How tall is Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain's Height

7ft 1in (215.9 cm)

American former Basketball player and actor (Conan the Destroyer). He was measured in his 40's at 7ft 0.5 inch.
Wilt was exactly 7ft 1 and 1/16th. We had a special apparatus built by a scientific team at Temple University Hospital to measure him and all subsequent players....luke jackson was 6ft 9. Wilt made Luke look like nothing.
- Wilt's Physician

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Average Guess (38 Votes)
7ft 1.16in (216.3cm)
even said on 20/Jul/17
a legit 7'1"
Dave B. said on 12/Jul/17
@Christian: Although I'll agree in principle that shorter basketball players are more agile and versatile than taller players, Chamberlain was a special case. He ran track and high jumped in high school, Also look at the picture above. When he was with the Globetrotters, he played POINT GUARD. You don't do that with the Trotters unless you have some moves and speed.

Easily 7'+, although he claimed that 6'11" Nate Thurmond was "effectively taller" because he had longer arms, and therefore a higher reach than Wilt.
Mirko said on 10/Jul/17
In are Croatia metric system i am 213 cm thats 7 feet but wilt is 3 cm taller
Canson said on 23/Jun/17
@Height: I agree. I can't question Wilt's height. He looked 7'1. To me even if it were earlier he's still at worst what he measured in his 40s at night in his prime. I used to think Shaq was 7'1 when I was younger but now next to Kareem he's not even close
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/17
Taller than Shaq in the 90's
Logan said on 12/Jun/17
He is 7,1 and 275 lbs no less he is a tall dood
Canson said on 10/Jun/17
@SJH: hard to tell with someone his size. He looked a decent 7'1" to me but at that height you're right. He could wake up almost or at 7'2" and in his 40s dip to that. He did look about an inch taller than Shaq tho. I think shaq dips below 7'0" at night but not anything crazy prob 6'11.75. Back in his day they didn't measure in shoes as much as they do today. That was an appropriate measurement that he got its more likely that just a bit earlier in the day
S.J.H said on 9/Jun/17
I strongly believe he measure 7ft 1 and 1/16th in 0.6-0.7' with converse sneakers in the 70s/80s draft. He was measured in his 40's at 7ft 0.5 inch was the real barefooted height.
Logan said on 29/May/17
Looking at the picture with Andre The Giant which is 6,11 and Shaq which is 7,1 I think he is 7,1
mrtguy said on 23/May/17
Rob, How tall would he be today if he was still alive??
Editor Rob: maybe near 3 inches under 7ft if near 80.
Canson said on 24/Apr/17
@Christian: funny part is you would be a 3 possibly even a 4" under some cases depending on your body. I've met Caron's butler and he may only be a hair shorter than you I'd give him about 196 flat not any higher and draymond green not sure who is taller between you two. That 6'5.75 I know Alvin gentry and steve Kerr both said he's closer to 6'5 than 6'6 (the former) and the latter said he's 6'5. He honestly doesn't look much taller than Kobe does. If anything 1/2" is all he has on him
Canson said on 24/Apr/17
@Christian: great question!

MJ 1 the Goat
Magic, Bird, Cap, Wilt, Russell, Big O, Dream, West Duncan

Lol next 10 some of which could make the 10 honestly as it's always up for debate

Shaq Kobe pip Lebron Malone Barkley Dr J Stockton admiral

Lebron is probably in the top 10 I just don't list him because he still plays and don't feel that the era he competes in is as strong as the one that the others played in even Kobe when he came in. Lebron at 6'7" 250 easily manhandles guys

Honorable mention Zeek and AI lol they should be in and may be .
Canson said on 24/Apr/17
@Christian: great question!

MJ 1 the Goat
Magic, Bird, Cap, Wilt, Russell, Big O, Dream, West Duncan

Lol next 10 some of which could make the 10 honestly as it's always up for debate

