How tall is James Hetfield

James Hetfield's Height

6ft 1 ¼ (186.1 cm)

American singer from the heavy metal band Metallica.

How tall is James Hetfield
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Average Guess (45 Votes)
6ft 1.52in (186.7cm)
abcde said on 11/Mar/19
Rob perhaps :)
it was six years ago and he's still 188 cm on this site
if James is 186 cm, maybe Peter was 185 cm then
abcde said on 10/Mar/19
If Peter Coyote is 188 cm (on this site) how tall is James Hetfield (186cm) ? something is wrong
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Editor Rob
Peter could be shrinking a bit in his old age now.
abcde said on 26/Feb/19
Click Here his son Castor (probably 188 cm) looks the same tall like James but his father has big boots (extra 2.5 cm or 3cm) His son has sneakers (give him 1.5 cm or 2 cm and he's little slouching)
abcde said on 26/Feb/19
Click Here with Dr.Dre who is 183 cm
abcde said on 21/Feb/19
the last time rather i speak to myself, Rob do you believe he was peak 187 cm? do you still think he's 186 cm nowadays? He's almost 56.
Editor Rob
There's always been a chance he could have hit that mark. With boots, sometimes he could look near 6ft 2 to people.
abcde said on 7/Feb/19
Jordan Grimbly
on the barefoot picture i think James loose about 3 cm standing like this
one more time:
i put photos of James and other people and you may compare them height
i put these photos as abcd :) below date
(abcd said on 16/Oct/16)
please refer to it
abcde said on 5/Feb/19
Click Here Hetfield and Brian May (187 cm)
abcde said on 5/Feb/19
Click Here and here with Dane Dehaan (174 cm), James wearing flip flop, not big boots
abcde said on 5/Feb/19
Click Here and here Zac Efron with Dwayne Johnson (189 cm)
abcde said on 5/Feb/19
Click Here on this photo with Zac Efron James looks max 184 cm :) interesting
Jordan Grimbly said on 31/Jan/19
abcde, here's how I see that picture you've posted. If you check out the page for Joe Manganiello, Rob has had his picture taken with him. There are about 8 inches between Rob and Joe. We can roughly compare their height difference with James and Haley Joel. It looks like there are about 8 to possibly 9 inches between them. James also has head titled up a bit. If Haley Joel is indeed 5'4 then James would be between 6'0 and 6'1. You've also got the boots to account for. Not only that but Haley Joel's shoes don't seem TOO big, do they?

First off, here's the barefoot picture again. No tricks, no camera angles, no special effects. Just 4 guys in their mid 20's standing barefoot with 1 one of them slightly leaning.

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Now, when you compare that picture of James, Kirk & Lars, to me, that looks like 6'1, 5'8 & 5'7. But you'll notice how in the last 10-20 years, both James and to a lesser extent, Kirk, seem to tower over Lars. I honestly refuse to believe that Lars went from 5'7 to 5'4 or something like in the mid-'90s. I honestly believe that it's because James & Kirk like wearing bigger shoes to make themselves taller.
abcde said on 31/Jan/19
Jordan Grimbly
it's ok Thank you for caring :)
I will be stubborn Hetfield is to me perfect weak 186 cm nowadays
even than i know he likes wearing shoes with heels
but i dont thinks so that shoes add him more then extra 3 cm
i mean shoes from this video.
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abcde said on 28/Jan/19
Click Here guy beside James is 162 cm
Jordan Grimbly said on 24/Jan/19
I meant to say "when he loses the weight" in my previous post :P
Jordan Grimbly said on 23/Jan/19
abcde, I hope your day got better for you :( and NO need to apologize! What's the point of this site if we aren't engaged in a friendly debate? :P

Also, believe me when I say that my opinion is NOT above anyone else's. Like you, I'm just guessing :P I could very well be off in my estimation. I just think metallica.com's 6'1 height for James is a good starting point.

Regarding your question about James' build, I was pretty surprised by that too. I always assumed he was a larger than life guy. When he loses the height, he's a LEAN, skinny guy. He does have broad shoulders BUT his head shape is long and thin. He's gained the weight back but it wasn't as bad in person as I thought it would be!

Here's a picture of me with 6'2 John Cusack. I don't know what I'd call myself build wise (not weight wise, just build wise) I used to think of myself as small but my perception has changed realizing that I do have a bigger build than a lot of guys that I see in person, mostly because of my shoulders.
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As for the picture you posted with Dave Grohl, I'm not sure on Dave's footwear, but I'm sure James has his honking boots on making him look 6'3. Also, James is looking down too. Maybe compare my picture with Cusack and James with Dave :P
abcde said on 22/Jan/19
Click Here Hetfield looks 4 cm or 5 cm taller than Dave Grohl , what do you think Rob about this difference?
abcde said on 21/Jan/19
Sorry I had a bad day, i respect your opinion and others, I've been too emotional about these last comments. And i have one questione to you Jordan Grimbly:
is he a big guy from close up or is he a rather average build (by the way his weight change very often, i think he was even max 100kg at times)
Jordan Grimbly said on 20/Jan/19
Who are you talking to abcde? Nobody is saying James is 5'9 ...
I said James was 6'1 back in the day and probably close to 6'0 feet now. Maybe 6'0.5?
I'm still standing with:

Younger:
James Hetfield 6'1
Lars Ulrich 5'7
Cliff Burton 6'1
Kirk Hammett 5'8

Recent:
James Hetfield 6'0
Lars Ulrich 5'6
Kirk Hammett 5'7

I know both James & Kirk like wearing shoes with heels (Kirk) or big boots (James) but Lars doesn't seem too bothered.
abcde said on 18/Jan/19
Hmm Maybe James is 175 cm, Lars 160, Kirk 161 cm cmon guys are you kidding??
Jordan Grimbly said on 16/Jan/19
Hey Paul NS,

I'd say looking at the picture of Metallica in their bare feet that I posted, that my height guesses are pretty close and if you're thinking that Lars was 5'5 or 5'6 back in the '80s then James & Cliff have to be 5'11 or 6'0 at most in the '80s.
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 9/Jan/19
I find Lars at close to 5'7" even in his younger days tough to believe. He could sometimes pull off 5'6", though, while Kirk occasionally could look no more than 5'7".
Jordan Grimbly said on 4/Jan/19
Here's a picture from 1986 of Metallica in their bare feet:
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Notice how Hetfield is leaning up against the wall and is shorter than Burton BUT studying the picture, I'd say if he were to be standing up straight, they'd be pretty close in height.
Also, notice Hammett & Ulrich's height compared to Hetfield & Burton. They are definitely NOT as short as people like to claim.

So, using Rob's measuring as an example; let's look at his own picture:
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The 5'8 that's in Rob's picture becomes 6'1 and the invisible line that would be 5'8 is between 5'4 and 5'2 where Hammett & Ulrich would line up against Burton and more than likely Hetfield.

To me, I think this is a good indication that in their younger adult lives, they were:

James Hetfield 6'1
Lars Ulrich 5'7
Cliff Burton 6'1
Kirk Hammett 5'8

There's no special effects, no shoes, no lifts. The only thing is, is that Hetfield is leaning a bit.

