How tall is John Malkovich

John Malkovich's Height

5ft 11in (180.3 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 0in (182.9 cm)
American actor best known for roles in movies like Dangerous Laisons, Con Air, Empire of the Sun, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire, Death of a Salesman, The Killing Fields, Changeling and Burn After Reading.

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Average Guess (12 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 11.9in (182.6cm)
Current: 5ft 10.85in (180cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Aug/17
If he was able to give a 6ft2-3 illusion in Of Mice And Men then he had to have been around the 6ft mark for sure.
Slim 181 cm said on 12/Jul/17
182 peak, 181 now.
RisingForce said on 10/May/17
I think the elevator boots were only for that one role, much like Ray Liotta in Narc, who hasn't seemed to wear lifts otherwise. But I watched Red the other night and it's clear as day Malkovich looked shorter than Willis, same thing at the promo appearances and premieres for the films.
Richardspain said on 30/Apr/17
So if he wears heels or elevator boots his height is a mistery.

He could be 184 cm with heels or elevator shoes but he could be short barefoot about 178cm nowadays
RisingForce said on 15/Apr/17
Some of the thickest elevator boots I've seen an actor wear in Of Mice and Men: Click Here Click Here That and Ray Liotta in Narc are examples of how a tall 182-183 cm man will look really tall wearing lifts. But he does indeed look shorter than Willis who is certainly 180 cm range, very little question he's 5'10.75"-5'11". Could Malkovich be just 5'10.5" today, or is it posture? He's several years younger than I thought so it's possible he was more 182 cm peak.
berta said on 17/Mar/17
hm bruce willis is taller than him today and bruce is no taller than 180 now. he is to old to have lost almost 4 cm. maybe malkowish was barely 6 foot at peak because he looks like he could be donw to 179 today. maybe its the posture. i think either 179-180 today and at peak 183 ore 5 mm under
Charlie said on 14/Mar/17
I saw him in the movie hangeling 2006 movie. He had shoes on and stood by a doorway. There is no way he is 5 ft 11 today. In the movie he looked between 5 ft 8 to 5 ft 9. In the movie with shoes on he would of been a bit less than 5 ft 10 flat feet he is 5 ft 8 to 5 ft 9. I am pushing towards 5 ft 8.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/16
Sam said on 22/Dec/14
Back when I was a kid watching Of Mice and Men and In the Line of Fire, I would have sworn Malkovich was a big, physically imposing 6'1" or 6'2" guy, he's just one of those guys who is not as tall as he can seem on-screen.
[Editor Rob: Malkovich had shoe lifts in Of Mice and Men.]

