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Steve McQueen height: 5ft 10in (178 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Papillon, Bullitt, The Getaway, The Towering Inferno, The Sand Pebbles and The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery. The Times newspaper quoted - from a book about his wife - Barbara saying "In walks this grizzly, gruff man and the first thing he said was, 'My, you're tall.' I'm 5ft 10in and we looked eye to eye". She also commented that Danny Kaye suggested wearing Murray space shoes to him to help with his feet/knee pain, "They looked a little odd...and also gave the mistaken impression that he wore lifts. Not true. At five feet ten and a half there was no reason to."

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Comment on the Height of Steve McQueen

Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
Mmm, I dunno, he can look between 3 and 4 inches taller than Attenborough.
He can look anything in 5'9.5-5'10 range, there's a valid case for anything in that range. At times he can really look the full 5ft 10, others looks more 5'9 range. An Alain Delon type listing might be reasonable?
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
Rob, do you think that age 20 listing might have been an actual measurement? Seems specific. Also the "At five feet ten and a half there was no reason to." could well have been his measured height in shoes. He was also the same height as Paul Newman and looks 177 in The Sand Pebbles in some of the comparisons. I've seen most of his films now and I think he was genuinely near 5 ft 10, but I just think 5'9.5 might be a bit more realistic as to what he might have measured barefoot.
[Editor Rob: that mark is possible for shoes, it seems to high for barefeet really.]
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
There's no chance he was only 5 ft 8 Barjbar, even a flat 5 ft 9 is pushing it. He was near 5 ft 10 but I do think though there's a good case for strong 5'9, I'd put him at 177cm. That listing at age 20 might have been his actual measured height you know.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
He looked more 5'9.5 I thought next to Candice Bergen and Richard Crenna.
Gx79 said on 18/Jun/15
Rob do you think he was close to 5'11
[Editor Rob: that would seem far too much, his wife thought he was around 5ft 10 ]
barjbar said on 18/Feb/15
He didn't refuse conventional medicine. American doctors, correctly, told him the cancer had spread throughout his body and was terminal. Mcqueen decided to be admitted to a clinic in Mexico that offered a sham treatment but it was his only hope. He became a born again Christian because of his wife Barbara Minty, who is religious, and the bleak medical prognosis. He died with a bible on his chest, a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol on the night stand and, supposedly, a smile on his face.
Oh yeah, I still believe he was 5'8" in his bare feet. He was usually teamed with short actors and actress', death certificate states 5'8", military record has 5'8", police arrest photo from Toronto has him at the 5'9" mark with shoes, and many photos show him as not tall including the photo of him on his tip toes with his fellow motorcycle riders.
littlesue said on 5/Feb/15
Just read a very good biography on him, it states the '5ft 10 plus lifts' when standing next to Maud Adams. Does'nt come across the nicest of men, for such a tough guy persona he was a bit of a baby when it came to his illness, becoming a born again Christian and having Billy Graham at his bedside, also refused conventional medicine till it was too late and relied on spiritual healing and dodgy doctors
[Editor Rob: it's believable at times a lot of big named actors may have been in a role or just dabbled with some lifts.]
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/15
Almost unrecognizable in The Enemy of the People LOL. He can look tallish in some scenes!
SoCalRuss said on 2/Jan/15
I have been watching "Wanted: Dead Or Alive" on TV. Many of the male actors are taller than Steve McQueen. This substantiates my earlier comment that Steve McQueen was not very tall. He was probably around 5' 9" barefoot.
Sam said on 30/Dec/14
Is LESS famous I meant to type!
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/14
Charlton Heston I agree Ian that he looked a force of nature during the late 50s and early 60s especially in his prime. In Planet of the Apes he looked very rugged and strong looking, reminded me of one of those big rowers who row across the Atlantic or those rugged guys who climb the high peak of Nepal.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/14
There's a case for 5'9.5, definitely. Ali MacGraw barefoot with Ryan O Neal in Love Story I think was looking near han 5'8" mark, 5'7.5" I think is the worst you could argue and McQueen definitely looked about 2 inches taller I think in The Getaway. You can see in the above photo anyway that he was of reasonable height, 5'6" is utter bunk. Unless Richard Attenborough was 5'3" etc!!
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
I agree with Arch, McQueen could seem graceful but I think he drank and smoke too much to be considered a great athletic actor. McQueen seemed overly self-aggrandizing at times but was likable in his best role. Nonetheless, I never enjoyed watching him as much as Newman.
Lancaster was also a drinker and smoker but was always very strong with big, ropey muscular arms and shoulders. Gregory Peck is an example of a guy who could seem graceful but he seemed kind of slow-moving and never really looked athletic to me but apparently was enormously strong, Robert Mitchum who was more barrel chested was in awe of Peck's strength.
Sam said on 29/Dec/14
Yeah, director Steve McQueen deserves a page, although James's claim that the classic actor McQueen is more famous is inaccurate IMO.
Director McQueen w/ Michael Fassbender: Click Here
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w/ Chiwetel Ejiofor & Brad Pitt: Click Here
I think he looks 5'9.5" range, I also think that about Steve McQueen the legendary star!
James said on 2/Dec/14
Director Steve McQueen is already far more famous. Not many young people today would know about the actor Steve McQueen, especially as his films tend o be very slow and overlong. McQueen was just under 5'9".
Vibram said on 10/Nov/14
Same as Robert Vaughn (175cm / 5ft9) in Bullitt. Maybe +/- 1cm in difference.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Sep/14
I hope director Steve McQueen doesn't become more well known than this legend.

