How tall is Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie's Height

5ft 11 (180.3 cm)

American singer, known for songs such as "Endless Love", "All Night Long" and "Hello".

How tall is Lionel Richie
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Average Guess (27 Votes)
5ft 11.25in (181cm)
Almost 180cm guy said on 19/Jan/21
I think 181 cm in his prime looks quite likely. Here are some more photos of Richie with Debby Reynolds from 1986: Click Here Click Here Click Here
Here are some photos of Richie alongside Tina Turner from 1985 Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
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And one photo of Richie next to Ian Wright (whom you met personally) from 1998: Click Here
In this photo, Richie's knees are bent and he still seem a good two inches taller than Wright. Rob, looking at Richie in the 80's and 90's 5ft 11.25 seems to be a fairer estimate for his peak height than the flat 5ft 11.
Editor Rob
still not ruled that chance out.
Abdou said on 29/Sep/20
he look shorter do you think guys he get short becuse of hes age
Editor Rob
could be shrinking a bit now.
Slim 6'1" said on 20/Sep/20
180 flat 5’11”
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Jun/20
🎁🎈🎉🎂 Happy Birthday Lionel 🎂🎉🎈🎁

Many Happy Returns to Lionel Richie, who celebrates his 71st Birthday today. He always looked tall in his videos, without being super-tall!

5ft11.25 🎧😁🎶

Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 7/May/20
In the music video Hello i can't see him anything lower than 5'11. Also would have thought that he could pass for 5'11 1/2 peak.
Nik Ashton said on 20/Feb/20
He reminds me of Chris Kamara.
'Annonymous' said on 20/Mar/19
Rob, look at Richie again. I believe that 181 cm would be more just for him. Lionel in 2009 looked just 2 inches shortet than Chris Noth:
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Please take a look at his pictures alongside Debbie Reynolds from 1986:
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Now, take a look at Debbie's heels:
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Richie in 2011 still did not look more than 2 inches shortet than Russell Brand:
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Besides, Lionel in 2005 did not really look more than two and a half inches shortet than Andy Roddick:
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Look again at the pictures of Richie next to Akon from 2008, he looked easily more than just one inch taller from Akon:
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Please take a look at this Lionel photo by Coolio from 1999, Richie looked easily over 3 inches Taller from him:
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Now look at his photos next to Sarah McLachlan in 1999:
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And now you can look better at the heels Sarah:
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This year Richie is turning 70, I'm not sure how tall he can be today... But peak height 5'11.25" would be the best solution. Rob, can you give him an upgrade to 181 cm?
Editor Rob
Ritchie at 5ft 11.25 peak is something I haven't discounted, I can see how in the 90's even he could sometimes look 5ft 11 or 11.5.
Robby Harris said on 22/Feb/19
I must say he looked at least 5'11.5" with 6'2" Andy Roddick in 2005:

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berta said on 31/Aug/18
i think peak was legit 181. he is 69 yers old now and today i can see weak 180
Gracian said on 30/Aug/18
Rob, please, look again at those 2008 photos again, between him and Akon the difference looks more than just one inch:
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Please look at one of his latest photos from this year alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Kimmel:
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Today he is 69 years old and maybe he has already lost some height, but 5'11.25" as his peak height really looks better for him. Rob, will you give him an upgrade now?
Gracian said on 5/Aug/18
Rob, 181 cm really looks better for him. Here are some of his photos alongside the 6'1.5" Russell Brand: Click Here
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Definitely 2 and a half inch difference between them is a bit too much. Here are the pictures of Richie next to Akon from 2008, he looks more than just one inch taller than Akon: Click Here
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Rob, will you give him an upgrade to 5'11.25"?
Robby Harris said on 21/Jun/18
He looked quite close to 181 cm Jimmy Kimmel recently, but I wouldn't be surprised if Kimmel would edge him slightly today. Richie is nearly 70, so it's likely he's lost at least a cm from his peak. The guy on the left in the last three shots is 6'1" Samuel L Jackson:

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Here he's standing next to 5'10" Mike Tyson in 2009:

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Unfortunately it's the only shot of them and its not head-on, but the angle favours Tyson and Richie still obviously appears taller, but I'm not certain it would be more than an inch. 180-181 cm is pretty arguable for him, but I doubt taller, especially today. Around 182 cm in the morning.
Colberto said on 19/Jun/18
Hey rob
A 184 182
B 183.5 181.5
C 183 181
D 182.5 180.5
E 182 180
F 181.5 179.5
My guess is a solid 5'11" 180.5cm
Editor Rob
181cm is definitely arguable for him.
Robby Harris said on 17/Jun/18
He certainly looked taller than McCartney in the early 80s:

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The fellow next to him in red is 5'6.5" Quincy Jones. Looks near 5" shorter there.

