John Saxon's Height
5ft 8in (173 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 10.5in (179 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as Enter The Dragon, The Unforgiven, Nightmare on Elm Street, Joe Kidd, The Electric Horseman and The Girl Who Knew Too Much.
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Average Guess (3 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.83in (177.4cm)
Current: 5ft 7.5in (171.5cm)
said on 21/Mar/17
It looks like his entire upper torso has collapsed in on itself. That is serious shrinkage. It could be his age, or it could also be fused discs in his spinal column making his upper torso so much shorter than it used to be. I say that's an easy 3" + height loss at 81 years old for him.
Robert Farrell said on 19/Mar/17
I drove Mr. Saxon to the airport back in 1984. I am 5'9"and I stood next to him. I do not think John was more than 5'7" at the time.
said on 9/Oct/16
Just watched Enter the Dragon again - Saxon looked at least 5'10 in relation to Bruce Lee and Shih Kien. Didn't look crazy shorter than Jim Kelly - there's great home movie footage from Ahan Capri from the Enter the Dragon set which gives perhaps a better idea of height than watching the movie: Click Here
richie said on 23/Mar/16
Yeah Saxon's peak height was somewhere between 5'10"/11", he had about 3 inches on Bruce Lee who was 5'7.5" and was slighter shorter than Lee Majors who was just 6', a weak 5'11"...
Chase Witherspoon said on 9/Aug/15
Always looked 5'9" region to me even going back to 50's; 176-177 peak would be my best guess; great actor, prolific....
said on 1/Jan/14
Gracias. He's not that well-known really is he, but he's one of those faces a lot would recognize.
[Editor Rob: current generation won't know him much, but generation above me know him a lot more.]
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/13
Rob can you add The Unforgiven, Nightmare on Elm Street, Joe Kidd, The Electric Horseman and The Girl Who Knew Too Much? He looks about 5'10 in all of those I think. Watching Nightmare on Elm Street now..
Anonymous said on 15/Mar/13
2-3 inches taller than bruce lee in enter the dragon...not quite 6 foot.....
Joe said on 11/Dec/11
He's lost an inch or so but i think if he stood up-right, he'd be just about 5'9
Mr. Kaplan said on 16/Nov/11
That's the strangest thing I've ever seen. I thought he was six feet tall, watching him in "Enter the Dragon".
will said on 5/Nov/11
Awesome, to bad you and Jim Kelly don't make a movie together.
jtm said on 11/Aug/11
5'8.5 and 5'10 at his prime.
Legend said on 10/Aug/11
This guy is still 5'8.5 or about the same height as Mamun. You can tell because Mamun is positioned in front of him slightly so he is taller than he looks in the pic.
dmeyer said on 4/Aug/11
he droped serious height
Mr. Tempus said on 3/Aug/11
Mamun looks slightly taller than Jhon, so maybe Jhon is 5'7.5
Mark said on 30/Jul/11
Looks an inch or 2 shorter than Lee Majors, in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. Some who know/knew Majors said he was not 6'0, but 5'11. Others who knew/know say he is/was 6'0. My opinion? Saxon was 5'10 and Majors 5'11.5
PatB said on 27/May/11
Shrinkage is usually described by a simple average. You never see a standard deviation reported. There are large differences among people of the same age. I'm 68. My dentist is 69. He tells me he lost two full inches in one year. I used to be 6'4" barefoot when I was in my twenties. In almost a half century I've shrunk exactly 1/4". I've lost so little from no virtue of my own. I'm just lucky. My good college friend who used to be exactly six feet now is 5'11". I can see no pattern but it is clear that people shrink at all sorts of different rates.
A lot of commenters here assume that peak height is a real concept and that they can calculate everyone's height from their age alone.
John Saxon was always rather short. Maybe the studios were just better at conceling that fact when he was younger.
anon said on 11/May/11
People, cut the guy some slack. Saxon is 75yo in a couple of months; what do you think you are going to look like when you're that age? If you make it? LOL He was in his mid 30's when he was in Enter the Dragon. He looks o.k. to me.
Legend said on 4/May/11
I thought he was like 6 feet? Amazing.
Ed said on 20/Nov/06
There is no way Saxon is 5ft9 now barefoot, I was absolutely shocked when I saw him at a convention a while back. I knew he would be older and maybe a little smaller, but he was small. I'd say 5ft7.5 to 5ft 8 barefoot and maybe near 5ft9 with shoes, and frail looking. He was a pretty stocky guy in Enter the Dragon, and still looked it in The Nightmare on Elm Street movies, but now not the case. Maybe he was 5ft9ish in his prime.
Glenn said on 20/Nov/06
Dunken-Frank2,I think,posted pics of a black and white movie where he did look tallish.
Dunken said on 19/Nov/06
to Glenn: people say he looked 5'11 in his prime because he did look close to 4 inches taller than 5'6.5/5'7 Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, 30+ years ago.
Glenn said on 19/Nov/06
Saxon seemed 5-9 to me.but why do a couple of people say he was 5-11 in his prime? was he really and he shrunk?
Electric06 said on 16/Nov/06
My assumption for him is correct 5'9.5" in his prime. 5'8.5" today. He went through a lot of shrinkage. This supports the idea that Bruce Lee was around 168-69cm.
Glenn said on 4/Oct/06
Thanks Backstage and Ed at backing me on my claims that Saxon is shorter than expected.
Ed said on 31/Aug/06
Saw Saxon at a convention, and I was shocked how small he was, I'd say 5ft8ish barefoot, even his body frame was small. I was expecting a 5ft10 to 5ft11 stocky built guy. A lot has changed since his Enter the dragon days.
Glenn said on 19/Jul/06
Explains why he looked 5-9 when I met him.another victory on my accuracy.I did see early career pics where he looked a shocking 6ft.Cesar is 6-3.
MarkO said on 18/Jul/06
If you have a tape of season 1 of The Six Million Dollar Man, check out Day of The Robot episode, with Saxon. At one point, he stand against one of those police measuring chart type things (facing front, and in profile). If memory serves me, he equalled the 5'10 mark, I assume, with shoes. However, who knows how well placed the measuring chart was. Cesar Romero as the Joker can be found against a similar chart in photos on Ebay. It makes him look 6'6, and I'm sure that's not true.
Talltaleteller said on 2/May/06
Bruce Lee was never 5'7 to begin with. so 5'10 is the max for the sax-man's prime.
Ken said on 27/Apr/06
Saxon was never a quite a full 5'10. 5'9.5 back then - 5'8.5 today
Joel said on 10/Apr/06
Maybe 5'8,5'9 today. Back then 5'9-5'10.
Chris said on 7/Apr/06
Dean is obviously crouching over or leaning against the pillar in that photo...
ForensicNYC said on 5/Apr/06
He was 5'10" in "Enter The Dragon"...he was 3" taller than Bruce Lee who was 5'7"...they wore Kung Fu sneakers which didn't give much height...