How tall is Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 9 ½ (176.5 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films like The Shining, Batman, Easy Rider, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets, The Departed and Anger Management. Carol Kane once said in Screen Stories Magazine: "Jack prefers the actresses with whom he works to be on the short side. I wasn't tall, so I was immediately in. The reason for this is that he is no more than five foot seven or so himself. When he has no other choice but to play opposite a lanky actress, he will wear elevator shoes"

In a 1994 book 'Jack's Life', the author mentioned how "he stopped growing at fine nine and a half.""
He's no heavy. I could take him with one hand. He's a balding, middle-aged, midget. Did you know he was only five foot seven?
-- Oliver Reed

How tall is Jack Nicholson
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Jack is my favourite actor of all time so I was really excited about going to this party. I was shocked by how small he seemed. I'm 5ft 4in and it felt as if he was only just taller than me.
-- Hazel O'Connor

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Average Guess (156 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.3in (176cm)
Current: 5ft 8.01in (172.7cm)
Jtm said on 29/Apr/23
he looked fairy short at the recent lakers game. i wouldn't guess over 5'6 but it was nice to see him again. he looked like he was enjoying himself.
Andrew Lawrence said on 18/Apr/23
He was taller than Michael Keaton🙄
Arch Stanton said on 15/Apr/23
He was a bit shorter than Greg Kinnear in As Good As it Gets. He was what 57 or 58 at the time?
Sandy Cowell said on 31/Mar/23
@ QM6’1.5”QM - Ha ha! I have both of the films you mentioned feet away from me! I’ve seen Jack six times at the pictures - those that spring immediately to mind. I love the guy - so watchable, and both my parents loved him too.

5ft9.75 peak and 5ft 8 today.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Mar/23
He looked about 5 ft 10 in the 60s and 70s I thought. Same with Richard Burton but both probably around 5'9.5. I can't see 5 ft 9 flat, 5 ft 8 is silly.
QM6'1.5"QM said on 5/Mar/23
No less than 5'9" in «One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest». One of my favourite.
A solid 5'9" impression in "The Shining" (1980).

1937 let us two great, smart, immortal artists – Jack and George Carlin!
Costa said on 4/Feb/23
I think he was 5’8” in the 70’s and nowhere near 5’9.5”.
bmb said on 16/Dec/22
It certainly looks very unlikely that he would measure anything under 5ft 9 in his prime for sure. 5ft 9.25 would be the least i could argue. Even though he does have the body proportions and the face of someone, that could be shorter. A Jack Nicholson in standard dress shoes looks noticeably taller than Shelly Duvall in 2-inch heels in The Shining.
Sandy Cowell said on 11/Dec/22
I’ve seen a fair few of Jack’s films at the pictures, and loved them all except for Batman. I even saw a special showing of Easy Rider in a West End cinema after work when I was 19. It was showing with a film called The Trip, with Peter Fonda, who also starred in Easy Rider. Both actors were in top form. Then I saw The Shining three times in a week, the Witches of Eastwick, which my Mum loved when I showed it to her on the TV, and of course, Batman. Superhero films are rarely my cup of tea and I promptly fell asleep! What a waste of money!

5ft9.5 peak and 5ft8 today.
Billy N said on 27/Sep/22
@Editor Rob,

Do you think he was a strong 5'9 or weak 5'8 in the shining?
Editor Rob
Was watching some behind scenes clips a few weeks ago, and I don't think Jack looked under 5ft 9 on the set of The Shining.
jokey said on 24/Sep/22
@Rob any chance that he was 5'9.75 at his peak? He was eye to eye with louise fletcher, sometimes he edged her out in that cuckoo's nest film. He gave me a solid 177cm impression in that film, extremely close to 5'10.
Editor Rob
I can see how close they looked.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Jul/22
A few nights ago, I wanted to see bits of the Live Aid 1985 concert, and that included watching a rather stoned-out trio of Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. They came on well towards the end, and it was no mystery how they’d been filling their waiting time! 🥴🥴🥴 I looked at my boyfriend and he at me, and we burst into fits of hysterical giggles! 😂😂📺🎶

One thing that I didn’t recall was that Jack Nicholson introduced the guys. As usual, his posture was good and he could even have passed for 5ft10.
The Batman 97808 said on 7/Jul/22
Could Nicholson have been 5'10 peak? He had about an half inch on 5'9 Michael Keaton plus he was about 51 during filming so he had probably shrunk a little bit at that time.

Peak: 5'10

Today 5'8
Voorhees Myers said on 1/Jul/22
Was known for using very generous heel shoes. I bet barefoot he was never over 5-8.
berta said on 23/Jun/22
perfect liting. 176-177 peak.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Mar/22
During my weeks away, I watched ‘The Shining’ and wanted to compare and contrast it to the far truer-to-the-book elongated Stephen King’s version, but I could only play the final part as the rest of my old DVD is unwatchable.

However, I saw enough to say that I preferred Jack’s take on Jack Torrance, though Steven Weber is still good. Jack Nicholson plays such an incredible ‘nutcase’, and is funny with it. Not surprisingly, I saw Stanley Kubrick’s version three times in a week, and I saw Jack in ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ when it came out and a special showing of ‘Easy Rider’ in London’s West End when I was 19 - all great stuff.

Now for his height: Jack has starred with some tall people during his career, but his physique is such that he can be taken for a highly respectable 5ft10 or just under at the peak of his career so I will settle for 5ft9.5 for his peak and 5ft8.25.
for his height today.

Jack Nicholson is FANTASTIC, and I have another biker film of his. ‘Hell’s Angels On Wheels’, to watch as soon as I get round to it. 🏍
BoobleGooble said on 3/Feb/22
Looked short in Last Detail,but otherwise he seemed average.In my opinion 5'9.25/176cm peak and just under 5'8" now
Tall Sam said on 11/Jan/22
In The Last Tycoon he and Robert De Niro have a couple scenes and there’s not much between them, I’d be surprised if Nicholson eked out a quarter inch there, although there are times when Nicholson has seemed the taller man.
BGeez said on 10/Jan/22
I agree, if he was 5'9.5 back in the day I don't think he'd be called small or described as 5'7. Nearer 5'8 for peak.
Rich Paul said on 7/Sep/21
I sort of doubt Nicholson was ever taller than 5-8 because he’s at least an inch shorter than Perry Lopez in Chinatown. Lopez was around 5-9. I know because I met him many years ago. Nice man. He thought that was his best part. I agree. Seeing how much weight Nicholson has put on, I doubt he’s anymore than 5-7 these day.
A Lawrence said on 3/Aug/21
Not much difference in height with Michael Keaton.
ADAM VARCO said on 3/Aug/21
Peak: 5'9.75"
Sinclair said on 17/Jul/21
Rob, how tall would you say American actor Bruce Glover was at peak?

