How tall is David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 9 (175.3 cm)
Canadian film director, best known for The Fly, Scanners, Crash, Videodrome, A History of Violence, Existenz and Naked Lunch.

How tall is David Cronenberg
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Average Guess (11 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.16in (175.7cm)
Current: 5ft 8.23in (173.3cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Feb/23
David Cronenberg was 46 when he starred in Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’, and in all honesty, he looked quite tall, certainly at least a strong 5ft9. I compared him to Anne Bobby and for that, I needed her height, which was 5ft4 in 1989. Yes, there looked 5” between the actors.

I was frequenting the pictures very often those days, and how this film slipped my attention, I’ll never know! Maybe I’d have become a fan of David’s even sooner, but by seeing six of his movies purely because I liked the write-ups speaks volumes for David, the Director. His storylines are always good too. I was only 15 when I saw ‘Shivers’, which was shown with a support film called ‘Cannibal Girls’, each one of the three with a different hair colour.

David gets 5ft9.25 for his peak and 5ft8.25 today.
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Jan/23
I’m so excited to say that I’ve been able to order David Cronenberg’s new film ‘Crimes of the Future’, and it’s arriving TODAY! Starring Viggo Mortensen in his third Cronenberg film, I can’t wait to see if David will be making a cameo appearance, as he’s done in so many of his films. I could look online, but I’d rather have a surprise, and I hope it’s a nice one! 😄👌🏼
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Nov/22
I think that David might have peaked at 5ft9.25. He will have been 59 in my picture, so 5ft9 could well have been possible at that age, if the Fiennes/Coltrane and Fiennes/Cronenberg pictures offer an accurate representation of their heights.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Nov/22
There’s a picture of Robbie Coltrane on his Celebheights page standing with Ralph Fiennes, and you can see the 2” difference in height clearly. I have a picture on my wall of Ralph with David Cronenberg, who is standing near a camera and pointing, so he’s directing Mr Fiennes in ‘Spider’, I’m assuming. There’s the same height difference between David and Ralph as there is between Robbie and Ralph, so it was doubtless taken when David was his full 5ft9. 😁
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Sep/22
David’s new film, ‘Crimes of the Future’, has been released. It stars Viggo Mortensen in the third film of David’s he’s starred in.

5ft9.25 peak and an inch less today. 🎬🎞
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Apr/22
We have a David Double Bill on the Horror Channel tonight. First, we have Scanners and then, they are showing The Brood.

Although I have both films, I’m still going to be watching!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Mar/22
I have reason to believe that it’s David Cronenberg’s birthday today, though I can’t be doubly sure. It doesn’t seem to be in my book ‘Interviews With Serge Grunberg’, which mainly concentrates on his films and, of course, interviews, but unless I find out differently, it’s….

🎁🎈🎂 Happy 79th Birthday to David! 🎂🎈🎁

Have a great day and a happy and healthy new year. Thanks so much for your interesting and original films. I can’t wait to see your new one, starring Viggo Mortensen.

5ft9.25 peak and an inch less today. XXX 😁
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jan/22
I had plans to watch 'Seven' the other night, but put it on hold when I saw that David's 'Nightbreed' was on. 'Nightbreed' is actually a Clive Barker film and is seriously the best for judging the Director's height as he is one of the main stars.

I'm in the throws of watching the excellent 'Seven' now.

Peak - 5ft9.25; today - 5ft8.25.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Nov/21
I ended up watching a low+down on David Cronenberg's films, with contributions from many of the stars David has worked with, including Deborah Harry, Holly Hunter and Peter Weller.

They all talked about what a pleasure he was to work with and how professional he is.

David is beautifully spoken and articulates himself very well. That he studied English at Toronto University comes as no surprise.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Nov/21
Oh, RATS! I'm watching David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' on the Horror Channel and my cat, Pixie, threw up in the best bit - when the head explodes! 🤯

Consequently, I'm going to have to reach for my own copy and watch it all over again!

Peak - 5ft9.25; Today - 5ft8.25.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Oct/21
I'm pleased to see that David Cronenberg's 'Dead Ringers' is showing on the Horror Channel tonight. Of course, I have my own copy, which I've seen earlier this year and many times before. There a small, uncredited appearance by Cronenberg himself as an obstetrician, but the film makes up for this with Jeremy Irons playing identical but unstable, genius doctor twins Beverly and Elliot and Genevieve Bujold playing an actress and love interest of the twins. You can imagine that, being identical, Genevieve
realises what's going on with the twins sharing eh, everything, which is something that Beverly denied, not even telling her his brother was an identical twin! 😒

5ft9.25 peak and an inch less today.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Aug/21
My David Cronenberg book arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more pleased with it.

