How tall was Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan's Height

6ft 0.5in (184.2 cm)

American actor and former President of The United States. He is best remembered for roles in films such as Santa Fe Trail, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Cattle Queen of Montana, Dark Victory, Desperate Journey, Bedtime for Bonzo, The Winning Team, That Hagen Girl and Hellcats of the Navy.

Official Portrait of President Reagan 1981

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Average Guess (22 Votes)
6ft 0.36in (183.8cm)
Greg said on 10/Sep/17
I'm thinking that Rob's 6'0.5" is about on the money. In the picture linked to below, he looks half an inch than Gerald Ford who was 6' on the nose.
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Javier said on 3/Aug/17
I'd say 6'1" in his prime. And 5'11.75" or a weak 6'0" during the Presidency.
Tom said on 22/Jun/17
I had the pleasure of meeting Reagan shortly after he left office. He was just under 6'. So 6'1'' in his prime is probably correct.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jun/17
Flynn at 186-187cm and Reagan at 184-185cm could be spot on
Johnson said on 28/Apr/17
You guys should see more pics of Reagan and Bush Sr. They were close. Reagan was just a weak 6'1.

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Andrew said on 26/Feb/17
I just watched Desperate Journey from 1942. In every scene, Errol Flynn looked 1-1.5 inches taller than Reagan. I see only three possibilities: 1) Reagan was less than 1.84m. 2) Flynn was more than 1.86m. 3) They added lifts of at least 2cm to Flynn's boots. Rob, which do you think is most likely?
James said on 29/Dec/16
Reagan was clearly no more than six foot. He was a great president, although his support for the UK during the Falklands War violated the Monroe Doctrine.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Dec/16
Rob, do you think he'd dipped below 6ft by the time he left office?
Editor Rob: yes Rampage, I think he probably fell into almost 6ft range.
andreea said on 5/Dec/16
Hey rob how tall do you think he was when he was in the office? Please I'm waiting for an answer.
Editor Rob: I don't think he'd lost much height when he took office, a bit over 6ft maybe.
Truth said on 1/Dec/16
5'11" as President, genuine 5'11-6' in his day - perfect height for world leaders
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Apr/16
Looked near 6ft1 at peak
Jedi Master 5'11 said on 24/Mar/16
6'0" right on the dot, especially next to 6'2" bush
Greg said on 11/Mar/16
What others said, Reagan was about 6'1" when younger and was closer to 5'11 when he went to the white house, probably closer to 5'10 when leaving. I don't some of the posts here that look at his height when president and say he was never 6'1" - people shrink! I was 5'10" when younger and have lost an inch in my 50's. Other people don't lose much height at all. Everyone's different.
Jug said on 10/Mar/16
GHW Bush was 6'2, and Reagan looked about two inches shorter. He was probably 6'0.5 in his youth, closer to 5'11 as pres. He was 69 when elected, 77 when he left office.
Len said on 7/Mar/16
5'11" former actor doing the traditional "add 2 inches" thing.

Not short, but certainly not tall either.
Andrew said on 5/Mar/16
Rob, Reagan'a son --also named Ron -- described his father as "6 foot 1 and a half" at peak in a memoir of his father. I've seen a couple films he was in from the early and mid 1940s and he looked more like 6' flat (albeit lean and long-legged). Is his son possibly right that (without shoes) his dad was 6' 1.5" during his prime?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Feb/16
I will say this though...I was originally surprised to hear he was "only 6ft1". He had the presence of a much larger man.
Bill said on 8/Jan/16
I have a question for you Rob, why is my name listed under that comment from 12/Nov/15, and also...why am I listed as "Cantchooseaname"? I'm using the name Bill.
Editor Rob: It seemed you couldn't stick to a name.