5ft10 is correct
RisingForce said on 30/Jul/14
I thought he looked taller than just 5'9" flat, but 5'9.5"-5'9.75" is very possible and could have been 5'10.5" to 5'11" in shoes depending on the shoes like his wife said.
Texsputin said on 20/Jul/14
I think it was the very way he moved so nimbly and confidently that makes him appear to be smaller than he already is, as does the fact that although wry, he was slightly built across the shoulders and chest. While he is average, is he 'average' among the people, many action oriented people, who surround him in his films? Many of whom go to great lengths NOT to appear to be short (-er than average - this is Hollywood - image is EVERYTHING!. He was still just too Kool for Skool!
SoCalRuss said on 4/Jul/14
I once dated a girl whose mother was an "extra" in Junior Bonner. The mother had several candid photos that were taken during filming. She said that McQueen was "not very tall...maybe around 5'10 or 11" (with shoes on). I was 5'9" at the time and she said that he (McQueen) was about my height..."maybe slightly taller".
Ian C. said on 4/Jul/14
I think, Arch, if I were going to make a list of athletic actors, McQueen would be right up there. Robert Redford is terrifically fast and graceful in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Jeremiah Johnson. Burt Reynolds did some pretty nimble moving around in 100 Rifles. There are a lot of actors who look athletic, but never seem to do anything athletic Charlton Heston looks terrifically strong, but you rarely see him actually doing anything that requires grace and skill. I'll certainly give you Burt Lancaster, who could do young guy moves when he was over 50. I have yet to see a Douglas Fairbanks movie, but I understand he was an accomplished gymnast.
Who is the least athletic leading man? James Stewart. There is man who never hit a ball out of the infield in his life.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/14
Best I've seen him look is in Junior Bonner. He looked the dogs b******s driving along with that white hat and dark shades, Looks 5'11 in that film but was wearing cowboy boots. I still think he was wildly overrated as an actor though, not as accomplished as Paul Newman I agree Sam, although I've enjoyed every film of McQueen's I've seen and there's some Newman films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Torn Curtain which I wasn't exactly enamoured with.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/14
McQueen looked a bit shorter than 5'10" Pat Hingle in Nevada Smith. I agree his knife scene was impressive.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/14
Rob can you update it with "American actor, best remembered for roles in films like The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Papillon, Bullitt, The Getaway, The Towering Inferno, The Sand Pebbles and The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery."

