How tall is Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte's Height

5ft 11in (180.3 cm)

Peak height was 6ft 0in (182.9 cm)
American actor known for roles in films such as 48 Hours, The Hulk, The Thin Red Line, Lorenzo's Oil, The Prince of Tides, Cape Fear and Extreme Prejudice. His Arrest sheet lists him as 6ft 00. In an interview in the La Times (2/11/79), when asked his height Nick replies "Six feet, but it depends. In the morning I'm taller." In The Dallas News from (12/4/87) he again confirmed that height saying "I'm not as tall as everyone seems to think. The boots are the trick. They make me seem taller. I'm even 6 feet. I have a sister who's 6-1 and Grandpa Nolte is 6-6".

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Average Guess (20 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 0.17in (183.3cm)
Current: 5ft 11.03in (180.4cm)
Fred84 said on 16/Sep/17
I have seen movie Three Fugitives with him and Martin Short. Rob, I would ask - his height 180 cm - do you mean that this is his height in his young ages or the height of today? Because if I shall compare him to Martin Short (here claimed 169cm), he looks much taller (like 185 cm+-) So that is the reason I ask - "is Martin Short smaller than 169 or Nick taller than 180 here:"? Click Here
Editor Rob: Nolte has shrunk by an inch at least, but in his prime I think he is an honest actor, could wake up near 6ft 1 and shrink to 6ft.
Jug said on 29/Aug/17
Just watched 48 Hrs again. He was definitely wearing lifts in some scenes. His walk was off, as well as his posture. In one scene, he looked not much shorter than Frank McRae, who was about 6'6. McRae looked four inches taller than Timothy Dalton in Licence to Kill.
Rising - 174 cm said on 31/Jul/17
He could make Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro look closer to 5'8" at times, but I think Nolte is as aware of his height as you can be judging by these quotes since he even knows he can look taller. He's been consistent as well. An honest claim looks taller, but I think it's more likely we're overestimating others rather than someone who has no reason to lie being taller than they claim. The boots, which Nolte mentions himself, explain the rest. I'd give Harrison Ford 183.5 cm peak and Nolte 183. Eddie Murphy is probably 176 cm, but could also be a flat 5'9" as his height can vary. De Niro was probably somewhere from 174-175 cm. I'd like to watch Mulholland Falls again since Nolte wore lifts in that film so I'm interested in how tall he could pass for, especially with Chazz Palminteri.

Nowadays, he's not that tall. I don't even think he's 5'11" anymore. Bruce Willis could look taller than him over a decade ago and Bruce probably wasn't taller than 5'11" flat by that point, or he'd be 181 cm absolute max. He doesn't really look that much taller than 5'9" Robert Redford these days either. I think he's about 5'10.5" now. I mean, he is in his mid 70s. But it's tougher judging height when people age because posture becomes a pretty major variable.
RichardSpain said on 27/Jul/17
Nolte maybe 183.5cm in peak

Harrison Ford 184cm in peak.

Nolte was a bit shorter than Ford.
berta said on 23/Jul/17
yeah rampage i still cant see nolte almost 1 inch shorter than a guy like for. nolte in may book was 1/4 OVER THIS. Many guys1dont care about 1/4 inches
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Jul/17
I think 183-184cm peak is arguable for Nolte. From there could hit 186-187cm in regular shoes.
Ford I still think was 184-185cm
Richardspain said on 7/Jul/17
In 48hrs he was 6 feet barefoot and with his boots 6'1.25 feet.

Berta I think Ford and Nolte had the same height in peak maybe as you said Ford a bit taller than Nolte but I'm not sure.

