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Average Guess (308 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 8.94in (175.1cm)
Current: 5ft 8.09in (172.9cm)
Elton said on 21/Nov/05
Sure Sly wears lifts, they probably get him in the 5'11/6'0 range, but as was said by Ziggy, if he wore 3 inch lifts it wouldn't make him 3 inches taller, it would add at max 2 inches. The reason for this being that first of all, it would slightly tilt Sly forward, it wouldnt be noticable but would be enough to lose some height, and secondly it would affect the shape at the base of the spine , pushing the lower back outwards, losing some more height,he has great posture, but I bet if you look at pictures of Sly, his arse sticks out - not that i've looked that closely! Either way I think he is atleast a 5'9 guy, but just brings attention to his height by wearing lifts and elevator shoes, what do you reckon Rob?
[Editor Rob: as Ziggy points out, it is hard to get huge lift without big boots. Sly's trainers certainly look as if they conceal some sort of lift but 1.25 inch is what I'd say was feasible...]
leonari said on 20/Nov/05
Stallone is without any doubt between 5'9" and 5'10". Claims he is smaller are a joke. He wears lifts and since he is quite big the lifts help his appearence of a tall man while he is totally average. He was named body of the 80's by the bodybuilding federation and is a great actor.
Cobra said on 20/Nov/05
What do you say about this pic:
Ziggy said on 19/Nov/05
Rob - I only wear the boots when I'm out on the town and in the social spotlight. I also have some modified hi-top basketball shoes that add a good 3.25" to my height if I want to dress more casual but still want to be seen. I wear normal casual footwear w/ no lifts for running errands. That is when I'm on the "down low".
Ziggy said on 19/Nov/05
Thank God I never have to worry about going to Sweden...or Asia, for that matter. Even if I didn't wear lifts, I would never wear just socks in someone else's house. Even in my house I wear my "indoor" shoes. But that's just me.
Charles said on 19/Nov/05
Ziggy those boots would never hide your true height if you lived in Sweden. Here we take off our shoes when we visit each other and go into peoles houses. I've really never understood why people walk around with their shoes on in so many countries. I mean, doesn't it get dirty in peoples homes? And I think it's hot to wear shoes when you go out, I can only imagine how it would be to wear them all day long. Yikes :D
Ziggy said on 19/Nov/05
Rob - to answer your inquiries, only those friends/relatives I've told about my wearing lifts know. The rest are oblivious or keep it to themselves. Shin splints? Never. I don't wear the boots 24/7, thank God. The longest stretch I will have them on is probably 10 hours straight, and maybe half the time I'm sitting. Look, if women can wear 7" pumps to which the angle of my boot pale by comparison, it's not as bad as one would think. It definitely takes some getting used to, but, then again, I've had a lot of "training", having worn lifts for 25 years now. Don't expect me to run marathons in these though! Blistering and pinching has been pretty much eliminated due to the painstaking efforts to repeatedly adjust the fit; something only meticulous custom work and a helluva lot of time and patience on my bootmaker and myself could accomplish. Short of cosmetic limb lengthening and the associated risks, this is really the only way to go.
[Editor Rob: kudos to your shoemaker...how much more confident do you feel when you're in those boots? I mean, do you ever just wear normal type shoes out and about?]
Ziggy said on 18/Nov/05
I posted before. For my own custom footwear, I originally starting working with Hollywood "lift-master", Pasquale DiFabrizio, back in 1980 and some years in between. He did a lot of work for Sly on all his Rocky films and more. This is a man that worked with Sly face-to-face. He confessed to me that Sly's height is 5-8. Pasquale is quoted as saying, "I made him 4 1/2" taller for 15 years". If such is the case, his footwear would like nothing short of Herman Munster lookalikes! I don't care how good a cobbler you are, there's NO WAY you can get that much height even from his custom inserts without the boots looking obvious. I should know. I had him make a pair for me.
Anyway, as a matter of personal preference and nothing more, I have gone to extreme measures over the years to customize my footwear to accomodate my height "requirement". I am 5-7 bare. Throughout the last 25 years, my goal and ultimate challenge was to get as close to 6' as much as possible, but could never do it with the conventional assembly line men's elevator shoes or lifts you can purchase online. The most those will ever get you is 2.5" which you can go and do with cowboy boots and WITHOUT lifts. For those who require more height and are serious enough, the only way to go is custom if you really want to make a difference and have the patience, dough, and are lucky enough to find a cobbler that will take the time to do it right. Keep in mind that lace-up shoes will never cut it; the most you can squeeze out of them is maybe 2.5" before they start looking like othorpedic rejects. If that's all you need, then no point in hearing me out. Boots are the only way to go to get the necessary height that really matters and without compromising the look. I am including a link to a photo of a recent pair of boots made with genuine alligator skin:
www.dotphoto.com (username: BOOTMAN pw: fkoff)
The arrow indicates how high the back end lift is which is 4.75"! That does NOT mean I am 4.75" taller, however. Any lift or elevator shoe manufacturer that is using the rear measurement in their marketing saying that is how much taller you'll be is straight out lying. You have to understand the physics and engineering of the angle here. The reality is that even though it's 4.75" total from the bottom of the heel to the top of my custom-made lift, I gain in reality only 3.75". That is a lot to accomplish. This is no where near an easy task because there are 3 things that challenged us; it took me and my current bootmaker 3 years and 20 prototypes to get the height, the comfort, and exterior styling to my specs. We pushed the height to the edge; any more would compromise the style, making it look bulky and obvious there's something up with my footwear. Even as is, with the instep being at such an angle, it is a bit thick-looking, but with slacks to cover, you can't tell a thing. I spared no expense in my endeavor; I imported the exotic skins (gator, ostrich, and kangaroo)from Italy which cost me $4K; another $600 per custom boot for a total of 11 pair. Do the math, it's a lot, but not that much more for conventional exotic footwear you'd buy over the counter, so I consider the overall cost a bargain, especially when you're talking ultra-custom.
