How tall is Darth Vader?

Darth Vader's official height

Darth Vader is one of the greatest fictional villains of all time. The Sith Lord towers above almost everyone around him but exactly how tall is Darth Vader?

Darth Vader Height

In his suit, Darth Vader is an astonishing 6’7″ tall according to StarWars.com. However, without his suit Anakin Skywalker was just 6’2″ tall.

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How is this possible? It’s because after Anakin sustained horrific injuries on Mustafar after losing to Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was put back together using various mechanical parts which are now covered by his suit.

Anakin burning on Mustafar
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Darth Vader’s helmet also adds a few inches in height as it is not completely flush with the top of his head. This is what makes up the five inch difference in height between Anakin and Darth Vader.

Darth Vader actors’ heights

While Darth Vader is officially 6’7″ tall, the actors who have donned the infamous suit have varied in height significantly. Camera angles and trickery were used so that Vader always appears to be the same height on screen. The Sith Lord has been portrayed on screen by these actors:

ActorHeightMovie(s)
David Prowse6’6″Original Star Wars Trilogy
Bob Anderson6’1″Original Star Wars Trilogy
Hayden Christensen6’0″Revenge of the Sith / Obi-Wan Kenobi
Spencer Wilding6’6″Rogue One
Gene Bryant6’6″Revenge of the Sith
Sebastian Shaw6’2″Return of the Jedi
Darth Vader actor heights
  • David Prowse was a body builder who was 6 feet 6 inches tall. He is the actor in the suit for the original trilogy. Prowse also provided the voice for Darth Vader in ‘A New Hope‘ only for it to be switched out for James Earl Jones in post production for the film. Something Prowse didn’t become aware of until watching the film for the first time.
  • Bob Anderson was an Olympic fencer who helped to choreograph the Lightsaber fights in Star Wars. His involvement was supposed to be a secret until Mark Hamill decided in 1983 that it wasn’t fair for him not to be credited for his work and convinced George Lucas.
  • Hayden Christensen is the actor most people will associate with Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. The actor wore the suit on two separate occassions. Once in Revenge of the Sith and once in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
  • Spencer Wilding played Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the famous hallway scene.
  • Gene Bryant plays Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith. When Vader walks onto the Star Destroyer at the end of the movie it’s not Hayden Christensen in the suit as most people would assume but instead Gene Bryant.
  • Sebastian Shaw is the face of Darth Vader. The actor played the character for the scene when Vader removes his mask at the end of Return of the Jedi.
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So how tall is Darth Vader? Despite the discrepancy in height between the actors, Vader’s height is officially 6’7″.

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