Willem Dafoe's Height
5ft 7in (170 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as Spider-Man, Platoon, To Live and Die in LA, The Boondock Saints and Mississippi Burning.
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Ken Mero said on 16/Jul/16
I know this is easy to say without proof, but in 1987 I was at a park in San Pedro when Willem and his van driver walked past me to the parking lot. He was TINY. I am not tall, he looked like a kid with a big, familiar head. Whatever they were filming in that park, he was wearing a tie-dyed shirt (would have been after Platoon). I'd only seen him in Streets of Fire at that point and was told his name by someone else there. Definitely talking 5'4 MAX.
Ken Mero said on 16/Jul/16
I jnow this is easy to say without proof, but in 1987 I was at a park in San Pedro when Willem and his van driver walked past me to the parking lot. He was TINY. I am not tall, he looked like a kid with a big, familiar head. Whatever they were filming in that park, he was wearing a tie-dyed shirt (would have been after Platoon). I'd only seen him in Streets of Fire and was told his name by someone else there. Definitely talking 5'4 MAX.
mande2013 said on 15/Sep/15
6'0-ish peak Michel Piccoli was quite a bit taller than him, even as an eighty year old man, in the film The Dust of Time.
SF said on 11/Jul/15
Check out Boondock Saints around 9 minutes in. Shorter than all the actors around him, and the long shot around 9:25 shows he's got pretty high heels on his boots ...
youssef 5'8 said on 20/Jun/15
And he's listed 5'9 on imdb and 5'10 on google ,i think if i were an actor i'd be listed 5'11
mande2013 said on 15/Apr/15
Pier Paolo Pasolini, who Dafoe recently played in a biopic, albeit a very unconventional one, was 5'5 and change. Dafoe said in an interview that he wore Pasolini's actual clothing for the film and that it fit him well.
Heylo said on 13/Apr/15
Kin of surprised. Always thought he was about 5'9. He looked taller or and about the same height asTobey Maguire in the first Spider-Man film and Tobey is about 5'8.
Ally said on 12/Apr/15
He looks no more than 168 cm with John Terry (187 cm) and Diego Costa (188 cm)
Jordan said on 31/Oct/14
He always looks small when standing next to other people. On screen, when he's standing by himself, it's easy to think that he's 5'9 because of the camera. But when he stands next to other people, he's usually the smallest one in the picture. I would say he is most likely 5'6. He has a small frame, but it's hard to tell sometimes because of the way he walks and stands in some movies. I had no idea he was that short till I looked at several non-movie pictures and noticed he was always smaller than the people standing next to him.
lelman said on 15/Sep/14
I don't think the measured average would go quite as low at 5ft 8. While 5ft 8 is certainly in the average boundary, I think the average would be between 5ft 9.5 and 5ft 10.5 (UK and US, they're pretty much the same).
What is considered short varies wildly from country to county, person to person. In general I'd say people would consider a 5ft 7 man short, because that's a solid 2 inches below average.
Realist said on 3/Aug/14
Rob do you think he would have made a good Batman in the 80's, i don't know about Bruce Wayne but Batman is all about presence and he has got it all. By the way you might want to add Antichrist and the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Realist said on 10/Jul/14
Rob i feel so happy after seeing this page that not all short men are considered losers and i have a gut feeling that 75 per cent of the oscar nominated people are under 5'10. Every time i get envious of some guys height i see this guy or Sean Penns page and feel like these are oscar winners. Dafoe is just nominated though.
Chris said on 21/Jun/14
I remember him being on the Daily Show recently and Stewart was taller. If Jon Stewart makes you look small, you are really small. :) I'd say 5'6" is accurate.
mande2013 said on 9/Jun/14
Well if men often fib about their height, then could it not possible that the true honest-to-God biological average for a white male is closer to 5'8? I wouldn't find it that hard to believe, because I'm sure the published averages take into account people embellishing their own measurements. 5'10 is more like the average ideal I would say.
