How tall is Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson's Height

5ft 9.5in (176.5 cm)

Australian/American Actor best known for starring in movies such as The Lethal Weapon trilogy, Braveheart, The Mad Max trilogy and Signs. Some people insist he is only 5ft 8 and constantly wears elevator shoes to give him an extra boost. In 1990, a newspaper said "What really makes Gibson laugh is all this talk about his looks and the obsession with his height (he says he's 5 foot 10 although he says he's read that he's 5 foot 4." and in 1987, an article mentioned "studio publicity lists his height at 5 feet, 10 inches." One newspaper mentioned that "Mel Gibson struggles to hit 5ft 8in...the Braveheart star's size has caused some problems on set in the past. When Mel was filming The Year Of Living Dangerously with 5ft 11in Sigourney Weaver, he had to wear built-up shoes and even stand on a box for some scenes to be eye level with his co-star." Gibson had no qualms admitting this and said in 1983 "I had to wear elevator shoes in our love scenes and when I finally board the plane she's on, she doesn't so much embrace me as engulf me."

Sigourney, said on CNN "There are actors who are insecure. Sometimes very tall actors go, "How tall are you?" And you just go, you are towering over me, you can't be -- one of the most secure was actually Mel Gibson. He didn't care if I was three inches -- you know, I could wear huge heels and he'd be fine with it.". She repeated this assertion in an interview with Terry Wogan, saying "Mel Gibson, whose shorter than I am, was sweet about my height...he's Five-Nine and I guess I'm Five-Eleven...he couldn't have been nicer about it. It didn't bother him at all. He was very secure.".

Mel once tried to put to bed the issue of his apparent lack of stature. On the Michael Parkinson chat show, the topic of Mel's height came up and he said to Parky they were "the same height", going so far as to take off his shoe to illustrate he had "no lifts". He went on to mention an article (from the Globe) 'The Incredible Shrinking Bond' which had the various Bonds listed in descending order of height, from Sean at 6ft 3 to Gibson at 5ft 8.

In the 1998 book 'Living Dangerously' it mentioned in publicity handouts, Mel's height was given as "between 5ft 9 and 5ft 10". Actor John Phillip Law thought he was 5ft 6 and when filming Attack Force Z all types of tricks were used to make Mel look taller. Law said he was taken aback by his size and that he "had to regularly kneel down and have him alongside me, standing...there was a lot of effort made to make him look the same height...a lot of actors are sensitive about it." He also mentioned in close ups he would spread apart his legs so both of their heads were in frame.
I worked a film once with Sigourney Weaver and she's like...she says she's Five Ten, but she's not Five Ten, she's Six-One. And she's wearing flat shoes and I'm like Five-Ten right, and so they gave me 3-inch Lifts and it still didn't work.

How tall is Mel Gibson
Mel with Robert Downey Jr
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I actually went into rehearsal, but all the time [Year of Living Dangerously Director] Peter Weir was perturbed by my scenes with Mel Gibson, the lead.
Mel's 5 ft 8 in (172 cm), and the difference wasn't enough. I walked around trying to make myself shorter, and Mel was put on blocks, but it sill didn't work. So I lost the role because I was too tall!
-- 157cm Actor, David Atkins

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Average Guess (78 Votes)
5ft 8.93in (175.1cm)
Rising - 174 cm said on 14/Oct/17
@Anonymous: Around that, but just under is possible. Again, I don't think he was ever above 5'9" flat so 1/4" loss is possible. He can look a weak 5'9" with Andrew Garfield in Venice or with Wesley Snipes at Cannes a few years ago.
Anonymous said on 13/Oct/17
Mel is at least 5'9 flat still.
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Oct/17
Thanks, Rob. Though I should have phrased that better in that I really only meant the one new quote where Sigourney says "I'm sure I'm a couple of inches taller than Mel" in conjunction with the quotes you added a while back to this page with Mel saying he's 5'10" and she's 6'1" and Sigourney saying she's 5'11" and Mel is 5'9". I had deduced that both of them must have been under the impression that the difference was at least 2 inches as the common denominator with the varying figures is both state a difference of at least 2" in all 3 quotes. Of course, you answered my question sufficiently anyway so it's a moot point.

I wasn't referring to Sigourney at 5'10.5", but that is puzzling to me as well because rounding down from say 5'11.5" to 5'11" doesn't seem unusual, but from 5'11" to 5'10.5" does. Is there really a chance she was that?

So if 5'9" flat is your minimum and 5'9.5" is your max, do you think 5'9.25" would be the most probable listing from your standpoint? It's not so much that I'm guessing 5'9.25" as I believe Mel isn't above 5'9" for more or less the same reason I believe Mario Lopez isn't above 5'8.5", but I was curious if when you have someone narrowed down to a half inch range, you list the person at the average, though of course, when you guess someone within a quarter inch range like Renner or Yeun, there isn't an average to choose from. Unless, of course, celebheights will enter into a new era of eighth inches! Ignoring the absurdity of that for a second, it would have been amusing if that were the case as Glenn would have seen himself downgraded from 5'6.6" to 5'6.5" once the stadiometer error was discovered. Naturally, he'd have deduced you were in on the conspiracy to keep important truths from people such as Glenn being 5'8" and Hitler and Big Foot being alive and well in Argentina. ;)
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Oct/17
@Rob: With the additional quotes you've dug up, it seems both Mel and Sigourney agree there was at least 2 inches between them. Do you still think there could have been just 1.5" between them? I'd think that Mel's elevator boots could have made him taller than Sigourney in her ballet slippers without much trouble if that were the case.
Editor Rob: there could have been anywhere from 1.5-2 I feel, Mel's upper range I think is the 5ft 9.5, the lower range what I'd personally guess is 5ft 9.

Sigourney, well I think the 5ft 10.5 mark that was mentioned along with one of the interviews was a little round down.

Some actresses do give honest heights, others round down a bit, others round up.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Oct/17
@Mister lennon: I agree. A weak to flat 5'9".
Mister lennon said on 10/Oct/17
Rising, a weak 5'9 peak could be perfectly.
Rising - 174 cm said on 9/Oct/17
@Anonymous: lol, you don't think Rob has been correct on ANY of the more than 9,000 heights listed on this site? Really? This page is actually one of the few where I disagree with Rob by as much as a half inch. But to say ANYONE wouldn't get one out of more than 9,000 correct, much less someone who does this for a living is laughable. I think you'd have to try to guess 9,000 heights wrong. Of course, nobody could get all 9,000 completely accurate either, which is why some listings change over time or need a second look.

@Mister lennon: 5'9" for sure, but no more. I believe comparing to other men in the 5'9" range tells us about how tall Mel is more than anything with the possible exception of Sigourney's word: Click Here Without deviating from Rob's listings at all you have Mel edged by 5'9" Anthony Hopkins, then looking about an inch shorter than 5'9.25" Kurt Russell and then clearly shorter than 5'9.5" guys Geoffrey Lewis and Chris Cooper. When you see them all together, it's hard to see Mel anything over 5'9" flat as all were indoor scenes and not the only scenes Mel looked shorter in.

Btw, this article struck me as funny in one respect: Click Here It says "Mel Gibson, reported to be 5ft 8in", which is funny because papers like that one or the Daily Mail are the ones who most frequently report him to be that height, much like they do with Cruise at 5'7". They act like that's some consensus when estimates for all these guys vary. It'd be more objective to say something like "Mel Gibson, who claims 5ft 10in" and if they feel necessary add something like "but is reportedly smaller." Sort of like the Bond article that listed him 5'8" as though it were his official height, just like people erroneously believe Cruise only claims 5'7". Btw, as much as I like Mel, I can honestly picture Glenn doing something like what Norman claims Mel did. Particularly the "see, told you" part. But I really think the media helped make both Mel and Tom more height conscious because if you look at their early career, they really didn't seem to care much.
Anonymous said on 8/Oct/17
i doubt he is 5 foot 9. i am not sure any of the heights on this website are accurate at all.
Mister lennon said on 8/Oct/17
Minimun 5'9 peak
Rising - 174 cm said on 6/Oct/17
@Greg: I can see why you'd guess 5'8.5", but I think proportions can be a bit misleading as Mel has relatively short legs and he's bulked up to about 190 pounds as he's gotten older. Now if you think he was a weak 5'9" or fell just short of the mark then I have to admit I was thinking that for a while, particularly with Mel really looking slightly shorter than Anthony Hopkins to me, though I can say they may have been the same overall. But I think he can seem genuinely taller and overall think the full 5'9" is most likely. For instance, Mel looked to edge out Richard Gere a few years back even considering Gere often slouches while Mel holds consistently good posture. Mel's shoes really looked normal that day and although Gere has shrunk, I'd be surprised if he was less than 5'8.5" himself. I do think Sigourney saying Mel is 5'9" the best source we have and the most believable figure, though it doesn't seem Mel's co-stars and colleagues put him any higher than that. And fwiw, Brad Pitt did really look about 2 inches taller to me almost a decade ago with at least a fraction less heel than Mel's cowboy boots so I still haven't figured that one out as I have Mel 5'9" and Pitt 5'10.5"-5'10.75".

I don't think I've posted this, but Mel and Nicole Kidman in 2005: Click Here First pic is better to estimate the difference while the second pic merely illustrates that whatever the difference, it was enough Nicole had to look down. How much will Nicole's heels add? Click Here About 2"? If so, Mel looks 5'10" or so in footwear, imo. Side view of Mel's shoes: Click Here

Incidentally, I did come across this quote from a late 80's newspaper(Arizona Republic) a few months back: Gibson is 5 feet 10, wears lifts when playing opposite tall actresses(like Sigourney Weaver in "The Year of Living Dangerously").

It's more notable for Mel being put at 5'10" once again to show how consistent he's claimed and been listed at that height. If he ever deviated, I wouldn't be surprised if early on he told Sigourney he was 5'9" for instance as she did say it very matter of factly and the book mentioned above says his height was being given as 5'9"-5'10" back then. I have no doubt Mel has worn lifts and elevators from time to time over the years, but I'm really not sure he was doing it yet outside of Year of Living Dangerously so I suspect they may have just been recycling the story from 'Dangerously at that point. Obviously, he had cowboy boots in a film like Lethal Weapon and you can see him with 2"+ heels in the late 70's/early 80's like many other men, but as I've said before, i don't think Mel became too worried about his height until the late 80's/early 90s. Oddly, Mel's footwear often seems bigger to me on talk shows and at premieres or other events than in a lot of his films.
Greg said on 5/Oct/17
Mel at peak was probably ballpark 5'8.5". His body proportions are such that he looks shorter, doubt he ever hit 5'9".
Rising - 174 cm said on 1/Oct/17
I at least found a photo of Mel and Parkinson when they went back to back: Click Here In case the link doesn't work, here's a screenshot: Click Here I'd like to see the video again and a different angle for obvious reasons, but from this view at least, Parkinson looks solidly taller. My recollection was a bit different, though as I remember Mel looking no more than an inch shorter, but with better posture.
Rising - 174 cm said on 28/Sep/17
Rob lists Chris Cooper at 5'9.5" peak and 5'8.5" current and Cooper was clearly taller than Mel in their scenes together in The Patriot. Here are a few stills: Click Here In the scene the first two stills are taken from, there's also a shot of the two walking closely together and Cooper was a bit taller there as well. This is the 4th man listed between 5'9"-5'9.5" who has looked clearly taller than Gibson. Even a 5'9.25" listing would only fit if at least Anthony Hopkins were upgraded, but all 4 need an upgrade to fit with Gibson at 5'9.5".
Rising - 174 cm said on 24/Sep/17
I think there's a 50/50 chance of 5'9" or 5'8.75". Just look at this picture taken last month with Danny Trejo: Click Here

You can compare the two well in Machete Kills and Mel looked 5'9" max with Danny even back then as well. Speaking of Danny, while I don't think it's improbable Mel is still around peak height at 61, the fact Danny doesn't look like he's shrunk much even now at 73 is pretty remarkable.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Sep/17
Rob, what are the odds of him measuring below 5ft9 today?
Editor Rob: 5ft 9 flat yes, but under? I'm not sure on that.
Rising - 174 cm said on 21/Sep/17
At this point, I'll only really change my mind on my estimate of Gibson at 5'9" - I'm neutral on the question of whether he's lost a 1/4" or not - if it's shown that Gibson was actually wearing lifts on occasions when I determined he wasn't. For instance, I'm pretty sure he had no lifts inside his New Balance here: Click Here He looked just about 5'9" at that event, but a decent chance he'd fall shy by a small fraction considering those are fairly thick 1.25" sneakers. However, I'm certain he put lifts in those same sneakers for his upcoming film The Professor and the Madman, hence the bulge: Click Here Click Here I think there's a good chance he did that here if you look at the foot that's touching the floor: Click Here He did look taller than he should have that day with Luke Bracey if Bracey is really 5'11".

Speaking a while back of Glenn erroneously insisting Mel claimed 5'11" instead of 5'10", here is Mel in The Patriot with Jason Isaacs, who actually has claimed both 5'11" and 5'10": Click Here Here's Mel in the same film with Tcheky Karyo, who is listed here at 5'10" peak and 5'9" current: Click Here Granted, those should be taken with a grain of salt since the ground may be off, though Karyo does clearly look taller than Gibson here at the premiere: Click Here I'm going to rewatch the film in the next couple of weeks anyway.

Btw, Rob: Nice job updating and expanding the quotes on different pages. I have some additional quotes not yet on several pages so if you want me to post them, just let me know.
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Sep/17
@zoran: Thanks and likewise. I don't doubt that's how you saw it as quite a few people have reported Mel at 5'8", but personally, I'd have to see it myself. At least you seemed to understand my point and I certainly understand that you'd be reluctant to change your mind based on photos and films. I just can't imagine Mel shorter than me. Do you remember if you were inside or outside and generally what type of shoes each of you had?
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Sep/17
Does anyone think Mel looks like a man who would have lost anything more than perhaps a 1/4" in his torso here? Click Here Mel still seems to hold himself well and when wearing normal shoes, he looks still like a guy with a longer torso and shorter legs. Off topic, but Mel also looks much better there clean shaven.
zoran said on 17/Sep/17
Now then Rising:you seem a decent and reasonable fellow ,and I certainly respect that just having met somebody doesn't validate ones estimation of that person, but being 174cm myself and standing in a very personal proximity M.G. was of lesser stature .
Rising - 174 cm said on 15/Sep/17
@zoran: Yeah, Sigourney Weaver filmed a movie with him in the early 80s and said he's 5'9", no matter what you say. Many people have met Mel and many say different things so what makes you the one who has it right? Scott Stapp surely met Mel, but said he's 5'7", which is ridiculous. You didn't measure Mel so yours is guesswork just like the rest of us. Even if you're in a better position to guess, you're still guessing. Why should we believe you over Sigourney Weaver for instance? Many people come on these boards and say they met actor x or actor y, but it doesn't convince anyone unless they offer proof. As I just said, the same way Mel has looked clearly shorter than a few men in the 5'9"-5'9.5" range, he's clearly taller than 172-173 cm men like Gary Sinise, Robert Downey Jr. and to a lesser extent, Joaquin Phoenix. I can even see an argument for 174 cm, but no lower and I'm pretty set on 175 cm or a flat 5'9".

