How tall was Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins Height

6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, The Tin Star, On the Beach, Psycho, The Trial, Catch-22, Pretty Poison, Murder on the Orient Express, The Black Hole and Crimes of Passion. He said in a 1958 Newsweek interview, "I'm 6-foot-2 and a half".

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Average Guess (25 Votes)
6ft 1.53in (186.8cm)
Wrestling Fan said on 4/Sep/19
He was more like 6'2" than 6'1.5"
I hardly believe that John Gavin was more than 2 inches taller than him in Psycho.
Gavin is 6'4"
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Feb/19
It just goes to show how tall 6ft1.5 really is. I'd have believed the 6ft2.5, no questions asked!

Anthony gets 6ft1.5. Apart from a box set containing Psychos I-IV, I have a film of his in which he stars with Rosanna Arquette. It is called 'In The Deep Woods', and he towers over her, even by my standards!
spainmen192cm said on 28/Oct/18
Rob, how much do you think Perkins weight during his young days?
Editor Rob
I doubt he was as much as 170 at times, probably 160-70 in some films.
Elias said on 3/Mar/18
I think that 187 cm guys like Novak Djokovic and Daniel Sharman would edge out a peak Anthony Perkins who is more like a very lanky 185-186 cm guy. (Perkins was closer to 185 cm than 186 cm in my opinion).
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Mar/18
I think a young Perkins looked similar to Hiddleston in height and build
Willes189 said on 12/Feb/18
No 187 is fine
Bruno said on 26/Dec/17
Looked slightly taller than Connery in 74 Murder on the orient express.
Momo said on 8/Nov/17
Rob, could he be a similar case like Tom Hiddleston?
Editor Rob: sometimes Anthony only looks 185-6cm range, whereas I feel Tom looks closer to 6ft 2 than 1.
Fifa said on 8/Nov/17
Looks a similar case like Tom Hiddleston.
Grayson said on 8/Nov/17
I believe he was around in the 6'1.5"-6'1.75" area, he could look 6'2 at times with good posture.
Mr. V said on 26/Sep/17
I think Perkins was 6'1" flat. Yves Montand, who I think claimed to be 186 cm, seemed to edge him:

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He was also similar height with Karl Malden in FEAR STRIKES OUT and, if something, he sometimes looked a bit shorter (I could more easily believe 187 cm for Malden rather than Perkins):

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And consistently 2 inches under Cooper in FRIENDLY PERSUASION. Perkins claiming 6'2.5 when Cooper used to give his height as 6'2" is very funny when you see them together.
Gonzalo said on 22/Sep/17
He was clearly shorter than Gary Cooper in Friendly persuasion. If Cooper was 1´91 I think Perkins struggled with 1´87.
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This pic is not from The hanging tree as it is said but from Friendly persuasion. Cooper has camera angle advantage
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/17
6'1.5 is nigh impossible if Peck was only 6'2.5!! Watch On the Beach.
Richardspain said on 2/Jul/17
Between 185-187cm was his height sure!. A tall man, frame ideal to horror movies
Charlie said on 14/Apr/17
I thought he was 5'9. This is a shock. 6'1? In Psycho he looked 5'9. Matter of fact years ago his listing i believe was 5'9.5
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/17
6'1.5 might be just about OK. He could look it in a few films. There's a chance of 186 though. He did have a gangly frame though which if you didn't know you could have believed 6'2. If you cross Michael Owen, Andrew Garfield and David Tennant you'd get Perkins LOL.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Jan/17
In fairness he did look an easy 187 in Pretty Poison.
Sandy Cowell said on 11/Dec/16
He was a darn good actor, who could do manacing better than most! I wonder how many people know that Brigitte Bardot had her eye on him in the early 60's?
Arch Stanton said on 15/Oct/16
Still waiting for the downgrade to 186 on Perkins! Rarely looked a proper 187 in my eyes, nearer 6'1 flat. Especially with Peck under a full 6'3 now!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jun/16
I think he was near 6ft2.
Elias said on 14/Jun/16
Anthony Perkins was 186 cm , his skinny frame made him an illusion of being 6ft 2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/16
Could have brushed 189cm out of bed but he was most likely calling his height in shoes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Mar/16
Strong 6ft1/weak 6ft2 range, IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
@Rob, could you tweak to 186? See him with Rock Hudson and Gregory Peck, he looked nearer a flat 6'1!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jun/15
Michael Owen! That's random. But yeah facially they do look similar. But I strongly believe Lorenzo resembles Perkins closely to the point that he'd be the perfect choice to play him in a biopic, if you will
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
@Rampage A little bit, not really. Perkins reminds me of Michael Owen, albeit a tall one.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jun/15
@Sam, Mmm he looked 6'1" flat with Peck in On the Beach.
Sam said on 26/May/15
Rob could you update his credits?: "American actor best remembered for roles in Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, The Tin Star, On the Beach, Psycho, The Trial, Pretty Poison, Murder on the Orient Express, The Black Hole and Crimes of Passion."
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Oct/14
Right, so he's probably 6ft4 now then. He was more than 1ft taller than Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde.

