How tall was Chris Penn

Chris Penn's Height

5ft 11 (180.3 cm)

American actor, best remembered for roles in films like Reservoir Dogs, The Funeral, The Wild Life, The Boys Club, Footloose, Rush Hour, Mulholland Falls, Corky Romano, and Pale Rider. In a July 2003 article in Philly Enquirer it mentioned "Penn may stand 5ft 10 and tip the scales at more than 200lbs".

How tall was Chris Penn
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
5ft 10.81in (179.9cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Nov/18
Chris looks considerably more than 200lbs in the above picture.

I always thought he was taller than the listed 5ft11. He didn't look much less than Quentin Tarantino and Michael Madsen in 'Reservoir Dogs', so yes, I thought he was at least 6ft or a fraction over. It's high time I dig out my DVD!⁴

Remember the thunderous great noise that the two scrapping friends made when they were having a fun fight in the above film? (Chris, who played Nice Guy Eddie and Michael Madsen, who played Mr White)
So funny, as was their slanging match!

Today, I will go for 5ft11 for the late, and much-missed Chris Penn.
Yht said on 27/Apr/18
Never over 5'10"
Anonymous said on 17/Nov/17
He's got bare minimum 3in on Sean in At Close Range...the only movie they were in together
Anonymous said on 15/Nov/17
for all the doubters especially marcus down there, in best of the best hes barefoot with eric roberts next to him as well as the rest of the fighters and hes about the same hieght as roberts...his boots gave him close to 2 inches..so if he was 5"10.5 barefoot hed be over 6 foot in most movies...he loved his boots...great actor by the way he was great in true romance...
Slim 6' said on 14/Oct/17
179-180. Lol.
berta said on 31/Mar/17
i actually thought this guy could look minumum 180. If i remmeber right he was listed 178 before and i thought " no way" i think he was a guy that could be up to 181 on good days and little under on bad days. The lisitng is good now
Sandy Cowell said on 13/Oct/16
A fairly enormous guy who is sadly missed!
His overwhelming presence in Reservoir Dogs had me thinking that he was at least 6ft.
He looked nothing like his brother, Sean, that's assuming they are brothers. In fact they look polar opposites.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Mar/16
That picture of him above is kind of hard to look at. His weight is partially what killed him. In movies like Footloose, All The Right Moves and Rumble Fish he looked like a taller version of his brother.
ElDuderino said on 23/Feb/16
Looks fairly tall in Reservoir Dogs, but probably due to cowboy boots making him look around 6'
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/15
Rob can you add a photo? He really had an easy two inches on Kevin Bacon in Footloose I thought. As James says he looked about 6 ft in it. Looks taller than 5 ft 11 in every film.
james said on 4/Oct/15
He looked about 6'0 in footloose .maybe because he was alot slender..back in the mid 80's
james said on 1/Sep/15
I say he was a legit 5'11 with shoes on
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Jun/15
Rob, could you add Laurence Tierney from Reservoir Dogs?

He's listed in most places at 6ft1(185cm) but I think he was 1in or more down from that by 1992.
marcus said on 18/Jan/15
im sorry, but WHAT? did any of you see rush hour? in the prison scene he's like the same height as jackie chan and good 4 inches below chris tucker, how on EARTH could he be 5'11?
Dmeyer said on 8/Dec/14
I met him twice he seemed a bit smaller than me but not much 5'10.75
184.3cm said on 8/Dec/14
In Best of the Best he looked only marginally taller than Eric Roberts and Philip Rhee. They were all wearing cowboyboots although Roberts looked like he was about to fall over. Philip claimed 5'9.5 and if anything was taller than Roberts who himself claimed 5'11. Watching it again Chris certainly wasnt less than 179cm so somewhere 5'10.5-5'11 is good for him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Dec/14
Dmeyer, what was he like in person?
Dmeyer said on 1/Oct/14
Looked 179-180cm in person i spok to him twice
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/14
This article here reports him being 6ft4!
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He did look 182-183cm in Reservoir Dogs and True Romance though
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jul/14
Click Here He does look near 6 ft there though with Toro, although we can't see the ground level.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jul/14
Nah in looking again in the photos Walken does look a good inch taller than him, 180 is probably OK then, but he could seem bigger at times.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Jul/14
Rob can you add a photo and "American actor, best remembered for roles in films like Reservoir Dogs, The Funeral, The Wild Life, The Boys Club, Footloose, Rush Hour, Mulholland Falls, Corky Romano, and Pale Rider.