I thought he must have been at least 5’10” as he seemed to edge out 5’9.5” Nicholson in Chinatown. Glover also held up rather well against 6’2” Putter Smith in Diamonds Are Forever. However, in a Hart to Hart episode, Glover looked approximately two inches shorter than 5’11” Robert Wagner!
Editor Rob
well in his 70's Glover was shorter than myself, but 2 inch loss by then was possible, maybe 5ft 9 peak
Larrythekingxd said on 11/May/21
I think 176cm is really fair claim for this legend at his peak.
Alfie said on 29/Mar/21
He looked at least an inch taller than Michael Keaton in Batman (89), and both were wearing lifts; Jack with heeled shoes and Michael with boots. By then, Jack was 52 and had probably started to shrink a little.
I’d argue Keaton was a strong 5’9 at his peak and Jack still edged him out. I’d go 5’10 for Jack’s peak, 5’10.5 max. Nowadays about 5’8, maybe a bit more.
MaskDeMasque said on 21/Mar/21
He looks taller than 5'9 flat peak. 5'9.5 or 5'9.25 for Jack.
ChaosControl 6'2 1/2 said on 27/Jan/21
@houss I bet you bet ten grand that Oliver claims 6’1 or more/ thinks of himself as a legit big man
houss said on 25/Jan/21
He's no heavy. I could take him with one hand. He's a balding, middle-aged, midget. Did you know he was only five foot seven?
-- Oliver Reed
I taped olvier reed height on google waiting for a 6'6" or 6'7" billed height , but guess what -_- 5'11 -_-
Genau said on 24/Jan/21
176 peak 172 now
David duFresne said on 31/Dec/20
I would guess around Rob's height more than what is listed. He looked shortish in every movie I ever saw him in. Optimistically, he could have been 5'9 1/2 in the morning and shrunk down to 5'9 flat, but no more. He looked shorter or at best the same height as 5'8 Shelly Duvall. Having read the book, he didn't quite look the way I would have pictured Jack Torrance to look in part because of his height. He had a big frame for a shorter guy and a commanding presence so people overestimate.
cmillz said on 19/Oct/20
Okay early on he was wearing normal dress shoes, but I could’ve sworn I remember him wearing some pretty good-sized boots later in the film.
cmillz said on 16/Oct/20
Wasn’t he wearing thick boots in The Shining? Don’t really remember anymore though.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Oct/20
@ Arch Stanton - Hi there Arch! In 'One Flew Over....', Jack was definitely his peak height and 5 years later, when he made 'The Shining', he still looked his optimum height, the same as in 'Easy Rider' from 1969, which I saw at a special showing in the West End in 1980 with 'The Trip', two brilliant Peter Fonda films together.

I wouldn't dismiss 5ft10 for Jack's peak, but I'm going with 5ft9.75. For today's height, Jack gets 5ft8.

Cheers Arch! 😁👍 XXX
Arch Stanton said on 12/Oct/20
Was Oliver pissed off because Jack stole his missus or drunk or acted him under the table or something? It rather reminds me of the Freddie Prinze Jr comment. A clash of egos methinks. Nicholson could often look 5 ft 10 ish in his films, definitely not short range for the period. I don't know though if he ever wore lifts, I've never spotted anything sus.
cmillz said on 11/Oct/20
A legit 5’9.5” guy wouldn’t get called 5’7 by people.

5’8 max peak
Keith 5'10 said on 6/Sep/20
In The Departed and Anger Management he looked comfortably 5'9".
Hulk.23 said on 24/Aug/20
A strong 5’9 for his peak I think might be fairer than 5’9.5..perhaps 1/4 inche shorter. Today 5’8 seems fair
Rob fan said on 23/Jul/20
Jack Nicholson was a solid 1.77m barefoot back then nothing less nothing more not even a mm less or more. He looked same height maby a bit shorter next to 5ft8 range females with long heels while he was in shoes.
Keith Bacchus said on 9/Jun/20
I cant see him under 5 foot 9
Alex 6'0 said on 28/May/20
At his age a 2 inch loss is very likely
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Apr/20
🎁🎂🎈🎊 Happy Birthday Jack! 🎊🎈🎂🎁

The lovable Jack Nicholson celebrates his Birthday today. Let's wish this Golden Great a fabulous time! 🏆📀

When Jack made 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' in 1975, he was described as a 38-year-old male. He must have been that age too, because now the figures have been switched round as today, 45 years on, Jack turns 8️⃣3️⃣ - WOW! Isn't it frightening how the time just zooms by? 🕰️⏳🎬

I've been fortunate enough to see Jack on the Silver Screen 14 times. I saw 'The Shining' 3 times in a week in 1980, and in that same year, I was privileged to see a special showing in London's West End one evening (with two of my mates) of 'Easy Rider' coupled with Peter Fonda's 'The Trip'. Like a fish out of water, I ambled along to catch Jack play the Joker in 'Batman', which isn't my normal type of film at all and I nodded off towards the end, but I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Witches of Eastwick' in Beckenham one evening in 1987 after work. Then there was the sad but beautiful movie, which almost slipped my mind, called 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' which I caught with my then boyfriend's curly-haired, fun-packed brother, Rob, in 1981. Jack starred with the adorable Jessica Lange and I openly cried at the end of that movie; all the other visits to the cinema were to see the rock opera 'Tommy'; Jack plays the suave, handsome and flirtatious Specialist in that film and the year was 1976, but it was made in 1975.

I think it's a fair assumption to say that I've very likely seen Jack at the cinema more times than any other star. He came over as tall to me - never just average, but then his confidence and larger-than-life characters contributed to that. I wouldn't have thought he was much below 5ft11 owing to said confidence. When you see him with Shelley Duvall walking into the Overlook Hotel in 'The Shining', he doesn't come over as anything but tall. Mind you, I thought Shelley was about 5ft8, (I'll double check that later), and Jack is taller than her in her boots, adding still more fuel to my fire that Jack had to be tallish.

He was superior in height to all three witches in 'The Witches of Eastwick' too, and they aren't exactly pint-sized!

So before I get carried away yet further, I'd better get round to casting my votes. I've given enough evidence to back up why I thought Jack Nicholson was taller than average, so I refuse to go lower than 5ft10 for his peak. Eh, to me that's quite tall, and realistically, it's high average. For nowadays, Jack will get 5ft8.5.


Frank R said on 12/Apr/20
In ‘As Good As It Gets’ (1997), Jack Nicholson appears to be about 1.5” shorter than the 5’9.5” Greg Kinnear. That would have made him about 5’8” flat, back then. So, I’d say that Nicholson’s absolute peak height was probably 5’9.5” to 5’10”.
Jkiller said on 18/Feb/20
Peak height was around 5'9.5, 176-177cm. Nowadays 5'8 seems accurate
Nik Ashton said on 28/Jan/20
He’s always been pretty average!
Jtm said on 25/Jan/20
he did look taller than Keaton in batman but I also question Keaton's height and Nicholson could have wore lifts because joker is 6'4. all I know is that he looked even shorter than Malcolm McDowell did with mary Steenburgen.
Tall Sam said on 24/Jan/20
I wouldn't go down to 5'7" but there's a chance that Nicholson peaked closer to 5'9" than a half over it, Robert De Niro looked similar back in The Last Tycoon, Art Garfunkel looked to edge him out in Carnal Knowledge and Bruce Dern pretty much towered him in The King of Marvin Gardens. On the hand, he looked the same or edged out Michael Keaton in Batman and even looked 5'9" range near his The Departed co-stars, so maybe he's just a guy who didn't lose much height, despite the 1.5 inch loss listed here.
Jtm said on 21/Jan/20
MikeW said on 24/Feb/07
I would evisit the 5'-7" height. Look at him in Goin' South with Nary Steenburgen (listed as 5'-8"). Assume he is wearing cowboy boots and they are still the same height.
When they are seated together on the wagon he is clearly shorter. Women usually have shorter upper bodies, longer legs. I saw the movie and was surprised at how short he appeared. Click Here

rob have you seen goin south? I didn't take the comment seriously till I watched it a couple days ago and that poster had a point. I still wouldn't go as low as 5'7 peak but I would at least downgrade his height to 5'8.5.
Editor Rob
I could see how he looked 5ft 9 (which is always a figure that is possible peak), but I believe he looked taller than how I did beside an ageing Christpher lloyd.
Hollingsworth said on 1/Nov/19
5’8” minimum. Could easily get away with claiming 5’10” in his prime.
Bradley said on 31/Oct/19
Weak 5-8 in '19...that's if he stands straight.
daad1234 said on 30/Aug/19
Looks a bit taller than this.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Aug/19
Re: The scene from room 237 in The Shining:

