How tall was Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald's Height

6ft 1 ½ (186.7 cm)

Canadian stand-up comedian and actor, best remembered for Saturday Night Live, The Norm Show and films Dirty Work & Billy Madison.

How tall is Norm Macdonald
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Average Guess (44 Votes)
6ft 1.76in (187.4cm)
Remoteboat said on 2/Apr/23
I think he was a flat 6’2” maybe even a hair over.
If you watch him on Conan he is noticeably taller than Andy, taller than Gordon Ramsay and just a little shorter than Conan.
Most Legit 6'3 said on 23/Sep/22
I think he’s a full 6’2.
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 14/Jun/22
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This recent WaPo article gives his height as "just over 6 foot 1". Given the fact that it interviews close friends and family, I wouldn't be surprised if it was Norm's actual claim.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Feb/22
@Luke Newsworthy: Not sure about a full inch between Norm and Craig. I could see an argument for Norm being 187-188cm and Craig more 186cm range at peak
Luke Newsworthy said on 14/Oct/21
Either Norm is listed too short or Craig Ferguson is listed too tall.

Look up Norm Macdonald -Catches Up With Craig - Only Appearance on YouTube. When they shake hands, Craig is looking up at Norm. Norm has at least a solid inch on him. My guess is Craig was 6'1" peak and Norm was 6'2" peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Oct/21
Rob, could we give Norm 6ft1¾?
MaskDeMasque 5'9.5 said on 7/Oct/21
6'1.75 might have been possible. I thought he looked a good 4 inches taller than Adam Sandler in Billy Madison. R.I.P. Norm, he was a funny guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Sep/21
This or 6ft1¾
Canson said on 16/Sep/21
Sad news for sure. RIP
Jtm said on 16/Sep/21
he was at least 3 inches taller than dave chappelle. if chappelle is 5'11-6'0 that so many people think he is then no less than 6'2 but if chappelle is 5'10 that i believe than 6'1.5 is legit for Norm. Rip Norm Macdonald
Eric W Tam said on 15/Sep/21
RIP. Stood tall at 6'1-2 and hope he walks tall up there.
Hyper said on 14/Sep/21
Wesley Webb said on 14/Sep/21
Norm Just Passed Away today (1959-2021)
5'10 Dude said on 14/Sep/21
Norm Macdonald sadly just passed away. He was secretly battling cancer for years. On an unrelated note 6'1½ seems accurate for Macdonald. I've seen him look almost 3 inches taller than Seth Meyers in similar footwear. Seth is listed at 5'10¾ here.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Sep/21
Lost a good one today, guys

RIP Norm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Apr/21
6ft1½ up to 6ft2 can be argued for Norm. A good 3-4in on Sandler and Rock, max 2in below Kevin Nealon
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Dec/20
No less than this. On SNL he looked 187-188cm range more so than 186cm let alone 185cm
berta said on 31/Jul/20
looks legit 187 guy
Animus said on 1/May/20
@Drew Jackson

Can you substantiate that claim with photographic evidence? There is a video of them appearing on Conan O'Brien's show, where they are doing a bit of cooking together, and they look virtually indistinguishable in height. Now, Norm seems like a guy with relaxed posture, but based on that video as well as Ramsay's height on this site I can't see him above 187cm. I think a weaker 187cm, implied by the 6'1½ listing, is quite good.
MBR said on 2/Jan/20
Met him a few times. I towered over him at 6'5, so I thought he was only 6 feet, but looking back at it I think he's 6'1.
Mark D said on 28/Jul/19
Ran sound for a few of his comedy shows at a local club. Met him a few times, very cool person. I would say 6'2" is possible. I'm almost 6'5" and he was roughly 3 inches shorter. I remember I had a problem in finding a mic stand high enough for him, and said "you're about 6'2" right?" and he said yeah.
Drew Jackson said on 13/Jun/19
Quite a bit taller than Gordon Ramsey
Animus said on 22/Dec/18
As I have commented previously I think he can look more than ½" taller than Andy Richter. Perhaps the explanation could be, exercising the greatest level of precision in our estimation, we'd find that as young men Macdonald was actually 6'1⅝ and Richter was 6'0⅞. That would yield a more believable ~2cm difference between them.

Regardless of how it would fall out I don't think it makes sense to be too precise, as the margin for error is too large. There are too many contaminating influences that could dilute the clarity of the picture we're trying to paint.

