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
1,443 485
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,220 398
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
924 329
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
974 288
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
972 321
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
660 327
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.63

7
828 296
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

8
865 388
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
462 264
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
895 457
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

11
502 235
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
374 128
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 5'6"

13
405 153
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

14
385 243
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.7

15
497 240
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors

16
407 215
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

17
360 191
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
385 213
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
199 118
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.68

20
238 111
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added 1.72

21
449 245
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
298 211
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
167 102
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'5"

24
377 172
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
417 204
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

26
353 183
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

27
404 220
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

28
295 177
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

29
187 94
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

30
257 185
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors

31
156 95
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.69

32
149 91
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.57

33
268 167
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

34
188 101
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.75

35
297 197
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

36
250 154
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

37
280 162
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

38
137 88
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'7"

39
132 83
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

40
219 179
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

41
105 87
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.66

42
126 90
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 3'6"

43
264 183
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
188 170
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors

45
102 78
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6''

46
152 163
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

47
103 78
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

48
104 83
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 5'6"

49
82 91
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.65

50
202 101
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'1"