How tall is Dustin Hoffman ?

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Dustin Hoffman's height is 5ft 5in (165 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 5.5in (166 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, Rain Man, Kramer vs Kramer, All the President's Men, Papillon, Meet the Fockers, Marathon Man and Straw Dogs. He has commented on his height on many occasions and once mentioned he stood "Five foot five and 3/4", although he has also claimed to be 5ft 6 and even "Six and a half, really - almost five seven!"

How tall is Dustin Hoffman
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Comment on the Height of Dustin Hoffman

Ian C said on 13/Sep/15
It has been credibly reported that Dustin Hoffman is the model for the vainglorious actor Shorty in Elmore Leonard's novel, Get Shorty. The story is, Leonard wrote the character in revenge for having been badly treated by Hoffman on a movie deal.
Mike O said on 30/Jun/15
I'd say 5'4". Saw him walking down the street in LA several years ago. Small guy, slight as well as short but with a loud, distinctive voice.
Allie said on 15/Jun/15
Oh my, so that's why in Kramer vs Kramer he looked pretty short.
pegstan1 said on 13/Jun/15
Dustin Hoffman's height is not 5'6" . I met him and we spoke for about 20 mins. I am 5'5" and he was at least 2-3" shorter than me.
PeteFed said on 27/Mar/15
Whenever he's onscreen, he's a giant.
jtm said on 26/Mar/15
i thought you were finally convince he was never taller than 5'5 and he looks more like 5'4 now.
the shredder said on 26/Mar/15
The reason I think 5'5.75 peak is because he is like 77 yrs old and still looks 5 '5
Zane said on 15/Mar/15
Met him in Kensington in late 90s small guy , 5 , 4 and a bit with luck ,,,
Tr27 said on 14/Mar/15
Looked only 2 inches shorter than Robert de Niro. Probably 5'5 3/4" - 5'6" peak.
the shredder said on 30/Jan/15
Rob is 5'5.75 possible peak ? He claimed 5'6.5 and his well in his 70's and looks easy 5 '5 .
[Editor Rob: I think 5.5 is ok for him, I mean it is quite possible he measured earlier in the day and then saying 5.75 is fine if you went with earlier measurement.]
keith said on 12/Oct/14
5 foot6.5
mande2013 said on 30/Aug/14
Pacino, Hoffman, and Nicholson make up the New Hollywood 'holy trinity', with De Niro not too far behind I suppose.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
Little Big Man also another great film of his. He's one of those rare actors who really make their films great, especially in the 70s. He was sort of like the face of New Hollywood wasn't he. Love him.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Aug/14
I didn't see Scarlet's heels but she looked 2-3 inches taller than him in the film and really made him look more 5'4" range. Generally though I agree he doesn't look under 5 ft 5.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Aug/14
Rob can you add Kramer vs Kramer, All the President's Men, Papillon, Meet the Fockers, Marathon Man and Straw Dogs?

