How tall was Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis Height

6ft 0 (182.9 cm)

British Singer, remembered for Joy Division. In his biography, a reader tells me his wife said he was 'tall, about 6ft 3'.

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Average Guess (18 Votes)
6ft 1.18in (185.9cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Oct/18
Yeah I agree with Jake....this guy needs a boost. I think a good 184cm at least and he may very well have been 185cm.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 30/Sep/18
Maybe. Week 6ft 1, Rob? He looked like a lanky guy.
John jahoosevelt said on 3/Sep/18
Definitely taller than 6
John jahoosevelt said on 3/Sep/18
Definitely taller than 6
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Jun/16
He reminds me a lot of Nicholas Hoult in those photos. Proportionally he looks like a big 190cm bloke.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/May/16
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Another photo of him just dwarfing his band mates. Honestly, you'd think he was 6ft4 going by that picture!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Mar/16
There just isn't an awful lot to go by and not only because of his passing but because Joy Division weren't active very long. But he did always look impressively tall beside the others, sort of like how Tony Hadley used to look with the other members of Spandau Ballet or Martin Fry with ABC. A 6ft guy wouldn't be able to pull that off...and I doubt the other members of JD are actually that short. I wouldn't argue with a 6ft1 listing.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 16/Feb/16
Maybe around 6ft 1in, then? Could that be stronger? He's an icon of mine, incidentally. Frontman of the finest ever band.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/16
That second picture of him standing behind Peter Hook, especially. He really can give a 6ft2-3 impression
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Feb/16
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Rob, the other members of Joy Division must be considerably below average because he looks huge beside them. I'm not saying he was 6ft3 but he could definitely fool most into thinking he was...
Editor Rob: they may well be, he could look or give a 6ft 2 impression at times in photos.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jan/16
Weak 6ft1 range for sure.
tk said on 16/Dec/15
A few years ago, I stood 15 feet away from Peter Hook after an avant premiere of Control. He seemed around 5'8''-5'8.5''.

Looking at photos of the band, I have always guessed Ian to be somewhere around the 6'1'' - 6'2'' mark.

This listing probably needs an upgrade but we can't be sure now and it really doesn't matter anyway. He was one of a kind.
Jake:1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 26/Oct/15
Yeah, I think he needs an upgrade here.
ryan said on 17/Oct/15
There is no way Curtis was only 6'.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Feb/15
He actually does look very tall and gangly in some pictures.
Reminds me a bit of Matthew Goode.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 1/Jan/15
Yes, I think nearer 6ft 1in was very possible. What do you think, Rob?
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure, hard to find as much with him and other people.]
New waver said on 21/Dec/14
Ian was closer to 6'3". Everyone says he was very tall in person, and in the band photos he is always slouching, quite dramatically. He towered over the other band members.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/14
His height was a bit of an illusion. 6ft3 does seems a bit out there but who knows?

He'll be 35 years dead next May.
Jake: 1.84 m- 1.85 m said on 13/Oct/14
I think he could look around 6ft 1in/1.85 m.
George said on 22/Sep/14
@truth178cm judging by the photo if Ian is 6' then Peter looks only 5'5"
tizgane said on 13/May/14
In Peter Hook's recent book we can find a photo of some document of him (ID or smth). There's a info, that he's 1,75 - so Ian's about 187-88 imo
Elizabeth said on 22/Jan/14
Hi Jake, Please do follow me on twitter! I wax poetic on Ian and his poetry.
Bakura said on 1/Jan/14
@truth178cm- Morris and Hook are both slouching in that photo, I think Morris is a solid 5'10 and Hooky a 5'8er like Sumner, Curtis was around 6'1.
Elizabeth said on 29/Dec/13
Thanks, Jake! I talk about Joy Division and Ian on twitter a lot, @elizabethbracy.
Elizabeth said on 14/Dec/13
Ian was 6'1. He is also the most gifted lyricist of all time and the most authentic front man of all time. We'll never see the likes of him again.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Oct/13
"Ian Curtis's height is 6ft 3in (191cm)"

In boots....I think 6ft0.5/184cm is possible. The other Joy Division members were pretty short.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Aug/13
He towered over the other members of Joy Division.
Probably could give the illusion of being 6ft3.

6ft1 range is possible, in my opinion.
truth178cm said on 18/Jul/13
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Based on that pic I would say Curtis 183cm, Sumner 173cm, Morris 175cm, Hook 170cm. Looks quite a lot taller.
truth178cm said on 18/Jul/13
If he is listed as 6ft1, I think he is a solid 6ft ( scrapes 6ft1 probably in the morning). Other members of the band looked about 5ft8-5ft10 in old videos.
Anon said on 19/Sep/12
Between 6'1 and 6'2
jake, 1.82 m- 1.83 m said on 28/Nov/11
Awesome voice, awesome lyrics, unique (and awesome) band.
tk said on 28/Nov/11
It's hard to tell now but he always gave me the impression that he's taller than that, maybe somewhere between 6'1 and 6'2. It doesn't matter anyway. Unique voice, unique lyrics, unique band.
jake, 1.82 m said on 25/Oct/11
6ft 0.5in (184 cm) Rob?
ian said on 29/Jul/11
in many photos, he seems quite taller than other members.
min 183cm.
Red said on 13/May/11
@Karina- Bernard Sumner is 5'8", the same as Peter Hook. New Order Online confirms this, and in his Electronic days he was exactly the same height as 5'8" listed Johnny Marr. Morris is indeed 5'10" None of them seem to have shrank by very much, if at all, in their advanced years. Ian Curtis, on the other hand, seems to be a variable; he looks 6'1" in some photos and 6'3" in others; I guess we'll never really know for sure.
Anonymous said on 25/Oct/08
he looked a "little bit taller" than you? 4 inches is not a little bit taller. he seems about 6'0
komackino said on 28/Jul/06
He was about 6'0, maybe 6'1. He had long arms.
alex said on 28/Mar/06
My naibor had the chance to see the band live in 1979, he told me Ian was a little bit taller then me(I'm 5'8), so he probably was 6'0.
cendrin rovini said on 6/Nov/05
183cm seems alright for the poet of sad teenage days... Gone too soon...
Karina said on 26/Sep/05
I think he was about 6'0 or so...I highly doubt that he was 6'3.
If you listen to his singing voice, it's quite deep so someone might think he's really tall, but compared to the other members of Joy Division, he's not that tall.
Judging by Joy Division pictures, I'm guessing that Ian was 6'0, Stephen could be 5'10 or so, Peter Hook could be about 5'8 or so and Bernard may 5'6 or 5'7-ish?
Scott said on 2/May/05
Not a chance in the world he was 6'3. He probably looked bigger in comparison to his Joy Division band mates as all of New Order are soldily under the 5'10 mark ...

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