Off topic, but watching it again, The Bounty is quite a good film, imo with a pretty amazing cast. Outside of Mel, you have Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Daniel Day Lewis and Liam Neeson. How many casts do you see like that?
zoran said on 14/Sep/17
Yeah met him on two occasions during the early 80's he's 172-173cms not one mil above, no matter how many movies you watch.
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Sep/17
Here's another perspective from the end of that "Around the Horn" scene without any tilt in Hopkins' favor: Click Here Here's a shot from a different scene: Click Here And here's a wider shot from the "Mutiny" scene I've previously posted here before: Click Here Gibson is obviously slouching there and I'm never quite sure about the floor level on the boat, but Hopkins looks taller if anything when he walks by Mel: Click Here I watched the film on DVD again and outside of that "Around the Horn" scene, the best scene to compare is that first scene of the 2 walking when they first meet around 6-7 minutes in. You can't really use stills taken while 2 people were walking to compare height, but just so you know what scene I'm referring to, here's a still: Click Here The only other thing I can do is link you to that scene on one of those free movie sites if you don't mind pop ups and dodgy sites. Other than that, we must have dramatically different eyes if you still see Gibson taller, much less an inch taller. I know I'm not the one who saw this as site regular Mister Lennon saw them the same height and another site regular Arch Stanton saw Hopkins 2 cm taller.

This is important because I believe this comparison alone is enough to show Gibson has always been closer to 5'9" than 5'10", but when supported by comparisons to 5'9.25" Kurt Russell in Tequila Sunrise, 5'9.5" Geoffrey Lewis in The Man Without a Face and Maverick, respectively and 5'10" Chris Rock in the Lethal Weapon 4 behind the scenes video is imo, overwhelming evidence or even sufficient proof Gibson was never over a flat 5'9". But at the same time, Sigourney Weaver's statement that Gibson is 5'9" is believable especially when you consider Mel did not seem more than an inch shorter than 5'10" Michael Parkinson and is quite clearly taller than men around 5'8" like Robert Downey Jr., Gary Sinise and Joaquin Phoenix. So at least for myself, I'm satisfied enough that Mel was 5'9", no more, no less and has possibly lost a small fraction with age the past few years, but can still look 5'9" enough. Hopefully, I can go as long as I have with Vin Diesel without changing my mind! But as paradoxical as it may sound at first, Mel has actually appeared on screen without lifts more often than I first thought, yet is also shorter than I initially thought. For instance, Mel appearing 5'9" at most in The Bounty, Tequila Sunrise, The Man Without a Face, Edge of Darkness, Maverick and Signs tells me he appeared in those films without lifts because I don't believe for a second Mel is or was only 5'8" as tabloids and even some regular posters here like Brad and Frank2 insist any more than I believe he was ever the 5'10" he claimed.
Rising - 174 cm said on 11/Sep/17
@The Master: Somewhat, but that's minimal when they're face to face not even a foot apart. Remove the tilt in photoshop and Hopkins still edges him, but certainly isn't shorter either way. Hopkins also had worse posture at that 24 second mark, but the statement Mel was taller at that time was simply not accurate. But like I said, I can even give them the same height in the film, but no way does Mel look 5'10" in that film unless Hopkins is at least that tall. There's a scene 5-6 minutes into the movie where they're walking side by side not on a ship and they look about the same height, but if anything, Hopkins edges him again. I'll even post that scene as well as long as it's not against the rules of the site to post links to dodgy websites. They look the same height when they're on Tahiti as well. Footwear cannot be given as the reason Hopkins was as tall or taller either as they even wore the same shoes at times as you see here: Click Here While in other scenes, Hopkins still has those shoes, but Gibson has boots as you see here: Click Here
The Master said on 11/Sep/17
@Rising 174cm

The ship is also tilting in Hopkin's favour.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Sep/17
Any opinions would be appreciated on this, but I'm thinking the boots Mel has substituted for his cowboy boots are 1.4"-1.5"?: Click Here Of course, I'm just talking about the heels without considering the possibility of a lift, though I think that's been a distinct possibility at times, such as when he wore the boot on Colbert's show: Click Here

Outside of boots, looking at the lace area, these look possibly like a 2" type elevator you'll see Cruise wear: Click Here Click Here They also remind me a bit of the shoes I previously posted Mel wearing at the Oscars this year: Click Here He did look somewhere near an inch taller than Mario Lopez--who I think is 5'8.5"--at those Oscars, but short with Michael Strahan and The Rock, fwiw. And these--again from Venice last year--look pretty bulky in the front: Click Here

On the other hand, the shoes Mel wore at the Golden Globes this year look too flat and normal in the lace area to be anything but normal dress shoes, imo: Click Here Height comparisons from that event would probably be a good indication of Mel's current height as opposed to the previous year with Ricky Gervais when Mel wore larger than normal heels at that event.
Rising - 174 cm said on 9/Sep/17
@The Master: Not true. Here's a still taken while paused 24 seconds in just as you requested: Click Here Quite clearly, without accounting for any variables, Hopkins comes out taller despite Mel having taller hair.

But better yet, why would you judge when they're a few feet away rather than face to face like in these stills? Click Here I didn't put the line on those, but as you see in the second still, Hopkins head is out of frame while Gibson's -- despite more hair-- is not. Mel actually looks 5'8.5" at best here, but with the full film in mind, I could give him a flat 5'9" like Hopkins, but certainly no more 5'10" than Hopkins was.
The Master said on 9/Sep/17
@Rising 174cm

In that clip at c.24 seconds, if you freeze it, Mel is taller.
Rising - 174 cm said on 7/Sep/17
I forgot to mention regarding height loss, I've heard Mel has been taking HGH in recent years and going to an anti-aging clinic, so that may have helped him maintain his height. I want to move on to the boots Mel is wearing these days, but first, I did find some video of the 2004 Tonight Show appearance I've previously posted pics from. This first video I'm only posting for the first 20 seconds: Click Here Not only is Mel's ankle bone above the top of his boot, but you can see how high his foot is when he bends it. Here's some of the rest of the interview: Click Here You can see this when he lifts his leg and crosses it shortly after the timestamp in that second video. Seldom have I been so certain of a roughly 1" internal lift as I am there so I feel safe saying Mel wasn't about to take off his shoe that night. I'd be interested to see the entire interview with the greeting since any chance to compare height is too brief, but even with Mel with some obvious lifts, his footwear is nothing compared to the man sitting next to him ;)

The images on Getty are higher quality, but I've posted those before and I think seeing his foot moving around makes it easy to see the lifts. The only thing I don't know is if the lifts are built in or if they're inserts because I've seen Mel wear those same suede Chelsea type boots a few years earlier on the Tonight Show, but wasn't quite as certain he had lifts that time. Here's one photo: Click Here Btw, even if I didn't already like Mel, I'd have a nearly impossible time not liking him after watching him on a talk show like that.
Rising - 174 cm said on 5/Sep/17
@The Master: What? He looked 5'9" max in The Bounty: Click Here That's Mel looking a bit shorter face to face with Anthony Hopkins, who Rob lists 5'9" peak. At best, I could give him the same height as Hopkins with the entire film considered, but if anything, he's a bit shorter.

@MJKoP: Given Glenn's recount of reading Mel claim 5'11", complete with Mel wanting to "clear up the rumors" as Glenn put it, there's no doubt in my mind he had read a recap of the Parkinson interview. A 1987 article notes Mel's height is officially given as 5'10" then 3 years later Mel claims 5'10" to an interviewer for a newspaper then when he's arrested in 2011, his booking sheet gives him 5'10"(almost certainly a figure they got from Mel or his DL) and finally, he claims it again on video promoting Hacksaw Ridge. That's remarkable consistency so it'd be strange to just deviate that one time. This is what I'm 99.9% sure Glenn [mis]read: Click Here Click Here It's no different than others who mistakenly interpreted the Bond height thing in those stories as Mel claiming 5'8". The article is referring to Parkinson's official height of 5'11" and I could see how someone could misinterpret it the way it's written. Good luck convincing Glenn of this at that point, though. He can be stubborn when he gets an idea in his head (e.g., him being 5'8").
The Master said on 5/Sep/17
Looked 5'10" in The Bounty.
MJKoP said on 5/Sep/17
Did Mel ever give himself five feet eleven inches?? Glenn always claimed he did, so I find it curious as to why it's not listed at the top...
Editor Rob: I never seen it, but the 5ft 10 claim is a lot closer to what he may have been, at least within 1 inch anyway.
Rising - 174 cm said on 3/Sep/17
Edge of Darkness was one of the films he looked shortest in. Partially because the cast was tall like Jay O'Sanders and Peter Hermann, but he struggled with 5'9" in it. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a scene good enough to really compare to 5'9" Ray Winstone, but 6'1.5" Danny Huston truly towered Mel by about 5". Here's an example: Click Here
Rising - 174 cm said on 1/Sep/17
I posted the video of the Cannes red carpet with Mel and Sly Stallone looking about the same height in dress shoes, so here's the Cannes press conference: Click Here In this case, Sly looks taller, but if you scroll to the 2nd pic, you'll see their footwear and Mel looks to have 1.25" New Balance to me while Sly's boots look a bit funny and I'd guess he has a bit extra lift inside to give him a boost in the 2" range so like a reverse of Mel and Wesley Snipes on the same day, the footwear difference is probably as big as the height difference. I'd give all 3 men somewhere in the 5'8.5"-5'8.75" range at that time.

Btw, it's funny to see just 4 months ago, I was still considering the possibility of a 5'9.5" Mel Gibson since I've now become so adamant he was never anything over 5'9". Nowadays, I vary thinking the range must be 5'8.5" minimum and 5'9" max for both peak current. Sometimes I have comparisons in mind that make me think he has always been say 5'8.75", but other times I reverse myself on the height loss position and say he was a flat 5'9" until about 2012-2014 then dropped a fraction and then has dropped another fraction down to 5'8.5" recently for the release of Hacksaw Ridge, possibly even the Expendables 3. And then basically every variation between. Outside of that half inch range I stay within, the only other definite conclusion I've come to is if he was a full 5'9", I struggle to see that now next to Andrew Garfield. Although I struggle to be sure of height loss, much less half an inch because Mel today definitely doesn't look shorter to me than he did back when he did The Bounty or Tequila Sunrise in the 80s. I view Andy Garcia as very similar, though less blatant in terms of footwear.
postmanjones said on 1/Sep/17
Mel has always appeared to me as a 6ft guy in movies but I guess it was his lifts. 5 foot 9.5 seems right
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Sep/17
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Well, I am totally in agreement with 5ft9 for Mel Gibson! He's an intriguing actor and I have followed his career since the mid-80's. I like your choice of actors that you are selecting to comment on Timothy!
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Rising - 174 cm said on 31/Aug/17
Found an interesting comparison from 2011 not posted here before. Mel in what I'd guess is 3 cm footwear and Jodie Foster in flats 1 cm or less.

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Foster consistently comes up to the bottom of Mel's nose, which would be what? A 7 inch difference? And if she was still around her peak height of 5'2.5" at age 48, then she'd be probably 159.5 cm or so in those sandals. Mel looks maybe 5'10" in footwear there and I doubt he'd have lost much if any height by then.

@Timothy Jones: He now looks taller than he is, but gave a smaller impression in the 80s in films like The Bounty and Tequila Sunrise. But once he started wearing bigger footwear, it created a successful illusion of a solid 5'10" man at times because Mel has relatively shorter legs. Even outside of when he's worn lifts, his footwear has pretty much always been in the 3-5 cm range. But I agree with 5'9" on the nose, at least in his prime.
Timothy Jones said on 31/Aug/17
Looks a lot taller than he actually is. 5 foot 9 for mel
Timothy Jones said on 31/Aug/17
Looks a lot taller than he actually is. 5 foot 9 for mel
Rising - 174 cm said on 14/Aug/17
Mel and Danny Trejo on the set of Machete Kills: Click Here Mel was 56 at that time and I think still peak height based on how he looked with Richard Gere a year later, but he could have lost a 1/4", imo. Honestly, he doesn't look much taller than Rob did there. Here's a still from the film: Click Here I do agree with Rob that Mel looked roughly 5'9" in the film with Trejo, but I'd guess under rather than over. He didn't have big heels that I could see so he must have worn normal footwear. Trejo must have the advantage in this premiere pic as Mel in cowboy boots doesn't look much taller than Rob: Click Here But in the other premiere pics I posted on on 6/Aug/17, assuming Mel and Rob have similar heads(no ides if they do) then Mel looks a half inch taller than Rob did in that first pic since Trejo is just above or at the top of Gibson's eyebrow, but Mel looks at least an inch taller in the second since Trejo is just above his eye, while his head was an inch higher with Rob. But Trejo had a fraction footwear advantage with Rob, while Gibson's cowboy boots give him a half inch, maybe 2 cm advantage over Trejo. Of course, Trejo apparently looked closer to 5'6" in person to Rob and 5'5" in the photo, so he may have stood taller with Mel, But this was 3 years before filming Machete Kills and 4 years before the premiere so Trejo could have lost height from age 65 to 68-69 possibly going from 167 cm to 166 range. Here's video of the premiere: Click Here Angle is a bit high, but I'd guess Mel is about 4 inches taller making him look about 5'9.5" as listed, but 5'9" max when you consider his cowboy boots. I would probably guess Mel in recent years at more 5'8.75" considering comparisons like with Snipes. I'm not certain if he was ever taller, but the safest bet from all I've seen would be 5'9" on the nose in his prime and a 1/4" loss the last 3, possibly 4 years.
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Aug/17
@Slim: I agree. I was possibly reading too much into Hopkins edging him in the one face to face, so 5'9" on the nose or 175.3 is likely, though Kurt was taller in all scenes with Mel. Rob use to have Hopkins 174, so I'm not sure about 176 for him. Either way, I'd bet a large sum of money both were always closer to 5'9" than 5'10".

I was able to confirm footwear(both in black cowboy boots) so here's a series of pics of Sly and Mel in '93: Click Here

I don't think there's much difference except for when Sly has the camera advantage and their cowboy boots could cancel each other out.
Rising - 174 cm said on 13/Aug/17
Actually, I'll amend a previous post and say Gibson and Anthony Hopkins could have been the same height in The Bounty. This short clip is the best scene to compare and Hopkins looks taller: Click Here but they look about the same when they're walking together at the beginning of the movie. It depends on how much these boots Gibson wore added? Click Here But Mel and Hopkins wore the same shoes in other scenes, such as when they meet the Tahitians and they do look about the same height in a wide shot then, but the angle is probably too high. It's a good film, btw. I'd say better than Tequila Sunrise, even though I'm a huge Kurt Russell fan. Incidentally, I'd say Mel is still looking as tall as Kurt did recently with Marky Mark.
Slim 182 cm said on 13/Aug/17
He looks 175/5,9 in that clip, I'm leaning more to the flat 5'9 ATM, But overall, I think he's just a flat 5'9 but he's closer to 176 than 175, like precision wise he'd meausure 5'9.125 definitely within an eighth of an inch from the 5'9 mark, so I agree, he should get a half inch downgrade or quarter inch, if anthony Hopkins gets 176 prime as well.
zoran said on 12/Aug/17
He's 5ft8.
Rising - 174 cm said on 11/Aug/17
@Slim: No problem. The first 2 movies in both series are classics. The Mad Max films should be seen by everyone at least once, though they're not really good for comparing height. Mel gives a shorter impression in those, though than later. He wears cowboy boots in the Lethal Weapon films so he'll look taller in comparisons. That's why I posted the '88 Academy Awards with Glover, it's rare for Glover to stand tall and for Mel to not have a footwear advantage. I'd take anything other than a wide shot between Mel and Danny with a grain of salt as well. Here's one wide shot from the first film: Click Here Even with Mel's boots and cap, the difference is quite apparent - perhaps 5 inches. I always thought he looked pretty similar proportionately to Sly Stallone in Rambo 2 in the film. Both close in height and weight with relatively shorter legs and longer torsos.