He also only looked about 2" shorter than 6'1.5" Russell Brand several years ago. But I have to admit, his posture looks a bit better than Russell's, so I'd say a flat 5'11" is fair...whether he's lost height by then is a question:

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JordanC said on 19/Mar/18
A good 5'11. Met him at a convention once.
176cm guy said on 23/Jan/18
In an documentary about him, during when he was in high school he was said to be too small to be playing for the football team.
Anonymous said on 16/Sep/17
hi rob can you find how tall her daughter sofia is?
Harvey Williams, Jr. said on 2/Jun/17
I thought for sure that Lionel Richie was at least 6'1 ft tall.
Phil said on 23/Apr/16
he is a very nice guy. 5 foot 10.5 or 5 foot 11.
Gabriel said on 18/Nov/15
my cuz has a great photo with him. He's 5-10.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Oct/14
Could pass for a 6fter in the 80s w/h high hair and big heels
Luis said on 17/May/14
For real? I could have sworn he is around 6'3". I guess it's his slender figure with broad shoulders that gives me that impression.
palmspringsdiva said on 30/Dec/13
I saw him at LAX and he looked more like 5'9 to me, so surpised to see these figures
avi said on 24/Oct/13
this guy is strong 5'11 i wouldn't be surprised if he was my height. or only 1/2 inch under
MHouillon said on 4/Dec/12
More like 181-182cm but no quite 6ft.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Jul/12
Hey Rob...great to be back

Do you think theres any possibility that Richie could be closer to 6ft?
Montgomery said on 23/Sep/11
Faramir he sure does give a good impression of 6ft1 next to Russell Brand.

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Faramir said on 11/Sep/11
Overall slender figure with broad shoulders, he gives the impression of a solid 6'1".
Steve said on 11/Apr/09
I have a pic with him, and I'm 5'9". He's definitely taller than 5'11". I've got 5'11" friends who are easily shorter than Lionel. I'd say 6' or 6'1".
Hugh said on 5/Sep/08
6ft2 is ridiculous for Lionel. 6ftish doesn't sound to bad though.
Hugh said on 29/Aug/08
182-183cm sounds close.
Big T said on 3/Jan/08
I'd like to take that back, I saw LaPread today and decided he is really only 6'2".
Big T said on 30/Dec/07
Ronald LaPread, who was bass player for The Commodores, is huge. 6'4" plus and god knows how much he weighs these days, 260lbs, 270lbs? He comes in to my work quite regularly here in Auckland, New Zealand.
Erik22224 said on 19/Dec/07
Lol hes definately 5'11
Viper said on 25/Aug/07
Lionel must have been wearing some mega lifts with boots.
Zsa Zsa said on 24/Aug/07
I met Lionel today. He is in the Bahamas. He is 6'2" The guy is tall and EXTREMELY nice. He's also very handsome. He was there with his family. I was surprised at how tall he was. He stood up next to my hubby for photos and my husband is 6'2". Lionel was head-to-head with him. Wow, I can't believe how nice he was. Just a great guy.
Franco said on 2/Apr/07
Lionel Ritchie got a 5'11 head alone. LOL! :D very long.

yeah he looks 5'11.5 in that pic, i think he is a weak 5'11 more accurately 1.79cm
glenn said on 22/Mar/07
thanks,it isnt my site though.
italian fan said on 21/Mar/07
i thought he was taller since I discovered this great site and i realized that Lionel is 5'11. Great site,well done, Glenn! ;DD
hb45 said on 19/Jan/07
For once, it's an absolute majority, everybody agree that Lionel Richie is definitely 5'11, without any doubt...
Glenn said on 3/Aug/06
He is 5-11.
Viper652 said on 3/Aug/06
He does look 5-11
Danimal said on 2/Aug/06
I see 5'11" if he stood straight.
T-Bone said on 7/Feb/06
yup he's 5'11"
Glenn said on 25/Jan/06
thanks elio!
elio said on 24/Jan/06
Ok. Your word is good enough for me Glenn (along with your photos!! :D )
Glenn said on 23/Jan/06
he was 5-11.
elio said on 23/Jan/06
Possibly looking more like 5'10.5" unless he's leaning down to Glenn quite a bit?
ds said on 13/Jan/06
I think 5'11.5" cuz he looks a bit less than 3 inches shorter than 6-2 Andy Roddick.
Anonymous said on 8/Dec/05
That pretty much accurate. He's looks a little less than six.

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