@Ian c. I didn't think he looked that athletic Ian at all to be honest, wiry, yes, but he looked quite pale at times and looked a heavy drinker and smoker. If you want athletic actor try Douglas Fairbanks in Thief of Baghdad, Cornel Wilde in The Greatest Show on Earth or Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity and Trapeze.
ian c. said on 25/May/14
I can't think of another actor who was more athletic (if you discount actors who really were professional athletes, like Jim Brown). Paul Newman had many gifts (there was an actor who probably really was an I.Q. genius) but McQueen is more fun to watch because of his perfect physical confidence. Watch Nevada Smith, and there is a nasty knife-fighting scene where McQueen jumps nimbly around on the top rail of a stock pen. You can't fake that kind of grace.
tex said on 24/Apr/14
McQueen was 5'9" according to his military records. You have to take "Know-nothing" with a grain of salt. He claims to have "measured" everyone in Hollywood and he doesn't understand that lifts in shoes are on the "INSIDE" of the shoes and not visible to the naked eye. Look at some sights that build lifts. Know-nothing calls these "invisible lifts" and that they are!!
Sam said on 8/Apr/14
There's no way McQueen was under 5'10" here hugging John Wayne, who looks a little uncomfortable at McQueen's affections.
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Robbie said on 5/Apr/14
Newman was cooler, better looking, and an infinitely better actor and person.
Sam said on 4/Apr/14
Isn't Darwin Porter a disreputable writer who puts a lot of gossip-y, unconfirmed stuff in his books? I think McQueen looks 5'9.5"-5'10" and would wear cowboy boots but I just don't see him in lifts.
Sam said on 3/Apr/14
Arch, how do you think McQueen stacks up next to Paul Newman in terms of career, acting ability and presence/coolness...I've always preferred Newman. IMO, Newman was cool incidentally and a more consistently quality actor, whereas McQueen was trying more deliberately to be perceived as cool. Also, while The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven were solid classics, both were ensemble films. Papillon was his best McQueen-centric movie, The Sand Peebles was strong but flawed & I don't think Bullitt has aged that well. Whereas Newman has The Hustler, Hud, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict and the underrated westerns The Left-Handed Gun, Hombre and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. Neither struck me as lift-wearers.
RisingForce said on 3/Apr/14
One of his wives also claimed 5'10.5" for Steve. It's possible he did actually measure 5'9.5" as mentioned before and the 5'10.5" was in shoes. Either way, 5'6" and 5'7" are nowhere near realistic, and really nothing under 5'9" was realistic, imo. For those that say he was only 5'8" or even less, why not post some pictures or video where he actually looks that height? I think the real argument is whether he was more 5'9" or 5'10" since he was clearly pretty average, but didn't look short. I'd believe either 5'9.5" or 5'10". Nothing more, nothing less.

As for lifts, there was a photo where you could see their entire bodies and Steve in sandals with absolutely no chance of lifts did look about 5'10" next to Ali MacGraw who didn't look less than the 5'8" she's listed at here. Most likely, any variation in his height comes from his often loose posture and some co-stars who may have wore lifts such as Yul Brynner who was known to be sensitive about his height. Anyway, very cool actor who starred in some timeless classics.
Robby D. said on 2/Apr/14
Yes I have to agree with littlesue, knowitall and Arch Stanton. Some of the things Darwin Porter came out with in his book were...outrageous to say the least. I don't think Steve McQueen ever wore lifts. I did think he may have been about 5'8" but looking at a head and shoulders photo of him with Ali MacGraw on the Malibu beach, he looks at least two inches taller than her. Assuming they are barefoot or in sandals that would make him around 5'10" in height, 5'9.5" at the very least.
Knowitall said on 1/Apr/14
Lifts my......

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Arch Stanton said on 1/Apr/14
I've seen most of his films and never did his footwear look suspicious. If you want suspicious footwear watch a few films with Bing Crosby or Peter Lorre. In a few films in fact McQueen's shoes were quite flat and he looked close to 5 ft 10. See him next to Dustin Hoffman in Papillon, had near 5 inches on him. McQueen wasn't good looking as actors come but he was bad ass and had that aura about him that Frank Sinatra had which led to his success.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Apr/14
Haha McQueen 5 ft 6, ignore Darwin Porter, a sensationalist writer who is out to make a buck, not tell the truth. I'm not sure Maude Adams looked that tall next to Roger Moore in her dressing gown in Octopussy anyway,
Knowitall said on 1/Apr/14
Porter is a liar. McQueen NEVER wore lifts.

Find a photo showing him wearing lifts.

The five-six claim by Porter goes to show he has zero credibility.

I once knew an actress who swore Peter Sellers was over five-ten. That she met him and was surprised how tall he was. When I proved to her he was more like five-eight, she admitted she never met him.

A lot of people are full of it.
littlesue said on 1/Apr/14
I would'nt believe anything that Darwin Porter publishes, he just writes rubbish about people who are not alive to answer back
Robby D. said on 31/Mar/14
An extract from the book, "Steve McQueen King Of Cool" by Darwin Porter, states that Steve refused to have Maude Adams as his leading lady because she was, "too tall even when he wore lifts." For the record, Maude Adams is listed on the internet as 5'9" tall. Also in the same book it mentions that for his last film, "The Hunter" he played the part of real life bounty hunter, Ralph (Papa) Thorson and that Thorson in real life stood 6'2" and weighed 310 lbs, whereas at the time, Steve McQueen (who was fifty years old) stood, 5'6" and weighed 150 lbs. Could his illness have decreased his height?
Greg said on 29/Mar/14
Have to agree, Mike. He was never 5'10" but the most baffling thing was the success he enjoyed as an actor, given his limited range. Newman was different class by comparison.
Mike said on 27/Mar/14
McQueen wore lifts in all his films. Never understood what anyone ever saw in him, he was just a one-note actor as well as short.
Knowitall said on 25/Mar/14

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He never, ever wore lifts in any film he appeared in.