So, their respective listings seem fine, but what I wrote can perhaps illuminate inquiring minds thinking the difference between them looks bigger.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Aug/18
Practically 4in taller than Sandler (near 5ft10)

Weak 6ft2 is my bet. 6ft1 flat is probably a deliberate downplay
Animus said on 23/Mar/18
The current average guess is too high. He is at most 187cm. His slender frame accentuates his height.
Animus said on 20/Mar/18
I guess he was too humble to claim 6ft2, so I assume he claimed 6ft1.
6'1.5 said on 29/Dec/17
Peak: 6'1.75"-6'2"
Now: 6'1.25"-6'1.5"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Nov/17
Could be 187cm at his low...
slothee said on 18/Oct/17

Agreed! 187cm is on point. Solid 6'1": Not too tall, but tall enough to be considered tall.
Animus said on 22/Sep/17
He can look like a solid 187cm.
Heightster said on 19/Sep/17
6' 1 1/2" perfect height, bare foot.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Sep/17
If he's near 6ft3 then Conan is close to 6ft6
JD said on 15/Jun/17
I've seen him right between Andy and Conan so many times there's no way in hell he's under 6'2. I think he's closer to 6'3 than 6'1.5. I was just thinking about this seeing him with Gordon Ramsay and Conan. This is a tall guy. He never looks dwarfed by Conan, ever, and is always taller than Letterman and Richter. These are people we've seen way too much of, with way too many other celebrities, not to know he's at least 6'2, imo.
Canson said on 2/May/17
Conan is strong 6'3 191cm
Sunfire said on 25/Mar/17
Connan is not 6'6" he is SIX FOUR. Macdonald is about two inches shorter than the Irish talk show host.
Animus said on 8/Mar/17
He typically looked more than half an inch taller than Andy Richter, when they were young men. This might be a case of Richter falling a bit shy of 6'1 and Norm being slightly closer to 6'2 than 6'1.
berta said on 6/Feb/17
yeah this is about right i think. chevy chase was 2 inches taller
Animus said on 2/Oct/16
Interestingly, he has a brother who is 6'6". I don't know if the brother turned out to be a lot taller than expected or Norm turned out to be a lot shorter than expected. The former seems more likely.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Oct/16
He was mainly described 6ft1 in his SNL days but could look at least 6ft2 at times. This is probably the lowest he could be...
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Sep/16
Rob, how arguable is 6ft2?
Editor Rob
at times I could see a case for it.
Animus said on 25/Sep/16
He looked noticeably taller than Letterman on his last appearance on the show, but Letterman could be about 6'0.5" today. I think it's pretty safe to say that Norm clears 6'1", but I think 6'2" is too much. He looks too similar to Gordon Ramsey to be 6'2". I don't see him below Letterman when he was at his peak height, so I think 6'1.5" is a good listing.
Goose said on 5/Jul/16
Saw him on the sidewalk in front of a bar/club on the Upper West around 1999 or 2000 (surrounded by a bunch of hot chicks). Love the site but needs a 'serious' upgrade on this one. Norm was 6'3 1/4 to 3/4 by my best estimates. Maybe 6'2 now but was 6'3.... Any first person encounters out there to contradict or support this....
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jun/16
I'd have gone with B-C
No way. said on 24/May/16
There is no way he's under 6'2. None.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Apr/16
Rob, which of these would you pick for Norm?

A) 189.5cm/187.5cm
B) 189cm/187cm
C) 188.5cm/186.5cm
D) 188cm/186cm
E) 187.5cm/185.5cm
Editor Rob
you could argue he can look more than E at times, so I wouldn't rule out D range
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jan/16
Rob, is 188cm out of bed possible for Norm?
Editor Rob
he can look at times in the decent 6ft 1 zone, so 188 out of bed is quite possible
Jane Doe said on 12/Jan/16
He's gotta be at least / a little over six feet - check out his appearances on Conan. Conan is super tall, like 6'6, and when Norm stands next to him, he's only slightly shorter. Conan's probably a little hunched over when shaking hands so, add a little to him. But they're def both tall guys.
WAF said on 14/Sep/15

I agree that one's first impression looking at that picture is 6'2" range. However, there are a few factors to consider: He is a little closer to the camera than Seth Meyers. That might give him a 0.25" advantage. Meyers is listed at 5'10.75" on this site but he could just as well be 5'10.5" (based in part on comparison with Will Arnett). Also, it's really not possible to discriminate between people that are separated by less than 0.5". In this way, it's possible for Norm to look 6'1.75" on the picture and thus nearly 6'2".

Let me stress that it's very difficult, if not impossible, on a systematic basis to decide the height of someone with a smaller margin of error than 0.5". Even to decide whether someone is, say, 6'1.5" or 6'2", you would need to compare them to people who are quite close in height to them. It's a bit easier to decide between different ranges such as 6'1"-6'1.5" and 6'1.5"-6'2".

I think Norm's range is probably 6'1.25"-6'1.75".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Apr/15
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He looks 6ft2 here.
Johnnyboy said on 13/Apr/15
I always thought 185 seemed a little too low for this guy. 187 seems spot on.
Mr. R said on 11/Apr/15
Why was he always listed at 6-4?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Apr/15
This is spot on. 185cm always looked too low
JB said on 2/Apr/15
Sounds about right. He's pretty tall but not a giant.
Sam said on 30/Mar/15
Thought he was a 6'1" guy for sure, don't know about the extra half inch.

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