How tall is Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson's Height

5ft 8.5in (174 cm)

American Actor, best known for playing Benjamin Linus on LOST, Harold Finch on Persons of Interest and Zep in the first installment of the SAW series. This photo was taken at the London Film and Comic Con, 2016.

How tall is Michael Emerson
5ft 8 Rob and Michael
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Ed said on 20/Aug/16
Finch is always in character.
Dmeyer said on 20/Aug/16
174cm seems right but whi his nose is 4-5cm higher
Editor Rob: he is raising his eyelevel slightly, mine is slightly looking down, plus his nose is a cm shorter than mine.
Christian-196cm (6ft5.25in) said on 20/Aug/16
174cm is generous for Michael. He has a more upright posture than Rob, and even then he's the same height. And also there is no mention of footwear, so I'm assuming both had similar shoe thickness.
5ft8 (173cm) for Michael. The very most I would give him is 5ft8.25in (173.5cm), although the former is more likely.
Shredder said on 19/Aug/16
Rob , what would you give his weight? 140?
Editor Rob: wouldn't go that low, probably near 145-150
184guy said on 17/Aug/16
5'8.25-5'8.5
Andrea said on 17/Aug/16
Yeah, 174 is a good listing! If you go on Google, he's basically listed at 5'8 on all sites but i think that 5'8 flat would undercut him a bit... The lowest i'd argue is 5'8.25! I did think he could have been 5'9 at some point but remember you had Terry at a crazy 6'1.75 back then... You also had Jim at 6'1.75! To be fair to Jim though, he can look more 186 with him at times on POI (if Mike is 174), but generally 6'1 fits him perfectly!
Editor Rob: the thing is Terry on Star Trek could look over 6ft 1, but then Frakes for a time I thought 6ft 4 was possible.
James c said on 16/Aug/16
Does he have an smaller forehead?
Editor Rob: he has a high hairlevel, although 20 years ago it was probably 2cm lower.
Guts said on 16/Aug/16
I'm sorry but am i blind? Rob looks like the same height if not 0.5-1cm taller than him. His Hairline is receded so the top of his head is probably only a smidgen away from his hairline.

I'm only seeing 173cm here.
GP said on 16/Aug/16
It looks to me that he has better posture, does he Rob? I'm not too convinced on 174, maybe mid morning, but I bet if you measured him then, he would be 5'8.25".
Editor Rob: a small fraction maybe as I remember leaning to my left/back slightly.

I wouldn't always go by eyelevels at times because you can get bigger discrepancies with a slight downtilt and the other guy having a slight uptilt.

For instance, here is Jenny and myself, she is standing in boots bang on 5ft 9 on the stadiometer (which means 5ft 8 7/8th).

With a 3/4 inch height difference at that moment, my eyeline is at the end of her nose because she has a bit of uptilt and a smaller eyelevel to begin with.
Johno said on 16/Aug/16
Rob i think it's the tilt of his head coupled with his elevated eyeline and his relatively high hairline that is giving a taller impression. The distance between his hairline and the top of his skull is not as high as i initially assumed although, i still can see a 0.25-inches differences and thus can put him at an average of 5'8.75.
Andrea said on 16/Aug/16
Well Rob, if his hair add so much, i stick to my original 173-174 guess...
174 is certainly not a bad listing because he very likely would measure over 173 flat but there's a chance he'd be a hair under 174! As i said, 173-174 range is exactly what he looks on POI!
Again, how was he in person? :P
Editor Rob: I mentioned before, he was pleasant in this photoshoot, greeting people and thanking them, but it was the only interaction I had with him. From other people who spent time getting his auto, I heard good words, he was willing to do photos at his table 'for free' with autograph of course...something many actors don't do nowadays. I think a lot at events want to charge for a selfie on your phone/camera as well at some US events.

I think if you look at him with other cast from Lost, and knowing a bit more of their height, 174 is a reasonable mark for him, I'm happy put give him it, but I wouldn't have guessed as tall as 5ft 9.
Shredder said on 16/Aug/16
He has much longer legs than Rob does lol
Editor Rob: it's quite black around his crotch, I don't know where his inseam would be...

hairstyles can help height...Michael has a small hairline, at most 1cm from hairline to skull, my hairline is more 4cm range from top of skull.

