John Rhys Davies Height
5ft 9.25in (176 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 0.5in (184 cm)
British Actor best known for portraying Salla in Raiders of Lost Ark, Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Professor Maximilian Arturo on tv series Sliders. He damaged his back and has lost a few inches in height from his early career. This photo is from a Glasgow Collectormania show in 2007.
5ft 8 Rob, 5ft 8 Jenny and John
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Average Guess (13 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 0.48in (184.1cm)
Current: 5ft 9.38in (176.2cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 9/Jan/17
He was perfect as 'Gimli' the dwarf in 'The Lord of the Rings'! You'd never have been able to tell that he stands 5ft9.25, and what's that? He used to be over 6ft! Amazing!
Next time I see LOTR I'll find it all the funnier to see him as a very convincing and humorous dwarf!
berta said on 5/Jan/17
i think he was no taller than 183 at peak. If this guy was 184 then he is one of the few guys that make harrison ford really 185 peak.
said on 15/Dec/16
Rob, How did he lose over 3 inches when he's barely over 70? At this rate, he'll probably shrink down to 5ft7 before he's 90. A 5.5" height loss is unheard of.
Editor Rob: Christian, injuries to his back and probably cumulative damage over 20 years.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 23/Nov/16
A big six footer back then. Davies did edge out Peak Harrison Ford.
I feel bad for him. If he wanted to say 'he was 6 feet,' I wouldn't doubt him.
josh jeffords said on 21/Oct/16
Wow that is crazy he looked huge back in the day, you can see his bad neck and back posture in photos poor guy.
Speaking from experience that can cost inches even in a short guy like me I loose over an inch between adjustments.
Been measure as little as 5 7 .5 and just under 5 9 the neck vertebrae are the worst. " I have 8 oh actually 9 dysfunctional"
I do remember he was noticeably taller than ford with worse posture and most every body else.
Good actor as a good guy was big and scary but didnt have the evil bad guy vibe great voice though.
He still towered over folks in the 90s in several b movies always in flats.
Rory said on 24/Sep/16
Definitely over 6ft peak. On tele opposite 6'2 James Booth he only looked 1-2 inches shorter, and generally looked tallish in the 70s, similar in height and build to Robbie Coltrane. Obviously he's been unlucky with height loss though.
Mark said on 31/Jul/16
Though this is my current height in the afternoon and that I would drop to 5'9" or 5'8.8" at night, I do wish to be as tall as John Rhy Davies' peak height. This wouldn't be the case since I have short parents and I'm turning 18 this coming August! I can't lie about my height and I refuse to do so myself.
said on 16/Jul/16
I'm actually Davies' current height in the afternoon. Rob, how tall would you think I am with shoes on in the morning?
Editor Rob: you could be 5ft 11 range with a shoe
Raiders of the Ark
said on 10/Jul/16
Hey Rob, how tall do you think he was during the filming of the Lord of the Rings?
Editor Rob: he probably was around 5ft 10 range
said on 8/May/16
He seems to edge out Prime Harrison Ford in his younger days despite having terrible neck posture.
Mark said on 5/May/16
Mini, to be fair, Davies did get into alot of accidents. Now a Plane accident, I can see why Davies would lose that much height.
Don't blame Davies for the great height lost. He probably wasn't expecting any of it to happen.
To be honest, I think he pulls off a full 6'1" in his prime in the morning.
TJE said on 4/Mar/16
If anything, he'd be more 5'8 range today if he was good 5'9 range 8-10 years ago.
said on 1/Mar/16
Wow! Rob do you think it's usual to lose almost 4 inches of height?
Editor Rob: actually I think giving him 176cm today is probably fair. Over 3 inches is a lot more than normal for his age, but as I've said he damaged his pelvis and back with the wall accident, and he also had a plane accident.
said on 22/Feb/16
In The Living Daylights he looked like a legit 6ft standing next to Dalton, heck he pulled off 6'1 when standing with the cast of Fellowship. What on earth caused him to lose 3 inches?
Editor Rob: a wall falling on his back and then cumulative problems. I'm sure he had another crash at one point. He really does look near 5ft 9 range today, but back in 80's still looked a big six foot plus range if standing tall.
