Eric Idle's Height
6ft 0 (182.9 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 1 (185.4 cm)
English comedian and actor, best known for Monty Python.
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I'm six-foot-one. I didn't look tall because I stood next to John Cleese all those years, and Cleese is six-foot-six. And Graham Chapman, now deceased, was six-foot-give. So I was the third-tallest on the show and the sixth-nicest.
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 0.75in (184.8cm)
Current: 5ft 11.72in (182.2cm)
James Brett 172cm
said on 2/Apr/19
Rob how tall do you think he looks with James Corden?
He's barely 6ft now, can look between 5ft 11 and 6ft there.
said on 11/Mar/19
Rob, which of these is possible peak?
I don't think A is possible, but B - C might be, more so than E-D range.
Jokull said on 13/Oct/18
I think Eric could be around 6 ft (182,88 cm) right now when I'm writing this comment, and a 1 inch height loss is not bad. But I don't understand why people are saying that he's 5 ft 10! :)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jun/18
Still looks a decent 6ft today
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Aug/17
Eric's a wonderful comedian from one of the most original comedy groups of all time!
I used to have to creep downstairs before I reached double figures, in order to watch the Pythons, just so that I could find out what the kids with the less strict parents were allowed to see when I was supposed to be fast asleep!
With John Cleese a massive 6ft5, Eric's 'mere' 6ft1 was never going to stand out as tall though!
Recently, I saw Eric guesting on an absolutely charming programme of Billy Connelly's - about death! Never have I seen such an entertaining take on what is predominantly a subject regarded by nearly all of us as morbid, sad or both. Usually it's a bit of both.
Then along come Billy and Eric...
Theirs was the warmest look on that no-no topic that I could have ever expected to see, and I thoroughly recommend it; after all, it is something that comes to us all!
I never assumed in this lighthearted programme that I would get the opportunity of comparing the heights of the two comedians as fully as I did, but the chances were there a-plenty, as they chatted, laughed and sang amusing songs! The two guys looked much the same height really, but I must add that Billy, LOVE him as I do and rate him as my favourite comedian of all time, looked ill and drawn when this was filmed, having not long before received the news that he has cancer, so he passed for a bit shorter.
I desperately hope Billy is on the mend now. I never expected that the programme Billy invited his friend Eric Idle on would have afforded me a better glimpse at Eric's height than the Python episodes, but there you go! Life is funny, and I'm sure both friends would be the first to admit that one!
Eric's height now - 6ft
Eric back in his prime time - 6ft1!
One inch loss is not bad going!
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said on 30/Nov/16
Seems to be standing up reasonably well to 6' Dr Brian Cox in this snap considering he is leaning his head slightly.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Sep/16
I think at peak he was in the same area as Harrison Ford, weak 6ft1
hambubger said on 1/Sep/16
In the German performed special, the commentator remarks that "two members are over 6 ft". Being obviously Cleese and Chapman. I believe that Idle was 6'0" or 5'11.5".
Paleman said on 2/Jun/16
The 5'9"-5'11" claims for Idle are rubbish. He always stood taller than the 5'10"5-5'11" Palin.
6'0.5" seems like a good shout for his peak, a little bit shorter today.
John said on 24/Feb/16
Of course, Fallon's 5'11"-5'11.5", while ldle's a solid 6'
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Feb/16
He looked taller than Jimmy Fallon
heightwise said on 5/Apr/15
Looks 2+ inches shorter that Chapman rather than 1 as wiki would suggest.
CDS said on 25/Feb/15
6'0"?? No way; not even in prime. I noticed his character in the late '80s mini-series, "Around the World in 80 Days" was listed at 6', and I thought that was generous. He easily looked a couple inches shorter than 6'1" Pierce Brosnan. I'll give Idle 5'11", although thought he actually looked closer to 5'10".
Andrew M said on 4/Oct/14
What? Are you kidding? He always looked like a wee guy to me! Still, I never saw much of the Python films or shows, just "Life of Brian". Usually I just see him sitting down for interviews; that doesn't help.
David said on 12/Sep/14
He's always looked short to me, say 5ft 9.
said on 20/Aug/14
At times, he can look near 2 inches below 6'2.5" listed Graham Chapman...I do agree 6'0.5" might be a better peak listing.
Midnight Rambler said on 16/May/14
I believe Eric was 6 ft 1/2 in; Palin 5 ft 10 in; Cleese 6 ft 5 in; Chapman 6 ft 2 1/2; Jones 5 ft 8 in and Gilliam 5 ft 8 1/2 in. Watching the Pythons together in the seventies it's quite obvious that Cleese can't be more than a couple inches taller than Chapman (at most, 2 1/2); and Eric is obviously more than one inch shorter than Chapman. So, Eric was probably 6 1/2.
avi said on 10/Feb/14
@Editor Rob: yeah, that could be possible, he is a guy who looks to have lost at least an inch, maybe 1.5 inch]
Next to Paul McCartney he looks a strong 5'11 I think he could still be 5'11.5
said on 30/Jan/14
Is 6'0.5 possible for peak? He may round up to 6'1...
