How tall was Napoleon Bonaparte and how tall is Joaquin Phoenix?


The portrayal of historical figures, especially well-known figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, often comes with certain expectations, including physical attributes. In the case of Napoleon’s height, there’s a misconception that he was significantly shorter than the average person of his time. However, historical records suggest otherwise.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s actual height remains a matter of historical debate, but reports place him between 5’2″ (1.58 m) and 5’7″ (1.70 m) at the time of his death. Contrary to popular belief, this range puts him within the average height for men during that period, dispelling the myth that he was exceptionally short.

Regarding Joaquin Phoenix, who portrays Napoleon in Ridley Scott’s film, his height of 5’8″ (1.73 m) is slightly taller than the commonly attributed height to Napoleon. However, it’s important to note that Phoenix’s portrayal still aligns more closely with the actual historical measurements of Napoleon’s height than the exaggerated beliefs about his stature.


This casting decision and the portrayal in “Napoleon” may help to dispel the historical misconception about Napoleon’s height, showcasing a more accurate representation of the French Emperor. Ridley Scott’s film aims to provide a more authentic depiction of Napoleon’s rise to power and historical significance.

“Napoleon,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is currently in theaters and will be available for streaming on Apple TV Plus.