How tall is David Letterman

David Letterman's Height

6ft 0.75in (185 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 1.5in (187 cm)
American talk show host. He claimed to be 6ft 2.

How tall is David Letterman
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 1.72in (187.2cm)
Current: 6ft 0.84in (185cm)
HarrySachs said on 15/May/17
Look its Canson again this time downplaying somebody height. Click Here Only slightly shorter than the measured 6'3 George Foreman. Clearly a 6'2 guy when he was younger.
Canson said on 6/Mar/17
Overlisted. He is 5'11 range barefoot. Notice how he stands on an incline when guests come out. And this coming from a relative who has met him and was 6'-6'1" prime
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Mar/17
The only time I saw David Letterman was when I hunted about online to see him interview Liv Tyler!
I wasn't any the wiser after the interview, though I could tell that he was tall, but 5ft10 Liv is well over 6 foot with high heels!
I'll agree with just under 6ft1 for today's height and 6ft1.5 for his peak.
Realist said on 1/Mar/17
He's in the 6'1 range and average sized/tall.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/17
Out of bed: 6ft2¼-6ft2½
Before bed: 6ft1½-6ft1¾
Danimal said on 27/Feb/17
He was every bit 6'2" in his prime. He also claimed that his friend measured him at 6'2.5". I don't know why you're low balling his peak height Rob? Today he could be slightly under 6'1", but he was taller than 6'1.5" at his peak.
Charlie said on 27/Feb/17
There is no way Letterman is over 6 feet tall. Letterman is no more than 5'9 today. In the Documentary years of Living Dangerously he is in India filming about the dangers of Coal and the lack of electricity. In one part of the segment he is talking to a tailor who had his custom fitted for India Attire. The tailor stood a good 3 inches taller than Letterman and the tailor looked about 5'10. Letterman has a waste size of 37' and a chest size of 41'. There is no way he is 6 feet tall. There was a scene in the documentary where he and the tailor are on a roof talking about India's use of Diesel Generators due to the power outages. For an American man letterman is really not that tall and not that big. He looks extremely skinny next to the Indian Tailor and shorter. For Lettermen to be 6 feet tall his waste size
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Nov/16
I think in the 80's he was a very solid/strong 187cm guy if not 188cm or 6ft2 like he claimed.
Willes189 said on 15/Sep/16
Yes, Barkley is greatly under listed
Height said on 27/Jun/16
Peak Letterman looks like a 5'11"er close to Charles Barkley. Probably speaks more of Barkley's height than Letterman's.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Apr/16
Rob, which one is most likely his peak?

A) 190cm/188cm
B) 189.5cm/187.5cm
C) 189cm/187cm
D) 188.5cm/186.5cm
E) 188cm/186cm
Editor Rob: C plus or minus a little
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Mar/16
Danimal, are you actually saying that Letterman is still 6ft2?
Judd ISR said on 11/Aug/15
Good listing Rob! 184.5-5 cms it's his actual current listing!
adolf said on 8/Aug/15
And im convinced he always was, Bernard. Look at him with Ivan Lendl.
Bernard said on 1/Jul/15
Rob, I am convinced that he is now 6'0.5
Here is him with president Barack Obama...

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It looks like Obama could be 6'1.25 here, but you listed him as 6'1', but letterman looks half an inch shorter than him. Do you think that his height has deteriorated as he has gotten older, and that he is not in fact still 6'1.5?
[Editor Rob: yes he could be around that mark now, weak 6ft 1 range. He is what, 68 now!]
Danimal said on 31/May/15
A present day David Letterman is TALLER than Ray Romano (starting at the 2:58 mark). I have NO problem saying that Dave was 6'2" or 6'2.5" (in the morning as he claimed) in his youth: Click Here
Crypto139 said on 24/May/15
6'0.75" today
Tempest said on 24/May/15
At least an inch (possibly 2) shorter than Norm MacDonald.
Danimal said on 21/May/15
WOW, here is Dave and Obama standing side by side this past week at the 29 second mark. Dave being almost 70 years old has probably lost 1" since his prime, but he stands up pretty well to Obama even still: Click Here
Judd said on 21/May/15
rob i've no doubt he was 6'1.5" because he always looks tall.
althought, today he's still 68 and i think he had a naturally (but modest) shrinkage:

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he might be currently 6'0.75-1"? is what he does look next to a honest 6'1" Barack Obama...
slothee said on 7/May/15
Seeing current 6ft2.5 Will Ferrell with him on his show, he appeared at least two inches shorter than Ferrell. I think he's in the 6ft0.5 range today.
grizz said on 6/May/15
He looks more like a strong 6 footer or weak 6'1. 6'2.5 Will Ferell had almost 2 inches on Letterman standing right next to him. A legit 6'1 Obama looked taller than Letterman, but can't figure that because they weren't standing on even ground (perhaps Letterman knew he'd appear shorter next to Obama lol).
1995 6'5" guy said on 6/May/15
This guy was 2 inches shorter than Ryan Reynolds, I give that he's old so it's okay I guess.
Magoo said on 5/May/15
In the 80s he was talking to a guest on his show and he mentioned that he was 6'2 and a half. Looks like he probably lost some of that hight now at almost 70.
TheOx said on 30/Apr/15
I always wondered how tall he was, my guess was always 6'2. Just watching him now and there is a guy that comes on pretending to be New York Mayor Bill Di Blasio, he is at least 4 inches taller than letteman, if somebody knew who he is and his height that would be a good comparison as they are both standing upright next to each other Infront of the camera.
Slash said on 24/Apr/15
Letterman is 185cm most, more like 183cm. A large majority of celebs lie about their height so now even those who don't are considered taller than they are.
wooley85 said on 18/Mar/15
I just saw Will Farrell on Lettermen and Lettermen was standing right next to him and Farrell had Dave by at least 3-4 inches. Either Dave Shrank or Farrell is taller than 6'3
Silent_D said on 9/Mar/15
187cm.
Damon said on 20/Jan/15
rob, i think letterman needs a downgrade. 4 inches tops over 5'8 joaquin phoenix in this vid about 13 min mark Click Here
Judd said on 9/Jan/15
I think today he's 6'0.75-1"...same current size of Bill Murray, but I will bet he for sure was 6'1" in the 70's and 80's!
Hypado said on 30/Dec/14
yes mike

