How tall was William Hurt

William Hurt's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films such as Body Heat, Broadcast News, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, The Big Chill, Mr Brooks, A History of Violence, Syriana, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Dark City and Robin Hood. In a 1996 newspaper it mentioned ' "Six-foot-two, eyes-of-blue is what I'm fighting," Hurt says of the sex-symbol image.'

How tall is William Hurt
William with Mario Bello and Kristen Stewart
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How tall is William Hurt
William & Kevin Sorbo
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Average Guess (16 Votes)
6ft 1.95in (187.8cm)
Arch Stanton said on 2/Mar/23
You know what I mean though about the geography teacher look haha! My geography teacher had the skullet look and wore big thick rimmed glasses! He was similar sort of frame and hair type and colouring to Bridges but yeah I wouldn't say they look alike. I would have thought English/Scots/Irish ancestry, but he does look a bit like a Skarsgaard and could pass for a Swede.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Feb/23
Wow that's a bit strong, Arch! I think it was just his hair loss that contributed to that look. In the 90's he opted for that horrendous Hulk Hogan /Jess Ventura skullet rather than go under knife or shave it all off. Still a good-looking man though, the blue eyes, the jawline...very powerful on the screen, his height helped as well...from his late 40's onwards his style improved, had for a more refined scholarly appearance.

Also, I don't he looks remotely like any of the Bridges. I think he could pass for a Skarsgaard though. He definitely had Scandinavian ancestry....

An even 6ft2 overall is fair. Could invariably appear above or below that at times. Would argue that for Kline as well
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Feb/23
I was lucky, Arch! My geography teacher wasnโ€™t creepy at all, but one did exist in the school; he didnโ€™t work for long though. He openly ogled big-busted girls during swimming lessons - yuck! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

William looked a good 6ft2 in Altered States.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Feb/23
Definitely looked a full 6 ft 2 in his prime. Lost his looks as he aged and looked more like a creepy geography teacher, but looked a handsome guy back in the 80s, could have passed for a brother of Jeff Bridges back then.
berta said on 4/Jan/23
sorbo is looking 6ยด4 in the above photo. I remember that this guy was a fraction taller than costner in the movie mr brooks. Both should still have been at peak. also kevin klina was the exact sam height in som 80s movie. Kline was 187-188. i have a feeling this guy was 6ยด2 but could have been a weak 6ยด2 guy. nGuys like been affleck and ryasn reynold is taller. 187,5 is very likely. But with his perfect posture pulled of the full 188.
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Dec/22
Well, here I am! I saw the film Altered States and found it to be a possible danger to the young mind.

I knew two 18-year-old โ€˜Aโ€™ level students when I was 19 and they worshipped the movie, going on to experiment with mind-altering drugs. The boys were both brilliant and clever, but one took the experimentation too far. It was a terrible shame. I so hope heโ€™s alright now.

I saw William twice on the Silver Screen. The first film was Body Heat and then, many years later, I saw him in The Incredible Hulk. I thought it was a good idea to have such a tall actor playing the father of Liv Tyler.

Sandy Cowell said on 31/Aug/22
William will have been around 30 when he made โ€˜Altered Statesโ€™. Iโ€™ve just started watching it, and itโ€™s massively freaky already - to a frightening degree.

Iโ€™ll be back laterโ€ฆ..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Mar/22
@Tall Sam: They do look pretty close overall. Might be a stronger case for Kline being 6ft2 peak than Hurt being 6ft1ยฝ
Tall Sam said on 23/Mar/22
Hereโ€™s another shot of Hurt with Kevin Kline, I think they were pretty similar height and a couple inches and change shy of Jeff Goldblum.
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Mar/22
Then here he looks at least 6ft2 with Keanu

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Mar/22
6ft2 is still a reasonable listing. Definitely looked it in Big Chill and looked very tall in Broadcast News.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Mar/22
Does seem closer to 6ft1 in that picture with Sorbo
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Mar/22
How terribly sad to hear of Williamโ€™s passing. Weโ€™ve lost a great one there. He wasnโ€™t even 72. ๐Ÿฅฒ

