How tall is Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon's Height

6ft 3.5in (191.8 cm)

American actor best known for roles in movies like Revolutionary Road, Premium Rush, Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Midnight Special and Nocturnal Animals. On TV he is known for playing Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire. In a 2009 USAToday interview he mentioned his height, saying that "I'm 6-4."

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Average Guess (20 Votes)
6ft 3.13in (190.8cm)
Dreampuffe(5'9.5 said on 15/Oct/17
Not sure about a genuine 6'4". That title belongs to Alexander Skarsgard, Randy Orton, and Tom Brady.

Shannon is a solid 6'3" to 6'3.5".
movieguy said on 14/Oct/17
Didn't they make a joke in Broadwalk Empire about his character's large head. Obviously he isn't too self conscious and can laugh at himself. I think he is a genuine 6'4''.
Dreampuffe(5'9.5") said on 14/Oct/17
He’ll be in a movie with Chris Hemsworth. Interesting to see how Shannon compares.

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Looks taller than David Harbour.
Animus said on 16/Sep/17
Wow, he has a very large head! From the photo above, due to his massive head, I wouldn't have been surprised if he was 6'0-6'1. Obviously he's much taller. I think he's slightly closer to 6'3 than 6'4. I imagine he'd be similar to Sacha Baron Cohen, although his massive melon might mean he's slightly taller. Terrific actor, by the way.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 18/Jul/17
I wouldn't go lower than 191 cm.
S.J.H said on 25/Jun/17
The boy have reply me say that his lowest height since last year was measure a few mm shine of 194cm and i have ask him about Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon both, he say that in person Alex was about half inch shorter than him like 1cm and Michael Shannon not over 4cm shorter than him. That would put Shannon 6'2.75 and Alex at flat 6'4 both their lowest range.
S.J.H said on 8/Jun/17
I will chat with the 6'4.1 aussie kid who just turn 20 this year i"ll ask if he atually grow another bit of height that maybe possible why he make shannon look 6'2.25-6'2.5 , a flat 6'3 is possible for shannon like rob say or at least 190cm 6'2.75 i feel
Mark(5'9.25 said on 27/May/17
Rob, out of curiosity, are you considering a down grade for shannon? If so, by how much?
Editor Rob: a solid 6ft 3 is arguable for him.
ibra said on 7/May/17
He looked noticeably shorter than Armie Hammer, I was very surprised.
ibra said on 4/May/17
Rob, is 6ft4 believable for him ? He looks really tall for a 6ft3,5 guy.
Editor Rob: I'm not as convinced he's a big 6ft 4 guy...though with his head size, it can as said make him seem 6ft 2-3 in photos.
Jack said on 3/May/17
I was shocked to find out his height. Man of Steel was my first real viewing of him as an actor, and he gives off a complete 5'10' vibe.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 1/May/17
I only asked because there are just too many guesses of that. I don't think Shannon falls under 6'3".
Mark(5'9.25 said on 30/Apr/17
Rob, how likely is 189cm?
Editor Rob: he seems too tall to be that short...though, because of a decent size head, his proportions can make him at times seem smaller I believe.
carloshoopla said on 31/Mar/17
Just saw him this past week and walked right next to him, hes about 6'2.5
S.J.H said on 27/Mar/17
True this fan kid is legitimately 6'4 and he does even make shannon 6'2.25 in that picture i post. 6'2.5 was max i would say.
Johno said on 24/Mar/17
Well if that fan is 6'4 then, Michael looks about 6'2.5 max next to him --- The same height as the likes of Brandon Routh. I guess i can believe that, i would not guess him in the same height range as Jason Mamoa who is probably 6'4 or 6'3.5 depending on the time of day.
Johno said on 24/Mar/17
Well if that fan is 6'4 then, Michael looks about 6'2.5 max next to him --- The same height as the likes of Brandon Routh. I guess i can believe that, i would not guess him in the same height range as Jason Mamoa who is probably 6'4 or 6'3.5 depending on the time of day.
Pierre said on 24/Mar/17
Comment SJH 22 Feb 2017=second picture=If the young man next to Michael is really 6"4'barefoot Michael is very probably not 6"3'barefoot=look at the postures=the young man is slouching more, look at his knees=he has a relaxed posture and he's taller easily more than a inch than Michael in this posture.
Revisionist said on 17/Mar/17
This guy is legitimately taller than the other "tall guys" in Hollywood.

