Peter Mayhew's Height
7ft ½ in (214.6 cm)
English actor, best remembered for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars series of films. He once claimed "I'm 7'3", but who's counting?"
and joked that "Incognito doesn't really apply once you pass the seven foot mark."
If I remember correctly Gwen[doline Christie] is 6'3"; which makes me only a foot taller than she is. :)
No, I am a bit shorter then I was at my tallest, but it's just a tad under 2 inches not 6.
As if seven feet of height was not convincing enough, Freeborn added lifts to raise Chewie to eight feet.
- Making a Monster, 1980
These days I'm 7'2". I lost an inch somewhere!
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Average Guess (63 Votes)
7ft 0.96in (215.8cm)
6'3 Julian said on 13/Sep/20
Could’ve been 7’1.5 out of bed at his peak
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Jun/20
7ft1 peak isn’t an unrealistic figure. From there it’s more than likely he’d have cleared 7ft2 straight out of bed and not been too far from is claim. A full 2in fluctuation is likely
Hanov said on 25/Jun/20
Oliver Richters 7'1.25"
Khali 7'0.5"-7'0 5/8
Ian Whyte 7'0.5"
Peter Mayhew 7'0.25"
6'4 and a half leperchaun said on 3/Jun/20
Harrison Ford shrunk to 5'9'', so Mayhew wasn't 7'3'' obviously. Seems 6'8'' or 6'9'' in the picture, so not taller than 6'11'' in the 70s. RIP. Gwendoline Christie is 6'1 1/2'' not 6'3''.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990
said on 24/Mar/20
@Dream Click Here
Peter in his late 50s holding about 6'11 look below 2" shorter than Ian Whyte and we can see Ian get the camera advantage. I check for a long time that Ian isn't 7'1 as he claim, also look to have about 5'11.5" high shoulder Click Here
(right arm movement while hands on Rob shoulder that helping Ian shoulder tilt up a little higher for advantage) with Rob which indicate a 7'0 person with 5'11 high shoulder level it is a standard. The 6'0 high shoulder you seem with estimated from that very tall guy it's more on the 7'1 and above if like you say that the ground he stand is lower.
Hanov said on 15/Mar/20
Bit over 7'0 like Shaq but shorter than Khali and Ian Whyte
Dream said on 24/Jan/20
Truth to be told, I've once seen a guy, who's shoulders are well above six foot flat. This is also the fact that I was standing on much higher ground, and that he didn't seem like he was wearing big footwear, so he could've been a lot taller. I'm not sure if his shoulder level were 6'1" or 6'2", but it was damn high.
Dream said on 24/Jan/20
Also, Ian Whyte edged this guy out. Rob has met Ian Whyte too.
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 22/Jan/20
Not sure why he keep claiming 7'3 when obviously a shrunk 6'10 Peter daring to claim a foot over 6'3 Gwendoline Christie when it's only 7" apart between them.
Gary Allen said on 30/Dec/19
I remember Peter Mayhew being interviewed by David frost Parkinson or maybe another renound personality/interviewer.
The fact he had the man in the Wookie suit got my attention.
I looking and started to wonder how tall he was as i notice his lower legs bones had to be close to a meter long. I'm not short but I'm not all that tall either.
THEN he was asked how tall he was. Clearly stating he was 7'4" my jaw dropped.
Now im reading heights from 7'.5" to 7'2"
I guess at his peak he was 7'4" and healthy. As I guess he lost a few inches due to disc degeneration at time of his passing.
Didn't know until today 30/12/2019 deeply saddened. RIP Peter Mahew (Chewie)
TheBat said on 15/Dec/19
7'1" in his prime. Nowhere close to 7'3".
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 14/Oct/19
Peter Mayhew was the same height as 6'10 Ross Sambridge not many years ago.
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 15/Sep/19
Yes, He was one of the tallest men bit over 7 footer who wasn't even a basketball player...
RIP Peter Mayhew
said on 22/Jul/19
So he was never 7"3 in his Prime Rob?
unless he lost over 5 inches by his 60's.
177cm said on 18/Jul/19
RIP Peter. Legit 7 footer in his prime.
said on 28/May/19
Surely over 7ft peak, but in the end he was a bit shorter than 6'10 listed Joonas Suotamo.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/May/19
It would have been Peter's 75th Birthday today, which, ironically, he shared with Andre the Giant.
Looked very tall to me! 7ft0.5. 💐
Johan 185 cm said on 13/May/19
To be fair with alot of 7 footers they probably do lose alot more than the average person throughout the day.
I can imagine him measuring 7'2" right out of bed.
said on 11/May/19
Rob you changed it from 214 to 215?
A month ago yeah
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/May/19
What terrible news.
RIP Peter xxx
Bones Kelley-McCoy said on 3/May/19
He was the best of the best. My favorite even over Han Solo. I've a 6 generation collection of Chewbaccas family beginning in 1977 with my 1st original Kenner. I've more than 5+newer ones, tots and Solo Story. Peter still is as gentle as they come and lived a wonderful life. I'm glad one day I will see him and talk to him face to face. He answered my tweets. He was special. A gentle man with a heart of love. Arrrh!! I will never forget how you came into my life in a theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and passed out on a warm day along Lake Erie in NE Ohio. Thank you Peter, Angie and your family for sharing your Chewbacca with us all. God Speed big friend. Tell my Daddy howdi. He loved you too.
said on 3/May/19
Rob, the comments about him not wanting to stand up for everyone, are you sure that wasn't because it might have been rather painful for him to get up and be on his feet? (re: the numerous photos of him using a cane/wheelchair/scooter)
He was walking about the event, not in a wheelchair, but of course would have pains.
