How tall is Arnold Schwarzenegger - Page 29

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Average Guess (804 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 1.04in (185.5cm)
Current: 5ft 11.16in (180.7cm)
Gramps said on 22/Dec/05
Okay, JONE, we're ready to see those photos of Arnie at 6'3"+. Bring them on...
Jason said on 21/Dec/05
Actually, it's likely Arnold stopped growing early. Being a mesomorph, they're early developers and early developers tend to stop growing earlier. Sometimes as early as 12 - 13 let alone 15. With that in mind, I'd say it's more likely Arnold didn't grow after 15 than did.
cendrin rovini said on 21/Dec/05
Hans Meiser (cult-presenter in Germany) said he met Schwarzenegger and he was his height (188cm). Maybe he shrunk almost 10cm because of his age and training. PS: I'm from Germany, next to Austria. Not to kill someone for crimes is a part of our culture, I'm disappointed and it makes him small in my eyes...
Danimal said on 21/Dec/05
McFly, you still state FACTS my friend. Can you not see that your Facts are merely YOUR subjective opinions, which I might reiterate, are being based on absolutely NO evidence whatsoever...I have to side with Elio 100%.. Lou is not and was not 6'2" in his prime. Do all of us a favor and look at his stacked up to his former Olympia competitors. In 1975, Serge Nubret was 6'0" even and Lou towered over him. In fact, Lou had at least 3 inches on the 6'1"-6'2" Paul Dillet in the 1993 Mr. Olympia as well..Furthermore, your claim of Arnold being only 5'10" in his prime, would in fact reduce him to 5'8"-5'9" today by your logic, but again, you seem more fixated with magic 5'10" mark being his prime height, that I've noticed you've failed to mention was you belive his current height to be. Why don't you enlighten us all....Besides, the man was measured at 15 at a height of 5'11 1/2", so he was NO WAY less than that and I am quite certain he grew after that. 15 is by no means an age where young men stop growing..
Gramps said on 21/Dec/05
I think McFly and Jone are really the same guy, just playing all of us from both ends! Our reactions to their (his) ridiculous assertions must make for great laughs.
Jason said on 20/Dec/05
It's funny that Arnold is listed here as 6'0'' with those quotes at the top of the page underneath. Same with Stallone's page ... lol.
elio said on 20/Dec/05
McFly, your repetitive claim that Arnold is 5'10" is almost as crazy as the stuff Jone is coming out with. Whereas he is biased in favour of Arnold as he is a fan, you are biased against Arnold because you clearly hate the man.
Danimal said on 20/Dec/05
Jone, at LEAST 6'4"??? Where do you get this from? If Arnold was indeed 6'4" then wouldn't he have ever wanted to announce that height? Arnold only faced Lou ONCE in 1975. I believe that Lou was indeed 6'4" back then, if not 6'5", but Arnold? lol...NO WAY!!! 6'1"-6'2" MAX and today, 6'0" MAX....I am a HUGE fan of Arnold, but I won't make him seem literally larger than life as you are attempting to do!
Gramps said on 20/Dec/05
Jone, you're hilarious!
CelebHeights Editor said on 20/Dec/05
In that 'infamous' Qui interview back in 77 he did say: "I'm 6'2", and 240 pounds is the perfect weight for me" so he's been consistant.
Anonymous said on 19/Dec/05
After seeing a photo of my co-worker standing beside the campaigning Arnold (in a suit), I am now convinced Arnold is below 6 feet barefooted, by at least an inch.
Mr. R said on 19/Dec/05
Again, I will note that when he ran for governor of my state, they first released the 6-2 figure. But when they were challenged by keen height observers, his own press spokesman said he was 6 feet. He is certainly not above that!
elio said on 19/Dec/05
LOL. I must have missed the 'Let's measure Arnold on TV' show. Damn.
Viper652 said on 19/Dec/05
I call it as I see it as well, and Arnold looks 5-10.5 to me without his lifts. Shoot, even I think Bil Murray looks 6-2 to 6-3 sometimes.
Danimal said on 19/Dec/05
I see Arnold as NO less than 5'11 1/2" today. I've ALWAYS been a fan of him, since Pumping Iron came out in 1977 (the year I was born). I am a VERY good judge of height, as well as weight and perhaps he was never a solid 6'2" (probably closer to 6'1"), but today, he is hovering around the 6'0 mark and proof of that is him standing next to tall men, ie: Lou Ferrigno, Reg Park, Dave Draper, David Letterman, etc.)...
Cobra said on 19/Dec/05
A legit 6ft4 with the shoes he had in T1 can be right.
his barefeet height nowadays I think is about 184/185.
I really can`t believe this 5ft10 storys.
Jason said on 19/Dec/05
I just call it as I see it, Danimal. The sad fact is the vast majority of celebrity's heights are exaggerations/lies. The only listings here I posted agreeing with lately I can recall are Hugh Jackman & Bill Murray.
Danimal said on 18/Dec/05
McFly, read back what you wrote and tell me how much sense this makes: "Arnold was only 5'10 at his peak. I saw him during his campaign for Governor in 2003 --- you did not." Not to prove you wrong, but you mention that Arnold was 5'10" at his peak and in the same sentence you mention how you saw him in 2003? My friend, 2003 shows a 55-56 year old man and not a 22-28 year old Arnold at his peak and HOW do you know I did NOT see him as you claim you did? All we have to go by are your opinions McFly, for you offer no real evidence, YET, you claim your subjective opinions are FACTS, of which they are NOT.

BTW, on a side note, Jason, it appears that you like to prove points as to how SHORT most people are. You rarely if ever give the benefit of the doubt. That was just an obsevration my man.
Gramps said on 18/Dec/05
Jone: I love the way you just inject flat-out nonsense into the conversation! You're a riot!

McFly: So you think Arnold was at his peak height when you saw him during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign? LOL (again!)

tgri: Sorry to say but these guys don't lie when they say the Governator is less than 6 feet these days. Sad but true!
Jason said on 18/Dec/05
If you believe that tgri, you'll believe anything.
Cobra said on 18/Dec/05
In 1974, one year before Pumping Irion, competition weight of Arnold was 240 pounds, that was his best shape, in 1980 he weighed about 229 pounds.
Offseason he had about 260 pounds and still good defined, you can see this in "Hercules in New York".
In the first Conan movie Arnold was about 225 pounds, in the second about 235, in Conan the destroyer he is close to his shape in his BB-competition days.

Danimal said on 17/Dec/05
One more thing Elio. In the filming of Pumping Iron, which took place in 1975, while filming the pre-training schedule of several 1975 Olympia contestants, including Arnold S. and Lou Ferrigno, it is clearly stated that Arnold is 6'2" and 240 pounds and that Lou was 6'5" and 275 pounds. In fact, that was there off-season weight, for Arnold did trim down a bit for the competition (not sure how much), as did Lou, who was 268 pounds in November 1975 for his competition (his lightest competition by FAR). In 1993 Lou competed at 318 pounds and the following year at 298, listed at being just over 6'4".
Danimal said on 17/Dec/05
Gramps, Arnold averaged 220 pounds for Conan the Barbarian and reduced his weight to 212 pounds for one scene, where he is left for dead. For his filming of Terminator he had beefed up to 240 pounds according to him, in the December 1984 issue of Muscle and Fitness. In the movie Twins, Danny Devito made a point to state that his brother (that being Arnold) is a 230 pounds virgin...In the early nineties, he reduced that bodyweight to 210-215 pounds...

Another point that Elio made was when he mentioned the former 3 time Mr. Olympia who stood 5'9" (my exact height) and weighed 185-190 pounds for the 1980 competion. Well, if that was the case, Arnold had a good 4-5 inches on Frank and back then there was NO lifts. Anold either worked out barefoot, or with ballet slippers..No excpetions. Yes, the 1980 Mr. Olympia was indeed quite controversial, seeing that Mike Mentzer should have won it that year and because he didn't, he chose to retire that same year from professional bodybuilding competitions. Two other great competitors were Casey Viator and Tom Platz...

In order for Anrold to be able to have a lean 235 pounds of muscle in competion, he had to gain weight in the offseason and he did. He was 250-260 pounds for many years in his early competion days and in later ones, he was between 240-250 pounds and for most of his films in the eighties before and including 1986 he was 240 pounds..Gramps, Arnold was 212-220 pounds in 1981 and he was very lean and muscular. In 1984 at 240 pounds, he was much more massive, with less definition. Arnold weighed 250 pounds at his first Mr. Olympia in 1969, but people like Frank Zane and Sergio Olivia were far more cut and defined, so Arnold reduced his weight to 230 pounds for the 1970 competition and won it that year. The following year he found his groove at 235 pounds, but remember, this was his competion weight and NOT his offseason weight. He was a VERY large man back then, well, at least his upper torso was.
Zach said on 17/Dec/05
Regarding the weight issue, Arnold says in his encyclopedia that the heaviest he's been is 240Ib and that off season he had a tendency to slim down rather than gain weight since he was an ecto-mesomorph.
Jason said on 17/Dec/05
Depends how tall he really was. I'm a Conan and Arnold fan and have been watching the 2 Conan movies since I was a kid. Being a large man myself, I can see Arnold only having weighed 220 in Conan the Barbarian. Though I reckon he was no more than a solid 5'11''. I remember reading the producers wanted him to have a build in the movie that looked like it came from heavy labour (not weight lifting) and not a ''super hero'' physique.

