How tall is Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas Height

5ft 8in (172.7 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 9.5in (176.5 cm)
American actor, best known for roles in films such as Romancing The Stone, Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, The Game, Basic Instinct, American President, Falling Down, The China Syndrome, Ant-Man and Traffic.

How tall is Michael Douglas
Michael with Catherine Zeta Jones, Robert DeNiro and Kevin Kline
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Average Guess (25 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.12in (175.6cm)
Current: 5ft 7.6in (171.7cm)
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Oct/17
Michael really didn't seem much taller than 5'7" Jane Fonda in the China Syndrome. Obviously, Jane had the advantage with platform wedges I'd guess around 3.5", but Michael had those type of platforms that don't have the heel in the back and they looked to me like they'd add 1.75" range. Michael was taller than Jack Lemmon, but then Lemmon had more 1" range footwear, bad posture and it's unclear to me exactly where Lemmon was in the 5'8"-5'9" range, particularly at this point as he looked very similar to Wilford Brimley, who doesn't have a page here, but was noticeably shorter than a 60-61 year old Charles Bronson a few years later.

Definitely no more than 5'9", but you can also see he's clearly taller than 5'8" from this film.
James said on 14/Oct/17
Michael Douglas was 5'8" at his peak. He is 5'7" today at 73.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Oct/17
@berta: Yeah, 176 cm absolute max and I believe more 175. I don't think he was taller than Stallone at all, much less a half inch. Look at the two in full shots in 2004: Click Here Click Here Michael is only 2 years older than Sly and really shouldn't have been much below his peak height at that time. Nowadays, Sly looks a good inch taller so it's hard for me to believe Michael was noticeably taller. Both men wore lifts and even had the same shoemaker, but it's not like Michael ever pulled off looking taller than we've seen Sly pull off.

He was never near 5'10" except with shoes, but definitely over 5'8", at least until his 60's. Here's Douglas at I believe, the same event with Paul Michael Glaser who Rob has at 5'10" and is actually a year older than Douglas: Click Here Michael looked about 5'8.5" to me by age 60 so I'd assume he lost about a half inch.
berta said on 8/Oct/17
i think he never was taller than 176 peak . dont really now if a guy like him could haven been half inch taller than stallone. today he looks 172. kline was way taller than him and is down to 185 these days
Rising - 174 cm said on 7/Oct/17
@James: How do you know this? We both know Douglas has worn lifts, but that doesn't mean he wore them in every film. Here's a clip of Douglas and Penn from the film: Click Here Douglas looks about 5'9" so I doubt he was wearing lifts with Penn. An example of Douglas wearing lifts would be the following year when he looked cloe to Viggo Mortensen's height. If Douglas was able to look like that in lifts, it seems almost impossible he'd be in lifts when looking not much taller than a 5'8" man like Penn. But a real 5'10" man like Kevin Bacon looked noticeably taller next to Penn in Mystic River than Douglas did and that was with Penn wearing some thick boots in Mystic River.
Mister lennon said on 7/Oct/17
Strong 5'9 peak. Close to 5'10.
James said on 5/Oct/17
You have to remember Douglas was wearing lifts in "The Game".
Vibram said on 4/Oct/17
No more than 5'8.25 peak. 5'7.25 today. Look at falling down and you see lifts.
Rising - 174 cm said on 30/Sep/17
Just watched The Game and Michael was just barely taller than 5'8" Sean Penn -- an inch at most -- so definitely a flat 5'9" guy, imo. Amazing Michael goes from looking not much different than Sean Penn to not much different than Viggo Mortensen a year later.

@Parker: True. There are many examples. Even Sly Stallone's son Sage looked at least a couple of inches shorter than him.
Parker said on 29/Sep/17
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Sep/17
hardly among the more surprising father/son heights. Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Clint and Scott Eastwood, Robert Downey Sr. and Jr. etc. are all much more noteworthy

Don't forget Daniel Radcliffe and his Dad.
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Anonymous said on 29/Sep/17
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Sep/17
hardly among the more surprising father/son heights. Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Clint and Scott Eastwood, Robert Downey Sr. and Jr. etc. are all much more noteworthy

Don't forget Daniel Radcliffe and his Dad.
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James said on 29/Sep/17
It's not surprising if a son isn't as tall as his father. King George V was shorter than his father King Edward VII.
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Sep/17
A 64 year old Michael looking up a bit to a 72 year old Jack Nicholson in 2009 @ about 49 seconds and around 8:09 in the video: Click Here

Same night and he looks clearly shorter than 5'8.5" Kiefer Sutherland, although we can't see their feet: Click Here

Considering Michael didn't look anything above this listing 8 years ago, but still doesn't really look under 5'7.5" to me even today, I don't think he's really losing height rapidly like I originally thought. Seems like pretty normal height loss for his age. There are actually still times he can pass for near 5'8", imo despite that being the tallest he looked to me 8 years ago.
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Sep/17
My father was a little over 6 feet yet I wound up about 4 inches shorter. Michael and his father topping out at about 5'9" is hardly among the more surprising father/son heights. Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Clint and Scott Eastwood, Robert Downey Sr. and Jr. etc. are all much more noteworthy.
Anonymous said on 19/Sep/17
I'm shocked he is the same height as kirk douglas.Usually fathers always have tall 6 foot sons,perhaps genetics do play a part in height even for women.
Rising - 174 cm said on 9/Sep/17
@James: In that case I agree. I do have him an even 5'9", but I could see under rather than over and I was just watching the episode of Streets of SF called "The Set-Up". He could look only 3" shorter than Karl Malden at times, but Malden could have shrunk below 6'1" by his 60s and I also suspect Douglas may have had lifts at times. Footwear seems pretty normal here for instance: Click Here but even though Douglas didn't have big heels for the time in the episode I watched last night, he did have an ankle boot, so a hidden lift is never impossible in a boot and Douglas wore boots a lot in general in his prime, such as these: Click Here Other times, he wore cowboy boots quite often back in the 80s. The boots he wore on Carson in particular in '92 looked like elevator boots to me based on the lace area and his high ankle. But imo, it's hardly necessary to prove Douglas may have worn lifts often as I'm sure he was liftless a fair amount based on the fact I can show Douglas struggling with 5'9" numerous times in the 80s and 90s.
James said on 6/Sep/17
His peak height should be downgraded as even 5'9" is a stretch. He was already wearing lifts in "The Streets of San Francisco".
Rising - 174 cm said on 4/Sep/17
@anon176: I disagree. I believe that's the highest you could make a case for. In fact, I think there's more evidence Douglas wore elevators than Pitt, including the shoemaker who made elevators for Stallone, Burt Reynolds and many others naming Douglas, although he could have just been referring to films for all I know because the same shoemaker did specifically name Shatner, but referred to Star Trek so movies vs off screen aren't going to be distinguished by the shoemaker. Lifts aren't exclusive to action stars, though Douglas did play a fair amount of action and tough guy roles and was the leading man in erotic thrillers in other famous roles. Plus, he grew up seeing his father wear lifts so it'd be pretty natural to not think much of wearing them himself. To me, the '92 Carson photo looks clearly like lifts in his boots and I know Rob thought there was a good chance. I see that as better evidence than any that exists for Pitt wearing lifts, though I don't rule out the possibility of Brad wearing them as well.

I actually am not sure he even wore lifts for Wall Street. He's no taller than Charlie Sheen in some behind the scenes photos and at least one pair of his shoes I saw looked normal. But I'm certain he wore them in Basic Instinct, not just how one of his pairs of boots looked, but when you see him promoting the film at Cannes in '92, Douglas is on his toes struggling to look half an inch taller than Sharon Stone who only has low 1.5" heels. Going on your toes alone suggests being height conscious. He suddenly looked a flat 5'8" at best around age 64 and I believe that's because it's when he stopped wearing lifts, boots and other bigger footwear for the most part, along with a typical height loss for a man that age.

