How tall was Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton's Height

6ft 9 (205.7 cm)

American author, best remembered for novels such as Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Disclosure, Congo and as the creator of the NBC TV series E.R . In a fan chat from 1997 he claimed to be "6ft 9".

How tall is Michael Crichton
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Average Guess (29 Votes)
6ft 8.85in (205.4cm)
Lennon said on 2/Mar/21
I read an article that said he was more like 205.2 (6ft 8.75), could that be more accurate?
Canson said on 12/Dec/20
@Vincent: true
Vincent Caleb said on 28/Nov/20
Canson said on 22/Nov/20
@Vincent: lol hard not to. He was married several times

@Canson: lol and a few of them actually look quite similiar.
Canson said on 22/Nov/20
@Vincent: lol hard not to. He was married several times
Vincent Caleb said on 19/Nov/20
I could’ve sworn Chrichton was bending his knees in this shot because I saw another shot where his wife looked a few inches shorter. Maybe I am getting confused between his wives.
Tall In The Saddle said on 18/Nov/20
Actually, I properly read both the recently linked articles and an additional article I found in Vanity Fair.

There's only one line (not a quote) that flatly states Crichton, "Big Mike", to have been 6'7" by 13. Otherwise, it was stated that his height began to become a problem for him beginning at age 13 when he was already over 6 feet. A former coach also stated that Crichton was over 6'5" as sophomore. Finally, in one of the articles it was stated that Crichton was 6'7" just prior to starting at Harvard. I was a bit skeptical that he was so tall by 13 and it appears that claim was either deliberate hyperbole or an accidental mash up of facts.

Also, my bad, I lazily drew on just one source for Shaq's height at age 12. Elsewhere I have now read he was 5'10" at 12, 6'7" at 16 and 7'1" by age 21. Okay, not so close to Wadlow, even at age 12. Also, by 16, Wadlow was already a dizzying 7'10". :)
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 18/Nov/20
@Junior
I'm not familiar with her or her height at all, but 5'11" is believable, unless if she's wearing massive heels next to Crichton in the pic.
Canson said on 18/Nov/20
@Tall: we mentioned living as Wadlow for a day at his peak height but living that way at 11-12 had to be just as hard if not harder Before normal puberty lol. That had to have been brutal with the stares, the clothes doorways etc especially at the mercy of his family.
Canson said on 18/Nov/20
@Editor Rob: could be a variety of factors or a combination of them. Late Growth in college, measuring at a morning height when he got the 6’9 or almost 6’9” or (less likely) him claiming his shoes. I’d say his afternoon height had a very good chance at a sub 6’9” but how much is the question. He’s never quite struck me as the full 6’9” but I could see something like 204-205 (6’8.5-.75) range like Vincent also mentioned. At that height, you’re at the mercy of camera angle and lots of other things in order to properly determine it. You rarely see anyone close in height with him to compare him to. And him saying he’s “almost 6’9” could mean what Vincent, Junior, and others have said
Vincent Caleb said on 18/Nov/20
I do not think the woman next to him is 5’11”.
Tall In The Saddle said on 17/Nov/20
Yeah, if true, 6'7" at 13 is insane. That type of height at that age at least begs a full medical check up to rule out any abnormalities.

I've read Shaq was supposed to be 6'6" at 12. For further perspective, due to his rate of growth and then current height, Robert Wadlow was first examined at age 11 years 11 months, basically 12 yo. He measured an exact 208 cm, a shade under 6'10". Though, by 13 yo, Wadlow had pushed further to 7'2". At least for a small window of time, at around the same age, Shaq and Crichton wouldn't have been as dwarfed by Wadlow as much as everyone else in Wadlow's general age group.
Canson said on 17/Nov/20
@Editor Rob: what do you think about this? they reference his height as “almost 6’9” here. It also listed him at 6’8” when he played in college

