Humphrey Bogart's Height
5ft 8in (173 cm)
American actor best remembered for roles in Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, To Have and Have Not, High Sierra, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny and Sabrina. He was oft described as a 'Cinematic Dwarf' when in fact, he wasn't as short as many would have you believe. At times he wore really outrageous shoes on set to give him a taller appearance - literally having blocks attached to his shoes. In the film Dark Passage he gives his measurements as "40 chest, 15.5 collar, 34 sleeve, shoe size 8b."
I'm five feet nine and one-half inches. I weigh 150 pounds, the same as when I was nineteen, believe it or not. I just don't gain weight or lose.
- Bogie: The Good-bad Guy, 1965
Bogart was slighter than I imagined - five feet ten and a half.
- Lauren Bacall
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Tom said on 16/Mar/16
With lifts he could look 5'10".
charlie said on 5/Mar/16
i just watched Sabrina 1954 . 5 foot 10 William Holden standing beside a 3 to 4 inch shorter Humphrey Bogart I would say Bogart was5foot 6 inches. I made a mistake on my last post. Bogart is 5 foot 6 inches....was.
charlie said on 1/Mar/16
Humphrey Bogart was 5' 7. He was no wear near 5 foot 9 as some people suggested in this Article. The movie Sabrina Humphrey Bogart is numerously standing along side of 5' 10 William Holden and you can see a difference.Now the question is was William Holden really 5 '10 or perhaps maybe 5' 9 which would make Bogart even shorter. It's been known that male actors from the silver screen up to now wear lifts and always add an inch to their height. Sure why not? if a short guy is 5 foot 4 he may as well say 5 foot 5 and who's going to question him. That gives him an extra inch less for people to talk about. Bogart never tuck me as a tall person. He and Cagney seemed to be very close in height in the movies they did together and Cagney was about 5 foot 5 inches.Seeing Bogart in The African Queen numerous times i can only recall how short i thought he was. Now i am 5 foot 10 inches and looking in the mirror i really do appear very tall and 5 foot 10 matches me very well. Bogart was 5' 7 inches.
Chaz said on 15/Nov/15
5'8''? why would he be said to have been short? when that was average height at that time?
said on 12/Aug/15
Bogart in his lifts with 5'9 Ingrid Bergman
the shredder said on 11/Aug/15
That's a big claim and I do not believe he was that , But 5'7 is bs. I honestly think he was over 5'8 but not 5'9
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Aug/15
Rob, I'd say he could have hit that mark in dress shoes.
He looked average in Casablanca.
Sam said on 10/Aug/15
Yeah, Bogart's biography by Eric Lax refers to him claiming 5'9.5" (without providing the quote) and also his being claimed at 5'7.5" early on in his career, with the truth being he was right in between those two. However, it also states that Bacall was as tall as him.
Steve said on 9/Aug/15
I checked out Knowitall's claim of 5'71/2" and it's correct. But I seriosly doubt Bogie had a 40" chest. Probably at most 38". He was small boned and it shows. He wore jackets with padded shoulders.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Aug/15
@ Rob, his height in lifts! Great photo BTW it's almost like he's touching us.
Editor Rob said on 9/Aug/15
I thought I had a quote for Humphrey, but finally found one...he claimed to be 5ft 9.5!
Arch Stanton said on 26/Jul/15
He pulls off looking 5 ft 9 with guys like Fredric March and Rod Steiger. About an inch shorter than both. Had to have been in lifts in most of his films, even if not big ones.
RKV said on 6/May/15
Definitely too short to play Marlowe (described as "six feet one half inch" in The Long Goodbye novel). Similar to Daniel Craig difficulty.
Arch Stanton said on 4/May/15
Rob also mention he was described as 5 ft 10 and 165 pounds in it. I think the stats are all legit except they were calling his height in lifts haha!
Arch Stanton said on 4/May/15
Rob in the film Dark Passage he gives his measurements. Can you mention "In the film Dark Passage he gives his measurements as "40 chest, 15.5 collar, 34 sleeve, shoe size 8b." I think those are legit.
said on 15/Dec/14
I've heard 5ft7 and 5ft8 being mentioned for this guy.
