Distinguishing Features The Best Short Actors  

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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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1,413 463
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,194 376
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
911 313
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
952 270
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
951 313
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
652 314
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.63

7
811 288
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

8
844 378
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
458 255
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
872 446
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

11
494 229
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
358 125
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 5'6"

13
395 149
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

14
383 237
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

15
406 210
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

16
491 237
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

17
356 187
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
379 209
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
195 115
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"

20
229 106
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 1.72

21
439 243
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
297 205
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
165 98
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"

24
373 169
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
412 201
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.63

26
349 180
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

27
392 219
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

28
292 174
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

29
186 91
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

30
253 182
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors

31
147 88
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.57

32
153 92
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.69

33
263 166
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

34
295 191
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

35
185 98
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'7"

36
249 151
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

37
273 160
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

38
134 86
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.73

39
130 80
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

40
219 175
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

41
103 84
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"

42
122 85
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 3'6"

43
260 180
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
101 73
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6''

45
186 166
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

46
152 160
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

47
101 77
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

48
101 79
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.69

49
82 88
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"

50
194 98
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'1"