Definitely. He could look almost 6 ft 3 in that film, certainly 6'2 at least!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/16
Looked nearer 6 ft 3 in Of Mice and Men but I think he was wearing big lifts to look as big as possible as Lenny.
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Dec/16
I've just seen a preview for a film called 'Art School Confidential', a film I have not yet heard about. It stars John Malkovich and has made me wonder what might have happened to my recent comment about him!
Rob - can you please enlighten me?
Editor Rob: I unfortunately never seen the comment Sandy.
Josh Jeffords said on 19/Nov/16
Dunno he looked over 6 ft in 90s Clint didn't have near as much on him as most others.
Was still taller than bruce too looked closer 6 1 also close to freeman.
Also much taller than Vin while wearing dress shoes against boots.
He looked 6 4 with little Marky mark but that's no news.
Was taller than cage also but smaller than chinlund add it all up and he's 6 foot peak maybe .5 over.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Nov/16
Even back as far as Con Air, 6ft looked a bit suspect...cannot believe he was being described as tall as 6ft2!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Aug/16
Rob, are you still ok with 6ft peak or do you think he may have been a tad less?
Editor Rob: not seen enough to say it is a safer bet 5ft 11.5 than 6ft, I genuinely think he lost height by age 60 though.
michael said on 28/Apr/16
He seems 5'10''.
6'3" with shoes said on 26/Mar/16
Jenny your an idiot, and a lowlife...This guy is like 60 something he probably lost a lot of height....Your loser husband will be even smaller when he gets to his 60's...Sad how some irrelevant loser lady has to try and lie.. Liar liar life on fire
Jenny said on 19/Sep/15
My husband just meet him a few weeks ago in Seattle airport. My husband is 5'11" and said he was a couple inches shorter than him. We were checking to see if we could get an actual height on the internet, and found this site. My husband says he is 5'10" probably.
[Editor Rob: it is believable he will look 5ft 10 in person to some people, whether some of that is a more loose posture as he is now in his 60's is possible.]
Sam said on 23/Dec/14
Yeah, I was aware of that...still hard to believe that a big guy like him would end up under six feet.
Sam said on 22/Dec/14
Back when I was a kid watching Of Mice and Men and In the Line of Fire, I would have sworn Malkovich was a big, physically imposing 6'1" or 6'2" guy, he's just one of those guys who is not as tall as he can seem on-screen.
[Editor Rob: Malkovich had shoe lifts in Of Mice and Men.]
Mike 1.82 said on 11/Dec/14
looks 1.83cm in that pic! of course 1.77cm barefoot with those boots 6cm minimun elevator 1.83cm obvious
Mike said on 3/Dec/14
I doubt he was more than 6ft peak and i also doubt he's more than 5ft 11 today. 5ft 11.5-11.75 peak 5ft 10.5-10.75 today.
Sean73 said on 2/Dec/14
Always thought he was a weak 6 footer in his prime.Did'nt look more than that standing next to Nic Cage in ConAir.Now looks 179cm next to Willis in Red 2.
Dmeyer said on 3/Nov/14
Rob to me when he stands well he looks as tall as bruce , if not. 0.25in taller
teej said on 31/Oct/14
5-11 6-0 for john malkovic?! Bloody hell i thought the guy was 6'4 atleast from seeing him on of mice and men, but then again he is supposed to play a big guy, so they could have made him look taller. Just goes to show power of perception!
cole said on 19/Oct/14
When standing tall I'm sure he'd measure about 5'11: Click Here
It's when standing more loosely he can give a shorter impression: Click Here
Judd said on 16/Oct/14
maybe 5'11.5-75" peak, rob?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Oct/14
Rob, is it possible he could be dipping under 5ft11 now?
[Editor Rob: sometimes it might look like he's 179cm but he may still reach up for a 5ft 11]
cole said on 5/Oct/14
Think he looks 5'10.5 a lot now a days, but it might be a case of him not standing as tall as he could very often. Still a chance of near 5'11 - definitely looked near 6'0 at peak.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/14
Rob can you add a photo and add films like Empire of the Sun, Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire, Death of a Salesman, The Killing Fields, Changeling and Burn After Reading.
Guy said on 20/Jun/14
He looks 178-180 now days
tk said on 13/Aug/13
He's not shorter than Willis. His posture is not always the best. In Ripley's Game, eleven years ago, he looks more than one inch taller than Dougrey Scott (5ft 11 in Celebheights). I think Rob's listing is fair.
teej said on 16/Jul/13
Only 5'11? I thought this guy was huge after i saw him on mice and men.. The effects of camera angles lol
Connor 183cm said on 6/Jan/13
Rob john looked 6ft in of mice and men next to gary sinise dont you agree and do you think its possible hes 5ft 10.5 now?.
[Editor Rob: he wore big footwear in that film...I do think john has lost some height, at times he does look barely 5ft 11.]
Blu3b0y said on 12/Nov/12
My workmate at IBM spotted him this year on San Sebastian's Zinemaldi (basque country) whilst signing autographs. He described him both as short an fat. My mate is on the 6'3" neighborhood. I'm 5'11" myself and never got described as short by him or any tall dude at work. Maybe he was expecting him to be much taller.
Shaun said on 11/Oct/12
My dad looks ten years younger than this guy yet is 5 years older. Hard to believe he's 11 years younger than Harrison Ford!!
Shaun said on 11/Oct/12
Rob how can he be 5'11.5 now if he is shorter than Willis?
Shaun said on 11/Oct/12
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Might want to lower this, Willis is clearly taller.
[Editor Rob: yeah I hadn't changed this and had seen red over a year ago, john did look a bit smaller than willis. Whether he is a 179 guy now or might still measure 5ft 11 (if he just has a bit worse posture) I'm unsure on.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Oct/12
184cm peak, 183cm today
[Editor Rob: I think it is hard to believe he's still 183cm, watch the film Red where he has scenes with Bruce willis and looks shorter...]
Dr JJ said on 16/Sep/12
He's a big boned old chap, and that makes him look shorter, stumpier. In fact, I thought he was about 5' 8" for a long time. In the film EtcApres (Afterwards) he makes French actor Romain Duris look very slightly built. The Frenchman is touching 5' 10", but it isn't the slight (1" or so) height difference, it's the heft of Malkovich that you notice. And I don't mean flab, he looked pretty trim.
MV92 said on 30/Jul/12
I met him last year. I took a photo next to him. I'm 5 ft 8 and I had normal flat shoes. He had 2 inches (4 cm of could be 5) on me. Not sure he was wearing lifts. I would say 5 ft 10 (1.77 cm) nowadays. I'm telling the thuth by the way. So you might want to downgrade him.
nice guy said on 15/Jan/12
179cm tops
181 peak
xzk said on 11/Jan/12
on the front cover of of mice and men, he looks 6'7
shewşonko said on 1/Jan/12
he looked 6'1-6'2 peak..interesting
jake, 1.82-1.83 m said on 9/Dec/11
I retract my comment months ago, Malkovich is 182 cm and I'm not sure a peak height is necessary. Maybe he was 5ft 11.75in 15 years ago.
carnegie said on 22/Nov/11
this dude looks 5ft11 could be more
[Editor Rob: the last film I saw of him was Red...where Willis could look taller than him.]
Dmeyer said on 15/Nov/11
Brad Pitt bits him
ArjunaKorale said on 14/Nov/11
It doesn't matter whether Malcovich is 5ft 11 or 6ft or half an inch over! The fact is (in my opinion) that he has a big (physical) screen prescence & I would therefore class him as a big made (boned or whatever!) man.
bane said on 25/Oct/11
yeah sounds right for him i think hes like 5ft 11 this days
Danimal said on 19/Oct/11
Jessica says on 19/Oct/11
I met him in 2006.

