Kyle MacLachlan's Height
5ft 11 ¼ (181 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 0 (182.9 cm)
American actor best known for films such as Blue Velvet, The Hidden, Showgirls and Dune. On TV he played Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives and Calvin Zabo in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In a 1984 Starlog magazine it mentioned he was "six-foot-tall and weighs 155 pounds"
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Average Guess (32 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 11.99in (182.9cm)
Current: 5ft 11.25in (181cm)
said on 1/Jan/21
Armisen at times could be argued near 5'9 easily enough, like here Click Here
, but overall I've thought his 5'8.25 listing has seemed right on the money. Maybe he's one who drops a bit of posture at times and if you measured him standing tall he'd clear 5'8.5. Not impossible.
I do find it hard to believe Kyle had lost near 1 inch already by 53/54, so it would be interesting to see him address the topic of height loss at some point or mention injuries that could have contributed to early height loss. That or admitting that he used to slip a wee half inch lift into his shoes!
said on 29/Dec/20
@Rob: I haven't watched Twin Peaks or anything Kyle did in the 80's, but isn't it possible he used lifts back then to appear a strapping 6ft? He looked maybe a little bit shorter with 5'8 range Fred Armisen in 2018 Click Here
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. So between 54 and 59 he probably lost something, but how much is he supposed to have lost before 54? Barring any serious back injuries I'm not sure I could believe he went from a legit 6ft in his prime to looking 5'11 or less in early to mid 50's. Or is Armisen nearer 5'9? I'm not so sure about that seeing him with all the other SNL people...
Armisen could be a touch taller...but I do think Kyle lost height through 50's.
I'm not so sure he'd have worn lifts though in his prime.
Tall Sam said on 26/Oct/20
No apologies necessary!
I have been guessed at by strangers wildly from 6'2" to ridiculously 6'8", mostly 6'4" to 6'6", but never have been guessed in person as lower to my knowledge. Imagine how many conversations like that someone of giant height like the commenter Lanky must have. Since I'm too lazy to search around for the answer lol, how tall are you Sandy?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Oct/20
@ Tall Sam - Thanks to a comment from Canson on John Lithgow's page, I've found out that your height is 6ft4.75, so I was nearly 4" out! 🤭
Please accept my apologies.
Tall Sam said on 23/Oct/20
@Sandy, I'm actually 6'4.75", from a tall family with a brother nearly 2 inches taller than myself.
I'd say a weak six foot is what Kyle generally has looked, at times even in the 80s he could look 5'11.5"-5'11.75" but then you could say he may have slightly edged out Val Kilmer slightly, not more than an inch under 6'1" Michael Ontkean and closer than you'd expect in a shot near Kevin Costner, so there's a chance he's accurately listed.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Oct/20
@ Tall Sam - Am I right that you are 6ft1, or have I remembered wrongly?
I enjoyed the David Lynch film 'Blue Velvet' and it's definitely due another watch! I recall Kyle as young, tall and dark-haired. He looked a good 6ft in the 80s, for today's height, he gets three-quarters of an inch less.
Cheers Sam! XX 😉
Tall Sam said on 21/Oct/20
However, 179 cm is just too low for him peak. He has just looked a weak six foot too many times and would have been taller than guys like Pitt, McConaughey and probably DiCaprio in a back to back at peak.
Tall Sam said on 21/Oct/20
I just last night saw The Hidden at a drive in and its got a pretty tall male cast. Kyle was a good couple inches under Michael Nouri and Richard Brooks but when Ed O'Ross's character handcuffs McLachlan, Kyle looks at most the same height as Ed, maybe even barely under him but maybe he was a tad looser in posture than Ed. Ed O'Ross gave himself a very specific and honest seeming 5'11.5" so it would reinforce that Kyle was more likely north of 5'11" and a touch under six foot for the better part of the day.
Yekta said on 23/Jul/20
This guy's height is pretty tricky I think. People get mistaken easily because of his posture maybe. That being said, I refuse the fact that he was 182cm. I could give him 179-180cm before he shrinked a bit. Yet, he seems about 178cm nowadays.
