How tall is Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler's Height

5ft 5.5in (166.4 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 6in (167.6 cm)
American actor best known for playing iconic character 'The Fonz' in tv show Happy Days. In film he has had memorable roles in The Waterboy, Here comes the Boom and Night Shift. He has said "I'm 5ft 6" a few times, but also said:
People are surprised I'm not taller. I'm actually 5ft 6 1/2in. Please note the half.
I was really looking for the six-foot area, but I stayed at the five-foot-six-and-a-half mark.

How tall is Henry Winkler
5ft 8⅛ Big Rob and Henry @ Memorablia, 2009

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Average Guess (9 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 6.31in (168.4cm)
Current: 5ft 5.5in (166.4cm)
Slothee said on 15/Jul/17
What do you think is most likely for an evening peak height for Winkler?

A) 169cm
B) 168.5cm
C) 168cm
D) 167.5cm
E) 167cm
Editor Rob: can't see above C
JelvinCo1989 said on 18/Apr/17
I saw him on TV once. Sounds about right. Btw, I am a celtics fan too, Rob
Ned Schneebly said on 13/Jan/17
I'm so surprised by this ! The Fonz was such an impressive character, his height was irrelevant. Iconic is what he was.
172.4cm guy said on 2/Nov/16
Just watched Scream and thought he looked about 169cm and figured he was 170cm at his peak. But wow, this is some height difference from my expectations! I guess he might have worn lifts in the movie to give him a slight boost.
Sarah said on 26/Oct/16
He was also good on Royal Pains as the dad. 5'6" range.
Pierre said on 17/Sep/16
A strong 5"5' is possible imo because Henry is a little more relaxed than Rob imo and Rob is a strong 5"8' then the scale is maybe a little to high?Nice picture.
James said on 19/Jul/16
Why do actors lie about their height. I saw a Happy Days episode where Henry Winkler was standing next to Cindy Williams and they were identical in height.
5'6 Aravind said on 10/Jun/16
Rob 5'4.5 now Ron Howard towers him.
Editor Rob said on 18/May/16
You can see some sort of height chart: Click Here
Grant said on 6/May/16
5'5 flat possible rob?
Editor Rob: now yes, 9 years ago I think he was between 5ft 5 and 6
Brad said on 28/Jan/16
Saw some Happy Days bloopers. He was in custom Munster like boots. He must have got big increase in those.
NBAer said on 2/Jul/15
He looks 5'4.5 in the photo,definitely NOT 5'6
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Apr/15
"Peak height was 5ft 6½in (169cm)"

Rob, is that possible?
[Editor Rob: I wouldn't have went that high for him.]
RO said on 7/Dec/14
Back in the mid-1970's I literally bumped into Henry Winkler inside a club called the Roxy (in Hollywood). I'd say he was about 5'5". He had a girl on each arm so, who am I to say he's short.
litte one said on 9/Sep/14
doesn't matter how tall he is , I love "The Fonz" and I am 4'9"
Realist said on 9/Sep/14
He has got less footwear than Rob here.
[Editor Rob: his were very close to mine.]
Sam said on 21/Aug/14
I saw him in NYC about a dozen years ago and he did look this range, nearly a foot shorter than myself.
kramer2088 said on 11/Jul/14
The Fonz was supposed to be about 18 years old and 6ft tall, but Winkler owned the part in the audition. Just shows you that height isn't everything!
DavedS said on 22/Dec/13
He was about 5'5 back in the late 70's--he stood in front of my wife who is 5'5"and a half and just a little taller.
Brad said on 2/Nov/13
I wonder why Bieber doesn't say Fonzi height like Fonz does.
richkid123 said on 9/Sep/13
He does look a bit small
Knowitall said on 19/Jul/13
I saw him at a baseball game. I stood in the food line with him directly in front of me. This must have been over 20 years ago. I was surprised he was so short. But he wasn't five foot six. More like five five.
LG69 said on 21/May/13
He looked 5'6" in Happy Days. He is 3" shorter than Rob, here. So, 5'6" peak, 5'5" today.
Only me said on 12/Nov/12
Hey, when your`e THAT cool, you NEVER need to lie !.
Justsomedude said on 4/Nov/12
He don't need to lie, he's the Fonz.... Aaaaa!
173 said on 23/Oct/12
At least he's honest. Most celebs will try to tack on inches to their own height claims.
Danimal said on 12/Aug/12
leonari says on 11/Aug/12
Never has the Fonz seen anything above a 5'6" flat Danimal

