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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1,410 462
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

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1,192 375
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
Al Pacino 1.7

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909 313
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

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951 267
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

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948 311
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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651 313
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
Joe Pesci 1.63

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810 287
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

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843 377
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

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457 255
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

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870 446
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tom Cruise 5'6"

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493 228
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

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357 124
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added James McAvoy 5'6"

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394 149
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ben Stiller 5'6"

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382 237
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
Tim Roth 5'6"

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405 210
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
Mel Brooks 5'4"

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490 237
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors

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355 187
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

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378 209
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

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194 115
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Peter Falk 5'5"

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227 106
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
looksharp added Frank Sinatra 1.72

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438 243
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jack Black 5'6"

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296 205
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

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164 98
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added James Cagney 5'5"

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373 169
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jet Li 5'6''

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411 201
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors
Seth Green 1.63

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348 180
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors

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391 219
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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291 174
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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185 91
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Sean Astin 5'6"

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253 182
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors

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146 88
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Mickey Rooney 1.57

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152 92
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Don Knotts 1.69

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262 166
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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294 191
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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184 98
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Jesse Eisenberg 5'7"

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248 151
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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273 160
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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134 86
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added John Belushi 1.73

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130 80
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Cheech Marin 5'6"

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219 175
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

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103 84
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Burgess Meredith 5'5"

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121 85
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Warwick Davis 3'6"

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260 180
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
Jonah Hill 5'7''

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101 73
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Bob Hoskins 5'6''

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186 166
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors

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152 160
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

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101 77
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Tim Conway 5'6"

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100 79
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Billy Boyd 1.69

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81 88
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Ian Holm 5'5"

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112 66
Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added Michael Peña 1.7