Tunman said on 3/May/19
There was a program in which 2 persons (a pretty girl and a man with glasses)were asking people to give their T-Shirts,just to show how appearance plays a great role in social interactions.Well the dude only collected 7 T-shirts while the woman if I remember brought 26.
As with Peter,a 6'1-2"woman was something enough unusual to get his attention but the problem is that with only 5 people he could have waited 2 minutes or so standing up.
It's just too bad that some celebs forget that they're only existing thanks to fans.I mean it's understandable that sometimes one can get bored or have a bad day but then smiling or being nice doesn't really cost that much effort.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/May/19
RIP big guy
RichardSpain said on 3/May/19
R.I.P Peter a lot of thanks for your rol in star wars movies, you was the true star !!! We will never forget you.. really!
'Annonymous' said on 3/May/19
Oh no! I have always liked Mr. Mayhew very much and I'm very sad when I learned that he died at almost 75 years old, I regret that I have never met him😭😢. May the force be with you, Peter, and the peace of your soul! I've heard that very tall people live shorter than people with normal height, but I don't know if this is true since Mr. Peter was almost 75 years old...
Shortkid said on 3/May/19
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 2/May/19
R.I.P. to him. For a 7 footer, 74 isn't a bad life at all. It's a shame your interaction with him was negative, most stories I've heard from fans who met him are great!
said on 19/Apr/19
Hi Rob! I am positively surprised that you have again given the upgrade to Peter😀. If Prowse in 1980 was 6'5" then Peter looked comfortable over 7 feet: Click Here Click Here Click Here
In addition, Peter quite well maintained his height to the end of the 90s and this is evidenced by those pictures from 1997: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
And these photos from 1999: Click Here Click Here
Mayhew in the 70s, 80s and 90s looked comfortable over 7 feet but in the last twenty years he had to lose a lot of height... Rob, I think this upgrade to 1/2 inch over 7 feet was good for Peter😉.
Well in 70's he probably exceeded 7 foot, how much is still debatable, but I feel the 1/2 inch mark is ok for him.
Mrvain777 said on 8/Feb/19
He's already way too tall. Why does he have to claim a height that's even more ridiculous?
James G. said on 30/Jan/19
Was 7’1.5.” He is now 6’11.25”
said on 13/Jan/19
Since he claimed 7'3 multiple times, does that mean that's what he actually thought he was?
It would be interesting who measured him.
berta said on 31/Oct/18
this guy was easily taller than someone like andre the giant. i think he could have been over the listed height at peak.
Dream(5'9.5") said on 3/Jun/18
Also, it’s not fair for him. If he didn’t experience physical pains of being tall, I’m sure he would happily sign autographs without question.
said on 15/May/18
Rob, please look at this photo from 1997: Click Here
Mayhew at the age of 53 still looked good at 7 feet tall. Rob, you said Mayhew has more chance of 214 cm than Andre The Giant and Big Show, and peak height 7'0.25" seems okay for him. Rob, will you give him upgrade a quarter inch now?
I think it is probably fair to give Mayhew the fraction.
joe### said on 9/May/18
Jordan87 said on 8/May/18
Prowse was actually closer to 6'4 then 6'6. Also that Angle Favors Mayhew.
Mayhew was around 6'9.5 with Kristian Nairn who is a solid 6'8. Mayhew was Older however during the photo. Mayhew was probably not over 7' but very close to it in his youth. 7'3 or 7'2 whatever he claimed is very bogus however.
said on 2/Apr/18
Hey Rob, how tall would you estimate a prime Peter Mayhew would reach first thing out of bed? 7'1? 7'1.5? 7'2?
Well, his peak is debatable, so I'd say that he has a greater chance peak to have shrunk over 1.5 inches...like 1.75 or so from rising to bed.
said on 18/Mar/18
Rob, you said you could argue that Peter could have been over 7 feet in height. Look how high Peter looks next to David Prowse: Click Here
I think he wouldn't have less than 214 cm height in its prime. Rob, could you give him at least 7'0.25"?
A bit over 7ft flat is possible for him.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 1/Jan/18
Do you think Mayhew would be less famous had he was average heighted? Because you're right, most people only know him for his height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Dec/17
A lot of guys that tall also tend to experience a lot of pain when they get older so it doesn't come as a surprise to me that he doesn't appear as warm as others...nevermind the fact that his height is what he's known for primarily and that's not fair. He seems like an extremely smart man and a great storyteller...
berta said on 25/Dec/17
do he really lie in every quote about his height? maybe he is taller than we think if he manage to stand tall? but it seems impossible. the listing seems fins
said on 18/Dec/17
rob was Peter once on here at 6ft8?
Editor Rob: 6ft 8.5 for a while as he looked that when standing with the tall lady who looked close to her 6ft 2 claim....
I wouldn't have said Peter was much taller in person than Hafthor Bjornsson and really seeing daniel cudmore with the same photographer I wouldn't have said there was more than 2 inches between them...Ian Whyte looked significantly taller beside the photographer than Mayhew, but then I had seen Peter on another occasion and mentioned he looked 6ft 10-11, which was probably what he could be when able to stand taller.
said on 27/Nov/17
Rob, would fluctuating over 2in morning to night be possible for a 7ft guy?
