Steve Buscemi's Height
5ft 8 ¼ (173.4 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as Reservoir Dogs, Armageddon, Parting Glances, In the Soup, Living in Oblivion, Fargo, Con Air, The Big Lebowski and Ghost World. On TV he is well known for Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.
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Average Guess (44 Votes)
5ft 8.45in (173.9cm)
Sinclair said on 27/Aug/20
At the risk of being overly generous, I’d give Buscemi a flat 5’9” peak. I felt Buscemi was at least an inch taller than Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs and I recall Buscemi seemed a smidgeon taller than Don Johnson in a Miami Vice episode. In my opinion, 5’8.5” and 5’8.75” remain other logical guesses for Buscemi’s peak height.
mark thompson said on 30/Jul/20
easilly a peak weak 5’9, 5’8 flat today
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Jun/20
@ YoltSJake - I'm inclined to agree that Steve could pass for taller. Wasn't he fit, the way he ran down the street in 'Reservoir Dogs', physically dragging a woman out of her car window to pinch her wheels?
Have you seen 'Boardwalk Empire'? Truly a great, star-studded watch! 😁
YoItSJaKe said on 31/May/20
He looks almost 5'10 because the dome of his head is about 5'9 1/2 - 5'9 3/4. THATS where you have to measure, not the forehead. I can see how some get it mixed up.
Buscemi gets 5'9 1/2 from me.
Jkiller said on 22/Feb/20
5'8 and a half
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Feb/20
Spoiler ahead re: 'Domestic Disturbance'.
Steve doesn't last long in THAT film, more's the pity! He knows too much about the shady dealings of Vince Vaughn and gets stabbed and incinerated, all witnessed by Vaughn's new wife's young son, who has a history of lying.
Vaughn really does tower over Steve, who often gives the impression of being slightly taller because of his lanky frame. I'm going to give him 5ft8.5 this morning. Shame he was killed off so early in the movie....😛
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Feb/20
Ooh nice! I've bought a film called 'Domestic Disturbance' because I have a rare opportunity to see Steve acting with John Travolta. Steve hasn't appeared yet, but when he does, he should be at his optimum height because the film is from 2001 and Steve will have been 43, turning 44 at the end of the year, so most unlikely to have lost any height. John will have been 45, so ditto to him being at his peak or very nearly there. There's also the stupendously tall Vince Vaughn, hence quite an interesting variation on the height front.
I'll be back in a mo with my findings!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Dec/19
🎁🎂🎉🕯️ Happy Birthday Steve! 🕯️🎉🎂🎁
Many Happy Returns to Steve Buscemi on his 62nd Birthday!
I'll never forget how he and the other 'Boardwalk Empire' cast members helped with my recovery after my hip replacement surgery last year. I was buying Season after Season - until I'd seen the LOT!
jordanft19 said on 16/Sep/19
5'8.5" is fair for him.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 22/Aug/18
@Sandy Cowell True. He was one great actor quite humble from many of his appearance on shows and interview and a polite actor out of screen who happen to played bad guy in movie roles he offen get offered. I'll say Steve is 5'8 1/2 on a good day :)
Tall Sam said on 4/Aug/18
He's a really good actor and very versatile, and not many guys slim and slight as is Steve can pull off menacing as he can when a role calls for it and he can quite funny and touching too.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Aug/18
@ Junior Hernandez 1990 - Being skinny didn't stop his strength levels AT ALL! Remember that scene in 'Reservoir Dogs' where he drags quite a big woman clean out of her car window in order to pinch her vehicle? OK, so it was probably special effects, but very good ones! And didn't he just steam down the road like he was running in the Olympics? Great fun! What a film that was!
Today Steve, one of my favourite actors, can have 5ft8.5. I have gone along with the average vote!
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 25/Jul/18
Steve Buscemi look skinny. Probably was never over 155 lbs and the lightest in his 30s he look 130-140.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Apr/18
Sometimes I mishear Nucky Thompson's name, especially when the circumstances surround his nephew, Willy! I have understood that Willy has an Uncle Mucky, an Uncle Nookie and even an Uncle Monkey! 🙉
Does anyone think I need a hearing aid? 👂😮👂
Sandy Cowell said on 20/Mar/18
How I adore gangster stuff, and Steve's Nucky Thompson in 'Boardwalk Empire' is no exception! As is often so traditional with gangster leaders throughout history - and this series gives us a taster of the truly tiny Al Capone! - you don't have to be tall to be powerful! Steve's character is of average height and above average in the brains and charm departments, having also been the town sheriff in this some years back, the slot now filled by his younger brother; very convenient for his lucrative little alcohol-selling-and-other-naughty-goings-on business!
