Paul Simon's Height
5ft 2in (157 cm)
From Simon and Garfunkel fame. I was surprised that he is this short.
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Tom of Finland said on 19/Jul/15
Check out the video for "Call me Al". There you can really see how short Paul is when he jams next to Chevy Chase.
MajorB said on 24/Jun/15
I stood next to him while he signed a guitar for a fan: i would say that he is 1m55.
Charles said on 25/May/15
Can we get an entry on Garfunkel too? I saw him listed as 6 feet tall on Google, but I really don't buy that. If he was 6 feet tall then he'd tower over Simon by nearly a full head, and he just doesn't. In most shots Simon seems to come up to the bottom of his nose, so I think he's no more than 5'10".
Weemus said on 23/Feb/15
I met him in Atlanta. I'm five one and three-quarters and he is shorter than me by a couple inches.
Sam said on 23/Sep/14
Saw him live once a long time ago, double-headlining with Bob Dylan and I believe he was about 5 inches shorter than Dylan. Dylan was 5'7" tops, listed at 5'6.5".
Ian C. said on 10/Jul/13
On the cover of the album Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel's first?) Paul and Art are shown walking away from the camera down a country road. It is impossible to tell from that photograph that Art is so much taller than Paul. Also, in their early television performances, one of them was always sitting down, which looks suspiciously like a ploy to disguise Paul's height. By the time Simon and Garfunkel released their Bridge Over Troubled Water album, the cover makes it defiantly clear that Paul is much shorter than Artie. So my guess is that, early in their career, some agent or other told them that they would have to keep people from finding out that Paul was short, but after they became wildly successful, Paul demanded an end to the silly nonsense of trying to kid people that he was taller than he was. And good for him too.
avi said on 11/Jun/13
could be 5'3
Jenny said on 25/Feb/13
Art Garfunkel is 1.83 m 6ft tall
verticallyinclined said on 25/Sep/11
well how tall is garfunkle,rob? rob,do you think pauls max height in his mid twenties may have been 5'3"?
april ramage said on 4/Sep/11
height is no measure of a persons abilities and talents. many talented people have been and are short.
Gigi said on 5/Feb/11
I am 5'2" and I was taller than Paul Simon when I saw him last week
lisa said on 26/Dec/10
you may have been wearing similar sneakers but you don't know if there was a definite difference or not a difference at all I think people are best measured without shoes
E Boy said on 2/Dec/10
Paul Simon is exactly the same height as me - 5'2" - my wife actually once measured us back to back - both wearing similar sneakers!
Lebensdorf said on 2/Oct/07
Paul Simon is indeed 5'1'' or 5'2''. But make no mistake: Garfunkel is not at all 6 feet tall. He never was. I watched an early 1980s film recently called "Bad Timing" in which he stars opposite Harvey Keitel. If Keitel is as short as they say he is, Garfunkel is no more than 5'9'' or 5'10''. Period.
Stan said on 16/Jun/07
The guy is even shorter now that he's gotten really old, I'd say 5f1.
Glenn said on 3/Dec/06
Bumped into Simon again 2 weeks ago.yeah,he was 5-2.shorter than I remembered.
mike g said on 2/Dec/06
5'2" seems right to me. I'm 5'4" and when I meet him he was just a little bit shorter than me. When I met paul he was very nice to me.
Anthony said on 5/Nov/06
If Art's 6', then Paul probably wears lifts. I never saw more of a 6-7 inch difference between them. Not 10 inches, which is what you'd see between 6'0 and 5'2.
That clip from the Grammys is a classic. Great find.
said on 2/Nov/06
I have this clip on dvd but found it on youtube. Paul Simon, John Lennon and Art Garfunkel. John is wearing a 2 inch heel boot (I think) which makes him about 6ft. Paul looks 5'2-'' and when Art is coming up on stage with normal shoes, he stands 6 feet, although with a bad posture. Art I think is 5'11'' Paul 5'2''-5'3''and John a a solid 5'10''.
Glenn said on 2/Nov/06
Finally someone that agrees on that 6ft Art.
Brad said on 2/Nov/06
5' 2". He used to wear wigs that pushed his height up an inch. Art is taller than one expects. He's 6'. The tale of Paul seeing Art real early on shaking Good N Plenty boxes to find the one with the most in it is a classic. They go waaaay back!!!
Glenn said on 18/Oct/06
So 5-2 it is.maybe he wears lifts when I see him.
TJ said on 17/Oct/06
He's considerably shorter than Woody Allen in Annie Hall, so 5'2 seems quite believable.
Glenn said on 16/Oct/06
Chevy is for sure 6-4.but can look 6-2.Simon could be anywhere between 5-2 and 5-4.again I think 5-2 is too low.I have the rare photo with him.almost no one has that.
leonari said on 16/Oct/06
No 5'2" is perfect for this guy. No way is he 5'3". Look at pics with his ex-wife "Princess Leia"...he is 2 inches taller.period.
D. Ray Morton said on 15/Oct/06
Sorry, previous post was me.
Anonymous said on 15/Oct/06
"Maybe Simon is more 5'3" / 5'4"?"
I don't think so.
"They are both asses.Simon worse."
I'm surprised that Artie is an ass. Something definitely does seem to be up Paul's, though.
Anthony said on 15/Oct/06
Even if Simon's 5'3 to 5'4, that would still piut Art at5'9 - 5'10. That being said, Paul doesn't look that much to me. 5'2 is bang on.
Glenn said on 15/Oct/06
5-2 seems a little low.
THE *TRUE* ANONYMOUS said on 15/Oct/06
Maybe Simon is more 5'3" / 5'4"?
Andy said on 13/Oct/06
I can't see more than a 6inch height difference in any of the pics.If Simon's 5'2 then Art's 5'8 ,5'9 at a stretch.
Glenn said on 12/Oct/06
They are both asses.Simon worse.
Glenn said on 11/Oct/06
Art seemed 6ft to me.maybe the footwear.
Brad said on 26/Aug/06
He's gonna have a million selling album this Fall. Paul is gonna be jealous. Nah, Artie is a legit 6'. I loved Hush Puppies or "Desert Boots" as they were called.
Laura said on 23/Aug/06
In Carnal Knowledge Art Garfunkel is consistently shorter than Jack Nicholson. I doubt Garfunkel is taller than 5'9" but looks taller by comparison with Simon.
D. Ray Morton said on 7/Aug/06
He was humorless, sullen even - never cracked a smile. From what I've heard, he was even worse in the 70s. Never met Art, but he does seem like he'd be a nice guy. I've always loved his voice, too.
My mother used to live next door to Paul in the 60s. She said he was quiet, serious, and tiny. The more things change...
Brad said on 6/Aug/06
About 5' 1" when I met him in '78. Weird hair, couldn't tell if it was a wig or weave. Correct: not a friendly guy. Art is about 6' 2" in boots. He was much taller than James Taylor's daughter Sally who is tall like her momma. Art is a nice guy.
ForensicNYC said on 15/Apr/06
Paul Simon is 5'3" and Art Garfunkel (who is yet to be listed here) is 6'0". In their Simon and Garfunkel "Old Friends" tour, Paul always wore flat mocassins or Hush Puppies while Art inspite of his tall stature always had boots with Cuban Heels which made both of them look really very extreme in stature. During high school Paul experienced a "growth spurt" which eliminated him from playing his Queen's team of "Five Feet and Under" category on the eve of the championships. I think Staten Island won in that match...
Brett said on 14/Apr/06
Ive met him Rob, I honestly think he less then this nowadays, he was well below my shoulder line Rob, Id say he probably was 5'2", but he isnt exactly a spring chicken anymore, hes closer to 5ft or at best 5'1".
D. Ray Morton said on 7/Feb/06
Yeah, huge gap between them. Great video.
I met Paul in '00 at a rehearsal for the Your The One tour. 5'2" is right. Not a friendly guy, either.
Anonymous said on 7/Feb/06
Anyone remember the good ol' music video for Simon's 1986 song "You Can Call Me Al?" Well if you do you'd remember Simon and 6'4 Chevy Chase in that video. It's like the Tallman and Midget with over a foot difference!! It's funny if you get a chance to look at the video at their height difference.
JS said on 10/Jan/06
Bob Dylan towered over him in concert, at least 7 inches difference (looked more like 9-10 inches but I think Bob was wearing cowboy boots). I would say Simon is 5'1", Dylan is 5'8" (when he stands up straight; he has lost an inch compared to his younger days).
Anonymous said on 30/Oct/05
I heard that he was 5'2".