How tall was Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

Irish/English actor best remembered for roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Lion in Winter, Becket, What's New Pussycat?, How to Steal a Million, My Favorite Year, Venus and The Last Emperor. His agency listed him as 6ft 2.

How tall is Peter O'Toole
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Average Guess (34 Votes)
6ft 1.23in (186cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Aug/19
6ft2" Peter would have turned 87 today.

RIP Peter. xxx 💐
movieguy12 said on 2/May/19
Maybe O'Toole didn't look anything like Lawrence but that's nearly always the case in movies based on true stories. Actors tend to be much better looking and in this case significantly taller than the characters they play were in reality. Of course there are equally good looking people in 'normal' jobs but actors get parts to a large extent based on physical appearance. As for his height 6'2'' seems a decent bet.
William_O'Jell said on 13/Apr/19
He was not born in Ireland but was of Irish extraction on his fathers side. So he was indeed Irish by lineage. I believe he was very close to 6 feet 2.
RM Phillips said on 11/Feb/19
Peter O'Toole was an amazingly eccentric actor. He had a way of capturing your attention on screen and on the stage. I was a very young man when I saw him in Macbeth at The Old Vic in 1980. Naturally, I had seen him as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, and though he did not resemble Lawrence, I thought he made the film the great film that it was. As far as being miscast, I doubt there was any actor who could have performed the role adequately.
Being 6'2" myself, I presumed him to be the same height as I am, based on his height in The Lion in Winter next to Timothy Dalton and being eye to eye with him.
As far as I know he was of "Irish descent", though he did go to some lengths to hold himself out as Irish. I can't see that it matters that much as everything else he did was rather eccentric and a bit odd. Also, being Native American and having hundreds of thousands of European Americans holding themselves out as being Native American, if we can tolerate this outrage, the Irish can stand having such a superb actor pretending to be Irish. Particularly since so many Irish Americans claim to be Native American.
Since he is deceased now, does it really make a difference at this point?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Aug/18
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Clearly taller than Letterman (this was sometime in the early-mid 90's)
berta said on 7/Mar/18
maybe half inh under this listing
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Feb/18
he probably he claimed 6ft3
Suzanne said on 22/Feb/18
Peter wasn't quite 6ft2 without shoes.
there is quite a difference in height between James Villiers who would stand 6ft 5 in shoes, in The Ruling Class, my favourite o'toole movie.
Richard and mister Lennon you two are complete idiots
First Peter did not ruin Lawrence and in no way shape or form was he over hammy in his performance. I realise you are comparing him to Albert Finney, who is also an outstanding actor, as Albert was originally due to play Lawrence, he was probably also more accurate in height however as for acting both Peter and Albert were exceptionally powerful actors

Second Sir Peter was born in Leeds, he wasn't born in Ireland, his son Lorcan was born in Dublin, Peter's father Patrick was also born in Ireland.
I have never read such nonsense as Peter didn't resemble T.E Lawrence, apart from the height he closely resembled Thomas Lawrence, the length of face, the eyes and thick mouth, however he was absolutely nothing like Marlon, what garbage..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Feb/18
Like the picture changes
Richard said on 3/Dec/17
Richard Harris was only six foot, like Anthony Quinn.

O'Toole did actually ruin "Lawrence of Arabia" with his hammy overacting - plus, he looked absolutely nothing like the character.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Dec/17
6ft1 flat is a joke. That would make Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle, Colin Firth and Richard Harris shorter.
James said on 30/Nov/17
White actors like Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn played Arabs in the film.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 30/Nov/17
@James

Lawrence of Arabia was a movie based on a true story where a British lieutenant visited Arabia during WWI. O'Toole was portraying a white British character, not an Arab. And all the Arab characters were portrayed by Arabs. Nothing racist about this.
James said on 24/Nov/17
For obvious reasons a racist film like "Lawrence of Arabia" would never be made today. The UK should apologise for the Sykes-Picot Agreement.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 23/Nov/17
@James

I don't see anything wrong with it tbh. You don't see anyone whining over black actors portraying originally white roles in superhero movies.
James said on 23/Nov/17
It was about the British Empire, and it had white actors playing Arabs.
Mister lennon said on 22/Nov/17
Quinn was 6'1 peak. And wayne was a 6'3-6'4 guy, so its normal that he was much taller than quinn.
Guinnes was a 5'9-5'10 guy. 5'7 is nonsense for him. In his sixties, he was clearly taller than 5'7 mark hammill in star wars.

