Robert Downey Jr's Height
5ft 7 ¾ (172.1 cm)
American actor best known for playing Tony Stark in the Iron Man trilogy and Avengers Assemble. He has also starred in such films as Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin, Air America, The Judge, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Tropic Thunder and Less Than Zero. In his 40's he appears to want to look taller so has had a habit of wearing what appear to be elevator style boots and sneakers.
For his roles as Tony Stark and Sherlock he has also been photographed wearing height enhancing footwear to appear taller on screen. In fact, in a JapanTimes interview he said of this lift-wearing, "There's nothing to talk about there - lots of actors do that, both now and in the past. Tom Cruise. Or read up on John Wayne, who even had lifts in his car so he'd look taller driving. Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business"
. Whilst people question whether actors like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise wear lifts, Robert's a clear example of someone who is out there on the red carpet rocking his own style and not giving a damn!
I resisted being open to thinking of myself in that framework, that I could do the superhero thing. But maybe I could look like I was six feet tall, in the right boots. I could get my arms a little bigger and not move my face so much when I talked
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Average Guess (329 Votes)
5ft 7.5in (171.4cm)
raven said on 7/Jan/20
i can tell it is possible to be 5'7 at night but anyway.its very interesting and i am sure a lot of people including me want to know how tall do you think he could be in his lifts ? lets say according to those that he wore in the picture above with jude law ? and in other lifts like in boots or tony stark heels ? thanks
said on 2/Jan/20
Hi there Rob. Let me ask you if RDJ is 171-172 cm tall how tall would he be at night ?
I wouldn't go much less than the current listing for his lowest
Ema said on 22/Dec/19
His frame looks kinda like a 5ft 6 guy or 5ft 7 at most considering he is wearing 4 inch lifts.
Wombats tharwne said on 6/Dec/19
He looked 5ft 6 (168cm) in barefoot
said on 29/Nov/19
In the avengers movie...Especially endgame Robert Downey jr looked equal in height to Chris Evans so I assume that he is around 5'10...I don't know if it is shoelift or graphics but he fitted right in
He's had various high heels in Avengers movies and in fact his Stylist for Iron Man 3 got him custom boots with 3 inch internal lifts.
That's why he always appeared taller in Marvel films.
said on 24/Nov/19
Hi Rob! How tal would you guess his father, Robert Downey Sr is?
He does look quite a bit taller than him but I’m not sure on the 1.91/6’3 guess I saw on Google.
6ft 2 could be possible for him.
Drummond said on 13/Nov/19
Unless there is some camera trickery or custom-made lifts involved there is no way a 5'7 guy can look one or two mich shorter than a 6 foot guy. If Chris Evans was in the 5'10,that would be possible, but he isn't. I am myself a hand on heart 5'7 short guy wearing normal shoes, and even the average guy dwarfs me on the street... Obviously they're not all 6'2!
said on 31/Oct/19
Rob how much height do you think Downey's got in his shoes in the 3rd and 4th picture
The 3rd one might be a bit bigger, like giving between 3-3.5 of actual height, the last one not quite as big.
The toebox area on elevator boots is usually smaller because the higher the angle inside the boot/shoe, basically the smaller your footprint becomes. The length from heel to toe on elevator boots will always be less than your normal footwear gives.
It will be interesting to see if Downey continues wearing them as he gets older. He clearly loves them and the extra boost to his own perceived height.
said on 22/Oct/19
Robert Downey Jr.was a legend...Anyway in the MCU, Ironman/Tony Stark is listed as 5'9 185lbs with black hair and brown eyes Click Here
Compare this to Chris Evans' Captain America/Steve Rogers who is 6'2 like the comics Click Here
Nik Ashton said on 19/Oct/19
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover - That is a great question!
said on 16/Oct/19
Rob, who do you think would measure tallest out of Downey, Cruise and Gervais?
I think that is a hard one, I'd put Gervais as less likely to hit almost 5ft 8 compared to the other 2
said on 14/Oct/19
This guy tiptoes in his shoes for movie scenes.
Andrew Shane said on 12/Oct/19
He never said he was 5’9 he said he was 5’8 1/2 or 174cm which rounds up to 5’9
TheBat said on 10/Oct/19
5'8" flat without lifts. Possibly 5'8.5" when younger.
Iman Ahmad said on 7/Oct/19
I Guess He Is 172,1 cm Barefoot , In Barefoot He Is 172,1 cm , But He Is Always Wears Elevator Shoes In Public Place ,
Nik said on 29/Sep/19
@ Abdullah - That's amazingly interesting!
Abdullah said on 28/Sep/19
Genetics are crazy his dad is 6’3 and he’s a weak 5’8
Bobby Brown said on 12/Sep/19
He’s 174 on google guys he’s rounding up smh he’s looked 5’8 1/2 at times
Jackson said on 12/Sep/19
no he just wears massive lifts. Plenty of guys wear lifts in Hollywood but Robert wears the biggest by far. His shoes even look custom made for the lifts. AKA elevator shoes.
NvrPaysAttention said on 14/Aug/19
Yeah his proportions def give away that he’s not 5’9 barefoot. Average guess of 5’7 is probably correct.
Ethyn said on 10/Aug/19
I’d say 5 ft 9.
Johan 185 cm said on 25/Jul/19
Nash Burges said on 24/Jul/19
In almost all of his pictures with Chris Evan's (who is supposed to be 6 feet), Robert looks not more than one or two inches shorter than him so it is ridiculous for people to say he is 5'7".
He wears huge lifts he admits to it. They give near 3 inches of height, look at my pics with Gibson. He could look 2 inches smaller in the past and now they look the same height.
Nash Burges said on 24/Jul/19
In almost all of his pictures with Chris Evan's (who is supposed to be 6 feet), Robert looks not more than one or two inches shorter than him so it is ridiculous for people to say he is 5'7".
Johan 185 cm
said on 17/Jul/19
I just saw you have Gibson now at 5'9.5" peak, surely he is no more than 5'7.5" then Rob?
A weak 5ft 8 range, rather than a strong one looked likely with Mel
Johan 185 cm
said on 14/Jul/19Click Here
This is how he used to look with 5'10" Mel Gibson without lifts.
Now maybe Gibson has lost a little but this shows how much lifts he is using.
Gibson is wise to it haha.
Importer said on 13/Jul/19
@Leif Elliot they boost him just enough to look an inch shorter than Evans on screen and in some scenes he looks 4 shorter than hemsworth. Remember Tony stark is 6'1, Steve Rogers 6'2, Thor 6'6 in comics so they try to replicate that on screen as best as they can.
Leif Elliott said on 8/Jul/19
He's not 6'0"? He looks about as tall as Chris Evans or,Hemsworth in Avengers..is he wearing heels in it?
Alex 6'3.25 said on 2/Jul/19
said on 26/Jun/19
Rob how did you know that his sneakers are special
Let's say he ain't paying $50 for a pair.
Hijoputamus said on 25/Jun/19
There are lads like Robert or Bono that wear tricky shoes and it’s so obvious it makes them cool. Other lads like Brad or Tom use to dissimulate it which makes them look insecure and then we have lads like Mario Lopez or Marky Mark that even when they forget to wears their lifts and stand 5ft7 they claim theyr 5ft11!!
Robert is a cool guy and very talented also ...yeah, sometimes some celebrities are actually talented *wink wink*
DiMase said on 23/Jun/19
I met RDJ in a Chicago restaurant, years ago, when he was filming US Marshals. I went up to his table and he stood up to greet me! I was shocked by that, and by how short he was. I’m 5’4” (1/8” less actually, if we’re being technical) and had on low heels. He wasn’t all that much taller than me. He reminded me of my Dad’s height, which is 5’6”, I remembered. Very nice and energetic. He was sitting with a man and introduced him as his producer..that guy did not look pleased! But RDJ couldn’t have been friendlier!!
said on 8/Jun/19
Rob, who is the bigger liftwearer between him and Bono?