I welcome all comments or suggestions.
[Editor Rob: glad to see somebody who understands the physicalities of lifts...and some impressive boots you have there!
May I ask if you have suffered shin problems (shin splits) wearing them and do your friends know about your true height?]
Zach said on 17/Nov/05
Yes McFly to determine Burt Young's and anyone else's height you just look at him and sort of like, compare him to surrounding oxygen molecules, and there you have it - their exact height.
You're a funny guy tgri, I'll give you that much.
btw, regarding the Sugar Ray pics...Sly looked pretty much exactly the same height or maybe half an inch taller in the Contender, and he wore his elephant elevator trainers throughout and Sugar Ray was more often seen to wear sandals.
Go watch the Contender.
So editor, if by you're own words you reckon Sugar Ray is 5'7 how does that put Sly at 5'9?
[Editor Rob: I think that 5ft 7 for sugar was when listing sly lower ;)]
Zach said on 14/Nov/05
Editor Rob on the Mike Tyson comments page: "I remember that Sugar Ray Leonard got listed at 5ft 10 in the past and these days (ain't that old at 50 odd) he looks to be struggling with 5ft 7"
Viper652 said on 13/Nov/05
Interesting, Eddie Murphey is a legit 5-8
Chris said on 13/Nov/05
Sly and (5'8''-5'10'')Wesley Snipes
Chris said on 13/Nov/05
Millitary-posture Sly and 5'10''Sugar Ray leonard.
Chris said on 13/Nov/05
Look at this pic... some lifts there Sly!
mick said on 12/Nov/05
clearly Sly does not appear 5, 10" it's incredible how he can look like a big guy, i think his workout helps mhim to look like a thin and tall guy.
Mr. R said on 9/Nov/05
Sly certainly does look 5'10" in this pic with the Escape to Victory team, but never underestimate the power of lifts! They have many sneakers, or trainers for the UK folks, that have 2 to 3 inch heels in them!
Mr. R said on 9/Nov/05
Several years ago in Parade magazine, Sly's sister laughed at his claims to be 5'10". She said something along the line of the fact that she was 5'9" in her stocking feet, and that she was still taller than Sly!
Zach said on 9/Nov/05
Apparently she (sly's sis) laughed/mocked his claim of being 5'10.
vaj said on 8/Nov/05
I am 5'8 with out shoes on and 5'9 1/4 with shoes on. When I met him we were the same height.
Tubbs said on 8/Nov/05
his is a better picture of the Escape to Victory team - Here he looks taller than 5'10 Summerbee, and nearly as tall as 5'11 Wark,Sly looks 5'10 here.
Anonymous said on 8/Nov/05
I disagree, he's on that pic definitely 5.9 if she is 5'11.25!!!
Matt Matt said on 8/Nov/05
Did anyone see the picz from Richard Avedon for Versace where he stands next to 5'11.25" Claudia Schiffer ...?
Does not look like a 5'9er ---> 5'8 at best , maybe less ...
He's definitively shorter than 5'9 , end of the story
( not to mention his very suspicious footwear on "The Contender" ) ...
[Editor Rob: to be fair, he is losing a little bit of height with his stance vs hers...but it's not much really]
Tubbs said on 7/Nov/05
Sly in the team photo for Escape To Victory. He does look a genuine 5'10 on this, Mike Summerbee is on his right, officially listed at 5'10, and John Wark is on his left, officially listed as 5'11. There is a slight slant in favour of Summerbee, which makes him look taller, but I think 5'10 is feasable for Sly. Theres no way he could have worn lifts in the old style boots, he would've ended up breaking his ankles! Anyway, team photos are pretty accuarate height indicators, i've been in plenty of them!
CelebHeights Editor said on 4/Nov/05
From a comicbook forum: "As a member of the Vertically Challenged Members of Male Society (V-ChaMMS) and hovering danged close to 5-8 myself I can pretty much guarantee that someone listed at 5-8 is probably a lot closer to 5-6" I met Sly Stallone once who's supposedly 8" over five foot and he made me feel tall"
Zach said on 3/Nov/05
Rob can I ask why he stays at 175? I remember Sly was in the 5'8 range for ages until you got fooled by some random guy claiming to have acted with Sly in Avenging Angelo - his height shot up to 175 based on that. Even after you finally figured out it was a fake Sly remained at 175. Strange.
Stranger still how you didnt hesitate to shoot Sly's height up (and keep it there) when a mysterious (bogus) person posts on the internet and yet when a distinguished and authentic publication like Hulk Hogan's autobiography states Sly as being 'no more than 5'8' twenty three years ago, you give no credence to that whatsoever.