is there any chance of an inch downgrade from peak now? Honestly, seeing him next to Scarlet Johannson in Chef he looked 5'4" range.
[Editor Rob: I don't think he's quite that low, but he doesn't look above 5ft 5 today]
Lebensdorf said on 4/Aug/14
I think he was no more than 5'5 at his peak. He looked a foot shorter than Jon Voigt in Midnight Cowboy (Voigt, who was about 6'2, wore cowboy boots). He also looked almost a foot shorter than 6'2 Warren Beatty in Ishtar. It's hard to imagine that he was ever even a fraction taller than 5'5.
the shredder said on 19/Jun/14
Rob , Williams still edged him out with the hook heels , maybe he really was 5 '5 max ?
the shredder said on 16/Jun/14
Rob , how much would you say his heels in Hook are?
[Editor Rob: a little over 2 inches]
the shredder said on 10/Jun/14
Rob , I am sure he lost about an inch.
fsd said on 18/Mar/14
his peak height was 5'5 flat today he's like a weak 5'4
Brad said on 14/Mar/14
5' 4" now.
Meltdown said on 23/Feb/14
If 5'5.5 was his peak height, he can't be any taller than 5'4 now. Probably 5'3.5 a couple hours after waking up.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Jan/14
Looks 5'5" in Straw Dogs.
ian c. said on 24/Dec/13
Hoffman is a short leading man who has always made it a point of honor never to lie about his height. In Kramer versus Kramer he even has a line of dialogue that has nothing to do with the basic storyline where his character mentions in passing that he is short. That "and three quarters" of an inch is meant as a joke, I'm sure.
mister_lennon said on 14/Nov/13
no way. He was 5'5 at peak, never more of that. Now, he is about 5'4. same height than Al Pacino.
Metal Power said on 13/Nov/13
He always looked around 5'6 or slightly less than 5'7 to me. He's not crazy short, just a bit short
big Ban said on 7/Nov/13
OMG he is at least 6.2.... wtf are you guys writing
Arch Stanton said on 21/Sep/13
Looks between 5'5 and 5'6" in Kramer vs Kramer
Arch Stanton said on 7/Sep/13
Looks 5 ft 5 range in The Graduate.
Cole said on 19/Jun/13
I thought he was 5'4? Certainly doesn't look much more than that with, for example 5'6 Jack Black.
truth said on 1/Jan/13
cruise is a legit 171cm, hoffman 165cm.
Brad said on 25/Jul/12
5' 5" next to me 42 years ago, and I owned him as a kid! Serious short.
leonari said on 5/Feb/12
Btw: I don't believe his 5'5 3/4 nor his 5'6 claim. The man was a solid 5'5"
guy in his heyday. Never more.
leonari said on 5/Feb/12
Sam: Dustin is a professional so refusing to play with tall was never an option, but his short height bothered him a great deal...for years. Apparently he got therapy and managed to overcome it.
George H. said on 27/Sep/07
Hoffman is a talented guy, but just like DeNiro I feel that his later work are just projects to keep busy. Nothing like the really meaty roles they used to play. Cruise does not even qualify as a lift wearer anymore. To me heīs a high heel wearer.
Annie said on 23/Sep/07
Responding to George H. from 7/Mar/07, you can bet that Cruise was wearing lifts! I'm not a big cruise fan, but his acting in "Rainman" was really overlooked. The more you watch it, the more his performance grows...and this from a gal who thinks he's off the deep end now! Just saw "Stranger Than Fiction" and dustin looked tiny, but was acting mostly w/ big Will Farrell. Dustin still rules!
George H. said on 13/Sep/07
I found a clip of Ishtar on YouTube Click Here From the 2.36 mark you can see Hoffman and Beatty standing together. There's another clip where they're sitting next to each other and the size difference is already clear in that, too Click Here . Hysterical movie.
Aratirion said on 25/Aug/07
An austrian newspaper recently said he'd be 163 cm. Anyway, I don't believe them.
the shredder said on 23/Jul/07
Rob , do you think he was a full 5 ft 6 at his peak ? ... he was always listed that height !

[Editor Rob: nah, he made light of the 3/4 at an awards. Although he does round up and says 5ft 6.
Ivan 6\\\'2.25 said on 6/Jul/07
In the 1976 thriller movie Marathon Man he was 39 yo and Sir Laurence Olivier was
69 yo, he's about 3 inches shorter than the legendary old man who was at least 1.80 m in the early acting years.
George H. said on 4/Jul/07
There are two telling scenes in Dick Tracy as far as the height of Beatty opposite Pacino is concerned. One is when the bad guys take Tracy into the basement. When Beatty passes Pacino, a hunched Pacino with hat on barely reaches Beattyīs shoulders. You can also see the difference in their respective heights when you compare how far the table comes up to their legs. Then, in the wide shot of the scene where Tracy and Big Boy fight in the factory, Beatty walks up to Pacino from behind and literally dwarfes him. Itīs extra funny because initially little Pacino's character has the upper Without the hunch, Pacino is probably 5'5", with I'd say 5'3" or maybe even 5'2".
Mister Lennon said on 12/Jun/07
I would say that pacino is 5'6 and hoffman is 5'5. In dick tracy, there are a shot with both ot them, and pacino looked slightly taller than hoffman, and even he was playing a hunchback and looked shorter than he normally is. I would say that in real life, pacino is one or two inches taller than hoffman.
glenn said on 12/Jun/07
pacino is 5-5.dustin is 5-6.
17,181* said on 11/Jun/07
wow,hes smaller than pacino.never wouldve believed it.
leonari said on 7/Jun/07
Marcel: he never was a full 5'6" guy...
runt said on 6/Jun/07
he had the opportunity to wear heels in "Tootsie". Tootsie didn't look to me like a 5-6 chick+heels. She looked like a 5-4.5 chick+heels
Franco said on 11/Apr/07
you can see he is almost 8cm shorter....check the eyeline of Glenn and Dustin, dont look at the head cause Dustin got big hair.

