How tall is Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke's Height

5ft 10 (177.8 cm)

Peak height was 6ft ½ in (184.2 cm)
American actor, best known for roles in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the TV series Diagnosis Murder. In a 1963 book it mentioned how "Van Dyke, who is six feet one inch tall and weighs 147 pounds, is constantly trying to put on weight, but with little success."

How tall is Dick Van Dyke
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I used to be six-foot-two, and now I am five-foot-eleven. Where did those three inches go? Medically, I've been told that vertebrae compact, the skeleton compresses, and you shrink. But I still think of those inches like socks that disappear in the dryer - a mystery. Is that what it means to grow old? You shrink a few inches every few years until you disappear?
-- Keep moving, 2015

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Average Guess (29 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 0.35in (183.8cm)
Current: 5ft 9.81in (177.3cm)
Aceman said on 26/Nov/23
He and the late David Tomlinson seemed to be a solid 6'1" even in Mary he kinda looks like in 5'11"- 6' tall range
Arch Stanton said on 12/May/23
In What a Way To Go, Van Dyke wearing flat boat shoes looked between 2-2.5 inches taller than Dean Martin in his shoes. Seems about right. Dick was a thin guy, probably around a 28 waist. Looks a much more handsome guy in older age with the white hair than he ever did younger. Kind of like Leslie Nielsen did.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/23
I’m watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an episode from 1960, which stars a boyish Dick Van Dyke as a man whose uncle has died. He’s the deceased’s only living relative and expects to inherit his uncle’s entire fortune, but the old man has left everything to his dog, Casper!

Dick’s fiancΓ©e is fuming and wants to kill the friendly mutt. It’s an idea that’s occurred to Dick, but he is soft-hearted and cannot go through with it. The inheritance will pass onto Dick’s character, Thomas Craig, but the dog is only two years old! He’s so loveable that I’d gladly adopt him, or one like him; when he’s talked to, he listens, with his head tilted to one side.

The episode is called β€˜Craig’s Will’ and is thoroughly entertaining.

Peak height for Dick - 6ft0.5 and now 5ft11.25.
John Sulu said on 15/Mar/23
Hey Rob, is the average height of a nonagenarian shorter than the average height of someone at their peak?
Editor Rob
In the 90's you are likely to be (as a Male) heading into 3+ inches of loss on average.
Gerald S said on 3/Mar/23
Rob, who would say peaked closer to 6’1” out of Dick and his son, Barry?
Editor Rob
Hard to choose which might be taller peak.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Mar/23
@ Rampage - I don’t think his posture was crap at all!

He wouldn’t have been able to dance so well.

Peak 6ft0.5 and 5ft10.25 today.
slothee said on 27/Jan/23
Solid 6' peak. However, next to Conan O'Brien he looks not much more than 5'9" to me, and that was about 10 years ago. I think today in his late nineties he's strong 5'8" range, 174ish cm, a solid 3.5+ inches shorter than his peak height.
Hong said on 25/Jan/23
Click Here looks similar to 5ft11 listed Danny Kaye here.
chuck darby said on 25/Dec/22
actually 5'11 at start of diagnosis murder and about 5'10.25 whwn it ended
Sinclair said on 10/Dec/22
182cm/5’11.75” range throughout Diagnosis Murder.
avi said on 27/Jul/22
This is actually a lot to shrink even for being over 90. I would expect no more than 2 or so inches. I know my grandmother at 92-93 when measured was 5'1.6 area . She always claimed 5'2 so lost maybe a half inch. Though everyone is different but losing 3 + inches like Van Dyke seems excessive unless maybe some injury or something.
Tall Sam said on 3/Jun/22
Can look pretty lanky as a younger man but I think he looked around an inch and a half under Walter Matthau.
Rich Paul said on 28/May/22
Dick guested on the Danny Kaye Show back in the 1960s. The clip is on the web. He was the same height as Kaye who was 5-11.
Hong said on 21/Feb/22
Click Here Here's Dick with 6ft4 Conan.
Hong said on 9/Feb/22
Click Here Here's Dick on Conan talking about shrinking.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Oct/21
184-185cm zone isn't an impossible range peak. From there could've been 188cm in shoes

He had crap posture
Hong said on 15/Mar/21
Click Here He's looking over 6ft here with 5ft9.5 listed Dick van Patten,around 6ft1 actually
Hong said on 15/Mar/21
Click Here Here's Dick with 6ft1 Obama,Dick aged 84 in this pic looks 5ft9 range about 4 inches shorter than Obama.If 10 years later he's still 5ft10 that seems a bit unlikely,he's probly in the 5ft8 range now that's 4.5 inches height loss,that may beat Clint Eastwood but he has 4.5 years over Clint.
Sinclair said on 1/Sep/20
I would agree with 6’0.5” for Van Dyke’s peak height. In Mary Poppins, I thought David Tomlinson was at least half an inch taller than Van Dyke.
Hulk.23 said on 29/Aug/20
6’/183cm flat at peak. Today 2” shorter
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Aug/20
Rob, could we finally give Carl Reiner a page?

