James Cromwell's Height
6ft 5.5in (197 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 6.5in (199 cm)
American actor best known for roles in films like LA Confidential, Babe, Star Trek: First Contact, The Green Mile, The Queen, Space Cowboys, The Sum of All Fears, The Artist and Spider-Man 3. On TV he has appeared in series such as 24, American Horror Story: Asylum, Six Feet Under and Easy Street.
In the Frederick Post, 2001, he commented on his tall stature, saying "Just put 6 feet 6...It's a little more than that, but 6 feet 7 inches sounds terrible."
In 'The Age', Cromwell refers to an audition he had for the movie 10 - opposite Dudley Moore - mentioning that he "was embarrassed by the director, Blake Edwards, who looked at me and said, 'what am I supposed to do with THAT?'. I was a little hurt to be referred to as an inanimate object at an audition. I was told by my agent that a number of big stars won't work with anyone two inches (five centimeters) taller than them and most of them are under six feet, so you have to be prepared to have trouble."
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Average Guess (5 Votes)
Peak: 6ft 6.3in (198.9cm)
Current: 6ft 5.05in (195.7cm)
Canson said on 20/Aug/16
@Rampage: I'd go easily no less than 196 no more than 197
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Aug/16
But no less. He still looked a little taller than Tim Robbins just a couple of years ago
said on 27/Jun/16
6ft5 flat today, Rob?
Editor Rob: he might be yeah.
jervis said on 10/Jun/16
There is another photo of Cromwell standing next to Goran
5'6 Aravind said on 24/Apr/16
I think he is 6'5 due to old age.
James B said on 15/Apr/16
I am impressed that this guy has made it to age 76 and has lost only 1-1.5 inches in height.
Hats of to him
bobby3342 said on 5/Feb/16
don't think so 6 5 and change he was in Rockford files as a tennis pro looked 3 inches taller than garner max 6 '5 and change barefoot 6'7 in dress shoes
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/15
His son is 6ft8
Mighty_- said on 12/Sep/15
Always towering every other cast member..
Why would he lie about 6'7 ? He looks to be 2M in his prime..
His son looks to have 2.5-3inches on him and his father was like 6'3..
Great genes for height lol
Darth Nihilus said on 22/May/15
I watched Longest yard with Adam Sandler yesterday. There were enough scenes where Cromwell stood in front of Sandler. All I can tell is, that Cromwell is never 6'7". He had about 6 inches on Sandler who is 5'11" at his peak. So 6'5" could be right for Cromwell's actual height.
said on 18/Mar/15
Rob, is 6ft7 possible?
I can definitely believe he's rounding down a full inch...
[Editor Rob: 6ft 6 and half range I think he typically looked, now he's lost some height of course at his age.]
ZZ Arch said on 3/Feb/15
He might tower over everyone at that height, however it doesn't make him less of an actor.He's a good actor
said on 10/Dec/14
Cromwell visited Hunter series in the -80,s, and was slightly shorter than 6'6 listed Fred Dryer. Not a big difference, maybe 198cm vs 197,5cm.
said on 6/Dec/14
Rob do you think it's time for another downgrade?? Click Here
OK his posture isn't brilliant but it's difficult to see him 1.5 inches taller than Goran here.
[Editor Rob: I still think he'd clear 6ft 5 mark.]
Arch Stanton said on 24/Oct/14
Best movie of the 90s Sam? For me it's a close tie between L.A. Confidential and Shawshank Redemption.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Oct/14
Rob can you add a photo and films like The Green Mile, The Queen, Space Cowboys The Sum of All Fears, W., The Artist, and Spider-Man 3. On television he has appeared in series such as 24, American Horror Story: Asylum, Six Feet Under and Easy Street.
He's a fantastic actor IMO, one of the very best and hugely underrated I think but he makes even tall actors look short or average and is too gangly for cinema really. He's done pretty well considering though. He definitely looks minimum 199cm in earlier career and pushing 6'7".
