Burt Reynolds Height
5ft 9in (175 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 11in (180 cm)
American actor best known for starring in movies like Deliverance, Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Longest Yard. On TV he starred in Evening Shade.
Lady, no actor is five eleven. There's not an actor in the world who isn't ever 6 feet.
- New York Times, 1972
I think I'm the only actor under 6 feet tall who admits to it. But I'm 6-foot-3 with my boots on.
All actors are six feet tall or over in their biographies...Mine says I'm 6 feet 1 but I'm only 5 feet 11.
- The Windsor Star, 1966
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Average Guess (3 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 11in, Current: 5ft 9.08in
mrbobh5344 said on 22/Sep/16
Just now viewed picture of Burt with Mark Wahlberg. Mark is taller in the picture... and is supposedly 5'8".... I know Burt MUST be wearing his usual lifts though feet are not seen. I doubt Burt was ever more than 5'10, at most... and today with his frail condition and advanced age is likely much.. much.. shorter. I'd lay money on 5'7" max. Sad to see him age so poorly. Wish he had 'retired' from view maybe 10 years back when he was still so charming and cool.
richie said on 13/Sep/16
Reynolds' peak height was probably no more than 5'10", he appeared in the 6'1" range albeit with huge lifts
Chad said on 19/Jul/16
Guys like Burt who constantly talk about and are obsessed with their height usually wear huge cowboy boots with massive lifts stuffed inside. Burt was about 5'9.5 at his peak .
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jun/16
Burts dad was 6ft4
Tom said on 25/Jun/16
No actor who was a true 5-11 wore the huge lifts Burt did. He was most likely 5-9.5 max. Then ended up being a 6-1 in his custom made boots with three-inch heels and lifts inside.
Frank R said on 24/Jun/16
Back when he made 'Boogie Nights' in 1997, hi height was listed at 5'7.5" in a number of sources. He's gotten shorter since then.
Anonymous1 said on 17/Jun/16
...I saw a recent pic of him filming a movie, and by golly...he still wears lifts. You can tell by the boots. Why, when he's not even able to stand much apparently, would an 80 year old guy still wear lifts. I wish he'd drop the toupee and lifts.
Berta said on 14/May/16
Peak 179 and 173 now
Randy said on 7/May/16
He's probably only a strong 5-5 now
richie said on 1/May/16
Strange why a 5'11" guy would want to wear lifts, he was definitely above average height back in the 70's, he could pull off a strong 6'2" with boots on, he edged Roger Moore in Cannonball Run and Moore was a strong 6'1" but has clearly lost height today and is probably closer to 5'9"..
Charlie said on 23/Apr/16
I can see Burt Reynolds beign 5' 7" today. In his prime he looked 5 foot 9 flat feet when he was in the best little whorehouse in Texas. Scene shows Burt with only boxers on and socks on and he looked 5 foot 9 perhaps 5 foot 8. In City Heat he was opposite Clint Eastwood who stood about 5' 10"flat feet and clearly shows Burt shorter than him. In Burts prime ill say he was tops 5 foot 9 inches.
Sam said on 5/Apr/16
Surprising that he gives what may be his honest peak height but then is one of the most consistent and blatant lift wearers in Hollywood history.
said on 12/Mar/16
Still wearing big lifts at 80. Click Here
Just by the wya he's dressed, the Italian black shirt and trousers, the White Miami Vice suit jacket and red shades you can tell the man is absolutely obsessed with his appearance and image!! Not to mention his height too haha! Him and Simon Cowell really are about as vain as you can get for a man!
Editor Rob: those are pretty big heels and possibly got another lift inside.
merv said on 31/Jan/16
watch the opening credits to the movie "hooper"there's a close up of Burt putting on a pair of high-heeled boots which were very popular in the 70s for guys.the heels are at least 3"mabey more.the boots are unzipped at the side and you can clearly see a white lift inside the boot that's around 2".Burt wears these the entire movie.we're talkin 5 to 6 inches of lift here. I would bet that in his prime he stood around 5'9.5 to 5'10".no way was he ever 5'11"
seeker said on 25/Oct/15
Burt's peak height was 5' 10" .
Brad said on 5/Oct/15
King of lifts.
Ian C said on 21/Apr/15
I love Burt's comment that he is a tall man, just with short legs. And that's a fair comment. Height should be measured from the hips up. Why should people with long legs get to brag about being tall? Make 'em sit down and they're not so big, I always say.
Mr. R said on 11/Apr/15
I remember an episode of Evening Shade when he gets arrested and has to stand next to a height wall for his mug shot. He was 6 foot even. Take away the fake hair and the boots/lifts, we are talking closer to 5-9.
CDS said on 24/Feb/15
I always thought he looked a legit 6'1" back in the '80s and '90s in his movies, and on TV's "Evening Shade". In his autobiography, he described himself as a little over 6 feet. Now I'm reading practically an admission to wearing lifts, and it makes sense. He also described in his autobiography that he has a long upper torso and short legs. He said he could easily switch pants with a 5'7" man. As with another short-legged star, Brad Pitt, the lifts have always worked wonders for Reynolds. Clearly, in the past 15 years or so, he has lost height. I think this listing here is dead-on-->> 5'11" peak height, and between 5'9" and 5'10" today.
said on 1/Jan/15
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said on 1/Jan/15
Rob/Sam do you remember Big Enos (Pat McCormick) from the Smokey and the Bandit series? I was watching a scene at the beginning of the original and Reynolds was in cowboy boots and that McCormick guy really looked enormous next to him when walking, almost a full head taller!. My first thought was at least 6 ft 7 and I see he's listed at that. I think it might be legit one, what do you reckon? A 6 ft 4 or 5 guy on screen can look real big but somebody around 2 metres or above you can easily see the difference I think.
[Editor Rob: I remember that guy, he could have been near that mark.]
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/14
Yes, he could laugh at himself on screen but "down to earth" is certainly one of the last things I'd call Reynolds.... His head is in the clouds, why do you think he had so much surgery and was so height conscious? Down to earth in Hollywood would be somebody like Kevin Spacey.
Danimal said on 30/Nov/14
5'11" peak and just over 5'9" today.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Nov/14
I mean he had like 2 or 3 inches on Dean Martin!!
Arch Stanton said on 23/Nov/14
Well, Edward G. Robinson or James Cagney couldn't exactly claim 6 ft now could they! The short man's milestone is either 5 ft 6 for the super short or short guys claiming to be lower average at 5 ft 8!
Arch Stanton said on 23/Nov/14
Well, he somehow pulled off looking an inch taller in Cannonball Run than Jack Elam who Rob has at 6'0...
said on 30/Oct/14
Rob was he the one who who stated Hollywood adds 3-4 inches in height to everyone.
[Editor Rob: he has came out with a few things like nobody is really 6ft...of course there is a good chunk, but he's just saying a lot of guys lied.]
bandet said on 17/Oct/14
I take that back. He's 78!
bandet said on 17/Oct/14
Rob I think that's a bit too much shrinkage surely. If not, it's very depressing!
Sam said on 6/Aug/14
I'd buy he could have hit something like 6'1"-6'2" in his lifts, he could look close to Ronny Cox and not hugely shorter than Jon Voight back around Deliverance. Very flagrant lift use I believe in City Heat w/ Clint Eastwood as well. For all his (alleged) faults, at least he basically admits to being a lift-wearing celeb.