I recommend that people check out the film BUG. Not a great movie, but Shannon's performance in it is better than even his Oscar nominated roles. It's also an incredibly disturbing and interesting movie.
S.J.H said on 6/Mar/17

This kid had claim 6'4 and 6'4 and wee bit but mostly he say 6'4 at , his really not in the 6'4.5 range and if is nearer 6'4.25 then i would rule 189.5cm for shannon lowest and hit 6'3 easily in the morning
Sam said on 3/Mar/17
I think the kid in the photo could be in the 6'4.5" range more so than a flat 6'4", which would make Shannon nearer 6'3" flat which is not impossible, and there could be a lot variances to his photo with Shannon.
S.J.H said on 2/Mar/17

You can blame this aussie boy modesty. If he claim 6'5 i wouldn't find out. I think Nicholas Hoult is only 6'1.75 and Adam driver 6'1.5 and change. Just sharing a truth. I got a legit 6'0 american cousin who met quite numbers of celebrities he have say almost everyone he met look an inch lower than their claim except for the honest actor kyle secor he met during the filming of Commander in Chief 11 years back on that same day he also met donald sutherland who listed 6'2 but look 6'1 he recall at most he look 6'1.25, kyle who claim 6'4 and looks it close up as my cousin described although rob listed kyle secor at 6'4.5
Mark(5'9.25") said on 24/Feb/17
We would have to downgrade Nicholas Hoult and Adam driver to mere 6'1" and Peak Morgan Freeman to 6'0".
S.J.H said on 22/Feb/17
I don't want to say this but to stick with truth 6'4 never a chance. Let alone 6'3.5 , check out the link. Shannon is between 6'2.5

Click Here This aussie teen is a real barefoot 6'4 and not under 1.5" taller than michael shannon. No footwear issues.

Click Here Evidence of the teen at 6'4. The height chart behind is 6'6.75 although the top of his cap reach it but without his high-top cap and shoes plus a little closer to camera he is 6'4 like he claim it himself in twitter

Click Here he look close to 1.5" taller than machine gun kelly. Kelly might had slight edge on shannon
Sam said on 8/Feb/17
This guy is really prolific and has had some interesting roles. Rob, would you add Take Shelter, The Iceman, 99 Homes, Midnight Special and Nocturnal Animals to his credits?
Mark(5'9.25") said on 6/Feb/17
@S.J.H With Cavill, Shannon can look just a 6'3" guy, but with Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, Will Hartnett, and even Nicholas Hoult, Shannon is over an inch taller than them.

Click Here (Shannon with 6'2.75"-6'3" Nicholas Hoult. He looks a solid inch taller than Hoult.)

Click Here (With 6'2.25" Ben Affleck and 6'2.5" Will Hartnett, Shannon is at the back and looks over one inch taller than them.)

Click Here (With 6'2.25" Adam Driver. Shannon top head is taller than Driver despite footwear disadvantage and Shannon's below average postore.)

You could argue 6'3" flat, but the lowest for him would be 6'3.25". 6'3.5" is legit for Shannon.
S.J.H said on 5/Feb/17
@Sheldon Stephens

Could be just a 6'3 guy
Mark(5'9.25 said on 12/Jan/17
Shannon looked an inch taller than Nicholas Hoult.

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Giorgi said on 7/Jan/17
Rob, any idea about Kuklinski? It wouldn't be the best decision to add him here but you've probably seen him. Really big guy, I think he could be considerably taller than Shannon. Google lists him 6'5" if I'm correct.
Editor Rob: Giorgi, I'm not sure he looked a big 6ft 5 guy.
AAAA said on 25/Dec/16
His head is massive! It's funny because without reference points a head that size makes him look proportionally shorter than a 6'3 guy. Yet that picture with driver is a great example. Their eyelines are near identical but where Driver's head stops, Shannon's just keeps going! He definitely has a five-head!
Mark(5'9.25 said on 2/Dec/16
Rob, how tall do you think Michael Shannon in his General Zod gear from Man of Steel?
Editor Rob: Mark, I'm not sure exactly what footwear he had.
Mark said on 14/Nov/16
Looking at the top of their heads, Shannon did have an inch on Adam Driver.

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This listing is legit.
Sheldon Stephens said on 7/Oct/16
He seems to be between 6'2" and 6'4"
Mark said on 30/Sep/16
He does beat out Affleck and Hartnett and looks taller than Adam Driver with equal footwear who would be a 6'2.5" person.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Sep/16
He had a small part in Pearl Harbour. Taller than both Affleck and Hartnett. This is legit
jtm said on 27/Sep/16
I thought he looked 6 '2 max with Morgan freeman and bill Murray but he does look 6'3 with other people.
Mark said on 25/Sep/16
Rob, who would measure a more solid 6'3.5", Michael Shannon or Paul Bettany?