Niggurd said on 8/Jan/16
Hahaha looks like this guy drank too much Hobbit Kool-aide! LOL
said on 21/Sep/15
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Sep/15
Rob, are you still convinced he was 184cm?
[Editor Rob: it seems a lot to lose, but 183-4 range I can buy in his 20-30's.]
In the raiders of the lost ark (1981) he was slightly shorter than Ford, maybe 0.5", but it's difficult to guess their difference because at first JRD has bad posture, and Ford too in a couple of scenes, and overall we don't know what kind of shoes they had on...
If we start from the point of view that Ford was at peak a weak or even flat 6'1" then 6'0.25-0.5" for JRD is believable, considering he was 37 when the movie was filmed...
but in my opinion Ford was at times 6'0.5" (his peak height) so JRD might have been 5'11.75"-6'...
7 cms of loss are a little more believable than 9cms, considering his bad posture and his back problems...
[Editor Rob: when he was in Bond I think he could look 183-4 zone. Here with Dalton
said on 17/Sep/15
Rob, are you still convinced he was 184cm?
[Editor Rob: it seems a lot to lose, but 183-4 range I can buy in his 20-30's.]
MOF said on 3/Sep/15
He was probably never over 6 feet, it's pretty obvious. Noticeably shorter than Harrison Ford in 1980 and always looked about 3 inches lower than 6'2" Jerry O'Connell in the Sliders series from 1995-1997.
He may have been 6 feet max in his youth but I would guess anywhere between 180-182cm is a good estimate.
George said on 23/Jul/15
In the photo looks 177cm
Guyster said on 1/Jun/15
Look's in the 176 range imo, yes he has lost a lot of height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/May/15
Nearly 10cm loss! That's.....upsetting
Modeus said on 27/Apr/15
8 inches loss is insane
Yaspaa said on 11/Apr/15
Raiders was on last night. He was noticeably shorter than Ford. I don't think he was ever over 6'0.
Jared said on 2/Nov/14
He looks taller than 175 next to you at 174 almost. I would say he looks 177 at least
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Oct/14
He looks messed up...
littlesue said on 29/Sep/14
I've said before, My Nan and her 2 sisters were around 5ft 2 in their youth, they all lived to 93 and ended up about 4ft 6, no specific back problems or back injuries just probably Osteoporosis'
John86 said on 28/Sep/14
Height loss happens with age and back problems. My grandfather stood at 6'1 during his peak, as confirmed in photos next to my parents when he was younger. In his later 70s he had shrunk to 5'10ish and in his 80s came down to 5'8, though he was hunching a little at that point. Believe it, it can happen. You'd be surprised how many inches start to get lost when your discs break down and the joints weaken.
said on 4/Sep/14
Rob, wow 3.5 inches lost is a lot but with a damaged back plus getting older is can make sense. How old is he now?
[Editor Rob: he's now 70. Back in 2007 he was 5ft 10, I think he is an extraordinary case of having damaged his back and then other discs having been worn down more than normal.]
176,2Tunman said on 18/Aug/14
Incredible loss at only 70.Back in the 1960's he was probably in the 90 or 92 percentile and today he's only weak average for youngsters.If he lives say to 100 years he will end under 10 percentile for sure.Must be a nightmare for everyone here.Hope the guy doesn't care that much about his height.
Nick said on 3/Aug/14
Even though he edges out Rob and Jenny by an inch or so, you can clearly tell that he was a big guy by looking at his physical structure.
176 cm man said on 17/Jun/14
looks 5'10'' here
Arch Stanton said on 16/Jun/14
He did Justin which would make him 6'0.25 as Dalton is a measured 6'1.75. I think 6'0.25" would be spot on!
Justin said on 13/Jun/14
Looked 6 feet 1 in Living Daylights. Looked an inch and a half smaller than 6 feet 2 tall Timothy Dalton.
Arch Stanton said on 27/May/14
About 1.5 inches on 5'10 range Robert Preston and about 1.5-2 inches shorter than 6'2 James Garner in Victor Victoria. Leaning towards 6' than 6'1", I think around Alex's height peak might be right. 6'0.25" I'd list him as!
said on 11/May/14
Wow Rob, 3.5 inches lost? How rare is that?
[Editor Rob: uncommon.]
