How tall is Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

American actor best known for a long and distinguished career in films, with memorable roles in movies such as The French Connection, Superman, Unforgiven, The Conversation, No Way Out, Enemy of the State, The Poseidon Adventure, Bonnie & Clyde and Mississippi Burning. In a 1973 biography yearbook it mentioned "Hackman, who is six feet two inches tall, weighs 185 pounds".

How tall is Gene Hackman
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I was never any good at it [basketball], although I'm 6-2 and did go out for football and track. In those days I was considered quite tall for my age - an inch taller and you were considered too gangly or something.
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Average Guess (81 Votes)
6ft 1.58in (186.9cm)
Tall Sam said on 25/Sep/20
There's lot of occasions where you can see Michael Caine and Sean Connery and I have a hard time seeing a half inch between them...I maybe could see defending a weak cm for Connery but they are basically very similar height IMO.
Hong said on 24/Sep/20
Click Here Here's 59 year old Gene with 6ft1 Dan Aykroyd,Hackman looks more 6ft.05 in comparison .
Tall In The Saddle said on 7/Sep/20
Found this pic of Gene at 89 yo, tagged as being the first pic taken of him in 10 years. As far as I can find, it's the most recent. No one to compare him with but he looks reasonably well postured and proportioned in his own right, particularly for his age. Understandably, he is somewhat thinner.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Aug/20
I really think Caine was shortest of those three
Sinclair said on 7/Aug/20
Particularly after seeing those photos of Sean Connery and Hackman together in A Bridge Too Far, I feel certain Connery was the taller man but not by much. I think Michael Caine had an even lesser edge on Hackman than Connery did, but it is hard to be sure that Caine was taller than Hackman. I’d estimate 6’1.5” for Hackman, 6’1.75” for Caine, 6’2” for Connery. Rob, who do you think was the tallest and the shortest of these three acting legends, when they were at their peaks?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Aug/20
Caine: 187.5cm
Hackman: 188cm
Connery: 188.5cm
Tall In The Saddle said on 26/Jul/20
A collection of pics from A BRIDGE TOO FAR. Hackman and Connery's only movie appearance together. Unfortunately I have never seen the actual movie.

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Not perfect but not a bad collection of images to get some idea of Hackman v Connery. Little to choose between them but if I had to, it would be Connery by a slight edge. I have Sean 6'1.75" max., so I would guess Hackman at either the same or touch less at 6'1.5". In later years at least, photos of Hackman and Caine together seem to indicate a slight edge to Gene.
Jtm said on 25/Jul/20
I actually think Caine was more 6'1.
Tall Sam said on 19/Jul/20
I could see Connery, Hackman, as well as Michael Caine being of similar height, weak 6'2" guys. Would be interesting to see him near someone like Chris Pratt today.
Canson said on 19/Jul/20
I doubt Denzel was ever 6’ 3/8
Rory said on 18/Jul/20
Hackman looked about 2cm taller than Denzel in Crimson tide. I can understand why you might think of them as being the same because the difference was small, but still noticeable.the scene at the beginning where they shake hands highlights this. Hackman was 64/65 then so say a good half inch lost. I think at that point Denzel 6ft3/8ths and Hackman 6ft1 1/8th.

Peak 6ft1.75
houss said on 18/Jul/20
It's impossible for him to be more than 6ft , i saw him yesterday in a movie next to Morgan Freeman he looked 2 inches shorter than him
Canson said on 16/Jul/20
@Rampage: I agree with you. I still can’t tell who Would be taller between Hackman and Connery.
Rory said on 15/Jul/20
Hackman was definitely taller than Denzel in Crimson Tide. When they shake hands at the beggining he clearly edges him and thereafter. That being said the difference looked less than an inch I'd say. If Denzel was 6ft0.25 then Hackman looked 6ft1, or alternatively Denzel 6ft0.5 and Hackman 6ft1.25. Difficult to say how much Hackman had lost by that point, you'd expect a good half inch though. Possibly from a weak 6ft2 prime to a solid 6ft1 by mid 90s.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jul/20
Hackman I would keep at 6ft2, there’s enough out there showing him to be a little under and a little over this mark.

Beatty I would give 6ft1½
Jtm said on 7/Jul/20
He was also taller than Beatty in Lilith. I guess that proves Hackman was 6'2 or very close and Beatty was never over 6'1.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Jul/20
Looked a strong 6ft2 in Bonnie & inch on Warren Beatty
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jun/20
6ft2 peak is fine...still looked close to it in the 90’s
HeightRealist said on 17/May/20
Peak a strong 6 foot guy. I would say 6'0.5 might be possible. 6'2 is impossible. Clearly shorter than an old shrunken clint eastwood.
Hong said on 19/Apr/20
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Hong said on 23/Feb/20
Looked the same height as Denzel Washington in Crimson tide, back in 95 when he was aged 65.Washington was in the 6ft.05 range.That would be a 1.5 inch loss for Hackman by 65 years old.I personally believe Hackman was a solid 6ft1 guy peak.
Kimberly said on 29/Dec/19
People are getting a little crazy about this guy's height I suppose I believe he was maybe six two who would want to argue about that to the point of name-calling let's suffice it to say he was a pretty tall man
Ian C. said on 21/Sep/19
Oops. I just went back to look at the French Connection scenes with Eddie Egan, and Egan wasn't short. He looked to be around six feet tall-a burly, tough-looking Irishman.

You know how sometimes you come up with a clever thought that you like so much that you ignore the evidence that it isn't correct? That's what I did here. Sorry about that.
Ian C. said on 20/Sep/19
Come to think of it, Eddie Egan, who was the police detective who cracked the French Connection case in real life, was in the movie The French Connection. (He played Walt Simonson, Popeye's boss.) Egan was kind of short. Gene Hackman looked more like a policeman (as I imagine they must look) than Egan.