I've heard of a woman going through 'The Change', but this is taking things to a new level! 😲
179cm guy said on 25/Jun/19
Rob, now that he's eighty-two and retired I think that it's time to either remove the current listing or give him the 5'7.5 figure. What do you say?
khaled taban said on 9/Jun/19
Peak 5'9.25" or 5'9.5" max, now he is 5'8".
meezemaker said on 29/Mar/19
While watching easy rider, jack looks one or two inches than dennis with cowboy boot.

30 years later, dennis look a bit taller.

Regarding the photo with Georges clooney, I always thought 5'10 for him and maybe 176 now.

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Benny said on 24/Feb/19
Littlelee168cm in the morning I’m closer to 5-11.5 or 6 feet
Benny said on 24/Feb/19
Littlelee168cm at my doctor told me I was 5-11 flat and I was defiantly 5-11 then and Nicholson was barley shorter than me, and he was 54.
Littlelee168cm said on 20/Feb/19
Benny no way is he 5ft 10 now not unless George Clooney is around 6 foot there's close to or maybe slightly over 2 inches between them in the photo and robs peak listing of 5ft 9.5 is correct you must be a least an inch shorter than 5ft 11 maybe your measuring yourself first thing in the morning at 5ft 11 when in reality your closer to 5ft 10
Animus said on 13/Jan/19

Yeah, no sane person looks at Jack Nicholson and thinks he is short.
Robin (Mr. not Ms.) said on 5/Jan/19
I don't think Oliver Reed's comments can be taken very seriously. He was a raging alcoholic and a notorious jerk.
Benny said on 3/Dec/18
5-11 peak. No less than 5-10 now. 5-09 peak and 5-08 current is simply false.
Fabrizio said on 16/Nov/18
Nicolson oggi e'171 cm
Spencer Dobkin said on 19/Oct/18
5'10" ish peak . 5'8.25" now.
Tall Sam said on 26/Sep/18
He looked like a cm taller than Michael Keaton looking back at Batman premiere photos, unless he shrunk by then, I think that renders him close to the listing.
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Benny said on 18/Aug/18
MJKoP- i met him in 1992 at a party that my friend threw. His friend’s dad knew Jack. I’m 5 foot 11. He was only like 1/2 inch shorter that me. He was already 55. At peak he must have been 5 foot 11. Plus, in Anger Management (2003; his age being 66) he was an inch taller than Adam Sandler (5’9).
MJKoP said on 16/Aug/18
Benny said on 15/Jul/18
Definatly 5'10", now. Peak was 5'11 1/2". Look at him in the Shining (1980) with Shelly Duvall (5'8")

Barefoot? Never!!!
Sacred said on 6/Aug/18
Peak height 177 cm
Now 175 cm
Benny said on 15/Jul/18
Definatly 5'10", now. Peak was 5'11 1/2". Look at him in the Shining (1980) with Shelly Duvall (5'8")
Benny said on 15/Jul/18
peak was 5'11". Look at him in the Shining compared to Shelly Duvall (5'8). Around 5'10", now.
Mister lennon said on 10/Jul/18
175 minimum
Devil said on 8/Jul/18
Jack is for 100% 174 cm and that's it. Bonito.
Mister lennon said on 30/Jun/18
175-176 peak. In as good as gets looke still 5'9 because he was in that range at that time. Maybe a flat 5'9 in 1997.
FrankR1 said on 29/Jun/18
I would be surprised if Jack Nicholson was actually over 5’9” at any point in his life. He looks like he’s been 5’7” or under since he made ‘As Good As It Gets’ in 1997. He’s also worked with other actors who are slightly under 6 feet tall who appear to have at least 4 inches of height on him. I’ve always believed that if actresses can wear heels for a role, that their male co-stars should be able to wear lifts — to show a ‘reasonably accurate’ height comparison between the various actors on screen.
Mister lennon said on 19/Jun/18
Solid 5'9 peak. He was taller than michael keaton.
tree said on 17/Jun/18
Carol Kane is annoying,Jack was not less than 5ft9 peak,5ft7 is a joke.
Maybe she has a hard time guessing height being 5ft2 or she wanted to downgrade Jack.
EthanCouch said on 19/May/18
Rob, do you think he’s 5’7 today in his 80s?
Editor Rob
I can't see him a flat 5ft 7 yet.
JB said on 16/Apr/18
I just find it odd that an almost 5'10" guy would be called 5'7" so often, not just by Reed but by Carol Kane too. But then again I really don't think much lower than 5'9" is probable for him either. I'm starting to believe 5'9" flat for him at his peak is more likely.
mande2013 said on 15/Apr/18
I think it's possible he's never been more than a 1m74/1m75 guy.
EthanBlake said on 28/Feb/18
5'7.75 Rob please.
ReallyShortRussianDude said on 13/Feb/18
Or perhaps Oliver Reed was just being a douchebag? 5'7 appears to be extremely improbable.
berta said on 12/Feb/18
the listing seems fine
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 6/Jan/18
Peak and current please. He’s lost at least 2 or 3 Cm now:
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 28/Dec/17
Ditto "Rising".
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Nov/17
Yeah, being overweight and hunched over at 5'8" will make you look short, but even with a prime Carl Weathers, Burt didn't look more than maybe 5" shorter face to face and definitely taller than Macchio, who was what? 5'7.5" in '86? De Niro was named as a lift wearer once by the guy who made elevators for Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Shatner and others so I see no reason to doubt it. A weak 5'9", maybe 5'8.5" movie star will have at least the occasional use for an extra inch.

