How tall is Sean Penn

Sean Penn's Height

5ft 8 (172.7 cm)

American actor and director best known for films like Mystic River, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dead Man Walking, Carlito's Way, 21 Grams, Milk, Sweet & Lowdown and The Tree of Life. In a 1987 edition of the Daily LA News, it described him as a "5-foot-8" man. On a CCW permit application Sean had his Height listed as "509" and Weight as "175".

How tall is Sean Penn
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How tall is Sean Penn
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Average Guess (66 Votes)
5ft 7.58in (171.6cm)
MareZ said on 5/May/23
Hey Rob, his weight is listed at 165, but i think that when younger he was lighter, about 155-160 pounds
Brandon Churchill said on 24/Apr/23
He dwarfed the 5'6" El Chapo
Gladstone Screwer said on 27/Mar/23
Just watched Penn in The Gunman, from 2015. He did look short in that, but my honest estimate would be 5’7”.
He’s no oil painting, to be fair.
gaur said on 27/Dec/21
Rob, do you thinks he wears lifts sometimes because he sometimes looks taller than people like mark rylance.
Editor Rob
Never really suspected Penn to be an actor who would don a pair of lifts.I do see the argument that sometimes Penn can pull off near 174cm, but overall a solid 5ft 8.
JustJoey said on 7/Mar/21
5’7 1/2”, at least these days.

Still taller than Tom Cruise though.
Tides said on 23/Feb/21
Looks like 5’7” max maybe a bit more younger
Rapha said on 3/Feb/21
Hi Rob

Do you think he lost any height from his peak by now ?
Editor Rob
A few mm maybe, but nothing noticeable
Duffer 5ft 11 said on 18/Dec/20
Sean appears just a smidge under 5'8" these days, but not much
Certainly a strong 5'8 in his "Fast Times..." days
The man can act..! Struth he's good at his craft.
He may still arise to a full 5'8" even at 60, so that's what he gets from me.
No reason for someone who keeps himself so trim and taut to have lost any discernible height.
Nik Ashton said on 8/Dec/20
@ Don J - Interesting!
Oma said on 7/Dec/20
In his dreams he’s 5’9 lol
Bradley said on 23/Oct/20
5-7. Look at him with Madonna.
Don J said on 21/Sep/20
Lol all you people saying 5'8 etc are delusional, if he's 5'8 then im 6'1 and I'm not I'm 5'10 barefoot and when I stood next to him I was looking down at least 4 inches! I was in tennis shoes!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/20
🎂🎈🎊🎁 Happy 6️⃣0️⃣th Birthday 🎁🎊🎈🎂

Wishing Sean Penn a first rate Big 6️⃣0️⃣ today. 😄👌

I barely knew who Sean was when he married Madonna back in the mid-80s, but wow - he's become one of the biggest film stars of our time, starring alongside the other huge, rather older stars, one of whom is Robert de Nero. How interesting to find out that Sean was born on de Nero's 17th Birthday!

5ft8 🍻🎬📺😁🐈

Richie said on 24/Apr/20
A strong 5'8", was slightly shorter than DeNiro in We're No Angles.
Mohd M said on 13/Apr/20
I really don't think he's a 5'8 because look at his over all body, it's so obvious that he's a smaller person, in comparison to Connor Mcgregor who is 1.3 cm taller, their body dimensions are really different, for a 1.3 cm height difference connor looks much much taller. And notice how Sean Penn wears lifts with a very noticeable heel on the outside. IMO I'd give the man nothing more that 5'6 Max
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/19
🕯️🎁🎂🎉 Happy Birthday Sean! 🎉🎂🎁🕯️

Sean Penn celebrates his 59th Birthday today. Congratulations Sean!


NYC said on 29/May/19
He walked out to have a smoke outside a sushi bar across The Lincoln Center and stood next to me. He is a 5'7 and likely fractions above. But doubtfully a 5'8.
Jtm said on 21/Mar/19
he was taller than cruise in taps but this depends how tall cruise really is.
billionaireslayer said on 19/Mar/19
5'6 tops always looked small, from Ridgemont High, Taps, Milk,... Him and Tom Cruise are about the same.
Jez said on 5/Dec/18
Met him in Thailand 30 yrs ago I would say 5ft 7 tops in flip flops
Normal tall guy said on 23/Jul/18
He looks very small, i would guess around 5'6 tops, when he walks through a doorway theres a ton of door above him, also if hes near a refrigerator you can see how small he is
EthanCouch said on 19/May/18
Rob do you think he’s a strong 5’7 today?
Editor Rob
Looks near 5ft 8 still.
Terry said on 26/Mar/18
Between 5'8 & 5'9.
Jake94 (5'9 said on 17/Jan/18
5'8.5" peak seems possible.
ALEXANDRE ALVES BR said on 21/Dec/17
hey rob do you think sean penn keeps on 5'8 even in his low the night ????
Editor Rob
I think he's got to be still close to it...maybe on a bad day he would be 5ft 7.75
ALEXANDRE ALVES BR said on 19/Dec/17
5'7 is too low for him ... he's 5'8 maybe a small fraction below but I do not believe in 5'7.75 ... there are pics next to nick jonas and he's taller than nick
The Shredder said on 17/Dec/17
He was taller than Tom Cruise in Taps yet you have Tom at 5'8? Penn is a thin built loose posture guy between 5'8 and 5'9.
Brad said on 16/Dec/17
5-7 for decades. His 5-9 claim is laughable.
ALEXANDRE ALVES BR said on 14/Dec/17
Maybe a fraction below 173 cm ... but not 5'7.75
KH said on 20/Nov/17
More like 5'7.5 for Penn these days.
Dingus said on 5/Nov/17
He's within 1/4 of an inch of 5'08.00". In the recent El Chapo documentary he appears 2.5-3 inches taller.
Jez said on 17/Oct/17
Met him in a bar in Thailand 5 ft 8 or a little less.
Spencer said on 2/Aug/17
He barely looks 5'7 next to Pacino in Carlito's Way
Slim 181 cm said on 27/Jun/17
Strong 5' 8 for sure
afyzilla said on 3/Jun/17
Can look 5ft9 in boots, but more closer to a weak 5ft8 I think.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Apr/17
@ Re: Berta saying Sean Penn can sometimes look taller:-

