How tall is Sean Penn

Sean Penn's Height

5ft 8in (172.7 cm)

American actor and director best known for roles in 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 an edition of the 1987 The Daily LA News, it described him as a "5-foot-8" man. On a CCP Permit, Sean's Height is given as 5ft 9 and his weight as 175 pounds.
I think Liam Neeson is fantastic. I love Liam Neeson. But he’s a 6’4″, melodically voiced, masculine figure who is a very good man who’s only there to take care of the people he loves. I am a 5’9″, highly conflicted man who’s principally taking care of himself.

How tall is Sean Penn
Sean and Charlize Theron
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Average Guess (21 Votes)
5ft 8.07in (172.9cm)
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.
Shredder said on 2/Feb/17
Rob , he claimed 5'9.

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Editor Rob: thanks shredder, I'll put the whole quote up the top. It matches the height he had on his permit.
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jan/17
A couple of days ago, I saw him playing a troubled, boozy undercover cop in the film 'State of Grace'. He was fantastic in it but also far and away one of the smaller-looking guys. He wasn't mega-small, but he looked no more than 5ft8.
In the gruelling film 'Casualties of War', in which he plays an army sergeant, he looks a weeny bit more, but that might have something to do with playing alongside a very likeable character played by Edward J Fox, 5ft4.
In the picture above with Charlize Theron, Sean once again looks no more than 5ft8 or even a whole inch less, as Charlize is wearing small heels and is, I've read, 5ft10, though I don't believe the heights I have been reading over the years because everybody seems to add a couple of inches!
My estimate for Sean settles at 5ft8. There's nothing wrong with that and it certainly doesn't hinder his ability to play a damn good tough guy!
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.
THOMAS MC KENA said on 12/Dec/15
Who care's what height he he can act andvery well
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.'
nayhole said on 19/Mar/15
5'7 1/2
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 16/Jul/14
Rob can u find a pic of Wilhem Dafoe with Sean Penn, their body types are quite similar it will be easy to compare.
[Editor Rob: couldn't see one]
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.
RisingForce said on 13/Jun/14
Rob, not sure if you want to mention it at the top, but the only claim I've seen from Penn was that he wrote his own height as 5'9" on his CCW permit.
[Editor Rob: of course I will mention it now, thanks]
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
Shawn said on 29/Aug/13
"Greg says on 11/Aug/13
Mark King of Level 42 met him in the 80s when he was with Madonna and said to him, "So Madonna goes for dwarves?"
Damn rude but I doubt he'd have said it too a legit 5'8" man."

That's odd... Apparently Mark King is only 5'9" himself. I couldn't find any record of that quote online either.
Greg said on 11/Aug/13
Mark King of Level 42 met him in the 80s when he was with Madonna and said to him, "So Madonna goes for dwarves?"
Damn rude but I doubt he'd have said it too a legit 5'8" man.
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".
gysgtmo said on 21/May/13
he's a little person
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 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
5'7 max
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.
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.
LAVON said on 24/May/11
@dsnsa, Hello Australia!!! How do y'all feel about tall-ish (5'7) American women???
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.
linke said on 11/Apr/11
that quarter inch needs to go
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
atomic shithead said on 6/Mar/11
i know somebody who's met him that says he's my height exactly, and im 5'9 an a half
Mr. Kaplan said on 3/Feb/11
5'8"? You've got to be kidding. Look at his body proportions.

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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!
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".
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leonari said on 24/Aug/07
I agree with Dmeyer. Penn isn't a full 5'8"
dmeyer said on 23/Aug/07
rob a few people saw him 5'7 flat he gave me impression of 5'6 but i wast close enaugh i think 5'8.25 is too generous
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
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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?
sidewinder said on 16/May/07
i wonder if sean penn is the one who submitted his own height and if that's the reason why he doesn't get downgraded?
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.
Viper said on 25/Apr/07
brad, thats hillarious.
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.
Austrian said on 14/Apr/07
so when is Penn gonna get downgraded?

perhaps not to 5'6 (which is what he looks to me), but i think 5'7 for him would be fair enough

i mean over 5'8? come on lol
Brad said on 4/Apr/07
5' 7". He's was always just a few over Madonna. She (probably on orders) stayed cleared of the heels with Sean. Friend of mine saw them throw F bombs at each other that would have made Tommy Lasorda blush.
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.
dmeyer said on 29/Mar/07
thanks rob but he could be under that
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
Anonymous said on 25/Mar/07
With a slouching 5'10.5" Nicole Kidman in heels:

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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.
sidewinder said on 14/Mar/07
time to downgrade him rob?
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!!
Glenn said on 3/Jan/07
Oh,Penn took the time to look at my photo of the 2 of us,where I accidently cut part of my face out,taking it with my hand.I asked if I could get another one,he first laughed while looking at the photo,then said he isnt doing any of that tonight,and was going home.nice guy.very rare photo with to have.found out by reading the papers,that he went on a Bush tirade at this event I was at,probably an hour before I got he was in a bad mood.had him alone favorite actor alongside Depp.
Glenn said on 3/Jan/07
Your right Franco.I was surprised.even my friend who is 5-8 commented on Penns shortness.
Franco said on 3/Jan/07
Glenn you are my hero!

check my post (2 posts below), i mentioned he is 5'8 MAX and looks more 5'7, his age definetely made him lose an inch and it is time to drop him to 5'7.
looked also 5'7 in the movie I AM SAM. when he is running to meet his daughter and falls on his face from the stairs....he looks 5'7 on the inch.

hey ROB, please downgrade him to 5'7, even Glenn spoke the words of truth, we can't be all wrong.

Thank you.
Glenn said on 2/Jan/07
I was talking to him 2 weeks ago.I was surprised he seemed 5-7.the shortest I ever saw him.he was always 5-8.
sidewinder said on 1/Jan/07
Penn is my generation's De Niro, what a guy. Who else would have dumped Madonna??
He always seemed 5'7-5'8 to me.
Extra said on 1/Dec/06
The one time I saw Sean in person in San Francisco, he was wearing boots and still looked short to me - there's no way he's 5'10". Shorter but I'm not sure how much.

Lots of shorter male actors wear boots and/or lifts.
Glenn said on 25/Oct/06
Sean has always been sweet to me.he knows Im a fan.he hates autograph dealers and photographers.I never ask him for anything.I have one photo with I took with my hand,and cut half my face off.oh well.5-8.
Anthony said on 24/Oct/06
Bit of a funny story. I have a cousin, one who takes a lot of ribbing from the family because of his short (5'2) stature. He claims he met Sean Penn at an airport and sat with him on the plane. He says that he's short but has an incredibly big head that makes him look taller. He also says he wasn't rude, n fact describing him as a "sweetheart". Weird. I was sure he'd be an ass.
Anthony said on 28/Sep/06
I agree, I don't think Penn is more than 5'8 even max, and probably shorter.
Ed Kline said on 18/Sep/06
I am generally not one to put people shorter for the heck of it unlike some, but I really don think Sean Penn is 175 centimeters...more like 172ish.
Anthony said on 11/Aug/06
"Not sure on Ray's shoes but Sean is wearing beach flip flops. Sean looks half an inch shorter."

Ray had on normal footwear. I've seen "Fast Times" enough to know that. Penn looked all of 5'7 in the movie, Walston was definitely taller, though not buy too much. The only person in the film shorter than him was the guy who played Ratt, Brian Racker, who is no more than 5'4.
Viper652 said on 10/Jul/06
He did look 5-7ish in fast times. He really is no taller then 5-8 Max.
Anthony said on 8/Jul/06
I was watching "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" a few week ago, and I payed attention to the first scne Sean has with Ray Walston. Walston looked about an inch taller. Walston was only about 5'8, maybe a little shorter considering he was 68 at the time. I have taken into consideration that Penn was relativley young at the time, so maybe he hadn't grown to his full height. But still, if Ray had shrunk to about 5'7 - 5'7 1/2 by that time, Sean can't be any more than 5'7.
D. Ray Morton said on 1/Jun/06
5'8". Click Here (11th photo down)

Case closed!
Anthony said on 30/May/06
"Penn appears to be about ten inches shorter. That would make him 5'5"!

