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5ft 7.49in (171.4cm)
said on 6/Apr/08
on this photo, downey looks amost as tall as Matt Damon...check it out!Click Here
Leon said on 6/Apr/08
You can tell he's standing up really straight in the police mug shot, probably because he's wearing flat shoes, and in those, if you take away the height added by his hair, he's DEFINITELY between 5'8" and 5'9" ... 5'8" when he's barefoot and his posture is relaxed.
C. said on 18/Jan/08
LMAO. What is with his clunky footwear?
He looks 5'7" or slightly over, but I'm surprised with the 5'6" claims. But hey, anything is possible...especially if he wears shoes like that.
Abhishek said on 9/Jan/08
Here is a clear scene from Fur where Robert is wearing heeled shoes(2-3 inches, lets say 2.5 in) and is still atleast an inch shorter(even with the hat) than Nicole Kidman who is in flats(max 0.5 inch elevation for her).
So Nicole in the shoes is 5'11" and Robert is 3.5 inches shorter barefoot(2.5 heels+1 inch) than her. So he's 5'7.5" or say 5'8".
Leung said on 6/Jan/08
Favreau has lost a lot of weight! I would not have recognised him if Matt hadn
Gago said on 5/Jan/08
Funny Leonari, you know actually what's in those shoes, his EGO.
leonari said on 5/Jan/08
These shoes are ridiculous!! Can't believe he dares to wear them in public!! Who tha hell does he think he is?? BONO??
said on 4/Jan/08
Mr Downey using interesting shoes ;)Click Here
Unsurprisingly, he puts in a better show against Paltrow and Favreau than one would expect!!
Gago said on 2/Jan/08
I think he still wears shoes in that mugshot, in person he looked 5'7, may be 5'7.5.
glenn said on 1/Jan/08
i see 5-8,5-8.5 there.you forgot the skippies and hair.they dont measure you barefoot.
said on 31/Dec/07
He looks 5'10 in this Mugshot!!Click Here
untamedromeo said on 31/Dec/07
Domanian im Scottish and 5'7 ! Robert is 5'7 - 5'8 but no 5'9! cheerz
Domanian said on 21/Dec/07
Scottish people rock, RDJ is at least 5'10!
Billi Loomis said on 17/Dec/07
SScottish be that u? my cuz! yeah we were all with you, he was really really short. id say 5 foot 7 - 5 foot 8 defo.
6' said on 19/Nov/07
Lol Tony I liked the thing about the crackhead casting director but seriously Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey Jr are good actors.
Me in LA said on 3/Nov/07
Saw him in LA he looked about 5'9" but didn't check out his footwear. I was surprised because I always thought he was supposed to be super short like 5'2" or something - he was much taller and more solid looking in person than I expected.
Steve said on 24/Oct/07
When he was arrested for drugs the news stated his license said 5'7 which was consistent with his background. Also on here you have Andrew McCarthy at 5'8.5 which in "Less Than Zero" you can see Robert is a little shorter than Andrew.
Tony said on 11/Sep/07
I agree with Gin, downey portraying Tony Stark to is in Marvel Universe 6'1" is a bit of a stretch even with lifts even if he was 5'9". Still, it is not much bigger of a stretch than let's say Hugh Jackman who is 6'2" playing Wolverine who is supposed to be 5'3" in the Marvel Universe. I wonder what blind crackhead they have in charge of casting these roles.
Bad Radio said on 11/Sep/07
he looks pretty big in the ironman trailer. But i think he's 5'7.5 - 5'8.
Gin said on 28/Aug/07
i saw kilmer and downey in kiss kiss bang bang, and i have to say that downney was cheating on his height, he looked just 1-2 inches shorter than 6'0 val kilmer. This reminds me of how tom cruise looked beside val in top gun. i saw downey in a lot of movies and he is consistently 5'8 flat. i just cant imagine him portraying a 6foot iron man. probably 6 inches of lifts and heels! lol
James said on 6/Aug/07
dmeyer what do you mean not far from Val Kilmers height, there is about 4 inches between them and that is quite a lot. Don't be fooled when watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I am sure Robert Downey jr wore lifts or elevtor shoes in that film to look close to Vals height. Val towered over Downey in some of the premier photos for that film. If you saw that film and knew that Downey was 5ft8 you would get the impression that Val is 5ft9 - 5f10 much like the technique used in Top Gun betweeen Val and Tom Cruise.
dmeyer said on 31/Jul/07
he didnt look far from kilmer so no less than 5'8
Jon Doe said on 30/Jul/07
He was shorter than 5'8 Mel Gibson in some movie.