Dustin couldn't care less about his height and if he said 5'5.5 i believe him totally (although i think he is 5'6 honestly in his prime).
He is a charismatic but modest person, he comes very often to Italy and even made a couple of advertising of Italian Coffee, he's also pretty funny.

i'm sure Glenn can confirm im saying the truth :)

so 5'6 prime , 5'5 now.
Marcel said on 19/Mar/07
Glenn he looks your height in this picture. For your sake either you better be slouching or he has massive lifts on!

[Editor Rob: or the person taking photo is close to them and hoffman is slightly closer to the camera. That could take away some perceived height especially if the person taking pic is shorter than glenn]
George H. said on 7/Mar/07
Hey, where the heck did my comments go? Luckily I saved them, haha.
About Cruise being taller than Hoffman, yes, but hardly towering over him. Click Here Click Here Click Here
Cruise differs about as much with Hoffman as Ben Stiller Click Here
Voight towers over Hoffman Click Here
Brosnan towers over Hoffman Click Here
Sutherland towers over Hoffman Click Here
And of course Beatty towers over Hoffman Click Here
Click Here Click Here Click Here
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Max said on 5/Mar/07
I meet him once with my wife, she is 5'4" and she was the same height as him. She had flat sandals on.
marlon said on 2/Mar/07
tom cruise looked a good few inches tall tha hoffman .
i dont think he was as tall as 5ft 6 he is round the 5 4 mark.
leonari said on 12/Dec/06
never more than 5'5" ...3/4...I think he was joking
Anthony said on 11/Dec/06
Well, then. I guess I'm wong. Might be getting grumpier with age.
Glenn said on 11/Dec/06
Strangely,I heard he has been a **** in the last month,but in the last 40 years he has been it the top 3 or so nicest celebs ever.great guy who doesnt mind you hanging out in front of his apt building.most celebs hate that, rightfully so.this pic is in front of his building.he told me he was tired.but happily obliged to signing and posing for about 6 of us.
Anthony said on 10/Dec/06
Glenn, out of sheer curiousity, how's Dustin in person? I hear he has a knack for being difficult to work with, and he looks kinda ticked off in your photo.
Brad said on 9/Dec/06
I shook his hand in 1970 and I was taller than he was at 13 years old! My father dwarfed him. Hell everybody from Playbill Magazine was taller than him that night. Jerry Ohrbach (spelling) dwarfed him. The girls outside the theatre. He's an equal opportunity person to look tall with and a nice guy.
Editor Rob said on 4/Dec/06
Was saying in totalfilm "I'm the tallest person in my family! My older brother, he's like, 5ft 5 and he hated being short, so when he was about 14 or 15 he used to literally [stand on his tiptoes] when he went through a door. He'd convince himself that he was taller."
Franco said on 16/Nov/06
funny thing is....the difference from top of head till your eyes are about 10cm....this means if a guy is 1.73 sees himself as 1.63, that's why a 1.73 guy says I WANT TO BE TALLER.

i say this because mr. Hoffman (a legend actor) always looked short indeed and i think he is 1.65cm.
Glenn said on 8/Nov/06
Im sure his height varies in lifts.though,when you think about it,he always looks short.
leonari said on 8/Nov/06
I truly think Hoffman isn't taller than 165 cm. Thats why Cruise who is 170-171 cm looks considerably taller in Rain Man. Because he is a solid 2 inches taller than Hoffman.
Chris said on 8/Nov/06
Iīm just telling you what she saw leonari, I donīt believe it either, I think Hoffman is in the 5'5'' range.
leonari said on 8/Nov/06
yeah sure: Hoffman 170 cm...why not! clearly non believable sources....ridiculous
Glenn said on 8/Nov/06
I didnt notice.I was too nervous to not miss out on photo op.
Chris said on 7/Nov/06
I friend of mine met Hoffman, she is 5'6'' and she said he was 170 cm. Did you notice if he had lifts on Glenn?
dmeyer said on 6/Nov/06
cruise is 2 inches taller
Glenn said on 6/Nov/06
Im 5-6.
Aussie Bloke said on 5/Nov/06
that Picture of Glenn certainly doesn't indicate that Dustin in only 5ft5, he looks the same/marginally shorter in that picture. Maybe he was wearing lifts in his shoes on that paricular night, or maybe Glenn is only 5ft6-5ft7???
George H said on 16/Oct/06
Padraig, I added a comment with lots of photolinks earlier, before the comments were refreshed, but I just now discovered that my cookies had been cleaned, so it may have been posted as anonymous....