I never saw him in person wearing lifts.
Knowitall said on 24/Mar/14
Shane, he never wore lifts. You make a statement when you don't know what you're talking about.

This infuriates me about the internet. So many 'experts' who in reality don't have a clue.
Shane said on 23/Mar/14
McQueen was 5'9". He was well known for wearing lifts.
Dave618 said on 15/Mar/14
Also, for my money, McQueen epitomized what cool was all about. Five Ten back when he was in his prime would be considerd upper/average-lower/tall. My Dad is 5'11" and a few years younger than McQueen and he states he was the second tallest player on his high school basketball team. And he grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, which was a fairly populated city in late 40's, early 50's. Now probably the shortest kid on his Alma Matter's school BB team is five eleven.
Dave618 said on 15/Mar/14
Frank2 used to post here. Haven't heard from him in a while, hope he is OK. He was the most realistic and reliable poster on celebheights--ever. That man did not exagerrate and he met half of Hollywood circa 50's to 80's. He stated McQueen was about five ten barefoot. Take it to the bank, as Baretta says.
Knowitall said on 14/Mar/14
I don't know who this Frank2 is people keep mentioning. But I do know Steve was taller than five-nine.

Robert Vaughn probably wore lifts.

Lots of actors wore them including Glenn Ford. Check out his shoes in this photo taken with Brando:

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annon said on 8/Mar/14
I agree mcqueen was a 5'9 man. Watched bullitt last night. Roughly the same height as robert vaughn. Sorry frank2, but you cant and will not convince us that mcqueen was 5'10.
Robby D said on 1/Mar/14
In an interview, Steve McQueen's ex-wife, Neile Adams, said he was 5'10" and that was on his passport but she then said on his last two passports he was 5'11" and she added, "It depended on what shoes he wore." I would assume from that remark he was measured in footwear. He was conscious about his height and 5'10" is not short even for a movie star. When Robert Wagner acted with him in "The War Lover". he said, "Steve was no more than 5'9", shorter than me and it was on his mine." I cannot see how he could have been 5'10" barefoot. Personally I think his height should be reduced on here.
[Editor Rob: the 5ft 9.5 could be a measurement, it is believable]
Robby D said on 26/Feb/14
I am reading "Steve McQueen" The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon by Marshall Terrill. In the book it says when he joined the marines at the age of 17 he was 5'6.5" and weighed 135 lbs. When he left 3 years later at the age of 20 he was 5'9.5" and weighed 162 lbs. Could he have grown three inches in three years? Doubtful in my opinion. In most of the books I have read he was 5'8" and that is what I believe he was. He only looked about that height in "Wanted Dead or Alive."
[Editor Rob: so the 5ft 9.5 sounds like a plausible measurement of sorts?]
EugeOne said on 23/Feb/14
A former lady colleague of mine, now sadly deceased, worked for Triumph in Meriden, England. One day there was a swarm of people in the reception area and when she asked the reason she was told 'Steve McQueen is here to collect his new Bonneville' she replied 'what that little bloke'! The thing though is that her husband was well over 6' tall and weighed 20 odd stones, so I think that her judgement was 'compromised'!
Knowitall said on 20/Jan/14
Kid, you partied WAY too much.

I knew Steve. If he was five-eight I would have towered over him. I didn't. At best I has an inch taller.

He just had bad posture. But when he stood up straight he was five-ten. Had he been five-eight and slumped, he would have really looked short.
Greg said on 19/Jan/14
Steve was 5'8". Here's a pic with a US motorbike trials team from 1964 with McQueen standing on tiptoes: Click Here
kid said on 12/Jan/14
McQueen was 5'8. I know we partied together.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Dec/13
Yeah I agree on a flat 5'10" now for McQueen. His hair definitely looked bleached in the Thomas Crown Affair though I agree.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Dec/13
McQueen was about the same height as a heeled Faye Dunaway and he looks an easy 5'10 next to Dustin Hoffman in Papillon.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Dec/13

He was, it's just his hair was very short in Bullitt, which always makes it look darker. McQueen had natural mousy colouring, probably sun bleached when longer. Redford on the other hand like Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black etc he had a helping hand, but still naturally a blondish guy like Pitt, just not "yellow" blond.
Arch Stanton said on 13/Dec/13
Looks a solid 5'10 in the Thomas Crown Affair.
Knowitall said on 27/Nov/13
Newman was about an inch shorter than McQueen. Which is why Newman wore cowboy boots in The Towering Inferno. That made him the same height as McQueen.