I am 6'0". He is 5'10" or 5'11" max.

Women wear high heels and don't realize that men don't when they are judging a man's height. Were you wearing high heels? If so, he's probably 5'11.5"-6'0".
Jessica said on 19/Oct/11
I met him in 2006.

I am 6'0". He is 5'10" or 5'11" max.
jake said on 11/Jul/11
He might still be 6ft now and 6ft0.5 peak. He look 3-3.5 inches taller than 5ft8.5 Shia LaBeouf
GIA said on 15/Apr/11
guyfrommars said on 29/Mar/11
Mike Parr: He was wearing a pair of platform shoes in that movie, and they used clever camera angles to make him even taller. Also, his co-stars were mostly short actors, like Gary Sinise and Ray Walston. The character of Lenny is a giant, Malkovich is not.
cantona66 said on 22/Mar/11
I know this site is about height but I'm compiling a book about celebrities and their cars. does anyone have any idea what car John Malkovich drives?
jtm said on 9/Mar/11
6ft at his prime.
dmeyer said on 7/Mar/11
he is about 0.5 in taller than 5 ft 11 willis in red so 5 ft 11.5 seems right
kevin said on 14/Feb/11
in red hes smaller than willis so 5ft11in flat today. 6ft peak
James said on 30/Jan/11
In Con Air
Nicholas Cage 6.05 (184cm)
John Malkovich 6'0 (183cm)
Aaron said on 19/Jan/11
Just under 6', or perhaps 6' flat. Either way, he looks about the same height as Javier Bardem, who's listed as 5'11.5" on this site as well.
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James said on 18/Nov/10
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 13/Nov/10
He was around the same as Nicholas Cage in Con Air, James. So around 183-184cm

Hugh he was never 184cm only in the morning at his peak,
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Nov/10
He was around the same as Nicholas Cage in Con Air, James. So around 183-184cm
jimbo said on 3/Oct/07
Stood beside him at the Eurostar terminal at London Waterloo when he was buying a coffee. I am 176cm and he seemed 2 inches taller than me, max. I would say a shade under 6ft. I was surprised because I thought he was taller. If you watch Dangerouse Liasons, he stands a little taller than Uma Thurman, so I don't think he quite makes 6ft.
shane said on 2/Oct/07
its funny becuase i always thought he looked short like 5'9
James said on 18/Aug/07
Its kinda funny becuse 2 years ago I never knew who John Malkovich was untill I saw Mice and Men. When I saw the film I thought the actor was 6ft5 or something its kind of ironic though that in real life he is barely 6ft
Anonymous2 said on 30/Jul/07
Only 6' eriously?! I think me must have shrunk. Wasn't he like 6'3" to play Lenny in "Of Mice And Men" where he towered over Gary Sinise?

