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James Dean's Height is 5ft 7in (170 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films Rebel without a Cause, Giant and East of Eden. He has been described from as short as 5ft 5 to as tall as 5ft 10. His official site says 5ft 8, his high school 'basketball' listing was supposed to be 5ft 7.5, and his draft registration card listing was 5ft 8.

How tall is James Dean
Publicity still, via Wikimedia Commons
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Comment on the Height of James Dean

mande2013 said on 11/Sep/15
@Powerhouse There's some debate as to whether or not the military had more of a tendency to discriminate against shorter man during the Civil War era. This is even satirized in Buster Keaton's film The General. Nowadays, 5'4/5'5 guys can serve pretty freely in the military.
mande2013 said on 7/Sep/15
I would say 5'7 flat is the tallest a male can possibly while still seeming like a 'short dude'. I can usually spot a 5'7 flatter 'like that', and they still look like borderline short dudes. For some odd reason, I notice a huge different in appearance between them and the 5'7.5-5,7.75 males who tend to look a lot closer to their 5'8/5'9 counterparts. There does seem to be a stark contrast between the 5'7 flatters and the 5'7 and changers, much larger than between the 5'8 flatters and the 5'8 and changers.
Powerhouse said on 6/Sep/15
@George F... In the 1950s the average man was between 5'8 and 5'9. James Dean was listed at 5'8 back then and was told he was too short to be an actor to which he replied how can you measure acting in inches. Also the average American soldier during the Civil War was 5'8.25 143lbs and that was the 1860s. So people weren't as short as you think. My Great Grandfather was 5'7-5'8 and looking at pictures of him in the 50s with his friends he is usually the shortest man in every picture, never appearing average. But regardless your statement is incorrect because 50 years ago was 1960 and at 5'10 you would not be considered very tall back then.
George F said on 5/Sep/15
Danimal: John has put it beautifully very nice listing about heights today and what is considered above average but it also depends in which country we are talking about. I have read in the Alps average height is 6ft 1. I also agree with Danimal that these are current day heights. 50 years ago if you were 5ft 10 you considered very tall because most people were 168-170 cm.
Danimal said on 3/Sep/15
John said on 8/Jan/15
Under 5 5 very short
5 5 - 5 6 short
5 7 - 5 8 below average
5 9 - 5 10 Average
5 11 - Above average
6 0 - 6 4 Tall
6 5 and above very tall

You're basing those heights on CURRENT DAY standards. You do realize that he was a star 60 YEARS AGO, right? Average height for a man was NOT 5'9"-5'10" in the early/mid 50's.
mande2013 said on 18/Aug/15

