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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1,617 562
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors
2
1,359 475
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.7
3
1,009 410
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
4
1,152 386
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors
5
1,075 340
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors
6
954 338
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
7
737 375
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.63
8
975 434
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors
9
499 309
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors
10
1,016 514
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
11
453 160
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
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12
483 186
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
547 277
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
14
551 272
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
15
414 271
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
16
442 245
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.65
17
422 245
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors
18
390 219
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors
19
284 136
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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20
230 147
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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21
499 275
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
22
321 237
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors
23
193 124
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
408 193
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''
25
449 229
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.63