How tall is Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell's Height

5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)

American actor best known for roles in films such as Moon, The Green Mile, Galaxy Quest, Charlie's Angels, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Conviction, Snow Angels, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Way Back and Seven Psychopaths.

How tall is Sam Rockwell
Justin Long and Sam
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I'm not a big guy. I'm 5-9, I'm average height. I’m not a tough guy. So I asked correctional officers about tough guys in prison, and I learned a lot of the tough guys in prison are not big guys. In fact, they’re agile and they’re small. But because they have been picked on, they are the most resilient sometimes.
-- LA Times, 1999

How tall is Sam Rockwell
Sam and Leslie Bibb
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Average Guess (52 Votes)
5ft 7.52in (171.5cm)
shoelifts said on 28/Mar/23
170-171 for him
ChristianPerkins said on 22/May/22
I don't see anything suspicious about his footwear.
San97 said on 15/Aug/21
Well if Justin is 5’9 as mentioned in the site , no way is Sam a legit 5’8 there height difference looks more of a 1.5 to 2 in !!
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 15/Mar/21
His peak photo with Justin Long atually make Justin look like a solid 5'10. Click Here can't denied Justin Long look 5'10 with a peak Sam here. Weird AH.. I remember there was some accurate comparable pictures of 6'5 Vince Vaughn look flat 6'4 with 5'9 Justin Long. So who is over listed or under listed?? Confusing.. Maybe Justin was always 5'9 1/2 and Sam 5'7 1/2 and Vince is always 6'4 1/2 not 6'5 not loss anything at all.
MaskDeMasque said on 23/Feb/21
In photos he looks two inches shorter than 5'9.5 Woody Harrelson. 5'7.5.
berta said on 7/Feb/21
i think 172-173 he looks really short
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 7/Oct/20
Rob, are you convince that Sam had already lost a full 1/2" by now?
Editor Rob
I'm not convinced on it, but a smallish fraction maybe.
RubenSolooo said on 31/Aug/20
He looked exactly the height Alfie Allen is in Jo-Jo Rabbit. If not even a wee bit shorter than Alfie. Alfie for me seems like a 169cm kinda guy but I think you have listed him as 170cm. So maybe Alfie had some thicker boots, but I still can’t imagine Sam is taller than 171cm. 171cm is my guess but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s slightly under it
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 12/Jul/20
I think Sam had already lost height. Maybe 5'8 peak and 5'7 1/2 now. Sometime stand like a flat 5'7 now. I can relate he look solid 5'8 with 6'0 Nicolas Cage in 2003 Matchstick Men.
Nik Ashton said on 26/Jun/20
He is pretty average and I’m sure Leslie agrees!
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 22/Jun/20
Small amount of people are arguing Brad Henke to be 6'3 1/2 that will leave Sam Rockwell at 5'7 1/2. I remember 5'9 Justin Long did a movie with Sam had a solid 3cm difference.
Andrea said on 30/Apr/20
He looked closer to 5'7 than 5'8 in Jojo Rabbit, barely any taller than Alfie Allen Click Here and virtually a full foot shorter than 6'7 listed Stephen Merchant Click Here .
Nik Ashton said on 9/Dec/19
He’s shorter than Leslie Bibb! This is so cool!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Nov/19
🕯️🎈🎂🎁 Happy Birthday Sam! 🎁🎂🎈🕯️

Wishing Sam, who couldn't be in a greater variety of movies, a Very Happy 51st Birthday!

I'll never forget that moon pie scene in 'The Green Mile' - spat straight into the face of David Morse, a huge 8 or so inches taller than Sam! I always think of that when Morse is being nasty to Dr House (Hugh Laurie) in the medical drama. 👅 (The pie is brown and looks accordingly!)


Then, Sam can play the caring father-type, as shown in the remake of 'Poltergeist', and who can forget 'Seven Psychopaths', wherein he plays a scamp again?

5ft8. 😁👍

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jun/19
I'm thinking he looks taller too, Beejay, in the film I'm watching right now, called 'Joshua', but then he is a slim fellow!

