How tall was Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson's Height

5ft 10 ¼ (178.4 cm)

English TV Presenter, remembered for his chat show Parkinson

How tall is Michael Parkinson
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Average Guess (9 Votes)
5ft 10.67in (179.5cm)
Strong 5'10 man said on 21/Sep/23
Gday Rob, I am 26 years old and I’m just wondering if height can be recovered since I believe that I have lost around half and inch (give it take) of height from when I was 18 due to my measurement decreasing from weak 5’11 range at night. I have gotten quite determined with weightlifting which I think has caused bad posture but I am concerned that I may have permanently affected my height. I also believe that I have kyphosis and have been diagnosed with lordosis. Kind regards from you’re Aussie friend!
Editor Rob
There can be bad posture and permanent problems like kyphosis, which can become permanent forms of height loss.

I think it's always worth doing even a simple stretch routine. Start small (5 minutes) and get into the habit for the first month. Then add a few more reps and make it a permanent 10-15 minute routine.

I personally feel it helps keep me more supple.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Sep/23
Agree with this for his peak - looked solid average on his show
181cmguy said on 2/Sep/23
@Sandy Cowell, interesting height you guessed him at. I personally see him as a good 5'10.5, but I can buy your listing more so than 5'10flat.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Sep/23
What a shame to find out that Michael has passed on. He saw EVERYTHING on his chat show!

RIP Michael
(28th March, 1935 - 17th August, 2023) 🕯 XXXXX

Gerald S said on 31/Aug/23
Rob, could we roll with 5’10.25” for Parkinson? He had close to two inches on Michael Aspel.
Editor Rob
A number of people agree that he could look 5ft 10-10.5 range, it's probably a fairer mark.
Rory said on 12/May/23
Yh I don't agree with this listing. Look at 1hr 44 15 seconds here

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Looks taller than Mccartney there and hes the older man. I think 5ft10.5 peak for Parkinson, can't see this 5ft10 flat as likely.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Feb/22
Rob, maybe a bit over 5ft10 peak?

He's done very well in terms of holding on to height...

Click Here still would guess around 5ft10 with Piers
Editor Rob
Could be argued he cleared 5ft 10
Rising174cm said on 27/Nov/21
I see that I never actually posted on the Parkinson/Gibson comparison on this page. Here they are back to back: Click Here Without considering footwear, Parkinson looks about half an inch taller. Rob estimated Parkinson's loafers at 0.6"-0.7" range on 21/Mar/19 As for these dress shoes Gibson was wearing: Click Here Rob estimated them at 1.1"-1.2" range on 6/Nov/18 on Mel's page. So most likely about half an inch footwear difference as well making them likely an inch apart barefoot.