I don't see him any taller than 5'9" peak and 5'7.5" current. I became more convinced of this seeing how short he's gotten the last decade(even before the cancer) and when I looked back, he really didn't seem taller than 5'9" to me to begin with, except for when he had cowboy boots or some other dodgy footwear. If you watch Black Rain, I don't think Douglas wears lifts, but he does have boots that give him an advantage over 5'9" Andy Garcia, yet he's only slightly taller. I thought Douglas was 5'9.5" back when I thought Garcia was 5'9.25" and I hadn't looked at footwear so it stands to reason I'd become more sure of both being a flat 5'9" now. I think it's a mistake to read too much into who seems the "lift type." Rob was surprised to learn his neighbor tried elevators at one point and I think this man was 5'10.5".
anon176 said on 3/Sep/17
@Rising - 174 cm
I'd buy the idea of elevator shoes just for script purposes ("Basic Instinct", "Wallstreet", "A Perfect Murder...") but to me he doesn't seem the typical Hollywood lift-wearer guy like Sly, Cruise or Pitt. Even without appearance and average height he'd be charismatic. His roles didn't "live" from height. Out there's no single pic that shows clear evidence of lifts!
IMO Peak 5ft 9.25 / Current 5ft 7.75 ( the lowest you could make a case for )
Rising - 174 cm said on 2/Sep/17
On second thought, a 69 year old Michael is looking much shorter than Mario Lopez, who I've said many times I doubt is over 5'8.5", but even give him 5'9" here: Click Here Michael has considerably better posture throughout the interview as well. I don't know what to make of that except I'm surprised.
Rising - 174 cm said on 2/Sep/17
I agree with 175 cm peak, but 170-171 today seems a bit harsh, imo. Under 5'8", but I think 5'7.5" is fair. He could look both shorter and taller than De Niro a few years ago, though I think De Niro may have even lost another fraction since and is around 170-171 today, imo. Last I saw, Douglas still seemed slightly taller than a flat 5'7" Michael Pena and about 4" shorter than 5'11.5" Jimmy Fallon. Although one thing I forgot to mention about Douglas struggling with 5'9" over 20 years ago with Val Kilmer here: Click Here is while I doubt he had his lifts that night, from some angles, those boots look to give him a decent enough boost: Click Here
Anonymous said on 2/Sep/17
175 cm Max barefoot in his younger days. Not more.

170 o nearly 171 cm nowadays. He seems shorter than De Niro who is around 171 cm today amazing!
Rising - 174 cm said on 1/Sep/17
New name, James? Anyway, my question remains, based on what was Douglas only 5'8" peak and 5'7" flat today? Lifts don't mean he was 5'8". Lifts are why he could go from struggling with 5'9" to suddenly eye to eye with a 5'10.5" minimum Viggo Mortensen.
Richard said on 31/Aug/17
Douglas was 5'8" in his 20s, and 5'7" today. Like his father he always wore lifts.
Rising - 174 cm said on 30/Aug/17
Based on what? But I will say Douglas was no taller than that at an age where anything more than a 1" height loss was highly improbable. A 64 year old Douglas consistently looked shorter than Sean Penn:

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Michael did not look that different by that point as he did in the 90s. He did not look unhealthy nor did he have an injury history to account for a potential unusual height loss. There are plenty of occasions Michael looked 5'9" at best when he was in his prime, so it's much more likely Michael pretty suddenly appeared 5'8" at best in his mid 60s because it's also the time he seemed to wear lifts much less frequently. Nowadays, 172 cm would be the absolute most I could buy. I think he's lost a pretty typical amount of height for his age(72)
James said on 22/Aug/17
Michael Douglas was 5'8", the same peak height as his father.
Rising - 174 cm said on 3/Aug/17
They may have both been the same height at 175 cm peak. When Kirk was Michael's current age, he definitely looked taller to me than the 5'7.5" Michael currently looks, but you're right, Kirk was never 177 cm, he may have even been 174, but seeing him in his early 70s still look around Michael's height, I'm more convinced he was 175 now.

1988 People's Choice Awards when Michael was 43 and Kirk was 71: Click Here Click Here The first pic is a nice full one, Michael looks 1 cm taller at best, but they could look the same there.
In this one, Kirk at 73 and Michael at 45: Click Here Michael with better posture only looks about an inch taller. They'd look close again with the same posture.
Here's Michael in his early 40s and Kirk over 70 again in Beverly Hills looking around the same height: Click Here

Both wore elevators and heeled boots for years: Click Here Kirk seemed to maintain his height decently until his helicopter crash and back surgery. Michael often wore lifts until his mid 60s, then he hasn't really seemed to wear them since, but seemed to lose a good half inch since that time as well. I can see a slim possibility Michael is still 172 cm, but he really doesn't look that tall to me anymore. Still a flat 5'8" back around 2009-2010.

Looking back, Glenn said Michael was 5'8" in 1993! Frank2 said he was still 5'10" in 2003! In fairness to Frank, while there's no chance Michael was even 5'9.5" in 2003 if he was ever that tall, he still could have looked 5'10" if he had lifts in 2003, but I don't know how Glenn saw him 5'8" in 1993 considering he thought himself 5'8", except for a combination of pavement and posture.

Battle of the lift wearers in 2002. 5'8" Antonio Banderas wins this round: Click Here Of course, it's not a full pic so it doesn't prove anything, but I do think they could have been close at that time with Antonio about 173 cm and Michael perhaps already down to 174.
RichardSpain said on 3/Aug/17
Sorry Michael was 1 cm taller than his father

Michael 176cm in peak.
Kirk 175 cm in peak is perfect! not more. I think 177cm i said before to Kirk Douglas is too much to him
Rising - 174 cm said on 2/Aug/17
I think it's pretty reasonable to say Michael was still about peak height in 1997 considering he looked taller than ever in A Perfect Murder. But look how Karl Malden at 85 could still look about 3 inches taller than Michael: Click Here

Here's half a dozen pics from that same event: Click Here Michael really doesn't tower over his 80 year old father and keep in mind, this was years after the helicopter accident and back surgery Kirk claimed took 3 inches off his height so to say he was still even 5'6" would be generous, but even if that's the case, Michael can struggle with 5'9" at times. Similarly, Jack Nicholson was 5'9" max by age 60 and certainly looks no shorter than Michael, arguably even a bit taller. Rob Reiner may or may not have still been 6'2" at 50, but certainly wasn't standing at it in many pictures towers over Michael.

I posted one of these pics some months ago, but now I found a series of full pics of Michael with Sly Stallone both in golf shoes in 2004: Click Here But Michael has probably lost an inch since then as this recent photo with Sly suggests if you remove the tilt: Click Here

I'm really surprised at how often I still see posters on this site who believe Michael was 5'10". Seeing him with Stallone and Kiefer Sutherland, it's pretty fair to say he was about 5'8.5" by age 60 and didn't look like he'd have lost much and certainly not 1.5", which is more likely what he's lost now in his early 70s.

Btw, I'm unsure if Tom is Frank2 or James, but if it's Frank2 it's very interesting since it'd be quite a 180 from a decade ago to now be wondering if Michael was always 5'8" and wore lifts like his father, though that sounds more like something James would say, as he said virtually the same comment just below my post. Now Steve on the other hand, I'm about 90-95% sure was Frank2.
Richardspain said on 2/Aug/17
Michael Douglas
176cm in peak
173cm nowadays
((Kirk Douglas)))
177cm in peak
Under 170cm today he has nearly 101 years old +bad posture.
Rising - 174 cm said on 28/Jul/17
As I posted on JCVD's page, I was surprised to see Michael posing with Van Damme in the 90s: Click Here Unfortunately, that's the only pic, but I'm sure they were close in height as neither was taller than 5'9", imo and I don't think either could have been far from it, especially Michael.

As for more recently, there are plenty of good comparisons with Paul Rudd, who I believe is a weak 5'9", possibly 5'8.5".

@Hollywood Walk of Fame 2015 (age 70)
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Full pic: Click Here I'd say Rudd looks about 1.5" taller, though he clearly has thicker footwear. Btw, that's 5'9" Adam Scott on the right.