I'd say Downey is attempting at times to be more 'discreet' by wearing internal lifts or actual custom elevators, but Bono just likes a decent thick sole to give him a wee boost.
179cm guy said on 3/Jun/19
Solid 171-172cm guy. I don't think that he'd edge out someone like Mark Ruffalo or Oscar Isaac (when he's not wearing his lifts that is).
said on 30/May/19
Rob who would you say are the biggest lift wearers in Hollywood?
Downey is the clear winner.
I think Tom went through a period of wearing some elevators, but he's ditched them from what I can tell.
Reynolds was the 70's and 80's version of Downey, to the point others were describing him as over 6ft, even 6ft 5!
There is an article I did last year Here
, I think it's worth looking at the last photo of Zac Posen as that is a typical elevator shoe with 1.4 inch heel and internal lift.
Betty said on 14/May/19
I think RDJ Is 1.73m without shoes, however, with the shoes he seems to be 1.80m
Let's Say... Constructive Feedback said on 14/May/19
Once I Googled his height up and it said 5'7". Then I Googled Tom Holland's height. 5'8".
HOW IN THE WORLD DOES ROBERT DOWNEY JR. LOOK TALLER THAN TOM HOLLAND EVEN THOUGH TOM HOLLAND IS AN INCH TALLER????!!!!
*muttering to myself* Lies, they are. Lies from these so-called "celebs"
cmillzz said on 13/May/19
really 5’7 range
Darrel said on 12/May/19
Short is all I know, look closely at his ridiculous shoes, how does he not fall down
Kimblemur said on 9/May/19
Definitely not 5’8
Joe Schmo said on 5/May/19
I had no idea he was that short. But it works well to make his cast mates like Liam Hemsworth and Chris Evans look taller.
6footTom said on 5/May/19
People are just naturally more comfortable with taller leading men. Ideally, height shouldn't matter but being taller naturally commands more respect and presence on a psychological level. It's why actors like RDJ and Tom Cruise are very self-conscious about their height and directors are constantly trying to hide their below average stature.
TheBat said on 2/May/19
The camera angles with the lifts in Endgame was really weird at times, it got hilarious at times.
Pedro Rocha said on 2/May/19
Why They dont accepted a 5'7" ironman? In the movies all heroes(including the somente) looks like the same height. It Is because something cinemathographic?
RDJ wears huge lifts said on 1/May/19
He is wearing massive platforms lifts on the new pictures of Avengers Endgame,almost 4 inches
Doing so he looks similar in height to 6 footer Chris Evans,this is absolutely crazy !
grizz said on 1/May/19
@JD 5'9", I know it was. But was that really necessary?
6footTom said on 30/Apr/19
It was kinda funny how much RDJ's height shifted around Chris Evans in that movie. He can look either almost the same height, to slightly shorter to being completely dwarfed by Evans in wide shots.
JD 5'9" said on 30/Apr/19
@grizz You could tell that was camera work.
grizz said on 26/Apr/19
There were several scenes in Endgame when RDJ looked taller than Evans (without the Iron Man suit!). Absolutely ridiculous.
Mimi said on 26/Apr/19
He is a great actor. Although not tall at least he doesn't hide the fact he wears height boosting footwear. I will say he's near 5ft8
Johan 185 cm said on 25/Apr/19
He wears lifts people, even admits to it. What that means is that he can have up to 2 inches more footwear than people in regular 1 inch footwear.
He is nowhere near 5'9 just look back in time to when he starred with Mel Gibson a real 5'9 range guy.
said on 24/Apr/19
Look at the size of these lifts!!! He is 6’0” nearly in these. Crazy.
aj s said on 22/Apr/19
photos with him with Maggie Gyllenhaal and kevin gordon prove 5'9
Jake C said on 21/Apr/19
5’9 look at him with Kevin Gordon he’s Atlesdt half inch to an inch taller.
Jackson said on 11/Apr/19
Seeing him looking taller than Paul Rudd on Kimmel and towering over Ruffalo is just odd. His lifts are massive in some of these new avengers press pictures. There was an interview where Mark Ruffalo just said “I’m the shortest avenger I look up to everyone” and I just admire how he doesn’t call out RDJ because they’re actually the same size! Ruffalo just owns his height and doesn’t wear massive lifts.
K.A 188 said on 10/Apr/19
Lol atleast he is honest and talks about.
Jackson said on 8/Apr/19
WOW. His foot barely even stays in the shoe. Those lifts must be at the very least 3 inches.
said on 7/Apr/19
Special sneakers in full effect tonight Click Here
Logan M Barringer said on 25/Mar/19
Barefoot 5'7" 1/2. In lifts and shoes using camera angles 6'1" 1/2.
billionaireslayer said on 23/Mar/19
5'6, Massive lift wearer, up there with Stallone/Diesel/Cruise.
I think Cruise and Downey would be very close barefoot.
QQOO said on 21/Mar/19
5'7" at most, could not be higher than 5'8"
Darius said on 27/Jan/19
5'7.5"- is the best billing for Robert Downey Jr.'s height though with benefit of doubt, 5'7.75" is considerable.
He seems like half an inch shorter than Andrew Mcarthy who claimed 5'8", Looked similar to Ruffalo, and there are similar examoles in the comments out below that all leads to his height being somewhere around 5'7" range than 5'8" range.
With obvious lifts and elevator shoes, he looks 5'9" to 5'10" range!
jonas said on 12/Jan/19
A lift king, def Shorter then more 5"8 something Depp. I thought they where twins before. This guy is 5"7 on a good day
Rising - 174 cm
said on 6/Jan/19
Here's RDJ pre-lifts in 2003 looking like he'd be a bit shorter(even when you remove the tilt) than a roughly 5'8"(possibly 5'8.5") Malcolm McDowell going by eye level: Click Here
@Logan: The shoes Downey has worn for Iron Man and Avenger films are often far bigger than what he even wears in public and he's also admitted to standing on boxes for close ups. So any height he appears in anything other than a wide shot should be taken with a grain of salt. Click Here Click Here Click Here
Those will all add more height than those high tops with lifts he usually wears off screen. Those heels alone in the first pic will add 3" even without an internal lift
said on 25/Dec/18
Rob what's going on here ? He looks taller than 5'8 listed (by the UFC) Brian Ortega in this picture
The problem is, Brian Ortega is really not 5'8. Here with Joe Rogan and Dana White :
Looks to have footwear advantage on Dana, but not on Joe. I'd give him 5'9
Ortega with Mike Tyson :
Is Iron Man listed too low ?
Since he wears elaborate footwear, it can be hard to see him in just normal shoes/sneakers.
Logan Barringer said on 25/Dec/18
@ JD so with the slouching hed still be a weak 6'1" which is still about 5 inches taller than Downey Jr. Has to be his lifts and camera angles.
JD 5'9" said on 20/Dec/18
@Logan Barringer Chris Pratt also slouches a lot.
said on 12/Dec/18
@Rob he must wear massive lifts and heels in the avenger movies. Dude was on par with Chris pratt who is a weak 6'2". Unless it's just camera angles.
His elevators and camera advantages I think helped him well at times.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 27/Nov/18
Here's Downey pre-lifts with Katie Holmes in flats: Click Here Click Here
and shoes: Click Here Click Here
Not surprisingly, Katie is bending her knee and slouching so I don't know if you can tell anything from that, but with RDJ and Cruise compared a lot, I thought it'd be interesting. Btw, the shorter actor in front of Downey is Keith Gordon. You may remember them both in Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield. I'm not sure about his height, but pretty sure Downey was taller in the film too.
@Danimal: Your hairline isn't the top of your head. Downey has a lot of extra hair, but his hair ends up over 5'10". You're right that Downey is in front of the chart and the camera is low so he should look taller than he is. He looks about 5'9" in shoes and his eye level is at about 5'4.5", but his chin can't be higher than 4'11" in the pic so I think we can rule out a 10" head. A 9"-9.5" head would put him more like 5'8"-5'8.5" in shoes.
