They say the camera adds 10 lbs, but what does it do for height? There are so many actors that are actually much shorter than they look, as the camera angles, or even clever lifts, make them look taller than they really are. Conversely, sometimes it’s tough to tell how toweringly tall an actor might be when seeing them on screen from the comfort of your couch.
When it comes to The Big Bang Theory, a lot of the cast members are actually pretty short, with only two that appear often on-screen being above six feet tall, and one is even under five feet. So, who are the tallest and shortest?
Updated on June 10th, 2021, by Lynn Gibbs: One of the first things fans of The Big Bang Theory notice is how tall Dr. Sheldon Cooper is compared to the rest of his friends. Typically in khaki pants and a themed-t-shirt, Sheldon stands out above the rest due to his stature (that is until Bert comes on to the scene). Contrastingly, Bernadette appears to be the smallest of the bunch, especially since so many people bring up how adorable her short stature is. But what about the other characters? Aside from the gang and their respective partners, there are other characters that have reappearing roles that vary in size that could give Sheldon and even Penny a run for their money in the height department.
14 Melissa Rauch: Shortest (4’11”)
It’s obvious that Rauch, who plays Howard’s firecracker wife Bernadette, is super small on the show. They mention her tiny stature often, complemented by her high-pitched, shrill voice—not her real voice, by the way. But she isn’t even five feet tall! Yes, Rauch measures in at just 4’11”, making her the shortest actor on the show.
13 Sara Gilbert: Shortest (5’3″)
Fans missed Leslie’s dynamic with Leonard and Sheldon in later seasons when she slowly stopped popping up. She was a lot like Leonard but didn’t know how to tolerate Sheldon quite as well. Nevertheless, Leslie wasn’t the shortest of the group but she wasn’t the tallest either. She was most known for her quick comebacks against Sheldon and her up-and-down relationship with Leonard. Like Leonard, she’s one of the shortest on the list.
12 Aarti Mann: Shortest (5’3″)
Like many others on this list, Arti Mann is of average height on The Big Bang Theory. Her character Priya started as Raj’s sister and ended with her being the ex-girlfriend of Leonard. Priya and Leonard had a solid relationship and probably would have ended up together if it weren’t for the long-distance aspect of their relationship. However, it was for the best because fans wanted Leonard and Penny to be endgame more than Leonard and Priya.
11 Simon Helberg: Shortest (5’4”)
Yes, Helberg is an inch shorter than Galecki, two inches shorter than Cuoco, and a full three inches shorter than Nayyar, who plays his best friend on the show. Helberg, of course, plays Howard, an engineer with an inflated sense of confidence and a weirdly close relationship with his mother. Howard is often made fun of by his friends for being an engineer and not having a doctoral degree. In addition to this role, Helberg also gained critical acclaim for his role in Florence Foster Jenkins.
10 Mayim Bialik: Shortest (5’4”)
Interestingly, Bialik is the same height as Helberg at just 5’4”, which makes her one of the shortest women on the show, and also a full nine inches shorter than her on-screen boyfriend Sheldon. Bialik plays Amy, Sheldon’s love interest and eventual wife.
Bialik was known prior to this role, however, for her leading role on the ’90s sitcom Blossom. She is also known for being the only cast member from TBBT to actually understand the scientific lingo they use since she actually has a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
9 Johnny Galecki: Shortest (5’5”)
It is pretty well-known that Galecki isn’t exactly one of the tallest actors in Hollywood, as he is only 5’5″, which is a full inch shorter than Cuoco, who plays his love interest girlfriend and eventual wife on the show. In fact, the two also dated in real life at one point.
Galecki has been acting for decades. While he is best known for playing Leonard on this show, other notable roles include playing Darlene’s boyfriend in Roseanne—and ex-husband in the sequel series The Conners—as well as from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the film I Know What You Did Last Summer.
8 Kaley Cuoco: Shortest (5’6”)
As the tallest of the shortest cast members on the show, Cuoco is an average 5’6”, which is still fairly tall considering the height of some of the others.
Cuoco rose to fame with her role on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules, but it was really her role as Penny on this show that put her on the Hollywood map. She’s now appearing in The Flight Attendant, a show she also created and executive produces.
7 Laurie Metcalf: Tallest (5’7″)
Laurie Metcalf plays Sheldon Cooper‘s mom, Mary Cooper. Mary is a devout Catholic who wastes no time sharing her personal beliefs and hopes of spreading her message. Oftentimes, Mary is out of touch and dated but she adds comedic relief whenever she comes to visit her “Shelly.” Although her son is a tall drink of water, Mary is of average height at 5’7″.
6 Kunal Nayyar: Tallest (5’7”)
Kunal Nayyar is one of the tallest men in the series, standing at 5’7”. But, indeed, just inches into this category with this fairly average height.
Nayyar played Raj for the entire series’ run, arguably one of the most changed characters on the show, who initially had selective mutism that made it impossible for him to speak to women. He was most recently heard voicing the character of Naveen in Mira, Royal Detective.
5 Kevin Sussman: Tallest (5’9”)
Sussman is among the tallest on the show, standing at about 5’9” tall. He plays the awkward comic bookstore owner Stuart on the series, who is often depressed, down on his luck, and pining to be part of the group of friends.
By the end of the series, Stuart finally found true love and found success at his comic store. All of his hardships made him the kind of compassionate man he was by the end of the series.
4 John Ross Bowie: Tallest (5’9”)
Also standing 5’9” tall is Bowie, who plays Sheldon’s rival at the university Barry Kripke. He’s also known for his roles in Speechless, for appearing in Ford Motor Company commercials, and for sketch comedy work at theaters in New York and L.A. Despite his Elmer Fudd-like voice on the series, Bowie does not, in fact, have a speech impediment in real life.
3 Jim Parsons: Tallest (6’1”)
Parsons, who plays the socially awkward and egotistical Sheldon Cooper, is indeed one of the few cast members on the show who tops six feet, at just an inch above the threshold. He is notably taller than the others on the show, but his slim build might have given the impression that he isn’t actually as tall as he is.
Now that the series is over, Parsons has been focusing a lot on his film career, appearing in top films like Hidden Figures and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, as well as narrating the spin-off series Young Sheldon.
2 Brian Thomas Smith: Tallest (6’3′)
Brian Thomas Smith portrays Penny’s ex-boyfriend, Zack. Unlike many of Penny’s exes, Zack continues to pop up throughout the series as he becomes friendly with her group of friends. Zack isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed but he does have a big heart and wants the best for those around him.
When Amy Farrah Fowler first started hanging out with Penny and Bernadette, she lost her breath when she saw Zack for the first time because of how tall he was. Standing at 6’3”, Brian Thomas Smith is one of the tallest characters on the show.
1 Brian Posehn: Tallest (6’7”)
Coming in at a towering 6’7” tall, Posehn plays geologist Bert Kibbler on the series. It’s clear he’s significantly taller than anyone else on the show, but how tall did fans think he was? In addition to stand-up comedy, he has taken his strapping height to other films and TV series, as well, and has even released a musical album this year titled “Grandpa Metal.”
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