If you want a really good laugh, I recommend the 4th episode of Season I, called 'Anastasia'. Nucky complains bitterly about the state of the filthy glasses and his description of them had me in stitches!
➡🍸💄!!! 👍😉 😂😂😹😂
Today, the magnetic Steve can have a delicious 5ft8.25 of top-quality acting power!
Smiles03 said on 19/Jan/18
He's like 5'9, 510 in shoes
Anonymous said on 29/Dec/17
Was the exact same height as me and i'm just shy of 5'8.5"
Anonymous said on 24/Dec/17
you must carry your weight well rob you look thin
said on 24/Dec/17
rob at 180 you don't look overweight
Editor Rob: Ideally I want to be 165-170, which is heavier than Buscemi, who I'd say would be around my height.
said on 23/Dec/17
rob I know you mentioned before in your video you are 180 and 5 foot8 iam 178cm barefoot(at least I think) iam 148 would 180 be too much on me
Editor Rob: 180 wouldn't be big, especially if you were fit and put on some muscle mass.
There's about 10-15 pounds on most people that isn't really noticeable when they are wearing clothes, it's why with weight, seeing beach shots is probably going to give you a better idea.
As for Buscemi, he always seemed a 5ft 8 range guy who has been relatively thin most of his career. I doubt his own weight varies that much...
said on 22/Dec/17
rob does massive weight gain make you lose height
Editor Rob: in some people it certainly will increase risk of back trouble and some loss, or at least visual loss if they can't manage to stand as tall as they could when slimmer.
Al said on 5/Aug/17
I'm 5'8 and I met him in 2015 he was at least an inch taller than me however my cousin works as a wardrobe designer in Hollywood and told me any actor under 5'10 wears lifts and some under 6' do the same....who knows? What I do know is that they are ALL phony in Hollywood
Rent said on 12/Jul/17
Sometimes, James Gandolfini dwarfed him in The Sopranos. He looks comfortably average range because of his slim build and long legs and arms but he's not, this listing seems fair.
KH said on 28/Jun/17
Definitely right in this range. If anything a he could be a little taller. Always seemed about an inch and change height difference between him and Sandler.
172.4cm guy said on 26/Jan/17
I don't see 173cm for Steve. He's slightly below average, yes, but around 174cm seems more justifiable in shows like Boardwalk empire and movies like Armageddon. He was maybe 175cm at his peak. So 174cm is my current guess.
josh jeffords said on 21/Oct/16
I think we need a peak height he did look at least 5 9 in his youth maybe 5 10.
Very lanky and slim build long looking arms but often bad slouching posture.
Not close to 5 11 the 6ft plus guys tower over him but the average guys dont.
I remember three guys towering over him vince vaughn who is freaking tall, peter stormare and micheal madsen who all topped 6 3 in prime id wager.
Of other note steve is a rare actor who can do anything creepy bad guy, mobster, goofball or even a solid good guy.
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Oct/16
I honestly thought he was taller than that! I adore that scene in "Reservoir Dogs" when he is tearing off down the road! Yes, he definitely looks more like 5ft11 - 6ft...is he skinny? Probably! I haven't had the good fortune yet to examine his physique!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Sep/16
Definitely one of the best actors in the last 25 years. A weasel-creepy look about him but oddly charismatic and badass at times.
james said on 28/Sep/15
He and 5'7 Harvey Kietel looked the same height in resovier dogs ..Michael Madison dwarfed them both
said on 20/Aug/15
Also, Buscemi has been in several things with Sandler and is never dwarfed, in a shot where they're standing evenly Buscemi looks no more than 1.5-1.75 inches shorter than Sandler.
You could be tricked by Buscemi's slouch such as here.
[Editor Rob: Steve is a tricky guy, because half the time he does look like he's standing quite loose.]
Sam said on 20/Aug/15
One of our best modern character actors...
