Best Actor Oscar Winners Ranked: Shortest to Tallest

Listed below is all winners of the Best Actor Oscars Award, with heights ranked from shortest to tallest.

Actor Height Best Actor Win
James Cagney 5ft 5 (165cm) 1942 - Yankee Doodle Dandy
Richard Dreyfuss 5ft 5 (165cm) 1977 - The Goodbye Girl
Dustin Hoffman 5ft 5.5 (166cm) 1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer
1988 - Rain Man
Al Pacino 5ft 6 (168cm) 1992 - Scent of a Woman
Roberto Benigni 5ft 6.5 (169cm) 1998 - Life is Beautiful
George Arliss 5ft 7 (170cm) 1929/1930 - Disraeli
Bing Crosby 5ft 7.5 (171cm) 1944 - Going My Way
Ben Kingsley 5ft 7.75 (172cm) 1982 - Ghandi
Lionel Barrymore 5ft 8 (173cm) 1930/1931 - A Free Soul
Humphrey Bogart 5ft 8 (173cm) 1951 - The African Queen
Yul Brynner 5ft 8 (173cm) 1956 - The King and I
Sean Penn 5ft 8 (173cm) 2003 - Mystic River
2008 - Milk
Charles Laughton 5ft 8.5 (174cm) 1932/1933 - The Private Life of Henry VIII
Spencer Tracy 5ft 8.75 (175cm) 1937 - Captains Courageous
1938 - Boys Town
Paul Muni 5ft 9 (175cm) 1936 - The Story of Louis Pasteur
Marlon Brando 5ft 9 (175cm) 1954 - On the Waterfront
1972 - The Godfather
Jack Lemmon 5ft 9 (175cm) 1973 - Save the Tiger
Peter Finch 5ft 9 (175cm) 1976 - Network
Robert DeNiro 5ft 9 (175cm) 1980 - Raging Bull
Anthony Hopkins 5ft 9 (175cm) 1991 - Silence of the Lambs
Jamie Foxx 5ft 9 (175cm) 2004 - Ray
Phillip Seymour Hoffman 5ft 9 (175cm) 2005 - Capote
Alec Guinness 5ft 9.25 (176cm) 1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Ernest Borgnine 5ft 9.5 (177cm) 1955 - Marty
Jack Nicholson 5ft 9.5 (177cm) 1975 - One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
1997 - As Good as It Gets
Robert Duvall 5ft 9.5 (177cm) 1983 - Tender Mercies
Paul Newman 5ft 9.5 (177cm) 1986 - The Color of Money
Michael Douglas 5ft 9.5 (177cm) 1987 - Wall Street
Rod Steiger 5ft 9.75 (177cm) 1967 - In the Heat of the Night
Kevin Spacey 5ft 9.75 (177cm) 1999 - American Beauty
Ronald Colman 5ft 10 (178cm) 1947 - A Double Life
Laurence Olivier 5ft 10 (178cm) 1948 - Hamlet
Jose Ferrer 5ft 10 (178cm) 1950 - Cyrano De Bergerac
Cliff Robertson 5ft 10 (178cm) 1968 - Charly
Art Carney 5ft 10 (178cm) 1974 - Harry and Tonto
F Murray Abraham 5ft 10 (178cm) 1984 - Amadeus
Fredric March 5ft 10.25 (178cm) 1931/1932 - Dr Jekyl. and Mr Hyde
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
Russell Crowe 5ft 10.5 (179cm) 2000 - Gladiator
Warner Baxter 5ft 10.75 (180cm) 1927/1928 - The Way of All Flesh/The Last Command
William Holden 5ft 11 (180cm) 1953 - Stalag 17
Maximilian Schell 5ft 11 (180cm) 1961 - Judgment at Nuremberg
Jean Dujardin 5ft 11 (180cm) 2011 - The Artist
Matthew McConaughey 5ft 11 (180cm) 2013 - Dallas Buyer's Club
David Niven 5ft 11.25 (181cm) 1958 - Separate Tables
Eddie Redmayne 5ft 11.25 (181cm) 2014 - The Theory of Everything
Leonardo DiCaprio 5ft 11.25 (181cm) 2016 - The Revenant
Wallace Beery 5ft 11.5 (182cm) 1931/1932 - The Champ
Geoffrey Rush 5ft 11.5 (182cm) 1996 - Shine
Emil Jannings 6ft (183cm) 1928/1929 - In Old Arizona
Robert Donat 6ft (183cm) 1939 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Paul Lukas 6ft (183cm) 1942 - Watch on the Rhine
Broderick Crawford 6ft (183cm) 1949 - All the King's Men
Paul Scofield 6ft (183cm) 1966 - A Man for All Seasons
George C. Scott 6ft (183cm) 1970 - Patton
Tom Hanks 6ft (183cm) 1993 - Philadelphia
1994 - Forrest Gump
Nicolas Cage 6ft (183cm) 1995 - Leaving Las Vegas
Adrien Brody 6ft (183cm) 2002 - The Pianist
Rex Harrison 6ft 0.25 (184cm) 1964 - My Fair Lady
Denzel Washington 6ft 0.25 (184cm) 2001 - Training Day
Clark Gable 6ft 0.5 (184cm) 1934 - It Happened One Night
Burt Lancaster 6ft 1 (185cm) 1960 - Elmer Gantry
Ray Milland 6ft 1.25 (186cm) 1945 - The Lost Weekend
Henry Fonda 6ft 1.25 (186cm) 1981 - On Golden Pond
Daniel Day Lewis 6ft 1.25 (186cm) 1989 - My Left Foot
2007 - There Will Be Blood
2012 - Lincoln
Lee Marvin 6ft 1.5 (187cm) 1965 - The Cat Ballou
Jeremy Irons 6ft 1.5 (187cm) 1990 - Reversal of Fortune
Jeff Bridges 6ft 1.5 (187cm) 2009 - Crazy Heart
Colin Firth 6ft 1.5 (187cm) 2010 - The King's Speech
Gene Hackman 6ft 2 (188cm) 1971 - The French Connection
William Hurt 6ft 2 (188cm) 1985 - Kiss of the Spider Women
Forest Whitaker 6ft 2 (188cm) 2006 - The Last King of Scotland
Charlton Heston 6ft 2.5 (189cm) 1959 - Ben Hur
Sidney Poitier 6ft 2.5 (189cm) 1963 - Lilies of the Field
Jon Voight 6ft 2.5 (189cm) 1978 - Coming Home
Gregory Peck 6ft 2.75 (190cm) 1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird
Victor McLaglen 6ft 3 (190.5cm) 1935 - The Informer
James Stewart 6ft 3 (190.5cm) 1940 - The Philadelphia Story
Gary Cooper 6ft 3 (190.5cm) 1941 - Sergeant York
1952 - High Noon
John Wayne 6ft 3.75 (192cm) 1969 - True Grit
Best Actor Winners Height List compiled by CelebHeights.com

