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John Lennon's height is 5ft 10.5in (179 cm)

British Singer from The Beatles. He did claim in a 1964 edition of SixTeen magazine "[I'm] just under 6 feet tall. I weigh 159 pounds" and in another interview "About five feet, eleven inches"
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Bandjoe said on 23/Aug/15
I think thats about accurate, i cant believe theres such diverse opinion on this, ive seen people claim anything from 5'7-5'11 as his height, I think realistically its safe to assume 5'10 maybe a little under maybe a bit over, but around that mark.
Stuboy82 said on 20/Jul/15
Not 5'10.5 without his boots.. never. John - 5'8.5
Paul - 5'9
George- 5'8
Ringo - 5'5?
temili57 said on 18/Jul/15
When the Beatles first came out back in the 60's, their heights were published over and over again. John, Paul and George were all 5'11. Ringo was 5'8. I don't know why now on the internet there are discrepancies in their heights.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Jul/15
Rob can you add a photo and also add the Macca quote about them both being 5'10.5?
Tr27 said on 27/Jun/15
Actually, after observing several other photos, these are the Beatles' true heights:
John Lennon- 5'9.25"
Paul McCartney- 5'9.25"
George Harrison- 5'7.75"
Ringo Starr- 5'7
Sam said on 26/Jun/15
So would you consider listing John & Paul at a 5'10" peak then, Rob? Maybe 5'9.5" for George...I just think their current listings are too much of a stretch.
JB said on 24/Jun/15
None of the Beatles were over 5'10" Paul was the tallest maybe 5'10" max at peak. John and George looked about an inch shorter. They were probably 5'9"
Sam said on 23/Jun/15
Rob, it is possible the Beatles claimed their peak heights in shoes (if not Cuban heels)? They look more 5'9.5"-5'10" peak in the case of Paul & John, both of whom appear close in height to David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Art Garfunkel (you list all but Bowie with a peak height under 5'10") and were towered over by Muhammad Ali...George could look as little as 2 to 3 inches over 5'6.5" listed Bob Dylan and only about an inch over 5'8.5" listed Tom Petty. I see Harrison as 5'9.5" max and Paul & John as 5'10" max.
[Editor Rob: in one article they all (well not ringo) had their heights at 5ft 11 at one point, probably it is realistic to believe it was a shoe height.]
lelman said on 16/Apr/15
He always looked a little shorter than Paul to me.
Sam said on 16/Apr/15
There's a lot of shots where Lennon and McCartney seem pretty close in height, sure there's a few where McCartney does look taller such as the Sgt. Pepper photos but looking at everything it's hard to see a full inch between them. Strange, a similar thing with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, there's no question in my mind that Jagger was a bit taller but there's many pictures where they look the same height, such as the photos in Richards' autbiography.
thewonders said on 15/Apr/15
John was never 5'10". And he was always shorter than Paul (who is also not 5'10) by about an inch. And Paul was the tallest Beatle.
Art said on 5/Apr/15
When I saw him in NYC., he looked around 6 feet, but he wasn't . He used to wear big boots . I will say that he was 5'11 at the most.
kym said on 17/Mar/15
I've read that people who met him thought he was, ahem, smaller than this.
Tr27 said on 14/Mar/15
From looking at various pictures and such, I believe these are the Beatle's heights:
John Lennon- 5'9" ( Looked 3 inches taller than Ringo )
Paul McCartney- 5'9.25" ( Slightly taller than John )
George Harrison- 5'8.75" ( Slightly shorter than John )
Ringo Starr- 5'6" ( Looked it next to Peter Sellers )
5th Beatle said on 24/Feb/15
The actual rounded heights of the Beatles are listed below.
John Lennon - 5'11
Paul McCartney - 5'11
George Harrison - 5'10
Ringo Starr - 5'6
Christian said on 25/Dec/14
Here is John and Yoko on David Frost in 1969. Click Here

In the beginning of the clip John seems 1-1,5 inch shorter than Frost. However John has low cut shoes that don´t give more than 0,5 inch. Frost has dress shoes on, giving him 0.75-1 inch. Frost in shoes seems to be around 6 feet, John about 5'10'' and none of them are standing up straight.
It gives you a hint that John was around the 5'10'' mark. 5'9'' is to short. However I do think he lost height in the late seventies of bad health. Towards the end of his life he was in a quite bad shape having emphysema and was malnourished but if he actually lost any height I don´t know, it is just my opinion. I do think it is safe to say he was 5'10''.
Sam said on 19/Dec/14
I'm not convinced that Lennon looked 0.75 in taller than Bowie, in some photos he could seem maybe 0.25-0.5 inches taller but I'm not convinced of much of any difference between them or that Lennon or McCartney were ever over 5'10" barefoot.
Christian said on 10/Dec/14
Read this a while ago. Interesting to read from people who met John in real life.