Thanks for that interesting snippet, elio.
Gramps said on 17/Dec/05
McFly, are you still here? Arnie only 212 pounds in Conan? That would be possible if he was about 5'6". Even at a height back then of around 6 feet, Arnold would have weighed at least 240 to achieve that massiveness.
Gramps said on 17/Dec/05
Jone, you made a little mistake in your research on lifts: "Magnum" lifts are to raise boats, not feet. Nice try, though.
elio said on 17/Dec/05
Danimal. I actually meant to type 1974, not 1973 :) . You are right he was bigger in 1974... around 240lbs. However since then (including the 1975 olympia) he was been lighter.

Arnold dropped from 235lbs to 220lbs when he learned that Serge Nubret would be competing in the 1975 olympia and realised he posed a bigger threat than Lou Ferrigno. He wanted to make sure Nubret's definition and seperation didn't overshadow his own.

Also he competed in the 1980 olympia (not the 1990 as you have mistyped) under a similar lighter weight. This was probably due to the fact that he only decided to compete several weeks before the contest and also that at the time the judges had begun to award more marks for aesthetics with less emphasis on mass (180lbs 5'9" Frank Zane had won the 3 previous olympias). Most people estimate Arnold was around the 215lbs mark for the 1980 olympia.

The film studio wanted to shoot some footage of Arnold as King Conan, fully bearded and sitting on his throne surrounded by beautiful women in the fall of 1980. They were going to use that footage for a trailer that was going to run before some of the big Christmas movies later that year. Arnold was told to get in shape quick because he had to be big for the footage of him as King Conan. He started training seriously in the summer of '80 and everyone was telling him he should compete in the Olympia that year since he wasn't promoting it for the first time since he retired in 1975. I think as the Olympia got closer and he got in better shape, he thought that coming out of retirement and winning another Olympia title would provide great publicity for the new movie. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way. His win was very controversial and CBS didn't even broadcast the footage they filmed at the show because of the controversy. Arnold started principal shooting on the movie in Spain on January 7th, 1981 and finished in May of the same year. The movie wasn't released until May 14, 1982. Arnold's weight was roughly the same for conan as it was for the '80 olympia. Perhaps as heavy as 220lbs, but he definately was not 240-250lbs beforehand as you have stated. You can't (effectively) go from 215lbs up to 250lbs then back down to 220lbs in 3 months.

In a lot of his movies since 1985 INCLUDING Twins, Red heat, and Predator he was actually only 210lbs. He was a bit heavier in Commando, Terminator and Conan the Destroyer.

You are correct that he is much lighter today, but i think 180lbs seems just a bit too light. Probably closer to 200lbs? I saw a picture of him with Jackie Chan recently and he was definately looking lighter.
Jason said on 16/Dec/05
Danimal, what did Arnold weigh in Conan the Barbarian? I heard 228 somewhere, but 220 sounds more like it.
Danimal said on 16/Dec/05
Elio, you are very much wrong about Arnold not having weighed over 230 pounds since 1973. Funny, but he won both the 1974 and 1975 Mr. Olympia at 235 pounds, as well as the 1990 Mr. Olympia at that weight. In 1981 while filming Conan the Barbarian, he reduced his weight from 240-250 pounds to 212-220...He later gained back that weight for Terminator, whereby he weighed 240 pounds..In 1988, he weighed 230 pounds for Twins and maintained that weight until the early 1990's, until True Lies, where he reduced his weight to 210-215 pounds...I don't believe he is even close to that weight today. I have read that he is somewhere around 180 pounds today...This is a man who at his peak was said to have ballooned up to 280 one offseason...When he first came to the US he was an imposing 250 pound man standing 6'1"-6'2", but is probably 5'11 1/2"-6'0" today...
Jason said on 16/Dec/05
Elio, steroids can indeed affect bone integrity which would lead to some shrinking. Not necessarily due to the muscle gained via their use itself (though it sure wouldn't help).
Jason said on 16/Dec/05
I agree with what you say Codex, but it depends on the person, too. My Grandfather was 6'1 1/2'' in his prime and he's still a hair over 6'1'' today at 73 years old despite having been overweight for the last 30 years. He's lost a little weight this year but he always weighed around 225lbs.
Codex said on 15/Dec/05
Being of a heavy build accelerates shrinking, this is actually the case.
Do your homework and you will find the scientific evidence.
This is the reason tall people can carry a substantial weight load that would cause a shorter person to be podgy.
For example a man of 6 ft4 could be 200lbs easily and would still be of a lean build rather than over muscular.
While a man who was 5 ft7 could weigh 200lbs, but his build would be much heavier and dense, the muscles would be more apparent,or he would be over weight.
So in conclusion a man who was bettwen 6ft and 6ft2 could indeed be 230lbs without being overweight, but its still too much weight to carry for a man of that height without shrinking a small amount.
I would estimate you would have to be at least 6ft4 to be 230lbs and not shrink over the years as a result, probably even 6ft5.
It is not the muscle which causes shrinkage, it is the body weight, and even if Arnold was 6ft2...its still not tall anough to accomadate 230lbs without loosing some height as a result over time.

Below i have linked a page that confirms by post, from Wikipedia,
where it quite clearly states that height is related to weight....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_weight
elio said on 15/Dec/05
He probably has shrunk. However there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that 'steroid use' causes or accelerates 'shrinking'.

Why would muscle cause shrinking anyway? It doesn't 'hang' from the spine. If anything it would reduce spine compression. Also, Arnold hasn't been over 230lbs since 1973. Even then, is 230lbs that heavy that it could compress the bones in your legs?

I can't help but feel that the assumption that muscle makes people shrink stems from jealousy
Gramps said on 14/Dec/05
Based on bodybuilding photos from 35 years ago, I believe Arnold was exactly the same height as Elvis - - 6'0.5". But at 5'11" today, I suspect Arnie is a tad taller than Elvis is!
Height Tracker said on 14/Dec/05
I agree with Codex. And anybody who says that Arnie was max 5'10" in his prime is really dilusional.
Codex said on 14/Dec/05
Points to bear in mind about him..
1) Arnie is not a young man anymore, is anyone going to seriously oppose this fact? The man has clearly lost a little height.
2) With all the body building hes done in his life(not neglecting the possiblity of steroid use), we can certainly say this extra muscle and weight has taken its toll on his frame.
3) He has obviously worn lifts in a lot of his films, that may have given the impression he was in the 6ft3/6ft4 range.
I find it plausible that he was 6 ft 2 in his prime. With an actor like Arnie, height would be a big thing, with his image as a tough guy type its doubtlful he could have pulled the wool over peoples eyes and claimed he was much taller than he was(at least in his prime).
Nowadys id put him in the 5ft11 range, 6 ft not out of the question though.
Gramps said on 13/Dec/05
Great picture, Bakane! Here's another, just showing how enigmatic Arnold is, height-wise, anyway:
http://ralfmoeller.com/fotogalerie/zoom.php?backurlid=2&fileid=26
Here he is with the legit 6'6" Ralf Moeller and the fading Clint Eastwood.
Gotxo said on 13/Dec/05
Elio, i read once a similar or the same article, but translated to metrics,it gave 183cm for the age of 15 and 185 at sixteen. The conversion, however can be biased by the well-know issues on conversion (seeking the cultural references). I think both those figures where rounded up.
Bakane said on 13/Dec/05
If G.W. Bush is 5'11". Arnie is the same height.
Look at this picture:
http://www.americanpatrol.com/CALIFORNIA/SCHWARZENEGGER/IMAGES/Bush-Arnie031016SBdo293x347.jpg
elio said on 13/Dec/05
the magazine 'Iron Man', Volume 26 No. 5, July 1967 and, on page 22, had Albert Busek's introductory article on Arnold that was reprinted courtesy of 'Man's World'. In it, Herr Busek gives Arnold's measurements as taken by Kurt Marnul when he started training at the age of 15

"Bodyweight 154; Height 5'11 1/2"; Upper arm 13; Chest 41 1/3; Waist 27 1/2; Thigh 21; Calf 14 3/4."

In Arnold's autobiography he states his height at 15 as 6 feet. This could just be a minor round-up from 5'11 1/2 which probably doesn't constitute as 'lieing about his height'.

Either way i think it's pretty clear he was around 6 foot at 15. It seems perfectly feasible that he gained another two inches over the following 3 years.

