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
1,211 388
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,041 317
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

3
801 268
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
835 221
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
830 267
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
574 271
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 5'4"

7
709 244
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
Danny DeVito 4'11"

8
740 331
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
406 231
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
756 395
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

11
444 203
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
326 119
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 5'6"

13
287 100
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

14
357 214
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

The Most Beautiful Royal Women Around the World

15
443 216
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors

16
359 189
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

17
325 166
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
334 188
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
164 97
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

20
191 83
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 5'7"

21
389 223
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

The Best Sport Brands

22
269 192
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
146 81
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 5'5"

24
347 147
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 1.68

25
387 182
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 5'4"

26
321 162
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

27
358 201
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

28
264 156
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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29
165 78
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

30
137 76
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 5'6"

31
128 70
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 5'1"

32
234 168
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors

33
243 149
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

34
231 137
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

35
268 176
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

36
119 63
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

37
157 84
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

38
250 145
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors

39
113 72
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 5'7"

40
206 161
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

41
90 68
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

42
106 65
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 3'6"

Celebrities Who Never Had Plastic Surgery

43
94 60
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 5'6"

44
88 58
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 5'6"

45
144 143
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

46
230 163
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jonah Hill 5'6"

47
168 153
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

48
69 70
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

49
83 65
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

50
86 87
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
BronwynCurtain added Buster Keaton 5'5