How tall is Charlton Heston ?

Home :: Bookmark :: About  

Charlton Heston height: 6ft 2.5in (189 cm)

American Actor best known for starring in movies like Planet of the Apes, Ben Hur and Touch of Evil. I read in an edition of the 1983 Philly Inquirer Heston saying: "I'm 6 feet 3" although earlier in his career, in a December 23rd 1956 Chicago Times it mentioned, " Charlton Heston is six feet two, looks taller because he says, 'Most five-foot-ten actors say they re six-foot-two. I really am.'"

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston

Buy This at Allposters.com

Ever met Charlton Heston? Add your own contribution about their height below.
Add your opinion on the Height of Charlton Heston

Your Comment:

Jack says on 15/Jan/14
In the movie Midway, Charlton Heston appears to be several inches taller than Henry Fonda. There was also a television show, either a tribute to Henry Fonda or Henry Fonda's birthday. Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda were standing together, and Charlton Heston was considerably taller.
Sam says on 8/Jan/14
He still looked at least at the six foot mark next to Michael Moore, when the latter "attacked" him in Bowling for Columbine.
spaniard68 says on 7/Jan/14
I read he lost quite a few inches in his later years.I confirm having seen a photo of him and George Bush Junior when Heston was very old and Heston was not taller than Bush, thus, Heston ended up being 5' 11".Anyway, let me get this straight, if he was not under 6'2.5" ( 1.89 plus a few milimeters), that would be as much as saying he was full 6'2.5"( 189.5cm)during the daytime and between 6'2.75"-6'3" in the morning...it's only a suggestion.I think he was closer to 6'3" than to 6'2".Someone commented on this site the complete truth was full 6'3" for him, that person met Charlton in person.
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jan/14
Doesn't look under 189 either next to Orson Welles in Touch of Evil and if anything can look 2 inches taller at times.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
6'2.5 also looks spot on in comparison to 6'1" listed Richard Johnson in Khartoum, Heston looks 1.5-2 inches taller.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
He really is a lot taller than Lawrence Olivier in Khartoum, looks about 5 inches taller.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/13
I think 181-82 for Niven, I wouldn't bet on him being closer to 6 ft put it that way. Heston again looks 6'2-6'3" in Khartoum.
spaniard68 says on 19/Dec/13
So if Niven was 5'11" , then Heston was around 3'5 or 3'75" taller than Niven.Most people I know who are 5'9,5" say they are 5'11"...I really am not.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
I doubt Gary Cooper lost much if any height, he was only 60 when he died, maybe he dropped a cm or two. He could look a weak 6'32 in Love in the Afternoon next to Hepburn but in They Came to Cordura could still look near 6'4" next to Rita Hayworth as he looked in the late 30s early 40s.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
Same here Sam.

Heston looks taller here: Click Here

Cooper looks taller here. Although posture of both and camera position isn't ideal Cooper to me looks the bigger of the two:

Click Here
Click Here
Click Here

I'll try to watch The Wreck of the Mary Deare later this week.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
spaniard 68 says on 3/Oct/13
In 55 days in Peking we can see Heston maintain a good body posture throughout the movie, maybe because he was performing as a soldier...he ddnt use to do this in THE BIG COUNTRY, I think he is 3 weak inches taller than Niven, Niven was perhaps 5'11,75" tall...Niven used to have a good posture all the time, this fact may allow us to determine their height difference more accurately...does anybody agree with me on this height difference between them? 21/2" or 2,75"...just out of curiosity

In all honesty having seen at least half of Niven's films, I think Niven was more likely closer to 5'11 barefoot than 6ft. Watch The Bishop's Wife for instance and it's difficult to buy anything over 5'11 next to Cary Grant who looks about 2 inches taller and Grant has often looked no more than 184cm in a lot of his films (see him next to Tony Curtis and Doris Day for instance) but I think a flat 6'1" is OK. Heston always looked between 6'2" and 6'3" to me.
Sam says on 12/Nov/13
When I click on the link for Heston-Cooper shot, I just get a homepage for Warner Archives.
spaniard68 says on 11/Nov/13
I would say Gary Cooper is standing on a higher level than Heston, besides Heston had a tendency to tuck his chest inwards, which made him lose a Little bit of height, in spite of all that , I think Heston seems slightly taller than Cooper in this picture, Cooper was 57 an Heston was 35, its likely Cooper had already lost a bit of height, maybe half an inch, I dunno. It is said Heston himself lost about 3 inches later in life, I never got the chance to shake hands with him like you did, Gert, so, I cannot confirm this.
spaniard68 says on 10/Nov/13
Gert, its obvious you speak from experience,evidence speaks for itself,thanks for posting these photos
Gert says on 8/Nov/13
Click Here
Gert says on 8/Nov/13
Click Here (photo)