Editor Rob: it might be possible if a man was in the 7ft range or taller like Mayhew to lose that much, a full 2 inches...
you can still make an argument mayhew was over 7ft, his height loss was in his back and in his knees as he ended up knock kneed, which probably made him seem barely even 6ft 9 in person, although the first time before that he did look 6ft 10-11 range.
said on 17/Nov/17
yes, he was 7 feet no more at peak
just checking this picture with 112 Baker
said on 10/Oct/17
Rob, from what I’m hearing, this guy seemed the meaniest celebrity you saw in person.
There really were just a handful (i.e. 5) of people. You cannot stand up for the tall women and show disdain for 4 other smaller people and refuse to stand for them...
Newsflash - you are famous primarily because of your height, nobody in their right mind would pay 20 quid to have you on a stool looking 4 foot 8 😄 A wookie? You ended up looking like an EWOK!
5 people were in that queue willing to pay money for a photo with the guy who played Chewbacca, a character known for being very tall...unprompted and up quicker than Usain Bolt on seeing the tall women, then immediately superglued to his chair for those other 'shorter-statured' folk 😆 😅 😂
said on 28/Sep/17
Rob, this is guy has almost squeezed his Star Wars connection dry he is at every convention on earth! I'm genuinely surprised you never caught him on a good day and got him to stand with you
Editor Rob: he did for a friend, when he was in a worse physical state than 10 years ago! The cheek of him!
Mark(5'9.5 said on 7/Aug/17
Ian Whyte beat him out in a measurement showdown. I'm certain that Shaquille O'Neal would too as well.
However, I can understand why he didn't want to sit up.
even said on 21/Jul/17
i think there is an unnoticeable difference between his 7 foot 5 claim and the reality which is 6 foot 10 , i mean just a trifle 7 inches
John said on 10/Apr/17
He'll be 5'11 by 95.
said on 25/Mar/17
With 1.12 Kenny Baker he looks over 2.21...
Double sizes him
Nik said on 9/Dec/16
This guy is stupendously tall.
Ice said on 2/Sep/16
Just lol @ 7'3"
said on 18/Aug/16
How tall is he now ? @Rob Paul
Editor Rob: haven't seen him stand up for a while, although last time about 3 years ago I think he still might be 6ft 9 range. It's not impossible he topped 7ft a bit.
Guyster said on 16/Jul/16
Looks 6"11 in the pic with 5"11 Harrison Ford, then again the photo angle could give that impression.
Monster said on 20/Apr/16
Absolute nonsense.. In his prime he was huge.7.3..
said on 11/Feb/16
hi rob i born 1986 i met peter in december 2015 at a stars wars convention in memphis, i am 6'8 and he was the same height as me, rob i doubt that he is even as tall as your estimate of 6'10, i cannot understand how he could have ever have reached 7'3 in peak do you agree that was a fabricated height, i think he is 6'8 now, i know he has had operations on his leg but he could never ever have been higher than 7'0. i say 6'10 peak what do you think rob?
Editor Rob: I do think he was somewhere in 7ft range...the 7ft 3 seems hard to beleive, but losing a few inches by today is very probably for Peter.
Cliff said on 30/Jan/16
@ 120 - You're spot on. That's exactly what I believe based on photos from the first film and blueprints of the trash compactor room. He was definitely 7'3" in the costume and that's it.
120 said on 26/Jan/16
He was probably 7'3" when he was measured in the wookie outfit, i guess.
Steve B said on 11/Jan/16
As for Joonas being the new Chewie for the most part, he is 6'10" which is more in line with Mayhew's real height. I am guessing Mayhew's true height probably never was 7'3 or 7'2" as listed, even actors add a couple of inches without even thinking about it. Joonas as Chewie still towers over everyone in the film. I can't really see the huge difference 1 or 2 inches makes in this case, if even it is the case. The costume of Chewie can easily be fitted with an extra 2 inches in the feet if need be, not that it would really be all that notable anyway.
said on 3/Jan/16
Rob, did you list Nairn 6'10'' before?
Editor Rob: yes on adding him.
Duhon said on 1/Jan/16
His body double for the latest Star Wars is a 6'10" listed finish basketball player named Joonas Viljami Suotamo. It may just be my perception but Chewbacca didn't appear as tall overall next to Ford as he did in the original trilogy. Perhaps due to the fact it was now two 6'10" men playing the role instead of a true 7 footer.
Elias said on 23/Dec/15
@The Tall Kid,
In the pic you posted with Ian Whyte, Ian Whyte looks like a giant Milo Ventimiglia.
MaskDeMasque said on 29/Nov/15
if he's 6'10 in that photo, ford looks 5'11.
said on 22/Nov/15
Rob,what this guy done with you in the past ? Was abouta a tall girl ?
Editor Rob: there was a handful of us. He did stand up for a tall girl but then said 'nah' when I asked if he'd stand for the rest and pointed out there was barely anybody in the queue. Funny thing was the photograph didn't come out right that day so I got another shot the next day and it was only me and him when he came over and he could have just stood there for 10 seconds, but wanted a seat again...