[Editor Rob: lol...Fool me once, shame on
CoolJ said on 2/Nov/05
Mighty impressive lifts Stallone has on here!!!
Fernando Vargas is a weak 5'10".. Stallone is TOWERING over him.
said on 2/Nov/05
Well TJ was just trying to tell tgri it was atleast 2". I think he's just clutching at random stuff really though, his latest 'evidence' is Sly looked in a film to be a 'strong 5'9' with no reference point to compare to mentioned whatsover.
Anyway, I just realised the EDITOR's comments below on Stallones shoes with Trav: "Even when he was directing the film Staying Alive he wore 2.7 inch heeled boots Beside Travolta - travolta's boots are pretty thin dancing affairs."
So Sly looks 5'10 max next to Travolta, maybe 5'9. But lets say 5'10.
From the editors comments it seems Sly has a 2.2" (Travoltas shoes = 0.5") advantage from his lady-like high heels.
So Sly: 5'10-2.2 = 5ft 7.8"
And if the height difference is 3inches with shoes on, then its 5'9-2.2 = 5ft 6.8"
Final equation for the day ...;)
Massive shoes + Can't do maths = Sly is 5'9. Walaa.
[Editor Rob: about the thin dancing shoes...I'm not sure exactly how thin though. I doubt just 0.5 inch ;) Stallone's are hefty heels, no one's going to argue about that...
Other people might see it differently though...i.e., The angled beam gives a slight illusion of the difference being more...if say, a Stallone fan was wanting to argue for Sly being 5ft 10 they might attempt to say the following:
Sly shoes are 2.5 inch, Travolta's 1 inch. Travolta height 184cm. Visual difference 2 inch. 3.5 inch advantage giving sly 5ft 9...maybe they might argue that stallone is losing 1/2 inch in posture...where they would find the other half inch though ;) I wouldn't help them...they might insist Travolta is really 6ft 2 though...but that argument fails...they might resort to pulling something out of thin air
TJ said on 1/Nov/05
Zach, are you saying Stallone is only two inches shorter than Travolta? Look at the first pic of the two posted in this thread, where you see a full body shot of both. Stallone is a good two inches (probably more) shorter even when wearing large heels that give him anything from 1-1.5 extra inches. He's 3-4 inches shorter than Travolta, not two.
Mr. R said on 1/Nov/05
Rob, I actually remember when this pic came out during the press junket for their horrible film "Staying Alive", the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Somewhere their is a pic of their shoes, and Sly was wearing at least three inch heels!
Zach said on 1/Nov/05
tgri - if Sly himself claimed to be 5'10 (and this was nearly 15 years ago, now he's almost 60 and undoubtedly shorter) and you reckon he's 6'0 then I think you're the one 'trapped' in this unreality!
Travolta is 6' even, and Sly has at least 2" inch heels there, I mean you can't even see how high they go upto...and even then he's still a couple of inches shy of Travolta (take into account his afro). Go figure.
Anyway, have you met Sly? No, neither have I. Hulk Hogan - his friend - has and he says Sly is no more than 5'8 - a height he observed 23 years ago during Rocky III.
See reference below, somebody posted the page number of Hogan's book this is stated in.
I'm in agreement with CoolJ, he's max 5'8.
CoolJ said on 1/Nov/05
Of course, thats my opinion on Leno.. he may be 5'10.5 or so.. I think Stallone is at the most a weak 5'9
CoolJ said on 1/Nov/05
Editor Rob: Notice in that pic you just posted to me... Travolta is standing far back of Stallone... giving the illusion of Stallone being bigger than he actually is.
I keep thinking Stallone is closer to 5'8-5'8.5"
How about that pic? Terrible angle in the photo but look at Stallone's big shoes.. Leno is a weak 5'10 too..
Zach said on 1/Nov/05
tgri, this article may answer your (and the editor's) questions as to how Stallone looks 'huge'..
""Sylvester Stallone (5-7) has done a brilliant job of portraying himself to the viewing public as a big guy," said Ralph Keyes, author of "The Height of Your Life."
Stallone has gone to great lengths to hide his height, casting shorter co-stars and wearing platform shoes with trousers that hide them, said Keyes. Why go through all the trouble?
"We so associate size with power, that's the whole issue," said Keyes."
Taken from: http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20021219/LI_001.htm
said on 31/Oct/05
tgri, those shoes Sly has on adds a lot more than a "thick inch"[Editor Rob: pity his shoes can't be seen here...
one thing for Travolta - he's honest about his own height.]
Brett said on 31/Oct/05
I met a guy the other night from the states who claims to work around stallone, he was 5'9" and told me that Sly was convincingly smaller then him, he said like 5'6" or 5'7" and that he has seriously intricut elevator shoes that he wears. Now my friend who claims to be 5'9 I reckon could be under this as I could see easily over his head, and Im 6'1" so it makes you wonder just how short sly would be, as this guy was probably more 5'8" making Sly more like 5'6".
Mario Nariano said on 30/Oct/05
I don't think that 177 pounds is low for 5 ft 10 or 5 ft 9 guy.
