Harvey Keitel's Height
5ft 7 (170.2 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 8 (172.7 cm)
American Actor best known for roles in movies such as Reservoir Dogs, The Piano, Bad Lieutenant, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Fingers, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Thelma & Louise and Cop Land.
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Average Guess (21 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 7.44in (171.3cm)
Current: 5ft 6.46in (168.8cm)
said on 7/Apr/19
@Mightyman: That's completely false. Here they are in costume on set for Cop Land and Stallone is easily taller even though Keitel is closer to the camera: Click Here
Also note that De Niro was at least 5'8.5" back then and slightly shorter than Stallone himself. As anyone can see from watching Mean Streets, De Niro was more than an inch taller than Keitel himself. There's a scene in the film where Stallone's character is looking through photos and finds one he took with Keitel and not surprisingly, Stallone is clearly taller as you can see here: Click Here
Stallone and De Niro were unquestionably taller than Keitel and probably by no less than 1.5". But Keitel was no shorter than 5'7" himself and quite possibly 5'7.5". I don't know how tall he was 15 years ago, but there's a good chance Keitel had shrunk a bit since Cop Land, which was filmed 8 years earlier.
Mightyman said on 6/Apr/19
seen him once about 15 years ago and he was 5'6 flat but in very good shape. now if you watch the directors cut of Copland from 1997 at 46 min and 37 sex, you will see him and Stallone walking together during a furneral scene. Harvey and Stallone are exactly the same height with Harvey actually looking physically wider than Stallone. this is proof that Stallone is no more than 5'6-5'7 flat.
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jan/19
When I'm trying to sneak in a comment in the adverts, I always look up to the voice of Harvey Keitel! I can't get enough of this guy! He's the business at everything he's ever done!
Mmkay - he can have 5ft8 for his peak and 5ft6.75 for today's height.
berta said on 9/Dec/18
he was 2 cm shorter than buscemi in reservoir dogs. i dont think he is taller than at best 172 and could be 171 peak. my guess is 171,5 and today 169
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Aug/18
I can always recognise his voice in those adverts, re-playing his hilarious, no-nonsense character from 'Pulp Fiction'!
He won't put up with any time wasters there, will he?
This big guy, who I respect enormously, can have 5ft6.5 for today's height and 5ft8 for his peak. It might be an excellent idea to re-watch 'Taxi Driver', when he MUST have been at peak height!
@ Rob - Do you think you could add it to his acting credits? And also 'From Dusk Till Dawn'.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/18
Much as I adore this fantastic actor, I can't see him being more than 5ft6 now, and that's on the generous side of my options, as I was going to say just under.
It's so commonplace to add the odd inch to an actor or actress's description, that I have given up being in any way judgemental about it! I take it quite for granted that most actors are a good inch lower than it says on their resumes!
I reckon Harvey was 5ft6.5 or so in 'Reservoir Dogs'. Steve Buscemi is noticeably taller at 5ft8.25, and my oh my, we don't half get some meaty opportunities to compare the two!
Shlomo said on 31/Dec/17
Harvey Keitel has never been more than 5ft6 barefoot, if that (look at his proportions and the short length of his back and arms). 5ft7 was only in generous shoes when he was much younger a long time ago. He was born back in 1939 and he is pushing 80 now by the way...
tom said on 13/Oct/17
5'6" on mean street
Marquis said on 21/Jun/17
5'8" seems high for him, even peak.
More like 5'7", or 5'7.5" tops, peak.
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Oct/16
Well, it just goes to show that you can still get the meaty parts and not be very tall. I have a very high opinion of this man's work and the parts he opts for. Downright unforgettable!
said on 3/May/16
Rob, is he worth an add?
Editor Rob: at the moment I'm not sure.
said on 1/May/16
Rob, how tall do you think this guy Arthur Nascarella is?
(right of Keitel)
(beside Peter Berg)
(between Robert Patrick and John Spencer)
He's been listed 6ft1 in places but it looks a bit high, unless he had lost height. In addition to Cop Land, he's been on The Sopranos and movies Knockaround Guys and The Cooler.
Editor Rob: I doubt he was over 6ft
PJ said on 12/Aug/15
5'7 tops when I saw him in Soho NYC.
172.4cm guy said on 11/Aug/15
I agree with most of the posts on here. I watched Mean Streets last night, and there's no way he was 173cm. De Niro, who was probably 175cm tops, easily had 4-5cm on Keitel. So at most, Keitel was about 171cm in his prime, and is probably 168-169cm now.
Chase Witherspoon said on 7/Aug/15
Truly! He always seemed liked 5'6-5'7" region to me remembering him standing in the doorway above DeNiro in Taxi Driver in the stilts....
Sam said on 16/Jul/15
Rob, could you add Fingers, Blue Collar and The Grand Budapest Hotel to his credits?