Shaq Kobe pip Lebron Malone Barkley Dr J Stockton admiral Baylor
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 18/Apr/17
Who would you say are the top 10 of all time in NBA?
Canson said on 17/Apr/17
Well said Christian. Most of the guys you mentioned are shorter than you as well. Most under 6'5" except magic and Lebron. Then three under 6'1-6'4 wade Curry Allen
Christian-196.8cm (6ft5.5)Noon said on 17/Apr/17
I honestly believe his 7'1" height had hurt his career a bit. Not saying he was a bad player by any means, but there's a reason why the majority of the best NBA players of all time were between 6'2" and 6'8". Namely Jordan, Bryant, Barkley, Magic, Lebron, Ray Allen, Curry, Wade etc. The "taller the better" theory in basketball is a myth. Once you are maybe around 6'4"-6'6", the theroy is no longer in effect. The only advantage of being Chamberlain/Kareem/Yao's height is that one can dunk without any effort and one can block the ball a bit better because of the longer reach, but 7'+ guys are almost always slower and less agile, so it gives them more disadvantages than advantages. My opinion, but if Chamberlain was at least 5" shorter he would be in the top 10 of the greatests of all time no doubt.
Canson said on 29/Mar/17
7'1 barefoot and agree with Rampage on KAJ 7'1.75-7'2 mac
Canson said on 28/Mar/17
@Joe: Ewing is/ was 6'10" prime. Maybe he's lost height today looking at him but he's taller than Hakeem. I can believe maybe 6'9.5 or 6'9 and change for Hakeem but Ewing looked 6'10" prime imho
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Mar/17
Wilt was 7ft1¼ and Kareem 7ft1¾
Canson said on 23/Mar/17
@Joe: id say he's 1/2 taller than bird or so. Maybe 6'9.5 and bird was only 6'8.75 although the looked 6'9 for the most part. Mario elie said himself that Deam was 6'9"
joe### said on 23/Mar/17
also Ewing is only 6´9 but he is 6´10
Canson said on 22/Mar/17
@Joe: he was only 6'9" barefoot. Look at him next to Ewing
joe### said on 20/Mar/17
Olajuwon over 6´9 Click Here
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Canson said on 18/Mar/17
@S.J.H: I agree with you. Here's my guesses for the bigger players centers specifically

Muresan 7'6-7'7
Bol 7'6-7'7
Bradley 7'5.5-7'6
Yao 7'4
Eaton 7'3
Smits 7'3
Kareem 7'1.75-7'2
Wilt 7'0.5-7'1
Admiral 6'11.5-7'
Shaq same as Admiral
Ewing 6'10
Olajuwon 6'9" (by Mario Ellie's admission as well as someone I know who has seen him)
S.J.H said on 15/Mar/17
7'0.75 might be his lowest in the day and 7'1 morning. He was measured in his 40's at 7ft 0.5 inch that would be extreme lowest before he pass on.
Canson said on 20/Dec/16
He was flat 7'1" peak at his lowest maybe saw 7'.75
Canson said on 20/Dec/16
He was flat 7'1" peak at his lowest.
Omar said on 18/Dec/16
joe### said on 28/Nov/16
7´1 peak
joelvaldez said on 8/Nov/16
Probaley 7'1 and a half a peak this Guy seemed to downgrade himslef like Walton does that possible, rob?
joe### said on 26/Oct/16
Bill russell page
Ice said on 11/Oct/16
taller than Shaq .
Wallace said on 10/Sep/16
Never saw him in person in all my years as a fan maybe too young but looked about inch shorter than Cap and an inch taller than Shaq. I believe he was at least seven one as his true prime
Canson said on 5/Sep/16
@Tunman: agree with everything you said below. Easy he'd be 7'2 out of bed in his prime and Kareem prob 7'3 and change and 7'1 7/8 later in the day
Tunman said on 4/Sep/16
Rob,since he was measured 7'0.5" maybe list him at that mark?btw if he was that tall in mid 40's maybe losing 3-4mm isn't impossible but no more.215 could be perfect.After all there is no doubt this guy easily cleans the 7'2 mark out of bed.the point is that unlike most people who would have roughly 2-3mm to lose if measured in the afternoon,someone like Wilt who probably loses about 4cm might have a good cm to lose yet.Nevertheless a true giant and an amazing athlete
Boss said on 12/Aug/16
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Boss said on 11/Aug/16
WILT is the closest to the camera. Look at Wilt's feet. The angle of the shot favors Andre but Wilt is definitely closer to camera as you can clearly see here by switching their positions in the photo.
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Chaz said on 8/Aug/16
Boss said on 7/Aug/16
Here is the original of the black and white altered photo of Andre and Wilt provided by Meltzer. There is an altered color version of this that JT provided.
This is the actual photo taken and Andre looks taller and he does have an inch or so footwear advantage.
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Yes and he's side on and nera the Camara,
Boss said on 7/Aug/16
Here is the original of the black and white altered photo of Andre and Wilt provided by Meltzer. There is an altered color version of this that JT provided.
This is the actual photo taken and Andre looks taller and he does have an inch or so footwear advantage.
Click Here
mrtguy said on 6/Aug/16
Rob, when you take a look at Wilt's physique and Big Show's who do you think is Wider??
Editor Rob: Big Show certainly looks wider.
mrtguy said on 24/Jul/16
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Shus said on 20/Jul/16
Hi my name is shus. I'm 7 feet and 7 imches. My mom says I will easily go pro. Although easily going pro sounds nice it's not, being this tall is really awful.
Ian C. said on 15/Jul/16
I have read that, in a basketball game, an individual player can travel five miles. They run, sometimes backwards and in curved paths, they pivot and jump and execute astonishing feats with their arms and hands and eyes. All this would be amazing in a man who was six feet tall, but Chamberlain did it, usually better than anyone else, when he was over seven feet, This was astonishing athletic competence.