I'm 5 ft 11 and I weight 170 pounds, and i'm not skini. According to my doctor i'm even overweight... So I don't consider it good argument too downgrade a star, and how tall do you then that James Caan is, also 5 ft 7 viper?
I'm sure that stallone is between 174 and 176 cm
CoolJ said on 30/Oct/05
tgri: check the difference here.. and height, also notice the footwear. He is NOT close to 5'10".. Although I will say he's taller than 5'7"
Zach said on 29/Oct/05
Hey Mario, why dont u read the other posts before posting...I already explained the denzel pic below and even the pro-slyistall editor agreed with me. But here you again...
If Denzel is 6ft, he's still clear of Sly by at least a clear inch. So Sly = 5'11
Assuming Denzel's got normal trainers on, Sly's got half an inch advantage minimum just on the heel. Sly = 5'10.5.
Lets say for arguments sake his internal lifts are 1.5inch. Sly = 5'9.
Now consider the fact that he's pretty much slung himself on to Denzel, forcing his 'excellent posture'...thats easily another inch.
So Sly = 5'8 bare feet.
And thats giving him the benefit of the doubt, even you said he could have 2 inch lifts, which would put him clearly in the 5'7 category.
CoolJ said on 28/Oct/05
Wow, look at the difference there.. Travolta at 6'.. MAYBE 6'0.5 at that point in time.. Check out the difference in torso height.. my god.
I'd say Stallone has an easy 2" advantage in shoes.. and I think the camera is even in Stallone's favor slightly... Not to mention Travolta appears to have 2" advantage in height.
At that point... in that picture, I'd say Stallone is 5'8. Has he lost a half-inch since then?? Not sure.. but after looking at that.. I still think 5'9 might be a ludicrous assumption. I'll accept 174cm as a possible maximum peak height.. which I doubt he is still at..
Cobra said on 28/Oct/05
Think 177 cm is correct, which means very close to 5 ft10 instead of 5ft9.
compliment to Sly, he always managed to have a big look.
And also he isn`t small, he`s on an average height.
Mr.Fister said on 27/Oct/05
Jackie Chan was once quoted as saying GQ "look at Sly, he's 5'2" but looks tall", "posture is everything"
sf said on 27/Oct/05
tgri - even "flat golf shoes" can have lifts in them. They make lifts in all kinds of shoes. The heel means nothing - it's what's hidden in the shoes that makes the difference.
said on 26/Oct/05
The type of shoes Sly typically wore at his book signings this year...link
ahuat said on 25/Oct/05
5.10 is how many .... cm?
check on wireimage.com, sly with broken foot is definitely taller than Caan.
and i remembered few years ago i have a picture of Sly an Chan together when Chan visit him in his home, and it looks that Sly is about an inch plus taller than Chan.
said on 24/Oct/05
How can Stallone be taller than the 6' James Caan? Sly is 5'9 max.[Editor Rob: posture of Caan wasn't great. I mean, Caan and Stallone...Caan nowadays has shrunk a wee bit, he never was 6ft though. Cann and Chan]
Zach said on 23/Oct/05
I hope you're joking Rob, if not then you are a joke and don't even weigh up the accounts given on here. There's COUNTLESS accounts of Sly being sub 5'9 including people who met him first hand as documented in Hulk Hogan's book (who says he's no more than 5'8) and one little random comment about him being taller and you say you're giving him half an inch???
What a joke.
[Editor Rob: lol, yes, he looks an inch taller than Caan (actually there's another photo of them on the golf course) but Stallone is adopting his military posture again...so the half inch is safe ;)]
ahuat said on 23/Oct/05
i just check wireimages.com, i saw some pictures of Sly with broken foot, means he can not wear his lifts, together with James Caan. Sly looks about 1.5 inch taller than Caan.
[Editor Rob: time to give Stallone back an extra 1/2 inch then! ;)]
FASULO said on 21/Oct/05
An important sighting dear Rob.My personal trainer saw him during an advertising meeting in Italy some years ago and by his own words"He's a midget.170 cm"
nolifts81 said on 14/Oct/05
I think that sly is 5'9" barefoot. He is 2 inches shorter then Shiffer who is 5'11" and in the shower scene with Sharon Stone he is about 1.3(3cm) inches taller that her; in the shower scene with Kurt Russell he is 0.5 inches taller than Kurt or at least at the same height. I think that these proofs are the only credibles because he cannot wear lifts in these situations. He is 5'9" that's the truth. But I belive that sly when weares his shoes could reach any kind of heights : also 6'2"(look at the pictures of the hall of fame induction for Hogan or at the pictures with her ex wife Brigitte Nielsen(6'1")where him in certain situation appears even a little bit taller than her.But after a lot of time I'm sure that he is 5'9".
Viper452 said on 13/Oct/05
Sly is 5-10 with lifts I think. 5-7 barefoot.
Heightfind said on 22/Sep/05
Rob,what height do you personally believe Stallone to be?
[Editor Rob: I'm past the point of caring ;) Nah, I leave him this height for the moment]
Zach said on 22/Sep/05
So if Prince Albert is 6' (as stated on this site) and Stallone is 5'9...why is there a 5 inch difference between the two of them?