5'6.5" peak. Think what you want. That's what I think.
leonari said on 11/Aug/12
Never has the Fonz seen anything above a 5'6" flat Danimal
Danimal said on 10/Aug/12
He stated himself on Good Morning America a couple of years ago that he was 5'5.5" today. Was probably a good 1" taller in his prime.
ANDREA[ITA] said on 8/Jan/12
Yeah, from only that pic, what would you give him? 5'7-5'8 range?
[Editor Rob: if he has worse posture than winkler he could be nearer 5ft 8]
Silent d said on 3/Jan/12
5 foot 5.
Sam said on 7/Dec/11
I've seen him fairly up close in person and Rob's listing is roughly accurate.
ray said on 30/Nov/11
makes sense. his son max winkler is about 5'4"
ANDREA[ITA] said on 4/Nov/11
Rob how tall you think the guy that gives him that award is? Click Here
he claimed 193 but he never looked that tall! he looks more like in the 188-190 range! this is from 1989 so maybe henry winkler was still 5'6... you see 25 cms between them?
Vegas said on 2/Sep/11
if i am failing, explain to me then why paul wight says what he says at the start of this clip then Click Here
Legend said on 27/Aug/11
Vegas is failing on this page. Love it.
Alex said on 24/Aug/11
Lol Mamun doesn't look too happy in that pic.
Cranberries (18m, 193cm) said on 18/Aug/11
This site tries to be as accurate as possible, Satchy. Half an inch does make a difference, too... Because I rarely see people taller than me, when I see someone half an inch taller I sometimes estimate them at 196cm or more.
Vegas said on 24/Jul/11
well danimal were claiming big show was 6'9 before i started here, in fact one of your posts where you had all your estimates from jan 2006 was still on hillbilly jims page until about 9 months ago

tell me this what exactly am i being accused of being biased against?? or do you just love using that word because you can't use "kid" with me, i met the man many times over the last 10 years and since day 1 on here i have estimated him at 6'11, you have people on andres page saying wight was 6'10 in the 1990s, you have captain nobody whom you praised and said JT should try and follow his lead creating photo comparisons where wight is no more than 4 inches taller than john tenta in 1995 and no more than 6 inches taller than jim duggan same year but strangely you don't say a word to them.....

in that photo with winkler he isn't coming out more than 6'11 if winkler is 5'6 there so either way, actually looks more 6'10 in that photo
Danimal said on 24/Jul/11
Vegas says on 20/May/11
winkler and 6'11 paul wight in 1998 Click Here

INSANE to claim Big Show was only 6'11" in 1998. This shows how biased you are.
Vegas said on 23/Jul/11
oh you mean like viscera who has wrestled longer than wight?? or do you mean giant silva who is ten years wights senior

paul wight out of his own mouth on his brand new dvd, "i was the same height in college as i am today" i stood beside the man in august 2001, august 2002, march 2006, march 2010 and november 2010, he hasn't lost anything or if he has you are talking mms, he had me by exactly a full head each time, i don't need your lesson thanks very much though
Legend said on 22/Jul/11

I guess I have to teach you a lesson again. How about big giant fat guys that wrestle as their career lose height a lot faster. Happy? LOL
Vegas said on 22/Jul/11
Legend says on 21/Jul/11
Big guys lose height a lot faster.