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Here's McQueen next to five foot eleven Robert Wagner:

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Sam said on 27/Nov/13
I admit upon review that he could have been 5'10"...although if he was this height, Paul Newman would be around the same. Both were right around average height but had looks, were cool and acting talent.
ian c. said on 26/Nov/13
I just watched Bullit again, and McQueen has several standing and walking scenes with Robert Vaughn, who is listed at five foot nine. Sure enough, McQueen seems about in inch taller than Vaughn. An interesting point is that McQueen has dark hair in Bullit. I mention this because I have always suspected that he was not a real blonde. Or Robert Redford either, now that I'm on the subject.
Knowitall said on 25/Nov/13

Watch the film again. Newman and McQueen are exactly the same height. Notice their footwear. McQueen wore regular shoes with one-inch heels while Newman wore cowboy boots with two-inch heels. Newman wore the same type boots in When Time Ran Out.


McQueen did not always wear cowboy boots.

Where do you come up with such bogus info?

That photo from The Great Escape shows him wearing combat boots. And without lifts.

I knew Steve. I never saw him wearing lifts or cowboy boots. I'm sure he did at some time in his life put on a regular pair of cowboy boots. Just not on film. Or in my presence.
FM said on 24/Nov/13
I think he needs a downgrade - I found this mug shot pic of him. There aren't any numbers next to the tick marks, but I think we can assume that the dark color ticks are even three inches. So 5'0, 5'3", 5'6", and so on. This pic shows that he doesn't stand taller than 5'9" tall!

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FM said on 22/Nov/13
Okay, if Robert Wagner was 5'11" (as he stated in his book) then McQueen isn't more than 5'9". Click Here

He always wore boots with a heel - like cowboy boots. Look at this pic with 6'2" James Garner: Click Here This does not look like a solid 5'10" guy to me.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Nov/13
Pretty sure Paul Newman had about an inch on him in the Towering Inferno, yet Rob has Newman as shorter than McQueen. I don't think McQueen looked as low as 5 ft 8, but I think 5'9" range would be more likely barefoot.
barjbar said on 19/Nov/13
Army record 5'8". Death certificate 5'8". Mug shot 5'9" with sneakers. He did slouch so I assume if he stood perfectly upright he hit 5'9".
Arch Stanton said on 19/Nov/13
Attenborough is badly slouching in that photo. Watch the scene in the bedroom, Mcqueen looks max 2 inches taller. He was also an inch shorter than Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno. McQueen did look 1.5-2 inches taller than 5'8 Ali Macgraw in The Getaway though.
Knowitall said on 18/Nov/13
"He only looks about 1.5 inches taller than Richard Attenborough in The Great Escape."

Utter nonsense:

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Arch Stanton said on 17/Nov/13
Looks more 5'9" range in The Getaway too.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/13
He only looks about 1.5 inches taller than Richard Attenborough in The Great Escape.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/13
Looks a weak 5'10" in the Great Escape, looks about the same as Newman and Redford on screen,
Ian C. said on 13/Nov/13
I have a DVD set of the TV show Cheyenne, Sam, and James Garner was a frequent supporting player in the first season of that show. Garner can be seen more than once standing with six foot-six star Clint Walker, and he does look to be six foot-three.
Sam said on 12/Nov/13
Sorry, McQueen was a cool actor but I think with Garner (and COburn) he looks 5'9"-5'10" range. Garner, BTW, claimed 6'3" but was really more like a strong 6'1" (6'1.5" or so) at peak IMO:
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Knowitall said on 11/Nov/13
I'm probably the only one posting on this forum who met McQueen. I even knew him casually enough that he'd recognized me. He was not five eight. At the very minimum he was five nine and a half. But I believe he was closer to five ten. He'd slouch a lot. But when he'd stand erect he was very close to my height. I never saw him wear anything except regular shoes. Not even cowboy boots.
ian c. said on 10/Nov/13
I'd be willing to bet quite a bit that the estimates of people's heights on this website are almost all accurate to within half an inch, because of the obsessive interest in heights displayed by its founder. But I would have guessed McQueen to be shorter, because he is so quick. I watch him running and bounding around in The Magnificent Seven, and I think, that's a short guy. On the other hand, you can see him standing full figure with tall James Garner in The Great Escape, and he's clearly quite tall.
Knowitall said on 10/Nov/13
I've watched Bullit many times and no way is Robert Vaughn taller. In most angles the two men appear to be the same height. But again remember that McQueen would slouch. And that he never, ever wore lifts while Vaughn most assuredly did.

