How tall is Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly's Height

5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, On the Town, Cover Girl, Inherit the Wind, The Three Musketeers, Anchors Aweigh and The Young Girls of Rochefort. In Betsy Blair's book 'Memory of all that' she had described him as '5ft 9'.

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Average Guess (13 Votes)
5ft 6.19in (168.1cm)
Richard said on 25/Dec/17
5'7.5" is too high. He looked like a midget in "The Three Musketeers".
Danimal said on 13/Jun/17
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/15
Rob, can you add a photo from Singing in the Rain era and also add The Three Muskateers, Anchors Aweigh and Summer Stock?

You're very demanding of Rob, always telling him to add more films.
James said on 15/May/17
Gene Kelly was 5'6".
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jan/17
Rob can you tweak to 5'7.25? I really think that would be spot on.
Editor Rob: will need to look at some more of him.
Giorgi said on 14/Dec/16
Boy I didn't realize he was this short. It's not actually that short, but just wasn't expecting.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jul/15
For me 5'7.25 would be the best listing.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Apr/15
Oh they were very close in height, close enough to make it difficult to tell but Sinatra really did seem to edge him assuming footwear was even. The thing is though Rob, there's a barefoot scene with Sinatra and Mitchum in Not as a Stranger and it looked almost 6 inches!! Bad news for Kelly. I think you'd be closer with a tad less but in fairness he could look almost 5'8 in some films.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
A young Sinatra looks like Joey Essex LOL.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
Also 26 minutes range.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
There's a good comparison at 22-23 minutes
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
Of course I'm not sure 0.25 is really detectable to the naked eye but watch it anyway and see what you think!
Arch Stanton said on 16/Apr/15
Rob can you add a photo? Any chance of a very slight downgrade to 5'7.25? There's wearing exactly the same clothes in Anchors Aweigh as Frank Sinatra and lots of very close shots between them and they look very similar in height but in most scenes Sinatra really does look a wee bit taller. You can watch it here. Click 360, it might take about half an hour to load though but it loads whil you're doing other things Click Here It's worth checking out, I reckon Sinatra would have had him by a bit.
[Editor Rob: it is quite close for them, sinatra may have had slightly edge, can be hard to tell at times.]
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/15
Rob, can you add a photo from Singing in the Rain era and also add The Three Muskateers, Anchors Aweigh and Summer Stock?
Arch Stanton said on 23/Aug/14
Rob can you add Cover Girl, I associate him most with Singing in the Rain and that! Marjorie Morningstar always a memorable role but I don't think that film was big enough to mention.
Sam said on 22/Apr/14
Rob, could you add An American in Paris, On the Town, Inherit the Wind and The Young Girls of Rochefort?
bloodbuzz said on 10/Apr/14
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looks at least 4" shorter than Sugar Ray Robinson, who's listed at 5'11. Boxers are never listed over either, usually they're shorter than what's billed, but 5'11 for Sugar Ray I agree with.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/14
Hmm in some scenes Kelly in turn looks like he has the edge. Difficult to tell who is taller! Clearly they're very close, probably best to leave him at 171, but Sinatra to me does generally seem a bit taller.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/14
What'd ya reckon? They look very close don't they but if you g image them I think Sinatra has the edge. In later years Sinatra looks noticeably taller, but that could be lifts doing the talking, I think he was known to often wear lifts later on. Click Here His footwear looked normal in all the films I've seen him in though.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jan/14
Rob I think he's a wee bit shorter than Frank Sinatra in On The Town but they are close. Click Here In the film Sinatra looks a bit taller than that in comparison, they can't both be 5'7.5". Click Here looks noticeably taller there. 5'7.5" for Sinatra has looked accurate in everything I've seen him in seeing him with Brando etc. Perhaps 5'7 or 5'7.25" for Kelly?
Arch Stanton said on 30/Aug/13
At 88:50 he again looks shorter than 5'7" Donald and I think throughout most of the film Donald seems to edge him out. Even way, I think it rules out anything over 171, 5'7" flat more likely than 5'8" much less 5'9"! He can sometimes look 5'8" though.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Aug/13
See what I mean pause at 20:27 and he looks fractionally shorter than Donald. How can he go from looking an inch taller? Either way it makes the 5'9" claim look hilarious..
Arch Stanton said on 30/Aug/13
Rob pause at 14:24 Click Here Donald O'Connor was listed at 5'7", Kelly looks about an inch taller don't you think? Possible of course that O'Connor was 5'6.5". Kelly could have been 172cm?
Arch Stanton said on 30/Aug/13
What about Jean Hagen? Kelly looks about an inch taller than her in heels, I'd guess 5'4" ish.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Aug/13
Rob can you add some of his others films like An American in Paris and Marjorie Morningstar? It's Singin' rather than Singing. Singin in the Rain is confusing me, he can both look taller than shorter than Donald O' Connor who was listed at 5'7" I think.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Rob, any idea how tall Nina Foch was? She looks near 2 inches taller in American in Paris not sure what her heels were like though. Click Here LOL he looks so much like Seagal did as a young man!
[Editor Rob: in her heyday she was described 5ft 7]
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
At times I keep expecting him to suddenly turn to the camera and in a Seagal squint and trademark whisper say "You and I, we're puppets in the same sick play. We serve the same master and he's an ungrateful lunatic. There's nothing we can do about it." LOL
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/13
Looks around this in An American in Paris and yes, he's very much like a short younger Seagal.
thegoof said on 30/Jul/13
5'6" the most. Met him many years ago and he was shorter than me-5'7".
greg lehmann said on 21/Jul/13
About my size. (I'm 5'7".)
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Didn't think he looked this low in Marjorie Morningstar, looked 5'9" ish to me. Around the eyes he kind of reminds me a bit of a young Steven Seagal.
Matt said on 15/Nov/12
How tall do you think Donald O'Connor was? I think he should be on here. 5'5-5'6 seems like it. Always seemed shorter than Gene Kelly.
Robby D said on 29/Aug/12
From What I understood, both Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra were 5'7" and if you watch them together in the film "Anchors Aweigh" you will see that they are both exactly the same size.
Matt said on 16/Nov/11
I don't think the extra .5 is determinable. 5'7" flat is my opinion. Makes us shorter male dancers have hope.
Greg said on 3/Aug/11
Go to Gene Kelly's wi/ki-pe/dia page to see a pic of him next to Sugar Ray Robinson, who is said to be 5' 11".

