Distinguishing Features The Best Short Actors  

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List Rules Actors at or under under 5' 7".

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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
1,536 520
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Actors

2
1,299 435
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

3
969 365
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Actors

4
1,059 355
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Actors

5
1,028 314
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Actors

6
698 356
Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

7
892 319
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Actors

8
923 417
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Actors

9
487 290
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Actors

10
959 486
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

11
422 146
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Actors
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12
533 257
Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Actors

13
444 171
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Actors
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14
533 258
Elijah Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Actors

15
405 261
Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

16
427 234
Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'4"

17
380 208
Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Actors

18
406 235
Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Actors

19
267 124
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Actors
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20
219 137
Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Actors
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21
477 264
Jack Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6"

22
316 226
Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Actors

23
183 118
James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Actors
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24
401 183
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Actors
5'6''

25
373 194
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Actors