Actually, not so much posture, but for body type, Jack sort of became like Burt as he got older and heavier. You see him in his 30's and 40's and never looks shortish to me, yet once he got to middle age and put on a lot of weight, I could see how some would think he was short even though he probably didn't even lose that much until his 70's.
The Shredder said on 22/Nov/17
I agree , I think Burt was a guy that could have been between 5'8 and 5'9 , but just gave a shorter impression do to his shape and postue and De Niro a lift wearer , Explains why they both own Ralph Maccchio.
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Nov/17
Jack really didn't look much taller than Burt Young in Chinatown except when Burt slouched. Both standing similarly, the difference didn't look much more than an inch to me. Somewhere from 5'9" to 5'9.5" in his prime and probably about 5'8" today, maybe even a weak 5'8".
KH said on 15/Nov/17
There really isn't a lot of difference betwen 5'9.5 and 5'8 or so and some people are petty thats where the whole short thing with Nicholson started. He looked about average height to me before he got old and lost significant height just like everyone else does. Regardless of height one of my favorite actors.
Bwk said on 4/Nov/17
He's like 80 years old now, he's had to have lost a bit of height by this point. I think you should downgrade him a bit.
Editor Rob
is Jack back in some film, if so yeah I think nearly 2 inches shorter than his peak might be possible...he was out of the limelight for a few years
Rising - 174 cm said on 29/Sep/17
Jtm is right, he is pretty difficult to pin down. Was he taller than 5'8.75" Marlon Brando? The most recent comparison I've seen of Jack is the 2013 Oscars when Jack looked about 5'8" to me. But let me guess, Danimal, you just used the average from that survey you obsess over and subtracted it from what you think Jack's peak height is, right? And max implies Jack might have lost even more than that, which makes it seem to me that you're conflating average and minimum. If your interpretation of that survey were correct then the averages would be much higher.
Spencer said on 27/Sep/17
He looked a weak 5'10" in the 1970's in movies like Cuckoo's Nest and Chinatown.
Jtm said on 23/Sep/17
He is hard to pin down but he was barely taller than shirley maclaine in terms of endearment and they were both barefoot. A lot of posters even doubt maclaine was really 5'7.
Danimal said on 21/Sep/17
Was 5'9.5" and today is MAX 5'7.5" at 80 years old.
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Sep/17
Yeah, he was at least a 5'9" guy. He's probably 5'8" max NOW at 80 years old, but back in the 70s? No way. Hell, even a 69-70 year old Jack could still oddly pass for 5'9" at times, though I'm sure he was not taller than 5'8.5" by that time. Imo, the question is whether Jack was just a 5'9" guy or whether he was 5'9.5". I've not seen much evidence to suggest a downgrade is in order. And while he did wear boots in The Shining and Cuckoo's Nest with taller leading ladies, I've also seen nothing to suggest they were anything more than normal 3 cm range boots, much less the rumor he had lifts. The 5'7"-5'8" stuff is the typical things you hear for any male superstar of merely average height.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Sep/17
5 ft 7 is ridiculous. Jack looked close to 5 ft 10 in the 70s.
Editor Rob
in Cuckoo's Nest with Louise Fletcher, he really wasn't much different, certainly 5ft 8 looks impossible then.
Drooperdoo said on 11/Sep/17
In Hollywood, the cliché is that publicists shave two years off your age and add two inches to your height. So if the p.r. people say that Nicholson is 5'9'', it's likely that he's actually 5'7'' . . . which is exactly the height that Oliver Reed and Carole Kane say he is. I, too, believe he's 5'7'' (5'8'' in shoes) from a careful examination of his movies. Look at him here, next to 5'8'' Shelley Duvall: Click Here He's about an inch shorter. (And notice that she's forced to wear flats. All his leading ladies were.) On this thread, people say, "But he looked taller than her in 'The Shining'." That's an illusion caused by the fact that he's more physically robust. (He has more body mass.) It's why Orson Welles was 6' according to his autopsy, but people routinely thought he was 6'3'' or even 6'4''. His girth made him appear taller than he actually was. Brando was a beneficiary of the same effect. 5'8 1/2'' due to his military records, but he gave the impression of a much taller man . . . especially in his fat period. Check out Brando and Nicholson side by side: Click Here Clearly, Nicholson is about 5'7''. Oliver Reed and Carole Kane weren't exaggerating. They were giving his legit height. Which is clearly traumatic to a lot of people on this thread who are desperate to perpetuate the fake publicist height.
Rising - 174 cm said on 3/Sep/17
Not just Reed. Carol Kane said the exact same thing and in the 1975 article on Robert Redford's height, it said "Well, that’s another article (as is Jack Nicholson who they say is only five-feet-eight)." So the idea Nicholson was only 5'7"-5'8" must have been pretty widespread back then. I'd understand it better if it was Jack from middle age on when he gained weight and gave a shortish impression. But the younger, thinner Jack in his 30s and early 40s didn't give a short impression to me.
James said on 28/Aug/17
I think people assume Nicholson was short because of what Oliver Reed said.
Rising - 174 cm said on 27/Jul/17
He did wear boots in The Shining as well: Click Here If Carol Kane is right about Jack wearing lifts with taller leading ladies then that'd be a movie to do it considering how tall Shelley Duvall is. But seeing how Jack looked with Shelley Duvall, he'd be shorter than we think if he was wearing lifts so I'd say normal boots. Of course, it also depends on whether Stone actually was 180 cm.

As I said recently, I can't argue with anything from 5'9" to 5'9.5" in Jack's prime, but I think the 5'9.5" may come from somewhere so it's probably the best guess until someone presents compelling evidence to the contrary. Which isn't to say that with more scrutiny we may not find him shorter. I do think there's a good chance Jack was struggling with by the late 90s and if you look at some golf pics in 2002, a 65 year old Jack could look 5'8"-5'8.5" max with Sly Stallone, but mysteriously, 4-5 years later, he starts looking more like 5'9" at some events for The Bucket List and the Departed.
RichardSpain said on 27/Jul/17
I watched "The Shining" last night next to actor Philip Stone (180 cm) Nicholson seems 175 cm/176cm.

Finally I give him 176cm in peak. I think Nicholson wasn't more than that and nowadays 172/173 cm max but excellent actor a monster!
fsfds said on 22/Jul/17
Jack has never look anything other than an average height guy, even in his younger days when he had a lot less weight on him. I would say 175cm.
Richardspain said on 19/Jul/17
176 cm peak
174cm nowadays

Jack wasn't more and less than that
Spencer said on 9/Jul/17
177 cm peak
even said on 8/Jul/17
a solid 5 foot 9
Ted said on 3/Jul/17
A very obvious and clear 5' 9.5'' when younger. No brainer.
RisingForce said on 25/Jun/17
Typically, I don't read much into non-full pics, but I do think this is an example of why Jack should be put at no higher than 5'8" flat when he gets a current height: Click Here There are times in that series from the 2013 Oscars where Jack can look a bit taller if we go by Clooney and Affleck's listed height, but those 2 drop height with posture and Clooney, I do think has been below 5'10.5" anyway since turning 50. But if Grant Heslov is 5'9" he had to be at least an inch taller than Jack at that time. 4 years later, a bit more loss is possible, but Jack is tricky. I can buy anything from 5'9"-5'9.5" peak and he probably falls into that weak 5'8" range today, though I wouldn't be surprised if he uses lifts when his next movie comes out. I have no proof of that, but he's seemed like an occasional lift wearer since his 60s and 70s.
Danimal said on 24/Jun/17
Jani said on 11/May/17
I think that his peak was about 177cm but I don't think that he is that height nowadays. I think he is more close to 174cm-175cm now maybe even as low as 173cm. He was a tiny bit shorter than 177cm Adam Sandler in Anger Management.

Adam Sandler is nothing over 175cm
Danimal said on 24/Jun/17
5'9.5" at his peak.
5'7.5" today at 80 years old.
Danimal said on 24/Jun/17
James B said on 9/Mar/17
Am I the only one who thinks he looks uncannily like David Beckham in the shinning?