Always a real convincing cool customer...kind of was phased out as Scorsese's on-screen counterpart in favor of De Niro between Mean Streets & Taxi Driver. In Mean Streets, his thin build can make him look lankier but De Niro seems only a bit over an inch taller than Keitel.
Julian said on 14/Jul/15
I've watched many films with him, in his prime and in his later years. I don't think he was 5.8. maybe 5.7,5 - 5.7,75. But than again maybe he just looks smaller because of his bad posture. But still - not quite 5.8.
said on 20/May/15
Rob when Harvey Keitel performed in pulp fiction , he was 5'8 yet?
[Editor Rob: might have only lost a small fraction by 90's.]
Ed said on 8/Apr/15
Needs a downgrade. 5'7" peak and 5'6" today
Adamz said on 28/Dec/14
Could be 169cm?
Sam said on 31/Jul/14
I saw Grand Budapest and don't recall it having been good for height comparison in Keitel's case. I thought he still looked around 5'7" next to Ed Norton in Moonrise Kingdom.
Hypado said on 1/Jul/14
Harvey is 173, same height of Cameron Diaz in Head Above Water.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jun/14
Really looks short in Grand Budapest Hotel, looking nearer 5'6" to me in it.
Arch Stanton said on 9/May/14
Rob can you add Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, The Duellists, Thelma & Louise and Cop Land? He did look 5 ft 7 range barefoot and naked LOL in The Piano.
said on 20/Feb/14
Rob , maybe its more Robert Downey Jr that needs to be 5'7.5 than Keitel being 5'8. Downey was shorter than andrew Macathy.
[Editor Rob: 172 for Downey is a possibility, it's never been ruled out, he might end up sharing Tom Cruise...]
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jan/14
@ Elfoeraan. Yeah De Niro had about 1.5-2 inches on him in Mean Streets didn't he. More 5'7.5".
Dr JJ said on 26/Oct/13
5'8" is a joke for this guy!
Elfoeraan said on 16/Oct/13
That's odd. I saw Mean Streets today and could have sworn that Keitel was 5 cm shorter than De Niro. Either Keitel was shorter in his prime or De Niro taller than 175 cm.
Sam said on 9/Oct/13
I met Keitel's former personal assist...Keitel isn't a total monster but a bit of oddball from what I've heard. He can be a bit demanding and stand-offish but is pretty charitable privately. She told me her favorite story was going to Keitel's darkened apartment and being frightened to see the fridge door open and somebody rooting around. It turned out to be Robert De Niro and he said "I'm just getting some milk"...which tells me that De Niro both has a key and free-reign to come and go in Keitel's apartment, which is pretty awesome.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
My mistake he's not barefoot but if you also pause at 94:13 you can see there's more than an inch between them, I think 171-72cm would be more accurate.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
At 92:56 on that clip I sent De Niro is barefoot and still taller than Keitel in shoes.
said on 6/Oct/13
Rob can you see 50 minutes Click Here
I'm convinced that De Niro was max 5'9" flat, really difficult to see 5'8 for Keitel here in Mean Streets even if the pavement is slightly in De Niro's favour. I think you could get away with 5'7.5" peak and 5'6.5" now but I really doubt he was a full 5'8".
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
Yeah he looks like he'd be a complete ******* in real life, not surprised if he's like that in interviews. Doesn't look a nice fella does he.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
If he was 5 ft 8 peak De Niro was 5 ft 10!! No way could he have been 5'8" in Mean Streets. He was also two inches shorter than Jack Nicholson in The Border.
Powerhouse said on 2/Sep/13
@the shredder Harvey has a tiny bone structure, a small frame and has low body fat in that pic. He is probably about 150-155.
juju said on 29/Aug/13
exactly he never did. he doesnt even look 5 foot 7 today lol.
moerlitz said on 28/Aug/13
Waltz stated 170 cm for himself but I still think he's like an inch taller so Keitel might in fact be 170 cm after all.
jtm said on 26/Aug/13
why did he get upgraded? he never looked 5'8.
juju said on 24/Aug/13
Five foot eight peak? Why?how? De niro was five nine peak qnd keitel looked two inches shorter. Watch DEATh WATCH. He is shorter than harry dean stanton. Oh and two inches under a peak five nine jack nulicholson. In pick up artist him and robert downey were the same height.
Powerhouse said on 23/Aug/13
Peak 5'7 nowadays 5'6.5
Ricky said on 6/May/13
Saw him on the Intrepid. He was a shade under 5'7. 5'6.5 is right
juju said on 23/Apr/13
there is no way he is 5 foot 7 flat. hes an inch shorter than 5 foot 7 christopher waltz in 2009. hes 5 foot 6 now. 5 foot 7 peak!
jimbo said on 11/Apr/13
Agree with shredder downey cant be 173 majority of people says he is due for a downgrade
Louis said on 4/Apr/13
look at him with rdj
Silent d said on 28/Jan/13
169cm. I heard he is a hard person to interview and hard to work with. He is stubborn and pretty arrogant but still pretty cool. 169cm.