Danimal 5'9 3/4
said on 24/Nov/18
Like Tom Cruise, Stallone, Arnold, Will Smith, Justin Bieber and several others on this site, you have him at least 1" too high.
Here is his arrest photo from 1999. The camera is looking up at him rather than being straight, giving the illusion that he's higher up on the height chart. Also, his hair is a good 2" higher than the top of his head. Look carefully at where the top of his hairline ends and adjust the camera angle. What you have is a guy who hits the 5'8" mark on the height chart behind him IN SHOES. So, even if he's in 1" shoes, he's not over the 5'7" barefoot. If his shoes are more than 1", he's automatically UNDER 5'7" barefoot: Click Here
I am well aware of the prison chart, it's been discussed on and off over a decade. I do think prison shoes are like half inch or so.
said on 12/Nov/18
Hasn't he always had a 5'8 listing. Why the downgrade?
Over a year ago I decided almost 8 suited him.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 30/Oct/18
@Anonynon: Why do you care if Downey wants to be taller and wears lifts to achieve that? It's not like he denies it when asked and has even volunteered that info and joked about it. I guarantee many who see Downey will be surprised "Iron Man" and "Sherlock Holmes" struggles to reach 5'8" so it makes perfect sense. I remember a commercial advertising lifts that used a 5'9" man reaching almost 6' as the example. Btw, stuffing 2" lifts into those high tops won't get him 3", but these elevator boots he wore to the Infinity War premiere might: Click Here
Anonynon said on 25/Oct/18
Has a very normal height which I'd love to have, but wears lifts that give 3+ inches.
What a joke... probably one of those clowns who is never satisfied.
TheBat said on 23/Oct/18
5’8.5 would’ve been his peak height. As of now, most likely a flat 5’8” through the majority of the day and 5’7.75” before bed. And it’s crazy that comic book Iron Man is 6’1”.
Mrs. Castro said on 21/Oct/18
173.0cm immediately out of bed and 171.0cm~171.5cm before bed.
Bieber certainly is taller than he.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 4/Oct/18
He's about this listing. Could be 5'7.5" too, but a lot of the sneakers he wears would otherwise add only 0.6"-0.7" without lifts and even though he looks to sometimes stuff 2" lifts into them, the actual height he gains isn't as much as you'd think. They just wind up ridiculously obvious, but probably only add 2"-2.5" in actual height. He could look similar to 5'9" Jamie Foxx at The Soloist premiere: Click Here Click Here Click Here
and here's some short video: Click Here
His sneakers don't even really look ridiculous there.
Legit 6'2 said on 3/Oct/18
Blantant 5.7 guy
Massive lift wearer,sometimes also 4/5 inches
Look at that celebre pic with his wife where he was in massive platforms
Kev said on 29/Sep/18
he's 5'7 and a half at most. I'd say 5'7 and he loves 3 inch lifts.
Obadiah Stane said on 26/Sep/18
Rob he needs a downgrade,he is a good 5.7,nothing more
With lifts,elevator shoes and platforms he manages to become 5.9/5.10
Still a good actor though
Amogh said on 7/Sep/18
5'7.5 morning, 5'6.5 at night.5'7 Average.He doesn't look more
Rising - 174 cm said on 1/Sep/18
What the 5'9" and 165 lbs. listing means is that's probably what Downey claimed or had on his driver's license. Amazingly, GQ actually described him "Five Ten" back in '08! As for the mugshot with the height chart, first we have to remember that you look taller standing closer to the camera and you obviously stand in front of the chart. You can see this from the fact Downey's head looks about 11" compared to the chart. Also, the camera position and angle are low, which also add height. He winds up looking 5'9" in prison shoes or maybe slightly over depending on how much extra hair, but his eye level is about 5'4.5" there. Considering the advantage, he probably winds up about Rob's listing or maybe even the average guess barefoot. He's a bit on the short side, but not that short. He winds up usually looking like an average 5'9"-5'9.5" man when he puts lifts in his sneakers. He can only look tall for some movies like Iron Man where you put him on a box for close ups with Paltrow barefoot or in flats and give him very large(3" or 4") elevator boots.
said on 30/Aug/18
Jr. is 5'8.5
Police describe him as 5'9 on mugshot photo:
So Jr. is an average height male that wears lifts to appear more than average.
Plus, he wears his height very well because he's confident.
Consiglieri said on 18/Jul/18
I think he is 173cm. Almost average.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 5/Jul/18
Check out the logo on RDJ's shoe: Click Here
Robert bought a pair of Hogan sneakers just like those Sly use to wear. Sure beats wearing shoes like these: Click Here
Gwyneth Paltrow did say Robert didn't like when she wore heels around him so I guess Robert figured he'd get his own heels just in case!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 25/Jun/18
@RDJ number 1 fan
The photo was taken from a low angle instead of straight ahead, so it made him look taller. Mugshots usually aren't good for guessing heights.
RDJ number 1 fan
said on 25/Jun/18
Guys he’s 5’8.9
Maximus said on 18/Jun/18
5'8" sounds about right
Warren said on 3/Jun/18
It's too hard
Jtm said on 2/Jun/18
Woods could look 5'11 but he was at least 4 inches shorter than Hackman in night moves. I agree with frank2 that woods was 5'10(probably 5'9 now). He probably wore lifts in some of his films. Frank2 also claimed Downey was 5'7 so that explains why he was shorter than mccarthy.
Rising - 174 cm said on 31/May/18
Maybe they minimized the difference in the closeups or put Downey on higher ground when they're walking outside on pavement, but I expected the difference to look bigger than it did because Downey was shorter than Andrew McCarthy, which suggests he's under 5'8" unless McCarthy was made to look taller. Though I've never been certain of Woods being a full 5'11" except during the time I took Glenn's sightings at face value.
Jtm said on 29/May/18
been years since i have seen true believer but i thought he was at least 3 inches shorter than james woods.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 26/May/18
@GuestGuy5: Those are not 3.5" sneakers with Law. They are Alejandro Ingelmo Tron mid-top sneakers. Obviously, he stuffs lifts into them, but you couldn't get anywhere near 3.5" with those. More 2" range, possibly a bit over. These are the same sneakers: Click Here
Rising - 174 cm said on 26/May/18
He really doesn't look much more than maybe 2" shorter than James Woods in True Believer(1989). There's a decent chance he's the full 5'8", but I agree with Rob's listing. He's not shorter than 5'7.5" in any case.
GuestGuy5 said on 22/May/18
Honestly, I’d say he’s closer to 5’6.5” - 5’7".
If you picture his posture underneath those ridiculous shoes, there are almost 3.5 inches added to his height and he’s nearly on his toes. If Jude Law is 5’10” in that pic above, he’s still got two inches on RDJ (at least).
I don’t see how a person who is 5’8” can still look two inches shorter than 5’10” in those gigantic lifts. I sincerely think labelled RDJ anywhere near 5’8” as questionable.
Matt99 said on 21/May/18
@Edups because he wears massive lifts, in avengers infinity war he must of been wearing 3.5-4 inch lifts
AccuGuess said on 19/May/18
In his prison mugshot he is 5 8 and a half. Maybe 5 8 now minimum. Doesn't always look it though, not sure why?
AccuGuess said on 19/May/18
In his prison mugshot he is 5 8 and a half. Maybe 5 8 now minimum. Doesn't always look it though, not sure why?
Edups said on 17/May/18
He looked way taller than Tom Holland who is supposed to be 5'8
Tall Sam said on 16/May/18
I'm sure he'd trade a few of his several millions to be a taller guy. I bet he was loving it when Ben Stiller conicided that Downey was the taller guy on the Tropic Thunder audio commentary.