184-185 today
186-187 peak
Bishop said on 21/Dec/14
His peak was definitely this. Now, I'd say more of a solid 6'1".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Dec/14
Rob, is 184cm now possible for Letterman or do you still think he clears 6ft1?
[Editor Rob: he can still look around 6ft 1 range]
Powerhouse said on 12/Dec/14
Joaquin Phoenix was on the show recently and they were both standing next to each other at some point during the interview and there was certainly not 5.5 inches difference in height between them. I think either Joaquin needs an upgrade or Letterman needs a downgrade.
Silent D said on 1/Nov/14
187cm.
mike said on 16/Oct/14
184-185 today
186-187 peak
Danimal said on 14/Oct/14
At 4:20, Letterman's quite a bit taller than 6'0" Dave Grohl (from THIS WEEK):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv5ekzTubwU
Tymmo said on 5/Oct/14
I think David Letterman could be 188cm and Tyler the Creator would be about 186cm but Dave had footwear advantage, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9kJ0w7FCNo#t=286
MrTBlack said on 7/Jul/14
Rob, I think he's a full 6'2". Maybe 6'1 3/4 at worst but even then, that's an understatement.
Sorty said on 29/Jun/14
I played the show. There's a pic of us shaking hands. I'm 6'7" and I'm slightly leaning in the shot. I'd guess he's 6'2".
Tim said on 27/Jun/14
Here he is standing next to 6'5" Howard Stern and 5'11" Jimmy Kimmel
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Seems like he may be even shorter than 6'1" now?
Afg said on 20/May/14
Here he is with 180 Jay Leno, i think he looks at least 184.5, unfortunately the photo does not shows the shoes. Click Here
NS said on 10/Mar/14
Met Dave in the 90s. Held the door open for him as he went into a book store. Seemed a clear 6'2" at least.
StopHijackingMyNick said on 25/Feb/14
186cm peak and now 185cm.
Doug said on 9/Feb/14
Talking to Paul McCartney he looks a solid 6'1, they are both close in age, I assume have dealt with similar height loss, if any.
teej said on 10/Jan/14
Looks no way near 6'2, looks like 5'11 next to 6'3 will ferrell. And even with other celebs like cameron diaz in heels she's 5'8 and in heels she's about 6'0 and she's got an inch on him. If you look at his shows you see how he gets towered, by real 6'2 guys. Also the fact that I am 187.6 cm, and my girlfriend is 5'8. I still am comfarably and noticably taller than her on with 4 inchheels. And my brother is 6'4 yet in photos I look about 2/2.25 inches smaller than him, whereas david who's supposedly 187cm gets towered by will ferrel by a noticable 5 inches as he's just above his nose. I don't buy he's a 6'1 or 2. I think his peak height possibly 6 foot, current height 5'11
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jan/14
Actually a weak 6ft2 is possible aswell for Letterman's peak.

Rob, you're right about Chris Elliott. I saw a few clips of him and Letterman from the 80s up to most recent and he consistently looks very close to if not the same height. Must be at least 6ft1.
Mike said on 4/Jan/14
I saw Huey Lewis as a guest on David Letterman. Huey Lewis is a legitimate 6'tall. When Letterman was standing next to Lewis he looked about 2'' tall than he is. So I would suffice to say that Dave is approximately 6'2''tall.
Lenad is sexy said on 31/Dec/13
I think letterman was a weak 6'2.
Lenad is sexy said on 28/Dec/13
186cm is probably closer today
James said on 26/Dec/13
"So, he had Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (measured 6'3.25") do his Top Ten, last night. I saw absolutely no more than two inches between the two."

I saw that episode last night. My first thought when Winston came out: "Damn, he must be 6'5" at least." He dwarfed Letterman that much. My guess is 6'0" flat nowadays.
MD said on 17/Dec/13
So, he had Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (measured 6'3.25") do his Top Ten, last night. I saw absolutely no more than two inches between the two. Letterman has not lost a lot of height. At his absolute lowest I'd say 6'1", but he really does look this listing. He remains looking consistently taller with men of average height, and he still looks taller than six-foot-even men.
HOIS said on 15/Dec/13
He's 6'4
Lenad is sexy said on 14/Dec/13
still looks at least 6'1 to me
gian92 said on 30/Nov/13
6'1 no more
Silent d said on 5/Oct/13
187cm.
Salut said on 26/Sep/13
6'2 shoes on
17, 183 said on 19/Sep/13
He's 6'2, just. Very cocky about his height though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Sep/13
"Peak height was 6ft 2in (188cm)"

Looked it in the 80s-90s and is probably still close to it now. I'm not his biggest fan. Quite frankly I find him to be quite annoying at times. But, I think he's honest about his height. I read somewhere he claimed 6ft2.5 aswell.
Shelb said on 6/Aug/13
Tyler the Creator is easily 6'2". I'm 6 foot and he towered over me when I met him and he was barefooted (someone stole his shoes when he was crowd surfing).