Rob, would somewhere between those be closer?
[Editor Rob: I think 5ft 8 is ok for him, I wouldn't go as low as 5ft 7.]
Sam said on 12/Dec/14
Bogie's second wife, Mayo, was a scary character, a basketful of crazy really. Bogie was a dour kind of guy and probably an alcoholic but he had a strong moral code. He pointed to his early relationship & marriage to Bacall as his happiest but right around their wedding he got drunk & mean and then left her crying so he could go off alone on his boat. The Lax bio from Bogart is a good read. His Dixon Steele character he didn't like as it may have been too on-the-nose.
littlesue said on 30/Nov/14
Arch,old Hollywood biographies hard to get now, have probably read over 100 but some on the same actor/actress. I look in Charity shops for them but once a year I get hubby to take me up to Hay on Wye to the book shops there where I pick up a few.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
@Sue By your estimate how many Hollywood biographies have you read? I agree it can be compelling reading. I must read more myself!
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/14
@Sam LOL I wasn't aware of the toupee.
Ed T. said on 9/Nov/14
5'7-5'7.5'' seems most likely. Certainly no taller than 5'8".
In Angels with Dirty Faces, looks to have two-three inches on Cagney, who was most likely between 5'4" and 5'5".
Watched Crime School with Bogart and the Dead End Kids the other night. Although the Dead End Kids were not tall, Billy Halop was probably 5'8" or close to it. Bogart looked about 5'11" next to Halop. He must have been wearing those Shoe Blocks in that film. He would never try that with Cagney. Cagney would have probably belted him if he pulled that Shoe Block nonsense.
Bogart looks small in The Caine Mutiny. Granted there were some tall actors in the cast of the Caine Mutiny, such as Fred MacMurray, but Bogart looks rather small. Can't believe he was ever 5'9". Even 5'8" seems a bit of a stretch.
Sam said on 27/Oct/14
To me the fact that Bogart was self-conscious about his height, wasn't big or tall, wore a toupee, was physically abused by his second wife, came from a rich family, or wore lifts doesn't diminish my admiration for him or make me consider it laughable to call him tough...I've read bios of him and he could be tough, and could physically take down considerably bigger dudes if they ticked him off.
elRey said on 25/Oct/14
character, that's how
Parker said on 16/Sep/14
I read somewhere that bogie would stand on a step to appear taller in movies. He was. 5' 7" but looks to be talked than Bacall in movies. Yet he wasn't. How could a short skinny guy with Barney fife physique be tough? Laughable.
JER said on 25/Aug/14
The photo that Parker refers to on this page is clearly the definitive answer for me. Take a look, Bacall was a tall 5'8" model before her movie career, so judging from the photo, Bogie must have been around 5'9" tall in bare feet.
John said on 28/Jul/14
5ft 7in maximum.
Realist said on 19/Jul/14
5'7.5 Rob, the US Navy thing is accurate i am quite sure as Knowitall says, will u be able to search for his ID from 1918 Detective? That'll be it. Even in todays world a 5'7-5'8 guy is able to survive, in those days it was more than enough, i dont know about 2060 though.
Greg Lehmann said on 5/Jul/14
Closer to my 5'7" height. It was painful watching him last year in The Harder They Fall,about boxers being manipulated by greedy managers,but I could tell he was dying of esophogal cancer,which took his life in 1957 at the age of 62. It was painful seeing Bogart manage a boxer who couldn't fight,and when Toro was KO'ed by a broken jaw,he asked boxer Jersey Joe Wolcott why his boxing protégé kept taking those poundings,and Wolcott told Bogart,"Some guys can sell out,others can't or won't." Then in Eddie Willis' (Bogart) attempt in the final scene to get the government to outlaw boxing,it didn't work out. But it was a great way to end the movie.