Jone's claims of 6'2 at 14 and 6'4 now are ridiculous and completely without evidence.
Codex said on 13/Dec/05
http://ralfmoeller.com/fotogalerie/zoom.php?backurlid=2&fileid=26
An interesting picture id say, make of it what you will.
Granted Arnie is in the foreground , but despite the angle he looks almost as tall as Clint Eastwood in this picture.
Jason said on 11/Dec/05
I only wish I could go on down to the TAB and put my life savings on that thing about Arnold not being true (staged, rumour, etc.).
Gotxo said on 6/Dec/05
Gramps: Lou looks tall, dunno if 6'3,or a little over.
But Arnie is possing, very conscious of his imga, he's closer to the camera,and we
know he likes to wear boots. No need of lifts at all to appear like that (if you're 6' or similar). 5'10 is stupid, but about six feet makes sense to me.
Gramps said on 6/Dec/05
So here's Arnold next to Lou Ferrigno, and Lou next to the 6'2.5" Eric Bana:
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/media/pg2/2003/0307/photo/a_lou_i.jpg
link
It's obvious that Big Lou is still around 6'3" and McFly says Arnold is 5" shorter? Yeah, right! Oh, I forgot, Arnold is wearing his 4" lifts! Ha-ha!
Jason said on 5/Dec/05
If he was really 6'2'' (or even over 6'0'' for that matter) we wouldn't have had all these droves of people saying he's 5'10'' and 5'11'' since the 70s.
F. Lee Barely said on 5/Dec/05
Schwarzenegger was measured and confirmed at 6'2" during his competitive years - apparently he'd been at that height since his early teens. If in fact he is only around 5'11" these days, it's shockingly bad news that one can lose THAT much height over the years. (I shudder to think where I'LL end up...)
Anonymous said on 5/Dec/05
McFly, what is up with you and your facts?? You bring no evidence to the table to back up your statements...Your facts are just your opinions, of which you are entitled to, but the way you are making yourself come across is quite ignorant and very closed-minded, refusing to look at the evidence...
Gramps said on 5/Dec/05
McFly, you are so obviously just trying to rattle cages with your ridiculous statements. Buh-bye!
Danimal said on 4/Dec/05
The 1983 Guinness Book of World Records listed Arnold as the 6'1" former Mr. Universe and then listed his other measurements...This was the first and only time he was ever listed anything other than 6'2"...I find that interesting...Arnold had always been the same height as David Letterman, who is supposedly 6'2"-6'2 1/2"....Arnold hasn't always carried around 250 pounds btw...The man went as low as 210-220 pounds as well...I really have no idea how much he weighs today...I've heard as low 180 pounds, which wouldn't surprise me...I do not give him less than 5'11"...No way is he 5'10" and to say he was 5'10" in his prime is just absurd...The man was taller than Dave Draper, who is 6'0". Arnold was the same height as Reg Park, who was 6'1"-6'2"...Lou wasn't 6'3" in his prime. He was always over 6'4" until a few years ago...He is probably 6'3" today, or slightly under that....
Gramps said on 4/Dec/05
Cobra, I share your sentiments, but still don't think Arnie was 6'1" or more - - mostly likely slightly less, but still over 6' even in his twenties. I think the thousands of hours of weight lifting combined with carrying around 250 pounds or so for so many years (+ the effects of steriods?) has taken it's toll. Arnie is certainly under 6'0" barefooted today, maybe by an inch or so. My co-worker has a recent campaign photo of himself with Arnold wearing a suit, and Arnold is DEFINITELY under 6 feet compared to my friend, both wearing suits. My best guess: 6'0.5" in his prime, and 5'11" today.
Cobra said on 4/Dec/05
5ft10 at his peak, you are crazy guy. Arnold was 187 or 188 (morning, evening ;)) in his prime.
He never took care about his height with shoes or such stuff because he knew he was tall enough. Nowadays I think 185 is right.
Gramps said on 2/Dec/05
When Wilt turned pro he was measured at 7'1-1/8". Check out this photo of Wilt "boxing" with the young 6'3" Muhammad Ali. Wilt actually looks WAY over 7 feet!
http://ibbab.free.fr/Hall_fame/Wilt/images/wilt7_jpg.jpg
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
I think so. He was listed as tall as 7'2'' in the NBA ... no doubt an in shoes measurement. People used to swear he was really at least 7'3'' but Wilt always insisted he was only 7'1''. He's the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game I believe ... entire teams score 100 points in a game!
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Who says Wilt was 6'11''? I've heard Rob say that, but know where he got it from. The guy looks 7'1'' to me ... and you know how skeptical I am lol.

[Editor Rob: I buy the 7ft 1, he looks it]
sam said on 2/Dec/05
That picture is awesome Charles, they just need Kevin Peter Hall in it and Arnold looks about 5'4" compared to other guys.
MEK said on 2/Dec/05
Hummm that picture is interesting! Andre looks to me 3 or 4 inches shorten then Wilt Chamberlain. If Chamberlain was 6'11" then this will put Andre only at 6'7" range???
Charles said on 2/Dec/05
5'10 seems like a very short assumption. After all there really wasn't that much of a difference between him and the Rock who's supposedly 6'3.5"
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Wilt was 7'1'' ... that puts Arnold at 5'11'' at best around 1983/1984.
Charles said on 2/Dec/05
A pic of Arnold next to Andre the giant and Wilt Chamberlain.
http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=andrearnoldwilt1vh.jpg
CelebHeights Editor said on 2/Dec/05
From wonkette.com, "I turn to my left, and did a double take as I saw the Gubernator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, walking with Maria Shriver. He's not particularly tall, as I was taller than him (I'm 5'11" or so)"
Glenn said on 1/Dec/05
he does look 6-2 whenever I see him.but anything is possible
Anonymous said on 1/Dec/05
arnie looks 6'2" next ot 174 chan
J-Sinn said on 1/Dec/05
I met him back in 90 at a fitness conference, I was shorter then but he only looked as tall as my dad, my dad is only 5'10". I thought he would have been bigger when I met him, so did my mother. I think maybe 5'll, 6 foot at most.
N/A said on 30/Nov/05
He's about 5'10" 5'11 1/2" at the most.
Zach said on 30/Nov/05
A few pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan...

http://www.thearnoldfans.com/news/940.htm
Gramps said on 29/Nov/05
I think you're both right (A-Bomb and Gotxo). Maybe the steroids HAVE hastened skeletal shrinkage. And yes, I'm sure Arnold has "over-heighted" himself in a lot of his roles.
Gotxo said on 29/Nov/05
The exercise stimulates the osteogenesis, but if it's excesive leads to a bone tissue degradation. It's obvious that in both chaps case it was, that combined with the use of steroids had had to make bone wear. In a degree more noticeable (visually, i mean) that the avg fella? Maybe, but i still think on him like in a guy that played the star-system of Hollywood, a 1-2 inches taller by written :P
A-Bomb said on 29/Nov/05
It seems like both Lou Ferringo and Arnold may have lost height in the inches from what they once were in the bodybuilding days. I was thinking then is it perhaps not caused from the actual lifting itself, but the steroids they used (both have admitted to be being on them (for a laugh just listen to Lou's voice in Pumping Iron compared to it today) and infact it's a given that they are used in competitive bodybuilding still to this day). I read that steroids can cause bone to be removed faster than it is formed, and loss of bone density can occur. Steroids can induce osteoprosis which in-turn obviously affects height. Both Arnold and Lou may have quite a bit more shrinking to go through if this is the case. Any thoughts?
Gramps said on 28/Nov/05
My God, Sly must be on stilts in that picture with Hogan!
Gramps said on 28/Nov/05
Lou is hunched over a bit in this pic, too. Interesting about Triple H, as I have him pegged at 6'1" based on his impromptu appearance on "Punk'd."
Danimal said on 28/Nov/05
That picture with Hogan and Stallone STILL baffles my mind...Hogan TOWERED over Stallone in the early 80's..Poor guy had shrunk SO MANY inches...
Jason said on 28/Nov/05
Also, if Stallone can get up there with Hogan ( http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=52581802&cdi=0 ), then Arnold can get up there with Lou.
Jason said on 28/Nov/05
Eric Bana is slightly shorter than Hugh Jackman (who's 6'2 1/2'' at best). I dunno, maybe it's his shoes there? I remember looking at a WWE magazine earlier this year and it had a pic of Lou with Triple H at last year's Mr Olympia, and the height difference between them was slightly less than that.
Gramps said on 28/Nov/05
I still think Lou was 6'4" in his prime. I thought he had lost a lot of height since then, but here he is recently an inch or more taller than the 6'2.5" Eric Bana:
link
Jason said on 27/Nov/05
Possibly Arnold was 6'0'', I mean I don't know for sure of course, just doubt it. Have you seen the recent pics of Lou with Hulk Hogan? Lou is a good inch or so shorter than Hogan even ... I don't believe he was ever 6'4'' or 6'5''. They just exaggerated in Pumping Iron (and bodybuilding in general).
Cobra said on 27/Nov/05
There`s a scene in Pumping Iron on the stage, where Arnold and Lou are standing together.
I would say, Arnold was about 2 inches smaller.
Arnold was for sure l88 or at least 187 in his prime.
Gramps said on 26/Nov/05
Jason, Jason! Lou Ferrigno was always listed as 6'5" and Rob lists him here at 6'3.5". Now, I KNOW that Arnold wears lifts, but how could the "aging" Arnold be this close in height to Big Lou if Arnold was only 5'11" in his prime? Ya gotta give Arnold at LEAST 6'0" in his prime, if not even a bit more. Will you give me that much?
Jason said on 26/Nov/05
I don't think he was ever more than a solid 5'11''. He has very long legs for his height which makes him appear taller.
Zach said on 26/Nov/05
Couple of stills with 6'1 Carl Weathers:

http://www.yuanlei.com/movies/big/predator.jpg

Could be uneven ground though.

