How tall is Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker's Height

6ft 2in (188 cm)

American actor best known for roles in films such as Platoon, Good Morning, Vietnam, Bird, The Crying Game, Smoke, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Phone Booth, Panic Room, The Last King of Scotland and The Butler.

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6ft 2.1in (188.2cm)
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Aug/17
Oddly, on the backdoor pilot episode for Whitakers' short-lived Criminal Minds spinoff, he really didn't look taller than Thomas Gibson who often doesn't look the full 6'1.5" he's given on this site. I'm not saying that Gibson's listing is wrong, but I expected Whitaker to look clearly taller. Based on the episode, I'd have guessed them both around the same height. Whitaker was 48 at the time, so height loss would probably be minimal.
JJAK said on 30/Jul/17
I dont see anything over 6 2 peak watched him since before he was even known.
Always did a good job on support roles definitely earned his way every step of the way.
He has made many lack luster movies worth a watch, comes off tall most times.
I say give him his 6 2 claim, I would lay odds he is shorter than Idris Elba or peak Rain Wilson.
El said on 24/Jul/17
When standing with a straight posture he is 188, maybe even 189. But usually due to posture he is 186/187
J World said on 10/Feb/17
Looks 183cm these days but maybe that is because of his posture.
S.J.H said on 21/Oct/16
Whitaker make arnie look 5'11ish lol
berta said on 8/Sep/16
if i would shose 186 ore 189 i would have said 186. Althoug i Think he is 187
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Jul/16
Peak: 188-189cm
Today: 187-188cm
Canson said on 30/Jul/16
Rampage and SJH have it right. Legit 6'2 prime maybe still that or slightly under today
S.J.H said on 11/Jul/16
6'2 peak and 6'1.75 now not taller than 187.5cm for sure a solid 187cm guy
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
@berta: he may be heading direction today but peak he was a big 6ft2 guy.
berta said on 10/May/16
if you look at photos of him with Matthew fox who is listed 187 they are the same height ore Matthew is 1 cm taller . I Think Forest is 187 no taller
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/May/16
Rob, how tall do you think Idi Amin was?

I've heard 6ft3 and 6ft4. They deliberately made Whitaker look more massive in LKOS
jervis said on 27/Apr/16
That's Borsari images Clint taller than him at time of bird.
jervis said on 23/Apr/16
There are some photos of him and Clint Eastwood at the time of bird,Clint has about 2 inches on him,you can see these photos on Peter Brosari website serch for Clint Eastwood,there are also lots of other photos to
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Mar/16
Rob, also in Fast Times At Ridgemount High

Looked strong 6ft2/weak 6ft3 range in that.
jtm said on 30/Sep/15
he was around the same height as freeman in 2011 but that's because he had a footwear advantage and freeman isn't 6'2 anymore. he was always shorter than freeman in the past.
i will admit whitaker's posture is terrible but that's not enough for me to accept that he's over 6'1.
SJH said on 26/Sep/15
Exactly same height as morgan freeman. Very tough 6'2 and maybe 6'2.25 at peak
Sam said on 15/May/15
Rob can you change the first sentence to the following "American actor best known for roles in films including Platoon, Good Morning, Vietnam, Bird, The Crying Game, Smoke, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Phone Booth, Panic Room, The Last King of Scotland and The Butler."
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/May/15
He can look 187-188cm today a lot.
MrTBlack said on 30/Apr/15