Letterman lost weight after his heart surgery and he's someone who lost weight with age instead of gaining it. He's not hiding his weight loss, it's obvious.
LG69 said on 1/Aug/13
Peak 6'2"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jul/13
Can look 6ft1 flat a lot now. 186cm today, Rob?
spokid said on 11/Jul/13
By the way:
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Kanye is 5'8, there's no chance that Tyler is 5'11...

He towers Kanye West, who is 5'8.
spokid said on 10/Jul/13
@MD I met Tyler backstage at a show. I'm somewhere between 5'11 and 6 feet, and Tyler was easily 2 or 3 inches taller than me. But he's really really wide shouldered and skinny irl, so that might make him appear taller...
Hot Flash said on 10/Jul/13
Has anyone noticed Dave Letterman looks like he's lost a lot of weight? Why does he wear his suits "unbottoned" every night? Is it to hide the weight loss?
Silent d said on 23/Jun/13
187cm. He always stands his ground against tall guests like morgan freeman, jim carrey, obama, nadal, sharapova and some other celebs. I know it is weird when he looks 6 foot next to some guests. He is a hard man to judge. The photo with alan made him look 6 foot.
Sam said on 3/Jun/13
Rob, I think it's fair to say he's lost maybe a half an inch with age today. Would you look at that?
Elfoersaan said on 5/May/13
This doesn't seem right. Bill Murray is listed here shorter than David Letterman but in the first video below he's apparently at least an inch taller than Letterman. Same goes with George Clooney, who virtually looks just 2 inches shorter than David.

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Either Bill Murray is 6ft 2.5in and George Clooney is 5ft 11.5in. Or Letterman is shorter than listed here. I agree with people on this forum David's height is at least an inch to much.
Tempest said on 30/Apr/13
Lenad, you're close. I remember a pic Rob had with Letterman and some other 5'10" guy and Letterman only looked 1-2 inches taller. Jim Carrey was shorter in the 1994 interview. Jim Carrey 6'.05". Letterman 6'1". That's what I think.
Lenad is sexy said on 21/Apr/13
the same height as Jim Carrey if not a tad taller in 1994. 187cm peak
Bifftannen said on 12/Apr/13
He Was towered in the early 80,s when he had andre the giant ón the show clip is ón youtube
Rah 6'0" said on 8/Apr/13
MD if it is true about Frank Ocean being 5'10". but if tyler has claimed 6'2 and is seen as being the same height or a shade taller than frank than Letterman is weak 6'1 Tyler strong 5'11"?
Rah 6'0" said on 6/Apr/13
Keep in mind when 6'2" tyler the creator was on the show letterman had a huge show advantage since tyler usually wears converse chuck taylors. I really wish tyler had a page bcuz he seems to be the same height as frank ocean who looks a legit 6 foot. 2 inches is a huge flucutation.
lenad is sexy said on 6/Apr/13
I can buy a full 6'2 for letterman at his prime. No more though
Big T said on 6/Apr/13
Tyler the Creator has always claimed 6'2" and Dave was taller than him easily. I dunno why so many people wanna downgrade Dave.
Tempest said on 7/Mar/13
Anthony Perkins is what you'd call a legitimate 6'2" guy. Lanky, skinny and awkward looking and yet he's listed as 6'1.5" on here. He is at least 6'2". He very likely is 6'2.5" as he claimed. Letterman is shorter.
Tempest said on 5/Mar/13
Rob, that picture of that one 5'10.5" guy with Letterman made Letterman look 6' or less... Please don't tell me you're being paid to make celebrities taller than they really are.
Tempest said on 5/Mar/13
And as I deduced Anthony Perkons is taller than David Letterman. I realize this is bad for comparing heights but simply compare lankiness and try to put yourself directly in front of the two using your imagination.

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Let us not forget about the picture of Letterman and that 5'10.5" guy Rob knew where Letterman only looked 6' max.
Tempest said on 1/Mar/13
If Chris Barrie in that video is 5'11" then Craig Ferguson looks 184 cm.
katy said on 31/Jan/13
Next to 5'10 Jon Bon Jovi: Click Here
I'M smart. said on 29/Dec/12
Craig Ferguson is 5'11" I know celebs and their heights. Letterman is 6'2' in the morning. Then he get's a litttle shorter.
The Big Midget said on 24/Nov/12
When Sylvester Stallone was at his show, he was almost as tall (elevator shoes anyone?) .-)
Silent d said on 1/Oct/12
187cm but he has good posture for a 65 year old man. I'm surprised he is as tall as his peak height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Sep/12
6ft2/188cm peak is possible since he still looks 186-187cm on his show. Didn't he claim 6ft2.5 at one point aswell?
Sam said on 27/Sep/12
We almost always shrink with age..
David & Arnold are both over 60.
Anon said on 27/Sep/12
Letterman is exactly 6'1.5 (186.5cm), David Cameron looked almost as tall as him on the show. I would say Cameron is more 185cm than 184, Obama looks a fraction taller than him at 185.5cm. Will Smith looked the same height as Letterman and Rafael Nadal looked more than an inch shorter I give Nadal 183.5cm
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm said on 26/Sep/12
@2tall:
No way, Arnold was around my same height at peak, at least 6'1.5 and so was Letterman, 5'11 is trolling.
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm said on 25/Sep/12
He's shorter than Obama today.
2tall said on 19/Sep/12
I am a 6'1" woman and every guy who is 5'10 clsims to be 6'. Celebties all fudge height. Arnold is 5"11 mac. I towered over him at a fundraiser
Silent d said on 18/Sep/12
Greg you have to watch the shows again when he shakes their hands, they are on even ground. He wears boat shoes. No lift there. Sometimes when celebrities do the top ten, he goes to shake hands with them and he is usually taller. Next to romney a while back ago, romney was slightly taller and he is 6 foot 2 but i think he had a shoe advantage. David is 187cm but the funny thing is, some nfl players always seem to stand him up. He is an enigma. Some things can't be explained.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Sep/12
I don't see Arnold having 2in on Letterman. Besides he's way closer to the camera.
They look virtually the same with Letterman maybe edging Arnold out by a bit.
John said on 16/Aug/12
Two inches shorter than Arnold here: Click Here