LB said on 5/Jun/14
I was next to him in baggage claim of airport in Spain,
he's definitely 5' 7" at most. I was surprised how much
smaller he looked than in the movies.
said on 27/May/14
rob do you think 5'6 or 5'6.5 is possible nowadays?
[Editor Rob: not sure he'd quite be that low]
Realist said on 10/May/14
We think 5'7 is short because 5'5 guys say 5'7. It is certainly below average but nothing to really comment on that.Look at Rob Schneider he claims 5'7 and Rob put him at 5'3.5.
Goose said on 22/Apr/14
Saw him in Soho 15 years ago -5'7 Tops.
JJ said on 15/Mar/14
I met him in Washington, D.C. about 10 years ago and I'd say 5'7" was accurate at that time.
JJ said on 15/Mar/14
I met him in Washington, D.C. about 10 years ago and I'd say 5'7" was accurate at that time.
the shredder said on 15/Mar/14
agree , and was more than 1.25 over danny Trejo , He looks the same as Rob with him.
tony said on 14/Mar/14
Wow. In Animal Factory he looks far more taller than 5'5 Edward Furlong!
Knowitall said on 10/Mar/14
5'11" barefoot said on 10/Mar/14
his acting has nothing to do with hieght. He is not a basketball player or athlete so who cares if your all as small as him. Hieght does not distinguish anyone or takeaway from the accomplishments and hard work and effort. So to all you losers who worry about height get a life. Hieght is irrelvant unless you play ball.
ronniecool said on 27/Feb/14
170 does not exist. He is 168,5 cm
Tim said on 28/Dec/13
Weird, he was once listed as 6 ft 2, 188 cm! 5 ft 7 is crazy difference from that claim
Mike T said on 19/Nov/13
Could he of been 5'8" or 5'9" when he was younger Rob, he's 58. And I do agree with 5'7" now, you can see that he's the same height as Tobey Maguire in Spiderman.
bonbonvie said on 1/Nov/13
Saw Mr. Dafoe this evening walking across Wall St. & Water St. Couldn't believe how this tiny man is revered for making so many magnanimous roles!
Sam said on 14/Oct/13
He's definitely right near as intimidating on screen as a skinny 5'7" guy could be.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Oct/13
Looks 5'7" range in The English Patient. Really looks a mean SoaB!
Arch Stanton said on 2/Oct/13
In fact he can look 5'8"-5'9" next to Tom Berenger in PLatoon.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Oct/13
Can look a cm or two taller than this in Platoon.
goose said on 18/Sep/13
saw him on Prince and Sullivan in SOHO NYC. The other posters who have seen him in person are right - 5'7 is appropriate - no more....
said on 11/Jul/13
Williem with 5'4.5 listed Giada Colagrande Click Here
If he he really is 5'7'' as listed his one of the tallest looking 5'7'' guys i have seen.
MortimerCTID said on 29/Jun/13
I stood next to him in the airport the other day. First thing I noticed was how small he was, that and his hair. For someone who has money you would expect a decent appearance. He looked about 5'6/7
mcgiver said on 22/Jun/13
I saw him on the street.; I was very surprised to see how short he was; I think he is around 5'5" to 5"6" TOPS.
posture said on 11/May/13
met him a couple years ago at a restuarant and talked with him. He's 5'7 max (with his shoes on). But prob even shorter because he was wearing some kind of boot looking shoes. He's a small guy. Nice guy though
Height-Right said on 27/Jan/13
To me he looks like 5'7-5'8 (170-173 cm) in Platoon.
