How tall is Robert Downey Jr ?

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Robert Downey Jr height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)

American actor best known for playing Tony Stark in the Iron Man trilogy and Avengers Assemble. He has also starred in such films as Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin and Air America. In his 40's he appears to want to look taller so has had a habit of wearing what appear to be elevator style boots and sneakers.

For his roles as Tony Stark and Sherlock he has also been photographed wearing height enhancing footwear to appear taller on screen. In fact, in a JapanTimes interview he said of this lift-wearing, "There's nothing to talk about there - lots of actors do that, both now and in the past. Tom Cruise. Or read up on John Wayne, who even had lifts in his car so he'd look taller driving. Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business". Whilst people question whether actors like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise wear lifts, Robert's a clear example of someone who is out there on the red carpet rocking his own style and not giving a damn!


Robert (in his 'Special Sneakers') with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow
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Eclipse says on 20/Nov/14
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Lifts much? 5'7 at best.
the shredder says on 18/Nov/14
If anything the Mugshot blows 5'7 away .
Heightobsessed says on 16/Nov/14
Everyone seems to be agreeing to between 5'7 - 5'8. Even if the odd 5'6 appears. If you look at the mugshot pic, the camera is a bit low so would probably add something but if we take that out the equation and just look at it as the mugshot shows him at his absolute tallest.

Then, we can see that the tip of his head (dont let the hair fool you) is around 5'9. Assuming that what you see in prison documentaries is pretty much the norm then these pics seem to be taken when prisoners have received their prison-issue clothes including the orange jump suit and what appear to be white, plain sneakers that APPEAR to have around a one inch heel....this would place him....funnily enough...around 5'8. When you factor in the camera looking up......he could even be between 5'7.5 and 5'8.

If that mugshot is without shoes he would be around 5'8.5 - 5'9 but in prison issues it would put him between 5'7.5 and 5'8.

The prison guard story is unverified but the fact that the guard alleges Downey replied "yeah, around that" when asked if he was around 5'7 just means that Downey could be anywhere from 5'6 to 5'8 ish.

As a 5'9 man, if someone says "are you around 5'8" I will often say "yeah, around that" even though I am taller. Just a throw away response.

I think when you couple personal testimony with how he looks next to 5'9 actors and with the mugshot....then throw in the anecdotal evidence..... 5'8" is probably the best estimation and means he could be a strong 5'8.5 peak and then ends the day on 5'7.9 or something. Or a strong 5'8 peak and shrinks to around 5'7.5.
Shawn says on 16/Nov/14
So Downey walks around with ridiculous height enhancing footwear, giving him an obvious 3-3.5" in height and no one cares, whereas Cruise uses much more discreet enhancements, probably giving 2" at most, and everyone acts like it's a crime against humanity? Not bashing Robert, I just think it's ridiculous how much people hate on Tom all the time.
Master Jedi says on 14/Nov/14
Downey with 5'8.5 listed Robert Duvall. Elevators galore.

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Cathy says on 29/Oct/14
I saw RDJ in person, filming "Judge" at the Dedham(Mass.)courthouse last year. And he did look under 5'9. We still liked him though. They all seem to make themselves taller, it must effect the jobs they get.
Felix says on 29/Oct/14
Hey Rob, can you explain why his dad is 6`3 and he is just 5´8? Isn´t that a littlebit too drastic?
[Editor Rob: although tall, I don't think his Dad looks quite that tall. His mother is quite short, so maybe would have been lucky to have got all tall genes, the mix of genes meant he ended up just under average.]
michaeljrocks says on 28/Oct/14
Did anyone else see the giant orange monsters he wore on Graham Norton? HUGE!
Markus from Italy says on 24/Oct/14
I think he's 5'7 max. In most of the movies he's in he wears heels, the most hilarious one is U.S.Marshal with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes. He's not so tall, in fact in Iron Man was wearing heels all the time, also because Gwyneth Paltrow is 175 and he had to be taller for the part.
176,2Tunman says on 21/Oct/14
Who would be taller Cruise or Downey?(barefeet of course,lol) could both be a weak 5'8 by the way.
Adolf says on 20/Oct/14
His dad is 6'3
keith says on 12/Oct/14
5 foot 8.5 max
the shredder says on 11/Oct/14
How cab people think he is under 5 7 is beyond me. His mugshot crealy shows him 5 9 , take away possible prison footwear and the angle and you still g r t an easy 5 7 plus.
stan says on 10/Oct/14
o goodness! those are...hideously awful! and so obvious! wel, im a secret lift wearer myself, though i only wear 1- 1.5" lift in pretty thin soled shoes, so hardly a lift, really. that, now that is embarassing!
word1234 says on 1/Oct/14
Hey Rob typically how much evidence do you need before you yourself believe someone is taller or shorter than the current listing?
[Editor Rob: sometimes it is cumulative. On a site like this I guess every day I'm looking at films, stills etc and maybe at one point I say 'this other estimate seems to fit better with what I've seen'.]
Arthur says on 30/Sep/14
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Arch Stanton says on 26/Sep/14
Why any guy would pick shoes like that, and not even cover them up with bootleg jeans!! Not even embarrassed!! Obviously motivated by nothing but feeling short, no normal guy would pick shoes like that as a fashion choice, although don't quote me on that. Now people frequently talk about Pitt getting 3 inches from his footwear, now something monstrous like those might give at least 3 inches! I bet Downey's stylist has already been in contact with Jake desperately asking to contact that photographer asking where he got the great shoes!
[Editor Rob: they are rare in public, well shoes with giant soles like that, the closest I see is the goth boots but even then not many wear them out and about.]
Arch Stanton says on 25/Sep/14
Rob and page viewers, check out the footwear on the photographer scroll down Click Here !!! I almost thought it was Downey!! Probably even worse...
[Editor Rob: good spot, the new version of Portman's right there!]
Chris says on 25/Sep/14
One thing to remember is that Robert never wore lifts. Hes just too cool of a guybro to be associated with that term. He wore and wears manly brodude enhancers. End of story.
Word1234 says on 22/Sep/14
@realist
I do agree downey is an easy strong 5'7 probably wakes up at 172 and by the evening is more 171-171.5cm. I mean I'm sure we've all seen the mug shot where he clearly touches 5'8 but I'm assuming hes wearing footwear? Unless the police station saw his 4 inch platform boots and said take them off. I think the most rational conclusion for downey in bare feet would be 5'7.5
Realist says on 22/Sep/14
@Word1234 Yeah its weird. In some pics he looks almost 7 inches taller and in the others barely 2 inches. But from the photos i would conclude he is a strong 5'7 and wife is a strong 5'2. So downey 171-72 and Susan 158.
Word1234 says on 16/Sep/14
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Here's downey barefoot with his wife who's listed at 5'3. I'm not sure what to conclude from this.
Celebheights 188CM says on 11/Sep/14
He's about 5'8":