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Editor Rob
could he have grown during college?
Jdubbz said on 17/Nov/20
@Christian: Unless she's around 6'0, she must be wearing heels. Definitely a tall woman regardless. The average woman would be well under his shoulders, and a shorter woman would be around his nipple level probably.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 17/Nov/20
@Christian

The woman is Sherri Alexander, she was Crichton wife which i remember seem it somewhere listed her at 5'11.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Nov/20
@Canson
6'7" at 13? It would suck to be that tall at that age, lol.
Vincent Caleb said on 16/Nov/20
@Canson:
Wow that is pretty crazy if it is true. I bet he expected to be 7’0”+. Cool articles btw. I am going to give him 6’8 1/2” or 6’8 3/4”, not sure about the full 6’9” entirely either.
Canson said on 15/Nov/20
@Vincent: this article is very interesting. He was 6’7 at 13 apparently.

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Then they say here that he’s “almost 6’9”. So you may be right. I looked at a little more from him and I was way off. He’s at least 6’8”. Not sure if 6’9” though. But maybe a tweener. Perhaps 204-205 range like you said. But I wonder if he measured 6’9 or 6’8.75 earlier in the day. Interestingly he was listed 6’8 at Harvard and I didn’t realize when he played so that would’ve certainly been a barefoot height back in the 50s and 60s. I’m not even so sure to say 6’8 flat but maybe 6’8.25 now that I see it

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JD1996 said on 15/Nov/20
6’9” or very close to it I would have said giant guy.
Vincent Caleb said on 13/Nov/20
I am going to say he could be as low as 6’8.5” afternoon and as high as 6’9”. The picture with cage and Connery he looks huge. Gigantic. I struggle to even see him 6’8” flat. I find it easy to think he grew. If there is going to be a person that grows after high school, it would be someone of his height. I also don’t know how accurate that measurement was. If it was at the combine, then I would take it a lot more seriously. Also, look at the date of his season. He was 19 at the time, and if he was measured even before that, then he definitely could have grown.
recapa said on 12/Nov/20
i,d give crichton 6ft8.5 ,gigantic dude.
Canson said on 12/Nov/20
@Vincent: I did more research. I’ll say 6’8” being it’s also what he was listed when he played basketball. He could be a hair over the mark but it’s possible he measured early morning and rounded up to 6’9”
Vincent Caleb said on 12/Nov/20
@Canson:
Yea I always thought 6’8” range minimum for Chrichton.

@Christian 6’5 3/8”: Depending on size of her heels maybe she is 5’8”, since he is dropping a tiny bit of posture.
Canson said on 11/Nov/20
@Vincent Caleb: Yikes! I made an error on him after those seeing pics. He played many years ago when they didn’t do that. He was listed 6’8” at Harvard so maybe that’s more like it. Yea he was taller than 6’7” for sure there
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 11/Nov/20
His wife (or whoever the woman standing next to him is) must be tall herself, because a 6'9" guy would look absolutely gigantic next to most women, but he just looks how a regular tall guy would look next to an average woman.
Vincent Caleb said on 10/Nov/20
@Chris Junior:
I saw the tilt in the photo was adding about an inch making him look 6-9.5, but account for that he is still 6-8.5 minimum. It is obvious he is not 6-6.5. I agree with your guess, I have him at 6-8.5 to 6-8.75.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 9/Nov/20
Vincent Caleb,