tell that to 77 year old bill russell, still a solid 6'9 imo Click Here Click Here Click Here

tell that to 64 year old kareem still over 7ft Click Here
Legend said on 21/Jul/11
Big Show was never over 6'11 in his life. He's probably not even 6'10 these days. Big guys lose height a lot faster.
Vegas said on 20/Jul/11
Clay says on 19/Jul/11
You know damn well Big Show was nearer 7'0'' in 1998 Vegas..


so he lost height between november 1998 and my first meeting with him in august 2001??
Clay said on 19/Jul/11
You know damn well Big Show was nearer 7'0'' in 1998 Vegas..
Legend said on 11/Jul/11
A picture with this guy? Are you kidding me? The Fonz is one of the coolest guys in history.
Lenad is sexy said on 11/Jun/11
looks 2-2.5 inches shorter than Manum
Ally said on 28/May/11
oh boy he is is really quite short for a guy! but he sure doesn't seem it when you just look at him! good proportions =)
devilsrain said on 24/May/11
about 5 months ago I walked right past him on 21st in manhattan. He was my mothers height 5'4. Im 6'2 and I almost missed him. Granted he was slouching when he walked so ill give him 5'5. But christ that was disturbing. I had always thought the fonz was at least 6 feet.
Vegas said on 20/May/11
winkler and 6'11 paul wight in 1998 Click Here
Danimal said on 16/Apr/11
Will says on 30/Mar/11
Henry Winkler is 5'6 1/2" tall.

He claims 5'5.5" now.. Out of HIS OWN mouth....
Danimal said on 16/Apr/11
Out of his own mouth:

Peak Height - 5'6.5"
Current Height - 5'5.5"
renee said on 14/Apr/11
Aaaaay his the worlds best actur ever it dont matter how tall he is
asd said on 8/Apr/11
a little over 5'4'' max
Rikashiku said on 2/Apr/11
Ayyy. Man he has gotten old but he is still cool to see on the screen. I'd have pegged him at 5'6" too in the happy days.

So Short is cool, we all want to be short! Ayyy
Josh B said on 1/Apr/11
Will, maybe once yeah, but definately not now. If you anything about height you can see that 5"5.5 is correct now.
Will said on 30/Mar/11
Henry Winkler is 5'6 1/2" tall.
voicelessdentalfricative said on 30/Mar/11
I like his mirror image posture
Russ said on 17/Mar/11
Those photos above look fake. The lighting is different on each face

[Editor Rob: Fake?, maybe the flash is higher up or one has sweaty forehead :)]
TruebloodFan said on 11/Mar/11
@Zachary Strobel says on 9/Mar/11
He's still the coolest guy ever despite his height.

ye, this guy rules. love to see him on screen!
Zachary Strobel said on 9/Mar/11
He's still the coolest guy ever despite his height.
Legend said on 5/Jan/11
5'6.5 peak, 5'5 now.
Jennifer said on 5/Jan/11
I KNOW the answer to this question because, "today" I just saw the Fonzie statue in Milwaukee. I am practically the same height at the statue, 5'5".
If you go to You Tube and type in Fonzie Statue, Milwaukee, WI, you can see the clip of Mr. Winkler standing next to the statue. Hence, 5'5"!!
krazy krippled! said on 1/Jan/11
The Fonz was 5'7, but Henry Winkler was at max 5'6, he's always been a tad shorter than average.
RisingForce said on 2/Dec/10
jtm says on 29/Nov/10
stallone was 2 inches taller than winkler in lord of flatbush but he had a footwear advantage.

Uh, they were both in boots, except for actually when Stallone's character goes to get a ring for his girlfriend and I don't think he was in boots in that scene and he's still dressed that way in a scene when the rest are dressed in their normal clothes.