Marlon Brando said about him "I disagree with the thought process of people like him, who is a totally narcissistic person who epitomizes everything wrong with being a celebrity in Hollywood." LOL, oh snap.
jtm said on 18/Jul/14
probably 5'8 today
RisingForce said on 17/Jul/14
I'd be interesting to hear that estimate. I agree about elevators, and at minimum 2" heels. 2 years ago with 2" heels(and who knows what inside), he was only looking 5'9.5"-5'10" max with Mark Wahlberg when he stood straight.
said on 16/Jul/14
Rob, how likely do you think 5'8.5" is for Burt now at 78 with all of his injuries from football and stunts? Honestly, that's what i think he's down to, and 5'9" is the most I could currently see him at.
[Editor Rob: big Khalid from this site met him a few years ago, I forgot what he thought he looked though...if he reads this maybe he can say! I would say even today Burt still cuts about in elevators, so he may well be 5ft 8.5 range.]
said on 8/Jun/14
More consistently obvious than Burt? Wow, that I gotta see. Anyway, here are some videos of Burt in the 70's. I've seen Johnny Carson's height given as 5'10" and 5'10.5", and considering posture, Burt definitely looked to be standing more than 2" taller. Click Here
Later in the 70's, Burt's lifts looked more obvious. Click Here
Olivia Newton John is listed at 5'6" here, but should be at least 5'9" in those heels and her head minus the hair only comes up to around his eye level at best. Not sure how tall Mike Douglas was, but Burt looks comfortably taller than him as well. I've seen enough examples to say Burt could look like a 6'1" guy and it's rare that he didn't look over 6 feet until he started shrinking which means he really did wear some of the biggest lifts around since he admitted to being just 5'11" a couple of times meaning he wasn't more than that.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jun/14
The most consistent obvious lift wearer I've ever seen on screen is easily Bing Crosby. Every film he's in his high backs and standing with Stallone like posture whenever face to face with anybody. Yeah Casablanca had some crazy shoes on set!! Did you see Lorre's? Even worse than Bogart's! Bogart still looked 5-6 inches shorter than Paul Henreid!
RisingForce said on 30/May/14
Yeah, Kirk's lifts are famous as well. Not sure if they were ever as big, since Burt was able to look at least an inch taller than Bill Murray who was only wearing moccasins or something like that, but that's still a major boost. However, what I was really commenting on is that Burt still seems to be wearing elevator boots today at 78 years old! Kirk didn't seem too wear them that long. Problem is, in boots like the ones shown below, Burt doesn't even look 2 inches taller than Mark Wahlberg in sneakers and quite a bit shorter than Piers Morgan. The current listing of 5'9.5" is generous. I don't see how he could be taller than 5'9" barefoot now, and I'm thinking maybe even more like 5'8.5". He's lost a lot of height, but not too surprising considering his age and injuries.
Sam said on 28/May/14
Kirk Douglas I believe wore some doozies that might rival Reynolds but Bogart could have schooled them both with the monsters he wore on the set of Casablanca.
said on 26/May/14
Hey, Rob, you should give out celebheights awards. I nominate Burt for the lifetime achievement award in lifts. Check out these recent pictures. Click Here Click Here
I have boots with heels like the first pic. Legit 2" heels and obvious lifts on top of that.
[Editor Rob: he certainly would win a lift award!]
said on 1/May/14
Arch, how tall do you think Burt is today? I'd guess him at about 5'8.5" these days without his elevator boots.
Mr. R, I've seen City Heat, and thought it was funny they put that in there. Burt actually did look over 6 feet next to Clint in the movie, but he was wearing these elevator shoes. Click Here
Here's a still of the ending scene when Burt tip-toed after Clint called him shorty again. Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/14
Genetics are certainly hugely complex. I mean Nick Cassavetes ends up 6 ft 6 with a 5 ft 7 father and Kiefer Sutherland ends up 5 ft 8 with a father near 6 ft 4!....
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/14
Yeah it must be pretty bad having a father in the 6'4" ball park and not even being 6 ft. I'd feel pretty hard done by, short mother or not. Kiefer Sutherland, Josh Brolin and Scott Eastwood and many others all belong to the under 6' club with a very tall father.
Mr. R said on 1/May/14
When Burt and Clint did City Heat, Burt was listed at 6-1 and Clint 6-4. But the running joke in the film is that Clint's character keeps referring to Burt's character as "shorty". As a matter of fact, that is the last line in the film.
RisingForce said on 30/Apr/14
Agreed, I think 5'11" is the best guess, but 5'10.5" is good as well. Burt never looked short, and usually looked legitimately tall, and taller than just about any other lift wearer I can think of. I'm not sure if you've seen this quote, Arch, but I think Burt's 1975 quote is excellent insight into why a man as tall as Burt would wear big lifts.
"I'm six feet tall but if I stand next to a man five-feet-three we can wear the same pants," he said. "Someone has my legs. Somewhere out there is a man with long legs and a short upper torso. He has my legs. If I had my own legs I'd be six feet 'five which is what I'd like to be because I'm bored with people who come up to me and say, 'Gee, I thought you were a great big man.'"
People forget that lifts can help proportions as well as overall height, and while some will ask "why would a 5-11 man need lifts?" That's one reason, and another is that 5'11" a solid height, but not an impressive height like so many stars were in the earlier years when Burt was breaking in to Hollywood or even Burt's contemporaries like Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Sean Connery ect. Look at how much of a big deal people made over Redford's height, and he was probably a solid 5'10". Burt has also mentioned his father's height of 6'3.5" and it's clear Burt would have liked to have been a similar height. It's important to remember that lifts aren't only for people below average height, especially when you have an image.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Apr/14
5'10.5" is possible.
RisingForce said on 27/Apr/14
Yeah, he often didn't make the best career choices, and that injury during City Heat and the subsequent rumors didn't help matters. He did those lower budget action movies after that which were good for him financially since he was getting a few million for each, similar to Charles Bronson, but weren't going to lead to anything.
I agree that he seemed to be pretty honest with that early 5'11" claim, I think he was honest at times and it goes with his often self-deprecating sense of humor. Though he did also try claiming 6 foot as he got more famous and over 6 feet in his autobiography, though he admitted to being 5'11" again during the broadcast of a 1978 football game, while joking about the size of his boots, which he joked made him 6'7". What's funny is there's a 1983 article with producer Elmo Williams talking about how short actors such as Pacino, Hoffman and Dreyfuss had taken over Hollywood, and Burt must have loved this article because he went on to say "Now an actor like Burt Reynolds at 6 feet 1 is the exception." Looks like he forgot to take Burt's advice and ignore his official biography. Anyway, I think anything in the 5'10"-5'11" range is arguable for Burt's peak, though I wouldn't bet on below 5'10.5" myself.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Apr/14
Yeah he did pull off looking 6'1" a lot, but then again Savalas often pulled off looking 6ft!! All in the shoes!
Arch Stanton said on 25/Apr/14
Rob there's a typo on Yard. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas might be worth mentioning. To be honest I think Burt has generally missed out on a lot of notable films in his career for whatever reason. I mean you compare his back catalogue to somebody of similar age like Redford or Beatty or somebody and there's a LOT of duds in there. He's a likeable guy though, even if terribly vain! I think he's being honest about being 5'11" at peak, you have to commend him for that! I saw The Longest Yard fairly recently actually and thought he looked minimum that height.
jtm said on 25/Apr/14
i like reynolds but he was never taller than 5'10.
said on 24/Apr/14
Thanks, Rob, he's clearly had his ups and downs and made a lot of bad movies, but I've always liked Burt and he's also made a lot of enjoyable films and a few true classics.