There are WAY too many pictures of James Hetfield appearing to be much taller than Cliff Burton BUT there's also way too many pictures of the other way around as well with Burton appearing taller than Hetfield. Near the end of the 80's, beginning of the 90's, Hetfield started wearing his big boots that made him appear to be much taller. 6'1 suddenly becomes 6'3 and that's how everyone perceives him. Nowadays, I believe he's closer to 6'0. Like I posted below, I saw multiple times RIGHT in front of me at the Buffalo show in October.
Jordan Grimbly said on 2/Jan/19
**For Rob, I really hope these links work**

Here's a picture from 1986 of Metallica in their bare feet:
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Notice how Hetfield is leaning up against the wall and is shorter than Burton BUT studying the picture, I'd say if he were to be standing up straight, they'd be pretty close in height.
Also, notice Hammett & Ulrich's height compared to Hetfield & Burton. They are definitely NOT as short as people like to claim.

So, using Rob's measuring as an example; let's look at his own picture:
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The 5'8 that's in Rob's picture becomes 6'1 and the invisible line that would be 5'8 is between 5'4 and 5'2 where Hammett & Ulrich would line up against Burton and more than likely Hetfield.

To me, I think this is a good indication that in their younger adult lives, they were:

James Hetfield 6'1
Lars Ulrich 5'7
Cliff Burton 6'1
Kirk Hammett 5'8

There's no special effects, no shoes, no lifts. The only thing is, is that Hetfield is leaning a bit.

There are WAY too many pictures of James Hetfield appearing to be much taller than Cliff Burton BUT there's also way too many pictures of the other way around as well with Burton appearing taller than Hetfield. Near the end of the 80's, beginning of the 90's, Hetfield started wearing his big boots that made him appear to be much taller. 6'1 suddenly becomes 6'3 and that's how everyone perceives him. Nowadays, I believe he's closer to 6'0. Like I posted below, I saw multiple times RIGHT in front of me at the Buffalo show in October.

**Rob, I'd love to get your input on the barefoot picture above**
Editor Rob
I'm not so sure on Burton's height, I could see 6ft 1 as possible, but he has looked over that too.
abcde said on 2/Jan/19
curiosity yet
Click Here from right Jason Demers (listed 185 cm) James Hetfield (186 cm) David Desharnais (170 cm) Francis Verreault (no information) and Pier-Cédric Labrie (190 cm)
They have the same footwear
And here is an article :
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First time i see when someone claims Het is 6’2" (it's not the truth of course) . It's French article and i don't understand this language, but it's easy to see that.
Click Here and another photo with Kirk (171cm). These two guys on the right beside Kirk are big and tall
Jordan Grimbly said on 1/Jan/19
Okay so you're just dancing around what I said. Why would Lars, Kirk and Rob want to lie and add inches to their height but then why would James (big biker boot wearer) want to downsize his height? Lars, the shortest guy in Metallica, seems not to care about height. He's always dating women who are MUCH taller than he is. James seems to want to ensure that he is seen as super tall.

And I wasn't going by 19 and 25, I just simply said 20s and 30s.

You don't know for sure that Lars, Kirk or Rob were never their official heights. I doubt they are now but back in the day, they definitely could have been. I find their height differences change a lot because of what each band member is wearing for shoes. When James is wearing regular shoes, the other guys in Metallica definitely seem taller.
abcde said on 31/Dec/18
I recently measured my height in high school (i was 19 and 176 cm), then I measured myself at home (178 cm) when i was after 25. If I did not get interested in my height, maybe i still would thought that i'm only 176 cm. Maybe he is 1 cm less or more than 186 cm . it's only 1 cm difference , For me he looks like 186 cm nowadays.
Kirk never was 175 cm (maybe 172 peak) Lars maybe was 169 cm peak, Rob never was 175 cm (maybe 173 cm)
If I remember correctly Jason Newsted was listed on the oficcial website and he was 175 cm and this information was correct for me.
Jordan Grimbly said on 30/Dec/18
Second message. I checked out the Wayback Machine for the 2006 version of the Metallica website and the heights listed are the same as the heights I've given in my first message today. I'm also pretty sure I remember seeing those stats in the very early 00's as well.

Like I've said, I'm pretty sure their "official" heights are from when they were in their 20's-30's.
Jordan Grimbly said on 30/Dec/18
When you check out the Wayback Machine website and browse the 2016 version of the Metallica website, you will find the official heights of Metallica, or at least the heights THEY want to give out:

"James Hetfield 6′1″/1.85 meters tall
Lars 5′7″/1.7 meters tall
Kirk 5′8″/1.75 meters tall
Rob 5′9″/1.75 meters tall"

Rob (CelebHeights) has James over the official listing and Lars & Kirk listed below the official listing. I have a feeling that the heights on the official website are their heights from when they were younger. Let's face it, if James was 6'1.5 I'm sure he'd push it up to 6'2. James wearing those biker boots all the time makes me think he is indeed aware of height (being in the spotlight). There's nothing wrong with that.

Like, why would Lars and Kirk lie about their height and give themselves an inch or 2 but then James gives his official height as lower?

I doubt whoever fills out the information on their website just guessed the heights.
abcde said on 17/Dec/18
Jordan Grimbly:
Hey, thanks for the answer :)
i think James doesn't bother what claims official website, u can read on this website that Kirk Hammet is 175 cm. i dont know who post it this information. I'm a fan of Metallica and i saw a lot of photos. He looks like 186 cm nowadays, maybe when he was younger he was 187 cm. you can see him with post alone (on this site 184 cm) on a one photo, and you see that James is at least 2 cm taller than him.
below some time ago i put photos of James and other people and you may compare them height
Jordan Grimbly said on 15/Dec/18
Hey abcde, I don't think losing 1 inch is bad especially in your 50's AFTER having back surgery. The official Metallica website claimed (before the most recent update) that James was 6'1 which I believe to be his true height back in the day and he probably just doesn't bother with measuring himself these days. I believe he was 6'1 when he was younger but probably closer to 6'0 now. Give or take of course. After finding this website and getting into acting, I've become height aware. Just curious how tall/short I am compared to others. I didn't see James only one time in that spot, he came over multiple times through out the evening.
abcde said on 10/Dec/18
sometimes when i stood very close to person who is for example 186cm or 187 cm (i am average 178 cm) , i think wow he is not that tall but when i see him and me in the mirror i see difference. And other example i visited my friend who is strong 190 cm, and he was barefoot and slouched and he doesnt look tall. When u see someone only one time in your life is not good to judge his height.
Jordan Grimbly said on 8/Dec/18
I saw Metallica back in October. I was on the rail RIGHT where James hides in between songs. When you're on the rail, there's a bit of step to stand on. I asked my friend who works arena shows and he told me that when you stand on one of those, you are usually elevated by 1 or 2 inches. James was RIGHT in front of me multiple times that night, I tried to emulate how he was standing, not too straight but also not super slouching. I'd say I had a good 2 inches on him standing on that step.
I'm 5'11 and was probably 6 feet in my boots. I'd say James, at least these days, is probably closer to 6 feet. He was wearing some slim, flat shoes too for the stage. He likes the big boots when he's off stage though. I was really excited to see him so up close!
berta said on 7/Dec/18
186,5 range
QM6'1QM said on 24/Nov/18
Papa Het is a really 6'1 guy, but he's love massive/big shoes (like on photo) and, maybe, that's why looks taller.