Add a Comment 8 comments

Leonardo 1.73m said on 22/Dec/16
Leonardo Dicaprio?
Johnny said on 29/Nov/16
@Rob please add Leo to this list.
grizz said on 25/Jul/16
So,in order to win an Oscar, you "mustn't" be over 6'4" :D But things get worse: the last 6'4 guy won an Oscar almost 50 yrs ago and the tallest guy in last 15 years to win an Oscar was 6'2". Seems like Hollywood doesn't appreciate much tall actors except for comic relief or monster/henchmen roles.
Crypto139 said on 18/May/16
You need to add a certain 181-182 cm tall guy now!
Panda said on 21/Mar/16
Rob you gotta add Leonardo Dicaprio to this list now!
Sam said on 14/Aug/15
Can't find much on Anna Magnani height wise.
w/ Brando:
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w/ Lancaster:
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I'm pretty sure she was often in heels, next to these guys I'd reckon she looked to be around 5'3" barefoot.
Sam said on 14/Aug/15
Two more I can see from the Best Actress winners being complete. Marie Dressler was really large woman for her generation...this book states 5'7". Click Here
[Editor Rob: I have completed the best actress list.]
Sam said on 11/Aug/15
Wow, cool article...love it. I've always loved lists like this. I think the tallest all-time competitive acting winner was Tim Robbins at an inch taller than Wayne, James Cromwell might be the tallest nominee ever. I think the tallest winner in any category that I know of is that guy who won for helming The Lives of Others, Donnersmarck, who I think is about 6'9".
[Editor Rob: there's probably more variation with the best supporting actor as a few are shorter/taller I believe. I've not seen all the movies listed here yet, mainly the very early ones though.]

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