Sam said on 22/Aug/14
There's actually a few shots in L.A. Confidential where it looks like the other actors except Russell Crowe (who they shot intentional to appear bigger) seem at risk to get dizzy looking up at Cromwell all the time IMO.
jon said on 8/Jun/14
A little? What's the average height in the country you live in? 6'5?
Man, I'd kill to be his height or taller.
jordydecke said on 9/Jan/14
@arch how tall are you? Just curious as you're one of the most regular posters here.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Jan/14
@Arch: No, not at all (I'm 6ft3.5 BTW). I very grateful for my height. I can get close enough to 6ft5 in most regular heeled shoes and I'm taller than most people I'm with. It's just my father was a solid 6ft4 in his prime (now my height) and I would've liked to have outgrown him by a bit. My mother's only 5ft5 though so it was more in my favour than I probably realised!
If my dad was 6ft6-6ft7 like this guy and still towering over me in his 70s, it would be even more annoying lol
Emily said on 3/Jan/14
He's a little above average height. Good for him
Arch Stanton said on 1/Jan/14
Yeah they did their very best in LA Confidentual to make him look within normal tall range. Only very briefly did they lapse, like the hill scene with him and Guy Pearce and you could see he had 8-9 inches on Pearce and was obviously easily 6'6". They tended to avoid full body shots and just film his face and not show him talking to other actors from a distance and even in the final scene where Pearce shoots him and he's full length he was in the distance to make him look shorter.
Arch Stanton said on 31/Dec/13
Why Rampage is 6'3" too short nowadays?
Looks shorter than 6'6.5" in LA Confidential but they do their best to reduce the height difference between him and Guy Pearce.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Dec/13
Still near 6ft6 now.
I wish I was his height.
avi said on 11/Dec/13
was around 6'6 now probably a weak one approaching a strong 6'5 area. his son seems almost 2 inches bigger at a strong 6'7.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Oct/13
Looked close to 6'7" in The Artist in shoes and probably is if he's 6'5.5" barefoot nowadays.
Arch Stanton said on 3/Oct/13
Looked way taller than Clint Eastwood in Pink Cadillac, peak height of 2 metres looks about right.
pedriscovery said on 3/Oct/13
in space cowboys clint eastwood was 6,2" look the medical revision scene ,donal is 2inches more tall in this frame,so cromwell was 4 inches more tall than eastwood in this movie
Balrog said on 30/Aug/13
Peak over 6'6" for sure, but now I think he struggle to look a full 6'5". I think his 6'4" range right now...
avi said on 6/Aug/13
6'6 flat never over a strong 6'6 now 6'5 area
Mikey P said on 13/Jul/13
Cromwell's a couple inches taller than Clint Eastwood (6'4") in "Space Cowboys", so 6'6" is about right.
said on 18/May/13
He also has a son who is 6'8": Click Here
steven said on 17/Jan/12
he look like 6'4 guy in some pictures. he might not get away under 6'5 now.
steven said on 14/Jan/12
i believe 6'6 peak. but nothing over 6'5 nowadays.
Alex V. said on 9/Jan/12
My guess for John Cromwell -> 204 cms and for James Cromwell -> 197 cms.
miko said on 22/Dec/11
Cromwell would have been eye to eye with his son at his tallest when he was near 6'7.
Sam said on 20/Dec/11
Wow, his son might be nearly 6'9" based on those pictures with James that Alex V. posted
LAN Jiao said on 26/Oct/11
cromwell had almost a full 7cm on listed 6'4 Goran Visnjic in ER. Goran Visnjic look 6'3 flat to me. so 6'5.5 is accurate.
LAN Jiao said on 16/Oct/11
next to 5'10 guy pearce he look nothing more than 6'5
James said on 18/Aug/11
He can still look 6'6 with tim robbins.
ANDREA[ITA] said on 1/Aug/11
Yeah, 197 is right! Robbins is little shorter like 196 195!
said on 30/Jul/11
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James said on 20/Jul/11
this guy makes tim robbins look not over 194cm
Alex V. said on 30/May/11
200cm at peak, today 197cm. Robbins 195cm...
Larc 6 ft 1.5 in said on 2/May/11
He is still 1inch taller than 6'4.5-6'5 Tim Robbins even today.
