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The Best Short Actors

Updated August 20, 2018 43.4k votes 6.6k voters 469.0k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age75

    BirthplaceNeptune City, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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    Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age83

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Syracuse

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    Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age77

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

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    Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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    BirthplaceFulham, London, England

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    Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age41

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    AgeDec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age39

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

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    Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age94

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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    Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age51

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age74

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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    Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age49

    BirthplaceAldershot, United Kingdom

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    Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age67

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

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    Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age57

    BirthplaceBeijing, China

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    Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age59

    BirthplaceEngland, London

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    Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    Age27

    BirthplaceUnion, Kentucky, United States of America

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    Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
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    AgeDec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceMorgantown, USA, West Virginia

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