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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1,373 450
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,162 363
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

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891 299
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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927 256
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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924 303
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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638 303
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 1.63

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784 282
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

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829 370
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

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446 249
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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850 432
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors

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484 221
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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379 139
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 1.73

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340 121
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

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377 231
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

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395 206
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

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481 233
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

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373 203
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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348 183
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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188 111
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

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220 100
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 1.72

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428 238
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

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288 202
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

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160 93
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 1.65

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409 195
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 1.63

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367 166
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'6''

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344 178
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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387 215
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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283 169
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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182 87
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

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

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147 88
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 1.69

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139 85
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 1.57

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257 161
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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178 92
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

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286 187
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

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243 147
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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

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129 75
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

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130 82
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 5'7"

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

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Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

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118 82
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 1.07

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98 69
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 5'6''

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255 177
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jonah Hill 5'7''

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151 155
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

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182 165
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

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97 76
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 5'6"

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Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

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78 85
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

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109 62
Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Michael Peña 1.7