Bob Dylan's Height
5ft 6.5in (169 cm)
American Musician. Some might say shorter but he does kind of slouch making him look slightly shorter.
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Sam said on 28/Mar/16
I wouldn't rule out near 5'7" standing straight at his peak. I once saw a quote from I believe Dave Von Ronk saying that in person Dylan could look bizarrely different at different times, sometimes robust and solid medium height, other times tiny and small. Don't know if it was Bob trying out lifts or something but definitely in line with the I'm Not There view of Dylan's life.
Tarvis Pons de Beaumont said on 20/Dec/15
I met Dylan just before the concert in Kilkenny, Ireland in 2001. As his usual he had a stetson hat and cowboy boots and also a fake big beard, to keep a low profile when visiting Kilkenny Castle. I met him another time when I gave him a lift from Turin Airport to John Beck rented villa outside town in 1976. In both cases he was just tall as I was and I am now, 5.7 in the '70s and a bit less in the naughties, considering the boots that he took off during an impromptu party in Beck's place. During the '70 I was mimicking anything he did, including his very poor dressing and hygiene standards, so I was quite pleased to be as tall as him. Nowadays's different, I put on lots of flesh and he has not (-:
said on 13/Nov/15
Dylan with Sonny and Cher, doesn't really look more than an inch taller than 5'5" listed Sonny Bono:
Could look under 5'6" here with Robert De Niro but I think he's slouching more than De Niro:
Looks as listed I believe with David Letterman:
Dylan can look taller at times but I think he sported some fairly blatant platforms in the late 70s, making him seem closer than expected to Bruce Springsteen and Muhammad Ali in photos.
Sam said on 4/Jun/15
Any chance of a current height (not much but probably half inch loss) and a photo for Dylan, Rob?
Spencer said on 29/May/15
said on 4/May/15
Rob, is this his peak height?
[Editor Rob: yeah that's what I thought.]
Ian C said on 4/Feb/15
Now Berek, the protocols for "poetic license" apply to literary or theatrical treatments of real events. When Bob Dylan tells people things about himself that are not true he not being poetically licentious. He is lying. If that little (select whatever pejorative noun you may be comfortable with) were to tell me that the sky was up I'd go outside and look, just to make sure.
said on 8/Dec/14
Leaning near Kris Kristofferson, he does look near listing. Click Here
In some photos, such as the ones with Tom Petty, Springsteen or Muhammad Ali, I thought Dylan could have looked 5'7" depending on how big his footwear was.
Berek said on 29/Sep/14
People saying in the comments here that he has claimed 5'11" doesn't make it true. There is a photo on the front of his Biograph album that shows a passport detailing a height of 5'10", but anyone that has listened to Bob Dylan's lyrics, his showmanship or his fabricated biography knows this is a man deeply enthralled by poetic license. Claiming 5'10" is just another way to mislead and beguile his reader. Dylan is not as low as 5' 6.5". Watch his video for "Blood in My Eyes". He's likely wearing cowboy boots in the video, as is his custom, but he still pulls off 5'9" when in situ with recognisable landmarks in Camden town. He's likely 5' 7.5" in his stockings.
Sam said on 24/Sep/14
Rob, he is over 70, possibly due for a current height listing. Maybe shrunken about a half inch or a bit more.
Somebody's Problem said on 4/Aug/14
I heard he claimed 5'11, what a joke.
RoDawg said on 19/Jul/14
I could see him at 5ft 7.5 back in his prime but definitely no taller. As for right now the listed height seems accurate.
Ian C. said on 8/Jul/14
I wonder if Bob Dylan is the most aggressive height liar ever considered by Celebrity Heights. This site is cluttered with the names of celebrities who have added and sometimes subtracted inches, but Dylan seems to hold the record for biggest lie by going for four-and-half inches of imaginary height. Bob Dylan seems to be one of those people who thinks that the strict truth is only for people who are too stupid to make stuff up.
said on 2/Jul/14
Does look around 5'6" IMO next to President Obama.
said on 8/Apr/14
Again, I don't see under 5'7" here from Dylan meeting Elvis Presley.
Sam said on 13/Mar/14
I've seen listings from 5'4" to a ridiculous self claimed 5'11". I still think it's possible he hit 5'7" at peak, though.
truth said on 21/Feb/14
Most sources say 171cm this source says 169cm. I think 170cm flat peak.