My opinion: 6'1.25" at lunchtime, but now Hetfield is not a young boy and maybe lost something (1/8 or 2/8), after long-lasting headbanging.
abcde said on 5/Nov/18
Danimal 5'9 3/4" said on 5/Nov/18
i think he lost about 1 cm , and he never was 6'2.5"
as I wrote below peak 187 cm (weak) it's a most possibly
when he was younger he was slimmer which gave the impression that he is taller
Danimal 5'9 3/4" said on 5/Nov/18
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Oct/15
Cliff Burton looked 6ft2-3 in all honesty.
He was taller than Hetfield by about 1in.
I think 186cm could be it for Het

Actually no. James was taller than Cliff. I used to think the opposite, but it's just not so. James was taller than him:
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Fredd said on 4/Nov/18
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If Lars nowadays is 5ft.5, then James is probably around 6ft, 6ft. 1/2 inch max.
Danimal 5'9 3/4" said on 4/Nov/18
Actually, I'm going to go on record in saying that James PRE-neck fusion surgery and PRE-back problems that started in 2000 and PRE-aging, was 6'2.5" guy. Today, he's 6'1.25" due to both being 55 years old, having had the vertebrae in his neck fused together through surgery (resulting his a shorter neck) and struggling with back problems for almost 20 years.
Peak 6'2.5"
Today 6'1.25"
Danimal 5'9 3/4" said on 4/Nov/18
Again, to clear things up about his height. He was on the Joe Rogan podcast in late 2016 and they had a long discussion about injuries and surgeries. James said that due to all the headbanging and poor posture onstage over the years, that he needed the vertebrae in his neck to be fused, because it was pinching on a nerve, resulting in numbness in his arm and hand. The neck fusion leads to the being squashed (being shorter), which results in overall height loss. He has also had major back problems since the summer of 2000 (NO, he has NEVER had back surgery). He also said on the Joe Rogan podcast that he has trouble standing straight/straightening out these days as well, so he's losing height in the posture department as well. Anyway, he is 55 years old today, with a shorter neck and a more compressed look in the upper torso (his back) in general. During his prime years, he was a TALL guy. Closing in on that 6'2" mark EASILY. Today, he's at best 6'1" flat. I was a major Metallica fan since 1988 when I first heard ...And Justice For All.
abcde said on 31/Oct/18
Rob, do you expect to add a peak height for him?,
I am almost sure, he lost about 1 cm
and to me 2 versions are the most possibly:
afternoon: peak: 187 cm (weak), 186 cm nowadays
or peak 186cm (strong), and 185 cm nowadays
first version is more possibly
Maybe he is still tall like was
abcde said on 18/Oct/18
Mariano Rivera looks more like 185 cm,
i saw others photo of them and Hetfield looks like 2 cm more than Mariano
Danimal 5'9 3/4" said on 17/Oct/18
James was at least 6'2" in his younger days (he's lost height due to back problems and neck fusion in recent years). Here he was actually slightly taller than 6'2" professional baseball player, Mariano Rivera in 2005:
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abcde said on 12/Oct/18
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover, who claims ? Hetfield ? where?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Oct/18
He probably claims 6ft2
Alex65 said on 8/Sep/18
Strong 6'1 for me.

Rob, could you add Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen, respectively founder and singer of the famous metal band Nightwish ?
abcde said on 22/Jul/18
Monkey knees:
interesting information, but I do not agree with you, Hetfield never was 6'2 peak,
I believe he was 6'1.5 peak

the biggest changes are in his weight, once time he is slim and in a month he is again heavily built, maybe even a hundred kilos
Monkey knees said on 12/Jul/18
Pushing 6'2 peak. Easily. Nowadays 6'1 1/4. Touring, lifestyle and his playing style have impacted on his drop. People arguing 6ft peak etc are miles off. I am over 6ft in my work shoes and have seen Hetfield backstage at the arena i work at; 3 or 4 times. Latest a couple months back. Just over 6 1 now is spot on.
abcde said on 1/Jun/18
Fred its your opinion but show me boots that adds 3 inch :)
Fredd said on 30/May/18
abcde, nah, they're standing on even ground and also Hetfield is also standing closest to the camera. Peak 6ft. barefoot max, with shoes/boots6ft.1, 6ft.2.
abcde said on 21/May/18
and Fredd, scroll down to my comment and open the links and u c Hetfield with tall and very tall guys
best regards
abcd said on 16/Oct/16
Click Here Marco Sturm 183 cm, Oven Nolan 185 cm
Click Here Bred Hedican 188 cm
Click Here with Jagr 189 cm
Click Here with Adam Burish 185 cm
Click Here with Dennis Rodman 199 cm
Click Here with guy 206 cm
Click Here with Brent Burns 195 cm or 196 cm
Click Here with Sebastian Bach maybe 191 cm?
abcde said on 21/May/18
Fredd, they stood on uneven ground
abcde said on 17/May/18
Fredd, show me boots that add 3 inch
berta said on 15/May/18
james is at best 187 and at worst 185 flat. 186 is the overall best listing for him.
Fredd said on 15/May/18
I highly doubt his peak was ever 6ft.1. Heres a photo from 1987, when he was 25 and had stopped growing. Notice every Metallica member has perfect posture:
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He has 4,5 inches max on 5ft.5 Ulrich. Keep in mind that Hetfield also has the highest footwear. His peak was probably 6ft. max maybe even less. He appears taller than he is because the other Metallica members are all shorter than 5ft.8. He also wears 2,3 inch boots all the time. He's also a very robust guy, big, thick bones, which also makes him appear taller.
Panterafan_CFH said on 23/Apr/18
Well Rob, the reason I think he's lost 2 inches in height is due to age, knee surgery, back surgery, and there is a video from late 2016 of him, and Ric Flair and he didn't look much taller than Ric.


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Panterafan_CFH said on 18/Apr/18
Rob, what's your honest opinion on Phil Anselmo's current, and peak height?

For his peak, I'd give him a weak 6'0.

Current, I'll give him a weak 5'10.
Editor Rob
Considering he's 49, I would be surprised if he lost a big 3cm of height.
abcde said on 17/Apr/18
Marc
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Sonnecker said on 5/Apr/18
I agree this measure!
abcde said on 3/Apr/18
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santgr said on 2/Apr/18
How much do you think he has lost Rob? Could you see a 6ft1.5 peak height for him?
Editor Rob
Half inch could be possible
Marc the Rocker said on 9/Mar/18
Hey Rob, any information on how tall the guys from Avenged Seventold are? Or Corey Taylor from Slipknot?
Editor Rob
Unfortunately not as sure on them yet.
Boba Fett said on 25/Feb/18
Thought James was 6'2", probably because he's the only tall one in Metallica. He towers over Lars and Kirk.
Dude 173 cm said on 11/Jan/18
Sorry, i wanted put this photo, the best

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abcd said on 10/Jan/18
why i had to provided email to add the las comment ? now not Rob?
Editor Rob: so you don't need to type it again for other comments, of course it's just a cookie, so if you clear them regularly you'll need to type again name/email.
abcd said on 10/Jan/18
Click Here for these people who said that Cliff was taller than James, i dont think so, good a proof, Cliff was like a James, range 186 cm 187 cm
abcd said on 21/Nov/17
of course one of them was after fire accident
abcd said on 21/Nov/17
if i remember correctly i saw somewhere two reports from a hospital after an fire accident (i supposse) where it was reported that he was 187cm and 188cm (he was measured in the evening i think so)
JordanG said on 7/Nov/17
For the people posting pictures of James and Dave Mustaine from the early 80s, Dave was standing straight while James was either leaning againt a wall or leaning into the camera with his legs bent.

James was always taller than Mustaine.

