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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, Air America, The Judge, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tropic Thunder and Less Than Zero. 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
Photos by PR Photos
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RealityCheck says on 31/Jul/15
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Look at his shoes here. If RDJ really is 5'8 standing next to 5'9 Gwyneth Paltrow (height according to this site) He wouldn't need those gigantic elevator shoes. Those insane shoes look like they give him 4 inches.

He may as well be wearing high heels... Click Here
MShaqs says on 26/Jul/15
His lifts look ridiculous! he must be wearing 4.5 cm lifts. I believe he is a solid 5 foot 7. I am 172.5 tall and I have tried lifts and they easily boost a 5 foot 7 person to that 5 foot 9 mark.
RealityCheck says on 25/Jul/15
@RobV UK huh? "Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?"

I told you to PAY ATTENTION last time didn't I? Now look...

First of all, I didn't insult you at all (FYI high chair is not an insult). If you had actually read my post, I countered your arguments with generalized factual info. There are no personal opinions within my comment whatsoever. READ MY COMMENT THOROUGHLY.

Secondly, I'm the one nitpicking? Your entire response nitpicks at the last one line in my post. Who's the one nitpicking here? Did you even read my post?

Lastly, how exactly am I supposed to know where you're from? My "whole posting" is NOT summed up by how the UK spells "offense/offence." (Just so you know, "P.S." means "side/bonus note") AGAIN, if you had actually read my comment, I was responding to your claims on height in Hollywood. Go back at look at my previous comment.

This time when you respond, make sure you actually read what I typed first.
RobV says on 23/Jul/15
Alas Realitycheck, your name belies your grasp of reality. Firstly, do check the word "offence/offense" before you launch into nit-picking irrelevant insults about spelling - in the UK (where the language originated you might - or might not - know), the word is spelled 'offence'. It is almost never spelled the US way with the 's', which developed in the 19th century. Your whole posting is summed up by suggesting that the UK spelling is not 'correct'. You use your personal opinion (and lack of understanding of facts) to launch insults with anyone who responds. Is there a point in responding to people who make simple errors like that?
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM says on 23/Jul/15
Even if he were 5'5", he still wouldn't be a midget. He's would just be short (possibly very short).
RealityCheck says on 23/Jul/15
@RobV Why don't get down from your high chair before you drown in your self-righteous ignorance? Now... Pay Attention...
First of all, I wasn't talking about being short on a practical level such as acting. I was referring to the ignorance that fans everywhere have towards RDJ's real height, and how everyone is so defensive at the "ridiculous notion" that he could POSSIBLY BE UNDER 5'7. OH THE HORROR!!! Also, the term "midget" was a joke/reference from Sherlock Holmes.
Secondly, do you think that filmmakers use every "ruse in the book" in order to conceal celebrities true heights from the general public? You think audiences don't know the celebrities real heights? Do filmmakers only use tall actors?? No they don't.
Thirdly, you think being short won't "cut it" in Hollywood? How about Tom Cruise? One of the most well known actors that EVERYONE KNOWS IS SHORT (BTW anyone who reads too deeply into how something is typed aka "capital letters" needs to lighten up). Or how about Daniel Radcliffe in the wildly popular Harry Potter series? Or Dustin Hoffman in pretty much any movie? Or Michael J. Fox in the 80s and 90s? All of these respected actors were known for being of less than average height and yet, Most of their movies were HUGE SUCCESSES.
Finally, don't come here trying to "correct me" with an opinion that holds no foundation at all just to lay out your thoughts on height in Hollywood. Instead of addressing the evidence I gave of RDJ being short, you nitpicked one line I wrote and broke it down. If you want to debate the social and philosophical application and reception of height in society then go join a debate team.

P.S. Don't use the word pejorative if you can't even spell offense correctly.
Nicholas says on 22/Jul/15
Totally agree with realitycheck, RDJ is a manlet. He is known for wearing enormous lifts anytime

this photos prove that

I just don't understand why the owner mantains this poor listing
RobV says on 21/Jul/15
@ realitycheck. You can say it as often as you like - "being short isn't a bad thing" - and even put in capital letters, but the reality is that, if you are in the public eye, appearing to be short can work against you. It is nothing to do with short being "bad". It is, alas, that tall = good. And that is not quite the same thing.

Why do we think that film makers use every ruse in the book, like angles and boxes and lifts etc, to get the guy JUST the right height to kiss the girl. If it didn't matter, they'd just shoot and ignore that he is 4" shorter than her and looking up.

Truth is that Hollywood is aiming for ideals that appeal to its audience, and knows that a guy half a foot shorter than the girl will not cut it with those watching. It may not be "fair" but there it is. In real life, of course, other things come into play as well which mean that the Hollywood ideal is not reality.

You say also that height doesn't matter but then call the guy 'a midget' which is clearly meant as a pejorative or an insult. 'No offence', you say. Really?
RealityCheck says on 20/Jul/15
No offense but he's a midget. In the first Avengers movie, when RDJ is with Gwyneth Paltrow and she's barefoot (5'9 according to this site) He's wearing GINORMOUS elevator shoes

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When you watch the scene, Gwyneth Paltrow BAREFOOT is about the SAME HEIGHT as RDJ in those shoes. Which means that he is most likely around 5'5, 5'6 and I'M NOT JOKING. I'm not one of those haters either. In fact, I'm a big fan, but realistically...honestly... he's a midget. No 5'8 person wears heels.

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Or the shoes he wore in the "giving a kid a new arm" video.

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And also people, being short IS NOT A BAD THING!!! I don't understand why everyone is so defensive about celebrities being short. WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING SHORT????!!!! It doesn't change who they are.