Samuel said on 3/Jan/14
What about his peak height then?
He looked short even back in the 60s. Probably in the 5'7-5'7.5 range (at most), with boots around 5'8.
John said on 1/Dec/13
I think he's a bit taller than that. 5'8 seems fair
Sam said on 9/Oct/13
He could look 5 inches taller than Paul Simon.
said on 27/Sep/13
His sons are taller than him, but don't know about Samuel or his daughters. Jakob's around 5'9"ish next to Bruce Springsteen.
And Jesse Dylan is seemingly over 6 foot, being about 2 inches shorter than Will Ferrell and a few inches taller than strong 5'9"ish Judd Apatow.
said on 22/Jul/13
Maybe the shortest I've seen Dylan look, here with Marlon Brando. Dylan looks like 5'5" if he's lucky but I don't know about angles, et al.
Sam said on 11/Jul/13
Hey, Dylan could have reached 5'9"...in a boot with a large, 2-inch heel...I think his footwear why he looked close to Springsteen, not as much shorter than Muhammad Ali as you'd expect, etc. during the Rolling Thunder tour in 76. I do find it incredible that he could claim 5'10" in serious way. It is not common for people other than wrestlers to give themselves a 3 (or more?) inch upgrade, 2 inches is more typical in Hollywood.
said on 10/Jul/13
I'll bet you this month's liquor bill that Bob Dylan has always wanted to be tall. When asked how he came to choose the stage name Dylan, he has always claimed that, I dunno, he just kind of thunk it up. Come on. I think he named himself after Marshal Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke, who was enormously tall. Yeah, and his first stage name was Eldred Gunn, and I think he took that name from the eponymous hero of Peter Gunn, also a popular TV show when Bob Zimmerman was in high school. And Peter Gunn was tall. I tell you, this was a little guy who was very unhappy about it. As an interesting personal note, I am six feet four. I am not a fabulously wealthy songwriter who is widely regarded as a great American artist. I'm not happy about that.
[Editor Rob: he thinks he's 5ft 10]
said on 11/Jun/13
Any particular reason for the downgrade, Rob?
[Editor Rob: I had an eye on him for a while and thought a little lower was closer]
Matt said on 27/May/13
5'6.5 now? Wasn't he listed 5'7"?
Junior Goodbar said on 13/Mar/13
Also seen photos of him with neil young, who's 6ft, looking not that much shorter. Probably his boots I imagine.
said on 3/Dec/12
Dylan with even shorter colleagues-
said on 24/Jul/12
I would say Bob's around 5'5.5" (5'6" or a shade under at 5'5.75" for his prime). Gina Gershon who is around 5'5 to 5'5.5" had this to say:
said on 10/Feb/12
Here's the photo with Ali:
Sam said on 30/Dec/11
In the recent Uncut magazine (with Tom Waits on the cover), there's a picture with Bob posing with 6'2.5" Muhammad Ali in the mid-1970s and Bob looks 4-5 inches shorter maximum, not 7.5 inches. In this same set of photos, Bob looks the same height as 5'9.5" Bruce Springsteen. I suspect that Bob's footwear during that tour may have been advantagously tall heeled boots, though I doubt with lifts.
brazil said on 8/Sep/11
Louis, I guess that in the past his 5'7 was something like 5'8 ~5'9 today due to the height increase along the years. But I use to get happy with that kind of discovery too
mcfan said on 11/May/11
Thought he used to be 5'8-5'8.5. Looks 5'7 now.
Spence said on 1/May/11
I don't think he was ever over 5'6 to be honest
bob said on 14/Apr/11
in response to eamonn i have to add that dylan maybe short in your eyes but he is certainly not small (a good example of small is your vocabulary) -please learn a few more words !
katyblue said on 17/Sep/07
I can assure you that Dylan has never been anywhere near 6 foot tall -- lol . He is around 5' 5," with boots and hat, about an inch shorter than 20 years ago. He's always worn boots (with heels, and, no doubt, lifts). His hair (with back-lighting) always made him appear taller on stage. He now has arthritis (maybe just a bit more than normal for his age) and walks slightly bent (with knees also bent). But most fans don't give a hoot how tall (or thin) he is, for his presence on stage is sky-high. ;) katyblue
Austrian said on 13/Sep/07
thats true, Zimmermann is a common german name
but many jewish people have german names (due to historic reasons)
leonari said on 12/Sep/07
The man looksm 5'6" and is 5'6". Don't understand where taller claims come from.