[Editor Rob: yeah Burt is a fun actor, didn't seem to take himself too seriously at times, probably a reason he ended up in some dodgy movies aswell ]
RisingForce said on 22/Apr/14
Rob, a few other movies worth mentioning at the top are The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights and Sharky's Machine, imo. Possibly, White Lightning and Gator as well. I also think the quote you found a while back from 1975 where Burt claims 6 feet and talks about his short legs would be good to add. It's more interesting then the "no actor is five eleven" quote at least, imo, and it's kind of funny to see him claiming 6 feet after repeatedly joking he was under it.
said on 15/Apr/14
I have to wonder what the hell Burt was standing on during this photo shoot with Clint! Click Here Click Here
And here. Click Here
For more recent, this is a pretty strange looking pair of shoes. Click Here
But to see how much Burt has shrunk, just look at him next to Piers Morgan around 0:55 in this video. Click Here
RisingForce said on 6/Apr/14
rcorambler2, Rob has Burt listed at 5'11" for his younger years so he actually has him listed at the height you mention. The 5'9.5" is for his current height since he's in his late 70's and is clearly nowhere near as tall as he used to be. For example, Burt in elevator boots went from being able to look as tall as Bill Murray and Roger Moore, to now looking no more than 2 inches taller in elevator boots to Mark Wahlberg when he stood straight and similar in height when he hunched. With that in mind, it's no wonder he still wears big-heeled boots and lifts even at his age. He seems to be losing height at a similar rate to Clint Eastwood.
I've heard various heights reported for his football listing, so if you could post a link to something official, it'd be much appreciated.
rcorambler2 said on 4/Apr/14
I don't know where you are getting his height from , but the official football roster from FSU his freshman year list him as 5' 11"
RisingForce said on 29/Mar/14
Well, he's probably below 5'9" now since he's getting close to 80, and as of this month, still wearing boots with at least 2 inch heels, and who knows what inside. Between 5'8" and 5'9" is my current guess without lifts, if he stood straight. But as far as his peak, he was definitely taller than 5'9".
There's a picture on Getty Images of Burt and Bill Murray from 1980, and you can see that Burt in his big elevator boots looked at least an inch, maybe more taller than Murray who was essentially barefoot. That still means that Burt stood over 6'2" in his elevator boots if Murray was 6'1", so maybe he wasn't exaggerating too much with that 6'3" in boots claim. Either way, I can't see anything less than 5'10.5" peak and 5'11" seems pretty reasonable.
said on 18/Mar/14
Here's a link to Cannonball Run, a movie Burt looked quite tall in. Click Here
At about 1:31:37 you see can see that Burt appeared ay least a cm taller than Roger Moore. Moore claimed to be 6'2" in the morning, has a peak listing of 6'1.5" here and was only about 52 and in good shape so he was probably at least 6'1". Moore is also standing a bit behind Burt at 1:28:40, but it seems pretty doubtful he was standing as tall as Burt in this movie. Similarly, Roger is standing a bit behind Burt at 1:30:31, but it appears likely again that Burt was standing taller a bit taller than Moore in his shoes.
You can see Burt appears a few inches taller than Dean Martin at 1:28:39 and 1:31:34. Dean claimed 6'1", is listed at 5'10.5" here and I'd say 5'10" is a good guess since he was about 63 at the time of the movie, but I'm pretty sure Dean wore lifts and he looks taller than 5'10" next to Roger Moore at 1:30:31.
You can see that Burt looks at least 3 inches taller than Dom Deluise at 1:30:20, 1:31:45 and the outtakes at 1:32:14.
Burt looks like a solid 6'1" guy, possibly even a bit taller in this movie, and while the heels on his boots were obviously over 2 inches and almost certainly lifts on the inside, but how much could his elevator boots have added? Likely 3 inches at the absolute most I'd think. I had been thinking that Burt could have been more 5'10.5" peak, but I have to guess that he was every bit of 5'11" and had some of the best lifts in Hollywood since he often looked over 6 feet or even 6'1" in the 70's and 80's and Rob has suggested that at the most, you'd appear 1.5" to maybe 2" taller than your typical in shoes height with the biggest elevators.
avi said on 24/Dec/13
@Arch Stanton says on 26/Oct/13
He played a half Comanche in Gunsmoke so interesting to find he's actually half native American. probably only a little though
I wonder if he wore lifts in Gunsmoke he looks to stand his own next to Arness
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
I was right, he's Cherokee.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Does he have any "foreign" blood in him because he can often look like he has some African American or Native American blood in him, his head shape and hairline can look more black than white.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Oct/13
Looks noticeably taller than this in Deliverance but I'd guess he was wearing lifts. judging by his arm muscles and vest, tan and hair in the film you could tell he was ultra vain even back in those days.
said on 21/Sep/13
5'10.5" is a good guess for peak height since he regularly looked at least 6 feet, often 6'1" in lifts. But not only has he lost height, he's lost A LOT of height. Burt hasn't stopped wearing lifts, in fact, even in recent years, he's worn what appear to be obvious elevator boots, and Willie Nelson mentioned that while filming The Dukes Of Hazzard(2005) that Burt still wore lifts in his shoes.
To see how much height Burt has lost, here's the recent video of Burt in heeled boots and 5'8" Mark Wahlberg in sneakers. Click Here
At 0:59 you see their shoes, and at about 1:02 you see them standing next to each other.
Just compare that to around the time of Boogie Nights in '97 when Burt was easily taller than Wahlberg, and Burt had already lost height by the time of Boogie Nights. Burt has probably lost a good 2 inches from his peak height, and I don't think he's more than 5'9" today.
avi said on 17/Sep/13
Yeah he looked tall next to James arness as well. Must of been 5'10.5 peak then wore lifts to get him to 6'1.5 . I think 5'9.5 is fair he didn't lose more than inch but maybe he didn't lose any height but stopped wearing lifts after 70!
RisingForce said on 1/Sep/13
Nah, 5'9" flat could be his current height, though. Actually, I could even believe 5'8.5" considering how he looked with Mark Wahlberg at the Guys Choice Awards. Unfortunately, he also looked frail and hunched over. Still had heeled boots, though and Wahlberg was in sneakers. Difficult to determine his height because his posture isn't good anymore, but it's clear he's lost a lot of height, which is to be expected for a 77 year old man with numerous injuries and some health problems in recent years.
eddie said on 27/Aug/13
Burt is a good example of a guy that wear lifts. 5' 9" is about right in his prime.
cannonball2 said on 25/Aug/13
Reynolds is no 5' 11" - that's a lie. He wore elevator shoes a lot during his prime. 5ft 9" is barefooted is most accurate.
juju said on 24/Aug/13
id give em a 5 10 peak
misha said on 18/Aug/13
For forty years Burt Reynolds has been clopping around in Frankenstein footwear and talking incessantly about his height. This may not constitute compelling
evidence, but no one who is really 5'11" does these things. I put him at 5'9.75" to 5'10.25" with 3 inches of lifts and heels in his magic boots. His
claim of hitting 6'3" with artificial enhancements is ludicrous - he has never looked anywhere near that tall - but I admire him greatly for publicly admitting that he has always indulged in considerable height-boosting.
Ian C. said on 3/Aug/13
Reynolds, who has a wonderful sense of humour, once said that there is not an actor in the world who is five foot eleven. Oh wait. I just read the introductory paragraph to the Reynolds page and that line is quoted. Let that be a lesson, posters. Read before you write.
jtm said on 25/Jun/13
his peak height was 5'10 and now he is no more than 5'9. don't understand why he got upgraded to 5'11.