[Editor Rob: I don't see a 5-inch difference ;) I see a photographer with a slight tilt of the camera...]
trueheight said on 15/Sep/05
I'm not gonna make a definitive guess but the pictures say it all. We need to discredti the pic w/ schiffer as it is a publicity pick and no doubt been tampered with. If it was possible for LOTR to do it on MOTION picture, think of how easy it is to shrink SHiffer against Stallone. It doesn't prove anything cuz there is no reference(ie, the two are not touching). The best Picture is the one posted earlier:
Look carefully, Stallone as expected is in his trademark posture, while Arnie is bending substantially and its obvious that willis is above sly.
Height Detective said on 2/Sep/05
Look at the "BIG" stars:
mcFan said on 1/Sep/05
Sly isn't short at all like people claim. He is very close to 5'9, but the reason he attracts attention to his height is he can look as tall as 5'11 because he's obviously wearing lifts.
CoolJ said on 1/Sep/05
Zach, check out Stallone's shoes.. Those are thick heels even still!
Arnold's shoes don't really looks suspect either. Stallone looks closer to 5'8" here.
Zach said on 31/Aug/05
Very rare instance where Sly appears NOT to wear elevators, and Arnold, even with a slight bend, towers over him. If Arnold is really 6'0 as this site claims, then this shows again that no way is Stallone 5'9
Nino said on 25/Aug/05
There is a sistem to see if anyone is wearing elevator shoes or lifts inside:the eye level.If the top of the heads of two peoples is on the same height but the eyes of one of the two are significatively up than the other person this one wears elevator shoes or lifts inside. Look at the pictures of sly near his brother Frank (2.5 inches taller than him barefoot)or near Denzel Washington.I am sure that Sly is 175 cm barefoot but when he weares his trainer shoes he is 184,5 cm. A specialist shoemaker told me that a normal shoes without zeppa or platform could make people taller of 9,5 cm max.
CelebHeights Editor said on 24/Aug/05
On showbiz newsgroup: "We visited Las Vegas last year and went to Madame Tussaud's wax museum. An employee there assured us that all wax models of celebrities were cut to their precise true body measurements--all except Sly Stallone, who insisted they make him taller by some three inches or so."
BillyWhizz said on 23/Aug/05
Take a look at this one though. Has Stallone grown?
Parker said on 22/Aug/05
I would put Stallone minimum 2, maximum 3 inches shorter than Schiffer - So if Shiffer is 5'11 Stallone 5'8/5'9....
said on 22/Aug/05
Someone mentioned a few months back about the 'famous' photo of him and Claudia Schiffer (regularly described as 5ft 11) by Rich Avalon. Well, their modesty is protected, but here they are Barefooted
, Stallone is in a poorer stance.
Bleemo said on 21/Aug/05
If he was 5ft10 why would Madame Tussaud's have him at 5ft8.5 ???? Don't you think that he would ask them to change it, they have the stars in for fittings and such.
Incidentally they had Sam Jackson listed at 6ft2 not 6ft3, Travolta, and Ford at 6ft, Billy connelly at 5ft11 and Bogart at 5ft8.5 which all seem fairly accurate to me. I just wish I could remember what height they had Arnie at because he was there and I remember saying to my mate, "so he's not 6ft2 then?"
Heightfind said on 20/Aug/05
Perhaps if Stallone took the bull by the horns and ditched his Elevator footwear,more people would think more highly than him.God's sake , he is about 5'8" So what? It's not exactly midget territory,is it?He should just accept being of average height for a man,and get on with it.I know a guy who is 6'5" and he friggin' HATES being tall.I mentioned the Stallone height thing to him and he said that he would love to be Stallone's height,with his physique to match( My pal is 6'5" and 167 lb) and resembles an anorexic chicken.Seems some folk are never happy!
Zach said on 20/Aug/05
From NMBD - Tracking the Entire World: http://www.nndb.com/people/761/000023692/
"Stallone is only five feet, eight inches tall, and wears "elevator shoes" to appear taller. He sells his paintings on-line, and has recently started a new magazine called Sly, targeting men over 40."
BillyWhizz said on 20/Aug/05
What does this link suggest?
I'm sure Hogan looks taller than this in Rocky III
supes78 said on 20/Aug/05
To "CelebHeights Editor"; Since Stallone seldom leaves the house without his elevator shoes, that would easily explain why he's perceived by people that meet him or see him as being around 5'10" or taller. Check out the following pic of Stallone in his elevator shoes;
But people like Hulk Hogan, whose been friends with him since 1982, have stated that he's really 5'8".
[Editor Rob: it's just another opinion from somebody (who met him at an office at Universal Studios). More opinions the better? But yes, you can see on Getty how he adores his brown/black elevator trainers...]
said on 20/Aug/05
Keith Emerson (English Keyboard Player) mentioned Sly's height in a 1997 interview Here
Keith Emerson: "Sly walked in, and I was amazed. I had only seen him in the Rocky films and I expected this huge guy to walk in. He wasn't much taller than myself"
Interviewer 'Harris': "I've heard a lot of people say that. He's only about 5'9", isn't he?"
Emerson: "Well, he's a bit taller than me and I'm about 5'10"
, but a helluva nice guy."
Zach said on 18/Aug/05
Listen Supes, Sticks and everyone else, all these quotes, evidence and sightings are nullified by that ONE random Denzel picture.
