How tall is John Lithgow

John Lithgow's Height

6ft 4in (193 cm)

American actor best known to TV audiences for his role as Dr Dick Solomon in comedy show Third Rock from the Sun and as Arthur Mitchell in Dexter. In film he has given many memorable performances, most notably in films like Blow Out, Cliffhanger, Footloose, Terms of Endearment, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Manhattan Project and Shrek. He mentioned that "I have a love/hate relationship with my height - I am 6ft 4in."


John with Alfred Molina
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/16
Legit 6ft4 at least peak and could pass for 6ft5
Judd said on 17/May/16
I would put him at 6'4" peak and 6'3-3.25" today...
I think he's current loss is likely 2 cms!!
jake said on 28/Apr/16
he's very tall makes six-foot denzel washington look short.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Mar/16
I reckon in The World According To Garp he would have been 6ft7 range in those high heels...
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jan/16
Rob can you squeeze in Footloose, Terms of Endearment, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Manhattan Project and Shrek?
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/15
Rob can you squeeze in Footloose, Terms of Endearment, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Manhattan Project and Shrek? Looked easily 6'4" with Kevin Bacon in Footloose, in fact he could look close to 195cm in it!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Sep/15
Rob, I see barely 1in between them.

Could Lithgow be a little under 6ft4 today or could Molina still be a little over 6ft2?
an anonymous peach said on 27/Jun/15
Probably nearer 6' 3" now
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Jun/15
Actually he looks huge in Blow Out.
6ft4 peak is about right. He might be dipping under it now.
Judd ISR said on 15/Jun/15
i think Molina was at peak 6'2" (strong one) and today maybe 6'1.75", and that makes John Lithgow somewhere in the 6'2.5" range...considering his age, my guess is 6'2.5" today and 6'3.25" (max) at peak. never been a full 6'4" guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Jun/15
I see about 6ft3 even if Molina is 6ft2
Sam said on 1/Jun/15
In this photo, Lithgow can still look notably taller relative to Molina than above, where I think Molina has the advantage of being closer to the camera. Still it wouldn't surprise if Lithgow has lost a little with age in his 60s, maybe 6'3.5" these days.
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Rob, could you add these to his film credits?: Blow Out, The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment, Footloose, Cliffhanger, and This is 40.
cole said on 28/May/15
@Editor Rob: Looks nearer 6'3 with Molina.
Chris said on 15/Mar/15
Tranny is an offensive term.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Mar/15
He was nominated for it...you should check it it. It's brilliant
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Mar/15
Rob, he also gave an unforgettable performance in The World According To Garp as a tranny
[Editor Rob: I don't know if I've ever seen that one.]
Danimal said on 1/Sep/14
Bare minimum 6'4.5" guy in his prime. Easily woke up at 6'5". Today he's probably a weak 6'4" given his age.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Sep/14
@James He made Denzel look 5'11 didn't he in The Pelican Brief!
Arch Stanyon said on 31/Aug/14
At least, made Denzel Washington look 5'11 in The Pelican Brief.
James B said on 20/Jun/14
Looked 6'3 in Memphis belle however in Pelican Brief looked a proper 6'4
Sam said on 17/Mar/14
I saw him about 10 years ago at Tanglewood. He was a little shorter than me, right around 6'4". He was surprisingly big shouldered and healthy looking in person.
The Exorcist said on 14/Jan/14
With (7'1.6" listed) Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I think John is doing pretty well here considering. Six-four still looks good for him.

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jordydecke said on 18/Oct/13
Wow! I was just watching him in Orange County and I thought I'd check his height, thinking him to be about 6 foot. Very surprised to see 6'4!! Ironic that he played a midget prince in one of the Shrek films haha.
gb said on 25/Aug/13
in Dexter he towers over Keith Carradine, 6.4 minimum, looks more like 6.5.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Aug/13
Looking nowhere near this on How I Met Your Mother.
Maybe 2-2.5in on Neil Patrick Harris. Shorter than Jason Segal.

