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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.
list ordered by
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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
2
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
4
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"
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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
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Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors
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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 5'6"
11
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"
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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.7
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Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 5'7"
19
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"
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Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
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Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
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Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"
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Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.57
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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''