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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1,519 504
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,269 427
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
952 356
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
1,036 346
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
1,012 306
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
879 311
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors

7
686 348
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

8
909 410
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
481 284
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
943 478
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

11
525 252
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
406 142
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
434 167
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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14
520 256
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors

15
398 258
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

16
421 230
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

17
402 231
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
373 207
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
263 120
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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20
216 134
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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21
473 257
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
311 223
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
179 116
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
395 180
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
431 213
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

26
367 192
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

27
416 229
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

28
313 188
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

29
173 102
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
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30
198 106
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
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31
266 194
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors

32
161 102
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
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33
279 175
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

34
312 203
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

35
204 111
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
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36
261 161
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

37
291 167
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

38
147 97
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
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39
139 90
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.68

40
223 188
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

41
138 98
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
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42
112 98
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
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43
276 190
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
112 84
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
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45
163 169
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

46
112 83
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors
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47
192 180
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

48
110 92
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
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49
226 106
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'1"

50
87 99
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"