How tall is Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 9 ½ (176.5 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Tender Mercies, The Apostle, Lonesome Dove, Network, True Grit, Falling Down and To Kill a Mockingbird.


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Average Guess (10 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 8.95in (175.1cm)
Current: 5ft 7.93in (172.5cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Apr/20
@ Nik - I can't dispute that! It's a Francis Ford Coppola classic and, as an added bonus, the music is excellent. 🎶
Nik Ashton said on 26/Apr/20
@ Sandy Cowell - I’ll take my chances! 😉

I don’t blame you for heading straight down to Blockbusters to buy the Godfather box set, that’s called having good taste!
Bradley said on 25/Apr/20
He tried to boot up in Joe Kidd but Eastwood dwarfed him.
Jtm said on 25/Apr/20
why is he listed 5'8.5 when he's clearly shorter than daniel kaluuya listed 5'8.5 here?
Editor Rob
Don't think I touched his current listing for a good few years, so by age 89 he can look at most 5ft 8 now.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/20
I should have added that there is such a thing as an average height loss per age, but I didn't - so I'm doing it now:

There's such a thing as an average height LOSS per age.

All better!
🤕...😄
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/20
...but since was there an average height/age chart? Not so, Nik!

Robert has starred in some excellent films and will get 5ft9.5 peak and 5ft8.5 now. One Christmas they showed the entire Godfather trilogy. I was down Blockbusters as soon as they were open to buy the boxset! Cheers Nik!
😉👍
Nik Ashton said on 20/Apr/20
He must be well above average for his age!
Nik Ashton said on 6/Oct/19
I would love to see a photograph of him with Rob!

I love the name Duvall!
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 6/Apr/19
This is one damn fine actor. Robert may have stretched to 5'9" in his "Boo Radley" days, but may dip below 5'8" tall now that he's almost 90. Loved him in THX1138 and tomorrow (1972) - The latter, in particular, was an outstanding performance by Robert. So many other fine performances could fill a page here.
berta said on 28/Dec/18
Animus , :P haha yeah
Animus said on 5/Dec/18
@Berta
He's very lucky to have that woman hanging on his arm
Rising - 174 cm said on 19/Jul/18
I doubt he's over 5'8" these days, but I think he's lost remarkably little height just like William Shatner, who is the same age. Duvall seemed a bit shorter than 5'8.75" Marlon Brando in The Chase, or certainly no taller. Granted, Brando wore cowboy boots in that film, may have been shot to look taller since he was the star and Brando wore lifts at various times in his life, but he wasn't looking taller than usual at other times in the film since he looked more than an inch shorter than 5'10" Robert Redford at the end and I don't think Redford wore cowboy boots in the film. I'd guess more of a flat 5'9" or maybe 176 cm peak.
berta said on 29/Apr/18
he is very lucky to have only lost 1 inch at age 87 that is extremelly good
Arch Stanton said on 22/Sep/17
I saw Duvall in a film about 10 days ago I can't remember what it was and who he was stood by but I remember thinking that he was looking just 5 ft 9 flat in comparison. There's a chance of 176.
KH said on 9/May/17
Duvall is really old of course he has lost significant height. Was around average height in his younger years. Whether it was 5'9 or 5'9.5 who really knows because that kind of height difference looks the same to naked eye. The listing is fine.
Gigi said on 6/Jan/17
Saw him twice in restaurants in Northern Virginia. He is probably 5'7".
James said on 3/Jun/16
jtm,