These guys weren't a solid 185 in their prime.
Jug said on 28/Jun/17
It's hard to believe that he was anything under 6 feet in 48 Hrs. He actually looked taller than Brion James in one scene, who towered over Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner. James is supposed to be 6'3. Nolte must have had lifts in his cowboy boots, then.
jtm said on 13/Jun/17
He claimed he was 6'0 and looked taller because of the boots. I think that ends the discussion that he was over 6'0.
berta said on 31/May/17
yeah richard spain i think like you that he and harrison ford was very close at their peak. But i believe nolte was 1/4 over this listing and ford could have been closer to 6 fot 1/2 inch. Ford being 4 mm taller or somethin
Oanh said on 9/May/17
6'0.5" peak
5'11 now
RichardSpain said on 22/Apr/17
He wears elevator boots at 48 hours movies. Nick never was 185 cm, I think his height is similar than Harrison Ford's Height. Today around 180 cm. My resume:

Nick young: 183 cm maybe 184cm
Nick from his 50 to 70 years old ( around 183cm not more)
Nick Nolte today 180cm is possible.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Apr/17
I think a whisker over in the 70s.
berta said on 6/Feb/17
Theo J how tall are you? i can never see him as only 180 :O
Theo J said on 31/Jan/17
Worked with him in 1999 and he didn't seem 6 foot.
5'11 max even back then.
berta said on 30/Jan/17
yeah this one i will not stop comment on. to me nick nolte is someone that neds 1/4 inch upgrade in the same way as harrison ford need 1/4 downgrade. The height difference beetween those two in my eyes are not more than 1/4 of one inch. Of course nick nolte often looked taller in movies than harrison ford but as he said he always had boots on. but still he managed to look 185-187 in some movies with boots on. an boots makes you 2 cm taller than would make him taller than 183 still. i think he said 6 feet to point out that he want 6 foot 2 like everybody thought he was. but was little over 6 feet in his prime. he looked tall if you are only 6 feet tall tou dont look tall in my eyes
A 171cm male said on 16/Jan/17
Looks tall in 48hrs
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Jan/17
He could look 6ft2 range in 48 Hours!
berta said on 8/Jan/17
i still go with little over 6 feet at peak he was the same height as travolta who was little over and he was pushing 60 years so he might have lost a couple of mm. now he dont look over 180
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Nov/16
183-184cm zone peak.
Judd said on 21/Nov/16
I do not care about arrest sheet...I think the height written is simply asked from the police interviewer to Nolte or even Nolte was photographed with shoes on next wall...
I think Nolte was never even a weak 6'1" but of course he was a strong 6'0"/183cm.
As he admitted he was usual to wear thick boots which gave him more cms heights so he appeared a 6'0.5-1" but I bet if measured at peak he was 6'0" (maybe 6'0.25")...
berta said on 11/Oct/16
Click Here in this interview you can se on his arrest in the 60´s that he was listed 6 foot 1 and 195 pounds around 4 min 30 sekunds i dont think he was 185 cm tall but he is a guy that in some way lokked a little taller than just 6 feet to me. i think he was 184 and got listed as 185 in that arrest and when he was arreasted at age of 62 he was listed at 6 feet and was probably that height at that age and now he is around 180cm.
MrTBlack said on 5/Oct/16
Even though he did look 6'0" in his prime I will admit he looked tiny in North Dalls 40.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/16
Rob can you add a photo. In I love Trouble he could pass for a 6 ft 1 range guy with Julia Roberts actually. He actually looks 6'1.5 in that film!.
Judd said on 21/Jun/16
Actually James the real match is bertween a strong and flat 6' for him, in my opinion.
I doubt he was ever even a weak 6'1" considering for his own admission he wore lifts.
At first Eddie Murphy is more 5'9 than 5'10 (rob listed him at 5'9.25 but I guess he's a flat 5'9) and second he wore cowboy boots in that movies which gave him probably 2" so he seems 6'1-1.5" in that movie instead a strong 6'.
In my opinion the quotes of his peak heights are:

0% for 5'11.75"
55% for 6'0"
40% for 6'0.25"
5% for 6'0.5"
james said on 23/Apr/16
I always thought he was 6'1 in his younger years ..6'0 was his peak height? In 48hrs he looked 6'1 next to 5'10 murphy
Yaspaa said on 6/Oct/15
Nothing wrong with it, just not the height you should go with.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jul/15
Nothing wrong with the height you measure in the morning.
Unknown said on 13/May/15
[Editor Rob: he's got a body that is looking old and a bit worn out...1.5 inch loss at his age wouldn't be that shocking the 80's though he generally looked that 6ft range. Under it a 1/4? I'm not sure.]

