James Caan's Height
5ft 9in (175 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 9.5in (177 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films such as Misery, El Dorado, Brian's Song, The Godfather, The Gambler, Rollerball, Thief, Alien Nation, Bottle Rocket and Elf. On TV he starred in Las Vegas. In a 1973 publication it mentioned Jim "being just a shade over five feet ten and weighing a mere 162 pounds"
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Average Guess (5 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.55in, Current: 5ft 8.9in
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Nov/16
I have noticed in no uncertain terms that the main stars in 'the Godfather' films are not exceptionally tall! It is kind of comforting and realistic and spells out that 'being hard' is more a state of mind than being super-sized!
I don't know how Italians fare in the average height per person stakes so perhaps someone can fill me in, the mafia being Italian/Sicilian dudes!
I loved James Caan's performance as a fiction writer in Stephen King's masterpiece 'Misery', where he lives through a tougher trial that he has ever written about at the hands (and mercy!) of a scarily psychotic woman. I saw it at the pictures when it first came out!
I don't know why James refers to his weight as 'a mere 162 pounds' - that seems quite normal to me; let's see, it's 11st8, so there's nothing 'mere' about it! He looks pretty fit and well to me!
I think he looks an average 5ft9 or maybe half an inch smaller nowadays.
Alex said on 13/Nov/16
Always thought he was taller. And regardless of his character being a white Italian guy with a Latino-looking brother, he did a great job with the role @James
alex said on 5/Nov/16
5'9??????? looks like a 5'7 er in the movie "Elf" with Will Farell
James said on 3/Sep/16
He wore lifts in "The Godfather", as did Marlon Brando. Caan was miscast as Sonny, he didn't look Italian at all.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Jun/16
I've caught him in a few late 60s films now where his footwear looked sus, I think he wore lifts for a few films.
Diane said on 13/May/16
Sexy, so is Scott, sad to say but as you age your spine compresses. I am 5' 9" and one day ?
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
Caan said he had to wear three inch lifts in "El Dorado" so he wouldn't be towered over by the other actors.
mrbobh5344 said on 8/Jan/16
He looks all hunched over these days.... like a man with serious back problems. Has a wide waste line, as well. Serious back issues!! Does not stand straight. I'd guess at his age and with his back... that he has lost easily 2 inches in height. Like Clint Eastwood... it's just the passage you pay for longevity and a physical lifestyle when young. I give him 5'8" tops, today.
said on 8/Nov/15
Rob, could you add those credits I mentioned?
Editor Rob: yes, i found a description of him as being a 'shade over' 5ft 10
Chase Witherspoon said on 7/Sep/15
He wore massive heels in The Godfather which are visible in the scene where he beats his brother in law to pulp... reckon 177 peak height sounds accurate
Spencer said on 31/Mar/15
He looks 2 inches taller than Brando in Godfather. Brando looks 5'9 ish. So Caan looked 179-80 in the Godfather. He probably wore lifts.
Sam said on 6/Jan/15
John Cazale was nearly 5'11" I think but Caan looked taller, like I said I suspect lifts.
Rob, can you update his credits?: "American actor best known for roles in films including El Dorado, Brian's Song, The Godfather, The Gambler, Rollerball, Thief, Alien Nation, Misery, Bottle Rocket and Elf." I'm not convinced Las Vegas will be as well remembered as his better film roles.
Ian C said on 9/Nov/14
The Godfather is short actor movie. The only actor in it that is tall is Lenny Montana (Luca Brasi), and you never see him in the same frame as any of the principals. Caan looks so tall because everybody else is short.
said on 17/Sep/14
I don't his any near 1,80m. Here is him next to Anton Yelchin who is 1,74m. They're the same height.
Sam said on 31/Jul/14
The guy's getting pretty old so has probably lost an inch or more (not only half an inch) hence his appearance w/ Crudup. Back in The Godfather, I believe he had a small lift (probably learned it from being on the lift-heavy set of El Dorado!), why he appeared to edge out 5'11"ish guys like Francis Coppola and John Cazale in photos.
said on 30/Jul/14
He's something between 1,73 and 1,75m, tops! In this picture he's with 5'8 or shorter Billy Crudup and he's almost the same height as him.