Racist film??? Why???
James said on 21/Nov/17
Alec Guinness was 5'7". Quinn was about six foot, he was far shorter than John Wayne in "Back to Bataan". A racist film like "Lawrence of Arabia" could never be made today.
Mister lennon said on 21/Nov/17
First, he was in sandals. But he didnt looked 5'11. He towered alec guinness, how was about 5'10. And he was the same than anthony quinn, who was 6'1. Even in sandals , he looked in the 6-6'1 range.
And he did a great performance. He didn look anything as the real lawrence,( what isnt his fault) but his performance was iconic.
James said on 20/Nov/17
He looked no more than 5'11". And he ruined the film. They should have cast someone who looked like Colonel Lawrence, like Albert Finney or Marlon Brando.
Mister lennon said on 20/Nov/17
5'11??? He looked minimum 6'1. And he was in sandals.
James said on 12/Nov/17
O'Toole only looked 5'11" in "Lawrence of Arabia". He ruined that film because he looked nothing like Colonel Lawrence.
Mister lennon said on 10/Nov/17
This james guy is so boring.

He was taller than hawkins, who was about 5'11 or 6. Hawkins only looked taller in the movie because the footwear.and not, we arent talking about lifts.
James said on 16/Oct/17
O'Toole cannot have been more than 5'11" because he was noticeably shorter than Jack Hawkins in "Lawrence of Arabia".
Mister lennon said on 8/Oct/17
He was close to 6'2 peak.
Mister lennon said on 7/Oct/17
Close to 6'2 peak
James said on 5/Oct/17
O'Toole was six foot.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Oct/17
Peter O'Toole was the exact same height as Dalton in the Lion in Winter. O'Toole and Caine need downgrades if he was 6'1.5.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Sep/17
Check out Wings of Fame. Clearly taller than a young Colin Firth
Arch Stanton said on 5/Apr/17
Seeing him with Sophia Loren, who could often look a full 5 ft 8, he certainly doesn't look under 6'2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/16
Still looked at least 6ft2 when he appeared on TFI Friday in 1998.



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James said on 23/Nov/16
If he was 6'2" why was he shorter than Jack Hawkins?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Nov/16
60's: 188-189cm
70's 187-188cm
80's: 186-187cm
90's: 185-186cm
2000's: 184-185cm
jtm said on 10/Nov/16
he was slightly shorter than Dalton. he was 6'2 in shoes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Nov/16
Taller than guys like Anthony Quinn, Tim Dalton and Richard Harris... also similar to Michael Redgrave. The 189cm mark is arguable in his 20's. He looked more 187cm in The Stunt Man and The Ruling Class.
James said on 9/Nov/16
The birth records show he was born at St James University College Hospital in Leeds on 2 August 1932.
mister_lennon said on 9/Nov/16
He was born in connemara, ireland.
James said on 9/Nov/16
He was born in Leeds.
mister_lennon said on 8/Nov/16
He never wore lifts and he was irish.he was born in ireland
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/16
O'Toole was eye to eye exactly with Timothy Dalton in 1969, so if Dalton was measured at 6'1.75 barefoot then a smidge under 6'2 for O'Toole is possible but O'Toole often had a look where you could quite believe a strong 6'2 and a decent 189. I call that the Andy Murray factor haha.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/16
James just makes me LOL. James Arness wore MASSIVE lifts, was really 6 ft flat. ;-)
James said on 7/Nov/16
O'Toole was wearing lifts in "The Night of the Generals" because he looked two inches taller than 6'1" Charles Gray.