Hmm. Suppose you wanted to make a movie about a German chancellor who set out to conquer Europe. Would you hire an actor who was five foot nine and stout, and had a silly moustache? Well no.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Aug/19
Saw Get Shorty the other night and I’m convinced he was still close to 6ft2 then. He had more height over Travolta than Dennis Farina and James Gandolfini...and was 2in below Delroy Lindo (weak 6ft4)
Tall Sam said on 7/Aug/19
The cutoff, Ian C., in the US I believe is 5'7" for men to be police officers (and 5'2" for women so quite small), a lot of cops I see are within average height range but are in better than average shape. A lot I've seen are even shortish but bulky (a bit of fat but strong) like Michael Chiklis type. Hackman was a true everyman and could be believable play a guy doing ordinary jobs, and also barking orders to a bunch of detectives.
Ian C. said on 29/Jun/19
Hackman actually looked like a real policeman which is one of the many reasons why his performance in The French Connection movies is so good. It is a simple thing to compile a list of movies with actors playing cops who were badly miscast. Al Pacino has played a policeman in at least five movies that I can think of, which is ridiculous. Even Clint Eastwood, with his Elvis hair, looks miscast as Dirty Harry. Frank Sinatra has played a cop and so have Richard Dreyfuss and Billy Crystal, all short and physically ordinary men.

Of course, I'm assuming that real cops are big and tall, which as far as I know is true. In Canada we have the Mounties, who have a minimum height requirement of five foot ten for male applicants. But you don't have to be just tall, you've got to be built like a hockey player, and probably the first question they ask you when you apply to be a cop is, what sports did you play in high school.
movieguy12 said on 31/May/19
Edged out Lee Marvin in Prime Cut and didn't look much shorter than 6'4'' Gregory Walcott in same film. I doubt Hackman was under 6'2''.
RichardSpain said on 29/Apr/19
He never was a solid 188cm barefoot

Maybe 186-187cm in peak. Nowadays 184/185 barefoot
Canson said on 22/Apr/19
He actually looked taller than Smith at points in Enemy of the state. Maybe they’re similar back in 1998 when it came out. He looked about 2” shorter than Delroy Lindo in heist and Lindo always looked a 6’3” ranger maybe weak 6’4 peak
Hong said on 12/Apr/19
He looked similar in height to Denzal Washington in crimson tide,and about 1inch shorter than Will Smith in enemy of the state,6ft.05 in his sixties, and at peak I would say more 6ft1 range.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Mar/19
He held on to 6ft2 for years
Canson said on 1/Mar/19
Enemy of the State was filmed before Heist. He actually could look taller than Will Smith in some scenes. He was definitely over 6’1” in the film and I would give him the edge if he stood straight with Smith
Tkazi said on 21/Feb/19
Looks 6'3" in Superman
Jtm said on 26/Jan/19
maybe hackman was standing in a ditch or something in quick and the dead because i believe crowe is more like 5'9.5 or a weak 5'10 at best and dicaprio a strong 5'10. hackman still looked over 6'0 with sigourney weaver in heartbreakers.
James Keffer (185 cm) said on 25/Jan/19
Didn't really look much taller than Russell Crowe (5'11) in the quick and the dead. He also didn't look any taller than Leonardo DiCaprio (6'0.25) in that movie. In the 90s, he didn't look much, if any taller than 183 cm but he could've been 6'2 peak or at least close.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jan/19
I think a prime Hackman was 188cm on the nose which Wilson looks today. Both in prime though Wilson would be 1-2cm taller than Hackman
Dream(5'9.5 said on 30/Dec/18
Rob, who would you say would measure a bit taller, a Prime Gene Hackman or a late 50's Thomas F. Wilson?
Editor Rob
I'd say wilson still looks a fairly tall man today, but he might look very similar to a 30 year old Hackman.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Dec/18
Hackman looked this well into the 90’s and by his last film still over 6ft1. Hard to say how much he’s lost but I reckon similar to Connery
Canson said on 9/Nov/18
@Rob: he still looked pretty close to 6’2” in Heist but that was 17 years ago
Canson said on 10/Oct/18
@Rampage: not sure how much he’s lost today
Rory said on 22/Sep/18
I felt in Enemy of the state he looked the same next to will smith as Evander Holyfield looked next to Smith, a fraction shorter. He was probably a decent 6ft1 aged 67/68 and in his prime I'd say not a solid 6ft2 but close enough to claim and retain his 6ft2 listing. 6ft1.75 at night.
dicky curtis said on 5/Aug/18
how come gene Hackman has not lost height at his age. and someone a lot younger like hugh jackman has?
Editor Rob
Gene is more out of the limelight so was left at his peak. He probably isn't over 6ft these days.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/May/18
Well in 1995 he would have been in his 40’s so probably still at his peak.
Canson said on 25/Apr/18
@Rampage: not sure if he is today. At his peak I could believe it
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Mar/18
Canson, Lindo is 6ft4
Canson said on 17/Mar/18
Can look 6’1.75-6’2.25 honestly. With Delroy lindo he didn’t look but maybe 2” shorter tops maybe 1.5-2” so if Lindo is 6’3 range he’s likely even at an older age still 6’1.5ish
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Mar/18
He could look 189cm in Bonnie & Clyde.
Berta said on 16/Mar/18
187.5 is probably fair. So the lsting is about rifht. The question is how nolte was pretty mutch the same height in flat shoes in the movie under fire.
Paleman said on 1/Mar/18
It's hard to believe he stood any shorter than 6'2" at his peak. I remember a scene in The Conversation where he's walking down the street and he looks way, way taller than everybody else. He could've been six foot one and a half, but any claims at flat 6'1" are just ridiculous.
Newman said on 1/Mar/18
There seems to be a lot of people here convinced he was the full 6ft 2. I'm not convinced; I think he was more 6-1, possibly a half inch taller.
He only looked about half an inch taller than 6ft Nick Nolte in the 1983 film Under Fire.

