How tall is Keith David

Keith David's Height

6ft 0 (182.9 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 1 (185.4 cm)
American Actor best known for films such as They Live, Pitch Black, The Thing,Cloud Atlas, Crash and Mr & Mrs Smith.

How tall is Keith David
5ft 8 Rob and Keith @ LFCC 2016

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Average Guess (52 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 1.01in (185.4cm)
Current: 5ft 11.77in (182.3cm)
Jtm said on 28/Mar/23
he looks barely 5'11 with rob but he still looked taller than ryan gosling at the nice guys premiere so maybe 5'11.5 now and 6'0-6'0.5 peak.
Henrik said on 26/Mar/23
Watching They Live, I at first thought he was 6ft 5 (196cm), or at least 6ft 4 (193cm)! David did look a few inches taller in some scenes, but I guess it was camera angle advantage. His legs were huge compared to Roddy Piper's, and yet they were similar in height. David must have a 36 inseam at 6ft 1 (185cm), I think, the legs of a 6ft 6 (198cm) man.
Sandy Cowell said on 26/Nov/22
How incredibly annoying to see someone as eminent in the acting world as Keith David appearing at the beginning of a film - The Seventh Day - and immediately killed off! I was so excited to see him, as I hadn’t any idea that he’d be in it, and then he was suddenly no more. Keith played Father Louis, an exorcist, and the demon he was dealing with killed him in the terribly dangerous section of working for the Church.

Keith gets 6ft1 for his peak and 6ft for today’s height. Great actor! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌ
Moneymaker! said on 11/Oct/22
Looks a six footer... might have the most masculine voice I've ever heard
Ethan Larsen said on 16/Jan/22
6'0" 1/4 (current). Keith needs an upgrade. Keith has at least 4 1/4" on Rob.
Allisnull said on 9/Dec/21
Ran into Keith at a Subway. He was with his daughter, I think. He looked 6'1" to 6'2" and that is being conservative. I'm barely 5'11". He was in standard sneakers. This was at least 10 years ago.
BalticGuy said on 27/Sep/21
Google still lists him at 6'2" which is clearly not the case judging by the above photo. If he's standing next to a 5'8" Rob, I'd have him at around 5'11" in that photo - it doesn't look like more than a 3" height difference if 5'8" comes right up to his eyebrows. By comparison, I'm a hair under 6'2" barefoot and 5'10" is roughly my eye level - 5'11" (a 3" difference, roughly) comes up to my eyebrows. I'd therefor say proportions being assumed to be roughly similar, Keith David based on THIS photo cannot even be a full 6'0". 5'11" flat, 6'0" if he has a good pair of shoes on. Looks to be roughly a 4" height difference between him and Joel on Community (who looks a lot closer to 6'3" to 6'3.5" than 6'4") so 5'11" would seem about right, maybe could have pulled off 6'0.5" in his prime which CAN look like 6'1" in the right shoes. Don't think he was ever a legitimate 6'1" though, prime or not.
Libby said on 30/Jul/21
5'11 now but prob 6'0.5 in the past. Also...

Lomax said on 11/Dec/20
I could see 6’2 in his hay day. Look 6’ flat with Rob
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 8/Jun/20
Keith David must have lost more height earlier. In 2005 ATL still manage to pull off 6'1 but a few years later in 2007 Delta Farce start to look 6'0.25" and then 6'0 or maybe 5'11 3/4 now.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Mar/20
Looked a decent 6ft2 next to Seagal arguably a strong one if Steven was a bit over 6ft4
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Jun/19
πŸ˜πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ Happy Birthday Keith! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ˜

Oh, smashing! I thought I'd seen a picture of Keith with Rob when I saw his name and picture come up under today's Birthdays!

6ft1 peak, 6ft now.

RP said on 14/Jan/19
Peak 6’1”
Current 5’11.25”
He’s just barely over 5’11” now after seeing him with other known 6’0” to 6’1” men on the Netflix series Greenleaf.
Peter 180cm said on 4/Jan/19
Doesn't look over 180cm here to me,honestly..Maybe 181 at a push!Rob is comfortably an inch above his eyebrows,certainly not a 10cm difference..181 max.
James Brett said on 23/Dec/18
Rob he didn’t look that much shorter than Steven seagal in Marked for Death

Camera tricks? Lifts maybe?
Editor Rob
In person there's at least 3 inches between these two gentlemen, but yeah I think Keith could look closer than that...but both have lost height, maybe Keith more than Seagal.
Nik said on 24/Jun/18
A weak 6'0" for his these days height'!
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jun/18
I've just seen Keith in 'They Live' and he looked every inch the 6ft1, possibly even more. I shall stick with 6ft1, and lower to 5ft11.25 for today's height.

