Michael Rosenbaum's Height
5ft 11.25in (181 cm)
American actor best known for his portrayal of Lex Luther on tv series Smallville. His website says "Michael is exactly 6'0" tall"
. This photo is from a 2008 Collectormania event. Jenny had about 1/3rd inch less sneaker than me/Michael.
5ft 8, 5ft 8 Jenny and Michael.
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Fez said on 17/Apr/16
Looked a Solid 181 in Impastor
Johno said on 29/Mar/16
Andrea said on 1/Jan/16
Well, if he measured something like 180.5-180.7 at his low, that would still be just over 5'11 but maybe not quite 181 :)
Is there any possibility he's just 5'11 flat or you're quite sure he'd measure over that mark?
As i said, he doesn't look over 180 with you, so this would be another case of a celebrity looking shorter next to Big Rob?
said on 31/Dec/15
Rob, if you had to choose, would you say he'd measure more within 181-181.5,180.5-181 or 180-180.5 at his LOW?
He looks roughly around 180 with you...
Reading the old comments, it seems that some people even believed he was just 5'9 which is crazy of course!
Editor Rob: I'd stick around 181cm range, I think he'd probably measure in just over 5ft 11 range.
said on 23/Dec/15
Rob your eyes come just under his nose. That would be a 2.25 inch difference, so 5'8.25+2.25=5'10.5 Am I right? If he was 5'11 you should be looking at his mouth
Editor Rob: I think he could have a fraction lower eyelevel. He generally has a longer than average head size.
b-mint1994 said on 20/Apr/15
solid 5'11" for sure. I'm just upset you got to meet the best Lex Luthor Rob and I didn't lol.
said on 4/Apr/15
Rob, who are the other celebrities you met who looked very similar to Michael in person?
[Editor Rob: With michael our footwear was quite similar, but there are other people who might not be exactly same but looked strong 5ft 11, a bit over that mark.
For instance a guy like Sean Patrick Flannery had a fraction more and looked in that 181 zone up close, Aaron Ashmore looked about that strong 5ft 11 range but with a fraction less footwear so more 182 range.
A guy like chris gorham is somewhere in that 181-2 zone.
Finn Jones up close looks in that zone, over 5ft 11 flat.
Tim Russ maybe is a 181 type guy now. Joe Flanigan can look that range too, 181-2..]
said on 26/Oct/14
Rob, would you say Michael's range is more 180-181 or 181-182? I think he's a solid 5'11 guy so 5'11.25 fits him... He's another guy who seems convinced to be 6', since he's claimed that in many occasions but that's probably a 'shoe measurement'... I think you can safely rule out 6', 5'11-5'11.25 is what he looks with you!
[Editor Rob: I think he's measured 6ft in sneakers, so claiming that height isn't really wrong to many people, they go with a height in shoes/sneakers. I do think he'd probably measure a bit over 5ft 11 on the stadiometer.]
said on 5/May/14
Wow, he's got a big head. 10 inches, maybe, Rob?
[Editor Rob: possibly ]
Lorne said on 19/Apr/14
I wouldn't go less than 5'11, even if he can look barely 180 in pics. 181 is fair. But Rob doesn't always go with the highest. Just look at Alex Skarsgard...
Andrea said on 11/Apr/14
Yeah, between 180 and 181 is probably on the money. Rob always goes with the top so 181 is fine!!
John said on 9/Apr/14
I saw him last year at the Chicago Comic Con and he walked right past me. I'm 5'10 and seemed within an inch of me. I think 5'11 flat seems about right.
Andrea said on 29/Mar/14
Well, i wouldn't use that pic to try any conclusion... That simply sucks! Yeah a flat 5'11 is not impossible, a strong 5'11 is what he is. So he could be a guy who is 180-181 at night... Btw, the Ultimate Asshole, ehm, James Marsters, looks noway near 5'9 in that photo!
said on 28/Mar/14
You know, even with the slight footwear advantage and the lean and angle, 5'11.5" Aaron Ashmore shouldn't look this much taller:
It's certainly not nearly enough evidence to downgrade him, but I could see an argument being made for a flat 5'11".
said on 26/Mar/14
Rob, could he dip below the 181 mark after a long day? He looks about 5'11 in these pictures...
[Editor Rob: I think 181 range is fair for him]
Emmett said on 21/Feb/14
He might be 6 ft exactly with that hairstyle.