Someone mentioned "No Way Out" below. I've seen this film a few times now and there's plenty of stills on Google. He DIDN'T look taller than 1m85 Kevin Costner. I don't know, maybe Kevin loaded up his shoes; it's been suggested elsewhere on this website.

Hackman is a great actor by the way, he's been in some fantastic films, but I don't think he looked the full 6-2.
Jordan87 said on 26/Feb/18
Tall Sam,

I enjoyed French Connection 2, Hackman's performance when he was getting off Heroin was amazing to say the least. He was also taller than Every single person he shared a scene with in French Connection 2, I just watched it this past Sunday.

Take a Look at him as he walks the streets with 50 + People. He is taller than everybody.
Tall Sam said on 31/Jan/18
I agree, Hackman looked like a big dude in his 70s films, in a movie like Scarecrow with Al Pacino, he towers easily over most of the other actors, Superman across from Christopher Reeve was the first time I can think where he's noticeably shorter than another actor. Roy Scheider and Hackman were great actors.
Jordan87 said on 29/Jan/18
Hackman looked very tall in The French Connection, Just watched it this weekend for the first time in a very long time. Side Note Hackman was very believable in that role, guy is a Great Actor.

Again, He was Next to 5'9 Roy Scheider in that Flick most of the time, but nevertheless was notably taller than most everyone, even in the Hood Bar Scene.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jan/18
He still looked near 6ft2 in Unforgiven and Get Shorty. At worst he might have been 187cm. I think like Connery and Caine he held on to just about all of his height in his 60's
Rory said on 6/Jan/18
A 6ft2 guy who is nearing 88 years old you'd expect to be solid 5ft11 range.
Canson said on 3/Jan/18
He doesn’t look only 6’ today prob 6’1
Canson said on 2/Jan/18
I think he was a full 6’2” at his peak. Still looked a strong 6’1- weak 6’2” in Heist with Delroy Lindo
Mister lennon said on 2/Jan/18
He is about a solid 6 today. Or even a strong one.
No less than a weak 6'2 peak.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 30/Dec/17
5’9”?! What the f@#!

That’s just... wow.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 30/Dec/17
5’9”?! What the f@#!
Richard said on 30/Dec/17
Hackman is 88 now, he could easily have lost four inches in height.
berta said on 29/Dec/17
i think averqg guess is littel to low. he was no legit 188 cm man but not under 187 peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Dec/17
5ft9 today?!

give me a break troll
Anonymous said on 27/Dec/17
Hackman was 6'1" as a younger man, and 5'9" today.
Mister lennon said on 22/Dec/17
6'2 in every film in his peak and even after his peak.
Richard said on 21/Dec/17
Hackman never looked a full 6'2" in any film. 6'1.5" maximum.
Mister lennon said on 20/Dec/17
He looked 6'2 too in that movie.
James said on 19/Dec/17
He looked 6'1" in "No Way Out" in 1986. Anyway it depends what shoes he was wearing.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Dec/17
Still looked 6ft2 in No Way Out...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Dec/17
Rob, are any of these possible in the future?

6ft1¾(187.3cm): Michael Caine, Lee Marvin, Hugo Weaving, Julian McMahon, Matthew Goode, Chris Noth, Bill Clinton, Tamer Hassan, Jim Brown, Brett Dalton, Jeff Bridges, Alastair Duncan, Flo Rida, David Gandy, Timothy Dalton, Paul Walker, Julian Clary, Julian Assange, Toby Leonard Moore, Dylan Neal, Robert Leeshock, Sam Smith, Stephen Tompkinson, James Lafferty, Sean Kingston, Eric Cantona

6ft2¼(188.6cm): Sean Connery, John Cusack, William Baldwin, DB Woodside, Jerry O'Connell, Lee Van Cleef, Peter O'Toole, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Chinlund, Donald Trump, Peter Stormare, Ryan Reynolds, Adam Driver, Will Poulter, Brian Thompson, Chris Tarrant, Martin Clunes, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Kris Marshall, Diedrich Bader, Louis Theroux, Stephen Tobolowsky, Richard T. Jones, Rocky Johnson, Alistair McGowan, James Cameron

Some of them maybe should be left alone but they're just rough guesses
Editor Rob: some of them are certainly possible and you could argue many of them as being that fraction different than the current listing.
Canson said on 16/Dec/17
I think Peak he may have been 6’2”. He’s 2” shorter than Delroy lindo in Heist max. My guess is both had lost height or maybe Lindo never was a true 6’4. May have been 6’3.5 peak
Mister lennon said on 15/Dec/17
He looked 6'2 or very close in wvery movie in the 60s and 70s. He was it and he looked it.
And he is a great actor.
Stop the trolling.
Editor Rob: he still looked taller than Costner in No Way Out, so unless Costner was only 6ft, I'm struggling to imagine Hackman just 6ft 1 - although in the 90's he could seem nearer that mark...
James said on 13/Dec/17
Hackman the one-note "actor" only looked 6'1" in "The French Connection", the film that made him famous when he was already in his 40s.
Mister lennon said on 13/Dec/17
Trolling again and over again.