@Comic Con 2014 (age 69)
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Full pic: Click Here Michael looks shockingly short as Rudd looks to have him by perhaps a couple inches!

@Ant-Man New York premiere 2015
Full pic: Click Here Looks about 1.5" there. Maybe 3 cm considering the tilt, but seeing pics without a tilt, I still see about the same difference: Click Here

Ant-Man London premiere (Age 70)
Full pic: Click Here I see a 3 cm difference or at least an inch.

@James: You're right that that both Kirk and Michael wore lifts, but I think 5'8" flat is really pushing, at least before his mid 60s. But I do think this previous comment of yours is more reasonable.

James said on 5/May/17
Douglas was 5'8.5" in the 1980s, he's about 5'7" today.

Personally, I think Michael looked tall enough regardless of lifts that he probably scraped 5'9". For instance, Michael managed to look close in height to weak 5'11" Viggo Mortensen in A Perfect Murder. However, I'd definitely say he was only 5'8.5" by age 60 since Sly Stallone was clearly taller with both in golf shoes and Michael was identical in height to Kiefer Sutherland. He still looked a lot like his young self so he probably hadn't lost much by then. Nowadays, it's clear his days of being 5'8" are behind him since he still often stands pretty well for a 72 year old, especially compared to someone like De Niro. 172 cm would be the absolute most I could see, but if you look above, if Catherine Zeta Jones is 5'10" in heels, Michael is lucky to still hit 5'8.5" in shoes. If you consider Michael was just a fraction taller than 5'9" Andy Garcia in Black Rain and had thicker boots, it certainly suggests he was a flat 5'9" guy in the 80's and if he had a lift in his boot, you'd probably be right. If Sharon Stone was only 5'8" flat then Michael does look a 5'8.5"-5'9" at Cannes in '92 and he did also look similar to Kiefer the year before, but we couldn't see footwear.
James said on 27/Jul/17
Douglas was never any taller than 5'8". Like his father, he always wore lifts in films and in real life.
Rising - 174 cm said on 20/Jul/17
How much height do we really think he lost by 65?

With Sharon Stone: Click Here Looking at Michael there, he doesn't look much over 5'8", yet seeing him standing well and looking at his torso, does it really look probable he'd have lost more than 1 inch, much less the 2 he'd need to have lost to have ever been 5'10"?

Same age with weak 5'9" Shia Labeouf: Click Here

For other scenes, he was still putting lifts in his boots: Click Here Click Here Though Shia definitely didn't have lifts in some of his shoes, like these: Click Here

Check out this video, Douglas at 69 and De Niro at 70 both seem below 5'8": Click Here

And same year. Watch @ about 30 seconds, Graham Norton looks about an inch taller than Douglas: Click Here
Rising - 174 cm said on 20/Jul/17
No taller than 5'9" flat Charlie Sheen here: Click Here Click Here

Video of the '88 Oscars: Click Here I'm not sure if Michael has lifts or not. His walk is a bit funny and stiff, but then how tall is he with Marlee Matlin, who claims to be 5'2"?
If Cher's head ends around her headband then I'd say 1"-1.5" difference: Click Here Though I can't see the size of heels. Pretty steep angle, but not a thick enough front for much more than 3".

Btw, the video of Michael on Carson in '92 was removed, so here it is again: Click Here Too bad we don't get to compare Michael to Johnny, but we do get to compare him to Liz Taylor, if you can figure out where Taylor's head ends with all that hair and account for Michael slouching with her. I wouldn't guess Michael in elevator boots less than 6" taller than Taylor in heeled boots, but how much over 5'2" could Taylor have been at 60?
RisingForce said on 13/Jul/17
Never 5'10" or any more than 5'9", imho. Bening was described as 5'7" in the 80s and I think that could be more accurate, especially if Douglas really was that much taller without tricks. Sharon Stone is also listed here at 5'8", but look at Douglas without the elevator boots he used in Basic Instinct and Sharon in simply a low 1.5" heel: Click Here Douglas only has half an inch less footwear and is just barely taller by half an inch or less even though you can see he's on his toes and has better posture! He struggles to look 5'10" in shoes there as Rob confirmed Sharon's heel wasn't more than 4 cm and also noticed Douglas on his toes.

I will look for that scene in the film as I'm a Michael Douglas fan anyway, but I think it's most likely Bening was either the 5'7" she was described as or they used subtle tricks. There are plenty of 80s and 90s comparisons that show Michael at 5'9" max without his elevators and based on Michael looking no more than 5'8.5" by age 60, 5'8" flat by age 65 and now more 5'7.5" or so in his early 70s adds up better with Michael peaking at 5'9" flat. He may have been slightly taller than his father, who I suspect was only 5'8.5", but then again, here's Michael at about 22 years old looking up to his 50 year old father by more than an inch on set of Cast a Giant Shadow: Click Here

But never 5'10" except in shoes. If he were 5'10" then Michael in bare feet would be taller than Sharon Stone in those 1.5" low heels instead of just a hair taller in 1" shoes on his toes. And at 5'10", Michael wouldn't look so short with 5'11"-5'11.5" Val Kilmer here in the 90s: Click Here There's a series of pics from that night, much like with Sharon Stone at Cannes and they pretty consistently show the same thing. Kilmer is a big boot guy, but he didn't have boots that day.

The most I could see for Michael would be 176 cm peak and 172 now, but really I'm pretty sure he's 1/4". He didn't look any taller than 5'9" Charlie Sheen behind the scenes during Wall Street. Actually, I could see 5'7.75" as more likely for his current height than 5'9.25" for peak since his posture may make him look shorter nowadays.
tk said on 9/Jul/17
Just watched The American President again. He constantly seems an easy two inches above Annete Bening. It's not just camera tricks to make him look taller. There's a scene where he's in slippers and she's wearing flat shoes and the height difference is obvious.

I don't know if Bening is 5'8'' (as listed in Celebheights) but I find it possible that Michael Douglas could be around 5'10'' at the time. He's surely lost quite a lot in recent years though.
RisingForce said on 12/Jun/17
Incredibly, just like Kirk got described as a ridiculous 6 feet at times, Michael was described as 6 feet in 2 articles a decade apart.

4/11/1971 The Corpus Christi Caller-Times: "Six feet and soft-spoken, Michael Douglas is the first to admit that "being Kirk Douglas' son can't hurt an acting career."

Then in response to a reader question on 4/19/1981 in Florida Today: "Michael Douglas is exactly six feet tall"