Since then you've used Bill, Anthem, coatguy, Randy, davis, morrisons, racingjamie, Mike07, Ladylesh

It's a lot easier to stick to the one name :)
MIKESOWELL said on 24/Dec/15
To be fair though... In that photo Reagan is a bit more to the foreground than MJ is. If peak Reagan was 6 feet and a half, then Reagan here (I think he was 73) was probably 5-11.75. He still looked like a six footer even as a septuagenarian.
Cantchooseaname said on 12/Nov/15
wow, he really does look like he has no more than 2 inches on jackson.

maybe michael's peak height was 5'9.5" and reagen's office height was 5'11.5"?
Cantchooseaname said on 3/Nov/15
Looked only about 2 inches taller than 5ft 9 listed Michael Jackson!

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Plus, Ronald Reagan actually had more heel than Jackson! Either Jackson's 5ft 11.5 minimum, or Reagen's 5ft 11 max.
Rey said on 30/Sep/15
5' 11 3/8' w/o shoes when president.
Steve said on 28/Sep/15
Reagan was probably at or near 6'1" in his prime. But by the time he was elected president I think he was under 6' by parhaps half an inch. After all, he was 70.

George H.W. Bush was much younger so he hadn't lost height.
james said on 28/Sep/15
Bush Sr was 6'2 and towered over Reagan when they walked side by side..he was never 6'1
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Sep/15
The White House listed him 6ft1.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Aug/15
He did look this in a lot of roles though, but I guess you could argue te same for Cary Grant.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Aug/15
You could still argue 6 ft 1 at times though, with John Payne Click Here who was definitely a solid 6 ft 2 guy (with Van Cleef Click Here)
SportsHeight said on 2/Aug/15
Rob, how tall do you think Reagan would've been around his first presidential election/inauguration in 1980-1981? He was almost exactly 70 years old at the time.
[Editor Rob: I think he could still look near 6ft]
kevin said on 22/Jul/15
his wax statue in NYC looked 6'3" to me
Arch Stanton said on 8/Mar/15
Looks near 6'1 in Knute Rockne All American this is about right. He was only 29 at the time yet had the presence and command on screen of a guy twice his age. Just a special sort of person, a natural leader, a very popular guy, the sort of guy everybody likes.
Judd said on 1/Dec/14
yeah, next to bush father (6'2") he does look 5'11.5" at best, but he was quite old...i would put him at 6'0.5" as peak height for sure
Arch Stanton said on 13/Nov/14
A pity we can't squeeze in This Is the Army here, a great WWII morale booster film.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Sep/14
Yeah he looks about 184 in The Winning Team opposite Doris Day.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Sep/14
Probably the most commanding actor I've ever seen on screen, he was just a natural born leader. You could see it even in his earlier films.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Sep/14
Rob can you add a photo and update with best remembered for roles in films such as Santa Fe Trail, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Cattle Queen of Montana, Desperate Journey, Bedtime for Bonzo, The Winning Team, That Hagen Girl and Hellcats of the Navy.
avi said on 8/Feb/14
@Arch Stanton
its safe to say Reagan was more like 6'0 flat and strong 5'11 by the early -mid 90s
jonas said on 25/Jan/14
Reagan was a bit shorter than Gerald Ford (183cm) so i would say 182cm for Reagan. George H.W. Bush is 188cm, there's moore than just 4cm difference there.

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spaniard68 said on 7/Dec/13
I have seen pictures of him and the King of Spain, those pictures were taken between 1981 and 1985.The King once stated he was 1.86 in his youth, maybe he was downgrading his height and was just a bit taller, I don't know.King John Charles looked about two inches taller than Reagan at that time,maybe a tad more...Reagan coulda been around 6' when he was a young man.
Rey said on 21/Jul/13
His daughter Patty stated he was never 6"1"--she said he was between 5'11' and 6'.
Arch Stanton said on 12/May/13
Reagan was about an inch shorter than 6'1.5" listed Gene Evans and about an inch taller than 6' listed Jack Elam. I'd say Elam was more 5'11.5" and Evans was really 6'1.5".
Arch Stanton said on 11/May/13
24:58 is probably the best comparison. Reagan looks taller than Jack Elam and shorter than Gene Evans who is leaning a bit, he was listed at 6'1.5" I think 184 looks about right.
Arch Stanton said on 11/May/13
Watching Cattle Queen of Montana. Pause at 5:55. Click Here