Here again a clearly 6'3 Heston with peak 6'3 Gary Cooper in 1958 - I have looked at pictures all over the web, you can find pictures of all actors where they look both shorter and taller than their famous piers depending at what point in their lives it was taken, etc. - but the math speaks for itself, just like Heston himself - 6'3 peak. Ok, if everyone is happy with 6'2'5 thats fine, but not the complete truth. I met Heston myself in 1999 at Coldwater Canyon, Ralphs", stood right beside him. I am 6'1, Heston at 76, about 1 inch taller than me and he wore flat shoes. I also saw him in London much earlier, in 1985, at the stage in Caine Mutiny, and when he came on stage, even I was amazed how "large " he was, not only "tall for a 6'3, but he was very rangy. A big man.
Gert says on 7/Nov/13
Click Here
Gert says on 7/Nov/13
I would say to call the difference between Heston and Boyd in Ben Hur "slight" is an understatement, judging from these photos: stephen Boyd and Charlton heston. At least about 8-10 centimiters.
Sam says on 4/Nov/13
I guess it makes sense to split the difference between his two claims, but I think Heston was pretty near 6'3" at his peak.
spaniard68 says on 2/Nov/13
Yes, they almost look the same height, maybe Chevy Chase was not a full 6'4" guy, perhaps he is 6'3,5" at the most, in the morning, and rounds up his height; some people measure themselves with their shoes on, but nevertheless I believe Heston was very close to 1.90m, between 1.89,5 and 1.90...other times he looked shorter than that...maybe because the other actors were wearing lifts.I have been watching several scenes in Ben Hur where he is talking to Messala, Stephen Boyd who was 6',and there was not too much of a height difference between them, of course Heston was slightly taller..my guess is Stephen Boyd was wearing lifts....He was tall even at 65, not the tallest but quite tall, give or take 1cm or 2,
Gert says on 28/Oct/13
Click Here