RIP William XXX
1950~2022 ๐Ÿ•ฏ
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Mar/22
A slight edge on Costner Click Here

But then here taller than Kline (ground might be uneven though) Click Here
Arch Stanton said on 16/Mar/22
RIP indeed. So many great performances, undoubtedly one of the best actors of 80s in particular.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Mar/22
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Julia is raising his eye level a bit here...overall though I'd class him as a more robust 6ft2 guy than Hurt. I can see an argument for William being 187-188cm range while Raul arguably 188-189cm, Rob?
Editor Rob
These figures may turn out to be possible
Jtm said on 15/Mar/22
Still doubt he was a legit 6โ€™2. He was same height or shorter than Costner in mr. brooks and struggling with 6โ€™1 considering Sorbo is leaning. Maybe he already lost height in his 50s but I doubt already lost that much height and was shorter than 6โ€™1.5-6โ€™2 Raul Julia.
Jtm said on 15/Mar/22
Rip. I didnโ€™t see this coming at all. He was definitely in a lot of good films especially in the 80s.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Mar/22
Rob, he's passed away

this one came out of leftfield...mesmerizing actor

RIP William Hurt
Editor Rob
A great actor, taken too soon. R.I.P.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jan/22
6ft2 flat is fine for his peak. I think he was a guy who could appear under and over it at times, like Gene Hackman.

Today heโ€™s more than likely a bit below it
Tall Sam said on 22/Dec/21
Yeah a weak 6โ€™2โ€ is possible, I recall him looking a bit shorter than Samuel L Jackson back in Changing Lanes, from recollection Samuel looked at least half an inch taller.
Rory said on 21/Dec/21
Definitely not over 6ft2 peak. He had noticeably less height on James Woods in the film Eyewitness than Morgan Freeman did. I think he might have been a weakish 6ft2 peak, no less than 187cm but not an Alan Richson style solid 188cm guy,probably a guy who fell to 6ft1.75 at his low. Average guess looks fair.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Sep/20
Sinclair, good possibility that Kline was also 6ft2
Sinclair said on 12/Aug/20
Hurt seemed a tad shorter than Ted Danson in Body Heat. Iโ€™d go along with a legitimate 6โ€™2โ€ listing for Hurtโ€™s peak. In The Big Chill, Hurt and Kevin Kline seem rather equal in height, especially when they are walking together, side by side. At times, Kline appears taller than Hurt but I think Kline had both a footwear advantage and superior posture to Hurt.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Mar/20
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Congratulations to William Hurt, who is three score years and ten today!

I've seen him on the Big Screen twice; the first time was in 'Body Heat' and then over 20 years later, I saw him in 'The Incredible Hulk', playing Liv Tyler's father and yes, he's a good deal taller than Liv's real Dad, Steve!

William gets a Birthday guess for 6ft2. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

