Danny DeVito's Height
4ft 9in (145 cm)
Peak height was 4ft 10in (147 cm)
American Actor best known for roles in movies like Romancing the Stone, Get Shorty and Batman Returns. On TV he is well known for Taxi and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
In his own words, "On a really good day, I'm five feet short. It's pretty difficult for me to play anything but the little guy. I don't play a good victim so I'm always the nasty little guy."
. From his movies it's clear he's under 5 feet, even his Twins co-star Arnold described him as being only 4ft 9. In 2011 Danny was more specific, and now says he is "4'11 and three quarters"
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Average Guess (13 Votes)
Peak: 4ft 9.71in (146.6cm)
Current: 4ft 8.33in (143.1cm)
Joe G Bowen said on 27/Mar/17
I like Danny DeVito acting ability - having been around several great actors i'm a lite more informed than some ind's on m ma my actors must put up with to avoid being type cast.
I knew James Best whp played sheriff on Dukes of Hazzard, on a personal level & he moved to Jackson,Miss. back in the late 1960s & 70s, helped set up new stage/old little theater in Jaxn, Ms & we double dated, fished & partied together for several yrs.
James Best was a great actor ad was my Cousin Merrell Williams who had a PhD in acting was instrumental in bringing down big tobacco companies in 1990's. The movie The Insider, was made about Merrell bringing down big tobacco cos. James Best & Merrell commented to me many times that often actors guard constantly to not be type cast as this can reduce how a studio looks at them for movie roles.
Joe G. Bowen,
Nickname, Joe G.
Miss Gulf Coast
abe said on 5/Mar/17
140 cm and no more
Roger said on 16/Feb/17
You don't yhave to be big and tall to be a good actor!
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jan/17
I've heard all sorts about Danny's height but never have I heard that he's this near to the ground!
He still manages all types of roles despite this diminutive height! He hasn't let him ruin his career or his confidence so I think he is worthy of a great deal of respect! He certainly has mine!
Maztt said on 29/Nov/16
B said on 18/Nov/16
Damn, he's an inch shorter than my mum, and she's very small. This guy is truly tiny.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 11/Oct/16
He is a honest mini man, because out of bed and with 1 inch of boots he is that mark. (joke)
Editor Rob said on 23/Sep/16
Noticed he did admit to being under 5 foot...but only by the quarter inch.
Mat said on 6/Jul/16
Kevin Hart is 4-5 inches taller than this guy. Mind Blown.
If I was his height I would have killed myself. Props to the guy for making a quite succesfull carreer out of this.
Ren said on 5/Jul/16
Danny is 4 ft
Jfjfjfn said on 15/Apr/16
Should take lessons in confidence from this guy
Johnny said on 29/Mar/16
This is when it gets to the point where when someone walks up to you and asks you how tall you are, instead they ask you how short you are. "Hello sir if you don't mind me asking, how short are you" Lol. All joke's aside though the guy was bigger than life itself in all his great films especially Taxi and Romancing The Stone.
Dingus said on 15/Mar/16
Peak height 4'10.50"
Current height 4'09.75"
thedude said on 22/Feb/16
yeah he makes clooney look like porzingis... and clooney isnt more than 5.10 at his age
Randy said on 21/Jan/16
Yes Danny is more like 4'8 they tried to help him out by listing him at 5'0 but i know better than that he is very short.
LongDongSilvers said on 31/Dec/15
It's refreshing to see someone so successful not be a towering figure. Great man, funny, just perfect. Never really gives the "little guy" impression
Sebs said on 21/Nov/15
"Only 5'11" lol
JJ said on 19/Nov/15
In the Nespresso commercial, George Clooney and Danny DeVito walk side by side. Danny is about an inch or so below George's shoulder. I am 6' tall, and my wife is 4'10", and she is even with the top of my shoulder. George is only 5'11'', which leads me to think that Danny is maybe 4' 7.5" tall, if that. In a couple of shots in the commercial, Danny looks like he might even be only 4' 6", because he really makes George look really, really tall.
umadguy said on 21/May/15
didnt look over 6 foot with danny devito(4'9/10) and kelly preston(5'5) in the film twins in lots of scenes,and today only a 4/5 inch height loss can explain from 6'1/2 to around 5'9/10
gman said on 30/Mar/15
I think he's a great actor and have met him and Rhea and they are both way below 5 foot tall. My wife is 5' nothing so I know what that looks like. As a executive jet pilot we were in very close proximity. I'm guessing 4' 8"...