I agree with you. Definitely 5'7" or 5'8" today. And even though he is shorter than most western movie stars, he stacks up just fine. He is by far the best western movie star under 6 feet. Only my opinion. And he will always be Gus to me.
jtm said on 7/Nov/15
he was never taller than 5'9 and probably 5'7 range today.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Feb/15
Did this guy ever look young LOL? Even in his early films of the 60s like Mocking bird and The Chase he look middle aged!!
Anon said on 31/Jan/15
Watched Mr V's clip from The Fuigtive on Youtube. Barry Morse edges him out. Duvall was 5'9 max, imo.
Lethal Cahew said on 30/Jan/15
I will say he is 5'7. I worked at a Movie theater back in 1993 and he came by for the "who shot Ernest Hemingway's" special showing. I shook his hand and he stood my same high, which is 5'7. Any taller on paper and is just PR.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/15
In fairness though when stood his best he still looks 5'8 range with Downey accounting for his footwear.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Jan/15
Really looks shorter than 5'8.5 in The Judge, he looks now like he's lost nearer 2 inches, although he is hunched a bit.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Nov/14
Thanks for the update! Well, he made De Niro look 5'8" range in True Confessions. He could look 5'10 range at times.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Oct/14
Rob, can you update with a photo and American actor, best known for roles in films such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Tender Mercies (Oscar win), The Apostle, Lonesome Dove, Network, The Great Santini, True Grit, and To Kill a Mockingbird to the top? I'd also suggest True Confessions and Falling Down (a memorable role opposite Michael Douglas) but you probably won't squeeze them in. He was in so many great films. Tallest I saw him look was in Tender Mercies where he looked about 6 ft but had on cowboy boots!
Lee Whit said on 3/Oct/14
Just watched movie "Countdown" 1968. I would swear he and Caan are near spot on the same height, and this would be close to a peak height given the year of the movie. Both probably just a shade under 5 10"
Mr.V said on 3/Sep/14
So, Rob, what's your opinion on the clips I posted?

Also, I made some comments on the John Cleese page that haven't been added, was there a problem with them?
Mr.V said on 2/Sep/14
I seriously doubt Duvall was ever in the 5'10" mark in his youth.

Now, here's a clip from an early appearance he did in the "Wild, Wild West":

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Watch when, from 20:15 onwards, he's face to face with Robert Conrad: they look similar height. Conrad is listed at 5'7" here and I know some people say he wore lifts in the show, but still, if Duvall was 5'9.5" at the time, he might have been around 179 cm in shoes. What kind of lifts might have Conrad been wearing to match his height?

Also, here's an early Duvall appearance in 'The Fugitive':

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If you compare him to Barry Morse, also listed 5'9.5' here, at about 9.20 onwards, he appears to be a bit shorter. Even in the last minutes of the video (14.10 to the end), he's closer to the camera, but Morse still looks like he edges him a bit.

I believe the 5'8.5 he is now may not be much different from his peak height. What do you think, Rob?
michel said on 31/Aug/14
robert duvall looked in the god****er 174 next to 175 caan
Sam said on 22/Apr/14
He's around 80 years old now and has never lost much in height, he seemed to play more macho ladies man types after middle-age. I think recently he always plays the same guy now but he was a helluva an actor back in the 70s. Rob, could you add The Apostle, Lonesome Dove, Network, The Great Santini, True Grit and To Kill a Mockingbird to the top?
Tony said on 10/Jan/14
Seen & spoke with him at least a half dozen times in the last few years (in & around loudoun & faquier co. Virginia where he lives). I'd say 5' 9" is pretty much bang on.
Mike said on 22/Aug/13
Saw him at some YMCA in Manhattan back around 1976 (he was chatting up a young lady) and he appeared to be exactly my height, 5' 9" 1/2.
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
Rob, he's got an easy inch on Brando in The Godfather. Watching it now, Duvall looks around 5 ft 10, Brando 5'8" range.
Yeah said on 15/Feb/13
Arch Stanton says on 10/Dec/12
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Looks nearer 6 ft here next to Tom Cruise.