I don't reckon Sean does come over as taller than 5ft8, and possibly 5ft9 in his early career. True, he plays his 'bad boy' roles incredibly well, 2 examples of which are 'Casualties of War' and 'State of Grace'. I think if ever an actor is called upon to play a bit of a vagabond and not be overly tall, Sean fits the bill perfectly!
Like many men, Sean has become more attractive and interesting with age. I have at least 7 of his films and he can also give a heart-felt and emotionally-charged performance.
Now his late brother Chris DID, I think, look taller than his height. Unfortunately, I have never seen a picture or a scene of the 2 brothers together and I would dearly love to so as to compare them height-wise and also facially!
Today, I am going to put down 5ft8 for Sean.
berta said on 31/Mar/17
hm he can sometimes look taller i think he likes boots and a little lift. then sometimes on beach photos and other stuff he can look like a 172 guy. i think 173 is good and he can be 1/4 over or under.
Johnny said on 7/Mar/17
@Rob do you think you will edge out Penn barefoot?
Editor Rob
Johnny, I don't know...I feel it would probably be a close call.
Realist said on 5/Feb/17
5'8 max and in older movies he looked 160-165 max.
berta said on 27/Jan/17
he have smaller proportiones than a guy like rob. i think he could be this height but there is a big chanse he only is 172?. sometimes he looks taller than other times. do he wear lifts. in som old movies he can look 170 and sometimes he can look 176.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Dec/16
I think he'd claim 5ft10 if asked how tall he was…
Giorgi said on 19/Dec/16
Something tells me this guy would look shorter next to Rob. I think he's far shorter than average.
Ian said on 1/Oct/16
Doesn't look that tall... i mean look at all his movies in shoes also he looks 5'6" maximum...
James said on 17/Jul/16
He always wears built up shoes.
NX said on 6/Jul/16
He looks 5'4 in carlitos way
tony said on 3/Jul/16
tiny you r so so so so funny! you think he is 165hahah well , i spent the entire day with him yesterday and he IS 173 prob even a bit more cause i m 173 and he was a bit taller
tiny said on 10/Jun/16
155-159cm: impossible
160-164cm: weak
165-169cm: probably
170-174cm: impossible

I think his height 165-167cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jun/16
Chris looked a good 3in taller than him
Gregorovich said on 28/May/16
172 cm. Same height as Tom Cruise in the movie Taps from 1981!
plus said on 30/Apr/16
173 cm now and 173.5 peak. Evo Morales is no more than 174 cm.
James said on 25/Mar/16
Sean Penn is 5'5.5".
Tim said on 20/Mar/16
I worked on Carlito's Way. I stood right next to Sean Penn. I can tell you for a fact that he's MAYBE 5'7". That's being generous.

Look at him next to Tom Cruise. Tom is like 5'6" and standing next to each other, they're about the same height.
John said on 21/Jan/16
She's supposedly 5'7", according to her modeling stats, but I personally think she's shorter than that, considering that she's shorter than her dad even in high heels.
kiki99 said on 19/Jan/16
How tall is Dylan Penn?
Justine said on 13/Jan/16
Penn is barely 5-6. Even with pumps and high hair Charlize Theron towers over him. Look at the picture.
Mickey said on 10/Jan/16
In his pic with El Chapo who is 5-4 bare foot, Penn looks about 2-3 inches taller. So that would put him at 5-7. Penn in shoes is 5-8 & when he wears his insert lifts he is 5-9 with high hair max.
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RisingForce said on 20/Dec/15
Always looked pretty short to me and can give the impression of a 5'7" guy. 5'8" flat is the most I'd argue and I'd guess more of a weak 5'8". Looked short next to Mel Gibson.
The shredder said on 10/Dec/15
Between 5'8 and 5'9.
plus said on 7/Nov/15
Penn with 175 cm Evo Morales

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Evo's height is easy to guess because he has very good pics in football with Cafu
184.3cm (Night) said on 3/Nov/15
I would say Charlize is 4 inches taller in that pic with maybe 2 inches footwear advantage or more even. So the lowest he could be is 5'7.75" considering her listing here.
plus said on 3/Nov/15
No less than 174 cm, I have seen pics of him with Evo Morales in football and Evo is medium tall
Mia Filmore said on 30/Sep/15
Deduct 2" or 3" from the official height to get a more accurate height of a male celebrity. If Penn's official height is 5'9" then he os probably about 5'6".
Angelo said on 14/Aug/15
If robert de niro is 5'8 then sean must be 5'6, check in google
Dom said on 11/Jul/15
He looks a solid 5'8"
Liz said on 23/May/15
He's 5'6" at most and I knew him when he was 30 years younger so I doubt he got any taller.
totigno said on 16/May/15
Rob what do you think about Francois hollande's height , i've seen 170 and 174cm listings?
Editor Rob
I think you could safely discount the idea of 174cm, 170cm would seem nearer.
totigno said on 13/May/15
so Hollande height is not 174cm as listed