Frank R said on 9/Jan/20
Kyle McLaughlin played a character on an episode of ‘Tales From The Crypt’ (1991), that was described as being 5’11”.
Tall Sam said on 5/Dec/19
Yeah there's a chance of 5'11.5"-5'11.75" for Kyle's peak (a flat 5'11" is clearly too low IMO) but at that height it's hard to parse from a weak six foot.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Apr/19
Also in The Flintstones movie
berta said on 27/Aug/18
i dont think this guy ever looks like 6 foot i can belivev 181,5-182,5 range peak and 181 tday
pjk said on 12/Feb/18
@Tall Sam, I mentioned that Ontkean is listed higher here than 6' flat but i don't agree because like i said below he is towered over by 6'3" Harry Goaz. At 6'1" that wouldn't happen.
Looking at the photo's from that link you posted i think Val is taller than Kyle especially if you take off Kyle's big hair. I think Kyle is awesome by the way i just don't think he has ever been 6ft. 5' 11" peak for me cheers
said on 10/Feb/18
@pjk, Rob just added Ontkean at 6'1", so being near six foot at peak wouldn't be ruled out for Kyle at his peak.
Also, I haven't seen The Doors movie in a long time but from stills MacLachlan looks to edge Kilmer not vica versa.
pjk said on 7/Feb/18
5' !!" peak or 1 inch shorter than Michael Ontkean who i believe was 6 ft peak ( i know listed higher here ! ) as he was towered over by 6ft 3 or 4 " Harry Goaz in twin peaks.
I remember Kyle also looked shorter than Val Kilmer in the Doors movie who is listed just over 5' 11" here. cheers
said on 4/Jan/18
Rob, i noticed some comments have been removed from this article, mine included. Why is that?
Editor Rob: I've no idea, there are a few hundred comments every day so it's hard to remember, but comments that go off-topic or step over the line might get removed. Sometimes if a person persists with a few different monikers, then that could be another reason, although I am more lenient on that.
MaskDeMasque said on 22/Sep/17
Just started watching Twin Peaks, great show btw. He looks about 6ft in it.
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jun/17
If this photo is anything to go by, Kyle has got better looking with age. I don't watch 'Twin Peaks' and rarely have I had time for 'Desperate Housewives', but I remember him in the excellent 'Blue Velvet' and though he was suitably heroically tall in it, he came over as boyish, but with his heart certainly in the right place!
I'm deciding on 5ft11.5 for his today's height, and 6ft0.25 for his peak.
Ted said on 14/Jun/17
Never looked anything over 182.
Antonio said on 27/May/17
Listed as 6'0 in FBI dossier (season 3)
Sam said on 18/May/17
Catching up again on Twin Peaks in preparation for the revival and yeah there's a chance of a fraction under the six foot mark, although I wouldn't really go under 5'11.75". Sometimes looks like a pretty strong inch between him and Michael Ontkean and only a hair taller than Miguel Ferrer. He could be right around the same peak height as someone like Christian Bale or Mads Mikkelsen.
berta said on 14/May/17
1/4 under the listed peak feels more realistic. but maybe he was 6 foot
said on 8/May/17
I've just finished to watch Twin Peaks for the FIRST TIME and, assuming the other actors are really as tall as listed, he does (or I should say "he did") look near 6'! A couple inches taller than David Lynch, a couple inches shorter than Richard Beymer, 2-3 inches shorter than Everett McGill and no... He doesn't look shorter than Miguel Ferrer! In fact, he consistenly edges him out on the show! But again I've never seen any of these guys in other shows/movies!
Today, I don't know how tall he looks but here he is with Jamie, that looks a decent 5'11 with Rob: Click Here
Do you think he "already" lost an inch, Rob? He seemed a fit guy, at least on the show :D
I guess you can't rule out anywhere in 5'11.5-6' range for his peak but he did look over 5'11 on TP, unless every other actor is overlisted of course...