I think 186-187cm zone for him
Leon Powe said on 28/Jun/20
He looked 5’ 10” on his Dick Van Dyke show at the start and then seem to grow to 6’2” later in the show. In the beginning he Mary Tyler Moore was just 2 or 3 inches shorter, but in other episodes, she looked 6 inches shorter.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Dec/19
πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰ Happy Birthday Dick! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ

The ever charming Dick Van Dyke turns 94 years old today. Congratulations to him on his big day!

I just found 184cm for him, which is true for his young days. 5ft10 for these days. πŸ˜πŸ‘

charles darby said on 28/Nov/19
dick van dyke show heights, van dyke 6'.25,carl reiner 6'1.25, Richard deacon 6'1.5, jerry paris 6'2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Oct/19
Rob, he claims in this article that he used to be 6ft2 and shrunk to 5ft11

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Editor Rob
I'll add that quote, I think he's obviously shrunk even more by now.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Oct/19
In fairness to Leslie, he looked a decent enough 6ft1 back in the he’d probably get away with claiming 6ft2 more than Dick would!

But I think a 30 something year old Van Dyke may not have been far from 6ft1 if measured. He towered over Julie Andrews...and he was usually slouching
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Oct/19
Really? I thought at times he could pull off 6ft1. Definitely not buying anything less than 6ft prime.

I heard him say on Conan that he used to be 6ft2, now that I find hard to believe
Editor Rob
Sounds a bit like Leslie Nielsen claiming 6ft 2...a rather tall height which seems unlikely!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Oct/19
Rob, is 6ft0ΒΌ or 6ft0ΒΎ peak more arguable?
Editor Rob
Hard to say, but I don't think I'd go as high as 6ft 3/4 now
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Oct/19
Rob how likely is 6ft1 peak?
Editor Rob
I've not seen enough to really think he was that tall.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Sep/19
Wow that low!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Aug/19
Rob, how tall do you think Barry Van Dyke is?
Editor Rob
Somewhere in 6ft range
berta said on 3/Jul/19
My grandmother who will be 95 years old son was 172 cm peak and i measured her couple months ago and if i remember right she was 164,5. She lost 7,5 cm at 95 ish
berta said on 3/Jul/19
He have done well to only shrink 6 cm at the age of 93. Is he really this tall still? I would think 175-176. He and current sylvester stallone back to back barefoot wouldnt be that mutch different, i think.
Mark Harrison said on 5/Aug/18
He seems closer to 5'9" now at 92. I don't think he ever looked over six foot.
sulu2018 said on 9/Mar/18
His peak height was only a quarter inch less than Harrison Ford's.
Paul NS (6ft0.5) said on 6/Jan/18
Rob, what's with the weird formatting on this page making all the comments in italics?

