller than 6.68 percent of the male population in the United States.
Now, onto the females. Gwendoline Christie stands at 6 feet 3 inches and she’s taller than 100 percent of females in the United Kingdom—where she’s from. Simone Biles on the other hand is only taller than 0.09 percent of the population in the United States.
Why Might Height Be Important In Show Business?
Being of average height has its advantages in Hollywood. People of average height are easier to shoot and frame while on camera. If a director is working on a film, the height of the co-stars is something that is considered.
If two actors are drastically different heights, but directors want them to appear the same height, different angles, couch cushions, or step stools to get the desired effect.
Many actors, and lay people alike, sometimes exaggerate their height. For instance, some may add an extra inch or two to make themselves taller than they really are. But in Hollywood, this can lead to actors being less likely to get the roles they are auditioning for, causing the vetting process and auditions to take more time than if actors were honest about their height.
Stunt Doubles and Their Heights
Another reason it might be easier to have an averaged sized actor on screen because it is more likely to find a stunt double or stand in who is of similar height.
A stunt double is a person who performs the physical action on a film or TV show that may be too dangerous for the actor to perform themselves.
While many of the stunt double scenes are filmed far away, it is important that they have some similarities to their A-list counterparts.
How Do I Measure Up?
If you’re curious about how you might stand next to your favorite celebrity or if you’re wondering how much of the population is taller or shorter than you, you’re not alone. Have a child in your life and you’re hoping they’ll see eye-to-eye with your favorite pop star? Try out the height prediction calculator.
Emily is a freelance writer and teacher. Originally from New York, Emily now lives and works in Europe.