talker said on 27/Nov/19
i stood next to Hurt at the HArd ROCK CAFE in NYC back in the 1980's i;m 6'1" and was a full inch taller than me.6'2" is correct for that time.When i met him he was with actress Marlee Matlin whom he was dating at the time.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Nov/19
188cm peak, 187cm now
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Sep/19
Rob, could he be closer to 186-187cm range today?
Editor Rob
I feel that could be getting likely 187ish
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 16/Nov/18
6'2 peak
6'1 1/2 now
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Oct/18
Today he may well be at 6ft1ยฝ
Stephen B said on 5/Oct/18
I would estimate his height at 6' 1.5" peak, no more. He looked an inch shorter than Ted Danson in Body Heat. Good looking guy and great actor.
Steg said on 15/Jun/18
He looked shorter than Will Tudor in AMC's Humans
CDS said on 7/May/18
Yeah he didn't look a full inch taller than Kevin in Mr brooks but he did look taller, by maybe a half inch, which confirms my height estimates for both actors -- 6'1" for hurt, 6'0.5" for Costner.
berta said on 1/May/18
same height as kevin kline and didnt look anywhere near 1 inch taller than cosnter in mr brooks. maybe a fraction. this guy could be legit 187 and fraction under that by now. He looks 188 but beside klin and costner he really didnt look it
CDS said on 14/Mar/18
My bad I thought I was on the Kevin Kline thread. To be clear Kline looked taller than Bill hurt in the big chill so Kline s listing is good but 6'1" for William hurt
CDS said on 14/Mar/18
Was taller than Bill hurt in the 1983 film "the big chill". I actually think hurts height should be lowered to 6'1" and this listing is correct
JJAK said on 2/Oct/17
Very tall 6 2 you see far too much of him often barefoot in bodyheat and a few other raunchy flicks.
He was about 6 2 in big chill great movie tall cast goldy beat him but thats about it.
Still over 6 1 in inc hulk, also history of virulence and some other flick forget title.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Sep/17
He's probably 187cm today
berta said on 13/May/17
i think this guy was 188 at prime but not anymore. the guy is probably close to 187 today. half inch loss today the guy is 67 years old if i remmeber correctly
Sandy Cowell said on 1/May/17
What a lovely picture above!
That has somewhat subdued my hump with him for being false to his screen daughter, Liv Tyler, in the film 'The Incredible Hulk', which is on my TV as we speak!
Joking apart, I didn't half notice what a huge height he was just now compared to the shrimpish Tim Roth!
I certainly won't go any lower than 6ft2 for this big guy!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/Dec/16
I think 189cm looked arguable in The Big Chill and Children Of A Lesser God but then in later stuff like History of Violence, Syriana etc. could look more 187cm. So could look across B-D, IMO
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Nov/16
Rob, where would you place Hurt?

A) 191cm/189cm
B) 190.5cm/188.5cm
C) 190cm/188cm
D) 189.5cm/187.5cm
E) 189cm/187cm
F) 188.5cm/186.5cm
G) 188cm/186cm
Editor Rob
Rampage, Hurt at times I kind of think could look a weak 6ft 2. Maybe he has lost a half inch by now, a 31 year old William was probably nearer C than E.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Oct/16
Peak: 188cm
Today: 186.5cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/Jul/16
Looks marginally shorter than Lee Marvin but the ground might be uneven. He looks 6ft2 range in most things he's in. Might be more 6ft1ยฝ today though
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Apr/15
More 6ft1 range in the above picture though.

Rob is it possible that he's little below this today?
AlexMahone said on 9/Apr/15
In "Gorky Park" (1983) he was taller than the late Lee Marvin, so 188cm is highly possible.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Mar/15
I still wouldn't rule out 188cm for Kline
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Feb/15
Rob, do you think Hurt at peak edged out Kevin Kline?
Editor Rob
yeah I think he might have, although the whole Kline doing alexander technique for posture might have meant he could apear in the 90's just as tall.
jtm said on 25/Nov/14
shorter than samuel l jackson and kevin kline. he was never 6'2.
Arch Stanton said on 23/Nov/14
Yeah he seemed pretty natural in a lot of his roles Sam. In Body Heat he looked 6'2 as usual.
jtm said on 2/Nov/14
i would be surprise if he was ever over 6'1.
Sam said on 28/Oct/14
I suspect he's lost a little height being in his 60s.

I think he's become a more interesting actor, he played so many callow, shallow guys in his heyday like his characters in Broadcast News or Body Heat that that seemed like was just his persona. He's gotten more interesting, saltier in smaller character roles like Mr. Brooks, A History of Violence or even Changing Lanes.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Oct/14
The Big Chill should be on that list. Looked an honest 6ft2 standing beside Jeff Goldblum. He's probably a little under that mark today, pushing 65.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Oct/14
Mr. Brooks, Into the Wild, Dark City and The Incredible Hulk also probably worth adding. Any of those!
Arch Stanton said on 17/Oct/14
Rob can you add a picture and Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, A History of Violence, Syriana, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Robin Hood?
Sam said on 15/Oct/14
He looked shorter than Samuel L. Jackson by nearly 2 inches in Changing Lanes.
Judd said on 11/Oct/14
In the big chill he looks sometimes as tall as Kevin Kline (6'1.5") and others just an hair below.
I would say they were both 6'1.5" in 1983 and today they're both in the 6'1" range.
I'm not sure Hurt ever been a full 6'2"...
Hypado said on 8/Jul/14
in "I Love You to Death"

Keanu Reeves - 184cm
William Hurt - 188cm
DaveC said on 14/Aug/13
Look at Hurt next to 6'1" Reeves in "I Love You to Death" Just about 1" taller, making him 6'2", right with K.Kline
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Jul/13
Looked no taller than Costner in Mr. Brooks, at times even a hair shorter. Heading towards 6ft1.5 today for sure. But in the 80s he was probably 6ft2. Looked it in Broadcast News.