Moke said on 22/Mar/15
Even the shortest seem to shrink..
Paul S. said on 20/Feb/15
`in matilda looks 159
willb said on 25/Jan/15
Danny DeVito is listed all over the web as being 5' tall, but in reality he's more like 4.7 or 4.8. There are numerous photographs with him with his wife Rhea Perlman (5' tall) where she's towering over him wearing flats.
Perurierez said on 18/Jan/15
Not tall but my family is little the tallest grown adult man in the family is 5"3, I am an adult woman that is 4"9,so I'm average height in my family's eyes and we are from peru
Perurierez said on 18/Jan/15
Not tall but my family is little the tallest grown adult man in the family is 5"3, I am an adult woman that is 4"9,so I'm average height in my family's eyes and we are from peru
5.7+ said on 20/Dec/14
He is a great actor.
TJ said on 8/Dec/14
Lauren, you really think that DeVito looks 5'3 in his films? Never.
LAUREN said on 7/Dec/14
Danny looks160 cm in films
Gg said on 4/Oct/14
I'm only 8 but way taller than Danny I mean he's so so short no afence but it's true
said on 21/May/14
American Pie actor Jason Biggs looks close to a full foot taller than Danny.
the shredder said on 22/Apr/14
Agree , 4'10 max
John said on 21/Apr/14
That's more accurate. He's not 5'0. I know someone who's 5'0 but he looks a lot taller than Danny Devito.
Ian C. said on 19/Mar/14
Actually, Super Marko, I loaned John Kenneth Galbraith a pair of pants one time, and he had to roll up the cuffs. (This may or may not be a lie. I'm not sure right now, because I'm drunk.)
But okay, y'got me, many tall people are long-lived. But I would bet that a statistical analysis would show that, over five foot four, height is inversely proportional to longevity. I suspect that one of the reasons women live longer than men is because of their smaller size.
Super Marko said on 20/Nov/13
@ Ian C.
Jack Palance 6'3'' died at 87
James Arness 6'7'' died at 89
Christopher Lee is 6'4'' and 91
Clint Walker 6'6 and 87
Geoffrey Holder 6'5'' and at great shape at 83
George Kennedy is 6'4'' and 88
Max von Sydow is 84 and 6'4''
and of course John Kenneth Galbraith that was 6'8'' and lived until 98,cmon,you arent taller than that
the shortness-longevity theory is note cause and result,and it is about numbers of people,not individuals.
Sam said on 13/Aug/13
Charlie Day can look a solid 7 inches taller than DeVito IMO.
Mark said on 11/Aug/13
If he is 4ft9 then Charlie Day has gotta be like 5ft4.
dmeyer said on 5/Aug/13
8 years ago i met him he was about 4 ft 9-9.5
Lo said on 4/Aug/13
On It's always sunny in Philadelphia, Dee(Kaitlyn Olson's character) referred to Devito's character as "4ft10" so yeah, apperantly this is spot on.
Ian C. said on 3/Aug/13
Very short guy, but he seems healthy. That is, his height is not the result of some syndrome that is associated with a heart defect, or something like that. I have a theory that healthy short people have an advantage in longevity, and it will be interesting to see how long DeVito lives. Except that I'm unlikely to find out, as I'm unusually tall, and won't outlive him.
moe said on 24/Jun/13
She has heels on!
Sunny said on 17/May/13
Charlie Day only looks 4 to 5 inches taller at most. I'd say Danny is 5 feet tall. I dunno why people would downgrade him. People think I'm shorter than I am too.
Ed said on 16/Mar/13
Who cares? The guy is a super actor. He can be a bad guy - he can be funny - he always ads to the project he is in.