Lorne said on 30/Jan/14
What's funny is that his head really doesn't look that long on Smallville! But yeah, a solid 5ft11, though I think he could be 180.5cm at his lowest.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jan/14
G image Todd Martin, he wins the "tallest skinniest head" award...
Len said on 5/Nov/13
Wow... that's about the tallest, skinniest head I've seen on a person. He should probably get rid of the upswept hairstyle that emphasizes it.
And yeah, 5'11" or so is about right, if one is not fooled by the hair.
said on 7/Oct/13
Scratch what I said earlier, he's not a 5'11.5 guy. 5'11 or 5'11.25 seems reasonable.
By the way Rob, did you have about the same footwear, or did one have an advantage over the other (in the bottom photo)?
[Editor Rob: michael and I had pretty similar that day]
said on 14/Aug/13
I just met him a few days ago. super cool dude. I am 5'9.5" barefoot and 5'10.5" with the shoes that I am currently wearing. I would say our footwear was about the same and I think Rob has this spot 5'11ish" Click Here
cole said on 28/Jul/13
His head seems kind of long, 180-182 cm range is possible.
johno said on 29/Apr/13
Listed height seems about right
Bard said on 6/Apr/13
Close enough. Looks 5'11 flat.
Mr-KILLER-SHRIMP said on 14/Feb/13
180cm flat, no more.
afka9 said on 5/Feb/13
look guite tall.5'11 perfetc for him maybe 182 cm
said on 25/Jan/13
Rob, you think he could be just 5'11? I'm seeing some old episodes of Smallville and it's funny because in some shots he looks slightly shorter than Tom Welling and in others he looks dwarfed by him. You think he really used appleboxes as he claimed?
[Editor Rob: michael doesn't look a 6 footer in person for sure, he can look 5ft 11-11.5 range, I'm sure welling could look sometimes 4 inches taller]
Stephen said on 8/Jan/13
that's exactly how a bang on 5'11 guy look near a 5'8 guy. 180! no more.
Elijah said on 16/Dec/12
He has the longest head of any man... it might give him the illusion of being taller to a lot of people (not me though) but in reality it is 180cm MAX for him.
Dmeyer said on 11/Dec/12
In the pics hé looks more 5'10.5-10.75 so 5'11 makes 11.25 might be his 12noon height nearer 5'11 at night
The Exorcist said on 8/Dec/12
A very ordinary 5'11".
Aragorn 5\'11. said on 21/Oct/12
sid, your definitely right! Michael Rosenbaum is exactly 5'11. I was able to meet him very briefly while he was in Vancouver, Canada shooting Smallville. He was an inch taller than me and I am a strong 5'10. And we both had similar footwear on so that couldn't have gave him any extra height. Also, he's half an inch taller than Topher Grace (5'10.5) and a little over an inch taller than Kevin Spacey (5'9.75). He was also in a movie with Jason Isaacs (5'11) and they were the same height. The extra quarter inch is unnecessary because he's clearly a strong 5'11 but nothing more! However, he can look 6'0 in shoes but barefoot nothing more than a solid 5'11.
Hob said on 31/Jul/12
solid 5'10.5 an eye to eye level up here tells.
Jake: 1.82 m-- 1.83 m-- 1.84 m said on 8/Jun/12
5ft 11in (1.80 m) even might be better. Exact same height as Gareth David Lloyd is what I'd surmise. Not quite a strong 5ft 11in (1.81 m) like Cary Elwes, Thomas Haden- Church etc.
sid said on 19/Jan/12
I saw Micheal on his yacht here in Vancouver guess he stay there while he shot smallville, I was a few feet away visiting a friend who also has a yacht I estimated he looked a inch taller then me I am 5ft10.
ChiasmataX said on 11/Jan/12
181cm is very close to his real height. Much better than 182cm. @Patrick just compare this guy to the dude from height challenge # 10 (who is 184cm) and you will see he is below 182cm not over.
Patrick said on 11/Jan/12
Michael definitely does not stand straight-up. Anyone posing that way, arms apart from each other and put on people shoulders, has to appear shorter than he really is; the same for the other pic where Michael who doesnâ€™t care about his height or look, is visibly slouching or at least, very relax. Rob looks straight-up because he has to be so for being a good and useful landmark. In my opinion, he looks shorter than ever in the only show I have seen him and presumably loses here about an inch or at least half of an inch. I donâ€™t see him less than 182cm anyway.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jan/12
That is not how a 5"11-6"0 man
should look like next to a 173cm(5"8)
person. We need to bring this guy
down. I see 179cm in the older pic.