Remember...Denial is not just a river in Egypt...
Jason says on 17/Jul/15
Tom Cruise and Robert Downey both wear custom elevator shoes.
Sam says on 11/Jul/15
At least he's not ashamed and doesn't hide the fact what kind of shoes he wears - obviously still a guy who is probably a little height-conscious but not self-conscious as to what other people think about him. I'd still shave off about half an inch because I think he is more 5ft7-5ft8 barefoot, very similar to Cruise.
Jane says on 28/Jun/15
everyone except hemsworth and ruffalo wear lifts in the avengers... cap's actor is about 6, but has to look 6-2, and tenner and downey come close to 6 with extravagant lifts... and ruffalo is left looking like a midget 4 in shorter.... of course, hemsworth still towers them all no effort
Gx79 says on 22/Jun/15
Rob what size lifts does he were
[Editor Rob: I believe he has custom made elevators that give between 2 and 2.75 range.]
Sam says on 2/Jun/15
Rob, could you also add to his films credits?: Less Than Zero, Soapdish, Natural Born Killers, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tropic Thunder and The Judge.
172.4cmguy says on 18/May/15
I've been mulling over the heights of RDJr, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo since seeing Avengers 2, and they all look similar in stature. I can buy Mark Ruffalo at 171cm, and although RDJr uses elevator shoes to make him 176-177cm in public, if you take out the shoe advantage, he looks like he fits somewhere between Jeremy and Mark. I'd say RDJr is a solid 171cm like Mark. And Renner looks like a solid 173cm guy, so his listing is good...just a downgrade for RDJr is needed. Look here for a reference to these statements. Click Here
Alex says on 13/May/15
@blue I agree this guy is 5'7 max
blue says on 5/May/15
Is everyone here blind? Do y'all not see he is 5ft 6 inches max. Just look at that pic with Gwyneth. He's in massive platform lifts and she's in 4 inch heels and she still towers him by 2 inches even though he has more lift in his shoes. In iron man movies he wears wedges standing next to a barefoot Gwyneth and they are the same height. On the beach he looks like a midget and even wears platform sandals lol.
MrFish says on 3/May/15
Rob, based on RDJ's mugshot, if he was barefoot, what would you guess his height to be with that photo?
[Editor Rob: since the camera is below hs eyeline I think it is adding height...how much is always a trickier thing to say. The prison shoes might be only 0.5in...I'm sure he'd be in them...so I can see him as a max 5ft 8, unless he's dropping over half inch.]
Hypado says on 29/Apr/15
Robert Downey Jr height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)

172,8 or 173,0 cm
Bishop says on 24/Apr/15
I would say 172 cm. A weak 5'8".
Lmeister says on 23/Apr/15
Hard to pinpoint his real height. In Air America he looked clearly shorter than Mel Gibson. He wore sneakers and boots in that movie. Mel wore cowboy and work boots.

Mel and Robert
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- Pic Air America set: Click Here
- Pic Air America movie, angle and footwear favor Mel: Click Here
- Pic Gala 2011, Robert has grown: Click Here
the shredder says on 22/Apr/15
Downey looks over 5'8 there
Nev says on 18/Apr/15
Compared to Sir Richard Attenborough, RDjr should be downgraded to 5'7".
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184.3cm says on 18/Apr/15
I dont know those boots look they are 2 inches and obviously elevators so more than 3 inches gained doesnt seem that unreasonable. Remember Rob got a pair that gave 3.8 inches or so.
Sean says on 17/Apr/15
@Random Guy, It's very hard to add 5 inches to your height with shoes. Even if you were to go on your very tip toes, you'd still only get about 2.5 inches.
AlexisJR says on 6/Apr/15
Possibly somewhere between 5'7-5'8 barefoot.
jtm says on 5/Apr/15
look at him with jamie foxx. he isn't 5'8 without his lifts.
littlesue says on 5/Apr/15
They would'nt add 5 inches in height!! maybe 2.5 inches
Some random guy says on 4/Apr/15
@Dan, those boots would add at least 5 inches to his height! He'd be 6' in those things!
Dan says on 3/Apr/15
Look at his SHOES! Does he not realise how ridiculous he looks?!

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Mat 5'10 says on 28/Mar/15
Rob, how tall do you think Robert is in his usual elevators?
[Editor Rob: in some he might measure 5ft 10.5-10.75 range]
b-mint1994 says on 27/Mar/15
5'7" flat IMO. At least he's honest about his lift wearing.
TheMayer says on 23/Mar/15
Here is RDJ with Jamie Foxx, he is wearing his classic "clunky shoes" and barley reaches Foxx's listed 5ft9. RDJ is definitely an inch or short shy of his listing here. Time for a downgrade Rob?