Am I the only one here who thinks Perkins looks like Lorenzo Lamas's doppleganger?
Sam said on 27/Oct/14
He looked similar to but maybe a fraction taller than Henry Fonda, consistent with their listings.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Oct/14
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Rob, how tall would you say he looks in this picture?

That's his son Oz whose listed 6ft4 in most places. But he was 16 when this was taken so he may have still been growing
[Editor Rob: more 6ft 3 range than 4 there]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/14
"Anthony Perkins height: 6ft 1.75in (187cm)"

Could he have been 6ft2, Rob?
[Editor Rob: could look anywhere in 6ft 1-2 range at times ]
Sam said on 24/Sep/14
I think 187 is what he looked in Psycho, a bit more than 2 inches under 6'4" John Gavin.
Lenad said on 28/Dec/13
He never looked 6'2.5 ever. The lanky frame might've given that illusion. real height was somewhere 6'1 range no more than 187cm
Lenad said on 28/Dec/13
was between 1 and 2 inches shorter than gary cooper and Gregory peck. 186-187cm.
Lenad said on 8/Dec/13
looked at least and inch shorter than gary cooper in the movie they did together. I don't think he was anything over 6'2 realistically
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/13
Connery looks about an inch taller in Orient Express.
Namor said on 7/Nov/13
Looked 6'1 or so next to Gregory Peck in On the beach. Not over 6'2. 6'1.5 seams fine to me.
jtm said on 28/Aug/13
leigh was 5'4.
little sue said on 18/May/13
Janet Leigh was never 'very short' in real life!! she was a good 5ft 5, which back in the 50's and 60's was a couple of inches above average height
Dan said on 17/May/13
Tempest, I disagree with you. In Psycho, Perkins looks much more than 2 inches shorter than John Gavin (who was listed as 6'4"). On top of that, no one who's serious would judge height by how "spindly" and "skinny" someone looks. Let's not forget Perkins spends some time in the film standing next to Janet Leigh, who was very short in real life.
Knowitall said on 14/May/13
Perkins was at least two inches shorter than Gary Cooper
In Friendly Persussion. I doubt he was any taller than six one.
Lenad said on 6/Apr/13
I think he was a solid 6'2.
Tempest said on 10/Mar/13
Here's Anthony Perkins and Yves Montand. Anthony looks the 6'2.5" he claimed if Yves is 6'2" as listed. Upgrade
Tempest said on 4/Mar/13
He didn't look under 6'2" in Psycho. Spindly arms and a skinny frame.
Sam said on 13/Jan/12
I think this listing is fair. He was noticably shorter than John Gavin, Gregory Peck and Gary Cooper and I think he was barely taller than Orson Welles
jake, 1.82 m said on 26/Oct/11
He looked 2-2.5 inches below 6ft 4in John Gavin in Psycho. I believe 187-188 cm for Perkins.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Apr/11
he was 6"2...still looked it around the time of his death
rafa said on 12/Apr/11
I saw Psycho recently and he looked 6'2"
Shadow2 said on 25/Dec/10
He was at least 1.5" shorter than 6'3" Gregory Peck in 1959's "On the Beach", and about 5" shorter than 6'6" Hugh Gillin (the Sheriff) in one of the 1980's "Psycho" movies. Never 6'2" or taller.
Bon said on 8/Dec/10
Legit 6'1, and that's it.
Lenad said on 3/Jul/09
6ft2 is the most he could have been but 6ft1 max is F**king ridiculos
Frank2 said on 30/Jun/09
Perkins was 6'1". He was clearly two inches shorter than 6'3" Gary Cooper in FRIENDLY PERSUASION. And he looked short next to 6'4" John Gavin in PSYCHO.
Lenad said on 29/Jun/09
I can buy 186cm at the lowest. 185cm max is laughable
john said on 14/Jun/09
he's taller than most people thought without meeting him. 6'2.
Lenad said on 26/Apr/09
There were times when he looked too damn tall to be under what Rob lists him!
Lenad said on 20/Apr/09
He probably wasnt taller than 6'2 but anything under 6'1 is silly and anything under 6'0 is hilarious.
sam said on 1/Mar/09
6'1 - 6'2. taller than most people expected when seeing him in person
Lenad said on 19/Jan/09
Maybe strong 187 or weak 188.
Lenad said on 13/Jan/09
Looked 6'2 at the most when he stood next to Gregory Peck.
sam said on 29/Dec/08
looked 2 inches shorter than john gavin (6'4) in Psycho. he's about 6'2
Lenad said on 24/Nov/08
I think 6'2 max is better than 6'1 max. I'd say if Cooper was 6'3 max then Id peg Perkins at 187cm tops and 184cm minimum so thats pretty much 6'1.
Lenad said on 20/Nov/08
I mean I wouldnt go as low as 6'0 though.
Lenad said on 19/Nov/08
Gregory Peck was at least an inch taller than him. Maybe he was 6'2 tops and his lanky skinny frame made him seem taller. I wouldnt go lower than 6'0 though.
Lenad said on 18/Oct/08
Strong 188-weak 189.
joe said on 8/Oct/08
lanky proportions on this guy also. must have been easily over 6 foot for sure
Lenad said on 20/Sep/08
Perkins seemed aprox 6'2. He looked pretty tall compared to others in movies an photos.
sam said on 19/Sep/08
also, he has a slight or deminutive quality at times, but people who met him say he's much taller than they expected.
sam said on 22/Aug/08
i'm reading his autobiography and I would advise an upgrade on this sight. almost everyone in the book comments on his height. I'd put money on six two. he may even be the 6'2.5 he claimed in '58...
Anonymous said on 1/Jun/08
yeah he looks like a guy i know who says the same thing, "yeah i may be a little over 6'2...." but in reality he problably just scrapes that. anyway, your damn tall, don't worry about it! lol
Lenad said on 28/May/08
"I'm 6 foot 2 and a half". On the best day of your life pal!
Chief said on 28/May/08
It is hard to judge height by comparing actors movies. Perkins to Cooper in Friendly Persuasion. Directors would shoot a shot with them together but in the fantasy world of movies it would be more pleasing to the audience to shoot so the Father looked taller than the son. The STAR would also be shot to appear taller in a scene optically more acceptable to the audience.
Gonzalo said on 21/May/08
Perkins looks shorter than Yves Montand in this pic, even taking to account that Montand is closer to the camera. Montand said he was 1`87
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Perkins is clearly upgraded in this site. He was 1`85 max. He looked taller because he was very thin but there are many proofs of him being clearly shorter than 1`90 guys, such as Gary Cooper or Gregory Peck
sam said on 6/Feb/08
interesting. around 6'1 6'2. didn't seem to shrink even during his illness and before his death at around 60. all the way to the end, still standing tall...
Gene C said on 26/Oct/07
I think this listing is accurate. Tony was very lean, which made him seem taller. In "Friendly Persuasion" he clearly shorter than Gary Cooper, and ol' Coop was BARELY 6' 3" (methinks slightly shorter).
Gonzalo said on 26/Oct/07
He looked far from 6`2 next to Gary Cooper, who was 6`3 but over 50 years in the movie they did together. Take a look at this pic again
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Time to downgrade Perkins
A little bit far from the camera but Perkins gives the impression of being much shorter than Cooper
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Viper said on 25/Oct/07
Is it just me or does Perkins look closer to 6-4 in Psycho part 4? He sure looks taller than just 6-1 1/2 to me in that movie.
sam said on 25/Oct/07
tony perkins looked 6'2 in psycho and continued to look this tall in other films throughout his life, interesting fellow. Unfortunetly he suffered from an illness later in life and didn't survive it. Well, wherever he is, he is still 6'2.
Brad said on 15/Aug/06
6' 1" in '86 when I ran into him at Universal. Nice guy, knew that lot like his hand.
Anthony said on 11/Aug/06
Perkins with Martin Balsam.