This leads me to believe Michael's bio may have even had him at 6 feet back then! I hope he at least showed as much restraint as his father and only claimed 5'11"! I mean, we're talking about a guy who back at the 1991 Deauville film festival, looked basically the same height as Kiefer Sutherland! In fairness we couldn't see their feet and I do think Michael would have edged out Kiefer in his prime so Michael could have forgotten his lifts while Kiefer could have had cowboy boots. However, by age 60, Michael and Kiefer looked almost identical in height: Click Here
RisingForce said on 17/May/17
I think your post is reasonable as always and not far from my views, berta, though 176 cm is the highest I'd go. Don't remember with Owen Wilson, but 10 years ago, I give him 174 cm, a height I think he was at by age 60, but much more rapid height loss since as he seemed visibly shorter by 65. He looked pretty tall in Falling Down, but I suspect something and definitely trickery in Basic Instinct. Just look at Michael up on his back foot with Sharon Stone in just a low heel for the Basic Instinct premiere at Cannes: Click Here Yet if you watch the film, Douglas always seemed much taller. Among the tricks I'm convinced was elevator boots: Click Here Judging by the visible part of the boot and Michael's legs, I'd bet that's the case there. I'd say he'd lost 1 cm by age 60, held that for a while then accelerated as he was looking visibly shorter by age 65 and has kept shrinking. I think he mostly wound down the lift wearing in his late 50s and 60s other than spotting them for some scenes in the Wall Street sequel, which he filmed at age 65. That's when I started noticing his height loss more since he was noticeably shorter than Shia LaBeouf when he didn't have extra help and I'm certain Michael at his peak would be as tall, probably a bit taller since I think Shia probably falls a little shy of 5'9" and I'd actually guess may be more 174 cm.
berta said on 16/May/17
in my opinion i think he was a 176 cm guy at peak that sometimes liked to but something extra in his shoes. HIs height can be different from time to time. Wasnt he bassically the same height as owen wilson in a movie they did 10 years ago when he probably had lost 1 cm already. there is no chanse that he was that tall. 176 peak and could look 177--78 in big heels and today he is looking about 172 . about 4 cm losss
RisingForce said on 13/May/17
Certainly, it explains why Michael could look comfortably over 5'9" at times. Here's the video: Click Here Michael appears at the 31 minute mark. You can compare him to Elizabeth Taylor, who I would think wasn't much more than 5'2" barefoot at 60 years old, maybe 5'2.5".
RisingForce said on 10/May/17
Thanks, Rob. I guess it seems DiFabrizo wasn't lying about Michael. Not that I ever found it unlikely since I'd think that someone would be more likely to wear lifts if they saw their father doing it, especially if they're about the same height as their father.
Editor Rob: yeah the shoemaker may indeed have given a 70's and 80's Douglas some shoe help.
RisingForce said on 7/May/17
Hey Rob, any opinion on Michael's shoes on the Carson appearance in my last post? For convenience, I'll include it again in this post: Click Here Height, lace area, ankle position and thickness all make it seem likely to me those could have been some of his elevators, but I only own lifts, not elevators so I have to defer to your opinion. Looking through the old comments, you and some others did suspect lifts in A Perfect Murder. James, that seems a half inch low for peak and current, imo. I'd give him the same height as Charlie Sheen and Andy Garcia at his peak.
Editor Rob: It certainly seems a chance something is inside those boots.
James said on 5/May/17
Douglas was 5'8.5" in the 1980s, he's about 5'7" today.
RisingForce said on 4/May/17
Douglas looks no taller than 5'9" Charlie Sheen in this Wall Street behind the scenes photo with Oliver Stone, actually slightly shorter in this pic at least: Click Here I thought 5'9.5" was spot on when I thought Andy Garcia was 176 cm, but Garcia at more a flat 5'9" would make Douglas more 5'9.25" before factoring in Douglas had a thicker boot with a bigger heel than Garcia: Click Here Click Here I doubt Douglas was any taller than Garcia barefoot. Michael doesn't look over 5'9" here in the early 90s with 5'11.5" Val Kilmer: Click Here Click Here Or with Michael Bolton in 1993: Click Here We know Douglas was at least named as a lift wearer, but it was never really followed up on with pictures of his shoes. Certainly a lift is possible in the cowboy boots he wore for Romancing the Stone: Click Here And certainly shoes like the ones he wore on Carson in 1992 could conceal a decent lift: Click Here Douglas seemed to drop to 5'8.5" almost overnight by his late 50s/early 60s, an example is that he was the same height as Keifer Sutherland. Rather than losing 1" by that point, I think it's more likely he had stopped wearing lifts. If you look at them together from the 70s through the 90s, Michael and Kirk generally look similar in height and either can be taller. There's a good chance both were a flat 5'9" and wore lifts, though I think it's possible Kirk peaked at only 5'8.5", while I don't think that's likely with Michael. Certainly, it's likely Kirk was no taller than that in most photos with Michael as he's in his 60s and 70s in them.
mister_lennon said on 22/Mar/17
Peak: 176-177
today: 172-173
RisingForce said on 21/Mar/17
Certainly, I expect him in the 5'6" range even in his 80s and who knows how short if he reaches his father's age. I can say that Eli Wallach seemed near 5 inches shorter than me with a cane in his early 90s and he probably had been close to 5'7". Although women shrink more, my grandmother is 4.5 years older than Kirk and though it's impossible to tell, she may have lost half a foot in height at this point! I think when you get to that age, height is the last thing on your mind!
RisingForce said on 20/Mar/17
Seeing him at only 5'7.5" or so by age 70, I think he was only 5'9" flat peak. At first I thought he might have lost more than normal because he's had bad posture, but 2" is a lot for average height man who didn't do a lot of action films. Not as many celebs wear lifts as some people think, but Michael was one of the ones who did, like father, like son! A 60 year old Michael Douglas already looked shorter than a 58 year old Sly Stallone in golf shoes: Click Here Those two actually had elevator shoes made by the same shoemaker! I could also raise my estimates slightly and say Douglas could have been 176 cm peak and 172 cm now since bad posture could make him look as short as 170-171 cm, but I think this guy fooled me with lifts.
Editor Rob: he may well live to an old age like his Father, and end up 5ft 5-6 range.
Realist said on 31/Jan/17
He was 5'9 now he's 171 cms.
Pierric said on 29/Dec/16
Rob what was his height near 1989-1991 ? (War of Roses; Basic Instinct )
Editor Rob: Pierric, I think he could still look a solid 5ft 9, today he can look 5ft 7.5-8 range.
meezemaker said on 21/Dec/16
Same height than his father. 174cm while he father lost maybe a half inch at the end of 80'

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meezemaker said on 21/Dec/16
By watching these photograph, i would say MD is at least 3 inches shorter than Carl Malden

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By considering they got same shoes, and Malden at 65 years is one inch shorter, we can suppose MD at 5'9 nearby.
But, guessing the smallest of the two striving to be a bit taller using "tips", I would say peak was 174cm for Mickael Douglas.
Ian C. said on 27/Oct/16
I just saw a brief scene in the movie China Syndrome, and in that one Jane Fonda, walking beside Douglas, seems slightly taller.
James said on 16/Sep/16
Douglas is 5'7" now. He was an OK actor but he was always the same from one movie to another.
Christian said on 2/Sep/16
Before I knew how tall he was I always thout MD was at around 180 cm. He used to have a great posture
and maybe lifts added to that impression. Terrific actor. One of my favorites.
Parker said on 12/Jun/16
Editor Rob: he has though lost noticeable height, at times he can look 5ft 7-8 zone now.

Bang on - He looked no taller than Lewis Hamilton on the Canadian Grand Prix podium.
Tom said on 9/Jun/16
He wore lifts.
Editor Rob: he has though lost noticeable height, at times he can look 5ft 7-8 zone now.
Jug said on 18/May/16
I saw him today in New York. He didn't seem that short. I stood right next to him. I'm 6'2. I'd say he's 5'9. He could have been a solid 5'10 as a young man.
James said on 4/May/16
5'9" is more accurate for his peak height. I hope the rumours about his cancer returning aren't true.
Tom said on 5/Apr/16
Douglas was clearly never 5'10", except with special shoes.
bandet said on 24/Mar/16
Always amazes me how inaccurate people are with heights.
Has he really shrunk that much? Two inches? Most people
lose significant height after their mid 70s. So I don't think he would have lost more than an inch. But what do I know.
JP said on 14/Mar/16
Calling bull**** on this one. I was in an elevator once with Michael Douglas and, in a baseball hat, the top of his head barely reached my chest - and I'm only 6'4. I literally could have put my arm straight out, parallel to the floor, and rested my hand on his head.
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
Could Douglas have really been 5'8" like his father, and always worn elevator shoes?
James B said on 5/Mar/16
5'9.75 not impossible rob at his peak?
Editor Rob: I think you could well argue 5ft 9.5-10, anywhere in that range
PortugueseGuy said on 18/Feb/16
Rob,could you try guessing this portuguese actor height for me? He is called Lourenço Ortigão, here is a picture of him and Michael Douglas: Click Here
Editor Rob: between 5ft 9-10 range maybe
Larry said on 25/Oct/15
Douglas was 5'8" at the height of his career in the 1980s.