In the new pic I see 177-178cm max.
Official height is IMO, 179.5cm(5"10.75) and no more...
nice guy said on 20/Dec/11
181cm in shoes Id say..179cm flat
ChiasmataX said on 21/Nov/11
His long head doesn't fool me. He's 179-180cm at most.
LAN Jiao said on 10/Nov/11
looks 180cm here.
Shaun said on 19/Aug/11
Looked 5'11.5" 182cm range.
John said on 15/Aug/11
Strong 5'11, on problem.
Henkka said on 31/Jul/11
Definitely not 6'. I look more or less like him with Mamun on the right pic with my dad; I'm 6'0.5 and he's 5'9.5. If Mamun is 1.25" shorter than my dad, that would mean Michael is 5'11.25 at most. Between 5'11 and 5'11.25 seems correct to me.
The greatest person alive in the world today said on 28/Jul/11
Nils said on 24/Jun/11
Probably 6'0 in the morning^^ maybe that's when he was measured :D
John said on 23/Jun/11
Are you kidding, there is an easy 3 inches between Rob and Michael.
rob89 said on 14/Jun/11
Looks 179 cm to me, a strong 5'10" more than 5'11"ish
James said on 2/Jun/11
i know a guy who is 6'4 or 6'5 that looks exactley like this Michal Rosenbaum
John said on 25/May/11
5'10.25 is too low, he's got 3 inches on Rob and Jenny. Take a ruler and put it at his eyes and you'll there is 3 inches between them without the hair.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/May/11
He's got a long head so that could deceive people into thinking he's 6"0
Legend said on 14/May/11
He looks 5'10.25
Philly guy said on 12/May/11
"I dont know anyone who rounds up an inch,they would get called on it straight away,I only notice it with Americans,they nearly all give their height in footwear. American philosophy is 'Bigger is Better'"
If you've never meet a 5'11" guy whose said he's 6 foot- you need to get out more.
What's with the anti-Americanism? We didn't adopt metric- you did- get over it.
James said on 4/May/11
solid 5'11 guy all round
Lenad is sexy said on 1/May/11
I wouldnt argue under 5ft11
ANDREA[ITA] said on 24/Mar/11
I'd say he looks at least 10 cms shorter than tom welling... he's nothing more than 180!
James said on 23/Mar/11
James said on 1/Mar/11
no 181cm is his height although that said with Mamun looks minimum 6'1
James said on 28/Feb/11
Yeah 181cm is probably closer
Yo said on 27/Feb/11
strong 5ft11 or weak 5ft11.5-75? His mouth is barely at the level of your eyes so there is 9-9.5 cm of difference:) close to 5ft11.5...?
James said on 22/Feb/11
I think he is 182cm because robs head only looks 3cm above his eye level and rob is also standing closer to the camera as well. He does look really close to 6ft.
Anonymous said on 20/Dec/10
said on 22/Nov/10
wow massive head, looks almost 11 icnhes long
[Editor Rob: I believe this photo
shows his head isn't longer than mine.]
Chuck said on 28/Oct/10
Haha not much to dispute about Michael Rosenbaum's height at all. He gave an honest height. Looks roughly around the same height as 6'0" John Glover in Smallville.
fingirl87 said on 5/Oct/07
looks like few cm shorter than Carson Daly in you tube video "michael rosenbaum interview"... check it... if carson is 185, Michael should be 182 or something.... handsome guy anyway
patrick said on 24/Sep/07
He does look short ONLY when facing Tom as almost everybody but a few other actors of the show.
He looks quite tall in his others movies. He did not look short at all in Paris more recently neither.
Never possibly being qualified as "pretty small guy" in any way.
ted said on 22/Aug/07
To Chip.Tom Welling is 3 inches taller according to this site so Rosenbaum got to be around 179-180.
Chip said on 21/Aug/07
To Ted-Because Tom Welling is at least four inches taller than Rosenbaum.
ted said on 20/Aug/07
If he is that tall why tom welling at smallville looks at least 4 inches taller?
Anonymous said on 20/Jul/07
I'm 5'11 1/2" and when I met him he was at least 2 inches shorter than me - pretty small guy by all accounts.
rose said on 17/Jul/07
i think michael is about 1.80 because when he is face to face with tom welling on smallville scenes , michael is shorter , and he has to look up to tom...and you can see photos of michael in this web ...www.kristinkreukespana.com adn you can see him next to kristin , he is not so tall like in very websites say...
