How tall is Al Pacino ?

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Al Pacino's height is 5ft 5.5in (166 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 6in (168 cm)
American actor best known for playing Michael Corleone in The GodFather Trilogy, Tony Montana in Scarface and memorable roles in Heat, Glengarry Glen Ross, Scent of a Woman and Carlito's Way. In the book Godfather Legacy, Harlan Lebo writes, "He wore lifts in other scenes" (beside taller co-stars).


Al with 5ft 8 range Robert DeNiroPhoto by PR Photos
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jtm says on 21/Jul/14
he was shorter than barkin in sea of love. does anyone here want to talk about that?
Sam says on 21/Jul/14
Agreed that Pacino is great in the 70s but not over De Niro, De Niro was just about as good as screen acting ever gets in the 70s and early 80s IMO...I almost always identified with his characters despite their less than stellar behavior, he was as technically good as Day-Lewis is and as electrifying as Brando was but seemed edgier than both, like he was genuinely dangerous and unpredictable...key word WAS.

I like Pacino's more internal work in some like The Godfather and Scarecrow than his more shouty later stuff like Scent of a Woman or the quite silly Devil's Advocate...Dog Day Afternoon might be his best, mostly internal with showy bits but ones that never seem over the top. Height-wise, I always thought he could edge out Hoffman but not by much.
Dmeyer says on 20/Jul/14
Dosnt look under 5'6 above
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jul/14
Jtm, lighten up!!
Arch Stanton says on 19/Jul/14
@Sam, Yeah Tracy, Olivier, Freeman and Hoffman are also among my favourites. Olivier's performance in Sleuth was one of the best I've ever seen from a film actor. Day-Lewis for me though has had some staggeringly brilliant performances which I think make him stand above the others. Obviously Brando, Laurence Harvey, Robert Ryan, and many others were great actors too. Any of those we mentioned are in my top 10 anyway.
John says on 19/Jul/14
Pacino has never been near 5'7". He is 5'5".
jtm says on 18/Jul/14
can we please talk about hs height? he was shorter than ellen barkin in sea of love.
RisingForce says on 18/Jul/14
I don't have a list, but I've always thought Pacino was the better, more versatile actor than De Niro in his prime. Both have tailed off later in their career, though with Pacino overacting from the 90's on, and De Niro seeming to mail in a lot of performances, though as for later work, I thought Pacino was great in Donnie Brasco and Insomnia.
Sam says on 17/Jul/14
A lot of people would also mention Spencer Tracy, Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, etc. as all-time greats, although it's hard to dispute DDL and peak Robert De Niro being at or near the top all-time. Arch, I'm assuming your giving the edge to Day-Lewis due to De Niro's later work. Some people may have thrown in Gary Oldman, at least until last month, and Morgan Freeman.
RisingForce says on 17/Jul/14
Pacino was wearing heeled boots, though, possibly cowboy boots in Carlito's Way, iirc. Good movie, though and great actor. I don't think he's lost much height for his age so this listing is pretty good, but it wouldn't surprise me if 5'5.5" was even his peak height considering how small he could look in some movies even in the 70's, but he could also look close to 5'7" in some shoes.
Arch Stanton says on 16/Jul/14
Agreed, Pacino is definitely in the top 5 greatest actors of all time! Top 5 greatest actors ever?

1. Daniel Day Lewis
2. Robert De Niro
3. Al Pacino
4. Jack Nicholson
5. Anthony Hopkins
Arch Stanton says on 16/Jul/14
Yeah about 2 inches shorter than Sean Penn in Carlito's Way. There's a scene in which he's stood by a group of spics and he's one of the tallest there LOL!
177cmGuy says on 15/Jul/14
At minimum I see Al Pacino at 165cm. He could have been close to 170cm at peak which is the height listed on his resume but to play it safe I'm assuming 167cm.
Sean73 says on 5/Jun/14
Top 5 actor of all time!To me he's a 7 foot giant!
Arch Stanton says on 1/May/14
Rob do you really think that any of the classics like Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Donnie Brasco, Insomnia and Scent of a Woman aren't worth mentioning?
[Editor Rob: I think they are all great, but sometimes I have to pick and choose mentioning.]
the shredder says on 30/Apr/14
Strong 5 '5 man peak 5'4.5 now
RisingForce says on 30/Apr/14
For reference, looking at listings for Pacino, it's surprising how few question his official 5'7" listing, though he's also gotten multiple 5'6" and 5'5" descriptions over the years, and there was one 1993 article that said he was shorter than the "5-7 propaganda" as they put it. When talking about casting for the Godfather, Robert Evans famously said "This kid Pacino's five-five and that's in heels."