What I've always wanted to know about basketball giants like Chamberlain is, what else could they do? Could Chamberlain have played table tennis with any competence, for example? Could he have thrown a baseball from the outfield to home plate? Could he have been a Greco-Roman wrestler, or shot a decent round of golf?
Dawkins said on 15/Jul/16
218 cm out of bed, 215.5 cm at night.
mrtguy said on 6/Jun/16
Rob, I have no problem believing WCW Big Show with footwear was taller than a late Chamberlain
Canson said on 28/May/16
@Ice: it is triple standout height! Once you hit about 6'7 it's Just standout. But I would never want to be that tall (6'7 or 7'1 or even 6'6 barefoot) even if I played pro ball. Rampage said it best that 7' is hazardous height and he is right! I'd be just as happy being a guard!!
Ice said on 18/Feb/16
IMO 7'1" is the begging height range that shocks people when they see you on the street
Duhon said on 8/Feb/16
Wilt was a big man Click Here
Duhon said on 21/Jan/16
Imagine comparison of Wilt and Deandre Jordan using the basketball as the template to compare size. Click Here
Oanh said on 25/Feb/15
Kareem is taller than Wilt. He's not much taller, about 1" at most. Back in the 80's, Kareem and Wilt made a commercial for TWA(airlines) about having more room for your legs. In it, Wilt says something like "Plenty of room to stretch, even if you're 7'1"...Kareem then replies "Or a little taller."
Duhon said on 4/Feb/15
james says on 4/Feb/15
Both wilt and Kareem measured 7'1 barefoot but yet in side by side photos Kareem looks about an inch taller than wilt

That is not quite correct. Wilt measures at 7'1.06" while Kareem as per this site was measured at 7ft 1.875". So there is near an inch difference and to be honest I think that is a lower end listing for Kareem.
james said on 4/Feb/15
Both wilt and Kareem measured 7'1 barefoot but yet in side by side photos Kareem looks about an inch taller than wilt
MickyMike said on 24/Jan/15
Arch, at the end he got sick very quickly. He had a bad ticker which isn't necessarily going to show up in how you look. Check out his last appearance at KU shortly before his death. One of his last public appearances and he definitely looks not quite right. I believe he ended up dying of pneumonia at the end. Everyone I've talked to who ever met him (about 5 people) said he was a legit 7', probably 7'1" to 7'2" at his prime.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Jan/15
So Arch women are the cause of his death?
Arch Stanton said on 12/Nov/14
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 15/Jan/14
Rob, would you say it's just natural that 7fters have a lower life expectancy?

Because I actually saw Wilt Chamberlain at a restaurant in Bel-Air just a few months before his death and I was amazed by how well-built and in great shape he was for not only his height but his age. He was 63 when he passed away. It just blew my mind.

Well, given his height and reported bed conquests I'd be very surprised if he could still stand straight by his later years :-)
hassan said on 8/Nov/14
7ft 0 is the best guess as he is shorter than 7ft 2 jabbar
jasperwasup said on 15/Jul/14
Wilt was same height as Kevin Peter Hall who claimed 7'2''.
Alex 6'0 said on 23/Jun/14
Rob, yea even with tape measure how do they come up with 7'1 1/16. That's such a rare fraction to see. Yea of course could have been a bit off
Alex 6'0 said on 23/Jun/14
Rob, 1/16 inch isn't even on most stadiometers that I seen. they go by 1/8 increments like yours. Would 1/16 inch be just 1 MM?
[Editor Rob: this guy wasn't really measured on a stadiometer :) More of a tape measure being used...I think there is room for error in how he was measured though.]
176,2Tunman said on 22/Feb/14
Looks every bit of 7'1 and Kareem may have been taller than 7'2 but he was measured at 7'1.625, so let's stick to it.LOL,did Wilt really had 20,000 women or was he joking?
SWINDE said on 11/Feb/14
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jan/14
Rob, would you say it's just natural that 7fters have a lower life expectancy?

Because I actually saw Wilt Chamberlain at a restaurant in Bel-Air just a few months before his death and I was amazed by how well-built and in great shape he was for not only his height but his age. He was 63 when he passed away. It just blew my mind.
james said on 28/Nov/13
So with shoes he was 7'2" ..theres a vid on youtube with wilt shaking shaq's hand and wilt was clearly an inch or 2 taller..shaq is 7'0 max with shoes
the shredder said on 4/Nov/13
Rob , what is .06 of an inch?
[Editor Rob: 7ft 1 and 1/16th]
LG69 said on 25/Jul/13
Wilt was 7'1" case closed. He was about 1-1.5" taller than Andre the Giant.
Mr. R said on 2/Jul/13
I saw him once in Berkeley. When he stood up, he looked close to 10 feet tall!
d said on 28/Jun/13
7ft 2
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Shaq only 6'10??? Doubt it, he has 5 inches on Phil Jackson who ALWAYS looks a legit 6'8" guy.
Arch Stanton said on 21/Apr/13
Legit 7'1 guy, not even disputable, and is the best evidence we have of Andre the Giant being around 7'0.
drummer777 said on 4/Nov/11
Well if Shaq is truley 6'10 barefoot that would put Paul wight in the 6'foot 9 range same as Andre when he died, Still puts wilt at 6'11. That would mean Kevin and Tyler mane are really in the 6'7 range with labron James. Puts Sid at 6'5 1/2 to 6'6.

