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

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1,238 407
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
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937 339
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,001 327
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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991 294
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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670 334
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
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843 303
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

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887 394
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

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470 272
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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913 465
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
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511 242
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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385 133
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
412 160
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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507 244
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors

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391 248
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
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16
412 220
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
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17
395 217
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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367 195
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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249 112
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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203 125
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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459 248
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
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303 217
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

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172 108
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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387 174
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
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361 185
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors

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423 209
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors
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407 225
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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300 184
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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191 100
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
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166 97
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
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261 190
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors

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155 95
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
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273 171
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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194 105
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors
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303 201
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

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255 157
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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284 166
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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143 92
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
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135 87
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
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220 184
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

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108 93
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
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132 94
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
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270 188
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
159 166
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors

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107 81
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
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46
107 80
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors
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47
190 176
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

48
106 87
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
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84 95
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
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211 103
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
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