Lorne said on 23/Jun/13
I actually like this upgrade. His obsession's a bit weird, but think he was pretty much hOnest about his height. 5'11 peak is a good shout for hi
, certainly no less than 5'10.5, but I think he was a 180cm guy who had a slightly ridiculous comPlex, and wore monster boots. But he definantly stood well over 6 feet in boots. So yeah, good upgrade...
said on 22/Jun/13
Can you provide a link for this 5'9" listing? I've seen 2 college listings for Burt, one was 5'10" and the other was 6'0", though neither were from the official site. His boots didn't give him anywhere near 5 inches either.
Either way, Burt was definitely taller than 5'9". 5'10" minimum, and more likely 5'10.5"-5'11". There's a barefoot photo of him with Charles During who was in the 5'6"-5'7" range and Burt is about 5 inches taller. Then watch Cannonball Run, Burt in his lifts is taller than Roger Moore who was at least 6'1"! Also, here is Burt next to Dom Deluise who was probably about 5'10" in the Cannonball Run outtakes. Click Here
Difficult to tell because of Dom's hat, but he looks no less than 3 inches taller.
However, I think Rob is being a bit generous with Burt's current height. I believe Burt is no more than 5'9" today at 77 years old.
Superpicker said on 31/May/13
Burt is listed at 5'9" in the Florida state sports information catalog and weighed 185 pounds when he enrolled.Must have been about 19 years old.Doubt he grew anymore.Check out the movie Hustle with Catherine Deneiuve.Those heels look to be at least 5 inches
Juju said on 23/Mar/13
Just checked his football stats. Rob even you can check on the internet. He was listed at 5 foot ten. That was his peak height.
Rob Bryant said on 3/Mar/13
My wife and I have been watching old reruns of Gunsmoke. Burt had a regular part in the early episodes. Standing next to James Arness he looks like a child. He wore cowboy boots but so did everyone else since it was a western. He was above average height for the early 1960's. Burt was between 5'-9" to 5'-10 " tops. As the years went by people got taller so Burt compensated by wearing bigger heels and putting lifts in his shoes.
Brad said on 17/Feb/13
Elevator boots for the last 40 years. The ones in City Heat are 3.5" minimum.
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm said on 4/Nov/12
He was and still is an huge lift-wearer, he looked even taller than 6'1.5 Roger Moore in The Cannonball Run.
5'11 peak, struggling to look close to 6'0 today with lifts, he's probably around 5'9 barefoot.
Shaun said on 18/Oct/12
"He was, and still is(as shown by the pictures I posted from a couple of months ago), as big of a lift guy as there's been in Hollywood. But he wasn't short, I think he's just a guy that wanted to be legitimately tall, over 6 feet. "
He wanted to be very tall, 6 ft 5.
RisingForce said on 11/Oct/12
Speaking of Burt's jokes about his shoes, here's one I didn't post yet, and it's another 5'11" claim, this time from '78. He went back and forth on claiming 5'11" and 6' a lot.
"I used to be 5-11. With my boots I'm 6'7", Reynolds said. "I'll give them to Andy when I leave the booth and he'll be 5'10." - 8/26/78 The Evening Independent
RisingForce said on 11/Oct/12
That is a great pic, J Dog. I never noticed his footwear in that movie. He didn't seem to be in his usual 2.5"+ heels, but those are elevators, just a different style. I agree with Shaun that he looked 6'0"-6'1" next to Clint. He was, and still is(as shown by the pictures I posted from a couple of months ago), as big of a lift guy as there's been in Hollywood. But he wasn't short, I think he's just a guy that wanted to be legitimately tall, over 6 feet. Now, he really does look to be struggling with 5'9", but he's in his mid 70s. And at least he's joked about his height and shoes.
I watched a couple of Burt's better movies recently, White Lightning, and a personal favorite, Sharky's Machine. In White Lightning, he was in fairly normal looking cowboy boots most of the movie, but even had cowboy boots in prison! In Sharky's Machine, he didn't have his usual heels, but he was wearing boots.
Shaun said on 10/Oct/12
His era though with the likes John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Rock Hudson, Clint Walker, James Arness, Stirling Hayden, Jimmy Stewart etc I can see why he felt "short" in Hollywood but many actors of that era were average height/shortish, but in that era there was definitely a thing in Hollywood about big macho guys.
Shaun said on 10/Oct/12
5'10.5" peak is reasonable but I don't think he looked less than that.
Shaun said on 10/Oct/12
great find J-Dog. I watched City Heat last night. Burt Reynolds only looked 3-4 inches shorter than Eastwood in it but as I suspected he was wearing lifts. A running gag in the film was Eastwood calling him "shorty", he makes a joke of Reynold's height early on and at the end Reynolds goes on tiptoes purposefully when Eastwood calls him shorty and he wasn't far off Eastwood's height on tip toes in lifts. Reynolds wasn't short at all around 5 ft 11 I think but I think the fact he was known to be very height conscious was why that gag was put into the film. Reynolds looked near 6 ft 1 next to Eastwood I though, although Eastwood in 1984 might have been 6'3.5".
said on 6/Oct/12
Look at this picture from the set of City Heat, you can see Burt Reynold's footwear exposed, look at that monster heel! Meanwhile Clint Eastwood has on relatively very flat shoes on. Even if this advantage Burt still looks significantly shorter.
Here is the link Click Here
said on 11/Sep/12
It's worth noting that he had back surgery in 2009. Considering his age, the reported height loss by age 57 and the back surgery, I'm thinking he's lost a 2 inches. 7 years ago, he seemed to be trying to look tall with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock and was struggling to look their height in cowboy boots. He still wears obvious elevator boots yet he really doesn't look very tall. I'm not 100% sure on him because he doesn't make that many appearances anymore, but it wouldn't surprise me if he's a weak 5'9" today. Here are the boots he was still wearing just a month ago. Click Here
said on 17/Jan/12
Interesting about that '75 quote. That's very similar to a quote he made in his autobiography where he talked about having the leg length of someone much shorter. He said something along the lines of being a little over 6 ft and having being able to wear a 5'7" man's pants and saying if his legs were in proportion he'd be 6'5".
Funny how he's only 5'11" in '66, still under 6 ft in '72, but magically "grows" to 6 ft in '75 and then is over 6 ft in '94. Talk about a late growth spurt, at that rate, he must be pushing 6'2" by now. Hey, there may still be hope for me to reach 5'10" then!
[Editor Rob: that basically is the same quote in the paper. I'll type it out as it is:
"I'm six feet tall but if I stand next to a guy who's five feet three we can wear the same pants. Someone has my legs. Somewhere out there is a man with long legs and a short upper torso. He has my legs.
If I had my own legs I'd be six feet five which is what I'd like to be because I'm bored with people who come up to me and say, 'Gee, I thought you were a great big man'"
said on 16/Jan/12
I found the most direct claim from Burt regarding his height...from way back in 1966. August 3rd, 1966 in The Windsor Star to be exact.
"All actors are six feet tall or over in their biographies," he said. "Mine says I'm 6 feet 1 but I'm only 5 feet 11."
[Editor Rob: I found the page thanks. I think 5ft 11 peak is a good shout for him.
I know in the same paper at a later date (dec 12 1975, page 23) you can see him claiming: "I'm six feet tall but if I stand next to a guy who's five-feet-three we can wear the same pants" and he goes on a funny one about wanting to be taller and having bad proportions!]
jake, 1.82 m- 1.83 m said on 5/Jan/12
Peak: 5"10.5 (1.79 m)
Today: 5"9.5 (1.77 m)
mcmallen said on 2/Jan/12
I had a picture taken next to him in the early 1990's he had on cowboy boots with riding heels and was still 4 inches shorter than me at 6'1.75" in dress shoes.
