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Humphrey Bogart 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.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 28/Nov/14
@Sam LOL I wasn't aware of the toupee.
Ed T. says 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 says 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 says on 25/Oct/14
character, that's how
Parker says 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 says 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 says on 28/Jul/14
5ft 7in maximum.
Realist says 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 says 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 says on 28/Apr/14
That was close to his height, in his Casablanca "shoes"!
littlesue says 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!!
Parker says 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
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Knowitall says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 19/Feb/14
His biography claimed that he stood 5'8.5" and was around the same height as Lauren Bacall.
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 20/Nov/13
Can look 5'7 range in Beat the Devil
Arch Stanton says 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 says 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 says 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.
Knowitall says 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.

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Robby D says 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 says 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
Parker says on 1/Jun/13
Peter Lorre looks an inch or so taller than Rooney.....5'3 a good estimate,and Bogie 5'8.
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Arch Stanton says 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 says 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.
Parker says 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.

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Julian St. Pierre says on 9/Mar/13
Don't be ridiculous. He looks downright average - 5.10ish in African Queen. 5.4? Come now.
Rob Bryant says 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 says 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 says 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 says 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 says on 30/Jul/12
I think he was 5'8.5", I think he looked shorter than he was because of his big head.

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