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David Bowie's Height was 5ft 10in (178 cm)

British singer and actor, best remembered for hits like "Heroes", "Life on Mars", "Space Oddity", "Let's Dance", "Starman", "Changes" and "Ashes to Ashes". In film he had memorable roles in Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Prestige, The Hunger, The Last Temptation of Christ, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Basquiat. In a 1967 letter he wrote "I guess I'm 5'10""

David with Iman
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Comment on the Height of David Bowie

The Exorcist said on 5/Feb/16
Here he is in front of a height chart. About 5'10" in whatever shoes he was wearing that day.
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dave said on 4/Feb/16
I saw a video clip of David Bowie appearing on a show called 'TFI Friday' the show was hosted by Chris Evans. Evans asked Bowie how tall he was "5-10" was the reply. Evans looked incredulously at Bowie and said "your not 5-10" Bowie replied "i am, how tall are you?" "6 foot" came the reply after an awkward second or two they sat down. Bowie definitely looked more than 2 inches shorter.
Mat said on 26/Jan/16
David Bowie is dead yet he rocks the Billboard charts right now as we speak AND

He is gonna take down JB ;)
Martin said on 24/Jan/16
The famous David Buckley bio states Bowie claimed he was 176cm. I think it fits.
heelshealheight said on 13/Jan/16
Who cares WTF his physical height was.. David Bowie will always constitute a towering giant, albeit a very lonely one, against us all insignificant mortals.;-)
PJ said on 13/Jan/16
Bumped into him in Soho NYC once about 7-8 years ago ... he was 5'8 at most.
Brad said on 12/Jan/16
He was battling it hard for years. Treatment to treatment.
Bart said on 11/Jan/16
Seemed to be 5'8 in Crocodile Dundee
Don't smoke don't do drugs said on 11/Jan/16
Well he still looked rather short even in his cowboy boots when he was in Crocodile Dundee I'd guess 5'8: Click Here
Christian said on 11/Jan/16
What made you change your mind Rob about Bowie beeing 5'10'' instead of 5'9''? Do you think he looked 5'10'' all his career? May he RIP.
Editor Rob: I didn't change my mind, he had a peak/current as he looked to have lost height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jan/16
Brad said on 11/Jan/16
Go to my February 1st 2012 post. He got longer than I was told from a decades old friend of his. he had been diagnosed almost 4 years ago?
PetePro said on 11/Jan/16
Re. David Bowie RiP: Seeing one of the many tributes to this great all-round artist, he looked only an inch shorter than Mick Jagger (in 'Dancing In The Streets'). Both had very similar trainers (training shoes). So probably 5'9" (which is exactly the average for English/British of his generation).
Brad said on 11/Jan/16
Go to my February 1st 2012 post. He got longer than I was told from a decades old friend of his.
James B said on 11/Jan/16
Shocked over his death RIP
Jareth said on 11/Jan/16
RIP to a legend. And I think 5'10 is fair. His pictures with bully corgan certainly make him look at LEAST that, though shows may have been a factor.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Jan/16
Really bummed out over his sudden passing today