Shaz101 said on 12/May/18
Ridiculous lifts looked 2 inch taller than 5th 9 Josh brolin in infinity promotion , has 7 cm lifts at least
said on 12/May/18
Rob in these photos, without lifts, RDJ has more the proportions of a 5'7”-5'7.5"?
The type of combat trousers aren't going to flatter a figure like a slim-fit trouser/jean might do.
berta said on 11/May/18
good update Rob!!!
MAD SAM said on 3/May/18
I will give him a 5’8”, however in infinity war he looks equal to 6’0” Benedict Cummerbach ... interesting shoes maybe 🤔
said on 30/Apr/18
rob i can actually believe tom crusise to have a slight edge on this guy.. He this guy is maybe strong 171 guy. 178 jude law is mutch taller even when robert have on lifts. although i think jude law could be close to 179
In the 80's when Downey wasn't wearing big heels, he didn't look above 5ft 8 really, the more I've seen of his earlier roles, the more a weak 5ft 8 seemed more believable.
Would be interesting to have Downey and cruise stand back to back...
SD (172CM) said on 28/Apr/18
I just watched Avengers Infinity War and he's character Tony Stark(Iron Man) stood face to face with Benedict Cumberbatch's character Dr.Steven Strange and what shocked was how tall they tried to make Iron Man look despite the fact he is nowhere near the 6'0 mark.He's head,neck nor body proportions scream tall once compared to Benedict Cumberbatch.
What's ironic is that fellow MCU actors who are under 5'9 embrace their stature Mark Ruffalo,Don Cheadle and Tom Holland.
If he wasn't so insecure about his height he would be such a role model to short guys like me.
Peppadew said on 27/Apr/18
I had the chance to meet him & stood right beside him during the filming of Wonder Boys way back in 2000. I’m 5’-5”and he wasn’t that much taller... 5’-8” max, with shoes.
Jesus said on 27/Apr/18
He wears at least 2 inches of heels.
I would say he's closer to 5'6".
sulu2018 said on 27/Apr/18
He is visible smaller than James Corden
Shahab khan said on 21/Apr/18
I think he is close to 5.9 because his photos with 5.7 tom cruise and ben stiller clearly say that he is 2 inch taller than them. How you think Rob??
Old School said on 12/Apr/18
We have lots of pics and footage of his "pre-lift" movies & appearances. Looked somewhere between 5'7.5 & 5'8 at the tallest.
We have a prison mugshot, usually taken in standard prison shoes (.75- 1 inch gain) where he is in front of the board and if you look closely, you can see the lines bend up and the camera is low which should make him look even taller.....yet, minus hair, he appears to be hitting 5'9. So when you couple a low camera angle & sneakers adding height....yet he seems to only hit 5'9.....I am guessing he can only be 5'8 at the absolute max.
And to be clear, it wasnt that Robert told a prison guard he was 5'7, the claim was a casual claim from a user who was saying their Uncle was joking about how short Robert was and when THE UNCLE asked "what 5'7" ?" it is claimed Robert just said "somewhere around that".....so again, not even a confirmation or claim.....just Robert not really bothering to answer a guard's throwaway banter.
So I think between 5'7.5 & 5'8.
In my opinion, anyone who thinks he is less than 5'7 or as tall as 5'9.....are probably wrong.
CIMD said on 11/Apr/18
Tomm said on 10/Apr/18
more like 168cm
his lifts are screeching
John Doe said on 7/Apr/18
A Strong 5'8". 5'9" in normal shoes. He wears big heeled shoes or lifts now because he enjoys being as close to 6' as possible. Leading man, big star etc. Or maybe so he doesn't appear shorter on red carpets than female co-stars in their 3" heels.
Conan said on 28/Mar/18
I think he is 5 ft 8 in (172.7 cm). It is clear that I'm taller than him nearly 2 inches (5 cm). I'm 5 ft 9 3/4 in (177.3 cm)
RDJ said on 15/Feb/18
I think that this downgrade was well deserved. RDJ never seemed a true 172.72 to me.
Darius, the reason why RDJ gets away with it is precisely because he makes no attempt to hide his lifts.
mande2013, RDJ and Cruise are big action stars. Guys like Pacino and Mcavoy are more known for their dramatic roles, so people don't expect them to be larger than life.
Darius said on 30/Jan/18
Well, for sure he is this listing max.
Althought I reckon that he may even be 5'7.5" possibly(Sort of, Similar to Cruise).
Btw, its quite surprising to see that Cruise gets a lot of flack about his height and lift wearing than Rdj while Robert's shoes are much clunky and conspicuous with obvious huge lifts,SMH.
Isaac 5'10 said on 28/Jan/18
@tree Well he wasn't trying to fool anyone with that.
Don Julio said on 13/Jan/18
176 cm in his elevators
Jake94 (5'9" 176cm) said on 10/Jan/18
177cm with lifts 172 without. In the Iron man movies he got an extra boost from the suit. At times he looked taller than Chris Evans. He was likely 5 or 6 inches above his actual height, with lifts and the boost from the suit.
mande2013 said on 10/Jan/18
I can only glean from all this that perhaps people just don't like TC, RDJ, Depp, Mel Gibson, etc. as people, which is why even though none of them is all THAT short people still love to harp on the fact that they're not six footers, whereas Harington and McAvoy are nowhere close to being six feet and yet nobody cares.
mande2013 said on 10/Jan/18
Why is it that some male celebrities more easily "get away" with being short than others? TC and RDJ get shat on every day for merely being shorter than average, yet nobody's calling into question the manhood of Pacino, McAvoy or Harington.
lasla said on 9/Jan/18
5'7.75 is the peak or actual height for RDJ?
Krauser said on 30/Dec/17
Typical 5 ft 7 guy, no more
said on 27/Dec/17
Rob, do you think 5'7.5" is possible?
Editor Rob: I think he might hold onto the 7.75 for a good while, though I can see sometimes why he can look shorter...though for me, I haven't seen enough to say 7.5 is a better shout.
said on 26/Dec/17
Rob, I'm sure you've been asked this before, but we did you take off a quarter inch? Isn't he a solid 5'8"?
Editor Rob: not that long ago, I figured all I've seen that almost 5ft 8 might be a decent shout, though for a long while I thought about 5ft 8 seemed ok...
said on 25/Dec/17
Hasn't he always had a 5'8 listing, why the downgrade?
Editor Rob: I think I seen enough from his early career, or before he started wearing big shoes, to think he was a weak 5ft 8 range.
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 21/Dec/17
After comparing rdj and Law, it’s clear Jude is slightly underlisted, or rdj is slightly overlisted.
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 20/Dec/17
TBH rob, knock another quarter inch off Robert and give it to Jude!
Psychedelic Earth 187
said on 18/Dec/17
Rob, he nearly scored brad pitt's role in 'thelma and louise', but was rejected because he was "too short".
Editor Rob: yeah, sometimes you can be too short or tall for certain roles.
But then the reverse can be true - you can win roles because you are short or tall.
The Shredder said on 8/Dec/17
2.5 so he's look about 1.5 taller than his real height , so close to 5'8 is about right.
said on 7/Dec/17
Rob, how much do you think his "special sneakers" give him in the first picture with Jude Law ?
Editor Rob: 2.5 inches
Cameron said on 6/Dec/17
@Jake His lifts must be working as intended.
DirectorKrennic said on 5/Dec/17
@ Jake stop lying. You are probably 5'9" at best.
Jake said on 2/Dec/17
I actually met him, he is tall probably like 5’10 5’11 and i am 6’0
Ripped said on 1/Dec/17
Finally. Rob thats a good assumption for RDJ.
Powerhouse said on 1/Dec/17
Jtm said on 30/Nov/17
All you need to do now is take the .75 off then his height is spot on.
Konan 510 said on 27/Nov/17
I'd say 5'7-5'7.5 is a good guess, king of the lifts this guy.
said on 27/Nov/17
Rob, are you sure about that?Robert look longer than 172 cm generally.Probably, he wears lifts most of the time in films, especially Marvel films.