See my post. The Cage and Connery picture was tilt down from their angle making Crichton a big 6'9. Much believable he wasn't over 6'8 3/4 a lowest measurement since he only claim 6'9. Logically most people geth their height by the doctor office in the morning, so he could be 6'9 1/4 measurement for morning but round down and claim 6'9 but definitely came down 1cm or 1/2" lower from a 6'9 guy, therefore a solid 205cm could be worst.
recapa said on 8/Nov/20
actually vincent could be right he might have grown like he said and i found a 6ft8.75 measurement in imdb ,i personally can believe it.
Vincent Caleb said on 6/Nov/20
@Canson:
This dude was an easy 6’8.5 minimum peak. 6’6 1/2” is way too low.
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With Spielberg he looks definitely over a foot taller so that rules out 6’7”.
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With Cage and Connery he looks over 6’9”.
I usually think your guesses are some of the most accurate on this site, but I really think you are downgrading him. 6-7 is way too low already, forget 6-6.5. It is possible that his listing was when he wasn’t done growing because if you look at pictures of him, he looks way taller than 6-6.5. If he was measured 6-8 freshman year it is easily believable that he grew. I think Cmillz is right, 6-8 range absolute minimum, possibly the full 6-9 peak. Before his passing I think he could have lost an inch. I respectfully disagree with you here, but almost all of your other guesses are dead on accurate IMO.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 6/Nov/20
Click Here This picture was kind of irritating if anyone could spot that the picture angle atually tilt downward from Sean Connery to Cage side more to make an impression of a big 6'9 for Crichton. The fact that Cage is only 6'0 and Crichton might be a chance to be measure only 6'8 3/4 a low.
Matt6'5 said on 6/Nov/20
Rob, Crichton was only a few weeks past his 66th bday when he died. Do you feel like he lost anything? Posture wise, he didn’t seem to hunch or have “forward neck” like lots of “apologetic” tall people do.
Editor Rob
I think he would have lost something, not huge amount or anything, but half inch at least
Canson said on 5/Nov/20
He was listed 6’8 at Harvard when he played basketball
Arch Stanton said on 4/Nov/20
In my opinion he looked noticeably taller than a guy like Garrett who at times could look as low as 6'7 range. I think Crichton really looked a genuine 6'9.
Tall Sam said on 3/Nov/20
Would've been interesting to see a peak back to back with him and Brad Garrett, Crichton I'm sure would've been just a tad taller.
recapa said on 1/Nov/20
i honestly am iffy about crichton .i thought a weak 6ft9 at first but with that 6ft8 college listing idk so i,ll give him 6ft8 at low (still a gigantic height)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Sep/20
Probably closer to 6ft8 in later years
vastlybetter566 said on 6/Sep/20
@"weak 5'8"

Talking about what height a dead person will be when he "wakes up", can be interpreted in many ways.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Aug/20
6ft10 is likely out of bed for him...
weak 5'8 said on 26/May/20
Rob What height would he be when he wakes up? Also how tall is the woman? 5 foot 8?
Editor Rob
Depending on heels, she might be near 5ft 8 and Michael probably had a decent chance of 6ft 10 out of bed.

I remember an interesting quote about Michael when he was at a market:

"Because of my height, I caused a considerable commotion. The upcountry people stopped and stared. And, in common with most Asian people they laughed...it grew, swelling to fill the entire open market. They were all laughing at me, pointing and laughing....I knew they didn't mean anything. It was just an expression of embarrassment...People were dashing off to get their friends. The whole town was running to get a look at me."
mark thompson said on 15/Mar/20
how tall is the woman rob?
Editor Rob
I think probably 5ft 7-8
GreyV said on 11/Feb/20
I guess Gaby Ball's comment says it all. My guess is that he was 6'7" in his younger days, which explain his 6.6.75" when he died.

His 6'8" listing was probably a shoe height and 6'9" is probably coming from people who like to exaggerate heights in general.

Yes he was very tall, but people need to understand that a 6'7" guy can look huge, if you're used to see tall guys at the 6'4" range. But people at 6'9"+ are very, very tall and it's clearly noticeable.

I guess the NBA ruined people's perception on height.
Miiiiiiighty_- said on 11/Dec/19
People saying 6'7 have no clue what they are talking about.
Did you see the pic with Sean Connery and Cage ? 6'2 is barely reaching Crichton's mouth, and Cage even looks nervous on the pics...
A strong 6'9 for sure if anything
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Oct/19
Michael would have turned 77 today. All the medical knowledge in the World doesn't stop someone getting the dreadful illness cancer.