Cliff said on 8/Sep/15
As an aside to my several last remarks; I hope I'm wrong, but at the same time I don't care. I don't just mean to accuse him of making his height up. I was infatuated with height as a child, in no small part because of the character of Chewbacca, but the 8'0" promised by the bubble gum cards rapidly departed as a sense of reality set in (along with a pretty sharp sense of scale). Any recent ideas of 7'4" are just silly. Peter, if your reading this, nobody cares if you're shorter. Nobody can ever replicate Chewbacca because it's you under all that mohair. You ARE Cherie. It doesn't matter if you're 7'4" or 5'3". We LOVE YOU. :D
Cliff said on 8/Sep/15
Doing some further photo math... I very strongly suspect that Peter's claimed height was the height of his alter ego, Chewbacca, which for all intents and purposes appears to be no more than 7'3" (ANH). And before all you naysayers, who believe Peter is, or was, over 7'2"; I make this estimate of character height against set photos with blueprints for scale. This is IN costume, not out. As I said before... 7'0" maximumd is my guess. His posture was GOOD back then and counting in the slouch we all have... 6'10". I think if he stood straight the character would have gained an inch. No more. I will stand very humbly corrected if anybody can prove otherwise in any way.
Cliff said on 3/Sep/15
Well, technically..... :)
LoganNoll1996 said on 31/Aug/15
Looks like a giant next to Harrison Ford in that picture. I just find it funny.
Dingus said on 18/Aug/15
Could have been just over 7ft before bed in his prime. Now he is definitely below it, although, not by much.
tumac66 said on 27/Jul/15
People do shrink with age, My grandfather`s Army records put him at 5 9 and a half,by his early sixties he was my height, 5 7. when he passed away at 88, he was about 5 4
katrina said on 26/Jun/15
I was listening to an interview from 2001 or 2002 on YouTube when asked about his height he said I am 7ft 4 that might be a slight over estimate butdo you think rob he might have been over 7ft in his prime
said on 10/May/15
How big do you think Neil Fingleton's head is, he is 7'7.5 but his head looks quite small for his size.
[Editor Rob: Wadlow had a very big head which probably makes his seem tiny in comparison...but for a guy his size he has a small head, I think it helps to add to how tall he can look aswell. I doubt it is much over 10 inches]
Cliff said on 24/Apr/15
Dave Prowse "claims" to be 6'7". He never was. Everybody fairly well agrees he was never over 6'5" and most likely 6'4" to 6'4.5". And that photo... that's just horrible perspective. Not only is Peter closer to the camera, it's also way down low. That photo is a terrible judge of height. I'd guess Peter to be no more than a maximum of 7" taller than Dave in that photo. Look at the promotional photo of just Mark Hamill (5'7") and Peter and then try insisting he's over 7' tall. It's ridiculous. I still maintain he was never more than 7' and more likely 6'10" to 6'11".
said on 8/Apr/15
In this pic Dave Prowse claims to be 6'7" and Mayhew to be 7'3
You be the judge :
Cliff said on 6/Mar/15
@ The Tall Kid:
You've proven my point. He was never over 7'0" tall. I saw a fairly recent interview where he claimed 7'4"! I couldn't believe it... I think he peaked @ maybe 7'0" and no higher. More likely 6'11".
The Tall Kid
said on 25/Feb/15
Here he is with with several other tall people
7'1'' Ian Whyte Click Here
6'9'' Kristian Nairn Click Here
Here he is with a guy who claims 6'7'' Click Here
with 6'10'' guy Click Here
with 6'8.5'' Michael Kingma Click Here
Rob, based on these photos, do you think it's possible he could be 6'9'' maybe?
[Editor Rob: yes he has lost a few inches anyway from the 70's, I think he did get his knee operation so maybe can stand better in past year than previous few years.]
Terence said on 23/Jan/15
The taller you are-the more relative height you lose
Cliff said on 26/Sep/14
I was doing some math on some of the group promo shots for Star Wars... Peter was never over 6'11. More likely 6'10, just like now. He was full of it the whole time just like a lot of them. He never 'lost' 4 or 5 inches over the years. It's asinine. He was never as tall as he claimed.
said on 12/Sep/14
I can imagine you tearing into Mayhew for not standing up and Jenny holding you back Rob haha ;)
[Editor Rob: you seen my criminal face right, you don't want to get me too upset ;)]
said on 25/Jul/14
we can end this 6'6'' rubish or under 7'2''Click Here
Dave Prowse was 6'6''.I have seen him next to Geoff Capes,in 1982,and he was taller,he's at least 8'' taller than Prowse here
ck said on 15/Jan/14
@Yaspaa - there's a scene when the rebels are being led by their captors out of the sheild generator bunkef on Endor. There's no doubt a stand in for Mayhew in this shot as the character doesn't appear more than 6'6" next to 5'1" Carrie Fisher.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Sep/13
Chewbacca in my opinion really is one of the greatest assets to Star Wars. His mild-tempered groans and big cuddly appearance in such a setting really makes him wonderful! So cute the way his head bobs about in the space ship and his groans! He definitely looks around 7 ft 6 in the bacca suit though.
Jordan said on 25/Sep/13
I have been out of touch for awile but didn't you used to have Pic with Mayhew?
Arch Stanton said on 6/Sep/13
I don't know how tall he measured in the Chewbacca suit but he looks around 7'6" next to Harrison Ford. The head itself probably gives 4 inches. He could have been a little over 7 ft but difficult to tell in that suit. He must have been absolutely baking in that thing.