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hurricane brat says on 5/Sep/14
RobV's comment below is the most intelligent comment I've seen on this site for a while
RobV says on 4/Sep/14
As I don't know him personally, I obviously cannot say whether he is a 'phony' or not. We depend upon millions of dollars worth of PR to get our idea of that, telling us how lovely and charming he is.

But I do know he wears quite clunky lifts when in fact he could get himself some stuff that adds inches and is not too noticeably elevated. The higher you want to go, the more limited your options: I know this from my long experience of using lifts and elevators. If you feel you HAVE to gain 3"+ then what you wear stands less chance of being discreet.

I am not sure there is any value in 'being open' about wearing lifts, as it is said he is (the quote I saw was rather qualified, and appeared to kinda suggest that 'you have to do it in film', not on a personal basis to raise your height). I think if I told people, I would almost want to stop doing it - unfortunately, once you tell, it's the first thing people look at and they cannot help but always be aware. Outside of here, it is amazing to realise, most people are not sufficiently aesthetically aware to notice stuff like that unless it is drawn to their attention - even those great big clodhoppers he wears would be missed by most fans or bystanders. But once they ARE aware then they cannot help but comment/focus and it becomes almost THE issue, like a hairpiece.
Sam says on 3/Sep/14
Yeah, his lifts are silly and the listing may even be a little generous but he's charming and funny and a good actor, not a phony. However, I'll be interesting if he can maintain his current fame going in roles outside of the franchise business though (his only non-Iron Man/Sherlock Holmes since Tropic Thunder have come & gone w/ a whimper).
Visitor says on 24/Aug/14
He wears huge life I don't think he's over 5'7.75
JB says on 17/Aug/14
I don't think he's 5'8". 5'7" similar to Tom Cruise.
David says on 15/Aug/14
His shoes are ridiculous, no more than 5ft 6.
Greg says on 9/Aug/14
"This guy is one of the most insecure phonies in show business." I don't think that's fair. He's in a business which, even by virtue of mention on this website, means he's in the public eye and he likes to feel the same heights as others at public events. I like checking out this website, for the same reason Rob created it, because it's kind of interesting to see peoples heights. I do think it's an error though equating height (or an actor's self-consciousness about it - he's human after all) with being a phony. All reports I've seen about this guy is that he's A OK with the public, a good person to bump into and has famously turned his life around.
the shredder says on 3/Aug/14
Downey's shoes are like a little over 2 inches , he can't be under 5'7
Tyler says on 25/Jul/14
5'7 3/4
javi says on 20/Jul/14
I saw him in Nashville about 2 months ago, Introduced to my boy ( 7 years old) as Iron Man, I'm 5' 9" and even thought he was wearing those ridiculous lifts he barely reached 5'8"
Jimbo says on 8/Jun/14
He has always been floating between the 172 - 173 mark that mugshot proves that at least. But going on 50 id say he lost a slight fraction. 172.
RisingForce says on 7/Jun/14
I agree, shredder, a claim would be interesting. I'd guess he'd claim 5'9", but wouldn't surprise me if he claimed 5'8". I guess someone could try asking him on twitter?
RisingForce says on 30/May/14
Well, that wasn't quite what I meant, ian c., but that's not a bad analogy. Downey's lifts are pretty much the shoe equivalent of a bad toupee! They're about as subtle anyway.
ian c. says on 25/May/14
I see what you mean RisingForce. Maybe it is technically inaccurate to say that Downey wears lifts. Rather, we might say that he wears sneakers with high heels. Similarly, a man wearing a really obvious hairpiece would not be wearing a toupee so much as a hat made of hair.
the shredder says on 20/May/14
Still want to see a claim from him , he might be honest
RisingForce says on 17/May/14
Ian C., maybe he just likes to appear taller when out in public and when talking to people and doesn't care if people know he's actually not as tall as he appears. Plus, he'd look worse, imo denying it because it's so obvious, which is probably why he was asked about it to begin with, and Downey didn't wear lifts and looked noticeably shorter for the first 20 years of his career, so anyone who is familiar with him before his comeback will know something is up because everyone knows you don't grow at 40. I don't see anything dishonest about it at all either. He likes to appear taller than he is, but he has no trouble admitting that. It's no more dishonest than all of the things women do to look better whether it's wear makeup, heels, push up bras ect. Hell, some people will wear certain clothes because they're "slimming", which is really no different if you think about it. Plenty of men also color their hair, wear toupees or try other hair restoration methods. It's just people trying to look better, the only way I could see it as dishonest would be if someone asked and the person denied it, though I wouldn't expect a lot of people to admit these things anyway, and give Downey credit.
Yuppijaa says on 16/May/14
He looks tall in Iron Man films and in Avengers. To me he looks about 5'9 minimum. When you watch scene in Avengers where Stark is arguing with Captain America, Evans who should be 6'0 looks too poorly taller than Robert.
Jimbo says on 15/May/14
he probably has lost a fraction of height 172.?
Frankie68 says on 15/May/14
He wears the most ridiculous shoes I've ever seen in my life....isn't he embarrassed.....i mean ,,u can influence your height and still give a normal appearance....but the extreme he gives to....is ridiculous....I'm a short guy....I'd never wear those shoes he or sly wear.....there both under 5"7....no doubt....
the shredder says on 14/May/14
he was not wearing lifts before his come back , he looked 5 '8 max in his 20's , now he looks 5 '9.5 minimum.
Ian C. says on 11/May/14
Why would a man who wears lifts tell anybody he wears lifts? The point of the lifts is to deceive people about your height, so why admit to the deceit? It seems (ironically) more dishonest than concealing it. Mr. Sherlock Stark here wants to be seen as taller than he really is when he appears in public, but also wants credit for being honest about cheating. Dwarfs be sneaky, I always sez.
cole says on 27/Apr/14
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Tiptoeing in elevators, nice.
Realist says on 26/Apr/14
Rob, there is a scene in Zodiac where Ruffalo gets angry with Downey, they look exactly the same height and have similar footwear. Just for u to confirm. I think Downey is more 172ish.
RisingForce says on 24/Apr/14
Shredder, Downey's official listing has always been 5'9" so that's what I'd guess he claims, though one article from '88 or '89 even had him at a ridiculous 5'10"! But you never know, with how honest Downey is about his lifts and his personality, it wouldn't surprise me if that prison guard story was true when the prison guard supposedly asked Downey "What are you 5-7?" and Downey supposedly replied "Yeah, around that mark." Unfortunately, that can't be verified.
MD says on 21/Apr/14
Rob,