O'Toole lied about being Irish so I'm not surprised he wore lifts.
mister_lennon said on 7/Nov/16
For me, he looked more about a strong 6'1 than 6'2. Maybe he was 6'2 out of bed.
AlexMahone said on 6/Nov/16
Dear Tom/James! How do you know that O"Toole wore lifts? (This is my anwser to your question how do I know that Philippe Noiret was about 185cm...) And if you don't know an actor this doesn't mean that this actor is unknown.
Andrew said on 6/Nov/16
I have trouble gauging his height. I wouldn't be surprised he is was anywhere from 187 to 189 cm at peak. I really doubt one could round him to 6'1" rather than to 6'2" based on what I've seen.
mister_lennon said on 6/Nov/16
O'Toole never wore lifts. He was about a 186 or 187 guy at peak.
James said on 4/Nov/16
Charles Gray was 6'1". Therefore O'Toole was 6'3" with lifts, and about six foot without them.
James said on 21/Oct/16
He can't have been 6'4.5".
Jug said on 14/Sep/16
O'Toole could not have been shorter than 6'2, and I think slightly over that mark is quite possible. As someone pointed out, he was a tad taller than Timothy Dalton in The Lion in Winter. Interestingly, he was at least two inches taller than Charles Gray in The Night of the Generals. (Charles Gray looked taller than Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice.) It is possible that O'Toole wore lifts in his Nazi officer's boots for that film. In any case, I would place this legendary actor at around 6'2.25.
James said on 22/Mar/16
O'Toole was never 6'2". Remember he was shorter than six foot Jack Hawkins in "Lawrence of Arabia".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Mar/16
188/189cm peak
187cm later career
Tom said on 15/Mar/16
The birth records show he was born at St James University Hospital in Leeds on 2 August 1932. He wasn't Irish at all.
Tom said on 15/Mar/16
O'Toole was the star of the film so he was probably made to look taller than the unknown French actor. How do you know the Frenchman was 6'1"?
AlexMahone said on 11/Mar/16
No Tom. I repeat again myself: I saw the Anatole Litvak movie "The night of the generals" and the well-known french actor Philippe Noiret who was a legit 6'1 and played the french inspector in the movie, stands face to face O'Toole in the end of the film. O'Toole was 1 inch taller, so 188cm in his peak is all right. That's all.
littlesue said on 9/Mar/16
Think he was born in Ireland to Irish parents but came over to Leeds to live as a youngster.
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
April Ashley told me that Peter O'Toole was 6'1". Remember that he pretended to be Irish throughout his life when the birth records show he was born in Leeds.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/16
Another good comparison with O'Toole and Villiers at 58:30. IMO you could argue a bit over 6 ft 4 and 6'4.25.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/16
@Rob, can you add a photo and consider adding James Villiers? Click the brown direct download link at Click Here You can see him with O'Toole in 44-47 minute range. Looks a decent 6 ft 4 with him. Villiers was in films like
For Your Eyes Only, Repulsion, The Wrong Box, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), The Ruling Class and Asylum and a few of those 60s TV series like Man in a Suitacase, The Baron and The Avengers. The Ruling Class is well worth watching fully, really quite funny. You'll see what I mean about O'Toole in some scenes looking over 6'2. With Villiers clearly nothing over it though, in fact he can look 187 with him in some scenes.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/16
Tallest I've seen him look is in The Ruling Class. He walked about in that film as a guy in 6'3-6'4 range. It might have been the white suit and a generally short cast which made him look towering. I think the butler in it (Arthur Lowe) and some of the others were pretty short which made him look very tall in it. It was only James Villiers (the 6'4 guy I mentioned) who made O'Toole look nothing over 6 ft 2.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Feb/16
Tallest I've seen him look is in The Ruling Class. He walked about in that film as a guy in 6'3-6'4 range. I think the butler in it (Arthur Loew) and some of the others were pretty short. Only in one scene was a guy taller (a Leon Green lookalike who looked a decent 6 ft 4)
james said on 24/Feb/16
when peter was on the british tv show tfi friday as main guest, he described himself as 6ft, the host of the show is chris evans, the uk dj not the actor. he is about 6 1 to 6 2. o tool was born in leeds yorkshire in england or connemara county gallway, he had birth certificates for both places. irish father scottish mother. his wife often said he could be very english, irish or scottish as the mood took him. he was in the royal navy as he grew up at a time when all men under a certain age had to do 2 years military service. there may be a picture of his id card that would have his height. i dont know if that is height in boots as some id measure height wearing equipment.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jan/16
Edged out a young Timothy Dalton in The Lion In Winter
Delahunte said on 30/Dec/15
Big fan here.

O'Toole was most likely around 6 ft., 6'1 with shoes - he was known to be incredibly skinny which made him appear taller. Sian Phillips (his wife of 20 years) is quoted in his most recent biography, "...all 6 feet of him." If anyone honestly knew, I'd imagine it be her. The couple that lives next door to me also met him at an event not too long ago and mentioned how he was shorter than they initially imagined. The husband is 6'4, the wife probably a little under 5'10. Considering the beating his body took over his miraculous long life, I'm sure he lost a couple inches over time.
Larry said on 26/Sep/15
Harris was wearing built up shoes on his Letterman appearance so he would look taller than the host.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Jun/15
Rob can you add a photo?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/May/15
Richard Harris edged out Letterman in 1994.
No way under 6ft1.
Chuckie Cheese 2 said on 22/Mar/15
O'Toole was, I am going to say a legit 6 ft 2.

He was described as 160 lbs, and 6 ft 3 in newspapers in the 1960's.
John said on 20/Nov/14
Richard Harris was six foot so Peter O'Toole could have been 6'1".
Ian C said on 11/Nov/14
By gollies, John, you're right. Peter O'Toole really was English. He was probably born in Leeds, and was certainly raised there. O'Toole was such a phony that he always implied to people he met that he was Irish. He always wore green socks, for example, and told everybody some claptrap about how this was to remind him of his Irish heritage.