It's the Shining, not the Shinning.
Danimal said on 24/Jun/17
Rob, Jack is 80 years old. The average man his age loses 2". Why don't you have a current height for him?
Editor Rob
for a few years he seemed to have been in retiral mode, but if he's doing another film, maybe a current height should be added.
even said on 22/Jun/17
he was telling the truth
RisingForce said on 21/Jun/17
James, I've wondered that. I suspected it when he was showing up to premieres around 70 looking a solid 5'9" when he had been under that for years by that point. I've never seen proof of it, but if you look at Carol Kane's comment then we should be able to find out looking at his footwear in films he had taller leading ladies and all his Courtside Laker appearances since that and latenight talk shows are the easiest time to spot lifts.
James said on 7/Jun/17
Did he wear lifts like Marlon Brando?
John said on 2/Jun/17
Looked 5'9 and some change in the shinning.
Sonnecker said on 27/May/17
Good posture for Jack.
In younger years, until he was 60 years old at least, he appeared a solid 5'10" most of the times, so he couldn't be less than he declared, 177 cm.
He could pass for that until About Schmidt, in recent years. Good genetics,in my opinion.
RisingForce said on 18/May/17
Jack still looked to be hanging on to about 5'8" with Clooney, Affleck and 5'9" Grant Heslov at the 2013 Oscars: Click Here
But Jack at age 61 did look under 5'9" with Dustin Hoffman in a series of pics. Here's an example: Click Here
Strangely, at events for the Bucket List, I never saw Jack look any more than 5" shorter than 6'2" Morgan Freeman: Click Here

I'll be interested to see how tall Jack looks when his next movie premieres. Just like at 70 years old with Freeman, Jack at age 69 did look a good 5'9" at the Departed premiere with Damon, DiCaprio and Wahlberg, which made me wonder if he's worn lifts over the years. Not sure about his exact peak, but I've never suspected he was under 5'9" back then, but I'd be surprised if he was ever the full 5'10". What did he claim 5'10"? 5'11"?
Jani said on 11/May/17
I think that his peak was about 177cm but I don't think that he is that height nowadays. I think he is more close to 174cm-175cm now maybe even as low as 173cm. He was a tiny bit shorter than 177cm Adam Sandler in Anger Management.
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Apr/17
@ baja74 - Hello mate! I hope you are well!
I too am very fond of Jack Nicholson, as you will have gathered reading my comment on him! Apart from seeing him on the big screen 3 times in a week in 'The Shining', I also saw him cinema-sized in 'The Witches of Eastwick', 'Tommy' (7 times!), and at a special showing of 'Easy Rider' in a Peter Fonda double bill, with a film called 'The Trip'!
That's 14 times I've seen Jack at the cinema! Of course, he plays a wonderful head case in 'The Shining' - the best! He saw and loved the remake and he would have enjoyed taking on the lead in that as well, but he was too old. I have copies of both films; the remake is much truer to the book, but I rate them both, and for comedic value - apart from at the end - you can't beat 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', a true masterpiece, deserving of its awards!
Have a good weekend Beja!
baja74 said on 20/Apr/17
Easily my favorite actor. And yes his role as R.P.M in Cuckoo's Nest was great. I thought he was the best Jack Torrence in The Shining as well. Not that Steven Webber's role in the TV movie was bad. But Jack is the man when it comes to playing crazy. He's definitely old fashioned. I hear he doesn't even own a cell phone.
As for his height, I don't see that he has changed that much. His weight, yes! But not his height. So, a good solid 5'9" sounds good.
Always a pleasure to read your posts!
Ed Logan said on 15/Mar/17
I just saw a clip "behind the scenes on the shining." It was the scene where Jack's character is about to break down the bathroom door with an axe. I happened to notice one of the stage people walking around and he was nearly as tall as the door. When Jack was near the door he looked to be of average height. Either the stage person was nearly 7' tall or they cut down the door so Jack wouldn't appear so short. Who knows. Regardless, he's a great actor.
RisingForce said on 12/Mar/17
I'm surprised he's doing another film, I thought he was done for good! I know Rob had him at 5'8.5", which was probably right by that point in the 2000s as he was shorter than Sly in golf shoes early mid/2000s but taller than Wahlberg at the Departed premiere. Without seeing a recent comparison I'd imagine he's struggling with 5'8" now at best.
James B said on 9/Mar/17
Am I the only one who thinks he looks uncannily like David Beckham in the shinning?
the Slav said on 4/Mar/17
Sure you're not 6'2? 5'10 is 178 cm maybe you mean 188
Danimal said on 20/Feb/17
Rob, he's 80 years old today. How do you not have a BEFORE and AFTER height listing for him? There is no way he is still the same height as he was in his prime.
Editor Rob
Danimal, he had been out of films for a while, but if he is going to do another one, then maybe it is worth putting the current...
AlexMahone said on 20/Feb/17
Enough from this nonsense lift wearer talk! Rob, this is really annoying. So, Oliver Reed said this according to James. James, any proof? I put this question several times but I had no luck because you gave me no answer. So this is rumor.
James said on 20/Feb/17
It was Reed who said Nicholson wore lifts, not me.
mister_lennon said on 19/Feb/17
Peak: 175-176
now: 173-174
James said on 13/Feb/17
I saw a stage version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and the actor was far better than Nicholson in the film. Oliver Reed said Nicholson was 5'7" and wore lifts in "Tommy".
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Feb/17
No more than average height for Jack, though his acting is far and away the sort that puts him among my top 10 actors.
It doesn't matter how many times I see 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', I still enjoy it. His character 'R.P. McMurphy' goes into that psychiatric ward and shows 'the boys' how to live a little! They love him; the system does not!
There are actors of enormously varying heights in that film. Thinking about it, I cannot cite another film with such alarming differences, right from 4ft10 Danny DeVito to Will Samson, the giant Indian guy! Jack is about as average as it can get!
In Stanley Kubrick's 'the Shining', in my humble opinion I don't think that working with tall-and-skinny Shelley Duvall makes him come over as any shorter! She looks tall, probably taller than she is! Jack seems about 5ft9.75, dangerously unhinged and very strong! I saw the film three times the week it came out! The usherette said "you like this film?"
I thought Jack was rather suave in Tommy, though of average height! I have other films of his, including 'Easy Rider', but I have not made any serious comparisons yet.
I will go with 5ft9. I think he has been taller in his prime and he'll be a bit shorter now.
Scott said on 11/Jan/17
He may have been 5'9'' in his youth, but more like 5'8'' nowadays.
Danimal said on 8/Jan/17
charlie said on 6/Jan/16
Jack's a real joker 5 foot 9.5 That's funny.Now if he said 5 foot 7 inches yes I can believe that. I am 5 foot 10 inches in Canada and I tower over most men by 4 inches.and I tower over women by 10 inches. I am very tall and I can assure you he is not way even close to 5 foot 9.5

You're 5'10" and you tower over most men by 4"???? You tower over most women by 10"???? WOW, someone's not only extremely insecure, but also very delusional. You realize that the AVERAGE male height in Canada is 5'9"-5'9.5"??? That would put you at .5-1" taller than the average male and that would NOT make you tall or tower over the average male. What a hilarious post. Thanks for making me laugh.
Danimal said on 8/Jan/17
Why no current height for him Rob? He's 80 years old? The average 80 year old man will have lost 2". He's NOWHERE near 5'9.5". You even have Mr. R giving him a current 5'8" max today?
Editor Rob
Danimal, since he's been pretty much out of the limelight I just kept him at his peak.
Andy said on 8/Jan/17
He always looked 178cm to me in the Shining and most of his 70's and 80's work. He was probably around 5'8.75''/175cm back when he filmed The Departed
James B said on 4/Jan/17
Yep neither a short nor tall man
james said on 25/Nov/16
I say 5'9 is accurate ..been watching "a few good men" lately .and he was an inch shorter than 5'10 Keifer Sutherland in the office scene ..while he was a clear 2 inches taller than 5'7 Tom Cruise in the courtroom scenes
Jalen Gilmer said on 18/Nov/16
5'8.5" nowadays.