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MrFish says on 19/Mar/15
Rob, and chance R. D. Jr. is 5ft 8.5 to 5ft 9, or are you pretty sure he's 5ft 8 or a bit below?
[Editor Rob: I'd discount 5ft 8.5-9]
Mat 5'10 says on 18/Mar/15
Rob, if you and Robert Downey stood both barefeet, do you think you would be fractionally taller than him?
[Editor Rob: there is a good chance I believe, Downey could fall into the slightly shy of 5ft 8 mark. Unfortunately his height has been distorted in photos and movies because of his love of big footwear...I mean his footwear is huge and obvious but he doesn't really get too much bad press about it. Cruise wears a pair of 'thick' looking sneakers (they were actually nike air force all whites) and they had an article saying he's in giant elevator shoes!]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 13/Mar/15
Jude Law looks barely 5ft9 in that photo...
Silent_D says on 9/Mar/15
172cm.
the shredder says on 4/Mar/15
5'7.5 the very shortest
CDS says on 26/Feb/15
Ah, per the profile listed here, nice to see finally a Hollywood actor actually admit to lift-wearing. What was he going to do?-Tony Stark just can't be shorter than Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow in "Iron Man", who I'd put at about 5'9"-??). I'll bet, however, Downey may not even be 5'8"-maybe in shoes?- I'd go as low as 5'7" barefoot.
Nick 179.8 says on 8/Feb/15
I think he is maximum 170cm
Arch Stanton says on 28/Jan/15
There's a scene in The Judge in which he's walking up the steps and he can barely walk. You can see the backs of his shoes and they look in the 3-4 inch lift range!
shivam says on 26/Jan/15
I think he is 5"6 inches taller
the shredder says on 19/Jan/15
He was taller than Reedus , He clears a 5'10 look with his shoes , this guy is 5 '8.
Arthur says on 15/Jan/15
@Editor Rob

How much do you think these ''Special Snickers'' give him?
[Editor Rob: some of them look like they'd give in 2.5-3 inch range.]
Adolf says on 16/Dec/14
i would like to see him with sean penn. Who do you think it will be taller?
BGee says on 14/Dec/14
He has the funniest, most obvious lift collection i've ever seen. 5'7 tops from me.
Njp says on 13/Dec/14
Based on mugshot minus shoes I'd say 5'7"
Frankie68 says on 5/Dec/14
@arch Stanton ..that he does..on 5 inch shoes
jamie179cm says on 4/Dec/14
@the shredder have you seem the beach barefoot pictures
Arch Stanton says on 4/Dec/14
Frankie68 says on 25/Nov/14
This guy cracks me up,,,is his head so far up in the hollywood sky that he doesnt know how stupid he looks in his giant ugly ass shoes he wears...hes gotta be a joke in hollywood...stallone has met his match.....the two 5'10 guys thats are really 5'6/5'7...if there lucky...

He's the one getting the last laugh with his bank balance though....
Frankie68 says on 3/Dec/14
It's all in your mind.... It's not reality....
the shredder says on 3/Dec/14
He looks 5'10 or over and also looked it with Reedus but its lifts. Still has to be around over 5 '7
jamie179cm says on 2/Dec/14
i think downey 5ft6 wear 3 inche lifts to get up to 5ft9 and i say jude law is 5ft9
Sal says on 2/Dec/14
If Jude Law is 5'11" and Gwyneth Paltrow is 5'9" and wearing 3" heels then he is more 5'10"
Frankie68 says on 29/Nov/14
I don't know how to load pics to this site "the shredder"...but there are plenty of pics of sly that prove how short he is...I"ll give u another..."grudge match"...sly/deniro in boxing shoes...u can tell how wedged up Sly's were ...only to appear slightly taller than deniro,,,,deniro...maybe 5'8...u take Sly's boxing shoes off...I bet my life he's shorter than deniro....
the shredder says on 26/Nov/14
Prove it frankie68.
Frankie68 says on 25/Nov/14
This guy cracks me up,,,is his head so far up in the hollywood sky that he doesnt know how stupid he looks in his giant ugly ass shoes he wears...hes gotta be a joke in hollywood...stallone has met his match.....the two 5'10 guys thats are really 5'6/5'7...if there lucky...
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 58? Isnt 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.
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.
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!]
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.

Its 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: Theres 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 hed look taller driving. Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business.

Click Here

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
Click Here
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
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
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
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.
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!
... says on 7/Feb/13
mughost are taken with shoes on....just sayin....
Louis is wrong says on 5/Feb/13
Rob, do you know the average height for males and females in both UK and US as of recently?
[Editor Rob: the real average is between 5ft 9 and 10.

Studies show that, but studies don't include the immigration that is undocumented.]
Rumormill says on 24/Jan/13
RDJ is definetely between 5"8 or 5"9. The reason I'm saying this is because I met him back in 2002 at an NYC pub and we were all hanging out. My friends and I just happen to walk into the same bar he was in. I'm a female and 5 "9" ,my true height. I had on boots that had a two inch heel but I was taller than him but not by much. He was wearing sneakers but they were normal sneakers, not lifts, you know, flat bottoms like Nikes. BTW, even though he was still dealing with a few demons back than, he was one of the most nicest and awesome (not just celeb) guy I had ever met. He is definetely taller than 5"7".
jimbo says on 24/Jan/13
looking back from previous comments its safe to say he is most likely around the 171-172 mark barefoot but with lifts 5 ft 8.. he does need a downgrade.
I measured myself today im a good 5 ft 7, my friend is 5 ft 8. looking at roberts leg span of him and his wife on the beach it seems he looks a 5 ft 7..
Silent d says on 22/Jan/13
He looks 5 foot 8 at most.
Aragorn 5\'11 says on 15/Jan/13
Rob, who do you think is taller... Robert Downey Jr. or Mark Ruffalo? Or do you believe they are the same height?
[Editor Rob: mark's the guy with worse posture, downey's the guy with decent posture (by virtue of his elevators), they got to be pretty close barefoot though]
Louis says on 4/Jan/13
Well prison shoes at best and he looks 5'8 to 5'9 , under 5'7 is epic fail .

shoes+low camera angle, i'm not saying under 168 evening, and that still means around 170 in the morning
Louis says on 4/Jan/13
no matter what he is still going to be in the 5'7 range easy if he would have stood barefoot next to it .