Yaspaa said on 23/Aug/13
@Poster B - When did Chewy look 6'5 exactly.
Yaspaa said on 19/Aug/13
Yeah, if Mayhew is only 6'10 now, Nairn certainly isn't. Could Mayhew be possibly taller?
James said on 16/Mar/13
I met Peter in 2011 I am 6'11 tall and he was slighter taller , he clearly has lost height as he is around 68, but I believe he was 7'2 at peak, maybe today around 6'11 to 7'0 but he defintely taller than the 6'10 listing on here
said on 11/Mar/13
I don't know what year this picture was taken Ferrigno could have been as tall as ~ 6'4 here with Mayhew. Click Here
stefo said on 26/Feb/13
8 inchs actually sean
poster B said on 20/Feb/13
The Character of Chewbacca was never more than 7'6" (never close to 8') and the head of the mask was elevated to look simian-esque. Peter, at best, was certainly no more than the given 7'2" in his prime. He may have already shrunk a bit by the time Return of the Jedi was produced. There are a couple scenes in Jedi where there was no doubt a stand in playing the character in his stead. Way too short... more along the lines of a 6'5" Prwose in height! But I'm sure Peter was a solid 7'1" to 7'2" at the filming of Star Wars.
logan noll 1996 said on 4/Dec/12
His peak height is usually listed as 7 foot 3 so I am going with that. He did look 7 foot 3 as Chewbacca.
Tall Joey said on 30/Nov/12
My father met this guy at a convention about 5 years ago. According to him, he was able to look Mayhew at eye level and was about the same height as him. My father is 7 foot and Im more inclined to believe that an aged Peter Mayhew who's lost some height already is closer to the 7 foot mark than the 6'9'' or 6'10'' claims people list him at.
avi said on 25/Oct/11
hmm never was over 7'0 (his almost 7'2 claim) probably never was legit 7'0 maybe in shoes was 7'0. shows how tall a 6'10-6'11 peak guy can appear. yes strong 6'9 seems good for him.
LAN Jiao said on 23/Oct/11
An inch shy of 6'10 british tall guy ross senbridge. 6'9 bang on!
Me said on 7/Sep/11
Strange way...has a smile and eyes/face/head like Rick Springfield, but a bit older.
Vegas said on 6/Sep/11
i got a photo with a chap in a chewbacca suit at a star wars convention thingy i attended in march, suits probably around 7ft
sean said on 5/Sep/11
He was 7'4" when he was doing empire strikes back. It made Lucas happy cuz " we only needed 6 inch lifts to make chewy 8ft tall.
matt said on 8/Jul/11
I met him at disney world star tours of the year 2011.
I am only 5 ft tall and 15 yrs old and hew was shorter than me because he was in his wheelchair. I actually got to shake his right hand which was larger than my head
Jay said on 23/May/11
Met him at a con in 2000. I'm 6'5" and he's a head taller than me. I'm inclined to believe he's closer to 7' than 6'9".
Jake T. said on 25/Feb/11
He was very tall as Chewbacca I don't know how tall exactly but in the picture he looks 6'10. Maybe he needs an upgrade.
Mamun said on 17/Feb/11
Kevin Peter Hall !
lila said on 11/Feb/11
Can anyone answer my question, please... Who do you think is taller? He or Kevin Peter Hall (Predator)?
linke said on 28/Jan/11
Is it true that star wars guys are pretty horrible to their fans,I've read it everywhere,especially about this guy,btw rob did he claim 7'3?
Anonymous said on 26/Jan/11
he was 7'3" when he played chewbacca, which is a known fact, but he has shrunk down with age. he's still probably over 7 feet though
linke said on 13/Jan/11
i wonder what height he claims?
Yaspaa said on 22/Dec/10
The suit could have added 6", we don't know exactly where Mayhew's head is in the suit.
Anonymous said on 5/Nov/10
i think he is 7'0-7'0.75
at the time he played chewie, he was 7'1 barefoot,7'2 in shoes
miko said on 10/Jun/09
Well I don't know how much more Kiel can stretch out there but he is looking 6"7 next to a 6"9 Mayhew.
By Rob's estimates, with both men at there peak, Keil would have had near 2" on Mayhew. I guess it's a hard one to call with two 7 footers Rob.
said on 6/Jun/09
A link to a pic I posted about 2yrs ago Richard Kiel & Peter MayhewClick Here
James S said on 30/May/09
6ft 10 and 7ft 1 peak
Big King said on 14/May/09
6'9" is obviously a downgraded joke! He towers about a full and a half foot over Mamun. Even 7'0" is downgraded. Mayhew is no less than 7'2".
bigd said on 1/May/09
this is ridiculous. When does anyone ever pose for a picture like they're having their height measured!? Think about it.
You can't judge someones height based on a relaxed photo pose by the actor next to a forced pose by a Height-hungry fan.
A little exercise for you all. Go to a mirror and stand normally. Now imagine your an 8 year old kid and you're being measured by your parents. Stand up fully. WOW look at that your at least an inch taller now!!
Look. its pretty obvious that people like Glenn and mamun have motives when it comes to getting pics. They stand at their "full height" in order to gauge their height against the celeb. But in any of these pictures of any celebrity does it look like their doing the same??? nope. why would they? Every picture of glenn looks like he's almost looking down his nose to the camera just so he can appear taller to the height of the celeb, whether they be 1 inch taller or 10.