There are pictures of him filming and ones from his films, and one I thought particularly sweet was a boyhood picture of David holding two cats. The book cost me under £3, but I would have paid five times that price, which is what it would cost to buy new.

If you're interested, it's called 'Interviews with Serge Grunberg' (umlaut above the 'u' - ") and it's a must for any Cronenberg fan. Having seen five of his films at the pictures because I liked the write-ups, I think I qualify!
There are height comparison pictures in it too.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Aug/21
I received an offer from eBay for an interview of David with Serge Grunberg and so I checked it out. It was down to one third of the original price, so I pounced on it!


Peak height - 5ft9.25; now - 5ft8.25.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Aug/21
It's DESECRATE - just in case I spelt it incorrectly!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Aug/21
The fallen angel is now sporting a nice pink tongue and has had his horns removed. I enjoyed doing that more than watching the thing!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Aug/21
I found a DVD about one Satan amongst David's films, sent away for it and have watched it. It was a load of rubbish, and when the makers tried to be funny, they failed miserably.

I didn't see David interviewed once, but they might possibly have used a clip of one or more of his films, which might account for it being among his film credits.

The film clips rushed past the eyes so quickly that it was hard to take them all in. It's not even remotely interesting; it's merely stupid.

Now I am going to desicrate its case, tipp-exing over the upside down crosses and wiping out the number of the beast.

The things I do to get a tick by David Cronenberg's films!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Jul/21
One or two days after watching aforementioned edition of 'Pointless', there was a big money question on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' as to who was the author of the 1959 book 'Naked Lunch' and, had it not been for viewing that dated 'Pointless' on the Challenge channel, I'd not have known the answer. It was D) William Burroughs, but I even slipped in the 'S'. Ha ha - who says TV isn't educational isn't watching the right programmes. That sort of cr@p tended to come from the mouths of our schoolteachers, because they wanted us to read all the time, and they would dictate to us which books to study.

David must be an avid reader himself. I'm 95% sure that it was about 'Naked Lunch' that people said it could never be made into a movie, but David did it!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jul/21
Thanks to a question on 'Pointless', I found out that David's surreal movie 'Naked Lunch' is based on the 1959 novel by the same name, written by William S. Burroughs (5th February, 1914 - 2nd August, 1997). Obviously, this subject having been raised instigated me to go hunting around to satiate my curiosity.

It's pretty fantastic what you can pick up from quizzes!

This fabulous writer, director and actor gets 5ft9.25 for his peak and an inch less for today's height. Yes, I've upped him a bit, having recently compared him with actor Hugh Quarshie, who's 5ft9, in the Clive Barker film 'Nightbreed'. Admittedly, David does have a long head, but his impressive brain needs plenty of accommodation!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Jul/21
I wonder if David likes Pink Floyd? Somehow, I'd like to think he does!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jun/21
I received my first online picture of David Cronenberg this morning and very nice it is too! 😁👌

It's a photo of David with Ralph Fiennes, so I'm assuming it's a picture of David directing Ralph in the excellent, award-winning movie, 'Spider', also starring Miranda Richardson and Gabriel Byrne.

5ft9 peak and an inch less today.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jun/21
@ Average Heighted Male - Hi mate! I saw the Nicole Kidman film 'To Die For' and it wasn't a patch on her movies 'Eyes Wide Shut' and 'The Others' etc.

Furthermore, I had to wait right until the very end to see David, but it was a worthwhile wait! I thought he looked gorgeous as he leaned charmingly into Nicole's car, but certainly in this case, the friendliness was incredibly deceptive, because what he does to her is unspeakable. Nicole and David weren't much different in height AT ALL, and I was quite surprised. I rolled back the scene many, many times - just to make sure! 😉
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/May/21
I've just bought a film called 'Blood and Donuts', which actually STARS David Cronenberg. Hooray! It's from 1995, so David will have been 52 then, and highly likely at his full height.


I might not have had any luck while looking for his films yesterday but somehow, this little gem has made up for it. I bet it's about vampires, and I think David would make a very good one of those!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/May/21
I was popping into charity shops yesterday to look for David Cronenberg films that are missing from my collection and I chatted to the lad who was helping out about Mads Mikkelsen, having bought one of his films, and director/actor David Cronenberg. Suddenly he presented on his phone a picture of the director, and I drooled, "You mustn't do that! I'll pass clean out on your floor!"

Of course, it was said in jest, and we were both laughing, but it WAS a very nice one, and it gave me the idea of popping into the library to get some pictures made of David for my walls, the way I used to do with Liv Tyler. What a good idea that would be!