One of the foyer doors opened, and there stood ... John and Yoko. To my surprise, John was appreciably shorter than I was (I'm 6' 1"... John seemed to be 5' 9"), Yoko looked a bit big but Sean had recently been born so there was that.
Christian said on 5/Dec/14
- Dries - I don´t think John was 5'8'' more like 5'10''. - David - Yes Julian Lennon has stated his height as 5'8'' and there are two sources on Sean Lennon's height: 5'9'' and 5'7.25. Julian and Sean are about the same height.
David said on 2/Dec/14
I remember on channel 4's show early in the morning 'the big breakfast'.Zoe Ball was co presenting and talked about the beatles heights.Quite amusingly she said John Lennon was six foot one well she was being serious.What the hell does she know!Zoe Ball now iss 44 years old so she should know better about the facts of Lennon's height.In my opinion i reckon Lennon was 5ft 10 Yoko must've been pretty small say abit under 5ft or maybe 5ft.I have seen pictures of David Bowie standing beside Paul Mc Cartney backstage at Live Aid from July 13th 1985 and they look about the same height 5ft 9.5 but Bowie had an extra half an inch advantage to his then 5ft 9 height.Paul Mc Cartney in the 80's only seemed just 5ft 9 so did he lose one inch previously?John's oldest son Julian and i know this is just 5ft 8.
TJE said on 30/Nov/14
John; 5'10.5
Paul: 5'10.25 peak 5'9.25 now
George: 5'9.75-5'10
Ringo: 5'5.75
Dries said on 29/Nov/14
I agree with Christian: 5'8"ish or 1m73 - 1m73.50.
Watch pictures with him, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon in 1968.
Sam said on 4/Nov/14
"All three Beatles in the 60s were listed as 5'11 and 5'8 for Ringo."...I believe they were that in their Cuban heels.
diavolo said on 20/Jul/14
In the 1960s the Beatles' height was given as 5'8" for Ringo, 5'11" for John and 6' for Paul and George, but that was measured in their Cuban heels/Beatle boots. Lennon continued wearing tall footwear even after their 1960s fab period ended.
Christian said on 9/Jun/14
From Robert Rosen´s Nowhere Man.

(Apparently, Lennon's only triumph of will was maintaining what he felt was the ideal weight for his 5-foot-8 height -- somewhere around 135 pounds -- his weekly fasts being "one area of discipline that never broke down.")
Mick said on 8/Jun/14
John was 5'10
Paul is 5'10.5
George was 5'9.5
Ringo is 5'6
Sam said on 5/Jun/14
Sorry, Steve I don't see a half inch advantage by Lennon over McCartney.
Steve said on 3/Jun/14
John was 5'11
Paul was 5'10.5
George was 5'10
Ringo was 5'7
Beatle performer said on 18/May/14
Paul is 5'10"
John was 5"9"
George was 5'9"
Ringo is 5'6"

Height is measured in bare feet, not wearing shoes.

Ringo is 5'6"
Spencer said on 13/Feb/14
I think:

John - 5'10
Paul - 5'10.5
George - 5'9.5
Ringo - 5'6
GP said on 22/Jan/14
John and Paul were 5'11 with the Cuban heals,So their actual size would be 5'9.5
John looked very tall in the 70's because he wore boots and higher heeled shoes that were on style in those days,just like Elvis did.
zappie said on 11/Jan/14
174 cm
avi said on 24/Dec/13
5'10 guys.both for Paul and john.
Christian said on 26/Nov/13
I found some quites on internet from people that have met John.

"I looked at him with his long hair and round glasses and impeccable white pants and shirt and all I could think was, "He's not tall. He's very thin and not tall".

“They were always amazed at how small John seemed in person.”

An Interview with Robert Rosen

lj: When you talked about John’s compulsion with his weight and his fasting, you say that he was 5’ 8’’. For over 35 years, it’s been thought that he was 5’ 11’’.