6'2 peak. He was it and he looked it.
James said on 12/Dec/17
He looked 6'1" at his peak. I've no idea why he was meant to be a star, he was already well into middle age and was the same from one film to another.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 11/Dec/17
He’s a good 6’2”
Scoobydoo said on 2/Nov/17
Gene Hackman young in peak 187 /188 cm barefoot
Gene Hackman in his fifty years old 185-186cm barefoot.
Rory said on 21/Sep/17
I really don't get people who deny height loss. It's quite obvious at times. You only have to see certain older men with disproportionately long legs and yet they only look 5'10 or w,e it's clear that they've lost height in their back.
Jordan87 said on 8/Sep/17

Nah people could shrink over an 1" in their lifetime although they have to be an old timer usually to do so. I agree with you people certainly seem to over exaggerate the losses. Some idiots really think Dolph Lundgren already lost 2" of height at age 60. Those are called fanboys.
jervis said on 6/Sep/17
Wrong Doc, its on average 1 inch by 70 years old and 2 inches by 80 years old, Rampage is correct.I have researched this a lot.
Doc said on 5/Sep/17
Rampage Clover - people do not shrink anything over 0.5-1 inch over lifetime. Check medical articles about it before claiming an almost 2 inch shrink, rofl.
PS Looked approx 1 inch shorter than Will Smith in the Enemy of the State.
Jug said on 2/Sep/17
Looked barely an inch shorter than Christopher Reeve standing next to him in Superman. Reeve was wearing his flat boots and Hackman was in normal shoes. Hackman was a strong 6'2 at peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Sep/17
He's probably 184cm today like fellow former 6ft2 guys Caine and Connery
James said on 22/Aug/17
In some scenes in "Prime Cut" Hackman looked two inches taller than Lee Marvin.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Aug/17
Hackman made Lee Marvin look 185...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Aug/17
I think he still looked 187cm in Get Shorty and The Birdcage...
Richardspain said on 6/Aug/17
In French Connection he seems 187cm is possible he was a solid 187 than a strong 188cm.

187 cm to Hackman and Caine barefoot in peak and 188 cm to Connery is ok
Arch Stanton said on 3/Aug/17
Hackman was barely taller than Leo Di Caprio in The Quick and the Dead, like an inch tops!
Mister lennon said on 28/Jul/17
Hackman was 188 peak.
James said on 27/Jul/17
Hackman was 187 cm at his peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Jul/17
190.1cm out of bed
James said on 26/Jul/17
I did. Caine was always slightly shorter than Connery.
James said on 26/Jul/17
Caine was always about half an inch shorter.
Richardspain said on 24/Jul/17
James, can you watch the pictures that I shared please?
James said on 23/Jul/17
Caine was never the same height as Connery.
RichardSpain said on 22/Jul/17
Caine, Connery and Hackman were 188 cm in peak, same height.

Here Connery and Caine;

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Mister lennon said on 22/Jul/17
Caine was a strong 6'1 peak. Connery, strong 6'2. Hackman was 6'2.
Canson said on 21/Jul/17
@James: can't say I haven't done that before lol
Mark said on 21/Jul/17
I just watched a 1973 Gene Hackman film called Scarecrow he looked very tall.Hackman towered over his co-star Pacino looked about 6ft 3
James said on 21/Jul/17
Caine was 6'1". Connery was 6'1.5".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/17
188cm is a perfect fit for him because he could look 187cm at times and then 189cm on other occasions.

I put him right between Caine (weak 6ft2) and Connery (strong 6ft2)
Mister lennon said on 21/Jul/17
He looked 6'2. Every bit of it.
James said on 21/Jul/17
Hackman looked 6'1" maximum in "The French Connection".
Mister lennon said on 20/Jul/17
Hackmam was a clear 6'2 at peak. His listed heigth is correct. He looked every bit of it in french conection.
James said on 18/Jul/17
Hackman should be slightly downgraded to 6'1.5".
Ted said on 16/Jul/17
Looked every bit 6' 1.5'' in The French Connection.
RichardSpain said on 27/Jun/17
@charlie: 5'7 feet to Gene Hackman is very low for him it's a joke!. Gene Hackman was a tall man! Travolta was a good 184/185 cm in his peak ( near 6'1 ) and nowadays still he has good height around 182 /183 cm.

Gene Hackman was 66 years old when the movie "Get Shorty" was filmed and Travolta 42 years old. Maybe Gene Hackman lost 3 cm and Travolta is in his peak again in this movie because he had only 42 years old , 42 years old is a young person!!Travolta was in his peak.

Get Shorty ( year 1996)

Travolta 184 cm
Gente Hackman 185 cm / 187-188cm in peak.
RichardSpain said on 23/Jun/17
young 188cm ( 6'2 ")

since 50 to 60/70 years old around 185/ 186cm ( 6'1..)