Great picture, Rob! He looks very personable.
Editor Rob
He could be 181-183 today, I think he has looked anywhere in that range last couple of years.
berta said on 20/Apr/18
he cant really have been 186,5 pek he looks at best 183 now and could be closer to 182 that is about 4 cm to loose at a age where some guys havent lost anything. i think the listing is fine but piper cant have been taller than 184 during the shooting of the movie.On the other hand piper was like 176 cm when he died so there is a big chanse he had lost half inch already in 1988-89
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Sep/17
No I think 185.5cm for Piper and 186.5cm for Keith
berta said on 7/Sep/17
but most reaslistic is maybe 185,5 for this guy and 184 for piper maybe.
berta said on 7/Sep/17
i think there was only half inch maybe fraction more beetween them. this guy can have been 1/4 over thhis as best while piper was probably 1/4 under it at that time.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Aug/17
Could've sworn he was at least 1in taller than Roddy Piper in They Live
Editor Rob
he could seem it, but maybe Roddy himself had lost height by late 80's...
Grey said on 26/Aug/17
I agree, he looks 180 cm here. But I guess he looked taller in person, that's why Rob gave him solid 6ft.
Slim183 said on 23/Aug/17
5'11" here, 6' peak.
Nik said on 18/Aug/17
He is slightly shorter nowadays.
Hijopotamus said on 16/Aug/17
Looks perfectly 6ft
Canson said on 14/Aug/17
@Rob: did you have a footwear advantage on him? Or was it poor posture on his part? Looks at best a strong 5'11" with you imho. Like 3" over you max
Editor Rob
within a small fraction I thought...there's always a chance he could be under 6ft. I've certainly seen taller six footers.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 7/Aug/17
Needs a downgrade. He's clearly not 6'0" anymore.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Aug/17
Disappointingly shorter
Sam said on 3/Aug/17
David appearing a weak six feet in recent years doesn't surprise me, as I've posted in the past I thought he was always overlisted back when he was 6'2" on here. He was possibly never more than a weak 6'1" guy who carried himself well.
Sean73 said on 1/Aug/17
This guy always seemed a solid six foot two to me on screen. It just goes to show how Hollywood can fool us half of the time.
Thatmanoverthere said on 31/Jul/17
Probably somewhere around 6 feet today (does look a bit under it with Rob)
JJAK said on 30/Jul/17
Back in the 80s David did look quite tall over 6ft often with smaller stars.
By the 90s id say he was no more than 6 and by 2000 maybe in shoes.
Pretty good support actor, excellent voice actor and a hollywood staple for sure.
Csimpson 6ft said on 29/Jul/17
He looks more like 5'11.5 with Rob, he looks under 6'0 today.
even said on 27/Jul/17
a weak 6'0"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Jul/17
188.2cm out of bed
Andrea said on 25/Jul/17
Yeah, 182 range is believable (be it 5'11.5 or 5'11.75) but definitely not a big 6', at least today. That's the range he looked in that POI episode I've seen last year. From what I remember, he looked comfortably shorter than Jim... Over an inch and possibly something like 1.25-1.5 inches, I think. Which is the main reason why I came here to comment, after seeing he was listed at a very optimistic 6'1!
6'1-6'1.25 for Jim and 5'11.5-6' for Keith certainly looks more sensible... πŸ˜‰
Although he doesn't look much over 180 with you (stop wearing lifts, Rob!). Again, can you add the height chart?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jul/17
Rob, is a strong 6ft1 at peak possible?
Editor Rob
I think losing over an inch by age 60 is a fair amount...but if you rewatch the Thing, he really didn't have a huge amount of height on Kurt, although Kurt's hair certainly had a lot of height to it.
S.J.H said on 24/Jul/17
Solid 5'11 now
Jordan87 said on 24/Jul/17
Looks just Shy of 5'11 now, 6'0 in his prime maybe, he is 60+ years old.
Powerhouse said on 23/Jul/17
5'11 here, 6'0 peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Jul/17
Strong 6ft1 guy at least peak
184guy said on 23/Jul/17
He was taller than Piper , probably an almost 6'2 guy at peak
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 23/Jul/17
182cm a weak 6 footer.
Andrea said on 23/Jul/17
So, would you say my 5'11.5-6' estimate was spot on? 😊
Can you add the height chart? He does look MAX 5'11 here! Even if you consider ALL of his hair (which I suppose gives him no less than half an inch), he still looks comfortably under 6'...
Editor Rob
I wouldn't bet outwith that range, 5ft 11 flat or over 6ft as of today.
Tonydaportuguese said on 22/Jul/17
He looked over 6 feet in the thing with Kurt Russell
errybodyshutup said on 22/Jul/17
the "0" part seems so funny
Andrea said on 22/Jul/17
What do you mean by "Alex can look a tall 6ft"? He can look it because he is, I guess. πŸ˜‚
What's the lowest you'd argue for Keith? 5'11.5 range?
Editor Rob
tall 6ft because of good posture and not having low eyelevel.

