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Average Guess (921 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 1.02in (185.5cm)
Current: 5ft 11.12in (180.6cm)
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:
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
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!
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.''
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'' -
Boxing Fighter said on 11/Nov/05
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.
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.
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
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...
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)
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.
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
[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.
said on 11/Jul/05
This picture is from The Arnold classic 2003.
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
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.