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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.
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928 261
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

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684 190
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors

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845 229
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

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687 156
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
654 193
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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479 217
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 5'4"

7
552 196
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
Danny DeVito 4'11"

8
562 240
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
362 194
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
640 339
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

11
395 177
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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257 80
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 5'6"

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311 178
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

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323 162
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

15
288 135
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors

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213 69
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

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391 186
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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285 157
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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142 68
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

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140 48
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 1.72

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349 190
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

22
245 168
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
124 62
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 5'5"

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360 155
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 5'4"

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312 126
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'5"

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296 141
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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133 59
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

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323 188
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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232 142
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors

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118 61
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 5'6"

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105 55
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 5'1"

32
215 156
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors

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107 46
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

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219 132
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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203 118
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

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232 125
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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241 160
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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98 54
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 5'7"

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188 136
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors

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129 71
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

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88 47
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 3'6"

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78 56
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

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141 127
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors

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76 44
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 1.68

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81 49
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 1.68

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157 136
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

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211 147
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

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60 56
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

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70 53
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

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80 72
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
BronwynCurtain added Buster Keaton 5'5