"William Hurt's height: 6ft 1.75in (187cm)"
"Peak height was 6ft 2in (188cm)"
Phantom said on 28/Jul/13
Looked more like 6'1" in The Incredible Hulk.
Maximus said on 26/Sep/12
6'1" at the most.....he was only an inch or two taller than sigourney weaver...definetly not 6'2" or the difference would have been greater....still tall by hollywood standards.
Rikashiku said on 4/Jun/12
We can comment now?
Editor Rob
John said on 10/Feb/12
Kewin Costner was taller than him in Mr Brooks, at least in some scenes
gvigo said on 6/Feb/12
Looks the same height than 1'87 Kevin Kline in minute 8 of this video
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steven said on 11/Jan/12
6'0.5 max and 6'1 peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Sep/11
6"1.5(187cm) today.
Solid 6"2 in his prime though, possibly 189cm, Rob?
LAN Jiao said on 16/Sep/11
he was only 0.5inch taller than kevin costner with a close up picture i see. maybe just 6ft1 today.
Sam said on 10/Aug/11
Looks about inch shorter than Samuel L. Jackson in Changing Lanes and noticed that he was a bit shorter than 6'1" Michael O'Keefe in Too Big to Fail. He may be shrinking slightly although his posture doesn't look bad overall:
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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Jun/11
I reckon nowadays he's fluctuating between 187cm-188cm
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jun/11
Could be more 6ft1.5 range now
Lenad said on 29/May/11
I reckon more 186-187cm today
thebad7 said on 23/May/11
Another low-key but highly effective performer. I liked him best in 1981's EYEWITNESS. Saw him most recently in the second season of FX's DAMAGES. Back in '81, he looked to be at the minimum 6'2" tall, and I could buy 6'2 1/2" for him in his younger days; now, he looks to have kept that height as he still looks at least 6'2". Standing face-to-face with THE WIRE alumus John Doman in DAMAGES, who is most frequently listed at 6'3" (an accurate listing, I believe), Hurt looks to be just a wee bit shorter. He has a lankiness to him that reminds me of Josh Hartnett somewhat. 6'2" sounds right for Hurt.

Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 20/May/11
Not sure on 189cm
Bon_ said on 9/May/11
at peak surely 189 cm
Lenad said on 2/May/11
Looked 1 inch max taller than Kevin Costner. Id say 6'2 max
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Apr/11
Is 189cm peak possible Rob?
Bon_ said on 8/Feb/11
6'2.5 more like it
Hugh 190cm said on 30/Jun/09
188cm minimum peak. More likely 6ft2.5. Today 188cm max and maybe 186-187cm?
Frank2 said on 13/Jun/09
Back in the early 1980s, I was in a market when Hurt walked in. I walked over and said hello. He was definitely 6'2". Also, no personality. He seemed uncomfortable that I recognized him. Some actors are flattered people recognize them. I once ran into Roscoe Lee Brown at my local market, walked up to him and told him how much I admired his work. He was a nice as can be and then told me a couple of funny stories regarding working with John Wayne in THE COWBOYS. Sadly, Brown died a couple of years ago.
yoyo said on 13/Jun/09
kidding me.. he use to peak 6ft1.5 during the 1980s.. now his claim uograde to 6ft2.. no way.. at over age50 now i suppose his a little under 6ft1 at night. just reach 6ft1(185cm)in morning. i watch vantage point have clearly see him had an inch lower than legit 6ft2 matthew fox. if his 6ft2 that makes fox 6ft3. an i right?
yoyo said on 7/May/09
i was thought his peak height was 187, now about 186..
Steve 6'1.25 said on 18/Apr/09
I saw him in an old movie with a young Keanu Reeves (6'1) and he was at least an inch taller than him. In Mr. Brooks looked the same height (or maybe a bit shorter?) than Costner (6'1)...probably he shrunk...
el toppo said on 28/Feb/09
ok guys, something wrong here. Just watched Mr Brooks and at no point was Hurt taller than Costner. Costner always had at least an inch on Hurt.
WWellsfry said on 17/Feb/09
I was an extra in a live tv play with Wm Hurt in 1981 and saw him again at an event in Orinda CA in 2006. I spoke with him for a few minutes and had a photo taken. I'm just a bit under 6'2" and Mr. Hurt is slightly taller than I am--my best estimate is 6' 2 1/2."
Hugh said on 5/Oct/08
No less than 6ft2.
ny said on 14/Aug/08
saw him @ sundance in january- a legitimate 6'2.
maximus said on 19/Jun/08
I say an accurate hieght is 6'1".....look at his height comparison to sigourney weaver.....fairly close.
Ivan 6'2.25 said on 1/Mar/08
He look to be 6'1 next kevin costner
ed said on 17/Feb/08
BigChillis on right now...he is 3 in shorter than Goldblum and about the same height as Beringer
dmeyer said on 7/Feb/08
i think solid 6'2 peak 6'1.25 to 6'1.5 now he is nearing 60 people loose noticable by then 6'2 peak 6'1.5 now
dmeyer said on 6/Feb/08
i doubt william is 1 in taller than costner so more 186 187,at some point costner loks taller but he has 2 in caterpillar so just about 6'3 in shoes i think hurt could be 6'1.5 now 6'2 peak
Gonzalo said on 5/Dec/07
Here he looks very similar in height to Kevin Costner in this pic. But Costner is closer to the camera so in my opinion Hurt could be slightly taller, about 1 cm
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Ed said on 25/Oct/07
He looked shorter than Kevin Costner(6ft1) in Mr. Brooks by about a half inch, and then at other times they were the same height. On another note, Dane Cook was a good inch shorter than Costner. I really don't think he's 6ft2, more like 6ft1 or near to it.
Anonymous said on 1/Aug/06
He looked close in height to Lee Marvin in Gorky Park.Marvin was 6'2'' by all accounts so Hurt must be about the same.
talker said on 18/Apr/06
i saw William Hurt in NY some years ago and he walked by right next to me,i thought he is much taller than he looks onscreen.I'd say he is at least 6'3".
I dont know why he would say he is shorter.
Gonzalo said on 28/Mar/06
Hurt is 6`2. He was a 5 or 6 cms shorter than Jeff Goldblum in the Big chill. He is slightly taller than Kevin Kline so I think he is clearly 1`87-88cm. And a very good actor indeed
Glenn said on 23/Mar/06
Never saw him,but Id say 6-2.
Bill said on 22/Mar/06
William Hurt is 6-1 to 6-2 I know this because I used to know one of his stand-ins who is 6-1 to 6-2
Ed said on 20/Mar/06
I just watched A History of Violence last night, and I always thought William Hurt was taller than 6ft2, more like 6ft3 to 6ft4. But, in the final scene of the film when Viggo Mortensen's character goes to see him, and they embrace and stand face to face, there doesn't seem to be more than a 1 inch difference, between the two. Now this seems really odd to me, because I always thought, Viggo was more like 5ft9.5 to 5ft10 barefoot, at least that's what he seems, not 5ft11. So, if he is 5ft11, with shoes he would be 6ft, with cowboy boots, which is what he wears in the film he'd be 6ft1. So, William would only be about 6ft1 barefoot, and 6ft2 with shoes. I know this seems like nitpicking, but I just thought the guy was way taller. I always thought he was up there with Tim Robbins and Jeff Goldblum, and other tall actors who came on the scene in the 1980's. I guess Viggo really is 5ft11, I was just skeptical because of the almost identical heights of Orlando Bloom, Ian Mckellan, and Sean Bean in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, all who I thought were in the 5ft10 range.

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