5'9.75" peak height.
Wallace said on 5/Sep/16
many a sightings with him both at the Great Western Forumn and Staples Center. He's five eight three inches less than me
mande2013 said on 3/Sep/16
I will say, he seemed nothing over 1m75 in The Shining.
Mr. R said on 24/Aug/16
Freddie C is right. I saw him at a play in LA and he is now no more than 5-8.
Freddie C said on 23/Aug/16
When I was younger I use to work in the racetrack Hollywood Park as a Busboy. One day they had me working in a private area and all of a sudden I hear this voice it was Jack Nicholson. The first thing that caught my attention was how short he was, about 5.8 tops. I myself am 5.10 so I quickly gather in my brain that he was about 5.8. The thing is that for some reason I always thought he would be about 6.1
Shredder said on 22/Aug/16
rob , how tall do you think he was around 2002? Adam Sandler had about 1.5 on him.
Editor Rob
around the time of Departed which was a few years after anger management he still looked taller I think than 5ft 8, maybe 5ft 8.5
Anonymous said on 10/Jun/16
I have to tell ya rob, you always list them taller than they really are. I mean, not by much, you do tend to give them the benefit of the doubt when there is room to doubt, or maybe you're just measuring their height by addition of the typical shoe increase.. In Jack Nicholson's case, I would say in his younger years his evening height would be around 5'8.5 to 5'9, you can tell this if you watched Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, and Chinatown. His footwear varies between 0.5 to 1.5 inches and even sometimes 2 inches (think Carnal Knowledge and Five Easy Pieces he wears those cowboy heels). Anyway, very cool guy, definitely a prominent male figure and no doubt a chick magnet but if we account for his average shoe height I would agree with your listing. Please specify shoe heights or adjust his barefoot height
Dingus said on 8/Jun/16
Jack seems to have had a peak height of 5'09¾". I think he has lost between ½ and 1 inches over the years. The man is almost 80 now so he might be just under 69 inches these days, perhaps a hair over.
Arch Stanton said on 5/May/16
Looks quite short in The Last Detail but had some tall castmates I think.
The_Punisher said on 22/Feb/16
5'9'' peak, now 5'8''
TJE said on 7/Feb/16
Why no peak height? Even when he was still playing roles, it was apparent that he's dipped into the 5'8 zone.
Editor Rob
he has a peak, he's been out of movies and limelight really the last few years.
LoganNoll1996 said on 9/Jan/16
When did Jack retire from acting? I thought he retired from hitting on women.

WIth a guy like Jack Nicholson, he's gonna want to make the kind of movies that move people - the kind that's about emotion and, well, people. All of the movies in theaters nowadays are mostly action scenes layered on top of hammy dialogue, wooden characters, and overuse of CGI. That's not the kind of movies Jack wants to do and I don't blame him.
charlie said on 6/Jan/16
Jack's a real joker 5 foot 9.5 That's funny.Now if he said 5 foot 7 inches yes I can believe that. I am 5 foot 10 inches in Canada and I tower over most men by 4 inches.and I tower over women by 10 inches. I am very tall and I can assure you he is not way even close to 5 foot 9.5
Paleman said on 12/Dec/15
This guy's height is hard to place, but on Chinatown and many other of his earlier roles he did look almost 5'10", but definitely not taller than that.

I think Nicholson's peak height was 5'9.5" (177 cm). He doesn't seem to have lost too much height with age, I think he can still hit 5'9.
the shredder said on 1/Dec/15
Looking back on old comments on other pages , I must say that I really acted like a childish kid( I was like 19 to 21 ) and my love for Glenn at the time was just insane. He was just a guy with good photos , I can't believe what the big deal was. Anybody can have photos and some cases his photo's were not good for accurate height estimates. As for Frank2 , he really wasn't one to rely on , to be fair he did judge bad photos and he still had Glenn at 5'6 even after being measured. You can't trust a person like that ( as far as height estimates).
Brad said on 29/Nov/15
The G posts are still up and laughable. 5 foot 10 for Jack in the early 90's and "Stallone is a legit 5' 10". Frank2 just destroying him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Oct/15
His presence and personality adds to the illusion of more height...
Chase Witherspoon said on 28/Oct/15
My est would be 175cm peak (Easy Rider, Chinatown, The Last Detail era) and more like 5'8"/173 in his latter days...
BT said on 17/Oct/15
@Editor Rob: Nicholson hasn't done a movie in 5 years and is now retired from acting due to health issues. Think you'll do the same as you did with Sean Connery and just list the peak height?
Editor Rob
yeah maybe that would be the way to go.
Sam said on 8/Oct/15
I always thought Jack looked relatively tall in The Shining because he doesn't stand next to too many people and most that he does are not tall. He can seem to have a lanky build while walking around talking crazy to himself. However, just watched Room 237 about The Shining and as he's getting hyped up for the "Here's Johnny!" scene, a truly tall guy stands near him and absolutely towers him. Genuinely could have been a flat 5'9" at peak anyway.
Rory said on 19/Apr/15
I can only see 5'9.5 being his morning height tbh, looks to me a flat 5'9, no more.
Sam said on 3/Apr/15
In The Last Tycoon, Nicholson and Robert De Niro looked pretty similar height, in some shots one or the other could seem to have the edge but I doubt a big difference in height between them.
JB said on 2/Mar/15
@CDS Problem is nobody knows how tall Tom Cruise is. Tom Cruise is the last person anyone should use to compare height. Jack is also 25 years older. He's probably lost an inch.
CDS said on 17/Feb/15
5'7" Tom Cruise has looked just as tall as him just about every time I've seen the two together. Is Oliver Reed's claim possible?
Steve said on 17/Jan/15
I agree with Danimal and Judd. 5'9" peak for Nicholson. But these days packing on the weight as well as his advanced age he's probably lost an inch.
Judd said on 16/Jan/15
5'9.5" seems likely for his maybe also 5'8"...
DanielSlaniel said on 3/Jan/15
In About Schmidt, in some scenes Jack Nicholson looks shorter than Dermot Mulroney(listed as 5 ft 8.5in here) and in some scenes he looks around the same height.
Danimal said on 21/Dec/14
Alex 6'0 says on 7/Jul/14
He's nearing 80 years old now. 2 inch height loss is pretty possible I think?

