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26 Famous People Over 7 Feet Tall

Updated December 6, 2020 315.5k views26 items

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?)

Are you surprised that there are so many famous people who are over 7 foot tall? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Shaquille O'Neal
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    NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal is 7' 1".

    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Professional wrestler and actor Andre the Giant was 7' 4".
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1946-1993)

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Photo: Rena Schild / Shutterstock

    NBA player Kareem Abul-Jabbar is 7' 2".

    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Dirk Nowitzki
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    NBA player Dirk Nowitzki is 7' 0".
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

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