Peak height - 5ft9, though he does come over as taller and 5ft8.25 for today's height. I've seen clips of him directing from 2012 onwards, (and obviously before) and his posture is still excellent. He has a film coming out soon called 'Falling', starring Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney - AND HIMSELF! I simply can't wait!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/21
I looked for Robert A Silverman's height, Rob, and found 175cm. Cheers! 😉👍
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/21
After an exhausting and painful couple of days, I've woken up after a pleasing amount of refreshing sleep. Imagine my excitement when I discovered that 'The Brood' is showing on the Horror Channel? 😄👌 This is a Cronenberg film from 1979 and released in 1980 in Britain. It's not yet in my ever-expanding Cronenberg Collection, but it will be soon, as I'm aiming to acquire them all.

'The Brood' stars Oliver Reed, Samantha
Eggar, Art Hindle and Robert A Silverman, who is completely unrecognisable from when he played such a major part in 'Scanners'. Silverman also starred in 'Naked Lunch', 'eXistenZ' and 'Rabid', all directed by David Cronenberg, plus many more horrors, including 'Jason X', in which Cronenberg appears, and the original 'Prom Night', from 1980.

Earlier today, I saw an interesting 'extra' from David's 'Cosmopolis' movie, to whet my appetite for my viewing of it. It shows David filming away and interviews with the Director himself, plus many of the stars of this film. All say what a professional he is to work with, and one lady star said he's very confident and steady with the camera, and what a pleasure he is to work with. He's also got a great sense of humour.

How's this for a compliment from me? I've seen FIVE of his films on the Big Screen, which I chose to see after I read, and had my interest aroused, by the write-ups alone.

You could see him walking around onset and he didn't look below 5ft9. This was under a decade ago, possibly 2012.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/21
After an exhausting and painful couple of days, I've woken up after a pleasing amount of refreshing sleep. Imagine my excitement when I discovered that 'The Brood' is showing on the Horror Channel? 😄👌 This is a Cronenberg film from 1979 and released in 1980 in Britain. It's not yet in my ever-expanding Cronenberg Collection, but it will be soon, as I'm aiming to acquire them all.

'The Brood' stars Oliver Reed, Samantha
Eggar, Art Hindle and Robert A Silverman, who is completely unrecognisable from when he played such a major part in 'Scanners'. Silverman starred in 'Naked Lunch', 'eXistenZ' and 'Rabid', all directed by David Cronenberg, plus many more horrors, including 'Jason X', in which Cronenberg appears, and the original 'Prom Night', from 1980.

Earlier today, I saw an interesting 'exyra'
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Apr/21
I'm feeling very excited because I've found my copy of 'Naked Lunch', while in the process of hunting for my 'Scum' DVD. Isn't that always the way when you have boxes choc-a-block full of DVDs in four rooms in the house....? 🤔 Huh - I'm probably sounding a bit primitive to young ears!

My copy is called 'Il Pasto Nudo', which, as with my copy of 'Dead Ringers' ('Inseparabili') sounds rather Italian to me, so the language might need a bit of tampering with on the set-up instructions.

This will be a grand chance to check out the heights of Peter Weller and Ian Holm, which should prove a rather staggering difference as Peter is tall and 'Lord of the Rings' actor Ian is anything but. This will be my second viewing of the movie, and I'm expecting it to grow on me, as with any David Cronenberg offering.

I bought this some three years ago because it made a list entitled 'Films You Won't Be Able To Stomach Twice'. Well, I'm going to prove them wrong! 👅

⭐ I do hope David himself makes a cameo.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Apr/21
I watched David Cronenberg's 'The Fly' this morning, and OF COURSE I saw it at the pictures! I had the very same thoughts going through my head this time as I did back in the 80s, including pity.

David makes an appearance in Geena's nightmare of giving birth to an extra large maggot. He plays the gynecologist.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Apr/21
There are two follow-ups to 'Scanners', which I didn't find out until recently, so I bought the boxset.

I was most upset to discover that they aren't written by or directed by David Cronenberg. 😭

I'll give them a go, but I'll miss the Cronenberg touch. Before that, I have far more of David's movies to watch.

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Apr/21
I've just invested about an hour watching the extras on David's 'Scanners' DVD. There was chit chat from many of the stars from his films, including Deborah Harry and Peter Weller, but what struck me most about this director was his modesty.