Jacob said on 11/Feb/13
Danny is not 5 feet. My daughter is 5 feet and is clearly taller than him. I would suggest 4'8 or 4'9
Duhon said on 30/Nov/12
@ Runt i doubt stallone's customs give him 6 inches in height, as devito would need to reach the 5'3" or 5'4" height of pesci.
runt said on 29/Nov/12
If he wore Sly Stallone customs, he could play a Joe Pesci gangster.
Lebensdorf said on 11/Nov/12
It's funny, often you'll see magazines report that he's 5 feet tall. There's no way he's that tall. He has to be around 4'8 or 4'9, and his (now ex) wife is about 4'11. I saw them at a restaurant once. Danny's head was barely over the hostess's lectern when he came in. He's very tiny, coming up to the waists of some guys.
said on 3/Nov/12
Arnie himself says Devito is 4'9
John said on 25/Aug/12
Gosh, I knew he was short but didn't realise that he was somewhat under 5 feet.
Dee said on 16/Jun/12
Danny DeVito's height is part of what makes him hilarious :D but once he starts acting, we all immediately fall in "love" with his character lol and sooner or later we dont even notice his height
Taylor said on 5/Jun/12
Camera angles most likely
Chris said on 8/Feb/12
Kristen Bell is listed @ 5'1, but I'm watching "When in Rome" and she towers over Danny Devito
glenn said on 7/Oct/07
as d-ray says,who saw him too,its 4-8 for danny.
Marcelo C. said on 5/Oct/07
Great Actor !!!. He´s a good comedian, also made a magnificent "Penguin". Glenn may be right about Danny´s height.
Jon Doe said on 18/Sep/07
I think alot of people exaggerate though.Short guys seem to look shorter than short women.I always thought Danny was 5feet tall,he's gotta be atleast 4'11.
ted said on 22/Aug/07
Danny DeVito is the proof that height can't have a negative effect on people
I Know It All said on 17/Aug/07
Glenn's always pretty accurate!! ...he's taller than 4'9". Usually on ur average person, 1 foot is from ur head to ur shoulders, Glenn's a little under average height, so should be less than a foot in difference!
kingsauce67 said on 6/Aug/07
can we all agree now that Danny is either 4'9 or 4'10?
RICHARD said on 5/Aug/07
I have this big-screen TV so when I watch a movie with Danny in it he actually looks 6'5
Anonymous said on 26/Jul/07
Yes I agree, I am from Vietnam and I am only 166cm tall but I never gave much thought about it... and judging people by their heights is stupid !
Lee said on 23/Jul/07
You know Franco, It's people like you who make me sick with anger. To bully someone because of their height, it's pathetic. And I don't believe Devito is anything under 5 foot tall. In Relative strangers he was about 3 inches shorter than Kathy Bates who is 5'3" tall barefoot. So 5' is just right. In batman returns Michelle Pfeiffer doesn't exactly tower over him and she's 5'8" tall. As cat woman she wore real high heels so i'd say she stood 6 foot tall with the heels on and even then he didn't look like a dwarf next to her. Plus he's a real nice guy so stop bullying people because they're small. I'm 21 and 5'6" and nobody bullies me, and i'm tiny.
SEBY Romania said on 15/Jul/07
even he is a LITTLE man he is a HUGE actor.... he is 1.45...i am taller than him with... 44 cm....I'm 1.89 and i'm only 16 yrs. old
Mr. R said on 9/Jul/07
I ran into Danny and Rhea recently ata party for the cast of "Twelve Angry Men" starring her Cheers co-star George Wendt. I alwasy thought that Danny was at least 5 foot. WRONG!! We ended up in the garage together getting our cars, and he is at best 4-10. Rhea may be about two inches taller.
leonari said on 7/Jul/07
Franco: you are starting to piss me off with your insulting remarks...
Rob why are you supporting this fool??
Franco said on 7/Jul/07
isn't it funny a person that short as De Vito is also losing height, he'll be reduced into having his shoulders touch the ground. lol
i think we can call de-vito now a midget because 146cm is midget-like height i think.
