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

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1,238 406
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
935 338
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
998 325
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
990 294
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
669 333
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
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7
842 302
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

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885 394
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
469 271
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
912 465
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors

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511 241
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
384 132
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
411 160
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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14
391 247
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
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15
506 243
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors

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411 220
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
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17
395 216
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
367 194
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
248 112
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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203 124
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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458 248
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
303 216
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
172 107
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
387 173
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
360 185
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors

26
422 209
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

27
406 225
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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300 183
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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190 100
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
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165 97
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
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260 190
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors

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154 95
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
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33
273 170
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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255 156
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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193 105
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
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36
302 201
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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284 165
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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143 91
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
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39
135 86
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
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220 183
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

41
108 92
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
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42
132 93
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
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43
269 188
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
158 166
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors

45
106 81
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
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46
190 175
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

47
106 80
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
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48
105 87
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
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49
84 94
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
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50
210 103
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'1"