Editor Rob: it's a hard one to pick, Bettany is the one with worse posture I feel.
6 foot on a good day said on 19/Jul/16
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Pics for reference. It's only a few scenes where you can see them. Some scenes he doesn't. Definitely another inch on Cuban heals. Plus the foot is further forward indicating a lift inside. Still a good 6"3 but looking boosted taller in some scenes
6 foot on a good day said on 19/Jul/16
Just watched "Ice Man" I'm not debating that he isn't tall. But why do they have him wearing 3 inch heels along with lifts in his shoes in this film. Watch as he gets out of the car with shopping about 30 mins in. He's struggling to walk in them! Maybe it was to make him more imposing he's getting at least a 3-4 inch boost
Moke said on 30/Jun/16
"5'11 walked past me, not much taller"
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I think 6'3-6'3.25
Wow, Kelly is being sexist as f**k.
Mark said on 12/May/16
Very strong 6'3". Nothing under 6'3" and could pull off a 6'4" in the morning!
Josh said on 9/Apr/16
Solid listing, strong 6' 3. Great actor
Elvis Lover said on 8/Mar/16
Just starring in Elvis and Nixon really Micheal as Elvis!!! Micheal portraying the most stunning man ever to walk this planet??? Really!!! There's good looking men all over the earth to do the job but Micheal Shannon is'nt one of them!?!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Mar/16
Wouldn't want to offend him but he looks much older than 41. Even on Boardwalk Empire he looked over 50!
Sam said on 21/Aug/15
Yeah, good analysis Jakob. Shannon reminds me a bit of Robert Ryan or Jack Palance at times...
The Dutch Guy said on 3/Jul/15
Definetely no less than 191cm and no more than 192cm. He has that giant head that tall guys often have.
Jakob said on 5/Apr/15
191-192 range is what he can look. His proportions are not especially 'tall', which to my eyes he can look less tall such as in the picture above. In the film 'Take Shelter' and 'Boardwalk Empire', though, you realize he is tall, he can tower average size people. A strong 6ft 3in. I think he's an excellent actor and kind of a throwback; not especially handsome and kind of haggard and looks older than he is, but has a kind of middle-America look and has intensity, like a lot of great actors in the Old Hollywood.
S.J.H said on 1/Feb/15
He had tendency on wearing flat shoes. But he certainly did not apear a big 6'3 so 6'3.5 no way. 6'3.25 could take a high chance than 6'3.5
Joe said on 23/Jan/15
I was surprised that he is only 40, he looks like a much older man and more mature looking. He has definitely changed over the years. He played a low life in Bad Boys 2 to General Zod in Man of Steel to a Hitman in Iceman. He is probably one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood and one of the most talented. He was excellent as Zod, his Zod was far better than Terrence Stamp's campy and obnoxious character, more grounded, he seemed less a villain and more like man who felt like he was doing the right thing.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Dec/14
I only realized now that he appeared briefly in Pearl Harbour when he was a nobody. He does look 6ft4 beside Affleck and Hartnett
Sam said on 1/Oct/14
Sometimes, Shannon can seem only 6'3", i.e. only about 3 inches top taller than Leo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road and about 4 inches taller than Andrew Garfield. He can also look a weak 6'4" at times on Boardwalk Empire and could seem like 1.5 inches taller than Ben Affleck and more than an inch over Josh Hartnett in Pearl Harbor. As listed I think with the Man of Steel cast, solidly 2-3 inches over the various 6'0"-6'1" guys.