I don't remember a particularly good scene for comparing their heights, if the movie is on youtube can someone post a link to a scene that's good for comparing their heights.
jtm said on 29/Nov/10
stallone was 2 inches taller than winkler in lord of flatbush but he had a footwear advantage.
TJ said on 28/Nov/10
Mr Kaplan, Winkler himself has said this height so it's not a case of anyone here making stuff up. If you think he is the same height as Stallone, maybe you should watch the movie they made together called Lord of Flatbush.
Russ said on 5/Oct/07
I literally bumped into Henry Winkler, face to face, way back in 1975. It was inside the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles. We looked at each other and we both said "excuse me" at the same time. I was 5'9" at that time and Mr. Winkler was at least 2 inches shorter, maybe 3. I believe he had had two female companions that night, which goes to show you that a man's height is not an issue with everyone.
sam said on 2/Sep/07
henry is slouching here, its pretty obvious when looking at the picture
TJ said on 6/Jun/07
Does look to be struggling with 5'5 in that pic.
Anonymous said on 5/Jun/07
Wait a minute! I'm 5-8 and I can't see over the top of anyone's head who is 5-5.5 even if their slouching! Did Glenn grow?
Jon Doe said on 21/May/07
Why is it all you people think it's how tall you are that will make you a better fighter? I mean c'mon there is about a million 5'6 guys out there, my grandfather was 5'6, my gym teacher is 5'6, my guitar teacher is 5'6,and my sister's boyfriend is 5'6.And it's way easier to build muscle when you're shorter I should know I'm only 5'4.The only thing that sucks about being my height is that you're practacally screwed trying to get girls.It seems like as long as you're taller than 5'4 in school then you can still get a girlfriend and being a nice guy and trying your best to be interesting doesn't mean ****.I even have a half sister who I met that said some **** like "he's so small though..." and I was like what the hell did that mean? Her father is even shorter than me thats what was really funny.Anyway it's a good thing they invented drugs.
CJ said on 4/Apr/07
I love this guy, does it really matter how tall "The Fonz" is?
dave said on 19/Mar/07
Lmao. A 5'6'' tough guy - could only be the 1970's.
sam said on 4/Feb/07
winkler is leaning forward a little here. he might be a bit closer to glenn's height if he straightened up more.
Brad said on 9/Dec/06
I still have my unopened bottle in box of "Fonz Bubblebath" I want signed by him. Yeah, I know, I'm a loser. I admit it. "Mr. Winkler could you sign your bubblebath"?
Glenn said on 2/Dec/06
I think he had dress shoes.
Anonymous said on 1/Dec/06
Glenn, what kind of shoes does he have on in the picture? He has been known to wear ridiculous platforms and still appear short.
Glenn said on 1/Nov/06
Forgot that line actually,,havnt veiwed an episode in 20 years.
sf said on 30/Oct/06
Heyeee, sit on it, Glenn!
Dr. Flem said on 28/Oct/06
His GIGANTIC head certainly boosts his height up, he has the body of a bloke who is 5ft3! I'm still not sure than he is 5ft5, awesome dude though, I love him in Waterboy
Anonymous said on 21/Oct/06
Use that scan of Madonna for for dates. I'm telling you it would work miracles. The last date I went on was because of that scan I had. An 11 on a 10 scale in Salt Lake City. Blind date set up.
Glenn said on 10/Oct/06
I hear you Brad.glad to know more about you do get ladies you sly dog! I guess you have social anxiety,no? I get shy too.I messed up so many opportunities with girls due to shyness when I was younger.