Somewhere in the late 80s/early 90s James started wearing big cowboy boots which gives much more height.
abcd said on 11/Jul/17
i dont believe earlier that James lost height, but maybe is a chance for: 187cm peak, 186cm now (185 cm minimum )
He looks smaller this year :)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jul/17
Looks 186-187cm more than 185-186cm
McBeans said on 4/Jul/17
Prime 6'2 now he's like 6'1
abcd said on 20/Jun/17
James Hetfield had a back surgery some time ago , interesting how it affected his height
BillisaLefty said on 23/May/17
I think he's a strong 6'1'', even today.
aas said on 23/Apr/17
im strong 178 and i had visitors and they were 186 cm and they are tall plus boots wow very tall mayby James is 186 but when He is even 185 He is tall sorry english
berta said on 19/Apr/17
i think he is this listed height ore even 187. maybe closer to 187 . when he was is sweden in the 90`s he stod beside anders lundin (185) and looked half inch taller. but he may have had boots on. 186 is maybe the best bet
tony t. said on 26/Mar/17
What about a page for Layne Staley? I believe he was 6'0.5.
abcd said on 13/Mar/17
and its interesting how short James looks here 7 min :) Click Here
abcd said on 13/Mar/17
With John Mayer 191 cm, the same height but i think James had bigger boots and better posture Click Here
abcd said on 9/Mar/17
Cletus
even 3 cm less :) wow
I would be surprised if he lost 1 cm. I thing he has the same height as a youth
184 is too low
Cletus said on 8/Mar/17
186-187 in the 80's... 184 nowadays
ej said on 26/Feb/17
185, 9 before sleep can you call weak 6 1, 25?? Rob
ej said on 26/Feb/17
I meant weak 186, 0 or 186, 1 cm before the sleep
ej said on 26/Feb/17
186 weak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Feb/17
Looked at least 6ft1½(187cm) in the 80's-90's.
trevor said on 17/Feb/17
James is maybe 188 cm it was a little bit shorter than me when i saw him (i'm 193 cm)
abcd said on 13/Feb/17
just for the record :) its very imortant information from James :) Click Here
abcd said on 10/Feb/17
His son Castor is 6'2 and He is taller than James :) i put link below with this link
Dr. Thriller said on 9/Feb/17
Met the guy. Stood next to my pal who renewed his passport the day before and listed as 190 cm. They were EXACTLY the same height.
abcd said on 1/Feb/17
Daniman any proofs? :)
Danimal said on 25/Jan/17
Has lost height in recent years. He has admitted to having had neck fusion (so has Dave Mustaine and Tom Araya) as well as having back problems and having difficulty standing/sitting straight. He was easily 6'1.5" if not close to 6'2" through the 80's and 90's. He looks like he is a flat 6'1" at best today at 53 years old.
berta said on 23/Jan/17
good update. 186-187 is what he looks
abcd said on 4/Jan/17
i think they look the same height but James had 1 cm less footwear than him so James is 1 cm tallet tham Him
182 said on 3/Jan/17
just watched craig ferguson's episode with metallica and he looked taller than craig who is 6'1.
abcd said on 30/Dec/16
Oz
maybe impression :) but not 190 :D no chance He is 186 cm thats tall !
Best regards
Oz said on 30/Dec/16
He's really taller than that !
My friend met him (he's a legit 6' guy) and he said James was really close to 6'3.
abcd said on 18/Dec/16
Click Here 186cm is very good :)
Jason said on 12/Nov/16
I am 99% sure that James is a solid 6'2" even to this day. He is very close in height to 6'3"+ people. I'm 6'4", I met him, and he was pretty much my height (but had some boots on that prolly gave him an advantage).

There's no way he's just 185 cm.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Nov/16
Cliff Burton looked taller than Hetfield. I buy 6ft2 for him if not a bit more. He was a strikingly tall guy
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Nov/16
187cm peak is arguable
Paleman said on 5/Nov/16
James does look to stand taller than flat 6'1"... I think you should consider giving an extra quarter to him Rob, definitely looks to be in the strong 6'1" zone. Probably not as tall as 187cm but 186cm seems plausible.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Oct/16
Yes I think he'd be 15 stone range.
abcd said on 16/Oct/16
186 cm and 95 kg or 100 kg nowadays :) Rob maybe You add weight people ?
it would be interesting
Editor Rob: I only really will mention a weight if it's from a quote or article, but I won't create any additional sub-categories. There are still 'dead' weight pages on the site but they are abandoned.
abcd said on 16/Oct/16
Click Here Marco Sturm 183 cm, Oven Nolan 185 cm
Click Here Bred Hedican 188 cm
Click Here with Jagr 189 cm
Click Here with Adam Burish 185 cm
Click Here with Dennis Rodman 199 cm
Click Here with guy 206 cm
Click Here with Brent Burns 195 cm or 196 cm
Click Here with Sebastian Bach maybe 191 cm?
abcd said on 6/Oct/16
ok i understand, there is no unanimous answer for this question :)Conclousion is next: maybe is a chance for change your opinion :) but not must be. Tnx for the answer :)
Editor Rob: in Hetfield's case I could see an argument for 6ft 1 and a bit.
abcd said on 6/Oct/16
is it a chance to change height of somebody, if number of votes exceeds for example 100 and shows different result than on the website ?
Editor Rob: the estimates are the average of user votes. Sometimes it might help me identify people to have a closer look at, because tracking 9000 celebrities is a big task. Some people may have looked more at certain celebrities than I have so far, hence it is useful for me to see what the opinion is.
abcd said on 6/Oct/16
is it a chance to change height of somebody, if number of votes exceeds for example 100 and shows different result than on the website ?
Editor Rob: the estimates are the average of user votes. Sometimes it may help me identify people to have a closer look at, because tracking 9000 celebrities is a big task.

Some people may have looked more at certain celebrities than I have so far, hence it is useful for me to see a summary of opinion in numeric form.

Also this is a long-term thing - anybody who gets over 100 votes has a good amount of guesses. Under 10 guesses and there's a lot of variation possible.
cowboy-from-hell said on 5/Oct/16
Rob, here is a video of Phil Anselmo with Ric Flair.


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Can you guess what you think Phil's current height might be? It may be hard to determine, as Phil is standing behind Ric. Ric's current height is listed as "5'9".
Editor Rob: looks similar to Ric there!
abcd said on 14/Jun/16
sorry for my mistakes :) i can't edit the last comment.
abcd said on 12/Jun/16
Anonymous
You said Robert trujjilo is 178 ,
and u said Cliff is 180 are u Kidding ???Cliff was the same height like James
abcd said on 12/Jun/16
Anonymous
You said Robert trujjilo is 178 ,
and u said Cliff is 180 are u Kidding ???Cliff was the same height than James
Anonymous_1 said on 9/Jun/16
Cliff Burton was not 6'2", in a lot of pics he looks 1-2" shorter than James (6'1"). My guess is 5'11" (180 cm) for Cliff Burton.
abcd said on 9/Jun/16
i just saw a lot photo of him, for example with tall sportsmans or other tall musicians etc, and He looks tall with them. Its weird He is ,,only'' 185 but i dont believe He is for example 190 :) i thought James is a little taller than 185 and He is 186 or 187 cm. For me 186 sounds good but 185 sound good either, its only 1 cm diffrence no reason to argue. Anyway, He is tall man.
6'4" master race said on 5/Jun/16
my guess is papa het is 6'1.5"
abcd said on 25/May/16
Het is bent, May is closer to camera, Het is 186 max. Brian is tall even nowadays
Hardi said on 24/May/16
Do you guys think Brian May and James may actually be almost same height as Brian is 68 and may have shrunk a little Click Here ?
abcd said on 11/May/16
JordanG u r right
JordanG said on 8/May/16
A6'1Guy, in that picture where James looks MUCH shorter than Dave, I'm pretty sure James has his knees bent. Like, he's kind of pushing towards the camera. I have seen that picture forever and that's the impression I have always gotten.
abcd said on 30/Apr/16
silent :D maybe more people understood that He is 185 maybe a little more and gave up:)
abcd said on 23/Feb/16
So He is beetween 185 186 i think
abcd said on 3/Feb/16
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Vaiski181cm said on 22/Jan/16
Taking over this thread to discuss Pantera members' heights.