Nowadays ¿¿?? he is an old man.
James said on 7/Jun/17
6'1" was his peak height. He's barely 5'11" today.
Canson said on 3/Jun/17
6'2" peak no less and still looked strong 6'1" in Heist with lindo
Csimpson 6ft said on 2/Jun/17
I think the average guess for Hackman on here is a bit tad too low for him, i think a weak 6'2 for his peak is still more likely.
RisingForce said on 18/May/17
Sam and anonnnn, Glover was probably 190 cm peak, imo and by 2001, I'd bet closer to 6'2" than 6'3". When Rob met a 66-67 year old Glover in 2013, he was 6'1" max and could look closer to 6'0" with his posture.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/May/17
Still looked about 6ft2 in Unforgiven and The Birdcage.
mister_lennon said on 17/Apr/17
Yes, he did. 1 inch Taller than solid 6'1 kevin costner.
James said on 16/Apr/17
No he didn't.
mister_lennon said on 15/Apr/17
He looked 6'2 in no way out.
James said on 13/Apr/17
He looked 6'1" in "No Way Out".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Apr/17
He still looked 188cm w/h Costner in No Way Out
RichardSpain said on 3/Apr/17
Excellent actor! I believe he was 189cm in peak when was young. He was just like almost than Christopher Reeve in some scenes in superman movies. Christopher Reeve was 193cm. Hackman 189cm in peak. I think.
Sam said on 20/Mar/17
Hmm, doesn't look too big a difference between Glover and Hackman to me.
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You could argue more of a difference here but Hackman did presumably shrink a bit by this age.
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anonnnn said on 19/Mar/17
HOw tall was danny glover peak height? 6'3"? Because in bat 21 gene hackman isn't 1 inch shorter than him. Hackman looked 1 inch taller than 6'0 denzel washington in crimson tide and clearly an inch shorter than 6'1.5 will smith in enemy of the state. So did gene lose close to 2 inches or what's the deal? He was never 6'2" unless in shoes or when he'd wake up at the most.
Canson said on 11/Mar/17
Agreed Rob. Unfortunately it isn't that way as people often "right size" (usually inflate) celebs if they like them
Canson said on 8/Mar/17
@Rob: I agree with you. But what about the ones who pile on two extra inches to everyone or inflate everyone?
Editor Rob: it does go both ways...

always best we try to be as honest and impartial with estimates.
Canson said on 8/Mar/17
@Willes: so if you say the site would be 10/10 without Down graders like James, what do we do for the guy here who are not as tall as they claim? Do we follow your model of upgrading the person we compare them to who claims their true height just to keep from downgrading? That's just as stupid and just as bad as the perception of downgrading someone imho. So maybe the site would be better without the upgraders like you would make it 10/10.
Editor Rob: we can't all live in a height bubble. It is useful to have as many opinions, which is also why that guessing option was introduced...

of course, some people do take it too far, like a few who have thought everybody is 2-3 inches shorter.
berta said on 8/Mar/17
if i would guess who was taller than him and connery then i would say 80% chasne that connery was a little taller. i can see connery be a littel over 188 flat. at best sometginh like 188,7 but ptobably more like 188,3 and gene i think was maybe 187,7 a guy that was 6 foot 2 som days but could fall just under on other
Canson said on 4/Mar/17
@AlexMahone: Hackman 6'2 prime for sure. But James is not a troll Willes is. His name has changed from Willes190 to Pucko to Willes189 to Willes188. Anyone who has to add to people's height to make others the height they claim or insinuate that other taller guys downplay their height as frequently as he does and for his height at a young age to have changed the way his has truly is a liar and a troll. He makes others taller to make himself believe he is taller
James said on 20/Feb/17
Jon Voight was 6'2" at his peak but he is 6'1" today.
mister_lennon said on 20/Feb/17
Voight was about 189-190 peak. Connery and hackman were about 188-189 peak. Connery a little bit taller.
Alex2401 said on 19/Feb/17
He always looks shorter than John Voight who is listed 187cm here.Maybe Voight is 190-192cm...
James said on 19/Feb/17
Hackman and Connery were both 6'1" in that libellous film "A Bridge Too Far".
mister_lennon said on 19/Feb/17
Connery was a little bit taller than hackman. Both solid 6'2 guys at peak.
mister_lennon said on 18/Feb/17
Hackman was a clear 6'2.
AlexMahone said on 18/Feb/17
Willes189 said on 14/Feb/17
This site would be 10/10 without the downgraders, but with their presence it's 5/10


Yes, agreed completely. The major problems are the trolls like the James guy. Hackman is in his prime 6'2".
James said on 17/Feb/17
Melyvn Douglas was 5'11" in 1969. Hackman was 6'1".
jtm said on 16/Feb/17
he was at least 2 inches taller than Melvyn Douglas in I never sang for my father. Douglas most likely lost height but he was probably still not under 6'0.
Willes189 said on 14/Feb/17
This site would be 10/10 without the downgraders, but with their presence it's 5/10

Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Feb/17
Michael Caine: 6ft1¾(187.3cm)
Gene Hackman: 6ft2(188cm)
Sean Connery: 6ft2¼(188.6cm)

mister_lennon said on 9/Feb/17
hackman was 6'2 peak.a clear and true 6'2 guy.
why are you downgrading every people???
James said on 8/Feb/17
Hackman was 6'1".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/17
I think 6ft2 flat is a fair listing for his peak. He could look on both sides of it.
AlexMahone said on 28/Jan/17
Rampage: The bridge too far...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jan/17
Connery edged Hackman in some war movie in the 70's. Forgot the name of it…
mister_lennon said on 20/Jan/17
I think than gene was 187- 188 peak. Weak 6'2 guy. Nolte about a solid 6 guy or 183-184.
Csimpson 6ft said on 19/Jan/17
Rob is a weak 6ft 2 for Genes peak possible? In Unforgiven I remember he looked at least 2 inches shorter than Clint Eastwood who was most likely almost 6ft 4, I can buy Clint at 6ft 3.75 and Gene at 6ft 1.75.
Editor Rob: I could see an argument for it...I think that would be the minimum I'd have guessed.
berta said on 19/Jan/17
yeah im with you on that rampage to me it looks like this.
Gena hckman 188 8 could be couple mm under)
Nolte 183,8 ( close to 184 so he just went with 183. rounding down)
Connery 188,5 ( to me he looks atleast 0,5 cm taller than hackman
Kevin Costner ( one of the few guys like nick nolte who i think roudning down and could haven been 186) even in his new movie he was 1 cm taller than the guy fgerom big bang theoy who was fisst listed 188 here and now 185. Like i said before a guy like costner was easy 1,5 cm taller than harrison ford back to back 35 years ago
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/17
Nolte admitted to wearing lifts but even then I doubt he was less than 6ft. He may have been 184cm barefoot and 186-187cm in shoes?