Anybody have pics of Glenn Jacobs and Kevin Nash together. The True 7 footer being Kareem Abdul Jabar.
Ras said on 24/Jul/11
Wilt seems to have like 3 inches on Andre in thatpicture, if he is 7 ft 0.5 in as some of you say, then Andre should have been no more than 6 ft 10.
Fern said on 8/Jul/11
The fact of the matter is..... wilt was measured (almost certainly) after being up for likely around 4-8 hours.... In that time he could easily lose 1/2-3/4 of an inch. The truth is.... in almost all professional sports (nba,nhl, la liga for soccer, mlb, etc.), the players are assessed right at the beginning of the day (so the morning) which means that almost all heights in the nba and most other professional sports are likely pure monrning height measurements which means that even in the 80's wilt still could have stood maybe even over 7,1 out of bed!
Jake T. said on 10/Jun/11
He looks a whole foot taller than Schwarzenegger in Conan and with Shaq was almost the same height so 7'0.5 for Wilt is the least I can see him even in his later years.
gregory lehmann said on 17/May/11
The biggest "What's My Line?" "mystery guest." (4'11" Cathy Rigby was the smallest.) The first "TV basketball" superstar. Very intimidating. An NBA icon.Dick Clark guessed him.
Hot Jack said on 12/Mar/11
Dude that photo at top has to be photoshopped, otherwise Arnie is 5 ft 9 and 190 pounds! That is ridiculous, he's easily 15 inches shorter in that photo, imagine a foot ruler on top of Arnie's head, and it would reach just above Wilt's eyes. And Wilt, in the photo, is tilting his head down an inch or two. I remember that Conan movie, lot of scenes with both Arnie and Wilt. Wilt looked a solid 9-10 inches taller, but Arnie was huge then, probably 230 pounds, and they didn't look that different in terms of body mass. I'm telling you, something is fishy about that photo, not only is Wilt 15 inches taller, he looks 70 pounds heavier. Can't be right. But no doubt, Wilt is an honest 7 feet tall. Always was.
the carl said on 12/Mar/11
the stilt was always super tall. at least 7 ft. i can believe 7-1, barefoot, in his prime.

as far as comparing him to shaq, they are about the exact same height. i bet they are not a centimeter apart, in their respective primes. shaq however is much bigger, a lot more body mass. at least 60 pounds heavier.
Viper said on 5/Feb/11
jtm, Shaq was supposedly measured at 7-1 and he had 6 inches on 6-7 Lebron James.
Vegas said on 3/Feb/11
rob should you not make a mention on here that wilt was measured at 7'0.5 barefoot in 1980 by journalists (the evidence has already been posted by big show)
jtm said on 15/Dec/10
that proves that shaq is not 7'1.
Mamun said on 13/Dec/10
Anonymous , have you also taken into account Shaq's closeness to the camera , his
age and footwear advantage ????


Anonymous said on 11/Dec/10
3 inch heel lol, shaq is taller in that photo, top of heads Click Here
d wade said on 7/Dec/10
shaq looks taller in the pic than chamberlain but he has the foootwear advantage.i think both are 7,1.
Duhon said on 4/Sep/07
First of all there is no picture where andre appears exactly wilt's height. Even in the colour photo where andre appears closer to the camera he still looks shorter than wilt.
ip said on 3/Sep/07
Unless there are some people who are absolutely ignorant concerning height, how can you look at the picture with Wilt and Andre and come to the conclusion that Andre was shorter than Wilt. All of you who have over anlyzed point to who's standing closer to the camera and so forth. A camrea angle unless it is below the people being shot is not going to give a person 3 or 4 inches in height. There is no way that Andre is any less than 7-1.
Lloyd Banks said on 19/Aug/07
I remember reading in a book that Wilt Chamberlain finished a 100 meter race in a little over 10 seconds. BTW, he was in high school when he did that. He was a 7'1 beast. It also said on TV that he was so powerful that he could shoot free throws from halfcourt.
benjaminfzba said on 15/Aug/07
With Jabbar being 7'1 5/8" barefooted he was about 7'2 1/2" in his converse basketball sneakers for the 1970 season, the common practice is for players to be measured in there shoes. what ever height a player is listed as you can subtract about 3/4 of an inch and that would be there actual barefoot height.
benjaminfzba said on 14/Aug/07
In Kareem's second season with the buck's he was measured at 7'1 5/8''
barefooted at training camp according to the book i have from 1970
Viper said on 7/Aug/07
It would be amazing If Glenn got a picture of Calvin.
Massimo said on 7/Aug/07
Oh Calvin Lane, he is a bit of a hero for (or to) me! He is 7'5" 1/2, 425 pounds with a black belt in karate. He also fought several fights (in the heavyweight division, I guess)as an amateur and won all of them by KO. He should be a wrestler, not a bouncer. He would beat anybody's ass in the street. He would scare the hell out of Mitch " Blood" Green!
Viper said on 6/Aug/07
Jason, what about Calvin Lane, the world biggest bouncer.
Viper said on 6/Aug/07
Jason, what about Calvin Lane, the world biggest bouncer.
Dunken said on 6/Aug/07
any basketball player, regardless of size, would get eaten alive by a professional boxer.

they couldn't even use their reach advantage, since it would be negated by the boxer superior footwork and head movement.