Arnold was supposedly 6'1.5 at his peak, but maybe he was wearing lifts?
Silent d said on 1/Feb/12
I assume 187cm is right on because no one is commenting anymore.
Silent d said on 17/Jan/12
Definitely 187cm next to 192cm seal. He stands his ground against a very tall man.
Silent d said on 11/Jan/12
He was still taller than kate beckinsale in 6 inch slight platform heels. 187cm.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 10/Jan/12
Rob,

Is this listing Letterman's current height, or his peak height?
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure if he's lost half inch or not]
Silent d said on 6/Jan/12
How tall is will arnett? David letterman was taller than him. 187cm.
Silent d said on 3/Jan/12
I found out that lindsey vonn was 5 foot 10 but she looked taller on letterman. 187cm.
Mathew said on 2/Jan/12
Looked close to 6'2" back in the 90s.
Silent d said on 25/Dec/11
I watched the episode when lindsey vonn was on. She was huge. I never seen a female guest look so big in the chair. She looked 6 foot easy and she had 3 inch heels i think. When she hugged david letterman, he was slightly taller. Trust me she was tall and attractive. 187cm. He was much taller than anderson cooper too.
Greg (6 ft 1 in) said on 21/Dec/11
All you have to do is copy the address from the web address bar and paste it here. Rob's got it set up so it automatically creates a link. Like I said before, whenever I watch the show Dave is on the elevated stage and his guest is standing on the floor, so I'm interested in looking at these moments you're finding that can actually be used to accurately determine height to a reasonable degree. So far, the best evidence I have is the photo above with 5'10.5'' Alan Light in which Dave looks no taller than 6'0.25''.
Silent d said on 20/Dec/11
I don't know how to link. I just watch the show a lot. He was definately taller than will smith, rafael nadal, bill murray, bill cosby, jim carrey and similar to kutcher. He might be slightly taller. I know because they were hugging and posing and you can see letterman clearly taller. I don't get it. No lifts in his shoe. How tall is mitt romney? He was slightly shorter than him. 187cm.
Greg said on 19/Dec/11
@Silent d: I've watched the show quite a bit, but usually Dave is on the elevated stage when shaking the hand of his guest. You think you could link me?

@Jim: Actually, Dave had a comfortable camera advantage on Hugh. Just pause at 0:46 on the zoomed-in shot, and you can see just how much closer to the camera Dave is. It's harder to tell once the camera has zoomed out.
Jim said on 16/Dec/11
He was taller than hugh jackman when he did the interview this year and if hugh jackman is definetly 6ft 2 letterman would have to be at least 6ft 2 and it isnt the camera angle because letterman had his head titled down when shaking his hand, i would definetly say he is 6ft 2 at least. Click Here just skip to 0:45
Silent d said on 13/Dec/11
Just watch the show. He was taller than David duchovny.
Greg said on 8/Dec/11
@Silent d: Okay, could you present the evidence?
Silent d said on 7/Dec/11
I don't know but much taller than matt damon and he is at least 5 foot 9. He was wearing dress shoes. I still think 187cm is not out of reach.
Greg said on 5/Dec/11
Where is this evidence that Letterman is the same height as Joe Montana? I've seen when Montana was on Letterman in '95, but Letterman wasn't standing straight at all when they shook hands (and he looked a lot shorter).
Silent d said on 5/Dec/11
So you think he is a 6 foot celebrity claiming to be 6 foot 2. That seems unreasonable. He doesn't look like a liar but i don't know anymore. 187cm. He was clearly taller than craig ferguson who is a legit 6 foot 1 or more. He was taller than nadal. A six footer cannot be taller than those guys. 187cm.
SIlent d said on 30/Nov/11
The rock is 6 foot 3. Was he wearing huge boots vegas? What do you think his height is vegas? 6 foot? Even next to johnny depp, there's a big difference. He must be a magician if he is only 6 foot. In that photo above he looks barely 6 foot. If that is his real height. There must be an optical illusion on the show. I can't explain this phenomenon. Vegas help me explain it? He is not a lift wearer. He wears old man boat shoes. I don't know anymore.
guest said on 30/Nov/11
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (listed as 6ft 2in) with Letterman:

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Rodgers definitely appears more than 0.5" taller in the video... looks more like 1.5" or 2" taller than Letterman
Vegas said on 29/Nov/11
Silent d says on 28/Nov/11
Has he ever said his height rob? He must be a magician creating the illusion he's 187cm.
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he isn't 187cm as of 2011, 2 years ago the rock had quite a bit of height on him 18secs Click Here
Silent d said on 28/Nov/11
He never wears lifts. He wears these weird boat shoes that have an inch lift max. When will smith hugged him on the show, david was slightly taller and will had dress shoes. They have an inch and a bit lift. 187cm. Has he ever said his height rob? He must be a magician creating the illusion he's 187cm. I can't explain it. He was clearly 7cm taller than jerry seinfield who people say is 180cm. He had more lift in shoes. Jamie oliver is not short, he always looked 5 foot 10. David was much taller than him. I think he was crouching next to kid cudi because there is no way he is shorter than 6 foot.
echelon said on 24/Nov/11
I'll give you that Silent d, does appear to be an anomaly cause it doesn't look like cudi could be wearing lifts as he's wearing off the shelf trainers. Whatever the secret is here I'd love to know so I could stand eye to eye with a 6 ft + person
Silent d said on 24/Nov/11
Of course vegas, they are giants. Can't explain that echelon. He is usually much taller than his music guests. He was much taller than rihanna, ne yo, david grohl,delta goodrem, ellen, adam sandler, robert de niro, eddie murphy and much more. He stands his ground next to ashton, ryan reynolds, jim carrey and will smith. 187cm.
echelon said on 22/Nov/11
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If Kid Cudi is supposed to 5'9 and Letterman is 6'1.5 how do they look so close in height here (04.39) im 5'9.5 and when i stand next to my 6'+ friends, our eyelines are definitely not that near each other
thebad7 said on 22/Nov/11
@Danimal: I looked at two videos of Letterman in '95 when Montana appear on his show. If Montana is/was 6'2" then Letterman did look the same height as Montana. It's strange because in the above photo, he doesn't look like a 6'2" man at all.

tb7
Vegas said on 21/Nov/11
Silent d says on 19/Nov/11
He is never towered by anyone on his show not even by vince vaughn.
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towered by 6'8.5 barefoot measured amare stoudemire last year 2mins 28secs Click Here
looking quite a bit shorter than ~6'6 penn jillette in 1989, 3mins 10secs onward Click Here
Silent d said on 19/Nov/11
He is never towered by anyone on his show not even by vince vaughn. Rob has he ever said he is 6 foot 2? I know you lose height over time but it doesn't make sense.
Mathew said on 18/Nov/11
6'1"-ish, give or take. He's not over this listing, that's for sure.
Silent d said on 16/Nov/11
I can't explain that photo above. On his show he easily looks 187cm. Does alan wear lifts rob?
[Editor Rob: I've no idea about lifts, but maybe the ground isn't quite as level?]
Silent d said on 15/Nov/11
He was a few inches taller than jamie oliver who looks about 5 foot 9 to 10. 187cm is correct.
Silent d said on 11/Nov/11
That photo does not make sense. How could he look so tall next to ashton kutcher, will smith, robert pattinson, jim carrey, nadal and he is a giant next to the music guests. All legit 6 foot plus guys. When adam sandler went on a couple of days ago. At least 12cm difference. Assuming sandler is 5 foot 9, david letterman is a legit 187cm. Adam sandler is 177cm so 187cm seems correct.
Danimal said on 9/Nov/11
thebad7 says on 7/Nov/11
Even when younger, he never looked 6'2". A strong 6'0"/weak 6'1" sounds more accurate for him.

Oh YES he did. There are clips on youtube of him and John Candy from the early 1980's and Dave was barely shorter than him. There is so much proof that he was at least 6'2" peak. Him and 6'2" Joe Montana from the early 1990's (same exact height). Been watching Dave since before you were probably born and he was every bit 6'2" during the day and as mentioned before, 6'2.5" first thing in the morning. Today's he probably scraping 6'1" at 64 years old.
Danimal said on 9/Nov/11
thebad7 says on 7/Nov/11
Even when younger, he never looked 6'2". A strong 6'0"/weak 6'1" sounds more accurate for him.

Oh YES he did. There are clips on youtube of him and John Candy from the early 1980's and Dave was barely shorter than him. There is so much proof that he was at least 6'2" peak. Him and 6'2" Joe Montana from the early 1990's (same exact height). Been watching Dave since before you were probably born and he was every bit 6'2" during the day and as mentioned before, 6'2.5" first thing in the morning. Today's he probably scraping 6'1" at 64 years old.
Silent d said on 8/Nov/11
I don't have evidence but i always watch the late show when i can. He was taller than nadal who is 6 foot 1. A six footer cannot be taller than a person who is 6 foot 1. Just look it up on youtube or something. He was slightly taller than bill cosby and cosby is 6 foot 1. I can live with 187cm. He never looked short. He always stands tall next to his guests. Just look at old footage. That photo is an anomily. It is weird. It doesn't make sense. He wears weird boat shoes on the show. Pretty much a flat sole. When he greets the guest you can see how tall he is. No tricks. He is a tall old man with good posture.
thebad7 said on 7/Nov/11
Even when younger, he never looked 6'2". A strong 6'0"/weak 6'1" sounds more accurate for him.

Rob, in the photo you have pasted above, Letterman only looks 2" taller at the most compared to Mr. Light.

tb7
Greg said on 28/Oct/11
Silent D says on 19/Oct/11
He always looked tall. In his show he is same height as sharapova, will smith, hugh jackman and slightly taller than 186cm ashton kutcher. 188cm is perfect. Sometimes he looks like a giant next to some musical guests.He was taller than jim carrey. people who say he is 6 feet are kidding themselves. He was clearly 11cm taller than 177cm charlize theron and 9cm taller than 179cm nicole kidman.


Could you show some video/photo evidence at a good angle where both Dave and his guest are standing at the same distance from the camera?