[Editor Rob: the only scene in predator worth comparing is the meeting in the hut at beginning. It 'appeared' arnie may have been marginally taller]
Gramps said on 25/Nov/05
Jason, I MIGHT believe (someday) that Arnie hit 6'1" in his twenties, but never any taller. I'm thinking more like 6'0" to 6'0.5", and today maybe 5'11". What say you?
Jason said on 25/Nov/05
I don't know about a full 6'1'' for Reg Parks, Gramps. But, he's at least 6'0''. And if Arnold looks 6'1'' or 6'2'' (disregarding comparing him to Reg Parks and Dave Draper) in that pic, I'll eat the bumper off a car lol.
Gramps said on 24/Nov/05
Check out the 40-something Reg Park here with a youthful Lou Ferrigno:
http://www.newyorkimages.com/Regparke.jpg
Gramps said on 24/Nov/05
Jason: Reg Park, who is listed more often at 6'2" than 6'0", says himself on his website that he was measured in 1956 (age 28) at 6'1". The guy has always looked at least 6'1".
hugh said on 24/Nov/05
I talked to one of his bodyguards in Germany and he said Arnold is very short
Elton said on 24/Nov/05
The picture with Park and Draper is a dodgy angle, Arnies furthest from the camera, so that makes him look shorter to start with, and if Park and draper, are both 6'1, then why dont they look the same height? reason, dodgy angle. There are plenty of pictures of Arnold with guys who are 6'2 and above, and he looks like he's in there height range.
Jason said on 24/Nov/05
Reg Park probably wasn't even a full 6'1'', Gramps. He's listed at both 6'0'' and 6'2'', and has said himself 6'1''. My hunch is he was 6'0 1/2'' and they just called it 6'0'' for that listing, the 6'2'' was in shoes, and his own 6'1'' was being generous.

And we can't really gather anything from that pic with Ali, Zach. Ali was 6'2 1/2'' in his prime and shrunk/hunches big time, otherwise it would be good.
Zach said on 24/Nov/05
Schwarzenegger and Muhammad Ali:

link
Gramps said on 24/Nov/05
Here's an interesting early photo of Arnold alongside Reg Park and Dave Draper, both 6'1":
http://images.google.com/url?q=http://www.gmv.com.au/images/catalog/DaveDraper1.jpg
Even though the camera angle is not ideal, it's clear that Arnie is not as tall as the other two - - meaning he was maybe about an even 6'0" in his prime.
Jason said on 24/Nov/05
Bush Senior is no taller than Bill Clinton (who's listed here as 6'1''). I agree with Gotxo, I can still see Bush having a couple of inches on Arnold.
A-Bomb said on 24/Nov/05
Jason,
It's true Howard could be as low as 5'6" maybe slightly less. All I know is this. There was a report on Today Tonight 5 years ago on height. They mentioned Howard of course and gave this anecdote. That Aust PM Bob Hawke during the 80's used to call John Howard "The Little Man" despite Hawke actually being 2cm shorter than Howard - they never gave either of their heights. I'm very curious as to how tall both of these men are. Howard certainly gets ridiculed a lot for being "little".
A-Bomb said on 24/Nov/05
Yeah I'd say Bush is 5'11" first thing in the morning and 5'10 1/2 by the afternoon. They seemingly exxagerate about everything else I can't see why they wouldn't do the same about his height.
Gramps said on 23/Nov/05
Viper: When Arnold is clearly shown as the near-equal of George Bush, Sr. - - both in dress shoes - - how can you possible believe he is only 5'11"?
Gotxo said on 23/Nov/05
Nope, i was not saying that about the shoulders but about the term used by Arnie. Ectomorph and such jargon gives him no more authority.
Yes Bush junior is no more than 5'11" wich is not bad, but maybe he is near that, not it full
Zach said on 23/Nov/05
goatxo I see you have a personal issue with Arnold 'austriac son of a pro-nazi not being able to write something cultural' Schwarnzenegger, but anyway like Rob says from that pic theres visually any difference. If Bush stood military style, maybe thats a different story, my point was Bush Senior always stands like that due to old age and with his son he's still a couple of inches clear. Which means something fishy is going on with Bush junior's height when with Arnie and I suspect Bush Jnr is using lifts.

And with regards to shoulders, what you say bout ectomorph is bull, I'm a 5th year medic, trust me they're not a stationary entity to analyse height from so much is their variation amongst individuals of the same height.

And Arnie does have an encyclopedia: http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0684857219.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

gotxo said on 23/Nov/05
A pic from Arnie's own page, yet it's poor in quality is from the same series of shots than the one you posted Zach. Concentrate on their skulls, look at Bush dome, it has less hair tha Arnie's revealing beter where the skull ends. It's up to 2" taller than the other's, in spite of governators brushed hair.
http://www.schwarzenegger.com/en/news/uptotheminute/images/GeorgeBushAward-1.jpg
gotxo said on 23/Nov/05
Zach, you're you own ideas enemy by posting pics as that one, check it again if your mind works slow, and you'll see that arnie is smaller. Bush senior is a tall guy still in his old age, Arnie is tallish about 6'-to 6'0.5". Never in hell his 6'2" claimed height. Ectomorph only means out+shape and its used to describe in bodybuilding the kind of bodies with problems to improve areas of the body and to retain the aquired gain, Arnie is an Austriac son of a pro-nazi guy not able to write something as cultural as an Encyclopedy.
A-Bomb said on 23/Nov/05
Zach,
Taking into consideration that Bush is not standing in the best posture I'd say he looks an inch taller than Arnold in that picture. I reckon Bush is 6'1" these days making Arnold around 6'0". I agree though that shoulders can be deceptive in ascertaining heights. Rob who do you think looks the taller of the two based on that picture?

[Editor Rob: visually there's barely any difference, but Bush posture doesn't look that good, so Snr if straighter may be a bit more]
Zach said on 23/Nov/05
lol, I had to laugh at that comment Gotxo, I think you're seeing things. How on earth do you work out Bush is 2" taller than Arnie from that pic when its clear that Arnold himself is taller or at least the exact same height!

Anyway with regards to shoulders - they're more to do with genetic build than height. Arnold himself said in his Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding book that he had downwards sloping shoulders (classic ecto-mesomorph characteristic) and that this put him at a disadvantage back in his competing days.
Gramps said on 22/Nov/05
Zach: great pic of Arnie with Bush Sr. They look almost exactly the same height if Bush were standing straight up. So the question is, how tall is the elder Bush these days???
Gotxo said on 22/Nov/05
Zach, watch the pic you posted carefully, note arnie's shoulders are below bush ones. Also the top of the heads do not coincide, thougt the amount of hair of Arnie might be deceptive. Bush's neck is a bit downwards y forward at the same time, and due to age has not a so thick haired top. Draw your atention to their foreheads. He's 2 inches taller than arnie and is an old man.
Viper652 said on 22/Nov/05
Bush is somewhere between 5-9 to 5-11. Pretty much adds up to Arnie being no taller then 5-11,and no shorter then 5-10. I think he could be 5-10.5 on the spot personally.
tybor said on 22/Nov/05
Thanks Rob...great job on the site by the way.
Zach said on 22/Nov/05
Arnie and 6'2 George Bush SENIOR. Yes Bush is in his seventies but even these days he has a clear few inches on his son. I reckon Bush Junior was wearing lifts when with Arnie. You can clearly see Arnold's shoes here, they're definitely not of the Stallone variety.