George, Harrison Ford is not conservative - he's a left-wing Democrat like Michael Douglas.
Charlie said on 31/Aug/15
Everyone shrinks as they age. especially when you reach 69 years of age.I am 5'10 inches my dad and I used to be same height when I was a teenager. im 48 and he looks about 5'8" now. Michael Douglas I believe wasn't very tall in the first place. for example Romancing The Stone 1984 he sure didn't appear 5'10" as stated in IMDB. No I wuld say more like 5'9" or 5'8". Now he's probably 5'6" and like most celebrities he probably wears lifts. If you see a photo of Kathleen Turner and him side by side you will see he doesn't look any more than a few inches and she is 5'3" according to a recent statement.
MD said on 31/Jul/15
I was just going to argue a half-inch off the 5'9.5" listing. lol
MD said on 30/Jul/15

You're going to want to take off a bit more height for him, these days. He is not taller than Paul Rudd. I've seen some recent red carpets where Paul actually looks taller, but it's usually a footwear advantage, but what's clear is that he's not taller than Rudd.
martijndepro said on 23/Jul/15
Just saw Ant-Man, and in one scene a barefoot Paul Rudd was taller than a shoe-wearing Michael Douglas.
Greg said on 27/Jun/15
I don't think Michael will see 5'8" again. Some folks loose not much height as they age, others more so plus Michael has been through the wringer in respect to health issues (which happily he seems to have overcome). In my family it is the same - I've lost about 1.5" in height in the past several years, I'm about the same age and original height as Michael (5'10" peak). He does look like he's been through the wars.
N said on 7/Jun/15
Looked the same height or possibly shorter (!) than 165cm Eddie Jordan at the Montreal F1
James C. said on 11/May/15
Was he still 5'9 1/2 in the in laws?
yeah right said on 7/Apr/15
Looked slightly shorter than bald Jon Cryer on Jimmy Fallon show, so 5'7 and 3/4- 5'8 seems to be right.
George said on 17/Mar/15
I always thought Michael Douglas was a tall man, around 5'11" to 6' but he is actually an average sized man, only 5'9". I always thought of Douglas as a poor man's Harrison Ford that portrayed edgier characters that the more conservative Harrison Ford would never touch. Interestingly Douglas identifies himself as Jewish, and Ford is technically Jewish because his mother was Jewish, but does not seem to identify with any religious group.
James B said on 17/Mar/15
could b e 5'7.75 now
Smoosh said on 5/Mar/15
People goin by movies for reference have to realise that actors wear lifts in their shoes in movies and they vary from role to roll, hence why their height looks different from movie to movie, so comparing them to other actors just from film is completely useless
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/15
Zeta Jones looks almost unrecognizable these days. Still stunning of course, but the face has undeniably been surgically altered. She looks more like Susanna Reid in the above photo, not that that's a particularly bad thing :-)
Arch Stanton said on 3/Feb/15
He really is shrinking fast like his dad!!
[Editor Rob: having to please a women like Catherine every day probably taken it's toll on his back!]
Arch Stanton said on 31/Jan/15
Rob can you add a photo and some more films like Traffic, The Sentinel, The American President, Wonder Boys, The War of the Roses, The China Syndrome, and Falling Down?
Arch Stanton said on 31/Jan/15
Looked virtually 5'10 in films like Wall Street. 177 is on the money for peak.
Spencer said on 29/Jan/15
He looks a strong 5'9 to me in Wall Street. I don't think a full 5'10,
but close.
Bruno said on 12/Dec/14
IN TSOSF looks 2'' lower than Karl Malden.
MaskDeMasque said on 23/Nov/14
5'8 now is fair. Looked the same height as De Niro in Last Vegas. 5'9.5 Peak.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Oct/14
He looked 5 ft 10 in Wall Street but he might have had on footwear advantage to make his character seem more imposing.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Oct/14
He looked taller than Charlie Sheen in Wall Street didn't he?
[Editor Rob: he could look a decent 5ft 9 plus guy at times in the 80's. Now, look at him with matt damon, he's heading the same route as his Father and shedding height fast.]
Brad said on 10/May/14
As listed. Wouldn't doubt 5' 10" peak walking those streets of San Francisco.
Arch Stanton said on 1/May/14
Wasn't Douglas taller than De Niro in Last Vegas though? I thought he looked about the same height as Mary Steenburgen in it though accounting for footwear and she's around 5'8".
Anon said on 30/Apr/14
Agree with RisingForce, Black Rain is a good movie. I think Douglas was a solid 5'10" in his prime.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
Yeah that's my favourite Douglas period Rising, he was in a lot of great movies in the late 80s and 90s at his peak, although he was of course in earlier great films like The China Syndrome (when he was a bit chubbier looking) and Romancing the Stone etc.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
In the pier scene briefly you see Duvall pointing a gun at Douglas from a distance and he looked noticeably shorter than Douglas to me.
Arch Stanton said on 30/Apr/14
Falling Down wasn't so great (at least from Douglas) towards the end (after the golf scene with his chat it started to go downhill and the plot with his daughter and that rather silly) but the first half especially was top notch I thought and quite Scorsese-like as Sam says. Great acting too, he managed to really look convincing as a no-sh*t nutcase on the loose. An enjoyable film.
RisingForce said on 30/Apr/14
Agreed, Falling Down is a great movie, Douglas did a lot of very good ones in the late 80's/early 90's, but I wouldn't necessarily go by that. Remember, Douglas was named as a lift wearer by the shoemaker who made elevators for Stallone and Burt Reynolds, plus, he was only the slightest bit taller than 5-9ish Andy Garcia in "Black Rain", which is another movie I liked quite a bit.
Sam said on 30/Apr/14
I really thought Douglas could have hit 5'10" at his peak, although I don't have any particular examples off the top of my head.
I'm not the biggest Joel Schumacher fan but I have to admit when he does stripped-down thrillers, i.e. Falling Down and Phone Booth, perhaps Tigerland & The Lost Boys, his movies aren't bad. Falling Down is a bit like Taxi Driver (my all-time favorite), an urban vigilante movie that, unlike Death Wish, could both different people root on them cleaning up street scum and, at that same time, make others sickened by their psychotic behavior.
Lorne said on 30/Apr/14
"Peak Height was 5ft9.75in/177cm"
"Michael Douglas Height is 5ft8.25in/173cm"
That's the best compromise, Honestly he pulled off consistently looking solid 178vm, like 5ft10-10.25, I think he had to be close to 5'10. And what with the cancer, it's believable he's lost significant height at nearly 70...
Arch Stanton said on 29/Apr/14
In Falling Down, a great movie BTW, Douglas is described as taller than Rober Duvall. If they were the same height, why would they say that?
James B said on 17/Mar/14
I'd say peak 5'10. I would find it hard to believe a peak Michael Douglas being edged out by Richard gere.
Will said on 21/Feb/14
Michael Douglas is 5'8 1/2". Thought he was a bit taller, like 5'10".
Lorne said on 20/Feb/14
Yeah he was a producer long befor he became a star. In fact people gave Oliver Stone flack about casting him, and it turns out that he wins an Oscar!!! Yeah, he had been involved with a number of Iconic projects. A really under appreciated talent, if you ask me.
Christian said on 24/Jan/14
He is a tad taller than De Niro. I would say he´s 5'8.5 today.
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Arch Stanton said on 19/Jan/14
Never knew that Douglas produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I bet not many people know that! That was one the very best films of the 70s!
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jan/14
Thanks. I think Douglas was definitely at his peak (as an actor) from the mid 80s and early 90s. All of his films from that period were really very good. Romancing the Stone was the most enjoyable I think though. Although there's some earlier 70s ones I've been meaning to watch, The China Syndrome especially with him, Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda is supposed to be very good. He's still got it though, I enjoyed Last Vegas even if most of the critics shunned it.
[Editor Rob: yeah he had a good run through 80's and early 90's, apart from the odd dodgy one.]
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jan/14
Well he was in his socks in Fatal Attraction James and he still looked 5'9 range.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Jan/14
Rob can you add Fatal Attraction? I think this is right for peak. The heaviest I've seen him look was in that film, he looked quite podgy in the face actually at that time.
[Editor Rob: yeah that is worth adding...I like Douglas in all the films mentioned here.]
Lorne said on 11/Jan/14
Looks taller than De Niro now, De Niro has to be down to 172cm now. As for Douglas, he looked 178-179 with Kathleen to me, though I haven't watched Romancing in years.(though did see War of the Roses semi-recently). I actually wouldn't be shocked if he measured 5ft8.25 today, at the Oscars Damon looked 4cm taller, but not entirely sure on Footwear. I'm sticking with 5ft9.75, I mean he isn't less than 5ft8 today, and if anyone has lost significant height in 60's, it's him.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jan/14
Actually he does look between 1 and 2 inches taller than Kathleen Turner in RTS.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Jan/14
Mmm really doesn't look over 5'9" in Romancing the Stone.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Dec/13
He's about the same height as Mary Steenburgen and slightly shorter than De Niro in Last Vegas, 5'8 looks fine for today.
MD said on 31/Dec/13
But, Matt Damon is not 5'11". He's not even a full 5'10", which has been made pretty clear on his page.
dmeyer said on 29/Dec/13
Matt Damon looks 5'11 near douglas
James said on 28/Dec/13
Like his father, Michael was well known for wearing built up shoes in real life and in all his movies. He only looked 5'10" with lifts.
David said on 14/Dec/13
I reckon Douglas is now 5ft 8.Even in Basic Instinct i did not think he was that tall.But in Falling Down, one of my all time favourite films he strangely looked 6ft 1 and tall.Michael Douglas is a really good actor Kirk his father must be really proud of him.My father is 5ft 10 and a half in one inch shoes and has not lost any height at all and is 81.
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Kal said on 21/Oct/13
In Basic Instinct he looks a solid 5'10" / 5'10.5". He looks a good height beside all the actors in that film.
Sean said on 14/Sep/13
Suggesting he's 5'2" is either retarded or trollish. Seems to be at least one such comment on every substantial discussion.
Greyboy said on 10/Sep/13
Douglas on Graham Norton. Spot the lift.

