Willie Nelson's Height
5ft 5.75in (167 cm)
American Country Musician. In 1993 Miami Herald it mentioned his height, saying "Willie Nelson, on his just-a-shade-under-5-foot-6 height: - 'I'm taller than Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Of course, they don't wear cowboy boots. I'm also taller than Ross Perot as long as I don't cut my hair'"
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bill uk said on 28/Nov/15
Great guy, smallish in stature with a giant talent ...wish I could meet him one day, well, I can dream can't I.
guest said on 4/Oct/15
He looks very short in Electric Horseman. Robert Redford looks small in that movie too. WN is a few inches shorter than RR in it.
said on 22/Jun/15
Rob would he measure in 5ft 4-5 range now he is in his 80s?
[Editor Rob: at his age he probably will be around that now.]
Ian C said on 17/Apr/15
Richard Keil, who was at least seven feet tall, was a bouncer. So was Clint Walker, at six foot-six. You look like those gents and you can bounce belligerent people with a kind word and a big grin, which is so much more efficient than showing them your certificate from the dojo, wouldn't you say?
I have met people who have met Willie, and they all say what a friendly, humble man he is, so I'm just saying that bar-bouncing was probably not a vocation suggested to him by his high school guidance counsellor.
George5008 said on 14/Apr/15
Height is measured from the head to the sky. Go Willie
Eric said on 14/Apr/15
Willie is an expert martial artist, with black belts in a variety of catagories, this would surely make him a good bouncer in spite of his height.
Ian C said on 13/Apr/15
According to Wikipedia, young Willie once worked as a bouncer in a bar. What? At five-foot-eight? Must have had a lot of natural authority.
Sam said on 29/Oct/14
He looked pretty much a head shorter than Johnny Cash if Cash stood up straight and, despite his claim, is edged out by Bob Dylan (although not hugely). This listing is a good fit.
vinnie said on 3/Mar/14
5'4"...i met him while he was in Nelson filming a movie, my sister in law was his personal valet at the hotel he stayed at. We stood back to back, without our boots on...we are exactly the same height!
wiltonstilts said on 21/Sep/13
5 07 peak
wiltonstilts said on 21/Jul/13
Check out his recent mugshot "willie looks haggered is the caption" he appears to be n only 5 04 ..
said on 10/Jul/13
He is much shorter than 5 07 you need to change this
[Editor Rob: he's listed as a shade under 5ft 6 or 5ft 5.75, not 5ft 7.
Of course at his age he might be nearer 5ft 5 now]
Zach said on 13/Feb/13
Whomever puts Willie at 5'7 1/2" is a fool! Willie Nelson is NO more than 5'4" to 5'5" my wife is 5'5" we were in the Airport with Willie he had on boots my wife had on flats and they looked to be identical height wise!
Shaun said on 26/Aug/12
Dr. Steve Brule says on 29/Nov/10
He's about 5ft 3 and a half these days according to his mugshot photo Click Here Probably right considering he's 77. He was arrested a few days ago for setting fire to a plant and inhaling the smoke wot came off it.
Those markers again are two inches not one, same with Armie Hammer. The mugshot shows him at 5'7" in probably standard boots which give 1-1.5 inches. 5'5.75" looks spot on, he is in fact about 5'6".
Musicman said on 16/Aug/12
Lol at 5ft 6in or even 5ft 5in! Back in the 80's I met Wille here in nashville in an elevator at the mall with my sister with me. I'm 5ft 10in barefoot and I had on very low soul tennis shoes that made me say 5ft 10 and a half. My sister is 5ft 4in and she and Willie were the same height and he had cowboy boots on! I towered over him looking down at the top of his head. he's no more than 5ft 3in max barefoot. I know I met him and talked awhile, he's a very nice, humble guy.
Legend said on 27/Aug/11
He's 5'4 in the morning today.
jtm said on 30/Nov/10
he probably lost some height since he is 77.
Dr. Steve Brule
said on 29/Nov/10
He's about 5ft 3 and a half these days according to his mugshot photo Click Here
Probably right considering he's 77. He was arrested a few days ago for setting fire to a plant and inhaling the smoke wot came off it.
said on 13/Aug/07
Here is another Bob Dylan and Willie photo, here looking much closer to each other in height:
This time it's a question of dueling cowboy hats. Willie still looks the shorter of the two despite his claim above.
Ancient Aztec guy said on 21/May/07
I saw a picture of Willie Nelson and 5'7" George Jones(NOT TOM JONES!!!)and they appeared to be about the same height. Although I saw him stand next to 6'1.5" Johnny Cash and he appeared to be 5'9" in the highway men. Also just a comment on Editor Rob you are a funny feller!!!
Glenn said on 19/Jan/07
5-6 is correct.
Robert.R said on 18/Jan/07
In his biography he says 5'7" but I think 5'6" is more accurate.
said on 16/Nov/06
There is a picture on this website of Willie with Dylan that seems to show Willie wrong, since Willie looks at least 2 inches shorter than Bob. Bob may be wearing lifts, because he even seems to be leaning over and still skies over an upright Nelson. The website (can't provide a direct to photo, but it is in "Bob & Celebs" gallery):
Derek said on 19/Sep/06
Short guy but one of the best musicians ever.
Glenn said on 19/Sep/06
That height is correct.great guy.in fact,known to be maybe in the top 3 best.
Glenn said on 19/Sep/06
That height is correct.