Editor Rob: the last thing I have seen Kyle in, was indeed Agents of Shield, and I felt he looked more 5ft 11 now...but, whether he only lost half inch and it is just poorer posture or a full inch is a question....
average guy said on 24/Apr/17
shorter than legit 6 foot Hollywood raised and born Miguel ferrer, his father jose ferrer was 5'10" and Miguel had a rich upbringing...kyle is an inch shorter in all scenes in twin peaks....so 5'11" peak...and camera angles gave him the over 6 foot image...as always;;;
Sam said on 22/Apr/17
Could you add The Hidden, Showgirls and Inside Out and The Mayor in Portlandia to his known for roles?
A surprisingly versatile actor, having just seen his wrenching turn on SVU. I'm excited to see him back in the role of Agent Cooper.
berta said on 28/Jan/17
gave me more 182 impression in twin peaks
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jan/17
I believe he was a 6ft guy in the 90's
ElDuderino said on 19/Feb/16
5'11.75 - 6'0 in twin peaks. Tall-ish
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Jan/16
He did look 6ft range in Twin Peaks
Elliot said on 3/Dec/15
Seemed at eye level with Christopher Meloni in his guest appearance on SVU.
RandomDude756 said on 26/Aug/15
5'11 in his prime
Dmeyer said on 16/Apr/15
Décent height loss for mid 50s
184.3cm said on 18/Mar/15
Im watching Twin Peaks just now and he doesnt strike me as a 6 footer barefoot. I just assumed he was 5'11 range since he is 3 in shorter than 'big Ed ' who was shorter than Seagal in Under siege 2. I looked him up Everett McGill, he is listed 6'2.5 on THAT site so i have this guy now max 5'11.5.
said on 15/Mar/15
@Editor Rob: I agree with Sam. It does seem like an unlikely big drop. Maybe he was never over 5'11.5 / 5'11.75, and could now dip a little under it. I'd be surprised if a slim 56 year old such as Kyle really had lost 2 cm already. Could it be he just appeared 6ft in a few things but in reality was always a little under the mark?
[Editor Rob: a smidge under is always possible, from 80's I think he generally could pass for 6ft.]
Sam said on 30/Dec/14
Even with Josh Radnor from photos on How I Met Your Mother, I guess he has lost a little height with age. 0.75 seems like a lot considering he's in his early 50s.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
Did he have big space boots on in Dune or something as he was virtually the same height as Max von Sydow in it!!!
cole said on 12/Jun/14
@Editor Rob: Yeah I think you should just go with that, 5'11 or 5'11.25. That's all he looks recently. I haven't seen him much in his prime other than in Twin Peaks, and he looked 6ft in that. But in his more recent stuff like Desperate Housewives and cameo on
How I Met Your Mother, 180-181 cm range is what he looks.
said on 10/Jun/14Click Here
@Editor Rob: Have you seen these? I'd say Kyle appears nearer 5'11 flat compared to how 6'3 Prince William and 6'5 Michael Jordan match up with Yao Ming (however tall he is, between 7'5 and 7'6 I guess).
[Editor Rob: kyle could be nearer 5ft 11 now]
cole said on 27/Apr/14
When I say he's a "5'11 range guy at best", I mean he's not a full 6 footer anymore. But even a weak 6ft (5'11.75) seems a tad too high as of 2014. He might have been 5'11.75 - 6ft in his prime, but now he's likely more between 5'11 and 5'11.5. With a clear footwear advantage he could just about look 6ft next to 5'9 Fred Armisen (if he's really 5'9, that is). 5'11.25 is my best bet, but 5'11.5 isn't impossible.
Anon said on 16/Apr/14
Agree with Cole, he is 5'11" max.
Sam said on 1/Nov/13
He seems pretty right on at six foot even.
Len said on 27/Oct/13
He looks 5'11" or 6'0" in most things.