Do you think you could look through RisingForce's post about him talking about wearing lifts, and then perhaps add the link to the top of the page if everything looks on the up-and-up?
[Editor Rob: I'll insert that quote, as it's always funny aswell how the John Wayne lifts stories take new turns. Lifts in the car :) Didn't he hear of sitting on a cushion instead!]
The Great Al Dente says on 21/Apr/14
Oooh, a fun topic! I've recently made a report on this very subject(and subject matter) in College, and in the part of the presentation portion I easily showed myself to have gained 5 inches going from 4'11" to 5'4". I utilized a combination of women's wedge sneakers a size larger than my foot and added a home made cork lifter with a gel insole. Super comfortable and hardly noticeable with jeans purposefully longer than I normally wear.

I thought dressing up as RDJ's Tony Stark would be a riot and break up the monotony of the necessary evil of presenting. My bet? I'd say he's round about 5'6", simply because I do body part proportion study for a living as a professional costume designer, not to mention height enhancing tricks are old hat for me. His ankles are a dead give away for me.

One thing no one mentioned is his 'perky posture' that can be seen when he walks. Certainly, he adds swagger to it, but a sharp eye will see the semblance to a woman with high heels. The angle of the foot(due to wedge or lifters) alters the posture, accentuates the backside and arches the chest a little more while still having the shoulders pulled back or down a tad. Of course, with flash, flair, bravado, and a snappy suit, it can be masked as a proud poise.

Regardless of his height, this fella brings a smile and that's what matters most. I'm looking forward to his next piece of film work.
RobV says on 20/Apr/14
As a tall guy who has worn lifts since I was 18, I find it amazing that someone with such resources could get it so wrong in style terms. All the basic mistakes - squeezed into boots or trainers with so much added height that the laces look strained in all the wrong ways, as if your upper is pushing high up against the top of the shoe, the clunky great boots with suits whose trousers (in the wrong colour for the boots, thus highlighting them) shout at you that the boots are solid. There is no need for someone adding a couple of inches to ever be so obvious but I suspect it is that he really goes for the 3"/4" max and in spite of all the resource, he does not know how to do it. It honestly can be done.

It is of course way more difficult with every half inch above 2 inches in lifts/elevators, but if he wants to wear 3/4inch elevators he has to choose his trousers and boots well. If you look at Jude Law's boots here. I have a pair of almost exactly the same ones and add 3" in them. It is undetectable because I wear them a size or two larger than my shoesize, I wear them with black pants that sit neatly over the boot, and I make sure that the trousers to do not crumple onto them. A real real giveaway is that look where this hard lump appears at the bottom of your leg with the pants sitting on top
the shredder says on 19/Apr/14
Awesome that he admits to lifts , I can believe he would say 5'8.5 as his height. I actually think he has but have not seen it .
RisingForce says on 18/Apr/14
Here's Downey admitting to wearing lifts in a Japanese interview from around the time of Sherlock Holmes.

It’s not generally known that Downey Jr. stands at just 174 cm and in recent films has been asked by filmmakers to wear lifts, which he does and admits to, while warning: “There’s nothing to talk about there — lots of actors do that, both now and in the past. Tom Cruise. Or read up on John Wayne, who even had lifts in his car so he’d look taller driving. Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business.”