And what if he was in shoes?
He looks 2in under macdowell on few photos
He is no more than 170
Louis says on 4/Jan/13
"It depends on my mood, really. I'm five nine, and some days I only feel five nine. But if I'm feeling tall, I say six feet!"

To me it's clear he claims 5'9
And i expected you to left out that part of quote where he says i'm 5'9
Louis says on 2/Jan/13
@the shredder
Jude Law claims 5'9 and has 2in on RDJ
No way jude law will downgrade himself
Everybod here thinks rdj is worst lift wearer(except me)

And to fit your estimate for rdj you said jude is 5'10 or 5'11
So 2in over what he claims, that is ridiculous
Louis says on 1/Jan/13
He doesn't look full 5'9 on mugshot
Angle isn' great
Looking him with malcolm mcdowell no way 173, he looks 170 max
So he wasn't barefoot on mugshot
I think mugshot isn't great to guess height
I go with 168
I looked at some photos and mcdowell isn't lift wearer
Louis says on 30/Dec/12
i looked at some old photos of him and it's funny, he was always in flat shoes, like 0,5 cm, even on red carpet
NX says on 28/Dec/12
I bet, he's less then 170cm..

in 1991 he played "Chaplin", when he was 27.
he was really tiny.
5.7 says on 23/Dec/12
Arguing over a cm? Are you all 12?
Arch Stanton says on 21/Dec/12
There's an interview on him on Craig Ferguson and proportionally he looks the same height as Tom Cruise. 172cm I think would be about right.
leonari says on 14/Dec/12
Excelsior: So a 47 year old male who smokes has already lost close to an inch? Tell me: Where do these ideas come from?? Do you dream this BS at night or?? You have to do real bad physical work to lose height at 47 and smoking does many things but not shrink people during middle age. Maybe you are a kid and think 47 is old. Well wake up call my friend: It's not!!
TxGrl says on 13/Dec/12
I've seen RDJ in person a few times. The one time I actually spoke to he and the Mrs. I noticed he was at eye level and was not wearing lifts like he often does. A couple of more reasons he appears taller at times is because of how his hair is styled and how he holds his chin up (especially on interviews). Another fact is that he has a bit of a sway back and therefore he has very good posture. I am 5'7"... So I would agree he is 5'7" or 5' 8". Definitely not 5'9". Mrs. Downey is around 5'2", so he towers over her. No matter his height, he is an amazing actor, person, husband and humanitarian.
Chameleon says on 13/Dec/12
No way hes a cm over 5'7
Excelsior says on 13/Dec/12
Peak Height: maybe 5'8"
Today: weak 5'7"

The only thing that makes me doubt 5'6.5" is the fact that he is clearly taller than Zach Galifianakis in Due Date. In that movie he is only wearing normal dress shoes as far as I saw.

Keep in mind this guy smokes cigarettes like it's going out of style, and that may have contributed to an obvious shrinking.

Also keep in mind that the those big tennis shoes that he is seen wearing while standing next to Jude Law have more of a lift that meets the eye. The white heel on the sneaker looks about 2-2.5 inches, but he's probably standing on 4-5 inches in reality to match well to 6'0" Jude.
Chameleon says on 10/Dec/12
He is 5'7 as I also had shown he was shorter than 5'8 andrew mccarthy
lol93 says on 9/Dec/12
This guy is 5'8 look at him with jude law, he is not under 5'8
jerry says on 5/Dec/12
I think 5'8" is about right, here are pictures of him with gwenyth paltrow in iron man, even though he seems to be taller than her, there are pictures of him wearing high heels (see below on the link) Click Here
Joey says on 3/Dec/12
ok anyone who seriously thinks downey is 5'9 area, has either never heard of elevator shoes or is literally a retard XD

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those can no longer be called ordinary lift shoes a la brad pitt style...these are simply high heels (3-4) inches lol

5'7 is what I go for
Arch Stanton says on 3/Dec/12
Downey is actually Six foot 2 and a half. His new zapatero makes Marilyn Manson type goth boots with 5 inch platforms, WITH inside hidden 2 inch lift. The reason? Anybody who calls him for wearing 5 inch platforms he can say "these only give me 5 inches, I'm virtually 5 ft 10"!
master says on 1/Dec/12
yo retards downey is a solid 175 cm tall
lol93 says on 30/Nov/12
Assuming that Jude law is 182-183 cm in his shoes robert looks like a weak 5'8 with him in my opinion or close to 5'8 Click Here Click Here so 5'8 is fair for him I believe
leonari says on 28/Nov/12
Agreed Shredder!
Second Wind Jim says on 23/Nov/12
Robert Downey is closer to 5'
7" than he is to 5'8". Funny how little man actors have big egos and insecurity abouth their veritical challenges.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Nov/12
172cm.
RDJ\'s heal says on 13/Nov/12
Danimal is right. I watched a few of those snl's and he is towered over by the cast. Dennis miller is listed at 5'9" and has at least three inches over RDJ. I'll tell you this, he was not over 5'8" in those years. More like 5'6". He must have went through a growth spurt.
sabot says on 10/Nov/12
5'10 is not 175cm, but ~178cm. I agree again, 171cm for him.
Rudi Bukit says on 9/Nov/12
Rob looked at the same height with gwyneth by end of avengers. But rob worn sneakers and gwyneth on her barefoot. Gwyneth is 5'10 (175) that ever mentioned in several webs. I thought sneakers that worn by him was such as lift shoes maybe.. So it's fair if we say Robert approximately 5'7 - 5' 7,5.
Will says on 7/Nov/12
I thought Downey Jr. was short but he seemed to be at least 5'8 1/4" tall. That is without his shoes or lifts on.
leonari says on 5/Nov/12
Ria: Yep he wishes .
laurasnow says on 4/Nov/12
according to yahoo's post about short celebs, hes 5'7
RDJ\'s heal says on 1/Nov/12
Knowing how he lifts so much, he probably stood on his tip toes in his mug shot.
sabot says on 1/Nov/12
I agree with you guys, 170cm (5'7) for this guy, maybe 171cm.
Even with his massive customs in Avengers, he is shorter then barefoot 5'8.5
Paltrow.
existential.man says on 29/Oct/12
I think he is 5 foot 7 without his giant lifts.
Dmeyer says on 29/Oct/12
His thin sneakers With lift give about 2" and the bigger ones about 3 in
Silent d says on 28/Oct/12
No way he is 5 foot 5. He doesn't look as small as david spade, rob schneider, al pacino and a few others. He is small but not that small. 173cm
Dmeyer says on 28/Oct/12
Sometimes wear elevator sneakers 0.6 Heel plus 2 in lift those give just 2 inches total most Guys round him hav 1 inchers h might not get as Mush boost as we think and yet looks descent height
Chameleon says on 26/Oct/12
How come no comments on my pics lmao...