What a pleasant change to the part he played in 'The Green Mile', apart from the comedy bits therein which had me in stitches! Sam is playing the loving father of two in this, and it suits him. He has just bought his advanced 9-year-old son, the Joshua of the film's title, a book on ancient Kings, and is encouraging his unusual interest in the ancient Egyptians. Little does he know that, harbouring away in that little child's brain are evil thoughts....

5ft8. I disagree with the average of 5ft7.62.
BeeJay said on 17/Jun/19
He looks taller in HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Must be that white coat he's wearing.
Nik said on 25/May/19
He looks nearer to 5'8" than 5'7"!
lastmessiah said on 11/Oct/18
4 inches on what planet? Woody seems 1.5 inches taller at the most.
Tall Sam said on 9/Oct/18
Not (much) more than 2 inches between Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, never 4.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 22/Apr/18
5'7.75" nothing up.
Sean said on 24/Feb/18
[I just saw a movie with him and Woody harrelson( three billboards over Missouri). He was at least 4 inches under Woody harrelson.]

Camera angles?

Here they are in similar shoes.

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The Shredder said on 13/Jan/18
He is most likely 5'7.75 , 5'8 range , he isn't below 5'7.5 , that is pure BS
Jane Doe said on 9/Jan/18
His whole build suggests 5’6.5”/7” - Really cool guy, great presence
Jane Doe said on 6/Dec/17
Sam is barely 5’7” imo. He’s a great presence, good in so many things
Heightster said on 6/Oct/17
Yepp, 5' 7 1/2" - 7 3/4." Strong, natural actor!!
Canson said on 17/Sep/17
I think the average is more appropriate 5'7.75 or 5'7.5-5'8 range
Anonymous said on 8/Sep/17
Looks a weak 5'7, he's a small guy.
The shredder said on 3/Jul/17
Next to Jeremy Renner and Colin Farrell he doesn't look under a weak 5'8
RisingForce said on 3/Jul/17
Looks shorter than 5'8" to me. How much shorter, I'm not quite sure, though.
Sammy Derrick said on 21/May/17
@Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/17
@ Sammy Derrick - Hi! You seem to have a couple of qualifying traits - and the sense of humour! Why don't you?
Well number one I'm from Kenya...number two I would be typecast and three we should take this conversation else where cause this is a page about Sam Rockwell whose 173cm(5'8) maybe in General me trolls are going to massacre us...
Sandy Cowell said on 7/May/17
@ Sammy Derrick - Hi! You seem to have a couple of qualifying traits - and the sense of humour! Why don't you?
Sammy Derrick said on 4/May/17
I'm also called Sam,and I'm around the same height 5'8(173cm) as he is.I should head to Hollywood.
headman said on 20/Feb/17
What would you say his head size is?
Editor Rob
headman, maybe 9.3-9.4 range.
Shredder said on 1/Dec/16
He really does look 5'7.75 to 5'8, look at him with Renner
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Oct/16
The most I'd have said for Sam Rockwell is 5ft 8, and that might have something to do with his part in 'The Green Mile' wherein even Tom Hanks looked distinctly average next to the huge David Morse!
I laughed at what he did with his piece of chocolate moon cake! It offered a little light relief from the contemptuous part he played.
I bought myself a copy yesterday of 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', which I have never seen yet. He received a Best Actor award at the Berlin Film Festival so it should be worth seeing.
GP said on 30/Sep/16
Recently I saw him in a play called Fool For Love on Broadway with Nina Arianda. First I gotta say that he is a brilliant actor, the writing is amazing and Nina is great too.
He wears cowboy boots in the play and still managed to look shorter than Nina, who was barefoot almost the entire play. Nina is a legit 5'8", so if Sam was too, then he shouldn't have looked at list an inch shorter. I will say that he is between 5'6"-5'7" and I have noticed that he wears boots a lot in lot of the movies.
S.J.H said on 30/Sep/16
No way he tops 5'8 if justin long only 5'9 he gotta be 5'7
Chase Witherspoon said on 28/May/16
Just saw "Cowboys & Aliens" and this chap reminded me of Tom Cruise in proportions; I'd say he's more like 5'7" perhaps 171cm...
Sam said on 6/Oct/15
Moon is a great performance, really sympathetic unlike some of his characters.
Darren510 said on 6/Jun/15
Looked just about my height when I met him. It was probably his shoes, I wasn't paying attention, but he appeared 5'9-5'9.5
GP said on 3/Jun/15
Did u upgrade his height Rob? I remember that you used to have him around 5'7".
Editor Rob
he's never been 5ft 7 here.
Sarah said on 3/Jun/15
About 5'8". Great actor, very funny.
Mc51295 said on 1/Jun/15
I'm gonna say weak 5'7. Always looks kind of small
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 31/May/15
He is definitely not 5'9". Steve Carrell had him by 1"-1.5" inches in The Way Way Back.