176,2Tunman said on 6/Jul/14
For me there's no doubt he wore lifts in The Godfather,he looked at least 5'10.5 maybe even closer to 5'11 than 10.Quite unlikely he ever was that tall.5'9.5 or maybe 5'9.75 is perfect.Today he doesn't even look 5'9.So,1"loss by 73 is more likely than 2",you agree guys?
richkid123 said on 15/Apr/14
Other than the Godfather, he looked strong 5'9" always. His kids all vary in height. Scott is kind of short at 5'5". One of his other sons is slightly over 6' This guy has wierd genes.
MarkyMark said on 13/Apr/14
Looks around 5'10 in the gambler next to Paul Sorvino
Spencer said on 5/Dec/13
He looks 179 in the Godfather. Maybe lifts? I would say 5'10 peak.
Powerhouse said on 20/Nov/13
Peak 5'10 now 5'8.5 is my guess.
Brad said on 2/Sep/13
Weak 5' 9" peak, 5' 8" today. Lift guy for decades.
RisingForce said on 30/Aug/13
Found a 1976 article that lists him at 5'10" and 162 pounds(I'd guess he weighed more than that in '76) but anyway, I'm not sure if that was his official listing or what he claimed, but if it is, that seems surprisingly honest because he could look easily look 5'10" when he was younger, sometimes taller(probably due to lifts) I could buy about 5'10" for peak height, though he's clearly lost height and seems to be shrinking more in recent years. Wouldn't surprise me if he's dropped below 5'9" now.
Knowitall said on 30/Jul/13
John Wayne never wore lifts. Bob Mitchum was over six feet.
Caan was around five ten peak height . But being next to actors several inches taller would mean pulling tricks to make him appear taller than he was. Wayne was six inches taller.
Robert Duvall was never taller than five eight and a half.
said on 24/Jun/13
He said he was made to wear 3 inch lifts when he starred next to Robert Mitchum and John Wayne in El Dorado, implying they were bigger dudes...since both of those men are accused lift-wearers, it certainly calls into question Caan's stature. He does look pretty much strong six foot range next to Wayne here, so it's believable that he has some lift:
Caan did look strangely tall around the time of The Godfather, he could look slightly taller than 5'11" range John Cazale and Francis Coppola (who claimed to be six feet tall but clearly wasn't), looked at least a couple of inches taller than Duvall and Brando and nearly a head over Pacino.
He looks as listed next to Will Ferrell more recently:
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
He actually looks near 5 ft 11 next to Duvall and Al Pacino in The Godfather. He looks near 5 inches taller than Pacino. He barely looks 5'9" now, but he looks easily 5'10 in this film and looks near 180.
Arch Stanton said on 20/May/13
Very strange, he looks 1-2 inches taller than Robert Duvall in The Godfather, did he ever wear lifts??
Mykel said on 15/Apr/13
In 1973 I was going to private clubs in Beverly Hills. One club in particular was known as "The Candy Store". It was a private club with a cost of several thousand for membership. I was allowed in because my friends girlfriend was the manager's ex. ALL the celeberties came there for a VERY PRIVATE social life. Sonny & Cher, Peter Faulk, Doug McClure, Robert Conrad, Francis Ford Copolla and James Caan along with his brother Ronnie. These stars came here because they paid for the privacy to do what they wanted without any media exposure. If there was a fight or even a shooting...NOBODY heard about it! Caan was one of the trouble makers living up to his Godfather image. One evening he and I got into a fist fight face to face. I can tell you he's a lefty and a light weight at that. He sucker punched me from behind and nailed me square on my right jaw. I never even had a bruise inside my mouth or outside on my face. The fact is he also had to punch up at me. I'm 5'10". I think if he was lucky back then he was 5'8". I wouldn't doubt it if he was closer to 5'7". These publicists that portray their clients have always wanted to hedge the numbers a little in favor of their clients. Fact is his brother Ronny was taller than me and probably close to 6'0" but James must have hung around him so long only wishing he was taller. Those are the facts and I'm sticking to them.
peaceman said on 20/Mar/13
He looks 5´7
chas said on 4/Jan/13
No way he was ever 5'10". More than 15 yrs ago I was walking next to him at Kennedy Airport. We just got off a plane from CA. I'm 6'4", my wife is 5'4" and he was only a couple inches at best taller than my wife. He did not even come to my shoulder
burby said on 1/Jan/13
Yep, I saw "That's my Boy" as well, Caan has been 5'8" for a while now.
pataan19 said on 28/Oct/12
There's a scene in the movie 'that's my boy' where he stands face to face with Adam sandberg who is listed as 177cm on this site and is clearly about 4cm shorter. No more than 5'8 these days at 72 years of age.