Editor Rob: in the 1980's I think Downey looked pretty much a weak 5ft 8, but in last 10 years he managed to look taller because of his choice of larger footwear.
Jery said on 25/Nov/17
Cameron said on 25/Nov/17
Missed the downgrade. I agree though, weak 5'8" is spot on for him.
Slim 185 said on 25/Nov/17
Guanzo, wouldent that be Brad Pitt? He’s been wearing lifts for 30 years nonstop, even to the ****ing beach!!!!!!
Tonyx said on 24/Nov/17
I wonder what his wife thinks of this...
Darius, after wearing lifts for a decade at 52 i do think height loss is possible.
I think he will soon stop wearing elevators...
Jann said on 24/Nov/17
5 ft 8 1/2
Guanzo said on 23/Nov/17
The King of Lifts!
SS said on 21/Nov/17
I think not lower or higher than that is correct
Darius said on 20/Nov/17
5'7.75"- Finally an downgrade that was expected from a long time ago since I came to this site back in 2013. But I think that 5'7.5" is more closer to his real height. BTW I think a height loss is impossible for a person like him at age 52. Wish there were more photos of him with Cruise cuz I'm curious to know who will edge out in terms of height.
Paul NS (6ft0.5) said on 19/Nov/17
I missed this downgrade, but it's a good one, even if I'd personally lop off another quarter inch.
Rising - 174 cm said on 18/Nov/17
I agree with most, this is a good downgrade. I do still think there's a decent chance he'd edge out Cruise, though.
said on 17/Nov/17
Wasn't he the full 5-8 before, what happened rob?
Editor Rob: there's enough out there I think to say Downey is a weak 5ft 8, especially in the 80's when he wasn't into elevator shoes.
The Shredder said on 16/Nov/17
He was always listed 5'9 in the 80's and 90's , Had 5'9 on his police report and he was 5'9 in his mugshot. He most likely is around 5'9 in shoes and most likely claims that which = about 5'7.75 barefoot.
John said on 16/Nov/17
He looks ridiculous in the lifts, but props for being honest about it and why he does it. 5'7 - 5'8 seems about right for him.
Slim 185 said on 10/Nov/17
He may have lost a quarter inch at 52 years old.
Slim 185 said on 10/Nov/17
Good downgrade. If anything. This may be the worst idea of ideas, you should make a “recent downgrades” page.
Anonymous said on 10/Nov/17
Tallest 5'7.75 I've ever seen tho he does wear lifts so I will say 5'7.75 barefoot
Shredder said on 10/Nov/17
Merry said on 23/Oct/17
randomuser said on 22/Oct/17Definitely RDJ is a big man at 5'10 ... I don't understand why people think he is short
Because he needs inches of lifts to be under 5'10" claim. I not think he is short, but definetely nothing more to 5'7.5"
randomuser said on 22/Oct/17
Definitely RDJ is a big man at 5'10 ... I don't understand why people think he is short
Paul V said on 20/Oct/17
5'7.5 real height and 5'9.5 with lifts.
Starlo said on 19/Oct/17
"Robert's a clear example of someone who is out there on the red carpet rocking his own style and not giving a damn!"
Well, sorry, but... I think he gives a pretty big damn. Guys don't wear lifts as often as RDJ does unless they feel insecure about their height in some form. The best part is how he tries to justify wearing lifts by naming a couple of other guys who wear lifts as well.
Rising - 174 cm said on 16/Oct/17
I suspect that was what gave him the idea and the superhero roles gave him more of a definitive image to live up to. Just ask Snake Plissken how old it gets hearing "I thought you'd be taller!" over and over. ;) It's interesting that unlike Cruise and Gibson, it doesn't seem the press was the reason. The press only really picked up on his height after and did so primarily because of the shoes he was wearing like the Iron Man 2 heels.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 15/Oct/17
@Rob: Well, he was wearing these big platforms 8 months before Iron Man started filming: Click Here
and I think I remember him wearing lifts in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang earlier so maybe that was his introduction. In fact, I'm almost positive that in an interview where Robert was asked what he kept from his films, one of the items he mentioned was lifts from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. But iirc, it was only after Iron Man that he became the 24/7 lift wearer he is today so I do believe the superhero role was a decisive factor. Let's face it, hearing "Wow, I thought Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes would be taller" a hundred times will get old. That extra inch or two might cause a few less to say it and Robert shows he's keenly aware of the "male enhancement" part of the business as he puts it in that Japan Times interview.
Editor Rob: Kiss Kiss may have then been a catalyst.
Junior said on 14/Oct/17
I guess Robert Downey Jr is not over 5'7.75" maybe holding a good 5'8 in the morning.
Shredder said on 13/Oct/17
I can see him claiming 5'9 , 5'10.
Rising - 174 cm
said on 13/Oct/17
He wore normal shoes all the time before his comeback. Here he is wearing sandals next to Val Kilmer: Click Here
And here he is with shoes that don't even add an inch with Keanu Reeves: Click Here
Not as short as people think. I'd think he was at least 5'8" from those pics, but seeing him shorter than 5'8" Andrew McCarthy, I'd give him 5'7.75", which also looks more plausible early in his early career with Harvey Keitel and Dennis Hopper, both of whom I doubt were a full 5'8" themselves.
Editor Rob: I wonder if filming Iron Man gave Downey a taste of being taller and he liked the idea of looking 5ft 9 or 10 to people, so started wearing bigger elevators in public.
MTT said on 12/Oct/17
I've never seen this guy wearing a normal pair of shoes. He probably lifted even his socks.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Oct/17
I've wondered that too, but I'd bet he claims or has claimed 5'9". This is based on the fact that he seemed to be listed or described at that in most articles pre-internet. Though I remember one that was less specific describing him as 5'8" or 5'9" and "slim in a martial arts way" and one late 80's/early 90's even had him 5'10"! But for the most part, he was listed 5'9" and since that's also near enough his height in standard shoes based on his mugshot, it'd be a pretty normal claim. As paradoxical as it may seem, I'd actually be less surprised if he came up with a more honest claim nowadays despite his huge lifts. The reason is he's become quite self-deprecating about his height joking how he had to stand on a box to kiss Paltrow, who I'm pretty sure he's also admitted is taller than him as well as his candid admissions of his lifts. An anonymous poster here did claim years ago that their uncle was a guard when RDJ was in jail and claimed they asked him if he was "5-7" and Downey is supposed to have responded "Yeah, around that mark" or something to that effect. Take it with a grain of salt as there's absolutely no proof and I personally don't assume this happened or read anything into it, but it was claimed here, fwiw.
Probably a bit under 5'8" barefoot is likely for his actual height, imo.
an anonymous peach said on 7/Oct/17
I wonder what he claims
AIRES87 said on 5/Oct/17
In the movie with Jared Leto you can see he’s shorter. Leto is listed at 5’9. My guess is 5’7.5 ish
JJAK said on 2/Oct/17
Id guess 5 7 tops based on him mega man shoes, only elton john and vinny d wear more.
If you watch his earlier movies he looked short even when playing a youth as an adult.
He is even shorter than wes who is 5 8 max back in his 30s.
said on 30/Sep/17
Seems shorter than 5' 7" he's standing on a foot high platform whilst also wearing platform shoes whilst his costar is simply wearing trainers
skip ahead to 8:09
Darius said on 6/Sep/17
I agree with Rising. So I would go with 5'7.5" min. or maybe 5'7.75" at the max. Not more and not less. TBH I am a huge fan of his elevator shoes and his movies , of course.
Tonyx said on 2/Sep/17
5ft7.5in. Wears 1.25in-1.5in lifts in his thin soled high top sneakers. Somebody should send him a link to the Don's Mid Sole Technology shoe page.
Such a shame.
Talented, entertaining actor. One might even say he is a unicorn. I'd like him to get a part in a Tarantino/Scorsese movie.