Lorne said on 18/Sep/13
He looked shorter than Chris Melone tonight... Though he honestly did look a 6footer most of the time in the 90's. Maybe 5ft11.75, a weak 6ft??? And Richter is 187cm; he rounds up a little, claiming 6'2. I have a copy of STUFF magazine, and in it, he refers to David Hasselhoff as being huge, and say's the hoff is "6ft5". We all know Hasselhoff was mever 6'5, he was a solid 6'4, certainly, but he'd be lucky if he was 196cm outta bed. Point is, Richter rounds up, so he overbuild other people, like Hoff.
Sam said on 5/Sep/13
To me Kyle MacLachlan looks right as listed in the Conan clip, nearly 2 inches shorter than Ritcher.
cole said on 20/Aug/13
He might have been this height in his prime, but mostly when I see him next to other celebs now a days he comes off as a 5'11 range guy at best. Rob can you see him having maybe dropped a bit? He did look about the same height as Josh Radnor on HIMYM.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jul/13
A fraction below this might be closer today.
In Twin Peaks I thought he could look 184cm range thouh
Balrog said on 26/Jul/13
Rob this guy was on How I Met Your Mother and Radnor was same height if not taller than him.
said on 11/Jul/13
Watch the 1987 movie "Hidden". He stands close to Michael Nouri (6'3"), all the movie. He looks like 1m84. More than 1m82 or even 83, I guess. Click Here
cole said on 8/Jul/13
He is not 6ft tall. 5'11 at most.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jul/13
Looks more 182.
Hew said on 9/Jan/13
He was even shorter than 5'11.25 max Josh Radnor, the same height as 5'10.5 max Doug Savant, and way shorter than strong 6-footer David Duchovny. 5'10.5 today at most for Kyle, maybe 5'11 in prime but never over that.
Hew said on 17/Nov/12
This is way too high. He´s 5´10" tops, has never been over 5´11".
Bradley said on 16/Aug/11
Hes the same height as Doug Savant, 5´10, you can see their height is identical many times on Desperate Houswives. Peak height was probably near 5´11. Josh Radnor had half an inch on him on HIMYM, and he´s between 5´10 and 5´11.
Gunnar17 said on 3/Aug/11
Now a days he's 5'10", 5'10.5" Radnor barely edged him in HIMYM. Peak height was 5'11" flat.
Goonerman said on 10/Jun/11
He was the same height as Josh Radnor (maybe a little taller) who is no taller than 5´11", if not 5´10.5".
Martyr said on 22/May/11
Looked about 6 next to lynch, maybe more like 5'11 and a half, but not under (at peak).
Bon_ said on 27/Apr/11
Looks no more than 180 cm, maybe at peak could scrap 181, I don't know.
Larc 6 ft 1.5 in said on 21/Apr/11
5'11.75 was his peak.
John Goodman looked a good 2.5 taller than him in "The Flintstones".
Goodman was probably near 6'2.5 by then.
Shaun said on 9/Apr/11
Looks more a 5'11" guy
Leung said on 18/Mar/11
I saw the episodes of HIMYM and I would say they are even in height. I know the scene you are talking about where Radnor goes back to Zoey's old apartment to collect the box and Radnor looks slightly taller. BUT in an earlier episode on the boat MacLachlan looks slightly taller than Radnor. In all other scenes they are basically even in height. I have MacLachlan as the same height as Radnor, 5'11.5".
said on 13/Mar/11
nothing over 5 ft 11 today rob are you sure this guy was ever 6 ft
[Editor Rob: I think he could have been, today has he lost height? It can look that way]
dmeyer said on 13/Mar/11
he struglles to equal 5 ft 11.5 rhadnor he looks a good 1cm shorter this guy could be 5 ft 11 today flat
Hansklabam said on 3/Feb/11
In Twin Peaks he never really looked like a 6ft guy. Strong 5ft 11, but no more.