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Claims left to right:

Dimebag Darrell 5'9"

Phil Anselmo 6'1"

Rex Brown 5'10"

Vinnie Paul Abbott 5'9"


I'm not sure where to pinpoint Phil but he seems at least 6'0" in the photo. I'm pretty sure he was at least that before his disc-degenerative disease. If he was 6'0,5" range pre 1994, I'm guessing he's around 5'11" now.
a said on 30/Dec/15
Anonymous_1
no chance :)
in my opinion
Hetfield max 186 nowadays
Ulrich 167 nowadays
Hammet 172 nowdays
Trujillo 171, wow 178 no chance !!!!! :D
Anonymous_1 said on 29/Dec/15
Hetfield: 187 cm

Ulrich: 170 cm

Hammett: 174 cm

Rob Trujillo: 177-178 cm
andrew said on 16/Nov/15
maybe he claims he is 185 ( not sure he claims but he is listed on metallica page as 185 :) ) becuse he does not care about his height :) and this is his height from youth, and he grew taller after 20.
andrew said on 16/Nov/15
Click Here here with chad smith who is 191
Click Here with guy who is 189 cm
Click Here with tall players of sf
andrew said on 15/Nov/15
Hetfield is minimum 185 and 100 kg now he is is big guy
andrew said on 13/Nov/15
Click Here wit tom waits who is here 180 cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Oct/15
Cliff Burton looked 6ft2-3 in all honesty.
He was taller than Hetfield by about 1in.

I think 186cm could be it for Het
andrew said on 22/Oct/15
Click Here with brian may 187 cm
Click Here with guy who is 190 cm
He is 186 cm or 187 cm but no more.
Dave189 said on 20/Oct/15
My 6'1'' friend met James back in 1999 and said James was easily taller than him by 2cm...
a said on 14/Sep/15
I saw his photograph with the players sf giants and was not much shorter than them and they had the 190 cm and more. i dont that He loos 1cm maybe but he Looks often 186 maybe 187
MrTBlack said on 13/Sep/15
@Aza

6'1" is the most I could buy Hetfield for since legit 6'2" Cliff Burton Metallica member looks noticeably taller than him in just about every pic. My bet for Hetfield is 6'0" maybe 6'0.5" unless Burton was actually 6'2" then maybe he's 6'1".
Aza said on 9/Sep/15
Best album defo Was Master of Puppets for me.Were never the same after Cliff Burton. Hetfield looks a solid 6'1.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Sep/15
Rob, a fraction of over this for Hetfield?
[Editor Rob: 186cm is probably a reasonable mark as he can fall into the strong 6ft 1 zone.]
Jacob said on 11/Aug/15
Rob, what do you think Dave Mustaine's peak height is? Claims "6'0" and I can believe it.
Danimal said on 21/Jul/15
Current day James with current day Tony Hawk: Click Here
A guy replying to a guy said on 10/Jun/15
@ Pantera Rules
The IMDB (internet movie database) has Phil Anselmo listed as 5'11.5" (despite how Anselmo himself has claimed 6'1" in various contexts).

Judging from various pictures of Anselmo standing with the rest of the (ex-) Pantera members in the past, the IMDB listing sounds about right (the Abbott brothers being about 5'9", and Rex Brown a generous 5'10" or 5'9+")
c said on 28/May/15
in my opinion James Hetfield is about 186, 187 cm , anyway even he is 185 he is tall
Pantera rules said on 12/May/15
Phil Anselmo should get his own page. And I think Phil is "5'11" (180 cm) today. I think Phil has lost some height. He looked taller back in the Pantera days. I think his peak height is either "5'11".75 (182 cm) or "6'0" (183 cm). What do you think Rob???
Austin said on 10/Apr/15
Here is Phil Anselmo with Dave Mustaine. Anselmo has gotta be "6'0".

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Danimal said on 3/Apr/15
I'm including some Dave Mustaine pics with 6'1" James Hetfield pics. Dave has lost considerable height over the years due to major neck surgery in 2010 (fused neck) and his posture has taken a turn for the worst (very curved spine/neck). Was easily 5'11" (maybe even 6'0") in the 1980's/1990's. The first pics are of James and Dave from the early 1980's (1982-1983), where Dave looked 5'11"-6'0". One from the late 90's (1998-1999), where he looked about 5'11" and one from 2010-2011, where he looks MAX 5'10" if not less:

Early 1980's:

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Early 1980's:

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Early 1980's:

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Early 1980's:

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Early 1980's:

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Late 90's:

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2010:

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2011:

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Jake said on 31/Mar/15
Rob, how tall do you think Phil Anselmo is??? He claims "6'0". And he does kinda look like a 6 foot guy in my opinion.
[Editor Rob: he can look near that yeah]
d said on 25/Jan/15
i think James is 187, Kirk 173, Rob 172, ulrich maybe 170 he has bad posture :D
A6'1Guy said on 24/Jan/15
@xass Looks to be closer to the camera, makes him look taller, not mention all round bigger than the other guy, his hand looks to be reaching into the foreground, so...
A6'1Guy said on 24/Jan/15
@Oanh He didn't ALWAYS look 6'1 next to Dave, please refer to my last comment.
A6'1Guy said on 24/Jan/15
I would not doubt that Dave Mustaine was 6'0 at a point in time, given he is getting older and is at (Or is near) a point in time where he could be losing height and is probably 5'11 now, atleast. When he was younger he was quite taller than Hetfield:

Older days: Click Here / Click Here
(First pic) Disregarding the fact that Mustaine's hair gives him an advantage, we see he is quite a bit taller than Hetfield, also factoring in that he is tilting his head forward; he is not showing his full height, gives the illusion that he is (SLIGHTLY) shorter at this angle as his eye level is lower, so if his head was tilted straight forward he'd look even taller, but not by much.
(Maybe 2-3 inch difference all together?) We don't know what boots they are wearing so... but I'd say he was taller at one stage as many pictures suggest before James' growth spurt.

Mid: Click Here
Looks like Hetfield grew a bit, we see he edges out Mustaine but Mustaine looks to also be slouching, if he wasn't they'd be quite close in height, if James is truly 6'1 this picture makes Mustaine look at LEAST 5'11.5, or even 6'0 at this point in time, they look quite close, but we don't know what footwear they are wearing, so I know this isn't the best comparison photo.

Recent: Click Here / Click Here
(First pic) We see that Mustaine is shorter by a small margin but is tilting his head into the background while James is slouching, if you factor all these together they look to only have about an inch difference.
(2nd pic) Mustaine seems to be slightly slouching around the neck area, hard to call this picture, the first one was easier to see the difference as they were very close to eachother.

My opinion going by these pictures:
Mustaine was probably once 6'0 (At what point in the day I don't know, my guess he could've been in mid day).
Hetfield was before his growth spurt probably around in the 5'10 area and after was (And probably still is) around in the 6'1 region, maybe even 6'1.5 and at times actually can look taller (In my view).