The photo above that Rob posted is a much better indicator of Letterman's height than the Late Show because there's bound to be problems like camera advantage and angle on the show. In the photo, we've concurred that Dave was just barely 6 foot, which means he's like 5'11.5'' now.
Silent d said on 24/Oct/11
In that photo he looks 6 foot. How old was that photo rob? No way he's 6 foot. I can live with 187cm but saying he is 6 foot is a joke.
Silent D said on 19/Oct/11
He always looked tall. In his show he is same height as sharapova, will smith, hugh jackman and slightly taller than 186cm ashton kutcher. 188cm is perfect. Sometimes he looks like a giant next to some musical guests.He was taller than jim carrey. people who say he is 6 feet are kidding themselves. He was clearly 11cm taller than 177cm charlize theron and 9cm taller than 179cm nicole kidman.
Lee said on 14/Oct/11
Saw Bill O'Reilly last night on Letterman show. O'Reilly has said he is 6'4".
To me, he is taller than Letterman by more than just 2".
As for losing height with age: Letterman is 64 years old. O'Reilly is 62.
Greg said on 12/Oct/11
Dave was 6 foot flat in his prime, I'm really having a difficult time understanding how people can see 3.5 inches between him and Light, especially when you consider that Light is leaning to the right a bit, while Dave is standing straight up, and that Dave's hate makes him look taller than he really is.
Greg said on 12/Oct/11
Why is everyone saying 6'2''? Dave clearly does not have 3.5 inches on Light in this picture. This is how someone with 3.5+ inches should look: Click Here
Johan Cruyff said on 12/Oct/11
David Letterman heights were (at his peak):

Morning (out of bed)= 6'2" (1.88 m)
After 1,5-3 hrs= 6'1.5" (1.87 m)
After 5-10 hrs= 6'1.2" (1.86 m)

Today, i think he's a solid 6'0.75"-1" (1.85 m), no more...
Greg said on 10/Oct/11
I'm sorry, but I can't see how anyone can say Letterman was ever 6'2''. In order for him to have been 6'2'', he'd have to have three and a half inches on Light, which he clearly doesn't have. The hat makes him look taller than he really is, it looks to me that in actuality he only has 1.75 inches on Light, mwhich makes him 6'0.25''. He hardly ever looks tall either, I'd peg him at 5'11.75'' today.
r3v001 said on 18/Sep/11
Looks a strong 6'0.5 in this photo hes maybe got 2 inches on Alan no more. maybe 6'1.5 out of bed in his prime but prob a solid 6 feet now still at the end of the day Still a very nice height.
LUCOSO said on 14/Sep/11
a bit taller than nadal,why letterman doesnt lose height he is like morgan freman
John said on 25/Aug/11
hes was still an inch bigger than rafael nadal on the show the other night
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Aug/11
186cm tops today. Can look 6ft1 a lot nowadays and sometimes just under.
Was for sure 6ft2 in his prime
Chameleon said on 29/Jun/11
Never been over 6'1
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jun/11
6ft2 peak
6ft1.25-6ft1.5 today
richinkle said on 22/Jun/11
On a 1979 episode of the short-lived "Mary Tyler Moore Hour", he stood no more than 4" taller than Joyce Van Patten and Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom were wearing about 3" heels to his over 1" shoes. I would put Letterman at 6'-1".
Lenad is sexy said on 21/Jun/11
still looks at least 6ft1. so i think 186cm now and 188cm peak
Danimal said on 20/Jun/11
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 27/May/11
Rob, would you be aware that Letterman also claimed 6ft2.5?

[Editor Rob: yes it's been mentioned a few times in the past]

He claimed that his friend growing up measured him at 6'2.5" (probably his morning height when he was young).. Is probably around 6'1" today (give or take .25").
Vegas said on 19/Jun/11
if alans 5'8.5 then letterman peaked out at barely 5'11 going by the above photo and letterman was taller than arnold schwarzenegger late 80s/early 1990s
Cranberries said on 15/Jun/11
Here's Alan Light with Patrick Stewart, who can't be more than 5'8.5" at this age.
Click Here

Alan Light is nowhere near 5'10.5"! More like 5'8.5".
Cranberries said on 15/Jun/11
Alan Light isn't 5'10.5". Doesn't look it in his non-Celebheights pics.
Chameleon said on 7/Jun/11
He's never been over 6'1, let alone 187cm.
Sean said on 31/May/11
Click Here
this is him with The Strokes a couple weeks ago, Julian Casablancas(the singer) is 6'2" and he looks at least 2 inches taller than him. i'd say about 5'11"-6' nowadays
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/May/11
Rob, would you be aware that Letterman also claimed 6ft2.5?

[Editor Rob: yes it's been mentioned a few times in the past]
Bon_ said on 25/May/11
6'1, solid 185 cm at peak alright.
Chameleon said on 18/May/11
6'1 not 6'0

6'2 neverr
Ali said on 14/May/11
This site is really funny, lol.

6ft at best. 6'2 a complete joke.
Lenad is sexy said on 1/May/11
I wouldnt argue anything over 6ft2 peak
jtm said on 29/Apr/11
rob we are talking about his peak height,
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Apr/11
Rob would 6"2 at peak be fair?

[Editor Rob: there's never any 6ft 1 and half celebrity men, well apart from a handful! I would bet 95% of them round up and say 6ft 2.]
Larc 6 ft 1.5 in said on 27/Apr/11
mcfan says on 22/Apr/11
Here's an obvious question: How can David Letterman who was clearly an inch taller than Bill Murray, be listed as the same height as 6'1.5? Something clearly wrong here.

I agree Murray should be downgraded to 6'1 Rob, he was clearly half an inch or more shorter than Letterman.

