How tall is Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman's Height

6ft 2in (188 cm)

American actor best known for a long and distinguished career in films, with memorable roles in movies such as The French Connection, Superman, Unforgiven, The Conversation, No Way Out, Enemy of the State, The Poseidon Adventure, Bonnie & Clyde and Mississippi Burning.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/16
Rob, could you add Mississippi Burning to that list?


Another memorable performance. Towered over Willem Dafoe.
Editor Rob: probably better than mentioning A Bridge Too Far
Rory said on 17/Aug/16
Loved this guy as an actor, Rly masculine, always looked tall. In French connection 2 when you see him walking the streets he sometimes looks the tallest one in crowded places. Legit 6'2,
Editor Rob: he did look taller than Costner in No Way Out, I suppose at 57 he hadn't really lost anything in height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Aug/16
Also in The Birdcage, Royal Tenanbaums and The Runaway Jury
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/16
About 1in taller than a prime Kevin Costner (not under 6ft1) in No Way Out
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jul/16
Definitely a 6ft2 guy peak and still close to it in the 90's. He isn't in the limelight today but I imagine at 86 he's dropped a bit more.
Canson said on 18/Jul/16
He was still pretty tall in Heist with Delroy Lindo. I like Rampage's 6'2 estimate if not he's at least 186.5-187 at worst
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jun/16
Still looked near 6ft2 in The Firm and The Birdcage…
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
Strong 6ft2 in Bonnie & Clyde (edged Warren)
Damian said on 16/Apr/16
Bill o Reilly, but shorter
Aravind said on 14/Apr/16
Due to 86 years of age,Gene Hackman is 6'0.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/16
Looked about the same as Connery in A Bridge Too Far. Both weren't shorter than 6ft2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Mar/16
Looked similar to Will Smith in Enemy Of The State but he was in his late 60's. In his prime he'd have easily edged him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jan/16
189cm looked believable in Superman. Only a bit shorter than Reeves. No less than 6ft2 peak. Similar range to Connery.
Spencer said on 6/Dec/15
He looked at least 6'1 in Enemy of the State. Smith looks maybe half an inch or three quarters of an inch taller.
jbsnc said on 28/Nov/15
Stood very close to Caine in a line at Disneyland many years ago. He was 6' 1'' maybe a bit more. I've lost 1 1/2" inches since in my mid 70s.
Sam said on 15/Nov/15
Rob could you add The Royal Tenenbaums to make his credits an even 10? Also a great performance, a true swan song to a fantastic career before he retired.
Rory said on 1/Nov/15
Caine isn't even as low as 5'11 today let alone in 2003, he would have been about 186 then and 184 today.
jtm said on 18/Oct/15
most people here are claiming he was 6'1 peak. that would make al pacino 5'4 range. he was also taller than michael caine in 2003 so hackman was most likely 6'0 at that time and caine was 5'11. the funny thing is most people believe caine was 6'2 in his younger days so that means he lost 3 inches when he wasn't even 70 despite being in good shape for his age. sorry but that's nonsense.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/15
@Arch: weak 6ft2 range for Hackman puts Beatty at 6ft1
jervis said on 23/Jul/15
Morgan Freeman is only 7 years younger than Hackman.
jervis said on 22/Jul/15
Lorne Freeman is only 7 years younger than Hackman.
jervis said on 6/Jul/15
In A movie called hoosiers from 1986 he is in a scene with 6ft2 Chelcie Ross and Ross has about 1inch on him.Hackman would have been 56 years old at the time.6ft1 is a more likely peak height for Hackman I think.I think actors like Hackman,Marvin,coburn,Eastwood all need to be downgraded by 1inch.
Lorne??? said on 20/Jun/15
He was a good inch under Morgan Freeman in "Under Suspicion" though he was 70 by then, Morgan near 60.