I wonder how may other actors, who pretend to be other people for a living, pretend to be other people when they're not actually working. I saw a documentary about James Dean one time, made while he was filming Giant, in which he plays a country boy from Texas, and in the documentary he gave an interview as James Dean, but wearing a cowboy hat and boots and speaking with a Texas accent. Didn't he realize how silly he looked?
Ian C said on 4/Nov/14
Actually Sam, you can see Peter O'Toole's natural nose and teeth in Walt Disney's version of Kidnapped. And his hair in that movie is brown. You can also find a picture of O'Toole in the cast of the stage production of The Long and the Short and the Tall, with his original nose and hair. Also, O'Toole's autobiography, Loitering With Intent, has pictures of the pre-Lawrence, unaltered young O'Toole. He was actually a good-looking guy. Better-looking, I would say, than the blond, nose-bobbed Toff he pretended to be.

He is now dead, and he certainly took his time about getting that way. If ever a man should have died young of his vices, O'Toole was that man. God must love drunkards after all.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Oct/14
188-189cm peak for O'Toole is fair. He always looked around 1in taller than Richard Harris and other legit 6ft1 range guys.

Might have even hit the 6ft3 mark out of bed
AlexMahone said on 24/Oct/14
This height measurmenet is spot on by Rob. :) I saw the Anatole Litvak movie "The night of the generals" and the well-known french actor Philippe Noiret who was a legit 6'1 and played the french inspector in the movie, stands face to face O'Toole in the end of the film. O'Toole was 1 inch taller, so 188cm in his peak is all right.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Oct/14
Click Here If that's his natural hair colour which I think it probably is there it's not exactly "dark", in fact Brad Pitt has a similar natural hair colour when his hair is shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Oct/14
Well he had me fooled. I thought he looked a natural light skinned, light haired blue eyed gentleman. Even if his hair was dyed more yellow in films like Lawrence, I doubt his hair was that dark, it doesn't fit his complexion.
Sam said on 22/Oct/14
Beaky nose is the only thing I'd disagree with.
John said on 27/Sep/14
O'Toole wasn't really Irish. He was born in Leeds.
Ian C. said on 22/Aug/14
Peter O'Toole never misrepresented his height. He misrepresented everything else. He was a dark-haired Irishman with a beaky nose, but after he had his big hit with Lawrence of Arabia, he just kept the Lawrence character for his own whenever he was out in public. Peter O'Toole walked around pretending to be a blond, upper class Englishman who had been born with a small nose. He just kept acting after the cameraman had gone home. They say he's dead, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that he's been faking that. But yeah, he was six feet two, whenever he was sober enough to stand up.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jun/14
In fact Dalton looked as if he edged out O'Toole but they looked pretty much the same height.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jun/14
@Sam Doubtful actually seeing him standing eye to eye with Timothy Dalton in The Lion of Winter, They looked the exact same height.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jun/14
He was really robbed of an Oscar for The Lion in Winter IMO!
Arch Stanton said on 3/Jun/14
Rob can you add The Lion in Winter, Becket, What's New Pussycat?, How to Steal a Million, My Favorite Year and Venus? Also a typo on listed.He could look 189-190 at times but he had a rake thin build in his prime, no chest, much like Jimmy Stewart. Very strong face but really weak looking body.
Sam said on 24/Apr/14
Rob, was 189-190 cm possible for him at peak?
Ian C. said on 17/Feb/14
I've looked it up, and T.E. Lawrence was roughly five foot four. Peter O'Toole resembled Lawrence about as much as he resembled Winston Churchill so, from the standpoint of strict historical accuracy, he was wildly miscast.
Ian C. said on 16/Feb/14
A few posters have asked why O'Toole looks short in Lawrence of Arabia. Possibly this was due to a conscious effort to make him better resemble the real T.E. Lawrence, who was a much shorter, stouter man than O'Toole. Richard Burton always said that O'Toole was six foot three, but then Burton probably lied about everybody's heights in the service of lying about his own.
Frank said on 30/Dec/13
O'Toole was only 5'11" without his lifts. He was 70 when his scenes for "Troy" were filmed in April 2003.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Dec/13
Similiar to Eric Bana in Troy, maybe a centimetre shorter. But he was well into his 70s by that stage. Definitely a strong 6ft2 peak and as Arch Stanton pointed out, he could pass for 6ft3
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 29/Dec/13
Similiar than Eric Bana in Troy, maybe a centimetre shorter. But he was well into his 70s by that stage. Definitely a strong 6ft2 peak and as Arch Stanton pointed out, he could pass for 6ft3
James said on 24/Dec/13
I can't believe O'Toole was more than 6'1". He was three inches taller than 5'10" Omar Sharif in "The Night of the Generals".
jtm said on 24/Dec/13
he was a great actor but was closer to 6'1 imo.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Dec/13
James says on 19/Dec/13
O'Toole was nowhere near 6'2.5".