[Editor Rob: he's currently listed 6ft 1]
mcfan said on 22/Apr/11
Here's an obvious question: How can David Letterman who was clearly an inch taller than Bill Murray, be listed as the same height as 6'1.5? Something clearly wrong here.
Bon_ said on 26/Feb/11
with Alan looks 184 cm, but I'll setle for a strong 6'1 peak, 186 cm
SolidSnake said on 9/Feb/11
How come no peak height is here. By 60 he must of lost some height right
JMS said on 8/Feb/11
looked at least 2 inches shorter than 6'2" listed aaron rodgers. He might be around 6 feet nowadays.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Dec/10
6"2 is about right for both Letterman and Schwarzenegger at peak

Perhaps Letterman had a slight edge
Boom said on 19/Dec/10
Cam Newton of Auburn was recently on Letterman, and hes at least 6'5. Dave looks about 6'-6'1 next to him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Dec/10
6"2 peak, Rob?
georgeclooneysmum said on 28/Nov/10
Alan is on higher ground look at the waists.
lolo said on 23/Nov/10
he does look almost 3 inches taller than alan alan has big hairs which easily add 1 inch he could be closer to 186cm then
Anonymous said on 17/Nov/10
no larc, schwarzenegger, arnie was actually slightly shorter than letterman, 6'1 letterman, 6ft 0.5 peak arnie Click Here

here is letterman with 6'6 penn jillette as you can see letterman at age 41 there is easily 5 inches shorter than jillette Click Here
James said on 1/Nov/10
he's standing with poor posture next to alan
dmeyer said on 31/Oct/10
6 ft 1.5 peak 6 ft 0.5 now dosnt look over 185 with alan
Danimal said on 20/Sep/07
Well said Jackie and you had me laughing out loud when you said that you were scared there would be nothing left of you by the time your reached your 60's/70's. I take it you stopped growing at 13 then?

My mother went from 5'2 3/4" to 5'1" by 50? My step father went from 6'1 3/4" to 6'0" by 50 as well. To say that a 60 year old man does not lose any height is just plain ignorant. Do some research and realize that we ALL lose height. It's usually about .5" every decade after 40. Some say as early as 30. Women lose more height than men due to osteoperosis.
Danimal said on 20/Sep/07
Well said Jackie and you had me laughing out loud when you said that you were scared there would be nothing left of you by the time your reached your 60's/70's. I take it you stopped growing at 13 then?

My mother went from 5'2 3/4" to 5'1" by 50? My step father went from 6'1 3/4" to 6'0" by 50 as well. To say that a 60 year old man does not lose any height is just plain ignorant. Do some research and realize that we ALL lose height. It's usually about .5" every decade after 40. Some say as early as 30. Women lose more height than men due to osteoperosis.
Jackie said on 20/Sep/07
Hi Rich,
Well, it is not strictly age related, whether or when one loses height. I lost a quarter of an inch between age 12 and 13, causing me to panic, thinking there'd be nothing left of me by the time I was in my sixties or seventies! LOL
Lifestyle is also a very important factor. Some people stop growing in their teens, some in their (early) twenties. Christopher Reeve famously gained a little over an inch when he was on a strict work-out regime before the first Superman movie. In my family I had people who never lost height, well into their eighties, just lost weight. I also had people in my family who shrunk at an alarming speed. Diet and
physical activity are major factors that help keep any aging process back for at least a while.
rich said on 18/Sep/07
Saying he's not old enough to lose inches isn't quite correct. He's pushing
60, is he not? I just turned 50, and I'm an inch shorter than my high school years
at 5' 8". Wahhh.Those old discs tend to start drying out and compressing at some point!!
steve XIV said on 13/Jul/07
Dave Letterman is 6'2" still. He's not old enough to lose any inches. He's exactly the same height as Jim Carrey. They showed them standing right next to eachother on a show a few years back. And Tony Parker is only 6'1" but appeared to be a little bit taller maybe when he was on Letterman. But Dave's still 6'2"
Reminidi said on 26/Jun/07
Yep, best personality on tv, right on. Tom Shales said so about 10 years ago, and he was right on. Looked a couple inches shorter than Tony Parker tonight, whose listed at 6-2, I think Dave is still closer to 6-1 though now, athlete's posture prob. made Porker look even taller.
lrua said on 5/Jun/07
Very skinny with long legs giving a taller look, not the 6'2" he used to be listed at but nowadays around the 6' to 6'1" mark.
AirSky said on 1/Jun/07
I don't miss one show of the David Letterman show it's been some years now. He always wears tasseled loafers, which give him about 1cm or 1/2 inch at the most. He couldn't care less about lifts. And who would, at 187cm. I agree with most posts here, about 187 at his peak, around 185cm now. No shorter than that. Definitely. When he walks it's like he's gonna take everything along with him (kinda like a bulldozer); those are long legs
Who said he wears lifts here is drunk

PS. I vote best personality on TV
Remi said on 15/Apr/07
right-on glenn, dave-o-roni is at least 6'1", an inch taller in his prime, now about an inch less then that (6'1" LOL) Long live Larry Bud Melman! Calvert Deforrest restin peace!! Kurt Vonnegut too!!!
glenn said on 19/Mar/07
letterman was possibly 6-2 in his prime.
Scarlet said on 19/Mar/07
Letterman was 4 inches taller than Daniel Craig whose real height is 5'9 max. Wtch the interview. 6'1 legit
glenn said on 18/Mar/07
no f**king way letterman is 5-9.i met him many times.he is 6-1 bare minimum.
Animal said on 17/Mar/07
Joe Montana was listed his senior year in college as 6'0"It is also a fact through out the NFL he was the best true six foot quater back to play the game.Besides Howard Stern told me Letterman is 5'9" tops .May be he use;s shoe lifts everyone does.3" lifts would put him at 6'0"thats pretty tall for TV
Snapper G said on 20/Feb/07
Have been watching for 25 years now and can safely say he was likely 6-2 at his peak and is now around the 6-1.5 to 6-1.75 range, definitely not shorter than that.
Alex said on 14/Feb/07
He looks a legit 6'1 to me.
Danimal said on 7/Feb/07
Was the exact same height as 6'2" Joe Montana in the 1990's.
Andre said on 6/Feb/07
David is very vain..and tries to look bigger than he is on TV.so wears bigger shoes en straightens his posture.In RL on the streets he's tiny!
James said on 14/Nov/06
Letterman can't be more than 6'0" nowadays. When you see him walk around the city he looks pretty average actually. Maybe he was 6'1.5" in his prime, but definitely not at this age.
Anonymous said on 3/Nov/06
Letterman is about the same height as Borat. And Borat usually towers over everyone. I think it's safe to say that Letterman is still 6'2".
RobertJ said on 11/Oct/06
Routh looked about 1-2 inches taller than Letterman in this clip, although there next to each other for a second. 6'1'' sounds right.