"Peak height was 6ft 3.75in (192cm)"
"John Lithgow's height is 6ft 3in (191cm)"

Looked 6ft3-4 aswell in Cliffhanger with Stallone when both men were in their late 40s.
Under 6ft4 with Denzel Washington in Pelican Brief aswell.
MaskDeMasque said on 12/Aug/13
Great Actor, looked very tall in Third Rock. 6'4 seems good.
James said on 20/Jun/13
I recently saw John Lithgow at LAX. He's still a solid 6'4." We are the exact same height and I'm 6'3.5" straight out of bed without straining for added size. I played hoops in college and was listed as 6'5," which is roughly where I am with basketball shoes. My guess is that Lithgow was 6'5," or more, at his peak. He's one of those guys who has zero to gain from overstating his height. In fact, I think that being 6'4" or more might be a hindrance in the acting world. This sized guy will rarely get a shot at supporting roles with short leading men like Tom Cruise. No one likes to be dwarfed, especially on camera for all to see. This is an awesome website!
Hob said on 6/Aug/12
over 6'3(191) nowadays is a joke
short man syndrome said on 28/Dec/11
Lithgow looked very tall in 'The Life & Death of Peter Sellers', he actually made 5'11 Geoffrey Rush look quite small. I can easily believe he's 6'4.
dmeyer said on 1/Dec/11
denzel has a bit floor disadvantage but he steel looks 4 in taller
dmeyer said on 1/Dec/11
compare to 183cm n p harris in himyt he still looks a solid 6 ft 4 and he looks old
LAN Jiao said on 19/Oct/11
lol james think denzel washington was 6'1 peak. then how tall is 6'0 claim chris pine whose 3-4cm taller denzel? 6'2-6'2.5? well.. big impossible. i only knew lithgow now is 6'3 and look 6'3. maybe 6'4 peak i don know..
Buckles said on 10/Oct/11
On an episode of Third Rock from the Sun when 6 foot 6 inches Dennis Rodman guest starred, Lithgow looked only a couple of inches shorter than Rodman.
James said on 26/Sep/11
With then 185cm Denzel Washington in the Pelcian Brief looks a very solid 6'5 in my opinion. granted the ground may not be even?
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although i think he should be given maybe a peak off 6'4.5 and today 6'3 or 6'3.5?

He defenintly was a lot taller than denzel and abosulutly dominated him.
RICHARD said on 14/Aug/11
Looked about 15 cm taller than James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the Apes...
thebad7 said on 1/Aug/11
He plays good roles, and his villains are my favorites. I think his greatest work was his turn as serial murderer Arthur Mitchell in Season 4 of DEXTER. As a young man, he was an easy 6'4"--watch him in 1981's BLOW OUT: he has about 3" on a young, six foot-and-some-change John Travolta. Even on DEXTER, he looks to still be around that 6'4" mark.

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James said on 23/Jun/11
Didn't look over 6'2 when he appeared in Kinsey
Josh B said on 14/Jun/11
This a rather odd photo
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Jason said on 30/Apr/11
He looked an inch taller than Jason Segal in How I Met Your Mother. I bet he's still 6'4; maybe his peak was 6'4.5?
guyfrommars said on 28/Feb/11
He's very tall. Looks at least 6'4" in every movie he ever appeared in. In the finale of All That Jazz he stands up and literally towers over the surprised 5'9" Roy Scheider. Also, he looked the same height as 6'4" Liam Neeson when he played his father in Kinsey.
Jonathan said on 17/Feb/11
Met him in Central Park in 2002. I am just over 6'2" and he was an inch or 2 taller than me. Quite surprised he was that tall.
James said on 23/Jan/11
Rex played by 6'3 (191cm) Craig Fairbrass looked around 1 inch shorter than Lithgow in that film.
Mattiew_- said on 17/Jan/11
Just watched the Pelican Brief , he towers Denzel W by a good 4 inches
There is no way that he is under 6'4
I remember he plays in " Cliffhanger " so if someone can make a quick search we could see how he stacks up with Rex Lynn in that film ...
James said on 14/Dec/10
He was 6'4 at his peak for sure. Probably not over it though. 6'3.75 in the 90's and 6'3 today.
CaptainSpaulding said on 5/Dec/10
And even if he has lost half an inch since hes like 60 years old, he was definatly 6'4" or a hair over before he woulda lost height. Hes at least 6'3.5" right now, but considering that he wears flat bottom shoes, he might appear to look 6'3". Tho id bet 20 bucks that he was at least 6'4" barefoot in the middle of the day before he lost height.
CaptainSpaulding said on 5/Dec/10
Guys the man is 6'4", even now. Or at least 6'3.75".