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Teresa said on 8/Sep/13
Elmore Leonard says he wrote "Get Shorty" with Michael Douglas in mind instead of Danny DeVito because Douglas is so short...even though nobody can tell on screen. They used lots of tricks on screen to make him appear taller.
Splitting Hairs said on 29/Aug/13
"NW - I just saw him in person. I a female 5'4 and i was wearing 3 inch heels. I was towering over him. He is probably about 5'2 at best"

5'2"!!!!!! Good grief. Way to reinforce the concept of women being inferior at spatial recognition. He might be closer to 5'8" today, but Michael Douglas was always a solid 5'9" to 5'10" throughout his acting career.
Bentley said on 28/Aug/13
At his peak he was 5' 8.5". He's lost almost 2" due to age and illness so he's about 5'6" today
Lorne said on 13/Aug/13
Sorry, no way under 5ft10 peak. Average at age 70 is 3cms shrinkage, but some people lose 2 full inches by that age. I mean with cancer and everything, you don't think it's possible he's lost more height than average? I mean radiation,chemo, all that stress on the body. I understand downgrading based on current height, but a 70 year old man who had cancer should get the benefit of the doubt and keep his 5ft10 peak, since he honestly looked 179cm, tallish with boots!
MaskDeMasque said on 13/Aug/13
I'd say 176 maybe 177cm peak.
Kate said on 24/Jul/13
Met him. No taller than 5'7", if that. Very slight build.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Jul/13
Rob see the beginning

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He doesn't even look close in height to Graham Norton does he?
[Editor Rob: he could be an inch shorter, generally nowadays he can appear no more than 5ft 8, maybe his peak was between 5ft 9 and 10]
David said on 27/Jun/13
I recall reading an article on Michael Douglas in the sun newspater 24 years ago and in it a female journalist said he was 6ft 1. I thought that's a joke i mean i thought 5ft 10 was believable back then.Perhaps he stood 5ft 9 until his mid 60's then remaining 5ft 8 up to this day.I dpn't think Matt Damon is all that tall either.My guess for Damon would be 5ft 9 and a half up to 5ft 10 and that's with shoes on.The height for Douglas though is with his 1 inch shoes on (NO LIFTS)at 5ft 8.
Silent d said on 23/Jun/13
NW no way he is 5 foot 2. He is the same height as robert deniro in the last vegas photo I saw with him and kevin kline, morgan freeman and deniro. He never looked that short in his life. His wife is pretty tall too. He stands his ground with her. I think she is 5 foot 6-7 and she wears heels and he still looks taller. 5 foot 9.
BD said on 21/Jun/13
The man is no taller than 5'7". I was an extra on the movie The Game. I am 5'10" and I was a good 4" taller. He is very short.
Jack said on 10/Jun/13
5'8" at best nowadays.
jtm said on 31/May/13
i meant he was clearly shorter than damon at the behind the candelabra premiere.
jtm said on 30/May/13
i haven't seen behind the candelabra but he does look clearly shorter than damon who is listed at a very generous 5'10. damon was probably wearing lifts but that still makes douglas no more than 5'8 nowadays.
Theo said on 28/May/13
Damon's shoes in Candleabra were huge... still seems fishy if you look at pics from Cannes unless Damon is wearing high shoes there as well. Perhaps some chemo shrinkage?
Stiffelio said on 25/May/13
He looks at least 2 inches shorter than 5'10" Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra. Many people even doubt Damon being that tall. So how come Douglas claims 5'9"? Someone please explain this to me.
NW said on 24/May/13
I just saw him in person. I a female 5'4 and i was wearing 3 inch heels. I was towering over him. He is probably about 5'2 at best
Lorne? said on 13/May/13
I agree shredder. Not to mention that Sheen is probably 176cm, and they're was over an inch between them.
Dc said on 9/Apr/13
Just saw him in a short interview clip on GMA. He was standing next to his 5' 7" wife and she was looking DOWN at him.
Diva Queen said on 8/Mar/13
Saw him in San Francisco in 1996 when he was shooting the game with Sean Penn. Walked into Balboa Cafe. I said "Oh my God, it's Michael Douglas" and my husband said "Oh my God, look how short he is." My husband is 5'9". Michael Douglas was 5'6" at best. He was within 6 feet of us, so there was no "guesstimating." The reason he looks taller and/or shorter than other actors is because of lifts and staging for various scenes.
dwerb said on 15/Nov/12
look at it this way most good musicians and actors are not very means nothing(or maybe it means being shorter and hearing all the stuff growing up makes shorter people better at things because they gain strength inside and more talent).only people who are insecure or ignorant will comment about your height in a negative way.have confidence in who you are and don't dwell on something you have no control over.none of us have control over height,race,where we are born or anything else like that.there will always be disrespectful dumb people out there,just think to yourself(well they are not very smart or insecure)if they say something about your height because its true.believe in yourself and you will have the right tall and short people drawn to you.there are good people every where tall and short.
Christian said on 30/Oct/12
In Black Rain he looks a tad taller than Andy Garcia. And I know you should not compare from movies, but I am just saying. Here are some pic of him and Garcia from 2011.
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I think Douglas and Garcia look like two solid 5:9;ners.
Silent d said on 4/Oct/12
5 foot 9.
Woland said on 16/Sep/12
He looked 2 inches taller than 5'8" Gina Carano in Haywire. I say 5'9" minimum for Douglas at the age of 67.
Big Doug said on 22/Aug/12
I met Michael Douglas in Seattle when he came to visit my boss at our office while filming the movie Disclosure. The Seattle Times had just done an article on him and had listed him as 6' 1" tall. I'm 6' 1" tall so imagine my surprise when he walked into the office and I stood to shake his hand and found him to be 4 or 5 inches shorter than me. Just a guess but I would say that he is 5' 8" to 5' 9" tall and no taller.
the shredder said on 18/Aug/12
He looked 6'0 in cowboy boots next to a barefoot Turner in Romancing the stone , 5'10.5 peak .
Reaper said on 16/Aug/12
Easy 5-11" in Wall Street. Look at all the times he stood next to Sheen in that movie. Michael was clearly about 2" taller then Sheen whos listed at 5'9"
Silent d said on 29/Jan/12
5 foot 8.
Dino said on 21/Jan/12
He looked an inch or two shorter than 5'10 Ewan McGregor in Haywire.
Pik said on 3/Jan/12
Douglas looked as tall as Viggo Mortensen in Perfect murder, and in dress shoes he looked 3 inches taller than barefoot Paltrow. Looked 5'10 in that time,1998. He also looked Sean Bean's height in Don't say a word in 2001.
Silent d said on 30/Dec/11
He has cancer. Does that make you lose height? He always looked 5 foot 8 to me. At least he's better now. Don't know how he was taller than shia in money never sleeps. Probably lifts. 5 foot 8.
AlexDC said on 3/Nov/11
I was standing next to him about an hour ago in Washington DC, 2 blocks from the White House ... I was struck by how short he is ... 5ft 6 in at the most. Confirmed
jake, 1.82 m said on 29/Sep/11
I think he was 5ft 9.5in peak and is 5ft 8.75in now
Seb said on 27/Sep/11
Whether Matthew McConaughey is wearing lifts in "ghosts of girlfriends past" I don't know, but Michael looks 4 to 5 inches shorter.
Spence said on 13/Aug/11
I think he was around 5'10 at peak. He looks a weak 5'10 in Wall Street, but he could have worn some lifts. I think 177 peak.
bane said on 19/Jul/11
5ft9 is perfect
PatB said on 3/Jul/11
When I lived in San Francisco I was watching a set up for "The Streets of San Francisco" down by Aquatic Park when this tiny guy pushed his way to the front. It was Douglas. I would have guessed then that he was about 5'6". I'm sure I'm wrong but it was quite startling. All the celebrities I have actually met in person like Gregory Peck and O.J. Simpson seemed smaller than expected except Bo Swenson whom I dumped into on the street in Rome - he was pretty drunk but not short.