RisingForce said on 3/Oct/11
I could definitely see 5'10.5" peak and 5'9" now, Rob. Too bad you just missed the opportunity to get a picture with him. that would've been a great photo to have.
said on 1/Oct/11
Rob, how much height do you think that Burt has lost today at 75 years old considering he had supposedly already lost an inch by age 57 due to knee injuries?
[Editor Rob: I'm thinking possibly that 5ft 10.5 peak and 5ft 9 range today, the fact he sometimes wears big heels today can give him a bit more height than he might be.
I just wish the collectomania people had done photoshoots 5 years ago when he appeared at his one and only uk convention :( I kept asking them to introduce photoshoots and they only did after the one he appeard at!]
Mark said on 28/Sep/11
To Richie: Reynolds' hip height in relationship to a tabletop is irrelevant: Anyone who looks at him standing can see he has a disproportionately long torso, & short legs. (He's made fun of himself for this on the "Tonight Show".) Many men are just as disproportionately the opposite,(long legs/short torso, perhaps even you, Richie :-). Lastly, as unbelievable as it may seem, tables are built in a wide variety of heights.
RisingForce said on 5/Sep/11
I agree, Danimal. If he had lost an inch by 1993(age 57) then now at 75 years old, a 2 inch loss is definitely plausible. He still wears what look like obvious elevator boots, but looks much shorter than he did in the 70's and 80's.
5'11" peak and 5'9" now definitely seems about right to me.
Danimal said on 13/Aug/11
Bon_ says on 11/Aug/11
YES and 5'9" today
Bon_ said on 11/Aug/11
richie said on 28/Jul/11
I watched white lighting and you watch him walk through the caf in the beging to go talk to his cousin and his hip isnt much taller than the table tops im 5'-9 and my hip is well above the top of my table i think he is real short movies are decieving if i filmed any one from the floor they would look really tall its all done with cameras
Misha said on 16/Jun/11
RisingForce says on 30/Jul/10
Me says on 28/Jul/10
I met Burt and he is about an inch taller than me and I am 5'5". He is a little guy, but huge on the screen.
Rising Force: "Hmmm, so I guess he had 9 inch lifts in Cannonball Run."
This brief composite speaks volumes about the core issues of determining height with any accuracy. Film can, with its unlimited capacity to play with and distort angles, make a short person look tall and vice versa. Reynolds has been known since the late Sixties as a notorious wearer of big lifts. Rising Force, do you really believe that a guy who is 5'5" cannot tell the difference between someone standing directing in front of him who barely taller than him and a legitimate 5'11"? Let me see if there are barefoot photos of Burt Reynolds somewhere out there and the discussion can continue sanely, but this man was never even at his peak near 5'11" - lifts and camera angles made him
appear much larger than he was - and I am glad for him that this could be achieved. But the idea that he was ever 6'3" in any kind of lifts is simply
preposterous, it is self-aggrandizing rubbish that is painful for me to read.
jake said on 13/Feb/11
5' 10.5 peak, 5' 9.5 current
RisingForce said on 4/Feb/11
I highly doubt he was actually listed at 5'9" because Burt was easily taller than 5'9" peak. I really think he was 5'11" peak and could be closer to 5'9" now, don't forget, I posted the article from '93 that said he had already shrunk an inch to 5'10" due to football injuries, factor in another 18 years of aging and a 2 inch loss is plausible. He looks noticeably shorter now, even with lifts.
jake said on 23/Jan/11
Rob, why not add a peak and current height for the now 75 or thereabouts Reynolds?
FrankStallone said on 23/Jan/11
He has really shrunk in the last 20 years. Arnold S. is 3-4 inches taller in the pics they've been in together.
Legend said on 16/Jan/11
He's 5'8 now
Anonymous said on 4/Jan/11
Burt is a big man because he is not a phony, he calls it as he believes is correct. I have had people mistake me for Burt Reynolds and I am flattered as he is truly one of my favorite actors. Height don't make you a man nor does money. I have seen a lot of big tall rich dumb people and they are small.
Larc186-188cm said on 22/Dec/10
What the hell he was wearing in Cannonball Run?
He looked 2 inches taller than legit 6'1-6'1.5 Moore! oh my god....
Larc187cm said on 20/Dec/10
Today he's struggling to look 5'10, even with lifts...
Shaun said on 10/Dec/10
This guy is OBSESSED with height. In Clint Eastwood's biography it says that Reynolds didn't object to second billing in "City Heat" as he remarked that "Eastwood is taller than I am" LOL.
Kerry said on 2/Dec/10
Watched Bert Reynolds and Dolly Parton together in a movie, there was was only inches different in height. Dolly is 5ft 1 inch. Must have been standing on a box.
Russ said on 6/Oct/07
Back in the late 60's, Burt Reynolds was in a Western movie called "100 Rifles". His co-star was the 6'2" football star, Jim Brown. In every scene, Jim Brown appears to be considerably taller than Reynolds, at least 4 inches taller. This would make Burt Reynolds about 5'10 that time, maybe less. Also, Rurt Reynolds was not much taller than Rachael Welch who was also in the movie.
glenn said on 1/Oct/07
like mark,ive heard burt tall sightings too.
guy said on 1/Oct/07
I remember reading a book on height and heightism that was written in the seventies with various actors and celebrities. Its been so long so I can tell what its called or who wrote it. It revealed who was tall and who wasn't. The obvious Alan Ladd kind of bit. Jimmy Carter who was the current president was 5'9" as was Robert Redford. Chairman Mao was 5'11" and Hitler was 5'8". Burt Reynolds was made to be a guy who greatly exaggerated his height. They said his claimed height of 5'11" was a long shot and rediculous. I think they thought he was more 5'8"ish 9". Of course who the hell were they.
Leon said on 30/Sep/07
Cool shades. That's all I have to say about this pic. lol
Mark said on 9/Sep/07
My sister saw him signing autographs once and said he seemed tall, about 6' and "towering over everybody". Yes he was wearing cowboy boots.
Franco said on 29/Aug/07
"ms crababel says on 28/Aug/07
franco if you think 177cm now..then why say 178 is accurate..confusing post"
yeah sorry mistake, i wanted to say now he is 178cm, so 178cm is accurate. lol
bloody keyboard. :D
ms crababel said on 28/Aug/07
franco if you think 177cm now..then why say 178 is accurate..confusing post
stan said on 27/Aug/07
Give the guy a break, he must be 5,000 yr old in that picture, everybody's alot taller when they are 25 than when there in the walker.
Franco said on 31/Jul/07
i think in his prime he was 180cm and now 177cm to be honest.
so 178cm is pretty accurate.
Steve said on 29/Jul/07
Saw Burt Reynolds on the floor while in LV, he was walking alone with three waitresses tailing him, great looking, at least 5"11.'
Jenna said on 26/Jul/07
I wouldn't take the official site to seriously, it was launched quite recently and looks like a "cut and paste" type of job to me, with most of its content pinched from Internet movie database.
glenn said on 26/Jul/07
i had no idea dom deluise was that tall until my friend told me.makes you scratch your head at burt.had to be 5-10.he is rumored as low as 5-8.
Lmeister said on 26/Jul/07
He must have had massive boots all the time. I gotta agree with you Glenn that he might have been 5'10'' during his peak. One interesting thing is that he looked shorter than Kris(5'11'')Kristofferson in Semi-Though and taller than Dom(5'11'')DeLuise. Maybe Kris is also a "fan" of boots with lifts...
glenn said on 25/Jul/07
its amazing how he can look 6-1 next to 5-11 dom deluise.i think he was 5-10 peak.
