How tall is Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen's Height

5ft 6.5in (169 cm)

Chinese actor best known for roles in films such as IP Man, Blade 2, Seven Swords, Hero and Iron Monkey.


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Average Guess (4 Votes)
5ft 7.19in (170.7cm)
172.4cm guy said on 20/Jan/17
It's interesting. When I looked at Rogue One and some premiere photos, Donnie does seem to be about 169-170cm, and seems to accept his height very well. But the average guess seems to be around 171cm. For myself, he looks just shy of 5-7, maybe 5-6.75, which is still 170cm.
nguyen said on 20/Dec/16
oh my god
S.J.H said on 21/Oct/16
@john said on 29/Sep/16


Donnie yen is much shorter than listing here hes only 5'5 in real. Believe or not he wore special made lifts with taller actors during filming. Andy lau have self confess that he was only 5'7.5 when he was young and probably 5'7-5'7.25 nowadays
john said on 29/Sep/16
Andy Lau and Donnie yen looks the same height
If andy is listed as 174cm here, then Donnie cant be 169cm

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lol said on 9/Jul/16
so 5'6.5 is not that short then
? said on 9/Jun/16
what made you change your mind?
Editor Rob: just having more of a look I think the current mark could be closer.
John Cena said on 5/May/16
5'6.5
2020 oriental prince said on 5/Apr/16
There is no way in hell hes what he claims I am six one and a half bare foot took a pic with his wax figure at the madame tussade museum and I completely dwarfed him could be as low as 168 cm
MOF said on 11/Mar/16
After watching a few films with him recently, I'd say he's probably lower than this. 166-168cm would be my guess. For example he looks more than three inches lower than Mike Tyson. He looked well over 4 inches lower than Darren Shahlavi who's only height info I've seen is on imdb and it says 5'11", which seems true (he actually dies last year).

5'7" in shoes probably.
Editor Rob: maybe 169 is closer.
MD said on 7/Mar/16
Maybe looking a bit taller here with 5'10" Mike Tyson, but probably has to do with angle and footwear:

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A picture better showing the height difference:

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From another event with Yen getting a slightly favorable advantage given placement in the photo:

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Definitely the listing at the most. I think he might have a penchant for small lifts at a lot of premieres, and he can look slightly taller. Nothing ridiculous.
velox said on 6/Mar/16
165cm
louise said on 29/Jan/16
his height is probably 172-174
Hong Kong said on 18/Dec/15
Donnie is no more than 5'6/167cm. Someone I know took a picture next to him and she's about 5'4. He looked to be an inch 1/2 taller. Tbh I think Donnie is 5'5 1/2 / 166cm.
randomazn said on 5/Apr/15
Knew he was 5'7 or close to it, he is shorter than 5'9 Wesley Snipes.
MD said on 17/Dec/14
Thanks for the change, Rob.
MD said on 15/Dec/14
Rob,

Admittedly, Tilda Swinton is a tall woman and she's in heels, here...

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...and you can't just judge it off this picture. But, a guy of nearly 5'8" wouldn't look consistently this short. He doesn't look like a guy just under the average western height. He routinely looks legitimately short. There is no way he' near 5'8", and I'm not even convinced he's a full 5'7", honestly.
[Editor Rob: 5ft 7 is probably a lot nearer for him.]
Guy said on 13/Dec/14
Hey Bob I've did some research on him through some Chinese websites and I've come to a conclusion that he's 5'6 (168 - 169) at best and yes I do watch most of his films.
Hypado said on 11/Aug/14
Donnie Yen looks between 170-172cm
edguy282 said on 1/Aug/14
If Keanue is 6'1" and Donnie looks about 5.5-6.0" shorter with similar footwear, I think he's more like 171cm tall. A slight downgrade is needed.
Ali said on 2/Feb/14
I think he is 5 6 and a half.
Efoersaan said on 12/Jan/14
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That's about 1.5 inches difference for sure!
MD said on 11/Dec/13
With 6'1" Keanue Reeves:

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Elfoersaan said on 26/Nov/13
Donnie Yen didn't look anything taller than Sammo Hung in SPL and Ip man 2.