RR: I don’t believe he was that tall. There has been controversy about exactly how tall he was. And 5’ 8’’ is an educated guess based on numerous things. I tried on some of his clothes and they fit. I’m 5’ 8’’ and they fit almost perfectly. It was a very eerie experience, putting his clothing on. I thought, “he must have been my height...I’m 5’ 8’’...”

"Once a husky man, prone towards obesity, he became nearly an anorexic. John at 5 feet 10 inches, weighed only 140 pounds. Unfortunately John could not kick his chain smoking, nor the 20 cups a day espresso drinking habits".
Christian said on 29/Oct/13
I swear have seen this and I will try to find it if its possible.
MD said on 28/Oct/13
Mcfan, not sure where you're from, but when they do an autopsy in America, they measure and weigh the corpse, and John most definitely was autopsied. Now, we can be pedantic and debate whether it was a death certificate or autopsy report, but I don't doubt Christian saw this.
Christian said on 15/Oct/13
The only thing I can find about John Lennons FBI files about his height is this: Hair: Brown

to Blond

Weight: 160


Height: Approximately



Build: Slender

Nationality: English

However I know I saw on his death certificate years ago that his height were listed as 5'6'', really strange.
nonnel64 said on 12/Oct/13
Christian, I ment the pic of them in front of John's white RR in Titternust Estate, I can't post the link... They are not perfectly straight, but they were slightly leaning against the roller. However, Paul was supposed to be the highest, followed by John = George, and then the long-nosed smurf. However, their magnitude was not in the physical but in the masterpieces they produced together!
Sam said on 9/Oct/13
It's quite amusing that they tried to claim 5'9" for Ringo. I think its quite possible that the other 3 might have hit a solid 5'10" barefoot at peak...Ringo was close to 4 inches shorter.
zip said on 8/Oct/13
From the time when John was trying to get his green card and the FBI were trying to get him out of the country
They have him officially as 5'6 at the time when the Beatles
Were quoted as saying they were around 6 feet they were all teetering around on Cuban heels and getting carried away.