He could've lost 2cm by then, certainly.
Rory said on 16/Jun/15
Will Smith only had half an inch on a 67/68 yr old Hackman. I reckon 6'2 peak is a fair guess, always looked tall.
annon said on 30/Mar/15
There wete two scenes of both men standing side by side. One was the elevator scene tje other was outside on top of the building. It clearly shows will has an inch over gene hackman.
annon said on 29/Mar/15
So please tell me rob, if hes 6'2 than how was he an inch shorter than 6'1.5 will smith in enemy of the state?
[Editor Rob: were they inside scenes, not seen the film for a while but by then Gene could have lost an inch.]
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/15
Rob can you add a photo and squeeze in The Poseidon Adventure and Bonnie and Clyde? Looked 6'1.5-6'2 range in Night Moves. I still think there's a chance of 187 but looked near it. He was just the coolest in Night Moves, an unsung classic.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Dec/14
Like Connery, Hackman has lost height and also is out of the limelight.
Sam said on 2/Dec/14
I thought the way he compared to Christopher Reeve was similar to the height difference between John Wayne and Ward Bond, a consistent 2 inches.
Judd said on 13/Nov/14
I think he was 6'1.5-1.75" peak while today he's not taller than 6'0.5-75"...today he could be eye-t-eye with a legit 6'0.5" guy like Bradley cooper!
Robroy714 said on 8/Nov/14
I was a principle background extra with Gene Hackman in the movie Hoosiers and I got to hang out with the actors. Since I studied photojournalism in college, he would have me take pictures with the fans when they asked. I would say Gene was no more than six foot tall as I am six foot two.
Robroy714 said on 8/Nov/14
I was a principle background extra in Hoosiers and hung out with all the actors and I am six two and Gene came up to my shoulders at best. I would say he is more like five ten.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Oct/14
Er I know The Master, I was testing to see what Rob thought as I thought Hackman looked more 6'1" in comparison.
The Master said on 30/Oct/14
The guy in the pic below was John Frankenheimer, on the set of French Connection II. He was 6'3".
The Master said on 27/Oct/14
Looking at pics of him next to Danny Glover, Kevin Costner and Mark Pillow, I doubt he was ever 6'2".
184.3cm said on 9/Oct/14
i once saw a 193cm ( 6'4) listing for him in a newspaper. I thought he was way shorter i even thought 186cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/14
He edged out Warren Beatty in Bonny & Clyde (which should be added to the above list)

"Peak height was 6ft 2¼in (189cm)"

Looked 186-187cm range by his last movie.
mike said on 19/Aug/14
he definitely looked a legit 6ft 2 in Superman maybe 6ft 2.25.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/14
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Rob, how tall is the guy nearest the camera? Nearer the camera, yes, Hackman's posture not great, and looks like it's in a road and Hackman on lower ground, but what do you reckon by looking at his proportions?
[Editor Rob: he could be 6ft 4 range]
nick said on 3/Apr/14
6 foor 2 peak for sure
viapto said on 18/Mar/14
he looks taller than sean connery 6' 2'' Click Here closer to morgan freeman 6' 2'' Click Here and ray romano 6' 2'' Click Here and shorther than clint eastwood 6' 4'' Click Here and superman 4 villain mark pillow 6' 3'' Click Here and slighty taller than 6' 2'' warren beatty, is closer to 6' 2'' george bush sr Click Here and slighty shorther than danny glover 6' 3'' in the royal tenenbaums Click Here
viapto said on 16/Mar/14
he looks taller than sean connery 6' 1.5'' Click Here closer to morgan freeman 6' 2'' Click Here and ray romano 6' 2'' Click Here and shorther than clint eastwood 6' 3'' Click Here and superman 4 villain mark pillow 6' 3'' Click Here and slighty taller than 6' 1.5'' warren beatty, is closer to 6' 2'' george bush sr Click Here and slighty shorther than danny glover 6' 3'' in the royal tenenbaums Click Here
Sam said on 24/Feb/14
It is possible he was a smidge under 6'2" even at peak, but there's enough evidence that he was pretty close to the 6'2" mark. If Hackman was 6'1.7", then Warren Beatty may have been 6'1.5" (Beatty seemed similar or a hair shorter in Bonnie & Clyde). Yes, he was one of America's best screen actors and The Conversation was probably his best work, even better than The French Connections, Scarecrow, Unforgiven, etc.
Lenad is sexy said on 27/Dec/13
he looked the same height as warren beatty if not a tad taller. So my genuine feeling is that Hackman was a strong 6'2, and Beatty was struggling with it
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Nov/13
Wasn't a lot shorter than Christopher Reeves either.
Rusty said on 14/Oct/13
I think in Hoosiers he was down to 6'1.5" or so by then because a couple 6'2" people in the movie edged him out slightly.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/13
He was clearly a 6ft2 guy in his prime. He was very tall in The French Connection. Even in Runaway Jury (2003) he was pretty close to John Cusack. He's 6ft1 range now. Similiar to Sean Connery. Lost very little height.
juju said on 25/Aug/13
Will smith had one inch on him in enemy of the state. If smith is in the 6 foot 1 range that means hqckman was around 6 foot at that time and was probly passed his peak height. His peak height would be around 6 foot one. Today hes probly shorter
vegas said on 22/Aug/13
shorter than will smith in 1997
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Aug/13
Looked 6ft2-6ft3 in Superman. Less than 2in shorter than Reeves.