He's probably 6'3.5"-6'4" with sneakers on.
Andrea said on 29/Apr/15
He looks 3 good inches shorter than Tim Robbins (and this was in 2005, so i doubt he already lost some height back then)... In Taken 3 he can look between 6'1 and 6'2! Also he is NOT taller than Matthew Fox (who is 6'1.5 at best)! 6'1.5 is fairer, IMO!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Apr/15
6ft3 out of bed peak.
Dejavu said on 22/Feb/15
He had a strong inch on Keanu Reeves.
josey wales said on 20/Feb/15
A weak 6'2" nowadays. But not by much
Dejavu said on 19/Feb/15
An undisputed 6'2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Feb/15
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VT said on 23/Jan/15
I watched taken 3 yesterday and him and Liam neeson stood facing eachother and whitaker is about an inch shorter than a strong 6ft3 neeson
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Jan/15
Viper, I thought you were giving this guy 6ft?
Viper said on 15/Dec/14
Is it me or does he look taller than 6'2 in Fast times at ridgemont high
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Oct/14
Can look 6ft1½ a lot now in movies like The Butler and I wonder how he'll stack up next to Liam Neeson in Taken 3.
Jon said on 23/Oct/14
What would you say his head size is Rob?
[Editor Rob: probably very near to 10 inch mark]
Judd said on 19/Oct/14
solid 6'2" when he was young, but today 6'1.5-1.75" is better...he need a downgrade
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Oct/14
In Platoon he could pass for 6ft3. He was taller than 6ft1-6ft2 range guys like John C. McGinley and Mark Moses.
Dejavu said on 6/Aug/14
Definitely a 6'2 in his peak.
Mr. R said on 29/Apr/14
Forest is a full out 6-2. I saw him again last month at an awards show.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Apr/14
He looked 6'2 in Bird.
PeteClone said on 26/Apr/14
I remember seeing him in Fast Times and Ridgemont High and getting the impression that he was huge (6'5 was my guess). I'm really surprised to learn he was closer to my height (I'm 6').
Edlt2882 said on 4/Dec/13
A few years ago I was an unpaid extra in a movie in which Forest was one of the starts. I shook hands with him, and placed him at about 6'2" (I'm 5'7"). But the shoes he was wearing might have given a 1-2 inch lift, so I would say he's somewhere between 6'0"-6'1" now.
cole said on 19/Nov/13
I wouldn't believe over 6'2 now a days. He has a horrible posture though. You can see that his shoulders are much higher up when compared to 6'-6'1 guys like Keanu Reeves for example. They only looked close in height in Street Kings because of Keanu standing with perfect posture and Forest slouching heavily. There is a chance he's hovering around the 186-187 cm mark, but nothing lower than that.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Oct/13
"Forest Whitaker height: 6ft 2.25in (189cm)"
Viper said on 6/Sep/13
Looked no taller than 6'1 in the Buter. Sometimes as low as 6'0. He was standing side by side with Cuba Gooding.

He certaintly isnt 6'2 anymore, If he ever was.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Dec/12
Can look up to 6ft2.5(189cm). I wouldn't bet any lower than the listed height.
Josey Wales said on 6/Dec/12
I would also say a weak 6"2". Lost weight. Not sure if it was for this role though.Geez quite big feet - lol. But a gentleman for sure.
James said on 10/Nov/12
Legit 6'2 peak. Today between 6'1-6'2
Larc-186.7-188.6cm said on 17/Oct/12
Still looks 188cm next to Tim Robbins, his posture isn't great but he hasn't lost height...yet.
Silent d said on 5/Oct/12
matt678 said on 26/Sep/12
heshis posture is terrible he can look 6 foot flat sometimes but when he stands up sraight i think 6 ft 2.5 is possible
BigT said on 27/Jul/12
Looks 185 cm flat next to Tim Robbins, always thought he was a flat 6´1".
ilijander said on 22/Jan/12
he is 188 for sure
DejaVu said on 24/Dec/11
He can look 6'1-6'2.5.
Silent d said on 14/Dec/11
Little taller than keanu reeves in street kings. 188cm. Always thought he was 185cm.
LAN Jiao said on 30/Oct/11
i think he is 6'1.75 if he manage to stand tall if not he can look naturally from film/picture only 6'0-6'1. at peak he had better posture and could look 6'2.5 sometimes.
DejaVu said on 7/Sep/11
I think he is still 6'2 if he stands straight.

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James said on 15/Aug/11
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James said on 4/Jul/11
187cm isn't impossible
XistenZ said on 18/Jun/11
He might be 6'2, but his posture is terrible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/11
He can look as low as 186cm when hunched...but up straight he's 188cm on the nose. Bang on the same height as Matthew Fox in Vantage Point
James said on 11/Jun/11
i think 6ft is too low actually.

I think he is 186-187cm range
James said on 3/Jun/11
did look a legit 6'2 next to liev schreiber
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Jun/11
Not buying 6ft or 6ft1...James you need to take into account that he's a heavily built man whose posture isn't among the best, so he can be perceived as being shorter.

Okay maybe I was going a little far claiming 189cm. 188cm on the nose is fine for him. But straight out of bed he'd easily measure over 6ft2
James said on 31/May/11
I think he looked maybe 6'1 (185cm) in the crying game? In Phone Booth smeemed no higher than 6'0.5 (184cm).