Realist said on 10/May/14
I think Rob is right on this one. Cause he looks a tad bit taller than Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones. So Rob i am with you on this one. But this is a very rare case people usually lose about 3-4 cms in a lifetime.
said on 12/Apr/14
Ok, he's damaged his back, but his spine didn't shrunk for god's sake. He may not be able to stretch his back for a proper measurement due to the pain, sure, but you don't list people on this site or anywhere by the height they walk during the day, but by their supposed maximum stretched height - and I don't mean their peak height. So, he may walk at 5 ft 9, but his overall height loss caused by the accident would be 1 or 2 inches at most I guess.
My comment is benevolent, I am a fan of your website, but I strongly disagree with you on this one Rob.
[Editor Rob: well back in 2007 he was talking with me/photographer in that shoot and he wasn't above 5ft 10 that day...I know nowadays he can generally look 5ft 9, maybe measuring he might still exceed it a little though. He had a plane crash 80's and the huge wall accident damaging back/pelvis. Maybe he has lost more height than normal, if you look at him early 80's he looked noticeably taller.]
said on 7/Apr/14
Rob... Seriously? 4 inches? That's like 10 cm... Even if he's got back problems it's really hard to believe and I've honestly never heard anything like that before. At least you should consider readjusting his peak height.. Bu how is such a big height loss even possible?
[Editor Rob: it didn't help having a wall collapse on him and damage his back]
thatguy said on 3/Apr/14
Wow, he sure lost a lot of height. Hey Rob, wouldn't it be a good idea to have a pic of a celeb's peak height and current height side-by side to see the difference in height loss. Tho that might be a lil too hard considering different footwear in pictures
said on 3/Mar/14
Here's my photo with him, again very similar footwear here.
Josh b said on 1/Mar/14
5'9 at best.
said on 14/Feb/14
Is it possible he was just 6'0 peak? I recollect Jerry O'Connell looking almost 2 inches taller in sliders. I'll have to watch again. Also looked over 1.5 shorter than Dalton in Bond
[Editor Rob: 6ft - 6ft 0.5 I think is more likely peak, but now can look anywhere between 5ft 9-10 range.]
Editor Rob said on 18/Jan/14
I found jenny's photo from that day with him aswell which I added.
said on 16/Jan/14
Well then, why isn't he listed 177cm?
[Editor Rob: because of the state of his back I don't know if he could still make it to 5ft 10 for a measurement...he can look shorter of course]
said on 14/Jan/14
He stands very placed right? He can stretch up another .3-.4 of an inch to about 5'9.75 right?
[Editor Rob: well he was a couple inches shy of the photographer (a 182 range guy), his back definitely is screwed up...if he measured 5ft 9-9.5 range today it wouldn't be a surprise, as he can look about that range.]
Ali said on 6/Oct/13
Its funny how no body on any celebrity agrees that the stated height is correct and they always state the person is shorter. Not even one persons height has been accepted. It funny how peoples defense mechanism cannot let them accept that the person mightbe tall so they can just feel better about them selves for that time. LOL.
said on 19/Sep/13
how is that 5'10.. i think you're shy to put their real height cause they might get pissed. i seen people who look 5'7 next to you , yet you list them as 5'8.75.....
[Editor Rob: in person he can look 5ft 9 today, but he's a guy with damaged back - if you measured him he might be able to stand more upright.]
said on 25/Jul/13
Based Shane's photo, he's struggling at being 5'9.'' I'm sure when Rob met him back in 2007, he was probably 5'10.''
[Editor Rob: he could look 5ft 9 in 2013, although his posture and back means he doesn't hold height well]
avi said on 17/Jul/13
@shane says on 26/May/13
you look 5'11 without shoes in that picture thats an extreme 2 inch difference. hes looking 5'8 zone now. my god.
Emil said on 12/Jul/13
He looked no more than 5'0 in LOTR :P ;)
Steevn said on 4/Jun/13
He certainly has shrunk substantially, in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' he looked atleast as tall as Harrison Ford and heavily built. This often happens to naturally big, strong guys who don't take care of themselves. Knee, hip and back trouble creeps up on them and already by their 50's they're weak and bent.