You made a good call upgrading him I think. Definitely taller than 5 ft 10, but I honestly think he could have been nearer 6 ft actually. He looked pretty similar to Christopher Walken in The Funeral I think. Nothing under a solid 5 ft 11. 181-2 might be a better shout actually than 180. He has been described as 6 ft but if you really watch his films like Reservoir Dogs and The Funeral he does look near it.

Click Here With his brother. You know 5'11.5" might be accurate. I'll try to see some more of his films over the next week and get a better look at him.
dmeyer said on 25/Dec/13
I met him twiice He was shorter than me about 2cm
gsbr said on 20/Dec/13
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I think it's funny how Penn is supposed to be 5'10" and Tom Sizemore is supposed to be 5'11". His build could make him look shorter, but I don't believe he was under 5'11".
Arch Stanton said on 16/Sep/13
Bizarre but I really thought he looked around 6'1" in Reservoir Dogs next to Madsen.
jtm said on 17/Jun/13
wasn't he listed 5'10 here before?
[Editor Rob: yeah, but could look taller so maybe was taller]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jun/13
The article should've read "Penn may tip the scales at more than 300lbs". He was a walking fridge.

I agree with Dmeyer. Somewhere between 5ft10 and 5ft11 is likely. He was 4in shorter than Madsen and maybe 2in taller than Buscemi.
Dmeyer said on 6/Jun/13
In person over 5'10-10.25 but under 5'11
dmeyer said on 6/Sep/12
i saw him twice he seemed 2cm shorter than me so about strong 5 ft 10.5
jtm said on 10/Sep/11
i think he was closer to 5'10.
Dmeyer said on 11/Jun/11
He was close to m'y height in person i knew 5 ft 10 flat was too short for him 179 180 seemed closer
mcfan said on 14/Feb/11
Whoa! Not even close, Rob. Chris Penn at his peak height was about 5'11.5. That article above is wrong. Look at him compared to Eric Stoltz in "The Wild Life" or Kevin Bacon in "Footloose." He's got an inch on both of them. 5'11.5 it is.

[Editor Rob: he could be 5-11 I guess and a bit shorter with his weight. I know bacon when they meet is in converse but maybe Penn didn't...he wore boots at the car wash.]
Jason W. said on 29/Dec/08
i read a celebrity death article once about him, and they actually had him listed as 6'4. go figure! lol i thought he was a pretty good actor though.
leonari said on 29/Aug/08
Something is off here. I just watched the 80's classic "Footlose" and Chris Penn is visibly taller than Kevin Bacon, yet both are listed almost the same height here. So either bacon was still growing or if you ask me: he is shorter than what Rob lists him at. Penns height is correct.
glenn said on 29/Nov/07
i agree anonynmous.
Anonymous said on 27/Nov/07
He definitely looked 5'11-6'ish in Reservoir Dogs, def taller than 5'9ish Steve Buscemi by a couple inches and definitely a couple inches behind 6'2" Madsen who we all know loves to slouch. 5'11" is more like it I think. R.I.P....
glenn said on 20/Nov/07
i always thought he was tall.could he had shrunk from 6ft to 5-10?
dmeyer said on 19/Nov/07
i agree lidl over 5'10 in person
dmeyer said on 18/Jul/07
this looks closer since he was 2 cm smaller than i doubt more
Anonymous said on 19/Apr/07
He looked tall when he was thin. When I was younger and saw "All the right moves" I seriously thought he was well over 6'. He looked more average height though as he got heavier, as most people do.
JC said on 9/Mar/07
Naw, he has to be taller than this. He looked maybe 2-3 inches shorter than Michael Madsen in RD (for the brief second he actually stood up straight).
dmeyer said on 20/Feb/07
i met him on the street he looked no far from my height maybe 1 in so 5'10
glenn said on 20/Feb/07
so did i.until i studied his films.never met.
MD said on 20/Feb/07
I actually thought he was taller than this.
dmeyer said on 18/Feb/07
no less than 5'10 posibly a hair more

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