Rob, could you add to his credits?: Parting Glances, In the Soup, Living in Oblivion, Fargo, Con Air, The Big Lebowski, Ghost World and TV in The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
Jim said on 15/May/15
He was DWARFED by Sandler in the Cobbler, I can't buy taller than 5'6
charlie said on 25/Apr/15
haaa bobs comment going back a few years 5'8" massive height haaa 5'8" is far from massive unless bob is a 5' guy
Compact Disc said on 25/Feb/15
@Carter it sounds like you have a massive inferiority complex. I'm guessing in reality you are a lot shorter than 5'7. A lot of woman prefer man to be taller but it is not as important as you claim. If it was then how to you explain why women love Johnny Depp so much
Carter said on 17/Jan/15
Wow...that's very surprising; he really looks 5'10 or 5'11 in Boardwalk Empire. But I have learned to trust Rob on these things. Just shows you how a slim build and longish limbs can make someone look so much taller. Kind of the reverse of what happens with Matt Damon, whom I actually believe is 5'10 (or very close to it)...but he does look shorter because he's stocky. I myself lose both ways, since I'm short (5'7) and stocky (though I'm lucky to be muscular rather than fat). It's really a great pity that our society doesn't appreciate or honor that body type. I'm not sure why, since--in evolutionary terms--stocky tends to mean stronger, even if you're on the short side...for example, wouldn't you bet on 5'8 Mark Wahlberg to take a slim 5'11 guy in a fight? And yet Steve Buscemi manages to look so sleek and cool somehow in Boardwalk Empire, in those great period clothes.... At my height and build, I can never do it. I always look comically short and stumpy in a suit. And in a tuxedo, I don't look like James Bond...I look more like a penguin...or, at best, a headwaiter. I think 6'5 is the ultimate height for a man...how different my life would be if I were that tall. I'd never want for female companionship, I'll tell you that. And the people who are that tall were just given it free. And they say life's fair. What a joke. Height is 90% of a man's attractiveness. If a guy says he likes big breasts, women call him shallow. But if a woman says "I just prefer taller men," then that's accepted as just her preference...no-one ever calls her shallow. Riddle me that one, Batman... Totally a double-standard.
Adamz said on 28/Dec/14
173/174 cm range
said on 22/Sep/14
About 5'8" looking with James Gandolfini.
SaveUsY2J said on 4/Jun/14
@Sean- you just destroyed your own argument. Carell is nearer the camera so of course he's going to look 2+ inches taller. Look at other photos of the two together where no such discrepancy exists and you'll see there's an inch between them at most.
Realist said on 21/May/14
Loose posture. Robs correct. Argument over.
Sean said on 10/Mar/14
5'10"? He's an interesting listing, just about every other celebrity people try to downgrade, this dude people are generally upgrading. I guess people like him. Check out that pic with 5'9" Steve Carell I posted below, Carell has a camera advantage but regardless that's not how a 5'10" guy looks next to a 5'9" guy. He's 5'7" max.
Patrick 1.75.5m said on 4/Mar/14
Looks taller in Boardwalk Empire. Would buy 1.78 for him. He never looked short to me in that series.
said on 23/Feb/14
With 5'9" Steve Carell. 5'7" max.
thedude said on 26/Jan/14
rob why dont you have shea wigham's height? hes listed at 174 but hes 170-172 hes in a lot of thinga he should be up here
Heightwise said on 12/Jan/14
This is the height he looks when not playing Nucky Thompson. He seems 5'9-10 as Nucky somehow
thedude said on 23/Nov/13
he looks pretty tall these days in BE ... but still 5'9 at the most
Arch Stanton said on 15/Sep/13
I thought he was a bit shorter in Reservoir Dogs not the other way around.
juju said on 3/Sep/13
Shorter than adam sandler who is 5'9.5 . Hes 5 ft. 8 and harvey keitel at his peak was 5 ft. 7. Keitel was shorter than buscemi in reservoir dogs
said on 3/Sep/13
While they look similar height, Buscemi definitely is slouching a bit in photos with Keitel. He might be around 0.5 in taller. I've seen Buscemi in person on stage and he looked around 5'8.5" to me next to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and T-Bone Burnett.
Powerhouse said on 1/Sep/13
5'9 at least
HellBoundPower said on 31/Aug/13
Looks closer to 5'9" in Boardwalk Empire.
Bakura said on 14/Jul/13
lol Tempest, he was taller than 5'7.5" Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs- care to explain how he can be 5'6-5'7?
Adamz said on 7/Apr/13
not below 173
Tempest said on 13/Mar/13
jimdfc has it nailed whether he's actually seen them or not. I always thought Buscemi was 5'6"-5'7". He has a small body type.
Adamz said on 13/Feb/13
173 - 175 cm
Adamz said on 2/Feb/13
173 cm at least.