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Mar/15
I've seen 5ft10 listings for him
Harold said on 19/Mar/15
I've run into him in Los Angeles. He tops out at five foot seven, if that. Having said that, I think he's a genuinely gifted actor. What a world that we would think less of someone for the genetic accident of how many inches in height they 'achieved.'
Sonny Black said on 19/Mar/15
Saw him on Conan tonight and he looks 5'9 to me next to the two giants Conan & Andy.
Ryan said on 18/Mar/15
He has indeed bad posture but not extremely. 5'8" looks perfect for penn
Arch Stanton said on 30/Oct/14
He looked a weak 5'9 in Milk.
Realist said on 5/Sep/14
Rob how tall do u think his son and daughter are ? I think they r around the same. Son looks a little shorter than this guy about quarter inch so 5'7.25 and daughter about 5'6.5 or so.
kenny@23 said on 7/Aug/14
Actually he's more of a strong 5'8" since he can look taller than his real height without using chuncky boots or anything, or at least he COULD in his prime. Nowadays he might slouch a little more and have a poorer posture since he's 53.
annon said on 5/Aug/14
sean penn wears a lot of boots. hes a weak 5 foot 8
Realist said on 29/Jun/14
He is an obvious narrow 5'7, body structure is very similar to James McAvoy with narrower shoulders.
RisingForce said on 18/Jun/14
Shredder, fwiw, the height on those permits isn't a measurement, but given by the person applying for the permit. You're technically not supposed to lie on them, but nobody will enforce that with a bit of a height exaggeration. For example, Sly's permit said 5'10". Penn was clearly shorter than a 70 year old Charles Bronson in several premiere pictures. I doubt he's about 5'9". 5'8.5" is possible, but I'm not convinced.
the shredder said on 15/Jun/14
I knew he was closer to 5 '9 , He has bad posture , 5'8.5 to 5'9 guy , he is a bit taller than Giancarlo who Rob has.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Jun/14
Thanks There is a scene in Dead Man where he#s walking in slippers to be given a lethal injection and some of the guards absolutely tower him, the one on the right of him looks easily a head taller. He did actually look 5'7" range in that scene I thought in flat footwear.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jun/14
Rob can you also add Carlito's Way, 21 Grams, Milk, Sweet and Lowdown and The Tree of Life? His hair is a serious work of art in Dead Man Walking LOL! How did he get so much hair to stand up like that!!
Realist said on 3/Jun/14
@ the shredder : Optimistic but highly unlikely. Looked about 1.5 inches taller than his ex. Also wears lifts. 5'8 sounds short but it is'nt. 5'6 guys say 5'8.
jtm said on 2/Jun/14
he was 1 or 2 inches shorter than gary oldman in state of grace.
the shredder said on 2/Jun/14
Not a thing under 5'8.5 , He was a good bit over Giancarlo who is 5'7.5.
Realist said on 30/May/14
Guys, watch All the Kings Men, the movie sucks, but its good for comparing heights. Law,Penn, Ruffalo, Winslet,Anthony Hopkins . Law is clearly over 5'10. Ruffalo 171.5, Sean Penn flat 171, Kate Winslet 5'5.5,Hopkins 5'8 flat.
Realist said on 18/May/14
Rob i know a guy who was in Pakistan who met Penn during his trip. That guy is about 5'8-5'9 range similar to me. He said Penn was a little shorter (claiming 5'8 is correct) than him so for a non height discuss-er such as my friend the estimate should be less than he told. He said about 5'8. So i think he is more 5'6.5-5'7. Because this guy says he is 5'10 (i.e. my friend) and i am honest i say 5'8, we Indians (except myself) lie about heights by 2-3 inches. If i become a celebrity which is highly unlikely ill always say 172 cm (5'7.75) so i don't get embarrassed when you spot me even though i am almost 174 at 2 pm. Rob you are a detective.
Editor Rob
then you'd be a bit taller than me at 2pm and claiming a little less, so I'd be then confused :)

Claiming your 174 is fine, but everybody has potential to look above/below their mark, sometimes it's shoe differences, other times posture changes, even our clothes, our physical looks can all effect how others think we are, which of course might not be what they actually measure.
Ian said on 8/May/14
@Realist Natalie Portman and Elle MacPherson too. I'm guessing he's an inch or two shorter.
Sam said on 7/Apr/14
Believable, Penn seems to struggle with being a solid 5'8" at times. In that movie with Nicole Kidman, either Penn or the director seemed concerned with his height compared to her's, never seen the leads of a thriller sit down so much.
cole said on 4/Mar/14
Maybe 172 cm is closer, 173 cm is not impossible though.
Powerhouse said on 22/Feb/14
@James.... Michael J Fox is 5'4 not 5'5.
james said on 20/Feb/14
I give him 5'9 in shoes .he was alot taller than 5'5 michael j fox in casualties of war
Thompson said on 13/Jan/14
It's cool that Charlize digs him, despite being about two inches taller than him.