Bob Hope's height varied over the years. In his prime he was five ten. But once he past age 70 he began to rapidly lose height. The last time I saw him in person was when he was nearing age 90. He looked to be about five seven, maybe even five six.
colombian_cannon said on 7/Nov/13
I met Bob Hope at Clark Air force base in the Philippines during one of his shows in 1987. I'm 5ft 7 inches and Bob Hope looked like he was 5ft 10, even though he was older than. I was wearing my issued military boots but he looked tall for his age. He was also wearing sneakers.
colombian_cannon said on 6/Nov/13
In the movie BULLIT, Robert Vaughn who stands at 5FT 9 inches is walking side by side next to Steve McQueen. He looks taller than McQueen.
Knowitall said on 2/Nov/13
Sam, when McQueen stands up straight, he's just as tall. Hope is always standing erect. Balancing back and forth. Even occasionally standing on his tiptoes. Watch it again.
Sam said on 28/Oct/13
I watched the video, Knowitall, and to me McQueen never looks as tall as Bob Hope in it, not much shorter considering angles but definitely shorter IMO.
Knowitall said on 22/Oct/13
Bob Hope was five ten in his prime. Here's Steve with him looking about the same height. That is, when he's not slouching:

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slopes said on 20/Oct/13
Recall that many, many posts have been deleted. The mugshot has McQueen at five feet nine inches in shod feet (perhaps lifts?) Too many eyewitnesses have said McQueen is five feet eight inches tall. Deleted posts from the guy in Texas who served him an all onion sandwich during filming of The Getaway. Deleted post of a guy who went motorcycle-biking with him prior to film The Great Escape. Both said five feet eight inches for McQueen. No reason for these guys to lie. Other posts, below, from eyewitnesses stating the guy was only five feet eight inches tall. The Perry Como show has him not much taller than Como.
Knowitall said on 17/Sep/13
Hunter was not six inches shorter than Wayne in The Searchers. At best around three inches. He was the exact same height as Harry Carey Jr. Who was six one.

McQueen never looked bulky. He was quite lean.
JimMorrison said on 13/Sep/13
Jeffrey Hunter was half a foot shorter than six four John Wayne. 6-1 my ass!!!

McQueen? About five eight or five nine. Never looked average. Shortish and bulky.
Knowitall said on 11/Sep/13
If I had a dollar for every single time someone on this forum dismissed any photos I posted, I could afford a really nice dinner.

Not on solid ground? What are they on? Uneven pavement? The kind that always favors McQueen over Wagner?

juju said on 5/Sep/13
Im done arguing though. If u think hes 5'10 thats fine. I wont change your mind.
juju said on 5/Sep/13
Those pics from THE WAR LOVER arent good. They arent on solid ground and mcqueen has the camera advantage. Although on the other pic wagner is closer to the camera and looks an inch taller than something funny is going on under one of those twos feet. Well i dont think wagner would have a reason to downgrade his height. Im pretty sure he knows his own height.
Knowitall said on 1/Sep/13
Wagner did a skit on the Tonight Show where he was visibly taller than five foot ten Johnny Carson. If he was just an inch taller he wouldn't have looked that much taller.

Wagner was three inches taller than Paul Newman who supposedly was five ten.

But then Wagner was an inch shorter than six foot Jeffrey Hunter so go figure:

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Some report Hunter was six one. He could have been. He looked the same height as Harry Carey Jr. In The Searchers. Carey was a solid six one. I know since I met him.
Knowitall said on 31/Aug/13
McQueen with Wagner:

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juju said on 29/Aug/13
Wagner in his own book claimed he was 5 11. Was he wrong about his height? I dont think so
juju said on 28/Aug/13
Almost anyone whos 4 inches taller than the next man can look like that seated. Mcqueens posture looks better than hoffmans. Plus u cant see the footwear. Mcqueen could have had his sandles on. I peg 5 ft. 9. I have papillon.
Knowitall said on 27/Aug/13
Check out how big McQueen is next to
Hoffman while both are seated:

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matt hopper said on 27/Aug/13
five-nine range is perfect for him. Who cares an inch, anything from cm 174 to 177 is good for McQueen. In late Tom Horn one can see that wasn't any over that. Most other guys tower him. The big heeled boots didn't help either. Great actor, interesting charater.
Lorne said on 27/Aug/13
Idk where the 5' 8 claims come from, if anything he could actually look a VERY strong average in his day(remember, it was a tad less then). It would shock me if he was 5'9 and change, but I think 5'10 is more than fair- in fact, he could look a tad taller, but then, can't we all???
juju said on 26/Aug/13
he didnt look 5 foot 10 next to 5 foot 5 dustin Hoffman in PAPILLON. there are several stills of both men from head to toe, and McQueen had on sandles. Hoffman didnt. thats another reason why i dont think he was ever 5 foot 10 UNLESS AT THE MOST out of bed.
Knowitall said on 25/Aug/13
Avery, are you serious? Two inches? That's just crazy.

Robert Wagner claimed lots of things in his autobiography, many which aren't true. I won't go into details here, but trust me on this. McQueen was five ten. I knew him. He was an inch shorter than me and I'm five eleven on the button.

Wagner was closer to being six feet in his prime. I'd judge him to have stood around five eleven and a half to three-quarters. Now he's packed down to just over five ten due to being heavy.
avery_t said on 24/Aug/13
in stills with Dustin Hoffman he loosk two inches taller than Hoffman
juju said on 23/Aug/13
He wasnt five ten. Robert wagner in his book claimed mcqueen was shorter than him. Five foot nine he said.
Knowitall said on 12/Aug/13
And in The Sand Pebbles, McQueen is at least four inches taller than five foot six Richard Attenborough.
Knowitall said on 12/Aug/13
In Never So Few, Sinatra, who by the way was five seven, wore lifts that boosted him to about five. There are no full shots where the two men are standing together. I'm sure they played lots of tricks to make Sinatra look taller.

They really played tricks in The Magnificent Seven. McQueen was three inches taller than Yul Brynner. They put Brynner on ramps, mounds, etc. to make him appear to be the same height as McQueen. Brynner also wore lifts.

The photos you linked are only from the waist up.

Trust me. McQueen was five ten. And he was slightly taller than Paul Newman in The Towering Inferno . Newman wore cowboy boots while McQueen wore regular shoes.
FM said on 10/Aug/13
Just saw the movie Never So Few, with him and Sinatra. They were pretty close in height and I found this pic:

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Sinatra is listed at 5'7.5" and looks taller than McQueen in this pic. Sinatra probably had on massive heels, but still I find it hard to peg McQueen at a legit 5'10". I think he was probably closer to 5'8.5 possibly 5'9" but not over that. He only looks about an inch taller than Paul Newman:
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Knowitall said on 3/Aug/13
If McQueen was only five seven as some contend, he wouldn't have towered over five five and a half Dustin Hoffman:

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Watch the film. McQueen is just a hair under five inches taller. And no lifts in his sandals.
Knowitall said on 3/Aug/13
Steve's appearance on What's My Line reveals he was five ten:

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He's almost as tall as Bennett Cerf who was about five eleven.
And he's five inches shorter than six foot three Steve Allen.

At the begining when he walks up to John Daly we can see he was slightly shorter. Daly was six feet tall.

If McQueen had been only five seven, he wouldn't have appeared as tall as he did.

Trust me. He was a solid five foot ten. Why some reported he was shorter could possibly have been caused by jealousy or downright envy. Plus he tended to slouch a lot.

And from how he answered Daly's questions we get to see he was not the dunce that some have suggested. The handful of times I was around him I always found him to be quite intelligent. Yes, he could be difficult on the set, but that was because he took acting seriously. And he was a perfectionist.
James said on 3/Aug/13
I believe McQueen was 5'10", no proof but wether he was that or not his screen presence more than compensated regardless
romanspqr said on 20/Jul/13
Love McQueen movies. He did slouch a lot. Always gave me the impression of being strong 5'9. That said, 5'10 is totally believable.
James said on 14/Jul/13
Agree with Knowitall, 5'10" for Steve,the 5'6-5'8" comments are just BS.
Knowitall said on 6/Jul/13
I knew Steve casually since a friend raced dirt bikes and I'd end up being a spectator. I spoke to Steve on several occasions. He tended to slump a lot giving the appearance of being short. But when he stood up straight he was near five ten. Perhaps five ten. He was certainly not five foot eight.