[Padraig: I'm afraid I just deleted it because links from corbis go all wonky due to the characters in the link, I'm sorry.]
leonari said on 13/Oct/06
I love Dustin Hoffman.He is one of the best actors ever: BUT: I never really believed his claim of bein almost 5'6"...Any way today he seems far from this Mark. I also have to go with 5'4.5" or something like that
Glenn said on 12/Oct/06
I think 5-4 is possibke.probably wears lifts to get to 5-6.Cruise towers over him.
Brad said on 12/Oct/06
I wouldn't doubt 5' 4". Anybody know why there hasn't been a sequel to The Graduate?
anon said on 10/Oct/06
I stood next to him about 2 minutes ago...he's 5'4. Without a doubt 5 foot 4.
kene said on 15/Sep/06
i got no idea that warren beatty was so tall standing next to hoffman.. is he 6ft3.5?? hoffman looks more like 164..165ish..
leonari said on 18/Aug/06
I don't see how this guy was ever taller than 5'5"...and that is a stretch. He is approaching 70 years of age...most people shrink a bit when they are that old. People who say close to 5'7" are out of their mind! Amazing actor.One of the best!
Brad said on 18/Aug/06
I met him around '70 when he did some Broadway play. He was about 5' 5". People forget how popular he was back then. He had screaming girls waiting for him outside.
dmeyer said on 3/Aug/06
he looks almost as tall as glenn in the photo
Glenn said on 1/Aug/06
Your right gabriel.I get your can be tricky in general.
gabriel said on 31/Jul/06
The only thing I doubt is that he is wearing normal shoes. Anyway, the analysis was kind of fun to do; the tricks you can utilize to make yourself appear taller other than using lifts in a shoe.

Which to be, rich and short or poor and tall?
Glenn said on 27/Jul/06
Without getting into all of that, which you are right about,its obvious Im taller,and there was no need for the scrutiny.unless of course someone,besides you were doubting me.
gabriel said on 26/Jul/06
Your head is slightly back and his is slightly down, his hair is bigger than yours and his shoulders look at your level, his suit gives the shoulders a strange slant though. He has a long head, in comparison to yours, the exhausted look in is face might be from the lifts. He has thinner eye brows and eyes in that picture, it actually helps his height out because it makes him look less stocky, except for that nose. There is a vertex in the center; you guys are standing at the shoulders but at an angle so that your right shoulder is closer to the camera and his left shoulder likewise.

The way the light looks on the faces, was this taken at night or in the dark? You can get away with more at night with your shoes, street magicians do this especially.
Glenn said on 23/Jul/06
How is that possible that he looks my height?
gabriel said on 22/Jul/06
Glenn, are you alright :) You look shocked in some pictures...