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Like I said, I give him credit for admitting it a number of times, though I wonder where the article got the 174 cm figure from? He's obviously not that tall except in shoes, or possibly in the morning, but I hope it wasn't a figure from I M D B because I hate when articles reprint those figures as if they're official.
Jimbo says on 18/Apr/14
not a full 5ft8 172cm for him
RisingForce says on 17/Apr/14
He looks more 5'7" range to me without lifts, I'd guess he's 5'7.5". He usually looks like a 5'8.5"-5'9" guy at premieres with lifts, maybe 5'9.5" with his biggest lifts. Robert was in big enough lifts at the Soloist premiere for it to be noticeable, yet he was still shorter than Jamie Foxx who only claims 5'9". Click Here Click Here I think Foxx could be a fraction over 5'9", but even so, Downey should look at least as tall if he's actually a legit 5'8". Downey was shorter on video of that premiere as well. I think it might look like he's getting an even bigger boost than he actually is at times since he's not very good at hiding his lifts. Click Here That is a significant boost, though, since it's a style not too different from what Sly use to wear, except for they look to be stuffed with even bigger lifts. You can see every give away when it comes to lifts with him. Click Here Shoes are too bulky and visibly stuffed with lifts, perhaps close to 2 inches since a 1 inch lift won't look like that, his legs look out of proportion like he's standing on something, his lower legs look too long and his pants look too short. Sneakers just aren't practical for lifts that big. I'll give him credit, though, he does have a sense of humor about his lifts. I saw an interview with him some years ago where he was talking about things he kept from the movie "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and he included lifts for his shoes.

However, as far as movies go, I believe he gets over 3 inches in the Iron Man movies. Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here The first picture with the infamous "stripper heels" from that angle is telling since you can see the entire heel, and that alone looks about 3 inches to me, then there's a platform that looks about an inch on the front, and I'm almost certain he has lifts inside on top of that. I'd be surprised if that was less than a 3.5" boost, and look at those other shoes, no other 3" heels, but thick platforms on massive shoes in all of the others.
Filippo says on 15/Apr/14
Oh my! In that pic above, gwyneth is wearing something like 8-10 cm heels! Given her height at 175, she would reach 185, 6'1!
Robert seems 1.5 inch shorter.. Maybe two inches, so 5-11ish!
Those damn sneakers got 3 inch-boost ??! Shocking!
the shredder says on 11/Apr/14
All this 5'6.5 crap , lol.
jamieorr4 says on 31/Mar/14
i think he is between 5ft6 and 5ft7 and 5ft9 for jude
Addy says on 29/Mar/14
I want those special sneakers!! :p
Jimbo says on 28/Mar/14
5 ft7 for sure not a full 5 ft 8 though.
the shredder says on 27/Mar/14
He is a good 1.5 on Zach Gali fan ak is with out special sneaker.
DrNil says on 25/Mar/14
Hey Rob, how many hours do you a human need to shrink to his lowest height (standing)?
[Editor Rob: in some cases 5-6 hours of being on feet might put you at your lowest, especially if it involves movement in your spine like rotation. ]
the shredder says on 24/Mar/14
5'7.75 is a good shout.
AKI says on 22/Mar/14
After watching Iron man with Gwyneth Paltrow ( 5'9 ) i'm starting to question wheter Robert really is 5'8. I am european and i think hes more 171-172.

Perhaps he was 5'8 (173 cm) in his youth and now in his late 40s begin to drop alittle in height.
Sarah says on 22/Mar/14
I'd say that he's about 5'7.5". Maybe 5'7.75".
Here is a shot of Downey with Sarah Jessica Parker
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She is in flats (5'2.5") in this pic and he isn't wearing those infamous lifts. If you account for the footwear advantage, then he's between 5" and 5.5" taller than her.
Not under 5'7" but definitely not above 5'8" either.
anonymous says on 20/Mar/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNgenV82wLY

17:29 - he looks about the same height as Izzard, who is 5'7, wearing pretty standard dress shoes. Downey's wearing the same boots as he's pictured above in (next to jude, the black ones with the white 'flat' soul and the rediculous elevation angle), which I reckon give him minimum 4 inches lift. I reckon those lifts probably get him to around 5'10" max on a good day, and seriously I can't imagine anything with that steep an angle can lift any less than 4 inches, maybe 3.5.

I always figured him for a 5'6" or so, and it kind of fits in with his frame.

Also referring to that same video, skip to 19:35 - he drops his left leg down and you hear an almighty 'thud', followed by his right ankle twisting to a perfect right angle, hence proving he's still wearing his +4" shoes there.

I think 5'8" is generous, and everywhere else he's listed as anything between 5'8 and 5'10, which are all only applicable when he's wearing his shoes.
Ash says on 5/Mar/14
if you look at this scene in the Avengers with paltrow, he's still definately wearing lifts, its actually quite funny because at that exact moment he says "i lift it"

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the shredder says on 1/Mar/14
At least upper 5'7. It really is hard to tell 5'8 flat from upper 5'7. He looks 5'10 in lifts
Charleene says on 27/Feb/14
Gwyneth Paltrow and RDJ don't seem to have that much of a height difference in this picture. Set photo from around 2006/07

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jimbo says on 26/Feb/14
Yeah its about time he is due for a downgrade, Most people here agree at he is around the 171 to 172 mark. Would you agree Rob.?
Lorne says on 25/Feb/14
Rob, you misspelled Holmes as "Homes". :)
Freddy says on 24/Feb/14
damn, he can literally kill someone with these massive boots