Also, RIP Jerry Van Dyke.
Editor Rob
a missing backslash, fixed now πŸ‘
richinkle said on 10/Oct/17
About 6'-0" in this 1976 tv special with 5'-7"+ Lucille Ball, who at 65, and with max 1 1/4" heel advantage, was about 3" -3 1/2" shorter than a 50 year old Van Dyke.
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Edge said on 3/Jun/17
No doubt 6 feet in his youth.
Bobby said on 25/Mar/17
He seemed near enough 6ft in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but I don't know if he had lost height by then because some scenes made him look short. Even if he was close to 5'10/5'11, he wouldn't have looked short.
Smoosh said on 11/Nov/16
Dont worry, there were aome crazy camera angles in the episode i watched haha
Smoosh said on 8/Nov/16
How can DVD be 6 foot peek when his son 6'1 was like 5 inches taller then him in diagnosis murder?
James said on 13/Sep/16
Van Dyke was six foot at his peak.
Rory said on 7/Aug/16
He definitely didn't look 6.5 inches taller than Peter Falk in the episode he was in of Colombo, when he was 49 years old and presumably hadn't lost any height. He looked 5 inches taller than Falk to me. I personally think he was a solid 6 foot, but 6'0.5 might be pushing it a bit.
Mac said on 17/Jul/16
It cracks me up looking at the serious critiques. Van dyke definitely seems 6' when younger. If he squeezed in an extra half inch who cares? Definitely not 5'10" when younger or shorter like some claim. The general rule is adding an inch or less. You dont claim to be over 6' when you are 5'8".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jun/16
He could look near 6ft1 at times...
Mike said on 10/Feb/16
I say Dick Van Dyke is about 6'1 at the very least.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Jan/16
Ryan Reynolds estimated himself to be around Dick Van Dyke's height, 6ft1-6ft2
Stlweir said on 4/Sep/15
Saw Dick Van Dyke in the early 70s in New Orleans walking down the street by himself during Marti Gras.
Was surprised to see that he was 5'9"" max. Very thin frame. Also saw Red Buttons, 5'6-5'7".
M.Mack said on 2/Sep/15
He's a similar height to Ben Stiller in Night of the Museum 3, then again he is 89.
5'8" guy said on 21/Aug/15
his son is clearly 2 inches or more taller, and he's listed as 6'1". the dude
richinkle said on 18/Aug/15
I walked past him at Neimann Marcus in Beverly Hills in the late 80's. I'm just over 6', and he was about my height.

And yet, in this 1976 tv skit with Lucille Ball, a 51 year old Dick Van Dyke looks no more than 3" taller than 65 year old Ball, who has about 1" to at most 1 1/2" heel advantage. Click Here

Ball maintained her 5'-7"+ height well into her 60's.
Billy said on 17/Jun/15
Rob, you sure his peak height was 184cm? Seems about an inch short for a man of his stature.
Tunman said on 3/Jun/15
Lol at 5'8 Zippy,6'is really the minimum for a young Van Dyke.
Zippy said on 4/Apr/15
Passed him on the street in NYC 30 years ago. I 'm 6 ft and I would guess he was 5'8. Seems everyone who has seen him would agree
Jones said on 17/Dec/14
On Conan last night he said he used to be 6'2 but is now 5'11.5, at least he's right about how much he's lost
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 8/Aug/14
6 ft - 1/2 inch is probably dead on. He looked every bit of 6 ft 1 or 6 ft2 though, because he was barely 160 pounds in Marry Poppins, and maybe 150 according to news interviews.
jordi said on 11/Jun/14
if Van Dyke is five ten, then Tom Hanks should be around six one or more