Maybe it wasn't that Douglas was so short but that he was so frail. He looked like he was perhaps 135 lbs.
James said on 27/Jun/11
no higher than 178cm peak.
Brad said on 13/Jun/11
5' 8" now. Saw him in Aspen 35 years ago but he was in ski boots and easy 6 feet in them. Peak 5-10.
James said on 12/Jun/11
he could have been possibly a weak 5'10 when younger? We all know this guy likes to wear lifts a lot.
mike said on 7/Jun/11
much shorter than albert brooks in In-Laws. i think he never was 5ft10. in his youth he was 5ft9 tops and now somewere under that.
fu said on 15/May/11
I just watched Traffic and thought he looked 5'11 - 6'0. Was really surprised at seeing he was 5'10 and below. Maybe he just gives the impression of a tall guy
Kaneda said on 12/May/11
I saw Falling Down yesterday and he looks like a tall guy in it. You should look up ''drive by scene falling down'' on youtube. And look when he walks away. If I wouldn't know better, I would think he's like 6'1.

He was 49 when they shot that movie so I think, at the time, he was a good 5'10. He's taller than almost everybody in the film, although only slightly.
austrianguy said on 27/Feb/11
He looks short nowadays. Probably closer to 5ft 8in but it''s hard to tell because of his footware being more than suspicious
Mike S. said on 21/Feb/11
In Wall Street 2, next to his younger (overrated and poorly chosen) co-actor they look to be about the same height.
kevin said on 30/Jan/11
peak he was 177cm. today only 174cm max.
burby said on 30/Oct/10
I saw a recent photo, hope he gets better, yes looks very gaunt.
kal shah said on 6/Oct/07
in basic instinct he looked about 5ft 11, now id say he has lost some height
George H. said on 31/Jul/07
Look at those shoes in Clive's pic!
Clive said on 22/Jul/07
One thing's sure he's no more 5'9 nowadays :)
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nastyellen said on 7/Jul/07
I met him in '75 and he was a good 4-5 inches shorter than me who stands just under 6'.
dmeyer said on 19/Jun/07
if frank2 say 5'10 i believe and 5'9 now
Mr. R said on 19/Jun/07
I met him years ago on Broadway. He was definitely closer to 5-10 then. I am sure that he has lost alittle since.
Fox said on 18/Jun/07
i thought he was 5'6 in the movies, but wow... he looks 5'9 in that picture
James said on 27/May/07
He has shrunk
Drew said on 13/May/07
Morning height doesn't count Berta...
berta said on 11/May/07
i think he was 179 in his peak,in the morning
Josh said on 30/Apr/07
Michael looked a good inch taller than kiefer sutherland in the sentinel and has always looked a good average height in most films. Hes more closer to 5ft 10 than five nine.
Franco said on 18/Apr/07
omg im just watching now WALL STREET !! i got it as a present from a friend (the DVD) lol :D

in Wallstreet im sure they gave him a bit of a lift (shoes) since he is the boss and should be taller/more important than Sheen in the movie.

imho douglas was a 1.77m tall in his prime, he is 1.74m today

a 5'10 can look easy 5'11 with shoes, with Glenn he looks 5'11
The Horse of FUNK said on 14/Apr/07
"trueheight says on 9/Mar/07
yea, he looked about 5'11 in Wall Street - a clear inch taller than Charlie Sheen"

That's because Sheen is most likely 5'9" - 5'9.5" and Douglas was probably an easy 5'10" flat for most of his life.
Greg said on 26/Mar/07
I just saw about 3 movies with him and I wouldn't say he appeared to be 5'10 in any one of them, I estimated 5-8, 5-9 maybe, but I do strongly believe that he wears elevators and is actually 5-8 barefoot.
glenn said on 15/Mar/07
i never believed douglas was 5-10.he appeared 5-9 when i met him and he looks to be a lift maybe he is 5-8 now with age.or always was.
Ellen said on 14/Mar/07
All I'm saying, Dave, is that my husband is 5'9", and that Michael Douglas was significantly shorter. Don't put words in my mouth - I never said "my husband towered over him." But as someone who has spent the last twenty years standing next to a man who is 5'9", I can tell you that Michael Douglas didn't even appear close to that height. Also, why are you so upset about this. It's supposed to be a fun website. Perhaps the stars wear lifts so much that we refuse to believe that they're really shorter than they are. Or perhaps we refuse to believe that the movie stars that we admire would knowingly deceive their adoring public.
trueheight said on 9/Mar/07
yea, he looked about 5'11 in Wall Street - a clear inch taller than Charlie Sheen
James said on 6/Mar/07
Wasnt that much shorter than Kilmer in the Ghost and the Darkness. Although that was back in 1996 so he's probably lost a bit of height.
josh emery said on 28/Feb/07
Michael was about an ich taller than kiefer sutherland in the sentinel so hes about 5ft 10 iches.
Ellen said on 20/Feb/07
I saw Michael Douglas back in '96 at a restaurant in SF when he was filming "The Game". He was about 10 feet from our table. He was no more than 5'6". My husband is 5'9", and he didn't even come close.
dmeyer said on 16/Feb/07
to me looked a solid 5'10 at peak
Anthony said on 14/Feb/07
I do recall Douglas being taller than 5'8 Kathleen Turner in "Romancing The Stone". I think he's at least 5'9.5
Glenn said on 14/Feb/07
I agree Leonari.
leonari said on 14/Feb/07
never 5`10" without lifts, never.solid 5`9" probably...
Chris said on 18/Jan/07
Michael Douglas looked 0,75 inches taller than Kiefer Sutherland in "The Sentinel". I always thought he looked 180 cm, but he can't be under 177 cm.
Glenn said on 8/Jan/07
Maybe he was 5-9,5-10 peak.I smell lifts on him though.lifts arnt the answer for everything however.
Andreas K. said on 7/Jan/07
Glenn if you're 5 ft 8 he looks more than 5 ft 9. 5 ft 10 pretty much, unless his footwear is funny.
Glenn said on 11/Dec/06
5-11? I believe I hit 5-8 at 22 or 23.not sure.didnt measure then.I was 5-7 at around 19.
sam said on 11/Dec/06
also glenn, is it true you grew in your early twenties or something?
sam said on 11/Dec/06
Glenn can't be much under five eight so in the above photo Mike D. could be pushing 5'11.
Glenn said on 15/Nov/06
1993.some people say 5-9,5-10.but he strikes me as a guy who wears lifts.
TNTinCA said on 14/Nov/06
Glenn: is that a recent photo or from a few years ago?
He is standing in front of you so I know that adds to his height; but still strikes me as 5'9-ish.
Franco said on 14/Nov/06
saw him in Italy last year and i can assure you 5'9 is absolutely 100% correct. :)
Steiner said on 7/Nov/06
5'9 is a good estimation, have a look at this photo where he's max an inch over than his father:
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Pik said on 3/Oct/06
I just watched You, me and Dupree. Douglas is no more than an inch shorter than Dillon. I think he is at least 177cm.
Anonymous said on 28/Sep/06
in these week ok mag he is in similar footwear with zeta and looks 3.5 inches taller he could be near 5'10 possibly 5'11 at peak also i aint convinced zeta is over 170 possibly
Glenn said on 4/Sep/06
He is notoriously known to wear lifts.
Anonymous said on 3/Sep/06
how could M.Douglas be 5'9" when his forehead line is 2" taller than Glenn's come on guys stop the bullshit. Glenn's shoulder is nowhere near Douglas's, Douglas is 5'10".
dmeyer said on 31/Jul/06
he looks more than 1 inch taller than glenn