Yes, the average 80 year old MALE will have lost 2" in height. Not sure why Rob makes the exception for some people? Jack was 5'9.5" and today is probably just shy of 5'8".
Danimal said on 21/Dec/14
JB says on 7/Dec/14
I think he was 5'9" peak. I watched the shining recently and he didn't really look any taller than 5'8" listed Shelley Duvall. In some scenes he actually looked shorter.

She (like most women) was wearing high heels.
jtm said on 20/Dec/14
i doubt shelley duvall was 5'8 but i don't remember what footwear she was wearing in shining.
184.3cm said on 20/Dec/14
I wouldnt give him much more than 5'8, 174cm-175cm seems likely for his peak. 5'9.5 in shoes.
Sam said on 19/Dec/14
He looks pretty heavy at times in older age, I'd bet he'd weigh a bit over 200 pounds or near it, which is a lot on a sub-5'9" frame.

I've read he's seduced almost as many women as his buddy, Warren Beatty, and unlike Beatty has in the last several years been openly chasing girls around.
Nick said on 8/Dec/14
@JB It's due to his bad posture, believe me. It's something I've always noticed in his movies as he tends to slouch quite a bit. Perhaps he suffered from some sort of back problems in his youth.
JB said on 7/Dec/14
I think he was 5'9" peak. I watched the shining recently and he didn't really look any taller than 5'8" listed Shelley Duvall. In some scenes he actually looked shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Oct/14
Rob can you add a photo? Yeah those were definitely right up there!!
Sam said on 13/Oct/14
Come on, Five Easy Pieces and The Last Detail easily rival his best films and performances. Am I right, Rob and Arch?
Sam said on 13/Aug/14
Could we beef up his listings? I'm thinking Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Terms of Endearment, Batman, As Good As It Gets and The Departed.

There's just too many greats in his filmography to list a minor film like Anger Management (which I enjoyed) IMO but that's leaving out The King of Marvin Gardens, The Passenger, Reds...need I go on!
littlesue said on 18/Jul/14
If you have luckiy genes they can out weight the 'bad bits' of your life
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jul/14
Yeah that's what I meant, I was very surprised Brando reached almost 80! Jack Nicholson is heading that way at 77.
Sam said on 17/Jul/14
I stand corrected, Brando died at 79 I suppose...
Sam said on 16/Jul/14
He has been a bit overweight in the last 15 years but nothing on the scale of Brando and Orson Welles, both of whose obese conditions undoubtedly contributed to them dying in their early Brando and Beatty he was a womanizer and more of a drug user than Beatty but at 77, Nicholson seems likely to outlive Brando.
Josh said on 11/Jul/14
Jack Nicholson stands at just over 5'8".
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jul/14
When I say like Brando I mean I expected Brando to die in late 60s not that he did...
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jul/14
I'm surprised he's still living in all honesty. Like Brando his lifestyle and being overweight, I'd expected him to die in his late 60s like Brando. Possible he is struggling with 5 ft 8 today.
Sam said on 8/Jul/14
He seems like he holds good posture, throws his head back a lot, I think an inch is a good head loss for now to list, maintained more than the 6-year-younger Robert De Niro has IMO.
Alex 6'0 said on 7/Jul/14
He's nearing 80 years old now. 2 inch height loss is pretty possible I think?
jayson said on 5/Jul/14
looked 5'10 in somethings gotta give, I mean he was barefoot though out the film with 5'7 diane Keaton and had like 3 inches over her a lot. maybe hits 5'9 these days.
Knowitall said on 1/Apr/14
Nonsense. These days Jack is around five-eight. Peak height was never more than five-nine.
gian92 said on 31/Mar/14
in the peak was probably 5'10 , is impossible 5'7
the shredder said on 27/Mar/14
He looks 5'11 easily in Batman.
JB said on 5/Dec/13
@Wat Because people in general are bad at guessing height. I'm 5'8.5" and people have guessed me as short as 5'6"
WAT said on 2/Dec/13
Rob how come Jack at 5'9.5 which is a respectable height. Im about 178cm, Why does he get called 5'7...3 inches shorter...?? how?
Avraham said on 27/Oct/13
5'9" at most by my reckoning. On The Shining, he seemed as tall as Shelley Duvall, officially 5'8", and they had comparable footwear.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Sep/13
Rob, check out 75 minutes Click Here with 5'7" Shirley MacLaine. Both barefoot.
juju said on 26/Aug/13
5 foot 9 flat peak. nothin over
JB said on 21/Jun/13
If I were to guess his height based on his movies: He looks 5'10" in Easy Rider and Batman. He looks 5'9" in The Shining and Chinatown. He looks 5'8" in Cuckoo's Nest. And he looks about 5'7.5" in The Last Detail. I'd say 5'8.5" is a fair height to have him at.
Mr. R said on 6/Jun/13
I saw jack a few years ago. He was a weak 5-8.
Tee said on 5/Jun/13
@Mr. Kaplan It's because the majority of his co-stars in that movie were very tall. Even Louise Fletcher(Nurse Ratched) was 5'10" which is a little taller than Jack was. Jack was never 5'10 he was always in the 5'9" range. I really, really doubt he was ever shorter than 5'8" because he looks average height in many of his other films.
Mr. Kaplan said on 5/Jun/13
Seriously, watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. That is not a 5'10" man there. He looks 5'8" tops.
truth178cm said on 26/May/13
Around 5ft10 prime is correct. Elevator shoes my ass!
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/13
Strange as by 1990 he looks barely taller than Hopper but I swear he looks at least 2 inches taller than Hopper in Easy Rider.
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/13
Look 5 ft 10 in Easy Rider next to 5'7" Dennis Hopper.
poo said on 8/Jan/13
watching the last detail right now and he looks really short, but that's next to a few tall co-stars including Randy Quaid.
Sbu said on 7/Jan/13
Rob, what would you estimate Jack's weight at in earlier films like Easy Rider?
Editor Rob
maybe 160 range
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm said on 17/Dec/12
Looked close enough to 5'10 in Batman, maybe he was just an hair under that at peak.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/12
5 ft 7 is a joke Carol Kane! He consistently looks average height in his films.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/12
Watching Anger Management now, looks the same height as Sandler.
The Exorcist said on 11/Nov/12
Looking 5 (ish) inches shorter than Morgan Freeman. Nowadays, he's 5'9" max.
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Sbu said on 5/Nov/12
Hi Rob I know this is off topic but would you recommend Jack's Life? I'm looking for a good bio of Nicholson.