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he's 5'7 flat imo
bob123 says on 23/Feb/14
I personally don't think he could be above 5'7.75 flat.
the shredder says on 21/Feb/14
Rob , 5'7.75 would be better , plus a change.
Sarah says on 19/Feb/14
5'8". He's not that far below the average and he carries himself well. It's all about attitude and style sometimes!
Sam says on 12/Feb/14
I think you did'nt understand what I wanted to mean (sorry for my bad english I'm a French guy ^^). If you measure yourself (alone) would that be correct or you have to have somebody to measure your height? Because I measure my height alone and I wanted to know if it's correct...
PS : when I measure my height I overpush !
[Editor Rob: it shouldn't make any difference, as I said in the last reply, there is a chance the person could push the stadiometer bar further down on your head so it bent the plastic a little and undermeasure a couple mm. Doing it yourself should be perfectly fine, I wouldn't strain your back too much, stand pretty tall though]
Sam says on 11/Feb/14
Rob I have a question : would you be taller or shorter if somebody measures you?
[Editor Rob: if you stood the same then the only way you may be shorter is if someone overpushed or angled the object/stadiometer part so it bent a little...you could be taller if they didn't push the device down enough]
Sam says on 8/Feb/14
Guys, I saw him, I'm 173 cm barefoot at night and he was the same height as me... And he wasn't wearing big boots !
Realist says on 4/Feb/14
Is his father really 6'3 as listed on the infamous movie site , his mum must have been 4'10 or somethin'. Awesome guy though. 172 is right for this guy. He does not look tiny like Ruffalo due to broader shoulders. Ruffalo is about 169-170.
Xan says on 1/Feb/14
Definitely looks more than an inch shorter than 5'9 Gweneth Paltrow; in his first scene in The Avengers, she's barefoot and he's wearing shoes and the difference looks well over an inch, can't see him as any more than 5'7
CelebHeights Fan says on 28/Jan/14
Rob, can RDJ get to 5'10" in these lifts?
[Editor Rob: he can probably measure over that mark in some elevator boots he's worn, so he can look 5ft 9-9.5 at times to people.]
NJP says on 23/Jan/14
At least (the very least) 4 inches shorter than Robert Rusler (6'1") in Weird Science.
Ace Justice says on 20/Jan/14
I met RDJ at a Wrestling show. I'm 5'9" in boots, and he and I was at least an inch taller, tops. Flat 5'7.25"
leonari says on 16/Jan/14
erherage:ever heard of lifts? Look at his shoes!!!
MD says on 14/Jan/14
erherage, you hae any pictures showing this? We'd be interested to see them, because that sounds unbelievable.
erherage says on 12/Jan/14
looked a couple inches taller than norman reedus who is 5'9 minimum

can someone explain this?
nick says on 11/Jan/14
he is 5.8
chrisssss says on 10/Jan/14
He is REALLY SHORT, and wears RIDICULOUS footwear, i mean celebs wear 2 inch lifts, but this guy wears like 5 inch lifts 0.0, even in his elevator boots he still appears short as hell, the internet has him at 176cm which is LAUGHABLE, i'd say 169cm. Max 172cm
shell says on 3/Jan/14
He can't be 5' 8" tall when andrew mcarthy is clearly 1 to 2 inches taller than him in Less than zero and Mcarthy admits to being 5' 8" tall. Jamie Gertz is 5' 5" tall and has flat shoes on in one scene while standing right beside the two of them and there is about an inch or two between her and downey. That makes him probably about 5' 6.5"
Dan says on 2/Jan/14
Paltrow is barefoot in their scenes together in "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" (while he is in his monster shoes) and they are practically the same height.

Here he is on the set of Iron Man 2. In this pic he is actually wearing HEELS. Not lifts, but full-fledged HEELS. 5'7" max. Click Here
tony says on 21/Dec/13
I'd say he is 170. The guy has short legs, that makes him look really short.
MD says on 20/Dec/13
It's crazy looking through his travels during the premieres of Iron Man 3, and he has on any number of pair of those silly sneakers, which are obviously modified, making it difficult to judge his true height. I guess the only saving grace is that he doesn't otfen wear huge heeled boots, so he doesn't get as ridiculous as say, Vin Diesel, with the footwear, but it's still those sneakers. lol
jimbo says on 18/Dec/13
his leg spam looks quiet short. 172 max.
Emily says on 16/Dec/13
He doesn't wear lifts. He's too manly for this term. He wears manly bro enhancers.
John says on 15/Nov/13
Men, I gotta warn you: Robert Downey Jr. is a big lift wearer, since ever (even in the mugshot picture he wears lifts). No way he's 5'8, he's about 5'6. He wears tall shoes and probably puts 1 or 2 inches lift inside them (which give him about 2,5-3,5 inches). Plus, if you notice, he always stand perfectly upright (because he knows he's short and he tries to hide it as far as he can).
Come on, 5'8 is unthinkable!
the shredder says on 29/Oct/13
weak 5'9 mugshot plus angle , 5'8.5 , if in prison shoes than under 5'8
jtm says on 28/Oct/13
he was at least 3 inches shorter than tom sizemore in heart and souls.
5\'11 barefoot says on 28/Oct/13
if rdj is 5'5" how do these shoes give him 5 inches of height he would have to be walking on boxes for such a thing...he's 5'7" barefoot and with averge shoes he's average height barely...with lifts he's about 5'10" no more than that just watch him in the 80's movies like back to school with rodney dangerfield...or wierd science
lala says on 26/Oct/13
guys, here's the mugshot of him: Click Here , it looks like he's 5'10. Also, I don't know how accurate the wax figures at madame tussauds are but when i went there, i was the same height as him and i am 5'10.
BackInDaDay says on 23/Oct/13
I was an extra on the set of the movie Heart and Souls. Part of it was filmed in an aircraft hangar on Norton AFB(now the San Bernardino Intl Airport).
I was just a few feet away from R.D. Jr, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, and Tom Sizemore in that scene and R.D. was the shortest in the bunch.
I am 5'8" and Mr. Downey CAN NOT be more than 5'5". I know what his G+ profile says and who cares how tall he is in a suit of armor.
Just look at the shoes above...elevators folks!
Ed says on 20/Oct/13
Rob, have you seen him in True Believer? RDJ definitely looks easily a solid 5'7" - 5'7.5" in a lot of scenes with 5'11" James Woods. If James really is really 5'11"
Carter says on 19/Oct/13
In his scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow in the Avengers, she's barefoot AND slouching visibly...and she's still only eye to eye with him. This means that, in his shoes he's only about 5'8...at best. I'm astonished they did full body shots for that scene, since it seems to me to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that...even if his shoes don't have lifts in them...he's only 5'7 barefoot...maybe even a bit shorter. Rob, do you see the logic of this? I really can't see how he can be 5'8 barefoot. I notice you recently did downgrade Josh Brolin a bit...and that's the only other one I've ever suggested a downgrade for. (Thanks for listening and considering it.) I think Robert needs to go down to 5'7.5 or even lower here.
Roku says on 16/Oct/13
Well when he wears the iron man suit, he's 6''5.
the shredder says on 11/Oct/13
Rob put Keitel 5'8 because of Robert , They look roughly the same in their film.
He might not be 5'8 but 5'5 ? Come on guys , 5'7.5.
kartal says on 10/Oct/13
He looks ridicilous in those shoes
Arch Stanton says on 6/Oct/13
Somebdy said on Harvey Keitel's page a liftless Downey was shorter than Harvey Keitel who himself looked 5'7" next to De Niro in Mean Streets!!
Jon says on 5/Oct/13
5'8 seems generous to me. This guy is always wearing huge lifts. I would say 5'5.
Reno says on 5/Oct/13
I said hello to him on the beach years ago. He was very nice to talk to. I'm 5'7". We were eye to eye.
Powerhouse says on 28/Sep/13
My guess is 5'7.. This guy is one of the most insecure phonies in show business.
leonari says on 23/Sep/13
I see and always saw a Guy below 5'8...
Mandy says on 21/Sep/13
@Rob, is it possible that he is below 5'8?
[Editor Rob: I wouldn't discount it, if he is under 5ft 8 it might be by a fraction.]
Innovator says on 20/Sep/13
Robert Downey Jr. is 5'9"
Edlt2882 says on 18/Sep/13
Ok, let's guesttimate here. In the special sneakers he is probably elevated 2-3 inches off the ground. Next to Jude Law, who is 6'0"-ish, he is about 5'10". So I think it's more accurate to say Robert Downey Jr. is 5'7" to 5'7.5" tops.
RobertIs5\"7Max says on 16/Sep/13
Anyone who's seen the movie Chaplin knows that Downey can't be over 5"7.
Jimbo says on 14/Sep/13
the mug shot photo does prove he is at least 172 171 at night. but he is getting a fair bit old.
NJP says on 13/Sep/13
He is no where near 5'8". 5'6.75". Some might call it a weak 5'7" but if he is, that's morning height. His logic - wear sneakers with big tongues to disguise the slope in the arch of the foot. His lift angle (The relativity of forefoot to heel) are some of the most severe ratios you'll get without being blatant; i.e, cuban heels.