Brad said on 10/Oct/06
I like honesty. Hustling is real. I got an Amex Platinum Card but drive a '79 Mustang with 211K on it. I got $11 in my savings account but snap of the finger huge $ with 1 Japanese buyer of what I have in storage units. I'm extreme in each direction poor/rich. I'm driving a Chrysler 300 2006 loaded for $80 a week now from a rental car week I'm on the bus with the brothahs. Extremes hoss! Hey Glenn use that photo of you and Madonna for dates. "This was my ex". It'll work. I'm a dead ringer for her current hubby that in 1 photo my mother thinks its me. I got everybody in my work place thinking I dated her,its great! Read 50 Cent's autobiography, ya gotta do what ya got to do and if somebody open's a can of whup-ass upon you, better tell them it better be family size to win. I could get dates all month long but I'm way too shy. I get hit on every week, but when ya shy you throw the numbers out. I bet Snoop's bodyguard gets more dates. Man, I was scared looking at that guy in the photo. I thought Britney Spears' old BG was a monster.
Glenn said on 6/Oct/06
Thats the best part sf! I LOVE REAL PEOPLE.and your real for admiting your blemishes.Im real cause I know compared to most I know I live lovely,but due to pitfalls in life that wernt my wanting,I never worked real jobs and always hustled.made great money,now Im broke 3 years.oh well.I know ALOT worse around me.I HATE people that think they are hot shit but are losers or assholes in some way.I admired your least I think we are unique people compared to fake,plastic,robotic assholes.Id rather be me than most I see or know.
sf said on 5/Oct/06
Shit, Glenn - you've obviously been living a fairly interesting life, so that aint too bad. And, I haven't even been arguing with you recently, so that's good!
Glenn said on 4/Oct/06
Welcome to the losers club sf.Im the ringmaster.a couple more ladies and a couple more inches,great photos.dont let it fool you.Im still a loser.but compared to some I know,you and I,sf are living it up!
sf said on 3/Oct/06
Count me in as another loser! Lately, I've forgotten what a date is! And, I'm shorter than Glenn! Damn - I'm Fonzie's height...
Anonymous said on 3/Oct/06
sf - oh ok. I thought you were saying fonzie was 5'9. my bad.
Glenn said on 20/Sep/06
No worries Brad.though Im smooth with the ladies,Im the 2nd biggest loser going.
Glenn said on 20/Sep/06
No worries Brad.though I smooth with the ladies,Im the 2nd biggest loser going.
Brad said on 19/Sep/06
5' 6" is short for a guy his age. I hate being tall. I've said that before. I'd rather be 6' 2" and blend in. Impressive? What's it got me? I've been on maybe 2 dates in my life. What life? I'm the biggest loser going.
leonari said on 18/Sep/06
Yeah TJ is right: BRAD take your discriminating bull somewhere else . Fool! Bringing others down was not Rob's intention when creating this site. GET A LIFE...
TJ said on 17/Sep/06
I've noticed on a few occasions Brad that you seem to have a pretty negative and patronising attitude towards short people and take huge delight in the fact that you are tall - as if that's some kind of impressive achievement! Get a life man!
Brad said on 16/Sep/06
2" shorter than a 5' 8" person, man that's short for a guy. He must have worn massive boot heel as Fonz. I bet Chachi could have whupped Fonz.
Glenn said on 15/Sep/06
You know whats weird is,2 of my closest friends have his #.
Glenn said on 15/Sep/06
What else is known for? I only know him for Bunny and Buffalo.
Glenn said on 15/Sep/06
I guess I didnt know as much as J and Rob.whats he like in interveiws Rob?

