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Sean Penn height: 5ft 8in (173 cm)

American actor and director best known for roles in films like Mystic River, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dead Man Walking, Carlito's Way, 21 Grams, Milk, Sweet & Lowdown and The Tree of Life. In an edition of the 1987 The Daily LA News, it described him as a "5-foot-8" man. On a CCP Permit, Sean's Height is given as 5ft 9 and his weight as 175 pounds.
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Realist says on 5/Sep/14
Rob how tall do u think his son and daughter are ? I think they r around the same. Son looks a little shorter than this guy about quarter inch so 5'7.25 and daughter about 5'6.5 or so.
kenny@23 says on 7/Aug/14
Actually he's more of a strong 5'8" since he can look taller than his real height without using chuncky boots or anything, or at least he COULD in his prime. Nowadays he might slouch a little more and have a poorer posture since he's 53.
annon says on 5/Aug/14
sean penn wears a lot of boots. hes a weak 5 foot 8
the shredder says on 23/Jul/14
Because I am being lazy right now and do not feel like putting varies pics in the Tinyurl , the reason I think Penn can look close to 5'9 is because he slouches a lot in pics and I admit sometimes he does not even look 5'8 , but he can look around 5'9 at times , google pics of him with Oprah , Emile Hirsh , Eddie Vedder , Tim Robbins , bobo , who was in boots about 2.5 , and yes , they even have a better pic of him and Mel Gibson . When sean is in full posture , he looks nothing under about 5'8.5 ish , I think that height is about right if he was getting measured .
Realist says on 16/Jul/14
Rob can u find a pic of Wilhem Dafoe with Sean Penn, their body types are quite similar it will be easy to compare.
[Editor Rob: couldn't see one]
Realist says on 29/Jun/14
He is an obvious narrow 5'7, body structure is very similar to James McAvoy with narrower shoulders.
RisingForce says on 18/Jun/14
Shredder, fwiw, the height on those permits isn't a measurement, but given by the person applying for the permit. You're technically not supposed to lie on them, but nobody will enforce that with a bit of a height exaggeration. For example, Sly's permit said 5'10". Penn was clearly shorter than a 70 year old Charles Bronson in several premiere pictures. I doubt he's about 5'9". 5'8.5" is possible, but I'm not convinced.
the shredder says on 15/Jun/14
I knew he was closer to 5 '9 , He has bad posture , 5'8.5 to 5'9 guy , he is a bit taller than Giancarlo who Rob has.
RisingForce says on 13/Jun/14
Rob, not sure if you want to mention it at the top, but the only claim I've seen from Penn was that he wrote his own height as 5'9" on his CCW permit.
[Editor Rob: of course I will mention it now, thanks]
Arch Stanton says on 6/Jun/14
Thanks There is a scene in Dead Man where he#s walking in slippers to be given a lethal injection and some of the guards absolutely tower him, the one on the right of him looks easily a head taller. He did actually look 5'7" range in that scene I thought in flat footwear.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jun/14
Rob can you also add Carlito's Way, 21 Grams, Milk, Sweet and Lowdown and The Tree of Life? His hair is a serious work of art in Dead Man Walking LOL! How did he get so much hair to stand up like that!!
Realist says on 3/Jun/14
@ the shredder : Optimistic but highly unlikely. Looked about 1.5 inches taller than his ex. Also wears lifts. 5'8 sounds short but it is'nt. 5'6 guys say 5'8.
jtm says on 2/Jun/14
he was 1 or 2 inches shorter than gary oldman in state of grace.
the shredder says on 2/Jun/14
Not a thing under 5'8.5 , He was a good bit over Giancarlo who is 5'7.5.
Realist says on 30/May/14
Guys, watch All the Kings Men, the movie sucks, but its good for comparing heights. Law,Penn, Ruffalo, Winslet,Anthony Hopkins . Law is clearly over 5'10. Ruffalo 171.5, Sean Penn flat 171, Kate Winslet 5'5.5,Hopkins 5'8 flat.
Realist says on 18/May/14
Rob i know a guy who was in Pakistan who met Penn during his trip. That guy is about 5'8-5'9 range similar to me. He said Penn was a little shorter (claiming 5'8 is correct) than him so for a non height discuss-er such as my friend the estimate should be less than he told. He said about 5'8. So i think he is more 5'6.5-5'7. Because this guy says he is 5'10 (i.e. my friend) and i am honest i say 5'8, we Indians (except myself) lie about heights by 2-3 inches. If i become a celebrity which is highly unlikely ill always say 172 cm (5'7.75) so i don't get embarrassed when you spot me even though i am almost 174 at 2 pm. Rob you are a detective.
[Editor Rob: then you'd be a bit taller than me at 2pm and claiming a little less, so I'd be then confused :)

Claiming your 174 is fine, but everybody has potential to look above/below their mark, sometimes it's shoe differences, other times posture changes, even our clothes, our physical looks can all effect how others think we are, which of course might not be what they actually measure.]
Ian says on 8/May/14
@Realist Natalie Portman and Elle MacPherson too. I'm guessing he's an inch or two shorter.
Sam says on 7/Apr/14
Believable, Penn seems to struggle with being a solid 5'8" at times. In that movie with Nicole Kidman, either Penn or the director seemed concerned with his height compared to her's, never seen the leads of a thriller sit down so much.
cole says on 4/Mar/14
Maybe 172 cm is closer, 173 cm is not impossible though.
Powerhouse says on 22/Feb/14
@James.... Michael J Fox is 5'4 not 5'5.
james says on 20/Feb/14
I give him 5'9 in shoes .he was alot taller than 5'5 michael j fox in casualties of war
Thompson says on 13/Jan/14
It's cool that Charlize digs him, despite being about two inches taller than him.