Bon said on 21/Jan/11
5'10.75 - 5'11 is very possible
Bon said on 15/Jan/11
5'10.5 is bang on for him in my opinion, 6' is an exagerration
said on 30/Dec/10
again shorter than 182-183cm ed helms
barly taller than billy bob whos 178cm
same as 180cm fiennes
and again shorter than 6ft kilmer
next to maybe 174cm stewart
it gets even better
with barefoot 177cm harrelson
now with shoes on
and another one with 180cm sands
next to 179cm hawke
here with 6ft ferrer and
to say hes over 6ft is insane, he never looks it. i did not found one pic with him looking 184cm. i say solid 5ft 11in but no more for him. 6ft just doesnt make sense.
i watched recently twin peaks and wondered about this guys height. guessed 180cm and was suprised hes listed that high here.
said on 30/Dec/10
seriously hes no more than 181cm. take a look at these pics
with 192cm seal
was a bit smaller than 182cm radnor on himym
next to 178-179cm savant and 186-186cm chavira
lets say savant is 180cm that still makes macLachlan under 6ft
Doug said on 23/Jun/09
6'0? Really? Has always looked more 5'10-5'11" to me. Looks more 179-181cm to me that 183cm.
Ian said on 17/May/09
He is another one of Glenn looking tall. I say he looks 5ft11 181-182
gilipollas said on 17/May/09
So if this guy is 5-10 what height is Brad Pitt? Pitt made a movie with him and looked shorter...and god knows what type of shoes was Brad wearing.
fern said on 15/May/09
k kyle is not a cm over 5,10
glenn said on 15/May/09
richinkle-i might have to agree with that.read my comment below.similar to your estimate.
glenn said on 15/May/09
agreed 5-9.but since you have no reading comprehension like most here that start trouble,they mean i look huge compared to my lows of 5-6.75,5-7.like ive been saying all along,in some pics since i sleep days,im 5-7.5.
Fred Bloggs said on 15/May/09
How the hell does glenn look 'huge'? Enough of the obsequious comments. Glenn is obviously standing as high as he can and the other guy is bending. That means that if this guy is 6 foot and if he stood up straight he's easily have 3 inches on him. That would make Glenn a 5 foot 9 at the very most and I'm sorry but that's nowhere near huge.
richinkle said on 14/May/09
He is not 6'-0". I saw him last year in NYC during intermission at August Osage County. He was about 5'-10 1/2".
James said on 14/May/09
Has glenn grown suddenly?
mcfan said on 14/May/09
The picture above with Glenn must be deceiving in some way. I think Kyle is slightly over 6ft. He was taller than Sting in Dune.
Vibram said on 14/May/09
What footwear was he wearing glenn?
MD said on 14/May/09
There is no way this guy is anything close to 6'0" unless Glenn's on a curb. lol Seriously, go look at Rob and 6-footers and even 5'11"ders.
glenn said on 14/May/09
oh,yes,but the asics are new here.
glenn said on 14/May/09
the sneakers are 2 years old.of course i didn't wear them 2 years straight.lol.i see your picking pics where i look 5-8 or taller.and i appreciate that after all the attacks.
said on 14/May/09
exactly leonari.yet some here think i only look 5-6 to 5-7 in pics.these are my asics gel i imagine.i thought they were thick.according to rob,they are not.yet i dont remember this guy 6ft.close to 5-11 maybe.
[Editor Rob: brand new they would give 1.25 inch or about there, but 1.1 inch after wearing them a couple month.]
Big T said on 14/May/09
Crazy, he looks all of 5'9" here
ChucktheSchmuck said on 13/May/09
Looks 6 feet
leonari said on 13/May/09
Glenn : you look huge in this pic. wow
Antonio said on 13/May/09
I think he looks 5-10, also.
James said on 13/May/09
wow if they were standing on even ground with similar footware then Kyle looks no more than 5'10.
Hugh 190cm said on 9/May/09
Could look 6ft2ish on Desperate Housewifes.