Sam said on 28/Apr/14
That was close to his height, in his Casablanca "shoes"!
littlesue said on 25/Apr/14
I'm just reading Lauren Bacall's autobiography and she has jus met Humphrey and she describes him as 5ft 10.5!!
said on 29/Mar/14
Looks an inch taller tha Alan Ladd in this picture. Not sure what either had on their feet but looks reasonable for a 5'7.5 Bogie
Knowitall said on 20/Mar/14
Like I said, Bogie was measured at five-seven & 1/2 when he enlisted in the US Navy in 1918.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Mar/14
5'7.5" is very possible but I doubt he was shorter. In a lot of his films he was stood by six footers.
Lebensdorf said on 8/Mar/14
I would say he was about 5'7. This was average for men of his era but "average" is always seen as somewhat short anyway. There were a lot of male leads well over six feet in those days -- Gary Cooper, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, etc, so Bogart was on the short side no doubt about it.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Mar/14
Always makes me laugh at the beginning of the Big Sleep
"You're not very tall are you"
"Well I try to be"
Realist said on 1/Mar/14
He was called short in his generation. 172 was the average at that time. Don't you think he was shorter. Nobody goes on calling Sean Penn (173) or Matt Damon (175) short.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Feb/14
Rob can you tweak it, it's To Have and Have Not.
Bogart looked dead short in The Caine Mutiny. Even though it had a tall cast he could look 5'7" range in comparison at times.
Sam said on 19/Feb/14
His biography claimed that he stood 5'8.5" and was around the same height as Lauren Bacall.
Arch Stanton said on 17/Feb/14
Rob can you replace Angels with Dirty Faces with To Have and Have Not, that film was primarily Cagney's really, he wasn't the lead in it, although he is associated with it.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Feb/14
Rob here's a challenge: adding some more of his notable films. Obviously he appeared in tons of good films but the ones I think which should be covered which are missing include: Angels with Dirty Faces, High Sierra, To Have and Have Not, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, In a Lonely Place, The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny and Sabrina.
Really looked short in High Sierra. He could look as low as 5'7" range at times. Didn't think much of that film which is rare for me to think that of a Bogart movie.
Bacall? She looked pretty tall, somewhere around 172-3.
Lorne said on 16/Jan/14
How tall do you think his wife was, then Arch?(Bacall, of course) plenty of pics around, even barefoot, he's taller, yet they are both oddly listed 5ft8 now. Bacall was listed 5ft7.5, but then Rob decided to upgrade her, well fine, but Bogie should get a quarter inch then, or take one from her(I'd do both) since he is(well was) taller.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Nov/13
Can look 5'7 range in Beat the Devil
Arch Stanton said on 8/Nov/13
Holden looks almost 3 inches taller in Sabrina, and Bogie looks about an inch taller than Audrey Hepburn, somewhere around 5 ft 8 seems right. He could seem taller at times because of footwear and because he had an unusually long face for a guy his height.
Lorne said on 18/Oct/13
He was taller than his wife, they shouldn't be listed the same. IMO, Humphrey Bogart's Height is 5ft8.25in, Bacall 5ft7.75, though I could certainly see him 5ft8.5
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jul/13
Could have sworn that Rob once had Bogart at 5'8.5". I'd guess he was 172-3. 5'7.5"-5'8" looks more accurate to me, this is surely a good downgrade. He wore massive stacked heels and still looked way shorter than guys over 6 ft.
said on 17/Jul/13
Bogart was about five seven and a half. That's how he was measured when he enlisted in the US Navy in 1918 when he was 18.
With lifts he could appear to be five nine in shoes, but that was about it.
They also used tricks such as placing him on boards or closer to the camera than the taller actor he was standing next to.
In Sabrina, he was visibly shorter than William Holden who's listed as having been five eleven.
In the film To Have and Have Not, Walter Brennan purposely made himself appearbto be shorter by keeping his legs bent. In real life Brennan was at least six feet tall and could have been six foot one. He was the same height as Red Skelton who was supposedly six two.