Jon Doe said on 30/Jun/07
Guys, in the friends eposode that features Danny Devito playing a stripper (which was funny as hell I might add) those girls were definetly wearing heels plus he was wearing the police hat so how in the f*ck could you judge his height from that at all? I thought he was 5feet tall and his wife Rea was 5'2.
Maria Bassi said on 21/Jun/07
Wow Danny is around the same hight as me. I am 4 foot 10. and also Italian.
17,181 said on 21/Jun/07
5'9 today like his stunt double in deck the halls,well done kingsauce67 for finding that.
Jerry said on 5/Jun/07
I work for a TV station in Philadelphia. He was here to promote "It's always Sunny in Philadelphia" and we interviewed him. I am 5'6...Danny did NOT make it up to my chin. I'd definitely say he's 4'9 or 4'10!!
X said on 19/Apr/07
Don't the armed forces, or at least when DD would have enlisted, have a height requirement?
If so, anyone know what it is/was for men?
Anonymous said on 12/Apr/07
glenn looks like a giant =D
TheJerk said on 10/Apr/07
If Glenn were ACTUALLY under 5-8 like many would have us believe we'd have to give Danny the dreaded "4-6.5" listing.
D. Ray Morton said on 10/Apr/07
Looked around 4'8" to me. Nowhere near 5'.
said on 9/Apr/07
hello, does anybody know how tall danny's parents were?
[Editor Rob: 4ft 6 nowadays, maybe 4ft 8, but if he was 4ft 6 he'd look 4 inches taller than This guy beside me
anie said on 8/Apr/07
When i was 4'10 i was elewen or maybe ten, bet I was groving very slow so now i'm just 5'1 - 5-1,5.
megan said on 1/Apr/07
WOW!!!!!!!!! im taller than him. the average eleven year old is probably taller than him! when i was 4'10" i was twelve! dakota fanning and abigail breslin are probably also taller than him. that is pretty amazing.
Editor Rob said on 14/Feb/07
The highest I've seen Devito is in a 1989 article in a St Louis newspaper.
Shockingly described "The 5-foot-4-inch DeVito"!
Anonymous said on 9/Feb/07
Kristin Chenoweth is 4'11 and pictured in that article as well and seems taller than Danny Devito.
Anthony said on 7/Jan/07
I think Danny was about 4'10 at his peak, but nowadays, I think he's scraping the 4'8 mark. Doesn't rreally matter though, he's an excellent actor and seems like a really cool guy.
sleuth said on 2/Dec/06
On Saturday Night Live recently he was in a skit with Cheri Oteri and Rachel Dratch and boy is he's definitely under 5'
said on 1/Dec/06
Here's an article from the UK Sun today. The paper claims the journalist to be 5ft even and she is photographed full length with Danny at the bottom of the page
Stretch said on 1/Dec/06
After watching the clip of Danny on The View in which he made the female co-hosts look like 7-foot power forwards for the Dallas Mavericks, we used "remote sensing" equations and this website to conclude DeVito is between 4' 8" and 4' 9".
said on 21/Nov/06
I think this link will put an end to this controversy. It is a website for Danny's stunt double. His name is Micheal Munoz and he is 4ft 9in. If you click on one of the photos, there is one of Danny and him standing right next to each other, side by side. Sad to say, his stunt is a tad bit taller or at least the same height as Danny. I didnt realize Danny was so tiny. Danny obviously has been shrinking over the years. I think he was possibly 5 feet tall in his prime but he may be only 4ft 8 according to this picture. I think he rounds his height to 5ft becasue its easier and less embarassing. Check it out:
George H said on 23/Oct/06
All I know is that he's shorter than his wife, Rhea Pearlman, and she ain't particularly tall either :)
Franco said on 20/Oct/06
an excellent man and actor, but i think the media should've laughed about him and nagged him for being short instead of annoying an average height man like TOm Cruise.
dont get me wrong i don't have much sympathy for Tom because he is a laughing bitch (i think he smokes Laughing Gas in the morning) LOL but it's unfair to say Tom Cruise is short. :)
Devito is 1.47 cm and maybe 1.50cm. so i agree.