I beg to differ. He had a gangly frame and could look 6'3" in the 60s IMO. Watch How to Steal a Million. He looked around 190cm in it. I agree he didn't even look close in Lawrence of Arabia though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Dec/13
Can't believe he's gone :(
One of the greats. Rest In Peace

"Peter O'Toole height: 6ft 2.5in (189cm)"
Ciaran said on 21/Dec/13
Like Mike I would never have thought O'Toole was over six foot from watching him in "Lawrence of Arabia". Of course it helped that he was only wearing sandals, whereas Jack Hawkins was wearing military boots with big heels.
James said on 19/Dec/13
O'Toole was nowhere near 6'2.5".
Arch Stanton said on 16/Dec/13
RIP. Great actor. Creepily I was only watching How to Steal a Million yesterday and heard of his death not long afterwards. Looked 6'2.5" peak IMO.
David said on 29/Nov/13
O'Toole was 6'1".
mike said on 12/Nov/13
why did he look so short in lawrence of arabia? Everyone around him was a similar height with a few people considerably taller. i would have guessed the guy at like 5'11. i would never in a million years said he was over 6ft. mind you i have never seen him in any other films so i cant really judge that well :P
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Oct/13
He was with really short actors in that movie, Arch.
He did look similiar to Eric Bana in Troy
Arch Stanton said on 3/Oct/13
Looks between 6'2" and 6'3" in The Last Emperor.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Sep/13
He's a lanky guy and mightve passed for 6ft3. Edged out David Letterman (around 6ft1.5-2, possibly the latter) even in the 90s.

Maybe 6ft2-2.5 peak, Rob?
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/13
I mean I think somebody like Gary Cooper would have looked near 2 inches taller, difficult to buy 6'3" for him barefoot.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/13
Looked 1-1.5 taller than Anthony Quayle and 3 inches on Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia. I'd say 6 ft 2, maybe 189, definitely not as high as 6'3" though.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/13
6ft2.5in peak, Rob?
sbu said on 14/Apr/13
I think O'Toole could have been near to 6'3" in his prime, I saw a clip of him on the late show and he looked to be about an inch taller than 6'1.5" Letterman even in his 60's.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Sep/12
Rob, could he have been a little over 6ft2 in his prime?
avi said on 26/Jan/12
weak 6'2 very strong 6'1. did not appear 6 inches taller than 5'8 Sellers
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Jun/11
6ft2.25 at his peak...
Nick said on 16/May/11
In his autobiography, Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice, there is a picture of him, aged nineteen, which lists his weight as 13 stone 7 pounds (189 pounds) and his height as 5 feet 10 inches. He must have had a growth spurt after the picture was taken.
Zach said on 1/Mar/11
He looked within half an inch to one inch max of Eric Bana in Troy so 6'2 sounds right.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Mar/11
185-186cm today
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Feb/11
Hes probably lost close to 2 inches

6"0.75(185cm) now I think...in his prime he did look close to 6"3.
James said on 13/Jan/11
Have you seen lawrence of arabia as well rob? he did not look 6'2 in that film either.

[Editor Rob: yeah but can't remember any heights or anything from films I saw 15 years ago :)]
James said on 12/Jan/11
In the movie King Ralph (have you seen it rob?) Peter O'Toole was a good 1 inch shorter than 6'2 (188cm) John Goodman and peter was 58 back in 1991 when that film was made so he can't have lost that much height when he was that age.

I remmember as well that Frank2 did not belive he was 6'2 more like 6'1.

Rob do you think there is a possiblity Peter O'Toole was 6'1 at his peak rather than 6'2? to me he looked 184cm in comparison to goodman.

[Editor Rob: yes there is a chance of that, I saw that movie once]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Dec/10
186cm could possible nowadays Rob?