Today probably around 6ft
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/May/11
I'm still convinced he could be 188/189cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/May/11
Okay James in fairness to your argument, I saw Good Morning, Vietnam last night. It was made in 1987, which means Whitaker would have been 26. He never appeared more 5 or 6 inches taller than Robin Williams who is 5ft7...
James said on 22/May/11
In Phone Booth just looked 6ft. Although did look a bit over 6ft in the Crying Game.

Still not convinced he's 6'2.
Legend said on 4/May/11
He's not over 6'1.25 to me.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Apr/11
I think he's just over 6"2...
Matt said on 25/Apr/11
Was he wearing lifts in Fast times at ridgemont times or something? He looked huge in that movie, even taller than 6'2", like 6'4ish.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Apr/11
188-189cm is closer....
James said on 22/Mar/11
I think sometimes he can look no taller than 6'0 but maybe 6'1 range if he stood better? 189cm in shoes.

Anyway I think Forests height is 6'1.5 (187cm).
ikbtops said on 27/Feb/11
His posture is almost always bad. If he was trying/gave a s***-189cm def.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jan/11
He's not 50 yet...Rob is 189cm possible?

[Editor Rob: I think 6ft 2 is a fair mark for him]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Dec/10
I'm with Mr. R...the guy is a shade over 6"2 when standing tall
James said on 3/Dec/10
Well maybe it his posture? Did not look over 6'2 in Color of Money.

maybe still 188cm today and heading towards 187cm in a few years. appearing 6'1 with bad posture and 6'2 stood up straight.

I am with Mr.R though with Keanu Reeves in street kings if Keanu really is genuingly 185cm then I agree Forest could be 189cm but with Jonathan Ross he looked 6'1 with poor posture so maybe its more of a case of keanu reeves being a weak 6'1 like i thought he was?

In his 20's possibly 189cm and today 187-188cm.
Rampage-Clover said on 26/Oct/10
more like 188-189cm with good posture.
I Know It All said on 17/Aug/07
As usual, some ppl r wrong, some r right! Glenn is correct! He's not 6'4", I'm ALMOST 6'4"! He's 6'2" with a possibility of 1/2" or so taller when he was younger! He looked massive in Fast Times @ Ridgemont High, but I guess not so much in real life!? Example: Glenn would be around/below a 6'4" person's bottom lip! sorry if I'm getting too technical! lol
Anthony said on 16/Aug/07
Whitaker did not shrink.
saga said on 1/Jul/07
runt, why should a 6'0+ man wear lifts? You guys always think that people wear lifts but I guess only few people/actors really wear lifts..but shorter actors like Stallone, etc.. People over 6'0 do not have to wear lifts. Well i'm 6'2.5 barefoot and i'm almost 6'4 in with this kind of lifts i could be 6'4.5-6'5, but why?? I don't want to be that tall!! And i think most of people won't..! Well, in old movies he looks 6'2 for sure, he was a big guy but nowadays in recent pics he looks shorter like 6'0 or 6'0.5 max. He has definitely lost about a couple of inches.
runt said on 29/Jun/07
could not have lost 2" in a short time span. He had to be wearing lifts in the top pic. He's 1/2" shorter than Will Smith
saga said on 29/Jun/07
In the first pic i would say near 6'3..he was noticeably taller than Glenn but below i don't see that difference. It seems like he has lost 2 inches.
So he was a solid 6'2 but now he's only 6'0.
This is why he looks shorter than Morgan Freeman(6'2.5) or Will Smith(6'1) now.
Arjun said on 25/Jun/07
Looks 6'3" in the first pic, Glenn is closer to the camera in the second.
Derek said on 11/Jun/07
He didn't look over 6'2" with James Avery.
venus said on 10/Jun/07
He looks 6'2 to me.
Alex said on 10/Jun/07
He does look 6'3 with Glenn.
glenn said on 10/Jun/07
to me,he seems 6-3.
Mr. R said on 10/Jun/07
I used to see him at 7-11 when I lived just below Glendale, California, just outside of LA. One day, I was right behind him in line. He was at least 6'2", if not a little taller. He was also quite large then. He has lost a lot of weight since the last time that I saw him.
G-unit said on 9/Jun/07
man, he looks at least 6'3, considering the first picture :o
vandal said on 9/Jun/07
first pic is correct perspective 'cause neither guy is closer to the camera. Looks exactly 6". He's 6-2
Charlie23 said on 5/Jun/07
Why is this guy shorter than 6'1 Tom Arnold, someone has the wrong height.
16yrs and 5"10 said on 13/May/07
thiss dude is tall and how...
AA said on 12/May/07
In the first picture he looks 6'4"... in the second he looks 6'2" tops... still tall.
dmeyer said on 1/May/07
i met him he looked 6'2 considering footwear
Jordan said on 1/May/07
Actually he looks 6'3 or 6'4, maybe its the angle.
TNTinCA said on 1/May/07
Great actor. And an outstanding performance in 'The Last King of Scotland'.
Franco said on 30/Apr/07
looks 6'4 compared to Glenn (1st small pic), again same as my friend Giorgio and me picture.