Penn's got charisma, got to give 'im that.
Realist says on 10/Jan/14
Dude, this guy totally shows height does not always matter for getting hot women, Madonna, Robin Wright, Scarlett Johannson and now Charlize Theron. About
the height silent D is correct 172 5'7.75.
Dr JJ says on 2/Jan/14
Well, he's going out with Charlize Theron, so there should be some awkward photos to come....
PJ says on 7/Dec/13
I've met him twice, 5'7 tops.
Markus from Italy says on 14/Nov/13
I don't know his exact height but certainly doens't look so tall, even in movies, the only one in which he looks taller is in The Interpreter with Nicole Kidman, maybe because he was acting with her whi's 180. I think he might be between 5'7 and 5'8 more pending to 5'8. Pacino always wears lifts in movies so it is difficult to judge his height watchin films. Ibrahim, also Robert Downey Jr. is taller than Charly Chaplin was and yet the director chose him to play Chaplin's role, do I have to assume that Robert is shorter than 5'7 flat?
the shredder says on 31/Oct/13
Rob , can he be 5'7 ?
[Editor Rob: I doubt he'd be that low, wouldn't bet on that!]
jordydecke says on 28/Oct/13
Not sure about 5'8 for him. In Carlito's Way - right near the start in court - he stands next to Pacino and the two guys look about the same height, definitely not 2-3 inches difference. Unless of course Pacino is wearing some lifts...
Powerhouse says on 28/Sep/13
He is 5'9 no more no less
juju says on 5/Sep/13
5'7. Jack nicholson in the 90s had him by two inches
Shawn says on 29/Aug/13
"Greg says on 11/Aug/13
Mark King of Level 42 met him in the 80s when he was with Madonna and said to him, "So Madonna goes for dwarves?"
Damn rude but I doubt he'd have said it too a legit 5'8" man."

That's odd... Apparently Mark King is only 5'9" himself. I couldn't find any record of that quote online either.
Greg says on 11/Aug/13
Mark King of Level 42 met him in the 80s when he was with Madonna and said to him, "So Madonna goes for dwarves?"
Damn rude but I doubt he'd have said it too a legit 5'8" man.
dmeyer says on 4/Aug/13
i walked by him he realy seemed small like 5 ft 7 flat but i didnt see him enaugh
Di says on 4/Aug/13
I've met Sean Penn twice. He is about 5 ft 7 inches.
Don J says on 25/Jul/13
5'7 Max! worked a set with him!
Arch Stanton says on 24/Jul/13
Vedder isn't 5'7" though Sam! He's barely 5'6", see him with 5'8.5" Kelly Slater barefoot. Penn just about scrapes 5'8" I think, maybe 172, about 2 inches shorter than 5'10" Kevin Bacon in Mystic River.
Sam says on 1/Jul/13
He can look close to an taller than the 5'7" listed Eddie Vedder, sometimes less though.
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Ibrahim says on 27/Jun/13
if Sean is 5'8 why whould they take him to play 5'5 MICKEY COHEN there is the difference of 3inches was the director crazy there a lots of guys who can play MICKEY COHEN and have the height of 5'5 he is not 5'8
Daniel says on 12/Jun/13
I'm not sure if there's a shot with shoes visible, but Penn stands toe to toe with David Suchet in The Falcon and the Snowman, and Penn's about 1" taller. I believe Suchet is on record stating that he's under 5' 7" (so 5' 6" is probably correct for him), which puts Penn at about 5' 7".
gysgtmo says on 21/May/13
he's a little person
Bruno says on 17/Mar/13
I'd say Sean Penn is about 5'6 without elevator shoes.
Jackson says on 6/Mar/13
I'm 5'7" and I am a couple of inches taller than Sean. And, yes, I have met him.
juju says on 26/Feb/13
he aint 5 foot 8. gibson is 5 foot 9. penn looked 5 foot 7 next to him. check out shots of penn and nicholson. not 5 foot 8.
Silent d says on 18/Jan/13
Mel gibson was much taller than him at that haiti event thing. I think mel was wearing lifts but he made sean penn look 5 foot6. Sean didn't look that imposing in gangster squad but he was scary and his mugshot barely reached 5 foot 8. Maybe 5 foot 8.
juju says on 11/Jan/13
5 foot 9 is insane. 5 foot 7.5 maximum. he was shorter than 5 foot 9 josh brolin in cowboy boots
MrX says on 14/Dec/12
form me he is 174,5 in the night everything under 173 is ridicolous
Maximus says on 30/Aug/12
5'7" sounds like an accurate height for Sean Penn.
tellem says on 30/Jan/12
looks 5'7" with 5'9" mel gibson. penn didn't bring his boots/cowboy lifts
avi says on 29/Jan/12
looking over pics of him he seems a weak 5'7
the dude says on 25/Jan/12
Is about 5'8-5'9" without shoes. Good posture and chunky footwear can make him look as tall as 5'11". I have not met him myself, but a friend of mine (5'11" w/o shoes) was an extra on Milk and said that he walked right by him and took a double take when he noticed that Penn was a good 3 inches or so shorter then him. Granted my friend is 24 years old and Penn was pushing 50 at this point. 5'9" and some change is the tallest Penn has ever been. Doesn't really matter how tall he is though, he's a solid actor.

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