Sorry about the wall of text guys, just an analysis, if somewhat a poor one...

I really hope Mustaine will/can get a page of his own...
Hans said on 21/Jan/15
Rob, what do you think of Phil Anselmo? (approximately)
Nioca said on 9/Jan/15
Is it possible that he grew taller after 20? because in some pictures and videos he doesn't look as tall as when he was 25 years old or older.
d said on 6/Jan/15
187 sounds perfect but he was younger about twenty he doesent look tall , maybe he grew up to 25 :)
Zack said on 4/Jan/15
Rob, what do you think of Phil Anselmo?
[Editor Rob: not sure on him.]
Jan said on 1/Jan/15
I thought he looked a few inches taller!
McCoy said on 22/Nov/14
He looked taller than Craig Ferguson the first night this week, then on the last show they looked much closer, but they are both clearly in the 6-1 range.
184.9 on a bad day said on 6/Sep/14
He deserves a upgrade for 6ft 1.25(186).
181.4 said on 31/Aug/14
After all those surgeries Dave looks 179-180
Oanh said on 6/Aug/14
Patrick says on 27/Feb/14
He's shorter than Dave Mustaine, who's six foot.

No, James is taller than Dave. Metallica and Megadeth used to play the SF Bay Area clubs back in the 80's before they were huge, and I saw them up close many times. James always looked 6'1 ...Dave 5'11.5" or 6'.
mamajones said on 17/Jun/14
Met him 3 months ago, I'm 6ft 1' and Hetfield is AT LEAST 6ft 2'
C to the D said on 9/Jun/14
Solid 6'1.5 i'd say. Towers over the rest of 'Tallica. As for the Mustaine/Hetfield debate; James is clearly taller. By quite a margin. I'd give Mustaine a peak height of 5 11.5.
SaveUsY2J said on 29/May/14
@Ron: Worst angle possible for height comparison. No way is there a 4in difference between the two men.
Ron said on 27/May/14
If james is 1.85cm (6f1)then dave must be like 1.76 (5'9'') from what i see in this picture Click Here
Bard said on 23/Apr/14
Mustaine's not short but Hetfield's definitely taller.
Tiny said on 14/Apr/14
Dave Mustaine is nowhere near 6' but hetfield looks 6'1
Xplosion said on 14/Apr/14
how tall is Dave Mustaine?Somebody know?
185.95 cm at night said on 13/Apr/14
here's a a photo of papa het with kris kristofferson who is listed 5'10" on here Click Here ...Jamie looks at least 4 inches taller than him..
Ace said on 2/Apr/14
looks more like a solid 6'2"
Xass said on 21/Mar/14
Mustaine is looking 5'9-5'10 nowadays. I would put James at 6' 1.25", I think it fits perfectly with him
HellBoundPower said on 15/Mar/14
@Patrick
He's NOT shorter than Dave Mustaine. He's at least an inch taller if not more.
185.95 cm at night said on 13/Mar/14
Gosh this must be the most controversial height on here ever..no doubt he's tall guy...seen him in person
Patrick said on 27/Feb/14
He's shorter than Dave Mustaine, who's six foot.
satchy said on 24/Feb/14
he is 6ft max
TheBo said on 14/Jan/14
Met him a couple of times. No way more than 6'1. Think about posture and stuff... Some overestimate, some underestimate their height. I guess Het is exactly what he states to be. Not more. Not less. Don't judge their height. Judge your own eyes. The eye of the beholder... ;-)
185.95 cm at night said on 25/Dec/13
Guys i saw james from 1 foot away and he was clearly taller than me, we had similiar boots,so i think he's a solid 6' 2"
johnmcc said on 23/Dec/13
Always heard he was 6'2 from fans who had met them. I did meet Mustaine though after a Megadeath gig at the Barrowlands and he was around 5'11 (180 range).
Bard said on 17/Dec/13
More like 6'2, judging from pics.
xass said on 29/Nov/13
Rob, hetfield looked huge next to mariano rivera (who is supposed to be 6'2) Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Nov/13
Rob, do you have any idea how tall the late Cliff Burton was?

He was killed in a bus crash back in 1986 while Metallica were touring Sweden. He's listed as 6ft2 in some places. However, he was more than 1in taller than Hetfield. I have a feeling he may have been nearer 6ft3
[Editor Rob: not much idea ]
MetalKid said on 9/Nov/13
I always thought he was 6'2". Might be because he's usually next to short people like Lars and Kirk.
Metal Power said on 6/Nov/13
James Hetfield's height is probably between 6'1" and 6'2". I'm 6'1" and when i saw him he semeed slightly taller than me but then again, maybe his motor boots were giving him that extra inch.
Boss said on 21/Sep/13
Unlike a lot of celebrities who exaggerate their heights, I don't think James has ever addressed it, which is why it's probably higher than his listing. I think 6'2" is his right height now, at 50, since I'm judging from my personal experience from 3 years ago. Considering he's had neck and back problems from playing the way he does, it's safe to say he was probably even close to 6'3" in his young days.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Sep/13
"James Hetfield's height is 6ft 1.5in (187cm)"

Might even be 6ft2. Anyone know how tall Cliff Burton was?
Boss said on 30/Jul/13
I met Metallica in 2010. I'm 6'4" and James was just 1 inch shorter than me. Granted he was wearing some boot-like shoes which probably gave him an extra inch but I'd say 6'2" is a very good estimate for him.

My best friend is 6'1" and he is not as tall as James. Another friend of mine who is a strong 6' was there that day and James towered over him.

