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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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865 238
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 5'6"

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696 203
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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705 165
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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675 208
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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490 225
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 5'4"

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569 201
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
Danny DeVito 4'11"

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589 256
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

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366 200
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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655 350
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

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401 180
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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265 86
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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316 184
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 1.7

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225 74
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
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328 165
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

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294 138
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

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397 190
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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288 161
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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146 72
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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148 56
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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350 195
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

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247 171
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

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126 64
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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362 157
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 5'4"

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313 128
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'5"

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297 143
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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327 190
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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236 144
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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136 63
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
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109 56
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
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217 156
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors

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118 64
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
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107 49
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors
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209 118
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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220 134
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors

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234 128
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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244 161
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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99 55
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
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189 138
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors

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131 71
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors
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90 48
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
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80 56
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
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142 127
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors

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79 44
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
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81 50
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
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160 138
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

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213 147
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jonah Hill 5'6"

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61 56
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
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71 53
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
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80 73
Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
BronwynCurtain added Buster Keaton 5'5