He can look 5'6", but I've never been sold on it, especially due to how short he looked in the Godfather with a 5'9"-5'10" James Caan, a 5'8"-5'9" Brando and all 3 reportedly wearing lifts. Or this scene from The Devil's Advocate Click Here Look how short he still looks with 6'1" Keanu Reeves and check out his shoes around 0:19. Large heels, a pretty thick front and possibly lifts. Phenomenal actor, but 5'6" is the most I could ever see and it's possible he was never a full 5'6" and more 5'5" range, though I really think he's lost very little height for a man 74, much like Chuck Norris.
jD says on 1/Apr/14
I am 5'7" 3/4 barefoot. I stood face to face with him after the broadway play Shakespeare. I am a minimum of 4 inches taller than him.
Azad says on 8/Mar/14
165/166 cm MAX!
littlesue says on 28/Feb/14
No way was he ever near 5ft 3 in his prime, look at the Godfather when he is dancing face to face with Diane Keaton who is about 5ft 6.5, hardly any diference in height she wearing small heels, even if he was wearing a small lift the 3 inches would be noticibly diferent
sss says on 26/Feb/14
seriously though, marlon brando made pacino look like 5'4 or less. marlon brando would be in todays standards short (or maybe slightly average) and he literally "towered" pacino. towered is overused but it's true, plus james caan did the same to pacino, and hes roughly 5'9. NO way Pacino even hits 5'5 peak. There are extremely short people in daily life but we just dont notice it. PAcino, i mean is probably 5'3. To put him at 5'6 even considering his age is ridiculous, i think he needs a downgrade rob
James Crowley Maximus Meridius says on 23/Feb/14
Rob is Al Pacino a lift wearer he looks 2 inches shorter than robert deniro in this picture he looks 5ft 7in.
[Editor Rob: nowadays DeNiro is more a 5ft 8 guy, but at times pacino wearing lifts should never be discounted.]
Arch Stanton says on 3/Feb/14
Pacino definitely looked a good inch shorter than Robin Williams in Insomnia. Pretty good? He's one of the greatest film actors of all time!!
Arch Stanton says on 2/Feb/14
Hilary Swank looks 1.5-2 inches taller in Insomnia but I'm not sure what footwear she had on.
Mr. Kaplan says on 1/Feb/14
He was never taller than 5'5". Look at him near the end of 'The Godfather', when they are in the cemetery he can be seen standing next to Abe Vigoda (listed at 6' flat) and he is a full head shorter than him.
The Exorcist says on 26/Jan/14
Walks like a typical 5'5"/ 5'6" man.

Start the video at 2:16
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PLB says on 13/Jan/14
I've never met him - but how would I know. I was 6'4" until I fell off the cliff. I could have seen him on the street but just looked right over his itty-bitty head.

I have a good friend who is 5'4". He seems bigger in real life than that. On the stage however he is revealed at his true height. My friend Ross is a much better actor than Pacino of course. Pacino is not really an actor at all. He only plays one role - an over acting Mafiosi.

He was however pretty good in Donny Brasco. He always was by nature a supporting player who got lucky when cast in the 'Godfather'. He was a natural for the role of 'third man through the door'.
merrik says on 10/Jan/14
the listing seems pretty damn accurate

