How tall was John Hillerman

John Hillerman's Height

5ft 7 (170.2 cm)

American actor, best remembered for playing Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on TV series Magnum, P.I. A 1982 newspaper mentioned "He swears there's not a Limey bone in his 5-foot-7 body". A 1984 article also mentioned: "Ask John Hillerman what it's like to play opposite TV hunk Tom Selleck when you're 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, hair's thinning and you've been 30 years in the business and he'll tell you pronto - the top!"

John Hillerman Betty White The Betty White Show 1977 (cropped) 2

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Average Guess (5 Votes)
5ft 6.35in (168.5cm)
Sinclair said on 11/Aug/20
I believe a flat 5’7” is too generous for Hillerman’s peak height. He looked more 5’6” than 5’7”, particularly in Magnum P.I. when he seemed shorter than 5’7” listed Larry Manetti. 5’7” listed Liam Dunn looked considerably taller than Hillerman in Blazing Saddles. I’d give Hillerman a flat 5’6” at peak, maybe 5’6.25” at a pinch.
Whatdidthehandsaytotheface said on 10/Nov/17
RIP Higgins
Paul said on 10/Nov/17
RIP to the guy. Would've guessed him a bit shorter than this but it seems fair enough.
errybodyshutup said on 11/Jul/17
this thumbnail keeps reminding me of thomas lennon of reno 911 fame
judge_mental said on 14/Apr/17
The difference between him and tom selleck isn't that easy to tell at one glance :

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Lainy said on 16/Dec/16
Let's be real. Anyone can see John Hillerman cannot be taller than ...maybe 5 4" , he has short torso and legs. Actresses standing next to hom were always at a distance or standing on a slope. Look at him next to Tom Seelect, he is at least a foot shorter.
Rick Davenport said on 20/May/16
Hillerman was no less than 6'3.
TSM said on 27/May/13
Higgy appears to be a good foot shorter than Magnum in so many of the episodes. I'd guess him to be no more than 5'6, max, when the show was in it's prime.
Vito said on 20/Aug/11
In the show, the top of Higgy's head is almost always at Magnum's shoulder level... 12 inches or so.... therefore, if Magnum is a legitimate 6'4, Higgy was 5'4, very similar to Orville. TC appeared to be about 2 to 3 inches shorter than Magnum, but also wore lifts, so he's about 6' or so.
Carter said on 22/Jul/11
I agree with the comments below. 5'5' or MAX 5'6. His upper body is far too small for a 5'7 guy.
LG69 said on 28/May/11
I saw a publicity shot of John and Tom Selleck for the Magnum P.I. series, and John appears 10" shorter than Tom. They are both standing straight, so the photo serves as a good comparison.We know Tom was a solid 6'4" back then, so I'd put John right at 5'6".
I would put John at 5'6".
thekiddd said on 23/Mar/08
Looked more like 5'6" on PI. He was almost 1 foot shorter than Selleck.

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