I saw one of David's films yesterday called 'Disappearance at Clifton Hill', a movie from a 2019 in which he stars. I agree with the 5ft8 for today's height or perhaps a little bit over it. Having recently seen David's 'Nightbreed', a Clive Barker masterpiece, there was around an inch difference.
MaskDeMasque said on 2/Apr/21
@Ian C

At peak he was 5'9. Average in Canada is 5'9.
diavolo said on 2/Apr/21
He should be added to Star Trek: Discovery heights.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Apr/21
There are some splendid extras in David's 'Eastern Promises', which show not just in-depth interviews with David and the Cast but scenes of filming, so you can compare David to Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and others.

The film was made in 2007, so David was 64 then. I can't see more than 2" between Viggo and David back then, and he's GOT to be 4 and-a-half inches taller than 5ft4.5 Naomi.

The Cronenberg posture is good, his confidence is justified and his films are the type that get better with each viewing. You can't say that about every director.

When I'd finished 'Eastern Promises', after much disturbance and pausing, I had to put it on all over again! It's a typically thought provoking film about the most disturbing of subjects.
Ian C. said on 1/Apr/21
You got me, Masque. Cronenberg is average height. I don't know why I took five foot eight as short.
MaskDeMasque said on 29/Mar/21
@Ian C

He's average height.
Tall Sam said on 28/Mar/21
I like his wild and woolly early Canadian films. For some reasons both Videodrome and Scanners both kind of lose me in the weeds. I don’t mind bizarre, culty or sleazy seeming movies but I just didn’t connect with anything enough to care too much for either (James Woods doesn’t help). The more tragic stories, even the more conventional Dead Zone or his slicker Viggo Mortensen movies, are the ones of his I like better. Crash just kind of left me feeling sorry for the characters despite the queasy plot.
OriginalAnon said on 28/Mar/21
The Fly and The Dead Zone are great. I think Crash is very overrated. Interesting director. I thought he was taller.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Mar/21
I'm glad to say that my copy of 'Nightbreed' turned up; I knew it couldn't be far away because I'd recently seen it.

It's a fairly long film (145 minutes) and my sixth and final attempt to see it yesterday actually worked, after setting up a more advanced TV set which REMEMBERS where the DVD is when you pause it!

Out of my collection of films either directed by, or starring, Mr Cronenberg, this Clive Barker story is by far the best for judging David's height. He stars as a creepy psychiatric doctor, and the patient whom the story centres round is the 5ft11 Craig Sheffer. You see the two standing together, and David's eyes look slightly upwards when he's interacting with Craig, but his head doesn't need to move - just his eyes. It's true that David has a long head for his height, but out of a distinctly average cast, David looks tall average. I'm thinking along the lines that Average Heighted Male may have a point with suggesting that Mr Cronenberg's peak height could have been nearer 5ft9.75, but I do have other opportunities to compare David, including an interview on the red carpet and a scene with Nicole Kidman in a film which arrives next week.

Since this much-appreciated page has been in Existenz, (no pun intended, though it's happened anyway!) I've seen 'Maps To The Stars', 'Videodrome', an interview on 'Spider' and 'Nightbreed'. Now I feel I should watch 'eXistenZ' next, though I'll probably start with the extras, which guarantees seeing the Director himself.

Perhaps next time round, I will up his height just a little, but this thoroughly enjoyable 'research period' is far from over, with a barrage of his movies arriving on my doorstep next week!

Danimal 5'9 5/8 said on 27/Mar/21
David's almost 80 years old. I'm pretty sure he's lost close to 2" since his prime.
Ian C. said on 25/Mar/21
Another short director. A lot of the great directors wouldn't meet the "you must be taller than this" mark to get on a fairground ride.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Mar/21
@ Average Heighted Male - Thanks for that bit of info! I've ordered a copy of 'To Die For' so that I can compare Nicole Kidman to David Cronenberg, who I've read has a bit part in it.
Average Heighted Male said on 25/Mar/21
I'm a fan of Cronenberg's older films. The Fly(1986) was the first film I've seen from him,and being a kid at the time, loved it!, the gruesome effects(arm wrestling scene), the Canadian filming locations, the direction,Goldblum's acting, the shotgun blast at the end. Even the restrained,tame Dead Zone is good.
Videodrome is so bizarre and gory, it's message has aged well with media and propaganda. I felt rather uncomfortable and disturbed watching Crash'96. That film was odd and graphic.

As for David's height, he has the face and upper body of a 6ft man, but average legs and build. Plus he's 78 and shrunk some. Most likely a flat 5ft9 now. If you watch closely at 1995s To Die For when he walks next to Nicole Kidman he looks about her height. She has to be 5ft9 flat herself.