he always looks 5-6 or 5-7 range in his films
Spencer says on 9/Dec/13
I don't think a true 5'6. I think solid 5'5 at peak. 5'5.5
cojin says on 27/Nov/13
Iv'e met both of them. I worked on "heat" and side to side withpacino on "frank & johnny. Al is 5-6 and deniro 5-9. Pacino must have lifters in this photo.
the shredder says on 24/Nov/13
He looks 5'5
James Crowley Meridius says on 22/Nov/13
Rob he looks about 5ft 7.5in in that picture is he wearing lifts.
mande2013 says on 7/Nov/13
I was just watching Panic in Needle Park, and even 5'6 peak seems generous judging by his appearance in that film.
Hola says on 7/Nov/13
are you sure he stood 5'6 in his prime? I always saw him as a 5'5 guy.
Lebensdorf says on 6/Nov/13
I think he's about 5'4'' now, no more. I would say that 5'5.5'' was his peak. DeNiro was 5'7'' I think.
little sue says on 28/Oct/13
Thought he was awful in Scent of a Woman, over acting!! much preferred his understated performances from the 70's. Never over 5ft 6
Arch Stanton says on 24/Oct/13
I think his performance in Scent of a Woman currently has my vote anyway! I think 5'6" is definitely the most you could argue for him though.
jul says on 23/Oct/13
In this pic, he's the same height as DeNiro, but how can that be ? DeNiro is 5'8" and Pacino is 5'5" . Why doesn't anyone ever mention his movie "Serpico"? It got 4 stars and it was as good as any one of his other movies.
jul says on 23/Oct/13
In this pic, he's the same height as DeNiro, but how can that be ? DeNiro is 5'8" and Pacino is 5'5"
Arch Stanton says on 22/Oct/13
The early 1990s had an extreme number of great films didn't it, 1992 alone had at least half a dozen films which would be worthy Oscar winners.
Arch Stanton says on 22/Oct/13
Rob, what would you consider the best male acting performance ever in a film? His performance in Scent of a Woman in my opinion comes close. It was brilliant, he had the "blind asshole" colonel type nailed perfectly. Seeing him tango and drive a Ferrari blind was just extraordinary. Daniel Day Lewis's performance in My Left Foot and Dustin Hoffman's in Rain Man also come close I think.
[Editor Rob: I couldn't tell you off hand]
Arch Stanton says on 18/Oct/13
Looks 5'5" range in Serpico
Arch Stanton says on 13/Oct/13
Jonathan Pryce really looks about 7 inches taller in Glengarry. When he and Pryce speak up close they angle it so it only looks 4-5 inches but when the camera zooms out and shows them from a distance he's clearly got at least 6 inches on him, in fact it looks nearer 7-8. You have Pryce at 6' flat on here which is a little low for his peak IMO but that makes a full 5'6" dubious.
Powerhouse says on 29/Sep/13
If Pacino is 5'5.5 De Niro is no more than 5'7.5. Thats a 2 inch difference or slightly less.
Marco says on 30/Aug/13
@ Arch: Scent of a woman is one of my favorites too ! Visited NY in May and the Waldorf Astoria as well.. Hoooaaah.
Will says on 18/Aug/13
Pacino is probably about 5'5".
cole says on 31/Jul/13
Rob what do you think? If Al is 5'5.5, I'm really struggeling to see Robert DeNiro at more than 5'7.5.
[Editor Rob: deniro's at an age were he can look to struggle with 5ft 8, but maybe it's just a bit of old man posture that makes him look 172 at times]
Maor says on 29/Jun/13
He looked really short in Scarface even with them high heel boots on. He was probobly 5'6 during that movie.
Terry says on 18/Jun/13
I'm surprised he is this small, I expected him to be taller than what he is.
Arch Stanton says on 11/Jun/13
About 3 inches shorter than Andy Garcia in G III.
Mickavellian says on 8/Jun/13
I am 5'7" in a good hair day and stood next to Pacino outside Balthazars waiting for a cab for a good 15 minutes and although we were about the same height he was wearing a good 3 inch cuban heels , and his hair was incredibly thin. So we got lifts and a hair piece going there. He does limp but he is in great shape.
Arch Stanton says on 7/Jun/13
I've got the trilogy on DVD and watched part II the other day. He's one of the greatest actors I've ever seen, just look at his eyes in the Godfather films, deep, meaningful and dangerous, I can't think of anybody who could play his role in that and Scarface more effectively, he really is very believable as a mafia boss/drug lord.
Arch Stanton says on 23/May/13
Hehe, change seats then!
Arch Stanton says on 21/May/13
Don't know about you Rob but I get lost in her eyes Click Here ! Like an endless pool of whirling Options hot chocolate drink, she literally hypnotizes me!! Such a shame she got blown up hehe!
[Editor Rob: Simonetta Stefanelli is alluring, I have to watch when I search images though as sometimes since I work on laptop in bed Jenny can see my image searching ;)]
Arch Stanton says on 21/May/13
It would have been difficult for him to have worn lifts in the street scene in the Godfather. You could see he was wearing normal shoes in the Sicily scenes and also in the street scene with Diane Keaton, but I noticed they had her walking in a ditch and him further up on the road to make him look taller. But you could see with him walking through the hospital in particular that he was 5'6 max. I think even in the wedding scenes with the ridiculously hot Simonetta Stefanelli that they had him on higher ground to make the height difference look more, but I think she's about 5 ft 4 and shorter anyway, a wild guess though. I once went to the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy and saw the hottest woman I've ever seen in my life hop on the bus to Sorrento and she closely resembled Stefanelli, the sort of girl you'd fall in love with at first site!
Arch Stanton says on 21/May/13
Yes, a quite brilliant actor, one of the very best in my opinion. Scent of a Woman is very good too. Godfather II I'll watch tomorrow...
Arch Stanton says on 20/May/13
Rob you said about prompting you to update pages with films for actors which don't mention many or any, this one badly needs it. "US Actor, known for films such as The Godfather, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Devil's Advocate.
[Editor Rob: yeah, a few more films listed, I think Glengarry is an excellent movie, I like Pacino in a lot of his stuff, top notch actor...well, up till maybe Insomnia, then a few dodgy ones after that.]
Arch Stanton says on 20/May/13
Looks around 5 ft 6 in the Godfather.
fingers says on 10/Apr/13
Just watching carlitos way and he is taller than all of them were they all migits back then ?
BRUTAL says on 8/Apr/13
Small man, massive talent.
Alex says on 10/Mar/13
@ PLB. If you're 6'4'' then how did Gregory Peck seemed small to you? They guy was a legit 6ft3.
PLB says on 9/Mar/13
I might 'tower' over Pacino. But I've never met him. I remember meeting Gregory Peck at Vegas a long time ago. He seemed so small in person.