I think 188cm peak is closer than 187cm, Arch.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Jul/13
Watched the French Connection earlier and he seemed between 6'1 and 6'2" to me. More a strong 6'1 and than strong 6'2" Petie. It's a good film but nothing special, no different to many action films of the 70s and 80s. Not sure how it won so many Academy Awards, it wasn't by any means a brilliant film or performance.
Petie said on 3/Jul/13
I met him in Santa Fe in the early 90's. He is 6 ft 2inches at the very minimum. Also saw him on the lot at Parmamount a few years later. A very nice guy.
Henrik said on 1/Jul/13
I thought he looked close to Christopher Reeve in Superman II, although Reeve was in flats and he wore visibly thicker footwear.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/13
He's maybe 186cm today. But definitely 6"2 as a young man
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jun/13
Mmm I was watching The Poseidon Adventure earlier and I didn't think he looked as big as 6'2". I think he looked more 6 ft in that film but then again a lot of it was cramping in ship alleys and tunnels and he was rarely stood straight.
Giles Du Croix said on 11/Mar/13
Tremendously gifted actor. Probably 6'2" in The French Connection. Not much more than 6'0" these days.
Sean73 said on 2/Feb/13
Mike J-The military measures you with the shoes they give you.My father was 68.25in,and measured 69.00 flat in his military ID.I hope that helps you.
Jamesy said on 18/Jan/13
6'1.5 peak
mike 181cm said on 7/Jan/13
Maybe 6"2 prime now Idk still over 6?
saun said on 6/Jan/13
he look tallest than sean connery in a bridge too far, in photos he look 2 inch taller than connery.
aj said on 24/Dec/12
Definitely around 6ft 2 in his prime. Probably a tad shorter now because of his age.
SPR said on 27/Oct/12
If take will smith as 6 feet 1 inches, than Hackman would have to be shorter saw them in a film together and Smith was about an inch taller, Hackman was old though.
Zach said on 5/Aug/12
Looked exact same height as Denzel Washington in Crimson Tide, aged 65.
Mike J. said on 13/Jan/12
A document from his time in the marines that appeared in a sort of "collage" in a 1970s magazine interview listed Gene at 6'2.5" I've never been in the military --but I imagine the military would probably take a pretty accurate measurement as part of an initial physical, right? Then again, since Hackman successfully lied about his age to enlist, maybe the marines weren't too good with numbers!
Silent d said on 16/Nov/11
188cm.
LAN Jiao said on 3/Nov/11
he never look over 6'1 in prime. in french connection walking alone he looks a decent 6'1. nowadays maybe 6'0 same as michael caine.
Gerry92270 said on 27/Jun/11
I'm 55 years old, last doctor's physical was 72" in stocking feet. In my twenties was probably 72 1/4-1/2." In the late 1970s had the pleasure of spending 4 hours with Mr. Hackman on a golf course in a pick up game at the public course across from 20th Century Fox Studio in West L.A. From the movies I envisioned him to be a regular 6 foot guy like me, however I was surprised to find he was a big and tall man. I made a point to stand next to him on level ground multiple times. In my opinion he was a solid 6'2.5 at that time.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jun/11
There's probably no point in giving him a peak height because he's no longer involved in the movie industry and therefore makes no public appearences.

He should just be left at 6ft2(188cm)
thebad7 said on 14/Jun/11
My favorite role of his is still his turn as Harry Caul in 1974's THE CONVERSATION. He is another one of the few genuine legends left--it's a shame he's retired. At his peak, he was a very strong 6'2", and even into older age he looks to have kept most of his height--next to 6'1" Keanu Reeves, he had 1". 6'2" for sure when he was younger--I could even buy 6'2 1/2" for him at peak.

tb7
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/11
186cm now probably and a solid 188cm (if not 189cm) in his prime
adam2 said on 12/Jun/11
One things for sure: He has aged extremelly well. Compare him to Clint, who has done everything to stay young. Gene is probably still at least 6-1.
James said on 31/May/11
In Unforgiven looked 6ft to me
jake said on 31/May/11
He is 81 years old. He is likely a weak 6' 1" now. 6' 2" peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/May/11
186cm today
Bon_ said on 9/May/11
OK, Strong 6'2 at peak, now a hair over 6'1
guyfrommars said on 20/Mar/11
In Superman he wore cowboy boots (with around 1.5-inch heels, clearly visible in some scenes), while 6'4" Reeve had ultra-flat red boots on. I believe 6'2" is right for him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/11
188cm peak
187cm now
Bon_ said on 21/Feb/11
6'1.5 at peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Dec/10
186-187cm range today...like Sean Connery
paul86 said on 1/Dec/10
A strong 6'1' even with old age he looked taller than keanu reeves in the "Replacements".
Lenad is sexy said on 28/Nov/10
He looks 1-2inches shorter than Christopher Reeve. Strong 6'2 at peak like 189cm and probably 6'1 range now like 186cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Nov/10
6"2 peak.