Lmeister said on 25/Jul/07
His official site does list him 5'10'' after the 2 inch rule - > 5'8''ish. I think that his peak height was 5'9'' in reality...
MarkO said on 23/Jul/07
Burt's official site has him at 5'10.
Mr. R said on 20/Jul/07
There was a movie years ago that he did with Clint Eastwood, maybe called "City Heat"?In the movie, Clint's character refers to Burt's character as "Shorty". The movie ends with Clint's line: "You will always be shorty to me". Burt then trys to stand on his toes to be closer to Clint's stature. If Clint was 6-4, then Burt does look to be about 6-1. However, I am sure that lifts and boots were involved!
Mr. R said on 20/Jul/07
On one episode of "Evening Shade", Burt was arrested, and had to stand against one of those police lineups. You could not see his feet, but he measured at exactly 6 feet.
Mr. R said on 20/Jul/07
In a book called "The Height of Your Life", Burt mentions that a woman in an elevator told him that he looked no taller than 5-11, after he claimed to be 6 feet. His response was along the lines of "no actor in Hollywood is less than 6 feet". He was always listed at 6-1, but that was with boots and lifts.
Manitobaboy said on 19/Jul/07
Okay, this is a man who wore a toupe from the time he was 45 (Bandit was the worst version) so it would be reasonable that his vanity would lead to serious lifts. When he was quarterback at Florida State, he was never listed over 6' (5'10 and 5'11"). He may have been 5'10.5ish in barefeet but he was/is also a notorious boot and lift wearer.
tubbs said on 21/Jun/07
Having seen Cannonball Run, Burt looked around the 6'3" mark, seriously. Looked about 6'0" in Deliverance, and looked only 2-3 inches shorter than Voight in a photo where they were both barefoot. Does anyone know if he still wears lifts, even at the age of 71?
Gov Jesse V. said on 16/Jun/07
The debate is over Jack. He's about the same height as Mickey Rooney, 5'2". He was shorter than Raquel Welch in every scene of 100 Rifles and she was about 5'4" when I dated her and Jacqueline Bisset at the same time. I was once at a party and he wouldn't dare step in the same room with me for fear I would use his head as an ashtray for my cigars.
Kevin T said on 26/Apr/07
Burt has always worn high heels, platform shoes during the disco era and cowboy boots in recent times. I think a lot of the time lifts are attributed too often when the actuality is massively heeled shoes.
Burt has become a handsome septagenarian Asian-American. ;-)
glenn said on 5/Apr/07
thanks for that jenna.that was good.burt once joked about his lifts once.
said on 4/Apr/07
Cruel, but o so funny! LOL :)
"It sounds to me like the boy has been drinking," said King in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "Maybe that's what's stunted his growth."
Brad said on 20/Mar/07
He wore huge sneaker lifts in "Hooper".
glenn said on 16/Mar/07
that was me.loni said he had lifts custom built into his sneakers to appear 6-1,when he was really 5-10 was the words she used.
Jenna said on 15/Mar/07
Somebody mentioned below that his ex-wife, Loni, (and that was one nasty divorce), said he was 5'10" and wore lifts to appear taller. Why would she give him extra inches? She'd be more likely to knock one off the estimate. Burt's limbs appear short to me. I think that people over 6', or even 5'11 get a sort of awkward appearance, because the limbs are quite long. He doesn't have that. He looks like he could be 5'10 to me. Having seen a ton of his movies I do not believe that he could have been shorter.
said on 13/Mar/07
His real height is 5-8. Look at this website. It's closer to the end of this site.
[Editor Rob: yes, this was the article with '5ft 10' arnie aswell...]
Cliff said on 9/Jan/07
Yeah, The angle does favor Gabby. She almost makes Burt look like Mickey Rooney! I know Gabby is also taller than her husband, surfer Laird Hamilton, who is around 6ft2. Gabby's trainer claims that she can bench press about 240 and leg press over 1100 pounds. I believe that she has now retired from Volleyball.
Viper said on 8/Jan/07
Damn, Gabrielle is looking taller than just 6-3 there. Either that or Burt looks no taller than 5-6.
George H said on 8/Jan/07
Holy crap, Cliff. Gabriella is one real Amazon! Yeah, old Burt is standing in a hole but whatever crazy footwear he has on here, he's obviously not the 6 footer they always claimed him to be. Good thing the pic is from the side. With all that plastic surgery gone wrong he looks like he's a Chinese burn victim or something. I'll never understand why a macho like Reynolds would mess up his appearance like that.
mcmallen said on 16/Nov/06
Met him at a dinner in the early 1990's. I am 6'2", he looked about 5'10" but was wearing cowboy boots.
Anonymous said on 9/Sep/06
In The Longest Yard (the original) he looked to be at least 5`10
Glenn said on 9/Sep/06
Yeah,I know Jenna.for years I thought Dom was 5-8.
Jenna said on 8/Sep/06
Burt is a hell of a lot taller than Dom DeLuise in Cannonball Run.. I'm just watching the outtakes now on youtube.com. If Dom is 5'11"+ Burt is at least 6'2" (with lifts and heels). He looks huge.
John Doe said on 16/Aug/06
He looked 6 foot in Deliverance. Might want to add peak height (six foot) beside current height.
Brad said on 15/Aug/06
He'd come on talk shows with heels 4" and lifts. He'd sorta walk like he was a stilts coming around the curtain on Carson's show then he'd put his hand over his heels.
George H said on 9/Aug/06
Man, I used to dig Burt in the seventies, with Deliverance and stuff like that. I never really noticed his footwear, except that he favored cowboy boots. But then he mostly did those road movies like Smokey & The bandit so I guess those were appropriate footwear. I could also have been distracted by the variety of rugs, rofl. And it must be extremely uncomfortable not to mention painful to one's back, to be walking around in those stilt like lifts all the time. I'm kinda shocked to imagine him bald and short, and Asian looking now after all the bad surgery.
Jenna said on 9/Aug/06
I suspect Burt has had, at the most 2-3" heels on his boots, and 1"-2" lifts, raising him with 4" tops? If he's really been 5'10" that'd make him 6'2" tops, no? Why'd that be "almost impossible" to walk in? Women's work shoes easily have 3" STILETTO heels.
Gotxo said on 8/Aug/06
His promo height was 6' but nevertheless this guy had to have a serious issue with height. 5'10" is a mean quite decent height but to wear 3-4" lifts is a
major deal, it must be almost impossible to walk with them on.
I wonder why he did so, he should find it terrible rewarding to go through such a torture.
Rob -Yep if his official height was 6' and in occassions he was up to 6'2", he should be a worth to see neighbour. You always musing wich is gonna be his next day height :)
Brad said on 8/Aug/06
Yer right about the plastic surgery. 5' 10" when I saw him at his ranch store just West of Jupiter Florida in '84. I still can't figure out how he continued filming "Heat" after catching a chair across his jaw. I guess the brass got that crazy doctor from "The Cannonball Run" to shoot him up so the tens of millions could be saved.
Glenn said on 4/Aug/06
interesting pics lmeister.