Ali by brutal KO, round 1.
Jason said on 6/Aug/07
I wouldn't write Wilt off too easily. He was 290lbs and a tough mutha. He could also beat some football speedsters in a foot race.
Anonymous said on 6/Aug/07
Massimo, Wilt would not have lasted a few rounds. He wouldn't have been able to land a glove on Ali and the first punch Ali landed would have sent Wilt into orbit. A basketball player no matter how big would have as much chance aganist a heavyweight champion as would a chess grandmaster. If you look at youtube there is a film of the pair of them being interviewed as a promotion for the proposed fight. Wilt is much taller but while Ali is playful and keen to get things on Wilt appears terrified. At one point Wilt sets his hands up to get ready to throw a punch but Ali knocks them aside with ease and with lightning speed.
Massimo said on 5/Aug/07
I think against Wilt Ali's jab would have been ineffective and Cassius Marcellus was not a huge puncher, so probably Chamberlain would have lasted a few rounds. But Muhammad was just too good and fast and would have easily outboxed Wilt and eventually stopped him. Anyway I heard that Wilt was very strong, so he probably could punch pretty hard. Of course Ali' could take one hell of a punch. I don't know how good Wilt's chin was (probably Wilt himself didn't know that!). However George Foreman would have taken Wilt's head off in about 40s!
Anonymous said on 5/Aug/07
The funniest story about this guy was the time he was supposed to fight Muhammad Ali. Chamberlain may have been bigger but it would have been a kamaikaze mission. Who dou you think would win a fight? Basketball player or the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. It would be like a matchup between a tiger and a sheep. It was serious as well with contracts about to be signed before Chamberlain came to his senses and realised the insanity of what he was about to get himself into.
Massimo said on 2/Jul/07
Wilt used to say he was 7'1" 1/16 but I have some doubt that he was a full 7'1". Jabbar always looked taller than him ( and I have sometimes seen Kareem listed as 7'1".
Theboyfromoldtown said on 26/Jun/07
In the photo you can see that Wilt is standing on a slight raised platform. Take a look at the level of his feet compared to Andre and Arnie. No doubting though that these where two very tall men. I'd say Arnie is 6ft right on. stars always add 2" or so to their heights. Arnie is one of my hero's as I body build, but I have never seen him look so small, I had to take a double look at the photo!
pop said on 12/May/07
Wilt is the most powerful basketball center who ever lived.
Arjun said on 8/May/07
AHHHHH .... memories of a couple months ago when I still believed in a 7 foot peak Andre.
lillo thomas said on 4/May/07
gonzalo any 7'1 guy is freaking tall in the pic below looks like 11-12 inch
Gramps said on 3/May/07
Gonzalo: not a great photo of Ali and Foreman back then, but the best I could find:
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Gramps said on 3/May/07
Yes, 6'3". George Foreman was listed as 6'4" in the 1970s but Ali looked virtually the same height during their "Rumble in the Jungle."
Gonzalo said on 2/May/07
Gramps, I am shocked. wilt looks freaking tall. how tall was Ali? 6`3?
Arjun said on 1/May/07
Yeah Halb. I'm now starting to doubt Wilt's full 7'1". Kareem was 7'2" max (actually Vegas brought out a 7'1 3/8" measurement from someplace) , so Wilt could be more 7'0.5" or even closer to 7'0" in 1984, as Kareem looks clearly taller, more than an inch in that pic. I can't see him under 7'0" though.
Gramps said on 1/May/07
If both were standing straight, back to back, how much taller would Wilt be? 11"? 12" ???
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Halb said on 1/May/07
Only an inch Arjun? There wa a pic posted on Andre's page where Kareem looked more than 1 inch taller than Wilt.
Viper said on 29/Apr/07
So the "strong 6-9" that Ewing said maybe right after all.
Anonymous said on 28/Apr/07
Mutombo is 7'1 whic would put Ewing around 6'9-6'10
Duhon said on 26/Apr/07
Viper, i think ewing was being slightly self-depracating in that SI article when he said that: here he is next to self-described legit 7'2" dikembe mutumbo. (mutmbo has been refered to as a legit 7'2" by others as well): Click Here
There is 2-3 inches difference. That would put ewing at 6'11" maybe 6'10".
Viper said on 25/Mar/07
Ewing admits to being a strong 6-9 Ed. I know that may be hard to beleive but, why would he lie?
Aussie Bloke said on 24/Mar/07
I love that pic with Arnie, it really makes you go WOW!!!! those guys are FRIGHTENINGLY TALL, living in Aus the average height of a bloke is bout 5ft9, so when you see any bloke thats 6ft4 you are stunned. TO actually be 7ft1, quite amusing actually, isn't it!
Ed said on 14/Mar/07