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/51808149.jpg?x=x&dasite=GettyImages&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=AB27D05020109421A8062743E3424C1FCF3BB3212BB6F95D94D2604A015CF9DF
Jason said on 22/Nov/05
Depends if you believe Howard is really 5'6 1/2'', A-Bomb. I doubt he is ... people have been taking the piss about how small he is ever since he's been in office. My guess is he's under 5'6''. A security guard I briefly knew years ago who had seen Howard in Person said he was 5'3'' ... though I think he was underestimating him.
A-Bomb said on 22/Nov/05
Watched some news coverage of Arnold a while back next to 5'6 1/2" PM John Howard (they're on getty images if you like). There seemed to be no more than 6 inches difference between the two of them. Unless lifts were involved he looks a solid 6'0", not under that, not really above it either. He also looks no more than an inch, maybe an inch an half taller than George Bush (5'10 1/2" / 5'11").
Anonymous said on 22/Nov/05
if vincent basile mesured arnie at 6 foot 1 and half at night it means he is aleast 6'2" in the morning
Anonymous said on 22/Nov/05
rob like you said that if you wear regular shoes you can hide 1 inch lift at best arnie looks 6'2" compare to 6'4" rapaport in the 6th day so arnie gotta aleast 6'1" and close to 6'2" at his peak and you right most of his career he looked 187cm range
Gramps said on 21/Nov/05
Rob, that Reg Park quote of being 6'1" is right on with his web site. Reg was 28 at the time of measurement.
elio said on 21/Nov/05
Reg does not look taller than arnold in the pics. In fact Reg looks shorter to me. Reg is on slightly higher ground in one pic and looks the same height as arnold. In another he is stood up much straighter than arnold and they come to the same level.

In the 'regpark1' pic the top of Reg's does look 'higher'. But the picture is obscured, so who knows how level the floor is?

Arnold looks taller in the DaveDraper1 pic. The 2nd one is harder to tell because Reg is closer to the camera and Arnold is on an angle.

Incidently the bodybuilder 'Vincent Basile' who DOES NOT like Arnold in the slightest, recently mentioned that he measured Arnold in the late 60s after evening training and said he was 6'1 1/2 inches exactly.


Mr. R said on 21/Nov/05
McFly, is it me, or did Arnold seem to get smaller after he lost the special election? Soon, he may have to borrow Sly's elevator shoes to pretend he is 6 feet!
Mr. R said on 21/Nov/05
Gramps, I agree. I think that Arnold in his prime was no more than 6-1, and now is no more than 6 feet. When he ran for governor of our state, his height came into question, because NO ONE believed the 6-2 account. Eventually, his own press secretary had to come out with 6 feet even, which may mean a little shorter.
Height Tracker said on 21/Nov/05
To me, the two look pretty much the same height.
Cobra said on 21/Nov/05
"Those Moeller photos support Arnold being TALLER not shorter! "

That`s was the reason I posted them. After the 5ft10 I wrote "very funny" ;)
Anonymous said on 21/Nov/05
reg look easily 2" taller
Gramps said on 21/Nov/05
Bodybuilder Reg Park has been listed at between 6'0" and 6'2" in various places, but his own website says 6'1", so it's a fair bet that he was not ever 6'2", but more likely the 6'1" he claims or just a shade under that. Here are a few early pics of Arnold and Reg together, barefooted:
http://members.aol.com/ArnoldTheLegend/ArnoldRegPark2.jpg
http://members.aol.com/aperezjd/050172d0.jpg
http://www.neogym-online.com/ima24/regpark1.jpg
http://www.gmv.com.au/images/catalog/DaveDraper1.jpg
http://www.gmv.com.au/images/catalog/DaveDraper2.jpg

It's clear from these photos that Arnold was not taller than Park, but maybe 1 cm or so shorter. This would mean that Arnold, barefooted and in his early prime, was less than 6'1", and most likely between 6'0" and 6'0.5". This measurement reconciles nicely with recent estimates of him being under 6'0".

[Editor Rob: I thought I had posted the reg quote on this page when his name was mentioned a while back, maybe I can't see it, but here it is again:

"Ray Beck measured me April 29, 1956 in Vancouver, BC, when I was visiting my aunt and uncle. Weight 230, Height 6'1"

So Ray himself has been measured at that height...]

Anonymous said on 20/Nov/05
6 feet looks pretty accurrate unless he is wearing any kind of special shoes i think...I'll take Arnold for my governor...you can have Grey Davis McFly
Gramps said on 20/Nov/05
Those Moeller photos support Arnold being TALLER not shorter! Assuming Ralf is 6'5", Arnold certainly looks a solid 6'1" next to him, not knowing the footwear of either man. Both guys are standing pretty straight. I am convinced that Arnold was a bit taller than 6 feet in his 20s/30s, but maybe just a hair under 6 feet now. Don't know if there is any veracity to the contention that weightlifting accelerates shrinking, but both Arnold and Ferrigno seem to have lost 1-2 inches since their prime. I'm the same age as them and I have lost only 0.5 cm in the past 35-40 years. Clint is another guy who has pumped a lot of iron over the years and his loss of height is almost shocking, as I believe he really was close to an honest 6'4" back in the '50s and '60s. Just my two cents.

[Editor Rob: you know even in the early 90's in Total Recall Arnie still looked in the 6ft 1 range.]
Zach said on 20/Nov/05
You really see 8 inches there between Moeller and Arnie???
Jason said on 20/Nov/05
Ralf is 196cm according to his official site, and you can bet your ass Arnold is wearing his elevator boots. Look at him trying to stand as straight as he humanly can lol.
Jason said on 20/Nov/05
Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a pencil neck ... the tilt of Arnold's great big jaw adds some to the effect you're talking about, too. Arnold slimmed down when he wasn't filming movies ... he wasn't his ''movie size'' all the time. As to the colouring, I think it's just the lighting - look how ''anemic'' Valentino's neck looks. I don't doubt that it's him.
Cobra said on 20/Nov/05
Pictures with 1,97 Ralf M
Gramps said on 19/Nov/05
Jason: the body has a "pencil neck," the coloring is different, and the upper body is anemic. Any other questions?
Jason said on 19/Nov/05
What makes you think that, Gramps?
A-Bomb said on 19/Nov/05
Icabrera,
That's the whole problem with when you compare celebrities with other celebrities. It's done a lot on this site when they claim somebody is "such" a height because they are next to someone else who is "this" height. Most of the time all they would have to do is look up that other person on this site to see that their height too is in dispute. That Valentino guy really looks to be struggling with 5'4" which actually goes some way in suggesting that Arnold is around 6'0' max.
Gramps said on 19/Nov/05
Hey guys, check out this Gregg Valentino photo (included in the montage presented below by Icabrera) and tell me Arnold's head wasn't pasted onto some other dude's neck!
http://www.greggvalentino.net/images/pictures/greggArnold_89.jpg
Jason said on 19/Nov/05
Greg Valentino is only really about 5'3'' according to IFBB pro bodybuilder Tom Prince -

''No one ever accused me of being tall, but compared to Valentino, I'm a giant. He's at least 5 inches shorter than I am, and I'm only 5'8". If Valentino is more than 13 inches away, I'll be out of reach if he throws a punch.''

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=240309&highlight=valentino+prince
kennethz said on 19/Nov/05
he maybe 6"2approximate (187cm) in his 20s.. lifting weight for body builder like him,it can cos man to be shorten 1 to 6cm maximum.. so i get all feedback and i'm sure his tall ..btw 182-184cm tall..
lcabrera said on 18/Nov/05
Oh man, i don`t know how people could believe Arnold is only 5'10''.
There`s this guy Viper652, how tall are you man? i think you must spend most of your time in this site affirming that all the big guys aren
bernar said on 17/Nov/05
http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9611/21/arnold/link.twins.jpg http://www.seiska.fi/images/filmiopas/titles/26/26447.jpg look at those pictures. you can see that on both images top of DeVito's head is on the height of the fourth Schwarzenegger's button. if we assume that DeVito's height is 147 cm like listed on this page we can calculate that Schwarzenegger's height is at least 185 cm. assuming that DeVito is 150 cm will make Arnold really big guy :)
TheMan said on 17/Nov/05
Arnold is not 5,10 lol. 6,0 minimum.
DDann said on 17/Nov/05
A good friend of mine attended a book signing by Arnold in Wash., DC about 15 years ago. He said when Arnold sat up to stretch that he had to look down at him. The friend is an honest 6 feet even and he guessed Arnold to be about 5' 10" at that time.
ryder said on 16/Nov/05
yeah,i think he was 6'1"in the 80's and certainly loses 1 or 2cm...6'1" is the size that we can find in the guiness book,so it's serious,isn't it??
tpants181 said on 16/Nov/05
yeah my dad met him at a campain and my dad is 6'1 1/2 with shoes and my dad said he was easily taller than arnold
Viper652 said on 15/Nov/05
Ehh, I still think Stallone is 5-7 in his barefeet.
Viper652 said on 13/Nov/05
Ebert is 100 percent correct
Jason said on 12/Nov/05
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert guessed Arnold is 5'10'' or 5'11'' -

http://www.chicagoreader.com/hottype/2003/030919_1.html
Boxing Fighter said on 11/Nov/05
Look!
From:laborlawtalk.com
While Arnold Schwarzenegger's height was always believed to be 6 feet, 2 inches, a July 2002 article in US Weekly magazine speculated that Schwarzenegger was actually closer to 5' 10". During his campaign for governorship it was noted that Schwarzenegger was considerably shorter than many expected, with others putting his height at around 5' 10", exactly as reported in US Weekly. His spokespeople now give his height as 6' even.