RIP Starman
177-178 cm guy said on 11/Jan/16
R.I.P David.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Jan/16
Rob can you squeeze in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence? That's a great film worth mentioning. In The Man Who Fell to Earth at 7 minutes the camera shows his passport it's a bit blurred. It does appear as if one line says 1 m ...... 78 but the camera zooms in very quickly for it to be crystal clear. If you want to see it I'll send you a link externally, I'm always wary of sending links to film sites in public haha.
Rich in Portland said on 8/Dec/15
I accidentally backed into him at an after party for the Miami show on his Sound+Vision tour. I never considered that the dude going on about the Pixies behind me was actually him (since rock stars are too cool to go to the after parties for their own shows) which is probably a good thing as it kept me from doing or saying something eye-rollingly stupid). Any estimate that puts him taller than 5' 8" is being generous.
Turika said on 29/Oct/15
Met him repeatedly, worked with him often. I'm 5'8" and had to look up to him. 5'10" solid.
Cmogen said on 16/Oct/15
No way, I met him and I'm 5"10. He was a couple of inches shorter Han me
ZiggyPopdust said on 5/Aug/15
Looking at pictures of Bowie w/ Lou Reed in the 70s I'm convinced he is no more than an inch taller than Lou. If you ask me, he's probably a 5'9.5 out of bed 5'9" at the end of the day type and has been his whole adult life. Lou was probably 5'8.5" out of bed 5'8" at the end of the day type like Rob
Tr27 said on 11/Jul/15
Clearly, his mugshot shows that Bowie was 5'9 during his peak years, and that doesn't account for his footwear!
B-ran said on 21/May/15
I was pretty shocked to learn he was only 5'9 - 5'10 range. In old videos I always thought he appeared to be tall and lanky. I always assumed 6'1 or over.
Ben S said on 8/Apr/15
David Bowie signed an autograph for me in February 1996, and I'm 5'8 and he was around the same height as me. I would say he was no shorter than 5'8 and no taller than 5'9.