yeah, i agree. however i think he wasn't a strong 6', like 6'0.25"...I think he was likelier 182,5-183 cms than 183,0-183,5 cms...
Judd said on 10/May/15
[Editor Rob: I think peak he looked a six footer, now he struggles at times with 5ft 11.]

i think 6' as peak listing is fair, too. my question was also if in your opinion he was a strong 6', so 183,0-183,5 cms in the afternoon (like Alex or others actors as David Duchovny and Hayden Christensen), or a weak one, so 182,5-183 cms (like Jensen Ackles or Nicholas Cage)?

IMO he could have been 182,5-183 cms at peak and 179-180 cms today, so 5'10.75"...
i think at almost 75, a loss of 1,25" is plausible, also if a man in good condition at his age maybe could have lost 0,75-1"...
[Editor Rob: he's got a body that is looking old and a bit worn out...1.5 inch loss at his age wouldn't be that shocking the 80's though he generally looked that 6ft range. Under it a 1/4? I'm not sure.]
Judd said on 8/May/15
Rob recently I've seen this picture: Click Here
Here he does look a tad taller than Robert Redford, who you list today at 5'9.5" and does look (with good posture) as tall as the first man from the left, that you listed at 5'10.5".
Actually, in 2015 he doesn't look a full 5'11" but more a 5'10.25-10.5"...

Any chance that he has been measured an hair under 6', like 5'11 and 3/4 or 4/5, and he round up to 6'?
Also next to Eddie Murphy he did look 7 cms taller than him, and there's always the chance that Eddie is 5'9"....
[Editor Rob: I think peak he looked a six footer, now he struggles at times with 5ft 11.]
Sam said on 3/Apr/15
Yeah, similar or maybe edged out a fraction by Joel Edgerton in Warrior and Edgerton is a weak 5'11".
In some films from the 80s and 90s, Nolte really comes off a big 6'1"+ man so he's definitely a guy who at times the screen can make seem bigger than he really was.
Danimal said on 15/Mar/15
Everyone lowering his height based on how he's stacked up since 2000. The man is 74 years old. He HAS lost height. He was 6'0" in his prime.
joelj said on 21/Feb/15
5' 11.5 on a good day when younger; no more, no less.
Sam said on 17/Oct/14
but really he looks 5'10" with normal posture and i doubt he could be taller than 5'11" if measured. look at him with josh brolin and aaron eckhart. 5'11.5" is a nice gift for nick, today
Sam said on 14/Oct/14
rob why not 5'11" today? today he can't really pass for a 5'11.5" guy
[Editor Rob: generally he looks more 5ft 11 yeah, but could he stretch up for a taller measurement?]
Sam said on 13/Aug/14
He's similar to or just edged out by Joel Edgerton in Warrior and Edgerton is a weak 5'11" guy, so I think Notle could be just 5'10.5"-5'11" today. With his growling voice and build, this guy can look bigger on screen. At times, in 48 Hrs., he could pass for a big 6'2" guy.
dmeyer said on 19/Jan/14
0.5-1in loss at 72 he did well
[Editor Rob: he does look a lot near 5ft 11 now.]
TheoJ said on 25/Dec/13
Worked with him in 1999 on a film set, day after day, and he was a bit shorter than I expected.
Barely 6 foot, and closer to 5'11". But a great guy!
Sam said on 12/Dec/13
He can seem 6'1" easily on screen back in the 70s to 90s, but Nolte is one of the most honest men in Hollywood per his height quote. At times I think he's too limited as an actor (one mood: growly), but not many actors would admit to being shorter than their perceived as.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Dec/13
"Peak height was 6ft 0.5in (184cm)"