Ben said on 20/Aug/17
Tony Stark is 6'1" in the comics.
Meme Dude said on 17/Aug/17
What? Iron Man is 5'8? I bet he wants camera angles so he can look 6 feet. I saw a meme on elevator shoes and I think he wears like 3 inch lifts a lot I mean come on Iron Man
Rising - 174 cm said on 15/Aug/17
@Slim: Maybe not for every scene, but I'm sure at times it was as good as most films. I'm sure Robert was shorter than Kiefer Sutherland in that Vietnam war era film they did in the late 80s with Bruce Dern, I think it was called "1969." Kiefer is imo, a 5'8.5" max and 5'8" minimum guy. I had been thinking Robert was a flat 5'8" for a while, but I'd have thought he'd have looked taller with his lifts and high tops next to Michael Keaton in 0.6"-0.7" type sneakers and Tom Holland in 1.3" range boots.
@Shredder: I'd say 5'7.5" minimum and 5'8" max, so I'd give him 172 cm. I think he'd likely just edge out Cruise, but not by much and it's always been possible to me they're the same height. Since the mugshot would be advantageous to Downey, I think it suggests he was more a weak 5'8" or just under 5'8" if his shoes were 1". I don't think he was taller than guys like Harvey Keitel and Dennis Hopper back in the 80s and I've long doubted either were a full 5'8".
said on 14/Aug/17
He looks pretty close to Andrew but not a full 5 '8 ... based on this he needs a slight down grade , he is more 5'7.5.
Slim 182 cm said on 14/Aug/17
Rising, are you sure the ground was good in "less than zero"?.
His listing is not bad, I'd leave it the way it is.
Boba Fett said on 13/Aug/17
Downey Jr. usually looks 5'10/11" in the Marvel films. The magic of camera work with some extra help from wearing lifts, lol.
Rising - 174 cm said on 8/Aug/17
He's close to 5'8", but probably not quite since I believe Andrew McCarthy, who admitted to being 5'8" himself was taller than RDJ in Less Than Zero.
adam said on 8/Aug/17
strong 5'7 man, king of lifts.
Truth said on 4/Aug/17
Based on the barefoot images of Robert Downey Jr. with his wife, it's very clear that the man is a solid 5'7" Anything above that is stretching it.
Rising - 174 cm said on 2/Aug/17
I'd bet Downey is 172 cm. He can pass for about 5'9" or so in his sneakers. Sometimes taller when he wears more of an elevator boot like in Richard's photos below. As for parents heights. At their peaks, my father was a solid 183 cm and my mother 165. Guess I drew the short straw because my brother is 183-184 and my sister is 169.
Slim 182 cm said on 26/Jul/17
His listing is fine.
mande2013 said on 26/Jul/17
It's not that uncommon for a guy to be significantly shorter than his father if he has a short mother.
said on 24/Jul/17
Rob, in my previous post I said that Downey could be between 171-173 cm, but looks at these pictures with his wife Susan Nicole (160 cm/5'3"):
Here he has an advantage due to the angulation:
What do you think? The differenze can be of 4-4.5" make him a 5'7.5"?
Editor Rob: beach shots can be a bit tricky with the ground uneven in places.
Agreco4l said on 23/Jul/17
Barely 5'8" but tries to be 5'10"
BSW said on 22/Jul/17
I honestly think he is closer to 5'7". I respect him though, He admits that he wears lifts. No celeb has the confidence to do that. What a champion.
Alfie Duggan said on 21/Jul/17
5'9 just short of 5'10
said on 21/Jul/17
Robert Downey Jr. is in the 171-173 cm/5'7.5"-5'8" range.
If you see him with the Avengers' cast he can't be lower. With lifts, probably 5-6 cm/2-2,5" Downey is a good 178cm/5'10" with a possible 6' Evans:
John Davis said on 16/Jul/17
He's way shorter than this
Rising - 174 cm
said on 16/Jul/17
Mel Gibson is a bit too enigmatic to use as a truly reliable reference. Mel can look anywhere from 5'8" range up to about 5'11", but I do think there looks to be about a 3 cm difference in wide shots of the two, which adds up with my estimates of Mel at 175 cm and Downey at 172. I think their footwear was similar in those shots, but Mel undoubtedly had a footwear advantage in some scenes as you can see Downey has 0.6" Converse and Mel has boots here: Click Here
But while this still of the wide shot I posted is a bit far away to say anything definitive about footwear, it looks to me like they both had similar boots: Click Here
So the height difference should vary.
But it is notable that admitted 5'8" Joaquin Phoenix looked taller with Mel than Downey did.
said on 13/Jul/17
Rob is it not weird to have 6ft 3 father and be 5ft 8 why do you think this happened
Editor Rob: his Mother wasn't tall, so genetically, it depends how much of a mix from parents hegiht genes we get. Sometimes you get more taller aspects, other times the middle ground and sometimes the shorter ground.
Darius said on 13/Jul/17
I don't know where some comments have gone upto 5'8.5". 5'8" max is the most reasonable. My bet's on 172-173 cm. He looked shorter than Andrew Mcarthy and very similar to Mark Ruffalo.Looked shorter than Mel Gibson over 1.5 inches.I would say 5'7.75" I what suits him
said on 12/Jul/17
Hey @rob few days ago i was watching a documentary on him on facebook and i took a screenshot from the video of robert when he went to jail infront of that height chart and if you could give me any email of yours so i could send that pic to you, i took a screenshot of the video. Sorry i couldnt upload the url of the video itself but is there any way i could send that screenshot to you. From that screenshot he is around 1.74m.
I mention it in the Faq
RisingForce said on 11/Jul/17
That's true, most people aren't aware of these things. Most will probably see him in those Iron Man and Avengers films and never think he's 5'8", much less slightly below it for a second due to the biggest heels and elevator boots and/or boxes to stand on for close ups.
said on 9/Jul/17
The mugshot probably helped Rob start with a logical guess while other celebrities don't have as easy a reference point. Plus, when this site started, RDJ was only just starting to wear lifts. But if Holland has 1.3" boots and Downey 2" sneakers, I'd say 172 cm since I really only see 1.5" between the two.
Editor Rob: it's worth remembering with celebrities - a very high percentage of people who are familiar with Downey are only familiar with him from seeing his movies, not seeing photos of him in elevator sneakers.
A minority will be aware of his big footwear tendencies.
said on 9/Jul/17
Rob , how he ever been listed anything but 5'8 on here? I only ever remember this listing
Editor Rob: he could be one of those Long-Termers, who has stuck since the start.
said on 8/Jul/17
Rob for tea time you consider the 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.?
Editor Rob: yes 5.30-6.30 these days.
My routine is typically wakening up between 5am and 6am, breakfast at 7am, lunch about 12pm, dinner after 5 usually about 6pm
In bed from 9-10 usually.
said on 7/Jul/17
Rob , I'm not English , but what time is tea time? For me I drink Green Tea a few times a day.
Editor Rob: tea time is just a phrase for Dinner time.
said on 7/Jul/17
Hi Rob, same question as for Holland:
when Downey measures 5'8"? 5-6 hours after he woke up or after 8-12 hours?
Editor Rob: like with Holland, you could make a good case that Downey drops under to 7.75 at tea-time.
he's held 5ft 8 for a good long while though, but i can appreciate 5ft 7.75 estimates might not be wrong...I feel 5ft 8.5 for downey is just too much
said on 4/Jul/17
I'm going to have to agree with Blake on 172 cm being more likely after seeing RDJ recently in his usual sneakers not much taller than 5'8.25"-5'8.5" Michael Keaton, who only had 0.6"-0.7" type sneakers himself: Click Here Click Here
That's also an admitted 5'7" Tom Holland in boots in the first pic and Marisa Tomei, who should reach about 5'6" in heels. Weak 5'8" is probably the best fit for RDJ.