I'll still give him 5ft9 now. Peak was probably 5ft9¾.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Mar/21
I put all my usual programmes on hold last night to watch David's movie 'Maps To The Stars'. Quite honestly, I was tired and didn't think I'd last the course, but I triggered my interest by watching David Cronenberg's interview clips on the extras. It certainly whet my appetite for what was to come, but to call this psychological thriller 'A Brilliant Nightmare', as it says on the cover, cannot begin to prepare you for what lies in store.

As you'd expect from a Cronenberg film, it's going to be disturbing. As the film unwinds and more is revealed, I found my heartbeat quickening and expressions of disbelief and shock coming out. Fortunately, it has a few amusing moments, though some people might find them offensive, but to go into detail with a plot which surrounds the offspring (a rude and mouthy son of 13 who's a actor, and a daughter of 18, scarred from a fire she caused some 7 years earlier, causing death and her own disfigurement, suddenly coming out of therapy) of a married couple who found out they're brother and sister, puts Julianne Moore's torture of playing her abusive, dead ex-actress mother in an up-and-coming movie quite in the dark.

The characters are intertwined in this tale, but to see the schizophrenic 18-year-old flushing her medication down the toilet 'to set herself free', as she puts it, we know we are in for something unpredictable and arresting, typically Cronenberg-style.

Let's just say that I needed to take a tranquillizer at the end.
5'8 boy said on 24/Mar/21
Rob, could you add Ryan Garcia(5'8.5), NBA Youngboy (5'7.5) and Dababy (weak 5'7).
Tall Sam said on 24/Mar/21
Yeah Cronenberg just has a kind of lanky look without the height, thanks to a slim neck & build, often standing well and a larger than average head. For his generation, he’s a pretty average height guy.

Amazing filmmaker, although I worship him less than some of my friends, you have to be in the right mood for his films. The Brood, The Fly, Dead Ringers are masterpieces and he’s never made a bad movie IMO. I stand by though that I don’t like him as an actor in Nightbreed, truly Ed Wood level weird incompetence in that role and I know people who are a fan of his acting there.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Mar/21
@ Arch - He's one of a kind, Arch.

I was watching 'The Dead Zone' earlier this year when it occurred to me that I've seen four of his films on the big screen. I wasn't so impressed with 'Shivers', but after that, his movies were increasingly ethereal and brilliant, and had to be sat through twice. Those days, there was always a second film, and that made it easy to sit and see a film twice. I know my Mum and Dad used to do it too! I've been on a bit of a celebration spree since I saw David had a page, and I've bought 'The Fly' for the umpteenth time and three others, one called 'Maps To The Stars', which I've never seen and two more. I've only recently found out that they're two follow-ups to 'Scanners', so I want the box set. I screamed the cinema out when I first saw it and that guy's head exploded! 🤭 I've had that a fair few times in my collection as well.

Cronenberg has teamed up with other horror writers Stephen King and Clive Barker too. Such talent, and I can't get enough! 😉👌

All the best, Sandy XXX
Arch Stanton said on 24/Mar/21
Great director Sandy!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Mar/21
@ Arch - Yes, that's probably why I thought might be taller!

I saw David play a leading role in Clive Barker's 'Nightbreed' the other week. Personally, I find him gorgeous and highly mysterious and attractive. I wanted to celebrate his page last night by watching it again, but I have so many DVDs that I couldn't find it! 😜 I have a couple of his films arriving today and I hope he appears in them. 😍

His proportions make him ideal for starring in his own films. He has a lovely voice as well - I'm very into sexy voices!
Vincent Caleb said on 24/Mar/21
Nice add!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Mar/21
@ Rob - Is he currently 5’8” or was that his peak height?
Editor Rob
I think he did look 5ft 9 even through 50's, but by 70's shrunk a bit towards 5ft 8
Arch Stanton said on 23/Mar/21
He has the face of a 6'3 guy but Josh Brolin legs LOL. Give him Clint Eastwood's legs!
Editor Rob
yeah, his head size is larger than average.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Mar/21
I've been watching David Cronenberg's films since I was 15 and went along to see a film called 'Shivers' in the Spring of 1976. It had won the Horror Film Award 1975, but I much preferred his films 'Videodrome', 'The Dead Zone' and 'Scanners', which I also saw at the pictures, sitting through each twice.

As well as Stephen King, I think that this inventive writer, director and actor is quite unique - and very attractive. I recently saw him in one of his films acting, and I thought he was brilliant. He's even collaborated with Stephen when they made 'The Dead Zone', with the gorgeous Christopher Walken playing lead. I'm so glad David has a page of his own now - thank you so much, Rob!

Peak height - 5ft9; 😁👌
Today - 5ft8.

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