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From what I've seen of him on film, Balsam was never more than 5'7 (I'd always assumed he was even shorter). Perkins dwarfs him. I'd say 6'1.5 is correct. Then again, considering it's a mere lobby card rather than an actual still from the movie, maybe they played around with it a bit.
Frank2 said on 30/Apr/06
Here's Perkins standing behind both 6'3" Jimmy Stewart and 6'3" Gary Cooper: Click Here

Perkins next to 5'7" Fred Astaire: Click Here
In On the Beach, 6'3" Greg Peck was at least inches taller than Perkins.

A small color shot from Friendly Persuasion: Click Here

Frank2 said on 30/Apr/06
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope! Perkins was just slightly taller than 6'.

Here he is next to 6'3" Gary Cooper: Click Here

Watch Friendly Persuasion. He's at least two and a half inches shorter than Coop in every scene.

Perkins was very thin, possibly no more than 150 lbs. That made him look taller. I saw him towards the end of his life and by then he was possibly shorter than me.

[Editor Rob: I'll add that to my 'watch list' and change this guy on seeing it ;-)]
Steve Miller said on 29/Apr/06
I met tony perkins once in 1991. I'm 6 feet even and he seemed about 2 inches taller. I say he's a solid 6'2
Gonzalo said on 30/Mar/06
Perkins was clearly shorter than Gary Cooper in Friendly persuassion, at least two inches. He was very thin and that gave the impression that he was taller. Check this
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larry said on 19/Mar/06
In the movie ON THE BEACH, Perkins appeared an inch shorter than Gregory Peck in several scenes and perhaps as much as 3.5 cms (sorry about switching scales). He was a pretty "lanky" guy, so could appear taller.
Frank2 said on 2/Mar/06
Perkins was six one and a half.
Gary said on 21/Sep/05
I found a suspicious pic at:
Those shoes are so big, but he looks like a pretty tall guy, what should one think??

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