One of my best friends is 5'4" - exactly a foot shorter than I am. Pacino doesn't look that tall to me. I'll go with Anonymous' estimate of 5'2".

My real objection isn't his stature but everything else. In "Righeous Kill" he played a street cop. He was seventy years old at the time and looked every day of it in spite of all the black hair dye. He was quite contained and effective in the Godfather films but more recently hasn't been so much an actor as an over-actor. He should take a page from Eastwood and age gracefully.
LG69 says on 8/Mar/13
@Shakesniper, you "towered over him" at 5'6"? I laugh when people use the word "towered" to describe a few inches difference. I mean if you were over 6 feet tall then you could say "I towered over him." Anyway, Pacino is no taller than 5'5" today.
Anonymous says on 22/Feb/13
Mimi
Shakesniper is correct, He's about 5'2" without the lifts.
Paulie says on 18/Feb/13
Pat C- You're expertise in acting is as suspect as your judgement as to what equates to being a tough guy. Because you're not a tough guy, guys a foot shorter
than me in my neighborhood were absolutely fearless killers,it's a street instinct, that you know nothing about.
Shakesniper says on 11/Feb/13
I met Al Pacino in the late '80s in London after a play he was in. I'm a titch at 5'6", but I towered over him, maybe 5'2" or 5'3" at best. Nice guy though, got an autograph, and what they hey ho, a brilliant actor
Will says on 3/Jan/13
Hey Rob, would you say that Pacino is now just 5ft 4in tall due to shrinkage?
[Editor Rob: I doubt he's that low, he'll just add another inch of hair if he shrinks another inch anyway... ]
Height-Right says on 27/Dec/12
In the actionfilm Heat he seems to be around 5'7 (170 cm).
shrapnel says on 26/Dec/12
I saw him in Glengarry Glen Ross tonight. I would be surprised if he was 5'6" or 5'5". He was easily dwarfed on stage by everyone, including Richard Schiff (177cm). His stage presence easily made him a 6 footer.
Brad says on 12/Dec/12
5 feet 5 in '12.
Frankie Eyes says on 27/Oct/12
In The Ocean's 13 Premiere They All Stood Together With Equal Camera Angles, And Pacino Was At Least 5'6", Maybe His Peak Was 5'6.5".
Matt says on 23/Oct/12
Was definitely in the 5'6 ish range at his peak...Seems to be 5'5" ish now. He's gotten stockier as well which can make him look even shorter.
RisingForce says on 18/Oct/12
Well, Danimal, I'll agree that he can look 5-7ish, and you're not the only one who thinks he's that height, but I strongly believe he's about 5'8". The reason he looks shorter, in my opinion is his poor posture in recent years. If he was really about 5'7", I think he'd look 5'6" range a lot of the time with his posture. When his posture is decent, he looks more like 5'8" to me. I can buy a weak 5'8", but he looks like a guy on the low end of average, not legitimately short to me. When he was younger, I think he was right around 5'9", so about an inch loss at 69 would be normal.
RisingForce says on 14/Oct/12
Pacino and 5'8" De Niro in 2008 at the Righteous Kill premiere. Click Here Here's video. Click Here