Hey said on 31/May/13
Tbh he was only a little shorter or the same height then that guy who played Haman in One night with the king. Though in those pic he looks 5'9
said on 26/May/13
i met him today at collectormania, i am 5'10.5, 5'11 with shoes, so there is no way he is still 5'10 Click Here
[Editor Rob: I saw him at a stall yesterday and he was taller than jenny, he might be heading towards 5ft 9 soon with poor back posture]
said on 1/Apr/13
Rob should one worry about getting short if they hurt their back? That is the one way you can shrink
[Editor Rob: if you damage your discs you'll certainly increase chance of loss...Rhys really has lost a few inches, back in his late 30's he was still looking like a big 6ft guy, today he's struggling with 5ft 10]
Aragorn 5'11 said on 15/Jan/13
Totally agree with Shaun!
fffff said on 11/Jan/13
why has he claimed 6'3??
Mathew said on 28/Dec/12
Looks like a weak 5'10" above.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Sep/12
About 5ft9.5(177cm) with Rob
Awesomimous said on 28/Aug/12
@wat, the LOTR films were made more than a decade ago...
wat said on 15/Nov/11
It's weird that 5'10.5 orlando bloom said John Rhyes Davies was 3 inches taller than him...If John is half an inch shorter.
TNTinCA said on 1/Nov/11
Did he really shrink that much? I am also wondering if he wore lifts.
Shaun said on 31/Oct/11
Wasn't much smaller than 6'2" Joe Don Baker in Living Daylights, 1-2 inches like with Dalton. I'd say 6'0.5" is legit for peak.
PatB said on 7/Oct/11
Well I saw him in Lord of the Rings and he looked to be about 4'11".
said on 1/Sep/11
Rob is there a chance he was 6ft 1in at his peak.
[Editor Rob: it's a lot of height to lose, maybe not quite 6ft 1 peak is more probable. ]
Maximus said on 31/Aug/11
He may have also wore lifts...who knows since a lot of celebrities, especially the shorter ones, have the need to be taller than their natural height.
180cm said on 30/Jul/11
the hell, thats excessive height loss! i knew about his disease but damn thats incredible, can't be possible.
in the image looks like a weak 5'10 indeed.
great actor though.
Shaun said on 23/Jul/11
Yeah Rob has this right he looked 1-2 inches shorter than Dalton in Living Daylights. He did look close to 6'1" peak for sure. Nowadays? Barely 5'10", more likely 5'9.5"
said on 3/Jul/11
In the given photo John slouches a lot. So he can easily be 5'11", if he straightens up.
I saw him in front of me with a guy I've measured 5ft 11.5 and he was barely even 5ft 10 'stretching up'...]
rob89 said on 18/Jun/11
Looks barely over 5'9 with Rob to be honest, and i find it really hard to believe he could have shrunk more than 3 inches.
Yaspaa said on 17/Jun/11
The guy hasn't looked too healthy in recent years and with the back ailment he looks like he actually has lost height. I still say height loss only occurs after 70 years or due to ailments, if the guy was healthy he'd still be 6'0.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/May/11
Lol he looks 186cm next to Dalton in that pic
Dean said on 11/May/11
@ Physics enemy - Rob is not 5'9 and nowhere near..hes 173.5 at most in this photo so this guy looks 176.5(5'9.5) as he has 3cm at best here..
Physics Enemy said on 8/May/11
If he stood up straight he'd have 2 clear inches on near 5' 9" Rob. So I'd say he's 5' 11" now, lost 1.5-2 inch from prime height.
Jotun said on 28/Mar/11
In LOTR they used scale doubles and other techniques to make the character Gimli appear shorter - apparently he was still taller than Mortensen and Bloom when LOTR was filmed back in 99-00
James said on 1/Mar/11
looks a weak 184cm next to dalton
josh b said on 16/Feb/11
Looked very small in LOTR, camera angles maybe. :P
said on 22/Jan/11
Definitely looks 184cm range next to 188cm Timothy Dalton in 1987.
Shaun said on 22/Jan/11
His injury in 2002 to his back has obviously affected his height. This guy looked a strong 6' next to Timothy Dalton and Joe Don Baker in Living Daylights.
Anonymous said on 12/Jan/11
what the hell? thought he was 6'1. he always did look 6'0 though and probably has bad posture now so 5'11ish or even 5'10 could be possible. can't believe thats possible. being over 6'0 and dropping to average height. damn.so whats the point of being 6'2 or 6'3 when taller ppl lose more height? by the time someone that tall is 65 he'd be barely 6!
maximus meridius said on 12/Jan/11
He looks so much like pavoritti does anyone notice that.