[Editor Rob: 5 years ago I thought he was maybe 6ft 1, but today...he might not be over 6 foot]
Frank2 said on 9/Jul/09
I've seen O'Toole in person. Stood right next to him. He appears to look a lot taller than he really is simply because he's a stick. I doubt he weighs any more than 150 lbs. I saw him in the 1980s and he looked to be slightly over six feet so 6'1" was probably his peak height.
Hugh 191cm said on 7/Jul/09
Clearly taller than Letterman. 6ft2 at least. 190cm-191cm peak.
adam said on 11/Apr/09
And O`toole didnt really tower over McDowell in CALIGOLA. The difference seemed to be like five inches max and more likely four. A horrible film by the way!
adam said on 1/Apr/09
O`toole didnt look over 6-2 in Lawrence Of Arabia. More likely 6-1 or just slightly more. He was a very skinny man which made him look taller.
Loma said on 26/Mar/09
I wonder how tall is his son,lorcan.he seems to have 2-3 inches on his father.
talker said on 18/Mar/09
6'2"when young,sounds right.I just saw that 60's movie with Audrey Hepburn,thats what he looked.In some scenes he looked more like 6'1" than 6'3"
,i dont think he was over 6'2".
Doug said on 13/Mar/09
He was close to 6'3" peak for sure. I'd say he was 190cm peak.
-_-_-(Hugh)-_-_-/ said on 25/Feb/09
6ft2.75 was his peak. 6ft2ish now.
MOF said on 12/Jan/09
Check the 1964 film Becket (great movie). Peter O'Toole stars with Richard Burton, the height difference seemed to only be around 2-3 inches between them. If Richard Burton was 177-178cm, then O'Toole should have been around 183-185cm, unless Burton used some lifts...?
Hugh said on 12/Jan/09
6ft2.75 should be his peak.
linebacker40 said on 7/Jan/09
Strange that I don't quite see the 6'2". In "What's New Pussycat", he looked 5 inches taller than 5'8" Peter Sellers, making him a 6'1". It could have been the relaxed pose that made him seem this way to me, though.
Hugh said on 6/Nov/08
He was clearly taller than Dave Letterman by over an inch. 6ft2-3 without a doubt.
Hugh said on 6/Oct/08
O'Toole, Connery, Hackman and Caine are/were 6ft2.
Hugh said on 18/Sep/08
I think he was near 6ft3 at his peak. He still looks around 6ft2.
Anonymous said on 16/Sep/08
'Scary how age can do such damage.'
Yep - Alistair Cooke ('America' Masterpiece Theatre etc.) went from 6'1" peak to 5'7" in his nineties. This is stated in his official biography, which says he really hated that he had shrunk so much.
Caesar said on 23/Aug/08
Hugh says on 27/Mar/08
In his younger days maybe 6ft3. He still looks impressively tall. 6ft2-6ft2.25 now.

Absolutely not. In Becket he was 2-3 inches taller than 5'10 Richard Burton and in Lawrence of Arabia he was 2 inches taller than 5'10-5'11 Omar Sharif. With poor posture he could look almost even with Sharif. He does look taller due to his thin physique, but to me he looks much more like a 6'1, 6'1 and change guy than a 6-2-6'3. I doubt he could match a Charlton Heston or Jimmy Stewart. 6'1 or a little over.
Hugh said on 9/May/08
Looks nearer to 6ft3.
Hugh said on 27/Mar/08
In his younger days maybe 6ft3. He still looks impressively tall. 6ft2-6ft2.25 now.
Danimal said on 29/Feb/08
What's scary is that Peter was on David Letterman in the mid 90's and had a full inch on then 6'2" Dave. Now, fast forward a dozen years and Peter comes walking out and Dave is at least 2" taller than Peter. The man was ONCE a full 6'3", but today is lucky if he is 6'0". Scary how age can do such damage.
glenn said on 24/Jan/08
correct marcelo.i regret missing him when he was in town.
Marcelo C. said on 23/Jan/08
Glenn: Sounds accurate for Mr. O
6-2_Baskman said on 7/Jan/08
In "Friday" Peter looked an inch taller than Richard Roundtree listed in this site as 6
Marieno said on 8/Dec/07
In his autobiography, the late Great French actor, Philippe Noiret says that he (Noiret) is 185 cm...He played with Peter O'toole in the movie "Murphy's war" and seemed to be 2 or 3 cm (if not more) smaller than O'toole...so i think that 188 cm is correct for O'toole...
glenn said on 7/Oct/07
argentinian barbecues are pretty good.
Marcelo C. said on 5/Oct/07
I bet "a typical argentinian barbacue ", he´s 6´2/3".
al said on 9/Mar/07
He might now be that height above now but he looked a solid 6ft 3 when he was younger.
dmeyer said on 25/Feb/07
a friend of mine met otoole whalberg and eddie murphy and told me otoole was 185 to 187 cm mark 5 ft 5 to 5 ft 6 and eddie 5'6 to 5'7 and tom hanks at 6 ft
Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
Full head of hair huh? Click Here
Maybe he shaved it just for the occasion.