6'5.5-6'6 is his current height, he was 6'7 for sure at peak.
Shaun said on 29/Apr/11
Yeah he never looked the full 6'7", especially now. Currently I think he looks 6'5"-6'6" range as was going to challenge this if I found him listed at 6'7", so once again at 6'5.5" now I think Rob is absoutely spot on. Must have been 6'6.5" peak.
Toby said on 25/Apr/11
Pigeonholed in authoritarian roles because of his huge height.
Aguz said on 21/Apr/11
In Knight Rider there is a chapter where Cromwell is faced with Hasselhoof (wearing his boots), and Cromwell still towers "Michael" by 0.5 inch. Solid 200 cm for him in his prime.
Katherine said on 22/Feb/11
My father grew up down the street from him and has always claimed that Jamie and his brother were 6'6" or 6'7". Truth is, I'd always thought he was exaggerating because he is himself quite short but it appears that could be right.
Anonymous said on 26/Dec/10
Never 6'7. was always 6'6-6'6 1/2. maybe lost a half inch or inch but no more. His son is like 6'8. there are some pics of them on Google and his son is almost 2 inches taller. So at this point in time James Cromwell is 6'6 max. He was 6'6.5 if lucky when younger. hes just always around shorter actors (like Murder by Death in 1976 with 5'5 Peter Falk, 5'9ish James Coco and 5'11ish David Niven) so rob has him right.
guyfrommars said on 13/Dec/10
He looks 6'6" or taller next to Jonathan Frakes in Star Trek: First Contact. Frakes himself is quite a big guy at 6'4". He used to tower over everyone in The Next Generation (except Michael Dorn), and Cromwell had a nice advantage over him. 6'6.5" in his prime.
Gonzalo said on 18/Sep/07
I saw The green mile yesterday. I was shocked by how tall David Morse looked next Tom Hanks. At least 10 cms taller. Then Cromwell stood next to Morse and he looked clearly taller, about five cms. If Morse is 193 Cromwell was at the time of that fil around 198
patrick said on 6/Aug/07
his huge... if judge from pic on top 173ish glenn beside mr.cromwell do looks only 196cm tall.. but may not be a good posture mr.cromwell standing.. glenn always stand a good straight posture beside celebs pics taken.. i would say james Cromwell is a huge folks celebs who stand tall at 198cm(6ft6)with a straight standing posture..
Mr. T said on 12/Jul/07
Funny how he and Morse were dwarfed by Duncan in The Green Mile.
glenn said on 1/Jul/07
he told me himself;im nearly 6-7.
Anonymous said on 26/Jun/07
With Glenn he appears to be 6'4 1/2", however, he may be slouching.
Mr. R said on 14/Jun/07
I see him at the SAG meetings several times a year. I would say closer to 6-5 at this point. He also has a limp, which I don't see on screen.
Alex V. said on 12/Jun/07
I agree that 1m97 (6 ft 5.5 in) is his right height. James looks 2 cm taller than Robbins with Gleen.
Mike said on 26/May/07
I would say he is more 6ft 6 even now. Kiefer sutherland is below his chin on 24.
wam vam said on 1/May/07
pics above glenn stands a better posture.. james cromwell was like 197cm(6ft5max)sounds better .. hes younger time might be 198~200cm..
Anonymous said on 27/Mar/07
He dwarfs Glenn in that photo. I don't doubt 6'7'' or therabouts in his prime. His height appears to have been a problen for him getting into acting so he was hardly likely to sneak on an inch or two. As he is well into middle age now may have lost a little height I guess but still looks 6'6'' or so from photo above.
Arjun said on 26/Mar/07
Looked tall in the Longest Yard. Towered ~5'10" Sandler by 7 or more inches. Definitely still 6'5" or a tad more.
However, that movie was full of tall guys (many guys were above 6', Sandler and Chris Rock looked rather short although they are technically average at 5'10"), and there were guys even taller than Cromwell, Kevin Nash and Dalip Singh.
Misha said on 12/Mar/07
Regarding K"r"ahp's comment, yes, pure "govno" (consult a Russian slang book).