My honest opinion is James is a good 6'2" and can pull off 6'3" with the right shoes.
Powerhouse said on 28/Jul/13
6'1.75 for James Hetfield.
HellBoundPower said on 19/Jul/13
From looking at cin's picture, if that guy is 6'2" he's probably close to 6'3" in those shoes. And seeing as how James pretty close to the same height as him with flip flops on, I would say James is 6'2.5" in that picture. Either that or the guy is under 6'1".
cin said on 13/Jul/13
Click Here guy next to hetfield is 6ft2 so?
wiltonstilts said on 11/Jul/13
Peak height may have been closer to 6 02 but he might be closer to a strong 6 0 by now maybe 6 01 still
alex 190 said on 7/Jul/13
hmmm, here's james hetfield standing next to 187 brian may
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he looks like an inch(or maybe more shorter than him), which makes hetfield a 184.
wiltonstilts said on 13/Apr/13
I wasn't sure at first but looking into this I'm gonna have to side with most everyone else on here. James hetfield looks 6'2...
Metallifold said on 20/Mar/13
Seriously guys. You're doing a great job, but this page is incorrect. Hetfield's at least 187 cm tall. Probably around 188-189 cm. I've stood right next to him. Have met several people that has too. I realize he's probably the exception that defines the rule, but he is actually an inch taller than the 6"1' that he claims.
cinek said on 26/Jan/13
max 187
unnecessary man said on 2/Jan/13
definitley needs an upgrade..he's at least my height which is 187,5 cm(6'1¾")..i saw him in person
yankee mike said on 2/Dec/12
i saw james back in 2008 when they were in turkey..i'm 6'2.25" and he exactly the same height as me
Jack said on 24/Nov/12
187 cm. Looks pretty tall
dont said on 27/Oct/12
guys dont downgrade every tall guy out there.. alot of them arent as small as you think
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Sep/12
Hetfield is around 186-187cm, IMO. Dave Mustaine looks 5"11.5(182cm), not quite 6"0.
Johnny said on 20/Aug/12
He seems legit 185cm, dave is nearly his height, possibly 183cm
Jazz said on 25/Jul/12
I dont know what to think now since i've seen photos of James hetfield and Dave Mustaine, Dave was like three inches shorter than 6'1'' (1.85) James,and mustaine always claimed he was 6 ft tall (1.83), i do believe hetfield could be 1.85 but dave being 1.83 not really
Johan said on 17/Jun/12
Again, this info is incorrect. I've stood right by Hetfield in an elevator. He's closer to 6' 2'' than 6' 1''. Was just an inch shorter than my 6' 4'' friend, however Het was wearing boots. It was easy to compare standing right next to him, with my friend 10 cm from him. He's also an inch taller than Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows, who's pretty much exactly 6' 1''.
diego said on 5/Jan/12
when they were on colombia i had the oportunity to be really close to all of them, i even spoke to rob, i am 15 and now i am 5´10 (1,78),james is like 6'1´´(1,85), rob is clearly like 5'8´´(1,73), lars is the shortest 5'5''(1,66), and kirk is really skinny and 5'7''1/2 (1,71)
Marko said on 21/Dec/11
James passed close by me at a gig last year; I'm 6'1.5" and I would say he was pretty near exactly the same height as me.
MicHaeL said on 17/Oct/11
Keep in mind that James usually wears thick soles.
As does Kirk, Lars sometimes too, Robert not as much.
I do too, and whenever I take them off it's like "What happened? I feel tiny now..." and I have to think like "Oh yeah, I took off my shoes..."
Bryan said on 12/Oct/11
James looks taller than 6'1
LG69 said on 12/Aug/11
I saw James at a Motorhead concert back in 1986 in Oakland. He was a few feet in front of me and a group of friends. He looked 6'1-6'2".
Danimal said on 1/Jul/11
Shaun says on 12/Mar/11
In fact he could be as high as 220-225 actually. He does look like he'd weigh 15 or 16 stone.

James USED to weigh 175-180 pounds in the Black Album/Load Era.. By around 2000 he was up to 190 pounds. There is no way he is 220-225 pounds. He is too lean for that. It's possible he's gotten as high as 210-215 MAX, but I still say he's never been above 200 pounds.
Johan said on 29/Jun/11
I've talked to Rob. I'm 180,5 cm exactly. Rob is definately around 171-173 range.
The Big Tuna Fish Sandwich said on 6/Jun/11
I dont think Robert Trujillo is 5'8", looked almost the same height as lars on the "Big 4" concert footage. Lars 5'5" Trujillo 5'6.5"
Shaun said on 12/Mar/11
In fact he could be as high as 220-225 actually. He does look like he'd weigh 15 or 16 stone.
Shaun said on 12/Mar/11
Not under 185. In fact he looks a similar height and weight to me and can look 187 range.
krazy krippled! said on 2/Jan/11
He's a big 6'1 dude, besides kirk and Lars appear to be even smaller since they are rather skinnish.
eddie thrash said on 9/Dec/10
I saw him at an heb 2years ago I. Was about 4-7and he was huge almost 2 feet taller than me
Matt said on 24/Nov/10
Wouldn't be surprised if he was 6' 1.5''. he gives the impression of being even taller tho mostly because he towers over his bandmates.
Anonymous said on 7/Nov/10
PK says on 9 /Feb/10
Someone should list Pantera on this page . Rather short band . I believe Phil is
5 ' 11- 6' and the tallest member.
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this is the problem with most of us... when we cross the 6 ft line, we think of ourselves as some 7 footer giant hulk.
5-11 to 6 isn't small you lowlife faggot. 5 ft 8 can be ' big' too.. dime had a heart that's even bigger.. unlike some midget
hearted lowlife like you.
chris said on 3/Jun/09
mabe the reason james is shorter is because of the way he used to stand when singing. he put the mike very low.
Daii said on 21/Apr/09
He looks to be in the 6'0 range from looking at videos, 6'1 is likely
Hugh 190cm said on 16/Apr/09
186cm-188cm would be a good range to put Hetfield in.
Moodiac Anniversary said on 15/Apr/09
Everyone claims what he wants. James looks taller than he is and this fact is neither an illusion nor a secret. But it's explainable though. At least to me... I realized that people, a bit to way smaller than 6'-6'1", see him being very very tall. And people they're taller than this claim him being not more than 6'1" barefoot. And I buy it! As I've met and saw him standing tall in front of me, shaking his hand and having a small chat, i say YES he definitely is 6'2" in his boots. In my boots I stand exactly 6'1" and he still had an inch on me. 6'2" with shoes for sale. You buy it? I do!
Matt Sisk said on 1/Apr/09
James is more like 6'2" on stage, but 6'1" barefoot probably.
Gn'R said on 24/Mar/09
Hey Glenn, do you have a pic with Lemmy? Would be cool if Lemmy had a page here as well. Hard to believe he is 5'9? - I always thought Lem was 5'11!
Brian said on 9/Mar/09
c`mon this guy is almost one head taller than Kirk Hammet (171cm). So lets make a CAUTIOUS estimate: 171cm + 16,17cm= 187,188= 6ft2 sounds perfect. This guy IS taller.
glenn said on 8/Mar/09
i agree.all my peers gave 6-3 estimations like i did last month as i always gauged him at.so,possibly an illusion,but 6-2 minimum.
anametoremember said on 7/Mar/09
id say 6'2 peak evening height and now is around 6'1.5 evening minimum. he just looks too tall to be 6'1 flat
-_-_-(Hugh)-_-_-/ said on 25/Feb/09
Hetfield is about 6ft2.
mrtoker said on 8/Feb/09
you know he ddoes look the same hieght as dave mustaine
gage said on 24/Jan/09
Hetfield is 6'1 no doubt. I met him face to face and got some stuff autographed. I'm 6' exactly and he was just slightly taller than me.
cin said on 20/Jan/09
he looks like 187 but i think he is 185 because on the site of metallica is 185
glenn said on 3/Jan/09
ed-happy new years to you too!!! i hope you stay a part of the celeb heights family forever!. im glad you caught that too with snoop being so tall.tupac looked 5-7,5-8 next to him.and tupac is 5-9 or so.maybe im wrong on that with the snoop/pac illusion.
Ed(1) said on 2/Jan/09
Glenn,no problem man! Happy New Year to you, and I hope it's a good one for all of us!

To be honest when I saw James and Lars it was around 12 years ago if I remember correctly, it was when their Load album was out and they were on tour. I saw them from a distance of roughly 10 feet or so, as they both walked by me dressed from head to toe in black: black leather jackets, black jeans, black boots, etc., so it was kind of hard to miss them.LOL James I noticed immediately first because of his size difference to Lars, and it honestly took me a second to realize who it was. Lars could very well have been shorter like you say, but James for sure gave off an imposing appearance, definitely 6ft2 or more in his boots.

