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The Best Short Actors

Updated August 20, 2018 43.5k votes 6.6k voters 470.0k views115 items

List RulesActors 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
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Al Pacino
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    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Peter Dinklage
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    Age46

    BirthplaceMorristown, USA, New Jersey

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    Danny DeVito
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    Age75

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Michael J. Fox
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    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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    Dustin Hoffman
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    Age78

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Tom Cruise
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    Age58

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

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  • 8
    Daniel Radcliffe

    Age26

    BirthplaceFulham, London, England

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    Joe Pesci
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    Age77

    BirthplaceUSA, Newark, New Jersey

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    Ben Stiller
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    249

    Age50

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    James McAvoy
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    Age41

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Martin Sheen
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    Age80

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

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    Frank Sinatra
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    AgeDec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

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  • 14
    Elijah Wood
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    Age34

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

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  • 15
    Jack Black
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    Age46

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

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    Mel Brooks
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    239

    Age94

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Henry Winkler
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    Age74

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Richard Dreyfuss

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Martin Freeman
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    Age49

    BirthplaceAldershot, United Kingdom

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    Rick Moranis
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    Age67

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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    Jet Li
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    Jet Li

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    Age57

    BirthplaceBeijing, China

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    Tim Roth
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    Age59

    BirthplaceDulwich, London, United Kingdom

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    Josh Hutcherson
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    Age27

    BirthplaceUnion, Kentucky, United States of America

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    Don Knotts
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    AgeDec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, USA

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    Sean Astin
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    Age49

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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