The same picture which actually Editor Rob himself agreed showed Sly to be 5'8 if analysed with some common sense. (6ft Denzel - Height difference(1") - Heel difference (min 0.5")- Lift Difference (min 1.5") - Sly slung onto Denzel (min 1") = max 5'8, more likely 5'7.
But somehow Sly remains at 5'9.
Maybe a new site should be made, with heights that reflect genuine evidence, not just one that takes the editor's (and whatever other external influences there may be) fancy.
supes78 said on 17/Aug/05
The following quote is taken from page 78 of Hulk Hogan's 2002 autobiography about his first meeting with Stallone: "Funny thing, in the American public's eyes, Stallone was 700 feet tall. In reality, he was only five feet eight and one hundred sixty pounds." So, there's a height confirmation from someone that's been around Stallone repeatedly over the years and not just seen him in passing.
Heightfind said on 17/Aug/05
O.K. - Sticks - I'm taking your word for it! Stallone is now 5'7" barefoot! But when he's out and about,his feet must be killing him.Surely wearing those huge assed heels and lifts must be extremely uncomfortable? His footwear,including lifts,must surely be equivocal to a woman's 4 inch high heel shoes! Pheww, makes me glad that I am 5'10" barefoot.OK,I'm not a giant,but the likes of Stallone and Cruise would pay millions to be my height barefoot,I''m sure.That's one thing I have that they will never have,and that all their millions can't buy - HA HA!!! lol. Cheers, Sticks - I now formally ask the moderator to officially class Stallone as 5'7" - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD,PLEASE??
Heightfind said on 16/Aug/05
I'm quite willing to believe now that Stallone is 5'9" barefoot.Photos of him with other celebs can often be very misleading,especially when their feet are hidden.Another factor to take into account is that he is clever enough to "engineer" certain photo opportunities,to show himself off in the best possible way.I'm convinced that Stallone is a master at this.But then again,consider the film "The Specialist". There is a scene,about halfway through the film,when Stallone walks along the Wharf andthen into the warehouse: he is wearing flat soled plimsoles,which definitely do not contain any lifts,and his height looks quite respectable;certainly not under 5'9" - perhaps as much as 5'9.5" - I dunno - it's very,very hard trying to pinpoint his true height barefoot.And when he wears all the heels and lifts,well that just knocks you for six, cause he will now look more or less 6 feet tall.We need eyewitness accounts of him barefoot.
Sticks said on 15/Aug/05
Rob, William Goldman admits that he's obsessed with the heights of stars in the book you've quoted above. This guy gets word from someone who jogged with Stallone, that Stallone is 5'7". Goldman, on a mission, gets into a pool with Stallone and gets out at the same time to compare his own known height to Stallone's barefoot height. He says he's 5'7". You read that and then looked at a picture of Stallone and Denzel Wasington, who you've never met, barefoot or otherwise, and whose height *isn't* known. You can't see their feet so Stallone could be on his toes or Washington could be bending at the knees or both (other stars have done it) and that convinces you that Goldman must be wrong. You regularly let the crappiest evidence veto the best evidence and, interestingly, always to the advantage of the star in question. Hmmmm...
[Editor Rob: Goldman was a tall guy, I'll give him that. What is the best evidence though? I do actively make not of Stallone's trainers as being elevators.]
Mr. R said on 15/Aug/05
Sticks, you are so right. This book on celebrity heights and lifts could be very dangerous. I actually decided to sell it more as a book on Hollywood history, than an expose' on celeb lies. But, I should probably use a pseudonym nevertheless, perhaps....Rob something from Scotland!
Zach said on 15/Aug/05
Sticks has got a point Mr Editor...the overwhelming evidence points to Stallone being at most 5'8, perhaps even less. But as mentioned there are a lot of rich, powerful celebrities out there...
Heightfind said on 13/Aug/05
Well done,Ziggy! Like I said in my previous posts,I am sure that Stallone is 5'8" barefoot.Perhaps even 5'7.5".Add all the bells and whistles,including his excellent posture which he constantly forces,and HEY PRESTO! He is 6 feet tall!
Mr. R said on 12/Aug/05
First of all Ziggy, let me compliment you on your honesty. It's great that you have done what you need to feel good about yourself. Also, let me update you on Pasquale DiFabrizio, the "shoemaker to the stars". His shop is now on Fairfax, just north of Melrose in Hollywood. I spoke to his wife last year, and they have not found a writer for his book, which has come to be called "The Sole of a Shoemaker". This book will tell all of the secrets of Hollywood, including who had lifts and how large they were. It will also give us more accurate heights. At the time I called, about a year ago, Pasquale was ill, but they hoped to find a writer soon. If my schedule clears up, I may offer myself!