http://encyclopedia.laborlawtalk.com/Arnold_Schwarzenegger

Great, isn
Cobra said on 5/Nov/05
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Gotxo said on 2/Nov/05
I think that 6'0" or about 184cm is accurate to him. When he had co-starred to people of 6'2" & 6'3" he was more than an inch smaller (Total recall, Raw deal). Have you ever wondered why stars always shrink an exact 2" . Too suspicious isn't it? :)
Viper652 said on 2/Nov/05
Yes, Bush is shorter then 5-11. You still beleive in smoke and mirrors I guess.
Mario Nariano said on 2/Nov/05
You must be kidding viper, after watch numerous pics of Bush I can't see him shorter than 5 ft 11. There is also an article on this site from how to look to pictures Viper. Read it. It's funny that poeple want too think that stars are two inches shorter than ther actual height
Gramps said on 2/Nov/05
A guy I work with has a recent picture on his office wall of himself alongside Arnold. He attended a fundraiser or some such thing. Anyway, Arnold was about 1-1.5" taller than my friend in the photo, both wearing suits. Well, I am an even 6'0" barefoot and my friend is about 5'9"-5'10". Do the math! (I actually dislike making this comment because I'm a great Arnold fan, both in entertainment and politics.)
Zach said on 1/Nov/05
I really dislike the way this site (or the editor) just grasps one picture and becomes obsessed with it. The Denzel Washington pic for Sly (which ironically proves Sly is no more than 5'8) and this Bush picture for Arnie.

How about we disregard the Bush picture, or atleast see what opposes it (who's to say Bush wasnt wearing lifts there? We know he has a height complexion with his dad and bro at 6'2/3). If we leave that pic aside - Arnie is barely an inch shorter than the Rock, Farrigno and the same height as Bush senior, Mohammed Ali etc.

The guy's gotta be 6'+

[Editor Rob: one thing you can be sure of...this is the absolute lowest I will list arnold, 183cm.]
Viper652 said on 1/Nov/05
Bush is shorter then 5-11, If you look at pictures and eyewitness accounts. Its funny how people beleive in the hype and media though.
phast said on 1/Nov/05
Mario, I also believe arnold is at least 6'0. Viper just clearly believes every celeb is 2 inches shorter than they actually are to feel better about himself.
Zach said on 31/Oct/05
You work for gettyimages Rob?! Well, dunno why this was taken, but here's a close up of his shoes at a recent event...

link
Mario Nariano said on 31/Oct/05
I know that the Rock ussualy says that he is 6 ft 4, but that's not the point. Arnie looks to me 1.5 inch taller than Bush, Rob wroted a nice article about it, you should read it. And Bush isn't shorter than 5 ft 11
Viper652 said on 30/Oct/05
Rob listed the Rock at 6-3.5, when the Rock just said in a magazine hes 6-2. And many pics with George Bush has Arnold at around the same height as 5-10.5 Max Bush.
Mario Nariano said on 30/Oct/05
In Terminator (1984) he looks like he is 6 ft 4, but of course he isn't it in reality.
Do you think that Rob would list Arnie has 6 ft if he looked 5 ft 10? I will tell you something I have never seen a picture or movie in wich Arnie looks 5 ft 10.

I'm not a fan of Arnie, I even don't his movie's , but it's obvious that Arnie is those days at least 6 ft and that he was at least 6 FT 1 at his peak.
Viper652 said on 30/Oct/05
You're delusional Mario. Arnold has never looked 6-4 in any movie. Its so easy to look taller in movies. And you basing a movie for you're evidence on Arnold being that tall is pathetic.
Jason said on 30/Oct/05
I wouldn't be suprised if he is 5'10''. I don't believe he's taller than 5'11''. Similar to too many people having seen Tom Cruise and said he's pretty short, too many people have pegged Arnie at below 6-foot. Arnold's thing for wearing big shoes explains the conflicting taller reports.
Mario Nariano said on 29/Oct/05
Viper please.
A 5 ft 10 guy could never look 6 ft 4 in some occasions. Just watch "Jingle all the way, he doesn't look much shorter than Sinbad. Of course Arnie is woring lifts in that movie's, but he is woring normal shoes in wich maybe can make him 2 inches taller. It's impossible that Arnie has 6 or 7 inch lifts in his shoes. 5 ft 10 is just stupid.
Viper652 said on 28/Oct/05
Anybody who thinks Arnold is 6-0 barefoot is delusional. You're being duped by his PR people.
Anonymous said on 28/Oct/05
working with Richard E Grant (a deff 6 ft 2er) he clains that Arnie is small. Around 5 ft 10 as he had to look down to talk to him, when not wearing lifts.
Samo said on 28/Oct/05
I think many people cannot correctly measure their height or at least over measuring themselves. If you think at 183cm, you are a small man then either you are actually smaller then 183cm or you guessed Arnold too big then usual.
Anonymous said on 28/Oct/05
i am 182 183 cm i cant believe i am about the same as arnie
MEK said on 28/Oct/05
Arnold's Golden days height was = 6'0" similar to (184cm)
He then lost few cms and now he is = 5'11" similar to (181cm)

Would you believe the truth?
phast said on 27/Oct/05
I'm glad there are some more realistic people here. Arnold might not be 6'2 now but he's definitely not 5'10. Around 6'0 seems to make more sense.
Jason said on 24/Oct/05
Reg Park was only 6'0'' sans shoes.
TheMan said on 23/Oct/05
People deffently lose height has they get older someone who trained as hard as swazzenger is bound to lose more height than the average person. I belive it's possible he's shrunk an inch so i guess it may actually only appear 6,0 at times probably has bad posture as well but ill still give him 6,1.
Robbert said on 23/Oct/05
I think that Arnold shrunk a little over the years. Standing next to Reg Park on old pictures he seems as tall as Reg Park, 188cm (without shoes). But these days he seems smaller indeed. around 180cm I would say.
NewAdventures, Italy said on 22/Oct/05
Definetely i think Schwarzy is about 6 feet tall (183 cm.), maybe a little more, nowdays. About 6'1 (185 cm.), or a very little more, in the eighties and nineties. It' s logic to think that he wore heels that made him look like about 6'2/6'3 (190 cm.) when making movies like Terminator etc.
from Austria said on 22/Oct/05
I know a guy who spent a couple of days skiing with Arnold in Aspen. He didn't sensationalize the fact that Arnold is just 5'10 (178cm). That's showbusiness! Arnold can gain a couple of inches with lifts which can explain the sightings from 5'7 to 6'2: If the person seeing him is wearing high-heeled shoes and Arnold isn't, the surprise about his low height may result in an underestimation. On the other hand, if expectations are met because Arnold is wearing lifts and the other person is on flat shoes, the estimation may be too high. In the middle of all this lies his true height of 5'10. So to me, all the entries in this forum kind of make sense.
Massimo said on 20/Oct/05
I once saw on Internet Arnold standing next to Brigitte Nielsen and he was about an inch taller than her. This makes me think he is about 6'2".
Mario Nariano said on 20/Oct/05
If you repeatedly say that Arnie is 5 ft 10 you are going to believe it.
Of course arnie isn't 5 ft 10, or did hewore 7 inch lifts in The Terminato?
I give him 6 ft 1.5 as peak height and I think that he is those days 6 ft 0.5 just as he was listed a couple of months ago here.
Viper452 said on 20/Oct/05
Not really, that's his real height though :)
UK Terminator fan said on 20/Oct/05
When I say a little bit shorter these days I mean just under 6ft barefoot. If this is true (I haven't met him) then if he was standing at normal stance - not completely straight and because of his large body frame would appear to people as 5ft 10.

I think we can continue to list Big Arnie as being 6ft cos he's either a fraction under it or a fraction over it.
phast said on 19/Oct/05
Viper452 - does repeatedly saying arnold is 5-10 make you feel better about yourself?
Height Tracker said on 19/Oct/05
I agree with you Terminator Fan. He had to have been over 6 feet tall in his peak. He certainly looked it, particularly in earlier movies such as Pumping Iron. And to all those people who claim he is something like 5'7" or 5'8", how could a 5'7" guy appear in a bodybuilding documentary where he is mostly barefoot and still be described as 6'2" and look that height throughout the film. Either he was wearing 7" lifts or he really was close to 6'1" or 6'2" at his peak.
UK Terminator fan said on 19/Oct/05
The boots Arnold wore in T1 had custom made 2.5inch heels. To mw he looked 1 inch taller than Cameron in that pic. From that pic Arnold may well have stood at 6ft 1 bare foot. If he was wearing lifts 6ft 0 maybe.

However that was 1984 - he does look a little bit shorter these days.

