Peter Falk's Height
5ft 6 (167.6 cm)
American actor, best remembered for his iconic role as Detective Columbo in the TV series Columbo. In film he had memorable roles in The Princess Bride, Wings of Desire and A Woman Under the Influence. In a 1981 article it mentioned that "Little did the 5-foot-8 Falk know that being short was a plus in the eyes of 5-foot-8 Shera [his wife]...'I always went out with short guys. They'd come over - and give me a look up - and they'd be very nice...as if they had to try harder because they were short'"
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Average Guess (11 Votes)
5ft 5.86in (167.3cm)
Ian C. said on 7/May/20
One of Lieutenant Columbo's gifts was that he was small. His method depended on being underestimated by the confident, upper class murderers he set out to catch, and being short was an advantage in that regard. If Columbo had been a large, athletic man, the show wouldn't have been so entertaining.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Sep/19
Ah! Today would have been Peter's 92nd Birthday.
I reckon Peter looked about 5ft5.75 in 'Columbo'. I once saw him in a film amusingly entitled 'Murder By Death', and I'm pretty sure Peter Sellers was in it too. It was, of course, a comedy! Peter will have been 48 or 49 then, but I don't remember thinking whether or not he looked any taller than he did in his popular, star-studded detective series, though he was doubtless less disheveled!
Peter gets 5ft5.75.
RIP Peter XXX 🕯️
Caruso Victor said on 14/Jun/19
@BRADLEY...Yes Nimoy got caught right at the very end. Loved that episode...my favourite Columbo offering.
Fall looked no more than 5’6 to me while doing Columbo but I suspect that was a deliberate thing in order to make the guys he was trying to catch look even more impressive with their greater height. Therefore when the little fella finally catches them their fall from Grace looks even more dramatic...A “how the mighty have fallen” kinda thing. So I’m sure Falk was slouching his way through most of the episodes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the guest stars were wearing lifts. (William Shatner was but this was part of the plot where Columbo said Shatner’s character would be his height if it wasn’t for his lifts.)
I would guess Falk was a comfortable 5’7.5
RichardSpain said on 3/May/19
Between 166 and 168cm barefoot
diavolo said on 15/Dec/18
Never really looked full 5'6" in Columbo. Even shortish guest stars like 5'7" John Cassavetes looked tall next to him. I'd say Falk was more like 5'5" or 5'5.5".
Bradley said on 25/Aug/18
I'm looking a photo with my father around '68, he's 5-6. Leonard Nimoy had him by 6 on a Columbo early '73 episode, no lifts. Still can't figure out if Nimoy got caught in the end.
Meltdown said on 4/Aug/18
I think it is quite obvious that he was 5'6 peak height and statistically he would have shrunk to about 5'3 in his 80s considering. Still iconic performances as Columbo that rival anything in TV syndication history.
John Doe said on 10/May/18
Probably about 5'7" in shoes. 5'8" in shoes means 5'9" and he's obviously not that tall in Columbo, as 5'9" isn't short just a little below average height.
tree said on 2/Jan/18
I hope you will be able to find it Rob
said on 31/Dec/17
[Editor Rob: I remember I had a photo of him beside a height chart from 1989 I think, Here, maybe he was 5ft 7 in shoes at that time.]
Can't see the photo Rob :(
I wonder how much height his shoe gave if only 1 inch he was still 5ft6 at the age of 59.
Editor Rob: ah, another example of link rot. I have the photo somewhere in my house, but would need a week to find it probably.
You can never rely on links to other sites staying up indefinitely. Sites vanish, url structures change.
I have tried to keep the same url's for stars so links from other sites to whatever page on this site won't end up dead links.
Anonymous said on 2/Dec/17
peter falk did look 5.6 in the pilot episode of columbo,5.8 is too high for him.
Johnny said on 20/Sep/17
Hey Rob, add A Woman Under the Influence in the movies' list.
Sandy Cowell said on 13/Feb/17
I find it hard to believe he was as tall as 5ft6. I think his peak height was more like 5ft5, so I'll vote for halfway between the two heights - 5ft5.5, though later he must have been smaller!
I still enjoy watching his 'Columbo' series now, decades after it was made! There are so many guest stars on it too, so I'm going to do some comparing and then I'll get back!