Blake said on 3/Jul/17
Rob, I think its time to drop him to the 5 ft 7 3/4 mark
said on 30/Jun/17
Actually, the difference may be a little bigger than I thought there. Probably 3-4 cm range, imo.
Btw, Rob, I tried to post a few days ago identifying RDJ's sneakers, but it didn't go through. If so, is it because one of the links was a Daily Mail article? In case, here's the post without any Daily Mail links.
In the photo used above with Jude Law, Robert was wearing these Alejandro Ingelmo Tron mid-top sneakers: Click Here
As you can see, nothing mentioned in product info about an extra wedge/lift, so I assume Robert put in his own inserts with those.
But these sneakers Robert wore are $2000 wedge sneakers and come with what is called a 2.5" heel: Click Here
If that's what the sneakers advertise as then it likely means Robert gets about 2" or so in height.
And one more for good measure, Robert wore these Marc Jacobs Beaded Sneakers with Jeremy Renner in my June 20th post: Click Here
Mostly designer high tops, probably with his own inserts a lot of times, but sometimes built in. I have trouble seeing how Robert would get more than 2.5" max out of a lot of these since some look like they'd add no more than 2 cm without lifts and it's very likely he's only walking around with a roughly 2" boost a lot of the times.
said on 30/Jun/17
Posted this on Mel Gibson's page a while back, but how much height difference do you really think there is between Downey and Gibson in this wide shot on the runway? Click Here
Downey didn't wear lifts back then. I also posted a liftless Downey with Val Kilmer and Keanu Reeves a while back and most agreed Robert did really look 5'8", even 5'8.5". He even had sandals at one of the events. 5'8.5" is too high, but a full 5'8" may not be. 5'7.5" is the lowest RDJ could be, imo and I really think he has to be 172-173 range.
Editor Rob: there could have been anywhere from over 1 up to 2 inches.
said on 30/Jun/17
With Ben Kingsley: Click Here Click Here Click Here
Kingsley is listed at 172 cm and as far as I can tell, really still did look close to Don Cheadle: Click Here Click Here
Regardless of footwear, it's obvious RDJ was taller than Kingsley at that time. If Kingsley was really still 171-172 range then Downey seemed to be pulling off over 5'9".
When Downey switches from sneakers to boots, like these: Click Here Click Here
It doesn't look like he was standing that much shorter than strong 5'11" Jimmy Kimmel: Click Here
He probably looked at least 5'10" or so. He usually looks more 5'9" range because the gain from his high tops and lifts are more limited despite how obvious they look. That's what makes people think he's shorter. He's looked taller than Mario Lopez all 3 times I've seen them together, including a video interview I posted here a few months back. I've said I don't think Mario is over 5'8.5", but I don't think he's under it either.
Shredder said on 30/Jun/17
I agree MJKoP , 5'6 is insane , I'm 5'6 and I know he has to be atleast 1.5 taller
MJKoP said on 26/Jun/17
The 5'6" tops estimations are crazy....just because someone wears ridiculously obvious heels, it doesn't automatically make them super-short. An under 5'8" dude could NOT look at least the same height as Chris Evans and taller than a heeled Paltrow. Someone even referenced his role as Charlie Chaplin to 'prove' how short he actually is, but in that film they obviously employed tricks to make him look much *smaller* as "The Little Tramp"(key word: LITTLE) was 5'4" to 5'5", and frequently used his lack of height as a means of his ingenious comedic relief.
Slim 181 cm
said on 22/Jun/17
172 cm, this guy wears huge heels!
Still a beast ironman and Sherlock Holmes though.
said on 20/Jun/17
2"-2.5" makes sense since I believe the style of sneakers he often wears would be about 0.7" without lifts, but you can fit a good lift in high tops and I believe Downey is often putting a bigger than 1" lift in his sneakers based on how big the bulge often is. That also adds up with Downey being about 5'8" since he tends to look 5'9"-5'9.5" range in them. He does wear elevator shoes or boots, though at other times and he wears bigger shoes in movies, whether it be the 3" platform heels, or these munsters: Click Here
172 cm is also very possible, but somewhere in that range as Downey always appears taller(in lifts) than 173-174 Jeremy Renner: Click Here
Also at the 2013 Oscars: Click Here
Video of the 2 at NYSE: Click Here
And photo at the NYSE with shoes: Click Here
Snart said on 20/Jun/17
Quoter86 said on 18/Jun/17
His lifts look utterly ridiculous. At least he doesn't lie about wearing them though, that would just be absurd.
5'8 is spot on, looking at the pics 5'7.75" is possible.
said on 8/Jun/17
Rob, do you think that in the morning, with good posture, RDJ could hit 5'9" maybe 5'9.25" barefoot?
Editor Rob: I can't see him that high out of bed.
said on 4/Jun/17
Rob, how much height do you think his "special sneakers" add? 1 inch or close to 2?
Editor Rob: his hi-top style sneakers I believe give him 2-2.5 range, somewhere in there.
Tom said on 29/May/17
5'8" seems about right. Just watching Age of Ultron and he boosts his height a LOT in it. It looks a bit ridiculous, you can tell he's not actually that tall.
MJKoP said on 28/May/17
5'8" minimum. 5'8.5" maximum.
said on 18/May/17
Yeah 172-173 cm. 168-170 way too low, but 174 is too much. He passes for at least 5'9" in his usual lifts. With 5'10" Mike Tyson: Click Here
With extra posture and a bit of a camera advantage, he can look even with a 5'10" guy like Anthony Mackie: Click Here Click Here
I'd bet Mackie with same posture and position was edging him out a bit so RDJ is probably the equivalent of a 176-177 cm guy in those lifts. RDJ can measure up pretty well to Evans, but Evans can look 182 cm max with Mackie. 174 cm is more possible than 168-170 at least. Rob mentioned a while back wedge sneakers giving 2.2" to 2.8" and I think that really is the range Downey wears, probably varies in that range since I do think he goes bigger sometimes and more honest other times when I don't see the same bulge and he looks more proportioned. Occasionally, he wears a thicker elevator boot or big heels, which may be more at times, but for the most part, I think RDJ is getting more than 2" and less than 3".
Bee123 said on 16/May/17
I was thinking 5'6 might be to low but even though he doesn't care and rocks his shoes.
How can people even give an accurate estimate lol
Maybe 5'8 is his height maybe not
delancey said on 13/May/17
The 5'6 estimates are definitely too low, but I don't think he's 5'8.5, that is a bit of a stretch imo.
A weak 5'8, 172/173 cm area I reckon.
meezemaker said on 13/May/17
No way. this m'en issus 169-171 max.
Looks an inch smaller than keitel wearing flat shoes...
Keitel is 170-172.
So he need a real down grade.
With his famous heel on sneakers, he gain 2.8 inches and still look an inch smaller than jude law 's 5'10 With shoes...
Max 5'7, maye 169,5cm
rob make an real investigation 😉, it seems u lost ur Objectivity.
Shredder said on 11/May/17
Yeah , I'd buy 5'8.5 any day over 5'6 or 5'7 flat
mister_lennon said on 27/Apr/17
5'6 is a joke for him.
Canson said on 27/Apr/17
Nah he isn't 5'6" more 5'7-5'8
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 26/Apr/17
The 5ft6 estimations are way too low. Just because RDJ wears lifts, it doesn't mean that he's that short like many people make him out to be. Obvious lift-wearers are often guessed at lower height than their real height, simply because the guesser believes that the lifts gives the wearer more height than it actually does. This is the same reason why some people estimate Vin Diesel at 5ft9, when in reality he's way taller than that. My personal belief is that RDJ is a solid 5ft8 as listed, or at worst a fraction under.
