Michael Lonsdale's Height
6ft ½ in (184.2 cm)
French-born actor best remembered for roles in films such as Moonraker, Day of the Jackal, India Song, Ronin, Murmur of the Heart, The Holcroft Covenant, Munich, The Mystery of The Yellow Room, Enigma, Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Rose and Of Gods and Men. He used to be listed as 6 feet
in the Spotlight database.
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Average Guess (12 Votes)
6ft 0.48in (184.1cm)
Rory said on 10/Jun/21
I dont agree that he looked taller than Moore in Moonraker. They looked within an inch of each other for sure but I felt Roger edged Michael out actually if anything. I think Roger 6ft1 and Lonsdale 6ft0.5 looked reasonable in that scene.
Sinclair said on 27/May/21
Can you please update him to 6’0.5 ?
He could even appear taller than Moore in Moonraker.
And Moore was at least a flat 6’1
said on 22/May/21
Can you update him to like 6'0.25 ?
He wasn't really shorter than Moore in moonraker.
And Moore at worst was a weak 6'1
It is fair to say he could appear over 6ft, I suppose in the same way Richard Harris could be argued a bit more than 6ft too.
Jug said on 23/Feb/21
He really could not have been less than 6’1 compared to Moore and Connery. I really would say a very strong 6’1 during most of his career.
jimbo said on 18/Oct/20
He's the same height as Michael Caine in the Holcroft Covenant.
Rory said on 25/Sep/20
RIP. Should be listed 6ft0.5 Imo, I think that would be a fair compromise. That way you take into account his six foot claim (many 6ft0.5 guys will round down think Chris Pine or Bill Nighy) but also acknowledge he could often look 6ft1.
Sinclair said on 21/Sep/20
R.I.P Michael Lonsdale. I voted 6'1.25" for him.
Sinclair said on 28/Aug/20
Rob, could you please consider upgrading Michael Lonsdale to 6’1”?
Lonsdale was practically eye level with Roger Moore in Moonraker and was also a similar height to Michael Caine in The Holcroft Covenant.
Sinclair said on 4/Aug/20
I always considered Lonsdale to be more of a 6'1" or even 6'1.5" but I respect this 6'0" listing all the same. In Moonraker, I feel Lonsdale could have been even taller than Roger Moore, they looked very equal in height, but Moore's posture seemed superior. In the Holcroft Covenant, Lonsdale looks really similar in height to Michael Caine. At times, I even thought Lonsdale looked taller than Caine! I feel Caine wasn't the full 6'2", at least by that time in his career, but Caine's posture was also superior to Lonsdale's in that film, I felt. That is why I thought Lonsdale was never lower than 6'1" at peak.
said on 20/May/19
If you look at Moonraker with Roger Moore they look the same. So shouldn't Lonsdale be 6'0.5 area?
Richard Kiel hardly looked 10 to 11 inches taller
They could have both been around that mark.
Rory said on 6/May/18
Yh 6 foot flat for the likes of Lonsdale and Nighy doesn't seem right to me both those guys looked nearer 6ft1 than 6ft in their youth.
Paul NS (6ft0.5)
said on 13/Dec/17
I think it's unfair to generalize the Spotlight listings. They have precise people (something like Peter Capaldi), inflating people (Corden and Bob Hoskins), and the people who round down, most blatantly people like Roger Lloyd-Pack who was clearly something like 6ft2 and got a 6ft0 Spotlight listing, even Rob didn't give him that.
There have been a few downgrades based on Spotlight I've objected to (Bill Nighy was probably not just a 6ft0 guy at peak like he's listed in the Spotlights) but they're not that much different than other claims.
there are some who are very tall and still lied, the classic case being Matthew Kelly who put 6ft 6 in the directory, but admitted he lied and was only 6ft 5.
It's certainly interesting to document for visitors. I'd say a small percentage from all I've seen had their height rounded down, but a big chunk rounded/lied upwards and a big chunk I'd say were honest.
Sometimes you even get a surprise, I remember I met this actress
a few years ago and guessed her at 5ft 4.5, then earlier this year I saw she had herself in spotlight at 5ft 4.5 in the 90's...not all people lie 😉
Anonymous said on 12/Dec/17
@Rory agreed rob does take spotlight casting pages too seriously. Lots of actors over 6’ at that time would likely downgrade themselves to appeal to a wider range of roles. Some revise them over time others less height conscious won’t, they should always be taken with a pinch of salt I feel. I would say he was more 6’0.75 next to Moore who seemed to have a slight edge. This would explain the 6’ and 6’1 listings.
Rory said on 30/Oct/17
Hmm Yh but he looked the same height as Roger Moore, there was nothing in it between them...the downgrade to 6foot seems a bit knee jerk because nobody watching that film could argue Moore at 6'1.25 and Lonsdale at 6'0 because there was nothing in at all certainly not 1.25 inches and they shared good scenes to compare together too.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Feb/17
I think Moore edged him out in Moonraker
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jun/16
Editor Rob: saw a con friends photo (a guy who claims 6ft 1) with Lonsdale from not long ago, and surprised he was standing and looked 5ft 9-10 range today...but at mid 80's you'd expect that possibility.
3-4 inches is a big loss even in mid 80s. There is a chance of 184 peak for Lonsdale but generally he did look 6'1 ish.
said on 17/Jun/16
That's the one he was playing Click Here
!! Wonderufl piece, makes me feel like I'm in a townhouse in 1830s Vienna or something LOL.
said on 17/Jun/16
I always associate Chopin's Prelude No.15 in D flat Major (Raindrop) with Lonsdale now LOL. He was playing it in his mansion in Moonraker "cucumber sandwich Bond?" . Exquisite piece, I can play that one, one of the few Chopin pieces I can play on the piano as he was a technical monster! Check out Chopin's Ballade No.1 by Zimmerman on youtube for instance, it's world class concert pianist material! Though I've seen him in quite a few French films I'll always think of that piece and chateuas when I think of him haha. He could look 6'0.5 with Connery though Rampage.
saw a con friends photo (a guy who claims 6ft 1) with Lonsdale from not long ago, and surprised he was standing and looked 5ft 9-10 range today...but at mid 80's you'd expect that possibility.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/May/16
Nice add...I actually thought he edged Moore in Moonraker
Arch Stanton said on 17/May/16
Rob can you squeeze in Murmur of the Heart, India Song and Enigma.
said on 17/May/16
Thanks. I'd always thought he looked about 6 ft 1, he looked that with Roger Moore, slightly shorter but Sean Connery looked about 1.5 inches taller in Name of the Rose.
it's not impossible for him to have dropped a bit in posture by the 1980's.