Ian McShane's Height
5ft 7 (170.2 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)
British actor best known for TV series like Lovejoy and Deadwood. In the Daily Mail he mentioned how tall he was, saying "I could have always done with an extra couple of inches. I'm talking about my height, of course. I'm 5ft 8in."
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Average Guess (11 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 7.34in (171cm)
Current: 5ft 6.3in (168.4cm)
Mon said on 17/Jul/19
He had real acting ability, superb voice, and the looks. Slightly below the cut off point for lead role height. If he had been just a single inch taller his career would have been very different. Someone said he came across as arrogant, well that is because of the parts he got, he was too good looking for them. The bad guy is supposed to be big and uglier than the hero. Great in Sewers of Gold, you really don't notice how small he is next to Warren Clarke
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
I spoke too soon when I said that the humour had stopped after the opening Viking scene was over, as regards 'American Gods'. Ian's rather disconcertingly knowledgeable character of Mr Wednesday sits next to Shadow Moon on an aeroplane, and starts up a conversation. He knows EVERYTHING about him; his past, his present, his fears - the lot! Imagine just getting out of prison, flying for the first time, and meeting a little old short-@rse who, albeit very friendly, simply takes over your life, offering employment, a listening ear and the sort of security that one freshly released from a penitentiary system could only dream about?
I am only on episode 2, yet it would seem that Amazon's recommendation is not an unfounded one.
I saw Ian standing next to the 6ft1 Ricky (Shadow Moon), and I thought he looked about 5ft3! I have no alternative than to cut Ian's estimate right down to 5ft5, and go for 5ft7 for his peak height. I am beginning to think the Logan way! 😉👍
Beau said on 31/May/19
My dad's company installed a skylight in his Venice Beach home during the Deadwood years and spent quite a bit of time talking to him. My father was not even quite 5'7" at the time and was pretty sure he was barely more than 5'5" and marveled how he didn't look it on the TV show.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/May/19
I am wondering, Logan, if you have nailed it there, with your 5ft5 or so for today's height because he didn't half look small in 'American Horror Story' Season Two, 'Asylum'!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/May/19
Ian starred as an evil piece of work in 'American Horror Story' Season Two, 'Asylum', first shooting Santa Claus, then going on a killing spree and finally, ending up locked away in that mental institution.
He pinches Santa's red onesie, and looks so short in it, he could pass for an elf in the wrong coloured romper suit!
I'm afraid after what I saw last night, I have to give this naughty, unwashed elf no more than 5ft6.25 for his present day height. Peak? More like 5ft7.5. Ian never fails to surprise in his acting roles.
Logan M Barringer said on 18/May/19
Wrong. Peak height for McShane at most was 5'6". Probably more 5'5" nowadays.
Paul Wood said on 3/Oct/18
I don't think he was ever 5ft 8in after early in the mornings. I think his peak height was 172cm (5ft 7.7in) at most. Many people of that height will round up to 5ft 8in as they're closer to that height than they are to 5ft 7in. I do understand why people round up or down. If someone is too precise when reporting their height, it comes across that they have a complex or obsession about it.
David said on 25/Nov/17
Probably 5ft 5. He is tiny in John Wick even with high heels. Also short next to 5ft 9 Richard Burton in Villain.
Anonymous said on 8/Sep/17
I think may be he was 5.8 in his 20s but lost height due to age,now he claims to b 5.8.He could b 5.6 now he is older and doesn't want to admit it.A lot of men r 5.5 to 5.6 but pass themselves off as 5.8 to 5.9
Anonymous said on 8/Sep/17
I think maytbe he was 5.8 in his 20s but lost height due to age,now he claims to b 5.8.He could b 5.6 now he is older and doesn't want to admit it.A lot of men r 5.5 to 5.6 but pass themselves off as 5.8 to 5.9
said on 6/Sep/17
Has he always been 5.8 even in his younger days?
Editor Rob: not sure he really looked 5ft 8 range in his 40's
Arch Stanton said on 5/Sep/17
Yes, over 3 inches shorter than Oliver Reed, this seems about right.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Sep/17
I've seen quite a few films of his from late 60s and early 70s of late and something really cocky and dislikable about him. Don't like him.
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Mar/17
@ Arch Stanton - It was in the 1970's that this guy played Judas Iscariot in the excellent 'Jesus of Nazareth'.
He even deceived us then with the hair colour! It should have been red!
Arch Stanton said on 19/Mar/17
In looking he had on big cowboy boots even in that film and looked no more than 5 ft 8 or 9. So 5'7.5 barefoot quite believable.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Mar/17
I thought he looked 5'8-9 in If its Tuesday in the late 60s. Something seedy about him even back then.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Nov/16
I can remember an edition of 'Have I Got News for You' back in the 90's which had Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey guesting. They were making fun of Ian McShane's diminutive height! In fact, they were pranking around so much that they scored no points whatsoever and they were proud of it! They were honoured to have the first ever zero score!