Viper said on 12/Mar/07
Funny thing is Sapp doesnt even look as tall as 6-4 Derek. I remember Jason linking vidcaps of him fighting a listed 6-3 guy and Sapp was the same height or marginally shorter.
phil said on 12/Mar/07
I'm watching a CNBC TV interview as I write this with James Cromwell. The interviewer refered to him as 6'5" and Cromwell agreed. 'nough said!
glenn said on 11/Mar/07
dont even post khraps comments.
Derek said on 11/Mar/07
Sapp was measured at 6'4 3/8", which is essentially 6'4 1/2". Cromwell had him by 2 inches easily.
Viper said on 11/Mar/07
Dave, stop upgrading people. Sapp is no 6-5.
Viper said on 10/Mar/07
Sapp is around 6-3. Makes sense.
Derek said on 10/Mar/07
brother_h- Sapp was not taller than Cromwell in The Longest Yard. He was at least 2 inches shorter.
Viper said on 9/Mar/07
I doubt Cromwell has shrunk that much. Maybe a half an inch to an inch. Maybe not at all.
Scarlet said on 9/Mar/07
That man is a true giant. In LA Confidential he made everyone look short.
brother_h said on 9/Mar/07
the old guy is 6'4, 6'7 at his peak, same thing had to of happend to hogan too, hogan was as tall as that guy from that music video "ridin dirty" by chamillionare(or w/e)
bob sapp is 6'5 and is taller than this old guy
asfasf said on 9/Mar/07
is a bit much 6'7 for me. but 6'4.5 or 6'5 sound good
Gramps said on 9/Mar/07
Editor Rob presented this quote: "Just put 6 feet 6...It's a little more than that, but 6 feet 7 inches sounds terrible." I think this admission definitely puts him at 6'7". He is grudgingly admitting to 6'7" but wants to be listed as 6'6" because it sounds more like a "normal" guy who is quite tall. I think cowboy actor Clint Walker was in the same predicament: he looked 6'7" but wanted to be listed at 6'6". I think non-athletes taller than 6'6" can easily be labeled as freaks, as opposed to just being tall, manly types!
said on 9/Mar/07
Cromwell definitely looks 6'7" in his early work. Perhaps and inch shorter today at age 67. Here are two shots with the 5'6" Martin Sheen. Even leaning over in the scene from "West Wing" he looks a foot taller (if you take away Sheen's hair).
Mike said on 8/Mar/07
Cromwell looks at least 6'5 with the Glenn pic,Look at Glenn's hair, then Cromwell's...big difference too bad on 24 they dont put James and Keifer side by side b/c Keifer is like 1 inch taller then Glenn barely that would look funny, i even noticed Cromwell isnt even doing a military/sly posture...he could look another inch taller in this pic
lillo thomas said on 8/Mar/07
i agree looks easily 6´5 in the pic.
Robert said on 8/Mar/07
Yes, this guy is really a 6-5. He towers over everyone.
footballed28 said on 7/Mar/07
he is 9 inches taller judging by the picture.....and the picture was taken at night in which Glenn is really only marginally taller than 5'7....so I will bet Cromwell is not even a full 6'5 now....I hope I make sense
Viper said on 7/Mar/07
Hes looking 6-5 to me in the picture.
Jake said on 7/Mar/07
Looks to be a solid 6'5.5" next to Glenn.
Anshelm said on 7/Mar/07
Well, I'd say on average the human head makes up about 13.8 % of total height (elsewhere I've seen said that the human body is 7 to 7½ heads tall, which fits in nicely with my estimate), so about 27 cm would be a good guess with Mr. Cromwell's stature. But he's not (quite) a full head taller there.
The 1/8 (or 12.5 %) ratio given in artistic manuals is inaccurate BTW – they use it because it's more manageable than the right one.
J-Dog said on 7/Mar/07
Anyone who says that he looks anything less than 6'5" nowadays must be delusional or trying to downsize everyone like some do.
Elio said on 7/Mar/07
A full head taller than 5'8" glenn.
Surely his head must be at least 10 inches?