Penn's got charisma, got to give 'im that.
Realist said on 10/Jan/14
Dude, this guy totally shows height does not always matter for getting hot women, Madonna, Robin Wright, Scarlett Johannson and now Charlize Theron. About
the height silent D is correct 172 5'7.75.
Dr JJ said on 2/Jan/14
Well, he's going out with Charlize Theron, so there should be some awkward photos to come....
PJ said on 7/Dec/13
I've met him twice, 5'7 tops.
Markus from Italy said on 14/Nov/13
I don't know his exact height but certainly doens't look so tall, even in movies, the only one in which he looks taller is in The Interpreter with Nicole Kidman, maybe because he was acting with her whi's 180. I think he might be between 5'7 and 5'8 more pending to 5'8. Pacino always wears lifts in movies so it is difficult to judge his height watchin films. Ibrahim, also Robert Downey Jr. is taller than Charly Chaplin was and yet the director chose him to play Chaplin's role, do I have to assume that Robert is shorter than 5'7 flat?
the shredder said on 31/Oct/13
Rob , can he be 5'7 ?
Editor Rob
I doubt he'd be that low, wouldn't bet on that!
jordydecke said on 28/Oct/13
Not sure about 5'8 for him. In Carlito's Way - right near the start in court - he stands next to Pacino and the two guys look about the same height, definitely not 2-3 inches difference. Unless of course Pacino is wearing some lifts...
Powerhouse said on 28/Sep/13
He is 5'9 no more no less
juju said on 5/Sep/13
5'7. Jack nicholson in the 90s had him by two inches
dmeyer said on 4/Aug/13
i walked by him he realy seemed small like 5 ft 7 flat but i didnt see him enaugh
Di said on 4/Aug/13
I've met Sean Penn twice. He is about 5 ft 7 inches.
Don J said on 25/Jul/13
5'7 Max! worked a set with him!
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jul/13
Vedder isn't 5'7" though Sam! He's barely 5'6", see him with 5'8.5" Kelly Slater barefoot. Penn just about scrapes 5'8" I think, maybe 172, about 2 inches shorter than 5'10" Kevin Bacon in Mystic River.
Sam said on 1/Jul/13
He can look close to an taller than the 5'7" listed Eddie Vedder, sometimes less though.
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Ibrahim said on 27/Jun/13
if Sean is 5'8 why whould they take him to play 5'5 MICKEY COHEN there is the difference of 3inches was the director crazy there a lots of guys who can play MICKEY COHEN and have the height of 5'5 he is not 5'8
Daniel said on 12/Jun/13
I'm not sure if there's a shot with shoes visible, but Penn stands toe to toe with David Suchet in The Falcon and the Snowman, and Penn's about 1" taller. I believe Suchet is on record stating that he's under 5' 7" (so 5' 6" is probably correct for him), which puts Penn at about 5' 7".
Bruno said on 17/Mar/13
I'd say Sean Penn is about 5'6 without elevator shoes.
Jackson said on 6/Mar/13
I'm 5'7" and I am a couple of inches taller than Sean. And, yes, I have met him.
juju said on 26/Feb/13
he aint 5 foot 8. gibson is 5 foot 9. penn looked 5 foot 7 next to him. check out shots of penn and nicholson. not 5 foot 8.
Silent d said on 18/Jan/13
Mel gibson was much taller than him at that haiti event thing. I think mel was wearing lifts but he made sean penn look 5 foot6. Sean didn't look that imposing in gangster squad but he was scary and his mugshot barely reached 5 foot 8. Maybe 5 foot 8.
juju said on 11/Jan/13
5 foot 9 is insane. 5 foot 7.5 maximum. he was shorter than 5 foot 9 josh brolin in cowboy boots
MrX said on 14/Dec/12
form me he is 174,5 in the night everything under 173 is ridicolous
Maximus said on 30/Aug/12
5'7" sounds like an accurate height for Sean Penn.
the shredder said on 9/Aug/12
Looks well over 5'8 next to Oprah ... lol just saying .
the shredder said on 8/Feb/12
This is a hard guy to pin down , 1 pic he is barely 5'7 the next 5'9 minimum
tellem said on 30/Jan/12
looks 5'7" with 5'9" mel gibson. penn didn't bring his boots/cowboy lifts
avi said on 29/Jan/12
looking over pics of him he seems a weak 5'7
the dude said on 25/Jan/12
Is about 5'8-5'9" without shoes. Good posture and chunky footwear can make him look as tall as 5'11". I have not met him myself, but a friend of mine (5'11" w/o shoes) was an extra on Milk and said that he walked right by him and took a double take when he noticed that Penn was a good 3 inches or so shorter then him. Granted my friend is 24 years old and Penn was pushing 50 at this point. 5'9" and some change is the tallest Penn has ever been. Doesn't really matter how tall he is though, he's a solid actor.
Johnny Bong said on 20/Jan/12
I saw Sean Penn with Eddie Veddar at the Triple Door in Seattle. Tim Robbins was performing with a band, man...was he bad. Sean Penn look like he was 5'9"-10", but he was wearing boots with, at least, two inch heels. He went outside a lot to smoke with Eddie. Eddie Veddar looked like he was 5'6" to 5'7". Tim Robbins is a jerk.
Marc Wall said on 16/Jan/12
He looks like 3 inches shorter than Mel Gibson here.
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Don J said on 24/Dec/11
Wow, Really, several years ago I was on a movie site with him, I,m 5'10 and he was 3.5-4 inches shorter than me!
Silent d said on 10/Dec/11
In friends he was slightly taller than lisa kudrow who is 5 foot 8. He was probably wearing lifts. 5 foot 8. He always looked that height. Shorter than charlie sheen. He ruined his life with smoking heavily and drinking but he is a damm great actor. His face is really scary and defined.
Sean73 said on 1/Dec/11
Can you believe another site we wont mention the name of has him at 5-9.5!
Mr. R said on 19/Oct/11
One article years ago said Sean Penn was 5-6.
avi said on 17/Oct/11
i doubt he is taller than you Rob....looks more than inch shorter than 5'9ish Gary maybe delves into the 5'7 range at night.
Rich Hall said on 22/Sep/11
Sean is 5'5.5".
Here barefoot on deck a private yacht next to 5'9.5" sports illustrated beauty Jessica White. Whatever his height, the guy is a freakin genius. He dates more models than an NYPD smurf stuffs donuts!!! Click Here

What do you figure Rob? Factoring in the pics angle and both postures, Jessica Rabbit totally looks a head of lettuce taller than Sean, right?