Silent d said on 5/Oct/12
I don't think he is 5 foot 9 now. He always looked 5 foot 8.
Blake said on 19/Aug/12
I went his home last year he is my fathers friend he is a solid 5.8
jake, 1.82 m- 1.83 m said on 12/Nov/11
Mandy Patinkin might have been nearer 6ft at peak.
leonari said on 1/Nov/11
Larc: Please...Watch the Godfather. He looks taller than 5'10 and was wearing lifts. Just because he isn't tiny like Pacino is no guarantee that he wasn't wearing lifts...Ignorant
Larc 6 ft 1.75 in said on 30/Oct/11
5'10 peak, he looked it in the Godfather and wasn't wearing lifts, we aren't talking about Al Pacino here. Probably 5'8.5 today at 71y.
said on 24/Oct/11
next to 5ft11.5 Mandy Patinkin in Alien Nation he looked a good 3 inches shorter
LAN Jiao said on 20/Oct/11
i think he is 5'8 and peak 5'8.75
Wyatt said on 6/Aug/11
LOL. Yeah, he looked 5'10" in Godfather because he was wearing MAMMOTH lifts. Caan is nowhere near 5'10". More like 5'7" or 5'8" tops.
anon said on 4/Jul/11
@nancy- "short little guy". You girls are bad. I don't think I have ever seen Caan look little in any of his movies. If you're 5'7 he could easily have been an inch or two taller and you would not be aware of it. I have stood next to guys that are 6'0 and they appear to be the same height as me and I'm 5'9.
tell-em said on 12/May/11
bahahahaha at 5'10". 5'9" max.
Spence said on 8/May/11
I don't know I really believe he was 178 179 in his youth. He looks 5'10 in the Godfather
Toby said on 1/Apr/11
Looked tall to me in godfather movies, although I think that was because Pacino was so small. He might have wore lifts also and he was skinner back then making him look taller.
said on 1/Apr/11
rob are you sure he is this tall he is closer 173.5 174 cm now
[Editor Rob: he could be shrinking another cm, I've not looked at him for a while]
Mr. Kaplan said on 22/Feb/11
Look carefully at his scenes in "The Godfather". He wasn't short, but he didn't look tall either. Moreso something like 5'9".
Will said on 15/Nov/10
I agree with James that Caan is 5'8 1/2" now due to a little shrink. In his younger days he may have been a full 5'9". But now he may not be 5'9" at all.
Gin said on 26/Sep/07
What!? I'm confused. James Caan is only 5'9 and his peek height was only 5'9.5!? How come he looks 2-3 inches taller than Marlon Brando in Godfather who is listed here as a 5'9.5 guy? Glenn/Rob I think you guys have to do some clearing up. For me it's either Marlon Brando is 5'7.5(in Godfather) and James is 5'9.5 or Brando could be 5'9 and Caan, 5'11. Kindly do some explanation on this. I think this tells how much you guys are sharp in telling one's height.
Gonzalo said on 13/Sep/07
In the godfather he is the tallest. I agree with Dmeyer that he could have been 5`11 in his prime. Anyway he was dwarfed by John Wayne in El Dorado. But Wayne was 6`3 minimum
mhaft said on 12/Sep/07
Ask anyone who knows about the "Jimmy Ramp" used on the set. 5'7" TOPS!
bob said on 31/Jul/07
i guess i was pretty lucky height wise, though i'm only 5'7.5 my father was 5'5 my mother was 5'0. too bad scott didn't get those lucky genetics... (I'm betting 5'5)
glenn said on 26/Jul/07
dmeyer is right.he can look tall.i hear him described as tall once in an article from the 70s.i agree in the last 20 years he has looked 5-8.
dmeyer said on 25/Jul/07
rob are you sure he wasnt taller than 5'9.5 at peak i think he was 5'11
joe said on 19/Jul/07
Not a chance caan is 5'9". Josh duhamel (co-star on Las Vegas) is 6'2" and I've met him on several occasions. I can say that with accuracy, as thats how tall I am. Now look at the very "few" shots you see of them both on camera -- caan is like a foot shorter, haha. Btw, he makes Josh take off his shoes on the set.
kiefer said on 14/Jul/07
He looked tall in the godfather but that was due to lifts ive heard he wore.
I would say he is round 5feet 9 now.
said on 23/Jun/07
James got lucky. Caan is 5' 8" lately. Massive heel & lift with Arnie. Looked near 6' in cowboy boots with The Duke decades ago.