5'8" + 10" = 6'6"
Alex said on 7/Mar/07
He looks around 9 inches taller than Glenn. 6'5 seems accurate but may have once been 6'7.
Gonzalo said on 7/Mar/07
Hi, Halb. I have seen Murder by death. It is an excellent movie, very funny. And yes, James Cromwell is there. He had a head over David Niven, and Niven was around 5`11 at that time
Gonzalo said on 7/Mar/07
Cromwell said almost 6´7 and there is no problem for me to believe it. I have always seen him as a huge man. In the pic with Glenn he looks at least 6`5. He must be the tallest actor nowadays
Anthony said on 6/Mar/07
Looks no less than 6'5 with Glenn, possibly a bit over. He was a full 6'7 at his peak. He's never been in a position where it was necessary to add inches to his height. In fact, he might have downgraded himself at times.
dmeyer said on 6/Mar/07
defenely no less than 6'5 nowadays or 6'5.25
Antin said on 6/Mar/07
On foto looks 6'4"-6'4.5"
The Horse of FUNK said on 6/Mar/07
Definitely 6'6" - 6'7". How 'bout 6'6.5"? I mean come on, 6'5.5"? He's gotta be nearly 6'7". It's what he claims and when you're that big there is no point in BSing about your height. Not like he's some 5'9.5" guy fighting for every millimeter.
Anonymous said on 6/Mar/07
Honestly if you take Glen's 5'8 measurement and add on the inches that Cromwell has on Glen, then 6'6 looks like the truth.
D. Ray Morton said on 6/Mar/07
One of the best. "Reciprocity, Mr. Hudgens, is the key to every relationship." Always loved that line.
misha said on 6/Mar/07
Glenn, this guy is a redwood! Even at the center of his eyes he's at least six-one with an easy six inches to go because he has a long head. I think he's been embarrassed about his height so much that he understates it. Also note how relaxed his stance is. I would believe a solid 6'6", perhaps even more.
Viper said on 6/Mar/07
Cromwell is looking a good deal taller than Glenn with Tim Robbins.
patrick said on 6/Mar/07
LOOK AT HIM NEXT TO Glenn who is not a "garden dwarf" !
People, to look that tall, need to really be VERY TALL. People are often amazed when meeting men seen on movies or TV. "i didn't know he was so tall" is frequently heard. Thus, to appears as tall as he does in many movies and on that picture, M.Cromwell needs to be so! Was 6'7 and maybe 6'5,5 now; not less;
Austrian said on 6/Mar/07
hes definately a 2 meters guy in my opinion
glenn said on 6/Mar/07
he told me "im almost 6-7".i originally saw 6-4,6-5.until i looked at the pic on my digital.i had to ask.
glenn said on 6/Mar/07
thanks rob.makes for good conversation.
Derek said on 5/Mar/07
If Cromwell is 6'5", then Adam Sandler needs to be brought down to 5'8" because he had a head on Adam in The Longest Yard.
glenn said on 5/Mar/07
this should be the next pic up rob,what do you think?
[Editor Rob: ok sure, I will make cromwell tommorrow's pic]
Halb said on 4/Mar/07
He is in a film caled Murder By Death. Is a good film, anybody seen it? It's early 80's, prolly still at peak.
AAAA said on 4/Mar/07
Just watched space cowboys, and this man is huge!!! He made eastwood look small and East wood still looked to be about 6'2.5 or 6'3. I think he was an honest 6'7 in his youth and now is a little under 6'6. He is still a mountain
Wiggos said on 28/Feb/07
I have discovered this website. It is fascinating. I would have said James Cromwell was about 3" shorter than Tim Robbins.
schnitzelferk said on 5/Feb/07
In some scenes in the green mile he doesnt look that much taller than david morse whos 6'4", and in the barbeque scene next to tom hanks he doesnt look 7" taller, thats a massive difference we're talking about, and no way is he 7" than hanks, he is tall, no doubt about that, but 6'7"?...Nah.
