Bill Cosby's Height
6ft 1in (185 cm)
American actor, best known for starring in The Cosby Show. In a 1986 book about the show it described him as such: "At 6-foot-one, 185 pounds, Bill looks more like a young Olympic track star than a middle-aged TV star"
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
6ft 1.31in (186.2cm)
said on 6/May/17
Hey Rob what range did he peak at. I think 6'0 3/4" or just plain 6'1"
Editor Rob: I think you can argue either, roughly near 6ft 1
Cameron said on 26/Mar/17
6'2" peak maybe???? At times he looked close to that on the Cosby show.
phil said on 20/Dec/16
With everything going on, im pretty sure he's closer to 6 feet under
nomatter said on 30/Oct/16
I'm pretty surprised. I always figured him for 6'3 or close at his peak.
Jakertini said on 13/Aug/15
looks like he is a weak 6'1" on the cosby show. looks a flat 6' at the worst.I would say he is 6'0.5"-6'0.75" no more no less.
said on 12/Aug/15
Rob, could he be nearer 6ft today?
[Editor Rob: I'm sure somewhere around that today.]
HULK said on 13/Jan/15
Looks same height as Jimmy fallan(5'11)
Shadow2 said on 9/Jan/15
I've seen Culp in several TV westerns pre "I Spy" where he appears no taller than 6' 1". One is a "Bonanza" episode where he is the same height as Pernell Roberts (no more than 6' 1" and not a "lift" wearer) in their several scenes together in that show. My memory of "I Spy" is that Cosby and Culp were the same height. Same as when they reunited on the "Cosby Show" many years later.
Greg said on 20/Nov/14
Like Mike, I think Culp looked about an inch taller than Cosby, and Cosby always seemed about 6'1" in his younger days. Which would make a young Robert Culp around 6'2", which I think is quite believable except it would be the only example I know of where I M D B understated an actor's height (it list both Culp and Cosby at 6'1").
Galsia said on 22/Aug/14
Rob, how tall is Malcolm Jamal-Warner?
Carl said on 15/Aug/14
I met Bill in 2010 and was actually surprised by his height. I'm 5'10" and I'd say he was easily two to three inches taller than me, so I'd say 6'0 to 6'1".
Mike said on 28/Jan/14
Bill Cosby was about 1'' shorter than 6'2'' Robert Culp on I Spy. I would say that 6'1 would be a more accurate depiction of his height.
mike said on 1/Dec/13
He is exactly 6 ft tall.he is same height as iam.i stood next to him and looked eye to eye.someone got a tape measurer and measured us both exactly 72 inches or 6ft.
SCB said on 30/Sep/13
No way Bill Cosby was ever close to 6'1". Sidney Portier looked at least three inches taller than him in Uptown Saturday Night. 5'11 would be my estimate.
PK said on 4/Aug/13
I walked with him to his limo. I wouldn't have guessed 5'10. Shorter than I thought.
Steel said on 25/Mar/13
I just saw Mr. Cosby live last night in Daytona Beach, and I was not far off from the stage. He looked at least 6'2, maybe 1/2" taller. And this is without shoes, because he took them off, and kept them off for the entire show.
Silent d said on 8/Nov/11
He was about the same height as david letterman. Bill cosby looks bigger though. I can live with 6 foot 1.
nybruin said on 20/Sep/11
He used to run at the track at ucla. Looked around 6'2" (I'm 6'3.5"). He didn't have great posture though.
IPM said on 7/Aug/11
On tv his executive producer said that when Bill came to discuss what the show would be like "all 6'3''" of him told her his plans. Definitely not shorter than 6' 1''
Mr. Kaplan said on 3/Apr/11
So how tall was his son Ennis? 6'7"?
Anonymous said on 2/Dec/10
I use to live near and have seen Bill Cosby walking around the streets
He must have shrunk, back in the 90's he seemed very tall, he had to be at least 6'2". Gotta be the shoes!!!??