Matt said on 27/Nov/10
err yeah either that back injury was the result of this height loss or i highly doubt this guy was anywhere near 5ft 11. nowdays strong 5ft 9
said on 17/Sep/07
rob, when you saw him in person, did his proportions look out of whack? Did he have a big frame for a guy appearing 5'9?
[Editor Rob: he did look wide but you could tell from his body that he's lost noticeable height since Indy days, I think his wall crushing accident must have contributed a fair bit to his loss because he's what, 63...]
said on 5/Sep/07
no Darf, he claims "I'm sort of 6-1" I just watched it last night. He does not look that height now, he looks more 5-11 or 5-10
[Editor Rob: he walks around like a 5ft 9 guy, I joked with him to try to stand tall but he really didn't 'grow' that much.]
Editor Rob said on 25/Aug/07
I saw him at collectormania today, he looks not much more than 5ft 10 when he stands properly, can look as short as 5ft 9 with his slouchy posture aswell...
Darfalz said on 14/Jul/07
He claimed to be 6'3 " in the commentaries, old actors frequently give their peak height as their height, don't want to conceed they lost the height. Bloom admits that Rhys Davies has a few inches on him during the commentaries so if he's really 5'10" then Rhys Davies must still be at least 6'0" or so.
Goktimus Prime said on 13/Jul/07
I met John Rhys Davies a few years ago in Sydney and he appeared to be more 184cm, not 178cm...
Ed said on 24/Mar/07
Just saw him in The Miracle Match (aka The Game of their Lives)about the 1950 USA World Cup football(soccer)team, and Rhys Davies has never looked so small. I don't know if you've seen it Rob, but even Wes Bentley at 5ft11 looked close to 2 inches taller than Rhys Davies. Bentley also looked about 2inches shorter than Gerard Butler. In almost every frame looked small, it was strange!
[Editor Rob: yes, I forgot...indeed, rhys davies is shockingly small nowadays and he's only getting to mid 60's...guys spine must be collapsing! Posture might be to blame, whether he can straighten up his back and still become 5ft 11...hmm]
Ed said on 5/Oct/06
Antron, I agree he is referred to as 6ft1, that could very well have been his peak height, but with older age and a lot of weight weighing him down, I think Rob has him right at 5ft11.5. Rob, I thought Rhys Davies was taller than Ford, a good 1/2 to an inch. He always looked taller than Ford in both Raiders and Last Crusade.
antron said on 4/Oct/06
As a confessed LOTR nerd, I can tell you for certain that he is referred to as 6 foot 1 in the Extended Edition DVDs. Probably his peak height I agree.
Frank2 said on 3/Aug/06
Denholm Elliot was 5'10". I met him back when he was in Trading Places. And before that when he showed up for a screening of Too Late the Hero which I worked on.
Anthony said on 2/Aug/06
I just watched "Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade" today, and Davies was a tad bit taller than 5'11.5 Denholm Elliot, so probably 6' or a little over in his prime.
werty said on 20/Jun/06
I'd say 5'11.5 is correct. My dad and I met him at Collectormania, and he seemed just a little taller than my dad, who's 5'11 on the dot. Very nice guy too.
Anshelm said on 26/May/06
Apparantely I have different versions of the LOTR Extended Edition DVD:s as Darkfalz, since I heard him say his height only once in the extras, and he said 6'1". He also said that he was the tallest of the actors portraying the Fellowship members.
Anonymous said on 2/Mar/06
He looked about an inch shorter than Harrison Ford in the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
[Editor Rob: he always maintained he was 6ft 1...I never heard this '6ft 3'...he really said this on a commentary, maybe exaggarating in relation to his playing of the dwarf?]
Darkfalz said on 2/Mar/06
He claims to be 6'3" all throughout the DVD commetaries for LOTR
Rat said on 10/Feb/06
Actually, I met John a few months ago and he's still quite a bit taller than my 5'4". I'd say he's right along 5'11"-6ft.
If anything, his poor posture should be attributed to the fact that he had a wall collapse on him on a film set (broken his forearm and pelvis) and his back is in almost constant pain these days. That'll keep anyone from standing up straight.