[Editor Rob: Caan really does, if standing properly look as tall as Sly on golf course]
said on 12/Jun/07
a smidge under schwarzenegger here Click Here
Either hes wearing huge lifts here or schwarzenegger isnt 6fr anymore? though I doubt.Just a lucky shot for james.
Brad said on 7/Apr/07
Look at Stallone & Caan in golf shoes (I've seen the other photos, they are). Look at Sly's neck & Caan. Sly is doing his "Stallone effect". Caan looks like Sly's height: under 5' 9". Anybody who thinks Sly is 5' 10.5" is living in a dream world looking at this shot with both in spikes.
Dan said on 22/Mar/07
He might have been 5'10 in his younger days, but if you see him in Las Vegas, he looks no where near it. 5'8 is a closer bet.
Surgery can cause a huge loss in heights, so no wonder.
said on 7/Mar/07
Look at this picture. Click Here
He really did look 6 ft 10 inches to me.
Marlon Brando is listed as 5 ft 9.5 inches on this site, Caan must have been 5 ft 11+
S.J said on 18/Feb/07
He seemed Taller for some reason i also thought he was taller
Like in The Godfather
AA said on 9/Feb/07
Did somebody ever said 6'0"?? I read that once...
Robert.R said on 22/Jan/07
I always assumed he was alot taller just shows how wrong you can be.
Bob H. said on 14/Dec/06
Had a lot of swagger when he was young. Looked 5'10" - 5'11" ish. Seems shorter these days. Kind of hunched over and thick through the waste like he has back problems. Appears shorter and maybe in pain. Looks tired. 5'9" tops.
said on 14/Dec/06
5'8.5" Sounds about right, heres a pic with him and Stallone and he seemes a little shorter, you can't see their feet though so there could be lifts you never know.
Glenn said on 11/Dec/06
He did look it then dmeyer.your right.
dmeyer said on 11/Dec/06
he might have been higher than 177 in 20s
Glenn said on 7/Dec/06
In his youth I think he was near 5-10.5-8 now
David said on 6/Dec/06
I agree with Brad
Caan is certainly not above 173CM (5.8)
mike c said on 13/Nov/06
Stood 5' from him many yrs. ago in Cape May NJ...he was with who I assumed were his parents. or an elderly couple ...could have been around 1976 or so...I'm 5'6"....he certainly looked 5'10" in sneakers....didn't have the courage to ask for an autograph...he looked so relaxed.
Glenn said on 4/Nov/06
In heels and lifts.
Rut said on 21/Oct/06
Very interesting, I think his build and personality added to the impression he was taller.
Andy said on 15/Oct/06
I'd put him at no more than 5'7.5".I think actors don't care so much about their heights as they get older and find it uncomfortable to wear their lifts.People really don't shrink that much as they get older.
Brad said on 9/Oct/06
Glenn is right: 5' 8". Caan wore cowboy boots and big heels in the films I saw him in 35+ years ago.
Viper652 said on 6/Oct/06
I agree with Glenn, though I dont think he was ever 5-10 to begin with. 5-9 peak, now 5-8.
Lmeister said on 6/Oct/06
Caan was really close to 5'10'' in his prime ( could be that he was 5'9'', cause he wore boots all the time in the older movies + the possibility of lifts), but nowadays he seems to have lost almost 2 inches...We gotta also remember that he has gained a lot of weight...that makes U look shorter...Just take a look at pics of John Travolta when he was young and now. Mr. Travolta looked a lot taller back in the old days(slim guys wearing heels).
Glenn said on 5/Oct/06
In The Godfather days he looked 5-10 or even a hair more.now he looks 5-7,5-8.
andrey said on 5/Oct/06
what?, i would have guessed 5'6 for this guy. on a scene from elf when will ferrell is standing next to him in the elevator, he looks like he's a foot taller. im maybe exaggerating a bit, but i think he's even smaller nowadays. 5'7.5 tops, no way more.
antron said on 3/Oct/06
Brad, I wouldn't call people goombahs, but thats just me... 5'9" sounds about right
hiroshi_ said on 12/Sep/06
nowadays looks no way 175.. the more his 173.. 171~172cm range sounds better..
Glenn said on 3/Sep/06
I agree he looked taller in those days.so maybe he was 5-10 in his prime.Brando was 5-8,5-9.