C'mon braaa, time to amend your estimate. I know you're burning to do it!!! lol
Shaun said on 6/Sep/11
To be fair he regularly looks 5'82 to 5'9" range. I did have my doubts but 5'8" ish is about right. He's at the height where on screen he looks a regular sized height, not short, unless stood next to somebody like Tim Robbins.
Brad said on 30/Aug/11
Missed him by 25 minutes a few days ago outside my bank. He was a weak 5' 8" so I was told, chain smokes, looked like he could take on 3 and win in a fight.
mat said on 27/Aug/11
unbelievable, I always thought sean penn as 5'9.5''...
joe.s said on 8/Aug/11
saw sean penn with boots on in nyc during lunch hour he was standing incognito with sunglasses on corner of 58 st madison upper east side this was in summer of 2008 i was parked outside he was no more than 6 feet away from me i was suprised how short and scrawny and wrinkly he looked we made eye contact he knew that i had recognized who he was. like i said he was 6 ft away smoking a cigarette, he was no more than 5'8" tall
Cheryl said on 4/Jun/11
I'm looking at the current pic of Scarlett and Sean together. She has on 3 inch heels easy and he's still a good 4 inches taller than she is. She says she's 5'3". She's got to be about 5' tall if he's 5'7".
Gus said on 25/May/11
I think Penn is 5'8.25 as well,watched Carlitos way,5'5.75 Pacino in platforms was the same height as Penn barefoot.
Anthony said on 1/May/11
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Looked an inch or so shorter than 5'8 Ray Walston in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 5'7 for Penn seems right.
Bengall T said on 29/Apr/11
I have met Sean in LA last year, and he was a couple of inch shorter than me, that makes him 5'7.
Llama said on 6/Apr/11
More like 5'6", 5'7" at absolute tops. He looks small even by himself (short legs), but I'm watching At Close Range and Christopher Walken just towers over him. It looks like a full head difference (both in workboots, both with equally big hair). The real kicker, his pelvis is a good 5" closer to the ground.
Splitting Hairs said on 13/Mar/11
Penn is about 5'8", but camera angles and foot wear can make him one of those guys who's height is hard to peg down.

Next to 5'9" Michael Douglas and 6' Adrien Brody, he could have passed for 5'10-11" tall, he must be wearing Stallone shoes.
Tommy lee said on 11/Mar/11
i never thought of sean penn as a short guy, i would have given him a 5'11 or at least a solid 5'10. 5'8 is kinda suprising to me
Antoine said on 22/Dec/10
I have to say that this website has to, needs to downgrade many celebrities, Sean Penn included! I have met him! He is absolutely not even 5'8, as I am 5'7.5 and was taller than him!
Shawn said on 15/Dec/10
jtm, I have Cruise anywhere between 5'7"-5'8", no lower than a flat 5'7". Unlike you, I don't pinpoint celebs down to an exact measurement, I accept variation. And before you try arguing Rob pinpoints celeb's heights, his figures are estimations as well. He has openly stated that he accepts the possibility for variation on all the heights he lists.
walker said on 11/Dec/10
5 foot 7 1/2 towers bono
Mr. R said on 2/Dec/10
During Awards season, I get to go free screenings, and sometimes meet the celebs. I just found out that there is a screening this Sunday in Hwood of a new movie with Javier Bardem called Biutiful. Javire will be there, but the q and a will be moderated by none other than SEAN PENN! Sadly, I have to be somewhere else that day, and don't think I can make it. If I have any shot, I will let ya'll know.
Anonymous said on 27/Oct/10
5'7" - 5'9" is a good height!
Anonymous said on 18/Jun/09
in milk he looks taller than Emile Hirsch about 2 he is minimum 176!
Doug said on 18/Jun/09
Penn looks a very similar height to Tom Cruise in my view. 5'7.5"-5'8", nothing more.
TELLEM said on 16/Jun/09
he had inches on al pacino in "carlito's way". hes 5'7.5
Doug said on 15/Jun/09
Never 5'8.25". 5'7.5" max. 5'7" flat in reality. Tim Robbins dwarfs this guy by 10-11 inches. If Sean Penn is really a legit 5'8.25" Tim Robbins is 6'6" barefoot.
bam said on 14/May/09
rob, given glenns sightings i think 5'8 flat is closer to the truth. Obviously I'm not gonna fight over a quarter inch, I just wanted to give you my input.
RisingForce said on 10/May/09
penn gives the impression of a 5-7 guy to me, but looking at him next to other actors he rarely looks under 5-8 and can easily pass for 5-9. 5-8 sounds right to me. currently, i can't think of a better actor than him either.
TJ said on 1/May/09
So Anonymous, Penn defo has a Napoleon complex just because he's a bit highly strung and short? So what explains tall guys who are highly strung or moody? Such total BS when every time a shorter guy isn't a total pushover he gets described as having a Napoleon complex.
TELLEM said on 30/Apr/09
despite how short and scrawny sean penn is, i wouldn't want to mess with the guy in the 80s or even now.
Anonymous said on 30/Apr/09
He was wearing jeans, polo neck tshirt and white trainers when i met him. Heavily smoking and yelling in his mobile phone. I recognised his voice and turned and saw him. He stormed right past me and I thought wow Sean small. Defo Napoleon complex.
glenn said on 28/Apr/09
thank you thomas.yes,penn can shock you on how short he can look.but if i was in his suit and dress shoes maybe i too would give a 5-6 illusion late at night.thats when i see fact,i dont remember him ever looking 5-8. 5-7 max.but,then again,5-7 is probably his night height like mine.and 5-6 is an illusion.
leonari said on 28/Apr/09
5'7 guy like I always suspected. Thanks Glenn
Thomas said on 28/Apr/09
Glenn is very right on Penn. When I saw Sean Penn he was smaller than my 15 year old brother (who I measured at 171cm exactly). That day Penn was about 170cm at the most.
glenn said on 24/Apr/09
in person he usually looks 5-7.sometimes 5-6.he wears flat dress shoes,id say he is like me.around 5-8 morning.shrinks to 5-7.5-6ish illusion cause of the footwear.
Anonymous said on 23/Apr/09
Rob, do you think Seann Penn is taller than you (even if just a little)?

