How tall was Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes Height

6ft 3 (190.5 cm)

American film producer, director and pilot best remembered for directing Hell's Angels and The Outlaw and producing films such as Scarface, Jet Pilot, The Las Vegas Story, Behind the Rising Sun and Sons of Sinbad. In 1972, he stated his height was almost 6ft 4 in an interview. At age 18 he claimed 6 feet 2.

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Average Guess (14 Votes)
6ft 3.07in (190.7cm)
Slim 6'1" said on 23/Jan/21
In 6’2.5 territory
slim 6'1 said on 17/Jan/21
189-189.5cm, I agree with rampage that Leo was a terrible choice to play him. I know willes is seeing a therapist to complain that he’s too tall and what for? Therapists are kinda expensive...
Willes190 said on 7/Aug/20
Well, that passport changes everything... Maybe he grew until he was 19-20? It is possible after all. Looking at photos of him in his 20s and 30s 6ft2 flat seems too low, but maybe 6ft2.5-6ft2.75 is possible?
Jeff2000 said on 6/May/20
I link the scan of his passport which stated he was 6’2”/188cm at 18 years old. Click Here
Editor Rob
That's interesting he said 6ft 2 at age 18.
Canson said on 11/Feb/20
He didn’t shrink two inches
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Mar/18
I think 191-192cm is arguable and 193cm out of bed.

I can believe his claim was maybe an early morning measurement
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Mar/18
Apparently he weighed 90lbs when he died! Imagine that at 6ft3
Canson said on 27/Feb/18
@Slim: he hasn’t compared him to anyone. That’s just him he upgrades everyone. The same way he claims Christian and I downgrade taller guys, he upgrades guys especially those around his height of 6’2 and above to make himself believe he’s a more “normal” height in his mind and not a strong 6’2” (which by the way is a very normal height and a damn good height still yet he thinks it’s too tall and is in therapy for it). In other words a normal 6’2” guy who claims it is “6’3” in his mind. Notice how very tall for most people here is 6’3 and for him it’s precisely 191cm? Because he’s 190 range out of bed he doesn’t want to fall into that category.
Slim said on 10/Sep/17
Willes188, who have you compared his guy to?
Willes188 said on 31/Aug/17
He certainly looked a good cm over 190cm in his youth.
Willes188 said on 22/Aug/17
6'3.25 Rob ?
Slim 181 cm said on 26/Jun/17
RampageClover, who told you DiCaprio wore lifts in the aviator? Do you have pictures? Yes his foot looked oddly shaped while wearing those canvas shoes but still.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Jun/17
DiCaprio was a terrible choice to play him. Even with lifts he failed to capture his looming presence. Really a guy like Lee Pace would have been better.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/May/17
Similar build to Sacha Baron Cohen...I think he may have been a strong 6ft3
Willes188 said on 13/May/17
He was almost 6'4.. this downgrade is a joke
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/14
I think the 6'3.75 was probably a shoe measurement.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/14
I read a good review of Hell's Angels which compares Hawks to James Cameron in that technically and action wise it's masterful but the acting and screenplay neglected and mediocre. Avatar was much like that.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/14
Rob can you upload Click Here (a good one for proportions) and update with Eccentic American film producer, director and pilot who directed Hell's Angels and The Outlaw and produced for films like Scarface, Jet Pilot, The Las Vegas Story, Behind the Rising Sun and Sons of Sinbad.
[Editor Rob: I think the almost 6ft 4 was probably too high for him. ]
Sam said on 27/Oct/14
Yeah that's what I see Maio, 6'2.5". There's pretty much now way he could look that close to Cary Grant and be 6'3.75"...the shorter listed Jimmy Stewart had more height on Grant than Hughes.
Sam said on 22/Apr/14
Rob, would you agree he doesn't look 6'3.75" with Cary Grant?

In the past, on the other hand, I recall having seen a video of Hughes standing near John Wayne and not looking much shorter. Can't find that now.
[Editor Rob: there's not many great photos of them, he can look taller, how much is harder to say.]
Greg said on 29/Nov/13
Sam, great image. If CG was around 6'1" peak then Hughes looks around 6', but that doesn't compute with other long shot images of Hughes where he does look very tall indeed.
Sam said on 25/Jun/13
There's no way he was 6'3.75" unless Grant is standing on a stool!:
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Jack said on 25/Jul/11
I stood in front of Howard Hughes in Las Vegas outside of the Mint Hotel. I am 5"4" and he stood about a foo taller. That would make him about 6'4". A photograph was taken of Howard Hughes standing in front of a black Cadillac Limo with Levar B. Myler (a senior penthouse aide) to his left and John H. Meier ( a business manager and participant in Watergate) to his right. In the Cadillac's front passenger seat sat John M. Holmes Jr. (another senior penthouse aide) A complete description can see if you search for Levar B. Myler.
Mathew said on 17/Mar/11
PatB says on 3/Aug/10
Well whatever he was in real life he has been doomed to be portrayed by much shorter men in the movies.

lol, what a curse.
Robert Jay said on 24/Dec/10
I recall a TV documentary that showed Hughes' pilot's license and the numbers 6"-3" and 150 lbs. stand out in my mind. Addicted to pain killers since a 1946 plane crash, and weakened from a poor diet, peeing into mason jars was his only option. Perhaps he had kidney stones and saved the jars to detect if the stones had passed.
Demetrius J. Justice said on 28/May/07
In the book, Citizen Hughes,the author-Michael Drosnin- claims that H.Hughes was 6ft6.Looking at pictures of him surrounded by people, most of them barely reach his shoulders.
ForensicNYC said on 9/Aug/06
The original AVIATOR looks 6'3" in his prime...
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A very sad ending...
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Jonathan said on 16/Feb/06
my grampa worked in one of his film, as a camera man and said that he was a tal one but more like 6'-2 not 6.375, my grampa use to be 5'10 now he looks 5'8ish maybe 5'9

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