Frank2 said on 4/Aug/06
The first time I met him was back in 1973 when he showed up for a screening of Shamus. With him was his then girlfriend Dinah Shore. At one point he removed his boots and looked about 5'10". I would see him at various functions and usually he wore huge lifts making him about 6'1" to 6'2". But seeing how large the heels were as well as how the boots were shaped, I came to the conclusion that he was being boosted by at least three, possibly four inches. The last time I saw him was a few years ago in Beverly Hills walking down the street. He wore what appeared to be normal running shoes and he looked about an inch shorter than me. He also looked awful. Too many facelifts over the years as well as a terrible hairpiece made him look like a walking corpse.
Frank2 said on 4/Aug/06
I met Burt several times and trust me, he's 5'10."
[Editor Rob: his height ever vary considerably on different occasion?]
Glenn said on 4/Aug/06
anything is possible.5-8? maybe.
D. Ray Morton
said on 4/Aug/06
Burt next to (5'8"ish) Brandon Maggart: Click Here
Glenn said on 24/Jul/06
No way was Burt ever taller than 5-10 without enhancing footwear.even Loni Anderson said he was 5-10 and wore lifts in his sneakers.I have the vinyl soundtrack album that was the same poster art I remember and Clint is 5 inches taller or more.sometimes you surprise me.I saw the movie when it came out.I wonder if its in print?
Daniel said on 23/Jul/06
If you watch the movie, City Heat, you can see how much taller Clint is than Burt. At least 5 inches. At the end of the movie, they're on the street together. Burt is shadow boxing and challenges Clint to a fistfight. Clint calls Burt shorty. Burt stands up on his tiptoes to come as close to Clint's height as possible. It wasn't even close. Clint still towered over him. Lucky for Burt that Clint didn't accept the challenge.
Glenn said on 19/Jul/06
Burt was never more than 5-10.5-9 now.yes,he did look that tall in alot of movies.but that was lifts+heels.lets not forget Clint Eastwood calling him shorty in CITY HEAT.
Annie said on 10/Jul/06
Just watched Sam Whiskey and when Clint Walker and Ossie Davis are running around the mint in SOCKS, Burt is wearing cowboy boots. Clint is still at least 4-5" taller and Clint seems to lean forward a lot for a man with great posture. Hmmm...
Gotxo said on 7/Jul/06
Thnx a lot man! It's funny how the camera magic and our own expectations can fool us!
Yeah that of Dom Delouise was touching, Burt really looked taller than him in "The best little whorehouse in Texas", (terrible fun flic but pre-aids safety standards though) being coupla inches smaller.
Glenn said on 5/Jul/06
Just under by a few inches.gotxo-never saw that question,sorry.he was always mentioned at 6ft,sometimes 6-1.nowadays you see 5-10,sometimes even 5-8!
Cartoonistguy said on 2/Jul/06
We saw Burt at Mohegan Sun casino last year (or 2?). He referred to himself as "just under 6 feet". He never got off stage,so I couldn't compare myself to him. He did have cowboy boots on.
Gotxo said on 24/May/06
This question goes for Glenn:
Now is quite clear Burt was 5'10" or so in reality. But wich was his advertised heigt? I'm curious in that magic of the "make belive" as Frank2 defined it.
Viper652 said on 19/May/06
Burt did look tallish in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, but he was wearing big cowboy boots.
Glenn said on 18/May/06
I always thought Dom was my height.then I saw 5-11.5 on the net,called my friend up who met him,and he confirmed it.I was shocked.HIM is a big guy!
Glenn said on 18/May/06
Yeah,but in a couple movies he did look 6-1.in lifts and cowboy heel combo.my friend comfirmed that Dom Delouise was indeed 5-11.5,and Burt can tower him.strange.
[Editor Rob: don't talk about HIM....delouise really that height? Burt has for sure looked 6ft-6ft 1, 2 inch cowboy heel+ 2 inch lift might have been the reason...]
frank p said on 17/May/06
Ahh, I'm having a reaaal hard time buying 5"10 for Burt. I thought it was common knowledge that he was on the short side. I believe Glenn when he says he looked 5"9 to him. But I'm thinking he never appeared to be even THAT tall to me. Whatever these guys put in their shoes is really something. I wish I remembered him next to Kevin James on the King of Queens episode last season. He played kevin's old high school football coach. But then again, if he's using lifts in his shoes it wouldn't matter.
Glenn said on 13/May/06
Yeah,I dont have cable,or even watch TV.but Im going to search for both seriously,since Im a fan.
Charlie said on 13/May/06
I don't know if Sam Whiskey is on DVD. Like I said, it's on Showtime Extreme this month about 10 times. It's also on The Movie Channel on June 2. Maybe you know someone who can tape it for you if you don't get those stations. You'll get a kick out of it. Let me know what you think.
Glenn said on 13/May/06
Is it on DVD?
Charlie said on 11/May/06
Better yet, Burt is in Sam Whiskey with Clint Walker. Clint, who was 6'6 or 6'7, towered over Burt. Clint was huge. Funniest scene was when Burt tells Clint to hit him. Burt says something like- bet you think you can knock me out. Clint says I'm sure I can. Burt keeps daring Clint to hit him. When Clint goes to take a swing, Burt runs. Clint had to be at least 9 or 10 inches taller, with an unbelievable build. Sam Whiskey is on this Saturday on Showtime Extreme.
Charlie said on 11/May/06
Yes. In City Heat, Clint Eastwood continually called him shorty. The movie is still shown on TV every now and then. You can tell Clint has at least six if not seven inches on Burt.
Glenn said on 6/May/06
One of my favorite movies of all time.I believe you.he looked 5-9 to me.one autograph dealer said 6-2! some people have no perception of height.I heard 6-1 for Mel Gibson!
VANCOSCELLOS said on 5/May/06
LOOK I WORKED ON THE SET OF "SHARKY'S MACHINE", I SAW BURT REYNOLDS EVERYDAY, IT WAS VERY CLEAR, AND VERY FUNNY, HE WORE LIFTS AND WALKED FUNNY, HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ANY THING ABOVE 5"9. THIS I SWEAR TO!
Glenn said on 30/Apr/06
that Movie was City Heat Mikex.I think.someone told me he called Burt shorty in the movie.dont own it.I think its out of print.saw it in the theatres whe I was 10 or so.
Frank2 said on 28/Apr/06
Burt used the excuse that he had a long torso and short legs so he wore lifts to make himself appear more appealing. I never bought that one.
Mikex said on 27/Apr/06
Didn't he do a film with Clint Eastwood where I remember Eastwood's character taking the mick out of Reynold's lack of height. Reynolds may have worn lifts but he was a guy who could laugh at himself, at least on screen. He was pretty much the biggest star in the world at one point in the 70s I seem to remember but seemed to go straight from macho man heart throb to has been within a very short time.
Frank2 said on 17/Mar/06
Burt is about 5'10" barefoot or at least was when he was younger. He wore gigantic lifts! I worked on the film Shamus and Burt attended a screening with his then girlfriend Dinah Shore. Burt was wearing boots that had two and a half inch heels and looked like they had lifts inside giving him at least another inch. As the screening progressed he took them off sinse I'm sure they were killing his feet and went to the restroom. With his boots off he looked about 5'10". With them on he was nearly 6'2"! Reynolds use to advertise that he was 5'11", but had short legs and a long torso so he wore lifts to make his legs appear longer. I always found that excuse laughable.
Glenn said on 16/Mar/06
I swear he looked 5-9.
Frank2 said on 26/Feb/06
Burt goes to bed wearing his lifts!
TNTinCA said on 14/Feb/06
Burt loved cowboy boots and he wore them often in movies. I had the same impression as well from the Smokey and the Bandit series that he was taller. Closer to 6 foot. He may have been 5'11" in his heyday but closer to 5'10" now. In Boogie Nights, he only appeared to be about 2 inches taller than Mark Wahlberg.