Editor Rob
well 173cm at some point of day, I think he is.
OliTheMan said on 22/Apr/09
OK guys NO ONE should take Penn in Milk seriously for height judgement, he is OBVIOUSLY wearing lifts in that movie. hes same/taller than Brolin in that film and taller than Hirsch by 3/4 inches as well in that film
Random Person said on 15/Apr/09
Hmmm...I'm going to say 5'8.5 for Penn, 5'9 in the morning though.
Leung said on 8/Apr/09
You have a lot of enthusiasm which is great, but your heights are off the mark every time. I don
sodapop said on 5/Apr/09
Leung whats your problem dude??? There's nothing wrong with Sean being 5'7" or 5'5 as jess thinks. Why are you taking it soo personally ?? Are you his buddy??
jess said on 2/Apr/09
dude i saw this guy at a premiere hes no more than 5'5 tops
Doug said on 1/Apr/09
Mmm a little generous surely he is on the lower side of 5'8", I'd say 5'7.5"-75" more accurate. I've seen him next to legit 5'10 guys and he looks noticeably shorter.
sodapop said on 25/Mar/09
I'm 5'9" and he looks about 5'7" he may be 5'9" with boots
JD said on 8/Mar/09
doesn't look much shorter that 5'9 i think, at least 5'8.5
ARI said on 1/Mar/09
Anonymous said on 22/Feb/09
james franco aint 5'10.5,hes 5'10,seth rogan is 5'10.5.Adam sandler is half an inch shorter than him in funnny people.hes also 5'10. Franco is 5'10. Penn I think is 5'7.75 no more. He looked shorther than 5'8 in mystic river and other movies.I'd even say 5'7.5.That's he impression.
JD said on 17/Feb/09
5-7.75 like cruise
bob said on 5/Feb/09
I saw him in a local restaurant tonight and he didn't look short at all. I was surprised.
Al said on 26/Jan/09
Must have worn lifts in Milk. There is only a one inch difference (sometimes barely any difference) between him and 5ft10.5 James Franco.
RisingForce said on 1/Jan/09
That makes sense Brad. Maybe taller than a flat 5-7 but not a full 5-8.

There's a scene in Carlito's Way where Pacino comes into Penn's apartment in cowboy boots and I believe Penn is barefoot. Penn is still taller and I think Pacino is about 5-5, so about 5-7 in cowboy boots.
Brad said on 31/Dec/08
Always 4" taller than his ex Madge. 5' 7.5". Wore chunky blocks in Colors. Mean nasty guy. His fights with Madge were legendary.
RisingForce said on 29/Dec/08
I think 5-7 is very accurate. He looks like a pretty short guy.
TELLEM said on 27/Dec/08
and he looks 5'6-5'7 next to his ex wife madonna
RisingForce said on 27/Dec/08
He was clearly shorter than Robert Duvall in Colors. Duvall was in his mid to late 50's at the time and possibly not at his peak height.
anonymous said on 27/Dec/08
He looks like a 5 foot 9 next to wife robin who is about 5 foot 5. 5 foot 8 and a half.
RisingForce said on 22/Dec/08
So 5-7 for Penn makes Pacino 5-5 because there's a scene in Carlito's Way where Penn is barefoot and Pacino is in cowboy boots but Penn is taller shockingly.
glenn said on 20/Dec/08
he can look illusions of 5-6,5-8 with the right footwear,and 5-7 in reality.
PJ said on 19/Dec/08
Glenn, I've seen him in SoHo a few times and his shoes are always suspicious, his pants always baggy. 5'7 tops barefoot, I agree.
Mister Lennon said on 4/Dec/08
i think that he is about 5'8, if not a little bit less. But that is what he looks, 5'8.
RisingForce said on 4/Dec/08
Then Penn could be 5-7. Vedder seems too young to have lost height.
glenn said on 4/Dec/08
penn is hard to figure.always looks 5-7 to me at events.but will be taller than what i remembered or thought was a 5-8 eddie vedder in pics.vedder was 5-6,then 5-7 when i saw him last summer!
RisingForce said on 4/Dec/08
In Carlito's Way(1993) he was barefoot and taller than Al Pacino who I think was wearing 2 inch cowboy boots with a possible lift inside. I think Penn is 5-8 and Pacino is 5-5.
Anonymous300th said on 20/Oct/08
I just finished watching AFI of AL Pacino (which i have recorded) and in the end you see Sean Penn with Pacino, and penn looks to have two inches on Pacino. Pacino is about 5'5 now, so my estimate is that Penn is 5'7
Petey Pablo said on 13/Oct/08
Always thought that he was 5'9-5'10, he looks as tall as Robert Duvall in 1988's Colors. Of coarse, Penn was in his late twenties then, and Duvall was in his 50's. If the whole "people lose an inch or two when they get old" line is true, then maybe Sean Penn is only 5'8.
sam said on 2/Oct/08
seems kinda short but a little taller than 5'7. 5'8 is pretty dead on
Pat said on 31/Aug/08
What a shame you people caring about rather someone has such height or not. I'm an art director, and as a matter of my profession let me tell you that actors are just as tall as the camera makes them look like. There are many tricks for doing that,and actually no good director really cares about a man's height. When it comes to "portray" the somewhat "handsome" man, what rather matters is the the facial features and the proportion of the body, and since there are aren't too many tall guys whose proportions really satisfy the expert's eye (legs or arms too long sometimes or heads too small,hands too big, etc) most of hollywood good selling actors are not tall men. Sean Penn is 1,72 mt at best and so what. None of us care at all. He sells and that's good for the industry.
Good luck you people!!
Daii said on 14/Aug/08
He looks a weak 5'8 in casualties of war, i know lots of weak five eighters and he falls into that category
Mattiew_- said on 18/Jul/08
" hmm it can't be possible that he is only 5'8 hahA look at the picture here with helena christensen i met here and i am 174 and she was towering me and i had heels on longer then "

