The Shortest Men of Hollywood
Men aren’t immune to stereotypes, especially when "tall, dark and handsome" is considered an ideal. That’s one reason why it’s impressive that these famous actors have managed to carve out careers in a line of work where appearance is so important.
Perhaps you were aware that these guys are on the shorter side — but did you realize they’re as short as they actually are? Find out who the smaller-statured leading men in Hollywood are and how they measure up.
Dustin Hoffman is, by appearances, an unlikely leading man. Not only is he not the "traditionally handsome" Cary Grant type, but part of that knock is that D-Hoff measures 5 feet 6 inches tall. However, Hoffman has always owned his height, taking roles that suit him and becoming a massive star as a result.
Jeong — an actual physician who later became a comedian — broke onto the scene in The Hangover, and he's continued to rely on his comedic chops (as opposed to his height) to remain relevant ever since.
Ben Stiller has not only made it big in Hollywood but has also found brief success in the world of professional modeling (not just as Derek Zoolander — ever heard of him?). And he’s only 5 feet 7 inches tall. As the son of Seinfeld actor Jerry Stiller, Ben likely never had delusions of tall genetic grandeur, but being a leading man at his height is impressive.
Al Pacino has played some larger-than-life characters throughout his storied career, Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy being chief among them. But you may be surprised to learn that none of those characters were taller than 5 feet 7 inches — Pacino’s height.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was nothing short (pun intended) of a superstar in his young days in Hollywood, with the Back to the Future series exposing him as a witty, charming leading man with boyish good looks that proved to last. Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, Fox continued to act.
Dave Franco, even with some recent success, might forever be known as James Franco's little brother. It turns out that "little," in this case, could refer not just to Dave's status as the younger Franco, but also to his height.
Fans of the Mafia genre have to know Joe Pesci, both by name and by appearance. He seems to always play a character who’s slightly off his rocker, whether it's Nicky Santoro in Casino, Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas or Vinny Gambini in My Cousin Vinny.
It’s a common perception that being on the shorter side is far less of a ding to your job options if you happen to be funny. This has proven true for Jack Black, who has commanded several leading roles in critically and financially successful movies — despite Black standing only 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Martin Scorsese is among the greatest film directors of all time, and many believe he may just be the best — with all respect to Stanley Kubrick. And while directors' heights aren’t as scrutinized as actors’, you should know that Marty has made a few on-screen cameos in his flicks.
Marc Anthony should give the shorter male population the world over hope of hooking their dream dates, as he was once married to Jennifer Lopez and a former Miss Universe. At 5 feet 5 inches tall, Anthony has also managed to pull some prominent roles on the silver screen.
James McAvoy has become an increasingly recognizable Hollywood leading man by taking on roles that attract large audiences. He has played a young Charles Xavier in several of the X-Men films and has recently become synonymous with Kevin Wendell Crumb in the movies Split and Glass.
The actor best known for playing Harry Potter was always a bit more believable as a teenager, even once he had grown out of his teens in real life. That’s in part because he’s only 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Tom Cruise is the poster boy for those who believe you don't have to be over 6 feet tall to be a bonafide movie megastar. In fact, considering that Cruise is only 5 feet 7 inches tall, you apparently don't even need to be the height of the average American male to become an international superstar.
Kevin Hart is one of those movie stars who isn’t succeeding in spite of his short stature but arguably succeeding because of it. He stands at 5 feet 4 inches tall, and he’s made self-deprecation about his height a staple of his routines from the outset of his comedy career.
Seth Green has become more of a behind-the-scenes presence in the entertainment industry as the years have gone by, but he remains one of the more recognizable "short guys" in show business. Green primarily produces animated comedy shows today, but his list of on-screen appearances remains impressive.
Zac Efron is known as a major heartthrob in Hollywood, but he’s lacking one quality commonly found in the heartthrob population: height. He’s not exactly super-short at 5 feet 8 inches tall, but he’s also not quite as tall as the typical leading man.
Jonah Hill was once known for being a bit chubby (a fact he’s made clear doesn’t sit well with him), but fans may not realize that he’s also not very tall. There’s no meanness involved here, but it's clear that Jonah Hill isn’t cut from the cloth of the classic leading men, height-wise — and that’s totally fine.
Aziz Ansari found his breakthrough in comedy, where being short can be an asset when you play it the right way like Kevin Hart does. But Ansari has begun to appear more in TV shows and movies that aren't traditional comedies, and he’s served as the leading man in some of them — a 5-foot 6-inch leading man, in fact.
Josh Hutcherson is known for his role as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games movie series, but he has appeared as the leading man in several other movies. He measures in at 5 feet 7 inches tall.
There are lots of comedic actors on this list, and it's no coincidence. It always helps to be funny if you’re under the traditional height for a leading man. David Spade is no exception, as it was his ability to make audiences laugh on Saturday Night Live that earned him his Hollywood break.
Most movie fans know Elijah Wood as Frodo, a main character in the Lord of the Rings films, but Wood has put on a number of noteworthy performances. He's gotten those roles despite being synonymous with a character as iconic as Frodo and standing only 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Emile Hirsch seemed destined for a bright career in Hollywood, starring in a few major films early on in his career and displaying a versatile range of comedic and dramatic performances that seemed primed to launch him into long-term stardom.
Martin Freeman is a British actor who has become increasingly well-known among American audiences for roles in movies like Black Panther and the popular television series Fargo. He has shown a versatile range and a knack for injecting dark comedy into several of his roles.
Danny DeVito is in a class with the likes of Joe Pesci — his height is inseparable from his identity as an actor, and it has its own particular charm. DeVito's ability to own his 4-foot 10-inch stature is one thing that’s made him so successful; he's been eager to poke fun at himself in movies like Twins, in which he played Arnold Schwarzenegger's unlikely brother.
Frankie Muniz was introduced to most audiences as Malcolm, the titular character in Malcolm in the Middle — a timeless comedy series that also shone a light on Bryan Cranston. Muniz went on to star in a slew of movies aimed at teens and young adults, Agent Cody Banks being probably the most well-known.
"KEVIN!" If you don't know what movie that comes from, then you’ve missed out on arguably the best Christmas movies of all-time in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Both starred Macaulay Culkin as the clever protagonist, Kevin McAllister.
Emilio Estevez is the son of Martin Sheen and the brother of Charlie Sheen, and he’s also kind of short. Well, by Hollywood standards anyway. The man Saturday Night Live rebranded as "Emilioooooo!" is 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Peter Dinklage gained near-household name recognition playing Tyrion Lannister on the smash-hit series Game of Thrones. In Dinklage’s case, his 4-foot 4-inch height was a serious advantage in gaining this role of a lifetime.
Jet Li is one of the most decorated martial artist actors of our time, following in the footsteps of other idols like Bruce Lee. His films are almost always high-flying affairs, even though he’s stationed close to the ground at a height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Mark Wahlberg is far from the shortest leading man in Hollywood, but considering his stardom and typical role as the macho man, some fans may be surprised to learn that Wahlberg's reported height is 5 feet 8 inches. That's below the national average for American men and below the average for leading men in Hollywood.