Hackman like Connery was taller than Costner in the late 80's so 6ft2 is indisputable
berta said on 16/Jan/17
yeah i was thinking about that too. if i remmeber right he and nick nolte looked about the same height. maybe gene was 187 peak and nolte 184. also costner was almost as tall as gene
anonnnn said on 4/Jan/17
Was 1 inch taller than 6 foot nick nolte in under fire back in the early 80s. I don't think he was ever a 6'2 guy. More like 6'1-6'1.5
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Dec/16
Some of the guys he played onscreen were pretty despicable human beings though, Arch
Arch Stanton said on 30/Nov/16
Something very likeable and personable about Hackman, nice guy yet you wouldn't want to cross him. Likeable because he doesn't look like an uptight Hollywood actor, but a normal looking, fun-loving uncle or something.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/16
He could look a bit shorter, a bit taller and similar to Will Smith. He had probably lost some height by then.
josh jeffords said on 11/Oct/16
Funny he never looked 6 2 or 3 a youngish Will was taller and hes is under 6 2...
As stated below he looks all time low in Unforgiven for being 90s he looks under 6ft
An old clint looks noticeably taller so does freeman as I remember.
He was a bit taller than a young decaprio and most of quick and dead which most of is under 5 10.
He is a good actor and did often play physical roles who knows maybe he was slouching..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/16
Rob, could you add Mississippi Burning to that list?

Another memorable performance. Towered over Willem Dafoe.
Editor Rob: probably better than mentioning A Bridge Too Far
Rory said on 17/Aug/16
Loved this guy as an actor, Rly masculine, always looked tall. In French connection 2 when you see him walking the streets he sometimes looks the tallest one in crowded places. Legit 6'2,
Editor Rob: he did look taller than Costner in No Way Out, I suppose at 57 he hadn't really lost anything in height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Aug/16
Also in The Birdcage, Royal Tenanbaums and The Runaway Jury
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/16
About 1in taller than a prime Kevin Costner (not under 6ft1) in No Way Out
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jul/16
Definitely a 6ft2 guy peak and still close to it in the 90's. He isn't in the limelight today but I imagine at 86 he's dropped a bit more.
Canson said on 18/Jul/16
He was still pretty tall in Heist with Delroy Lindo. I like Rampage's 6'2 estimate if not he's at least 186.5-187 at worst
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jun/16
Still looked near 6ft2 in The Firm and The Birdcage…
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/16
Strong 6ft2 in Bonnie & Clyde (edged Warren)
Damian said on 16/Apr/16
Bill o Reilly, but shorter
Aravind said on 14/Apr/16
Due to 86 years of age,Gene Hackman is 6'0.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/16
Looked about the same as Connery in A Bridge Too Far. Both weren't shorter than 6ft2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Mar/16
Looked similar to Will Smith in Enemy Of The State but he was in his late 60's. In his prime he'd have easily edged him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jan/16
189cm looked believable in Superman. Only a bit shorter than Reeves. No less than 6ft2 peak. Similar range to Connery.
Spencer said on 6/Dec/15
He looked at least 6'1 in Enemy of the State. Smith looks maybe half an inch or three quarters of an inch taller.
jbsnc said on 28/Nov/15
Stood very close to Caine in a line at Disneyland many years ago. He was 6' 1'' maybe a bit more. I've lost 1 1/2" inches since in my mid 70s.
Sam said on 15/Nov/15
Rob could you add The Royal Tenenbaums to make his credits an even 10? Also a great performance, a true swan song to a fantastic career before he retired.
Rory said on 1/Nov/15
Caine isn't even as low as 5'11 today let alone in 2003, he would have been about 186 then and 184 today.
jtm said on 18/Oct/15
most people here are claiming he was 6'1 peak. that would make al pacino 5'4 range. he was also taller than michael caine in 2003 so hackman was most likely 6'0 at that time and caine was 5'11. the funny thing is most people believe caine was 6'2 in his younger days so that means he lost 3 inches when he wasn't even 70 despite being in good shape for his age. sorry but that's nonsense.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/15
@Arch: weak 6ft2 range for Hackman puts Beatty at 6ft1
jervis said on 23/Jul/15
Morgan Freeman is only 7 years younger than Hackman.
jervis said on 22/Jul/15
Lorne Freeman is only 7 years younger than Hackman.
jervis said on 6/Jul/15
In A movie called hoosiers from 1986 he is in a scene with 6ft2 Chelcie Ross and Ross has about 1inch on him.Hackman would have been 56 years old at the time.6ft1 is a more likely peak height for Hackman I think.I think actors like Hackman,Marvin,coburn,Eastwood all need to be downgraded by 1inch.
Lorne??? said on 20/Jun/15
He was a good inch under Morgan Freeman in "Under Suspicion" though he was 70 by then, Morgan near 60.