The Bounty and Tequila Sunrise stand out as movies Mel looked shorter in. You can see this from the face to face scenes I posted stills from with Anthony Hopkins in the former and Kurt Russell in the latter. I'm almost positive Kurt was a stronger 5'9" than Mel because if we say Mel's Reeboks added an inch, Kurt would have to have heels comfortably over 2 inches to actually give him 2 inches of height, which would still only make them about the same height barefoot. Kurt had more footwear, but not THAT much more. The only way I'd conclude Kurt and Mel were the same height based on the film is if Kurt wore lifts. And here are the shoes Anthony Hopkins wore in The Bounty: Click Here I don't see how those shoes could account for Hopkins looking a half inch or more taller if he's really a half inch shorter. Mel wore knee height boots you see in period pieces. I don't think there was much of a footwear difference. If you look at the other films back then, you'll probably guess him around 5'9" as well, except if you don't account for elevator boots in The Year of Living Dangerously with Sigourney Weaver. Later on, he always wore boots and also bulked up, which made him seem bigger overall.

But yeah, you're right. He's a 5'9" guy who simply got tired of the press writing he was 5'4", 5'6", 5'7" or 5'8". For a while, the press obsessed about his height almost as much as Cruise.
Slim 182 cm said on 10/Aug/17
thanks, I'll watch lethal weapon, mad max.

Mel is just average height and he wants to look tall, not a mystery at all.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Aug/17
@Slim: I watched the Patriot a few times when it was new, but not in many years now. So I'm due another viewing. I'm almost positive Mel pulled off taller than 5'9", more 5'10" with Ledger. But I think Mel didn't care about his height in the 80s based on what Sigourney said, however, this story Barry Norman told suggests he became more conscious: Click Here I do believe Norman's story because it sounds like what Mel did with Parkinson. Then you see Mel going back to 1990 bringing up reading he was only 5'4". That's probably around the time it started to bother him because even in Tequila Sunrise(1988), Mel was only wearing Reeboks, looking up to Kurt Russell and Raul Julia could see over his head. I would say that John Phillip Law's story doesn't necessarily contradict this because Mel wasn't necessarily the one ordering the height difference be minimized. But if it's true that Mel's height was given as between 5'9" and 5'10" early, I'd think 5'9" max even based on that since it's rare for an actor under 6 feet to be billed with a figure below his height. But as far as I know Mel has claimed 5'10" since 1987. But like I said, Sigourney said very matter of factly Mel was 5'9" at a time his height was supposedly given as between 5'9" and 5'10" so it's possible Mel was even willing to admit being 5'9" in private early on.
Rising - 174 cm said on 9/Aug/17
@Slim 182: Just to get you up to speed on the Gibson height debate, Mel on the Tonight Show is one of the clearest examples I've seen of an unusually high ankle with the bone around the top of the boot: Click Here Click Here The angle of his foot makes it look like there's a larger than normal insole. That's the type of thing I want to see someone find for Brad Pitt before I say for sure he wears lifts. I was able to find it for Michael Douglas ironically with Johnny Carson in 1992. It seems The Tonight Show, regardless of who it's hosted by is the time to find out who wears lifts! In fact, Rob posted a photo of Tom Cruise wearing elevator shoes on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon a few months back.

Also, I should have mentioned that Rob doesn't have Gibson listed at 5'9.5" because of comparisons to Garfield and Hardy. Rob told me Mel at 5'9" max is believable, but he's not sure if Mel was always 5'9"-5'9.25" or if he's lost half an inch. He also estimated Mel at 5'9" with Danny Trejo in Machete Kills and I agree with that estimate, but that's an example of why I don't believe Mel has lost much because here is Mel with pretty normal looking shoes looking as tall as ever with Richard Gere in 2013: Click Here Click Here Click Here

I do think Gere had dropped below 5'9" by that point seeing Carey Lowell look near 4 inches taller at times in heels that same year, but it's tough to see Gibson shorter. So the full 5'9" is fair, even 5'9.25" and that's the range I remember him looking with Parkinson when you consider posture. I'm probably leaning more towards the full 5'9" at the moment after viewing those pics rather than 5'8.75", but I really can't get over Mel looking shorter than Hopkins face to face. I think a 176 cm listing would be ok if Hopkins got an upgrade to that same figure since I could see them the same height, but not Gibson any taller. I'd give Sigourney at least 181 then as well since even Mel implied she was 3 inches taller than him. But that would also make him the same height as Kurt Russell and shorter than Geoffrey Lewis, so it fits ok. But if you just watch Mel's 80s films, he seems 174-175 cm range, imo and smaller as well. His weight was probably typically in the buck sixty range back then. Sigourney did say very matter of factly that Mel was 5'9". She may have known his height considering how much emphasis it received shooting that film. She actually seems less certain about her own height saying "I guess I'm five eleven." Either that, or she doesn't like her height and doesn't like saying it. But the main point of the Gere pics was to show why I don't think Mel has lost more than 1/4" or so and why I think it'd be more recent. Maybe from later 2013 at the earliest, imo.
Rising - 174 cm said on 9/Aug/17
Don't think these have been posted so Mel and 5'10"(?) Malcolm Turnbull:

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Unfortunately, one or the other pretty much always has a camera advantage, except maybe that first pic where it's not so noticeable. I would conclude Turnbull was taller, but an inch tops in the shoes they're wearing, maybe less. Gibson does look to have a shoes that add a fraction more, though. I'd still guess Mel no less than say 5'8.75" there assuming he doesn't have an extra lift. That's the thing about Mel, though. He almost always wears 1.2"-1.7" footwear and almost always has good posture so even at 5'9", it'd be easy enough to look 5'9.5"-5'10" pretty consistently. But the last 2-3 years, Mel has substituted more a new pair of boots for his cowboy boots, but the heel looks maybe 1/4" smaller so that would account for him looking slightly shorter.
Slim 182 cm said on 9/Aug/17
Thanks rising, i still believe 175 min, 176 max, not sure which is more likely, my best bet would be to compare Mel Gibson to Heath ledger in that patriot film...


Yes mms are important as 176.5 sounds better than 176/177.
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 9/Aug/17
5'9 peak seems reasonable, 5'8.5 nowadays.
Cameron said on 7/Aug/17
176 peak, weak 5'9" currently.
Rising - 174 cm said on 7/Aug/17
@Slim: Here's what I'm talking about: Click Here All are stills taken from videos, so if you want to view any of the original videos, let me know, and I'll link to them, but here's who appears with Mel there and the year:

Mel looks a good 1-2 cm shorter than 5'9" Anthony Hopkins with no less footwear(1984)
A good inch shorter than 5'9"-5'9.25" Kurt Russell with less footwear, but not an inch, unless Kurt wore lifts(1988)
Shorter than 5'9.5" Geoffrey Lewis by however much extra hair Gibson has since Lewis' bald head is about equal with the top of Mel's hair(1993)
Shorter than Geoffrey Lewis again, this time with bigger heels(1994)
At least an inch shorter than 5'9.5"-5'10" Chris Rock(1998)
6 inches shorter than 6'2.75"-6'3" Danny Glover at 1988 Oscars, the difference could look even bigger in the full pic
Similar height in elevators(what Mel called "3-inch lifts") to 5'11" Sigourney Weaver in flats(1982)

So you see I just can't give him any more than a flat 5'9", especially with those other guys in the 5'9"-5'10" range. I think it's best to compare height with people of similar height. Hopkins was the tipping point for me since I wasn't even convinced he was 5'9" until I saw him taller than Mel. And as a bonus, since you gave Joaquin Phoenix a weak 5'8", here he is looking only about a half inch shorter than Mel at the Signs premiere in 2002: Click Here It's a full pic with similar shoes and similar posture as far as I can tell.

@Rob: Btw, I like the change to including mm. It makes it less confusing sometimes what people mean when a height is right in between like 5'9.5" for instance being between 176 and 177.
Rising - 174 cm said on 6/Aug/17
@Slim: Anything around 5'9" is possible, but he had cowboy boots with Hardy and his height varied with Garfield, but he often had thick footwear as well. Sometimes Garfield may not stand straight. But if you look at the Venice Film Festival, Garfield can look at least an inch taller with 2 cm less footwear: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Mel's heeled boots aren't much less than cowboy boots so about 1.5" while Garfield has just 0.7" type sneakers, which would put him 181 cm if he's 179 barefoot. The difference can even look 1.5" at times. This makes Mel only a solid 178 cm in heeled boots if I'm right about an inch difference. Hardy can look shorter than 5'9" at times as well, such as with Jeremy Piven and Mario Lopez. Mel did look about 5'10" at the Fury Road premiere, but there's no way of knowing if Mel had a lift in his cowboy boots with Hardy, which is why it's best not to judge someone's height in cowboy boots. But based on Rob's statements, it seems he'd put Snipes at 5'8.5" or 5'8.75" today(but like Gibson, he doesn't know if Snipes lost a fraction or was always that height) and we know Mel had at least 1.5 cm more footwear because we can identify their sneakers, but do you see more than a 1.5 cm height difference?

Check out Mel in cowboy boots with Danny Trejo 5 years ago: Click Here Click Here Now compare this to Rob and Trejo 3 years earlier. If someone photoshopped one of those comparisons, we'd see Danny's head only reaches around 3 cm higher on Mel's head than on Rob's head depending on head size, eye level etc. For the record, Mel was only George Clooney's current age when these photos were taken and Rob doesn't think Clooney has lost enough yet to warrant a peak height, so it's unlikely Mel, with better posture and no back injury like Clooney's would have been much different from his peak at the same age.

Check out this comparison, Jackie Chan could look as tall with Jet Li in 2008 as Mel did a decade earlier in 1998: Click Here

Li doesn't look taller than the 5'5.5" Rob lists him, but even with loose posture, he reaches a good inch above Mel's eyes, so no more than a 3.5" difference. Notice that Mel only looks 4.5"-5" taller than Joe Pesci, who we can assume is in elevator shoes, but I don't think I've ever seen Pesci look taller than 5'4".

I spotted Mel wearing what looked like elevator shoes back when he won the Oscar for Braveheart. Check out the side view: Click Here

Here's the video: Click Here Unfortunately, they zoom out when we would have had the best chance to compare Mel to Sidney Poitier. Poitier was probably still 6'2" at 68 years old and as best as I can tell with the shot they do give us, I'd guess Mel stands 4"-4.5" shorter there.

You seem open-minded, Slim, so if I post all the strongest evidence together from the 80s and even the 90s, I think you may see my point, especially since a handful of the comparisons are men listed here from 5'9" to 5'10". My guess is a weak 5'9" so from 174.5 to 175 cm, but I'd go with 175 cm as it'd be a less dramatic downgrade. I do think 175 peak and 174 current would be a decent listing as well, but I think peak heights should be reserved for those who are obviously shorter than they use to be. I'd give Clooney a peak height before Gibson.
Slim 182 cm said on 6/Aug/17
, compare Mel to tom hardy and Andrew Garfield, robs listing isn't that generous, I'd give 176 if I was the decider. Mad max fury road and hacksaw ridge photoshoots btw.
Rising - 174 cm said on 5/Aug/17
This is pretty interesting. Mel and Wesley Snipes standing side by side with a pretty straight angle for almost 30 seconds: Click Here

Snipes wore 0.6" Converse as you can see here: Click Here And Mel wore 1.25" New Balance: Click Here Click Here

Honestly, I don't see much of a height difference between Mel and Snipes in that video. I'd say it's certainly no more than the difference in their sneakers. it certainly lends credence to my belief both are weak 5'9" guys and Snipes may very well be 5'8.5".
Rising - 174 cm said on 4/Aug/17
Mel was clearly taller than Mario Lopez once again at this year's Oscars: Click Here

I don't know if Mel is wearing elevators, but here's a pretty good shot of his shoes from the side just so everyone can make their own judgement: Click Here

But with 6'4.25" Michael Strahan and especially 6'2.5" Rock at those same Oscars, Mel looked nothing over 5'9" to me: Click Here

Regardless, looking at Mel at a lot of events the past few years, if I can never say for sure whether someone has lost a small fraction, I'll say at least that I really don't think Mel has lost anything noticeable. He honestly still typical looks taller to me than he did in the 80s. If you notice, you never see Mel slouch and he's still at an age where it's not uncommon to be at or very near peak height.

Off topic, but Hacksaw Ridge was outstanding. Nice to see Mel direct again. He's the one actor I know with the ability to have a Clint Eastwood type career behind the camera as well.
Rising - 174 cm said on 1/Aug/17
I really can't see a possibility of 177 cm. I looked at the face to face scene with Anthony Hopkins again and I think a poster here Arch Stanton is right that Gibson does look near 2 cm shorter than Anthony Hopkins, who was about 175 himself! So I now think Gibson is and was honestly 174-175 range and a max 5'9" guy, just like Stallone. Check out the elevators he wore in Year of Living Dangerously: Click Here They're a minimum 6 cm imo, but I think a little more, probably 2.5"-2.7" range and if Gibson were almost 5'10", he'd have been comfortably taller than 5'11" Sigourney Weaver in flats. This was not the case as he often struggled to look her height, as you can see in even the closeup I posted on 5/Jul/17.

Here's a rare wide shot of Mel and Sigourney, as you can see, Mel is no taller and the flats she has are almost like being barefoot: Click Here If you doubt Mel had his elevator boots on in that scene, scroll down to the 2nd pic, which is from the same scene and shows he has major elevators on as he does the entire film.