Roger said on 10/Jul/07
Well you are all wrong. He looks shorter than the guy who plays jimmy olsen and In one smallville episode they said that the jimmy olsen dude was 5 ft 10
Patrick said on 10/May/07
That clip as many others of that ilk doesn't mean anything because of depth of field which here, makes Jared, much taller than both of them, looking almost alike!
Anyway, M. Rosenbaum is visibly 6' what is not that tall after all; He looks so with any other star guest in SV. 5'11 does not give that impression, never on screen;
RobertJ said on 7/Apr/07
Thank you pgv. Check out the pics of Routh and the rock, according to most Routh's hair makes him look taller. Yet his hair isn't that long or outrageous and The rock's head is more or less shaven.
pgv said on 21/Mar/07
Hair makes you look taller, not shorter.
said on 7/Mar/07
He's 5'11, cuz Jensen Ackles is 6' and he looks taller than him, look Click Here
patrick said on 11/Dec/06
OK, more reason to take into consideration other parts of the head: eyebrow line, nose etc.
Worse: sometime, somebody appear at first sight taller (or shorter) than another and, then, looking at them better and more accurately, it turns out to be the contrary! That happens often when a "James Dean hairdo actor" opposite to a "flat hairdo" one;
Remember how Robert Conrad appeared much taller when "Rocker style hairdone" than after, with a so-called "modern" and "flat" hairdo which, furthermore, took a lot of the character's personality away.
MD said on 4/Dec/06
Again, there is a difference between a whacky, tall hairdo and a thick head of hair. A bald person always appears taller next to someone of similar height if the other person has a normal grade of hair. The only time some of similar height looks taller next to a bald person is when there is a "tall" hairsyle in play.
patrick said on 4/Dec/06
a man alone, with no one next to him allowing to make a comparison may, indeed, eventually, look taller; it's a psychological impression; in the same way he can appear "more evil" or tougher;
the same with somebody next to him will often look smaller because of what the eye perceives: a mass (of hair)!
if you take two same height persons, one being bawld and the other with a lot of thick and high hair, it is normal, logical and obvious that the second will "be" and not only appearing, taller; it's "fake" but hi will be;
that's the reason why i ALWAYS take into consideration the "eyebrow, eye, nose base line" as reference;
of course, some people have notable differences in the proportions of their respective faces and heads;
nevertheless, by and large, people have more or less the same proportion of forehead height for example and this whatever tall they are.
the height of shoulder line is not really convincing: James Caan or the late Anthony Perkins have or had, bery "high" shoulders when guys like Kirk Douglas and many black people have "low" ones;
last point: the global size, volume of the head; that varies a lot from one individual to anothe and, as result, influences your appreciation;
for example, a man like Steven Seagal already very tall, is often considered as "even taller" (often 6'6 or more); the same with David Morse; WHY ? because S Seagal has a long but not "important" head; its mass is much less big than many of his costars;
D Morse has him, a short head and a long neck, like S Seagal and both have, above all Seagal, high shoulders;
all of these factors can induce you to bieleve them taller than they really are (and, "they really are"!).
RobertJ said on 4/Dec/06
That's odd because everytime a height of a male celebrity with a thickful of hair comes into question, someone always says "his hair makes him look taller."
MD said on 2/Dec/06
Hair reduces the appereance of the height of the top of the head. Unless you have some really crazy hair cut or some hair really stacked up high, being bald does make one look taller.
weirdguy said on 1/Dec/06
I was told he is shorter than what he looks on television so basically he is 5 feet 11 i was told.
RobertJ said on 1/Dec/06
What aussie? How can he apear taller with NO hair? If anything he looks shorter than he is. wow...
Aussie Bloke said on 23/Nov/06
Yeah, he is about 5ft11, but having no hair certainly makes him appear taller than what he actually is! Sometimes you look at him in Smallville, and he looks really tall, about 6ft2. But he aint that tall, just looks tall with his bald scalp
dmeyer said on 1/Nov/06
looks about that height
patrick said on 17/Oct/06
I DO BACK THE JOHN'S QUESTION UP !
John Glover is A GREAT ACTOR and certainly deserves, in my opinion, a place within this very interesting sites (beyond the "haight topic" by itself);
Frankly, some people are...OK, let's say definitly "less" interesting!
By the way, John Glover is 6'1 so "some" will say he is 5'11 or less; read my lips!
john said on 9/Oct/06
Rob, why is there no John Glover listed in the g section of this web site.
john said on 13/Sep/06
Tom Welling seems a bit taller than him, 3' or 4' inches. Tom is closer to 6'3" according to a friend of mine that went to school with him.