6'4 Chevy Chase saying hello to a clearly 6'3 Heston, even at & 65!
Arch Stanton says on 5/Oct/13
Dunno Spaniard, but in Guns of Navarone Peck looked about 3-3.5 inches taller than Niven and if he was 5'11.5" peak then Peck looked 6'3". Agreed, 189cm fits Heston well.
jtm says on 5/Oct/13
i thought 188cm was more accurate.
Lorne says on 4/Oct/13
Awesome! 189cm is perfect, right between his claims...
spaniard 68 says on 3/Oct/13
In 55 days in Peking we can see Heston maintain a good body posture throughout the movie, maybe because he was performing as a soldier...he ddnt use to do this in THE BIG COUNTRY, I think he is 3 weak inches taller than Niven, Niven was perhaps 5'11,75" tall...Niven used to have a good posture all the time, this fact may allow us to determine their height difference more accurately...does anybody agree with me on this height difference between them? 21/2" or 2,75"...just out of curiosity
spaniard68 says on 2/Oct/13
Maybe ground unevenness can give us a wrong impression of their true height, Mr Heston tends to slouch quite a bit in some shots, he did not use to stand up straight all the time unlike Mr. Peck who I think used to keep a better posture....nevertheless Im starting to think Heston was 6'2,5" and Peck, I dunno, 6' 2,5" OR 6'3"...oh boy, were movie actors tall those days!!!
spaniard68 says on 2/Oct/13
Maybe ground unevenness can give us a wrong impression of their true height, Mr Heston tends to slouch quite a bit in some shots, he did not use to standing up straight all the time unlike Mr. Peck who I think used to keeping a better posture....nevertheless Im starting to think Heston was 6'2,5" and Peck, I dunno, 6' 2,5" OR 6'3"...oh boy, were movie actors tall those days!!!
Arch Stanton says on 2/Oct/13
Peck lost quite a lot of height by his later years though, looked nearer 6'1" later on. Click Here Heston looks noticeably taller than Peck here for instance, Peck seeming to have shrunk to around 6'1 and Heston still near his peak.
Arch Stanton says on 2/Oct/13
Thanks Rob, I think this is spot on now. I've seen a lot of his films now and I think somewhere between 6'2 and 6'3" barefoot is what he was. He looked about 2 cm shorter than Jimmy Stewart.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
Rob pause at 92:44 on that link. Heston is barefoot and Peck in boots which I think give about 1.5 inches. That should be a good way to reassess whether he might have been a smidge taller than this barefoot. I think Peck looks almost 2 inches taller but if he was 6'3" at 1.5 boots that's 6'4.5" and would make Heston minimum 6'2.5".
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
Click Here Pause at 87:18 for a comparison of Peck and Heston without hats and ground probably more likely to be even. Peck looks about 2 cm taller I'd say. But if Peck was 190 then 188 for Heston makes sense. Maybe 6'2.25" would be better I dunno!
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
A flat 6'2" I think is a bit low, somewhere between 6'2" and 6'3" I think is around what he was. A strong 6'2" guy, doubt he dipped under 6'2".
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
Rob would you consider an upgrade to 189? I really think he looked it most of the time and he does look very close in height to Peck in The Big Country.
[Editor Rob: since he claimed both 6ft 2 and 3, maybe 2.5 is what he could have been, he could look that mark, maybe it is a better fit]
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
@Spaniard68. No, Heston wasn't taller. The reason was ground uneveness and Heston often wearing a cowboy hat and Peck not wearing a hat so in some shots and stills I'm sure Heston seems a bit taller. They look close in height though agreed, but I think Heston was more 189 and Peck more 190cm.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Sep/13
@Spaniard68, Heston never appeared medium height, even in films with 6'4" guys he looked big because unlike a lot of taller actors he was well built to boot. I think he was between 6'2" and 6'3". He looked 190cm a lot. I agree that it's difficult to think that Peck and Jimmy Stewart were the same height, but I've seen probably a dozen of Peck's films and he really did look around 6'3", very long legs, longer than a typical 6'2" guy. That said, in Twelve O'Clock High he was eye to eye with 6'2" Dean Jagger.
Spaniard68 says on 26/Sep/13
After watching THE BIG COUNTRY I have to say Mr.Heston looks at least 1/2 inch taller than Peck..When Mr Heston was standing barefoot in front of the boot-clad Peck he did not appear to be shorter than Mr. Gregory...which really struck me...it is crystal clear to me Heston was 6'2,75", maybe 6'3" in the prime of his career.Hence it is hard to imagine Peck being 6'3"..I doubt he ever was.Besides, Heston was usually surrounded by tall people who made him seem to be medium height...which he was not; remember the Planet of the Apes, the Ten commandments,Ben Hur,etc.We very much admire both these two awesome actors here in Spain, their memory lives on within us.
Arch Stanton says on 6/Sep/13
Got to say he looks nearer 6'3" than 6'2" in Ben-Hur, one of the most solid 6'2" guys I've ever seen anyway... I think 6'2.5" might be right for his peak.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Aug/13
Just checked and Stewart is in flat mocassin like shoes as the clown.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Aug/13
I agree Gert that Heston can look 6'3" quite a bit.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Aug/13
It's the scene where somebody gets trapped under the thing. Vincent Price is briefly stood alongside Heston and he really looks near 2 inches taller. That photo is strange as if you watch the scene in the film he noticeably taller than Heston. Plus Heston is a bit shorter than Jimmy Stewart in the Greatest Show on Earth, although I haven't noticed if he also had clown shoes on yet.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Aug/13
Watch the film people. Price has around 2 inches on him.
Arch Stanton says on 30/Aug/13
Looks 6'3" in the Greatest Show on Earth
Gert says on 2/Jul/13
To Arch Stanton: Take a look at the photo of Heston and Price (Outlaw), June 22)- where are the two inches???? Here they look exactly the same height!
Gert says on 2/Jul/13
I met Heston myself at Ralphs supermarket at Coldwater Canyon in 1999. I am 6'1 and even at 76 Heston was at least an inch taller than me. To Arch Stanton: saw Heston as same height as George Kennedy, legit 6'4,(Airport 75 James Brolin, legit 6'4( in Skyjacked)...so 6'3 is according to himself and most sources the correct peak height. Heston and Price were never standing at the same level in Ten Commantments, so it would be difficult to judge. Why not contact his son, Fraser, and ask him? Heston lost a lot of height - hence the many different and often confusing photos with other stars. (ex. James Stewart, etc)
Outlaw says on 22/Jun/13
Like Rampage, I believe Heston was also 6'3" in the prime of his career