If she is 181 cm in those flats, Mel should have been comfortably taller as those sort of elevators would make a 177 cm man reach 183-184 cm. As I said in a previous post, just look at Rob in 2.4" elevators with Jenny in flats. And while the shoes are obvious elevators, Mel admitted they were himself so there's no doubt he had elevator boots. Remember, Geoffrey Lewis isn't even 177 cm. If I summarized all the evidence that brought me to this conclusion, I think most would at least see how I arrived at it. In fact, I don't think it could be called unreasonable on the basis of the Hopkins comparison alone as Rob himself concluded Arnie was taller than Carl Weathers due to Predator. I'll never agree to the 5'8" flat stuff or anything below 5'8.5", but I have to go with 5'8.75" peak and current. I'll probably go back and forth on 174.5 and 175 cm, much like I do with Stallone.
Loka said on 29/Jul/17
I agree with 177cm...
Rising - 174 cm said on 27/Jul/17
Finding yet another comparison where Mel in his prime struggles with 5'9" near someone of similar height while seeing him still consistently look 5'9" today has made me believe Mel probably hasn't even lost a 1/4", especially since I'm even thinking it's possible he was always more of a weak 5'9" or 175 cm on the nose. Here's video of the Cannes photocall for Blood Father: Click Here Mel in 1.25" New Balance sneakers is next to 5'9" Diego Luna and 5'5" Erin Moriarity. I think Mel and Luna look similar. You can compare Mel and Erin again at about 7:45. And here's a shorter video of the Cannes red carpet with the same people: Click Here There's longer video as well, but this will suffice as it shows about as much that's relevant to our purpose. This time Mel has maybe a 1.5" heeled boot as it seems just a bit smaller than a cowboy boot: Click Here but I would say he and Luna are similar again. Of course, Mel always holds good posture, while Luna is a sloucher, but you have to watch Luna since he was going up on his toes at times! As for Mel and Moriarty, if she's 5'8" in heels then I'd say Mel seems near 5'10" in footwear at both the photocall and the red carpet.

Btw, If you read this, Rob, that means it's time to downgrade Luna to 5'8.75" due to the statute of the Piven penalty ;)

I understand why people think Mel has lost height, though. Back during the first Lethal Weapon, Mel was lean and no more than 160-165 pounds while he's now been a good 190+ pounds for years now, possibly a full 200 at times. I mean you see Mel's Expendables 3 physique, particularly with his short legs and I could see how someone would imagine him shorter now: Click Here
Rising - 174 cm said on 24/Jul/17
No real doubt in my mind now that Geoffrey Lewis(who Rob lists 5'9.5") was taller than Mel Gibson back in the early/mid 90s. Like in Maverick, he was once again taller than Mel in The Man Without a Face. Here are a few stills: Click Here

The scene is a little after 1 hour 20 minutes or so into the film. Gibson wears hiking type boots through most of the film and then dress shoes when dressed formally later on. Lewis wears standard police type footwear. It is another film Mel did a good job with, though, as it's a different acting role for him and it was his directorial debut.
Rising - 174 cm said on 20/Jul/17
Here's interesting video of Mel and Brad Pitt 8 years ago when I'm relatively sure both were as tall as they've ever been: Click Here

What does everyone think the difference looks like in that video?

Here's footwear: Click Here As you can see Mel had cowboy boots and Pitt had boots as well, though smaller external heel for sure.

Also, The Ultimate A$$hole is someone Rob has met and while they claim 5'10" like Mel does, they're someone who Rob listed at somewhere from 5'8.5"-5'9". Of course, I think Rob should give Gibson a 5'9" listing, but then that might evoke the rage of Mad Max and give Rob another angry celebrity to worry about!
Slim 182 cm said on 19/Jul/17
MJKoP, close enough. 😏

In "get to the gringo", he did look 175. And with low shoes he does push 177/178.
MJKoP said on 17/Jul/17
Slim 181 cm said on 14/Jul/17
Is the ultimate a**hole Mel Gibson? ,

Oh, he is....just not THAT one. ;)
Rising - 174 cm said on 17/Jul/17
I took screenshots of Mel and Kurt's shoes in Tequila Sunrise: Click Here Mel wears sneakers. Not the same ones the entire film, but you can see he has black Reeboks at one point, which he wears in the scene where he's walking with Kurt late in the movie. Based on his footwear, he didn't seem concerned about his height in this film. Kurt has some sort of dress shoe or boot and it seems he wears the same ones the entire film. I can't tell for sure how big the heels are due to his pants covering them most of the time, but he likely has a fraction footwear advantage, though I doubt as big as the at least 1 inch height difference between them throughout the film. Mel looks fairly short in this film. He's probably barefoot at one point with a maybe 5'6" Michelle Pfeiffer when he puts his son to bed and he only seems a few inches taller. He may be barefoot again, though it's once again not a wide shot and Raul Julia can look down onto the top of his head when he sneaks up on Mel with a gun as a joke.

At least the footwear advantage partially explains why Kurt made Mel look not much over 5'8", but I'd say there's a good chance Kurt is the taller of the two. But now it seems to me that Mel wasn't particularly height conscious through 1988, but by 1990 he's complaining about reading he's only 5'4". That's likely around the time he started wearing lifts.
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/17
@ Rising Force - Yes, that performance of Mel's was very moving and one of the first to trigger my appreciation of his work.
Slim 181 cm said on 16/Jul/17
I stand corrected, if mel has arthritis, then he may have lost height, but if he doesn't, then probably no height loss for another year or 2 or 3 if he's lucky.
Rising - 174 cm said on 16/Jul/17
Btw, here's a good screenshot of Mel and Kurt Russell from Tequila Sunrise where their heads aren't cut off by the frame: Click Here

Kurt really does look about an inch taller and not just this scene either. When Mel walks by Kurt in a wider shot shortly before, he's visibly smaller. As in the later scene.

Btw, Rob. I hope you don't mind the slight name change, but I've noticed people increasingly seem to read my name as either RichardSpain or RampageClover, besides most just reply to me as Rising anyway and I thought it's convenient to have your height in your name as I see others do.
Slim 181 cm said on 16/Jul/17
By resembling Marky Marks height, I meant having an inch on him, given that Markys 172-173 .

From now on I will say similar height when In half inch of each other.
RisingForce said on 16/Jul/17
Slim 181 cm, I come from a family of all kinds of addicts, including alcoholics and it's not necessarily true. I had one family member who basically drank themselves to death at 85 years old. He was never much more than 5'8", but even with worsening posture, was still not below 5'7" range at the time of his death, but rail thin. Mel may have lost a quarter inch, hard to say because that's very hard to distinguish, especially with someone whose footwear varies, but 61 is also a time many haven't lost anything noticeable yet. Remember, Gibson is more of somebody who has had bad stretches of his alcoholism rather than a constant 3 or 4 decades. Otherwise, he would have never had the career he did and his liver would probably be shot. I just can't be fully convinced of height loss when Mel's shortest appearances were mostly in the 80s.

@Sandy: Mel does a great job in the scene where he contemplates suicide in Lethal Weapon. Typically, you don't see scenes with acting like that in action films. Ever since I was a kid, I watch any film Mel is in or directs.
Slim 181 cm said on 16/Jul/17
I don't know about that, just a theory. As alcoholism is a voluntary health issue(there's always a choice!) unlike osteoarthritis which NOONE WANTS IT 😂.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Jul/17
I went alone to the cinema to see 'Lethal Weapon' when it first came out. I asked myself, "Who's this fantastic new actor? I'm impressed and can't wait to see more!"
Well, see more I did (including the first 'Lethal Weapon' sequel, and I think it was probably the second one which gave me a better idea of Mel's height - and physique.
Being a fan of Patsy Kensit back then (I saw her in 'Absolute Beginners' at the picture house as well!), I pounced on the opportunity of seeing 5ft5 Patsy star with Mel.
They were in love in the movie, so I was very pleased and excited (yes, really I was!) that happiness was heading in the direction of this truly likeable young man, having been through the tragedy of losing his wife, the consequences of how saddened he is you see in the first film, turning him into the suicidal 'Lethal Weapon'.
Without discussing the second film's storyline, you do get many chances of seeing Patsy and Mel together. I don't think that Mel looks taller than 5ft9, but I can't see him at this time in his career anyway, being less than that. We see in all the 'Weapon' films, plenty of chances of comparing him to the enchanting Danny Glover, 6ft1, and the guy who won an edition of 'Big Brother', big, blond, Gary Busey, who I voted for because he made me laugh when he relentlessly wound up 'White Dee'!
Well, because of all these comparisons, Mel gets 5ft9. He could be 5ft8 now and I don't dismiss the possibility that he was taller than that, but as much as 5ft10/10.5? No, doubtful, but 5ft9/9.75 - yes, highly likely!
For some stooooopid reason, Mel has been picked on 'South Park'-style, but hey guys, it still hurts and is so uncalled for!
I give this great actor 5ft9! 🏆
RisingForce said on 15/Jul/17
Well, Mel is definitely an inch or more taller than Marky Mark from what I've seen of the two, but based on the photos on set, Ferrell at 6'2.5" does indeed tower him as you'd expect since Ferrell is similar to how tall Glover was. But Mel has thick hiking type boots that Rob estimated 1.3" range, though I believe Mel likely has lifts in them as well. Of course, this could be true for Wahlberg as well. But Joaquin Phoenix is just about the same height as Wahlberg, yet in this full premiere photo with Mel definitely peak height, there's barely any difference: Click Here Honestly, with Joaquin no more than 5'8" by his own admission, that's one of the photos Mel can look only 5'8.5" in. What's interesting though is Mel currently looks taller next to Mark Wahlberg than M. Night Shyamalan did at The Happening premiere. Go look at my post on M. Night's page for an example. Of course, this can probably be explained by footwear, but it's still interesting since I don't know Wahlberg to wear lifts at premieres, yet he looks just an inch shorter than M. Night in full side by side pics.

It's a shame there's no Tequila Sunrise premiere photos and Mel did appear with Kurt and Goldie in NYC in 1990, but these are unfortunately as good as any of the photos from that night for comparing height: Click Here Click Here Click Here Much like the Lethal Weapon 3 premiere photos, they can't really tell us much, except I'd guess Kurt was appearing taller that night. Of course, there is a good scene in Tequila Sunrise showing Mel near an inch shorter than Kurt, but it'd be nice to confirm this off screen as well.

I do hope to see video uploaded of Mel and Danny at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards. Mel wasn't wearing cowboy boots, but a different type of heeled boot that I think may be elevator boots: Click Here Click Here Here's a decent series of photos, but Glover's posture makes photos too problematic as the difference varies: Click Here

Personally, I'd say I'm pretty certain he's between 5'8.75" minimum and 5'9.25" max, but since I'd say Rob's listings are always reasonable that the range for reasonable guesses would be from 5'8.5" minimum to 5'9.5" max. 5'8" and 5'10" are both unrealistic, imo.
Slim 181 cm said on 15/Jul/17
Rob, I was serious about the alcohol addiction causing lowered testosterone levels, which attribute to height loss as old men have lower t than young and one of the main factors we shrink is less hormones.
Editor Rob: could it effect bone density? I'm not sure as I haven't read much studies on it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jul/17
Mel would measure taller than Wahlberg
Slim 181 cm said on 14/Jul/17
Is the ultimate a**hole Mel Gibson? ,
Rob, RisingForce and the rest, alcoholism lowers testosterone levels, low testosterone = height loss, I think it's safe to say he's lost a quarter inch. Don't forgot the guys 61 years of age.
Slim 181 cm said on 14/Jul/17
Daddy's home might be a good source of info, as ferrel and Lithgow will tower over him him, cena will be considerably taller, and Marky mark will be of a similar height.
RisingForce said on 13/Jul/17
The 5'8.5" isn't impossible considering this video from Cannes 2014 I posted on the Sly Stallone page of Sly and Mel: Click Here

I embedded a timestamp at 1:30 as the 2 men are face to face and you can also see them face to face at 1:37 and being interviewed at 0:55. Here are 3 screenshots from different times in the video: Click Here Both men appeared to have normal dress shoes that night: Click Here Click Here

It's a rare comparison of the two without boots or thick shoes. They look like they may be identical. Sly was likely 5'8.5", maybe 5'8.75" in 2014, so I can't exclude the possibility of Gibson being the same. Actually, when you look at how they measure up to the same people, Mel doesn't seem any taller. Mel looked about an inch shorter than Kurt Russell in Tequila Sunrise and then the next year, Sly was never shorter and sometimes more than an inch taller than Kurt in Tango and Cash, a movie in which Sly in big heels seems at least 1.5" taller than Geoffrey Lewis, yet a few years later, Mel in cowboy boots seems shorter than Lewis. Finally, in the pics available of Mel and Arnold from the Expendables 3 premiere, Mel in cowboy boots, appears no taller than Sly did the year before in cowboy boots with Arnold at the Escape Plan Comic Con screening. In fairness on that one, we only saw Mel and Arnold in 2 pics that weren't full while there's full pics and video of Sly and Arnold at the Escape Plan screening. But Arnold's posture wasn't good in either pic

Although this 1995 appearance on Letterman shows a tall Gibson in cowboy boots: Click Here Gibson looks only 3" shorter to me so if Letterman was 6'1.5" than Mel passes for 5'10.5" there. Of course, Letterman has flat shoes that don't even really look to have a heel, so I don't know how much they add, but I'd think at least an inch less than a typical pair of cowboy boots. In general Mel will hold better posture than a guy like Letterman so it's possible there's an advantage, but if not then it's interesting because a year before, Mel in cowboy boots looked at least 3" shorter than 6'1" Kevin Costner in a wide shot, so he was only appearing 177-178 with Costner, but 179 with Letterman. I do think both Mel and Sly are guys who sometimes wear normal cowboy boots without anything inside, but other times add an extra lift inside. But 8 years later, Sly actually seemed to measure up a bit better to Letterman in his Hogan sneakers since it was tough to see much more than 2" between them, though it's possible Letterman shrunk a half inch from late 40s to mid 50s.

It's difficult for me to believe there'd be much of a difference between Mel and Sly barefoot at their peaks, or even as of 2014. Granted, I think there's a better chance Gibson hit the full 5'9" than Sly and a better chance Sly fell a bit short at say 5'8.75", but in general, they're heights varied within the same range until 2015, by which time Sly seemed a half inch down from peak and incidentally, I think late 2015 was the earliest Mel would have shrunk if he has lost height.
RisingForce said on 12/Jul/17
@ Rob: Yeah, I've mentioned practical and aesthetic reasons as an example of why movie close ups between 2 people should never be taken as proof even if neither of the two is height conscious. Incidentally, I don't believe Mel was that height conscious until the 90s, but Mel being an action star perhaps 6 inches shorter than his sidekick makes it fairly likely Richard Donner saw fit to use a little box at times.

@Slim 181: Personally, I have to agree with anonnnn that Mel was and still is a flat 5'9" until compelling evidence that he's shorter is posted, but if I did believe he shrunk a half inch, that would probably be my guess.
RisingForce said on 12/Jul/17
Here's what I was talking about. While it's not unlikely Mel put lifts in his boots for the first film, the actual boots looked like typical cowboy boots to me while these ones in the 3rd have more of that bulky Burt Reynolds/Chuck Norris look: Click Here Could have had full 2 inch heels as well: Click Here And while I don't see any sign of built in lifts, or anything unusual about these boots, I'm almost positive Mel put something in them for the premiere: Click Here Click Here You get the sense he's much taller than Russo(in low heels) and not that much shorter than Glover even!