RDJ = 170cm and not a cm more. Delusional folks
Dan says on 25/Oct/12
Here he is standing with Jude Law, forcing his posture to appear taller. His massive customs have made yet another appearance. Does he not realise how ridiculous he looks wearing these things? Click Here
rdj\'s heal says on 25/Oct/12
I can't imagine anything over 5'7" and that pushing it imo.. Check out the 3-4" lifts here. Love you RDJ. Your just a short ass like me:)

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Shaun says on 24/Oct/12
5'7.5". Wears massive wedged shoes and doesn't even feel embarrassed to hide his heels like Simon Cowell does. He's 5'10" range in his customs.
John says on 23/Oct/12
Rob this pic says it all regarding Downey's aware for his height

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Lo Sgozzatore says on 18/Oct/12
O_O Patrick in that pic, he looks good 4 inches taller than Mark Ruffalo. But look at his shoes, they're ridicolous. If Mark Ruffalo is 5'8, he's about 5'9 in shoes and those shoes must give near 5 inches to Robert. Is that possible, Rob?
[Editor Rob: it's a walking shot, which might not be as good as if both were standing with same posture ]
Louis says on 16/Oct/12
LOL
Downey and ruffalo both need downgrade, downey 169-170 ruffalo 167-168
Patrick says on 16/Oct/12
Rob, he needs an upgrade to 6'. Here is a pic of him walking next to Mark Ruffalo and he looks to be about 4 inches taller. Click Here
Dan says on 15/Oct/12
I always thought he was about 5'8" until I watched "The Avengers". There is a scene where we see a full body shot of him standing with Gwyneth Paltrow. In the scene, she was barefoot. He is wearing boots - and they were the EXACT same height. If she is 5'8", then RDJ has to be a hell of a lot shorter, like 5'6" or perhaps even less. He wears lifts and he admits it, so who knows how many inches he had stuffed into his shoes for that scene... Click Here
Louis says on 11/Oct/12
from what year is photo with mcdowell, are there more photos of downey from that year, i really want to see shoes that he was wearing back there
RisingForce says on 11/Oct/12
He can look taller than I initially thought in lifts and elevators. I think anything from 5'9"-5'10" is believable for Mel Gibson, so lets say Rob's 5'9.5" listing is accurate. At about 1:55 in this video, you see Downey walk over to Mel and they look very similar in height. Click Here Their height could vary in pictures so the video is the best reference, but here are some pics anyway. Click Here Click Here Downey's legs definitely look too long next to Gibson. Click Here This shot really shows how big Downey's shoes were. Click Here
RisingForce says on 8/Oct/12
I'd like to see Downey standing next to someone in those 3 inch stripper heels.The exterior heel is certainly no less than 2.5", and I do believe he has lifts inside. I haven't seen Iron Man 2, but I liked the first one, even though I usually don't watch many superhero movies, so I'll watch it soon and try to look for a scene when Downey has those heels. As far as his wife, leonari, well I don't know how tall she is, but that'd be a good reference. However, I think Downey in movies and premieres prior to the mid 00'swould give a good idea about his height. Especially 80's and early 90's when I'm pretty sure he didn't where lifts. I remember one of his 80's movies where he was a bit shorter than Kiefer Sutherland.

Raskolinikov, I wasn't including his hair when I said he could pull off about 5'10". For example, if you include all of his hair, he's 5'10" in shoes even in his mugshot. But to pull off 5'10", Downey would have to measure about 5'11" in elevators, which is about what a 5'10" man would measure in normal shoes. If Jude Law is really 5'11" then Downey pulled off looking a solid height next to him.