Arjun, it's funny you mentioned Ewing because when I met the guy it felt like the way Arnold looks in the photo. I was wearing trainers and was probably 6ft0.5 maybe a bit more, and I'm pretty sure my head was below his shoulders, which by the way were massively wide. I'm not sure of Ewing's height, but I want to say 7ft. Anyways, 7ft1.06 which is very near to 7ft2 would make sense. This would put Andre at or around the 6ft11 mark.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
I think the Wilt pic definitely proves that Andre was taller than 6'9", as there is no way in the world that Wilt could have 4 inches on him even after accounting for shoes, camera etc. Andre was very close to 6'11" in this pic I'd say, and I believe he may have just scraped 7'0" at peak, in his younger days when he was much lighter.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
Wilt was legit 7'1" peak though, I don't think many will argue with that. I don't think he downgraded himself though, Kareem Abdul Jabbar always looked a solid inch taller than him. Kareem was 7'2" or thereabouts at peak.
Arjun said on 13/Mar/07
Ed, Andre's head is much bigger than Wilt's, so you can't compare shoulders there. Wilt's head is barely 10 inches (he has a tiny head for his height, in the pic with Shaq and Ewing, his head looks even smaller than Shaq's) while Andre's is easily 12 inches. Even taking into account camera angles, I still think Andre is max 1.5" or so shorter than Wilt, so maybe 2.5" or 3" after taking into account footwear. Andre was likely wearing boots so that he would look taller next to a guy like Wilt. But Wilt does'nt look over 7'1" to me, he is barely taller than Shaq in their pic, and Shaq himself is only 7'0" max according to me. Also, since the pic is taken from such a high level, it disfavours Arnold making him look shorter. Arnie was taller than 6' at peak, I think around 6'1" definitely. Wilt is supposed to be a foot taller, you can't expect Arnold to not look dwarfed compared to those two.
Ed said on 22/Feb/07
Arjun in the b&w pic, to me Andre looks considerably closer to the camera than Wilt, as opposed to the color photo in which he looks a little closer, it looks like they shifted a bit. Arnold looks to me to come to Andre's shoulder line, as opposed to Wilt where he's below it. I think Andre was at least 2-3inches shorter than wilt in these pics. I see Andre at 6ft11-7ft, and Wilt at 7ft2 at least. And possibly Arnold was only 6ft making Wilt about 14inches taller, and Andre 11-12. By the way I'm curious where do you get 2.5" shoes for Andre, I saw some mention of cowboy boots is that why?
Arjun said on 20/Feb/07
Ed, look at the black and white pic where Andre has his head raised instead of looking down at Arnie. 4 inches shorter than Wilt??? Not even an inch, barely a half inch, and the camera does'nt significantly favour either. If Wilt was 7'3" or more then Andre was easily 7'1"+ even though his footwear is likely bigger. Nope, Andre 6'11" and Wilt 7'1" looks right if you assume that Andre has (say) 2.5" boots and Wilt standard 1" shoes. And not everyone agrees on 6'11" for Andre at this point in time. And Arnie looks about 12 inches ( one foot exactly) shorter than Wilt to me. Don't make the common mistake of inflating already large height differences. How? Andre and Wilt look basically the same height, Arnie makes it just past Andre's chin, and Andre's head was around 12" or just over so, about 12 inches difference. Why does'nt Arnie make it to Wilt's chin? Because Wilt's head is TINY compared to Andre's! Arnie is only maybe a couple inches below Wilt's chin. And Wilt's head is only 10 inches, that can be verified by the fact that his head looks no bigger than Shaq's or Kareem's. So Wilt 7'1", Andre 6'11" (assuming bigger footwear) and Arnie 6'1" (assuming same footwear as Wilt).
lillo thomas said on 20/Feb/07
wow in the pic with wilt arnold look very short 5'10 -5'11.
that pic proves that arnold was never a tall guy
. When people see him taller is with lifts.
6'1 and 6'2 is the most probable that arnold is wearing lifts.
Viper652 said on 20/Feb/07
Arnold looks 5-11 in that pic Ed. Its actually great evidence for people who beleive Arnold is 5-10.
Ed said on 19/Feb/07
That pic of Arnie,Andre,and Wilt is hysterical! I can't see how Arnold was 6ft2 then and Wilt only 11 inches taller. He honestly looks 7ft3 or more to me, and Andre is looking 6ft11-7ft. I don't know his exact height, but wouldn't arnold have to be like 6ft for Chamberlain to be even close to 7ft1, even then it seems too short for him. I think Arnold was close to 6ft1 in his hey day, but that pic really throws me off. What do you think Rob, could Wilt have been 7ft3 or more? He sure looks that tall if not more in Conan!
asfasf said on 9/Jan/07
wilt and kareem almost same eight for me: i'd say 217cm for wilt 218/219cm kareem
this is more accurate...
Anshelm said on 22/Nov/06
When Conan O'Brien once asked how tall he was, he said "Five eleven and a half. But it's a LONG half".
Danimal said on 19/Jul/06
Rob whatever happened to Jason and Cyclops? Have they been missing for a long time? Not that I actually miss
Editor Rob said on 17/Jul/06
From Robert Allen Cherry book 'Larger than Life'