On the other hand, Lethal Weapon 4 was the only film in the series he didn't have cowboy boots, but rather these boots: Click Here It doesn't mean he didn't get a boost at any point in the film, but considering Mel was at least an inch shorter than 5'10" max Chris Rock in the behind the scenes clip, he must have not had big footwear then. I'm almost certain Mel had normal shoes at the premiere as well: Click Here He doesn't look anything over 5'9" there to me because 5'3" Joe Pesci reaches just about Mel's eyes, but Pesci likely has an extra inch footwear making him effectively 5'4". Doesn't look more than 3.5" taller than Jet Li either, especially considering Li's bad posture as Li's head is clearly above Mel's eyebrows: Click Here Pesci is consistently 4.5"-5" shorter at this premiere.

But Danny Glover despite a pronounced slouch while standing slightly behind Mel still looks near 5" taller at age 52. And 4 years later in 2002, Danny was still near 5" taller even when he's leaning and Mel stands perfectly as Mel struggles to reach his eye level: Click Here And fwiw, an article in The Guardian on elevator shoes noted Mel looked like he was on his toes in this photo from the same night: Click Here Then looking at this '88 pic again: Click Here I'd say the camera being on Glover's side is likely what gives the illusion he's at least 7 inches taller, but it's really not a bad pic so I do think it at least helps validate Glover being 6 inches taller when he stood straight in the video. But if you consider the '98 and '02 comparisons, is it really going to be much less with equal posture? As for comparing them in the films, I'd take anything other than a wide shot with a grain of salt.
Editor Rob: sometimes on film sets, small 2-3 inch platforms are used, just to make framing easier.

not necessarily because an actor is worried about looking short.
Slim 181 cm said on 12/Jul/17
Peak: 5'9
Now: 5'8.5
RisingForce said on 11/Jul/17
@Rampage, honestly, I can't really see a chance of near 5'10" barefoot. Rob said below that Chris Rock is definitely taller than Mel and has said that Rock can look from 5'9.5"-5'10" to him. In fairness, I did use to think Mel was 5'10", but seeing him indoors with no less footwear looking up a bit to Anthony Hopkins sealed it for me.

Btw, I've noticed a couple of interesting things. Between the movies and premieres, Lethal Weapon 4 seemed to be among the times he cared least about his height since the 80s while Lethal Weapon 3 may have been the time he was wearing his biggest footwear. It's a shame there's not any photos with decent enough posture or angles to accurately judge, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Lethal Weapon 3 premiere was the tallest he ever looked. I'd be surprised if he wasn't passing for 5'11" based on what I've seen, but then at the Lethal Weapon 4 premiere, he doesn't look anything over 5'9". The other interesting thing is I looked at Mel and Danny Glover in '88, '98 and '02 and it doesn't seem like Danny lost much during that time accounting for his bad posture. He must have lost most of his height the last 15 years. It's shocking seeing Mel with Danny this year compared to even '02 even accounting for Mel having maybe 1.5" heeled boots this year. You'd think Danny would be someone who would have lost noticeable height by mid 50s. I'll post examples of what I'm talking about at some later time.
RisingForce said on 11/Jul/17
Yeah, Mel and Charlie have to be very similar, but Mel is usually going to look taller. Both claim to be 5'10" as well. I really think men between 5'8.5" and 5'9.5" who claim 5'10" or 5'11" are often among the toughest to guess.

I don't see more than 5'9" compared to a 5'11.5" Bruce Willis back in the 90s: Click Here Click Here As for Demi, I figured at 5'4.5" she's standing about 5'7" since she's wearing heels, but is also farthest back and hunching forward. Mel looks 3 inches taller to me so 5'10" in shoes. Unfortunately, we don't have more or better pics, but any wide shots from the 90s are much rarer so at least the first one seems to be a decent reference. Considering Mel is the art director on Bruce's new movie, we may see them together soon.
RisingForce said on 9/Jul/17
Yeah, Mel still looked about 1.5" taller in the side by side pic of the two I posted below. Mel is still near 5'9" and can look taller than he is when he wants. He's not lost much at 61. But both men wear boots for the film: Click Here Mel's look bulkier, but he's still easily taller than Mark.

A real question, imo, is, who was taller in 2004 between Mel and Charlie Sheen? Click Here Click Here I'd say pretty much the same, but of course in the second pic Mel is doing the old arm around shoulder, bust a gut while Charlie has his typically terrible posture. In the first pic, he seems to be standing decently enough looking eye to eye, Mel isn't busting a gut there either. Of course, they're opposites since Charlie's bad posture will make him look closer to 5'8" while Mel's bigger footwear and generally good posture makes him look 5'10", even 5'10.5" at times.

Btw, to back up my point on Mel and Sigourney, look at Rob in 2.4" elevators with Jenny in I believe half inch type shoes: Click Here The posture is relevant as Mel obviously stood better than Sigourney in scenes. This is an example why I believe the difference between Mel and Sigourney has to be over 2" since she in flats looked to be edging him at times in elevators. You can definitely gain more than 2" between elevators vs flats, camera angles and posture. As Mel said "it still didn't work."
Editor Rob: he probably didn't look much different than Sheen.
Editor Rob said on 8/Jul/17
It will be interesting to see Mel with Wahlberg:
Click Here

In the trailer he looks comfortably taller than Mark.
RisingForce said on 7/Jul/17
Mel with cowboy boots and better posture was still 3 inches shorter than Kevin Costner in 1994: Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jul/17
He's probably around 5ft9 flat today maybe near 5ft10 20 years ago
RisingForce said on 5/Jul/17
One of the things that makes it toughest for me to buy anything over 5'9" flat is The Year of Living Dangerously. Mel in elevator boots often struggles to even look as tall as Sigourney in flats.

Here's the ending when Mel hugs Sigourney on the plane: Click Here (Between 2:12-2:32, you can see Mel's footwear)
Another scene of the two: Click Here
Stills from both scenes: Click Here

If you consider 2.3"-2.5" probable for his elevator boots then a 5'9.5" Mel would reach about 6 feet, while a 5'11" Sigourney gaining just a fraction from flats would be clearly shorter and still shorter even if the elevators were only 2". Actually, even if I'm right about a 5'9" flat Gibson, Sigourney at 181 cm barefoot peak makes more sense with this film.

Other than that, there's nobody to really compare Mel with in the film since the only other known height is Linda Hunt at 4-foot-9, and I think it would be a celebheights first if we tried to determine the exact height difference of 2 people a foot apart! But it is a good film regardless. Outside of his classic franchises and Braveheart, Mel has had a number of other good films that don't get mentioned much. His early career is interesting as well since he was in more diverse roles before becoming an established icon.
RisingForce said on 1/Jul/17
I try to mostly post pics of Mel before age 50 as the debate mainly centers around his peak height, but at Cannes 2011, it's actually remarkable how consistently Mel looked a minimum 4.5" and a maximum 5" taller than Jodie Foster in heels since you usually get more variation in pics, especially Cannes red carpet: Click Here Click Here Click Here Foster at 5'5.5" in heels would seem to make Gibson 5'10"-5'10.5" range in footwear. Now how much that footwear adds I don't know: Click Here

Btw, Mel wears New Balance sneakers a lot in recent years. On some occasions though, he clearly puts a lift inside, like on the set of The Professor and the Madman: Click Here But the sneakers themselves may be one of those type that look bulkier than they are, but only add an inch. My guess would be he didn't have lifts in them at Cannes 2016, here he is with 5'5" Erin Moriarty: Click Here Click Here If she has heels that give 8 cm then Mel looks pretty much bang on 5'10" in sneakers. If I'm right about Mel not having lifts there then he still may be 5'9". He wore those sneakers in his recent Jimmy Kimmel appearance and if he didn't add an extra lift that time then Mel is still probably his peak height.
RisingForce said on 1/Jul/17
On the height loss question, I see 2 possibilities. If Mel was ever taller than 5'9", he must have lost height around 2011-2012. And if Mel has lost height regardless then the other possible time period I could see Mel shrinking is 2015-2016. But really I think Mel gaining weight at times has given him a shorter impression. Mel seemed like he could still measure up decently to 5'11.5" Arnold at Expendables 3 premiere almost 3 years ago: Click Here Click Here Of course, Mel had cowboy boots: Click Here and Arnold's posture probably makes them seem closer, but it'd still be easy enough to see him pull off 5'10" with Arnie. After all, he seemed to pull off 5'10" in those very same boots a year later if Tom Hardy is a full 5'9".

Btw, average guess is exactly 5'9" at the moment!
Dean said on 30/Jun/17
At least 5ft9 and a half
RisingForce said on 29/Jun/17
I do have to correct one thing. M. Night was upgraded from 5'9.5" to 5'10" at some point. I'm somewhat skeptical he's taller than 5'9.5" seeing him with Mark Wahlberg and Bruce Willis a few years back, though he does slouch, so maybe he's taller than he often looks. However, I found 2 full pics on Getty Images where I can see M. Night a solid inch taller than Mel: Click Here Click Here
RisingForce said on 28/Jun/17
Those would be my guesses as well, Shredder. The comparisons with 5'9"-5'9.5" guys is what seals it for me. Stallone in big heels was more than an inch taller than Lewis in the beginning of Tango and Cash so Lewis wasn't over 5'9.5", especially at 58. My impression is Mel is struggling just a bit more to hang onto 5'9" the past few years, though I actually think current height is tougher because of footwear.
Shredder said on 28/Jun/17
5'9 then , 5'8.75 now
RisingForce said on 27/Jun/17
I really see a flat 5'9" peak more and more as 5'9.5" Geoffrey Lewis can look taller than Gibson in Maverick. He's a short clip: Click Here Mel appears like he could have bigger heels as well(watch at the end)
RisingForce said on 25/Jun/17
To focus a bit on the boots Mel has substituted for his cowboy boots in 2016 and 2017: Click Here Click Here Click Here Seeing from the front, back and side, it looks like a bigger heel than a typical dress shoe, but smaller than a cowboy heel. Probably in the range of 1.5". I don't think he always has lifts in them, but his ankle does seem high here on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Click Here Click Here

Btw, I found video of Mel and Julia Roberts at the Conspiracy Theory premiere, unfortunately, it's a high angle: Click Here Here are a couple of photos: Click Here Click Here This photo is to judge Julia's heel size: Click Here Unfortunately, it's inconclusive over the real question of whether Mel was never more than 5'9" or whether he was 5'9.5". Julia's height is something of a debate herself. Her heels look much more 2" than 3", imo, while Gibson's shoes seem pretty normal. I'm not sure how much Julia's leg/foot position will affect height, but without considering anything else, the difference looks at least 1" to me and less than 2". The best you could do with this is compare to how Keifer Sutherland(listed 5'8.5" here) and Jason Patric(5'9.5" on this site) look with Julia, or other men in this range.
loka said on 25/Jun/17
i think that a strong 176 cm peak height is the most serious guess.
RisingForce said on 19/Jun/17
That's not necessarily true, Morris. Sigourney Weaver said he's 5'9" and they not only met, but worked together for an entire movie where height was a major factor in shooting the film. There's probably nobody in better position to say how tall Mel is. Although I will say I have to believe the difference between the two was at least a solid 2 inches for there to be such an issue. Also, if you look at their statements, Mel implies there was 3 inches between the two by inflating himself to 5'10" and Sigourney to 6'1" and while Sigourney gives a 2 inch difference with the figures in her Terry Wogan interview, it seems she was saying 3 inches on CNN. But I think it's more likely Mel was 175 cm and Sigourney could have possibly been a bit over 5'11" in her prime. Maybe 181 cm. I'll also say there was an interviewer who reported Mel was "at least 5'10" in flat sandals" in the late 90s. So it's not true that nobody who meets him sees him taller than 173.
RisingForce said on 19/Jun/17
anonnnn, I'd like another look, but I'd agree that Mel was somewhat shorter, so anything from 5'9"-5'9.5" seems possible based on that, but undoubtedly. But I go with 5'9" flat because honestly if you go by Rob's listings, Mel could even look 5'8.5" with Kurt Russell and Anthony Hopkins. Here's a screen shot of Mel looking up by nearly an inch to Kurt: Click Here The Signs premiere, like the Lethal Weapon 4 premiere showed Mel not over a flat 5'9", imo. I've posted photos of Mel looking that with M. Night and then Mel standing perfectly as the same as a slouching M. Night and barely edging Joaquin Phoenix, all full photos. If you look at M. Night in 2013 with a now 5'11" max Bruce Willis, he doesn't look over the 5'9.5" he's listed here. Actually, there are also full photos of Mel from the 90s looking a flat 5'9" with Bruce assuming he was 5'11.5" then and about 5'10" in shoes assuming Demi Moore was about 5'7" in heels. If she's 5'4.5", she could easily be 5'7.5" in heels, but she was standing a bit farther than Mel and slouching more so I assumed she only stood 5'7".

I forgot this in my last post. With 181 cm Jimmy Kimmel this year: Click Here

I'm not even saying he hasn't lost anything, but I thought one or two posters were jumping to the conclusions with comments like "peak height is badly needed". I think Rob put it fairly when he said it's a debate whether he's lost height or was always 5'9". Don't get me wrong anonnnn, I pretty much agree with you, but I think Mel COULD now be a 1/4" under 5'9". I think Rob's response to Barry Norman's story was probably right. Mel was fine with his height early when he co-starred with Sigourney, but years of hearing he was 5'8", 5'7", 5'6" or even 5'4" as he tells it got to him and he started wearing lifts. It's not even that Mel never wore big heels before Lethal Weapon, as you can see in this 1983 picture: Click Here But he definitely looked shorter in the 80s than in the 90s/00s or even than he sometimes does now. If you look at the 1st Lethal Weapon, there are scenes he still looks small next to Glover, such as the parking garage after he flips Glover and Danny can look at least 5 inches taller than Mel in cowboy boots when they're target shooting.
anonnnn said on 18/Jun/17
I agree on michael Parkinson and mel gibson video risingforce. I still remember that vid. And mel was standing in better posture than michael parkinson. There was a near inch between them. I personally think mel gibson was and still is a flat 5'9"
RisingForce said on 17/Jun/17
Having shown some of Mel's older "short appearances", I'll show some of Gibson's recent tall appearances.

Here's Mel with 180 cm Luke Bracey and 6'4.5" Vince Vaughn back in November: Click Here Mel has the best posture, but he looked at least 5'10" in the series of pics to me.
Mel with Vince Vaughn at a different event 4 days later: Click Here Click Here And here's a short video of the 2 taking photos: Click Here I see Mel passing for at least 5'10" again.