You could certainly make a 5ft 11.5 argument for Keith.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/17
Cool looking guy, looks like he could be a jazz saxophonist or something.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jul/17
look at the comments from 2005-6...blimey!
Shredder said on 22/Jul/17
He is definitely looking over 5'11 in the pic , just not 6'0 , I can see him being almost 6'0.
Andrea said on 22/Jul/17
Finally, Rob!
He doesn't look over 5'11 with you, to be honest, but I can certainly believe him in 5'11+ range! I don't know about the full 6'... I mean, did he really look similar to say Big Alex in person?
Anyway... I guess someone was right, again! 😊
Editor Rob
I realised with the next event I still had a couple of photos from last year left!

There is a chance of 182 range, Alex can look a tall 6ft, but in person I think Keith really has shrunk since his 40's.
F97 said on 22/Jul/17
Looks between 5'10" and 5'11" very generous listing rob he looks nowhere near the 6 foot mark
Hypado said on 21/Jul/17
Keith David, he is a very good actor.
TheManWithNoName said on 21/Jul/17
Looks more 5'11" to 5'11.5" with Rob.
World Citizen said on 21/Jul/17
Looks 5 ft 11 here.
traq said on 21/Jul/17
i thought he was 6'2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jul/17
Looks a decent 6ft w/h Rob
Shredder said on 21/Jul/17
5'11.5 now , unless he had less footwear or worst posture.
Thomas Veil said on 23/Apr/17
In his prime he may have been 6'1. But a solid 6 foot seems correct.

I always thought Roddy was closer to the 5'11 range. Which would look right next to David in they live
berta said on 5/Feb/17
oh and also he was slightly taller than rody piper in they live. this gou 185,6 at peak and roddy piper at 184,8. about 1 cm height difference both around 6 foot 1. but one may have been couple mm over and the other 1/4 inch under
Editor Rob
with Roddy, and other wrestlers, sometimes even by mid 30's fraction loss is possible through injuries.
berta said on 5/Feb/17
good update always thought 188 sounded little to tall for him. he looks to have shrunk alot at only 60 years old? at peak he looked 185-6 and today he looks barely 183. the listing is spot on
Giorgi said on 3/Feb/17
I think he was also in There is something about Mary and Requiem of a dream.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jan/17
I think this is the most unjust downgrade in the history of Celebheights...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jan/17
Rob, if this guy was only 6ft1 peak where does that leave Piper?
Editor Rob
they probably were roughly similar in reality, but Keith in his 60's is, well, I've seen taller six footers!
5'6.5 Indiana jones guy said on 9/Jul/16
At 60, is it possible he lost a cm?
Editor Rob
he seems a guy who has lost some height, looking at his upper body, I think he just looks a bit like he's been carrying bags of rocks on his shoulders.
S.J.H said on 5/Jul/16
Perhaps he was 6'0 only look 2cm taller than 5'11.25 thomas hayden church
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jun/16
Yeah, I think he's edging out Gosling in that photo
Andrea said on 7/Jun/16
Sure, Rampage... Keep trolling! ;) Rob, can you remind me why this "guy" is still able to spam every page? O.O
It is true that he can look similar to Ryan in photos but again Ryan could be 182-183...
As i said, i'm not ruling out that he might still measure near 6' (maybe if standing tall for a measurement)... That's really the most he could be, though! I showed you some pictures where he undeniably can look no more than 5'11.5! Again, look at him with 5'10 listed David Lyons: Click Here
5'11.5-6' anywhere in that range is possible, IMO!
Editor Rob
in the photo Chris posted I think he thought he was still 6ft, I am not sure he'd be only 5ft 11.5, although I'm sure can look it at times, I know the last time I seen him, I think cloud atlas, I thought he didn't look as tall as he used to.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jun/16
Rob, Andrea just wants people who are taller than him to be shorter...please ignore. I imagine Keith still clears 6ft today but his big hair and good posture fooled us into thinking he was at least 6ft2 peak.
Editor Rob
this year I think Near Ryan he can still look a big 6ft range, in person it might be different...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/May/16
What is this?!
Chris said on 26/May/16
Met him in 2012....he was probably a short 6'0"