According to wilt's doctor and one of his closest friends:

"Wilt was exactly 7ft 1 and 1/16th. We had a special apparatus built by a scientific team at Temple University Hospital to measure him and all subsequent players....luke jackson was 6ft 9. Wilt made Luke look like nothing."
ForensicNYC said on 21/May/06
Wilt Chamberlain 7'1" and Willie Shoemaker 4'11"
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30 something and no girlfriend said on 4/May/06
then wilt is 7 feet even? i m not saying it's impossible but unlikely...but mark eaton i am sure is 7-4 or very close to it, like 7-3.75 or something.
Jason said on 26/Apr/06
Anonymous there with the Mark Eaton comment was me, my ID got left out for some reason. Sing, maybe Kareem really was around 7'1''. There's 7'1'' listings for him.
Cobra said on 17/Apr/06
That sounds funny. "Mark Eaton was actually only 7ft3 minus shoes".
LOL, I wouldn`t know what to do if I would be that short! ;)
Chamberlain`s height is legit, I think. Why should he lie?
Anonymous said on 15/Apr/06
Mark Eaton was actually only 7'3'' minus shoes. 7'4'' was his listed height in the NBA.

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sing said on 14/Apr/06
Not true, once Eaton stood next to 7-5 Chuck Nevitt, guess what, he was shorter. Now his nickname is the Mountain Man, he weighed 295lbs, which enhances his height, but he is no taller than 7-4.
JT said on 14/Apr/06
Sing, I would venture to guess that Eaton is closer to 7'5" or even 7'6". There was a considerable height difference between him and Kareem, who was no less than 7'2". Like Bill Walton, I think Eaton didn't want to be listed at his true height.
Xhavier said on 26/Mar/06
Having read Wilt Chamberlain's biography, he like many tall people, is very particular about his height, he says he was 7'1 1/16" technically, but 7'1" is good enough. He found that it is a personal question that nobody realizes may bother an invidual to ask.
gregor said on 23/Mar/06
Somewhere there is a photo (I can't find it now!) of Arnold in the middle being lifted off the ground at either side under the arms by Andre and Wilt. Arnold's smiling/laughing while Andre and Wilt are "flexing" their free arms. Does anyone have this or know where to find it???
Danimal said on 3/Mar/06
It's been stated that Andre was actually 7'1.5" at his peak.
zadeh79 said on 2/Mar/06
Kareem's listed at 7'1 and 3/8..........on one page. That measurement should have been taken when he made was in the pro's. This also helps to confirm suspicions of Bruce Lee standing closer to 66.5 -- maybe in the mornings walking around at 67.25.
Kingbg said on 13/Feb/06
I was looking at the photo and come to one conclusion, Andre has to be closer to 7'1 or 7'2. One he slouches a lot more then Wilt and two their shoulders are on even levels with each other.My brother who is 6'3 said that Andre had to duck under a seven foot doorway at the old Charlotte Colisum. So I would give Andre about 7'1 or even as high as 7'3.
Mike said on 11/Feb/06
Apparently Andre at his tallest was only about 6'11". Kareem was always suspected of being at least 7'3".
ColinG said on 25/Jan/06
In "Conan the Destroyer" there are very few shots where you can make a direct comparison with Arnie. There is a long shot of the whole bunch of people on the quest, and Chamberlain absolutely towers over them all. Remember the scene where Arnie fights an ape-man? He was played by a British actor named Pat Roach, who is supposed to have been six five. He was the German who fights Harrison Ford in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and gets decapitated by the plane prop. Anyway, he does look distinctly bigger than Arnie, but nowhere near as much so as Chamberlain does.
Mikex said on 22/Dec/05
Apparently Wilt was supposed to fight Ali at one point. However Wilt realised the insanity of this at the last moment and pulled out. Taking on the heavyweight champion of the world in your first ever fight maybe isn't a good idea. That's why they are pictured together I think.
Gramps said on 14/Dec/05
There is such a disparity between the heights of Arnold and the other guys, plus the effects of camera angle, hair and boots, that you can't peg Arnold's height from that picture closer than +/- 2".
Xhavier said on 13/Dec/05
Chamberlain- 7'1 1/16" barefoot. Arnie based on that picture- 5'11"
Gramps said on 6/Dec/05
In that Wilt/Kareem picture, Wilt is 48 and Kareen 37, so perhaps the extra eleven years took some toll.
Viper652 said on 5/Dec/05
Andre looks 6-9 to me.
Jason said on 5/Dec/05
It's probably just because Wilt is in bare feet. It stated in that story I posted that Wilt hadn't lost a single bit of height as far as he knew (in 1986), and given he knew his height to a fraction of an inch, it's probably true.
CoolJ said on 5/Dec/05
Theres no doubt Wilt might have lost an inch in that pic with Kareem.. I mean after all the years of b-ball... it has to bring a 7'1 man down a little bit. I also don't see a full 2 inches of difference there in Charles' pic.. and I'm guessing they would've been close to the same height 15 years before that.