I completely agree with you regarding the Snoop/James clip! Snoop looks 6ft5 easy, and he's kind of dressed like a pimp with that hat on, so I'm curious as to what kind of shoes he might be wearing. There's been plenty of occasions where Snoop has gotten fully decked out in pimp attire: hat, fur coat, heels, and a cane, so it wouldn't surprise me if he had on some serious boots that day.
glenn said on 1/Jan/09
luckily i remembered to check out that snoop/james clip.hard to judge by.of course james looked 6-1 tops,but snoop looked 6-5! the hat and who knows what was on his feet,added to the illusion.lars has looked 5-4 to 5-6 to me.i never saw him taller in his best boots.5-4 obviously an illusion.you caught him at his best then.i think he is 5-6 prime,slightly shorter now possibly from bad posture.im glad you can agree,ed,that james can look more than 6-1.thanks for your input ed.refreshing to read intelligent posts from you,and not some of the stuff i read from others.lol.
Ed(1) said on 31/Dec/08
Glenn I'd say Lars was 5ft7ish, he looked similar in height to Bono. The tough thing with James, Lars, and Bono is they all wear boots, either cowboy or motorcycle boots, so they all get a good 1.5-2" boost. If I were to guess for Hetfield I'd say he's 6ft1 easy, if not more like 6ft2. He was also on the lean side when I saw him years ago which only added to the effect.

As for the Snoop video, I think Snoop is more like 6ft4 or taller which would explain his 2+ inch difference with Hetfield. If you've seen Starsky and Hutch there's maybe an inch difference between him and Vince Vaughn(6ft5).
glenn said on 31/Dec/08
ill check that out tonight danimal.i appreciate it.my 6ft friend who i think is more 5-11,is towered by james,both in dress shoes.james seemed 6-2.some say snoop is 6-4.5,6-5.im with 6-4.6-3 he can look.
glenn said on 31/Dec/08
thanks ed.how tall did lars look to you?
Danimal said on 30/Dec/08
glenn says on 29/Dec/08
you havnt met any of metallica danimal with all due respect.if james isnt 6-3,he isnt 6-1.he is taller than that.by how much im not clear.i hang around plenty of 6-1 guys.they dont leave me that impression.maybe james is 6-2 morning then.

Glenn, growing up I used to think James was like 6'6" or more! hahaha. When I read he was only 6'1". BTW, here you go my friend. 6'3"-6'4" Snoop Dog with 2-3" on James Hetfield. IT's amazing how EVERYTHING is on youtube now: Click Here
Danimal said on 30/Dec/08
glenn says on 29/Dec/08
you havnt met any of metallica danimal with all due respect.if james isnt 6-3,he isnt 6-1.he is taller than that.by how much im not clear.i hang around plenty of 6-1 guys.they dont leave me that impression.maybe james is 6-2 morning then.

Glenn, growing up I used to think James was like 6'6" or more! hahaha. When I read he was only 6'1". BTW, here you go my friend. 6'3"-6'4" Snoop Dog with 2-3" on James Hetfield. IT's amazing how EVERYTHING is on youtube now: Click Here
Ed(1) said on 30/Dec/08
Glenn is right, Hetfield is a pretty tall guy! I saw him and Lars at a mall years ago when they were on tour, it was the same day I saw them in concert, and in the motorcycle boots he was wearing he looked a good 6ft2 or more. I remember when I saw them how shocked I was, because a mall was the last place I expected to see them. LOL
glenn said on 29/Dec/08
you havnt met any of metallica danimal with all due respect.if james isnt 6-3,he isnt 6-1.he is taller than that.by how much im not clear.i hang around plenty of 6-1 guys.they dont leave me that impression.maybe james is 6-2 morning then.
Danimal said on 29/Dec/08
Da Man says on 1/Dec/08
Doink says on 6/Sep/08
"In one of Kerrang's magazine issues, it had a copy of one of James's hospital reports when he was burnt on stage back in the early 90s, and his height on that is 6ft 2.50". A more recent report after he got out of rehab a few years back stated he stood at 6ft 1.25inches so that must be due to posture."

Difference between in-footwear and bare-feet...

I agree. 6'2.5" was probably in shoes and 6'1.25" was barefeet. He looked so much taller in the 80's and early 90's because he was SO thin. In recent years (since 1998) he packed on weight (a good 15 pounds at least) and he looks less tall. He also had back and neck problems and is 45, so he may have even shrunk up to .75" in height.
Danimal said on 29/Dec/08
James is no 6'3". He handed an award to Snoop Dog in 1996 and Snoop had 2-3" on James. James was decked out in black leather with cowboy boots and Snoop was wearing a white suit. I still have it on a VHS tape. James had 1-2" on 5'11"-6'0" Dave Mustaine and was 1" shorter than 6'2" Cliff Burton (his described height in his biography). Sorry Glenn, but I will disagree with you on this one.
nini said on 28/Dec/08
James has long legs! thats why he looks taller
glenn said on 21/Dec/08
it said 6-2.5 didnt it? thats 6-3.thats what i always saw since the demo recordings of the black album in front of my face.not on tv or magazines.1990 on.1988 if you want to count on stage.i missed all the good tours.i have friends only a few years older than me that saw them open up for raven in 1983.i was at the age where i missed everything,yet shouldve saw everything.if that makes sense to any of you.
Da Man said on 20/Dec/08
I could see people guessing James at 6'2", but not 6'3".
Nate said on 19/Dec/08
I could see 6'3. Thats weird that he would say hes 6'1 though. Seems like according to this site people say they're taller than they are rather than vice versa.
Da Man said on 1/Dec/08
Doink says on 6/Sep/08
"In one of Kerrang's magazine issues, it had a copy of one of James's hospital reports when he was burnt on stage back in the early 90s, and his height on that is 6ft 2.50". A more recent report after he got out of rehab a few years back stated he stood at 6ft 1.25inches so that must be due to posture."

Difference between in-footwear and bare-feet...
glenn said on 1/Dec/08
kirk is probably exactly my height.close to 5-8.or a hair under me.james is a 6-3 guy that claims 6-1.you hear that rob? more people backing me on 6-3.
Lucky123 said on 30/Nov/08
Im not going to go into detail about it very much however my best friend is an immediate relative of his. i have hung out with him more times than i can count. most recently a group of six of us, including james, spent the day together in june i am 6'5'' and james WITH OUT A DOUBT is no shorter than 6'2" i would say possibly even 6'3" . just throwin it out there
Gabriel said on 26/Nov/08
I agree with Glenn when i saw metallica in concert i stood by the rail of the stage James actually looked about 6-3 he was wearing standard army type boots and jeans. The shoes didnt have a very big heel it was standard. Kirk looked about 5-10ish or close to it. Lars though looked about 5'6ish him and Sully from godsmack stood about the same height when i saw them together.
glenn said on 25/Oct/08
makes sense cause he always looked 6-3 to me.
adam said on 25/Oct/08
Doink says on 6/Sep/08
In one of Kerrang's magazine issues, it had a copy of one of James's hospital reports when he was burnt on stage back in the early 90s, and his height on that is 6ft 2.50". A more recent report after he got out of rehab a few years back stated he stood at 6ft 1.25inches so that must be due to posture.


Well that`s interesting. So he was over 6-2 peak. I could buy 6-2
Hybrid said on 15/Oct/08
James is a tall man; however, he looks way taller in Some Kind of Monster and music videos because his bandmates ain't exactly intimidating: Rob and Kirk are about 5"9-8 and Lars is an incredible 5"7.
Vegas said on 15/Oct/08
he is 45 not 85 lol, zero chance hetfield has lost 2 inches
ozzy osborne said on 14/Oct/08
his peak hight might have been 6ft1 but he looks like hes 5ft11 now
el toppo said on 6/Oct/08
wow, homey is "only" 6 foot 1? I just saw Some kind of monster (yeh, I know I'm 5 years and an album late!) and he looked huge!
RisingForce said on 10/Sep/08
I can buy 6'1" for Zakk although I still think he could be a legit 6'2".

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