All i'm saying is if you asked the actor or actress to stand like an 8 year old being measured then they'd straighten their back, tense their abs and would probably have a good inch or 2 on all of your estimations.
RE: the pic above. Mayhew is looking at the camera, head cocked to the side and forward. Now in your minds eye if you straighten him up hes got maybe almost 2 inches on the height he appears to be here.
yoyo said on 27/Apr/09
thats no way his just 6ft9. Peter Mayhew at least 6ft10 less. he had kind of wide in legs that can't make him stand straight up to looks 7ft. Now 6ft10.5(209cm) for him i guess.
TheTall Kid said on 7/Apr/09
He's normally tall, no growth prob or anything. Anyways there was this one picture of him standing next to Britain's Tallest Man then, Chris Greener,7 feet 6.25. Peter looked about 3 inches shorter than him. I'd say 7 feet 3, maybe 7 feet 2 but defintely above 7 feet 2. Anyways, still trying to find pic on internet.
Sam said on 4/Mar/09
that is one of the weirdest pictures i've ever seen!
aram x said on 16/Feb/09
He seriously doesn't look 7,3" to me. Well at least in that pic. And Anshelm I doubt spinal curvature can make you loose that much height. And Adam I would say that Peter's head is probably about 11.5-12 in long.
adam said on 1/Jan/09
Looks about 6-9 to 6-10 there next to Mamun. Remember that his head is very long.
Grace said on 16/Dec/08
He looks about 7 foot. I'm 5'5 in a half and the shortest one on my moms side of the family. My mothers one uncle who lives in germany is about 6'7 or something like that.
Daniel said on 6/Dec/08
Peter Mayhew is 7'2" i just talked to him that is how tall he is
said on 25/Nov/08
Rob, here he is next to 6"2 David Prowse. What do you see from it? I see 6"9, perhaps 6"10.Click Here
[Editor Rob: around that.]
Anshelm said on 6/Nov/08
Spinal curviture CAN have quite a drastic effect at those heights. In the documentary "Superhuman Giants" there was this guy (Ross Sambridge, I think) who thought he was about 7'5" (226 cm): he had been measured 7'3" (221 cm) by a tall persons' association some time ago, and he thought he was still growing; but when he was measured in the documentary he was found to be only 6'10" (208 cm).
adam said on 6/Oct/08
Mamun is over a foot shorter but has bigger arms!! Talking about a peanbole skinny guy...
aram x said on 23/Sep/08
Pete must be sloaching down a lot because if he's 7 feet his shoulder level should be about 2 inches higher than the top of Mamun's head since Mamun is only about 5,8".
Freddy said on 20/Sep/08
I can't beleive you have him at 6'9, i met Lou Ferrigno when he came to Australia and he was a good 6'4 and judging by the pic JT posted he is minimum 9 inches taller, unless he's standing on a box. He is definite 7'+ in that pic. I think he needs to be upgraded by a couple of inches.
aram x said on 18/Sep/08
How much height can one lose from the natural aging process? I know you would lose height as you age but c'mon on 7,3" at peak to only 6,10" at an old age is simply a little bit too much if you ask me.
Anonymous -15 said on 17/Sep/08
I wouldn't think he'd have lost 3 inches at 64 years of age. I think he can still look around 6'11" (maybe even 7ft.) with military posture.
Captain Spaulding said on 13/Sep/08
His head itself looks at least a foot tall, then theres his neck which also has a couple inches over mamun. And hes also leaning down into the picture a bit. So considering all that he looks at the very least 6'11" in this pic if not an inch taller.
aram x said on 9/Sep/08
How can somebody lose that much height from spinal curvature? Peak height of 7,2" and now he's only 6,9"? 5 inches of height lost from aging?
Big King said on 6/Sep/08
Mayhew at 6'9"??? I mean, yes he is often listed at 7'3" but he never looked that tall. The new height estimate at 6'9" surprises me totally. Peter is at least 7 feet tall. He's also over a foot taller than Mamun.
GOE said on 20/Aug/08
You cant compare height by looking at pictures - the closer to the lens the object is the more the angle from the top of the obejct to the bottom of the obeject compared to the lens becomes an issue. Alos the higher person will tend to tilt his head downwards to look into the lens. Together with the taller person hunching to get in the picture all this renders close up picture comparison utterly useless. It gets worse with more height difference and the closer the lens is to the object
chewbacca said on 16/Jul/08
I'd say an even 7 feet now if he's standing straight. Probably was 7'2" at his peak.
Clay said on 5/Jul/08
I think Chewy was indeed over 7 feet in the golden late 70's/early 80's!
Steve said on 26/May/08
6'10" according to that picture,but his peak height is mystery,he appears a to be a little bit taller than Kevin Nash who is 6'9"(206cm) in nowadays.About his real peak height,I really dont know.Why is he listed as 7'3",does he really look that tall or did he ever look?
JesseD said on 8/May/08
According to his official website, he is 7 foot 3.
Jason said on 20/Apr/08
I wonder who charged who?
venus said on 18/Apr/08
Hahaha!!! Chewbacca unmasked, what a hoot! He's a giant!
said on 16/Apr/08
WOW !!! Rob that's a fantastic job you did there ! Your head is , was and
will always be bigger than mine . Cus you have way too much more brains
than me baby ! How about putting that brains to use to do the Alam Channa
pictures I was begging you about ( Just kidding my friend no need to take
it seriously) .
