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This list of famous people over seven feet tall has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people are over seven feet tall. The majority of the famous folks on the list are professional basketball players, but some actors and professional wrestlers also made our list. One famous actor over seven feet tall played an iconic sci-fi character.

Who is the most famous person over seven feet tall? Shaquille O'Neal tops our list, making him one of the tallest celebs around. The NBA superstar is 7'1". He has said, “I guess people think the taller you are, the more dominant you have to be." Despite his crazy height, he is not even the tallest celebrity on this list! Professional wrestler and actor Andre the Giant was 7'4". He appeared in films such as The Princess Bride and Trading Mom.

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew is 7'2". He appeared alongside Harrison Ford in the first three Star Wars movies as Chewbacca. Rumor has it that Mayhew was given the choice of playing either Chewbacca or Darth Vader, but he chose Chewie because he wanted to play a good guy, proving that really tall people can be gentle at heart. And that tall celebs who might once have been considered freaks of nature can go on to reach great heights! (See what we did there?)

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Famous People Over 7 Feet Tall
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NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal is 7' 1".

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Rapper, Television producer, Real estate entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more

Credits: After the Sunset, The House Bunny, Good Burger, He Got Game

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André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Famous People Over 7 Feet Tall
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Professional wrestler and actor Andre the Giant was 7' 4".

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Age: Died at 47 (1946-1993)

Birthplace: Grenoble, France

Profession: Wrestler, Actor

Credits: The Princess Bride, WrestleMania III, WrestleMania IV, WrestleMania VI

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#10 on The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

#2 on The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s

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#25 on The Best WWE Superstars of the '90s

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Famous People Over 7 Feet Tall
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NBA player Kareem Abul-Jabbar is 7' 2".

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Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Author, Actor

Credits: BASEketball, Airplane!, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault

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#2 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#36 on The Best Athletes of All Time

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#1 on The Best Milwaukee Bucks of All Time

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Famous People Over 7 Feet Tall
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NBA player Dirk Nowitzki is 7' 0".

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

Profession: Basketball player

Credits: Like Mike, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, 2011 NBA All-Star Game, 2003 NBA All-Star Game

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