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Andrea said on 26/May/16
You mean you don't know if he IS that short because he certainly can look no more than that (look at the photos)...
Anyway, i'm not gonna continue the debate because there's probably no way you can change your idea!
Let's wait he comes out on Twitter with "I am 6' in the morning" :)
Editor Rob
I will try to meet him myself, but I would be surprised if he was much under 6ft.
Andrea said on 26/May/16
I'm not trying to argue he's 6' flat today, i'm arguing he's under it! :)
Look at the same Joel with this guy, Malcolm Smith, who is basically a decent 6' (he was measured at 6'0.2): Click Here
There's certainly a noticeable difference between him and Keith, next to Joel! A 6'0.5 guy certainly wouldn't look that much shorter next to Joel, who can certainly look not much over 6'3 a lot of times...
Editor Rob
I could see him about 6ft, that is arguable, 5ft 11.5 I don't know if he really looks that short.
Andrea said on 26/May/16
6'0.5 is a huge benefit of doubt... I doubt he looks any less than 4 inches shorter than Joel (and Joel is 6'3.5 AT BEST)...
But whatever... This is not gonna be another Bob Gunton guy ;)
I just wanted to point out that he does look noticeably shorter than his listing...
Editor Rob
In Keith's case looking at his upper body he looks shorter now than in the past, whether he is a flat 6ft today I don't know....
Andrea said on 25/May/16
Rob, are you sure on this guy???
Look at him with 6'3.5 max Joel Mchale: Click Here Click Here
He does look minimum 4 inches shorter i'd say...
I've just seen this guy in a POI episode and i was surprised to see you had him at 6'1! He did look comfortably shorter than Jim Caviziel, maybe 5'11.5 but certainly not anywhere near 6'1!
Now, this guy is "only" 59 so unless he did loose 2 big inches from his peak it's quite improbable he's ever been 6'1.5... I don't know about his peak, but it seems some visitors here think he was 6'1 max which would make his "actual height" more reasonable... Maybe he was 6'1 peak and 5'11.5 now? Which is still a huge loss, considering he's only approaching to his 60s...
Editor Rob
he could be 6ft - 6ft 0.5 today, he seems older than his age, but maybe since he's been around 30+ years.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/May/16
Looked at least 6ft2 in Marked For Death. No more than 2in shorter than Seagal (then 6ft4-4Β½)
5'6 Aravind said on 7/May/16
Will celeb heights celebrate his 60th birthday as 184 cm as his height and 185 cm as his peak height?
Aravind said on 18/Apr/16
Surely because of being 60,he is at least 6'0 at bed and 6'1 when he wakes up.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/16
Oh come on! He easily looked a 6ft2 range guy in the 80s.

What gives, Rob?
Greco said on 8/May/15
That's correct,

Roddy went through many operations on his back! Not to mention all the natural wear and tear his body has taken from wrestling and age. He was easily a 6'0-6'1 man in They Live
pablo77bar said on 22/Mar/15
For those idiots
Roddy piper is 177 nowdays
In 1988 They Live he was 187-188
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Nov/14
Arguably the tallest guy in Platoon, even edged out Forest Whitaker. Strong 6ft2 peak.