Domibucks said on 1/Sep/06
Glenn, what's that make Brando then, 5'5? Even if Caan was wearing lifts in the godfather, no way in hell is he only 5'7-5'8. He is average height if not a bit over.
ralph said on 25/Aug/06
hey, sylvester stallone looked always two inches taller than him in one episode of las vegas.
Brad said on 8/Aug/06
Saw him from quite a ways away running through Caesars Palace. 5' 8" sounds about right. Knows a lot of goombah's, follow him to the best italian restaurants.
Glenn said on 30/Jul/06
Never met him.but can look between 5-7 and 5-10.people I do know that met him say 5-8.no doubt he is on the short side.5-7 minimum.
Gary said on 30/Jul/06
I remember years ago, late 70s maybe, Caan walked onto a talk show and was greeted by Sammy Davis Jr. Both appeared to be wearing cowboy boots. Caan was only slightly taller than Davis. I was flabbergasted. Trying to judge the height of actors as they appear in movies is silly. Caan seemed so tall in the Godfather. Hey, his son is listed as 5.5 ft., go figure.
Glenn said on 25/Jul/06
Caan is 5-8 now,who knows about peak.Van Damme is 5-9.Billy Dee was 5-9 when I saw him in 1991.
David said on 24/Jul/06
Guy's,didn't you see the episode on the "Las Vegas" show which also featured Jean Claude Van Damme,standing next to Jean-Claude you can clearly see he is about an inch shorter and Jean-Claude is about 5'8.5,so james will be about 5'7 maybe 5'7.5 Not wearing lifts,just regular shoes.
MHouillon said on 5/May/06
James Caan's current height is 176cm.
Rut said on 5/May/06
Frank 2: Don't know if you have seen: "Rollerball" with Caan from 1975, also starring John Beck, well listed at 6 ft 2, seems impossible..
Have you any guess how thall that GUY was??
Adeli said on 3/Apr/06
Looked 2 inches shorter than Alec Baldwin in Las Vegas
Frank2 said on 2/Mar/06
James is five ten. He wore lifts in The Godfather. In the film Alien Nation he looked several inches shorter than co-star Mandy Patinkin, but I believe Mandy wore lifts in that film as well as had his head made to appear higher with makeup. I've saw him regularly when he starred in Chicago Hope and he looked to be my height which is five eleven.
Viper652 said on 13/Feb/06
Id say his real height is 5-8. Her certaintly looks no more then that on TV. He looks short.
Mr. R said on 10/Feb/06
He seems much shorter in the Vegas show next to Josh Duhamel. Maybe even the 5-9 is suspect.
Dominic said on 9/Feb/06
He stood out in the Godfather next to Pacino. I'd say in his youth he was 5'11 now he's probably 5'10 or 5'10.5
DP said on 23/Dec/05
I"ve always wondered if Caan wore elevator shoes or lifts when he played Sonny in the Godfather because he came across so much more taller than the rest of the cast. Granted, Pacino isn't very tall but a guy who's 5'9" doesn't usually stand out. Just my observation.
Glenn said on 3/Dec/05
caan is 5-8.
Horatio said on 13/Nov/05
He towered over Pacino in Godfather. If Pacino is 5'5", that would put him in the 5'9" range.
G said on 11/Oct/05
On Las Vegas, Caan does look tiny next to Josh Duhamel and James Lesure, but he still manages to be taller than Molly Sims.
Mario Nariano said on 30/Aug/05
In El Dorado he is two and half inches shorter than Robert Mitchum and lot shorter than John Wayne.
Caan was probably 179 cm at his peak and he wored elevator shoes when he portrayed Sonny in The Godfather. In the Godfather script Sonny is decribed as a tall guy.
Mr. R said on 28/Apr/05
I remember distinctly during Caan's Brian's Song days in the 70's, that he was listed as 5-10 and a half. Therefore, this would make sense if Brando is just over 5-8, and it also makes sense that Caan has lost a little height to about 5-9 now.
Matt said on 21/Apr/05
I've read in a few places that the Brando height was with shoes on. I've heard that he was really 5'8.75".
Anonymous said on 19/Mar/05
I never new caan was under 5'10. If you see him in the movie the godfather, he is taller then 5'10 inch Brando. I don't know what to make of it. Maybe brando was under his known height, or caan just really shrunk a few inches.
[celebheights editor: There was always debate as to whether Brando was a 5ft 10, some said 5ft 9 but yep, Caan over the last 20 years has shrunk a guaranteed 2 inches. It's not as sever as say James Garner who has shrunk 4 inches though]