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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1,375 451
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,163 364
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

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893 299
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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929 257
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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926 304
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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639 303
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 1.63

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785 282
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

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829 371
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

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447 249
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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853 434
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors

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485 221
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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381 140
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 1.73

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342 121
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

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377 232
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

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396 206
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

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482 233
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

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374 203
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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349 183
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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189 111
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

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220 101
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 1.72

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428 239
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

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289 202
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

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161 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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410 195
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 1.63

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368 166
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'6''

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345 178
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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387 217
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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284 169
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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183 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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148 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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140 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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258 161
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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179 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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244 147
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

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286 188
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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269 156
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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129 76
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

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131 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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101 82
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 83
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 1.07

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99 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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255 178
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jonah Hill 5'7''

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151 156
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

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183 165
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

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98 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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97 77
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

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79 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 63
Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Michael Peña 1.7