A few seasons back on Boardwalk, when Van Alden scalds the braying salesman with a hot iron and goes on a rampage, he looks like and seems to be doing a homage to Karloff's Frankenstein's monster down to the stiff legged lurch...quite awesome.
Realist said on 14/Sep/14
6'3.5 is exact. Terrible posture. Looks much older than he is. But a great actor. Looks like in his late 40s but actually only around 40-41.
aldo 93 said on 17/Aug/14
he is defos a strong 6ft 3 like jimmy nail 6ft 3 not paul sorvino 6 ft 3 lol
cole said on 2/Jun/14
6'3 or a little over, 6'3.5 is arguable, but he's no 6'4 guy.
ash said on 16/May/14
I remember his listngs at 185 cm ...this illusion about heights is ridiculous
Arch Stanton said on 29/Mar/14
Yeah he looked a solid 6'3" next to Leo in Revolutionary Road.
meeee said on 21/Mar/14
Is there any thread here not ruined by a woman?
Lorne said on 8/Jan/14
Btw, the real "ice man" was nowhere near 6ft5, I don't know where where that came from. Watch the HBO interview, both guards are a few inches taller. Granted, he did look tall in younger pictures, but not any crazy 6ft5, that's nonsense. As for Shannon, 192 Cm max, just saw him in Law and Order SVU, not sure he look over 6'3...
Blaze said on 6/Jan/14
In 8 mile, with 5'8 Eminem he looks 6'5. Though I think Mike was wearing boots while em had socks on in the scene were they fought. Good listing
Powerhouse said on 19/Nov/13
6'3 - 6'4 looked very tall in The Iceman
Sam said on 14/Nov/13
"in the 6ft bracket"...what does that mean? Shannon is a solid 6'3"+ IMO, Rob has him right. He might not be as big & bad as the real Iceman, but if he was, he'd be an evil mass murderer, LOL.
Mug84man said on 12/Nov/13
I don't think he's is in the 6ft bracket I agree with John Wayne all the characters in iceman are small to make him look much bigger
Jamz said on 18/Oct/13
"Kelly says on 14/Jul/13
Michael Shannon is a clear 6'4, or even over..He's tall and looks good...I don't like guys under 6'1, most girls don't trust me on this...Its just a turn off..Taller makes you look slimmer, and we girls like that very much..Forget about short dudes, they are a turn off and insecure..Tall men are flipping sexy, belive me, accept it from me and take it from me...Tall men have a good life, great intimate moments and fantastic butt girls.."

Wow, just wow...
Sam said on 14/Oct/13
Definitely a suspect sighting. If Shannon was around 5'11", poor Stephen Graham would be right near 5 foot nothing...not to mention Kevin Costner, Henry Cavill, Christopher Meloni, Will Smith, etc. would all be near 5'9".
lelman said on 11/Oct/13
@J c'mon man that's just simply not true.

Looks pretty consistently 6'3+, looked a good 3 inches taller than Dicaprio in Revolutionary Road
J said on 8/Oct/13
I just walked past him. He didn't seem much taller than me, 5'11"
Blaze said on 1/Oct/13
at least 6'3 which is supermans height :).
Sam said on 10/Sep/13
If they had reversed roles, Shannon would have been a much more interesting casting choice for Superman. He's got the height and would be the most neurotic, terrifying, deluded Superman ever, LOL.
jtm said on 10/Sep/13
he wasn't taller than morgan freeman in high crimes.
MaskDeMasque said on 6/Sep/13
6'3.5. In The Iceman he's got 4 inches over strong 5'11 Ray Liotta.
Ariane said on 23/Aug/13
6'4?? oh just like Superman's Height. :)
John Wayne said on 20/Aug/13
I really didn't think he was that tall. I just saw The Iceman, and he didn't look THAT tall. The real Iceman was 6'5", and I thought that they chose shorter looking people for the cast of the film to make Michael Shannon look bigger.
Kelly said on 14/Jul/13
Michael Shannon is a clear 6'4, or even over..He's tall and looks good...I don't like guys under 6'1, most girls don't trust me on this...Its just a turn off..Taller makes you look slimmer, and we girls like that very much..Forget about short dudes, they are a turn off and insecure..Tall men are flipping sexy, belive me, accept it from me and take it from me...Tall men have a good life, great intimate moments and fantastic butt girls..
teej said on 22/Jun/13
He's 6ft3 atleast, towers over casts in his films.
jtm said on 21/Jun/13
6'2 range
Spaceygirl said on 19/Jun/13
Watching him in "Take Shelter" now and he seems ENORMOUS!
man of greatness said on 5/Jun/13
i think he's close to 6 foot 5
Ajax said on 27/Dec/12
Rob, you said you thought he was a solid 6'3". Do you think you'll eventually go with that listing?
Stiffelio said on 28/Nov/12
Tough guy to figure out. I saw him on stage in "Grace" and from first row balcony he didn't seem to be a lot taller than 5'9" Paul Rudd during the applause line-up. But at the end of the show I saw him close up at the stage door and he was towering over me (I'm 5'8.5"). He looks gaunt and emaciated, older than he is.
Sam said on 23/Oct/12
In Boardwalk Empire, Stephen Graham (as Al Capone) seemed to merely come up to somewhere around Shannon's chest. Van Alden (Shannon's character) looked particularly huge in their scene together.
from Gawker Stalker said on 12/Oct/05
Lauren Bush walking into the Dean and Deluca on Prince & Broadway. I was shocked, absolutely shocked by how short she is. Isn’t she a model? Anyway, her hair was a mess and she was dressed rather frumpy but she has an absolutely gorgeous face

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