Anonymous said on 12/Aug/05
everybody is saying that sugar ray is 5'7" stallone cant be over 5'8"
Ziggy said on 12/Aug/05
I should know most about all this stuff because I have had elevator boots made for me since 1980 when I was 20 by none other than the master shoemaker to the stars, Pasquale DiFabrizio, who was based out of West L.A. at that time. That was when he was still active. Last I recall, back in '93, he we semi-retired, working out of his home in Studio City. He told me he was working on his book, "Shoe Biz", all about the behind-the-scenes and celebs he made custom shoes for; I don't know what happened to him or whether the book got published since then, but I can tell you most of the star's heights from what he told me - all of them - Stallone (5-8), Burt Reynolds (5-8), Robert Blake (5-6), Joe Pesci (5-5), Deniro (5-9) - the list goes one. Everybody who's anybody (me excluded) has had their footwear done by him. Now, I have another custom cobbler do all my boots. Expensive, but worth it if you want them to look fabulous in exotic skins and make the insert modification barely noticeable. The assembly-line products like Richlee are cheap-looking and not stylish enough for me and only get you about 2.5" - not enough. I'm 5-7 and stand 5-11 in my boots. For casual looks, I buy hi-top basketball shoes a size and half larger than normal and stuff in my inserts and no one can tell. I get about 3.5" out of those. So, you ask, what do I do when I'm naked with a chick - well, she'll be hopefully kneeling down so it won't matter...and by the time she stands, I'm already laying on my back....:)))
TJ said on 30/Jul/05
To that point Ray, I say review the Travolta/Stallone pic. I think the argument ended there.
Ray said on 27/Jul/05
Talker If you see more accurately the shower scene in "the specialist" Sly appear about 1.5 inches (4cm) taller than Sharon. Sharon is for sure 172 cm (she said that in a "Vanity fair" interwiew, so Sly is about 176 cm. I would ask to Rob, if he coulds, to rewiew the shower scene in the Specialist.Another question to Rob: How do you think about the Hall Of Fame induction for Hogan, where Hulk appear only about 3 inches taller than Sly? I think hogan is not 6'4" as you think but for sure 6'5" because my brother who goes frequently to gold's gym has met him a lot of time and recently(about 4 weeks ago). My brother is for sure 6'2" and he said to me that Hulk was 3 inches + taller than him.I think in that occasion Sly appears, beside Hulk, a solid 6'2" with shoes on, even a little bit more.I think also that Sly in that occasion weared 4 inches elevator shoes, but the evidence is that sly is really around the 5'10" at least. I think in that way. Rob what do you think about these two arguments?
talker said on 13/Jul/05
i think he's 5'8".He looked about half an inch taller than sharon Stone in their movie "the specialist",there's a shower scene where i dont think they were wearing shoes.She must be around 5'71/2".
Anonymous said on 8/Jul/05
Look again Leonari. Lundgren is not a 'full head or more' taller than Stallone in Rocky IV:
The shortest Stallone looks is in the third link, and even then the top of his head is about level with the tip of Lundgren's nose.
said on 10/Jun/05
How come I am skinny/fat mix and muscle on my body. And I weigh 180 pounds and as of now probably more since I built more muscle. And I am only 5'9-5'10, but I look rather thin to some degree. Yet, big muscle bound stallone weighs only 177 pounds at 5'10. I don't get it... Someone is lying and I believe it to be stallone. He looks built and we all know muscle weighs more then fat. So I am going to have to say that he is a liar. And that he is 5'7-5'8 range if not smaller. He probably does weigh elevator shoes. But if stallone was really 5'10 and 177 pounds, then he'd be considered under weight for the fact that his muscles appear fit... [Editor Rob: rocky heels. You know I'd never actually thought about this 177 lbs and 5ft 10...but man, 12stone 9 lbs...I know in 91 he was filming crap like Oscar but yeah, for a big muscular I too find that 177lbs bizarre...unless he drastically toned down post rocky 5!]
Lmeister said on 8/Jun/05
Even Scott Caan (5'5'') weighs 165 pounds and he is in really good shape...I guess Slys bodystructure might be bit different...btw about Hollywood weights I saw these hilarious charts saying that Tom Cruise is 203 pounds and guys like George Clooney over 210 ;) ...then again Michael Chicklis is "only" 195 pounds. I think there is even more fudging about the weights than the heights of actors...
Lmeister said on 6/Jun/05
If U look at the pic of Stallone with Mr.T and Carl Weathers there is at least a noticable one inch difference between Mr.T and Sly, but the thing is that Slys hair also adds one extra inch...
miked2789 said on 5/Jun/05
Editor, pop in Rocky V, i found yet another piece to the stallone height puzzle. In the beginning scene where Stallone is in his son's room talking to him there is a poster in the background of what looks to be Apollo and Rocky in the 2nd fight. If you look closely at the poster, there is a huge advantage over Stallone in Weathers favor. He looks already 4 inches taller but slouching also. Check it out, its a good one.
Mr. X said on 1/Jun/05
I remember reading Sly's autobiography, and in it says that Sly's 5'10. It also says that Dolph Lungren is 6'6, Carl Weathers is 6'2, and Mr. T is 6'1. Mr. T does indeed looks about three inches taller than Stallone in the movie Rocky 3. Now if Mr. T is actually shorter than 6'1, I wonder what does that make Sly?