then he looks 6'2.5 in the 2nd thanks to Glenn near the cam.

i think this actor is 6'3 barefoot.
supes78 said on 22/Apr/07
I don't get why Whitaker looks around 6'1" tall in pictures with 6'2.5" Morgan Freeman;
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Kid-Icarus said on 17/Apr/07
I say if they man says he's 6'2" then he probably is.
dmeyer said on 12/Mar/07
looked 6'2 when i met hin but i had 1 cm shoes advantage so possibly 189
glenn said on 27/Feb/07
great guy.though i heard otherwise,i never had a problem with him.
D. Ray Morton said on 26/Feb/07
Wow, he does look like he could be 6'3", especially in the top photo. I never realized he was that huge. Nice pics.

Congrats on your win, Mr. Whitaker. Well-deserved, to say the least.
Givanni Drogo said on 6/Feb/07
It's really amazing. This guy looked 2 inches shorter than Clint Eastwood at the time of "Bird", but in a recent picture he looks at least 2 inches taller. Poor Clint.
dmeyer said on 4/Feb/07
to me to judge someone height you have to be and the exact same floor a 5'9 guy can lookk 5'11 if he has floor advantage and i saw people from distance look 5'6 and they were 5'9 when they come up to me so to me same floor decent posture and and a few minutes like eckart i workrd with him for 2 days same floor same shoes same posture and to me he looked just shy of 5'11 dicaprio i saw him to fast so he could be anywere from 5'11 to 6'0 i saw colin for a few minutes and he was 5'9 aleast and 5'10 at best
AAAA said on 3/Feb/07
He looks at least 6'3 here to me. I didn't realize how massive he really is. Rob, any guess here about his height. He seems like he is taller than 6'2.25

[Editor Rob: there's another glenn picture to add]
aerotive said on 27/Jan/07
Forest Whitaker was quoted as being 6 ft 2 and 220lbs in a recent Time article.

In ER when he's standing next to Visnjic, he looks to be about 2 inches shorter, maybe 1.5 inches.

I think your current height of 6 ft 2.25 is quite accurate.
dmeyer said on 15/Jan/07
when i met abdul jabar he was the tallest men i have ever seen he looked taller than shaq
Viper said on 15/Jan/07
Ive seen other 6-2 guys look that tall next to 5-8 people in pics. Its possible.
Glenn said on 14/Jan/07
J,90% of the time,no.even the rare occassion I fight with them,they still dont remember me.then you get the rare celeb like Colin Farrel(sp) that actually remembered me from one encounter.
J. said on 14/Jan/07
Glenn, when you take multiple pics with a celeb, do they remember you most of the time?
Glenn said on 14/Jan/07
Got him again last week.he had a little pavement advantage though,this time.but,when I submit,you guys be the judge.
Derek said on 14/Jan/07
Weird how Forest looks 6'3" minimum with Glenn and 6'2" tops with James Avery.
dmeyer said on 8/Nov/06
i met him in holywwod 3 years ago he was wearing converse lookked about 2.5 inches taller than me so 6'2 since i had 1.25 dress shoes
Anthony said on 8/Nov/06
"Fast Times" is my favorite comedy, and a film I can relate to now that I'm going to that awkward stage represented in the film. And yeah, the pool scene is awesome. Best nude scene ever.

I think anywhere between 6'2 and 6'4 is possible for him. Glenn said he was about 6'3.
Viper652 said on 8/Nov/06
I thought Forest pretty much looked 6-2 in fast times.
Danimal said on 7/Nov/06
Anthony, Fast Times was a GREAT movie! Especially the pool scene ;).
Anthony said on 7/Nov/06
James Avery is a big guy. I think he's pretty close to 6'6. I think Forrest is 6'3-6'4. Big guy in terms of build and height. I remember in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", the football game, feeling so sorry for the opposing team, because Forrest just crushed those guys.
Danimal said on 6/Nov/06
James Avery was taller than Chevy Chase in Fletch. It's been said that James Avery is 6'5"-6'6".
shelleyind said on 27/Oct/06
no, it looks like Forrest is bent a forward in the pic, with the other guy standing straight up. you cant tell from that pic.