Bull****. Looked like 5'9" here with 5'7" Cruise.
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.... said on 2/Feb/13
had an inch or more on sean penn in colors...
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/12
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Looks nearer 6 ft here next to Tom Cruise.
steve said on 4/Jun/12
I met him in a bar in 1974 Lake Tahoe - I was on a college off campus study - he was filming Godfather 2. I told him I remembered him in a Fugitive TV episode - he asked what character did he play - I said I did not remember the name but that he was playing a guy in a wheelchair - he said very good. I was 5'9-1/2 back then bare feet - he was about an inch shorter in sneakers (I was in sneakers also)
dmeyer said on 5/Dec/11
8 years ago was steel 174cm now could be 172-173cm he is at a age were height loss is important
jake, 1.82 m said on 28/Oct/11
He doesn't look over 5ft8in flat now Rob wouldn't you agree? He is 80 now.
[Editor Rob: could be that mark by now]
S.T. said on 19/Apr/11
He comes to Buenos Aires City every three months, and for sure, he goes to a Café in the Recoleta neighbourhood. I saw him there, with boots on (quite high heels,in fact). I don´t think he stands taller than 5´7" 3/4, in his barefeet. nowadays. He looked around 5´9,5" with his boots on.
mcfan said on 7/Jul/08
Duvall was 5'9 back in the day.
Lmeister said on 25/Jun/08
Duvall has been listed 5ft9.5 for ages. I think that is his real peak height. Nowadays maybe an inch shorter.
BK_Daniel said on 24/Jun/08
Both Duvall and Glenn are slouching a bit so I'm not going to give Robert any points for that, despite this he still looks an inch taller than Glenn. In conclusion he is 5'9.5" now and maybe 5'10.5" peak.

^My previous statement makes sense if you assume his head ends where his hat does. If you want to downgrade him I would say 5'9" flat now and 5'10" peak height.
Anonymous said on 30/May/08
I saw the movie Secondhand Lions with Duvall and Michael Caine. Duvall was wearing MOON BOOTS. Big time Lifts.
Scott B said on 10/Jan/08
He looks 5'8 to me. He wore Lifts in Open Range.
al said on 2/Nov/07
He looked a solid 5ft 9-10 in the godfather movies. These days he looks a bit under that.
glenn said on 31/Oct/07
saw him 2 weeks ago and was surprised to see him back to the 5-10 i use to see him at.back to his old mean self too.wouldnt pose.
Chad said on 30/Oct/07
I met some people who worked as extras on Gods and Generals, and they said Duvall is shorter than he seems on the big screen. They said he is 5'7" to 5'9", about the same as his ancestor, Robert E. Lee, whom he portrayed in the movie.
dmeyer said on 14/Oct/07
looked about 5'8.25 to 5'8.5 in person 3 years ago he had normal sneakers
dmeyer said on 18/Jul/07
he lost only 1 in at 76 thats not bad
dmeyer said on 18/Jul/07
in day of thunder cruise looked as tall but cruise apear 5'9 many times plus duvall didnt look that mush shorter than nicole so 5'9.5 i met him 3 years ago he looked a bit more than 2 in under me so 174 cm fits him
DC said on 6/Feb/07
I had a conversation with Mr. Duvall outside a Greenwich Village theater during intermission. This was back in the late seventies and I was wearing sneakers and he was wearing loafers, some regular shoes. We were face-to-face and I felt an inch or two taller, and I'm 5-10.
Glenn said on 19/Jan/07
Bobby D is Deniro.not Duvall.
Billy-Bob Buck said on 18/Jan/07
I met Bobby D. outside a Mickey Gilley concert at the Ritz in Eliz., NJ in the early 80's around the time of Tender Mercies. He was polite but diffident(def. 2.) Probably the John Lennon murder had all celebs on edge. Anyway, he was signicantly shorter than my 5'8.5" Still a great actor!
The Horse of FUNK said on 16/Jan/07
I'm actually quite suprised by how much taller he looks in photos with people than he does on screen. Figured he'd be in the 5'8 range because he normally looks it in his films.
Glenn said on 13/Jan/07
Surprised I still dont know that movie.yeah Rob,it would be better ;-)
Anthony said on 12/Jan/07
Duvall looks bang on 174 with Glenn.