Gramps said on 4/Dec/05
You know guys, with most people on this site you can argue 2-4 inches (like Arnold, for example). But with Wilt's height being recorded at over 7'1" more than 45 years ago, and photos of him sometimes looking even taller, he's one guy that it's hard to quibble more than 1-2cm.
FASULO said on 4/Dec/05
I knew Jabbar is 216..chamberlain at the same height.but in that photo i see 2 inches of difference..
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
Wilt's bending somewhat and looking down there. I realize Wilt wore a rather thick wig in the movie, but there was at least 14 inches between him and Arnold.
Texas Tom said on 3/Dec/05
Would someone please repost the pic with Andre and Wilt? I can't find it here and I've been dying to see it.
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
There seems to be a lot of matches for Kareem being only 7'1'', though...

Maybe there's some truth to this Wilt being 6'11'' stuff? Then again, Wilt could be in bare feet in that pic with Abdul-Jabbar. It's said Wilt wore bare feet everywhere except the most formal of occasions.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 3/Dec/05
That pic charles got shows Jabbar got like 2 inches on Wilt. So maybe Kareem was really 7'3 or jus 7'2.5
CoolJ said on 3/Dec/05
Kareem was listed at 7'2
Jason said on 3/Dec/05
So, how tall was Kareem really? He's also listed at 7'1''! *puzzled*
Viper652 said on 3/Dec/05
He was always a good deal taller then 6-10 Bill Russell.
Gramps said on 3/Dec/05
No, Kareem was always 7'2" as a pro. Charles' photo below of Wilt and Kareem confirms the slight advantage in height to Abdul-Jabbar.
Ball-A-Hallic said on 2/Dec/05
I b-leave wilt was 7'1 but was kareem abdul jabbar really 7'2 or 7'3 i didnt think he was taller than wilt Jabbar looks more 6'11-7'0.
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
It was taken in 1983/1984 ... the movie was released in the US in June 1984. So, just before his major shrinking began. Andre could even be closer to 6'9'' there - Wilt's head is tilted lower and he's standing in a wide stance. I've never seen Arnold look so small lol ... those were two gigantic men.
J. said on 2/Dec/05
Wow, that picture is something! Arnold looks like a tiny action figure between Wilt and Andre!

[Editor Rob: Arnie is forcing that smile...andre looks like he could pick Arnie up, pass to Wilt and slam dunk him]
MEK said on 2/Dec/05
He was a true 7'1" giant, I believe that.
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Yikes, I forgot to say where in that story the quote is for anyone else wanting to see it - it's in the second paragraph.

Wilt's head looks small next to Andre's (but to be fair, he was a friggin' acromegalic giant), but it seems much bigger than Arnie's ... and any 7-footer's head's gonna be big compared to a normal person's. You'd be looking at 11 1/2 - 12 inches at least just for Wilt's head ... and Arnie looks like he'd fall a few inches short of Wilt's chin.

I think Wilt is telling the truth about his height ... he wasn't the kind of guy to undercut himself lol ... and 7'1 1/16'' sounds pretty sure. Have you seen the movie Conan the Destroyer? It's amazing what they do with camera angles etc. ... I was kinda stunned when I saw how short Arnold was next to Wilt there because there sure wasn't THAT much difference between them in the film!
Jason said on 2/Dec/05
Wilt only has 12 inches on Arnold?! More than that! What say you, Rob?

BTW, here's a partial quote regarding Wilt's height from a writer who met him to do a story on him for Sports Illunstrated in 1986 - ''he has not shrunk a whit from the seven feet one and one-sixteenth inches, which he says he is but which no one ever believes.'' -

People always thought he was taller than that, but he insisted he was only 7'1 1/16''.

[Editor Rob: hard to say how much bigger wilt's head is than average, but 6ft 2 and 7ft 1, just 11 looks a bit more...was Wilt telling the truth? I mean, once your past 7ft is there really any point lying ;)]
Bob said on 2/Dec/05
The Governator is probably wearing lifts in that picture, but if he is really only 5'10 then Chamberlain was 6'11.
CoolJ said on 2/Dec/05
WOW Rob.. Nice pic. Wilt easily has a foot on Arnold

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