Alright, I admitted to the boots. But many actors will say "6 feet" to sort of generalise how tall they are roughly. It can account for 1-2in.
richie said on 24/Nov/13
Couldn't be any shorter than 6ft, he had a clear 3 inches on 5ft 9inch Eddie Murphy in 48hrs.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Nov/13
Rob, I just noticed he's easily an inch shorter than an ancient Bob Mitchum in Cape Fear. Looks almost 2 inches actually. I'd say it is pretty much impossible that Mitchum was 185 and him 183. If Mitchum was still peak height in 1991 the most Nolte looks in comparison is 180.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Nov/13
Looks about 6 ft in Cape Fear.
cole said on 15/Jul/13
He's not much over 5'11 today, he has definitely lost a good chunk of height over the years. He seemed the same height as Joel Edgerton in Warrior.
Edgar said on 26/Jun/13
i don't know if Willis wore lifts, but in that pic he's a good in taller than Nick... Click Here
I think they're both 5-11 today...
Knowitall said on 13/May/13
For what it's worth, Nolte wore lifts in Mulholland Falls.
Leung said on 5/Feb/13
yeah in Gangster Squad looked 182cm so current height seems accurate, but Peak height needs reconsideration because Nolte in his prime looked 6'1".
Ajax said on 2/Feb/13
The most one can be when they claim a height is 1/2" more than what they say. So at the most he was 6'0.5".
berta said on 28/Jan/13
is 184 possible peak? I always thought he was in the 185 range.
Silent d said on 18/Jan/13
His sister is taller than him. That is shocking. She is gigantic. 182cm. He is an imposing figure.
roadcase said on 7/Dec/12
i met nick backstage at a show one time, and I can't believe that he is anything over 5'8"!

Very surprising!
jen said on 22/Sep/12
Definite 6'1" at peak, possibly even slightly taller maybe he is a bit shorter now
Miiiiiiighty_l- said on 17/Sep/12
I don't know why I always thought Nick was 6'2ish and saw him list at that height.
Just noticed he is way shorter while watching " The thin red line" where he is like two inches smaller than Travolta ( who must be in his trademark cowboy boots )
mike 6 feet out of bed said on 1/Aug/12
Prime deffinitely a strong 6 footer!
sailorjupiter said on 22/Jan/12
recently i saw the movie 'warrior' with T.Hardy, J.Edgerton, J.Morrison 'nd Nick.
Well, i think he's tall precisely like Joel Edgerton (5'11). I don't know how tall he was during his youth, but i think he's 5'11 now:

T.Hardy: 5'9.25
J.Morrison: ?
N.Nolte: 5'11
J.Edgerton: 5'11

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LAN Jiao said on 26/Oct/11
look 5'11 today.
jake, 1.82 m said on 22/Oct/11
I think back in the day his height fluctuated between 6' 0" (1.83 m) and 6' 0.75" (1.85 m) throughout the day which would in part explain why he was percieved as 6' 1". Nowadays he's 6' 0" (1.83 m) morning and 5' 11.25" (1.81 m) evening.
Johan Cruyff said on 16/Sep/11
According with rob, when he was young:

Morning (out of bed)= 6'0.85" (1.85 m)
After 1,5-3 hrs= 6'0.4" (1.84 m)
After 5-10 hrs= 6'0" (1.83 m)

He's one of the few actors who told the truth. However i don't think he's 5'11.5 (1.82 m) in these days, it's too much for him. I think now he's a solid 5'11" (1.80 m), perhaps 5'11.25" (1.81 m)...
Lebensdorf said on 31/Aug/11
At first I thought he was shorter, like 5'10'' or something, but I really think he could have been about 6'1'' in his youth. Although if he says "an even 6ft", I wouldn't question it. Come to think of it, he has always looked at least that tall. In "48 Hrs" he looked like a very big guy, like 6'3''.
Lenad is sexy said on 9/Aug/11
183-184cm peak
jake said on 5/Aug/11
He might've been 6ft0.25 at peak
linke said on 3/May/11
His son is listed at 6 feet even though he appears slightly shorter than his father.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Apr/11
He was 6"0.5(184cm) peak
Jeremy said on 15/Mar/11
I belivewhen he was 25-30 yo, he was:

MORNING: 6-05 ft (1.84 m)
AFTER 2-3 HRS: 6 ft (1.83 m)
AFTER 6-8 HRS: 5-11.5 (1.82 m)

Now, i belive he's about 5-11 (1.80 m), 5-11.25 (1.81 m) max. Are you agree, Rob?
LG69 said on 19/Feb/11
Straight from his mouth "Six feet". I always thought Nick was around 6'1". He's a big framed guy.
Misha said on 5/Feb/11
I am tremendously impressed with Nolte's honesty in admitting that he always wears boots that jack up his height - something I commented on three or four years ago. His awareness of being taller in the morning is also interesting. I agree that he is now exactly 5'11.5", but I was wrong about his not looking particularly tall in "Rich Man, Poor Man". I friend of mine and I are working our way through the entire mini-series - and what a gloriously nostalgic thing it is - but I must say that Nolte looks much taller than I remember him looking. I also think Nolte could have been an even bigger star than he has been - for example he was considered for the lead in Rambo, and would have given the character much more depth than the pouting, grunting, brain-damaged Neanderthal whacko that Stallone created.
linke said on 15/Jan/11
His sister is 6'1,damn.Even at 6 feet he must have felt short.
Anonymous said on 12/Dec/10
I think his high placed shoulder set makes him look taller on screen.

6'0" NOW but I believe 6'1" back in his prime.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Dec/10
6ft 1in at peak
Danimal said on 22/Nov/10
jake says on 21/Nov/10
RampageClover's incessant, redundant posts on this page is irritating.

It's on most pages actually. He types the same thing quite often and sometimes he'll actually be the last poster on that page and still add the same one line comment anyways............
jake said on 21/Nov/10
RampageClover's incessant, redundant posts on this page is irritating.
James said on 11/Nov/10
Didn't look over 6'0 as well with Eddie Murphy
Franco said on 19/Apr/07
he was 6'1.5 in his prime imho, but the sickness, his age and alcoholism problems all contributed to his current loss today, that's for sure.

he looks 6'0 flat today, multiple pictures on i.m.d.b confirms that.
Kid-Icarus said on 16/Apr/07
I though he was 5-11. I guess I was close.
patrick said on 16/Apr/07
For once, i agree with Viper! That is ridiculous: Nolte shorter than Leno !In a clown'ish comedy perhaps!
Nolte was 6'1 looking more and now, probably 6 or so, deal.
Derek said on 31/Mar/07
He didn't look that short in Blue Chips. I can't see him being under 6'.
Viper said on 21/Mar/07
I think hes always been 6-0.
dmeyer said on 20/Mar/07
if nolte and steve martin are 6 ft then eddie murphy is 5'8 a friend of mine who is 5'7 told me eddie was a hair shorter than him i dont think murphy is that short but i could buy 174-5 range 5'10 was way too high 176 is closer now
Lmeister said on 20/Mar/07
He looks tall in his older movies. Can look 6'1''- 6'2''. Maybe he was 6'1'' in his youth nowadays 5'11''-6'
glenn said on 20/Mar/07
yes,i agree misha.penn is 5-7ish.
misha said on 20/Mar/07
Glenn, I could live with 5'10.5" - 5'11". The point of my little essays was that I've always smelled a "lifts rat" with Nolte and it looks like I might have been right. But surely he's taller than Ed Asner by more than a bit, so they probably put Asner on wooden blocks (his feet are out of frame) to make him seem more physically intimidating for the scene I described below. But the impression of height Nolte projected in "U-Turn " must be put into context - most of the scenes are played against Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez - neither of them have enough height to challenge Nolte. Glenn, I know you've visited with Penn, but 5'8.5" just has to be wrong - this guy cannot be over 5'7", and yes, you are quite right, he can act - rent "The Falcon and the Snownman" if you've never seen it before.
dmeyer said on 20/Mar/07
i think he was easy 6 ft 1 15 years ago
glenn said on 19/Mar/07
ive seen look as big as 6-2.he is rumored to be 5-11 and wears lifts.
misha said on 18/Mar/07
Also from "Rich Man - Poor Man" is an intense scene where Ed Asner as Nolte's tyrannical father storms into the bedroom where Nick is playing being high school-aged and is making a ruckus when he's supposed to be asleep. Asner strides over to him and slaps his face hard. Nolte pauses, contemplating retaliation and Asner snarls "Lift a hand to me and I'll break your arm." Nolte is in his bare feet and is really not much taller than the 5'7" Asner.
misha said on 16/Mar/07
I have always suspected Nolte, whom I'm liked since "Rich Man - Poor Man", of wearing lifts. In RMPM, one observes the "before stardom" phenomenon - Nick is humiliated in a sparring session by the taller, quicker George Maharis, who plays an up-and-coming mob-financed boxer. Later Nick gets to rearrange the guy's face in a seedy motel room brawl, but the point is Maharis had no more than eight inches on Judy Garland appearing on her show back in the Route 66 days, and she must have been wearing heels, as she was all of 4'11", a height never questioned by anyone.