TomC said on 26/Dec/12
Harvey Keitel sat in front of me one night at a screening and his head didn't even come up above the back of the chair. He's no more than 5'3"
MaskDeMasque said on 19/Aug/12
i can believe 5'7.5. he looked an inch shorter than buscemi in reservoir dogs, who i believe is 5'8.5
Silent d said on 23/Jan/12
I didn't know martin scorcese was short. Surprising. Harvey keitel was definitely shorter than 5 foot 8 robert deniro in little fockers. 169cm is about right.
Andrew G said on 10/Dec/11
Amazing, one of my favorite all time actors. Saw him at an airport in Singapore. I'm 5'8 and he was definitely shorter than me. I'd say 5'6.
jake, 1.82 m- 1.83 m said on 16/Nov/11
5ft 6.75in now at 72. 5ft 7.5in peak is probable.
Sam said on 15/Mar/11
In the movie "Blue Collar", you can see that a profile on his character says he's 5'8"
guyfrommars said on 9/Dec/10
He wore 3-inch heeled boots as the pimp in Taxi Driver.
Mr. Kaplan said on 5/Nov/10
He wasn't much taller than 5'3" Marty Scorsese in "Mean Streets". 5'6".
Eric said on 5/Nov/10
I saw him recently in NYC. He's definitely no more than 5'7.
said on 23/Jan/09
harvey keitel towered by 5'10.5-5'11 matthew mccaughey: Click Here
guyfrommars said on 10/Jan/09
He wore a massive pair of boots with 3-inch heels in Taxi Driver.
glenn said on 27/Dec/08
i saw him look 5-9,5-10 in what i imagine was lifts.1993.a friend of mine agreed him looking that tall only 5 years agao.he is still 5-8 to me.
TELLEM said on 27/Dec/08
but your right leonari, close to 5'8 in his youth
TELLEM said on 27/Dec/08
the thing is he never looked more than 5'7-5'7.5 EVEN in his youth.
leonari said on 26/Dec/08
Harvey i around 5'7" these days. It's clear when watching "life on Mars" (great show btw.) He was taller in his youth. Close to 5'8
TELLEM said on 24/Dec/08
next to mekhi phifer in "clockers" he looks 5'7 max....phifer is 5'9.5-5'10
dmeyer said on 18/Dec/08
looked that height in person
Anonymous said on 2/Dec/08
MHouillon, he is 5'7 like you say and Deniro is 5'9, but I don't think two inches is towering I don't even think 4 or 5 inches is I think towering is 6+, and definitely more then 2.
teddy89 said on 20/Nov/08
yes, i agree with liam, when he's on the floor the shoes had 7-8 cm plaforms
teddy89 said on 19/Nov/08
in reservoir dogs close to steve buscemi (173 cm)looks a little bit shorter so ia think 171cm is the right height
liam said on 15/Aug/08
news flash check out taxi driver. hes wearing enormous platforms.
mallow said on 14/Aug/08
In looking for the height of John Lydon I find the answer of 5'8, but in the movie Corrupt Lieutenant Harvey looks a good 2 to 3 inches shorter than Lydon, so Im still not too sure.
MHouillon said on 17/Jul/08
SImple as this: WAS 173cm (f.e. in Taxi-Driver, when a Lifted-and-booted 176cm DeNiro towered over him) IS 170-171cm.
TELLEM said on 30/Jun/08
5'9 in his youth? have u seen mean streets? he looked about 2 inches shorter than de niro...
BK_Daniel said on 24/Jun/08
I think he was 5'9" in his youth because he looked pretty close to Deniro's height in Taxi Driver. I think now he's a tiny bit under 5'8".
glenn said on 8/May/08
ive seen harvey look 5-10 a couple of times.and others did too.
josh said on 7/May/08
De niro looked a good inch and a bit taller than him in mean streets. I would give kietel 5ft 7-8inches but he can appear to look taller.
Heightdetective said on 28/Apr/08
Looks about the same height as glenn. Keitel is closer to the camera, but also slightly leaning and glenn stands up straight. If he's 171cm tall, he may wore really good dress shoes in this picture ...
Anonymous said on 25/Mar/08
Had dinner last night and sat next to Harvey. When he stood to leave, I would clearly put the "Bad Lieutenant" at around 5'8...
Glenda said on 10/Mar/08
He looks taller than he is in my opinion. (Depends on the shoes he was wearing as well.) I am trying to find a current Harvey K. web site, or a current fan mail site, even if it is snail mail. Finding all RTS sites. If you have one please email me at email@example.com
Thanks in advance, G.