Glenn said on 14/Sep/06
Oh,this friend was 6-1.5.
Glenn said on 14/Sep/06
I had this friend that was a bad judge at height that said Danny was 5-4 too! but he also said DMX was 5-8.I saw 5-9ish.then he retracts his spine to 5-11,6ft!
kenny said on 13/Sep/06
his even shorter than 147 in pic above beside abit hunching glenn.. i gave him 144 at most..
Editor Rob said on 13/Sep/06
St louis dispatch, 1989, fire this journalist:
"The 5-foot-4-inch DeVito"
jimmy said on 3/Sep/06
I don't think he's under 4'10, I'm a small man myself (5-1), I met him inNY about some 8 years ago I gave no more than an inch to him, also in the Batman Returns movie you could clearly see that Michael Keaton gave no more than 10 inches to him
JMG said on 28/Aug/06
hes not 4-10...hes ridiculously short but not that short....at 4-10 he would technically be considered a dwarf(4-10 and under for men) he's like 4-11 to 5-0
dmeyer said on 2/Aug/06
my mother is 153-55cm range and he seemed shorter than her when i met him so about 4 10
Mike dude said on 25/Jun/06
i don't know, Danny looks pretty short to me. He is of course only 5'
Alex said on 23/May/06
I remember in Twins he was over a foot shorter than 6'0 Arnold. 4'10-4'11 at his peak when he was younger but def 4'9ish today.
Glenn said on 21/May/06
You mean cause Wayne and I wear lifts? I was feeling like Chuck Conners and Steven eagle actually.who both share my b-day.
D. Ray Morton said on 20/May/06
Looks 4'8". Glenn is a monster next to this guy.
(Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush)
Frank2 said on 19/May/06
Glenn, so tell us, how does it feel to be John Wayne?
CoolJ said on 18/May/06
I personally think we need to shave an inch, maybe two off this guy as sad as it sounds.
Kyle said on 4/May/06
I'm 6'4" tall and standing next danny I would look like I am 10' 5" tall
ha ha ha ha ha ha
Glenn said on 1/Apr/06
Im the midget on the left.truth is, its 3 midgets SF. that I can admit .Lena, thanks but I think I look dumb,unless thats what you meant.the photo is the Gary oldman photo.the worst is the Stallone.Im one ugly mofo bloated on meds in that one.
sf said on 1/Apr/06
Glenn - which one is you? HA - FUNNY!!!!
lena said on 1/Apr/06
4'10" seems about right. glenn, this is a good picture of you!
Link said on 25/Mar/06
What i find strange is that in the film twins with arn devito also comes up to arnies shoulders, im not saying arny is 5'8" thats just silly, hes not 6'2 but hes definitely not 5'8.
Maybe some dodgy camera angles are taking place here
but in the friends episode he was a LOT shorter than monica and rachel and arent they like 5'4" ish?
He was DEFINITELY over 4 inches shorter than them 2, at least 6, id say 4'10 is a good average, give or take a inch
trueheight said on 13/Mar/06
4'10 seems accurate for *prime*. Take into account that he has been shrinkin(like all men) minutely ever since he hit 40-45, with weight contributing substantially, so 4'8 sounds very rationsal
Anonymous said on 9/Mar/06
He's listed at 5' - Doesn't that tell you something about listings. Oh, and find him and Natalie Portman on Wireimage.com and you will see that she is really five foot.
6' & 18 said on 25/Feb/06
Glenn slouching + Devito closer to camera + Devito wearing hat gives illusion of taller and actually slight advantage...I think Devito is 4' 9" from that based on Glenn's height. :|
CoolJ said on 31/Jan/06
Glenn looks like he's even slouching a bit.. which is the main reason why I think DeVito might be under 4'10.
