When we look at the photos of celebrities or see them on TV, it’s difficult to determine their real height. Our perception depends on the camera angle, the perspective view, the shoes the celebrity is wearing, and other ingenious tricks they may use.

So when fans run into celebrities on the street, they often get surprised that their idols are a different height in real life. Take Tom Cruise, for example. He doesn’t look short in the movies but he’s only 5’7 which is less than the average height of American men.

First, we’d like to share 2 important pieces of information with you:

  • Websites like IMDb and Wikipedia sometimes claim that a male actor is a bit taller than he is in real life. They do it because a handsome and macho-looking character from an action movie can’t be short. Besides, these websites usually use the height the celebrities were when they were young.
  • People become shorter around the age of 40-50 because their intervertebral discs become less elastic and more tense with age, and also shrink in size. So don’t be surprised when you find out the current height of Iron Arnie, who is 72 years old now.

Tim Robbins and Alexander Skarsgård: 6’4¾"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Liam Neeson and Jeff Goldblum: 6’4″

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Dwayne Johnson and Dolph Lundgren: 6’2″

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Morgan Freeman and Jim Carrey: 6’1″

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper: 6′

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Justin Timberlake and Famke Janssen: 5’11½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Vin Diesel and Uma Thurman: 5’11¼"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nicole Kidman: 6’1½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Mark Wahlberg and Tom Cruise: 5’7″

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino: 5’5½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Julianne Moore and Madonna: 5’3½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Scarlett Johansson and Audrey Tautou: 5’3″

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Natalie Portman and Sarah Jessica Parker: 5’2½"

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Kevin Hart and Gillian Leigh Anderson: 5’2¼"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Reese Witherspoon and Salma Hayek: 5’1½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Eva Longoria and Ariana Grande: 5’½"

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Kylie Minogue: 5′

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30+ Celebrities Who Surprised Us With Their Real Height

Which celebrity did you think was taller (or shorter) than you, but it turned out to be the opposite?

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