I think one factor is that there's A LOT more photo and video taken from events now than even 10, much less 15 or 20 years ago. In many cases, people may have formed their opinion based on photos where you couldn't see feet. In that case, here's Mel and Clint Eastwood this year: Click Here

And here's Mel with Denzel Washington this year: Click Here Click Here And at another event: Click Here Click Here

My main point is that we must be careful on reading too much into one or two comparisons, especially with the more controversial heights. I put Mel into the same category of surprising 5'9" flat guys with Sly Stallone, Michael Douglas and Eric Roberts. All lift wearers or at least big heels in Roberts case who could look 5'10.5" or 5'11" at times. In fact, Rob had Eric at 5'9.5" before meeting him. In Mel's case, I will say I wish I could see the video with Parkinson again because 5'9.25" or even 5'9.5" could look plausible there, but I do specifically remember Mel busting a gut while Parkinson stood well, but didn't seem to be forcing it for a measurement like Mel did. That could have made the difference a bit less.
RisingForce said on 16/Jun/17
Either peak and current are possible, Shredder, and if he was given a peak height, that would be the best listing, imo, but I don't see evidence yet Mel has lost half an inch. It's tough to tell with big heel and lift guys, like when Sly started wearing normal dress shoes a lot late 2008. Mel still wears lifts sometimes, especially in movies, but hasn't been wearing cowboy boots since late 2015. He's been wearing these instead: Click Here Now if he had lifts inside then he wasn't measuring up well to Garfield that day. But go to 1:17 in this video: Click Here That's 5'7" Maria Menounos in flats. Mel with a footwear advantage looks nothing over 5'9" and this video is 5 years old. If he's lost anything it's still too difficult to pinpoint when he would have lost the height, imo.
Shredder said on 15/Jun/17
Rob I think 5'8.75 now and 5'9.25 peak , Glover looks under 6'3 with Baldwin , so 6'2.75 peak.
Editor Rob: these figures are quite possible
Morris said on 15/Jun/17
who met him state 173cm.
RisingForce said on 14/Jun/17
I share your exact estimates, Shredder, although I do think Glover at 6'3" was possible the more I think of it. He was definitely shorter than Baldwin, but whether he was 1 inch or 3 cm shorter, I'm not sure. Interestingly, I wouldn't expect Glover at more than 6'2.5" by the time Lethal Weapon 4 premiered when he was 52, but even standing further than Mel from the camera with a noticeable slouch, he could still look almost 5 inches taller at the premiere. I'm pretty sure Mel was liftless at the premiere and looked 5'9" to me if we consider Jet Li 5'5.5" and we assume Pesci had an extra inch footwear.

I noticed Mel and Sly Stallone both gave a taller impression to me when they got heavier. Sly from about 2003-2008 when his weight ranged from 190-215 as opposed to his more usual 175-180 and Mel in his recent years at 190 or so compared to when he was 165 max in the first Lethal Weapon.

Btw, I meant to post the shoes Hopkins wore for all of The Bounty: Click Here That's why I can't see it explained as footwear advantage. Mel had almost knee high boots, but they didn't seem to have big heels.
Shredder said on 14/Jun/17
Yep Gibson 5'9 and Danny Glover almost 6'3 , Glover needs a slight downgrade from peak , he looked under 6'3 with Baldwin
RisingForce said on 13/Jun/17
MJKoP, it's quite alright and I do understand your point. Mel is indeed one of my favorite actors and filmmakers, however, considering the lack of activity on this page and the fact that when I upload say a screenshot or some other pic and it shows the views, it's usually only a few. Even on more active pages, celebheights is a niche site as Rob himself has said so the impact will probably be minimal, likely negligible regardless, other than arguably the principled stand. So that, plus the fact that typically people I've known who frequent torrent sites tend to look for whatever movie it is they want to watch their anyway. So I believe it's pretty likely if I were to innocently peak someone's interest in a Gibson film or any film for that matter. they'd be likely to look it up on a torrent site if that was how they usually watched their movies. Of course, I'm not sure of the deal Mel has in this regard. Whether he got a fee for the movie in question, or whether his deal was also a percentage of the gate, home video sales etc. Ironically, Mel's comeback was spoiled somewhat when the Expendables 3 was leaked weeks in advance. Granted, the film wasn't as good as the first 2, but surely the opening weekend would have been better considering how well the previous 2 films had done. In short, I do appreciate your point of view, but I see linking to YouTube for the purposes of this site as relatively innocuous and having paid to see many Gibson films, I think it at worst, balances somewhat.
RisingForce said on 13/Jun/17
I think you're right about the claim. Funny enough, I believe Rock and Gibson inflated their heights by the same amount in that case. I don't remember the height difference in the movie since while I love the first 2 films, the 4th was a bit silly to me, except for Jet Li. That's the only one Mel didn't wear his trademark cowboy boots(and mullet!) in, though he did have boots.

Speaking of Mel and Robert Downey Jr., the height difference in wide shots of the 2 on the runway in Air America isn't very big - about an inch - much smaller than it seemed at the premiere. Here's the 1st: Click Here And I've embedded a timestamp to a later scene: Click Here Since the 1st scene was shortened for that trailer, you can watch that full length scene at 8:13 in the 2nd video. Those scenes should at least help convince the skeptics that Downey is at least close to 5'8". And here the 2 are promoting the film on the Arsenio Hall show: Click Here You see them walk out together, though it's a bit brief for me to make an estimate. It's also too bad that the VHS rip quality is too grainy to fully make out the shoes and we don't get to compare either to Arsenio. Btw, it really is great seeing these 2 appear together. They seem like genuine good friends.
MJKoP said on 13/Jun/17
RisingForce: Didn't mean to come down on you so hard...of course most people aren't going be content with a low-quality, streaming version of the film that has been modified to bypass YouTube's copyright restrictions. However, upon seeing that the film is available in its entirety, many would be driven to hunt down torrent sites containing full 1080p/4k 50+ GB BluRay Remuxes(which are extremely easy to locate) rather than shell out bucks to purchase the movie legally. You've professed many times to be a huge Mel Gibson, so hopefully you can understand my point of view. I personally don't care one way or the other...I hate the dude with a 'passion' bigger than the one he made, and sincerely hope the piracy business deprives him of every penny possible.
RisingForce said on 13/Jun/17
Nah, that's not a 3-inch heel, it's just an illusion from the angle, plus, in all likelihood, the lift inside. This is better pic to show the actual heel size: Click Here Looks like maybe a 1.5" heel to me, but Downey has at least another inch on the inside of the boot, maybe more.

Btw, found something interesting. Mel face to face with 5'10" listed Chris Rock in this Lethal Weapon 4 behind the scenes clip: Click Here Honestly, Mel looks an inch shorter to me. Here are a couple of screenshots: Click Here Click Here And yes, the timestamp is embedded, though the clip is short anyway. There seems a decent chance Rock is a weaker 5'10" so I'd say Mel definitely doesn't look over 5'9" in that comparison.
Editor Rob: Rock was one guy who made a joke about actors inflating height, I think he also claimed 5ft 11 once, he certainly was taller than Gibson
blazer said on 11/Jun/17
Wow look at the size of RDJ's heels in that pic above with Mel. The shoe he has resting on its side looks to have a 3 inch heel.
RisingForce said on 11/Jun/17
I did watch Blood Father last night, Rob and Mel looked a bit taller than William H. Macy. This is about as good a photo as I can find with Diego Luna at Cannes: Click Here Unfortunately, the angle is a bit low. I think the 2 could be the same height or within a 1/4", but I don't trust either of their shoes and Luna was going up on one foot multiple pictures! Click Here

I have considered the possibility of Mel losing height the last year, but we agreed Mel looked 5'9" in Machete Kills and I'd be tough a sell that Mel already lost 1/2" by 56. He was still appearing tall not long before and a while after. It was only 2 years ago he was appearing 5'10" in cowboy boots with Tom Hardy. But in fairness, the fact that Mel still wears thick footwear makes it almost impossible to say for sure how much, if anything significant Mel has lost and there's still a real question over how tall Mel was to begin with. But I think Mel is a case like Stallone where the shorter and early career appearances should be considered more because a footwear.

Btw, not that it means much, but I didn't see this photo with Marky Mark posted yet and I'm sure someone will be interested to see how these 2 appear at least: Click Here There are a bunch of on set photos too, but they're not very useful for comparing height: Click Here Click Here
RisingForce said on 10/Jun/17
It's amazing, when I started posted on this site around 10 years ago, this was one of the 5 most popular pages, but now, I feel like Arch does posting on the golden age star pages!

Anyway, along with shots courtside at basketball games, talk shows are the best chance to determine if a star wears lifts.

Look at Mel's foot here in 2004, there has to be a lift in there: Click Here Click Here
I thought these might be elevators in 2009 as well: Click Here
Late 2000: Click Here Click Here
Mid 2000: Click Here Click Here

There were some 1999 and earlier too, but since you could see where his ankle was in these, I thought this was enough. In some cases, the shape has even looked like an elevator shoe to me. I think he had something going on with his shoes in What Women Want. Although, from what I remember(that's one Gibson film I haven't seen in years), Mel could look at least 5'10"-5'10.5" with Helen Hunt.
Editor Rob: Interest in Gibson did wane over last 10 years, maybe in last 3 years he had a little resurgence with more film work and directing.

10 years ago, he certainly was in top 10 most popular pages.

But as I've also said, the conversation itself slows on many stars. With Gibson, I think it is believable that 5ft 9 is the most he might be...whether he always has been 5ft 9-9.25 and hasn't lost much, or whether he has lost half inch or so is a debate for me.
RisingForce said on 10/Jun/17
MJ, I do post stills from the films sometimes, I posted this one with Anthony Hopkins from The Bounty on this very page not long ago: Click Here But those can be cherry-picked and I couldn't do that with this scene because Mel and Sinise were walking, not standing still. As for embedding timestamps, well, yeah, it's a good idea I forgot about (if I'm not pointing out multiple timestamps) But I'm already finding and telling people where they are. Surely if one's interest is peak taking the few seconds to scroll to the time I stated won't be arduous a task. Sometimes, I post on a phone as well, which can be a pain in the ass posting links. As for piracy, well this is a very poor substitute for an actual high quality version of that film. Anyone who wants to watch the film - and it's worth watching like most Gibson films - should find somewhere else to do it. Unless, you're not bothered by a tiny, grainy picture and Mel Gibson's voice resembling the midget lady from Poltergeist. We probably largely agree on the piracy issue, but I'm really not bothered about linking to things already on YouTube.
MJKoP said on 9/Jun/17
@RisingForce: Why don't you post screencaps instead of linking to a full, pirated movie without even embedding a timestamp skip within the url?
RisingForce said on 9/Jun/17
Here's Mel the other night with Glover: Click Here The difference looks 3 inches or less most of the clip, probably due in part to Glover's posture, though when Glover stood up more around 4:34, 5:03, 6:45 it could look more. Mel had on a pair of heeled boots he's been wearing often the past year, but not cowboy boots.

Btw seeing Gibson with Andrew Garfield at the Critics Choice Awards is interesting: Click Here Click Here

Mel manages to look only 1 cm or so shorter in those pics, but here's video of when they took pictures: Click Here I don't know if the video being farther away is a problem, but Mel looks noticeably shorter early - not above 5'9" - but it looks like he might go up on at least one foot before he walks away from Garfield, which it looks like he's doing in the second picture and Garfield quickly leans towards Gibson before straightening back up. This is why it's always good to watch video when possible.
RisingForce said on 8/Jun/17
Rob, I do think Mel is an inch taller, but the 5'9.5" just seems a stretch. Mel can look a flat 5'9" a lot. I could buy 176 cm Kurt Russell looking taller as maybe footwear, but then seeing 175 cm Anthony Hopkins the same height, even edging Mel at times, what are the odds? It just seems much more likely to me that Mel didn't have his bigger footwear.

Btw, anyone notice Mel and Eddie Murphy did the EXACT same thing? Eddie claims to be 5'10" and upgrades Brigitte Nielsen to 6'2" instead of 5'9"-5'9.5" and 6' like Brigitte said. Mel also claims he's 5'10" and upgrades Sigourney to 6'1" instead of the 5'9" and 5'11" Sigourney said. It's amazing how similar each was.
RisingForce said on 6/Jun/17
Watch at 1:27:00 Click Here When they're walking together, Mel really only seems slightly taller than another admitted 5'8" guy Gary Sinise, especially since Mel is closer to the camera. Both their shoes look a bit dodgy so that is potentially factor, but viewed with all the other comparisons where Mel doesn't have big heels or bulky footwear, he really has always looked more of a 175 cm guy. I think the average guess is actually spot on.
Editor Rob: he looked at least an inch taller, whether 1.5 is harder to really say there...
RisingForce said on 5/Jun/17
I really don't know if Mel has lost any height yet or not, but I'd bet a large sum he hasn't lost anywhere near an inch. As low 5'8.5" today isn't impossible considering footwear, but I haven't seen enough to make that guess personally. I saw an old 2007 comment on the Simon Cowell page where Rob mentioned Gibson as one of the 3 he'd class as wearing oversized heels or lifts along with Simon Cowell and Sly Stallone. Mel loves cowboy boots, but he's worn a lot of other big and bulky footwear as well.

These are unusually bulky: Click Here
I've seen sneakers like this, but look at the bulge: Click Here
Nice 1.5" cuban heel here: Click Here Mel joked about being suddenly taller in them.
Extra heel on these ones at the Golden Globes as well: Click Here
Another thick boot: Click Here

There are quite a few more, but I think that makes the point well enough for now. I posted the full premiere photo of Gibson and an admitted 5'8" Joaquin Phoenix, so here's stills from Signs: Click Here Click Here Click Here He's taller than Phoenix, but not much taller. Mel did wear boots in that film too, but not cowboy boots.
Wipeout said on 3/Jun/17
Mel was probably 5'9.5 peak height listed as 5'10. Fair enough. But now he's in his 60s and is more like 5'8.5.
RisingForce said on 26/May/17
Watching Machete Kills, Mel looks more a flat 5'9" to me with Danny Trejo. This was filmed in mid 2012 so Mel was 56. 3 years later, Mel in cowboy boots still pulled off 3 cm taller than 5'9" Tom Hardy and just 2 years earlier, Mel in custom cowboy boots looked close to 181 cm Jimmy Kimmel. This lends credence to my theory that Mel was always just a 5'9" flat guy, who looked shorter early in his career because he didn't care much about his height then and he got bigger footwear as he became more height conscious. Mel didn't have his usual cowboy boots for Signs either and since I already posted a full premiere pic of M. Night edging Mel out with worse posture, here's on set pics: Click Here Click Here Click Here Not the best pics, but a clear pattern, especially added to the premiere pics. Here's a different event where Mel is closer with better posture, but still looks a bit shorter: Click Here He was also only a bit taller than Joaquin Phoenix, who admits he's 5'8" in the film and at the premiere.

Here's a still from the 1988 Academy Awards video I posted with Glover: Click Here Glover is 6 inches taller when he stands straight and truly towers Gibson.