The man wears flat bottomed shoes. It makes him look half an inch shorter at all times. He has at least an inch on Will Arnnet, which would make sense. He always looks 6'3.5" due to his thin soled shoes he wears.
Tom said on 3/Dec/10
In Dexter, Lundi quotes to his recorder after meeting him 'Around 6"4', I'd say it's pretty accurate.
James said on 31/Oct/10
by the time he reaches 70 he will probably be 190cm tall.
Bleemo said on 15/Jun/07
He certainly looks 6'4" but I cannot beleive anybody has mentioned how fruity he looks in this pic hahaha.
kenneth said on 9/Jun/07
back in late 70s and 80s he looks a good 6ft4.. dun know about his foot wear ~~1 or 2inches? ..but nowadays might drop a inches..as his no more looking a solid 6ft4.. he might stand just 191cm tall now..
Jordan said on 8/Dec/06
Aussie Bloke you are correct about lifts that sly wears but with Glenn he was in sandes so stallone is prolly a legit 5'9 1/2.
Aussie Bloke said on 19/Nov/06
If Stallone is 5ft8, what many people say he is, then I'm not sure if Lithgow is in fact 6ft4, because he doesn't appear over 6 inches taller than Stallone in various pictures I have seen of the two. Unless Stallone is wearing lifts, which is possible, the difference in height is certainly not 7-8 inches, look again.
Anthony said on 29/Sep/06
Lithgow is definitely 6'4. He always looks tall in everything I've seen him in.
connie girL said on 21/Sep/06
he looks a solid 193 in 1982 movie BLOW OUT.. that was 20+years ago.. i would think that he lost 1.5cm in an accuracy of his age..cos my dad was about his age and was recently lost 1.5cm as 182.5cm tall,in his 40s hes a solid 184barefoot as i mearsure my dad height when im age12..now john would be a barefoot 191.5cm,but round up 192cm easily.. so 192cm his height..
kobby boy said on 19/Sep/06
john cleese and him looks 1~2cm diffrent at height.. but i was thinking his old nowadays..so 193 was not right..he might lost 1~2cm.. i think his a solid 191barefoot.. and cleese a 193barefoot..
Glenn said on 7/Jul/06
He can be nice.but then I heard he can be a dick,and sure enough I saw him another running away from my friend not wanting to be bothered.
Josh said on 6/Jul/06
Glenn he seems happy to be posing with you. He looks like a nice guy.
Anonymous said on 5/Mar/06
I too have met John in person I'm about 5 6 and I was wearing 2 inch heels standing next to him looking up it felt like I was standing next to a Redwood Tree, I think he's learned how to lean & stand a certain way to make his co-stars not look so small. He's tall, lean. and so so sweet, I love that man!
Danny said on 2/Mar/06
I would give him 6'3" tall at the present time. Next to Cleese, he was about 1.5 inches shorter at the restaurant scene in 3rd Rock from the Sun when they stood eye to eye. We know Cleese is about 6'4 1/2" tall.
CelebHeights Editor said on 25/Jan/06
Glenn and lithgow, who looks to be leaning a little to camera.
sam said on 3/Nov/05
I saw this guy in person. I'm a little over 6'4" and I would give him 6'4" even. He was surprisingly broad and muscular-looking in person...I guess due to his prissy characters, I thought he was skinner.
316 said on 29/Oct/05
6'4 all the way man. He always wore flat boots in all his movies unlike most of todays hollywood actors, who wear lifts n give a wrong display of their heights.

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