Photo above;

Jude Law 5'10.5" (average height between morning and late evening) plus a 1 inch heel and a 1/4 inch variant. total height = a weak to even 6ft.

Robert is hovering around the strong 5'10" mark in that picture. Take away the 2.5"(At least, at worst 3 inch) heel and you pretty much have a flat 5'7" guy. That's just based on that photo but in all honesty there are more photos of RDJr at a greater disadvantage than the above appears. I think I've been pretty fair.
Bard says on 12/Sep/13
Lol just kidding. I know KAJ is closer to the camera but he is leaning over. So, considering everything, I'd say Robert's 5'7.
John95 says on 11/Sep/13
5'6.5. That's what he looked like in the 80's when he didn't have his big elevator shoes.
Bard says on 11/Sep/13
4 foot range tops, look at him next to this average sized fella! :P

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Nick says on 10/Sep/13
5'7'' possibly 5'8''
Scott five eleven says on 7/Sep/13
Can tell he was shorter in Sherlock holmes than 5'10-11 Jude law despite his lifts.
chrisss says on 5/Sep/13
Clear 5'7, even in lifts he appears really short always looks as if he's standing on something
Jimbo says on 2/Sep/13
There's pictures of him barefoot on a beach. His leg spam look's quite short.. Not a full 5 ft 8 171 or 172 max
SK says on 27/Aug/13
I've seen him in person and he's no taller than 5'7"-5'8".
Dave says on 27/Aug/13
Just saw a 1988 picture of him with Suzanne Vega, who is a tad over 5'6". They are EXACTLY the same height in flats, so let's agree on 5'6 1/2" w/photographic evidence. Pic is on Vega's FB page.
kartal says on 26/Aug/13
he looks ridicilous in those elevators.
Jimbo says on 12/Aug/13
Never heard that he admits to wearing them. But they are obvious
Emily says on 12/Aug/13
Has he ever acknowledged that he wears lifts? Just wondering..
Jimbo says on 7/Aug/13
173 morning 172 night.....
dmeyer says on 5/Aug/13
with fillion looks closer to 5 ft 10.5-10.75 its hard to see more than 2.5-3in
hurricane brat says on 5/Aug/13
haha shredder, Nathan Fillion besides his other roles also voices the green lantern in all the animated DC movies.
dmeyer says on 5/Aug/13
in thoes flat seakers even wearing a 2 in lifts wish give about 1.25 plus 0.6 in outide heels he get 2 in and yet looks max 4 cm under paltrow who is about 183cm with thoes on , also law must be 5 ft 11.75-6 ft in those 2.5-3cm shoes downey must be aleast 179cm shoes on , he cant be under 5 ft 8
Jimbo says on 4/Aug/13
he looks the same or shorter then harvey.
Lorne says on 30/Jul/13
He is wearing his "special shoes" and Paltrow owns him. And her heels aren't that big! He's gotta be shorter than you. 172cm all the way.
jimbo says on 30/Jul/13
his height varies but he was shorter then harvey in the 80s or same height im thinking either 171 or 172...
183CM says on 29/Jul/13
Rob, I think he is 1,72 now. I'm sure he is getting shorter every year
[Editor Rob: no worries for downey, he'll just add another cm to his custom elevators.