Oddly he looks shorter than the guy on the right Jack Elam who was listed at 6ft!
Arch Stanton said on 11/May/13
Yeah I think that's more accurate. I'll watch Cattle Queen of Montana later on today and see how he looks in that. Flynn could have been 189 peak after all, but I'd need to see more comparisons.
Arch Stanton said on 9/May/13
Pause at 1 hr 29:16, Flynn has a good 2 inches on Reagan.
Arch Stanton said on 9/May/13
Rob, I'm watching Santa Fe Trail, Havilland easily looks 5 ft 4 next to Flynn but one thing strikes me is that Reagan doesn't even look close to 6ft 1 when stood next to Errol Flynn, at least 2 inches shorter. Tiny url isn't working at the moment but on the tube Errol Flynn Ronald Regan Santa Fe Trail Full Movie 1 hr 29 range. No way is Reagan only an inch shorter than Flynn.
Arch Stanton said on 9/May/13
Rob, I'm watching Santa Fe Trail, Havilland easily looks 5 ft 4 next to Flynn but one thing strikes me is that Reagan doesn't even look close to 6ft 1 when stood next to Errol Flynn, at least 2 inches shorter. Tiny url isn't working at the moment but on the tube Errol Flynn Ronald Regan Santa Fe Trail Full Movie 1:29 range. No way is Reagan only an inch shorter than Flynn.
[Editor Rob: yeah he could have been shy of that mark, maybe 184 is a better shout at the moment ]
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Dec/12
185cm movie career
183cm office
181-182cm post presidency
Stephen said on 3/Nov/12
Definitely 6'0
Stephen said on 20/Sep/12
5'11 3/4
Shaun said on 7/Sep/12
Acro says on 31/Dec/11
Reagan was c. 5'11'' in the years of his presidency. I have a picture of him about 1981 with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Fraser, who was 6'4", and Fraser towers over Reagan - 5" difference is my guess.

He could look 5'11" a lot agreed. He looked a very similar height to Leslie Nielsen to me who I think was 5'11.5" by his later years and like Reagan a whisker under 6'1" peak. I think 5'11.5" would be a good guess for him in office.
Mr-KILLER-SHRIMP said on 6/Feb/12
5'11.5" MAX when he was in office. I could buy 6'0" flat at peak though.
Acro said on 31/Dec/11
Reagan was c. 5'11'' in the years of his presidency. I have a picture of him about 1981 with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Fraser, who was 6'4", and Fraser towers over Reagan - 5" difference is my guess.
Demiere said on 22/Oct/11
Ronald Reagan, one of the greatest presidents in American history, is about 6'0-6'1.5. Tall men like short women because it doesn't make them feel shorter. In the 1957 movie Hellcats of the Navy Ronald Reagan is much taller than 5'4 Nancy Reagan. He's not 5'11.75 no way jose! He's at least 184 cm.
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
Short man says on 1/Jan/11
Most politicians tend to be tall Ted kennedy was 6'2.

Unless your Russian and serving in the 21st century...
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
6'1" prime. Weak 6' in office. looked a weak 6' in office, 5'11.5" is my estimate for then.
BlueBoy said on 18/Jul/11
He was never 6'1", the admired conservative William F Buckley was at leas one inch taller than him:
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Buckley himself was between 6' and 6'1", but not over, compare him to 6'2" Charlton Heston in the same picture. End of history, do your math!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/May/11
6ft0.5 I think peak
leonidas said on 21/May/11
My friend is about the same height as reagan could be even taller and me being 169 on a good day is around the same level as michael maby 1 inch shorter so that would make michael 5,8 on a very good day. i would say 5,7 r.i.p king of pop
avi said on 13/Mar/11
yes solid 6'1 . 6'1 1/4 tops. 4 inches on MJ whos strong 5'9.
Demiere said on 8/Mar/11
Reagan is six feet two inches approximately. His wife, Nancy is 5'4-5'6.
Asera said on 13/Jan/11
Here's some pictures of Reagan and MJ :