Its A Punjabi Ting (UK) said on 31/May/06
Say again....da Lex Luthor dude (the best potrayal of Lex Luthor iv got to say grew from 5 ft 2 ....to bout 6ft? I dont no how the American education system works.... from high school how old would he be...and in college how old wud he hav bin to the point that he grew so many inches? Not impossible...sum1 i no grew from 5ft 6 (wen he was 17 ) to bout 6ft 2 maybe (dis is bout wen he was 20) so beleiavble)
Anonymous said on 24/Apr/06
He looks 6 ft, the first time i saw him in a scene with Jensen in smallville, Rosey looked taller. I wonder how he grew 9 to 10 inches after highschool he was probably exaggerating is 5'2" height
[Editor Rob: you know, I vaguely remember this...actually sometimes Welling can look 3 inches taller than rosenbum]
Anonymous said on 31/Mar/06
According to this article he mentions he was 5-foot-2 when graduated from high school and grew "9 or 10 inches" in college. Which would put him at 5'11 to 6'.
alexander said on 1/Mar/06
i personally know you can groe into your mid 20's i was 5'10 at 21 and at 25 i was 6'3 so it is possible
Anonymous said on 1/Feb/06
maybe welling is more like 6'3 than 6'2, instead of rosenbaum being shorter than 6'
MA said on 28/Jan/06
I met him and he is really tall. Much taller than I was expecting. Definitely around 6'
Kenshin said on 10/Jan/06
also in that last pic john looks to hav a full inch on tom if he stands staright.
MD said on 21/Dec/05
Does someone have photos to illustrate this difference in height?
The End said on 5/Nov/05
NOT 6ft. More like 5'9". I don't think even Jensen Ackles is 6' either, more like 5'11".
daffodil said on 4/Nov/05
In almost every scene with Jemsem Ackles (Jason Teague) Michael looked shorter. Jensen claims to be 6' as well : )
Horacle said on 4/Oct/05
i think this guy is 179-180cm but no more
Kenshin said on 21/Sep/05
sometimes he appears to be 2 inches shorter and the sometimes 4 inches i think he or tom wears lifts
Tuco said on 23/Aug/05
Not sure about this one. He looks more like 3-4 inches shorter than Welling on Smallville. Also, standing next to 6'1 John Glover he's visibly 2 inches shorter (at least)
pgv said on 14/Aug/05
I stood next to him at a sci-fi con. He looks 6 feet to me. I have a friend who has been on the set several times and she said he looks 6 feet. Rob is right, the lack of hair make a difference. Those boxes are used for Kristin Kreuk, not Michael Rosenbaum.
Lex said on 2/Jul/05
Also on his official site, he says that at the age of 17 he was very short 5 feet something....., but why a 6 feet tall guy would say that?....you can't grow 3 or 4 inches after 18, at max 1......
[Editor Rob: yes, this was the quote: "I was about five feet tall and probably the smallest person in my grade. I don’t think I ever went out on date. I wasn’t popular"...maybe he's under-exaggarating, but he may have had the Kevin Costner luck of having a significant late spurt in height. Some people, but a small minority, can grow fair amounts in their late teens. A few lucky guys do grow a bit in their early 20's! For sure, one guy in my Uni course grew nearly 4 inches age 18-22!]
Jess said on 2/Jul/05
Michael is not 6 ft tall.He seems quite short,maybe 5 ft 9 inches or something.
[Editor Rob: maybe the lack of hair on that smallville is deceptive? His site emphasises he's 6ft 'exactly'...of course that may be with big shoes on ;)]
MickeyD said on 14/Jun/05
I've watched just about every episode of Smallville. Clark Kent is 6'2" and Lex Luther is at least 4 to 5 inches shorter. Michael Rosenbaum is about 5'9", if he is wearing boots or lifts, even shorter. Michael is an awesome actor.
A faithful rosebud said on 3/Jun/05
Rosenbaum is no way 6ft tall. Some behind the scenes knowledge is that you can't go by how they look on the show. Tom is a tall man so people stand on boxes in shots, Tom stoops down so the height differnce isn't obvious. I think I've seen that he's 5'9" or 5'10".
Lex said on 21/May/05
Michael is not more than 5'11 (179-180 Cm).
leonari said on 10/May/05
yes he is...I watched all episodes and he is 2 inches shorter for sure...