Pacino still looks pretty much exactly 5'5" there. If he's under 5'5", it's barely, and if he was ever over 5'5", I doubt it was my much. I think he's just an example of a guy who didn't lose much height. I think some might think he has because there are more premiere pictures available today than the 70's and 80's, and I don't think Pacino wears at premieres, but he does wear lifts and heels in many movies, so I think many have the lifted Pacino in movies from the 70's and 80's in mind compared to the recent liftless Pacino at premieres.
The Exorcist says on 10/Oct/12
I think that 5'6" is right for his peak, but he looks about 5'5" nowadays.
RisingForce says on 28/Sep/12
Pacino still looks about 5'5" just like he always was. He's worn lifts and boots with big heels in countless movies and still rarely above 5'6". He wore lifts in the Godfather and was dwarfed by 5'10" max James Caan(though I heard Caan wore lifts in the movie too). His shoes were suspicious in And Justice For All and he still barely came past 6'3"-6'4" Craig T Nelson's shoulders. He had boots with big heels in Scarface, though he could pull off 5'7" in some scenes next to 6'1" Steven Bauer, but that's when you couldn't see their feet. He wore cowboy boots in Carlito's Way and was still shorter than 5'8" Sean Penn in slippers.

And finally, look at this scene from The Devil's Advocate. Click Here He only looks about 5'6" at best next to 6'1" keanu Reeves, but you see his shoes in this scene and he has massive heels.

I wouldn't bother with a peak height. I think he's about 5'5" like he's always been. If I gave a peak height and current it'd be 5'5.5" peak and 5'5" current, but I don't see a difference. It doesn't change the fact that Pacino is a living legend. He's made many classic movies, had many diverse roles that he played amazingly well and is the greatest actor ever to me. But probably never a full 5'6", and probably still not under 5'5" even today.
Silent d says on 23/Sep/12
He is quite small but he is one of the grestest actors ever. He just has that screen presence and charming personality. He did look short in scent of a woman and scarface. He looked 5 foot 5 in scent of a woman and about the same in scarface. Next to michelle pfieffer, he was about a couple of inches shorter. He doesn't look as short as joe pesci but he might be. I remember when he was doing a top ten list for david letterman a wile ago for righteous kill. Deniro was ten cm taller than him. I'm downgrading alpacino to 164cm.
Drew says on 23/Sep/12
He really does not look 168 cm in Scarface...He wears really big heeled shoes and still look short..I would say 165-66 PEAK
mcfan says on 15/Sep/12
Al Pacino was 5'5.
Howudoin\" says on 10/Sep/12
PatB...you don't know what your talking about
MaskDeMasque says on 31/Aug/12
looked about 5'6 in godfather. brilliant actor, anyone who discriminates against his height is an idiot.
Voldemort says on 15/Aug/12
Looks 4 inches shorter than Jamie Foxx (5'9) in Any Given Sunday (13 years ago) so he's probably 5'4 flat now (since he is in his '70s.)
jtm says on 8/Aug/12
he was maybe 5'5.5 when he was younger.
Hob says on 7/Aug/12
silly. he had never been 5'7 since young. probably 5'5 at peak and 5'4 nowadays.
make says on 29/Jul/12
In 'Insomnia' he looks at least 2 inches shorter then Robin Williams, who is listed at 5'6 and looks very much like this, so I guess 5'4 for Al Pacino would be closer to reality.
Will says on 7/Feb/12
Pacino is 5'5" and that's it. He ain't 5'7" barefoot, not even when Pacino was young. Putting him at 5'5 3/4" max would be considered quite generous.
Silent d says on 5/Feb/12
166cm.
Dude says on 21/Jan/12
5'6" maximum.

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