Adam Brennon said on 8/Nov/07
Looked regular height in 'Red Dragon'.
said on 11/Jul/07
Keitel with Beatty in Bugsy. Click Here
JwJ said on 2/Jun/07
I got directions from harvey keitel on lower hudson st in tribeca nyc late May07. I'm 5'9" and he's a pretty solid looking dude at least 5'9
george & john said on 3/May/07
hey harvey, blast from the past! remember alison from tx. whatta koo0koo bird. we had so much fun! studio 54 days. call me 727-863-8744 living in fl. were healthy and still kickin'. hope u recieve this msg. i think of the fun times and just smile! what a great friend u were harvey. take care georgie
APP said on 11/Mar/07
Harvey's quite old now, his peak height must have been a minimum of 5 ft. 8
Anthony said on 24/Feb/07
I dont know why, but Harvey didn't come off as taller than 5'6 in "Thelma & Louise". Everyone around him seemed to dwarf him with ease...except, oddly enough, Brad Pitt.
the shredder said on 22/Jan/07
I was watching Reservoir Dogs last night ! first time in a long time ! I notice that there all in the same footware ... well Harvey is for sure Steve Buscemi's height at most and taller then Tim Roth for sure ! I put Buscemi at around 5'8 , Keitel at 5'7 to 5'8 , and Roth 5'7 MAX ! Rob is right ... Roth might be 169cm ( 5'6.5 ) if anything !
Glenn said on 19/Jan/07
Thanks D Ray.dont dissapear again! Stan-I was 5-5 at 14.5-7 at 16.5-8 at 22.
stan said on 18/Jan/07
Glenn how old were u when u were 5'7 and when did u become 5'8?
D. Ray Morton said on 18/Jan/07
Pretty good, Glenn. Belated Happy New Year to you! Hope you're doing well.
Yeah, one of my favorites, too. He looks taller here than I thought he would. And I'll bet the guy's got great posture, being an ex-Marine and all.
Congrats on getting the photo!
Glenn said on 16/Jan/07
How ya been D ray? thanks.he is one of my faves.
D. Ray Morton said on 15/Jan/07
Awesome! The pic is appreciated! Always thought he was 5'7". Looks 5'8" here (shoes accounted for).
Glenn said on 15/Jan/07
Yeah,he rarely poses.once a year.again,situations are hard to gauge.I mentioned his had pavement advantage over me.he had dress shoes,I had boots with 1.75 sole.he gave a 5-7 appearence.couldve been posture.my best guess is 5-8.
Jake W. said on 15/Jan/07
Everyone: Note that you should measure the two by their eyes. Glenn's hair is dark and blends into the background, making him look just a little shorter than Keitel. But if you compare by their eyes, you can see Glenn is just a little taller.
Stiffelio said on 15/Jan/07
Glen, he seems taller than your 5'8". How old is this picture and what kind of shoes did he wear relative to yours?
Anonymous said on 15/Jan/07
wow. impressive. i've heard keitel is one of the hardest to get to pose in hollywood. glenn is that true?
the shredder said on 14/Jan/07
He was always listed at 5'7 and I always thought he was 5'6 , 5'7 at most ! ... but now I think 5'7.5 to 5'8 is more like it ! I say a legit 5'7+ ... can be 172ish !
Glenn said on 14/Jan/07
He strangely did give a 5-7 impression.pavement favoring him? I think he really is 5-8.with lifts,and me being 5-7 in the early 90s,he gave me the strange illusion of 5-10.
dmeyer said on 14/Jan/07
he looks the same as glenn
Glenn said on 14/Jan/07
Photo coming any second.5-8.on one occassion,5-10.actually another friend I know saw 5-10 years later too.
[Editor Rob: I'll put this up today in fact]
Anonymous said on 13/Jan/07
dmeyer said on 14/Aug/06
i think he is 171-2 range maybe taller in his 20s
Glenn said on 20/Jan/06
you mean 5-7?
dmeyer said on 20/Jan/06
i met him on be cool he looked about that height
Glenn said on 15/Jan/06
he doesnt pose for photo with.rare.I know 2 people who have it,but always turns me down and everyone else.not to friendly.Ive seen him look 5-10! 8 months ago he was 5-7!
Picture said on 11/Jan/06
Hello glenn have you met Harvey Keitel?
Mariano Nariano said on 17/Sep/05
I meeted Harvey Keitel some years ago in Spain while he was filming the Galindez File. I'm 5 ft 11 and Keitel comes with his head to my eyes, so I say that he was like 4 inches shorter than me.
DIdong said on 17/Mar/05
Nop Im 5.10 feet and Harvey Keitel yust a Little shorter than me.
Anonymous said on 5/Feb/05
Harvey Keital is 5'5.5 as i am two inches taller than him and i met him on the set of Copland.