Robby D said on 14/Jun/13
I have just been watching the film, "Dark Passage" staring Bogart and Bacall. In one of the scenes Bogart gets out of bed and he is at least an inch taller than Bacall. Therefore unless he wore lifts in bed I would say if Bacall was 5'8" then Bogart would be nearer 5'9".
tex said on 13/Jun/13
many, many pics of Bogart and Bacall on their boat, the Santana. Bogart is slightly taller than Bacall, who is listed as 5'8" on this site. He is probably 5'8" and 1/2
said on 1/Jun/13
Peter Lorre looks an inch or so taller than Rooney.....5'3 a good estimate,and Bogie 5'8.
Arch Stanton said on 18/May/13
Him and Lorre must have had the same zapatero, as in Casablanca Lorre had on those block shoes like you describe here! He must have been very height conscious because I've noticed he often has actors shorter than him stood next to him so at times he even looks quite tall. But he was definitely noticeably shorter than Sydney Greenstreet who was listed at 5'9" and looked it easily.
Arch Stanton said on 17/May/13
Watching Casablanca right now and he's got 5 probably 6 inches on Peter Lorre who I'd guess at 5 ft 3. I could buy 5'8.5" but nothing more.
said on 17/Mar/13
5'4/5'5?........absolutely absurd. Where on earth do these claims come from?
Here he is barefoot with his 5'8 listed wife. She's got ground advantage.
Julian St. Pierre said on 9/Mar/13
Don't be ridiculous. He looks downright average - 5.10ish in African Queen. 5.4? Come now.
Rob Bryant said on 3/Feb/13
I've got a old book about Hollywood. It has a picture of Bogart taking a smoke break. He's sitting down with his legs crossed. He actually has 4x4 blocks duct taped to his feet. If he was 5'-9" the extra 4" would make him 6'-2". But if you look at the fact that he was about the same size as Sly Stallone, 5'-5" the extra 4" would lift him up to 5'-9" which is what he claimed to be. If you will notice all short actors, 5'-4" to 5'-6" claim to be 5'-9".
Rich said on 24/Jan/13
All I know is this; I saw his footprint in Hollywood and man did he have small feet. Probably a size 3(uk)
Mammal X said on 4/Jan/13
I can believe Bogart was a bit under 5'8"...maybe as low as 5'7". Anything lower than that seems dubious. There are a TON of photos of Bogie and Bacall boating, barefoot, side-by-side. He is a little taller than her, and she was a legit 5'7".
Copnovelist195 said on 9/Nov/12
Preposterous! He was no more than 5ft4 and I've read that from numerous sources. They put him up against some true midgets in his films - guys of under 5ft - to make him look taller. Peter Lorre being one good exmaple.
Jack said on 30/Jul/12
I think he was 5'8.5", I think he looked shorter than he was because of his big head.
Sam said on 25/Oct/11
According to his biographers Eric Lax & A.M. Sperber, Bogart was 5'8.5", which (if I recall correctly) was cited as measured when he was going into the Navy. He didn't always look quite this mark in photos to me, though close.
lorne said on 23/Oct/11
Bogart was NOT under 5ft8. Sorry people, but his wife was a solid 5ft7, and he was comfortably taller her. Seriously, just look at Parkers pics... No way a 5ft7 guy could look 3 or 4 inches taller than a 5ft7 woman, lifts or not!!!
Personally, I think he was a fraction over 5ft8 from watching his movies, but it can be hard to tell since it is hard enough judging exact height in modern times; much less the 30s and 40s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TruebloodFan said on 17/Oct/11
agreed folks, he did leave an under 5'8 impression.
guyfrommars said on 21/Sep/11
"The Tom Cruise of his era" - except that Bogart was actually a good actor, he starred in quality films and wasn't a member of a brainwashing sect.
Sam said on 21/Jul/11
Not only does he look taller than Ingrid Bergman thanks to his huge lifts in Casablanca but also looks close to to the height of 6'3" Paul Henreid.
guyfrommars said on 10/Jul/11
Logan: No, he was not 5'5", but yes, he was shorter than Bergman in Casablanca. But Ingrid was 5'9" and wore around 3-inch heels. Bogie was 5'7" and even in his lifts, he was shorter than her, so they used different methods to make him look taller: camera angles, have him standing on a box, etc. But Bogart was certainly not 5'5". But he wasn't 5'8" either. I'd say 5'7" barefoot.
