Bill Maher's Height
5ft 8in (173 cm)
American comedian, writer, commentator and television host. He said in a 1999 edition of his show "I'm 5ft 8"
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ragtimepiano said on 4/Jun/16
He's very careful not to stand next to anyone on his show. They remain seated when he stands. He's slightly built, looks to me to be 5' 5" or so.
Sean said on 4/Jan/16
I saw some pictures of him recently with other celebs; I'd say he's closer to 5'7 now.
Cohomology said on 12/Nov/15
There is a clip of him meeting / being interviewed by Chelsea Handler on the set of her show. She's wearing quite tall heels to add to her 5'6" (via celebheights), and he's pretty even with her. Of course, there's the question of his footwear, but if you watch the interview while he's seated, including with legs crossed occasionally, there is not a meaningful assist. Given Handler's sizable heels assist, I'd say he needs a slight upgrade or (my guess) she might be 5'5" or less.
Sean said on 30/Oct/15
[Bruster said on 3/Nov/14
I have walked beside Maher, and he's not one 1/100th an inch over 5' 4'.]
bandet said on 16/Aug/15
Bruster, you need your eyes and perception checked. He was an easy 5ft8 in his prime if not taller. Not even that much shorter today. As per usual anyone 5ft10 and under and a celebrity, is thought to be a good few inches than in reality.
Danimal said on 28/Dec/14
He's claimed both 5'9" and 5'8". Here he is will Martin Short (who was 5'7" or 5'8" at his peak). This video is from 1999 or 2000. Martin is playing Jimini Glick. Hilarious video btw. You can see that Maher was noticeably taller than Martin at the beginning (40 second mark) and Maher looked longer (taller) 15 years ago than he does today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zdNmKsy0gY
Bruster said on 3/Nov/14
I have walked beside Maher, and he's not one 1/100th an inch over 5' 4'. I don't care what he says. I am 5' 10'. And I promise you he had on heels and was well over five inches shorter than I am.
said on 11/May/14
Well I was interested in the list, and thank you. I am elderly (over 60) and I don't know who fourteen of these celebrities are. All are currently active, I notice. None is dead. When I search after a celebrity's height it is because I think he is unusually short or tall, or because I suspect he's lying about his height. Sometimes I'm interested in how tall an actor is if he has played a part demanding a character of a certain height, and I want to see if he really is that tall or short. I'll check the height of a talk show host so I can use him as a gauge in judging the heights of his guests. Otherwise I'm not particularly interested. I have lately grown to like and admire Jennifer Lawrence, for example, but I don't actually care how tall she is.
[Editor Rob: sometimes circumstances generate interest in certain heights...maybe people at awards shows or chat shows or films whose height becomes of interest.]
said on 7/May/14
Actually, Dwerb, an interest in celebrity heights is not in itself hostile to short celebrities. I do not condemn a man for being short, but I will take a malevolent glee in catching him pretending that he isn't if he is. I am not alone in this, and I'll bet there is a lot of traffic to the pages of suspected height fibbers like Sylvester Stallone and Tom Cruise.
For anybody who is interested, this data from last month is from a search engine and the kind of top names people search for related to height terms...
Sly Stallone 1/4 the amount of searches compared to Tom
Arnie 1/4 the amount of Tom
Steve McQueen 1/200th the amount of Tom
Woody Allen 1/660th the amount of Tom
Cary Grant 1/700th
Elizabeth Taylor 1/2000th the amount of Tom
PLB said on 13/Jan/14
I would have guessed shorter. But if our editor Rob who is himself 5'8" says he's 5'8"- I have to agree.
John Francis Burglecutt said on 18/Mar/13
5' 5" bank on it
AA said on 16/Nov/12
I'd say he's my height flat. 5' 7.5"
dwerb said on 22/Oct/12
this height obsession with people is ridicules.are people that insecure they have to try and find something they think is wrong with someone to make themselves feel better?or is it ignorance?the height complex comes from all the people making fun of shorter people so don't blame small people for something society pushed on them=truth.
it seems some are disappointed when they hear their favorite stars height?what does that have to do with anything?that way of thinking does not even make sense and if it does to you im afraid you have problems/insecuritys...
linke said on 21/Sep/12
5'7 and change.
max said on 19/Sep/12
saw him this week, he looks quite different in person than on tv. 5-8 i is pretty accurate.
said on 8/Sep/12
Rob, Are You Sure He Is Still 5'8" Barefoot. Or Do You Think He Is Only 5'8" Out Of Bed
[Editor Rob: I think near enough 5ft 8 is a good shout for him...out of bed over 5ft 8 flat]
Ken said on 5/Aug/12
He's probably 5' 8" but he has a short man's complex so people think he's 5 5.
Mike O said on 4/Aug/12
Saw him on the street in New York about five years ago. Not as tiny as I imagined he'd be. I'd put him at about 5'7", not more. A little bit better looking in person and his voice isn't quite as nasally. Walks pretty quickly.
Paul said on 13/Jun/12
5'8" my ass. He's about 5'6".
Edie said on 27/Dec/11
I saw him hanging at the bar part of the Improv one night. I swear he was shorter than me and I'm 5,3. Id did have heels on but there is no way he's 5,8.
jxkd said on 21/Nov/11
Me and my friend met him at the ama afterwards and he was at most an inch taller than me. I'm 5'6. And I was in vans while he was in dress shoes.
tony t. said on 28/Aug/11
george555 said on 21/Aug/11
Bill is at least 5'8'', if not 5'9''.
chris z said on 22/Jul/11
bill maher doesnt look 5 foot 8 to me, 5 foot 6 or 7 sounds about right.
antron said on 6/Sep/07
he has said that he has a big head before, so even if he is rather slight, his head could give him that extra inch or so. A 5'9" head on a 5'6" body so to speak; could make him 5'8".
Danimal said on 31/Mar/07
It's an american show Viper. Henry has guys like Ozzy, Bill Maher and lots others come on. Henry was kissing Ozzy's @##@. He worships the man.
Viper said on 31/Mar/07
Danimal, does that show only come on in Canada?
Danimal said on 29/Mar/07
The man's not short. He was on the Henry Rollins show and was about the same height as Henry, who's at least 5'9".
Viper said on 29/Mar/07
He looks 5-8 to me.
Alexander said on 29/Mar/07
5-7 max sounds about right. Don't buy 5-8, he has the appaearance of a slightly built person.
TNTinCA said on 18/Oct/06
Hard to believe he dated 6 foot Ann Coulter once. Reason 1, that must have been a bizarre looking height difference. Reason 2, well, any guesses? ;-)
trueheight said on 4/Sep/06
actually, I do believe he's 5'8; dunno about footwear though. He was like almost as tall as Rep. Darrell Issa who represents the 41s district here in CA; he's 5'10, i've actually shook hands w/ Mr. Issa
J. said on 6/Jun/06
I met Bill after one of his shows. I'm 5'2 and was wearing 4.5" heals and I was a little bit taller than him. I'd say he's 5'6.
trueheight said on 9/May/06
5'7; I was at a taping of maher's show this season w/ none other than...Seth Green. Green was in sneakers and maher was about 4in taller. anyway, if you're a fan of HBO than you undoubtebly have seen Maher's '98 special in which his 2-3in heels were very very apparent. He's 5'7 barefoot
Mr. R said on 18/Apr/06
He has been listed in People Magazine I think as 5-9. Clearly a misprint.