Excelsior said on 25/Jan/13
This is spot on. He was NEVER been taller than Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man and Tobey has always been, for the most part, forthcoming about being 5'8".
leonari said on 30/Nov/12
Norry: Can you read whats above. 5'7". Thats his height. Not 5'9". "Ha ha"
Norry said on 29/Nov/12
Ha ha I just saw him at an Air Port. He did not look any taller than 5' 8" or 5' 9".
said on 17/Nov/12
5'6" sounds about right. in this picture with charlotte gainsbourg (who's listed as 5'8), he looks about 2 inches shorter: Click Here
Christian said on 8/Nov/12
I stood two meters from him tonight here in Stockholm, Sweden. It is Stockholms Filmfestival and Willem Dafoe got a price called "Stockholm Achievement Award" He is 5'7'' or 5'7.5. When he was standing up on stage I thought he had quite long legs and good proportions and it was really hard to tell his height. He gives an impression of a guy with average height but he is only 170-171 cm.
Maximus Meridius said on 19/Aug/12
Rob he has been listed as 5ft 9.5in in the past is it possible he claimed 5ft 9.5in maybe he wore lifts too appear looking 5ft 9.5in range.
Woland said on 16/Aug/12
He looked short in Platoon and The Last Temptation.
leonari said on 28/Jul/12
Bobo: I only met my postman - he is also 5'9". Defoe is not a tad taller than 170. Rob nailed this one down even though he gives a bigger impression on screen due to his proportions and thinness.
bobo said on 28/Jul/12
I've met him He's 5'9" precisely-eventhough in movies he always seems bigger
the internet is full of people guessing
steven said on 9/Jan/12
i won't say no for 5'6. he does look 5'6 and max 5'6.5
Jazz said on 10/Nov/11
I'm an actress who worked with him and almost 5'6. He is definitely no more than 5'8 and he has a very slight frame. He's also super nice!
L said on 6/Oct/11
no hes 5'6
micyficy said on 28/Sep/11
Wow, I always thought William was atleast 5'9".
J-Dog said on 20/Aug/11
If you guys have Netflix go to exactly 10:53 seconds into the movie. You will see a shot of both actors at a distance, you can clearly see Dafoe is wearing massive elevator shoes with at least 2" heels. I would say no higher than 5'7" and maybe in the low to high 5'6" range?
Louie said on 27/Jul/11
When I shot a scene with Willem on the set of The Clearing, standing next to him he was around 5'6". He looks tall cause he has long legs and he's very thin. Very nice guy so was Matt Craven, both down to earth no egos.
Jack said on 20/Jul/11
He looks taller than he really is because he is very skinny, Dafoe is 5'6.5'' to 5'7'' max.
Ml said on 11/Jul/11
I met him a few months ago. Lot shorter then what I expected. I'm 5'8.5 out of bed. I was wearing flips and he was wearing boots and I still had a good inch at least over him. I would say 5'6" max. Really nice guy though.
jp said on 18/Feb/11
Watch Boondock Saints and it will explain his height as 5'9". He wears shoes with a 2" heel and that doesn't include the inch inside the shoe. He's definitely round 5'6".
wyatt said on 15/Nov/10
Looked 5'7 or there about in Platoon next to similarly sized Charlie Sheen & Johnny Depp, they both had a bit of height on him.
Franco said on 17/Sep/07
haven't changed my mind at all, he is definetely 169-170cm today.
Mark said on 11/Sep/07
Dafoe is a small, but athletic looking guy. There is a "tunnel rat" scene played by Dafoe in 1986's Platoon. In fact these kinds of underground, tunnel clearing missions were assigned to specialized teams of very short soldiers during the Vietnam war. He is also easily a minimum 2" shorter then 5'9" Charlie Sheen. 5'6.5" - 5'7" is accurate for Dafoe.
leonari said on 17/Jun/07
Thats because Tobey is 5'7" Glenn.
glenn said on 17/Jun/07
except i was shocked to see toby was 5-6 one night.and maybe 5-7 another night.
RICHARD said on 16/Jun/07
Looked one inch taller than 5'8 Tobey Maguire in Spiderman, but in 1990s Wild at Heart he was dwarfed by Nicolas Cage.
Jon Doe said on 5/May/07
5'7 actually isn't that bad of a height, when I go to school I have a gym/math teacher who is 5'6 and everybody always makes fun of his height yet there is another gym teacher there who's only an inch taller than him and nobody ever makes fun of him for being short at all.It's weird but 1 inch can make a HUGE impact in people's perceptions for sure.