[Editor Rob: yeah, that could be possible, he is a guy who looks to have lost at least an inch, maybe 1.5 inch]
said on 8/Feb/13
I didn't realize that Eric Idle was that tall. In the photo from this article:
about halfway down the page of the Monty Python team (Graham Chapman doesn't look well in the photo and this was probably taken in the late 1980's) Eric Idle looks an inch or so shorter than Chapman, and Chapman looks an inch or two shorter than John Cleese. Who knows what footwear they have on, but Eric Idle easily appears to be around 6'1" and is head and shoulders taller than Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. He looks about three inches taller than Michael Palin, which would make him 6'1". Yet in other recent images I've seen, he's the same height as Cary Elwes, which would put him at 6' even. Maybe he's lost some height in the past 20 years - not unlikely,
guyfrommars said on 29/Dec/11
I'd say Chapman was almost 6'3". Never looked very much shorter than 6'5" John Cleese, and always towered over Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Godred said on 14/Nov/11
@Andy M - Agree although I`d say 6`1 or 6`2 for Chapman.
So -around 5`8 for Jones
around 5`9 for Gilliam
around 5`10 for Palin
around 5`11 for Idle (maybe 6ft peak)
6`1 or 6`2 for Chapman
and either 6`4 or 6`5 for Cleese.
Andy M said on 30/Sep/11
I'v just seen him in Monty Python & is only slightly taller than 5'10.5 Michael Palin & way shorter than 6'3 Graham Chapman. He looks an even 5'11
glenn said on 20/Nov/08
if you were there in my shoes,maybe you would say the same.i dont speak like that anymore on this site.
Anonymous said on 19/Nov/08
Glenn, why are you calling him a jerkoff? Aren
Darkfalz said on 29/Oct/08
PW said on 13/Jul/08
Chapman 6-3 1/2
Darkfalz said on 12/Feb/08
5'11" tops. In "Fillander Zircus" or whatever it was, one of the commentators mention that two of the troupe are over 6 feet - obviously this is Chapman and Cleese. Idle has looked barely taller than 5'8" Chaplin.
AshnarLynx said on 23/Dec/07
He looked an inch shorter at least than Brooke Shields in that horrible show of hers. She is 6 feet and wears lifts probably, so he must be either 5'11 or 6 feet.
Sara said on 23/Oct/07
In an episode of Do Not Adjust Your Set (A pre-Python tv show), Eric Idle is introduced as being 6'1"
lrua said on 5/Jun/07
Eric Idle is a 5'11" type guy, he was never 6'1" .
betty said on 24/Apr/07
the 'married sketch has them all lined up with cleese , then chapman and idle and palin in the middle and jones at the end. jones and palin looked similar height. and chapman and idle looked around the same height as well. Cleese is just a tall guy!
he's arond 6'1
bernar said on 11/Oct/06
Eric Idle is no more than 1 inch taller than Micheal Palin. In Monty Python
Self-defense Against Fresh Fruit scetch Episode 4 they were bare feet and were standing close to each other. watch this episode and tell me that i'm wrong.
said on 18/May/06
About 5'10" Never 6'1" Where do you guys get this stuff??[Editor Rob: well current height I list him 6ft. I think this guy can kind of slouch and for sure appear under 6ft to people. Glenn had said he looked 5ft 11 and no doubt he can. Whether this is slouched, I don't know..but, maybe he was never his claimed height though and hasn't actually shrunk anything...
here, I'll do a frank2 ;-) I will use the trusty imdb heights for the other people in this photo:
Idle with Coltrane, Curry, Levy and Hyde Pierce
Now if Idle is 5ft 10, then Coltrane is also around that, curry is struggling to hit 5ft 6 in the morning, david hyde pierce is scraping that 5ft 8 and Eugene Levy is barely 5ft 9, agree?
That's not to say Idle isn't 5ft 11, could be...
Anonymous said on 8/Mar/06
jerkoff? Glenn, are you referring to Eric Idle?
[Editor Rob: I think he is...]
Glenn said on 5/Mar/06
Noname said on 1/Mar/06
5'11 and a half(182 cm) maybe but I still think he is 5'11' flat.
Chris said on 28/Feb/06
I would say 182 cm
No Way said on 27/Feb/06
HA HA HA He is not 6'0.5", about 5'10 or 5'11. I've seen him with Michael Palin who is 5'10" and he looked about an inch taller than him. I'd say he is 5'11.
Tall Guy said on 26/Feb/06
Listed as 5'11 on IMDB. This may be true, cause he look's very short sometimes too.
[Editor Rob: his posture at times can certainly make him look shorter...]
Mikex said on 26/Feb/06
Always looked quite tall, although short compared to Chapman and Cleese in the Pythons 6'4'' and 6'5'' repsectively.