As soon as people hit 6'5"+ they always look really tall, if you got some random joe who isnt interested in height assess a 6'5" guy, they could easily be described as 7ft, heck my uncle is 6'7" legit, 6'8" in shoes and he got "are you 7ft?" questions all the time.
Once you hit 6'5" people start adding inches to you, because the larger the difference, the more difficult to estimate.
A 5'10" guy can never get away with 5'11"-6'0" because most other people are that height, and theyl be caught out.
Get a 6'7" guy standing around 5'10-6ft guys and they could EASILY get away with 6'8"
This guy personally is around 6'6" max in his prime, 6'5" now.
Gonzalo said on 29/Jan/07
Very, very tall. Near 2 meters. If he says a little bit more than 6`6 there is no reason to think something different. He looks that tall
Glenn said on 28/Jan/07
Got him 2 weeks ago.he told me he is nearly 6-7.
MHouillon said on 27/Jan/07
WAS 200cm, IS 197cm.
dmeyer said on 26/Jan/07
to me he looks steel 6'5.5 at least
dmeyer said on 31/Dec/06
stel looks 6'6.5 199 cm or 6'6.25 at the shortest 6'6 he3 has 3 to 3.5 inches on freemanprobably 6'7 in he 20s and 6'6 now but not as short as 6 ft5
Derek said on 5/Dec/06
He had almost a head on Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard. I figure somewhere around 6'7".
chicoflaco said on 3/Dec/06
I met James Cromwell in the summer and chatted with him for 5 minutes. In his shoes he was a solid 6'6", no question about it. We shook hands and he also has some of the biggest freaky hands too.
Jordan said on 19/Sep/06
He was taller then bob sapp in longest yard by 1.5, and sap was wearing cleats, so if bob sapp is a legit 6'4 then would that make james 6'5.5 still at this age is the question.
kene6ft3 said on 16/Sep/06
his a 6ft5max!! 197cm no wrong!!
Editor Rob said on 9/Sep/06
Found him giving a quote in Frederick Post, 2001, on being asked about his height he says:
"Just put 6 feet 6...It's a little more than that, but 6 feet 7 inches sounds terrible"
weekly said on 2/Sep/06
In MASH he looked to me as 6'5
andy said on 16/Jul/06
cantstop25: remember you're talking about a movie he made at aroung 64-65 so he may have lost some from his peak, plus also the angles may have been chosen to so as not to reduce the visual impact of sapp's character
6\'5 project dude said on 15/Jul/06
he's 6'4, i saw at the longest yard premiere that igot invited to, looked an inch under me
[Editor Rob: he does look to have lost some height, I remember in ER beside Goran he looked still over that mark]
MOF said on 4/Jun/06
Cromwell looked 5 inches taller than 6'4 Jonathan Frakes in First Contact.
Anthony said on 2/Jun/06
I still think Cromwell is a solid 6'7, maybe he's lost a little now that he's older, but still, when he was youger he was definitely 6'7 IMO. He's also quite slim, which could make him appear taller than he really is.
kenneth pz said on 20/Apr/06
he do looks taller than david morse (6ft4-1.92m) in the green mile, but only like about 2,3cm witch is like 1.95m(6ft5) tall.. its comfirm by it.. any people don believe pls watch this movie again.. therefore he is 1.95m by cfm.
[Editor Rob: in longest yard I think he might have lost a cm or 2]
Gonzalo said on 6/Apr/06
He is huge. He is at least 6`6. He was taller than David Morse in The green mile. And David Morse is 6`4.
Frank2 said on 1/Apr/06
Cromwell is so tall that when I met him I came up to about his mouth level and I'm 5'11"! The guy is probably one of the tallest if not the tallest actor working today. I'd place him at 6'6" without hesitation.
sf said on 1/Apr/06
Saw Cromwell on MASH tonight, standing next to Mike Farrell who was supposed to be 6'3", which I believe, in the late 70's. Cromwell was taller by at least 2 inches, so I have no problem believing he was 6'6".
Ball-A-Hallic said on 25/Sep/05
Yea I heard he was like 6'7 but in The Longest Yard he looks like hes 6'5.5 maybe 6'6 n next 2 Sandler he towers him.