What are the odds they didn't give him lifts to minimize the half foot difference between Mel and his sidekick in a blockbuster action film? It's possible he's lost a quarter inch and is now 5'8.75", but if you just went by his 80s films, I bet most would have guessed him at just a flat 5'9". Here's a still face to face with Anthony Hopkins for good measure: Click Here I'm a huge fan of Gibson, he's absolutely one of my favorite actors and filmmakers, but I just can't give someone anything over 5'9" when they're clearly shorter than Kurt Russell in their early 30s and then can look shorter than Anthony Hopkins in their late 20s. I can buy that one of them, probably Kurt if either of them, could have worn lifts, but both of them? Hopkins didn't even have much footwear for that film. Height loss should only be assumed when someone is clearly looking shorter than before, but that's not the case with Mel. You can see Mel's legs are quite short for his height when he doesn't have cowboy boots. Comparing the difference would to how he looks when he does have the cowboy boots could give you an idea of whether he often puts lifts in them or not.
RisingForce said on 10/May/17
I was actually looking for a different scene in the movie, but this is even better! If they haven't seen it, Rob and Shredder might find this of interest as well. Go to 3:22 in this clip: Click Here Hopkins stands face to face with Gibson indoors without hats and if anything looks slightly taller. Between this, Tequila Sunrise and Signs, I think I can finally feel confident about 5'9" on the nose for Gibson. Standing by himself, Gibson in Lethal Weapon looked very similar size physically and proportionately to Sly Stallone around the same time in say Rambo 2. Btw, Richard, Downey is shorter than those guys at 172-173 cm and Redford, at least in his prime, was taller at a likely 178-179.
RisingForce said on 8/May/17
Mel seemed like he might have gone up on his toes a bit with Andrew Garfield: Click Here had thicker footwear as well: Click Here It's tough to tell if someone wears lifts if they wear cowboy boots a lot, but in Mel's case, I think he's often worn cowboy boots both with and without them, in movies and outside of them. These cowboy boots Mel was wearing did look like nice custom made ones: Click Here And I did suspect lifts inside, partially because he looked almost 181 cm Jimmy Kimmel's height: Click Here I watched that interview when it happened and they really were close in height that night, just as the photo suggests. Solid 5'9" guy barefoot, 175-176 cm, perhaps the same height as someone like Eddie Murphy. Judging by the pics with Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn, 175 cm may be the most Mel could be the past 2-3 years, though Mel in cowboy boots could look barely taller than 174-175 cm Wesley Snipes, even back in the 90s: Click Here
Richardspain said on 28/Apr/17
Guys ;

Stallone,Jason Statam,Robert Redford,Robert.D.Junior and Gibson is same team.

Team 175-177cm no more no less.
dracula said on 26/Apr/17
5'8.5"
downey jr wears gigantic, enormous lifts everytime everywhere
RisingForce said on 24/Apr/17
He actually was the same height as Anthony Hopkins in the Bounty! This clip is an example: Click Here 5'9" on the nose is actually looking more and more likely. Certainly 5'9" flat would mean he's most likely worn lifts outside of with Sigourney. He does joke about his footwear at about 1:50 here: Click Here After mentioning he lost weight he says "suddenly I'm taller!" Certainly I'd have to at least shave 0.5 cm off my previous guess and say more 176 since I can't give him any more than Kurt Russell and he is shorter than M. Night Shyamalan who is also given 5'9.5" here.
zoran said on 21/Apr/17
Hi rob i'd just like to elaborate on my incidental meetings with Mel Gibson, I don't really like to out him like this coz he was such a nice guy but I feel compelled to clear up this height question. I first met him in a department store in Sydney when I was 19 yrs old that would have made him 28 yrs he signed a piece of lingerie for me that I'd purchased for my girlfriend, now I'm precisely 173 cms and we were eye to eye both in casual shoes ,he's 5ft8 that's for sure.
zoran said on 20/Apr/17
Met him twice in Sydney he is exactly 173cm.
RisingForce said on 14/Apr/17
If he's 5'9" flat now then my guess is he was always about 175-176 cm range. Slightly taller than 5'8"-5'9" Ron Howard: Click Here (The reason he doesn't look taller there is I suspect the shot favors Ron Howard) He didn't wear boots at the Lethal Weapon 4 premiere and looked about 5'9" to me. Video: Click Here and a decent full photo: Click Here I'd ignore that Mel looks more 5'8" next to Pesci there since I'm about 90% sure Pesci has lifts there while Mel's shoes look flat, completely normal and I'm about 95% sure Mel doesn't have lifts there. Glover was probably 189 cm by age 52, but never stands straight.
RisingForce said on 9/Apr/17
Here's Tequila Sunrise for any who wanted to see it: Click Here Mel and Kurt walk together at 3:45, they're face to face at 3:57 and you see them again from roughly 1:22:00-1:22:20. Unfortunately, the few shots that show Kurt's footwear(1:12:55 for example + last timestamp w/ Mel) are too dark in this video quality to see if he has an extra heel, but Kurt does undoubtedly look taller, by perhaps an inch face to face. Strange because Mel usually favored bigger footwear and typically seems taller to me than Kurt.
RisingForce said on 4/Apr/17
In fact, many of Mel's shorter appearances were years ago, such as looking shorter than 5'9" Kurt Russell in 1988, that 1988 Oscar video with Glover I posted and the Signs premiere in 2002. He only looked 175 cm with 5'8" Joaquin Phoenix: Click Here and he's edged out by 5'9.5" listed M. Night Shyamalan: Click Here So he looks 176 cm there except M Night is visibly slouching more so I'd think Gibson was more 175 cm there.
RisingForce said on 4/Apr/17
I don't agree at all. There's no evidence Mel has shrunk noticeably. He's always been somewhere around 5'9" and still is. Here's Mel in cowboy boots looking a legit 5'10" with 5'9" Tom Hardy in May 2015: Click Here not even a couple of years ago yet. If Mel didn't have lifts in his boots then that still points to 5'9.5" barefoot since those are more 1.5" style than 2" and he was never taller than that as shown by the Parkinson comparison.
Cameron said on 3/Apr/17
Peak height badly needs to be added to this one.
mister_lennon said on 1/Apr/17
Hopkins was a solid 5'9 peak.
RisingForce said on 31/Mar/17
I can't help but see 6 inches when Glover stands tall and even when he crouches down early, I'm still seeing a good 3.5" or so, but based on that video, I'd give the same 190 cm for Glover and 175 cm for Mel. But I'm still not changing my guess from 5'9.5" yet though I think Mel's cowboy boots are more suspect now. Btw, was Hopkins really 5'9" peak? I didn't notice his height in his early career so I'll have to defer for now, but by the time he made Meet Joe Black at age 60, he only looked 5'8" to me and Brad Pitt basically towered over him.
Shredder said on 30/Mar/17
The 7 " inches is an illusion in some shots , but I thought there was a 5 to 6 inch difference. A little under 6'3 and 5'9 to 5'9.5 I think.
RisingForce said on 23/Mar/17
Yeah I looked it up because there was a picture posted here from that night where Danny looked 7 inches taller so I wanted to see if that was an illusion, you can see just how much height Danny can drop from about 0:20 to 0:22. That's the 5'9" max Mel we saw with Joaquin Phoenix and Kurt Russell. It at least makes me more suspicious that his cowboy boots could contain lifts, even if not by his own choice, the director may have told Mel to so Danny wouldn't tower him so much. Not just for image, but for convenience shooting the 2 together.
RisingForce said on 21/Mar/17
Rob and Shredder might be interested in this! Video of the 1988 Academy Awards with Mel and Danny Glover: Click Here If you look at the wider shots and when Glover has a good posture around 0:20, 0:44, 0:52, 1:27, 1:53 etc., Mel can look an absolute minimum 6" shorter here without his cowboy boots. He can even look 5'8" range in the video!
Editor Rob: standing tall he certainly could look at least 5 inches taller than Mel, a full 6 might not be impossible.
mister_lennon said on 18/Mar/17
Mel and hopkins were about the same tall in the bounty. Both looked 5'9.
RisingForce said on 17/Mar/17
The early films might be the key for Mel. How tall did he look with Anthony Hopkins in the Bounty? He did surprisingly look look under 5'9" with Kurt Russell in Tequila Sunrise so maybe focusing on his 80's films outside of the first 2 Lethal Weapons can show whether he was the 5'9.5" he often looked or only 5'9" flat.
RisingForce said on 12/Mar/17
With Danny Trejo 4 years after Rob met him: Click Here Mel looks about 1.5" taller than Rob did, imo, but Trejo had thicker sneakers than Rob while Mel's cowboy boots give him a solid advantage and there's a pretty good chance Danny lost height between age 65 and 69. I'm not sold on any significant height loss for Mel, but maybe 175-176 cm was always closer. Of course at other times I think this listing is perfect.
Bobby said on 9/Mar/17
Rob is it possible that Mel Gibson would have lost a significantl amount of height Byblos now? Isn't it time to list a peak height? Google is listing him at 5'10, I feel he's too short to be that tall.
Editor Rob: maybe about a half inch by now...I wouldn't say a full inch for Mel.
Kd said on 5/Mar/17
Look at the HEEL on downeys shoes. Wow!
mister_lennon said on 28/Feb/17
Peak:176-177
Now:175-176
Shredder said on 27/Feb/17
He looks 5'9 next to Michael
GatorX said on 26/Feb/17
Mel was at the Oscars standing next to Michael Strahan (6'5"). Mel didn't come up to Strahan's shoulders. Strahan's head, neck and shoulders? 13"14? Mel is 5'6 or 7" at best.
nino said on 17/Feb/17
Nino from Europe/Germany

Mel Gibson was always 5,8....so was Richard Burton. James Mason was 5,9.
The internetsite with the real height of actors was "BIG HEADED PYGMIES", 100s of actors were mercyless exposed. Till a uknown actor suited them and the site was closed. Shatner was always 168cms
This site was priceless and had all actors in. Schwarzenegger was listed with 179cms. Actors persuaded a minor actor to suite the maker of the site, and hide behind him, but the truth is the truth. Banderas was listed with 5,6. And so on.
Thank youfor yout attention.
Shredder said on 17/Feb/17
Yeah I give Glover about 6'2.75 peak , He looks about that with Adam Baldwin in 1990 and 2 inches is a lot of height loss when Rob met him in his mid , late 60's.
Me said on 16/Feb/17
Accurate listning. Downey is 173+lifts+standing on one leg(+1.5 cm due to pelvic tilt) and still slightly shorter than 177 cm Gibson.
RisingForce said on 15/Feb/17
Especially considering he's down to just 6'1" today at only 70 years old. Sometimes this makes sense to reevaluate the peak heights in these cases. Eric Roberts is a good example of that. Although it's certainly possible they gave Mel lifts in his cowboy boots, especially as a 5'9" star of a blockbuster action movie franchise.
Shredder said on 14/Feb/17
Him being 5'9 peak puts Glover at possibly under 6 ft 3 , which I can buy.
Jalen C Gilmer said on 13/Feb/17
5'9 today, 5'9.5 in his younger days.
RisingForce said on 12/Feb/17
I agree, Shredder, just like Sigourney said. He started looking taller to me from Lethal Weapon on, probably because of cowboy boots. He was still looking near 5'10" in cowboy boots next to Tom Hardy less than 2 years ago. Barefoot, they're probably both good examples of a solid 5'9".
Shredder said on 10/Feb/17
Or he could have always been 5'9.
RisingForce said on 8/Feb/17
I could see the weak 5'9" with Vaughn, but I haven't seen enough to believe he's lost anything significant. He can still look at least 5'10" in cowboy boots or other thicker shoes. He wasn't much shorter than Denzel at that same event. I think you can argue from 5'9" or 5'9.5" peak and maybe the range is more 5'8.75"-5'9.25" currently. Maybe a 5'9.25" listing like Kurt Russell would be good, especially since he strangely looked shorter than Russell in Tequila Sunrise.
Shredder said on 5/Feb/17
I think he needs a downgrade and a peak height. He looks 5'9 flat with Garfield and has more footwear. 5'8.75 with a peak of maybe 5'9.5
Shredder said on 3/Feb/17
Yeah , really thinking about it again , Mel nowadays looks barely 5'9. His peak was most likely a little over 5'9 and he just had cowboy boots to give himself an extra inch. Glover most likely was a little under 6 ft 3. It all adds up now.
RisingForce said on 3/Feb/17
I always assumed he had claimed 5'10" to that newspaper interviewer in 1990, especially considering it was on his mugshot as well. Funny thing is, sometimes women are the farthest off guessing height, but so far, Sigourney Weaver and Brigitte Nielsen seem to be about the best at it with Weaver guessing 5'9" for Mel and Nielsen guessing 5'8.5"-5'9" for Sly and 5'9"-5'9.5" for Eddie Murphy.
Arthur said on 3/Feb/17
Click Here

Rob, does Mel look at least 7 inches under Vince Vaughn here?
Editor Rob: yes he does, Garfield should look taller, which suggests the lens is favouring the left hand side a bit more than the right.
Shredder said on 2/Feb/17
I figured he'd claim 5'10.
Editor Rob: 'like' 5 10 is sometimes a sign somebody isn't that confident in their claim, that they know they are below the mark.

Any hesitation is also a sign they are thinking about whether they should lie and what their height lie should be.

This is something I've been noticing more over the years in person when somebody has given a height.
Arthur said on 2/Feb/17
Rob, what do you think is the most Mel could be at his peak? Could he be 5'10 flat? Now he doesn't look anywhere near 5'9.5 though
Editor Rob: Arthur, I still feel about 5ft 9.5 peak is reasonable, now yeah, he could be no more than 5ft 9.
GP said on 2/Feb/17
Photos with Garfield show that he is wearing custom made shoes. Garfield is in a 2cm shoe, so if Mel is anything near 5'9" then wouldn't they be the same size or close? Instead he is still about 2" shorter than Garfield. I remember meeting him when he did Edge of Darkness and he had on 2" cowboy boots and in those he was around 5'9". When I watched the movie and noticed that he was shorter than a legit 5'9" Winstone, I was convinced that he was barely 5'8". Rob is too generous with his listing.
anonnnn said on 2/Feb/17
There's an interview called hacksaw ridge interview from Sam smith where mel claims he's "like 5'10". He also stated he wore 3 inch lifts when working with sigourney weaver who he said was like 6'1" sarcastically. I think mel has always been a 5'9" man.
Editor Rob: ok thanks anon, I will include the quote at the top of the page!
Realist said on 30/Jan/17
Same height as Robert Downey Jr
RisingForce said on 30/Jan/17
Pretty obvious solid 5'9", but can look taller, especially with his cowboy boots. And in fairness, Gibson's father never denied the Holocaust to my knowledge. All he did was say he thought the death toll was lower than widely believed in that controversial comment, and for the record Mel officially disagreed publicly when it was said, but just said "he's my dad, gotta leave it alone." Outside of that, though, there's FAR worse people who are celebrated in Hollywood such as Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Francis Ford Coppola. Not to mention Shirley Maclaine's love affair with Maoist China and Warren Beatty's similar attitude to the Soviet Union, which received no backlash despite the fact that Stalin and Mao each killed far more than Hitler.
S.J.H said on 20/Jan/17
At most 5'8.75 nowadays
Koalized said on 10/Jan/17
I've seen some interesting pics of him and Andrew Garfield in Venice:

Click Here
marcus said on 9/Jan/17
You have Robert Downey Jr. at 5'8" and he looks about 2" taller than Gibson
Keithg said on 8/Jan/17
Looked rather tall in lethal weapon series
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Dec/16
Not really, not quite a 5ft10 guy at peak by damn near it and now 5ft9 flat and heavier
Gaza2121 said on 1/Dec/16
Rampage, you're too generous.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/16
Peak: 177-178cm
Today: 175-176cm
Sam said on 24/Nov/16
I'd say 5'9 peak.
Gaza2121 said on 17/Nov/16
Peak: 176 cm. Today: 174.5 cm.
MJKoP said on 10/Nov/16
James said on 2/Nov/16
Gibson is 5'9". Is it really fair his career was destroyed a decade ago, when Robert Mitchum got away with being a Holocaust denier?