[Editor Rob: I think douglas head looks closer to camera, there might not be much between them...]
MHouillon said on 19/Jun/06
I don't think that Michael Douglas is a 175cm these days. I think 177cm is more realistic.
bahbah said on 18/Jun/06
Micheal Douglas is 5'7-5'8 If tobey maguire is 5'7-5'8 then explain this Click Here
I saw the movie when tobey wasnt wearing shoes and standing next to douglas tobey was exactly 1 inch shorter then him so Tobey wasn't wearing lifts. There is no way Douglas is over 5'8! And this also proves my theory Glenn isn't as tall as he thinks he is because I have seen him listed as 5'7- 5'8.
Frank2 said on 5/Jun/06
Michael is no more 5'8" than I'm 5'9". He hasn't shrunk. I saw him three years ago and he was a solid 5'10". So for those who say I'm constantly trying to make people smaller, here's just another example that disproves that baseless charge.
Anonymous said on 4/Jun/06
Go to the most recent pics of him and 5'4" to 5'5" heather locklear. He is really only 5'8". (these days at least).
Clive said on 2/May/06
I totally agree with this change indeed there's a difference between your height when you're 21 and your one when you are 51 years old...
Frank2 said on 27/Apr/06
Kiefer is about 5'8" barefoot and wears huge lifts. Douglas doesn't.
stAs said on 26/Apr/06
he looks at least 2-3cm shorter than Kiefer Sutherland in that new movie, or maybe Kiefer is 180?

[Editor Rob: he's starting to shrink...]
Pik said on 11/Apr/06
I agree with Frank2. He looked an inch taller than five-nine Andy Garcia in Black Rain

[Editor Rob: interesting to see his next film with Kiefer sutherland...yes at prime he did look full 5ft 10 guy]
Anonymous said on 25/Mar/06
Well, from Perfect Murder, he is 3-4 inches taller than the 5'7" Paltrow, which puts him at a perfect 5'9'10". I think this is accurate.
Frank2 said on 23/Mar/06
Each time I've seen Douglas he's only appeared to be about an inch or so shorter than me. I'd say he'e 5'10". Watch Michael on the old TV show The Streets of San Francisco. He's not that much shorter than 6'1" Karl Malden. And Karl was 6'1" back then. Today Karl has packed down to about 5'11". I saw him back then and I saw him a few years ago.
Glenn said on 23/Mar/06
Glad someone backs me up he look 5-8.
Glenn said on 22/Mar/06
No lifts.
Frank2 said on 21/Mar/06
Michael is close to 5'10". He might even be that height. I've seen him up close and he only appeared to be roughly an inch shorter than me at the time which was about ten years ago.
Clive said on 20/Mar/06
Maybe he was 177cm when he was younger but currently he's no more 175cm, look at this photo with Antonio Banderas :
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Zach said on 19/Feb/06
In that film with viggo mortensen you mention Rob, I think it was Perfect Murder or something, Douglas had a very strange walk, really looked like he had lifts in his shoes the way he was walking.
Glenn said on 28/Jan/06
are you sure of whats in his shoes?

[Editor Rob: douglas does look taller in some movies...i.e. viggo mortensen he looked same as, but in his shoes I would think something's afoot]
Mario said on 27/Jan/06
Hey Glenn are you sure about that 5 ft 8.
Zeta-Jones really isn't shorter than 171-2 and he appears barefoot next to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. I think that Stone was around 5 ft 8 during that time and douglas really dind't looked any shorter than 5 ft 10 next to her, to be honest he looked in some scenes even 5 ft 11.
CelebHeights Editor said on 27/Jan/06
Michael and Glenn...mike slightly closer to camera, so one could argue if you bring glenn forward he's be a little shorter than he 'appears' ;-)
Glenn said on 22/Jan/06
still have to find it.coming this week.
Rut said on 21/Jan/06
Glenn, where stays the foto of you and him...?
Glenn said on 15/Jan/06
photo coming soon. he's 5-8!!!
Anonymous said on 31/Dec/05
Michael and I trained the the same gym for years (Santa Barbara Gym and Fitness). He is taller than I thought. My guess is that he is 6'. I'm 6'2" and although he wasn't as tall as I am, he is not short. Looks and sounds like he is a very heavy smoker.
Jason said on 10/Dec/05
I just got done watching ''The Ghost and the Darkness'' and Douglas did look 5'11'' next to 6'0'' Val Kilmer.
DrKnow said on 29/Nov/05
I saw Kirk a few years ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was after his stroke but if he was 5'5" I'm dyin. He was absolutely puny.
Mario Nariano said on 25/Nov/05
I believe that Kirk Douglas was 5 ft 9 at his peak. He has admited that he wored in a lot of his movies lifts. Michael Douglas could have been 5 ft 10.5 at his peak, but really don't more than that.
Gramps said on 25/Nov/05
MyFly, give it a rest! First of all, Kirk Douglas never saw 5'11" on his best day, or even close. Second, to say it therefore follows that his son is two inches taller is utterly ridiculous. Look at George Bush Sr. vs. W. as an obvious example.
Mr. R said on 22/Nov/05
I saw him years ago in New York, when he was doing Black Rain. He walked past me, and was taller than I expected. He may have been close to 5-10 then, but is definitely about 5-9 now!
Mario Nariano said on 22/Nov/05
At his peak he was a strong 5 ft 10.
This is based on the movies that he has with Katleen Turner and Sharon Stone.
Viper652 said on 22/Nov/05
Nah, Michael is 5-9.
CHLOEE said on 21/Nov/05
Never knew she onced modeled but it puzzels me why soooo meny celebs lie about their height ? :S If their 5'5 they say 5'8. Whats the point :S They live in a dream world were everything is fake. Even their height :S Soo stupid !! :)
Anonymous said on 21/Nov/05
Catherine is 5'5". I have seen her and Michael in Telluride Colorado. She was small, even in ski boots. Also, she was too short (and short-looking) to model when she was young.
Chloee said on 8/Nov/05
What said on 28/Sep/05
I also saw him, in Aspen. i am 5'8" and I would say he was 5'7" and squatty.
Justin said on 4/Aug/05
My girlfriend saw him last night in DC filming The Sentinel and she walked right past him. She is 5'9" and she said she had a good 3 inches on him. He is not close to 5'9"
McFan said on 11/Jul/05
He's 5'9 which is not quite what his father was...although in Kirk's later years, Michael taller than him.
Mr. Awesome said on 29/Jun/05
I agree with Mr. R. In Traffic, he's one of the shortest males in the movie, save the tiny Jacob Vargas. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised with 5'8.5''.
Mr R said on 14/Feb/05
Saw him on Broadway years ago and he walked right past me. Maybe 5'9" even.

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