The V&A museum that showed the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition have his height down as 5'8 after all his costume/clothes measurements.
truth2 said on 9/Mar/15
@Yikes! Why on earth do you height trolls need so much to spew ultra BS? He was nothing under 5ft9.5-5ft10 peak, I actually though he was close to 6ft0 due to wearing high heeled footwear in the 70s ziggy footages. Jagger has at most half an inch in him, Mccartney around an inch, Lennon was the same height, Harrison slightly shorter.
Yikes! said on 24/Feb/15
My friend is a lighting designer and did a show with Bowie. He asked Bowie's advance man for his height because he needed an accurate fix to adjust the equipment: 5'5"
truth2 said on 24/Jan/15
I think Jagger was 178cm peak 177cm now, Bowie 177cm peak 176cm now. It is natural for men around 65-70 to lose 1cm after they start shrinking at 60,75-80 2cm, 85-90 3cm etc.
David said on 8/Jan/15
Happy Birthday David Bowie, 68 January 8th 2015.Rob the peak height of 5ft 10 is wrong.David Bowie always was 5ft 9 might still be at 68.Bowie has always had great perfect posture.I would say Mick Jagger also has perfect posture and in his early 70's has not lost height and still is 1.78cm 5ft 10 but is one inch taller than Bowie.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Nov/14
Rob can you add a photo and update with British singer and actor, best known for hits like Heroes, Fame, Let's Dance, Starman, Under Pressure and Ashes to Ashes. In film he has appeared in Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Prestige, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Linguini Incident and Basquiat. I wish he'd done more acting. He was terrific in The Prestige.
Jerico said on 11/Jul/14
In Zoolander and he's taller than Ben Stiller but noticeably shorter than Owen Wilson so; probably around 5'9".
truth said on 8/Feb/14
a hair under 5ft10 peak (176-177cm), now 175cm flat.
Josie said on 11/Jan/14
I believe he was 5'10" easily when he was younger, he didn't seem particularly tall or short. But now at 67, I'd say he's probably 5'8"-5'8" 1/2.
truth said on 1/Jan/14
I think about 175-177cm range.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Dec/13
I used to think he was at least a 6fter. Like, Freddie Mercury and Tom Jones, Bowie always seemed larger than life onstage or in music videos. Then you see them in person and you're completely mind blown by how that's just not the case. Don't get me wrong, they were never small guys but just smaller.
Zola said on 18/Oct/13
David Bowie walked right past me once. I'm 5'7 and he was about the same height, or very slightly taller, but there wasn't much in it. I remember being surprised as I always thought he was really tall. He's slight.
Sam said on 10/Oct/13
John Lennon and David Bowie were pretty similar in height. Interesting how the angle in the various pictures can make either seem taller than the other. Also interesting how skinny Bowie looks, making Lennon look solidly built in comparison.
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However, Bowie looks 2 inches shorter than Ray Davies who claims 5'11.75".
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So, I would guess that Bowie (and Lennon) are indeed right near 5'10" or a smidge under.
truth said on 7/Oct/13
Iggy Pop is either 5ft6.5 or 5ft7 then.
truth said on 7/Oct/13
Bowie if not 5ft10 is at least 5ft9.5 so pretty decent.
Sam said on 3/Oct/13
Iggy Pop is one to talk...Bowie looks generally at least 3 inches taller than him. I still think it would have been poor casting, but Elijah Wood was a good fit to play Iggy Pop in terms of Wood and Pop having similar stature.
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lavachevolante said on 30/Sep/13
I believe DB is not that tall (5ft10). Many pic shots when he is next to other people make me think that. Also he looks like someone with a very fine squeleton,shapes, figure, face... I think he must be small and with a long proportionned body. Often on videos, he might look tall (but he has high heels) because he is filmed in a way to look tall and sometimes there is another view (from the side or behind in a crowd of spectators like in the Starman video with the blue guitare in 72) and there he looks much smaller like a 1.70 (5ft7)tall person. AND ALSO I believe he's small because in an interview of Iggy Pop, he says that he was performing without knowing DB had comme to see him and, he says: "and there was that smal, tiny man on the side in the crowd weaving to me and it was David!".
David said on 23/Aug/13
Rob please can we have a height of crowded houses neil finn?
bb said on 4/Aug/13
He's 5'8'' and that's a fact.
David said on 30/Jul/13
I have seen the picture of freddie mercury and david bowie as a photo shoot backstage at live aid 85.Bowie had on one and a half inch heels and freddie had adidads sneakers on with hatdly an inch.I think mercury was 5ft 8 and a half anyway so bowie did appear an inch taller but i definitley think bowie is 5ft 9 and now maybe 5ft 8 and a half but with smoking all those fags taking drugs and delving into alcholism it never affected his height.Bowie now though and for years is so clean no drugs and no alchol.
syd said on 18/Jul/13
David is just about five ten. That was his peak height. As you get older you lean more forward. He walks tall so he can appear taller. If he was well overwight which he will never be he would also appear even taller. Syd Barrett walked tall as well and can appear taller than Roger Waters when they were together in Pink Floyd.
Bakura said on 16/Jul/13
He was an inch taller than 5'9" Freddie Mercury, definitely no less than 5'10" peak...
David said on 12/May/13
I have seen the picture where Ray Davies appears to be alot taller than David Bowie.That can't be right i mean Bowie who's 5ft 9 and Davies is a quarter of an inch off six foot.Well,there's 2 and 3 quarters of an inch difference in reality but the picture is very odd height wise.
truth178cm said on 5/Feb/13
today around 174cm, he was 176cm thought.
Jamesy said on 24/Jan/13
Didn't look 5'10 even at his peak more like 5'9
truth said on 5/Dec/12
5ft9.25 morning height to 5ft8.25/5ft8.5 evening peak height that what he looked to me to be honest. His skinny frame can trick you in believing 5ft10 +, but he is not over average height. Now 5ft9 morning down to 5ft8 evening. In the mugshot he was probably 5ft10 IN SHOES. Im 5ft9.5 evening and reach 5ft11-6ft range easily in shoes in the morning.
Adaliz said on 12/Oct/12
He's 5'10. His mugshot and his 1970 passport prove it. it's weitd that hes average height. He sems like a much taller man. Anyway, I love him. Hes a true original and legend.
David said on 4/Oct/12
David bowie is 5ft 9 and still is FACT.
Taz Mania said on 27/Sep/12
Bowie himself said he is 5'10" and a half (almost 5"11"). I've seen him up close and that seems right to me.
little sue said on 27/Aug/12
He might have been wearing his platform shoes of the 70's though
Nicole said on 26/Aug/12
Check out David's mugshot from 1976. He's a couple of inches shy of the 6' mark.
David said on 27/Jul/12
David bowie has been 5ft 9 since he was 17. One inch shorter than Sir Mick Jagger and on the video of Dancing in the street Bowie appears two inches shorter because there was no heel on Bowie's shoe. I love Bowie's rum haircuts and unique voice he will always be my number one rock star.
jas said on 9/Jun/12
check out youtube "lets dance" where he is playing in the outback pub, appears very small to be sure.
little sue said on 2/Feb/12
I would have put him at 5ft 9 in his prime. Brad, every year for the last 20 years someone has put it out that Bowie is seriously ill and expect to hear bad news but its all been rubbish.
Brad said on 1/Feb/12
He's gonna be well under 5' 10" in '12. Was told in L.A. this past weekend to expect a major item about his health very soon. You heard it here first. There's a reason he's hid from the world...sad sad stuff.
Pete said on 30/Jan/12
I met David Bowie in Toronto and he is 5'6 or 5'7 at the very most
stevie said on 22/Jan/12
Wow,always thought he was about 6 foot.
ziggie said on 30/Jun/07
He has different eyes (the other is just reflecting brown.) when he was 13 his best friend George Underwood punched him in the face for hanging around with some girl. The result after a major surgery was a dilated pupil/eye. So, from that day on he has an eye that reflects brown and one blue normal eye (before he had blue eyes.)
ziggie said on 29/Jun/07
Now in the other picture he looks more 5-10ish.
CoolJ said on 25/Jun/07
He's starting to look like a zombie Ronald Reagan
The Horse of FUNK said on 25/Jun/07
Seems more 5'9.5" in Glenn's recent photo... He also seems unhappy. One eye is red and the other is blue.
sdASd said on 23/Jun/07
that dued is 5 10
antron said on 21/Jun/07
oldman is shorter than bowie imo. Gary is more like 5'8-5'9' and Bowie is more like 5'10"
Lmeister said on 21/Jun/07
Take a look at the "Dancing in the Streets". David is clearly 5'8''ish without boots. David/Gary Oldman have the same built which makes them look 5'10''-5'11'' + shoes...
spiderknut said on 14/Jun/07
Q magazine number48 pegs him as 5 eight!!
anthony quinn said on 26/May/07
Great site -and cool photos -Met a few of my music artists myself -David Sylvian,Bowie,Bryan Ferry,Jim Kerr(all twice ).Dannii minogue,Human League to name a few -your spot on with Bowie -as i'm 5ft7 -i have 2 photos with him .
I would love to meet -Sharon Stone ,Sheryl Crow and Madonna .

