Paul Newman's Height
5ft 9.5in (177 cm)
American actor best remembered for roles in films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Verdict, The Hudsucker Proxy, Hombre, The Color of Money and Road to Perdition. In a 1986 NY Post article it mentioned Newman wouldn't reach 5ft 11, except in heels, and would offer $1000 to charity for every inch over 5ft 8 Paul measured. Mr Newman replied that he'd be willing to write a $500,000 cheque if he was indeed 5ft 8, but if they were wrong, then they'd give $25,000 to charity for every quarter inch over 5ft 8 he measured. The NY Post never took up the bet. His weight was mentioned in a Ladies Home Journal: "At five feet ten inches, he carries 165 pounds with a taut strength"
Photo by MGM, via Wikimedia Commons
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Chase Witherspoon said on 27/Sep/16
I like Paul Newman, watch his movies, buy his sauces, but this does seem ambitious... I couldn't see him more than flat 5'9" whether it was "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Paul at 33 or "Color of Money" Paul at 61.
said on 5/Aug/16
Rob, Paul shorter than Redford??
In movies like Butch C and the S K or The Sting Newman was clearly taller.
Editor Rob: I didn't get that impression last time I seen the Sting, although they could look reasonably close.
Johnson said on 24/Jul/16
Mugshot Navy picture: My eyes are way over 5'4 (between 5'4-5'5) and I am 5'9.25. Both with normal head size. Paul Newman's eyes are just slightly 5'3 (160.5). In the picture Paul Newman is 174 cm tall maximum. 12 cm typical eye level. Mugshot backgrounds can fool us due to angle in the top of the head. He perhaps grew up a litle more afterwards
Johnson said on 21/Jul/16
@Rob look at the eyes in the navy picture, more 5'3 than 5'4... and the picture guessing of course he is barefoot he does not look over 5'9
Scott said on 17/Jul/16
I don't have much/anything to add here, but...a friend met Michael Douglas at a restaurant and commented on his being a little guy. My friend is a solid 5'8". More, its well known that Tom Cruise is in the 5'7" range. Finally, I was just watching Paul Newman in Harper. In one scene, he was carrying a can of beer. It looked like an oil can that he was holding. I thought, this guy was tiny. Not much to go on, sure, but what many commenters here noted through personal experience seems to ring true. Newman, while a giant as an actor and male role model was probably a little guy. Nothing wrong with that IMO, just saying. Is/was this a character trait for actors being of small stature? Sure sounds like it in many cases. Maybe they went into acting as a means of rising above, get it, their small stature...Cheers!
littlesue said on 9/Jul/16
He would have been in his 60's in the 80's so could have easily shrunk an inch or two,
Liz said on 7/Jul/16
I always had a crush on Paul Newman even though he was my father's age. I'm exactly 5'10" (barefoot) and my husband and I met him at the races in Canada in the 80's. I was shocked at how small he looked. He had to be between 5'7" - 5'9" and was slender. My uncle, who lives in NYC, saw Robert Redford many years ago in Central Park and said he was only about 5'7". If you watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, he is shorted than Paul Newman. When I was dating, guys always insisted they were 6' and that I had to be 6'. I was happy to get the measuring tape to prove to them that they were the ones exaggerating their height and had a problem with it, not me. I don't care if a guy is shorter than I am. I care more about the person than the height.
said on 4/Jul/16
I think Paul Newman needs a downgrade. Here he is with Eva Marie Saint: Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Jun/16
He comes in at just over 5ft10 there
Sam said on 1/Jun/16
My mom would argue he never looked bad right up until the end lol
said on 29/May/16
On his navy photo one can read something like 5ft 10.3in: Click Here
If one subtracts 2 cm of his hair plus 2.5 cm of his military boots one gets something like 1.741 m (between 5ft 8-1/2 in and 5ft 8-3/4in).
See Newman next to 5 ft 11-1/4 in Gore Vidal: Click Here
One cannot ascertain about the shoes they were wearing or if they were standing on hard same leveled ground.
Heylo said on 24/May/16
In my honest opinion, based on the navy photo, he looks max 176cm,minimum 175cm, not 177. We don't know if they wear shoes or not on those photos, do you know Rob? I guess 177cm is an okay listing since minus 1 cm marginal isn't a big deal and is hard to prove.
Ian C. said on 22/Apr/16
I just saw a documentary on Netflix about the feud between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, and there is a still shot of Newman standing with three other men, all of whom are quite a bit taller than he is. Of course, he was the best-looking man in the shot by a wide margin, which pretty much overruled the height deficit.
James said on 7/Apr/16
He still looked all right until the lung cancer began to take a heavy toll on his appearance.
DonPowell said on 3/Apr/16
There is no way he was 5,9z. I am 5.9 and I was looking down on him. He was at the long each grand pri in the tent . He was thin and short. My guess 5,5 and that was in the late 80s and early 90s., no way on 5,9
Tom said on 26/Mar/16
On an appearance on Leno's Tonight Show, Newman looked several inches shorter than Leno who I believe is 5-11. So no more than 5-9 when he was young and probably 5-7 by the time of that appearance.
Felix Baloy said on 22/Mar/16
@Tom I have to say I disagree he looked quite good for an 80 year old, sure his blue eyes dimmed and his hair began to recede but he still had the same charisma and charm that he did as a young man. Newman was always just Newman which is what I always respected about him and what I feel made him such a beautiful person. He wasn't the greatest man that ever lived but he was always so real but to each his own I suppose.
Tom said on 15/Mar/16
He looked quite bad at the end.
said on 13/Mar/16
Found his drivers's license which states 5'11'' which might be what he claimed Click Here
, I don't think he was quite that tall but i doubt he was far from it. Always liked Newman and he stayed handsome up until his deathbed, hell of a human being.
Paleman said on 25/Feb/16
Looked the listed height. Not below 5'9", that's for sure.
Dan said on 2/Feb/16
I'm pretty sure he was in the 5-9 range. Very slim guy
said on 30/Jan/16
Rob, did Newman claim 5ft11?
Editor Rob: I think the bet scenario came about when he was described 5ft 11 in one newspaper, then the other newspaper said about giving money to charity for every inch over 5ft 8 Paul was...I'm not sure Paul himself claimed 5ft 11, but he seemed confident he was well over 5ft 8.
Jim said on 19/Jan/16
I stood next to him at a stock car track in 1979. I am 6' and was wearing sneakers. I was looking down at the top of his head. He was 5'8" or at the very most 5'9".
MikeB said on 19/Jan/16
I also stood next to Mr. Newman at a race in Watkins Glen in 1980. I am 6 ft 1 in and was wearing sneakers. He had racing boots on (I am unsure of the heel) and he was just about 3 inches shorter than me
Jim said on 18/Jan/16
I stood beside him at a stock car track in 1979. I am 6' tall and was in sneakers. I was looking down at the top of his head. I'd say he was 5'8" or at very most 5'9".
Larry said on 27/Oct/15
Paul Newman was 5'9". I really don't see how Kennedy was the most powerful man in history???
Zak said on 22/Sep/15
Apparently he gained 6 inches between 18 and 21. That might be the most epic growth spurt ever.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Aug/15
He did look the s**t in Sweet Bird of Youth in his suit and tortoise shell shades.
said on 19/Aug/15
Did you change his picture?
[Editor Rob: I think the ones from allposters eventually will become broken links, so have to change them.]
MaryAnne said on 11/Jul/15
That's what I call handsome.
said on 10/Jul/15
This biography notes he was 5'3" and 100 pounds when he entered the Navy at age 18, but the time he left the Navy 3 years later, he was six inches taller and had gained 50 pounds, a very late growth spurt.
MaryAnne said on 26/Jun/15
My Dream Man... Maybe in another World
Arch Stanton said on 25/Jun/15
I mainly thought Newman looked 5 ft 10 in his films, but seeing Exodus the other day I did think he looked more 5 ft 9 range.
said on 8/Jun/15
Interesting these stills from a screen-test where James Dean and Newman appeared together. He looks 2 inches taller tops than Dean but surprisingly is dropping a little more in posture than Dean, possibly because I think young Newman appears more nervous/fidgety than the relatively composed Dean.
Rob2 said on 30/May/15
If you see the one of his last appearances on Iconoclasts he's with Robert Redford. They pose together and Paul jokes that he wants to make sure that Robert doesn't make him look really short (or like a midget). Something like that but definitely implying that Redford is a good bit taller. So make of that what you will.
Bon_ said on 13/Apr/15
The listing is just fine.
Sam said on 10/Apr/15
I would certainly believe 5'9" flat peak for Newman, I saw him on stage and thought he looked 5'8" at age 79. Although he could look a little taller in some films.
Paul said on 9/Apr/15
I've stood next to Paul Newman several times during the 1987 SCCA race season at various race tracks, both of us wearing flat driving shoes. I'm just over 5'10" and my Dad is 5'7". Paul Newman was between us in height, at least an inch shorter than me, 5'9" tops, but I'd lean toward 5'8.5" and he went about 135 lbs. Tom Cruise raced that season (1987) too and he was no more than 5'7", I'd say probably 5' 6.5", and he went about 165 lbs. I was 5'10.5" and about 150lbs back then. Newman was skinnier and shorter than me and Cruise was stockier and *way* shorter than me.
Alex said on 13/Feb/15
Dad met him in Florida both same height my dad is 5'9
Jack Harry said on 11/Feb/15
Just saw what looked like military service photo of Newman. The measurment line
shows him just over 5'
10". Don't know if they allowed shoes in those pictures.
angel said on 23/Jan/15
he was 5 ft 10.25 in when he was younger it's his widow Joanne Woodward that fell into the 5 ft 3 in to 5 ft 6 in height group at 5 ft 4 in
Mike said on 13/Jan/15
5ft 9.5-10 range at peak.
Sam said on 5/Jan/15
Hombre does deserve a mention & would round out his credits to 10.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Dec/14
5'3-5'6 is ridiculous!! Honestly looked around 5 ft 10 in most of his films in the 50s and 60s anyway!
Arch Stanton said on 29/Dec/14
Rob can you squeeze in Hud, The Verdict, Hombre, The Color of Money and Road to Perdition?
Sam said on 10/Dec/14
At times in photos, he can give a 5'9" impression, maybe even a weak or shade under 5'9". On screen, though, he could look nearly 5'10" at times. Best comparisons might be with McQueen, who looked really similar in Towering Inferno, and Redford, who seemed to be a bit taller maybe by 0.5"-1".
wishbone said on 3/Dec/14
CLASS and QUALITY describes Paul Newman! He may not have liked his "baby teeth" movie,The Silver Chalice (just watched it last Tuesday),but Vince Saville said it would be the start for Newman of a winning career.It was! I have some Newman movies in the video "stew," but The Silver Chalice is me favorite Paul Newman movie,because I love Bible epics. But what I liked best about Newman: he had just one wife,5'3" Joanne Woodward,for 59 years! (Very few performers can claim longer marriages to one person like Newman did! CLASS and QUALITY!
Perplexed said on 24/Sep/14
I saw him in Syracuse, NY where he filed part of a movie, 'Slapshot'. He was short. I am about 5'7'' and he was maybe 5'8''.
Sam said on 1/Aug/14
I've commented a few times I had the honor of seeing in his last role on-stage in Our Town. He still looked like he edged out 5'8" Jeffrey DeMunn. If Newman was 5'3"-5'6" range, I would eat my hat.
said on 31/Jul/14
There's a surprising number of comments about Newman appear 5'3"-5'6" by people who claim to have seen him at racetracks. Are these really all from different commentors, Rob? The man was 5'9.5" peak and 5'8.25" towards the end IMO.
[Editor Rob: you had Frank2 and his second alter ego who met him and thought he was near 5ft 10, and I don't think that man was making it up. Whether it was a slight overestimate or not I don't know, but certainly you wouldn't be getting a 4 inch overestimate :)]
Jay said on 30/Jul/14
I met Mr.Newman in the pit a race in Atlanta and he was not over 5'6! I'm 5'10 and he was at my chest level. He also had on cowboy boots! Still had those beautiful eyes and smile. He knee my boyfriend so he and Joann were very nice.
Chuckie Cheese 2
said on 14/Jul/14
It appears his 1943 Navy photo has surfaced. He looks 5 ft 10+, with shoes I am assuming. Click Here
waitress said on 11/Jul/14
I was a waitress at the Sheraton in Ithaca NY in the late 70's early 80's. Paul Newman stayed there when he raced at Watkins Glen. I waited on him. He was quite short, like maybe 5'6". I am only 5'1" so it didn't bother me a bit. He was very handsome, his eyes were really blue, very polite as well. It made my day to wait on him at a banquet that was held there for the Watkins Glen racers. There were a lot of celebs there, among them Gene Hackman, Dorothy Hammil, and Jon Michael Vincent. I think they use lots of tricks in the movies to make short actors look taller.
existential.man said on 29/May/14
at the Color of Money premiere he looks a bit shorter than Tom Cruise...
mike58 said on 27/May/14
Met him in 1982 at Watkins Glen after a race. I am 6'1", he had on hard soled shoes and appeared 5'10" to me.
Arch Stanton said on 19/May/14
It's hard to see him under 5 ft 10 peak to be honest. As Sam says he looked taller on screen than 5'9" actors.
Arch Stanton said on 19/May/14
I think he can actually pass for 5'10" range peak. Julie Andrews in 2-2.5 inch heels still looked 2 inches shorter in Torn Curtain.
Emmett said on 13/May/14
Are people in the early comments just trolling, or did they actually see a 5'5 Paul Newman? He never looks anything less than 5'9 in pictures where footwear is visible.
Sam said on 8/Apr/14
In Cool Hand Luke, he's wearing pretty big work boots and could pass for almost 5'11" I thought, seeming to have several inches over guys like Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, etc., only towered himself by George Kennedy. In that movie, he gave a taller impression IMO than, say, Nicholson or De Niro ever gave.
bloke said on 21/Feb/14
Watched Cool Hand Luke last night. Newman looked 5'9"-5'10" to me.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/14
5 ft 8 is rubbish Ryan. Generally he looked about 5'10 to me in the many films I've seen him in.
Ryan Hung said on 24/Dec/13
I'd say Newman was 5' 8.25" or so.
J said on 15/Dec/13
If you watch The Color Of Money"You can clearly see that he's not taller than Tom Cruise 172-4 to me
said on 13/Dec/13
There's a bunch of pictures of Newman and McQueen and they generally look similar in height. There's no one picture where McQueen and Newman are standing at the same distance and same posture, so each one looks taller in some.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Dec/13
Arch, the fact that he died has nothing to do with it. He was the son of arguably the most powerful man in history and was possibly going to follow in his father's footsteps.
said on 20/Nov/13
See Click Here
That's how is looked in the film.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Nov/13
Rob how can he be shorter than Steve Mcqueen? He had an inch on Mcqueen in the Towering Inferno I thought.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Nov/13
IMO looks around 5'10 in most things I've seen him in, including The Hustler.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
IMO in his prime 177-9 would be more likely than 174-6. 177cm is probably spot on barefoot, but it's difficult to see some actors at 5 ft 10 on here like Bob Hope and to think Paul was shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
@Rampage I'd be happy with a page for any celebrity with the exception of the reality and untalented kiddy boppers but it's up the Rob whether he starts a page isn't it/ JFK died nearly 15 years ago, he's unlike to get much traffic.
5 ft 6 is ridiculous LOL. Watching Long Hot Summer now and he really looks 5 ft 10 to me.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Sep/13
Arch do you think JFK Jr. should get a page?
said on 24/Sep/13
Here's JFK jr with Bill Clinton Click Here
. Clinton looks 6'2.5" in comparison.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Sep/13
Looks a bit taller than Redford in The Sting. Redford looks quite short in that film for some reason.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Sep/13
Was 178cm possible, Rob?
Arch Stanton said on 31/Aug/13
He looks a similar height to Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jul/13
Rob, he's listed 6ft1 in most places. But I got the impression he could've been nearer 6ft2?
said on 14/Jul/13
Rob, how tall would you say JFK jr. looks next to Newman in this pic?
[Editor Rob: I think 6ft 1 range]
Sam said on 19/Jun/13
Again, to me, Newman was never lower than 5'8" in old age based on seeing him on-stage next to Jeffrey De Munn and other actors.
i said on 30/May/13
Yeah, 177 seems right. Anywhere between 176-178.
adrian said on 10/May/13
SIRCAM Newman is kneeling in that pic and Eastwood is riding an invisible horse.
Meyer said on 10/May/13
"Something wrong here - the serial number at the foot of the photo is the same as in the early photo where he is 5'9". Photoshopped?"
Of course the serial number is the same. It was his serial number.
denben said on 8/May/13
"Looks like he either grew while in the Navy or something is a bit different in how this picture was taken. Almost 6 feet here. Click Here"
Something wrong here - the serial number at the foot of the photo is the same as in the early photo where he is 5'9". Photoshopped?
Optm said on 28/Apr/13
My mother met Paul Newman in the 1970s when he went to shop at the department store where she worked in Washongton, DC. She said he was very kind and charming, strikingly handsome, and very short -- maybe about 5'5".
little sue said on 28/Apr/13
Lol, now was he as short as 5ft 4!! Watching him tonight in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and next to Liz Taylor, who would have been about 5ft 4 in her highest heels she still comes up to his lip.
Dr. Gary said on 26/Apr/13
Paul Newman was about 5 foot 4 inches. He also was a great actor, race car driver, Clevelander, and human being. Am suprised people are still fooled.
Lol said on 21/Apr/13
From looking at that height chart pic he's definitely taller then 5'8 in the navy
said on 3/Apr/13
Looks like he either grew while in the Navy or something is a bit different in how this picture was taken. Almost 6 feet here. Click Here
Meyer said on 3/Apr/13
That is not a police picture that JimmyR posted. It is a World War II Navy photo. There is another one floating around the Internet as well.
Theodore said on 1/Apr/13
Unless he was barefoot in the police station in JimmyR's photo below he wasn't 5' 9".
whizzy said on 1/Feb/13
My dad once ran into Paul Newman at the airport; they were looking at books together on one of those book things that went around in circles; my dad turned one way and felt another guy turn the other. At some point, he looked around and saw Paul Newman and they both agreed to turn it the same way :) My dad, who is 6' said Paul was a "little guy" and when I asked how little he said "oh about 5'8. Not a professional estimation, but I trust my dad :)
leonari said on 29/Jan/13
What are you guys on?? Newman was an average guy. If he was 5'5" how tall was James Dean who was clearly 2-3 inches shorter than Newman. Please tell me that James Dean was 5'2". That would make my day and obviously confirm you guys belong in an asylum. Incredible...
Sam said on 28/Jan/13
Wow, a lot of people have live sightings of him as 5'3"-5'5"! Take it from a guy who saw him in person, I think he was not as low as 5'8" in his 70s.
Patchy said on 26/Jan/13
The picture of Newman and Eastwood is cropped. Newman is standing on something - he was 5'5" - saw him many times at the studio. Look at his arms in any movie - you'll see how short they are. When he stands next to someone much taller, he'll be standing on something. It's standard. Studios built the door frames smaller and furniture smaller to make him appear taller.
Patchy said on 26/Jan/13
The picture of Newman and Eastwood is cropped. Newman is standing on something - he was 5'5" - saw him many times at the studio. Look at his arms in any movie. When he stands next to someone much taller, he'll be standing on something. It's standard. Same thing for Tom Cruise. Watch the camera pan around him while everyone else is moving. He's on a box.
said on 18/Jan/13
Here you have some truth. 21 YO Newman hitting somewhere between 5'9" and 5'10" (probably wearing shoes IMO, if not boots, since as the article says: "Newman always regarded himself as undersized")Not that I care, I don't think this means he was short anyway
Okiman said on 26/Dec/12
Larry King when giving a tribute to Newan after his death clearly stated he was only 5'6.Why would be lie about a dead man on his tribute show? James Dean was around 5'5 and looked it next to Newman.Brando was in the 5'7-5'8 range.Have you never heard of the 3 inch rule in Hollywood?
laVieenrose said on 21/Dec/12
Incredible how it has not possible for me, to know how really Newman was tall!!
So i 've found a similar picture, like to sircam, in which Newman is near to Clint Eastwood.
I've noticed that in the picture there are some blu bricks...usually bricks are long a "perfect" number of cemtimetres...10, 20.... In this case probably (at 99%) 10 centimetres....so, count them, and is easy to see that, Newman overcome 1,75, only with his hair and with his shoes...i wait for your comments
Sam said on 28/Nov/12
I believe at his peak, he could have easily hit 5'10.5" in shoes and often looked that figure on screen. He could pass for even 5'11" in his Cool Hand Luke boots.
bill27 said on 3/Nov/12
He was racing in Palm Beach back in the 80s. Saw him in the pit and put him at about 5-07"
RisingForce said on 12/Oct/12
Yeah, I've read about the bet on Newman's height. I have very little doubt he was at least 5'9", if not 5'10", but there was a book that mentioned Paul privately consulted an orthopedist to find out how to make himself as tall as possible for the measurement. Apparently, measuring early in the morning was recommended as well as hanging from "gravity boots" the night before the measurement and right before the measurement.
said on 11/Oct/12
Rob, do you think this height was a figure Newman told the interviewer?
"I also was too short for Officers Candidate School, until I grew 4 inches in one year (to his present 5 feet 10 1/2 inches). - 3/24/86 Dallas Morning
[Editor Rob: 5ft 10 or 10.5 or 11 is pretty much what he might have said, 145 pound range aswell. He had an argument with the New York post remember about them claiming he was 5ft 8 and he would bet he wasn't.
Well worth reading for anybody who hasn't, as I think he was very confident he had measured more than 5ft 8: Click Here
Ozzy said on 19/Aug/12
Lol ha ha, oh boy many celebrities are thought or believed to be taller than their actual physical heights! Fact is, as real human beings, beautiful or not, male or female, we may not even think of their heights as real but imagined. They appear one way, yet are another in person . What a camera and fame does to a person!
Musicman said on 16/Aug/12
Sorry Spats who has the Navy link he's 5'9" in that pic. You people don't realize when you measure a height you don't count the inch or inch and a half hair sticking up lol! You mash the hair down at the crown, the highest part of your head and make the measurement. He was 5'9' then, period. I I would have counted the height of all of my big, spiked up hair in 80's hair metal band photos I would have been 6ft 2in counting 4 inches of hair and I'm 5'10" barefoot! It's not so complicated people, use your common sense, you don't count shoes or hair.
Lebensdorf said on 8/Jun/12
SIRCAM, I doubt Paul Newman was 6'2". Eastwood is clearly bending his legs considerably in that picture, so both men can get in the same shot together, which is probably why they appear to be laughing a bit. Newman was around 5'8" or 5'9". His build makes him seem taller. It's the same with Paul Hogan, who looks like he could be tall but isn't.
said on 12/Feb/12
This pic is interesting: Paul Newman 5,9...With ex 6,4 Clint Eastwood. Click Here
leonari said on 8/Feb/12
if and LL: Those figures are a joke. Newman was very close to 5'10 and therefore average or even over average for his generation.
Greg said on 7/Feb/12
My Summer job in college one Year was working as an extra on the movie "Winning" with Paul Newman and Robert Wagner. I met Paul Newman there,and had conversations with him probably a dozen times or more. He was right at my height--5'10". Really nice "down to earth" guy!
Sam said on 31/Jan/12
I saw Paul Newman onstage in Our Town and, granted he was on stage, but even at his advanced age he still looked no less than 5'7"-5'8" range compared to others including Jeffrey De Munn
race fan said on 29/Jan/12
I'm 6'1" Paul Newman walked out of his pit at a race in Edmonton in about 1982. He walked directly into my chest face first his head didn't even reach my chin that would make him at most 5'5". But he made up for it by yelling every expletive know to man at me for being in his way.
shrapnel said on 21/Jan/12
My mom met him back in 1965. She had my sister in her baby carriage and he patted my sister on her head and said "what a cute kid!" My mom is 5'9" and said she was the same height or slightly taller than Mr. Newman. Awesome actor and person.
Brad said on 17/Jan/12
As listed easily. The comments below are a comedy show about Newman & Redford's heights. Imagine saying Paul was 5' 6" in 1967. What a joke. He looked near 5' 10" in Harper and over 6' in cowboy boots in Butch Cassidy. I saw him a few times in Connecticut in the 70's, he was as listed with ease even in racing footwear upstate at Lime Rock. Even the G had this one agreed.
if said on 15/Jan/12
Saw Newman in an elevator in 1992 - just him & me. He was 5'6" or 5'6 1/2". I'm 5'10", and my Dad is 5'8 1/2". He was way shorter than my Dad. I'm a huge fan of his acting, but he was nowhere close to 5'9".
LL said on 26/Dec/11
My mom stood next to Paul Newman once in 1967. She was 5'7", wearing flats, and she said she was eye-to-eye with him. She says he was 5'6" or 5'7" tops.
carpenter said on 9/Dec/11
In "Message in a bottle" Paul walks next to Robbin Wright Penn (on the beach)and is only a little taller than her. He is wearing shoes and she isn't! There is no way he is 5'9.5" 5'7" tops.
Luke said on 17/Sep/11
5'9 or 5'10, doesn't matter.. The dude acted 10" tall..
sam said on 3/Sep/11
I think he was 5'9
Kid Halcyon said on 2/Sep/11
I first met Paul in 1975 and saw him regularly at the races until his final drive in the fall of '07. His wife Joanne and he had dinner with our family at least a dozen times over the years; he was a wonderfully decent person and a darned good driver. As for his height, at age 50 when I first met him, he was definitely a good inch shorter than me ( a 5'9.5" fifteen year-old). The comments and speculation are most interesting regarding the various celebrity heights.
Andrew said on 21/Aug/11
Wow, this listing is a shocker for me (not that I don't believe it). I never really thought about Newman's height, but in my subconscious he was a tall dude, like 6"1'.
Jeanne said on 22/Jul/11
I'm just watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and started thinking about their heights, because they look so short. And also because years ago, I saw Robert Redford walk into a NYC restaurant with a couple. It was late and my friend and I were the only other people in the restaurant, so there were no distractions. I would guess that he was about 5'7" or 5'8". No taller than that. I had always assumed he was 5'10 or 6'0' up to that point, and was quite shocked to discover that he wasn't.
But here's something else I've discovered since then, and I apologize in advance to all men who visit this page: Men tend to overestimate their own height. Which undoubtedly means they also overestimate how tall other people are. Most men I know who are under 6'0", or maybe even 5'10", will tell you they are at least 2" taller than they appear to be. Either they or slouching a whole bunch, or they have vivid imaginations. Since I have longed to be taller than I am and know that I am exactly 5'5 3/4" and not one bit shorter or taller, and I have very good posture, I am also a very good judge of height. And I would wager that Newman was a little shorter than Redford, not taller. But I could be wrong about that. Camera angles are funny things.
Phil said on 22/Jul/11
i thought he was taller than redford.
Bella said on 19/Jul/11
Folks....there is something called 'lifts' in shoes...and when standing next to someone in a photo or film....standing on a small platform or box. Angles mean everything with height. I have to say....I was sadly disappointed to realize, that celebrities are MUCH SHORTER than you might believe. For instance....some years ago, I came across Corey Feldman and Jennifer Tilly at Universal Studios in California. I was shocked at how short Feldman was...and frail looking beneath an oversized suit jacket. Im 5'4 and I will say he was either eye to eye or about an inch or so off. Jennifer....was small as well. Since that day....I see celebrities in a whole new light. Directors are good at their craft for a reason. Im willing to bet, Paul Newman was most likely around 5'6 or 5'7. In his time....they didnt want TALL actors. They were limited with sets. There were exceptions of course....but for the most part, they hired shorter people.
Bon_ said on 5/Jul/11
yeah, newman was 5'6 and redford solid 6' but he 'doesn't care'
tell-em said on 1/Jul/11
bon, i'm surprised you're still with that 5'10.5" newman and 5'7" redford crap. After all the evidence has been dumped on this page showing those heights you state are WAY OFF. but continue to spew you're nonsense. you ain't convincing anybody. And you're wrong.
TruebloodFan said on 30/Jun/11
like Ben Quick could ever be anything under 5ft10. get real Will.
Bon_ said on 28/May/11
Will, you stupid Redford PR agent. There are tons of testimonies from people that Redford was never over 5'7, and yet you use this ridiculous reverse psichology that Newman was 5'8 - 5'9. Newman 5'10.5 at peak, Redford 5'7 on his bestest day. Even if he was 5'5 as aslan says it wouldn't surprise the crap out of me.
aslan said on 24/May/11
About 10 years ago we had a family reunion at Sundance in Utah. My wife walked by Mr Redford in a narrow hall and they exchanged greetings. She told me she was surprised that she looked down on him a bit height wise and she
was only wearing low shoes-she is 5'6.5" tall. Maybe he had shrunk some (he was already in his mid 60's) but at the time she estimated 5'5" based on her close encounter.
Will said on 19/May/11
Paul Newman was likely 5'8"-5'9" tall. He was never 5'10" IMO.
Mirta said on 6/May/11
If Demi Moor is 5'5, then Robert Redford is EASILY four inches taller than she is in the picture you linked, so that would make him at least 5'9.
Bon_ said on 25/Apr/11
I absolutely agree Joel
said on 23/Apr/11
No Way Robert Redford is 5'9. Robert Redford is about 5'6 or 5'7.
Take a look at this pic of him with Demi Moore. She is 5'5 and wearing flat shoes. His shoes have a heel (which you can see a few seconds earlier in this scene from Indecent Proposal).
Bon_ said on 15/Apr/11
lmao Redford would be towered by Newman. Hollywood brainwash industry did its job this time.
said on 11/Apr/11
I think paul newman was an absolute legend, however how come he is always listed taller then robert redford who is much taller while paul was in his older age (of course we shrink), but even in the sundance kid redford was taller whats your view on this rob?
[Editor Rob: I don't think newman was as tall as redford and don't list him as such. He did look to lose 3cm by his final year]
tell-em said on 7/Apr/11
rob pinned this man's height down correctly!
Bon_ said on 31/Mar/11
you saw wrong then.
Finman said on 15/Mar/11
I saw Newman at a shopping center in Indiana many years ago when he was campaigning for George McGovern. At that time he was no taller than 5ft.6in and I don't believe that he grew any after that. He was a great actor but he was short.
said on 13/Mar/11
Proof that Paul was 5 foot ten, would the navy lie to you? Click Here
Bon_ said on 19/Feb/11
you jerks guessing 5'7 for Newman should have challenged his bet and now you would be millionaires.
MikeyB58 said on 19/Feb/11
I met Mr. Newman around 1980, he was driving in a race in Watkins Glen, NY. I am 6'1", he was 3" shorter than me....so somewhere near 5'10" at that time is correct.
Rajneesh said on 12/Feb/11
5'8" TOPS, probably closer to 5'7"...Walked past him on the street once and I'm 5' 10".
Bon_ said on 9/Feb/11
@ George H.
Well, then obviously you don't have the ability to gauge heights. I feel pity for you.
Bon_ said on 8/Feb/11
@ George H.
You have a right to express your opinion, but of course I wholesomely disagree with you. I just hope your opinion is sincere, that you are not one of those frustrated men who can't stand Paul Newman and his success. And he was over 5'10 certainly.
George H. said on 8/Feb/11
Not a fan of Brosnan, but he's definitely not "very short" (which in my opinion for a guy would be 5'6" or less). That's a ridiculous statement. I also don't believe Newman was ever 5'10". 5'9" maybe, but to me he always looked slightly below that, even.
Bon_ said on 7/Feb/11
You don't have to be very small boned to be lanky, Newman was quite small boned but not at all lanky, he was quite naturally muscular. When you are small bulked, your proportions also may appear smaller, so that's it. But I think it's better to be small bulked because it's more +economic'.
Example of a lanky guy who may claim ridiculous heights is Pierce Brosnan, he is very short in real life but for promotion and similar stuff they have him at 6'1 - 6'2, and he can pass for it because he is so lanky.
And I agree, 5'10 - 5'11 range for Newman but Redford was more like 5'6 - 5'7.
Bon_ said on 1/Feb/11
Well it's possible he never went under 5'9, ten years ago he was around 75.
Maybe close to 5'10 even then, peak around 5'10.5, 5'10.75 max in my opinion since he was listed at 5'11 when younger.
Bill said on 29/Jan/11
I met Paul Newman about ten years ago at Southern Connecticut State University. I shook hands with him and felt at least 2 inches shorter. I am 5'8". He was at least 5'10"
Bon said on 22/Jan/11
I just watched 'Sweet Bird of Youth'...looks to be 5'10.25 or even 5'10.5
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
Newman had a small frame(although very well muscled) which could have made him appear shorter. My dad also has a small frame a until you get close up to him you could think he's like 5'8, but he's always been a strong 5'11.25 :)
So I don't think he was ever as low as 5'7 as someone down stated. There is a pic on the net actually where an 'old shrunken Newman' is taller than 5'9 Jude Law.
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
just go on, I'm very sure the truth is on my side.
tell-em said on 21/Jan/11
hahaha this bon guy can't be serious....its easy to state somebody's height out of nowhere without any evidence. keep making a fool out of yourself,kid, i enjoy reading your posts.
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
OK now If you want to discuss Redford go to his page, this is Newman's site and certainly I won't take any 'a bit taller than Newman' bull**** here.
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
tell-em I have some knowledge in physical anthropology that you can only dream of, there is no theory Robert Redford could have been over 5'8 ever at any part of the day of his life, and Newman was possibly 5'10.5 as he stated.
jtm Stallone WAS 5'10 or very close why do you guys pick up the wrong persons for height exaggeration accusations? Redford, Cruise etc. always were and are SHORT, Stallone and Newman were NOT.
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
No, it's not particularly ridiculous Sam. In fact, it is even generous.
Newman was over 5'10 at peak and likely towered over Redford, but he had compassion for his short friend so kept the height secret.
Sam said on 19/Jan/11
The idea that Redford as 5'7" is particularly ridiculous. If anything, he appeared to be over 5'10" at his peak. He was a bit taller than Newman, maybe by 0.75"
tell-em said on 18/Jan/11
the difference is that bon has no proof at all of redford at 5'7". so that makes the matter EVEN MORE ridiculous.
jtm said on 18/Jan/11
come on bon you don't want to end up as the same guy that was fighting for a ridiculous 5'10.75 for stallone.redford without shoes was measured at 5'9.75.
tell-em said on 17/Jan/11
then in that case, you need to stop saying robert redford is 5'7", and any other heights of actors including a 5'10 and a half paul newman since according to you, none of those actors ever measured in front of you barefoot.
Bon said on 17/Jan/11
only proof you could give me is to measure real robert redford barefoot in front of me, I don't bother to explore what tricks do they use on films.
tell-em said on 16/Jan/11
haha. look son, i just posted thorough evidence of him looking over 5'7".thats proof right there. you've posted nothing. eyewitness? hahaha. only a stooge would fall for a "eyewitness" account w/out ANY PROOF of evidence such as a pic. again, post PROOF of redford looking 5'7". till then, he ain't 5'7".
Bon said on 16/Jan/11
just look at the comments of eyewitnesses on Redford's page, besides, I'm quite versed in physical anthropology and its correlation with height so i can estimate some things.
Bon said on 15/Jan/11
and you have no proof he's over 5'7 barefoot. nice try, but if real robert redford appeared barefoot for measurement, i think I'd win the bet.
tell-em said on 14/Jan/11
nope. look at the shots of him playing ping pong w/ paul newman. newman's in shoes and redford is barefoot. he isn't 5'7" and you have no proof whatsoever.
Bon said on 14/Jan/11
the easiest one - lifts, camera angles etc.
after all, Redford is is an all-American hero, it's not 'appropriate' for him to be short.
said on 10/Jan/11
Bon says on 8/Jan/11
do you have a proof he was 5'10 at peak?
no, i personally think, based on various evidence, he was 5'7 absolute max at his peak.
sure i do...look at this: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
.... explain how redford looks as tall or taller than paul newman in these pics if you say he is only 5'7"? i can't wait to see what kind of evidence you bring of redford looking 5'7"...i'm dying to see.
Bon said on 9/Jan/11
yeah, to me too. Strong 5'10 for Newman.
He was obviously not a flat 5'9 because with that bet of his that would mean he is crazy, and Paul Newman was never such a person, you could tell.
georgeclooneysmum said on 8/Jan/11
RisingForce the camera angle in your Paul Newman height chart photos seems to be in line with Paul's eyes. For the record if i look straigh ahead my eyeline is just under 5'6 1/2. I am just under 5'11. So the more grown up photo of Paul does indicate he is 5'9 1/2 since his eyeline is 5'5.
Bon said on 8/Jan/11
do you have a proof he was 5'10 at peak?
no, i personally think, based on various evidence, he was 5'7 absolute max at his peak.
TruebloodFan said on 8/Jan/11
Always looked a strong 5ft10 to me.
tell-em said on 7/Jan/11
do u have proof that redford was 5'7" peak?
Bon said on 7/Jan/11
maybe it should be a little higher. redford was below 5'7 at his peak.
tell-em said on 6/Jan/11
rob's height listing is fine. 5'9.5. a tad bit shorter than robert redford.
Bon said on 5/Jan/11
Newman was a person who was obviously very comfortable about his height, and the huge amount of money he offered for the bet is the ultimate proof that he was absolutely over 5'9. He said 'If the verdict is 5'8' therefore if he measured even slightly under 5'9 he was at risk of turning absolutely ridiculuos. That testifies about his certainty that he was well over 5'9(and remember, that was in 1986, when he was 60), and since the only ocassion where he has given his height states 5'10.5, I sincerely think you should upgrade him to 5'10 at least Rob, but 5'10.25 would probably be the most reasonable. I really think Newman's current peak height is a wee bit underestimated, which gives fertile soil to frustrated jerks to make up stories how he was 'short, under me at 5'8 at a good day' etc. Paul Newman was obviously a solid 5'10.
Bon said on 16/Dec/10
do you remember in which year it was?
Bon said on 8/Dec/10
John, why are so jealous Paul Newman is so much better looking than you?
Bon said on 7/Dec/10
@ anonymous, possibly interesting piece of evidence. how do we explain that, now?
that would put redford at no more than struggling 5'8 at peak.
Bon said on 29/Nov/10
176 at the very least, he always looked a bit taller than the plain average.
But my guess is 178 peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Nov/10
Mr. R said on 17/Nov/10
Anonymous, many tricks can be done to make one actor taller than the other. You could raise the camera lens, shoot from a different angle, or the ground might not be level. Also, most probably, you can put lifts and higher heels on the boots of the guy who wants to b taller.
Anonymous said on 15/Nov/10
This thing about Redford being taller than Newman in Butch Cassidy is bunk. In the scene right after they escape the posse by jumping off the cliff, they are walking up to Katherine Ross's house side by side. She runs up to embrace both men, then backs off. They are both facing the camera, full body shots on the same level ground. Newman is at least two inches taller.
Bon said on 1/Nov/10
In his 80-s he has surely shrunk.
stevie said on 1/Nov/10
I saw him coming out of a drugstore here in NY (where I've seen tons of celebrities) He looked about 5'7".
Bon said on 29/Oct/10
I really don't think he was anything under 177 at his peak.
5'9 no way.
Jack Bean said on 1/Sep/07
He is definitely not 5'10" at his peak. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958, he was half a head shorter than Burl Ives. That would probably make Paul Newman 5'9" max.
marco said on 26/Jul/07
in the color of money he looks as tall as Cruise, maybe a hair taller; i doubt he was ever taller than 5'9.
Ryan said on 24/Jul/07
I was watching Paul Newman in Harper recently and in scenes with Robert Wagner who is 5'11 paul looks about 3 inchs shorter even in a secne where Wagner has just comne from the pool and is wearing no shoes he looks a good 3 inchs taller than Newman, I bet he really only about 5'8
Anonymous said on 11/Jul/07
There have been "short" sightings for obviously average height actors like Newman and Robert Redford.
mizschwartz said on 8/Jul/07
I am 5'10" and he is at least 3 inches shorter than me -- noted standing right next to him in CT in his prime. I was disappointed, but he's still the best ever.
runt said on 5/Jun/07
I think it was "The Color of Money" when people started realizing Cruise was not the 175 that he claimed. It was the scenes with Newman.
Anonymous said on 4/Jun/07
looking at recent pics I think he's nearer 5ft 6 than 5 ft 8
if you look on i.m.d.b with clooney and willis, he looks about 4-5 inches shorter!
Brando said on 25/May/07
There was one photograph where he towered on James Dean and he could have been close to 5ft 9. So maybe he could have been a bit over the 5ft 10 mark.
Anonymous said on 15/Apr/07
I always thought I had heard he was measured at 5'9. I watched Cool Hand Luke today and he looked average height to me. I would guess between 5'9 and 5'10 in his prime.
said on 14/Apr/07
Paul Newman was famously measured in the 1970s when he visited London. There was great controversy about his real height on those days and the British press took several photos of him in an around London. They compared his height to measured post and marks on the streets and they took their photos from different known angles and distances. It was proven without any doubt that he was 1.68 mts with an error margin of less than 0.25 cm!!!. That would make him not taller than 5ft6.25
[Editor Rob: its all well and good, you can stand beside post boxes or doorways, but 168cm, I don't know about that. If they came up with such a ludicrous figure I wouldn't trust one word of the person who wrote such nonsense]
Gonzalo said on 6/Mar/07
Hi, A.K. Well, i the first one Peck is closer to the camera and the perspective also advantages him. He looks huge in that pic, around 6`5, which is taller than what he really was. In that first pic, Peck seems to have 10 inches on newman and that really doesn`t make sense to me. In my opinion Peck was 6`3 and Newman 5`9 or 5`10, and that can be the difference I see in the second pic. Newman doesn`t look too short next to tall people I remember now (Chevy Chase, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, so he can be 5`10 as it has been said here.
said on 5/Mar/07
Gonzalo, I'm curious as to why you think the first pic is not at a good angle (?) Peck and Newman are standing right next to each other and their on the same level floor. Well, it confuses me too, so...You clicked on the first pic to make it HighQuality, correct? I'm assuming so since you could make out all those people. It's from a fabulous site for classic era Actors/Actresses HQ pics (she pays for them from Getty). Click Here
Highly recommended and you have to regis. in the actual gallery to view them in HQ. You really think the 2nd one is more realistic?
Gonzalo said on 5/Mar/07
No good angles in both pictures. The second pic is more realistic though Newman has the angle advantage. I guess 5 or 6 inches between them must be the exact difference.
A.K. the first pic is great. We can even see Cary Grant and Sofia Loren. Where did you get it?
said on 3/Mar/07
I'm trying to figure this one out. The first picture is of Gregory Peck and Newman circa 1958 (where Peck looks waaay taller.) The second pic is of Peck and Newman circa 1964 (where Peck doesn't look that much taller.) What is the more accurate difference??
Glenn said on 30/Jan/07
I wish I met the people Frank2 met as well.but he was causing me problems in his arrogant adamant ways.he insisted Stallone was 5-7,Colin Farrell 5-8,and shaved 2 inches,3 inches off of everyone.including me!
greg said on 29/Jan/07
that frank guy is a legend!!! have to agree with most of his points, but mvqueen and newman are def making 5' 9'' in the 1970's. i always wanted to be an actor, wish i had met people frank had. Respect to you man!!
Jabes said on 11/Jan/07
Paul Newman walked past me on the infield of a race track in 1989 and he couldn't have been more than 5'8" plus I outweighed him by 25 pounds (and I was pretty skinny back then). He was short, but his blue eyes virtually glowed from behind his sunglasses. Sigh.
Dan said on 1/Jan/07
Paul Newman was measured from a series of photographs taken by the British press when walking in the streets of London in the 1970s. By comparison with well known marks and at different angles it was established by experts that his true height was between 5'6'' and 5'7'' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Editor Rob: some experts!]
chris said on 28/Dec/06
John Wayne was 6'4 and a half. Rock hudson was dead on 6'4. Lee Marvin was 6'2
Rut said on 15/Dec/06
Still quite amusing, true or not, Frank2's stories..
But, I find some tales hard to believe..
four inches heels? yeah, right!
Ohyeah, I believe, important or not, Glenn's five eight, case shot.
Frank2 said on 14/Dec/06
Yep, it's Frank2. Believe me, I don't lose sleep over how you feel about me. All I care about is knowing the truth and conveying it to people who'll listen. All you seem to care about is acting like some spoiled child. And you're either shorter than you claim or blind since I stood right next to Colin Farrell and he's no way 5'11" or even 5'10". He's no more than about 5'9". I even asked my wife if she thought he looked shorter by at least two inches and she agreed. Too bad I didn't have a camera with me. And Stallone is not anywhere near being 5'10". He wears lifts almost as big as Burt Reynolds!
leonari said on 13/Dec/06
Frank2: Come on man! We missed you. Your tales are priceless. Please stay!
Frank2 said on 13/Dec/06
Robert Shaw who I worked with on Swashbuckler wasn't 6'. He was more like 5'10" and wore lifts. He admitted to wearing them in From Russia With Love in order not to appear too short next to Sean Connery. You can spot the lifts. Shaw's official height was listed as 5'11". But when he wore regular shoes he was shorter than me by about an inch. If you watch The Sting you'll clearly see that Redford is the same height as Shaw. And Newman is the same height as Redford. Today it's possible that Redford could be taller since Newman is 81 and has most likely lost an inch.
The Horse of FUNK said on 13/Dec/06
The difference between 177cm and 178cm is really minimal though... so I don't know if I would be so brazen as to claim "he was a solid 5'10", because it's extremely easy to be deceived by such a small difference. I believe 5'9.5 is what he claimed, it's how he consistently appears, even to many witnesses, and it's most likely what he was. Rob's got it right.
Another thing, if Newman was 5'10 as well along with Redford, then Redford would never have had an inch over him, not to mention Shaw seeming like a 6' around the two.
Frank2 said on 13/Dec/06
I'm back. (That should make Glenn happy!)
Newman was a solid 5'10". I know since I worked with him, stood right next to him for several days on the film Slapshot when he did his ADR. I also saw him many times when he was on the Universal lot filming The Sting. He and Redford and McQueen were all 5'10" or about an inch shorter than me. When Newman put on cowboy boots with two inch heels, he and I were eye-to-eye the same height. And Glenn, I was at another event a few months ago where Colin Ferrall was attending. No way is he 5'11," not at least without height-enhancing footware. He was at least two inches shorter than me so I say he's about 5'9" which is what Universal's publicity lists him as being. He appeared to be wearing normal shoes. It's that of he is 5'10" and has the worst posture imaginable.
Since this will probably be my only post (I do have a life) I'll add that Jack Nicholson is about 5'8" these days. I Saw him a few weeks ago. He looks awful. Back to Newman, I'd say today he's about 5'9" on a good day. Remember, the guy is now 81 years-old. Saw Bob Wagner a few weeks ago and he's now shorter than me by about an inch. He's 76 years-old and has a big belly. Wagner used to be a strong 5'11" with a 29 inch waist. John Wayne was 6'4". Jeff Hunter who was a very close fiend of my father was about 6'. And Stallone is still just 5'7" and wears huge lifts. Oh, and Elvis, he was under 6' and wore lifts. James Garner was 6'1" in his prime and James Woods who I saw several months ago at a charity event and stood right next to is no more than 5'10". So's Garner these days. I saw George Clooney at some event and he's still around 5'11". So's Brad Pitt as well as Leonardo DiCaprio. Bruce Willis is exactly my height. So's President Bush. That's it. I'm gone.
Anthony said on 11/Dec/06
5'9 1/2 looks about right for his peak. I'd say he's 5'9 flat today. Great actor. Looks amazing for his age, too.
Glenn said on 8/Nov/06
Just saw a day old pic of Newman and Redford at an event and Redford appeared 1.5 inches taller.
Brad said on 7/Nov/06
Saw him at the Denver Grand Prix a few months ago. Still 5' 9". Looks great!
Glenn said on 12/Sep/06
He looked 5-10 to me in the early 90s.so,thats his peak.5-9 now.NEVER 5-8.
Editor Rob said on 11/Sep/06
The 'challenge' Frank2 had mentioned, was reported back in 1986 papers:
"Paul Newman's height, it's not taking up the actor's cool-hand bet that he's not 5-foot-8 The dispute over the heartthrob's height began Sept. 30, when the Post noted in its Page 6 column that Newman had been described in the New York Times Magazine as "a lean 5-foot-11." Says Page Six: "Lean he may be, but anyone who has met Paul face to face says he has never hit 5-foot-11 except in heels. Page Six hereby offers $1000 to Newman's favorite charity or political candidate for every inch he measures over 5-foot-8 - barefoot. Newman came back Wednesday with "something even more hardball." He told WNBC-TV's "Live at Five" that he's willing to write the Post a $500000 check if the verdict is that he is 5 feet 8 inches tall. If they're wrong, though, then now we start playing some hardball. It's not $1000 an inch -- it's $100000 an inch, or $25000 for every quarter inch over 5-foot-8" he said. The Post did not respond Thursday"
Brad said on 9/Aug/06
Yeah, he had a dry sense of humour. I was caddying at a golf club and he wanted our foursome to play through. He saw me and went "what are you doing here?, I can pay you more cutting my lawn". His wife Trish something was really nice. We'd dig out a huge Vox Super-Beatle amp and put the soundtrack to Patton on and aim it at his house. Yeah, he phoned the police. We blew up his mailbox with a cherry bomb once. I think he settled down when he found out my father was V.P. of Playbill Magazine and had many mutual actor friends. Jack Cassidy could drink Burton under a table. Those Goldberg's are great cases. My aunt took lots of them from MGM. They weigh a ton but what great cases!!!!!
Frank2 said on 8/Aug/06
I met Scott one day when I worked at Universal. I was carrying these heavy Goldberg film cases to a projection room when this big man got into the elevator with me. That day I couldn't find a hand cart to use so I had to carry them a long distance. The man looked over at me and could tell I was pooped already. As the doors opened he said in a gruff voice, "Here. Let me help you with those damned things." With that he grabbed both cases and walked down the hall to the booth. I was following behind saying that he didn't need to grab both, that I could have kept one. When we arrived at the steps going up into the projection booth he turned around and I saw it was Scott. I thanked him and he said, "That's OK. If I have to look at this crap, I should at least be able to carry it!" As far as I was concerned, he was a great guy! I would later see him wandering around the lot and he would always say hello. I liked him a lot. I never saw his nasty side. He was slightly over six feet and could even have been 6'1".
Glenn said on 7/Aug/06
Scott barked at me.I wouldve said he was taller.could be wrong.
Brad said on 6/Aug/06
George C. Scott was my next door neighbor on Meadow Ln. in Greenwich Ct. He was 6'. Going by "The Hustler" I'd say 5' 9" is the Paul height. Yes, Scott was a nasty man. His dog was even nastier.
Frank2 said on 9/Jun/06
I hardly ever saw Newman wearing what we'd call lifts. On the other hand, he did favor cowboy boots with two inch heels. He wore them in Towering Inferno.
Glenn said on 7/Jun/06
He had at least 2 inches on Tom Cruise whenever I saw them together.I took an awsome pic of the 2 with Kidman and Cruise is kind of on his tip toes! Newman comes up listed at 5-9 alot.was he a lift wearer Frank?
Frank2 said on 7/Jun/06
I agree. Newman was 5'10" back when I worked on Slap Shot. He might have lost an inch or two since today he's almost eighty.
Glenn said on 6/Jun/06
Whenever I saw him he looked 5-10 too.
Glenn said on 13/Apr/06
I met him too frank.
Frank2 said on 12/Apr/06
Scott was slightly over 6'. I know since I met him. In Patton he was slightly shorter in some shots than Karl Malden who was a solid 6'1".
Glenn said on 12/Apr/06
George was a big and nasty man.looked 6-1.
larry said on 12/Apr/06
Thanks Glenn. :-) How tall was George C. Scott? In THE HUSTLER Newman looked about 2" less than Mr. Scott. Saw it again on TCM recently.
Glenn said on 5/Apr/06
I have to defend you Larry.havnt seen since 1994,but in the early 90s he always looked 5-9.5 to me.
larry said on 4/Apr/06
Mario Andretti was usually described as 5'7-8" tall. Newman is certainly taller by 2-3 inches at least. Hats always make it more difficult. I think Mr. Newman needs an upgrade to at least 5'9".
larry said on 15/Mar/06
I never met Paul Newman, but I've seen most of his movies over decades of time. So, all I can do is to compare him with the height of other actors from his movies. Frankly, I don't believe everyone in Hollywood wears lifts! What about running in these clod-hoppers? I agree with Frank2 (whom I do NOT know, I swear!) :-) Newman looked 5'10" in his earlier films. He may have shrunk to 5'9 - 5'9.5" now (and was in a couple of race car crashes, like James Garner). Like George Clooney, he is a very PHYSICAL actor; he leans in and bobs up and down. He never stood there like a maniquen, so often looked shorter. Watch COOL HAND LUKE. He looks only about 6" less than George Kennedy, who always gets listed as 6'4.5". So, was Mr. Kennedy less than that height? I think Paul Newman needs an upgrade to 5'9".
Frank2 said on 8/Mar/06
So when I say an actor's taller I'm also full of it.
mcfan said on 8/Mar/06
I am 5'10. This guy was not even close to me. I remember consciously thinking he's only 5'8.5 and I'm sure this was right. I'm sure he was roughly 5'9, but 5'10 is too much. He wasn't that old when I saw him.
Frank2 said on 7/Mar/06
Then it's too bad nobody ever took him up on his bet. He bet anyone that could prove he wasn't at least five-ten a lot of money. If they lost, the money would go to charity. Look, I worked with him on Slapshot. He was five-ten. Maybe he slumped when you stood next to him. When I first met Glenn Ford he was standing next to me and looked no more than five-nine. Then he suddenly stood up straight and was at least my height, possibly an inch taller. Back when I was about to work on When Time Ran Out (I later changed my mind) I met Bill Holden. At first he looked five-eight and then he stood up straight and was at least five-ten. I think he shrunk a bit since in films he appeaerd in with Glenn Ford he looked to be an inch shorter.
mcfan said on 2/Mar/06
This is the only actor I've ever met. He stood right next to me and I know this guy was no more than 5'8.5 even then. He wasn't old just barely 50 so he probably shrunk a half-inch at the most. I would say he was never over 5'9.
Frank2 said on 2/Mar/06
Nope. He was close to five ten when he was young. In Cat he looks to be a couple of inches shorter than six foot Burl Ives, but then Newman slumps a lot on his crutch in that film. But there's a couple of scenes where he stands up straight next to Ives. Check it out. By the way. Liz Taylor was shorter than five four. Closer to five three. Over the years her terrible back condition has made her lose a few inches.
Nikki said on 26/Feb/06
He looked much taller in Cat in A Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor (5'4") I think he is 5'11"
Frank2 said on 26/Feb/06
I worked with Newman on the film "Slapshot" and he was just under 5' 10". I'm just under 5' 11" and he was about an inch or so shorter and that's not when he was wearing his lifts which he did in that film. He once challanged anyone who felt he was shorter than 5' 10" to a bet with the winnings going to charity. So far nobody has taken him up on it. I noticed that Robert Redford is listed here as being shorter than he really is. He's another one I've met and he's a solid 5' 10", possibly even 5' 11".
Mr. R said on 21/Feb/06
Matt, I have not seen Color of Money in years, but the scenes that I remember, Cruise was always taller, but had on massive heels. I'll check again.
Matt said on 17/Feb/06
First of all, height has always been a big factor in the limelight. James Dean almost didn't get his first roles because at 5'8'' his directors thought he was too short to be a lead. Also, Mr. R, If you watch The Color of Money again you will notice that Newman is taller than Cruise by at least two inches throughout the entire movie.
CelebHeights Editor said on 16/Feb/06
In 1982 Time, he was described as "5ft 10 and 145lbs"
RobertTheBruce said on 4/Dec/05
Old actors were short? Are you guys crazy or something? In fact from the 40's I'd say quite the opp. It seems as though male leads have shrunk. Think about 6"4/5 Rock Hudson, 6"1 Robert Mitchum, 6"3 Jimmy Stewart, 6"1 Gregory Peck, 6"1 Cary Grant, 6"4 Vincent Price, and (when he started out in the fifties) 6"5 Christopher Lee. And they weren't even action heroes - just serious actors.
Compare them to the megaliths of today - 5"9 J.Depp, 5"10.5 O.Bloom, 5"11 B.Willis, 5"8 M.Gibson, 5"8 Sean Penn etc....
So let's not get ahead of ourselves - it's the action stars who have gone up - not the serious actors.
Anonymous said on 18/Oct/05
Paul Newman has always been sensitive about his height. Officially, he's 5ft 9. To you and me that would mean 5ft 8 or less but as Paul Newman is a God he can be any height he wants to be. Bit like the guy who asked the former world heavweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, for an autograph. Lennox obliges but says:
"Who do I sign it to?"
The autograph hunter replies:
"Anyone you want to, Lennox. I'm not in a position to argue."
Different laws apply to superstars and there is no bigger superstar in film today than Paul Newman.
Mr. R said on 21/Sep/05
John B, Tom Cruise wore HUGE shoes with HUGE heels in The Color of Money. He is always taller than Newman in the film, but I don't think this is true to reality.
John B said on 20/Sep/05
Some time back Newman did an interview in the U.K and said he was 5'6'', I was shocked thought the guy was close to 6 foot, then I watched the colour of money which he starred with Tom Cruse it's very clear Cruse was a tad taller at times or was the same height. If I'm right Tom is no taller then 5'7?
anonymous said on 28/Aug/05
I've read in a few places that the average height is still close to 5'9 . I'd say 5'9 still isn't a bad height for a celebrity.
DP said on 21/Aug/05
Being over 80 years old, If Newman can still keep his 5'-8" frame, then kudos to him.
Weird- Height was never an issue of discussion when it came to people like Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Robert Deniro, James Caan, Mel Gibson and even Jack Nicholson earlier in their careers. Today it is. I think what this shows is that the American medium height has steadily moved upward in the last 20 to 30 years. 5'-8"-5'-9" was not a bad height for a celebrity during the 50's through the 70's but today, it's really considered a bit below average. Rock Hudson was considered a freak for being so tall at 6'4" but today, he'd fit right in the norm.
Times are a changin!
[Editor Rob: Height WAS a big factor, especially in the case of Redford. Remember 30 years ago he had the image of a 6 foot guy, but when one journo questioned it caused readers/fans not to be happy. Of course he then went on to arrange with Redford to be measured (and he agreed) and his true height was then found ;)]
CelebHeights Editor said on 19/Aug/05
"He's much taller than you think he's going to be" - Tom Hanks
DP said on 18/Aug/05
If there's any actor where height isn't a factor to women, it would be Paul Newman. Even though he has a little slower reflexes being over 80 years old, I can't say any woman would've kick him out of bed just because he's 5'-8". No question they still drool over him especially during his Sting, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid era.
McFan said on 9/Jul/05
He's an inch taller than Tom Cruise.
animalito said on 20/Jun/05
Been sjhoulder to shoulder with Newman in Westport's (Connecticut) cafe hangout, OSCAR'S, and he looked no taller than 5.7 (I'm 5.10). Maybe with age he's shrunk a bit. A very compact, package. Plenty dignified, though, as befits one of Hollywood's more serious actors and human beings.