Greg said on 13/Feb/06
As a running back at Florida State, he was listed at 5'10.
Regus said on 5/Feb/06
Watched him in Gunsmoke. He seemed to be about 5-10 in it, somehow thought he was 6-0 all these years. Stand him by James Arness and it's very clear.
Markie said on 5/Feb/06
Here is the Washington Post article about Burt's height!!! Hope u find in helpful :)
MHouillon said on 2/Feb/06
Okay, no 182cm okay. But 179-180cm is a little bit more realistic for Burt, Rob. He wasn't and is not under 5'10.5".
Anonymous said on 26/Jan/06
In the Longest Yard he looked an inch taller than Adam Sandler so I personally think he is 5`11"
Glenn said on 22/Jan/06
he had nike sneakers on here,but loni anderson said that he wears lifts in his sneakers!
Mr. R said on 20/Jan/06
Remember folks, Burt ALWAYS wears cowboy boots! He is never seen without them in public. That makes him about 5-8 to 5-9 here.
Glenn said on 17/Jan/06
he had his arm around me and was kind of pushing me down.he looked 5-9.5-10 in the photo though.
Viper652 said on 17/Jan/06
How tall do you guys think he looked in Smokey and the Bandit?? Id say 5-11.
CoolJ said on 16/Jan/06
Editor Rob- Care to interject on your opinion of Burt
We gotta do something about Burt Reynolds.. No way this guy is still at 5'11.5 -- His pic with Glenn.. as well as the Longest Yard supports this. Can we start knocking cm's off him?
Viper652 said on 16/Jan/06
He looks 5-9 there.
CoolJ said on 15/Jan/06
Definitely doesnt look 5'11.5 with Glenn.. I think this substantiates my claims I made about the Longest Yard.. He looks 5'10 there.
sf said on 15/Jan/06
Rob - where the heck are you getting 5'11" and 1/2? from? In this picture, he looks 5'10" or 5'11" and you KNOW he's got lifts in his shoes!
elio said on 15/Jan/06
5'9" - 5'10" ?
CelebHeights Editor said on 15/Jan/06
A pic of older Burt and Glenn now added.
Ron said on 20/Dec/05
I stood next to Burt on a movie set last year and we were both wearing "convict boots" for The Longest Yard. He seemed to be the same height as me, just under 6'. I have no idea if he was also wearing lifts in his boots.
deadman said on 11/Dec/05
there is a picture on the wwe website with john cena and burt and ric flair. if burt is 5'11.5, then john cena should be like 6'2. i think burt may be 5'9 as he is about the same as flair and has the whole arm around the shoulder boost thing going. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/johncena/southsportsaward1/
Glenn said on 10/Dec/05
the crazy thing in your defense mario is he can look tall in movies.but when you see him in person,he can look 5-9.tops.except one guy told me 6-2.he looked 6 foot to 6-2 in the cannon ball movies and sharkeys machine if you keep in mind charles durning at 5-7 and delouise at 5-11.in cowboots whith lifts in them.man.that can make him 4-5 inches taller.he's a trickey guy.
Glenn said on 10/Dec/05
sorry mario.sam and the others are right.loni anderson says he wears lifts in his sneakers too.my best guess is he is 5-9 tops.5-8 min.I have photo with him too.im 5-8.he does look taller that me in the photo,but in person he looked 5-9.so whats in the sneakers he had on I dont know.I do know that he was ultra cool to me.great guy.photo is being sent for you guys to see.
Mario Nariano said on 10/Dec/05
I have seen movies in wich he appears barefoot, and his legs are long.
5 ft 11 reasonable or a tad under but 5 ft 7, 5 ft 8 for reynold is pure crap.
@Goonie, because of the script.
goonie said on 9/Dec/05
Check out the boots Burt has worn in the past. Particularly as Bandit. Their cowboy boots with about an extra two inches on the heel. It makes him walk a bit goofy too. Newman wore similar boots in Towering Inferno to make him seem more..um...towering I guess.
Mario Nariano said on 7/Dec/05
Why musr Rob downgrade 5 ft 8, because a comedian joked in the past that he was 5 ft 8? In the past he always looked between 6 ft and 6 ft 1, and even nowedays he looks close to 6 ft.
[Editor Rob: Burt has joked about height in the past himself...but sometimes he has worn seriously big boots, the worst being in that western film he done]
Viper652 said on 6/Dec/05
Seminole, your lucky your FSU team won the ACC this year, the worst FSU team since 83 :) But anyway, I think Rob needs to downgrade this guy to 5-8 at least.
Seminole said on 5/Dec/05
Go back to his pre-Hollywood days before it was important to be perceived as tall. I believe if you check the old Florida State football programs from the 50's when Burt was playing you'll see his height listed at 5'8". Most players fudged on their height and weight. I have a friend who worked on a movie with him in the early 60's, who claims he's no more than 5'7" barefoot.
Tubbs said on 18/Oct/05
Will do CoolJ, maybe I just cant imagine a legend like Burt being under the 5'11 mark, he is getting on a bit know though i suppose.
CoolJ said on 17/Oct/05
Tubbs: Try watching the movie and don't depend so much on stills. I thought Burt was near 6'.. but after watching that.. I believe he's under 5'11 by a decent amount.
Tubbs said on 17/Oct/05
I saw a picture from the premiere of The Longest Yard, Burt was stood next to Rock and Sandler, and was taller than both of them. He's always looked bigger than what some people are suggesting - 5'8" come on!
CoolJ said on 16/Oct/05
Rob, You need to check out the Longest Yard
He is clearly shorter than Chris Rock and even shorter than Sandler in some shots.
This guy is 5'10.5" AT BEST - Most likely around 5'9.5" - 5'10" at least judging from that film. He looks very average in most scenes.
J. said on 28/Aug/05
Hey Mr. R, does Loni have a point? Do elevator shoes/built up shoes do damage to one's legs? And as far as Burt's height. I always figured him to be in the 5'8"- 5'9" range. There was a Washington Post article that mentioned his insecurities with his height some time ago.
pgibbons said on 20/Aug/05
Willie Nelson who appeared in Dukes of Hazzard with Burt Reynolds had this to say: "Willie informed Howard that Burt wears lifts in his shoes, which Howard found odd. He thought that once you got to be Burtís age some of your vanity would go away."
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Mr A said on 24/Jul/05
After Burt and Loni Anderson divorced, she was in a newspaper and said he is 5'10 but wears built up (4") shoes which were damaging his legs from wearing them all the time. Also when he appeared on the X-Files, he stood behind Annabeth Gish who is supposed to be 5' 8" and she wore flat shoes. Burt looked to be the same height as her.
John said on 24/Jul/05
According to "The Washington Post", Burt was really never more than 5'8. I reckon this is true, as he did look quite short in "100 Rifles", which was released in 1969.
Mr. R said on 27/May/05
Burt was listed for most of his life at 6-1. Many did question this. I remember an Evening Shade episode when his character was arrested and he had to stand by one of those height charts. He came out as 6 foot on the dot - with shoes on. Burt has always been hard to tell because he always used to wear boots with big heels. However, once in an elevator, a woman called him out by telling him he looked 5-11. He responded, "Lady, NO actor in Hollywood is 5-11!" Well, my celebheights friends, words for us to live by!
Phil Collins said on 27/May/05
Saw Burt in a ovie from 1983 recently, looked pretty tall, about 6ft, maybe taller - No denying he's a nearer the 6ft mark than 5ft8.
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