Randal K. said on 30/Jul/07
I've just watched numerous photos of Downey on i?mdb. In those pics, he stood next to Sting, Val Kilmer, Peter Sarsgaard, Zach Braff and others. In those pics, he wasn't taller than either of them, but he definitely wasn't just 5'8". It's obvious from the photos- go there and try to check them out (premieres and festivals). I say he really is 5'9". Because otherwise he would have to wear like 6-7 cm lifts. And do you think he wears them ALL the time? Ridiculous...
Shortish Scottish said on 30/Jul/07
Downey is just under 5'8, say 5'7& 3/4 inches tops. Ive saw him and im 5'7" barefoot and we were eye level! we were both in sandals at the time and on a mall floor. ( straight ) and i was behind him in a que so i got a great look!
Carolina said on 23/Jun/07
I am a costarrican woman, and I am a fan of Robert Downey Junior, I love him, maybe 15 years ago.
trueheight said on 24/May/07
Tommy Lee Jones is like 6'2 though. actually in that film, Downey looked buff and big rather than slight - comparable to Snipes
Steve said on 24/May/07
When Robert was arrested some years back his driver's license had him listed as 5'7.
Charlie said on 10/May/07
Met him at Magic Mountain many years ago. He's about 5/7 1/2 to 5/8. He was wearing flat shoes and i'm short at 5/5.
TNTinCA said on 22/Apr/07
I have to agree with the previous Anonymous poster. He looked substantially shorter than Tommy Lee Jones in US Marshalls. At least 3-4 inches. I would actually peg him at closer to 5'7" depending on footwear.
Anonymous said on 19/Apr/07
Check out the movie "U.S. Marshalls" with Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, etc.. Very end of the movie when he's sitting outside of Snipes' hospital room. When Jones is walking away, there's a shot with Downey sitting with his right leg up across his left, feet are visible... The heels alone his dress shoes looks seriously 3"-4" easy... They look like platforms, it's ridiculous. Just noticed it last night. This guy is probably around 5'6.5" 5'7" tops. Because Snipes and Jones aren't giants by any means, and this guy's walking around on stilts.
leonari said on 1/Apr/07
Oh my god!!! PLEASE GUYS: go to editorial.gettyimages.com. Enter Robert Downey jr. in the search field.
I think Stallone sold his MUNSTER TRAINERS to Robert Doney jr. !! These things look hideous!! Enormous and he wears those with a black suit!! For me it's absolutey obvious that this man is no taller than a strong 5'7". 5'8" is out of the question for me.
ShiaLaBeoufGurl said on 10/Mar/07
yes, there was also a picture of him no TO long ago with him getting arested or something like that-and it showed his height was 5'8''. now in that pic he had wild hair, so that added another 2 inches to his height(but everyoe knows that you dont count the persons hair in the process of measuring someone.)
glenn said on 3/Mar/07
never met him.not in nyc too much.he could be shorter than 5-8,as he looks this sometimes.claims 5-9.i say 5-8.
leonari said on 3/Mar/07
GLENN: Ever met Robert Downey jr.? Pics with him? I am a huge fan and I think he is below 5'8" even though just a tad like 171-172 cm. WHAT IS YOUR ESTIMATE? I'm a huge fan and Iron man the movie will be tha bomb! He is the lead!!
the shredder said on 4/Feb/07
He has always looked 5'7 to me ! I still can't see how he got listed as tall as 5'11 ... lol !
leonari said on 16/Dec/06
Richard: You ntalk such bulls*** that it hurts my eyes when reading that stuff: In Natural Born Killers he towered of Downey jr. You have no clue: Woody was never 5'11" inj his life. He needs his huge ass cowboy boots to get to 5'11". Get real and stop making comments with false heights! Harrelson is 5'9". Since Downey is 5'7" and Harrelson 5'9" yes he "towers" (bulls*** I just watched the movie) over Downey by 2 full inches.
ralph said on 16/Dec/06
He has to be shorter than 5'8"! I saw pictures of 5'7" Michelle Monaghan beside him, and michelle always looks taller.
RICHARD said on 9/Dec/06
I think it is weird that his dad is 6'3" and yet Downey,Jr. is 5'9". I think he is 5'9". I remember on Natural Born Killers that Woody towered over him(Woody is beleived to be 5'11") so yeah he is 5'9"..
leonari said on 16/Nov/06
Matt: I agree!!! Downey ain't 5'8" he is a bit below, but not by much. He is 5'7".