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if Hanks is six i think dick is barely five nine
Fred said on 21/Mar/14
Dick Van Dyke was six foot. His son Barry wore lifts in "Diagnosis Murder", which was a poor rip-off of "Murder She Wrote".
Arch Stanton said on 20/Jan/14
No he didn't Maio. He looked 4 inches taller than a heeled Julie Andrews. In Chitty though he could look more 6 ft.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Dec/13
@ Noapoj. You need glasses mate. In Mary Poppins he looks a good 4 inches taller than a heeled Julie Andrews. He looks easily 6'1" in that film, a lot taller than how Plummer looks in comparison in Sound of Music. Worst film accent ever though WTF was that accent LOL, sounded more like NYC mafia boss who spent his childhood in Bristol than Cockney!!
Arch Stanton said on 28/Dec/13
Not many people know this but did anybody here know that the slide which was used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang towards the end with Gert Frobe was actually the same Pinewood slide which appeared a year earlier in You Only Live Twice which Sean Connery falls down into a chair in Japan? It was such a cool slide, I don't blame them for reusing it!
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
Thanks for adding it. I saw it earlier and was trying to compare him to Gert Frobe who briefly stood next to him inside the palace who I know was listed at 6'1" but Dyke was dressed as a clown wasn't he and I think he had footwear advantage. Not really easy to compare.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
Rob can you add Chitty Chitty Bang Bang....
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
Mmm, doesn't really look over 6 ft in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang does he...
Noapoj said on 3/Dec/13
In Mary Poppins he is about the same height as Julie Andrews who is 5' 7"
luvdomus said on 28/Oct/13
When Dick Van Dyke appeared on jay Leno, Jay, at 5'10" was at least two inches taller than Dick, who must have shrunk a few inches through the years. he still stands straight, though, and can still dance a little chimney sweep jig with surprising agility.
Dipity48 said on 8/Sep/13
I met him about 12 years ago. I'm 5 8.5, was wearing 2" heels and I felt like I towered over him. I was so surprised. I always thought he looked taller but he couldn't have been more than 5' 7". But still a larger than life smile!!!
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/13
No way is Barry Van Dyke under 6 ft! In that hospital series they were in he looked nothing less than a tall guy and honestly looked around 6'2" to me, Dick at the time I think had lost about an inch and was 5'11" range..
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jul/13
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Still a handsome devil at the age of 257.... Surprised to see Barry van Dyke shorter than Pierce Brosnan, he looks no more than 6' flat here. I always thought he looked nearer 6'2".
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/13
Do you still think he looks 5'11 next to Damian Rob?
Editor Rob
yeah today he's probably not over 5ft 10
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/13
He might pull off 5'10 stood at his best today. He's getting on for 90 so on average would have lost 3 inches by now. I think his height loss down to 5'9.5"-5'10" nowadays is average.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/13
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Rob check this out. He's nowhere near 5'11" at the age of 87. More like 5'9.5" now compared to 6'0.5" Damian Lewis.
linc said on 7/Dec/12
When standing next to Jay Leno, who is 5'10', Mr. Van Dyke appeared to be appx. 5'8" in 2012.
norred said on 30/Nov/12
Appeared to be about 5-9 next to Conan tonight. Looks great for 86 and is still very sharp and vivacious.
Sorry said on 25/Nov/12
He is nowhere near 5'11. If you see the picture of him with 6'1 Barack Obama...there's just no way.
Lockman said on 2/Nov/12
I met Mr. Van Dyke in the mid-70's. I'm 6'3" and he was substantially shorter than me. 5'8" or less.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/12
Barry Van Dyke looks minimum 6ft2 maybe even 6ft3
Shaun said on 3/Oct/12
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Actually he does look more 6 ft 1 in this pic. What a super handsome family though, those are Dick's grandsons.
Shaun said on 3/Oct/12
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Not even 5 ft 11 for his son Mr R. says. Sure. And Dick van Dyke is big Gs height.... Barry is more 6 ft 2 than his 6 ft 1 listing in my opinion.
Shaun said on 3/Oct/12
He looked the same height as Leslie Nielsen. And like Nielsen, much more handsome in his old age with white hair than in his youth.

Mr. R says on 7/Jun/12
I saw Barry Van Dyke at the premiere of "The Chernobyl Diaries" a few weeks ago. His sons helped to write it. (Badly I might add.) This was a huge shocker. Barry is not even 5-11! I was taller than him, and it was shocking. Dick is a little shorter.

Rubbish. His son Barry is supposed to be 6 ft 1 but I remember watching the series they were in the late 1990s and I think Barry van Dyke looked more 6 ft 2. Not even 5 ft 11 for Barry is a joke, he easily looks 6 ft 1.
avi said on 4/Aug/12
yes probably never the full 6'1
Mr. R said on 7/Jun/12
I saw Barry Van Dyke at the premiere of "The Chernobyl Diaries" a few weeks ago. His sons helped to write it. (Badly I might add.) This was a huge shocker. Barry is not even 5-11! I was taller than him, and it was shocking. Dick is a little shorter.
m s said on 30/Dec/11
He was standing in a line up on his show and he showed 6' 2" tall.
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Keith Klein said on 20/Oct/11
I shook hands with Dick Van Dyke about several years ago as he was judging a Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella contest in Hermosa Beach, CA sponsored by the South Bay Coastliners Barbershop chorus. I am 5'8" and I was taller than Dick!! He must have really shrunk from the numbers you gave!!!
Shaun said on 11/Oct/11
Barry Van Dyke always looked a legit 6'2" to me, I guess 6'1" is possible for him though.
Shaun said on 11/Oct/11
He always looked the same height as Leslie Nielsen Rob and similar with the white hair fox look. I'd buy 6'0.5" peak and 5'11" today. His son Barry Van Dyke though always looked a legit 6'2" as listed to me.
avi said on 7/Oct/11
yeah over 6'0. i think Carl Reiner was almost 6'1 as well. they are 6'1 guys in the morning.
talltalez said on 1/Jun/11
just watched bilko episode (Hillbilly Whiz) with dick starring, Click Here despite his slouching posture, dick is noticeably taller than phil silvers, who was in the 1.80-1.83m range
Gordon said on 28/May/11
Back in the 70s at Mardi Gras I saw Dick Van Dyke walking along the steet by himself. I was surprised how short he was. I'd say 5'9". Because he is so lean he always looked like he was at least 6 ft tall in TV and on the big screen.
Sara said on 24/May/11
I'm 5'9" and when I met Dick Van Dyke 10 years ago he must have been standing in a hole when he was looking up to me as he shook my hand (I was wearing 2" heels). There were several of us who were really surprised at how short he was.
luvdomus said on 12/May/11
saw him on leno last night. he was fully two inches shorter yhan leno. i have stood next toeno and he is 5'10" same as me. dick van dyke at 85 is apprx. 5'8". he may have been 6' or over at one time. some people shrink more than others.
art said on 12/May/11
wow this seems accurate pegged on the money 5'11 no 6'1 maybe his son
Marcus said on 12/May/11
Due to his slim build, Van Dyke looks taller than he actually is. He has repeatedly been listed as 6"0" even.
me said on 7/Feb/11
He didn't look 6.1 in that episode of columbo. My guess is he peak height was really 5.11. He was the same height as scott baio in the 1980s.
me said on 1/Feb/11
He's 5.10. He was the same height as Scott Baio in the show they did together.
Shadow2 said on 25/Dec/10
Dick's son Barry was 6'1", but I think Dick's peak height was just under that, as listed by Rob.
Mary Tyler said on 6/Feb/09
He looks about 6 foot tall in Diagnosis Murder, I would like to know how tall his son is, any ideas?
Banfield said on 1/Dec/08
Watching "Diagnosis Murder" regularly I am unconvinced he is anywhere near 6ft. While standing close to his co-stars he's only about 0ne to two inches taller and those co-stars ARE short - especially the black girl and the Italiens.
Maxwell said on 29/Sep/08
6 feet, I believe.