PC said on 1/May/07
He seems 5'7" flat. Don't be fooled by the hair. Glenn is clearly taller.
Franco said on 30/Apr/07
i watched MRBEAN Holiday (new 2007 movie) starring DAFOE as a lame a$$ producer and he was like 3 inch shorter than Mr.Bean.
i have always stated ATKINSON is 5'10 (posted a pic yesterday from Mr.Bean barefooted).
so i gotta agree with Leonari at this point, he is 5'7 flat.
Anonymous said on 27/Apr/07
really weird that this guy get listed as 5'9˝ almost everywere.
Scarlet said on 11/Apr/07
Glenn is 5'7.5 at night when the photo was taken so the same height for Dafoe.
leonari said on 4/Apr/07
Franco: no way is he almost 5'8". He is a strong 5'7" and always was. fooled people well...
Franco said on 3/Apr/07
oh wow new pic with glenn? :) niceee
hmm, well Dafoe is bending a bit, if he stood straight he would be exactly the same height of Glenn imho which with shoes would be about 1.75cm, imho Dafoe and glenn barefoot both are 1.72cm especially at that time of the night where everyone by then has lost some height. ;)
Dafoe is 1.72cm
Leung said on 25/Mar/07
People underestimate Dafoe because he can appear like a fragile little man, but don’t be fooled because underneath those clothes is a very healthy and defined, sinewy body, he is probably in better shape than 95% of guys his age.
Dafoe gets into great shape for movie roles, for Spiderman he was totally ripped. Toby Maguire talked during interviews about how he was really amazed and inspired by how Dafoe got into awesome shape for the movie.
Anthony said on 25/Mar/07
Willem is kown to be very involved in yoga.
Lmeister said on 25/Mar/07
He is really slender, but has muscle definition. He must workout hours per day. 5'7'' seems accurate. He tends to wears rather high heeled shoes.
Anthony said on 25/Mar/07
5'7 looks accurate.
Darren said on 24/Mar/07
DeFoe is not fragile. Don't you remember Platoon?
glenn said on 24/Mar/07
can look or is near 5-8.
Jordan said on 23/Mar/07
Actually Jogn, Willem Dafoe is in good shape in his youner movies. Even in Spider-man he was in better shape then Maguire. HE is thin, but has muscle defenition.
D. Ray Morton said on 23/Mar/07
glenn said on 23/Mar/07
i never noticed his body.but your right.
John said on 23/Mar/07
Glenn. How skinny is that guy, he looks so small,
Brah said on 22/Mar/07
Even standing closer to the camera, Dafoe looks shorter. Just take away his brushed-up hair and he still looks 5'7".
glenn said on 22/Mar/07
D. Ray Morton said on 22/Mar/07
Looks like he could be 5'8" with Glenn.
leonari said on 22/Mar/07
Glenn: Great pic. HOW TALL IS HE? Below 5'7"? Footwear?
MD said on 7/Feb/07
Very poor judge of height, it sounds...
DC said on 6/Feb/07
I've seen Willm Dafoe many times in my neighborhood. He's involved with the Mercer Street Theater here. Once, when he was wearing sandals, he seemed 5-8. On other occasions, wearing shoes, he seemed 5-9/9.5. On all these occasions I was right next to him, and I'm 5-10.
Robert.R said on 28/Jan/07
That is interesting Elle, if what you say is true then 3" is alot to be added on in the listings.
Elle said on 27/Jan/07
For all those who guessed 5'6", you are right! I ran into him at Lucky Strike restaurant in NYC, at the bar and I was surprised at how small he was, as well as how delicate his build. His face has a really strong bone structure, so you'd think he'd be a taller man, but he's not.
Robert. R said on 17/Jan/07
I have seen him listed as 5'9.5" several times and I never doubted it until now. That picture amazes me because he looks not only short but really slight too.