[Editor Rob: I wish I could do the montage you want. ]
Yaspaa said on 15/Apr/08
The guy obviously has a long head not to mention he is leaning,I think 6'9 is is a bit shy of the mark.
Socom said on 13/Apr/08
Chewbacca is leaning a bit here. I say 6'8 on the dot.
eddiehaskell said on 13/Apr/08
He looks freakishly big - especially with the big hair. Check out the size of the hand on Mamun's shoulder. I'd say he was every bit of 7 foot at his peak.
said on 12/Apr/08
Lol! 6'9" I guess Rob has to be drug-addicted. Once matthew was listed as 7'2". So he can't lose almsot a foot because of his age. Matthew could be 7'1" now.
[Editor Rob: If he's 7ft 1 he's got a 18 inch head. And he doesn't.]
Jake Is Back said on 12/Apr/08
Looks 6'9" (I think, his posture is bad...)
Joe said on 12/Apr/08
mayhew is an easy 7 footer. no question
Jason said on 11/Apr/08
This guy's listed as 7'2''-7'3'' everywhere...
Yaspaa said on 10/Apr/08
Looks 6'10-11 on the pic
Charliemoto said on 10/Apr/08
wow! now that's tall!
imo he never was taller than 6'10-6'10.5 but now looks 6'9ish
sf said on 10/Apr/08
I agree- 6'10" or so, in that picture. Put a ruler over Mamun's head, and it still probably wouldn't reach the top of Mayhew's head. And, Mayhew's tilting his head.
Mamun said on 10/Apr/08
My friend Frank , they both looked the same height to me but Kevin Nash was
much more impressive because of his huge bodybuilder like built and very high
shoulders and traps muscles .
Da Man said on 10/Apr/08
It looks to me like Nash's shoulder height may be comparable to Mayhew's, but it also looks like Mayhew's head is going to be a couple inches taller than Nash's. Mayhew looks easily taller to me.
Mattiew_- said on 9/Apr/08
If Mamun is really 5'8 there is no way this guy is under 6'10"..
Dude said on 9/Apr/08
NOw this is what I call towering over someone. Not the 2-3 inches ev1 else claims as towering. Towering has to be at least 4 to 5+ inches on someone,
Alex2 said on 9/Apr/08
No, I think Mamun is a strong 5'8 guy but Meter is like 6'10 or more id say
Frank said on 9/Apr/08
Mamum did Peter look taller than Kevin Nash when you met him becasue they look very close in height but Peter might appear alittle taller
anonymous king said on 9/Apr/08
if mamun 5ft8 , Peter Mayhew would be 6ft10.5in at least.. His shoulder had an inches on Mamun plus peter had an very long head length like 26 ~ 27cm. Tip of his head to shoulder is about 33cm plus additional 3cm on 5ft8 Mamun(173cm+36cm)=209cm. Peter Mayhew is 6ft10.5..
MK said on 9/Apr/08
Possibly even 6'11'' if he stood straight, but his hair could fool us all, at least 2'' between scalp/hair in that pic.
Danimal said on 8/Apr/08
Minimum 6'9"-6'10" in the pic with Mamun.
juan said on 8/Apr/08
Mamun looks like 5ft7
Jake Is Back said on 8/Apr/08
On second though, I see a good 6'9" here. The hair had me fooled.
Jake Is Back said on 8/Apr/08
Although he seems to have bizarre posture.
Jake Is Back said on 8/Apr/08
He looks 6'8" in the picture.
Anonymous said on 8/Apr/08
yea he looks couple inches away from 7'0 but I'd say any around 6'8-6'10.
Alex2 said on 8/Apr/08
Couldn';t have that girl been wearing heels like most girls do?
D. Ray Morton said on 8/Apr/08
I had no idea Alice Cooper was that tall!
Anonymous said on 8/Apr/08
Alex2 said on 8/Apr/08
Looks 6'10 with Mamun, lol he looks like a ghost there.
Alex said on 8/Apr/08
I would say he looks at least 6'10, maybe 6'11 with Mamun.
Viper said on 8/Apr/08
"its true, its a fact. idk where on the net. my teacher who is 5'6 stated himself that his 6'5 brother is now 45 and is now 6'1"
Dont tell me you actually beleive that crap.
Jordan said on 8/Apr/08
Looks a strong 6'7.5 in this pic---I doubt his peak height was anything less then 7'0.
Mamun said on 8/Apr/08
This picture was taken march 2004 !
brother_h said on 8/Apr/08
WHOA!!!! i thought he was 7'3!? but 7'0 at peak and now 6'9!? that can happen. taller people are at a higher risk of losing height. people 6'2 and over have a high risk of losing height.
its true, its a fact. idk where on the net. my teacher who is 5'6 stated himself that his 6'5 brother is now 45 and is now 6'1
but anyway. this guy, looks different now. is this pic brand new?
Lawrence said on 26/Mar/08
I remmber him and David Prowse on tv,when star Wars first come out,and the intervuer ask him and david there height's Prowse said 6'6.5''and Mayhew said just under 7'2''but the next time I saw him on tv years later he said 7'3''But Ive seem him and 7'6.25'' Chris Greener on TV prog about tall men and he looked more than 3'' shorter than him,more like 7'2'' in his boots peak.
earl said on 27/Nov/07
the tallest actor list ,list him as 7ft3(221cm).. howcome his height been shortern so much?? i was always thought his about 7ft..
