How tall was Jim Henson

Jim Henson's Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

American puppeteer, actor and director, best known for creating The Muppets. He also created Fraggle Rock and directed Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.
Unusually tall for his age, he would eventually top out at six foot one, though he was so lanky everyone would always swear he was taller. - Jim Henson: The Biography (2013)

Jim Henson (1989) headshot

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Average Guess (12 Votes)
6ft 1.67in (187.1cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/20
Poor Jim Henson, who passed on at just 53, was born 84 years ago today. It's hard to digest that he hasn't been with us for over 30 years. 😢


RIP Jim Henson 🕯️
24/9/36 - 16/5/90
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/19
Jim Henson would have turned 83 today had he lived past the tragically young age of 53.


RIP Jim 🕯️
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/19
@ Rampage Clover - You're right there! I was always under the impression that Jim was nearer the 6ft4 mark - seriously!

Today Jim gets a mere 6ft1.75! 😁👍
Scoobydoo said on 30/Sep/18
Between 187-190cm

We will never forget you Mr Henson

Thanks for all master!!
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jun/18
Taking into account all the interesting comments I have just read, I'd like to go for the average of 6ft1.75. Maybe Rampage is right and Jim did 'dumb it down' a little.

RIP Mr Muppet, Jim Henson. You gave a great deal of pleasure to many people! xxx
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Nov/17
He's got the legs of a 6ft4 guy
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Nov/17
Rob, you've got a number of 6ft2 guys on here who were described 6ft1, had 6ft1 on their resumes and even claimed 6ft1....could Jim fall into that category as someone who dumbed it down a bit?

That clip of him on Arsenio is very strong evidence
Editor Rob: I wouldn't rule it out of course, he could seem a bit taller than 6ft 1, had a frame for looking very tall.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Oct/17
Richardspain, agreed. He deserves an upgrade
Richardspain said on 4/Oct/17
He was tall around 187-188cm
Mark(5'9.5") said on 21/Sep/17
Could be taller than Peak Bobby Fischer (who is over 6'1" too.)
Mincer said on 8/Jun/17
Yeah his legs look really long, do you agree Rob?
Editor Rob: yes they could be 35 inseam
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Apr/17
Nearer 6ft2, has to be.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Nov/16
Rob, which of these is arguable?

A) 191cm/189cm
B) 190.5cm/188.5cm
C) 190cm/188cm
D) 189.5cm/187.5cm
E) 189cm/187cm
F) 188.5cm/186.5cm
G) 188cm/186cm
H) 187.5cm/185.5cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Oct/16
Looks at least 6ft3 range there...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Oct/16
Rob, pause at 0:21

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Please don't tell me that's only 2in between him and Arsenio Hall. He's slouching while Arsenio is standing upright and he has a good 4in on him! Furthermore, please don't downgrade Arsenio to 5ft9 as a result of that. He was easily around 5ft11 back then (does look shorter today though).
Editor Rob: you can argue 6ft 2 there yes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Sep/16
Rob, are you sure he was shorter than Frank Oz?

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Editor Rob: not seen enough photos of those two in poses which really say if Frank is the same or a 6ft 2 guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Apr/16
"Jim Henson's height is 6ft 1½in (186.69cm)"

I wouldn't go lower than that and quite possibly was 6ft2. Not buying 6ft1 flat.
Jay said on 16/Apr/16
Still don't see Jim Henson under 6'2.....
Cuconimous said on 24/Mar/16
I think this is the part where we all fall for '...he was so lanky everyone would always swear he was taller'
Yet, I haven't seen any pic of anyone taller next to him

That said, it is possible that he used shoes with boot-like 2"-3" heels, which would not be uncommon and would explain the mismatch
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Mar/16
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I'm serious when I say this...he looks like a towering 6ft4 guy in that picture. Those legs are super long.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Mar/16
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Looks visibly taller than Oz. Either Jim was 6ft3 or Frank wasn't 6ft2
Jay said on 1/Mar/16
Yeah, Frank Oz is 6'2, Jim Henson never looked smaller than that.
MJKoP said on 28/Feb/16
And wasn't he always taller than 6'2" Frank Oz??
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/16
Im almost certain he looked taller than Frank Oz who was 6ft2, Rob.
Jay said on 28/Feb/16
He had to be taller than this.
MJKoP said on 27/Feb/16
I always heard six foot three for this guy...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Feb/16
6ft1 is too low.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Feb/16
I'd swear he was 6ft3
Amaze said on 26/Feb/16
Good height and solid tall

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