Here is a picture of him and Vincent Price (6'4"): Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 15/Jun/13
Looked a solid 6ft3 in his early career. I don't get the 6ft2 claims. Maybe he lowered himself because of that whole thing about taller actors getting overlooked for main parts. He could've been 189cm, but no less. He looks taller than Will Smith in that photo from the early 90s when he would've been almost 70.
jtm says on 31/May/13
thanks for the downgrade. 6'2 was his real height.
Arch Stanton says on 30/May/13
@Gert. Legit 6'4" Vincent Price had 2 inches on Heston.
Peterx says on 26/May/13
I met Heston at a tennis event at his Coldwater Canyon home in the 80s. We shook hands. I'm 6'1 and he was at least two inches taller. He was also followed around by a diminutive servant with a pitcher of martinis.
Gert says on 24/Mar/13
Heston biographer Mike Munn, 1986:p 13:"...and only recently (Dark City, 1950), has his six-foot three inch frame broadened around the chest and shoulders". P. 29:...".. the smallest kid in class, but by the time he was sixteen he had shot up to six foot two inches. He was skinny as a rake, but towered over many of his peers.....". Any boy who is 6'2 at sixteen would surely grow another inch or two before he reaches twenty. Heston always said his height was 6'3, so why doubt that. The 6'2 refers to his sudden shooting up at sixteen....a story he liked to tell. Hope that clears up things.
Anonymous says on 22/Mar/13
6'3 peak. The above height isn't correct.
Roger says on 18/Mar/13
I remember seeing in the "55 Days At Peking" program booklet after watching the film in London in 1964, that Charlton Heston wrote that as a young man he had grown to 6'2" which surprised me because I thought that he was taller. My mother met him at the stage door to get me his autograph after Caine Mutiny Court Martial in London in 1985 and described him as being about 6'3" at least.
Roger says on 17/Mar/13
I read in the program book which I bought when I saw 55 Days At Peking in London in 1964 where Charlton Heston wrote that as a young man he had grown to 6'2."
Roger says on 15/Mar/13
I remember reading the program booklet which I bought for the movie 55 Days At Peking in London in 1963 or 1964. Charlton Heston did comment that he was 6'2" which struck me as strange at the time. My mother met him in 1985 in London at the stage entrance after the Caine Mutiny play to get me his autograph and told me that he was more like 6'3" in height.
Roger says on 15/Mar/13
I remember reading the program booklet which I bought for the movie 55 Days At Peking in London in 1963 or 1964. Charlton Heston did comment that he was 6'2" which struck me as strange at the time. My mother met him in 1985 in London at the stage entrance after the Caine Mutiny play to get me his autograph and told me that he was more like 6'3" in height.
Gert says on 13/Jan/13
Rex Harrison about Heston: Heston is an enormously tall man - if I'm six foot one, he must be about six foot three - and I asked my wardrobe man, as I was wearing long robes, to put a little lift in my shoes, so that I could gain a couple of inches, and meet Heston at his own level. The lifts were duly put in, and I eyed Heston and congratulated myself that at least he no longer towered above me. As the film went on, however, it seemed to me that he was growing. Eyeball to eyeball he was once more a couple of inches taller than I. I looked down at his feet - not a sign of lifts! He must have grown through sheer tenacity. Nether of us made any comment, nor did our wardrobe men - it was a very funny, silent contest. - On making Michelangelo - smerte og ekstase (1965) with Charlton Heston
Gert says on 12/Jan/13
can't explain the second Cox/Heston picture, but clearly Heston is taller than 6'2 Cox. I saw the movie too and remember him taller than Cox. And Will Smith is stated at 6'2 (with those Nike snickers???) - so 6'3 is what Heston was at peak. I met him myself in LA and can confirm that. But also that he had back problems and all other kind if health issues later i life that robbed him of a good deal if height. That's why you can find pictures of Heston less that his peak height after, say 1990-1995. In 1985 I saw Heston at the London stage in "Caine Mutiny" and he was even at a big stage a very large and imposing person.