Parkinson was 67 at the time while Gibson was 46, but I guess Parkinson hadn't lost much. Gibson has always claimed 5'10" and *I think* Parkinson claimed 5'11". If Parkinson was as listed then Gibson's range with him could be anywhere from 175 cm flat to 176 cm flat. With other celebrities around that time such as 179 cm George Clooney & 180 cm range David Beckham, Parkinson's listing does seem about right.
Rising174cm said on 26/Jan/21
@Rob: That is an interesting photo although the heights there are pretty wild if that's 5'4" range Jamie Cullum to the left.
Rising174cm said on 23/Jan/21
Can look a bit more than an inch shorter than David Beckham @ 18 seconds in this interview: Click Here but if Parkinsin was wearing the 0.6"-0.7" loafers he usually did then he probably has a fraction less footwear so possibly looking 177, but still 178 in reality. He was definitely shorter than 5'10.5" George Clooney in their 2003 interview, but I know he was wearing loafers while Clooney's shoes were at least an inch thick, if not a fraction more. So Parkinson was really nothing less than 177 cm in the 2000s and likely still 178.
Editor Rob
I saw this photo of Parkinson the other day with Meg Ryan and Shane Ritchie amongst others...he did pull off looking taller there with Shane...
Rising174cm said on 25/Mar/19
@Rob: Thanks. I would have thought 0.6" max myself, but I defer to you on this one because I've never owned a pair of loafers so I'll use the 0.6"-0.7" range for the purposes of comparisons.
Editor Rob
I think zooming into that photo, it would be a little more than a half inch style. Depends also whether 1 or 3mm of insole, something hard to tell really.
Rising174cm said on 21/Mar/19
@Rob: How much height would you estimate loafers like this add? Click Here The heel doesn't look bigger than 1 cm to me and it doesn't look to me like he has much of an insole so would those add about half an inch?
Editor Rob
I would have said 0.6-0.7 is possible, but depends on how much insole there is.
Rising - 174 cm said on 24/Oct/18
I think he's more or less retired now. Over 5'10" in the 70's is possible since he measured up better than I expected to Vincent Price in Madhouse, though part of that could have been the angle. I looked into him quite a bit to compare him to Mel Gibson and he definitely looked around 5'10" in the 2000's when he was late 60's/early 70's. He often wore loafers with a small heel like this by that point: Click Here so he'd be at a disadvantage with many guests. He wasn't over 5'10" by then since he was shorter than George Clooney(5'10.5" max, imo) in 2003, but generally measured up fairly well to David Beckham: Click Here Wouldn't go under 177 cm by then. He had at least a half inch on Mel with at least a fraction less footwear while forcing his posture less.
Greg99 said on 20/Oct/18
Sorry to add to the chorus on this, Parky was peak around 5'11". Rob, is the listing above peak or current? (I would doubt he reaches 5'10" now).
Rory said on 1/Apr/17
Looks a bit low this for me. A 64 yr old Parkinson definitely edged out Paul McCartney in 1999. I'd have said 5'11 peak.
Christian said on 17/Sep/16
When Mel Gibson was on the show wanting to clear up the rumor that he was short - he said to Michael that they were about the same height. Michael then responded saying he§s 5'11''. Do you remember that Rob?
Editor Rob
there's a link further down Gibson's page to it.
JPDB said on 6/Mar/15
he looked taller than david tennant, who's supposed to be 6'1".
teej said on 21/Jan/14
I always thought he was tall, always seemed over average in his 1970's interviews, but mind you 5'10 was considered to be fairly tall back then
Anonymous1 said on 26/Jan/13
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with 6'3 Mohammed Ali, looks not far shy of 6ft
Arch Stanton said on 29/Nov/12
Actually I always used to think he looked 5 ft 11 on Parkinson in the 90s. I think he could have been near 5'11" in his prime. 5'10" today maybe.
Truth said on 6/Apr/11
Looks a bit shorter than David beckham whos 5/11.5
I'd say he's 5ft 10
John Deluce said on 30/Nov/10
I met him the other day at a prestigous opening event, he was at least 5'11 (6'1 with heels).
Lozzer said on 21/Jun/09
5'8 Noel gallagher was 1-2 inches shorter than him... Watch it on YouTube, the YouTube search: "Noel Gallagher interview" will find the one with dustin hoffman I think :)
Anonymous said on 11/Mar/09
He looks about 5'9-10 to me, Mel Gibson was the same height as him in similar footwear, and Mel claims 5'10
Samuel said on 1/Mar/09
this guy is 5 foot 11. My mum got a pic with him the other day when he had an event here in autralia and she is 5 foot 4 in shoes and he towered over her and she wasnt wearing heels. He looked about 5 foot 11 next to her.
Anonymous said on 18/Feb/09
in pics from his autobiography he looks 2-3 inches shorter than sean connery and only 2 inches shorter than clint eastwood
GUK said on 3/Nov/08
It's pointless comparing people to Clarkson on Top Gear, They are on a stage and the camera is low down
G O said on 3/Nov/08
ok this is all wrong, I would say 6"5 at least....
watch top gear series 12, episode 1:
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He stands next to Jeremy Clarkson (6"5) and is taller than Clarkson!
GUK said on 15/Oct/08
He looks as tall as beckham in some photos
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Yet shorter in others
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He doesn't force posture all the time though.
5 10 to 10.5 is probably about right
Anonymous said on 24/Jul/08
5'9" max. I have stood next to him. I am 6'2" and he was about 6" shorter, and he looked as if he was wearing shoes with suspiciously high heels.
peter said on 17/Feb/08
he was exactly the same height as mel gibson
Grant said on 21/Jan/08
Remember Michael Parkinson is now in his early 70's so he could have lost a couple of inches from his younger days. He could have been 6'1" in his prome
Anonymous said on 10/Jan/08
When Noel Gallagher went on his show and they stood next to each other when shaking hands they looked the same height and Noel is 5'8. I think kb's comment at the bottom is right.
Ejel Khan said on 11/Dec/07
Parky's 5'11"!
kealan said on 25/Jun/07
I'm extremely shocked to see on your site that michael parkinson is only 5'10. I saw him tonight on (more than)Enough rope with andrew Denton who would be about 5'6 or 5'7 and parkinson was atleast 5 inches taller. Even if he was 5'10 he never looked short. Let's just say i'm 5'10 and i never looked tall
G-MANN said on 13/Jan/07
Once Mel Gibson was on his show and the subject of Mel's height came up (he's always been described as quite short) and Mel claimed he was 5'10.5" (if my memory serves me correctly) so they both stood up and they were about the same height.
kb said on 12/Nov/05
No way is Michael Parkinson 5 foot 10ins. I have met him and I am 5foot 8ins and he was definitely no taller than me.

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