Parker said on 31/Jan/06
From the shoulder to the tip of someone's head is about a foot. If you watch episodes of spin City you will see top of MJF head is in line with the 6'4 Mayor's shoulder - In the above photograph it is difficult to tell with Danny's hat so we are at 4'8-4'10. Personally I'd half the difference. At 4'9 you are probably within an inch of his actual height - With posture and footwear, and the time of day you are measured, its virtually impossible to guess anyone's height more accurately than that.
Marc said on 26/Jan/06
TJ is right. The most Glenn can be is 10 inches. 4'10" + 10" = 5'8" Glenn. So, 4'10" should be right. My cousin the same height as Devito, but I'm 5'10", so she only comes up to about my collar bone.
TJ said on 15/Jan/06
Is it really easily a foot difference as some are saying? Look at the very top of Danny's head and move across to Glenn. It comes to just under Glenn's chin. He's max 10 inches taller than Danny.
Glenn said on 15/Jan/06
yes,my first guess was 4-8.
J. said on 13/Jan/06
Wow, Danny makes 5'8" Glenn look like a giant!
Mario said on 13/Jan/06
Even at his peak he was no more than 4 ft 10, just compare to (ex)-legitimate 6 ft 1 guys as Schwarzenegger and Christopher Walken. I have even my doubts if he comes those days to the 4 ft 10 mark.
Parker said on 13/Jan/06
Glenn looks about a foot taller than Danny to me in this. Glenn - would you agree?
Glenn said on 12/Jan/06
Rob,you do realise thats robin williams on the right of the original photo?
[Editor Rob: yeah, I split it up ;)]
CoolJ said on 12/Jan/06
Damn he's a shrimp next to Glenn.. Might be 4'8-4'9
CelebHeights Editor said on 12/Jan/06
A pic of Devito and Glenn is now up.
Arturo said on 2/Jan/06
to me Devito looks like 4'-6" in "Tweens" Arnold is about 2 feet taller than him
d said on 4/Dec/05
danny de vito is 1m65 5'5'' near schwarzenegger
blah said on 9/Nov/05
why do you guys obsesse about height, 0.00feet to 5'11'' is short!
Cobra said on 1/Nov/05
What I don`t understand, why he should lie about his height?
4ft10 is short, 5ft1 is short. Short is short. ;)
So I believe his 5 ft.
But a good comedian!
Andrea said on 4/Sep/05
Aaaaah. Danny DeVito's definitely 4'10". I think he said so himself, too. And in any case... he's still taller than me. I'm 17 and 4'9", haha. :D
sb said on 8/Aug/05
to "Shorty" and "me":
If Devito is 5', then how tall is Woody Allen? 5'8?
Nothing to do with perception here. You can even use a computer to draw a straight line to compare.
If he was a strong 5-footer, then why would he say "On a REALLY good day, I'm five feet...?"
[Editor Rob: DeVito would be measured at 5 foot if he spent a week on the International Space Station so his spine is fully decompressed!]
Ricardo said on 7/Aug/05
I don't think it has anything to do with perception. If he was 5'1" he would be 2" shorter than christina ricci with her heels on and his shoes on cuz she is 5'1", in that pic he looks 5"-6" inches shorter which would make him 3"-4" inches shorter if they were both barefoot (were assuming Christina has 3 inch heels.)therefore 3"-4" inches minus 5'1" leaves you with 4'10" and 4'9" respectfully, if you don't beleive me just look at the pic that rob posted carefully and allow your finger to go from danny's head to christina's head and not the the differance... the top of his head is below her eyes.
me said on 7/Aug/05
I agree with the comment made by "Shorty".
Also, a sort man looks even shorter than a short women does. In other words, perception plays a part in it.
TJ said on 12/Jul/05
Definately no taller than 4'10. He looked tiny in his Friends cameo and none of the Friends girls are very tall.
Mr. Klaus said on 12/Jul/05
I agree with this height. In Batman Returns DeVito looks 40cm shorter than Christopher walken who was 185cm at that time.
Shorty said on 11/Jul/05
Danny DeVito is definitely 5'0". If it comes from the celeb themself, you can bet that it's true. She's only that much taller if she's wearing heels. Plus, she's 5'1".
[Editor Rob: If devito is 5ft I'll eat my hat...]