glenn said on 16/Apr/07
he is 60.47 in the photo. and is 5-9 now.rumored and witnessed at 5-8 by friends of mine.
G-unit said on 12/Apr/07
goldfinger. man you're kidding? 60 years old, he looks 40. According to the picture I'd say 5'10.5.
Del Mar said on 10/Apr/07
In the pic seems 5-10, 5-11 but definitive wears boots or some kind of high shoes
Devlin said on 26/Mar/07
Looks a shade under 5-9 in that pic with the 5-11ish Ray Davies (greatest lyricist in Brit rock by the way...)
PJ said on 26/Mar/07
Bowie absolutely wears lifts, bumped into him in SoHo wearing sneakers standing 5'8.
goldfinger said on 13/Mar/07
Peak height? Bowie is 60 and still has a good posture.
Anonymous said on 10/Mar/07
one inch wolud be more precise....he is 175 centimeters trust me.
Lmeister said on 6/Mar/07
Here is a link to that video Click Here Time to downgrade him. He is still wearing boots with high heels and probably lifts...
Lmeister said on 6/Mar/07
Hmm I just saw "Dancing in the Streets" video. Bowie and Mick Jagger are both wearing trainers. Eventhough they are "dancing" all the time Mick seems to be 2 inches taller...
Jed said on 22/Dec/06
Bowie is at least 176 IMHO. Also with Glenn, he seems to lean just a bit and is still about an inch taller than him.
Brad said on 5/Nov/06
I saw him in '76 onstage and he was really thin. He might have been 5' 8" back then before he went healthy and off the white stuff. His latest wife is gorgeous. Panic In Detroit is the finest thing he's done.
Rackon said on 2/Nov/06
I don't know about these days...but in 1971 I was 5'11" and Bowie sure seemed close to my height...and he was not wearing platforms. I'd go for 5'10" in his heyday. He was also extremely thin at times during the 70's and 80's - drugs will do that to ya.
Anthony said on 21/Jun/06
Bowie has always been pretty thin. He looked pretty gangly back during his Ziggy Stardust days. I'd say he's about 5'9 1/2, with maybe hs weight making him seem a little over 5'10.
Glenn said on 24/May/06
In the 70s,maybe,MAYBE,he was one of his newer,all great cds,he sings "I wish I were taller".yes,he appears 5-9 to me now.but could be as low as 5-8.
Rastus said on 23/May/06
Come on people, Bowie is 5'9" tops and may even have shrunk down to 5'8.5" as he reaches 60. Yes, he wears lifts. Yes, he stands tall. Yes, his hair is nearly always 'up'. But like Dylan, the Stones, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop etc., he's a famous short-@rse. Have none of you guys ever seen the full picture from the Tin Machine CD cover? Bowie is in the foreground and they all look the same height in perspective. However, there's a full picture available somewhere and Bowie is actually standing on a box! Of course, he says he's 5'10", but all 5'8"-9" guys say that, especially famous ones!
sam said on 3/May/06
Almost 5'10" looks about right when compared to 5'11.75" Ray Davies here:
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Anonymous said on 11/Mar/06
if you look at photos with his wife, iman, who is listed as 5'9", he always seems to be a bit shorter than her. so i'm thinking he's probably closer to 5'8"...unless of course in those photos she's got on heels, then i'd figure him at 5'9", but definitely no taller than that