Helena Christensen is 177cm so either you're not 174 or that's not what I call towering ( especially since you were supposed to have heels )
Biff said on 7/Jun/08
I met him last night. Super nice guy. I thought he looked shorter though I'm about 6'2" with shoes on, so most people are shorter.
Celebs shure are short!
stephan 168cm-ish age 16 said on 1/Jun/08
If youve seen the movie at close range Sean is next to his bother Chris alot and Christopher Walken, his bother looks 2-3 inches bigger and Sean is up to Christphers chin, Christopher Walken is a good 6' and Chris Penn is atleast 5'10 i think this would make Sean 169-171 range, all i know that 5'7 sounds about right
TNTinCA said on 31/May/08
Anyone seen that cheesy movie U-Turn that had Sean Penn in it?

There is one scene where he is standing eye to eye with Joaquin Phoenix and Phoenix is clearly taller. Looked to be about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If Joaquin is 5'8" then I would peg Penn at around 5'7.5".
James W. said on 31/May/08
He's dwarfed by Day-Lewis.
TELLEM said on 1/May/08
after reading everyone's comments...sean penn's real height is 5'7...i believe hes 5'7 too...change the height
Heightdetective said on 28/Apr/08
Sean Penn looks about 5ft 7 to me.
PJ said on 17/Apr/08
I've seen him in SoHo on two occasions, both times wearing very suspicious shoes and looking 5'8. He's probably 5'7 barefoot, at best.
DejaVu said on 14/Apr/08
Funny I always thought he is 5'7
Anonymous said on 26/Mar/08
hmm it can't be possible that he is only 5'8 hahA look at the picture here with helena christensen i met here and i am 174 and she was towering me and i had heels on longer then
Charlie23 said on 20/Feb/08
In my opinion chris175, Sean looks more like a 173 than a 175 person. The same for eddie vedder, although i could buy 174 fot Sean.
gossip boy said on 18/Feb/08
this guy its 5'7 flat..!and 5'9 in lifts
Lemon said on 12/Feb/08
I agree with Glenn.
In this pic with Johnny Depp, Sean Penn does seem a legit 5'8": Click Here
UKHeightEnthusiast said on 10/Feb/08
He looked positively tall in Carlito's Way but then he was paired alongside Al Pacino who's 5'6".
chris175 said on 18/Jan/08
im still unsure about this, i think he could be 174- 175, and im still saying that eddie vedder is 5-8 or very close to it Charlie23
dmeyer said on 17/Jan/08
sean enn can look 5'7 flat to 5'10 in pics,i have seen a pic that 5 foot 10 craig looks 3 in taller
Height Detective said on 14/Jan/08
Some sean penn pics

Bardem and Penn
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Eastwood and Penn

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Sean Penn y tim robbins
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anonymous said on 12/Jan/08
Sean Penn is 5'7.25 bald, 5'8.5 with hair and 5'9.5 with hair + special boots.

Look very closely at the Pitt/Clooney pics and you'll notice that both men's heads are slightly tilted so there's an illusion of a 2 inch difference between Penn. Watch every movie he has been in for the last 25 years are so - 5'8 was maybe a max at one point, but not now.
glenn said on 12/Jan/08
vedder and penn might both be 5-8 at their prime.the thing is i saw penn look 5-7 in dress shoes last year.
Valeri said on 12/Jan/08
anonymous.Sean Penn is indeed 5'8.25,which is a strong 173,gago saw him,and If he saw Pitt at 178-179 then that pretty much proves that penn is 173-174,and also pitt and penn were 2inches max apart and you know that pitt wasnt sporting less than penn for say both were sporting 1.5inches on that event.thnaks Gago.Glenn alos said that 5'10 is a big possibilty and 5'11 a small possibilty for pitt,so 5'10.5 makes sense for pitt and penn is sure over 5'8
sidewinder said on 10/Jan/08
the day that my idol, Sean penn is listen at 5'7 (my height) on this site will be a great day in human history
anonymous said on 9/Jan/08
Don't let Penn's pompadour and photo-op cowboy boots throw you off.

If Penn was 5'8/over, that would mean Joachim Phoenix is 5'9.5, Emile Hirsch is 5'7, Susan Sarandon is 5'7.5 and Naomi Watts is 5'6. Simply out of the question on all counts.
Gago said on 9/Jan/08
Valeri, Penn is clear 173cm, met him at Critic's Choice, and also at the after party, it's just Clooney and Pitt are not as tall as we think.
Valeri said on 9/Jan/08
Rob,are you sure penn is 173? Cloney looked 1.5 inches taller than him on the 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Pitt looked max 2 inches taller. That would make pitt 5'10 and Clooney 5'9.75.Maybe penn is a full 5'9? Check the pictures.theyre available on gettyimages etc.

