How tall was Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious Height

6ft 1 (185.4 cm)

John Simon Ritchie was an English bass guitarist, drummer and vocalist from the Sex Pistols. On his passport he listed himself as 6ft 1 inches tall.


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Average Guess (20 Votes)
6ft 1.25in (186.1cm)
QM6'1.5"QM said on 6/Feb/23
He's didn't reached his full height and weight. Boy was only 21.

Probably should be about 6'1.5" at peak and closer to 68-70kgs as full grown adult man!

R.I.P Sid!
Jim Lakin said on 1/Jul/22
I’ve always been very good at calling peoples heights, and I always assumed he was 6’2”. There are things to consider here. He’s always stated to be at at 6’1” or 6’2”. But He mostly looked about 6’3”. 1) he was very thin which made him look taller and was mostly seen standing in boots with thick soles. I’m guessing that barefoot he was probably 6’1.5”.
Gr3 said on 19/Nov/21
@js sometimes band photos can be deceiving. I know that they all look similar height in band photos but Sid Vicious was significantly taller than Lydon.

My estimation for pistols:

Jonesy 5'10
Cook 5'7
Lydon 5'8
Sid 6'1
J2Frenzy said on 23/Nov/20
Nah, this definitely ain’t the Sid Vicious I know
Gr3 said on 27/Oct/20
@Christian This is the one and only Sid Vicious sir, not another one.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 7/Aug/20
Didn't know until now, that there was another "Sid Vicious" besides the pro wrestler, lol.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/May/20
Sid Vicious was born 63 years ago today. Alas, he only lived one third of that.


RIP Sid Vicious
10/5/1957 - 2/2/1979 🕯️
Que lo Que said on 24/Jan/20
Definitely a strong 6'1 guy
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Feb/19
Tallest of the Pistols...used to think he was 6ft3+ cause the others are so short in comparison
js said on 26/Oct/18
It's hard to see even 6'1 in this pic with the rest of the band standing up (all in similar boots.)

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Google says John Lydon is 5'8 so he is either much taller than that or Sid Vicious is much shorter than even 6'1.
Greg99 said on 9/Sep/18
Another snippet of info: Sid accosted Bob Harris (Old Grey Whistle Test) at the London Speakeasy club in '76 - Harris, who like his Father was quite tall at 6'1" and also an ex cop - described how Vicious came up to him in a boiler suit and that he remembered that he was bigger that Harris.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Mar/18
186cm, Rob?
Editor Rob
I can see how it could be argued a strong 6ft 1 for him.

Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Oct/17
186-187cm is possible for him.
Anonymous said on 15/Sep/17
Yes, I agree with Rob, an excellent listing.
Sid Viches was not 6'2", he was thought to be in the range of 6'1 ​​(probably 186-187 / 6'1.5"). Do not forget that he was very thin 140-142 pounds, which made him look taller.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Mar/17
I've just read a couple of interesting comments from last year, from Greg and from Sam, stating that Sid Vicious was most probably taller by a full inch, and that it was down to malaise that he wrote 6ft1 on his passport! Well, he did stand out onstage, I have to agree! I think Sid had other things on his mind that were infinitely more important to him than his height!
Consequently, he gets 6ft2 from me!
(His girlfriend Nancy was only 5 foot!)
Sam said on 17/Feb/16
Yeah, I've always read 6'2" for him but it's hard to argue him looking that tall next to Lydon.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Feb/16
It was almost trademark in bands of the 60's-80's. All of them are below average except for that one guy whose over 6ft and most people thinking he's massive. Vicious, Ian Curtis and Ray Manzerak of The Doors are prime examples.
Jay said on 13/Feb/16
Thought he was 6'2.
Daynet said on 10/Feb/16
Didn't realize he was that tall...
MJKoP said on 9/Feb/16
I've always heard 6'2", as well.
Rotten said on 8/Feb/16
What a guy!
littlesue said on 8/Feb/16
Never realised he was this tall
120 said on 7/Feb/16
Hey Rob, speaking of Punk-rock singers. Do you think Darby Crash here deserves a page? Since you've got Lorna Doom (the guitarist of the Germs) on here. He's been dead for almost 40 years and his height is still currently unknown. I'd really think he's worth mentioning, since The Germs had been one of my favorite Punk-rock bands. He's taken numerous photos with Lorna Doom (who's listed at 5'2" here) and Pat Smear (who was in the picture you listed for Krist Novoselic with Dave Grohl) during his times when he was alive. I believe Darby could be anywhere in the 5'9-5'11" range.

Him with Lorna:
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Click Here (that one is really hard to tell)
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Him with Pat:
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Group photo:
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Click Here (He's on the 4th left)

So, do you think adding him would be a consideration?
Editor Rob
not sure, would have to have a proper look at him
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Feb/16
I thought 6ft2. I can accept this also

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