[Editor Rob: oh, he just seemed a bit 'bizarre' (to me) from listening to some of his interviews talking about his bunny movie...but then some folk probably think I'm bizarre aswell]
J. said on 14/Sep/06
Yeah, Gallo's over-the-top absurdity is pretty much his odd brand of art-house satire. He paints himself as an unapologetic racist and sexist but he used to hang out with a lot of the rappers. He even appeared in a Jay-Z video.
Glenn said on 14/Sep/06
Very sweet and down to earth Gallo is.he told me he is retired.I mentioned if he is still doing music,he said yes.he is so nice,I hate for him to see this site and shoot down his 5-11 claim.

[Editor Rob: interesting, sometimes in interviews I guess people come across differently than in person...]
Glenn said on 14/Sep/06
I have like 4 photos with him.each photo he looks ridiculously short.he and Rob Thomas slouch on purpose.Rob,bumped into Thomas last night again.cant remember what you had him at,but bump him up to 5-9.he had really flat shoes and slouches when posing.Vincent Gallo again too.theres a trick I see do,even Depp,where they have the pants back bottom so low,that it disguises a big heel.I mean Gallo might even be 5-6, 5-7 for crying out loud! hard guy to decipher.seemed 5-9 with the funny pants.

[Editor Rob: gallo seems a bizarre man, what's he actually like though when you see him?]
leonari said on 14/Sep/06
looks more than 2 inches shorter than Glenn...5'5.5" nowadays??
Editor Rob said on 14/Sep/06
The fonz...caught short by glenn.
Editor Rob said on 8/Sep/06
Fresno Bee, 1998 he said "I was really looking for the six-foot area, but I stayed at the five-foot-six-and-a-half mark"
JMG said on 7/Sep/06
Forensic- the bloke behind him is probably slightly taller.
sf said on 8/Aug/06
Wcstats - you misread my e-mail. I said RICHIE, Ron Howard, said he was only 5'9" on the show, not Fonzie. I was responding to Editor Rob's comment that Ron Howard has been described as 5'10". Yes, I've heard and read everywhere that Henry Winkler is about 5'6"..I'm the "anonymous" who said he read an article where Winkler described himself as a "5'6" Jewish guy"...
Glenn said on 7/Aug/06
Saw him again as recent as last month.

[Editor ROb: Aaayyyy!]
Brad said on 6/Aug/06
Frank2 wins the prize: 5' 6" and one of the nicest people in the biz.
Wcstats said on 2/Jun/06
sf- by the way i did see that episode of happy days. It was Richie that said he was 5'9 not the Fonz. Henry winkler in real life is a modest guy and a smart one at that too. I heard he got a masters at yale. He even said himself he was a bit on the short side around 5'6. He does look a few inches shorter than sandler on waterboy so i say 5'6 to 5'6 1/2 is right. Still , one of the coolest guys in my book even if he is only 5'6 1/2
Dave said on 18/Mar/06
I was standing about 5-6 feet away from Henry Winkler on the set of Monte, a very short lived tv series back in the early 1990s. I am 5'10. Id say he was easily 3.5 inches shorter than me. So i would put him at around 5'6 1/2 tall.
sf said on 9/Mar/06
Rob, maybe - but he mentions his height as 5'9" on Happy Days in a very early episode where they are making fake ID's. He even challenges Potsie, who says he's 5'10", telling Potsie that he is not taller than he (Richie) is...

[Editor Rob: yes, just described at 5ft 10 in the past in a book, same book that had spielberg as 5ft 10 ;)...of course Howard never looked it. I bet quite a few people who bumped into the fonz away from that show were surprised how short he looked.]
Anonymous said on 8/Mar/06
Even Winkler, himself, described himself as a "5'6" Jewish guy" in an article I read. He didn't look that short on Happy Days cause he wore boots and everyone else leaned closer to the shorter side - Richie 5'9", Howard 5'8", etc.

[Editor Rob: I think Howard has been mentioned as high as 5ft 10 in the past...]
Frank2 said on 8/Mar/06
Correctamundo! He's exactly 5'6". He's also one of the nicest people in the biz.
CelebHeights Editor said on 18/Dec/05
In a 1999 article, it mentioned, "the 5ft 6.5in of his mentor [Henry Winkler]"
sam said on 18/Nov/05
I saw him in the lobby after a play he did with Jason Ritter years ago. He was very short in person: 5'6" sounds about right.
Russ said on 17/Nov/05
I bumped into Henry Winkler (literally) in the Roxy club, Hollywood , way back in the 70's. I'm barely 5'9". I was kinda surprised that he was at least a few inches shorter than me. But apparantly his lack of height didn't matter. He had 2 women with him!

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