Jason said on 6/Oct/07
JT says on 23/Nov/06
''Nice picture, Bendy. I've never seen Kiel next to anyone taller than him. Kiel looks around 2 inches shorter. If Kiel could/would straighten up, he'd probably be about as tall as Mayhew. His shoulders are definitely at a higher level. Kiel looks like he has no neck. His spine is probably curved forward in the cervical region.''
There you go - a post of JT's from the Richard Kiel page that shows there was a Kiel/Mayhew pic there, and they were of similar height. I knew I wasn't imagining it lol. The pic has disappeared off the page, though...
Jason said on 5/Oct/07
Doesn't this bring Richard Kiel down a notch or two, then? I think there was a recent pic of Kiel with Mayhew posted on the Richard Kiel page, and they were about the same height.
Jason said on 4/Oct/07
Wow ... even I wouldn't have guessed that low for his current height, but I believe you (Big Show lol). He's listed everywhere at 7'3''!
Chip said on 29/Aug/07
Is the stuff you say about Peter Mayhew true, guys? I mean, I can't plame him for being ticked sometimes. He had to walk around in that huge, hairy suit, which was probably hot and uncomfortable. And I imagine that some fans (I'm talking about the screaming, yelling, crazy hardcore fans) can be very annoying. But if you're just calm, cool, and asking for his autograph, then that's no excuse to ignore a fan.
Anyway, this guy might have lost a few inches, I wouldn't know. If I were 6'11", I'd be glad to use a few: 6'11" is way too tall for me. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with someone who is that tall, I'm just saying that I wouldn't want to be that tall.
Arjun said on 3/Jan/07
Looks 6'10.5" - 6'11" next to 6'0" Hayden.
blademes said on 27/Sep/06
Ive met the guy about 2 years ago, and im about 6'9" and hes seems to be not that much taller then me
Glenn said on 17/Jul/06
F**k that guy.I could care less if I ever get him and hope he croaks.
Ed said on 7/Jul/06
Right on Glenn! I grew up with Star Wars, and it was enormously influential in mine ,and pretty much everbody elses childhood of that time. I was a kid again for that few minutes meeting the guy, until I realized how impatient he seemed, and just plain bored with the whole thing. It's a shame that all these actors continue to milk their own fans, when as Glen said the public are the one's who embraced this unknown Hospital porter from England in the first place. If audiences didn't care about Star Wars he wouldn't have the ability to spend the entire year traveling the globe, hanging out in convention halls all weekend long, and making easy money off our childhood admiration. Plus, I didn't want a picture with him because of his height, but because he was Chewie for christ's sake!
Glenn said on 6/Jul/06
He hasnt the right to charge dick.we the movie paying public bought him his house and his lavish lifestyle.whilst,he is he isnt harry ford,Im sure he lives better than most of us.Im not wanting a photo of him for his height,what kind of dumb s*** is that? I want a photo with him cause I have my picture taken with most of the main cast.plus he was in sinbad.remember who bought your house too anonymous.
Anonymous said on 5/Jul/06
I know his height got him the Chewie job but it must be pretty annoying if people keep asking you to stand up straight so they can take a photo of you. After the five hundredth time I'd imagine something must snap. At the end of the day he's just making use of his assets by charging. If people are so impressed by his height and want a momento then he's within his rights to charge them in my opinion.
Glenn said on 12/May/06
I hate paying people.only did twice.I was broke,otherwise I wouldve thought about whipping up a 20 spot.this was in a hotel lobby,an hour after the convention ended.
Ed said on 11/May/06
Glenn's right, he won't pose or sign unless you pay the $20 he charges for an 8x10 autographed photo, and then maybe he'll take a picture with you. This was the first time I went to a convention as well as buying a celeb autographed picture, and it will definitely be my last. I got a photo with him, but he was sitting down behind the table and wouldn't come out. As far as his height I watched him get up from his seat to get a drink or something, and he looked 6ft11 to 7ft. He does hunch a lot, so he could be taller. I don't think he's 7ft3 anymore.
Glenn said on 11/May/06
He wont pose or sign unless you pay him.
said on 9/May/06
I dont think hes anywhere near 7'3" nowadays, here he is with the starwars cast, and the guy at the far right holding the umbrella is cristopher lee, who is about 6'4", My guess is hes probably about 6'11"-7'0", He probably was 7'3" in his younger days, but he is getting on a bit now...Click Here
Christina said on 26/Mar/06
Peter Mayhew was a close friend of my grandad for many years because they went to the same school together.My grandad is 6ft6 and Peter Mayhew is 7ft6.During their teens they had to carry aroumd their birth certificates on the bus for proof of age because they were so tall for their age!
Leanne said on 28/Jan/06
He is a monster is real life wow i saw him in dallas the other day
Ed said on 7/Dec/05
I met him at a convention a few years back, and I would say maybe 6ft11.He has the most gigantic hands, like shaking hands with a baseball glove. Maybe he was over 7ft at one time, but not anymore. Then again he does slouch a lot. He is an older guy though, age may have caught up with him.
Christoffer Slotte said on 20/Aug/05
According to a British casting directory I saw in the 80s he is 7'3.
Anshelm said on 10/Jul/05
The Guinness Book of Film said "2.2 m (7 ft 2 in)". Maybe 220 cm is right?