[Editor Rob: true, way pre internet listings...
in 1984 NY Times: "Because Mr. Dafoe, at 5 feet 9 inches"
in Washington Post 1989 it mentioned "At 145 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than usual, the 5-foot-9 actor"
In 1992: "Dafoe is 36 years old, weighs 147 pounds and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall. "Some of those people tell me, 'I thought you were taller'"
Robert.R said on 16/Jan/07
He had me fooled, I thought he was taller, yet he looks tiny in that picture.
leonari said on 3/Jan/07
yeah he fools people well because he has such a thin but very well proportioned frame . On screen with the right angles : easy to fool people. Tobey Maguire is taller than him: thats a fact. I say by 1- 1.5 inches...
G-unit said on 2/Jan/07
wtf? I always thought he was 5'9ish
leonari said on 22/Dec/06
looks 5'6" in life aquatic.
MaxB said on 21/Dec/06
Didn't really pay attention to Willem's height - I thought he looked "average" in Speed 2. But I was surprized how short he was in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - I would say 5'7 tops, maybe even 5'6.
Glenn said on 4/Dec/06
Never seen him.5-7 to 5-8,my guess.
D. Ray Morton said on 3/Dec/06
One of my all-time favorite actors. Never met him; always thought he was 5'8"-5'9". Honestly, he looks 5'6" here.
Nice photo, btw. Does Glenn have any?
Jordan said on 8/Sep/06
He def. not 5'10, which I have seen him listed at.
Sam said on 1/Aug/06
I think he's like 5'9. In auto focus he looks around the same as greg kinnear (5'10) maybe a little shorter (1 inch?). Five seven is a tad short for this guy.
trueheight said on 23/Jul/06
don't foget that all sidewalks are mildly sloped; in this case, its in favor of Willem
Mr. T said on 22/Jul/06
The guy on the right is leaning quite a bit. Could be 5'6".
Kevin said on 20/Jun/06
I saw him going through customs at JFK on 28 May 2006. I'm 5'10" (really!) and I was looking down at him as he stood in front of me on the que. I marveled at how he appeared no taller than my 5'7" wife who was with me at the time :)
Anonymous said on 14/Jun/06
I see willem in the West Village all the time. He is 5'6".
Viper652 said on 6/Jun/06
He doesnt quite look 5-7 to me. More like 5-6
dave florida us said on 5/Jun/06
I ran into Wilem on the Northwest line train to Chicago. He was a very tiny guy next to me and I was only about 16 at the time and this was probably 1986 or so. I'm sure I hadn't hit my growth spurt yet, and Wilem was definately a small guy at that time. I'd approximate that he was about 5'8" or so. He was walking/sitting with a nice-looking blond girl who was strikingly larger in height than he, and was paging through a binder of what looked like script. As I saw him sitting across from me on the upper deck, I kept thinking that he was quite a grinchy looking little guy, with pointy teeth etc.
Drewcifer said on 12/May/06
Saw Willem in Soho, London on April 3, 2006. Shorter than I'd thought - I'd guess about 5'7" or 5'8"? He was about the same height as my friend, Scotty...
Picture said on 20/Apr/06
Not close in height with Berenger and Sheen.
Now you say it, i believe that he was even shorter than Harvey Keitel in the last Temptation of the Christ. Harvey was 5 ft 8 at his peak.
Picture said on 20/Apr/06
How tall was Dafoe at his peak.
I have heard of 5 ft 9 and he looks it in a lot of movies
[Editor ROb: I hadn't seen platoon for an age, but seeing that again, I don't think he's been as tall as he might have appeared in some films...I doubt he's actually shrunk, if so 1cm at most]
Leung said on 17/Apr/06
That photo is hilarious, Willem Dafoe is looking like a small skinny man. Onscreen he appears around 5'10".
Frank2 said on 11/Apr/06
Yep, he's a little guy. But a hell of a good actor!