Here's a good video of Law and Downey, you see them together from about 1:55 on. Click Here You can see how Law can lose posture, but even so, he doesn't look to be standing much more than an inch taller than Downey that night. This shows how big Downey's elevators were. Click Here

You cansee Downey with Jude Law at about 0:34, which shows Jude is still clearly taller. Click Here You can see how Downey's Stallone posture and elevator boots compared to Jude's posture can make them look within a half inch in height. Click Here

I do think Downey is looking close to 5'10" in these videos if Law's listing is correct. He'd have to measure at least 5'10.5" in elevators because I don't see 2 inches between them. I'm pretty set on 171-172 cm for Downey. No less than 171, imo, but definitely no more than 173, which seems a bit generous to me. At that height, he can look 5'9.5", and sometimes 5'10" in lifts and elevators.
leonari says on 7/Oct/12
Rising: These pics have been posted before as you know but they sure are priceless. If you look at these pics from head to toe he looks a strong 5'10 wearing these Stripper boots. I think they give a full 3 inches over barefoot height which would make sense. Downey height 5'7.25- 5'7.5" plus 3 "real" inches puts him at around 179. Robs estimation is close but a tad too high in my humble opinion. He looks below 5'8" barefoot on the beach with his wife (who is real short btw).
Raskolinikov says on 7/Oct/12
To make the mugshot measurement inaccurate Downey would have to either A, be wearing shoes which give him more height than what is thought, or B, be standing a little further from the chart and closer to the camera--or both at once. It's as simple as that. So since it's possible for both the mugshot to be accurate and for his 5ft8 height to be "illusory" this mugshot picture hasn't any greater authority than any other picture at all. It's interesting what Rising Force said, though: Downey can pull off 5ft10 in "big" lifts. Surely a man even 5ft7 1/2, with his hair combed/spiked up as Downey often has it, can hit the illusion of 5ft10 quite easily in normal dress shoes without such conspicuous lifts. In which case, if 5ft10 is the tallest he can achieve with those huge shoes on, then surely he must be less than 5ft7 1/2 barefoot! Who knows, I could be wrong.
RisingForce says on 6/Oct/12
Hey shredder, if it helps, I remember the person reporting Downey's supposed 5'7"n claim. it was someone claiming there uncle was the prison guard and they said the guard asked Downey "You're a little guy. How tall are you, around 5 foot 7?" And Downey supposedly replied "Yeah, around that mark." I'm still trying to find a legit height claim from Downey. He's talked about height a number of times, but I've never found a claim from him! I'm pretty sure he'd claim 5'9", which is what he's usually been listed at, But who knows? He may own up to only being around 5'8", or he may make a wild claim like 5'10"? I've also seen him listed at that height, believe it or not. And I think the 5'10" listings were from some 80's articles when he looked much shorter and didn't wear lifts.

You're right Jack, he can pull off near 5'10" in big lifts, but lifts are an understatement.

The first time I saw Downey's shoes from Iron Man 2, the phrase that instantly came to mind was stripper heels. Click Here Click Here Not only is the heel about 3 inches, which is almost unheard of these days for a mens boot, but you can see there's even a bit of a platform in the front, which makes me think he had lifts built inside the boot in addition to massive heels. Hell, Downey's exterior heel is as big as most women's heels.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a bigger picture, but here's a shot of Downey's elevator sneakers from the first Iron Man. Click Here
Jack says on 4/Oct/12
Rob he looked kinda tallish like 5'10" in Iron Man. Maybe lifts?
[Editor Rob: yes he wears beefed up shoes in many iron man and avengers shots.]
heny says on 3/Oct/12
I always thought he was taller, 5'10" or slightly below mark, but 5'8"?
leonari says on 30/Sep/12
Great Rob! Would love to see the Top secret "consider list"
RisingForce says on 29/Sep/12
Hey Rob, I have to wonder, what celebrities are on your consider list?
[Editor Rob: it's top secret!]
RisingForce says on 28/Sep/12
He looked 5'9" in shoes to me in the mugshot, but he was standing in front so that could add some height. And I wouldn't assume Downey was in lifts in the Malcolm McDowell picture since that was from 2003, which I believe was before Downey started wearing lifts/heels/elevators. The earliest I saw Downey wear shoes like that was the 2006 pics with Keanu Reeves when Downey was literally wearing 70's style platform shoes. Downey has started wearing lifts constantly around 2007. My guess is 5'7.5", but I do think 5'8" is possible, he did look it in Us Marshals, iirc. I think Downey and Cruise would be very close in height barefoot, perhaps even the same height, though I do think Cruise could be a bit taller, maybe 1 cm.
leonari says on 28/Sep/12
Will you think about it Rob? Please. All signs point to the fact he is below 5'8"
[Editor Rob: i have downey on my consider list, 172 might turn out closest]
leonari says on 26/Sep/12
I really think it's time for a litlle downgrade Rob. What do you say?
Louis says on 26/Sep/12
Maybe 171 in morning if he wasn't in big shoes but this is downey, i can't even imagine him wearing regular shoes
Shaun says on 26/Sep/12
5 ft 7 and a half.
Louis says on 26/Sep/12
If Rob downgrades him, there are many celebrities who also needs downgrade, j black, stiller, mcconaughey... And Jude Law needs one big downgrade
Louis says on 26/Sep/12
Louis your estimation is way Off . Lifts or not Robert is not below 5'7".

He looks 170 with mcdowell if he was in lifts he can't be above 168
leonari says on 26/Sep/12
I always said that Downey is 5'7. Probably a strong one at that but 171 is his max height and always has been. Good that people are starting to agree... Louis your estimation is way Off . Lifts or not Robert is not below 5'7". But he hasn't seen a full 5'8" barefoot during this lifetime. Probably not even morning height straight Out of bed.
Louis says on 26/Sep/12
This is definitely not best photo to compare, but i think there is 3cm difference between them
Louis says on 25/Sep/12
Rob said McDowell looked 173, downey is 170 only if he had normal shoes, but i doubt that
My opinion 166-168
Louis says on 25/Sep/12
the shredder
you said he's worst lift wearer, if he is than he has to be below 170
Louis says on 24/Sep/12
@the shredder
He looks maybe 170 on this photo, and who knows how big shows he had
Do you still think 172?
Dean says on 23/Sep/12
When he went to prison a few years ago he was listed as 5'7".
RisingForce says on 22/Sep/12
I agree with Rob's range, I've thought 5'7.5"-5'8" for a while. While I'm not into guessing to the quarter inch, that's why I thought a 5'7.75" listing just like Cruise would be perfect. It sums up that he's a weak 5'8" since it's possible he's that height, but I think he's a bit under most of the day. There are times when Downey can seem even shorter such as some of his pre-lift days and sometimes looking shorter than he should in big lifts, but I doubt he's below 5'7.5".
Wooga says on 20/Sep/12
the shredder says on 31/Aug/12
a flat weak 5'8 max , but most likely 5'7.5 , he is 5'8 in his mugshot and he had flip flops on .