I've seen quite a few women with those elevator sneakers last few years.]
jimbo says on 25/Jul/13
Not a full 5 ft 8.
lola says on 20/Jul/13
I think Robert is 5'8 5'9
Meltdown says on 19/Jul/13
I'm calling it 5'8.75 for Robert Downey Jr. Mark Ruffalo is 5'6, not 5'8.
Mandy says on 18/Jul/13
He has the proportion of a shorter man. It is not possible that he is 5'8. It is way to generous.i would say he is a weak 5'7.
Joe Green says on 6/Jul/13
5'6.5, 5'7 at best
vee says on 30/Jun/13
I met Robert for the second time in my life. Fisrt time was in 2002 ; recently was 2013 while promoting IM3 in NY. I am positive he is 5'7". I'm 5'9". @Anon to answer your question they used specific camera angles and props to make RDJ appear taller in The Avengers.
jimbo says on 24/Jun/13
Extreme Lifts.
Anon says on 23/Jun/13
In The Avengers, he and Chris Evans (Who is 6' or taller) were standing facing each other at eye level! How come? I thought RDJ was shorter than Chris.
Silent d says on 22/Jun/13
Rob so you think he is the same height as sean penn? They both are shorter than mel gibson. He just doesn't look 5 foot 8. 5 foot 7 is about right.
[Editor Rob: it's not impossible he is a weak 5ft 8]
kartal says on 15/Jun/13
closer to 5'7 than 5'8
Richie Rich says on 13/Jun/13
5'6.5 for RDJ
5'8.5 for Gibson
lol says on 12/Jun/13
Hey Alan , I think a downgrade to 5ft7 would be just nice ... It's WAY more acceptable than 5ft8 . We don't really have proofs of less than 5ft7 though ..
Alan says on 10/Jun/13
Rob, 5'8 for downey is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous !!! i can guarantee he is no more than 5'5 to 5'6. i have met him on hollywood boulevard and i myself am 5'7 only. he was in normal flip flops and was CONSIDERABLY shorter than me !! i had to look down to make eye contact. I somehow feel that Rob you have knowingly inflated his height for i dont know what reason. and in doing so you are losing the credibility of your website. 5'8 Rob , really ?
jimbo says on 5/Jun/13
172cm would sum him up
lol says on 5/Jun/13
I think he's 5ft7 , but not a STRONG 5ft7 ...
jtm says on 31/May/13
not a hair over 5'7.
Mr. R says on 25/May/13
Did anybody watch the Oscars when the rest of The Avengers cast made fun of his ever shifting height?
al says on 23/May/13
169 for Robert
ian says on 23/May/13
Are you joking? 5ft 7 at MOST
Selena says on 22/May/13
Google the picture of him barefoot with his 5'2 wife on the beach, RDJ is 5'6 - 5'7
Jo says on 22/May/13
He was probably wearing shoe when he did that mugshot cause my friend had one. I heard he smoked weeds when he was very young but he's cool guy.
jimbo says on 21/May/13
Weak 5 8 5.75 peak
mysides says on 21/May/13
his lifts are inside the shoe you cant see them.
superman says on 20/May/13
I saw him im person and he had 2inch thick shoes and he was 1recouping inch taller than me and im 5 foot 8 and he was almost the exact height as i was and i dont now what was in his shoes probally nothingi would put him at 5my foot 7 doesnt really matter though he was teally grear and i understand the eay he feels i wish i was taller, but im in shape and good geans he has both if those and he is rich and women love him so i would take his place in a second over being 6 foot 1 or 6we foot 3.
lol says on 20/May/13
5'8 isnt bad but the fact that this guy wears the most ridiculous footwear makes me see him as 5'2. weak minded for sure.
tedhabsen says on 19/May/13
I'd say 5'7 max. I saw Iron Man III tonight , I have no idea what heels he wears to look as tall as Jon Favreau
kedwards says on 9/May/13
im a little taller than him but heights dont matter its the character that counts..whether people consoder him short or not doesnt matter..he is still a very sucessful actor..i think people overate being over 6ft. tall who cares.I'm 5'8˝ and i still am taller than plenty of people. Don't say 5'8 is short just because the "ideal man" is over 6ft. And thats the truth
kedwards says on 9/May/13
im a little taller than him but heights dont matter its the character that counts..whether people consoder him short or not doesnt matter..he is still a very sucessful actor..i think people overate being over 6ft. tall who cares.I'm 5'8˝ and i still am taller than plenty of people. Don't say 5'8 is short just because the "ideal man" is over 6ft. And thats the truth
Charles Flint69 says on 8/May/13
His dad is 6'3"! WOW! having a tall father and ending up growing under 5'9" must be hard...
Michael says on 7/May/13
172.5cm absolute max.