My summary - Arnold was 6ft 1 and now is a fraction under 6ft - which is still taller than most people.
Viper452 said on 19/Oct/05
Arnold is shorter then 5-9?? No way. He is around 5-10.
Height Tracker said on 18/Oct/05
Judy, how could Arnold be short if you say he is about 6 feet tall? Plus, you say he was about the same height as his wife. However, in nearly every picture I have seen of him he is towering over her. Was he just not wearing his lifts today, or is your sighting bogus?
Zach said on 18/Oct/05
James Cameron, 6'2, and Arnie...

http://www.gonemovies.com/WWW/WanadooFilms/ScienceFiction/TermSet1.jpg
Judy said on 18/Oct/05
I am 5'9" tall. I was looking over Arnold's head this past weekend at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. I was surprised at how short he was. His wife was standing next to him and was close to his height. I did not see what type of shoes she was wearing, but unless everyone in that room (including women) were 6 feet tall or taller, then I guess he would be about 6 feet too.
Joe said on 17/Oct/05
His height really is an enigma. At my old job I knew a man and a woman who had met Arnold. I'm 5'8.5 so the woman was probably around 5'7 and she told me when she met him he was at eye level with her. However, after hearing her, later the guy I worked with told me, 'I met him, he's 6'2.' I think they are both credible sources. Maybe 6'2 Arnold has a shorter 5'6 double!

[Editor Rob: maybe it's his doppeldanger. I'm pretty sure some people though have mistaken an impersonator for the true thing...although most likely quite rare]
phast said on 17/Oct/05
I have decided that there is no way he is 5'10, and people that claim him to be like 5'7 are clearly very unhappy w/ their own heights. Like I said before I've meet him at The Elephant Bar here in Santa Barbara, CA last year when he made a public speech. He was 1 inch shorter than me, making him 6'2 w/out shoes. I take into consideration that many people have analyzed photos and movies and believe he is shorter than that. I will agree that he certainly could have been wearing lifts, but there's no way lifts can give him 5 inches. I'm 6'3 on the dot and w/ my shoes probably 6'4. So if he was about an inch short than me, then he was 6'3 w/ shoes. Therefore, he must have been wearing 5 inch lifts if he is 5'10. I didn't look at his feet or legs but he would not be able to walk normally w/ 5 inch shoes. Maybe he wears 3 inch lifts like Jim Mccraken suggests, but definitely not 5. I believe he is between 6'0-6'2.
Height Tracker said on 16/Oct/05
Arnold's height is an enigma. He can appear the same height as 6'2'' former President George Bush in some pictures, nearly as tall as the Rock in many pictures, and he is often seen towering over people. However, he is barely taller than George W. Bush and many people who have met him seem to swear that he is only 5'11" or even some ridiculous height like 5'6". However, many other people who meet him claim he is around 6'1" or even 6'2". How could there be such a vast discrpancy? Can he really go from 5'6" to 6'2" depending on his lifts? It seems like some people are clearly lying, because to me he never seemed any shorter than 5'11" or 6'0".
Jim McCracken said on 14/Oct/05
The compression of the spinal cord due to the weight lifting will be considerable so I doubt very much if he even reached 6ft - even in his youth! In addition to the natural compression related to age so if he is 6ft now then there is some lifting element being used, don't forget there are expert shoemakers who can make a pair of normal looking shoes that can provide up to 3 inches lift! How can anyone tell if he is standing up with his trousers covering the top of their shoes? Artistic licence has always played a part in photographs with one person much closer to the camera than the other making them appear either taller or around the same height! Same thing with some studio films!
phast said on 14/Oct/05
That's really confusing so you guys think Arnold wears lifts. I'm 6'3, don't know what that is in cm, but I've been measured at that at the doctor's office, high school bball team, and by my frat. I always wear DVS shoes around and they probably give me an inch. When I met him I remember checking to make sure of his height because a week before that I read a newspaper article on how celebs lie about their height and it mentioned that arnold is a lot shorter than his listed 6'2. So can you really get like 5" on lifts? I would say he was about 1 inch shorter than me with my shoes on. Wouldn't 5" shoes be really noticable on a guy?
Jason said on 13/Oct/05
Yeah, Ronnie is actually 5'9 1/2'' max. Just look at him on stage with 5'9 1/2'' Chris Courmier - Ronnie is not one iota taller and may even be shorter. Arnie wearing shoes (and big ones at that) will of course appear substantially taller than a bare foot Ronnie Coleman.
Viper452 said on 13/Oct/05
here's a hint, Ronnie Coleman is no 5-11 :) Arnold is no taller then 5-10 from the pics I have studied, movies, and other eyewitness accounts. Its fairly obvious really.
phast said on 13/Oct/05
viper452- 5'10.5 at best? Why do people here love making celebs way shorter than they actually are? I shook Arnold's hand and although I cannot say for certain that he is 6'2, I can say for sure he is over 6'. At the last mr. olympia, Arnold towered over Ronnie Coleman (who is listed at 5'11). If Arnold is " 5'10.5 at best ", then Ronnie must be 5'8 and if you look at Ronnie's bodybuilding pics w/ other bodybuilders where he is sometimes 4-5" taller, that would make those guys 5'3? How tall are you viper?
Joe said on 11/Oct/05
About an hour into 'Pumping Iron' Schwarzenegger eats breakfast with Lou Ferrigno and his parents. Now, he does have on sandals but when they stand up after they've finished, Schwarzenegger looks quite short compared to Lou and his father.
Gotxo said on 8/Oct/05
Let me tell a thing about bodybuildig:
Wen it started at the '50s in America the proficiency drugs came early with it.
Back in the '60s when in England/UK started to take Horse-Racing drugs to gain
muscle, their american and more advanced counterparts had human specificall ones.
There is so much cheating on it as in the Hollywood Star System (sorry the same goes for Connery, though i'm still think on Him @ 6'2"). It is not a good way to
know people's height, neither a relyable source.
Andy said on 7/Oct/05
Arnold was measured at numerous bodybuilding competitions during the 60s and seventies at either 6'1" or 6'2" officially, now in his late fifties shrinkage to 6'0" or just under is possible.
Viper452 said on 6/Oct/05
No way is Arnold 6-0. 5-10.5 at best I would say. Also, some say Jay is in the 5-9 range.
Chris said on 6/Oct/05
When Arnold came to sign the bicykle on the tonight show, the 26:th of september 2005, he was standing beside Jay Leno. He was almost two inches taller than Leno. Leno is 5'10'', which make Arnold almost six feet tall. He is not near 6'2''. It is stange to have him listed as that tall. He is 183 cm, no more than that!

[Editor Rob: in one of his books he says that when he started bodybuilding, at around age 15 he was six foot]
JJ said on 3/Oct/05
I attended a rally given by Arnold during his campaign for Governor in 2003, and managed to get quite close to him. He looked no more than 5'10.
Mr. R said on 27/Sep/05
Dids anyone else see Arnold on Leno last night. He seemed no more than 1.5 inches taller than Jay. He was wearing standard dress shoes, and was nowhere near 6-2.
Anonymous said on 27/Sep/05
Exactly viper, Im only around 185cm and people think im like 6'2.5", some people just dont realise that 6ft is 182.88cm not 178cm haha, there are definitely many overestimaters
phast said on 26/Sep/05
gotxo- very interesting and valid comparison. I'm just telling you my experience. I used to like to compare him with other bodybuilders but who knows if any of their heights are listed correctly. All I know is that he was close to my height.
Viper452 said on 25/Sep/05
You mean roughly 3 inches above average height. Some people think 5-9.5 to 5-10 is 6 feet, thats why. They have no idea how tall a true 6 footer really is.
Michael said on 25/Sep/05
Celtmist, whomever told you you're "average" at 6'0" frankly doesn't know what he or she is talking about. According to the latest report by the National Center for Health Statistics -- http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad347.pdf -- the average height is 69.4 inches for all males between 20-74, 69.6 inches for all males between 20-29, and 70.2 inches for "non-hispanic white" males between 20-39. So no matter how you look at it, at 72 inches you're roughly two inches *above* average.
Gotxo said on 24/Sep/05
At the risk of being a burden (i kno)
http://www.autovia.com/extras/gallery/albup55/Hummer_H2_Hydrogen_1?full=1
Please a comment for charity 'fore Rob kicks my ass forever.
The car is 203cm (without racks), he wears 5cm heels, he does not look close to
190cm. And then what is Bob Lutz? A nature freak?
Viper? Phast? Rob? I want all opinions
Celtmist said on 24/Sep/05
I am sure that Arnold is 6'2" if not more. People forget just how tall Americans really are (by this I mean that Arnold mostly appears alongside Americans in his movies). If ever there were a time I could have confirmed this then it would have been the time I first saw him next to George W.Bush, current U.S president. He and I are exactly the same height, for I have come within spitting distance of him (I avoided the temptation!), and this is 6'0" exactly. The top of Bush's head is in line with Arnold's eye level. People think he is shorter because often his supporting characters tend to be above 6'2" but that's just how it is nowadays in the western world. I am told I am average at 6'0 but I doubt that in England that this is average even for a female any more.
Phast said on 24/Sep/05
I shook Arnold's hand during his 1st year as the Governor. He made a speech at the Elephant Bar here in Santa Barbara, CA. He was an inch shorter than me (6'3). I'm sure he's 6'2 or really close to that.
Viper452 said on 23/Sep/05
Interesting. Its total bunk that Arnold shrunk so much over the years I think.
Stephen said on 23/Sep/05
I saw Arnold Schwartzenneger doing a book signing at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA in 1977 (plus or minus 1 year). I'm a shade over 6'2", and I was shocked at how much shorter he was than me - at least 2 inches shorter, and I would guess more like 3 or 4 inches shorter. I'd peg him at 5'11" in 1977 (or 5'10" if he was wearing any kind of lifts). In deference to Harvard, Arnold was dressed in a close-fitting business suit and tie, and in this garb he not only didn't look that big in terms of height but didn't look that big in any way. Possibly he was wearing low-heeled dress shoes with that outfit instead of his normal cowboy boots. My overall reaction was that he looked like a slightly-smaller-than-average football player.
TheMan said on 2/Sep/05
Bush is deffently conscience actually to me swazzenger has never been worried about he's height as he knew he was tall IMO. Ive walked around with poeple 3 inches taller than myself before and at diffrent times walking around i can either look nearer to them or even smaller the floor can play tricks aswell. But Bush must of had elvators on or almost certainly bigger shoes than arnold.
Zach said on 2/Sep/05
You know what TheMan thats a very good point. Everything seems to revolve around that Bush pic showing Arnie to be about an inch taller - whats to say Bush wasnt wearing elevators himself?? The guy's got the most powerful job in the world and here was a perfectly good opportunity to show he's not as small as some people think - by standing tall (on elevators perhaps) next to someone who symbolises power and strength.

