How tall is James Tolkan

James Tolkan's Height

5ft 4 (162.6 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 5 (165.1 cm)
American Actor best known for roles in films such as Top Gun, Back to the Future. According to his wife he stands 5ft 6 in height. This photo was from a Collectormania event in 2009. He had about 0.4 inches more thicker sneaker than me this day.

James Tolkan and Rob
5ft 8 Rob with Marc McClure, James Tolkan, Claudia Wells and Jeffrey Weismann

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Average Guess (4 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 4.88in (164.8cm)
Current: 5ft 3.88in (162.2cm)
Jid Lid said on 23/May/18
Looks like Donald Pleasance
Peter 180cm said on 21/Apr/16
Yeah looks around 163 if you dont account his lean and that Marc guy looks around 176cm solid 5'9.
CD said on 17/Aug/15
If he was 5ft 4ish in his late 70's, I'd say 5ft 5.5 peak is probable. Seems like a good fit for him.
the shredder said on 16/Jul/15
Rob , this guy might have been close to 5'6 peak , He was clearly over an inch on Fox and a good 2 on Claudia.
the shredder said on 9/Dec/14
Rob , how tall is that guy Jeffrey ? He looked about 2 inches on Khalid.
[Editor Rob: he looked around 5ft 8]
the shredder said on 5/Aug/14
This guy can't be 5'6 , Rob would be 5'10 and Tom was a good 4 inches taller.
Jim said on 6/Apr/14
Peak Height was 5'7 (170cm)
the shredder said on 28/Mar/14
rob was he ever over 5'5? I agree with 5'4 now
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure on that]
Seb said on 15/Sep/13
Talent is not limited by height. It's good that he can get parts in such movies as Top Gun as it allows other not-so-tall actors to be able to perform without height detracting from the story.
verticallyinclined said on 20/Sep/11
rob,with shoes on,during B2F, couldn't james have been near 5'6", and mjf with shoes on while filming, could have been 5'5"?
[Editor Rob: they weren't far apart, but imagine James at 5ft 6 and Tom Cruise at 5ft 7 - I don't think that adds up.]
verticallyinclined said on 19/Sep/11
mjf claimed 5'4 1/2 during B2F days. could it stand to reason that with shoes on mjf was 5 4 1/2, closer to 5 5,and james with shoes on back in the 80's was 5 6"?
the shredder said on 19/Sep/11
Cruise own this guy BIG TIME ... Cruise was MINIMUM Rob's height with him
Parker said on 17/Sep/11
5'8.76786 says on 11/Aug/11
James looks 5'4.5 in here Rob, maybe even closer to 5'5 considering his slouch, upgrade???
[Editor Rob: he had at least 0.4 inch more sneakers that day and looked under 5ft 5 to me.]

He did look an inch taller than MJF in Back To The Future, which suggests Michael was never more than 5'4, even though he's claimed 5'5.
5'8.76786 said on 11/Aug/11
James looks 5'4.5 in here Rob, maybe even closer to 5'5 considering his slouch, upgrade???
[Editor Rob: he had at least 0.4 inch more sneakers that day and looked under 5ft 5 to me.]
James said on 20/Jun/09
To be fair rob you have met some big names like Adam Baldwin for example. I mean back in the day he appeared in classics like Full Metal Jacket.
the shredder said on 20/Jun/09
Rob , do you think James Saito is possible to meet ?

[Editor Rob: he's not really been in kind of show that would make him ever appear at a con, so I doubt I'd ever see him!]
James said on 19/Jun/09
regarding Shredders post do you think there might be a chance that you will meet James Avery at any future Conventions?

[Editor Rob: nah, I don't think he's kind of guest an organiser would attempt to get.]
Lego said on 17/Jun/09
Tolkan is such a nice actor and person.

btw he's aged a bit but not as much as many other actors, still a baldy and still very cool (should've been the actor in HITMAN) imo a baldy with an attitude. :D

i believe he was 5'5 indeed and definitely looks in the 5'4 range nowadays.
the shredder said on 16/Jun/09
Thats cool Rob , if you meet James Avery please ask about his height and Will Smith's, heck even Alfo !
the shredder said on 16/Jun/09
Rob , was he a nice guy , and did he tell you he thought Tom Criuse was 5'8 and that he seemed your height ?

[Editor Rob: he was a cool guy yes. I was telling him Cruise himself claimed 5ft 9 back in the 80's but now he's described as 5ft 7 max and the media sometimes have digs about his height. Tolkan just didn't think he was as short as 5ft 7.]
EJ said on 15/Jun/09
Was this a Back to the Future convention or something?

[Editor Rob: just some guests from that film at the event.]
the shredder said on 15/Jun/09
Rob , thanks , I had a feeling he was like 5'4 if Tom Cruise was your listed height ! Funny how yall talked about his height and he did not think Tom Cruise was 5'7 ! How tall did he think he was though ?

btw guys , I was not on for a bit , it was my b-day !

[Editor Rob: more 5ft 8 - my height...but then I do think tolkan has lost height. belated happy birthday!]
RisingForce said on 14/Jun/09
Rob, how did the subject of Tom's height come up?

[Editor Rob: I asked him what it was like working with Tom, and mentioned the media's digs at his height.]
Editor Rob said on 13/Jun/09
I talked to James about Tom Cruise and Top Gun and he didn't think he was as short as 5ft 7...

This photo is a tougher one for height when the photographer is 5ft 2 (and thus camera is about 4ft 9 high!). Mcclure is losing an easy inch being slightly behind me and Tolkan is gaining an easy inch by being slightly in front of me.
el toppo said on 13/Jun/09
Cor!! What a great pic! Good to see James Tolkan is still plugging on. Love Marc McClure! (he has hair now? lol) Wow! Claudia Wells! She is still smoking hot! I would love to slip her a length! Jeff Weismann. You were good kid, but Glover will always be the best.
James said on 13/Jun/09
He looks a good 5'4.
RisingForce said on 13/Jun/09
I've been curious about James Tolkan's height ever since I noticed that he was noticeably shorter than Cruise in Top Gun. I thought he was somewhere around 5'4".

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