If I spiked mine vertically (and I cut mine at 25mm on top a few days ago), I'm not sure his hair would look any different.
Swish said on 16/Aug/16
with both rob and josh he isn't over 5'8.5"
Danimal said on 15/Aug/16
Sorry Rob, but like Ralph Macchio, he looks taller than you (a 5'9" guy).
Editor Rob: I suppose if you count 3cm of hairstyle he would be 5ft 9, but I wouldn't include that ;)

Hairstyles can fool people, because if the chap had a flatter style, he'd look not much different.
Shredder said on 15/Aug/16
I see 5'8.75
177-178 cm guy said on 15/Aug/16
What was his footwear like Rob?
Editor Rob: pretty much both about inch
TJE said on 15/Aug/16
Rob what did you have him listed at previously?
Editor Rob: years ago 5ft 8 then 5ft 8.5 for last several years.
Josh b said on 15/Aug/16
Here is my photo with Michael, similar footwear, was lovely to meet him as Person of Interest is one of my fav shows.
Click Here
Andrea said on 15/Aug/16
Fantastic photo, Rob! You finally met Harold Finch!!!
You guys have similar footwear here? I'd say he looks slightly taller than you (unless i'm underestimating his hair), so 174 seems a very good shout for this great actor! How was he in person?
Johno said on 15/Aug/16
Nice scarf by the way Rob.
Editor Rob: Emerson in person looked very similar to Renner I thought, I couldn't tell them apart.

Johno said on 15/Aug/16
I mean at his lowest 5'8.5 is possible.
Johno said on 15/Aug/16
At his lowest 5'8 is possible.
Johno said on 15/Aug/16
Looks taller than Renner next to you, about 0.5 inches taller. Probably average around 5'9.
Andrea said on 3/Aug/16
I do remember when i watched Lost and came on this site... You had Michael at 5'8 flat and Terry at 6'1.75!!!
I was really surprised to see them listed that way 'cause Terry really never looked near 6 inches taller than Michael on the show and in photos!
I think you can say Terry looked 3.5-4 inches taller than him, though! It took you a few years to give them a much more realistic listing (at least in Terry's case) :)
I do think their heights are pretty much spot on, now!
Michael can look right around 174 with Jim too (other times you can argue he can look more 173 but certainly no less than that)!
Editor Rob: the 183/174 range certainly can look more sensible.
Andrea said on 2/Aug/16
He does look a genuine 173-174 guy... I still have to see Rob's photo with him but i guess they would be quite similar! :)
Is he nice in person, Rob? Josh told me he's a gent!
Can't believe he's 61, i did think he was much younger!!!
Editor Rob: I think he is in the 174 zone.
Antman said on 1/Aug/16
I stood next to Mr. Emerson at the LFCC 2016 and he was about 5ft 8 to my 5ft 9. A great actor and a nice guy.
Andrea said on 16/Jul/16
Wow, Rob, it seems that even Harold Finch will be at the LFCC!!!
That event will be full of big names (at least for me)!
Let's just hope nobody cancels it!
I confirm what i already said... I bet he'd be very similar to you in person, 5'8.25 or 5'8.5 is my guess!
Editor Rob: yes it is less likely he would cancel, so I will see if he is nearer 5ft 9 in person or not.
Andrea said on 14/Nov/15
Rob, it seems you put him at 5'7.5 at some point? That's a bit surprising because i really wouldn't guess him under 5'8! He generally can look anywhere between 5'8 and 5'9...
Has he ever done any comic con? I bet he'd be very similar to you, if you ever get him in a photo!
Editor Rob: he was never that low, I am sure he went 174-3-4, he was once scheduled as a guest but cancelled, another never to be seen over here for an event!
Patrick 1.75m said on 25/Feb/15
I really dont think he is small. Yea, 1.74m are small too, but he looks average height. So 1.74m is the start of what i can believe for him.