[Editor Rob: he wore munster boots for that film.]
Franco said on 30/Jul/07
Glenn says on 29/Jul/07
but he has serious posture issues.**

that could explain why i thought he's 181cm, but it's also possible he shrunk a bit.
Glenn said on 29/Jul/07
Interesting Santana.I believe its possible.but he has serious posture issues.
Santana said on 28/Jul/07
Once I saw an interview with him where, from his own mouth, he states that his height is [...] I am 6' 1" and 3/4 [..] I swear to God...

That's weird...
nejv tha man said on 28/Jul/07
haha, cool picture, is it malkovich or cyrus the virus? :)
6' tops for him.
Franco said on 26/Jul/07
again... considering both of them had shoes and Glenn is 173cm + say 3cm shoes = 176cm i don't see 10cm difference there, i see about 8cm.

i have no problem saying Malcovich is 183cm but he just doesnt look it (today),
i do agree in the past he did look 183cm and even 184cm.

imho TODAY Malcovich is a 181cm without shoes and 184-185cm with good shoes
also considering his age too. i feel it is time for a small downgrade perhaps under the original height like "TODAY" "BEFORE" like some of the actors in this site ;)
dmeyer said on 25/Jul/07
he seemed 1.5 in taller than vin diesel he looks about 4 in taler than glenn so 182 no less
Anonymous said on 25/Jul/07
prolly 5'11-6ft, i really like this actor
Franco said on 23/Jul/07
he looks 185cm in that picture if Glenn is 175cm with shoes so i think John is 181cm without shoes.
Ivan 6'2.25 said on 21/Jul/07
his peak height was 6'1
glenn said on 19/Jul/07
if i reluctantly must rob. ;-)
glenn said on 18/Jul/07
well i agree derek.i always thought he was tall.but to my eyes and as my photo proof shows.he changed.

[Editor Rob: do remember he's got red chucks on, so if you're in superstars you've got about 0.4 inches on him? At least give him that ;)]
derek said on 18/Jul/07
I don't know guys he's always looked over 6' maybe even close to 6'2 in movies..... I mean this could be the case of him loosing height over the past few years due to certain health issues... Just because he is shorter now doesn't mean he was always this hieght.
Its True said on 17/Jul/07
Yeh its true. What PJ did at Sundance was he took him to one side, asked him to remove his shoes, then measured him with an exact stadiometer. And he was at most, 5'11" (180.3 cm). I can vouch for that, coz I remember thinking, wow its unusual when a guy looks at least 6' for the whole of his acting career, never ever been recorded as under this, that you should then meet him and he is actually UNDER that. Really stood out on me. Still at least now its been proven. You know what he's probably 5'10".
glenn said on 17/Jul/07
thats what he gave me,a 5-11 appearence at the most.5-10.5 minimum.
PJ said on 17/Jul/07
Met him at Sundance a few years ago, he's 5'11 at most.
KingNick said on 17/Jul/07
In the movie Con Air, there's a very brief shot of him on a small TV screen in front of a height chart. If I remember correctly, the chart put him at just over 6'. That could make sense because if he is 6' or close to it, shoes would make him just over it.
glenn said on 16/Jul/07
this was a foreign film done by someone that escapes me.did a highly praised war film in 1982 that also escapes my memory.gave me a speech on how taking 500 photos a day with fans cant be fun.
glenn said on 16/Jul/07
as bizzare as he plays his roles.i heard not common in posing.never signs.bumped into him near the mens room of a screening.seemed much shorter than i expected. 5-10.5.maybe he had horrendous posture.

[Editor Rob: sometimes this guy wears slippers, but if this was the June event, it looks from getty he might have been in converse?