Glenn, "Secondhand Lions" was a really boring (though somewhat entertaining) family movie from 2004 with Duvall, Michael Caine and the kid from "The Sixth Sense". Duall's made far more awesome movies, like the ones you mentioned.
the shredder said on 12/Jan/07
I say 5'9 in this pic . no more ! I agree with Glennjamin that he should be known for Apocalypse Now and the Godfather ! btw Glennjamin , Secoundhand Lions is the movie with Michael Cane and that kid from A.I.

[Editor Rob: lol, I must have just watched secondhand lions when adding him to the site, maybe give him instead...let me think, A shot at glory and gone in 60 seconds...j/kg ;)]
Jason said on 12/Jan/07
Imagined he would be 5' 6
Glenn said on 12/Jan/07
What the hell is Second Hand Lions? never heard of it.what about Apocalypse Now and The Godfather!
JS said on 27/Dec/06
My EX met him. She's 5'8.5" and wears flat shoes. she said she was taller than him. Great guy. Short guy.
Glenn said on 4/Dec/06
In his youth he was close to 5-10,and did look this in the early 90s.got him 2 weeks ago and he looked 5-9.
Brad said on 4/Dec/06
He casts short people around him big time.
ForensicNYC said on 16/Aug/06
He looked 5'10" when he did this scene, but he was wearing high boots and a very tall looking "sombrero"...and all the soldier extras were shorter, about 5'7" average...
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His hat made him taller than the rest of the crew...
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Looks 5'8" or 5'9" these days, with 6'0" Collin Powell...
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sam said on 3/May/06
Rob, I think you mean his current height is 5'8.5" and peak height is 5.9.5", right?
Picture said on 26/Apr/06
He looks tall Acopalypse Now, a lot taller than Sheen.
I suspect that he did wear lifts for that movie. But I think he must have been at l5 ft 9.5 at his peak.

Update this guy rob.

[Editor Rob: yes, I hadn't changed this guy peak height yet, which I think was around that mark...lost a bit of height he has]
Glenn said on 22/Mar/06
Ive seen him look 5-10 in 1993.doesnt mean anything though.
Frank2 said on 21/Mar/06
I saw Duvall at the Emmys, even spoke with him. He was wearing black cowboy boots with his tux. I'd say he was about three inches shorter than me so with the boots he was about 5'9". I believe Duvall was probably 5'9" when he was young and has shrunk to about 5'7" today. The other night I was at a birthday party for a friend of my wife and actor Harry Dean Stanton was there. He's listed at 5'8" but in person was no more than 5'6". I was standing right next to him and could easily look over the top of his head and that didn't change no matter how he was standing. Short little guy.
MichaelC said on 20/Mar/06
I was staying in a Puerto Rico Hotel for a week or so back in about 1989 and saw Robert Duval regularly at the gambling tables and stood next to him on a number of occasions. I am 5'9'' and was at least two or three inches taller than Duval who is a tiny guy in stature and body size. There is no way in the world that he is anywhere near 5'9'' or 5'10'' - he barely came up to my eyebrow.
tinhappy said on 17/Mar/06
What? 5'9/10? tg says 5'8 with cowboy boots.... He's 5'6 bare feet... 5'8 in his prime! Lets start getting real.
tg said on 19/Feb/06
I am exactly 5ft8in tall and I have stood in an elevator side by side with Robert who was wearing cowboy boots. This was about 8 years ago and he looked to be my excat height with the boots on. I would venture to say that in his bare feet he would be about 5ft71/2.
Dominic said on 13/Feb/06
I think you should keep him at 5'10 which he was in his prime, you kept Brando at 5'10 and he was no more than 5'8 when he died.

[Editor Rob: he will go back to that height, like Brando when he dies. Since he's still actively making stuff, current height is what's given]
Dominic said on 11/Feb/06
5'10 at his peak, 5'9-5'9.5 now.
Anonymous said on 20/Mar/05
At his peak I think he was 5ft 10, but nowadays he's finding it hard to hit 5ft 9.

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