Bush even showed how conscience he was of his stature when he demanded the podiums to be lowered in his tv debate with Kerry.
Height Detective said on 2/Sep/05
Arnold,sly, willis and demi moore:

http://www.lasvegas-nv.com/planhol1.jpg

Stallone look like a midget!!!

Another photo

http://www.sylvesterstallone.com/frontpage/photogallery/slyarniebrucethumb.jpg

Definitely Arnold is 6.0 ft or a little bit down that.

TheMan said on 1/Sep/05
Yeah all these new pics prove he's atleast 6,1 he probably is still about 6,2 who knows. The bush thing i belive to be this Bush was wearing elvaters or something or it was the floor.
Anonymous said on 1/Sep/05
I remember him being measured on some latenight show and he came in at 6'4", He was barefoot. what was that all about?
cantstop25 said on 24/Aug/05
look at this pagbe you will see that he is the same height prsident bush (george w. bush father who was 6'2") and 2 inches taller then 6' bruce willis

http://www.oakridgeboys.com/Pages/bushbirthday.html

[Editor Rob: yes 10 years ago He was closer to 187cm, although as always footwear...]
jshgk said on 21/Aug/05
i saw him, hes 5'10" presently, im 5'9" even, hes barely an inch taller than me
CelebHeights Editor said on 21/Aug/05
From a 1993 fitness newsgroup comment - "Trust me. I've stood within 5 feet of Arnold, on level ground, and the guy is considerably talled than me (5' 9''). He was wearing cowboy boots, which gave him 1'', but he is absolutely > 6'. In his boots, surrounded by normal folk, you would definitely consider him to be on the tall side"
supes78 said on 16/Aug/05
I met Ferrigno in person last year and I can assure you the man is no more than 6'2" tops. "Pumping Iron" sadly exaggerated the size of their stars much like wrestling to attract more viewers.
Zach said on 16/Aug/05
So how do you explain 'real life' pics of Arnie looking the same height as Muhammad Ali, Clinton, Bush Senior - all 6'2 or Ali 6'3?

In fact why not leave out heels all together - go watch Pumping Iron, where there's live documentary of Arnold and 6'5 Lou Farringo training bare feet just before going out on stage at Mr Olympia - the difference is barely 2/3 inches.
Damian said on 7/Aug/05
A friend of mine used to work out with Arnold. My friend is 6' 4" and told me Arnold was about my height or slightly shorter (6'), maybe 5' 10" he would say
Mr. Klaus said on 11/Jul/05
I watched last night Jingle All the Way. There is only one inch of difference between Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. Sinbad is everywhere listed as 6 ft 5 ( probably 6 ft 4). In a lot of scenes you can see Arnie's shoes and they look normal. My guess is that Arnold was really 6 ft 2 at his peak and that he is those days between 6 ft 1 and 6 ft. 5 ft 10 is tottaly nonsense.
Mike said on 11/Jul/05
This picture is from The Arnold classic 2003.
http://www.fitnesspont.hu/mass-shop/picture_gallery/Arnold_Classic/2003/Arnold_Classic_2003_119.jpg

Jay Cutler is listed as 5ft9 (sometimes 5ft10), so I think 176 cm is correct.
Against Cutler Arnie looks like over 6ft3.
Sure he is wearing boots, but this guy can`t be under 6ft.
I still thinks he is 6ft1

[Editor Rob: Jay's official site gives him 5ft 9. Another angle and closer shot. Arnie of course has his 1.5 inch shoe advantage...no idea if he's got anything in them]
Mike said on 3/Jul/05
another picture:
arnold with 6ft6 Ralf m
Mr. R said on 30/Jun/05
Actually, this was the "official" height released to the media during the campaign. When Arnold ran for Governor of California, the first issue was not his lack of experience, but his lack of height. Everyone expected him to tower over the crowd, but he didn't. For a long time, everyone kept speculating as to his height, and eventually the campaign decided that he was "six feet exactly". I guess it MUST be true! (RIGHT)
MHouillon said on 30/Jun/05
Agreed. I just saw a report on German Television about his popularity as the Governor of California. Seems like 182cm-183cm.

Anyhow, not a 178cm.
Mr. R said on 29/Jun/05
Actually Exactly, I live in California and there was quite a buzz about Arnold's height, and they eventually said he was officially six feet tall. This can be found in the Sacramento Bee.
J.J said on 10/Jun/05
Arnie not only wears elevator shoes most of the time - he has the benfit of optical illusion on his side.
Broad shoulders in comparison to a narrow waist give the illusion of greater length, just as a fat belly gives the illusion of someone being shorter than they are.
Rake-thin guys will look maybe a little taller than averge built or chubby guys, but buff guys with broad shoulders appear even taller than their spindly counterparts.

I'm 6' on the dot and everyone guesses me to be 6'2"ish because of my shoulders to narrow waist ratio, developed after years of weight-training. It's the 'V' torso, it just makes you look taller.

So even if Arnie is 5'11, he'll appear 6'1" or so even without lifts.

All this applies of course only when the person in question isn't standing next to a reference point!
Mr. R said on 1/May/05
I guess I should ring in on Arnold, since he is my Governor (God help us). As you know, for most of his celebrity life, he has been listed at 6-2. When he ran for Governor, his height actually became an issue. People were trying to get close to him to get an accurate measurement. Many of the local newspapers began writing columns about it, and finally his press person sent out the "official" height which was 6-0 even. This was reported in the Sacramento Bee and other papers.
J. said on 1/Apr/05
Another supporter of the "Ah-nauld is not six feet" coalition .... (http://tim.2wgroup.com/blog/archives/000335.html) "Strange, because my cousin went to an "Arnold Classic" recently (which you may already know is like a Star Trek convention for body builders) and told me that Arnold appeared at about 5'10 or 5'11. I have also heard that when they (Hollywood) wish to increase the appearance of an actors height that they hire a supporting cast all shorter than the star."
Again, if Arn is 6'0" then why in the world do so many people who have seen him say that he's shorter?! Is it a conspiracy?


Mr. R said on 30/Mar/05
I was in Berkeley when Arnold and Danny DeVito came to shoot Twins. For some odd reason, I never went to watch the filming. But my friend went along with her strapping 6'2" 18 year old son. From her eyewitness accounts, her son towered over Arnold. My guess is that Arnold is between 5'11' and 6'. It has also been documented that Arnold wears cowboy boots a lot and shoes with bigger heels. From looking at older pictures, my guess is that he was close to 6'1" when he was Mr. Universe, and has lost at least an inch due to age and bulk!
Doug said on 3/Mar/05
I don't believe schwarzenneger is only 5'10 I do believe he was about 6'2 in his hey-dey and may be a little shorter now as he's now in his 50's,testosterone and growth hormone levels do decline over time,his bone density and the thickness of his spinal disks have probably also declined. He may indeed be down to a height of 6' or perhaps slightly less. I once knew a man who stood 6'0 in his youth and was about 5'10.5 by the time he hit 67,we do tend to shrink a little as we pass middle age.

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