[Editor Rob: Lundgren is 6ft 5, no more no less in my opinion. Mr T 6ft 1 is as funny as Ben Stiller being 5ft 10. In Predator as I said Weathers is just about the same height as Arnie, but the angles were very slightly in Arnie's favor, not much but done subtly!]
said on 29/May/05
Oh please, man, like you know the size of the lift in his sneaker ... are you calling all these people who have encountered at his 5'7" liars based on a publicity photo that you found?![Editor Rob: all I'm saying is the max lift I personally think he would fit in those trainers at the basketball game would be 2 inch (although I think 1.25 inch would be more the size). Any more than 2-inch and he'd be literally falling out ;) But to be fair to those who say he's 5ft 7 when they met him, he is actually nearly falling out his trainer in this particular shot although the position of his ankle bone still suggests to me his inbuilt lifts (on top of the trainer heel) isn't that massive. The stallone debate will never end!]
said on 28/May/05
new prove that sly is only 5 7, read this article on totalrocky.com
"He is leaner and shorter than his movie persona suggests - and self-conscious about his 5ft 7" height, for his shoes are artfully fitted with invisible stack heels."[Editor Rob: I'm going to whip out this image for every sub 5ft 8 listing of Sly because at that event I can see the size of his elevator trainers ;) Sly is the tallest 5ft 7er on this planet!]
miked2789 said on 25/May/05
verdict is in, stallone is 5 7, maybe. for this past school year i've known that my eng teacher was a former actor, she had told us on the first days of school about herself. well today my class somehow started discussing what movies she had starred in, when she said rocky 5 as one of them i gained interest. i asked if she had gotten a chance to meet sylvester stallone and she replied yes along with tommy morrison, another person in the class then called out, "he's a big guy aint he?" my teacher then replied "o no, hes a tiny guy" everyone in the class was kind of like "wait sylvester stallone?" she then said "o yea hes real small, only a little taller then me" so me like the dork i am i asked "well how tall is he" she then replied "i dont know, i'm 5 4, so he had to be 5 7 at most." its settled boys and girls, sly is small.
cantstop25 said on 15/May/05
its funny he was a giant in judge dredd. they even said in the movie that he was 200 cm tall. He looked really tall even when you could see his feet. I bet he was wearing shoes that added about 5 inches but still I bet he is atleast 5'9"
Slyce said on 3/May/05
If height was really a big issue w/Sly, why would he pursue & marry models?!
They are known for their height as well as their beauty. Wearing lifts in film is nothing. Looking taller, growing a beard, graying your hair - movie props for movie roles. In the old days, actors would stand on boxes or boulders to appear taller than the actresses they played opposite to. Whether Sly wears lifts in private life or not, who cares? I believe he's 5'9.
maddy said on 2/May/05
no the tango and cash scene speaks for itself.
there is also a famous pic with Claudia Schiffer where they are standing next to each other (bare foot)(she's more than 5.11).
he seems to be 2 inch shorter only.
dmeyer said on 3/Apr/05
from this picture with denzel he does look a solid 6 feet but i think he is aroud 177 cm
[Editor Rob: In the two pics beside Denzel he's not as tall, but even with his 1.25 inch lift in his trainers it help's Sly's case of being 176ish nowadays.]
J. said on 1/Apr/05
Alrighty, than, so say Stallone is 5'9" or so. Then what about his ex-wife's comments and why do so many people who have met him say that he is shorter than this? I mean, why would his own sister "out" his alleged lack of height if he's truly a normal, average height guy? That's the only thing that makes the 5'9" listing seem suspect. Why would so many people say that he's shorter when he's not and why would he even need to wear lifts if he's 5'9"- 5'10"?
said on 11/Mar/05
There's a good image on corbis.com (type in ZCV65478) that shows travolta (6ftish) and Stallone in outrageous heeled boots, probably made by DiFabrizio ;)
Couldn't find a good pic of Mr T/Stallone, but Big T is looking down here and I think 2 inches difference is likely? Mr T and Stallone
Mr. R said on 10/Mar/05
I have actually made contact with this shoemaker in Hollywood, and he has all the good secrets about the shoes he has made. If all goes well, I will help him write his book, and we will know just who got lifts and how high they were!
Mr. R said on 10/Mar/05
I have seen Carl Weathers on 2 occasions - Carroll O'Connor's funeral and Robert Urich's funeral. I spoke to him both times, and I can say that he is about 6'1". The Rocky story has it that Ken Norton, who is 6'3", was supposed to play Apollo, but dwarfed Stallone, so they went to Weathers. In Rocky, Stallone does seem to be the same height as Weathers. But in Rocky II, he is clearly almost two inches shorter than Mr. T, who was listed at 5'11", but was really 5'10". The conclusion? Stallone wore his elevator shoes with Carl Weathers, and took them off with Mr. T. There is a picture from Rocky II of the two of them standing toe to toe. From this picture, Stallone looks to be about 5'9" at best. Maybe the editor can find it. Also, there was a story that ran in Parade Magazine, where Stallone's own sister commented on his lack of height, and she laughed off his claims to be 5'10". She stated that she was 5'9" in her stocking feet, and Sly was clearly shorter than her. My personal account is that I ran into Sly about 20 years ago, when he was shooting that godawful film Rhinestone with Dolly Parton. I was taking a walk around Greewich Village, when I ran into him surrounded by about 10 bodyguards. From my vantage point, I would say that he was about 5'10", but he was wearing boots, and probably with lifts.
JUSTMATT said on 8/Mar/05
Have you ever heard about Di Fabrizio shoes, the stars shoemaker in Los Angeles? Well that italian shoemaker makes for Stallone shoes which increase his height of 3-4 inches so in my opinion, looking also at Schumi and Sly, Stallone is no more than 172 max!