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Here is a picture of Chan, Hung and Biao to give an idea of the height difference between then 176 cm Chan and the shorter Hung.

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The difference is a solid 5 cm. Which makes Hung 171 cm. Without any doubt Hung lost at least 1 cm since that photo was taken 30 years ago, which puts him nowadays at 170 cm tops. The conclusion? Donnie Yen can't be taller than 171 cm and may even be 170 cm.
Mox said on 28/Jun/13
169 no more
rudi said on 15/Jan/12
i took a photo with a wax model of him at Madame Tussaud's Hong Kong. Dude is tiny. more like 169/170cm.
Amazed by Stupidity said on 23/Nov/11
Jake T, you can really tell a 1cm difference in this man's height through movies and photos? No, you can't so get a life, shorty.
Josh said on 22/Sep/11
Yen has claimed many times that he's 5'9". He's pretty adamant about it. Then again, he could be lying.
Donnie <3 said on 4/Sep/11
Too short for the role
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Hong Kong martial arts actor Donnie Yen has been criticised for being too short to play the role of Guan Yu.

Guan Yu was one of the best known Chinese historical figures, serving under Emperor Liu Bei in the Three Kingdoms era.

Due to his loyalty and righteousness charecter, he was deified and is widely worshipped by the Chinese people, especially in Southern China and Hong Kong.

Film director Alam Mak Siu-fai invited Yen to act in the movie The Lost Bladesman as Guan Yu.

He led the crew of actors and actresses to attend a press conference announcing his new film in Beijing recently.

Yen shot to fame after he played the role of Wing Chun martial arts master Ip Man in the movies Ip Man 1 and Ip Man 2.

At the event, the film star who is 1.74m tall was asked if he was wearing "special shoes" to make him look taller, as according to history, Guan Yu was 2.74m (nine feet) tall.

Yen, who was obviously furious, answered: "Of course there are special shoes, many of them. It's a custom movie ma!"

Mak, who went to his rescue, said the ancient measurement was different which made Guan Yu seem very tall.

Source: Nanyang Siang Pau
Seing c said on 13/Jun/11
Edison Chen looks like a midget next to Christian Bale (183 cm tall) in Batman. No way is Edison Chen 178 cm tall.
Jake T. said on 11/Apr/11
I have seen some pictures of him with Jackie Chan and Jet Li and 171 cm could be a more accurate height for Donnie.
Lord Chief Justice Victor said on 18/Nov/10
in my opinion, at most he stands at 5'8, thts the highest he can claim...
but solidly barefoot, he stands at 5'7, so yeah the stated height above is quite accurate
N Spec said on 26/Sep/07
He's a solid 5'8. He may appear taller if he wears some thick soles and tight pants and clothes to make him look longer.
B-nn said on 5/Aug/07
Just watched his latest flash point, i will say he may be around 5'9....Louis koo is 5'11 1/2 - 6'0. 5'6 or 5'7 quite not.
Dunken said on 3/Jul/07
KIN: don't think so. he was taller than Jet LI in Once Upon a Time in China and Li is 5'6ish. i give him 5'7.
KIN said on 2/Jul/07
He is 163-165cm

I am 170cm(maybe shorter). Met him at the airport in Hong Kong.
Simon said on 10/Jan/07
I met Donnie back in 98 for an interview. He was possibly 2" taller than me, making him around 5' 8" 1/2
trueheight said on 22/Jul/06
yea, he looked 5'7 on Blade 2. Maybe under b/c his shortness relative to everyone else was distracting
Dude said on 8/May/06
He's closer to 5'5" or 5'6". With hair and thick soled shoes he could be 172 cm. With hair and thick soled shoes I'm 180 cm, without them I'm 178 cm.

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