The Rza says on 22/Sep/06
I'm responding to Viper 652 When I said "could he be shorter?" Viper asked the question "could Forest be shorter" but from the looks of things and from the picture that Viper posted it does look like RZA's taller.
shelleyind said on 27/Oct/06
no, it looks like Forrest is bent a forward in the pic, with the other guy standing straight up. you cant tell from that pic.

The Rza says on 22/Sep/06
I'm responding to Viper 652 When I said "could he be shorter?" Viper asked the question "could Forest be shorter" but from the looks of things and from the picture that Viper posted it does look like RZA's taller.
Derek said on 24/Sep/06
James Avery is close to 6'5" and Forest looks around 6'2". James looks exactly the same as he did in Fresh Prince.
Anonymous said on 23/Sep/06
Are you sure he's not more than 6'2'' Rob. On the Shield he looks close to 6'4''. He is so heavily built that it's hard to guess his height. I've noticed this before when standing next to people who are tall but also massive in build. For some reason this makes it difficult to estimate height. I can usually guess within an inch or so but with very heavily set people the best I can estimate is say 6'2'' to 6'5''. I don't know why this is the case. Maybe their build distracts or maybe because their different you can't compare them with other 6'2'' or 6'4'' guys in your mind.
The Rza said on 22/Sep/06
I'm responding to Viper 652 When I said "could he be shorter?" Viper asked the question "could Forest be shorter" but from the looks of things and from the picture that Viper posted it does look like RZA's taller.
Glenn said on 21/Sep/06
Im talking about DMX.I think RZA might have similiar posture where like magic they straighten out some inches.who might be shorter?
The Rza said on 21/Sep/06
That's what I said. Could he be shorter?
Glenn said on 21/Sep/06
Read the DMX page.he had weird posture that made him seem 5-8 to some and 5-9,5-10 to me.when I developed my pics he looked 5-11,6ft next to me,2 different pics,different parts of concrete on this street.he didnt appear that tall to do you explain that?
Viper652 said on 21/Sep/06
Rza is 6-1 at best because Method Man always has 1-2 inches on the guy. Now in this pic with Forrest Whitaker Rza looks taller. Or could be the same height because of the angle.Click Here Could Forest be shorter?
Viper652 said on 21/Sep/06
Forest looks as tall as 6-4 Bill Duke in the picture.
The Rza said on 20/Sep/06
What is the DMX effect? I mean how can these guys look 3 inches taller I dont believe that RZA would be vain enough to do that honestly he's more of an Asian, Eastern philosophy minimalist than a vain Dom P. poppin' player.
Glenn said on 20/Sep/06
Bumped into RZA last week.looking 1999 he looked 6-4 to me.yup.DMX effect.
Viper652 said on 14/Sep/06
Forest only looked 6-2 the 80s.
Mr. T said on 27/Aug/06
6'3-4" twenty years ago?

He's playing Idi Amin in an upcoming movie, and he certainly has the build for it.
Viper652 said on 3/Aug/06
Compare this pic to the picture of supposed 6-2-6-3 Bernie Mac. Crazy
Glenn said on 3/Aug/06
He is 6-3ish.
Danimal said on 2/Aug/06
Forest looks like a 6'4"-6'5" guys next to you in that pic Glenn. NO WAY just 6'2.5". There's like 8-9" there.
Gonzalo said on 14/Mar/06
He looks bigger than 1´89 cm. Looks more 1`92-3cm
Mr. R said on 11/Mar/06
This is pretty accurate. He lives near me. I see him at 7-11.
dmeyer said on 25/Jan/06
i met him in holywood he is in the 188 189 cm range
CelebHeights Editor said on 24/Jan/06
Picture of Forest with Glen added.
Smoke said on 15/Apr/05
I bumped into him once in a hotel lobby, he's a very big guy and indeed that does make it hard to pinpoint his height. But he really does look atleast 6'2", and possibly close to 6'3".
Mr. R said on 14/Apr/05
I saw Forest at 7-11 one night, and I was right behind him in line. He was huge! He is very heavy, and that makes it harder to figure out height. But, I can say for sure that he is 6-2, and may be a little above that.

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