Steve Carrell: 5'9.25"
Sam Rockwell: 5'8"
Liam James: 5'5.5" (at 16 at least)
Sam said on 17/Dec/14
I especially think he was excellent in Moon, Joshua, The Way, Way Back and Seven Psychopaths...he was also good in Snow Angels and Choke, but I wanted to choke both of those characters!
Sam said on 15/Dec/14
Could you update his credits? "American actor best known for roles in The Green Mile, Charlie's Angels, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Joshua, Snow Angels, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Way Back, Moon and Seven Psychopaths".
Actually surprisingly hard to pick 10 (i.e. leaving off Galaxy Quest, Safe Men, Heist, Matchstick Men, Choke, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 2, Covinction), he is often an MVP in a given cast but some of his characters are (intentionally I'm sure) quite annoying.
Editor Rob
well there's a couple I would put in the top 10 personally.
LioraP said on 27/Aug/14
OK I might be a little obsessed with this actor. Just watching Box of Moonlight again. John Turturro is 6foot 1/4 or 1/2 inch tall (184 or 185 cm) depending on where you look. And this confirms previous postings that maybe SR is in the 5'8" or slightly over range. (He says he is 5'9" twice, emphatically, in the casting call comedy - but of course people round youtube for Rockwell Pete Sampras to find it).
LioraP said on 11/Aug/14
Notice too that SR is wearing shoes with a boot-/heel in Iron Man 2, Piccadilly Jim, and the dancing/bad guy scenes in Charlie's Angels for starters. Just to boost him up a bit. In Better Living Through Chemistry they use his height difference to his father in law in different scenes (he's boosted toward the end) to subtly give us the impression he's more his own man now. I'm gonna revise my earlier post and say he's probably around 5'8" - 5'8 1/2" (173-174cm). I myself am 174 (I am female). Anyway. Looking at him with a lot of kissing scenes and knowing he's flat footed with Drew barry more in a lot of love scenes, I'm gonna guess he's just about my height, 174 cm. I will continue to review the movies I have (I think I have them all, or close to all, I even have a couple things on VHS tape that have never been released on DVD). Just reviewed Galaxy Quest and at 29:40 they are all standing together (they all have on similar combat boots) and he appears maybe 5 in shorter than Alan Rickman (6'1" or 185cm) and 3 inches shorter than Sigourney Weaver (who is 180cm/5'11")
Hypado said on 1/Jul/14
Sam Rockwell - 5ft 8in (173 cm)
cole said on 3/Jun/14
He does appear nearer 5'7.5 a lot.
edguy282 said on 29/Apr/14
Based on the pictures posted by MD, I'd say Rockwell is 171cm and Renner is 173cm. Though, Rockwell's slighter frame makes him look closer to 170cm.
MD said on 28/Feb/14
With Jeremy Renner(both of them have some pretty funky shoes, so I'm not sure there is much of a footwear advantage for either one):

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With Jimmy Fallon:

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LioraP said on 26/Feb/14
Take a look at Confessions. That scene starting 1:03:30 George Clooney is 5-10 but ducks his head down, so look at the shoulders and clavicle to gauge it. And Sam looks a full 3 inches shorter, at least that, that would make him 5-7 about….maybe less….that's my guess, in the 5-7 range but under 5 foot 8. My husband is exactly the same height (174 cm) and I am a little taller, no biggie!
MD said on 6/Nov/13
Yeah, there simply isn't any way this guy is a full 5'8".
Silent d said on 3/Nov/13
he always looked shorter than 5 foot 7 but he is an underrated actor. He is one of the greats. In conviction next to 5 foot 5 hilary swank, he was a little taller. I'll say 5 foot 7 max.
Oz said on 13/Aug/13
I'm not sure, but he seems just a little bit shorter than Robin Chalk in Moon (even though he is Sam's body double), but between 172-175 seems about right. I'm 5'9 and have pretty much the same proportions as Sam. (Just saying he could be kind of like my size)
Adam said on 1/Jul/13
He looked tiny next to Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths who is in the 5'9 - 5'10 range, he's 5'7.5 at an absolute max.
jtm said on 4/Sep/12
5'7 and great actor.
Jack said on 3/Sep/12
To everyone saying he's 5'9:
Here he is with 5'9 Justin Long:
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And 5'8 Sean Penn:
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steven said on 20/Jan/12
rockwell is 5'9, because in Matchstick Men he only look 3 full inches shorter than an amaze short looking 6'0 nicolas cage. which is unfair he listed here at 5'8.
Plump said on 12/Sep/11
He's not really 5'9, and I doubt he's even 5'8, his proportions look too short. I would say 5'6-5'7 range, he must wear lifts. Bk, Justin is 5'8.5.
Tyler said on 28/Jul/11
Looked an inch smaller than Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens. I'd say a solid 5'9".
Diem said on 23/Jul/11
I went to school with him he's 5'9. I'm 5'8 and he's taller than me.
Dural said on 19/Nov/10
No taller than 5'7".
bk said on 16/Nov/10
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what's with this picture? sam's always looked a strong 5'8" but justin looks 5'10" here.
Steven said on 10/May/09
5'7 right on the money.
AR said on 10/Oct/08
I'm a SAG actor and 5'9.5" I worked with him yesterday. Both barefoot waiting for wardrobe I was about 2-2.5" taller. 5'7" to 5'7.5" is accurate. However, the director and wardrobe insisted he was 5'9" when his stand-in questioned it.
Mr. T said on 30/Aug/08
I thought it was hilarious how in the Green Mile a guy his size could easily make Percy Wetmore his girlfriend.
Lmeister said on 15/Oct/07
in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy he sports ridiculous heels and still isn't much taller than Mos Def and Martin Freeman. 5'8'' is max that I'd give this guy. His posture might not be the best, but usually wears big boots.
deadman said on 4/Sep/07
he is 5'7ish. i work at a gym in san fran that he works out in when he's in town. very polite, called out my front desk guy in a joking around way. he said"what you dont believe its me?"
snap said on 10/Jul/07
thought he was around 5-7 when I saw "the green mile" yesterday
G-unit said on 5/May/07
he's nothing above 5'8. I'd say about 5'7
Demi said on 11/Apr/07
Saw him at a bar in London, He's no taller than 5'8.
PC said on 14/Dec/06
I met Sam in New York at the Maritime Hotel back in October. He was hanging out with Ethan Hawke who looked much much taller than him. I'm 5'9.5" and as he stood next to me, he couldn't have been taller than 5'7"-5'7.5
dmeyer said on 11/Aug/06
this looks right since he looks a hair smaller than macy who is 174-5 range i met him
MD said on 8/Aug/06
Yeah, probably 5'8" tops.

With George Clooney

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bornio said on 30/Dec/05
mcfan said on 16/Sep/05
This guy claims to be 5'9. To me, he's lucky if he scrapes 5'8. William Macy is at least an inch taller than him and he's only 5'9. Doesn't he wear heels to make himself look taller in movie premiers as well? I would guess he's in the 5'7.5-5'7.75 range.
CelebHeights Editor said on 23/Aug/05
From Gawker, "I saw Sam Rockwell shopping...He’s shorter than I expected"
Lmeister said on 18/May/05
Hmm Sam Rockewell seemed around 2.5 inches shorter than Barry Pepper in the Green Mile...5'10''- 2.5''= 5'7.5''+/-0.5 inches...Next to George C. he looks 5'8''tops...

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