Editor Rob
there's a couple inches, one thing penn has is a lot of hair
glenn said on 30/Dec/07
deniro is at least 5-9 and possibly 5-10 in his youth.take it from someone who has 7 pics with him.
mike said on 29/Dec/07
I am seeing 5'7" pop up on here an awfully lot!!! Don't know much about the guy nor paid alot of attention to his height on tv, but I agree I never imagined him tall either. If he is any taller then 5'8" id be shocked....its kinda like De Niro, people have claimed he was 5'10" but honestly I have never seen it, I always imagined him around 5'8" as well... maybe slightly taller.
the unknown said on 27/Dec/07
I love Sean Penn but he looks 5'7 tops
glenn said on 17/Dec/07
he always has an excuse leonari."not right now",im not doin that tonight" etc.
glenn said on 16/Dec/07
no way.he is 5-7 in dress shoes.possibly 5-8 in his prime.i see the guy all the time.
Andy said on 16/Dec/07
5'5" to 5'6" We saw him and Vince Vaughn in a hotel bar in San Francisco last week. With boots and lifts maybe 5'7"
chris175 said on 3/Dec/07
shocker, thought he was a legit 5-10 barefoot
glenn said on 20/Nov/07
yeah,he can look taller than usual.
Adam Brennon said on 30/Aug/07
He looked similar in height to Kevin Bacon in the penultimate scene of 'Mystic River'.
Anonymous said on 30/Aug/07
In All the kings men he looked like 5:10
AS said on 24/Aug/07
Penn looked at least 2 shorter than Steven Colbert in their encounter. Colbert is usually quoted as around 5'10".
Click Here
leonari said on 24/Aug/07
I agree with Dmeyer. Penn isn't a full 5'8"
PJ said on 22/Aug/07
Stood right in front of him on level sidewalk outside the Mercer Hotel in NYC, he is 5'7. Chunky boots and probably lifts if he looks any taller to others who've posted.
George H. said on 16/Jul/07
Penn with Beatty Click Here
Anonymous said on 1/Jun/07
In MYSTIC RIVER, he stood in front of Laura Linney eye-to-eye. Linney is 5'7 and both of them were wearing regular shoes.

About time for a downgrade?
dmeyer said on 10/May/07
he is the smallest actor i have ever sen fron distance he can look 5'5
Brad said on 10/May/07
True. It was about an animal being hungry as his business office name. Hilarious name for a business. I forget the name. Clyde I think. Clyde Is Hungry Productions. The house burned down...hope Clyde got out. Yeah, 5' 7.5" would be oakey-dokey.
TheJerk said on 25/Apr/07
I would say maybe an inch less than you have him here. Maybe 5-7.5 would be more perfect.
sidewinder said on 25/Apr/07
in the movie state of grace, they really managed to make him look like a 5'10 guy but so many other movies like "bad boys" "at close range" "casualties of war" and "the interpreter" make him look like a 5'6-5'7 guy.
Brad said on 24/Apr/07
Look at him in "Colors".....they didn't have C.R.A.S.H. unit L.A.P.D. officers that small by patrol cars. Friend of mine gave me Madonna's phone number in ' turned out to be his business phone and he answered. He has a healthy side order of swear words.
Anonymous said on 22/Apr/07
Penn 5'8 he wishes. Madonna is only 5'3 when they were together he was a little bit taller than her. I would put him at 5'6 on a good day. 5'8 come on I think someone is dreaming or he is wearing the same heels that Tom Cruise has.
leonari said on 2/Apr/07
dmeyer: THANK YOU! Glenn also saw 5'7" recently: For me it was always clear that Penn is a 5'7" guy, ok maybe a strong 5'7" but he doesn't reach 5'8" especially not these days and honestly I doubt he ever was 5'8". Before celebheights came on I looked on the net and couldn't believe that this guy was 5'8", 5'9" or hell I even saw 5'10" for him!!! One of the best actors these days...fabulous. But he is on the shorter side of things and always was.
dmeyer said on 1/Apr/07
i met cruise and penn he is shorter than cruise but cruise had lifts penn didnt since he barely looked 5'7
glenn said on 30/Mar/07
like cruise,he can look i said,i was shocked to see him at 5-7.
Anthony said on 29/Mar/07
I'd give him the same height I give Cruise: 5'6.75.
dmeyer said on 28/Mar/07
i saw but i wasnt close enaugh but he could be 5'7ish
Sidewinder said on 25/Mar/07
another thing is that Madonna who is about 5'3 never looked that much shorter than him and lets say the tallest she ever is is when she's wearing heels that give her 2 inches, she's only about an inch shorter than him. I really think Penn is in between 5'6 and 5'7 and wears lifts at premieres or during films if necessary.
Viper said on 24/Mar/07
He usually looks 5-8 to me, but I guess I could buy 5-7 for him. He did look that in Fast Times at Ridgemont high
glenn said on 24/Mar/07
i was surprised to see him at 5-7 a few months ago in dress shoes.
Steve said on 23/Mar/07
From all the films I've seen him in, he always appeared to be on the short side.
Even when he was with Madonna, he only appeared a little taller than her. I think 5'8" sounds about right. A lot of these actors & musicians always appear taller on TV, but obviously this has a lot to do with lifts. Good actor though.
Scarlet said on 28/Feb/07
Penn is 5'6 in the movie with Jennifer Lopez. She was taller than him by almost two inches in heels when they walk in the street.
Austrian said on 25/Feb/07
looks hardly 5'7 to me

more like 5'6
sidewinder said on 24/Feb/07
he is 1.5 - 2 inches shorter than 5'8 gary oldman in state of grace
anonymous said on 20/Feb/07
Long time ago there was a photo of madonna and himself. She is only like 5'3 He was an inch or two taller. Even if she was wearing heels he is not 5'8 I would say around 5'6 at best 5'7
Anonymous said on 19/Feb/07
he can look smaller than 174 but next to kudrow this looks right
Anthony said on 29/Jan/07
Penn isn't even looking a full 5'7 in that Beatty pic. Could just be the angle, though.
Darren said on 28/Jan/07
I remember him in the movie Taps. He was definitely much shorter than Timothy Hutton. I'd say Penn is about 5-8 give or take an inch.
dmeyer said on 3/Jan/07
even tho he can look 5'8 flat but in a barefeet scene in friends does look similar height as kudrow so 174 cm
leonari said on 3/Jan/07
always thought this guy is short... never believed the almost 5'9 mark on here... 5'7" it is!!

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