Phil said on 12/Nov/16
Just one more thing. He was 5 foot 5.5.
I love Columbo.
KB said on 6/Sep/16
I saw him at a Laker game in the early 90's. He stood right beside me I even touched him. I'm 5'6" and was wearing platform boots and I towered over him. He was approximately 5'3".
The Exorcist said on 15/Apr/15
That's a great vid! Agree she is under 5'6"...I think both of them are, but man she rocks as a brunette! What a beauty!
Deuce said on 15/Apr/15
Correction: She's listed at 5-6.5 But I still think he was under 5-6.
said on 14/Apr/15
Needs a downgrade. I have a clip of a Columbo episode where Falk (age 51) is in shoes and Kim Cattral (age 22) is barefoot. At a couple points you can see her bare feet and his shoes. Kim Cattral is listed at 5'6" on this site. Falk barely edges her out in that scene...which makes him about a good half inch shorterthan Kim Cattral if he were barefoot.
Simon 'Kids Size' Regan said on 15/Oct/14
Looks 5 ft 6.25 at times? Potentially needs an upgrade?
davo said on 1/Oct/14
He was brilliant as Lt.Columbo. One of the greatest shows ever.
diavolo said on 8/Mar/14
He was slauching all the time with a very bad posture (probably exaggerated in the Columbo character), which made him look much shorter than he actually was.
OBSERVANT said on 16/Nov/13
LOVE THIS GUY. HE NEVER HAD TO LOOK TALL TO MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION ON SCREEN.
IKNOW said on 20/Oct/11
peak 5'8". Columbo was one of the best crime fiction television film series of all time. RIP Peter Falk.
kbarts said on 4/Aug/11
RIP Mr. Falk
guyfrommars said on 30/Jul/11
Robert Conrad was never 5'8" (173), he was 5'6" (168), just like Peter Falk. Also, Falk was the same height as 5'6" Bruno Ganz in Wings of Desire. R.I.P. Peter.
Parker said on 30/Jun/11
Absolutely loved Columbo
R.I.P Peter,thanks for the great entertainment.
Tommie said on 24/Jun/11
RIP Mr. Falk
mike said on 29/May/11
He probably looks shorter than what he really is because he has short legs with a big head and upper body.
jtm said on 4/Feb/11
5'5.5-5'6 at his prime.
Anonymous said on 1/Feb/11
a weak 5'6. The women always seem taller than him and even with heels should not be 2 inches taller.
leonari said on 13/Jan/11
Alex: Are you joking?
bruno said on 30/Nov/08
Peter Falk is a great in Columbo! btw he looks like 5'7"
Rut said on 11/Jul/07
He's about 80 now..so, nothing well in his 60s..
said on 11/Jul/07Click Here
A better picture of the two, standing next to each other.
said on 11/Jul/07Click Here
Falk with Bruno Ganz in Wenders' "Wings of Desire". Ganz is usually described as being 5'6".
Tubbs said on 30/May/07
Falk still looked 5'6 next to 6'2" Paul O grady yesterday, he did look shorter in Columbo, but that was due to the slouch. In other stuff he's done he has always looked 5'6", 5'6.5" region. I don't think he has lost much height, which isn't too bad for a guy who's 80 this year.
said on 16/Aug/06
5'6"?...He was 10ft. tall when this came out...great worker and achiever...Click Here
leonari said on 27/Dec/05
I see. Yeah magazines write the first height that comes to their minds...Jennifer love Hewitt as 5'8" is even funnier than Falk at 5'9".LOL
leonari said on 27/Dec/05
WHAT A JOKE!!! Falk was never 5'9" no matter what some stupid Cigar magazine claims. Come on ROB DON'T TELL ME THAT YOU belive this crap! The guy is clearly 5'6" and nowadays probably shorter.
[Editor Rob: yes of course I don't, but I like to note some of the height descriptions from magazines now and again, just to illustrate. i.e. the description of Jennifer Love Hewitt as 5ft 8 ;)]
CelebHeights Editor said on 27/Dec/05
No, it's not 1st April,
"In spite of his size, the five-foot-nine Falk also made the town basketball team" -- Cigar Aficionado
James said on 17/Feb/05
Falk is 5'4" tall now.