Gert says on 12/Jan/13
can't explain the second Cox/Heston picture, but clearly Heston is taller than 6'2 Cox. I saw the movie too and remember him taller than Cox. And Will Smith is stated at 6'2 (with those Nike snickers???) - so 6'3 is what Heston was at peak. I met him myself in LA and can confirm that. But also that he had back problems and all other kind if health issues later i life that robbed him of a good deal if height. That's why you can find pictures of Heston less that his peak height after, say 1990-1995. In 1985 I saw Heston at the London stage in "Caine Mutiny" and he was even at a big stage a very large and imposing person.
Gonzalo says on 9/Jan/13
In this pic, Heston looks taller than Cox but he is closer to the camera
Click Here
In this one, they look the same height.
Click Here
Here with Will Smith
Click Here
Gert says on 7/Jan/13
Well, apart from the ChicagoTimes interpretation of his quote, Mr, Heston always said he was 6'3 - and clearly looks it, opposite the likes of Cary Cooper, George Kennedy, Gregory Peck, etc, so why should it be other wise.I met Mr. Heston myself in Ralphs at Coldwater Canyon in 1999. Heston was 76 at the time and was clearly at least an inch taller than me (I am 6'1) - and he had probably already lost some height at 76 years of age.
Gonzalo says on 4/Jan/13
6`2 is a bit low for him. 6.2`5 or 6.2`75 fits him better.
Gert says on 30/Dec/12
Re. Daniel: Ronnie Cox is actually 6'2 according to this webpage and other sources - so of course Heston is 6'3, stated by himself and almost all other sources. Please Mr. Editor, could we have Heston back here at 6'3? Why should a quote from 1956 suddenly be more of a fact that Heston's quotes from his own book from 1976 and on other occasions? Thanks!
Daniel says on 26/Dec/12
Heston and Ronny Cox are both in a film called 'Gray Lady Down', and Cox looks pretty small next to Heston... not only shorter, but his head is much smaller. It was the first time I realized that Heston was so tall. I came straight here to look him up, since I'd always assumed he was more average. If Ronnie Cox is 6', I can easily see Heston being 6' 3".
Gert says on 10/Nov/12
Clearly 6'3 at peak - lost a lot of height during his late illness "I am 6'3", from "Charlton Heston: The Actors Life, journals 1956-1976"...When Heston in Chicago tribune (editors quote) ...says "I really am (6'2) he means that contrary to all other actors who claim to be 6'2, he REALLY is - because he is 6'3! Almost all sources have him at 6'3, so i think it would be nice to have Heston back at 6'3 here at celebheights.com.
Jake: 1.82 m-- 1.83 m-- 1.84 m says on 4/Oct/12
6ft2.25 (1.89 m). Around 6ft3 out of bed at peak.
wat says on 12/Aug/12
Click Here

I watched The Big Country and freeze framed a lot. If anything Charlton Heston usually looks taller than Gregory Peck in that movie. The only time Gregory Peck ever looked taller in that movie was when Charlton Heston first asks him for a fight. But it's only because Peck has a floor advantage. Proof for this is that the 6'1 actor (Charles Bickford) that is further to the right where the slope is more prominent looks taller than Peck and Heston.

Also when Heston is trying to convince Peck to ride a untamed horse at one point in the movie. Heston appears to be the same height or have a slight edge on Peck. Even though they're the same distance from the camera, have the same footwear, and flat ground level.

Also when Heston is confronted in his room barefoot he doesn't appear to be shorter than the boot clad Peck.

I seriously think Heston downgraded his height or didn't feel like bothering to claim to be 6'2.5/6'2.75

All heights are barefeet Estimates, derived from quotations by celebrities, official websites, agency resumes, actors I've met at conventions and pictures and films.

Vital statistics like weight or shoe size measurements have been taken from quotes by the actors themselves in interviews, resumes or articles.

Celebrity Fan Photos and Agency Pictures of stars are © to their respective owners.