They said Ian was 5ft8 and that he was a midget! It was ever so funny!
James said on 21/Oct/16
He was too old to play Lovejoy.
outi said on 19/Mar/16
Tall on not, He's the best in tv-history. Lovejoy Forever.
heyarnold said on 15/Mar/16
He used to come into a shop i worked in quite a few times with his wife, definitely looks 5'7, I was a little bit taller than at 5'10, he didn't seem that smaller than I did.
Larry said on 31/Oct/15
Yes, in the novels Lovejoy was in his 20s.
Sam said on 26/Oct/15
Looked around 5'7" at most by Liev Schreiber and Katie Holmes on Ray Donovan.
James said on 13/Oct/14
It was Sylvia Kristel who said she was told that if McShane had been a few inches taller he could have had a career like Sean Connery's. I used to like watching him as Lovejoy even though he was far too old for the part.
Get Shorty said on 14/Oct/13
I met Ian McShane when I worked in a bank. I'm five ten. Ian looked shorter, I would think five seven max. Interestingly I read an article about him many years ago, in which he said he might have been a top Hollywood star if he'd been six two. I don't think he's done that badly, he's very well known for a Brit in Hollywood. He can't be any taller than Tom Cruise and it's never held Tom back.
Bad golfer said on 22/May/13
I met Ian many times at my workplace and 5.75" is about spot on correct.
Dino said on 17/Jun/11
I walked past him in London about 11 years ago. I was shocked to see how short he was as I am only 5'10 myself. 5'6 tops
guyfrommars said on 25/Jan/11
He looked shorter than 5'7.5" plus heels Linda Gray in Dallas. Also, he wore boots with big chunky heels in the Space: 1999 episode he guest starred in.
said on 10/Dec/10
Fourth picture along from the bottom.
This would also put Johnny Depp at about 5'9.5 in his Captain Jack Boots.
D. Ray Morton said on 26/Mar/08
5'7". Met him today.
Robin said on 30/Nov/07
I was an extra on Lovejoy
Schnouzer Breath said on 5/Oct/07
Probably 5-7ish tops, remember from watching Lovejoy in the 90's (great show and he's a great actor BTW) he usually had boots on, and was always shorter than costars, including shorter than many ladies.
Robin said on 16/Sep/07
I would say 5ft7.5 is about right. I've met him and I would say he is a couple of inches shorter than my 5ft9.75.
Chris said on 19/Aug/07
This guy is a tough one. I always thought he was of average height, but in some recent pictures he looks shorter.
Mr Gumby said on 14/Sep/06
Watching The ITV3 Showing of the Lovejoy episodes from 1993, Mr McShane does appear to be around 5'9. I'm not sure this is all down to his cowboy boots however, as in one scene where he is sitting with his feet resting on a table we can clearly see that the boots are very worn probably adding only an inch or two to his height. I suspect a clever use of camera angles and maybe some lifts have given him his extra inches, as when standing he appeared to be only slightly shorter than co-star Dudley Sutton who stands around 6'0.
[Editor Rob: I was channel flicking the other day and did catch some and I can see that he doesn't come across quite this short...in fact he was in converse all stars the ep I caught! maybe he has lost a cm or 2 since then]
CelebHeights Editor said on 4/Oct/05
I received an email from somebody who had worked beside Ian:
"I stood next to him several times when he worked on a tv series in the 80's. There is no way he is 5'8. I am 5'6 and when McShane would show up for work in tennis shoes he was about 5'7 at the most - just barely taller than I was. When he goes out he almost always wears boots with heels which is why he's shown as 5'8 or 5'9 in many bios"
Bill said on 9/May/05
Cowboy boots with lifts perhaps? dangerous to walk in, and he does have an odd gait.
Bill said on 7/May/05
Check the 1969 film "battle of Britain" he plays a young fighter pilot and he doesn't seem anywhere near 5-9 in that.
[Editor Rob: I'm really starting to suspect this guy's feetwear is as dodgy as some of LoveJoy's antique deals]
Lmeister said on 5/May/05
Good one Bill = ) I had forgotten Ian, but I just saw an old episode of Lovejoy in some pub scenes he was obviously shorter than all the other guys around...I think his trick to look 5'9''is his boots without them he is 5'7''...
[Editor Rob: Maybe he's another one who has grown since hitting it big Stateside...or maybe his shoes have hit the big time...]
Bill said on 5/May/05
It was a joke on the set of Lovejoy that everyone was taller than him, perhaps not the funniest joke in the world but accurate.
said on 18/Feb/05
I think you were right when U thought that he is 5 ft 8 in max just take a look at the pic...Claire Danes is around 5 ft 5 in and Ian is also obviously shorter than Topher Grace...btw Ian is wearing boots all the timeIan and Clare in heels