D. Ray Morton said on 28/Aug/07
I met Bill again a couple of days ago. It was neither the time nor the place to ask him his height or get his picture (it was a funeral service for one of his dear friends) - and I probably wouldn't ask him for either, anyway, as he is never that friendly. Looked 6'1" in shoes, probably 6' or slightly less barefoot.
Anonymous said on 27/Aug/07
It is hard to say about Cosby's height.
In the Bill cosby show, he can look tall, but when I watched a show, when he was on TV Himself or what it is called in the eighties, he does not look that tall.
But 6-1 is anyway to much. In case if he is tall, I would not give him more than 6'.
talker said on 29/May/07
Culp young looked 6'1",not 6'2".Try to see him in Sunday in NY next to Cliff Robertson,Jane Fonda and Rod Taylor.
AirSky said on 20/Apr/07
He was on the Late Show with David Letterman recently, and when they shook hands Cosby looked Letterman's height (about 6'2"). I'm guessing Bill Cosby should be at least 6'1"
Derek said on 5/Dec/06
My dad met him a few times. 6'1" and a ****.
Brad said on 22/Nov/06
6' 1" if Culp is 6' 2". Not a nice guy. Uses his wallet to iron problems out. He and Culp literally live at the Playboy Mansion a bunny told me (for decades).
Dave said on 18/Apr/06
How does Cosby compare with the 6'2'' Robert Culp in I spy?
If he is around the same height then I suggest he must be at least 6'1''.
Tave Hawkins said on 2/Apr/06
No way. He might be 5'11. No more than that.
Smoke said on 6/May/05
Like I said, I admit when people are right and you are J.! But I have stuck to this name, and in Cosby's case I'm arguing about 2 inches not 1. ;) Honestly who doesn't argue about an inch on this site? Most celeb's real heights are usually off by an inch or so, maybe two from experience. Nice guess J., you caught me! But it looks like you were wrong on your Cosby estimate. ;)
J. said on 5/May/05
A ha! I caught you in the act 'Smoke', you were also 'Dr. Huxtable' and you were also 'Mr. Nice Guy' weren't you??? It would be like you to argue about an inch! I knew it! :-)
[Editor Rob: I would say...you are not wrong J in your method of deduction ;)]
Smoke said on 5/May/05
Boo ya! I had a sneaking suspicion about this guy, he just doesn't look like a 6'1" guy next to his 5'10"-ish son on the Cosby Show. Was he full grown in the early 70s? All I can say is that he has always looked to be shorter than 6'1" to me, very possible that 5'11" is his honest height.
CelebHeights Editor said on 4/May/05
Someone mentioned to me "I have an old record album of his from the early seventies in which he very clearly states that his height is 5’11"
Dr. Huxtable said on 18/Mar/05
I have to disagree, in the first picture Bill doesn't look anywhere near Sidney's height! In the second picture they do look somewhat closer in height, but Sidney is leaning and Bill is still an inch shorter standing straight. Poitier at his peak was 6'2.5" tops, Cosby 6'1" at his peak (and now still standing fairly tall at 6'0.5"). He couldn't have been anything more than 6'1" at his peak and now in his 70s has to atleast be marginally shorter. Again Malcolm Jamal is 5'10"-5'11" and Bill looks no more than 2 inches taller than him in the Cosby Show.
J. said on 17/Mar/05
Those pictures just confirm that he and Sidney were damn near the same height. Sidney was 6'3"-ish in his peak. He said so in his own damn autobiography.
J. said on 14/Mar/05
Cosby doesn't look tall?! Even at 70+, he is still a tall man. If you watch those old Portier movies, they were damn near the same height (Sidney was a smidgen bigger). Plus I specifically remember this comment from one of the producers of the Cosby Show during NBC's retrospective of the show: "There Bill was, all SIX FOOT TWO, of him, telling me to change the script". He may be 6'1" now but he defintely was 6'2" at his peak. There's no way you can prove he wasn't.
J. said on 13/Mar/05
Yeah, Cosby's still tall. He was 6'2" and some change during his peak. Watch Uptown Saturday Night with Sidney Portier. They were damn near the same height, give or take an inch.