As for his height I would say a strong 5'9" peak but I don't see him as 177 cm.
Editor Rob
I haven't read anything like that so can't really recommend anything.
MaskDeMasque said on 29/Sep/12
He did look about 176cm in The Shining.
Dmeyer said on 6/Sep/12
Looks near 5'9 at 75
Fouad said on 15/Aug/12
He is no wear near 5'10 Mark Wahlburg is around 5'7
Click Here This Makes Jack a 5'9
bodwaya said on 9/Aug/12
he was eye level with 5 foot 8 helen hunt in as good as it gets. 5 foot 8
s176cm said on 7/Jun/12
The other week I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which was made in 1975 when Nicholson presumably was at his peak height.
Even then he didn't look five nine and a half, he was shorter than the vast majority of his co stars, I would say he was 5'8.5" at his peak, now maybe 5'8" or a shade under. If he now wears eleveator shoes as the comment claims it would be hard to tell though.
Sam said on 30/Jan/12
So Rob, you think Jack Nicholson at his peak is a half an inch over Robert De Niro at his?
Lenad said on 2/Dec/11
i doubt hes any taller than 174cm now.
LAN Jiao said on 2/Nov/11
in the departed premiere nicholson does not even look 2" shorter than leonardo dicaprio listed 5'11.5 lol.. atually he does't look over 5'7.75 now so leo could be 5'9.25 or so..haha
buddy said on 3/Sep/11
I met him in Vancouver when he was filming that movie that Sean Penn directed, he was at least 2 inches shorter than me and I'm 5'9.5". I didn't look at his shoes.
lorne said on 3/Sep/11
[Editor Rob: lorne, can you stick to using that name and not legends etc]

LOL yeah sorry Rob.It was mainly a joke, but also a kind of experiment.I mean, you know as well as I do that Legend downgrades everyone on here; Brad Pitt is 5'9.5 max, Tom Cruise is 5'7 max and could be "much less" Arnold was 5'11, the list goes on.I wanted to see if I put 2 oe 3 ridiculous estimates under his name, if anyone would buy it.And most people did!So take that for what ya will.

Anyway, just havin a little fun, sorry if I inconvenienced you, and it won't happen again.(and thnx for takin it lightly, since he didn't)
lorne said on 29/Aug/11
[Editor Rob: whether 5ft 9.5 or 10, you could argue anywhere in the 5ft 9-10 range.]

Exactly. I'll grant the downgraders that 5ft8.75in was possible, but nothing less.I say 175-176cm peak, 174cm absolute minimum, 177 cm, absolute max.He looked a weak average, and he was.5'7 claims are ridicilous, remember, people suck at guessing height.
Maximus Meridius said on 26/Aug/11
Rob is it possible he was 5ft 10 at his peak and 5ft 9in now
Editor Rob
whether 5ft 9.5 or 10, you could argue anywhere in the 5ft 9-10 range.
Lenad said on 16/Aug/11
he is 5'8ish now. Looks it
Mr. R said on 2/Aug/11
He is about 5-8 now.
Lenad said on 11/Jun/11
176cm peak 173cm now
the shredder said on 8/Jun/11
Rob , What would you guess his weight in Batman ?

Editor Rob
maybe close to 180
truth said on 6/Jun/11
5ft8, about average I reckon, today closer to 5ft7.
the shredder said on 3/Jun/11
Rob , what would you guess his weight at for Celebweights ?

Editor Rob
it's creeped up a lot, at times 200-210 range, in youth 50 punds lighter.
the shredder said on 31/May/11
Rob , I think he had lifts in the film ... Look here at 1:20 ... He looks 5'11 or 6'0 next to 6'3 Jack Palance ... Click Here
the shredder said on 26/May/11
Rob , Do you think he used lifts in Batman ? ... Look with Keaton .

Click Here

How tall do you think he was around that , 5'9 ?

Editor Rob
I think they were pretty close, I don't know if he wore lifts though in that film.
Mr. Kaplan said on 25/May/11
Jack has always been 5'8" or so. With clowns like Bieber saying they're 5'8", people expect a 5'8" person to be short, but it isn't. Fairly average height.
Truthman said on 23/May/11
1) Jack Nicholson is not 5'9, he is 5'8
2) Didn't you notice this HUGE elevator shoes Pesci wearing on this photo?
Mike said on 22/May/11
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What kind of 5'9" guy has calves nearly shorter than someone who's been listed as short as 5'3" or 5'2"?

Not only that, but the way they are sitting, Jack barely looks bigger than Pesci...
Lenad said on 21/Apr/11
I'd say somewhere 5'9 range in his day. He never looked short to me. Distinctly average height
Bubba said on 16/Apr/11
he's 5'7". Take a look at him when he was young in Carnal Knowledge or 5 Easy Pieces.
kookierx said on 27/Mar/11
yup MAXIMUM 5-9 in youth

now looks 8.5" or even 8" SOLID
Rob said on 26/Mar/11
Rob I have a question... With a 5'9 1/2 person saying they were much taller than Jackson how is it you still manage to list him as 5'9 1/2..?
me said on 19/Feb/11
I think 5.9.5 is correct. He was a couple inches taller than shelly duvall in the shining. He was definately wearing lifts in the movie, but Duvall was also on 3 inch heels, so it balances it out. If Duvall is 5.8, then he is 5.8 then he has to be from 5.9.5 to 5.10 in 1980.
Lenad said on 27/Jan/11
Solid 5'9 at his peak
Legend said on 19/Jan/11
He was never over 5'9
Mr. Kaplan said on 27/Dec/10
There is a shot of him walking BAREFEET with 5'7" Shirley MacLaine in "Terms of Endearment". He's only one inch taller. 5'8" peak.
TruebloodFan said on 26/Dec/10
Greg Kinnear looked his height or a cm taller in 'As good as it gets'. I saw it again yesterday. 177cm peak is possible. However Kinnear is listed 177cm here, and when i saw him next to Nicholson, no way he is 177cm...175cm for Kinnear.
John said on 16/Dec/10
I can end the debate as to how tall he was, although I don't know about now. I played in the group in front of him at Bel-Air CC in 2000, and passed by him shoulder to shoulder on the 10th bridge, just him and me. I am exactly 70" (5'10") tall without shoes. We were both wearing cleats, and Jack and I were the exact same height.
Dennis said on 10/Dec/10
I met him last year at the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony and i am 5'7 and he was slightly taller than me. it was a black tie affair so that was in dress shoes so i would say he was 5'8 to 5'9. if someone can tell me if there is a way to post it i will upload the picture i took with him so you can check it out.
R said on 4/Dec/10
We saw Jack tonight in NYC. My 13 year old son towered over him. My son is 5'10. I would venture to say he is MAYBE 5'7 with shoes on.
Chris said on 30/Nov/10
Standing next to Adam Sandler, I'd say 5'8.5 is correct. Maybe 5'9
Jack Torrance said on 20/Nov/10
Jack isn't quite as tall now as he far as I can tell, he's about 5'7" or so. As for being "well into his 70's", he's 73...
Mr. Kaplan said on 28/Oct/10
He looked as short as he ever did in OFOTCN. 5'7". If that.
Frank2 said on 3/Jul/09
Nicholson and 5'7" Harvey Keitel:

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Frank2 said on 2/Jul/09
Proof Nicholson was never taller than 5'8". Here is is with (left) 5'10" Robert Towne and (right) Paramount studio chief Robert Evans who was 5'9":

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Frank2 said on 19/Jun/09
Nope. Nicholson was never close to being 5'10". At best he was 5'9" and is now 5'8".
Lenad said on 19/Jun/09
5'10 max at peak
Ahleks said on 11/May/09
Looked around 5'8" in Cuckoo's Nest.
alex said on 10/May/09
he is 57 ive met him and i've met him in his peak he was about 5'9 5'10
Lenad said on 20/Apr/09
Anything under 5'9 is not likely for his peak
Rusty said on 7/Apr/09
He dwarfed Devito though.
sam said on 6/Apr/09
I agree with risingforce. a classically average height guy
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