Don't mugshots add an inch though? Thought someone said that. I think 5 foot 7-7.5 is fair.
leonari says on 19/Sep/12
Danimal: Please stop it man. There is no way he is below 169. I would bet my fortune on it. Probably he is 171-172. Not a full 5'8" but way above your "below 5'6" bull.
Chameleon says on 17/Sep/12
I also showed he is smaller than 5'8 like 5'7 max but everyone ignores it lol, hell even ages ago the pic with Gibson put him at 5'7 maximumm.
Len says on 14/Sep/12
5'8" is just laughable for Downey. I met him at Earth Day at UC Davis one time, many years back. He was tiny... maybe 5'6" at most.

Good lookin' dude in person though.
RisingForce says on 13/Sep/12
Robert in his sneakers stuffed with lifts is pulling off looking like a 5'9.5", weak 5'10" guy if Don Cheadle is 5'8", imo. Click Here Their eye level makes them look even closer than that, but Downey clearly has a bigger forehead despite Cheadle being a bit closer to the camera. The typical rules of lifts don't really apply with Downey since he goes overboard to the point where he's basically falling out of his shoes, but I doubt he's getting more than 3 inches from sneakers if that.

So if Cheadle is 5'8", then I'd think Downey is at least in the strong 5'7", weak 5'8" change midday/evening. Personally, I think giving Downey a listing like Rob did for Cruise at 5'7.75" would make the most sense. He's probably more like that, or maybe 5'7.5" so I think the listing in between would be the most logical.
Dan says on 13/Sep/12
From what I've seen, he looks 5'7 to me. But I'll bow down to your superior knowledge haha :)
Mike says on 12/Sep/12
He looks like a 169cm man barefooted. With lifts just like what we see in Avengers, he can hit near 180cm.
Jack says on 3/Sep/12
He could be 5'7'75"(172 cm)...
leonari says on 3/Sep/12
Guesser: Chris Evans 5'9"- 5'10"? Chris Evans is at least 180 cm but believe me he is taller: around 182 cm. Downey looking tall in Iron man? Have you seen the lifts he wore for this movie?? I mean come on!! Robert is not 5'8" and far from 5'9". On a good day he is probably 171 cm fat.
Chameleon says on 3/Sep/12
He isnt more than 5'7
Guesser says on 2/Sep/12
He looks too tall in Iron Mans and Avengers he looks against 6 ft. Chris Evans 5'9-5'10. Maybe he has taller shoes or something. But I'd say 5'8 min 5'9 max.
leonari says on 30/Aug/12
5'5" is fantasy. But a full 5'8"? Not in my book. There are too many short pics when he is on the beach for example. He looked way shorter in his 80's movies...171 cm guy. Great personality.
WalkingTall 6ft 3.25in says on 28/Aug/12
I have to comment on this guy,he simply looks ridiculous with those shoe lifts and with that overly good posture.The guy is trying way too hard to look taller but who cares,it doesnt matter if you're 5'8 or 5'10 as long as you're a great actor which Robert definitely is.
Chameleon says on 28/Aug/12
He is a 5'7 max guy
Gump says on 28/Aug/12
Look at this barefoot pics with his wife listed at 5'3. Click Here
He is 5'5 max , this is the best proof ! Rob , are you agree with that ?
[Editor Rob: in the shot he looks short, not sure about the 5ft 5 though]
Beedoo says on 25/Aug/12
I found the article I mentioned earlier as a file, but I'm having trouble finding the source post I saved it from. My quote was wrong - the article lists RDJ as 162cm (5'3"), not 163cm (5'4").

I'll upload the scan to link for everyone at the first chance I get. (And has anyone else seen a recent photo where he's clinging to a hanging chain in a button-down and slacks? My first thought was of Elijah Wood, oddly. Or maybe it's not so odd. I'm positive now that, thanks to RDJ himself or folks responsible for his publicity, reports of Downey's height have been greatly exaggerated...)
Woland says on 24/Aug/12
5'7.5 - 5'8 seems accurate. In Avengers movie 5'9 G Palthrow had to be barefoot in scenes with him wearing some serious lifts, and he was still only inch taller than her.
Tipjar says on 21/Aug/12
5'7.5"
Dmeyer says on 14/Aug/12
H CAN look about 5'10 in elevator sneakers With a 0.6 in outside Heel ven if h has 2 in lifts inside h will get n more than 2.1 in total Heel , and yet look over 5'9 like h could be near 5'11 shoes on ,
Beedoo says on 13/Aug/12
I am so confused.

The first reference to Downey Jr's adult height that I saw was an article scan, originally written around the release of "Chaplin", in which the author was touting all the similarities between the two entertainers... on that page (which I'll have to scrounge around for sometime)RDJ was listed as 163cm, which, at best, equates to 5'4" or 5'5".