Maybe Caviziel isnt that tall and make Emerson look taller. But i believe in Emerson. Im sure he is 1.75 or 1.76m
Dmeyer said on 27/Jan/15
Standing by himself looks 170cm but when standing with people nearer 175cm
patrick said on 20/Jan/15
Remember him not looking short like 1.72m. (he was it befour here)
And on Person of Interest, he can look average height. Especially, if you watch him alone. And not next to tall people.

He is taller then 1.74m for sure. Im 1.75. And he not looking smaller than me.
Andrea said on 22/May/14
You had that look, Rob? Btw, have you ever watched Person of Interest? Great show ;) Jim Caviezel looks the typical tall guy, 185-187 and he looks average, maybe 4-4.5 inches shorter...
[Editor Rob: 3 episodes but too many shows and wasn't as much a fan, like agents of shield I gave up on that, I've had a glance and 8.75 is a possible change]
Andrea said on 20/May/14
Rob, what stops you from giving him 5'9? I remember you said he doesnt look it with some losties, which ones? He for sure can look 5'8.5 sometimes, but i don't think 5'9 is impossible... And you always go with the top. I wonder from where the 5'8 listings on the net come. He never looks under this listing and he could in fact be taller.
[Editor Rob: yeah he can look 5ft 9, maybe an almost 5ft 9 listing is nearer the mark, I will have a look again]
Sam said on 1/Mar/14
174 is a good guess, about 5 in shorter than 6'1.5" Caviezel
Peyman said on 23/Feb/14
173 for him & 174 for Nestor Carbonell
no way he is taller/shorter than Rob!
hair style plays a big role when it comes to tall impression
& no need to say that Carbonell is way shorter than Henry Ian Cusick who you've recently met. around two inches I think
Patrick 1.75.5m said on 6/Dec/13
In Person of Interest, Episode 11, he was described as 1.75m, in the german version. Maybe you can watch the englisch version, Rob. Think, he is that height.
Sarah said on 8/Oct/13
He's probably about 5'9"
Bakel said on 7/Jul/13
I don't think he is just 5ft8. To be honest, he always looks around 5ft10 next to other actors. However he gives a smallish impression.
Look at him next to 5ft10 Nestor Carbonell and 6ft1/6ft1.5 Terry O'Quinn:
Click Here
Here he looks a bit taller than Carbonell and only 3.5 inches shorter than Terry O'Quinn.
rob89 said on 6/Mar/13
Agreed, he looks a strong 5'8" guy rather than 5'8" flat, 173-174 cm is his range most likely. In Person of Interest he only appears at most 4 inches shorter than the supposedly weak 6'2" Jim Caviezel, never almost 6. I actually thought Caviezel was just 6' flat before checking his listing here, since he really doesn't seem to tower over Emerson on that show.

In Lost as well, the trio Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway and Terry O'Quinn (again supposedly 6'1"-6'2" guys) weren't that much taller than him either, they had maybe 3"-4" on him; certainly not 5"-6".

I just think it's strange how he can give a 5'9"-5'10" illusion a lot and not get towered by guys who're supposed to be way taller than him. Hmmm... makes me question if those guys are really as tall as their claims/listings.
Hullywood said on 9/Sep/12
Yes, he isnt tall, but never looked short to me in lost. Im 1.75m and i really think he looks that height, but 1.73m ist not enough.
Sam said on 31/Aug/12
On the Season 1 episode "Super", the dialog of the guest star who plays the title role describes Emerson's character as approximately 5'9".
ANDREA[ITA] said on 31/Jul/12
Rob, could you explain me how he can look not short next to guys like Matthew Fox or Terry O'Quinn, who are supposed to be about 6 inches taller than him? I just saw all Lost and the scene where he looks "shortest", it was like max 5 inches difference! Could he be 5'9?
[Editor Rob: a chance 174 maybe]
Caesar said on 15/Jun/07
5'8 seems right, though I could go as low as 5'7 and 1/2 if Mitchell is only 5'8.5. Fairly tall cast of characters, with Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn, Josh Holloway and Elizabeth Mitchell, so Emerson looks especially short despite being just a little below average.

[Editor Rob: its probably fairer yeah.]
Caesar said on 15/Jun/07
Thanks for putting him up. I love his acting and his character, but he looks more than half an inch shorter than 5'9 Elizabeth Mitchell...

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