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
1,667 582
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors
2
1,392 496
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
3
1,031 432
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
4
1,194 400
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors
5
1,092 354
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors
6
983 348
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
7
751 389
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"
8
998 446
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors
9
1,040 529
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
10
509 325
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
11
463 173
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
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12
500 202
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
555 287
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
14
560 281
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
15
419 281
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
1.7
16
444 255
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"
17
396 228
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors
18
426 255
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors
19
290 143
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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20
233 152
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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21
509 283
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"
22
323 246
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors
23
198 129
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
414 200
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''
25
382 210
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors