Pete Townshend's Height
5ft 11.75in (182 cm)
British Musician from The Who. In a police interview he said "just under Six foot"
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said on 22/Feb/16
Rob, would you consider adding Keith Moon? I'm interested to see how tall you think he was.
Editor Rob: I noticed one book describe both him and daltrey as 5ft 8, but were they really the same height...I'm not sure about that, I'd have thought Moon was taller than Roger.
Brad said on 3/Jun/15
6 on the nose. G was spotted at his CD signing this week, huge.
Toynbee said on 12/May/14
I met John a few times and yes he was 5'11.5" on the nose in flats (nice guy too btw). Stood next to Pete in a signing line and he was definitely right around 6 ft, not more than a shade under. In most photos with he and John in comparable footing Pete is ever so slightly taller, maybe half inch tops.
said on 24/Apr/14
Rob, I think John Entwistle and Pete Townshend were around the same height. Entwistle is commonly described as 5'11.5" and seems to have been regarded as the big guy in The Who.
said on 18/Apr/14
He should be downgraded to 182 cm, Rob. He claims "just under six foot" in this police interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7iQyCZ-c00#t=02m03s
[Editor Rob: thanks I'll add the mention at the top aswell]
Sam said on 31/Jul/13
Have a The Who book with Melody Maker article on them. The Who appear to list their heights as: Townsend- 6'0"; John Entwistle- 5'11.5"; Daltrey- 5'7" (yeah, right), Keith Moon- 5'9".
said on 2/Apr/13
He looks pretty tall in a number of live videos, but I think that was platforms. He looks WAY taller than 5'5.5" Roger Daltrey here.
major said on 24/Feb/13
I've met Townshend a couple times. 6' even is right.
said on 12/Feb/13
This is a good image of Paul Weller (who I think is no shorter than 5'10") standing next to Townsend outside the Marquee club in London, a while back:
I think 6'0" for Townsend is on the nail.
LG69 said on 12/Dec/12
I always thought Pete was 6'1" or 6'2".
Lamb said on 25/Nov/11
He looks taller b/c of how tall roger is
Urban 0112 said on 25/Feb/11
I've seen him. I don't normally ever see any famous folks. I saw Pete Townshend a year and a half a go (approx). He was coming out of Glasgow Queen Street train station, well walking away from the front of it anyway, and he was walking towards his car which was parked at the line of cars around George Square diagonally opposite.
He walked back with 3 youngish women, i thought that it was his daughter and her friends or something similar. It could have been his three daughters, or no daughters and they were all friends of his. No idea at all. It appeared that he was picking them up from the train station anayway. I was never a fan of his, i was never not a fan. No opinion on his music, no bent either way. Clearly though, the The Who were and are a massive music band.
He was wearing a black leather jacket that was straight at the hem, not pinched or elasticated. He was dressed well and in darker cloths generally. It was around 10pm. I walked along side him, he was on my left, and he look over at me, i glanced thinking 'i vaguely know that face', it was clearly getting dark, but the guy was walking along the pavement and slightly had that 'does anyone recognise me' look. I looked again before he stopped at a black new Range Rover and they went to climb in. I make a double take and glanced over to my left - we were both abeam at that point. The reason i made a double-take was his height (i could not think of his name at the time, i had to ask a friend and Pink Floyd fan of his name by describing him, you know, the whole 'is it a film or a TV programme' bit.?) I made a double-take as i expected him to be taller (his name i forgot at the time, but i knew he was a musician). I have seen the singer Roger Daltry on Top Gear et'c, and i think it is one of those ones whereby the sidekick's height throws-off the height of the other. Daltry must be teenager height.
Like Fry & Laurie syndrome. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, I have heard that when people met Hugh Laurie they were surprised he is 6' 2", it is Fry being a few inches taller that threw people.
Pete Townshend is not short, above average, but i would say he was 5' 10 or 5' 11. The reason i was surprised that evening was not because i saw a famous person, but i thought that they would tower over everyone. I looked across a second time discreetly and thought 'he is less than 6 foot', not that there is anything wrong with being 5-10 or so (the male average UK height i understand is 5-9 or eight).
I am 6-5, broad build, so 6-4 at a slight slouch plus it was late evening, and i was so surprised that the guitarist was not towering over me. There is obviously a slight camber on the pavement so it would make an inch or 2 lower, but i would say that he would need a mighty pair of shoes to check 6 foot in height.
The band's singer must be 5-5 or not much more as he makes the guitarist look much taller. He got in his Range Rover with 3 girls in their mid-twenties i guess, young women. I remember it as it was a short while after the time he was on the news etc for downloading images, allegedly, i don't the details or the outcome but it was on the news.
I always forget my height, always, a touch of dysmorphia perhaps, and think i am not as tall as i am, i don't think about it really. Other people have to comment on it occasionally. I would be fine will a 6-2 or 6-3 guess. I was recently in hospital for a procedure and had to be weight/ height checked as is the norm. The cinical assistant scaled me at 6'-5 on the hospital frame. I was hoping for a little less, at least i am not 6-6.
It was a little funny when i recalled afterwards with a briefl thought about the evening i saw the musician, as he looked across to his right as a double-take looking at me and that is the main reason i noticed him, that and his walking slow and with 3 very glamorous young women.
Vince Vaughn size, part European, a shock of big Lebowski blonde hair and metallic rim glasses, i look somewhat the archetypal German or Scandinavian film baddie. Hare Krishna people stop me on the street in my own city and ask which country i am from.
The Townshend man is not short, i would say Pete Townshend is on the tall side, but i was surprised, hence the double take, that he looked just under six foot in height. Me, i can't even fit in a Range Rover, the driver seat anyway, i tried. VW Passat or Volvo S80 for taller people.
At full stretch i would say that i was as near as makes no difference 6-inches taller in height, but i would not approach him, a bit rude, not something i would do. Plus i couldn't mind the man's name. I am not going to say 'i like your music' when i can't remember it, i am not going to lie, and i don't get star struck. I met the petite bijou Shola Ama on holiday once, and i could have fitted her in my pocket.
I would say he was 5-10 and a half relaxed when i saw him on George street outside the Glasgow train station. 5' 11" on paper. If he says he is 6 ft 0 in, then he is 6 ft 0 in.
Reminidi said on 7/Jun/07
Nort, yes, your about dead on.
Nort said on 28/May/07
I met Townshend in 84; I'm 6'2", and would say he was a flat six feet.
Remi said on 15/Apr/07
Dudes, trust me on this one, I met Pete in '97, stood right next to him eye to eye on level ground, he is was about 5-11.75 then (I am 6-3.5), he is slightly shorter now due to age, maybe 5-11.5 tops with good posture (usually slumps a little).
Devlin said on 26/Mar/07
Pete is around a dead even 5-11 these days. Roger is 5-5.5 tops and Pete appears only a few inches taller (Rog wears a little higher footwear tho).
tubbs said on 24/Feb/07
I doubt anyone will find pictures of John and Pete in even footwear, John always seemed to wear cuban heels, or platforms. I recently found a book with old newspaper articles in in chronicling Who history. It had Pete down at 6'0.5, and John at 5'11.5, as Snapper G has pointed out. The article was from 1964, at the time Pete was only 18 or 19, so maybe he still had some growing to do. Maybe he reached 6'1 at his peak, I say this as he always seemed tall than Entwistle, even when John was in his larger heels. These days he is looking 6'0" though.
Snapper G said on 24/Feb/07
I met him 10 years ago and stood right next to him, face to face, I'm 6-3.5 and he was about 6 feet dead even, no more. I'm a huge fan so would love to inflate his height, but...facts are facts. He may have appeared taller younger because he was thin until his 40's, and Roger's lower stature makes him look taller when they're together. John was 5-11.5 roughly so compare any pictures with even footwear and they'll always appear very close in height, thorughout the years.
glenn said on 20/Feb/07
he looked 6-2 to me in the early 90s.
Robert said on 19/Feb/07
I bet Pete was a good 6'2'' in his day. He may be 6'0'' now but after about the age of 55 one's height begins to decline a bit.
Garry said on 19/Jan/07
that's cool kate. Yeah, you're right on the money, he's a tad under 6 ft and with not great posture can look around 5'10 (compare him with Roger who is about 5-5 with big heals and good posture, they're actually further apart in height than they appear).
kate said on 9/Jan/07
i am sure i saw him today at teh Grands montets ski area in french alps. i said hello cos i recognised him, then thought, hang on a minute.... anyone know if it is likely or not? anyway he looked about 5'10-6' easily
A. Roberts said on 6/Dec/06
I saw them three times in the past two weeks and hoped the whole band would take bows together so I could compare Pete and Pino; unfortunately they're not doing this so wasn't able to see, but from the looks of things Pino is about 6'3", a few inches taller than Pete (and Pete is looking more 5'11+ish these days too it should be noted, with a slight hunch down from his 6-foot peak).
Anthony said on 30/Nov/06
Unless boots are involved, I agree. I should look for shots of him beside, Pino (6'3-6'4), and see how he looks in comparison to him.
Gonzalo said on 29/Nov/06
Woh, I never thought he would be taller than Brian May...then he must be 6`2
Anthony said on 4/Oct/06
Glenn said on 4/Oct/06
Thank you Anthony.some people here are so distorted and try to turn it around that its me.
Anthony said on 16/Sep/06
Well, like I said, he looked at 6' even today. Great show as I said, the new stuff rocks.
Glenn said on 16/Sep/06
Yeah,Anthony.I couldve sworn he was taller.
owen said on 16/Sep/06
interesting site about heights. sixfeet is about right for petes hieght no taller.met him I believe on duke rd in 1975-77. smaller then he appears.very skinny bloke.im 5-11.not quite eye level.met him again in london with daughter emma in 1984-5.again only appeared loosely sixfeet.perhaps 5=11 and some.
Anthony said on 15/Sep/06
I saw the band perform at Jones Beach the other night (great show), and Pete still looked at least 6'. I stand by my 6'1-6'2 estimate for his peak years.
Glenn said on 15/Sep/06
You could be right skipper.maybe I was wrong on this guy.maybe Ill ask him.
Skipper said on 14/Sep/06
He wore some heavy boots in the early 90s (though not necessarily with high heels though) so that could've contributed to seeming taller. I always thought he was right at 6 ft. though.
Glenn said on 12/Sep/06
Saw Pete last night and will continue doing so till next week.he seemed 6ft with a slouch.couldve sworn he was 6-2 in the early 90s.
Brad said on 12/Sep/06
John was well over 6' from what I remember at NAMM Anaheim. He wore serious heeled boots.
Anthony said on 26/Aug/06
Glenn said John was a possible 5'10 with bad posture. As someone pointed, John had a pension for boots that made him look well over 6'. There's something very askew with that pic. For starters it looks as if if Moon were to straighten up he'd be on level with Pete and John, when in fact he was only max 2-3 inches taller than 5'6 Roger.
mcfan said on 24/Aug/06
I submitted the photo yesterday to show that Entwistle and Townshend were roughly the same height. I thought Pete was a hair taller but they were close. I'm pretty sure Entwistle was 5'11-6ft.
Anthony said on 16/Aug/06
Thank you again, Glenn.
Glenn said on 15/Aug/06
You always spoke the truth Anthony.
Anthony said on 14/Aug/06
Thank you, Glenn.
Anonymous said on 14/Aug/06
I always thought he was supposed to be 6'2''. He looked tall when young although he was pretty slim in those days which can accentuate height.
Glenn said on 13/Aug/06
Bullshit.Anthony speaks sense.
Gentian Violet said on 11/Aug/06
Mcfan is absolutely mcright. Pete always been 6 foot, never more. John close to Petes height. Proof is in the pudding, mates.
mcfan said on 10/Aug/06
Pete Townshend was never 6'2...only 6'0. As for John Entwistle, he was just about Pete's height.
Glenn said on 25/Jun/06
Yeah,youll see in my pics one day he wasnt much taller.he had heels on too.maybe,he was 5-10 in his youth and had terrible posture when I met him?
Glenn said on 21/Jun/06
Yes,he even looked 6-2 10 years ago.as for The Ox,he was 5-8 when I met him.
Anthony said on 21/Jun/06
After going through about dozen or so photos of The Who (massive fanatic), I'm convinced Townshend may have been closer to 6'2 in his younger days. As someone pointed out, Enthwistle was a strong 5'11 (5'11 1/4, possibly) but wore boots that made him look 6'2. In a lot of the early shots of the band (not too early, but around the "Who's Next" period), Pete in flat shoes looks more or less the same height as Enthwistle. So, I think maybe Townshend may have been 6'1 1/2 - 1/4 inhis younger days, and probably a solid 6' now.
Anthony said on 7/May/06
Townshend being 6' is about right. And I disagree with someone who said Daltrey is shorter than Moon. I'm a huge fan. There's no way Moon is taller than Daltrey.
Anonymous said on 7/Apr/06
woah, Townshend is at the very least 6 foot 1.
Glenn said on 5/Apr/06
In the old days Pete looked 6-2.no way is John 5-11.5-8,maybe 5-9.Daltrey is 5-6.Moon Im guessing was 5-8.met 3 members countless times.
Roberts said on 4/Apr/06
I have met him, and he is (and always was) right at 6 feet or just a shade under. Could be slightly less now with age. John Entwistle, who I met a number of times (always nice and approachable), was just a tad shorter than Pete (about 5'11-1/2 or 3/4) but usually wore boots which put him closer to the 6'2"+ level. Both may have appeared taller given Roger's height. Greatest live band ever, FWIW IMHO. As Keith Moon once said, Pete got all the credit for the songwriting because, "he's taller and more aggressive...and he has a beard!" (that, and the fact he did indeed write most of the songs...)
Glenn said on 24/Jan/06
I always thought he was 6-2?
Mikex said on 24/Jan/06
He has always looked pretty tall. 6ft or just over.