guy said on 12/Sep/07
His original last name, Zimmerman, is apprently just an average German surname. He himself even wondered how his family got it. I always thought he was in the 5-6 range.
sam said on 2/Aug/07
Dylan's ancestry is (so I've read) Lithuanian, Ukranian and Turkish (100% Jewish heritage). Totally disagree with you about his music, Terry, even if, by most accounts, he isn't the nicest guy. He's one of the greatest songwriters/musicians of our time to me. I think of Dylan as slouchy 5'7", no more, no less.
Terry said on 2/Aug/07
This man appears much shorter than his actual height. When I met him, he was basically hiding his identity. He wore a grey tracksuit, with the hood covering his head and face. When he pulled back the hood, I got a good look at a man that looked like the Grim Reaper. I hate his music, and judging by his appearance, I very much doubt I would like anything about him. He is about the scruffiest fellow I ever did meet - looked like a pan handler. He is a bent-over (almost appearing crippled) fellow that has passed his prime - who knows how many decades ago.
Mr. T said on 1/Aug/07
glenn said on 26/Jul/07
you could be right.but i also read jewish/turkish.
Austrian said on 26/Jul/07
actually Dylan was not turkish (and neither half-turkish or anything) as far as i know
his ancestors were all jewish, some of them just lived in turkey at one point
glenn said on 2/Jul/07
interesting on van.i think someone mentioned he was 5-6.
sam said on 2/Jul/07
Just watched The Last Waltz for the first time in a while this weekend. He looks short next to The Band, many of whom were probably 6-footish. He was also a serious sloucher, which made him look shorter at times. Dylan was sharing the mic with Van Morrison at one point in the big climax and it looked like he had about 2 inches over Morrison. I'm not sure how tall Morrison is exactly, but he looked like the only standing man on stage who was shorter than Dylan.
glenn said on 1/Jul/07
i think i remember that now.like ahmet urtegan(sp?).
Mr. T said on 30/Jun/07
Trivia: I didn't know he was half-Turkish.
Johnny Bluenote said on 15/May/07
Oh dear! That's worse. Tampering with a passport is not at all proper!
MCD said on 14/May/07
It's worse than you think. That was a United States passport, NOT a driver's license.
Viper said on 14/May/07
I have 5-10 on my license and Im really 6-3. So Dylan being taller than me at 5-11 on his license when hes really around 5-6-5-7 is hillarious.
Jackie said on 14/May/07
The passport shown on the bootleg series booklet also says his birthday is May 11 which it's not. I doubt it is real.
Johnny Bluenote said on 14/May/07
Bob is 5'6". End of story. That photo on the Bootleg series booklet which shows his height on his driving license as 5'11" has always made me laugh! [In your dreams Bob!] And by the way: isn't it illegal to tamper with your driving license?
bobo said on 14/May/07
My wife and I stood right next to Bob Dylan once. There wasn't much conversation, but one thing I can say for sure is that he's the same height as my wife---5 feet 5
Ace Fury said on 14/May/07
I was 5'10" when I was 19, now I'm 5'8" at 66. I was near him during the '80s and he was/is short then me, I would guess i 5'6-7". The only way he could be 5'9" is if he had lifts in his shoes.
MA said on 14/May/07
I don't think that Dylan at 65 has shrunk an inch. If he were 85...then that may be valid. He's probably the same size at this time, as he was in 1965.
Judas said on 14/May/07
He probably managed to get up to 5 ft 10 in with his "high hair" and boots back in the sixties, but I believe 5-7 is the correct height, though he should be shorter now of course.
Tony said on 14/May/07
I saw him standing next to Paul Simon in concert and he was MUCH taller than Paul. As alluded to, Bob may have been wearing Boots of Spanish Leather.
Colin Power. said on 14/May/07
I stood right next to Bob once. My guess is he is 5' 6". I'm 5' 7" and he was definitely smaller than me. He looks taller from a distance because he is so thin. His weight? My guess is he would be 125 pounds.