Matt said on 15/Nov/06
I have a friend who worked closely with him on Game 6. She said that she was stunned at how small he was. She even went as far as saying that Downey was her height (5'5" with shoes). Now obviously Downey is taller than THAT, but I think the sentiment to be picked up here is that Downey is clearly a man on the shorter side of what we may think he is. I'd peg him at 5'6.75", giving just less than a couple of inches from my friend's estimate.
Mr. T said on 7/Nov/06
I think his dad was like 6'3". Those genes must not have passed down...
MOF said on 31/Oct/06
I remember the little Scotsman in Great Escape answer to that same question "I'm 5 foot 4" when he very obviously barely reached the 5 foot mark. Maybe that was the joke...
Every actor who's "not tall" overstates his height somewhat, especially in movies. I remember Keanu Reeves been listed as 6'2" in Scanner Darkly when he's really about 184cm. There are many more examples but Downey, although he isn't small he's definitely about 170-173cm. It's on the smaller side where I live for a man but not in the world.
sam said on 16/Oct/06
The only time I've heard him be called short is in the film "Two Girls and A Guy" to which he responds "I'm five ten."
said on 28/Aug/06
He's NOT 5'8"!!!
If he was, he would be the same height as Nicole Kidman in the picture below being that he has HEELS on!Click Here
said on 4/Aug/06
If Mel Gibson is 5'9.5", why does Robert look so much shorter than 5'8", here? Is Mel wearing some serious lifts?
1. Click Here
dmeyer said on 4/Jun/06
in kiss kiss he looks close to kilmers height weird
[Editor Rob: elevator trainers ;-)]
Steve Miller said on 30/Apr/06
I saw him once in NYC - Union Square Cafe and he's problably around 5'8.5
Anonymous said on 11/Apr/06
Bt he told a jailguard that he was 5'7" ?
Amanda said on 7/Mar/06
On the mugshot he looked like he was 5' 9". Are you sure 5' 8" is correct?
[Editor Rob: he looks in that region, more than 5ft 9...actually the police report to go with mugshot had details including 'height: 5ft 9', 160lbs. It is possible he's a little over 5ft 8]
mcfan said on 6/Jan/06
Saw "Pick-up Artist" again. Downey is definitely around .25 inches taller than Ringwald. I already made this comment but now I'm sure of it as I wasn't paying much attention to it. I would think that either Ringwald is not quite 5'8 or Downey is a hair over 5'8. He appears this much taller than Tobey Maguire as well who is supposed to also be 5'8, so he is just perhaps 5'8.25.
[Editor Rob: or possibly 172cm for ringwald...yeah, someone can be 1/4 inch under, and downey possibly 1/4 inch over so...]
Mr. R said on 31/Oct/05
In this month's In Style magazine, Downey notes that he sometimes keeps some of the clothes from his movies including a pair of "Nike Shocks with lifts" so that he would not appear "fifteen inches shorter" than co-star Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!
mcfan said on 27/Aug/05
Robert Downey Jr might have been a hair taller than Molly Ringwald in "The Pickup Artist." They might have been the same height, but when they walk away at the end, he looked marginally taller than her and he was wearing sneakers. I would put him at 5'8-5'8.25.
[Editor Rob: 173 on the nose ;) He can't be...Gibson is only 5ft 7!]
CoolJ said on 18/Aug/05
Thinking Downey is closer to 5'7" as he most likely has his shoes on in that mugshot and the camera is shooting from slightly below. 5'7.5" max.
McFan said on 18/Jul/05
There was a movie with him an Heather Graham which might give a good illustration of height. She looked taller than him, but I think he was barefoot and she was wearing normal shoes.
Ms P! said on 25/Jun/05
I saw Mr. Downey in person in Chicago in the fall of 2003. He was at the Chicago Film Festival to receive a career achievement award and to promote his movie, The Singing Detective. I was exactly three feet away from and I can tell you that he is exactly 5'9" - no less and no more.
Calista Flockhart is 5'5". He is definitely 4" taller than Calista.
You're probably not particulary interested in this added bit of information, but he's an incredibly great looking man in person - drop-dead gorgeous.
Rut said on 25/Apr/05
For Rob: how can you be a 100 % sure that Downey didn't put his shoes of for that mug-shot? but let's say in this picture above there's 6 to 7 cm maybe more? difference.. I don't think Gibson wears lifts here.....
[Editor Rob: well, you're right there is possibility he's barefoot, but I think less likely. On Jonathan Ross the other night he looked beside him to be the 5ft 8 guy, but as for Gibson yeah he is one tricky guy - can easily look 5ft 10.5 in many situations...]
said on 7/Feb/05
LSL, yes thanks for reminding me, I put the mugshot on the front page, or you can find the article here