All this stayed with me as I watched Nolte pull a Brad Pitt - he'd already gotten suspiciously taller even by "48 Hrs." (1982) being way more above Eddie Murphy than he should have been. As I said I like Notle, but have been meaning to do a little corrective surgery on his height - he is one of these actors with whom one simply must take advanced footwear into consideration. "Prince of the Tides" has him barefoot after an opening flashback, and surrounded by his little daughters, who giganticize him, it's still clear we're not looking at a six-foot tall man.
Austrian said on 25/Feb/07
is it me or do him and Gary Busey look almost like identical twins?
Anonymous said on 12/Feb/07
he looked very tall in U-Turn... 6-2?
S.J said on 9/Feb/07
IN the Movie Nightwatch He was Shorter then 6,1 1/2 or 6,2 (around there) John C Reilly
+ the Guy is Like 60 Years old maybe his peak height Was 6,2 or Something above or under 6,2
Anonymous said on 24/Oct/06
looking the same height as 185cm Jeff Bridges:
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Gonzalo said on 27/Sep/06
He probably wears lifts. I saw a movie with him and Gene Hackman and Nolte looked taller to my surprise. However, he looked shorter than Travolta in Red thin line and Travolta looked a couple of inches shorter than Hackman in another film. Tricky situations. Height is a mystery. Lifts too.
Frank2 said on 26/May/06
Nolte is most definitely 6' tall.
Glenn said on 26/May/06
He's a tricky guy.I saw him in the flesh look near 6-3! but I heard he was 5-11 and wore lifts.
Mikex said on 20/Apr/06
I've read he comes from a very tall family. His sister is 6'4'' and he's got uncles who are like 6'7''. The usual height given for him is 6'1'' which in his prime seems accurate. He was not a small guy.
Glenn said on 2/Apr/06
Correct,but Ive saw 6-3 alot.I know he isnt.alot of lifts rumors and 5-11 with that guy.
Frank2 said on 1/Apr/06
I used to see Nick on the lot when he was acting in Rich Man, Poor Man. He was about an inch taller than me back then so I'd say he was never more than 6'.
Gonzalo said on 31/Mar/06
He looks 6`1
phil said on 12/Feb/06
I work part-time as an actor and I did a scene with Nolte where we were standing beside each other for a good 20 minutes. We both had regular shoes on and he is 6' tall.
dano04 said on 4/Feb/06
Nqolte was about 6'5 in Q & A with some huge lifts he had made for the character he played..
Mysterio said on 3/Mar/05
He's 6'0" at age 61, he was easily 6'1" at his peak height if not taller. He also looked pretty tall/built in Three Fugitives which was about 16 years ago.

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