Today he does look 186-187cm
Judd said on 22/Nov/14
he can't be 6'2" 1997 he did look ery close to Tommy Lee Jones (6'0.25")...6'1" at best!

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jtm said on 21/Nov/14
he was never over 6'1.
Sam said on 18/Nov/14
I think he was more 6'1.5" at peak, now about a half to full inch under IMO now. Rob, could you take another look? He just doesn't convince as a full 6'2" guy even in the 80s.
Sam said on 3/Nov/14
He's still an active actor, so a current height listing is probably worthwhile.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Oct/14
Rob, do you think he could be shorter than this today?
Editor Rob
yes it is a good chance to have shrunk a bit
Sam said on 19/Mar/14
If Geoff Stults is really 6'2.5" (I think he looks more solid 6'3") than Keith David must be less than his peak these days. He looks more of a six footer than even 6'1". The guys who play the other two brothers to Stults in Enlisted (I've gathered from previews, haven't watched it myself), who I guess are around six feet themselves, just seem to edge David out as well.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Dec/13
One of the tallest guys in Platoon. More 6ft2-6ft2.5
Ted said on 25/Nov/13
He sure doesn't look 6'2". Check out They Live... he's about the same height as Roddy Piper, who claims to be 6'0" elsewhere.

David just doesn't look 6'2", more a 'sorta tall' guy who's buff rather than a true tall guy.
Joey said on 13/Jan/13
taller than vin diesel but diesel is only about 5'10 in bare feet...i give keith 6'1 in his younger days and 6feet nowadays
Alex2401 said on 21/Aug/12
His co-star from "They live" Roddy Piper is 177cm.Take a look at the movie and do the math.180cm max for Keith.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Aug/12
"I think he's a legitimate 188cm-189cm"
"height is 6 ft 2.25 in (189cm)", Rob?
LAN Jiao said on 7/Oct/11
he was two inch shorter than 6'1 william badwin. 5'11 tops. never look his exaggerating height 6'2.
supreme voice says said on 25/Jun/11
i've seen recent films with this guy and he seems tall like 6'1" topps but truly tall, but in that jamaican steven seagal movie he looked 5'10.75" topps, either he started weraring impressive lifts or he has literally grown, he was not really tall in that movie, i can be sure 5'11" tops, so that is how tall he is.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Apr/11
oh yeah... said on 9/Apr/11
are you talking about the guy in that steven segal movie, and the voice actor, that guy is no 6' he is like 5'10" tops, let alone 6'2" its like he is the only other tom arnold on here that, is always said to be 6'1" but is 5'6" 5'8" tops, i can't beleive everybody on here is saying 6'2" easy, thats crazy, its' Morman.
thebad7 said on 6/Mar/11
Another of the great character actors. He makes anything he's in worth watching--and usually, he is involved in projects that are good to begin with. Strong presence.

Saw him recently in CLOCKERS. He towers over 5'7" Harvey Keitel--6'2" is spot on for him. Also, I recently saw him in a 2001 film titled SEDUCED: PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY with 6'2" Sam Elliott. He looked to be the sam height as Sam: 6'2".

Truthman 6 ft 4.5 in said on 1/Feb/11
Strong 6'2 guy. Looks very tall in "The Thing"
5-7.37 said on 18/Jan/11
This guy is clearly taller than 6' Vin Diesel, he's at least 6'2.
James said on 26/Dec/10
he really does not look over 6'2.
BarryT said on 25/May/09
No way. He autographed for me in Atlanta. I'm 5'8", and was looking at him eye level at best. Maybe he's 6-2 with platform shoes on.
Hugh said on 20/Sep/08
I always thought he was short.
Hugh said on 29/Apr/08
Is pretty tall in person. 6ft2.25.
dmeyer said on 2/Aug/06
maybe more 187 188 nowadays willis did look close to his height in armagggedon but he was also near ben height so who knows
dmeyer said on 2/Aug/06
he did look 188 near seagal or 189

Editor Rob
he was recently in a few scenes with Mat Modine in that statham transporter 2, bit shorter tham mode
CelebHeights Editor said on 5/Oct/05
His Agency CV lists him as 6ft 2.
Ra said on 29/Apr/05
In "Marked for Death" he looks not much more below Seagal.
If Steven 194cm ---> Keith is 190-191cm.

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