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

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1,236 406
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
934 337
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
997 324
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
989 293
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

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668 332
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
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7
841 301
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

8
885 392
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
469 269
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
911 464
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors

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511 240
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors

12
383 131
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors
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13
410 159
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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390 247
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors
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15
505 243
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors

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410 220
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
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17
394 216
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
366 194
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
247 112
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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202 124
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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457 248
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
303 215
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
171 107
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
CraigAlarm added 1.65

24
386 173
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
359 185
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors

26
421 209
Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

27
405 225
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Actors

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300 182
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Actors

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189 100
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Actors
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164 97
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Actors
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259 190
Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Actors

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153 95
Mickey Rooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Actors
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33
273 169
Johnny Galecki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Actors

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254 156
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Actors

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192 105
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Actors
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36
301 201
David Spade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Actors

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283 165
Danny Trejo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Actors

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142 91
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Actors
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134 86
Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Actors
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219 183
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Actors

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132 92
Warwick Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Short Actors
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107 92
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Short Actors
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268 188
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'7''

44
157 166
Kevin Pollak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Short Actors

45
105 81
Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Short Actors
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46
189 175
Jason Alexander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Short Actors

47
105 80
Tim Conway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Short Actors
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48
105 86
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Short Actors
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49
83 94
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Short Actors
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50
209 103
Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'1"