I'd link to the pic myself but CelebHeights blocks any links to wi/ki-pe/dia (I even have to censor the word here or else it won't let the comment be submitted). Because that makes so much sense.
[Editor Rob: Anytime in the past I checked that site I found so many bits of misinformation and junk that I couldn't believe it. I don't want to give links to a site that is at times a troll war battle to see who can f**k up pages the most ;)]
mr. tibbs said on 24/Feb/11
I was surprised he wasn't shorter. He seems to have been much shorter than any other male on the set.
Anonymous said on 7/Oct/07
I met gene kelly and he is at least 5ft tall...I'm 5ft 1 inches.
Rut said on 28/Aug/07
Yeah, one of the great entertainers of all time. I think it would be extreme difficult for someone like him to wear lifts in his profession.....
Anthony said on 8/Aug/07
Frank appeared to be a little over Sinatra in 1973's "Ol' Blues Eyes Is Back" special. Neither of them were in lifts. Tremendous talent BTW.
Rut said on 2/Jul/07
Big star, big legs, can add a lot to the illussion he was somehow taller..
T. C. Rut
Debbie said on 15/Sep/06
Of course he was 5'9". I had seen him in person many times and if he had been only 2 inches taller than me (5'7"), I sure would have noticed. Plus, if you watch Les Girls, he's at least the same height as Kay Kendall and she was 5'9".

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