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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1,575 539
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,328 451
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
990 380
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,090 368
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,047 327
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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919 324
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors

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716 365
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
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8
943 430
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
493 298
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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991 501
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

11
437 153
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
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12
541 268
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors

13
461 178
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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14
539 266
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors

15
411 266
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

16
437 237
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

17
415 239
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
384 213
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
276 128
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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20
226 141
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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21
489 270
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
319 232
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
188 121
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
405 188
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
439 224
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"