Click Here
Robert said on 21/Sep/06
Bear in mind too regarding Dave, he always wears low-heeled shoes (wrestling boots in the early days, now always dress loafers that are almost always going to be lower than any guest's shoes). Just my two cents, whether they're worth anything or not.
Danimal said on 22/Jul/06
All of those who want to know who Conan copied in his first few years of being on the air, look no further. Here's the second part of David Letterman interviewing Bill Murray in the summer of 1984. This has to be the craziest interview ever. Dave hasn't only physically changed, but so has his entire personality: Click Here
Danimal said on 22/Jul/06
Kelsey Grammer who is 6'1"-6'2" always appeared the same height as Dave.
TheMan said on 22/Jul/06
I did see a women a basketball player who was on their she said she was 6,3 i don't know if she was wearing heals or not but she towered over letterman by atleast 3 inches. IMO if he's 6,2 he's just about there i don't belvie he is though 6,1 is likely.
Danimal said on 21/Jul/06
Take into account that Letterman is almost 60 years old. He is shorter today. I can tell. NO doubt that he was 6'2" in his younger years. Just go to Youtube.com and type in his name and you will have dozens of old clips from his old show from the 80's, where you will see 6'2" isn't so hard to swallow. I can even go so far as to say that he was 6'2" up until the early to mid 90's, when he would stand next to Joe Montana ALL THE TIME and they were the exaxt same height. Letterman also stated that he was once measured at 6'2.5".

My Dad is the exact same age as Letterman and when I stopped growing at 18 years old, I was slightly taller than my Dad (10-11 years ago). Today, I am FAR taller than him. It just happens. I'm sure my Dad was my height when he was my age. It's called gravity. It happens to us all.
Viper652 said on 21/Jul/06
Only looks an inch max to me between Owens and Letterman.
Viper652 said on 21/Jul/06
I think this video with Letterman and Terrel Owens confirms that Owens is closer to 6-2 flat, not that Letterman is 6-2. Even Letterman says they are close in height. Click Here

[Editor Rob: I thought owens had an easy 1.5 inches there...I still buy his draft height just 'shy of 6ft 3' and letterman not quite his own claim]
ts said on 30/Jun/06
Letterman can't be shorter than 6-1.
Viper652 said on 24/May/06
No way is Letterman 6-2. I just watched a clip of New York Yankees Derek Jeter come on to his show. Jeter is listed at 6-3 but hes really around 6-2 exactly and he had Letterman by at least 1 to maybe 2 inches.
td said on 23/May/06
yeah hes obviously atleast 6'1" and if uve seen him next to the lead singer for the dixie chicks he towers over her.
Gigantism C said on 11/May/06
Naugh, I think he's a solid 6'2''... and probably without shoes on that one. He's a taller guy. He's not f'in 6'0''. And I don't think he would exaggerate very much regarding "6'2"".
Viper652 said on 9/May/06
I think Letterman has been fudging on his height somewhat the whole time. Hes between 6-0-6-1.
muta said on 7/May/06
Letterman has said he is 6'2" but he doesn't look it to me.
Norwegian girl said on 2/May/06
Letterman is mostly taller than his guests.. I don't think that most of his guests are tiny, so.. he is definatly tall! about 6'1" to 6'2" I'd say:-D
TheMan said on 31/Dec/05
Im not dissagreeing with the height stated all i will say is that he does not look tall at all. Before i knew he's height i just assumed he was about 5,8 maybe 5,9.
McFan said on 8/Jul/05
This guys is in NO WAY under 6ft. He's the same height as Rob Reiner and they are both around 6'2. The way the camera angles are, you can see some celebrities walk next to a host and think they're the same height, but it all has to do with where they are positioned. Even photographs of yourself...everyone has seen someone shorter or taller than themselves (by a couple inches even) that can suddenly look the same height from a photo where they are standing next to them. It only takes one person slightly closer to the camera, someone slouching, high heels, or a tilt of the camera to create the illusion of heights.
hani said on 28/Jun/05
David Letterman is shorter than 6'1,5 and as i mentioned earlier he looks shorter than David Duchovny who is 6ft and he looked more than 4 inches shorter than snoop dog who is 6'4 and he is definitely an inch shorter than Christopher Walken.
iam sure he is no more than 6 ft and maybe even shorter.
Smoke said on 29/Apr/05
Yup, that would make Sam the 6'2" that I think he has always looked. No way Sam or Bernie Mack are the 6'3" they've been billed at for years.
Smoke said on 21/Apr/05
I wouldn't be so sure that Duchovny is a dead on 6 footer, in fact he has always looked atleast somewhat taller than this to me. In "Playing God" I recall him being just as tall, if not taller, than Timothy Hutton, and Hutton himself is listed at 6'1". I think he is quite possibly 6'0.5" at the very least. That being said, Letterman is getting older and shorter by the day now, and with a camera angle in slight favour of a guy like Duchovny he would easily appear to be shorter.
big dave said on 14/Apr/05
he has said he was 'measured in his youth at 6'2 1/2 and may be around a straight 6'2 now'

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