6ft9.

RIP Michael 🕯️
Andy said on 23/Oct/19
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 26/Sep/19
6ft7?! No chance of that....this guy was a clean 6ft9
Canson said on 24/Aug/19
@Cmillz: if he was only listed 6’8” when he played ball, that range is possible. Maybe 6’6.5 is low but 6’7” isn’t
cmillzz said on 18/Aug/19
6’6.5-6’7 seems way too low. I always thought 6’8 range minimum, maybe even the full 6’9.
Canson said on 17/Aug/19
6’9” is likely a shoe height. Prob 6’7”
Canson said on 16/Aug/19
@Rob: he was only listed 6’8” in Basketball at Harvard. He likely wasn’t more than 6’7” or even 6’6.5

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Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 27/Jun/19
I've ever met a gigantism men in thailand who was 6'9 1/8 when being ask how tall he is he say 206cm, this men gave me a much stronger impression of 6'9 than Crichton. I think Crichton is not 6'9 a low maybe closer to 6'8.75".
Ian C. said on 12/May/19
Crichton was an interesting case because he showed no overt signs of pituitary giantism. Compare him to Ted Cassidy, also six foot nine, who had a slightly deformed face. Also, Crichton was strong enough to get through Harvard Medical School, and that would have to be pretty strong.

I have yet to meet anyone in the flesh who was six foot nine, and only (approximately) eight men who were six foot seven. I have met only one woman who was six foot four.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Apr/19
That anecdote about him leaving a party in a hissy fit because he finally met someone who was taller than him 😂
Gaby Ball said on 19/Mar/19
Michael Crichton was 6'8" when he registered for basketball tryouts at Harvard, and 6'6.5" when he died of cancer. He himself never stated that he was 6'9", and spoke of standing 'a hair taller than Michael Jordan', though, in my opinion having men both men several times, this was an appreciable understatement.

The Harvard figure comes from a conversation we had in person circa 1993, and the cancer figure comes from his autopsy, which I accessed as par the course of a legal procedure undertaken on behalf of the beneficiaries of his estate.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 1/Jul/18
6'7-6'8 a giant. 6'9-6'10 a human dinosaur. Lol.
Sid 186.1cm said on 11/Jun/18
Now I understand why he wrote Jurassic Park..cause he himself is ****ing huge
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 31/May/18
Honestly Crichton look a full 206cm with Connery and Cage.
Canson said on 1/Feb/18
6’10 or close to it out of bed

6’8.5-.75 at his lowest. A guy his size can lose easily 1-1.5”
Some Guy said on 9/Jan/18
According to some pictures I found by googling, Crichton was two heads taller than Steven Spielberg. Those pictures make him look like Robert Wadlow in comparison!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Dec/17
I think a solid 6ft9....easily 6ft10 out of bed
Luigi said on 1/Nov/17
Rob, Chricton was also a director and was more taller then Nick Cassavetes.
Put him in "Directors Heights"!
Junior said on 24/Oct/17
I believe he was at least 6'10 fit in a leather shoes on. 205cm before bed before he pass on.
Mr.big said on 17/Apr/17
Rob, do you think he was more like 205 cm or 206 cm?
Editor Rob: he could look both marks, guys that big have potential to shrink a bit more, so I'm sure earlier in the day he probably seemed even taller in person.
R said on 10/Dec/16
Rob, it's possible he was 6'8.75 "(205 cm)?
Editor Rob: R, you could make a case for it.
Mr. R said on 5/Dec/16
Mr. R - I think the book that I read was "The Height of Your Life" by Ralph Keyes that came out in 1980. I'm sure that you can get it on Amazon for real cheap.
Mr. R said on 1/Dec/16
Years ago, I read in a book that Michael shot up to 6-10 and his 6-7 dad kept walking around on his tip toes because he didn't like his teenage son being taller than him!
183cmAriel said on 30/Nov/16
looks like stephen colbert LOL
Geoff said on 5/Nov/16
Out of interest, do you think he's the tallest celebrity whose fame isn't related to his height? When you get close to or beyond the 7ft mark every celebrity is either a basketball player or another sport where height is useful, wrestler or actor who made it playing giants or monsters.
Editor Rob: Geoff, that sounds very likely.
S.J.H said on 18/Oct/16
I believe he add up an inch. 6'8 a call
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Oct/16
6ft9 - that's incredibly tall! I thoroughly respect his work. By the way, isn't he a doctor - yes a doctor doctor - one of medicine?
Ah no, how sad! I've just noticed that the poor man is no longer with us. He certainly left us with some cracking work to remember him by.
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Oct/16
6ft9 - that's incredibly tall! I thoroughly respect his work. By the way, isn't he a doctor - yes a doctor doctor - one of medicine?
James B said on 21/Jul/16
Rob at 13:49 at the jurrasick park premier he is described as "6ft8"