around 6"1.25(186cm) today
anon said on 17/Nov/10
I've always thought Hackman was closer to 6'3". Christopher Reeve was 6'4", that has never been debated. Here's him with Hackman: Click Here
dmeyer said on 8/Oct/07
hackman peak 62.25 to 6'2.5 noe 6'1 to 6'1.25 he hasnt lost mush for a 77 year old
George H. said on 26/Jun/07
I doubt if Hackman was ever 6'4", because then Chris Reeve would have to have been something like 6'6" which he wasn't. I know from personal encounter that Beatty is still 6'2" and anybody who watches Bonnie&Clyde without prejudice or preconceived ideas (and with open eyes for that matter) can see that Hackman and Beatty are the same size there. In Reds, which I rewatched just to make sure, it even looks like Hackman may be a hair shorter than Beatty. He may have been 6'2 1/2" or 6'3" tops, but I don't even really believe that.
Mr. S. said on 23/Jun/07
Usually promotional shots are taken after a movie is in the can. So he is actually taller than Beatty. Before Hackman became a leading man, after the French Connection, he was a character actor who had to lie as shorter in order to get parts with famous leading men. I'm sure he was 6'4" in his prime. He is 2 inches taller than Beatty in Lilith and Beatty was 6'2" in his prime. He's a really great actor who is consistently underrated.
vandal said on 16/May/07
I don't think Hackman had lost any height by the time he did "Crimson Tide" unless Denzel Washington is really shorter than 6'1/2"
George H. said on 14/May/07
No, in Bonnie & Clyde the actual movie, Beatty and Hackman are the same height in 85% of the time. The remaining time is equally divided between either of them being taller than the other. Only in promotional photos does Hackman look bigger. In Reds they're also the same height.
patrick said on 20/Apr/07
In Bonnie and Clyde, Gene Hackmann is visibly taller than Warren Beatty. Gene is that kind of man who looks taller than he is for being imposing, broad shouldered (not by working out!) a bull neck and a stature! Such one! but he is tall and looks so in Superman next to 6'4 Chris Reeve.
6'2 was for sure and for long his height, so a bit less now.
Anonymous said on 10/Mar/07
Not too long ago I saw Bonnie and Clyde for the first time. I got the impression that Gene was taller than Warren Beatty although I didn't really pay close attention to their height difference. After looking at this site and found out that they are the same height pretty much, I went back and watched parts of the film out of curiousity. They are the same height on the second viewing. I think because Gene is a wider man (than Beatty), he gives the impression of being taller as well.
AL said on 2/Mar/07
HACKMANS HEIGHT WAS EXACTLY THE SAME AS WARREN BEATTY S IN BONNIE AND CLYDE.
SO HE WAS ALWAYS 6FT 2 ODD.
BUT NOW HE COULD HAVE DIPPED A LITTLE BIT IN HEIGHT SO HES A TOUCH UNDER ABOUT 6FT 1.5 INCHES.
Height Tracker said on 28/Dec/06
Looked like he was barely scraping 6'1" in Heartbreakers. Could've been a posture thing though, not sure.
HEIGHT MAN said on 21/Dec/06
in royal tenebaums hackman only seems to about half an inch taller than 6' luke wilson, and he is significantly shorter than 6'3 danny glover. i would say 6'1 tops now for hackman.
Big Dave said on 19/Dec/06
I thought he looked about 6'2 when he was in Superman but looks considerably shorter now. I Think 6,0.5 looks about right for now. He looked about 1.5 inches shorter than John Cusack in Runaway Jury. He was also a lot shorter than Morgan Freeman in Under Suspicion. He looked 6'2 when he was younger but not anymore.