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As you can see the clear obvious height difference shows Michael is only about 171-172 cm tall and can not possibly be ANY more than that!Reagan wasn't even at his peak height back then and MJ was standing as tall and straight as possible with GREAT posture. It's time to admit everyone who still claims Michael was some kind of a giant or taller than 5'8 you are just simply WRONG.This site has MJ's REAL height all wrong and it's been proved many times already!
Jesus said on 13/Jan/11
michael jackson 5'8?
give me a break...
Short man said on 1/Jan/11
Most politicians tend to be tall Ted kennedy was 6'2.
Spence said on 6/Dec/10
He looked about 6 in his early years in office..I think he was 6'1 when he was younger tho
jtm said on 7/Nov/10
reagan looked no more than 5'11 next to michael jackson who i think was around 5'8.
Mike said on 12/Oct/07
There is no way on earth that Regan ever could have been 6-1, even in his younger days.
I would give him no more than 5-11 for his presidency time.His slim body type made im appear taller. Maybe he was a maximum of 6' in his prime, but I doubt even that.
Miguel said on 24/Aug/07
Rossano Brazzi was 5-11. I met him in 1958 in Rome at his home, Via Sistina 57 .I took a picture next to him and he was at least 1 inch taller than me (5-10 at that time).
MHouillon said on 14/Jul/07
At the end of his life 5'10 ? Are you crazy ? He never lost 7cm! He was 185cm (6'1) at most and later maybe 181-180cm (5'11.25-5'11).
Paul said on 20/Dec/06
No, Reagan was never 6'3" nor did he claim to be. He did have very good posture and a commanding presence which probably made some think he was bigger than he was. I still maintain that a young Reagan was closer to 6'1". Middle aged at 6' and by the end of his life he was about 5'10".
George H said on 13/Dec/06
The highest I heard for him was 6'1", in his prime. 6'3" is crazy.
Robert said on 12/Dec/06
Reagan can never be way
sleuth said on 4/Dec/06
I know a guy who says he's 6'3" who says he met Reagan and they looked eye-to-eye.
Paul said on 27/Aug/06
In watching some Reagan movies on DVD recently I think he looks like a solid 6 footer, but not much more. There's a long shot of Pat Neal and him walking where she is wearing 2" heels and he only looks a couple of inches taller. Later in the movie there's a close up of the two and the difference is much greater. Perhaps she had taken off her shoes?

He looks a couple inches taller than Robert Cummings who was probably around 5'10" and several inches taller than Pat O'Brien who I'd guess at 5'9" or so at age 40.
Frank2 said on 9/May/06
For what it's worth, I'm watching the film Night Unto Night and Reagan is about an inch taller than 6' Broderick Crawford. I met Crawford twice, once in the late 1960's and later in the late 1970's and he was definitely taller than me by an inch. I used to watch Crawford's TV series Highway Patrol. Crawford was spposedly such a big drunk that they finally pulled his driver's license so the driving he did in that patrol car was the only driving he did, period.