[Editor Rob: I think 5ft 10.5 was what he once claimed.]
Anonymous said on 6/Mar/06
Definitely looks 5'10 because he was an inch taller than Freddie Mercury who was 5'9" when they sang "Under Pressure during a Queen concert.
Glenn said on 4/Mar/06
he looks 5-9 tops nowadays.
A-Bomb said on 14/Feb/06
Hey Glenn nothing to do with height, but why weren't you guys looking at the camera for this one? It seems like you were posing for another picture or was it just a random natural shot? I've just always found it curious
Rocky said on 12/Feb/06
Ive seen Bowie claim 5'10.5 atleast twice on TV, but seeing that pic with Glenn he looks about 5'8.5, maybe 5'10.5 in his 20's with his shoes on 1st thing in the morning :), he's also well known for wearing all kinds of odd footwear including high heels (atleast on some live videos ive seen) and he has a very slight build all giving the illusion of height so he may very well be 5'8.5
CelebHeights Editor said on 18/Jan/06
Bowie and Glenn picture added.
DB said on 8/Dec/05
I remember seing in a magazine in the 80's a list of British rockstar heights. he was measured at 5'8.5 inches. He probably wears elevator shoes, In a concert with Tina Turner, he wore elevator shoes(it was noticeable), he barely towered over her,and she is 5'4" (probably 5'8" with her shoes).
RLG said on 17/Sep/05
I remember seeing David Bowie on a TV programme maybe five years ago or more in which they actually measured his height. It was 5'10.5" but I don't think they asked him to take his shoes off so I'd guess we'd be talking a little over 5'9" barefoot at that time.

I found this page mentions that programme and the height measurement:
mcfan said on 15/Sep/05
He's 5'9.5 or used to be that height. He was just a hair shorter than Lennon. Given his age...I doubt he's still 5'9.5.
CelebHeights Editor said on 25/Aug/05
From Bowie newsgroup:
"More 5'8 to 5'9 I'd say. The one time I stood beside him in close proximity, I had the impression of towering over him (and I'm only 6' 0")."

"I've met him twice and I know I said 5'10" or 5'11'. However; I'm only 5'7" and he didn't seem very much taller than myself. I'm guessing 5'9"

"I'm almost positive he's 5'10'' I'm 5'11.5, and I seemed an inch or two taller than him. Being thin makes him seem taller"

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