GUK said on 22/Oct/08
I'm sure I read he was 5ft 11 early 90s
Ange said on 9/Sep/08
I remember meeting him (he was the keynote speaker at a youth acting festival) and he was TALL. 6'0 seems short, but this was 1991 and at only 5'0ish maybe he just seemed taller to me. But I recall that he towered over my friends (all around the same height) and we were surprised. He also had graying temples something we didn't notice from Twin Peaks.
willy wonka said on 19/Jun/08
5"11 isn't a bad height for a guy dudes, give him a break!
Lebensdorf said on 17/Jun/08
I saw him yesterday in NYC. I walked right by him and his pretty, pregnant wife and I was surprised that he was not as tall as he looks on screen. He looked to be about 5'10'', or 5'11'' maybe. Surely he has lost some height now, and he was probably a weak six feet tall in his prime. But why did he look so tall on "Sex and the City." Anyway, I know what I saw in person.
richinkle said on 28/May/08
I saw him at the show "August Osage County" this past weekend. I'd say no taller than 5'-11".
Al said on 25/Jan/08
Saw him on set of Law & Order: SVU and he's an inch or so taller than Chris Meloni. Easily looks 6'2" at least. Definitely over 6 ft.
Mark said on 11/Sep/07
MacLachlan has a slight build and in the series Twin Peaks he did not appear exceptionally tall. In fact he looked smaller then some of the cast especially the sheriff and deputy. I always thought of him as an average guy until I saw Mysterious Island where he towers over 5'8" Patrick Stewart. A height between 5'11" and 6'0" seems right.
dmeyer said on 25/Jul/07
1 cm is very likely at 48 years old
dmeyer said on 25/Jul/07
so could have been 184 peak
RICHARD said on 4/Jul/07
"from 1984 when he was 25... For some reason he doesn't look even remotely close to 6 ft.... perhaps he had extreme late growth spurt? lol"
I agree with this comment. Maybe Kyle grew to 6' in his 20s than his teenhood. I'm 5'8(and age 17) and my dad is 5'11 and my mom is 5'5 so maybe I'll be 5'10,5'11, or even 6' before I'm 20 OR I can get an extreme growth spurt in my 20s.
Gonzalo said on 22/Jun/07
From what I remember MacLachlan was a bit taller than kilmer but I saw that movie a long time ago
gabriel said on 2/May/07
If you guys have seen the Doors Val Kilmer is taller than Him and Val Kilmer is 6 feet and a half and kyle is shorter
Leonid said on 18/Apr/07
Mmmmmm... I jus saw Dune from the first time from 1984 when he was 25... For some reason he doesn't look even remotely close to 6 ft.... perhaps he had extreme late growth spurt? lol
AA said on 18/Nov/06
I watched "The Flintstones" today and Kyle lookd EXACTLY 1.5in shorter than 6-2 John Goodman! So 6-0.5 is accurate, Rob!
Ola said on 24/Aug/06
Michael Ontkean is 1 or 2 inch taller than kyle (you can see them together alot of times in twin peaks) so 6' is a good guess. COULD even be 6'1 (if ontkean is 6'2?)
Senator said on 15/Apr/06
I know him well. I am 6'2" and he is just a little shorter than I am.
robert said on 19/Aug/05
Liev Schreiber was also about 2 inches taller than him in Hamlet.
Joeblo said on 14/Apr/05
I walked past Kyle after a screening of "Jackpot" in NYC. I'm 5'8 and he skyed over me.
So 6'0.5 is accurate.
Chris said on 22/Mar/05
From the popular show Twin Peaks, Kyle is maybe a half inch shorter than Balthazar Getty, listed as 6ft. I don´t think Kyle´s height is 6'1" or 6'2", more like 5'11½".
Zalp said on 18/Mar/05
See better "Showgirls" and watch him close to Elizabeth Berkley (177 cm tall)..He's been in an Italian tv program some years ago and he seems not so tall (178-180 cm,no more). Watch "Dune" too, and see him close to Sting, he doesn't appear taller (Sting is listed 180 cm,I think).