RisingForce said on 19/Apr/17
I agree, Sam, which adds up with his mugshot. People think he's shorter because he usually doesn't even get 3" from shoes that are as conspicuous as 4" elevators. Haven't seen Less Than Zero in years, but Spader is supposedly 5'9" and claims 5'10" so RDJ should be shorter. Maybe McCarthy had more footwear, better posture or camera advantage? Btw, he joked about having to stand on a box recently to kiss Gwyneth Paltrow on Good Morning America, so I'm surprised nobody has a found a height claim since he seems willing to talk about. He was still described as 5'9" in recent articles so I'd bet he'd claim that, but he might even be honest and admit lower.
Sam said on 19/Apr/17
@RisingForce, IMO I would say RDJ looks pretty much as listed in those lift-less shots with Kilmer and Reeves, he may pull off a strong 5'8" at times (5'8.25"ish).
jtm said on 18/Apr/17
I watched less than zero again a couple days ago. He's at least inch shorter than Andrew McCarthy and James Spader is taller even with terrible posture.
said on 17/Apr/17
Sorry, Rob, you can delete my previous post as the images were the entire purpose of it and none worked. I'll just say people can look up RDJ liftless with Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan at Cannes and Deauville film festivals and with Keanu at Cannes. I'll just post Downey in sandals looking only 3" shorter than Kilmer: Click Here
and one with Keanu: Click Here
said on 16/Apr/17
Actually, you don't have to go back that far for a liftless RDJ. While he wore lifts in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", we can judge his real height from events for that and "Scanner Darkly", since he was liftless for those events with one exception where he wore his 2nd most ridiculous shoes behind the 3" platform heels Guest66 posted: Click Here
70's disco platforms! Though he didn't actually have lifts inside and at other events, he sometimes had less footwear than Kilmer. I'll post the best photos for height comparison in a later post, but please, for the love of god, make sure you see footwear because Downey will go WAY up on his toes! Click Here
All I'll say for now is I wouldn't rule out the full 5'8" seeing Downey lift less with Keanu Reeves.
trumpslave said on 15/Apr/17
@Guest66 are u kidding me bro?? If tom cruise for Rob is 5ft7.5 RDJ is at least 5ft8 cause tom cruise is a dwarf
said on 14/Apr/17
Shredder is right. Just about 5'9" in normal shoes, maybe slightly shorter considering camera advantage. Then again, you posted one of the strange photos where he looks shorter: Click Here
I doubt Keitel was over 5'7.5", though looks like possible ground advantage. But then Dennis Hopper was 5'8" max, if that and seems taller in this still: Click Here
Though in True Believer, he does pull off not less than 5'8" in this scene if James Woods is 5'11": Click Here
I may try to watch the full movie later. As of now, I'm undecided on anywhere from 5'7.5" to 5'8". 172 cm is a good possibility, but I don't want to give a final guess until I really compare him in his pre-lift days. I do think we can assume his elevator sneakers add somewhere from 2.2"-2.8" as Rob mentioned. People probably think he's shorter than he is because those sneakers are as conspicuous as the Don's that give nearly 4", yet Downey is getting more than an inch less than that.
said on 5/Apr/17
I'm not sure what your waiting on Rob. Downgrade this already. We have enough evidence to prove he's not 5'8". I'm not even sure he's 5'7" but I'll give him that. I mean would someone who's almost average height ever feel the need to do this? Click Here
Dudes more like 5'7" possibly 5'6". No legit 5'8" guy would EVER feel the need to wear ridiculous shoes like that.
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Apr/17
@ TMI - (After reading your comment on 'latest comments')
I didn't get fooled, but I did go to his page to see how tall he really is!
I'll go for 5ft7.75! Standing here with Gwyneth Paltrow, there doesn't seem that much in in - look at their comparative shoulder levels, but though Gwyn's in high heels, who knows what Robert's got secretly tucked away in his boots? But there can't be as big a boost in his shoes as in those heels she wears!
I think I'd better change my mind. He can have 5ft7.5!
Tc said on 2/Apr/17
There's a mugshot with a height chart & downey jr is clearly slightly over 5ft 8 with big hair. I'd go 5ft 8 or 5ft 7.5 definitely.
TMI said on 1/Apr/17
RDJ is easily 5'11".....................
Judases said on 1/Apr/17
Would be shocked if he's above 5'6". He looks to be in the 5'8"-5'9" range WITH his ridiculously clunky boots.
Ian said on 31/Mar/17
@ Cameron Yeah I think a downgrade is definitely justified. This guy probably doesn't even scrape 5'8" fresh out of bed. Weak 5'8" at best for Iron Man.
Cameron said on 29/Mar/17
Yeah I think it's definitely time to do a 172 cm "weak 5'8"" downgrade with this one. I'd be shocked if he's 5'8" flat barefoot. He's definitely a below average dude. Not super short but clearly below average.
Shredder said on 27/Mar/17
He has to be around 5'7.5 at the very shortest , Look at his mugshot.
RisingForce said on 27/Mar/17
I don't think he gets anywhere near 4" from the sneakers either, Rob, I would think he gets boosted anywhere from 2.25" to 2.75" over barefoot height. I upgraded from 1" lifts to 2" lifts in my boots with 2" Cuban heels and went from about 5'10.75" in them to clearing 5'11", although I actually had to buy boots 1 or 1.5 sizes too big to fit the 2". I'd guess Downey could have got a bigger boost than his ridiculous sneakers when he's worn other elevators, such as the recent Mario Lopez interview. Downey may have gotten near 4" once when he wore the 3" heeled boots with the platform in Iron Man 2 and if you look in set pics for films, his elevators seem potentially bigger than what he wears at premieres, but the sneakers are usually around 2.5", imo.
Wrs567 said on 27/Mar/17
I wonder how his wife feels about his ridiculous lift wearing
Surely standing next to him at premieres, she must know why he is always weirdly taller
than the usual regular days at home
berta said on 27/Mar/17
i think absolute lowest possible for him is 171 and tallest is probably this listing. i think stron g172 guy could be the best option
said on 26/Mar/17
It's almost unnecessary to see inside the sneakers, Rob, you can see even from the outside his lifts are huge! Click Here Click Here
I think he's gotta be putting 2 inch lifts in his sneakers at times like that. A 1" lift in a sneaker really isn't going to look ridiculous. He would do much better with a pair of Dons, he could even use the 4" pair and be no more conspicuous than he is now. He really doesn't do any better than I do with my cheap lifts. 172 cm would be better, imo. I have to check that 80's film he did with James Woods pre-lift days to see how he looked.
Editor Rob: I don't think Downey is getting anywhere near 3.5 inches, the angle for elevators that big is quite harsh. I remember in one film he had a big heel on his shoe, something like 2 inch heel...plus if he managed another lift inside, then maybe that was an occasion he got at least 3 inches.
The elevator sneakers, I see the wedge sneakers in shops a lot for women, they can vary from about 2-2.8 range I found.
said on 23/Mar/17
Rob is there any chance of an upcoming downgrade for Mr Downey Jr? Surely mid to high 5'7 range is more likely?
Editor Rob: 5ft 7.75 is NEVER ruled out...I would like to see inside some of his sneakers to see the type of lift he has in them.
mister_lennon said on 16/Mar/17
He doesnt look to me that short. He is very similar to tom cruise in heigth. Minimun 5'7.
Jax said on 16/Mar/17
this guy wears literally high heels and you give him only 1 inch less than what his height on heels is? 5'6 at the most
mister_lennon said on 15/Mar/17
strong 5'7-weak 5'8.
said on 14/Mar/17
He looks taller than Mario Lopez(listed 5'9" here, but I think 5'8.5") throughout this interview: Click Here
I assumed Downey was in his usual sneakers packed with lifts, but he looked taller than the 5'9" he typically looks in those, so I checked his shoes and it looks like he upgraded! Click Here
I don't know how much that style of elevators adds, but you may see Downey with a growth spurt in his 50s looking around 5'10"!
Shredder said on 14/Mar/17
He looks 5'6 with his wife there , but beach photos are impossible to really judge height.