171 - 172cm normal range.
jimbo says on 6/May/13
So was that mugshot fresh in the morning imma about 174 in the morning night prob a decent 173..
Theo says on 6/May/13
If GP is a legit 5' 9", which you state, then how can RDJ be barely the same height as her in massive sneakers when she is barefoot in Iron Man 2 if he is really 5' 8"? This make no sense. Regular shoes of almost any kind would have equalized their heights if those heights are accurate. This makes no sense. 5' 7" I can buy, but nothing more.
hurricane brat says on 3/May/13
quote from an interview with RDJ in GQ magazine (PT is director Paul Thomas Anderson)- "P.T. and I like ribbing each other. He goes, 'How does it feel to be the shortest superstar in the world?' "
jimbo says on 2/May/13
Who knows what he was wearing when he took that mugshot . With keitel he looks 5 foot 7. But in prison looks 5 8.. so max 5.75
sagar says on 1/May/13
rob u r absolutely correct
Phil says on 30/Apr/13
Met him on set in the 90s while he was filming in Montreal. He's 5'7 to 5'8" so you got this one pretty much bang on.
jimbo says on 30/Apr/13
we all know downey isn't 5 ft 8 172 max
yavapai says on 28/Apr/13
I once met him at the Indio, California court house we litteraly bumped into each other. My wife is 5` 2" and he is not any taller than she is. That happened when he was going to court for drug charges.
jimbo says on 23/Apr/13
Agree with that
Shell says on 21/Apr/13
I just watched The Avengers and there is no way he is 5ft 8in. Gweneth Paltrow is 5ft 9in tall and she is standing next to him with bare feet and she is hunched over in the whole scene. He has on super thick soled sneakers and she still looks a little taller than him. Watch the scene she leans on a table to try and look shorter than him and it looks awkward.
jimbo says on 21/Apr/13
lol what is beelow on about .
Beelow says on 19/Apr/13
I don't care how tall he is, height is not a determination. Height is not a measure of a man or woman. Being a 5'1 woman most people are taller than me. However it has come to my attention that life is albiet short [no pun intended]. I have just come to the astounding ephiphany that I am at this point in my existance old enough to be his mother. God in heaven amazing how ones libido does not coinside with ones age. Ah that being said I shall put that aside mentally and physically. Oh well I suppose I will continue to remain anonymous in this lifetime. My contributions to human kind, mege; I am a nurse and whilst I have not globally contributed to the day dreams [or night dreams] of admiring females, or males, I might have contributed to their lives in regard to saving them. I must state however that he Mr. Downey has given me hours of enjoyment, simply viewing his acting prowess. I look forward to many hours more in upcoming film venues. Asthetically pleasing you are naturally talented you are I am forever greatful for that Mr Downey. Thak you.
SAMMY DERRICK says on 19/Apr/13
I give him a 5'8 but as Tony Stark/Iron Man he gives the impression that he is 8 feet tall so I kinda thought tha he was a six footer only to find out that he is that short.
Johnny says on 17/Apr/13
Robert Downey Jr looks only 5'6 - 5'7 to me.
Jimbo says on 15/Apr/13
im guessing his shoes must give him a good few inches I mean sometimes they look real silly on him and his posture is straight as an arrow so obviously he wants to appear taller then he is.
Jimbo says on 14/Apr/13
Yeah fair enough.
jimbo says on 11/Apr/13
Yeah the listing for downey dosent add up. And if you notice in those pictures downey is wearing those new balance sneekers.. those are the same as nike air max.. and give about a 2.5cm increase in height..
jimbo says on 10/Apr/13
So this brings the question of the listing of 5 foot 8.. i dont think downey would be taller now he is getting older.. so he cant be this listing if best with shoes 172cm max..
jimbo says on 8/Apr/13
in those years which louis showed who would you say is taller downey or harvey.?
jimbo says on 5/Apr/13
In those pictuers. Harvey looks a few cm taller.
Louis says on 4/Apr/13
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Louis says on 3/Apr/13
compared to jamie foxx he looks similar height like christoph waltz
he can't be more than 5'7
Anonymous says on 29/Mar/13
5/7 and that's generous
Rumormill says on 12/Mar/13
Well he's 7 feet tall when he stands on his wallet. But I'm still going with 5"8". Hey I met the man and spent more than a couple of minutes with him. Back in 2002 he was not wearing lifts.
KatFish says on 8/Mar/13
I think 5'8" is generous. I recently watched Fur with RDJ & Nicole Kidman & was astonished at how short RDJ really is... in the movie, there's a scene where RDJ is in slippers walking behind 5'11" Nicole Kidman & she towers over him. Because of it, I would guess him to be 5'6". Hollywood's done a fantastic job making him & other shorter leading men appear far larger on the screen. He's so phenomenally talented & gets sexier every year... I can't wait for Iron Man 3! :-)
jimbo says on 7/Mar/13
Probably 172.. bare foot.. lifts 5 9
Anonymous says on 7/Mar/13
Robert has said himself that he's 5ft 7.
leonari says on 4/Mar/13
Well one thing is for sure: Ruffalo looks the shortest. Yeah he is bald at the oscars but I see him lower than a full 5'8". Downey is wearing lifts and Chris Evans joke was weak cause Robert didn't look short at the oscars
Sam says on 4/Mar/13
Yes, Chris Evans & Samuel L. Jackson looked similar range and were I would a solid 4 inches taller than Renner, Ruffalo and Downey Jr., who were all similar in height. Downey Jr.'s shoes look a little clunky but aren't the monsters he's occasionally been seen in.
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No taller than 5'8,'' but Robert Downey Jr. likes to appear taller onscreen (hence Chris Evans' 2013 Oscar Awards joke about him using boxes/wearing shoe lifts).
bran says on 2/Mar/13
under 170 is crazy? Click Here This guy is 168 MAX.
hurricane brat says on 1/Mar/13
Rob did you happen to see the oscars this year? The cast of the Avengers presented an award and made some jokes on stage. One of them had Chris Evans make a reference to the 'apple boxes robert frequently stands on so he can be as tall as the rest of us' (or something to that effect). The funnier thing is, the guys on stage included jeremy renner and mark ruffalo. All the same height as robert downey jr.
[Editor Rob: didn't watch it all, only a few bits]
Len says on 27/Feb/13
5'8 for Downey is being incredibly generous.
zA says on 24/Feb/13
Based on research, Robert Downy Jr is 5'9 wearing SHOES. he is also known for wearing platform shoes. I conclude 5'7.
runt says on 24/Feb/13
It's very logical that mugshots are taken with shoes on. What you want is a picture of what the guy looks like out-and-about so you can find his butt when he disappears. Who cares what he looks like in the shower unless he's wanted for streaking!

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