Or here: Click Here

Alec with a hairpiece: Click Here

And here: Click Here

With a different rug: Click Here

And with yet another carpet: Click Here

Alec without a hairpiece: Click Here

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Without: Click Here

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"This damned bloody rug itches!": Click Here

Frank2 said on 23/Apr/06
Now I know you're simply a joker who wishes to disrupt this forum. Forget that Guinness was 5'7". He was quite bald. He was as bald as John Wayne. And he was a lot shorter. A LOT SHORTER!

And many Stars Wars fans need to get a life.

[Editor Rob: yeah, McFly hasn't learned from his last ban...so I think he should be put back into the cage for a few weeks...I don't like trolls on forums and also political discussions on the site, but I let a few things through, a few tales here and there but Harvey wants reactions...if he cut the crap I'd let him post as he at least has movie knowledge...]
Frank2 said on 22/Apr/06
Mills was short. Here he is next to 5'7" James MacAthur: Click Here
Frank2 said on 22/Apr/06
[Editor Rob: I moved this comment over to the guinness page

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Frank2 said on 22/Apr/06
Believe whatever you want. I met Guinness and he was 5'7".
Frank2 said on 21/Apr/06
Director Carol Reed and Guinness: Click Here
Reed was about 6'2". The shot is slightly tilted, but even then Reed is at least six inches taller.

6'2" Carol Reed and 5'11" Oliver Reed (nephew to Carol): Click Here
This shot is slightly tilted to make Oilver Reed look the same height which he wasn't. Also Oliver is wearing lifts.

Here you can see that Guinness is at least eight inches shorter than 6'5" David Prowse: Click Here

Guinness next to 5'11" Anthony Quayle: Click Here
The photo is slightly tilted to make Guinness look taller. I met Quayle back in the 1970's and he was my height. Watch Lawrence of Arabia and you'll clearly see that Quayle is slightly shorter than 6' Jack Hawkins. Quayle was two inches shorter than 6'1" Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man.

Quayle and 5'6" Donald Pleasence: Click Here
Frank2 said on 21/Apr/06
I firts met Guinness back in the 1960's then later after he appeared in Star Wars. He was the same height both times. I met Laurence Olivier at a special screening of A Little Romance in 1979. Olivier had been 5'10" when he was younger and by the time of the screening he looked around 5'9". James Mason who I knew and was a good friend of my parents always remained a solid 5'11". I stood right next to him as we spoke when he appeared at the Motion Picture Acadmey's Samuel Goldwyn Theater for a screening of Odd Man Out. We were
eye-to-eye the exact, same height. And by then he was well into his seventies. That was only six months before he passed away.
Frank2 said on 21/Apr/06
Ferrer who I met was 5'9". I'm 5'11" and I was at least two inches taller. And Guinness who I also met was no more than 5'7". I towered over him. Check out the photo of me with Jeff Kramer on his thread. Kramer's 5'8" and Guinness was shorter. Now tell me I'm 6'1" so I can have a good laugh. I need one.

[Editor Rob: what year did you meet Guinness Frank2. The question is if he shrank by a few inches, in Arabia did he really look like a 5ft 8 guy?

For sure the guy in early 1980 did look to be short, on his page here I mention a picture of him looking shorter than Eric Morecamble and a little bigger than Ernie wise...who himself was in the 5ft 5ish range...]
Frank2 said on 24/Mar/06
Another shot from Becket: Click Here

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Frank2 said on 21/Mar/06
By the way, as luck would have it I was just talking to a friend who knew Goulet and he says Robert is about 5'9" and when on stage or in films wears huge lifts. That explains why Burton is taller in that photo. I still think Peter O'Toole was never 6'2". I will go with 6'1" when he was younger. I do remember back when Lawrence of Arabia came out that at least one article cited "a six foot tall O'Toole is miscast as a 5'4" Lawrence." Originally David Lean wanted 5'10" Albert Finney to play Lawrence. He was even tested in costume for the part, but somehow O'Toole won out. Perfect visual casting would have been 5'7" Alec Guinness. And please don't try to make me believe he was 5'10". I met him and he was extremely short next to me. Here's a shot of the real T.E. Lawrence: Click Here
Now compare him with Guinness: Click Here Actually Guinness did play the enigmatic character in a stage production done in England.
Frank2 said on 20/Mar/06
Here's O'Toole with Brad Pitt: Click Here
And another: Click Here
This one is from Lawrence and shows O'Toole next to 5'9" Jose Ferrer: Click Here
Was 5'10" Richard Burton wearing lifts in Becket?: Click Here
And here: Click Here
Burton with 6'4" Clint Eastwood: Click Here
Hmmmmmm....Bob Goulet isn't as tall as I thought: Click Here Just goes to show that you shouldn't believe what's listed on the IMDb. They have Goulet at 6'.