No, if he was 10 inches shorter, than he'd be 5'7. If he were 5'5, he'd be a full foot shorter than Robbins, who everyone agrees is 6'5 (some argue that he's even taller). Anyway, Penn is most likely between 5'7 to 5'8 1/2, though that Oscar pic could make a case for him being even shorter.
paleface said on 22/May/06
"Penn appears to be about ten inches shorter. That would make him 5'5"! I think he's more like 5'8"." Actually my brother is 6'6 to my 5'9 and our height difference is similar, so I'd 5'8 isn't out of the question, although I have a feeling that without the hair and shoes, he probably clocks in closer to 5'7.
Glenn said on 19/Apr/06
Yes,he loves me.he loves real fans.despises dealers and coming.
Bram said on 19/Apr/06
Glenn, why do you say 5'8? have you met him?
Trueheight said on 10/Mar/06
how do you explain that?? For those familiar, its the scene in the Bathroom near the begining of the film, after Spicoli has his schedule torn by the old teacher
Trueheight said on 10/Mar/06
Thats funny because in Fast Times, he looks at least 5'9 next to almost 6'0 eric stoltz. both are wearing deck shoes, or surfer sneakers.
dmeyer said on 20/Feb/06
he looks small in movies around 5'8
Glenn said on 15/Feb/06
he is 5-8.
Cinderella man said on 14/Feb/06
Take a look at Taps!Cruise and Penn eye to eye!5ft8 could be possible!
Cinderella man said on 14/Feb/06
Look at the movie "Taps" with Cruise!They really look eye to eye!So 5'8" could be possible!
Peter said on 26/Jan/06
My girlfriend met Penn once at the Viennale. His height was about 5'9" to 5'10" (with the help of his heels which were very high (2.5 inches).
charles chism said on 27/Dec/05
look at the photos of penn and robbins standing side by side with their oscars. robbins towers over him by at least a foot.
sidewinder said on 17/Nov/05
just watched carlitos way. he and pacino are the same height! could he only be 5'6??? i also own u-turn, and he seems like a midget next to nick nolte, and he seems about the same height as j-lo.
McFan said on 20/Aug/05
5'8.5 is probably accurate. He was 1.5 inches taller than Catherine Keener and they both were wearing heels of roughly the same height.
CelebHeights Editor said on 17/Aug/05
From this site - "Oh my God, I saw Sean Penn today!!! I am NOT kidding. He's way shorter in person, but still just a total hottie"
Mr. Klaus said on 6/Aug/05
In the movie Carlito's way, Penn is only an inch taller than Pacino, who was maybe at that time 5 ft 7.
Scott said on 14/Jul/05
Editor, how tall is his brother Chris from Resevoir Dogs, True Romance & Starsky & Hutch etc.? Seems from Resevoir Dogs he might be quite a bit taller ...
McFan said on 10/Jul/05
He looks clearly 5'8.5-5'9. He's quite stocky giving him the appearance of someone shorter, but there's only about 1.5-2 inches difference between he and Kidman. She, again, has smaller features and is extremely skinny giving her the appearance of someone taller.
CelebHeights Editor said on 3/May/05
I'm probably right - couple of short paragraphs from an Evening Mail journo on the interpreter height difference.
Mr. R said on 25/Apr/05
Just as I suspected. I skipped the film cause its at least 10 bucks in LA now. For years, people have said that Sean Penn is around 5-6, and I do believe that to be a little low. But I think that he is between 5-7 and 5-8, and I have met Nicole twice and I believe that she is more than 5-10 and not quite 5-11. Usually, they will find ways to lower the height difference if it is around two inches or so, but if the difference is almost 4 inches, the only way to do this is to keep them apart. To his credit, Penn strikes me as the type to avoid boxes and built up shoes, so the director, Sydney Pollack, probably had to develop "creative" forms of camera angles.
Cody said on 25/Apr/05
I was on this site because I too noticed that the only time the actors were shot together was when they were both sitting. It got me curious as to how short he is. The final scene is akward in that he doesn't even get down from a railing to properly say goodbye to someone we're suposed to believe he cares deeply for. PS-Overall the movie is a slow bore with a couple of great actors, which is why it got any positive reviews at all. Without the star power I don't believe anyone would even recommend this movie.
Barb said on 25/Apr/05
I saw the movie this weekend which is why I'm on this website. The NEVER STOOD next to one another. They were sitting, he was on the top of a step, she at the bottom, and in the last shot, he was sitting on a railing (never got off of it) and she was standing.
Mr. R said on 24/Apr/05
Did anyone see "The Interpreter" this weekend? I am curious how the substantial height difference between Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman was handled. As I've shared with our editor, I met Kevin Bacon, and he is not even 5-9. This picture with Penn puts him at just under 5-7 by my calculations, which is near abouts what people have been saying about Penn for years.

[Editor Rob: I've yet to see this, but surely one thing they done was distancing Penn and Kidman more than you would normally distance actors in a wide shot? I know for instance in Code 46 the director when he had big Robbins and Morton in a close-up scene he had to resort to a big camera tilt on a few occasions...]

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