Reed said on 3/Jul/11
NO WAY 5'8"... 5'6" or 5'7"
Mr. Kaplan said on 8/Jun/11
One of the greatest actors of all time, but that doesn't make him taller. He was 5'7".
said on 7/Jun/11
Humphrey and 5'8 listed Lauren Bacall
I don't think Bacall was as tall as 5'8, but I think 5'8 is fair for Bogart.
jtm said on 3/Jun/11
he wasn't as short as 5'5 but i think 5'8 is generous.
said on 2/Jun/11
I must admit, considering Bogart and Bacall were about the same height, its pretty impressive what lifts and posture can do.
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Logan says on 30/May/11
i've heard that he was actually 5'5'' and while filming Casablanca even with lifts he was shorter then Ingrid Bergman
Both parts of the statement are BS. Here he is with the 5'9 listed Bergman
ok, he may have been in lifts but it is pretty clear
a) He's not 5'5
b) He's not shorter than her in his lifts.
5'8 is a reasonable estimate for Bogart, maybe a tad shorter.
Logan said on 30/May/11
i've heard that he was actually 5'5'' and while filming Casablanca even with lifts he was shorter then Ingrid Bergman...they used a lot of tricks so Humphrey would appear taller
Florian Defontaine said on 24/May/11
Humphrey Bogart is the most legendary actor of all times, he's my idol .
cheers, Bogie forever
rafa said on 15/Apr/11
Hahah those shoes are funny. He was one guy who maybe was shortish but definetely had charm with women; like Frank Sinatra or Tom Cruise, height has nothing to do with having charm with women.
guyfrommars said on 13/Feb/11
Yes, he is at least an inch taller than Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina. But she was closer to 5ft6. Also, Bogart was a lot shorter than 5ft11 William Holden (in reality, closer to 5ft10). He was 5ft8 in his shoes (when not wearing lifts), and 5ft7 barefoot.
Matt said on 13/Jan/11
"Aleks says on 26/Feb/10
After watching Sabrina, I am 100% POSITIVE Bogart was the same height as Audrey Hepburn, so he wasn't over 5'7"."
That is not true. Sabrina is one of my favorite movies and I've seen it at least five times. Bogie is AT LEAST an inch taller than Hepburn, likely even more.
Also, 5'8" was NOT the average height for an American male when Casablanca was made, it was between 5'9" and 5'9.5."
And the average height for a Hollywood star at this time was definitely not 5'11"-6'1", it was closer to 5'10". If you take all the actors on AFI's top screen legends, you will find that Laurence Olivier is taller than most of them at 5'10".
Shadow2 said on 11/Jan/11
In Bogart's last movie ("The harder they fall" in 1956) he worked with a young actor (and wrestler) named Mike Lane who appeared to be at least 6'8", a foot taller than Bogart. Lane did TV work in the 1960's and 1970's, and looked a maximum 6'6", not 6'8". In the Bogart movie, Lane is even four inches taller than Max Baer (Snr), who was around 6'4". Rob, has Mike Lane ever been mentioned before on this site, and was he made to look taller than his actual height (??) for the Bogart movie?
rollabluntallitaftermath said on 26/Sep/07
surprising, he looked around 5'11 in Casablanca
Kevin T said on 8/May/07
"Does anybody have any idea what movies Bogart -wasn't- wearing lifts in?"
The African Queen, he was wearing boat shoes. So if you can find a shot of him with Katharine Hepburn full-length, you'll have a rough guess.
Drew said on 7/May/07
Just saw 'Sabrina' and Bogart is exactly as tall as Audrey Hepburn (170cm).
Drew said on 5/May/07
Austrian, is that a joke? 6'1" average! HA! Now that's funny.
