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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1,268 407
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,076 329
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

3
825 279
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
859 229
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
858 275
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
593 278
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 5'4"

7
730 252
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
Danny DeVito 4'11"

8
767 339
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
419 234
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
783 402
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

11
455 206
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
308 101
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

13
340 123
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 5'6"

14
361 217
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

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372 192
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

16
451 218
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

17
330 170
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
345 189
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
174 99
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

20
199 85
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 5'7"

21
400 226
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

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274 193
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
149 83
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 5'5"

24
351 150
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 1.68

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392 184
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 5'4"

26
327 165
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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368 204
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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267 157
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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168 79
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

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235 170
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors

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138 79
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 5'6"

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130 74
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 5'1"

33
245 152
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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235 138
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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124 64
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

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273 178
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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162 85
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

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253 148
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors

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117 72
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 5'7"

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207 164
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

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109 67
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 3'6"

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92 71
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

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147 144
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors

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90 60
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 1.68

45
242 165
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

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94 63
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 5'6"

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173 155
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors

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87 68
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

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71 74
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

50
90 89
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
BronwynCurtain added Buster Keaton 5'5