He could've lost 2cm by then, certainly.
Rory said on 16/Jun/15
Will Smith only had half an inch on a 67/68 yr old Hackman. I reckon 6'2 peak is a fair guess, always looked tall.
annon said on 30/Mar/15
There wete two scenes of both men standing side by side. One was the elevator scene tje other was outside on top of the building. It clearly shows will has an inch over gene hackman.
annon said on 29/Mar/15
So please tell me rob, if hes 6'2 than how was he an inch shorter than 6'1.5 will smith in enemy of the state?
[Editor Rob: were they inside scenes, not seen the film for a while but by then Gene could have lost an inch.]
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/15
Rob can you add a photo and squeeze in The Poseidon Adventure and Bonnie and Clyde? Looked 6'1.5-6'2 range in Night Moves. I still think there's a chance of 187 but looked near it. He was just the coolest in Night Moves, an unsung classic.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Dec/14
Like Connery, Hackman has lost height and also is out of the limelight.
Sam said on 2/Dec/14
I thought the way he compared to Christopher Reeve was similar to the height difference between John Wayne and Ward Bond, a consistent 2 inches.
Judd said on 13/Nov/14
I think he was 6'1.5-1.75" peak while today he's not taller than 6'0.5-75" he could be eye-t-eye with a legit 6'0.5" guy like Bradley cooper!
Robroy714 said on 8/Nov/14
I was a principle background extra with Gene Hackman in the movie Hoosiers and I got to hang out with the actors. Since I studied photojournalism in college, he would have me take pictures with the fans when they asked. I would say Gene was no more than six foot tall as I am six foot two.
Robroy714 said on 8/Nov/14
I was a principle background extra in Hoosiers and hung out with all the actors and I am six two and Gene came up to my shoulders at best. I would say he is more like five ten.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Oct/14
Er I know The Master, I was testing to see what Rob thought as I thought Hackman looked more 6'1" in comparison.
184.3cm said on 9/Oct/14
i once saw a 193cm ( 6'4) listing for him in a newspaper. I thought he was way shorter i even thought 186cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/14
He edged out Warren Beatty in Bonny & Clyde (which should be added to the above list)

"Peak height was 6ft 2¼in (189cm)"

Looked 186-187cm range by his last movie.
mike said on 19/Aug/14
he definitely looked a legit 6ft 2 in Superman maybe 6ft 2.25.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Aug/14
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Rob, how tall is the guy nearest the camera? Nearer the camera, yes, Hackman's posture not great, and looks like it's in a road and Hackman on lower ground, but what do you reckon by looking at his proportions?
[Editor Rob: he could be 6ft 4 range]
nick said on 3/Apr/14
6 foor 2 peak for sure
viapto said on 18/Mar/14
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viapto said on 16/Mar/14
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Sam said on 24/Feb/14
It is possible he was a smidge under 6'2" even at peak, but there's enough evidence that he was pretty close to the 6'2" mark. If Hackman was 6'1.7", then Warren Beatty may have been 6'1.5" (Beatty seemed similar or a hair shorter in Bonnie & Clyde). Yes, he was one of America's best screen actors and The Conversation was probably his best work, even better than The French Connections, Scarecrow, Unforgiven, etc.
Lenad said on 27/Dec/13
he looked the same height as warren beatty if not a tad taller. So my genuine feeling is that Hackman was a strong 6'2, and Beatty was struggling with it
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Nov/13
Wasn't a lot shorter than Christopher Reeves either.
Rusty said on 14/Oct/13
I think in Hoosiers he was down to 6'1.5" or so by then because a couple 6'2" people in the movie edged him out slightly.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Oct/13
He was clearly a 6ft2 guy in his prime. He was very tall in The French Connection. Even in Runaway Jury (2003) he was pretty close to John Cusack. He's 6ft1 range now. Similiar to Sean Connery. Lost very little height.
juju said on 25/Aug/13
Will smith had one inch on him in enemy of the state. If smith is in the 6 foot 1 range that means hqckman was around 6 foot at that time and was probly passed his peak height. His peak height would be around 6 foot one. Today hes probly shorter
vegas said on 22/Aug/13
shorter than will smith in 1997
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Aug/13
Looked 6ft2-6ft3 in Superman. Less than 2in shorter than Reeves.

I think 188cm peak is closer than 187cm, Arch.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Jul/13
Watched the French Connection earlier and he seemed between 6'1 and 6'2" to me. More a strong 6'1 and than strong 6'2" Petie. It's a good film but nothing special, no different to many action films of the 70s and 80s. Not sure how it won so many Academy Awards, it wasn't by any means a brilliant film or performance.
Petie said on 3/Jul/13
I met him in Santa Fe in the early 90's. He is 6 ft 2inches at the very minimum. Also saw him on the lot at Parmamount a few years later. A very nice guy.
Henrik said on 1/Jul/13
I thought he looked close to Christopher Reeve in Superman II, although Reeve was in flats and he wore visibly thicker footwear.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/13
He's maybe 186cm today. But definitely 6"2 as a young man
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jun/13
Mmm I was watching The Poseidon Adventure earlier and I didn't think he looked as big as 6'2". I think he looked more 6 ft in that film but then again a lot of it was cramping in ship alleys and tunnels and he was rarely stood straight.
Giles Du Croix said on 11/Mar/13
Tremendously gifted actor. Probably 6'2" in The French Connection. Not much more than 6'0" these days.
Sean73 said on 2/Feb/13
Mike J-The military measures you with the shoes they give you.My father was 68.25in,and measured 69.00 flat in his military ID.I hope that helps you.
Jamesy said on 18/Jan/13
6'1.5 peak
mike 181cm said on 7/Jan/13
Maybe 6"2 prime now Idk still over 6?
saun said on 6/Jan/13
he look tallest than sean connery in a bridge too far, in photos he look 2 inch taller than connery.
aj said on 24/Dec/12
Definitely around 6ft 2 in his prime. Probably a tad shorter now because of his age.
SPR said on 27/Oct/12
If take will smith as 6 feet 1 inches, than Hackman would have to be shorter saw them in a film together and Smith was about an inch taller, Hackman was old though.
Zach said on 5/Aug/12
Looked exact same height as Denzel Washington in Crimson Tide, aged 65.
Mike J. said on 13/Jan/12
A document from his time in the marines that appeared in a sort of "collage" in a 1970s magazine interview listed Gene at 6'2.5" I've never been in the military --but I imagine the military would probably take a pretty accurate measurement as part of an initial physical, right? Then again, since Hackman successfully lied about his age to enlist, maybe the marines weren't too good with numbers!
maio said on 20/Dec/11
Peak 6 ft 1.25 in/186 cm. Today 6 ft 0.5 in/184 cm.
LAN Jiao said on 3/Nov/11
he never look over 6'1 in prime. in french connection walking alone he looks a decent 6'1. nowadays maybe 6'0 same as michael caine.
Gerry92270 said on 27/Jun/11
I'm 55 years old, last doctor's physical was 72" in stocking feet. In my twenties was probably 72 1/4-1/2." In the late 1970s had the pleasure of spending 4 hours with Mr. Hackman on a golf course in a pick up game at the public course across from 20th Century Fox Studio in West L.A. From the movies I envisioned him to be a regular 6 foot guy like me, however I was surprised to find he was a big and tall man. I made a point to stand next to him on level ground multiple times. In my opinion he was a solid 6'2.5 at that time.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Jun/11
There's probably no point in giving him a peak height because he's no longer involved in the movie industry and therefore makes no public appearences.