[Editor Rob: true, under suspicion he was shorter of freeman...but since he's outta the limelight...]
kevin tuma said on 12/Dec/06
Superman: Actually if you look closely, Hackman was wearing high-heeled dress shoes from the disco era, along with the weird toupee. Reeve was still slightly taller. I'd put Hackman at 6' 1".
Jay said on 19/Nov/06
He must have lost some height, he was almost the same height as Keanu Reeves in The Replacements.
Anonymous said on 5/Nov/06
He always looked closer to 6'3" to me. I think he was the same height as John Cusack in Runaway Jury, if not a bit taller.
Anonymous said on 19/Sep/06
kene6ft3 -- Are you referring to The Royal Tenenbaums? There's a scene in that movie where he layed on his stomach getting a massage. You can see he's got a bit of a humpback. He was about 70 y/o then. In his prime he was probably 6'2"/3".
kene6ft3 said on 15/Sep/06
191cm danny glover looks 6cm tallest than him in a movie role.. def his 185 186ish.. no way 188..
Glenn said on 15/Aug/06
Hackman still is 6-2.great guy.
Frank2 said on 14/Aug/06
Hackman is at least 6'1" and could have been 6'2" when younger. Reeve was a solid 6'4".
dmeyer said on 13/Aug/06
in superman he looks simmilar height with reeve he must have been a realy strong 6 ft2
Frank said on 14/Jul/06
i saw a lot of movies about them and really i think that gene hackman is 6,1 and reeve 6,3 , at least they withouth shoes that is the real height.
anonymous said on 13/Jul/06
Reeve was wearing boots with very thin soles in Superman (no need to wear big boot s when you're already 6'4"). Hackman was wearing dress shoes. That accounted for the extra inch.
Ed said on 30/Jun/06
The original Superman was on Cinemax last night, and I caught a few minutes of it. Reeve only looked marginally taller than Hackman, by maybe an inch. I always thought Reeve was 6ft4, but is it possible he was more like 6ft3. Hackman didn't appear to be wearing big heeled shoes at least from what I saw.
Anthony said on 24/May/06
I looked at the box to "Welcome To Mooseport" (yes, I do own it) and he is standing back to back with 6'2 1/2 Ray Romano, and they are peretty much completely on level with each other. Hackman, even if he is up there in age, is still about 6'2.
Glenn said on 13/May/06
Yes.must find it.
Azarea said on 13/May/06
no picture glenn?
Glenn said on 13/May/06
I was shocked when I bumped into him 2001.I thought 6-3.
Azarea said on 13/May/06
Never felt that he was ever even above average, i dont know y that is, but this definately proves that he's a pretty big guy, next to 188 warren beatty, he looks huge!Dare I say he was once nearing 6'3

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Gonzalo said on 29/Mar/06
Hackman is at least 6`2. He has always looked big in his movies.
Mario said on 4/Feb/06
There are scenes wich Hackman is an inch or so taller than Washington and there are scenes in wich they are the same height. I think that the director wanted that they looked the same heigh for some reason. Hackman did look in the early 90s still 6 ft 2 to me.
Danny said on 3/Feb/06
I think Hackman is actually closer to 6' 1/2" now. I saw him right next to Denzel Washington and he was about the same height. Next to Wil Smith he looks at least 1.5 inches shorter.
Jason said on 28/Nov/05
Half an inch is quite perceivable to me ... it's a slight, but noticeable, difference in height.
supes78 said on 27/Nov/05
I didn't think Hackman looked at all shorter than Will Smith in that movie, or even in the picture I supplied. And Will Smith has always been listed as 6'2" and he looks it. I don't see how a 1/2" inch is even perceptible unless you've seen a person up close and come to that conclusion.
Jason said on 18/Nov/05
Hackman was a little shorter than Will Smith in Enemy of the State. Smith is 6'1 1/2'' (at most from what I've heard...), so Hackman must be only about 185cm.
mike c said on 17/Nov/05
kevin, shave their heads,Hackman and Freeman, and they're identical in height! 6'2"!
Mario Nariano said on 29/Sep/05
Nope Hackman was not taller than 6 ft 2 at his peak. Hackman was in the 70s slighty shorter than Connery and Slighty taller than Michael Caine.

Sean Connery 189 cm
Gene Hackman 188 cm
Michael Caine 187 cm (I think that Caine rounded himself up)

Makes sense to me.
Mr Klaus said on 7/Jul/05
I was thinking that Hackman could have been taller than 6 ft 2 at his peak. Warren Beatty was 6 ft 2 at his peak and Hackman was taller than him in 1967. In the French Connection he looked also tall, Rob Schieber who was 5 ft 9 or 8 at his peak,looked like 5 ft 7 compared to Hackman. Hackman was also an inch shorter than Christopher Reeve who was 6 ft 4.
Mr Luis said on 15/May/05
I saw Gene 2 years ago in Mexico when I was on vacation. I was something of 30 Meter of him away, but he looked at least 6'1 compared to the poeple who walked there.

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