HellBoundPower said on 11/Dec/12
He looks around 5'10" in Boardwalk Empire. I can't see him being under 5'9".
The Exorcist said on 29/Nov/12
Closer to 5'9", me thinks.
Silent d said on 21/Oct/12
Adam sandler was taller than him in all the movies they were in together. 5 foot 8.
Bob said on 3/Sep/12
This guy must be a massive 5ft 8 then. He looks easily 5ft 10 and more in Ghost World.
MaskDeMasque said on 7/Feb/12
a weak 5'9- (8.5, maybe 8.75) looked around the same height as cera in youth in revolt.
moe said on 4/Dec/11
My dads 6 ft. Steve Buscemi came up to his eye line in a picture of them taken 4 yrs ago (they don't know each other, just a chance meeting). He's probably 5'9...
Adamz said on 23/Nov/11
satchy, that was impolite.
Sam said on 14/Nov/11
Having seen Buscemi in person, I think he's right around Rob Paul-size!
Martyr said on 27/Oct/11
Everything Sam said!
Sam said on 22/Aug/11
I was at a cast reunion of The Big Lebowski and he looked as about listed. When they first stood next to each other, John Goodman was kind of slouchy and Buscemi was more upright so they looked surprisingly close in height but it was apparent Goodman was dropping a lot of height and almost twice the width of Buscemi! I suspect Goodman & Jeff Bridges have both dropped almost an inch from their peak heights, John Tuturro not as much (he and Bridges looked about the same height). T-Bone Burnett & Julianne Moore were also present and Moore was decidedly shorter than even Buscemi and Burnett was very tall, probably 6'4" range.
TruebloodFan said on 10/Apr/11
he is just a bit shorter than 5ft9 Kurt Russell in 'Escape from L.A.' As I recall, Russell didn't wear lifts for that movie. 5ft8 fits Buscemi.
TheVerve180 said on 28/Mar/11
yeah and that pic clearly proves that reed is at least a solid 5ft8, id give him 5ft9 even.
Adamz said on 12/Feb/11
I had always thought this guy was 5-10ish for some reason. Must be because of his thin build he appears taller, as people are implying.
TruebloodFan said on 13/Jan/11
wow. looks 5ft10 in Boardwalk Empire. Rob are you sure Steve is just a fraction over 5ft8? he could be a thin 5ft9 instead a thin 5ft8.
fuzzblaster said on 30/Dec/10
He's 5'8". I saw him walking the streets of nyc with a crowd of "friends" when a fan approached him and said hi. As the star struck guy walked away Buschlimy mocked him and his entourage laughed like a Greek chorus of ass clowns. What is more pathetic? That Steve Busclimy actually has an entourage or that some poor guy was star struck by him?
Clay said on 26/Dec/10
jtm says on 3/Nov/10
he is definitely 5'8 unlike mark wahlberg or robert downey jr.
Agreed. Despite being labelled ''the little guy'' in Fargo, he is a very thin 5'8''.
jtm said on 3/Nov/10
he is definitely 5'8 unlike mark wahlberg or robert downey jr.
leonari said on 3/Nov/10
Thats a real lanky 5'8" guy.
Raymond Delauney said on 24/Apr/09
I read an article about him which stated he was taller than most people thought (about 5'11") He was a New York firefighter apparently and even went back to help out his old unit during 911. Does anyone know if there is a minimum height for firefighters? He does look rather short in the photo heading this article.
(BTW I love this guy - he's fascinating on the screen; I could watch him reading the phone book. Has anyone seen 'Living in Oblivion' ? A classic!)
Al said on 1/Jul/08
Sounds accurate .. if James Gandolfini is 6'0, I'd say there is about 4 inches difference between them
Heightdetective said on 28/Apr/08
His sloching is incredible ... i agree with 5ft 8.25
dmeyer said on 17/Mar/08
in both pics looks strong 5 ft 8 considering he is not stanmding straight
dmeyer said on 13/Mar/08
5'7.5 with sloush 5'8.25 straight
jay said on 2/Feb/08
i'm 5.9 and saw him, he couldn't be more than 5.7
ras said on 19/Oct/07
I think he's right on the line of 173 cm, half way between 5 ft 8 and 5 ft 8.25 lol, so listing him at 5 ft 8.25 is okay with me. Maybe a weak 5 ft 8.25 but who would argue on a quarter?
the shredder said on 2/May/07
I still don't see him passed 172 , 173 cm !
glenn said on 2/May/07
just got another tonight.my 5th in 14 years.3 in 5 weeks.the new one sucks for height judgement.we are both hunching under an umbrella i think.
sam said on 1/May/07
He has bad posture. It does look like he'd have an inch on Glenn if he was standing straight...unless this was time Glenn thinks Buscemi was wearing lifts. I'd be surprised by that, though.