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Rifle said on 20/Jul/16
Legit 6'9.5"(207cm) tall.
Bard said on 15/May/16
6'9 at least.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Oct/14
I think that photo was late 90s though and Connery looked more 6'1" range by then so 6 ft 9 is probably accurate.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Oct/14
Rob he looks nearer 6'10 with Conner and Cage doesn't he Click Here
Funny, he makes Connery look like a 5 ft 8 fella and Cage like 5 ft 6!
Arch Stanton said on 10/Oct/14
Rob, somehow "Back" got in there, I think ER without the dot is correct. Is there no photo you can use? That's a pity.
[Editor Rob: there is a photo but not really much to illustrate his height.]
Arch Stanton said on 9/Oct/14
Is there a tall photo of him or something which can be used? The one with Harrison Ford and Spielberg is good.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Oct/14
Rob you might want to update the US Author, best remembered for Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Disclosure and creating the NBC TV series E.R. Can you also update (remove) the Now he's a big guy, but that big???. If you g image him with Connery and Harrison Ford he really did look easily this. He looks 6'10 with Connery and Ford and looks a foot taller than Michael Douglas. He also looks at least a full head taller than Dennis Storhøi who is listed at almost 6 ft.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Dec/12
I think he could have been 6ft9 or 6ft10. A very articulate and good looking man who left us far too early.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/12
Rob, you indicate that you don't think he looks this big in your above comment with three question marks. Don't you think he looks this height next to Spielberg? Is it because he has also been listed at 6'7" or 6'8"?
[Editor Rob: not looked at this page or him for a few years, ]
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/12
Ice says on 30/Sep/12
Ive met this guy .I fought he was taller , looked like flat 210 cm to me

I think he also claimed 6 ft 10. Possible he was 6'10" morning height. But I think he just about looks a legitimate 6 ft 9. Clearly at least a foot on Spielberg and looks virtually a giant in that photo.
Ice said on 30/Sep/12
Ive met this guy .I fought he was taller , looked like flat 210 cm to me
mike 6 feet out of bed said on 7/Aug/12
Might be taller than 6"9 but that's by looking at photos
anon said on 2/Jan/12
It is Spielberg. Here's another take:

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The angle seems tilted to the right, but even so, he's clearly every inch of 6'9".
leo said on 4/Dec/11
always been a legit 6'9".
Shaun said on 10/Nov/11
Na I don't think its Spielberg but Crichton's legs come up the chest of the guy next to him!!!
Shaun said on 10/Nov/11
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Boost the resolution size. Looks over a foot taller than anybody else in the picture here, although the camera angel is slightly in his favour. If it were level I still think all are below shoulder level so he's a least a foot taller. The second guy from him look s a bit like a younger Spielberg and perhaps 5'7"-5'8" range so it could be him. But I think he actually was that tall, he looks taller than 6'6"- 6'7" guys and I've heard stories of people getting a !!!!! giant alert whenever they saw him. Egghead glasses aside he was something of a handsome geek much like Jeff Goldblum.
LAN Jiao said on 26/Oct/11
I change my mind. Connery 6'1 , cage 5'10 and late crichton 6'8.75
LAN Jiao said on 25/Oct/11
Cage is 5'10. 6'1 in lift. Crichton is 6'8 and connery 6'0.5
Shaun said on 21/Aug/11
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At least 6'9" next to 6' Cage and 6'1.5" Connery. He's a full head taller than Cage which is about 10 inches.
Cranberries (17m, 193.75-191.25) said on 25/Jun/11
I wonder why he's cited some places as being 6'7"?
Maggie said on 7/Apr/11
I once sat across from him in a restaurant,- he was dining alone. Even sitting, he had a looming presence.
Very handsome.
Moke said on 20/Jun/09
I was pretty shocked to read, that he recently died of cancer. Such a huge and certainly strong man, not to mention his success. R.I.P
Doug said on 18/Mar/09
I heard somebody say they met him in an elevator in NYC and said "they were dumbstruck by his sheer height they forgot to say hello". They said "he had to bend his head at 90 degrees to fit through the door. 6'9" is an astounding height and pretty much matched by his intellectual superiority too. I bet a lot of people felt quite intimidated by him.
Henri said on 7/Nov/08
Rip Tall Man
Ivan 6'2.25 said on 7/Nov/08
R.I.P BIG MAN.
Elf said on 5/Nov/08
Amazing height. Amazing man. Rest in peace
Ange said on 19/Oct/08
This is legit, though I've heard 6'10 before. Sweet boneless Jesus. This was one of those "!!!" moments when I saw him. I think I was at his elbow (5'1) or something ridiculous like that.
Anon2008 said on 28/Apr/08
I am kind of amazed at some of these really big authors.
OhYeah said on 6/Mar/08
He's definetely 6 foot 9. I'm abit over 6ft10 I certainly confirm and agree that he is. But anyway, does it matter? The guy wrote Jurassic park which turned out to be way "taller" then anyone will ever be.
dickie said on 5/Feb/08
yep tht's absolutely right he's 6'9". his peak height was 6'10" as mentioned by crichton himself.
Hacksaw said on 15/Nov/07
If he says he's 6'9", then he's probably 6'9". 5'9" guys lie about their height -- 6'9" guys don't.
Bleemo said on 30/Jun/07
This guy is all over the shop I've read as low as 6'7" and sometimes 6'8", either way he is bloody huge.

6'8" claim here

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Ian said on 8/Feb/07
I've met him, my uncle Charles "Chip" Kidd did the jacket design for Jurassic Park for him. I'm 6'10" and he's the only person I've ever met as tall as me. It felt nice to know tall people can be successful too.
Padraig said on 12/Nov/06
Another tall author is William Gibson:
"I used to be something above 6-foot-5, but I think I've lost some height", in 1997.
Beverly said on 30/May/06
I've met him, stood next to him, and asked him. He's 6'9." I'm 5'9" and he towers over me.
J. said on 23/May/06
He says "I am 6'9" tall", in this interview: Click Here
J-Dog said on 4/May/06
He is a huge man, period.
Editor Rob said on 15/Apr/06
Another couple authors:
Scott Adams, "I'm 5'8", Harlan Ellison "I'm 5ft 5", J Michael Straczynski "I'm 6ft 5...maybe in shoes"
elizabeth said on 12/Jun/05
he is 6'9". he's commonly listed at 6'10" in interviews and articles, but i guess he's 6'9" at his own admission. i'm a fan of his writing and was also incredulous that he was that tall, but when you look at him in pictures with other people, including actors who are supposedly 6'1" or 6'2" he is easily 6'9".

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