When you're a heartthrob in the mold of someone like Dean, you don't need to be 6 foot. Being an ultra good looking pretty boy is enough as long as you're not like 5'3 or something. Dean was short and nobody cares. The reason people make an issue out of Cruise's height, which is within a standard deviation of Dean's, is because he's typecast as an Anglo-Saxon leading man like Kevin Costner or Michael Douglas or whoever who gets the girls by being a 'man', not by being sexy. The 5'7 stature doesn't fit the persona of Tom Cruise that PR sells to us. Sure, Cruise is 'good looking', but he's not that kind of 'good looking'. Someone like Dean or even Estevez, who was quite big in the eighties, gets away with it more easily because they get by on sex appeal and heartthrob status alone. It's like with Olga Kurylenko. Sure, she's 'man' height, but who gives a f**k. She's the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Ron said on 2/Aug/15
So what would you say his weight was in rebel without a cause and giant? 150 lbs maybe? Or les
[Editor Rob: ron, I doubt he was anymore than that mark]
Gx79 said on 23/Jul/15
He could have worn converse that would make him 5'7.5 that mean barfoted make him 5'7
Or it could of been without but a half dozen other matter
Gx79 said on 16/Jul/15
Rob let be honest h was measured at 5'7.5 in high school he could of grown a half and now 5'8!
[Editor Rob: I don't know if that was barefoot or not. The fact the hospital sometimes take height in shoes, leads me to think at times a person is really giving a footwear height.]
Gx79 said on 16/Jul/15
Rob let be honest h was measured at 5'7.5 in high school he could of grown a half and now 5'8!
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
I think Dean was better looking than Tatum but Tatum can certainly resemble him, certainly enough to play him, check out Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
If they did a James Dean bopic any time soon I reckon Channing Tatum could pull it off, quite similar actually if Tatum grew his hair into a big quiff.
Zardots said on 9/Jun/15
He was the same height as Nick Adams who is listed as between 5'6" and 5'6" but it is safe to assume that the numbers were cooked to make each man taller to enhance his desirability. Typical PR, just like the bio information claiming Dean to be blonde when we can plainly see he had brown hair and was a brunette. said on 25/May/15
just watched east of eden again and i really think he is just a strong 5'6. maybe a downgrade?
Steve said on 16/May/15
You know what Jimmy would say, " How can you measure talent in inches", if I read that right.
tp11 said on 16/May/15
is big james dean's face? i think face's size is important if he is short.he could be seen as a tall guy by proportion such as face,body,leg and so on...and that is key of his success.
Mc51295 said on 6/Apr/15
I guess that proves that you don't have to be a really tall guy to be one of the most famous sex symbols of all time.
Avatar said on 8/Feb/15
5'6" to 5'7", not taller
Steve said on 6/Feb/15
He could have been 5''6" because Paul Newman was a lot taller than him in a test they did. Newman looked several inches taller. said on 3/Feb/15
could he be 5'6?
John said on 8/Jan/15
Under 5 5 very short
5 5 - 5 6 short
5 7 - 5 8 below average
5 9 - 5 10 Average
5 11 - Above average
6 0 - 6 4 Tall
6 5 and above very tall
Andrew M said on 30/Nov/14
I'd expect his draft-registration card to be correct, Rob. The military tend to be pretty precise about these things. My late, favourite uncle served in WW2 and said the British military were strict about you "making the weight", even feeding you and sending you off to bed early!
Still, it's reassuring that such a "big" star is barely over my height! said on 13/Oct/14
5'9 is ridiculous.. he was visibly a lot shorter than brando. 5'7 max
rree said on 10/Oct/14
you should chang his height to 5foot9
fdffg said on 7/Oct/14
on your weight website you have him listed as 5foot10 he looks 5 foot9
[Editor Rob: it's not an actual height listing, just a reference to what his height/weight was being described during his career.]
Pera von Essen said on 6/Oct/14
I think it is hard to tell how tall he was. Does anybody know that? Maybe he was 5 foot 9?
John said on 2/Oct/14
1.71m. 145 lbs. 32" Waist. US 9 Shoe Euro 42
GDR said on 10/Sep/14
He looks 5. Foot 9
Marlon1 said on 13/Aug/14
I would say 5'8
John said on 12/Aug/14
Size US 9 shoe
jj said on 29/Jul/14
Rob,do you think who is tall ,tom cruise and james dean?
[Editor Rob: Tom might edge him] said on 29/Apr/14
he wasnt under or over 5'7 thats for sure, he looked exactly that
H. said on 27/Apr/14
Seems 5'6 to me from the pictures with Pier,and his body proportions
Heylo said on 21/Apr/14
Berta, i don't think that site is to trust. Brad Pitt is listed at 6 feet..
Brad A. said on 19/Apr/14
Just saw Giant. James looked about 5'6 or 5'6.5 said on 31/Jan/14
the 5'7 is based on what?
little sue said on 21/Jan/14
You can put anything you want on a driving license as you fill the forms in at home and send them off in the post!
Beliavskiy said on 20/Jan/14
His driver's license says 5'8, kinda looks like a 6 but it's an 8.
berta said on 28/Dec/13
look again brother Click Here i dont think we can trust the driver license but if it says 56 then he is probably not that mutch taller maybe close to 57
Robby D said on 25/Dec/13
I just looked his driving license up online and it says his height was 5'8" and his weight 160lbs.
berta said on 19/Dec/13
driver license says 5`6
Arch Stanton said on 27/Nov/13
Looks more 5'6" range in East of Eden. Short even for his generation.
HRG said on 28/Sep/13
Rob, do you think that he could be 5 ft 8 tall?
Powerhouse said on 1/Sep/13
looks at least 2 1/2 inches shorter than Brando, I think Dean was about 5'6 but he cant be over 5'6.5
Elvis said on 26/Aug/13
I'm 5ft 7in and it's a weird height to be because it isn't that short but it's in the short range.
If I was 5ft 9in it wouldn't be an issue because that's average but 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in is just on the cusp of being a decent height but just not close enough.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/13
Rob have you seen Rebel without a Cause? He had at least 2 inches on Sal Mineo but looked proportionally 5'7" tops. Mineo looked around 5'5" in the film I thought and he was only about 16 at the time. I see a 5'8" listing for him on the database but he looked nowhere near that in the film. Possible that he grew a few inches afterwards you think?

Brando was 174cm in my opinion.
[Editor Rob: probably was 5ft 5 range]
al said on 5/Aug/13
We know that Brando is between 5'8 and 5'9,so 5'6.25 is fair for Dean i think.
Sam said on 22/Jul/13
He could look close to 3 inches shorter than Marlon Brando, and it is known that Brando wasn't a tall guy.
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Che said on 14/Mar/13
5'7.5". He did like to wear large heeled engineer boots though
Elvis said on 28/Nov/12
5ft 7in isn't really that short for a man. It's average or only just below average in most countries.
leonari said on 15/Nov/12
Bud: Most ridiculous post ever! He was 5'7" or damn close to it!
Bud said on 15/Nov/12
James Dean was 5'5" - Natalie Wood and Pier Angeli were 5' [that's why they were associated with Dean; he never towered over them]
Bud said on 15/Nov/12
James Dean was 5'5" - Natalie Wood and Pier Angeli were 5' [that's why they were associated with Dean; he never towered over them]
jo jo said on 10/Oct/12
James: 5' 6''

You can look up his license. It's not his actual license, but the info seems correct.
leonari said on 8/Aug/12
I totally agree Shredder. I think Rob downgraded him twice. Now it could be accurate...But even 5'6.5 is an option for Dean
Dean said on 6/Aug/12
In an interview, Julie Harris said he was 5'6".....
popolo said on 1/Aug/12
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