How tall was Peter Falk

Peter Falk's Height

5ft 6in (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'"

How tall is Peter Falk
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Average Guess (6 Votes)
5ft 5.67in (166.8cm)
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
@Deuce:

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.
Deuce 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.

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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.
Aguz said on 25/Jul/11
A rare case of a guy who showed himself shorter than he was. 171 in his prime, not 168. In the 70's everybody used heels, Falk as Columbo didn't and he was in the same height league of Robert Conrad (listed 1.73) in one chapter.
[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.]
Parker said on 30/Jun/11
Absolutely loved Columbo

R.I.P Peter,thanks for the great entertainment.
zuo said on 24/Jun/11
R.I.P.
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?
Rut said on 11/Jul/07
He's about 80 now..so, nothing well in his 60s..
guyfrommars said on 11/Jul/07
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A better picture of the two, standing next to each other.
guyfrommars said on 11/Jul/07
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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.
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.

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