Mel's father Hutton IS a Holocaust denier. Mel has on many occasions cited him as his number one inspiration, and even saying his father "never lied" to him. Mel being sober for a decade has allowed him to avoid any public outbursts where he would express his true feelings about minorities.
jervis said on 6/Nov/16
He looks in the 5ft9 to 10 range in pics with 6ft5 Vince Vaughan
James said on 2/Nov/16
Gibson is 5'9". Is it really fair his career was destroyed a decade ago, when Robert Mitchum got away with being a Holocaust denier?
Editor Rob:
He may have mellowed or changed views over 10 years, although the odds of his height being lower today I think is becoming more likely.
TxnByBrth said on 1/Nov/16
I'm thrilled to learn he is shorter than expected. I've written a novel with the intent of it being adapted for the screen and the protagonist is 5'8"....PERFECT!
Arthur said on 30/Oct/16
Rob, 2 things:

1) Here's Sigourney Weaver claiming she is ''like 5'11'' and that ''Mel Gibson is 5'9'': Click Here
Maybe you want to add that to the top instead of the other quote as it is a more specific mention of height?

2) Where is the link where he compares himself with Parkinson? You said somewhere there is a link in this page but I didn't find anything, I would like to see the video if it existis anywhere, it's not on youtube either. I want t add my guess on Mel but not before I see that video to judge :)

Thanks, have a good day.
Editor Rob: the clip doesn't seem to be around, well on the site it was on. I don't know if the full parkinson interview is out there on the web though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Oct/16
Rob, howabout 5ft9 today?
Editor Rob: he might end up with it soon.
HeightExaminer said on 25/Oct/16
Mel G 5'8" and Robert Downey Jr. 5'6.5" case closed :)
abcd said on 16/Oct/16
176 cm max
abcd said on 16/Oct/16
176 cm max
TT said on 8/Oct/16
175
HonestSlovene said on 6/Oct/16
@Tony Andrew is 5'10, 5'10.5 max and he looks about 5'8.5-5'9 next to him. Since he is 60 y.o. though he was definitely about 5'9.5 peak though so he lost near an inch.
S.J.H said on 2/Oct/16
Standing with a real 5'9-5'9.25 tom hardy i can see mel gibson have to wore 2-2.25 boots to apear taller. Def not the kind of 1.75 boost type of boots rob mention. Perhaps 5'9.5 was a height with shoes and 5'8.5 barefoot peak wasn't a myth and probably not over 5'8.25 nowadays
Tony said on 9/Sep/16
Click Here

Rob what do you think? Andrew could be 5ft 11in or 5ft 11.25in
Editor Rob: it is more likely mel is looking 5ft 9 now
6'1 said on 2/Sep/16
@Jon
A 5'8 guy is not a midget
Josh Jeffords said on 29/Aug/16
Funny well based on movies with tall guys mel is 5 8 at most.
I'm 5 7 205 lbs shoe 10.5w I know half dozen joker shorter than me who claim 5 8 to 10.
Stop lying buy a tape measure just check his arrest records..
Dingus said on 25/Aug/16
Tom Hardy is 5'09.00" according to this site. Here he is with Mel.

goo.gl/JkSQb6

You can see them from a variety of angles at the premiere of Fury Road.

I would say that Mel, even to this day, is pretty darn close to an even 5'10.00". He seems to be an inch taller than Hardy and I can't see any real foot wear advantage.
Editor Rob: Gibson did have a Cowboy Boot, although it isn't a big 1.75 style or anything, it probably is a fraction more than Hardy.

Last thing I watched with Mel was Machete Kills and in scenes with danny trejo I really wouldn't have put him much over 5ft 9.
Jon said on 17/Aug/16
Guy is a midget (5'8-9 is to me) and insecure as they come.

Click Here
Editor Rob: he may not have cared as much earlier in his career, for instance Sigourney Weaver mentioned about Mel not worrying about the height difference in the film they did...

maybe there was a trigger, something pissed him off. Could have been when the Press called him 5ft 8!
Brad said on 10/Aug/16
Strong 5-8. Fooled people for years in chunky customs.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Aug/16
Mm, but in Tequila Sunrise when stood together I thought Kurt Russell looked a good inch taller than Gibson!!
Shorty said on 9/Jun/16
Always normal average height nothing more or less.
truth said on 20/May/16
Always looked 5ft9.5/176cm to 5ft10/178cm to me, pretty normal height.
Kevin K. said on 20/May/16
When Mel and Robert Downey, Jr. did "Air America" (1990) together, a reviewer referred to them as "the diminutive duo." Judging by photos of them together in that (atrocious) movie, I think Mel was 5'7.75"-to-5'8" and Downey was 5'6.5"-to-5'6.75".
Kevin K. said on 20/May/16
Wensley Clarkson wrote an unflattering biography of Mel Gibson back in the late '90s—long before the DUI and Oksana Grigorieva rants, when there was far less serious dirt to dish (e.g., Mel was a drunk, was very obnoxious when he was drunk, wasn't faithful to his wife, and had a father who was a religious nut)—back when Mel was still on a pedestal in Hollywood, like Tom Hanks. Mel took exception, saying that Clarkson besmirched his and his family's honors and reputations and threatening to rip Clarkson's face off (or something to that effect). Clarkson replied that he wasn't too worried since he's 6'2" and Mel is "at most 5'8"," adding that he "wouldn't want to hurt him." I'd say that Mel at his peak was probably 5'7.5" to 5'8".
James B said on 20/Apr/16
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Apr/16
@James B: height has nothing to do with it. The guy has done some pretty despicable things in the last 10 years.....


Yeah I remember tha Jew rant 10 years ago
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Apr/16
@James B: height has nothing to do with it. The guy has done some pretty despicable things in the last 10 years.....
James B said on 15/Apr/16
Seems unfair to me that this guy throughout his film carrier has been picked on for his stature given he is the typical average height man. In no way shape or form he is short unless you compare him to Danny glover. Maybe it's just plain jealousy I don't know?

seems dumb that people think he's 5'8 cause of a bond listing.
Paleman said on 23/Feb/16
Gibson did look 5'10" in the Mad Max films. Even today he looks pretty tall for a 5'9" guy, the current listing looks pretty much spot on.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Feb/16
Most 5ft9 range guys do it relentlessly
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Feb/16
He looks near 5ft11 w/h Gervais....definitely the shoes!
184.3cm (Night) said on 18/Jan/16
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/16
I'm almost certain he's claimed 5ft11 in the past...


Good evidence that he was 5'9.5" then as most guys that height claim 5'11.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/16
I'm almost certain he's claimed 5ft11 in the past...
6ft-on-a-good-day said on 12/Jan/16
these shoes may of had something to do with the height difference.
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TJE said on 11/Jan/16
Actually, there seems to be at least two inches between him and Ricky Gervais

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RisingForce said on 3/Jan/16
Shredder, Mel claimed 5'10" in 1990 as mentioned above, and his booking sheet had him at 5'10" in 2011, which he either told the cops or they got from his driver's license plus there was studio publicity putting his height at 5'10" which all suggests he's been consistent claiming that height for his entire career. As for Mario, the most I can buy him at is 5'8.5". He's shorter than every 5'9" guy I've seen him with. I'm convinced if he took a picture with Rob, we'd find out for sure he's shorter than people think, much like Eric Roberts. I'd believe 5'8" flat before 5'9" at this point, but no less.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jan/16
He turned the big 6-0 today, Rob
the shredder said on 26/Dec/15
He can look that range easily , but if he claims 5'10 than no way 5'10.5 , 5'9.5 seems better.
The Master said on 22/Dec/15
I still reckon 5'10.5" barefoot in his prime.
the shredder said on 20/Dec/15
When has Mel claimed 5'10? Yeah Mario is about 5'9.
RisingForce said on 19/Dec/15
Mel only claims 5'10", yet Mario Lopez claims 5'11". Pretty funny when you see them side by side at 0:25 and 1:46 in this video! Click Here In any case, Mel in his late 50's doesn't look like he's shrunk at all and less than 5'9" seems unlikely.
the shredder said on 3/Dec/15
The only way Gibson is 5'8 is if Glover was 6'2 max in his prime.
Ice said on 7/Nov/15
177 can already look short to tall men , a 177 guy can appear 5'8 to me at times .
120 said on 28/Oct/15
@freshy Photo tricks
freshy69 said on 25/Oct/15
If Mel is 177cm, how does Robert Downey Jr. look taller in that pic?
Akhtar Qadri said on 23/Oct/15
After watching movie what woman wants..he look so short ..that is why first thing what I did in the morning today is to check the height of Mel..
julian said on 17/Oct/15
nope, it;s 176.5, which is ~ 177 cm.
cup1 said on 27/Sep/15
rob 5'9.5'' is 176cm?!
ageing grapefully said on 23/Sep/15
Bumped into Gibson several years ago (2006) in Santa Monica, a month before his infamous fall off the wagon. I went to use restroom at work and he comes in wearing plaid shirt, regular cargo-type pants and sneakers. Really chunky and hirsute guy IRL, and grumpy. I'm 5'11" in shoes, he was no more than 5'8 (his hair "up-comb" added almost 3 inches to his perceived height). I've bumped into RDJr in same building and he is a wee bit taller than 5'8, but he has a lighter step and walks with a slight bounce. He is much better-looking IRL and very pleasant, as is his whole family (this was before Iron Man, but I hear he is still very down-to-earth).
Jordan said on 21/Sep/15
I think Glover had to be around 230. He was a tall, thick guy in Lethal Weapon. If Mel is 5'9-5'10 then he would perhaps have been around 160-170 range as he looks quite lean.
the shredder said on 15/Sep/15
rob , what would you guess His and Glover's weight in Leathel Weapon 1 and 2.
[Editor Rob: Glover could be around 200, gibson at least 20-25 less than whatever Danny might be.]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Sep/15
Rob, who do you think is taller Spacey or Gibson?
[Editor Rob: today, spacey might have lost a fraction and gibson? Maybe a few mm's, but both probably measure somewhere inside the 176 range today.]
Carter said on 8/Sep/15
Was just watching Expendables 3 and saw something hilarious. When Stallone hands a file to another character on a plane (the file is about Mel's character), it gives Mel's age as ten years less than he really is....OK, I can live with that...but also gives his height as 6'3''. Yes, that's right... 6'3''. Check it out for yourselves, sports fans....
[Editor Rob: I'm waiting for Stallone to have a file/computer screen reading with something like 6ft 6.]
Dmeyer said on 31/Aug/15
0.6-0.7in shoes ádvantage over Hardy not more Many if those give 4-4.5cm tops
Gemma said on 10/Aug/15
How can Gibson's movies be so likeable,while his alter ego can be so "small"!
The Master said on 4/Aug/15
He is not as short as some people think, 5'10.5" in his prime, I reckon.
MarkyMark said on 3/Aug/15
Comon Rob, 5'9.5 is impossible for Mel. He's 5.9 at the max in Mad Max and 5'8.5 seems more realistic. Plus he certainly has lost some height while aging. He's no more than 5'8 nowadays.
small fry said on 30/Jul/15
5'9 with shoes on 5'10 with lifts for Mel. have a nice day Robert downey jr.
jamie179cm said on 15/Jul/15
@Shamrock how do you know Michael parkinson really is 5ft10? that's problem with compare with other celebrity you Don't know there tue height
jamie179cm said on 15/Jul/15
his no more 5ft8
hijopotamus said on 15/Jul/15
5'10" for Mel after watching his pics beside Gerard Buttler. Mel was wearing sandals and Gerard had footwear advantage. Unless Gerard is under 6'....
Ed said on 19/Jun/15
Rob, if tom hardy at 5'9" and mel are close in height at that premiere of Mad max and he's wearing 2 - 2.5 inch cowboy boots. I think Mel could in fact be down in the 5'8.5" range!! What do you think?
[Editor Rob: I don't think his boots gave that much, but an inch footwear advantage over tom is likely.]
Tim1.79 said on 26/May/15
He looked 5'10" in Mad Max movies to be honest. Maybe 178cm was his peak, Rob?
[Editor Rob: I still go with him being just under that 5ft 10 back then]
Silent_D said on 26/May/15
5 foot 9. I trust sigourney weaver's judgement. I'm laughing at the ridiculous claims below. He is not 5 foot 7,6 or 5.
guk said on 9/May/15
He looks an inch taller tha Tom Hardy
[Editor Rob: he has a cowboy boot on at that premiere.]
James B said on 1/May/15
When discussing Gibson with one of my friends he described him as "5'8"
James C. said on 24/Apr/15
Yea plus I forget people have eye level disadvantages and advantage. Like my eyes to the top of my head is 4.75 inches and my eyes to chin is like 4.3 I believe I might be wrong I need to check again but my eyes to top of my head is longer then my eyes to chin. Maybe that's why I think some 5'9 1/2 guys are like holy crap I could see him definitely being around and another I would second guess and think their an legit 5'10+ plus it's that way with 5'9 guys and 5'10 guys looking 5'11. But it's cool there was this one guy who says he says 5'9 he comes up too me and says are you 5'9 1/2. I was like yes, and he's like that makes sense your an half an inch taller then me, but another guy was telling him not me your not 5'9 your 5'8 James easily has two inches on you. Plus when people seem eye to eye I look at an reflection their eyes match the middle part of my nose.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/15
James C says on 29/Mar/15
Can some 5'9 1/2 guys look taller then another 5'9 1/2 guy?
[Editor Rob: with different body shapes, head sizes, you could find that to be the case with any height.]

You'd probably guess Gary Lineker to be 2-3 inches taller than Gibson!
mani 1312 said on 19/Apr/15
look mel gibson and danny glover, danny glover and rob.he is impossible 5.9.5
5.7.5 is good for me
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Apr/15
176-177cm range is about right.
James C said on 29/Mar/15
Can some 5'9 1/2 guys look taller then another 5'9 1/2 guy?
[Editor Rob: with different body shapes, head sizes, you could find that to be the case with any height.]
Hypado said on 28/Mar/15
Mel Gibson height is 5ft 9.75in (177 cm)
the shredder said on 26/Mar/15
The only way he can be 5'8 is if Glover was 6'2 max in his prime and if Mel had lifts in his boots , There was 4 inches between them.
TJE said on 24/Mar/15
If Mel Gibson was actually 5'8 then he'd look shorter than 5'8 with the stocky build he has nowadays.
Mat 5'10 said on 22/Mar/15
Rob, why the hell is Rober Downey Jr in this pic about the same height as Mel Gibson? Are you telling me that Downey Jr walks at about 5'11 with his elevator shoes???
[Editor Rob: to me he is the biggest elevator or shoe wearer of the last 10 years in Hollywood...here's a candid from 90's With Gibson/Downey.]
Andy said on 17/Mar/15
A Smart car is 154cm tall ,so what do you all think?

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Matt Sandler said on 15/Mar/15
5'9 - 5'9.5
175 - 176 cm
the shredder said on 3/Mar/15
He was not barefoot but his shoes had no lifts in them .
Shamrock said on 2/Mar/15
he stood barefoot next to a 5'10 michael parkinson and was almost the same height as him. its baffling how so many people can believe he's only 5'8.

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