Franco said on 27/Apr/07
looks 5'8 in that pic.....almost eye 2 eye.
glenn = 1.73 / Buscemi 1.72 (dont be fooled by his hair).
Drew said on 26/Apr/07
He looks taller than Glenn in both those pictures.
the shredder said on 25/Apr/07
Glenn is not 5'9 ... I think you mean 5'8 .
Cat Stevens said on 25/Apr/07
He is exactly 5'9, same as Glenn
the shredder said on 25/Apr/07
5'8.25 ??? ... He looks 171cm-ish and his posture is not that bad with Glenn ... 172cm-ish can be more like it ? ... 173cm or just 5'8 tops .
Antron said on 2/Feb/07
thelasttiger- I think its funny that if you are below 5'9" you are short; does that mean if you are above 5'9" you are tall? Doubtful you'd say yes...
anonymous said on 7/Jan/07
I worked with steve buscemi. He is a really nice guy. Very skinny that is why he appears taller. We did a scene together and he is around 5'7
G-unit said on 29/Dec/06
5'9 imo, he looks kinda tall in resorvoir dogs, especially in the begining of the movie when they're walking down the street.
Glenn said on 6/Nov/06
Moby is 5-7ish.Reed is a surprising 5-9ish, 5-10.considering you here 5-4 to 5-8 for Reed.
Glenn said on 4/Nov/06
There is no way this guy is as tall as Sandler.Sandler is near 5-10.Buscemi is 5-8 tops.and a lift wearer.
Aussie Bloke said on 3/Nov/06
The only reason the legendary Steve appears shorter is because of his extremely thin physique! He appears Adam Sandler's height in "Air-heads" but if you look at the two of them out in the open, you would think Sandler is much taller. However Steve would have to be around the 5ft9 height, coz he is no different to Sandler in Airheads
Glenn said on 3/Nov/06
First time the guy looked short period.yeah,a bad slouch.2nd time standing straight as can be and taller than me.thats called lifts.
sam said on 3/Nov/06
Was he slouching a lot, Glenn? Because from 5'6" to 5'9" is pretty diverse. Did he generally seem to be taller or shorter than you if he was standing straight?
Glenn said on 2/Nov/06
Ive seen him look 5-6 to 5-9.and have the photos to proove it.
Franco said on 2/Nov/06
never take what you see on tv for granted. they can use boxes, tricks etc.
Azarea said on 7/May/06
He is taller than this, There is no way the height difference between buscemi and gandolfini is 11 cm, Second episode from fifth season, they have a scene together, maybe an 8 cm difference is correct, so 175 would be more accurate i would think.
thelasttiger said on 7/May/06
He says he's 5'9 but he could probably get away with it if he stuffed his shoes with insoles to make him an inch taller.
said on 6/May/06
I think he is 174 atleast, i can even believe 176.[Editor Rob: I'm not sure about 176, that's maybe taking it a bit far ;-)
See the guy in this pic with Buscemi, he says he's 5ft 9...
actually, Glenn has seen a pic of me with the guy in that pic beside buscemi...]
trueheight said on 14/Mar/06
Keitel wears lifts, fyi, ever seen taxi driver? I'm not comparing him to the kids, but to Hardy Rawls(who I have met), who is 5'7, and a large man. Buscemi is clearly taller
Mr. Awesome said on 10/Feb/06
any adult appears "tallish" in a kid's show...unless that adult is emilio estevez...he looks at best as tall as the 5'7'' and change harvey kietel in reservoir dogs
trueheight said on 9/Feb/06
he's definately 5-8 if not a little over. He was "tallish" in his guest appearances in Pete and Pete playing Mr. Hickle
bruce said on 17/Nov/05
he's 5ft 8in for sure, no doubt
Anonymous said on 25/Oct/05
In this picture he looks like a kid when he stands next to Peter Stormare
Mario Nariano said on 14/Sep/05
In Desperado he is an inch taller than Antonio Banderas. Watch the scene before he got killed by Danny Trejo.