but he looks struggling now with 6ft.]
G-unit said on 9/Apr/07
its really hard for me to believe that john is taller than 6'.
dmeyer said on 21/Mar/07
he was taller than vin diesel in knockaround guys
Paul said on 11/Sep/06
I saw John Malkovich on stage in the play " A slip of the tongue" in 1992 in London. He didn't look like 185 cm. I would say he is probably around 180 cm.
Larry said on 9/Jun/06
Editor Rob - In VARIETY it stated that Malkovitch wore boots that raised his height by 3". That was the year the movie came out. If John is 6', then that would boost him into "Lennie territory". :-) John Steinbeck was 6'2", so he wouldn't have considered a 6' man "huge". Though there is NO specific description of Lennie OR George's height; Lennie is described as being a "very big & tall man".
dmeyer said on 8/Jun/06
he looked 4" taller than bary peper so 6'2" in lifts
Picture said on 20/Apr/06
He was also never the 6 ft 1.
Slighty taller than Uma Thurman and 1-1.5 inch shorter than Keanu Reeves in Dangerous Liaisons
jello said on 4/Mar/06
He is 6ft max. Look at the pics of the Klimt premiere (getty images). Malkovich beside Veronica Ferres. She's 2 inches taller than John. Ferres says that she's 5'10.
CelebHeights Editor said on 16/Feb/06
2003 telegraph article describe him: "a solidly built six foot, one (185 centimetres)"
kenneth soh said on 18/Nov/05
haha..yes his 6"ft only 5cm shoes on.. his only 5"10.5(1.78m)tall in real person.. believe me everybody..
CelebHeights Editor said on 17/Aug/05
A reviewer from FlickVille said in relation to Big Malky: " recently sat down with Malkovich in Washington, D.C., mere hours before he was about to unveil "The Dancer Upstairs" at the opening night of FilmFest D.C. I found him to be a quiet, soft-spoken man who measures his words and thoughts before completing an answer. He's quite tall in person. I would say probably 6'1" or 6'2" at least. And lemme tell ya! His height certainly makes him imposing! But so does his demeanor. He just has this way about him. Not exactly cold or cruel. Let's just say, I knew I had to be on my toes."
Drew said on 15/Jun/05

That's Malkovich next to Gary Sinise (who's listed at Was Malchovic wearing 5 inch lifts in the movie?

[Editor Rob: he wore special boots to maintain the 'big lenny' type character. No idea how big his lifts were though...]
Mr.K said on 17/May/05
A total surprise that John Malkovich should be 6'1". I have seen him with Gerard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons and many others. Mr.X has compared him with Sam Waterston and he is absolutely correct. A very happy day Mr. Malkovich would reach 6'. Mr.X is correct. He has never been taller than around 6'
Issheuhboy said on 17/May/05
Everything on this site's getting really confusing! Can't we make it the rule when we're talking height, we're talking barefoot? Otherwise, we're just talking about shoes!

[Editor Rob: yeah every height listed is barefeet. I added the word somewhere at bottom of the pages.]
Mr. X said on 16/May/05
In the movie the Killing Fields Sam Waterston's passport says Sam's 6 ft 1, and in that movie Sam looks about an inch taller than Malkovich.
PLain knowledge said on 14/Apr/05
727: I read it again, it still doesn't make much sense to me, sorry..
But anyway you say he is taller..
REAL727 said on 13/Apr/05
Hey Plain Knowledge; you should change your nickname to "No Knowledge". First, I do not wear big-heeled shoes or lifts. Never have. I'm happy with my height. The night that I was lucky enough to be introduced to Mr. Malkovich, I wore regular dress shoes, with a heel measured at about 0.75 to 1-inch. And, your calculations are entirely off. Read my comments again, carefully. More importantly, you were not there in person. So, why share comments about Mr. Malkovich's height, when you have no knowledge or " in-person " experience with him???
Big Dave said on 12/Apr/05
John Malkovich is 6'1. There is no way that he is anything less than that. Just watch Con Air. He is a fraction taller than Nic Cage And about and inch shorter than Nic Chinlund. There is a particular scene where he is standing opposite Chinlund, he looks an inch shorter. I definitely agree with the height listed above.
Plain knowledge said on 11/Apr/05
Hey Wiseguy 727: you say you are 182 cm, correct? so (if it's so) if you wore then normal 3 cm shoes you are 185 cm, if you say he was taller, he-now comes the part: he must have been really with shoes on maybe maximum 187 cm, so he's 184 cm, unless you were wearing flat shoes..but if you were measured with shoes makes you: 179 cm without, then Malkovich is 180 cm without his shoes.. which theory is right???

[Editor Rob: hmm, I didn't really read 727's comment but on reading it now it confuses me :)]
REAL 727 said on 8/Apr/05
Through friends in the entertainment industry, I met John Malkovich at a fundraiser while working in London. After a recent physical, my physician measured my height at exactly 5'11.5". John, who was wearing chunky-heeled dress shoes(an inch and one-half), stood about 6'0"; just barely taller than me. I'd approximate that he is about 5'10.5" or 5'10.75" standing barefoot.

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