[Editor Rob: I will add Broderick at your estimate!]
Gonzalo said on 8/May/06
I think he was 6`1. I have seen a pic of him and Burt Lancaster and Reagan appeared to be taller
A-Bomb said on 20/Apr/06
Conservative hey. I'd be what you American's coin as a "liberal". However, I've always had a soft spot for Reagan - not the policies mind you, but the person and the icon. I liked Clinton too, but he came across as arrogant too often - Reagan had a very humble approach and his speech giving abilities were spectacular. I'm glad to read from you that he was genuinly friendly. I got the 5'11 height at the time of him taking office from Lou Cannon's "Role of a lifetime", but I hadn't read it for years and only remembered that I came across this height at some time and thought it may have related to that. On rereading it didn't say anything of the sort - it only mentioned that Reagan at 16 was 5'11" (in context of him being a footballer I think).
Frank2 said on 13/Apr/06
When I worked at Fox I was given the job of handling Nancy Reagan coming onto the lot and recording her anti-drug campaign commercial spots for the Kiwanis Club. Since I was almost the lone conservative there they handed me the task of coordinating everything with the Secret Service and with Nancy's assistant. This was after President Reagan left office and had his new office in The Fox Plaza Building (used in Diehard) along with Nancy. I did this a couple of times. Nancy was a wonderful woman. Several years later when I spotted her seated across from me at a restaurant in Beverly Hills I walked over to say hello and to inquire as to how her husband was doing battling that awful Alzheimer's disease. She took my hand and held it the entire time I stood there. I'll never forget it as long as I live. Seeing her bent over her husband's casket during his funeral really tore me up. He was really the light in her life and now it's gone out.

Anyway, right after I handled the logistics of getting her onto the lot for the first recording session I ran into Reagan at of all places the Disney Store located in a mall in Century City. I would occasionally walk to the mall for lunch since it wasn't that far from the studio. I went up to him and we spoke. I told him I had worked with his wife and he was quite grateful saying all sorts of nice complements. We parted and then from time to time I'd see him coming and going from his office at The Plaza since I had business in that building. He was always cheerful and very friendly.

When I met Reagan he was slightly taller than me so I'd say close to 6'. I'm sure he was 6'1" when he was younger. And Bush is definitely 5'11". I have distant relatives who know him and his dad. I've seen photos of him with the husband who's 5'10" and Bush is taller in every shot. I mean just look at how tall he is next to Arnold Shwarzenegger! And Arnold is certainly over 6'. I've met him and he's not the short guy who people some believe wears lifts. No way!

One year I was attending the NAB convention in Las Vegas and got to hear Reagan speak. He was still President then and he gave a spectacular address. He had people standing up and cheering!
Paul said on 12/Apr/06
That's a very interesting photo Frank2. Thanks. I've other photos where Flynn is noticably taller than Reagan. I recall Reagan once said Flynn made himself look taller in an outdoor group shot by kicking some dirt in a pile and then standing on it. Flynn, being the bigger star, probably got extra special boots whenever they appeared in one of their war films together.

If you don't my asking, what were the circumstances of you (Frank2) meeting him after he left office? That must have been quite a thrill. I saw him give a speech (outdoors in blistering heat) when he was 80 and it was remarkable how fit he looked and his voice was clear and strong. It was just a few years later when he gave a speech at his 83rd birthday party that one could tell that he was starting to have problems.

I've only been face to face with one President. That being George W. Bush. Despite claims to the contrary, he is approximately 5'11" no more and not much less. I wasn't close enough to Reagan to get a good estimate, but he was still noticably taller than medium height, but not more than 6 foot either. Then again, he was 80 years old at the time.

[Editor Rob: ah, the old 'kicking dirt in a pile' trick...a classic]
Frank2 said on 14/Mar/06
That's correct. Van Johnson was about 6'2" when he was young. Robert Taylor was no more than 5'10" as you can see in both photos. He's at least five inches shorter than 6'3" Jimmy Stewart. Rossano Brazzi wore huge lifts in all of his films. He was about 5'8". Reagan was at his full height of 6'1" when that photo was taken.
Frank2 said on 26/Feb/06
Nope. I met him after he left office and he was at least six feet. I'm 5' 11" and he was taller than me.
Paul said on 16/Dec/05
In her book about her Dad's declining years ("The Long Goodbye") she wrote that one of the things she noticed the most was that he was shrinking. She noted that he was a 6 footer as a younger man but by his late 80s he was about her size: 5'10".

From pictures I've seen of Reagan as a younger man, he does look like a 6 footer. But he was in his 70s by the time he was President so some shrinkage had probably already taken place.

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