Steve never wore lifts. I've never spotted them in any film he appeared in.

Also, in The Towering Inferno, McQueen and Newman were the same height. But remember that McQueen wore regular shoes while Newman wore cowboy boots with two-inch heels.

Check out this photo taken of the cast:

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colombian-cannon said on 3/Jul/13
I have a book about Steve McQueen and in one of the pictures, he's tiptoeing, so he doesn't look short with the other guys in the pic. In another book about famous actors. McQueen was mentioned as 5ft 6 inches and he was able to portray the real bounty hunter who was like 6ft 7 inches from the movie "The Hunter" McQueen's last movie. Go figure.
talltalez said on 26/Jan/13
police mugshot 1972:
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the height chart line level with the top of mr mcqueen's head appears to be the 5' 9" mark, (ofcourse if he was wearing heels, it could be the 6' mark). but i remember a work colleague telling me 20 years ago that she was working in the jaguar car factory in england and steve mcqueen visited, she was a little disappointed as she remarked he was not a tall man in the flesh.
Raskolinikov said on 30/Oct/12
Is that 5ft10 1/2 plus "lifts"? Wouldn't that make Steve McQueen six-feet, maybe? That's surely exaggerated. I have never seen him looking that tall. Even if he was 5ft10 1/2 barefoot that would mean he must have grown another 2 1/2 inches after his 5ft8 army measurements, then shrank over 3 inches upon death to 5ft7! Moreover his mugshot suggests he was not over 5ft9 at whatever period of adult life he was arrested, in shoes, I presume. It's all rather unlikely when you look at it like that. I suppose the problem with people accepting McQueen is 5ft8 is that people will have to also accept that a lot of other stars of similar size were/are shorter than their estimated height too, like Newman, Redford, and so on. But it's not denigrating, it's fact. There's no shame in being any height.
RisingForce said on 11/Oct/12
Steve McQueen's other wife, Neile said in her book that he was 5'10 1/2" and talked about where the lift rumors came from. These were her words.

"Steve had problems with his feet and knees and was almost always in pain due to all the injuries he'd suffered in motorcycle racing accidents. Then Danny Kaye suggested Steve try these shoes and they saved him a lot of pain. He had several pairs made for him, and very rarely wore anything else. They looked a little odd under those expensive clothes and also gave the mistaken impression that he wore lifts. Not true. At five feet ten and a half there was no reason to. He was as tall as Paul Newman and Bob Redford and Burt Reynolds."
Matt Hopper said on 10/Oct/12
if we agree he wasn't much over his last wife Barbara, as many photo documents show, then he was no more than 5'8" flat. I just meet and talked to Barbara Minty on her tour introducing 'The last Mile' revisited. She has worn quite strong boots but was little shorter than me, 173cm / just 5'8"
Raskolinikov said on 4/Oct/12
It seems pretty certain then that McQueen was 5ft8 barefoot and could probably therefore easily reach 5ft10, or at least the illusion of that height, in "normal" shoes. The thing is this though: McQueen looked as tall, if not a tad taller than, Paul Newman in Towering Inferno. Newman appeared (though my memory is hazy) easily a couple of inches taller than Tom Cruise in the sequel to The Hustler--and Cruise is listed here as 5ft8! I guess a lot of stars here need "realistic" downgrading: their height seems to be listed as a maximum estimate of whatever their footwear might achieve for them. "Danny DeVito easily hits 7ft8 in stilts", kind of; and thus aren't very reliable.
Chris Robinson said on 22/Sep/12
I just read about McQueen's military medical record listing him as 5'8. He seems to have lost an inch due to the terrible illness in his final years. So how come this site says 5'10? McQueen was, in my opinion, the greatest screen actor there has ever been. I rewatch his films every year and they never fail to please. We don't have to exaggerate his heaight to make him cool - it spoils the purpose of the site if you ignore the known facts and go with hearsay.
Ken S said on 16/Sep/12
I got out of my car at LAX right when he got out of a car and noticed it was Steve McQueen--he was my height which is 5'8" (around 1975)
Robby D said on 30/Jul/12
Rob, I just finished reading a biography of Steve McQueen and it mentions that he was conscious about his height and although he was often listed as 5'10", his actual height was 5'8", could this be true?
[Editor Rob: I'd be surprised if he was that height ]
Ricky said on 23/Jan/12
I met him in 1978. I was 5'7" at the time, and he wasn't much over an inch taller than I. I came very close to telling him that if he were taller he'd look just like Steve McQueen.

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