Anyway Hoffman looks as tall as you here.
Frank2 said on 12/Jun/06
Voit's official height has always been 6'2". Remember that in Midnight Cowboy, Voit wore cowboy boots with two inch heels while Hoffman shuffled around in old worn out shoes.
Anthony said on 11/Jun/06
Look at the cover of "Midniht Cowboy". Jon Voigt was about 6'3 in his prime (probably a little shorter now) and he TOWERS over Hoffman. I'd say Hoffman is barely 5'5, and with him getting up there in age, probably closer to 5'4.
Frank2 said on 19/Apr/06
McQueen was a solid 5'10".
boogie said on 18/Apr/06
I'd put Hoffman at 5'5". Compare him to Mcqueen in Papillion. Mcqueen was about 5'9.5"
Gonzalo said on 30/Mar/06
I always thought he was a midget but I remember this movie with Sean Connery and, yes, he was much shorter, but less than what I expected. He might be close to 5`7
Glenn said on 13/Mar/06
I dont agree with you at all.I see cruise at least 2 inches taller.
Francois Levrouse said on 12/Mar/06
On the cover of the DVD movie "Rainman" with Tom Cruise, there is a telephoto shot image of him and Tom Cruise walking togethere, full frontal body shot including shoes. Both are remarkably of the same height. But please notice because of his Autistic character role Dustin is hunched and crouched while Tom Cruise has his neck stretched out like a goose. Dustin is wearing pyjama loafer shoes while Tom seems to be wearing some kind of designer shoes. Either Dustin Hofmann is 5'11" like Tom Cruise or Tom is 5'5" like Dustin. Which is which?
Ray said on 21/Feb/06
No, he looks shorter. He's shorter than Rachel Weisz by atleast 3 inches.
Parker said on 19/Jan/06
Forget about the hair. Look where Dustins eyes line up against Glenns face. At the nose or just below giving a 2" difference. Dustin's height about 5'6 in this, and consistent with Glenn measurement against Cruise.
elio said on 19/Jan/06
Looking only about 1.5" shorter than Glenn. His hair looks a bit deceptive though. Hard to tell where his head ends. I'm sure he wears big shoes, so going from looking like a 5'5 3/4" guy to a guy who looks more like 5'6 1/2" is probably feasible.
CelebHeights Editor said on 19/Jan/06
Glenn and dustin pic added.
gyllenhaalic823 said on 2/Dec/05
He really does look pretty short in Moonlight Mile compared to Jake, I was guessing along the lines of 5'6" though, but I guess I was wrong.
Or Jake could have not been done growing there and was only 5'11.5" or something, after all he was only 21 when that was filmed and some people grow after that. Not much, but slightly.
Off-topic: *I just saw Moonlight Mile tonight!! LOVED IT!*
leonari said on 12/Jul/05
MCFAN I really wonder where you saw a 2 to 3 inch (7.5 cm !!!!!!!) between Hoffman and Stiller. Hoffman is wearing Sandals or Slippers or is barefoot throughout the movie...Do you realize what a substancial difference 3 iches make in height?? I guess not...Think of a guy of 175 cm and someaone over 182 cm...Stiller is wearing sneakers which are without any reasonable doubt higher than Hoffmans Sandals or Slippers!!!!! Plus Dustin Hoffman is over 66 years old. He said himself more than once that he was 5.5 3/4. That was his height in his prime man!! GET REAL!! People at that age have lost 3/4 of an inch if not more!!! Strange people disagree with you all the time. Watch Starsky and Hutch and see how Owen Wilson towers over Stiller and Wilson ain't taller than 5'10.5"if he is that tall! PLEASE...
McFan said on 12/Jul/05
I disagree with the Ricardo's comment regarding DeNiro's and Stiller's height. They're quite stocky...especially Stiller and I can see 2-3 inches between Hoffman's and their heights. Stiller doesn't look 5'8 but he has long arms and is pretty thick giving him the appearance of someone shorter. He's 3 inches taller than Aniston in "What About Polly." Watch it closely and you will see this yourself. It surprised me too. I thought he was 5'6-7, not 5'8. DeNiro is an inch taller than him, so I don't see much doubt there as to 5'8 and 5'9 as their true heights.
Ricardo said on 8/Jul/05
i remember watching the 2005 MTV awards and he made a joke about the only man that doesn't have to bend when talking on the microphone. He's a very funny man. So It doesn't matter if he's 5.5.5
Lmeister said on 16/Jun/05
As I commented yesterday. Dustin is almost 68 years old now so he has certainly lost at least an inch even more could be possible...5'4.5'' would be closer to the truth...
Ricardo said on 4/May/05
After watching that pic, their is no way ben stiller is 5'8" or robert deniro 5'9". My little brother is 5'5 1/2" and the top of his head reaches about the top of my ears, and i'm 5'8 1/2". Robert is 5'7" and Ben 5'6"
leonari said on 3/May/05
I have a huge problem regarding Hoffman and Stiller. Watch the movie "meet the Fockers" where Dustin is wearing some sort of sandals almost throughout the movie and Stiller's fotwear lloks to have bigger heels than Hoffmans. To me Hoffman looked half inch shorter than Stiller but no more. I would say that accurate height for Hoffman is indeed 5'5" and Stiller is barely more than 5'6. Dear editor >I would really suggest to watch this movie if you haven't seen it not just because it's fun but there are many scenes to compare the heights of these two actors.

[Editor Rob: Was this one scene that you had the problem with ;) Yes, Stiller is a puzzler...he truly could be shorter than what I give him...]
CelebHeights Editor said on 5/Mar/05
From the top of someone's skull to the base of their chin when in a normal pose is a very average 24cm. A 30cm skull would be fine for Andre the Giant. Jake is close to 7 inches taller in my opinion. I'm tempted to whip 0.5 inches off Hoffman ;)
Pete said on 5/Mar/05
I think you need to review your measuring, firstly the head is 12 inches especially for Jake, and Hoiffman is clearly 10 inches shorter and also I've seen him and he is barely that.

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