He should just be left at 6ft2(188cm)
thebad7 said on 14/Jun/11
My favorite role of his is still his turn as Harry Caul in 1974's THE CONVERSATION. He is another one of the few genuine legends left--it's a shame he's retired. At his peak, he was a very strong 6'2", and even into older age he looks to have kept most of his height--next to 6'1" Keanu Reeves, he had 1". 6'2" for sure when he was younger--I could even buy 6'2 1/2" for him at peak.

Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/11
186cm now probably and a solid 188cm (if not 189cm) in his prime
adam2 said on 12/Jun/11
One things for sure: He has aged extremelly well. Compare him to Clint, who has done everything to stay young. Gene is probably still at least 6-1.
James said on 31/May/11
In Unforgiven looked 6ft to me
jake said on 31/May/11
He is 81 years old. He is likely a weak 6' 1" now. 6' 2" peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/May/11
186cm today
Bon_ said on 9/May/11
OK, Strong 6'2 at peak, now a hair over 6'1
guyfrommars said on 20/Mar/11
In Superman he wore cowboy boots (with around 1.5-inch heels, clearly visible in some scenes), while 6'4" Reeve had ultra-flat red boots on. I believe 6'2" is right for him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/11
188cm peak
187cm now
Bon_ said on 21/Feb/11
6'1.5 at peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Dec/10
186-187cm range Sean Connery
paul86 said on 1/Dec/10
A strong 6'1' even with old age he looked taller than keanu reeves in the "Replacements".
Lenad said on 28/Nov/10
He looks 1-2inches shorter than Christopher Reeve. Strong 6'2 at peak like 189cm and probably 6'1 range now like 186cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Nov/10
6"2 peak.

around 6"1.25(186cm) today
el toppo said on 1/May/09
I always thought he was 6 foot 3 when he shot Superman 1?
Ali said on 23/Apr/09
He is taller than average, but 6'2? I am laughing!

183 cm tops+ 2 inches extra hollywood height, yes that
makes him 188 cm.
Hugh 190cm said on 8/Apr/09
Yeah Hackman did look like a guy who could pass for 6ft3 when he was younger.
Hello said on 1/Apr/09
Strong 6'2", if he had been vain like other actors he could have claimed 6'3" and gotten away with it.
Hugh 190cm said on 31/Mar/09
Woppi 6ft is ridiculous both in his prime and now. The man was 6ft2+.
Woppi said on 24/Mar/09
Where on earth would anybody get the idea Hackman is anywhere near 6 feet in height? It's possible he was 6 feet when he was younger. When Runaway Jury was being filmed in New Orleans i saw him frequently. Stood next to him and spoke with him a few times. He is no more than 5'10" in shoes.
Lenad said on 22/Mar/09
In Bonnie and Clyde Hackman and Beatty look the same height give or take half an inch.
mcfan said on 5/Mar/09
Same exact height as Warren Beatty in "Bonnie & Clyde." However, I think Hackman is a true 6'2 and Beatty was wearing lifts during the film. I could be wrong here, but I always had that impression.
Lenad said on 21/Feb/09
6'1 minimum nowadays.
Hugh said on 9/Feb/09
I think he could still be around 6ft2. 6ft2.5 in his prime like Connery.
TELLEM said on 7/Feb/09
hackman was most likely a weak 6'3 at his peak. he was taller than supposed 6'2 beatty. and during his later years was 6'1.5.. he looked it next to 6'3 ted dibiase
Lenad said on 7/Feb/09
Likely a little under 6'2 today. In enemy at the state he looked the same height as Will Smith if not slightly shorter. But his peak, a solid 6'2 for sure. Like Sean Connery.
Don said on 5/Feb/09
I attended a painting class in Taos NM some years ago, and Gene Hackman was a fellow student. I can tell you that he was 6'2" then, very broad across the shoulders, and not someone you'd want to mess with. He also has very big feet, like a basketball player. And he's a good painter!
Hugh said on 5/Jan/09
I could buy that. But he still looks 6ft2 nowadays. In Runaway Jury he's easily the same height as John Cusack, maybe even taller.
adam said on 1/Jan/09
Lenad, correct.
Lenad said on 29/Dec/08
At peak a strong 188cm or a weak 189cm.
Anonymous said on 20/Oct/08
John Cusack is at least 2 inches taller than him

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