distinguishing features The Best Short Actors  

Tanner Arnold
Originally by
30.2k votes 2.9k voters 330.8k views 119 items Embed

List Rules Actors at or under under 5' 7".

Who are the best short actors? Some of the incredibly famous actors on this list are surprisingly diminutive, coming in at 5'7" or under. These actors might loom large on the big or small screens, but in person, they're actually, well, somewhat tiny. Vote up the short actors you think are the best, and vote down any small fries that you just don't care for. Feel free, as well, to re-rank this list any way you like.

Many of the great short male actors on this list are among the best actors in film history and certainly among the hottest male celebrities ever. Does height matter? Not if the actor is super hot! That's why ballet flats were created, people!

And height sure doesn't matter when it comes to acting talent: consider Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Joe Pesci, Richard Dreyfuss and Woody Allen, for example. Ever single one of these incredible, award-winning actors is 5'7" or under (way under, in some cases). Does it matter? No. No, it sure doesn't. Just imagine the acting world without the genius of Pacino or the humor of Dudley Moore or Martin Lawrence - it's not a fun thing to consider, is it? These are some of the greatest film actors of all time, after all.

Who's on this short actors list? Just because an actor is tall doesn't mean he's automatically a leading man. Sure, it might help in some respects, but it isn't a deal breaker. Camera angles can easily disguise an actor's stature, making him appear far taller than he actually is. As with many things in Hollywood, it's all about the tricks of the trade, and every single one of the shortest male actors listed here knows this, very well.
list ordered by

1
928 259
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died Vote: Your Globe Noms Picks for Best Actor, TV Drama

2
682 190
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors

3
844 229
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

4
684 156
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
653 193
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
478 216
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 5'4"

7
552 194
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
Danny DeVito 4'11"

8
560 239
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
361 194
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
639 339
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

11
395 176
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
257 79
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 5'6"

13
310 178
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

14
321 162
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

15
212 69
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

31 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters 16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

16
286 135
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

17
390 186
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
285 156
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
141 68
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

20
139 48
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 1.72

21
349 189
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

22
124 61
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 5'5"

23
245 167
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors

24
359 154
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 5'4"

25
311 126
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'5"

26
296 140
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

27
132 59
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

28
322 188
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

29
231 142
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors

Celebrities Who Were Once Roommates The Absolute Worst Things About the Holiday Season

30
117 61
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 5'6"

31
105 54
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 5'1"

32
215 155
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors

33
106 46
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

34
218 132
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

35
232 124
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

36
202 118
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

37
241 159
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

38
98 53
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 5'7"

39
187 136
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors

40
129 70
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

41
88 46
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 3'6"

42
141 126
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors

43
77 56
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

Unusual Deaths: Bizarre Deaths Of The 20th Century Vote: Your Globe Noms Picks for Best Actress in a Comedy, Movies

44
75 44
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 1.68

45
80 49
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 1.68

46
156 136
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

47
210 146
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

48
60 55
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

49
69 53
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

50
79 72
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
BronwynCurtain added Buster Keaton 5'5