As a 5'6" guy myself who's been compared to "compact-bodied" public figures more times than I care to count, I really doubt it's possible, with RDJ's build, that he's over 5'6" or 5'7". A barefoot measure of 5'5" seems most likely.
Admiral says on 7/Aug/12
back in the 90's early 2000's he was a 5'7.5"-5'8 guy , since 2008 or so he can look as tall as 5'11, he clearly wears high quality lifts otherwise I can't explain what's up with this sudden "growth spurt"
Jar3d says on 2/Aug/12
He might be 5'7 which I think he is.
But hey you gotta give him that he gets the ladies wet.
I think 5'7" Flat is his height.
Chameleon says on 2/Aug/12
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whats that? Smaller than 5'8 Andrew again!
Chameleon says on 2/Aug/12
You keep refusing to believe that he is 5'7?? clearly he is not pushing 5'8!! Hell werent you the one who even said Andrew 5'8 was taller than him and u even posted pics yet u actually believe this guy is pushing 5'8?? You baffle me. Look at the pics

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That, is NOT, 5'8.
Louis says on 1/Aug/12
If he was in that footwear, than he is probably 171 so that makes tom cruise 169-170
Chameleon says on 1/Aug/12
Well he sure doesnt look more then a flat 5'7 with James Woods and Ellen, nor with Gibson and nor with Andrew, and he said 'Im 5'7' and looks every inch of it, yet people think he's pushing 5'8 here. Sigh.
leonari says on 31/Jul/12
Rob: I agree. He is above a flat 5'7" but I don't see a full 5'8". 5 feet 7.5 would be perfect!
Chameleon says on 30/Jul/12
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With 179cm tops James Woods, not even 5'7.
Chameleon says on 30/Jul/12
No he clearly is nothing over 5'7.
Chameleon says on 30/Jul/12
Shredder werent you the one who heard him admit he was 5'7? He is not more then 5'7.
BigT says on 29/Jul/12
170-172 cm, under 170 is crazy.
Chameleon says on 28/Jul/12
5'7 MAX.
leonari says on 28/Jul/12
Tarik: I never said below 5'7". He is above that mark. He just doesn't reach the full 5'8". Thats all...
Tarik says on 27/Jul/12
leonari : Ok he may need a downgrade but he is definitely not under 5'7. In Due Date, he looked to be a good 2-3 inches taller than Zach Galifiniakis who is 5'6 and wasn't wearing lifts.
leonari says on 25/Jul/12
Tarik:You are a bit clueless. Worst lift wearer n Hollywwod. He needs a downgrade if anything not an upgrade!!
Louis says on 25/Jul/12
If he is 5'8 1/4 on mugshot and didn' have lifts or elevators than he is 5'7, but he is constantly in big footwear, 5'5 to 5'6 is ok for him
Tarik says on 24/Jul/12
It's tough to determine his real height. I watched Due Date recently and there were some scenes where he looked indeed 5'8 while in others he looked 5'10 or even 5'11 and I have no idea if he was wearing elevator shoes in this movie. Rob, I think he perhaps needs a small upgrade.
Louis says on 15/Jun/12
and Downey at 5'6 supports all comments on many sites that Jude Law is short and no more than 5'8
Louis says on 15/Jun/12
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interesting comment: Hes *teeny* though. Ive met him several times in and around ever Starbucks on the Westside and while he is still a hottie (and I am totally turned off by short men so that is saying something). Hes barely taller than I am (53-4″). Nice guy, very down to earth, smiles, makes eye contact, will talk to you if you talk to him but hes teeny (he and I are usually in flip flops so he was sans lifts). The lifts may not be his idea but a matter of cinematic necessity. I would be taller than him in heels. I agree with the 55″ maybe 56″ estimate
Jesse says on 14/Jun/12
5'7 no more, probably less
Ciccio says on 12/Jun/12
I met Robert many months ago and he was like 2 inches taller than me (5'6), so I think 5'8 would probably be right
puzzled says on 6/Jun/12
if you asked him how tall he is what would he say? would he admit to wearing lifts? he looks ridiculous next to jude law looking the same height as him but with shorter arms and long lower legs because of the lifts.
EFX Man says on 4/Jun/12
He's 5'6 5'7" tops. Stood next to his wee full sized body scan used for costuming etc.
leonari says on 5/Feb/12
Andrea : ...... In 7-8 years that was the dumbest comment to date. Please take a hike!! For good.
ANDREA[ITA] says on 28/Jan/12
Rob, just give an explanation to all this proves...
ANDREA[ITA] says on 27/Jan/12
Nothing to say, Rob? :)
ANDREA[ITA] says on 26/Jan/12
I said you dont like him because you said he's a guy who went on tip toes to look taller. That was one photo and he was joking, i think. In other photos, he's not tiptoeing but he has at least 2 inches on Gabriel Aubry. How do you explain that? He makes James Marsters look a midget (and James is normal height). He has 10 cms on Mike Rosenbaum, no less than 8 cms on Jensen Ackles, he's taller than John Schneider, listed at 6'3, way taller than Erica Durance in heels, he has almost 2 inches on Witney (i dont remember his name but you got him on this site listed at 6'2), he's way taller than the Ashmore's brothers, everybody say he's huge and very tall, most of them say 6'4 or 6'5. This site is full of 6'3+ actors, so he should "normal". Why everybody always talks about his height, if he's neither 6'3? Do answer this question, even if you're probably going to ignore it :)
Sam says on 26/Jan/12
Downey Jr did look maybe a hair taller than Cruise in photos taken after Tropic Thunder, although who knows on the footware

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