mcfan said on 19/Mar/06
Frank2,
No way was Peter O'Toole that short. He came on Letterman and was like an inch to an inch and a half taller than Dave. If you're claiming that O'Toole was only 6foot then I guess Dave was 5'10.5.
Frank2 said on 19/Mar/06
I doubt O'Tool was ever 6'2". More like 6' or just slightly over. Omar Sharif who I've met is about 5'10" and in Lawrence there's never any scene where there's more than a two inch difference in height. In a few scenes they're almost the same height. O'Tool is another terribly skinny actor (145 lbs) who's lack of beef makes him appear to be taller. Sharif is a professional bridge player and I know some people who've played against him and that's how I met him. In person he has the lowest forehead imaginable, almost like an ape. For his role in Doctor Zhivago they had the shave back his hairline and straighten his hair. The end result being it looked like a damned wig.
Mr. R said on 6/Feb/06
PAT I agree. O'Toole wsas great in the Lawrence movie. However, stars are often chosen to play real figures even if their height is not the same...Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Foxx, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, etc. Also, while O'Toole deserved the OScar that year, it was hard not to deny Gregory Peck's career performance in To Kill A Mockingbird!
dmeyer said on 6/Feb/06
he looks 2 inches taller than brad pitt in troy ,troy is one of the movie that brad dont apear that tall
PAT said on 5/Feb/06
The real T.E.Lawrence wasn't much above 5'5", so when Peter O'Toole, during the filming of "Lawrence of Arabia", met one of the old Beduoins who had served with T.E. in WW1 as a youngster, the old fellow was upset that O'Toole was so much taller at 6'2" or 6'3". I'm 5'2" usually--5'4" on really good days! And I cannot imagine anyone else playing that role with the same talent and class that Peter O'Toole had. I'm still burned that he didn't receive an Oscar for it.
Tubbs said on 3/Jan/06
Saw Lawrence of Arabia the other day. I was looking to see if O'Toole was really the 6'3 he has been described as. At first I thought there was no chance, but then it struck me that the British officers he was with were all tall guys themselves. Hawkins was about 6'1, Quayle was 6'1, and couple that with thick soled army boots, makes them even taller. O'Toole only wore sandals in most of his scenes, and didn't have the best posture, so maybe this is why he didn't seem to tower over co stars like you would expect a 6'3 guy to.
Anonymous said on 15/Dec/05
just read o'tooles autobiography, he gives his height as 6'2"
John said on 14/Dec/05
O'Toole didn't look anywhere near 5 inches taller than the 5'10 Parkinson, but then he is very bent over and can hardly breathe by the looks of it!
Anonymous said on 10/Dec/05
just seen o'toole on parkinson, he was a good 4 or 5 inches taller than parky, and 1 or 2 taller than robbie williams
Jason said on 25/Nov/05
I'm not sure, I think he looked just a solid 6'1'' without even taking into account others in the film. What you say would explain why so many British officers were around his height, though. But I do recall when he was captured by the Turks, that Turkish general (who was a decent height) walked over to him and sized him up and his men were amused by how much taller Lawrence was. So, if they were trying to de-emphasize his height, it wouldn't have made sense for them to have done that scene. Was the real Lawrence only about 5'6''? In the special features of the DVD it said the real Lawrence towered above the arabs. Or maybe they meant 0'Toole? I can't remember lol.
John said on 10/Nov/05
Compared to the 5'10 Sir Alec Guinness, 6'2 would sound right for O'Toole.
Jason said on 7/Nov/05
I agree with Yao is 7-7. O'Toole was nothing more than 186cm back in the day. I have Lawrence of Arabia at home on DVD and he definitely doesn't look 6'3'' or almost in it. Not unless they hired the droves of British officers in the movie from from a tall persons' club...

[Editor Rob: I forgot to add that his agency CV lists him as 6ft 2, so he's been changed to that anyway.]
Yao is 7-7 said on 15/Sep/05
Tim dalton is 6-1, 6-2 peak maybe this has been figured out now by comparing Bonds's heights.

Dalton is clearly an inch taller than O'Toole in 1968 film The Lion In Winter.

O'Toole was never above 6-1
CelebHeights Editor said on 31/Aug/05
From some forum, "Saw Peter O'Toole in person January 1978 in NYC....he and his entourage were walking across the lobby area towards the elevators. He looked in my direction, and I remember being struck by how tall he was ... well over six feet"
McFan said on 19/Jul/05
He was on Letterman a few years back and I want to say he was over an inch taller than Dave.

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