And yes Bogart was 5'8".
sam said on 15/Jan/07
6'1" is average only in Serbia, Montenergo & Bosnia. The average American man is barely over 5'9", not 5'10"+. Many countries have similar height stats to the US. The shortest-known country, on average, is North Korea, where the average man is about 5'4.5".
TJ said on 14/Jan/07
Austrian, you would call a 6'1 guy average? If you consider the stats, that's absurd.
Austrian said on 14/Jan/07
5'8 average height? lollipop
5'10-6'1 is average
anything below is small, anything above tall
and anything below 5'7 is tiny, anything above 6'4 is huge
(speaking for men)
Nolifts81 said on 2/Oct/06
In his biography they say: "He was measured barefoot at 5'8.5" I am a great fan of Bogart, I've seen all his movies. Yes, his shoes were sospicious in each movie he did but I think he used only shoes with 2 or 2.5 exterior heels, no lifts inside.So, in movies he lookes near the 5'11" with his shoes on(2 or 2.5 exterior heel). He wasn't short for those times.
Glenn said on 24/Sep/06
HA! can you believe Jar lives near me and doesnt sign or do photo OP?
Glenn said on 23/Sep/06
Do you think anyone would notice if I had on those externals?
[Editor Rob: just wear long pants...but you're gonna be walking like jar jar binks]
Glenn said on 22/Sep/06
Rob-I thought Bogie was 5-6? Im shocked at 5-8.where did you come with that conclusion? as for him never wearing lifts Lisa,that would be the start of his career.and I doubt he was ever liftless.but if he was 5-8,then its possible.5-8 isnt that short.Im just not sure he was ever that tall.5-6 seemed to be the law.
[Editor Rob: maybe he deserves it for having the audacity to wear the most outrageous 'external' lifts in movies!]
Lisa said on 20/Sep/06
Does anybody have any idea what movies Bogart -wasn't- wearing lifts in? Would be interesting to know, and what the circumstances were (if he did) to set the elevator shoes aside... I wish guys wouldn't do that (cheating!)
Someone said on 24/Jul/06
Ingrid Bergman wasn't 5'8''. This site says she was 5'9 but in my opinion she looks more like she was around 5'9.5 or 5'10. So yes, they probably had a hard time making her look shorter than Bogart.
Anonymous said on 26/Jun/06
bergman was a tall woman. u can also tell hes wearing lifts in scenes with paul henreid and conrad veidt, both of whom are listed as 6'3"
Regus said on 24/Jun/06
Yes whenever you see him in Casablanca for example, you just Know Bogie is on lifts or whatever in his close-up scenes w/ Ingrid. She was at least two inches taller than him.
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Frank2 said on 5/Mar/06
Bogart was NEVER anywhere close to being as tall as Paul Henreid in Casablanca. At best he looked to be at least five inches shorter in the long shots. Bogart was about 5-8. This is my third attempt to post this. My previous attempts never came through as did several on other actors making me think that censorship exists here with anyone who disagrees with the person running the site.
[Editor Rob: I don't think, at least recall, any of your posts I've deleted. They are interesting. I've unforunately deleted comments by mistake in the past. This comment was submitted twice just now...]
Dick Kraft said on 3/Mar/06
The belt line of an actor reveals that the short guys are on a box or they have the longest legs known to man. Bogart was always looking down at Bacall, but both of them are 5 - 8. OK, Bogie comes in at 5-8.25, a quarter inch.
sam said on 17/May/05
In an Army physical in his 20s, Bogie was measured at exactly 5'8 1/2". To Bill, you have to consider that the photo was from Casablanca where he was co-starring with Ingrid Bergman, who was 5'10" and wearing 3 inch heels, and Paul Henreid, who was 6'3". If you see the film, he looks about the same height as Bergman and almost as tall as Henreid, so his lifts added about 4 to 5 inches to his 5'8 1/2" frame.
Bill said on 18/Apr/05
Although there is a picture of him with a pair or 4" blocks strapped to his shoes, its in the Guiness book of movies, check their heights in any film and subtract 4" for bogey.