Anna Mason said on 2/Apr/06
I saw Willem today at the Tate Modern art gallery in London. I'm 5'6" and I noticed how short he was, I'd say he was just taller, about 5'7" although my mum thought he was the same as me!
trueheight said on 9/Feb/06
Ok, i feel as if i'm in the twilight zone? Dafoe was always the "that guy" that shows up alot in good movies. Always thought he was a strong 5'10". Now you have him at 5'7", WTF? Forget Cruise or Stallone, this guy is the 'expert' at projecting himself higher. there is not 1 single movie he's appeared in in which he looked under 5'9"
Lmeister said on 28/Jan/06
I was right about his height = )
[Editor Rob: he took a while to go down for sure ;-)]
CoolJ said on 24/Jan/06
He kinda looks like an old Frodo in that pic... Yeah he's definitely a below-average guy in terms of height.
CelebHeights Editor said on 24/Jan/06
Here is a pic of Frank's friend (5ft 9.5) with Dafoe. He looks 5ft 7...thanks Frank, hope its ok to post that pic!
Damon said on 18/Jan/06
I'm 5'8, maybe a cm or two more, and Willem Dafoe just LOOKS taller than me. I found the height listed here to be a little hard to believe. It's not just a matter of wearing heightening shoes, he just looks like a taller person than me. If I'm wrong, then they do a DAMN good job of making actors look taller than they really are.
highfalls said on 27/Dec/05
I was shopping in Stone Ridge and saw Willem at a local market...he's not any taller than 5'6, maybe 5'7" with a nice pair of "lifts".
What said on 1/Nov/05
Sighting: Saw Willem Dafoe at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC yesterday afternoon with a cute, youngish Chris O’Donnell-looking guy. The two kept laughing. Dafoe was really short—maybe 5’7” or 5’8”. He looked so much taller as the Green Goblin and I’m wondering if Toby must be like 5’2”?
Jack said on 9/Oct/05
I'm above average in height. Height is overrated. I don't notice the height of people shorter than I, although I must admit I notice when people are significantly taller. Short men give height more significance than it deserves.
Lmeister said on 17/Sep/05
Dear Rob, Could U finally downgrade Willem to 5'7''. Comparing him to Mr. Redford U can clearly see that he isn't 5'8''.
said on 21/Aug/05
From the Newspaper 'Observer'
, an interviewer said: "But I have to say that meeting him in the flesh in London, I was terribly disappointed. First - like so many film actors - he is shorter than you expect, about five six or seven"
said on 25/Jul/05
No comment on Willem's height, I'm only 5 feet, so anything over that is good to go for me. Last night I saw a movie on t.v. with Willem playing an FBI agaent..does anyone know the name of the movie? I did notice that he had lifts on his shoes, and they were a bit high. Thanks for all info..
[Editor Rob: boondock saints? anyway, yowza - we know redford these days is struggling to hold onto that 176cm mark...]
sidewinder said on 24/Jul/05
the official spiderman website listed tobey as being 5'8 and Dafoe as being 5'6.
this was when the 1st movie was in theaters. every actor had a little bio.
they listed james franco as being 5'11
[Editor Rob: lol, you serious 5ft 6...actually he does look a tad shorter than Maguire, but I question tobey's feetwear hence why I've not downgraded goblin yet]
Mr. Awesome said on 19/Jun/05
I agree, we just may have a new member of the 5'6'' club right here. I think that the fact that he has a very long face can make him look, especially on screen, or when there's no other heights or points of reference to compare him to. (I know this because I, like Willem have a rather tall head and long face, and I am often mistaked for taller, as tall as 5'9'', even though I'm only between 5'7.5'' and 5'7.75'') Add lifts to him, and he can easilly appear 5'9'' to 5'10'' cause the size of his head/face look like that of someone significantly taller. I agree with Lmeister, in Boondock Saints, he is MUCH shorter than all his co-stars. In the film, he's more than a head shorter than Bob Marley, who is a tall, but by no means gigantic 6'3'' I also think the Tobey Maguire picture tells it all...since it's common knowledge that Tobey is under 5'8'', then Willem must be under 5'7''