And the Dick van Dyke show will make you smile. Generously. ^_^
chris175 said on 20/Jan/08
he was in an episode of scrubs that i watched recently and looked shorter than usual, zach braff had about 2 inches on him at least, but he is over 80, i think 6-0 is the tallest he ever was, great actor...
Bleemo said on 10/Jul/07
In the Famous columbo interview he is significantly taller then 5'6" Peter Falk and does have a slouch. But it looks more 5-6 inches, he does walk with a cain mind you and he wears adidas samba trainers throughout.
Snrub said on 25/Jan/07
He said that he grew to his full height at age 11
Editor Rob said on 6/Oct/06
1964 newspaper:
"His current worry is his weight. The 6ft 1 ACTOR weighs a bare 160 pounds," and he says, "its an improvement over the 140 pounds I weighed until a couple of years ago."
Paul said on 25/Jul/06
Bleemo - Dick might be standing on a box in that first shot. Having watched multiple episodes of Diagnosis Murder it is obvious that Barry has a couple inches at least on his dad if you see them in long shots or standing side by side. Of course Dick was in his 70s for most of this series' run so one must take that into account.

Dick himself made fun of his shrinking size a couple of years ago at a TVLand event with Mary Tyler Moore. Some clips from their show were shown where Dick was still 6' and noticably taller than Mary. After the clips were done Dick noted that "Mary's gotten taller and I've gotten shorter" because they appeared to be much closer in height. (Mary was wearing high heels that night.)

Dick has also said in recent interviews that his spine is falling apart due to all the falls he took over the years.
Bleemo said on 25/Jul/06
So does this mean that Barry is like 6'-6'1 then? since he's not more then 2 inches taller then his dad.

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Zack said on 24/Jul/06
When he was on scrubs he was like 10cm shorter than Zach Braff at least.
Paul said on 24/Mar/06
I caught a bit of Fitzwilly awhile back on TCM. Dick was slightly shorter than Sam Waterston in this. Maybe 6'0 or 6'.5" is more accurate?

When you co-star with Morey Amsterdam for 5 years you can look like a 6'4" giant :)
Frank2 said on 23/Mar/06
After Watching Divorce American Style and noticing that Dick is at least two inches shorter than Van Johnson I believe Van Dyke was never 6'1", but barely 6'.
Frank2 said on 14/Mar/06
Dick was about 6' to 6'1" back when he was doing The Dick Van Dyke Show. Carl Reiner was around 6'1" and Mary Tyler Moore was 5'7". The actor who played their son Richie later became a sales rep for a video post production house that I used to do business with and we got to know each other. He occasionaly shows up at the Collector's Show in LA to sell autographed pictures of himself.

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