For Mc cartney's height check out the film "Give my regards to broad street.
Co star in the film. BrianBrown towers over smallie Paulie!
Crank said on 6/Oct/13
I remember as a kid having one of those many Beatles magazines. The first four inside pages were devoted to explanations about each of them, and I always remember it mentioned that Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were all 5ft 11in, while Ringo was 5ft 9in. Of course, I don't believe any of it now. At the time those Cuban heels would have added at least 1.5 inches. From the many pictures I've seen I believe Paul to be about an inch taller than John, who was a tad taller than George. I remember Ringo mentioning once in a post-Beatles interview that he's 5ft 7in. Here endeth the history lesson.
Pascal 5 10 said on 30/Sep/13
How sure are you with this listing Rob? I think 177 cm is closer, when you account for footwear.
Pete said on 23/Sep/13
I met Pete Bests brother at the Casbah and he wasnt very tall at all. Im 6 foot and he wouldve been 5'6 to 5'7. The beatles were roughly all the same height as pete best. Id estimate they wouldve all been around 5'8 tops
truth said on 14/Sep/13
I think the tallest three were 176-177cm range and Ringo 168cm.
Pascal 5 10 said on 13/Sep/13
The exact same height as Sir Paul - 5' 9.5". This listing is an inch out!
paciugo said on 7/Sep/13
he looks about 2 inches shorter than Frank Zappa at their Fillmore East concert in 1971.
stretch said on 13/Aug/13
no really fi you don't know why are you guessing?
Christian said on 3/Jun/13
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Rick said on 3/Jun/13
In 1973 I was at the academy awards when Paul ( escorted by a lot of LAPD cops) was being rushed to his limo. I was horrified that he was gonna get away so I reached out and yanked his hair ( sry bout that Paul) I am 5' 7" and I'd say he was 5' 9"
Christian said on 24/May/13
-Nonnel64, is this the pic you mean?
Nonnel64 said on 20/May/13
There's a famous 1969 pic of the four behind John's white Rolls...Paul is a little higher than the Rolls (few cm) and John is shorter than Paul. The car was 69 inches "tall", so was John wearin snikers and no boots, so I think he was circa 1,75 meters. A midjet
Elie said on 17/May/13
Saw Paul McCartney at a concert in Nov-12. He was wearing cuban heel shoes and was in the 6' 1" range so the 5-10 1/2 to 5-11 is pretty close considering he is 70 yrs. old. His body shape has not changed much and he moves around the stage very well. 2hrs and 50 minutes of show. Amazing, very charming man and knows how to please an audience:)
Tee said on 1/May/13
@Randy While I do think The Beatles were shorter than they claimed to be I don't think John, Paul, and George were as short at 5'7". I'd say 5'9" range is more believable. But hey, if they actually were 5'7" what would that make Ringo? 5'2"? lol
Randy said on 23/Apr/13
Peter Best 5'6" (JL 5'7" PMc 5'7.5 GH 5'7")
Check out the 'savage young Beatles' shot from 1961 leaning against Neil's van...
Bond said on 10/Apr/13
@mcfan you need to sto pgetting on people about McCartneys height really it's not a huge deal that has to be made into a big issue. Do everyone a favor and stop
Steve said on 1/Feb/13
The police once described my height and weight and got it absolutely accurate. I'd just the FBI, who are far more intelligent than your average cop, more than McCartney or anyone. So "just under 6'" is probably just that in shoes. Without shoes 5-10 1/2 seems about right, which is average height.
Mark said on 29/Nov/12
I asked Pete Best how tall they all were. He said Paul was 5'-11" back in the Hamburg days. John 5'-10". George 5'-9 1/2". And Pete said he is 5'-8". Which he does appear to be in meeting him.
J.C.P. said on 7/Nov/12
berry was more like 6´1 -- i think--
moppytop said on 14/Sep/12
I saw interview with Paul when they 1st started out and they ask him how tall he was and he said he was 5'11- but he looks did taller than that on Sgt.Pepper Album? And he looks about that in the beginning. Maybe he really was replaced?
J.C.P. said on 6/Sep/12
Probably 5'11 he really looked like it, 2 inches below Chuck Berry.
Christian said on 13/Feb/12
-mcfan. Yes that is true.
Randy said on 13/Feb/12
Check out the YouTube interview with Dick Cavett and John and Yoko. Dick is 5'3" tall and I would guess that John (wearing cowboy boots) would be around 5-6 inches taller.
Christian said on 10/Feb/12
There were not 1.5 inches between Lennon and McCartney. It was 0.5 inches. Lennon was 5'10'', McCartney 5'10˝'' Harrison 5'10'' and Ringo 5'6''. Today Paul is just under 5'10'' and Ringo just under 5'6''.
Randy said on 30/Jan/12
I think that Russ has knocked it on the head. Ringo has stated that he is 5'6 ON A GOOD DAY. They were small lads by today's standards but I understand that as fans we want them to be 'larger than life'. They are big lads in our minds...

Russ says on 13/Dec/10
Paul: 5'9.5
John 5'8
George 5'8
Ringo 5'6

Both John and George look quite short anyway, so all this 5'10 crap people keep putting on here is a joke.
Randy said on 30/Jan/12
Sorry – incorrect data. John's Boot size was a UK size 8 which is a US size 9. His white suit trouser size was 29 inch waist and 31 inch leg inner seam... Hope this is useful. I think perhaps 5'9" at best or around 175cm.
Godred said on 29/Jan/12
John and paul were nothing over 5`10
J.C. Parker said on 28/Jan/12
He was just as the FBI described him.. ´´Just under 6 feet tall´´ .. probably 5´11
man said on 27/Jan/12

John was only a half inch shorter than McCartney. He was at least 5.10.
Randy said on 24/Jan/12
Hey team, here is the data I have been able to accumulate, accurate or not it might be interesting. John's white suit (auctioned last year) was measured up and the following specs came to light. Waist = 29" Leg length = 30" Chest = 38". These would be considered Small to Xtra Small by todays clothing sizes. John was a junky at this time so we can assume he was quite underweight at this stage though. Some of John's Beatle boots that have be examined are a normal UK size 8 / US size 7. The Rickenbacker 325 he played was only 86cm in length and when 2 of these are stacked beside John standing straight (in 2" Beatle boots) they are taller then he is. John only weighed 72kg. Assuming a comparatively poor diet (as all Brits were rationed food after WW2 until 1954) and knowing the average height for UK men was 5'6" in the 1960's I would like to guess John was about 5'8" at best. 5'10" in 2 inch Beatle boots perhaps?

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