Danne said on 14/May/07
I met Bob in the bar at Cirkus in Stockholm after the concert on June 25th 1991. Bob was exactly my height, 170 cm. He was younger then though, and so was I.
Random Person said on 4/Apr/07
I saw him awhile ago at a store once, I didn't get a chance to talk to him but I did get to stand just about a foot away from him. He came up to my eye brows at best and I was about 5'9 at the time. That says 5'6 to me, maybe a little under even.
yeah said on 21/Mar/07
come on the guy is like 65 or so, he has shrunk maby an inch or so, give him a peak height.
Anthony said on 8/Mar/07
I can buy 5'7 in the 60s'. But now, I think he's 5'6, maybe a little below. One of the best, though.
Glenn said on 18/Jan/07
5-6 when I saw him.
Robert.R said on 17/Jan/07
I always heard he was 5'7" and very conscious about his height, yet he was born in about 1941 so in his era 5'7" was only just below average height. He has always looked more like 5'6" to me.
Michael said on 12/Jan/07
I've been a fan of Bob Dylan since the early sixties and have been in his company a couple of times. He used to be the same height as my wife, 5ft. 7 inches, wearing sneakers but Bob has always had a slight stoop. Then again he used to wear 2 inch Cuban-heeled boots and sometimes still does. Now at the "grand old age of 65 he has shrunk somewhat (we all do as we ger older) so he is now 5ft. 6 inches tall.
St Andrews said on 14/Dec/06
I studied at the University of St Andrews, UK and saw Dylan when he was awarded an honorary degree by the university in 2004. He was about 5'7".
said on 20/Nov/06
Bob Dylan standing next to 5'9 Carlos Santana:
Not sure about his boots, but he clearly looks taller than Carlos.
Glenn said on 7/Nov/06
I dont know where Rob got that 5-7.he is 5-6.
Brad said on 7/Nov/06
Saw him last month, he wore boots of spanish leather, can't judge his height. He slouches. 5' 7" I guess.
said on 31/Oct/06
Jack is 1974, so I guess Bob is about 172 or so.. Click Here
Bruno said on 31/Oct/06
I would go for 174 cm!
said on 26/Jul/06
this guy really seems to believe, he's 5'6"
Pierre said on 21/Jun/06
he really is about 5''5
Drooperdoo said on 1/Jun/06
It's hilarious, watching people try to indulge Dylan's vanity and accord him more height than he actually has. In a Harvard study of height, a 5'7'' man was described as 6' after he left the room when the man was presented as someone of importance. When the same man was introduced as a nobody, people described him correctly at around 5'7''. It's interesting to see that phenomenon at play here with Dylan.
Vincent said on 15/Mar/06
on "don't loook back," a reporter (not the voice interview) asks dylan a question, to which he responds, "how could I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders?!?! Gosh, I'm only five foot ten!"
but he wears high heel type cowboy boots and looks 5-6
Becky said on 4/Mar/06
i think id probably say that Dylan is 5'7" like most people would say.
Glenn said on 25/Feb/06
Dominic said on 24/Feb/06
This is a pretty good height to list him at. He always wore big boots so it's kinda hard to tell his height, but alot of rock stars did. I dont think he is any less than this height and no more than 5'9.5. In the last waltz he looked like one of the tallest ones on stage, especially next to Band member 6'1 Robbie Robertson. I think you could move him up to 5'8 though rob.
CelebHeights Editor said on 29/Sep/05
In a 1965 village voice interview said: "Christ, I'm only five feet ten"
Anonymous said on 28/Sep/05
on the back of the insert from the bootleg series vol 1 is a copy of his passoprt. 5'11".
CelebHeights Editor said on 22/Aug/05
From dylan newsgroup: "5'5 sounds about right. I had a brief, face-to-face chat with Mr. Dylan in October '78. I'm 5'6 and a bit...and a bit taller than he is"
"My honest shoeless estimate of Bob's height would be about 5ft8 and 1/2 inches. He was no more than 4 inches shorter than me and I always wear
big boots too"
Victor said on 20/Jun/05
hello, I saw in a concert with Eric Clapton. He is 5 and 9.
franky said on 10/May/05
i've seen him passing next to me very closely ,he is a little shorter than me ..i'm 5.8 1/2 ..he is probably 5.7 1/2
marble said on 6/May/05
bob dylan is actually a bit taller than that at 5'9