The Shortest Male Stars To Ever Exist

We often look up to celebrities due to their looks and talents. Interestingly, their physical attributes can be highly deceiving on camera. Many times these stars are actually much shorter in height than we would expect. Given that the average male is about 5′ 9″, many of these celebrities fall under that.

From musicians to Hollywood stars, these small-statured talents stand out in a crowd certainly not because of their height. Yet, to their credit, despite their heights, these artists have been able to achieve great things.

Daniel Radcliffe is 5′ 5″ 


The star of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe is 100% aware of his height and he’s not afraid to admit his short stature. Even though he stands at only 5′ 5″, Radcliffe’s acting abilities are truly incredible. Throughout his career, he has played a range of characters excellently and has been recognized for it by being nominated for a BAFTA award.

Rob Schneider 5’ 3”

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Although he may not look as short on the big screen, the actor Rob Schneider is only 5’ 3”. Having such a charismatic personality, it’s hard to believe he is actually that small. However, Rob has not allowed his height to be an obstacle in his career, quite the contrary actually. The comedic actor has starred in films that have been adored by millions of viewers worldwide.

James McAvoy is 5′ 7″

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Starring in films like Split and X-Men, James McAvoy even jokes about how he gets these roles. He admits that he does not look like a classic “lead man”, he continues by saying I’m 5′ 7″, and I’ve got pasty white skin…” Despite that he has won one BAFTA award, consequently craving his name in Hollywood history.

Simon Cowell is 5′ 8″

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The tenacious American Idol judge, Simon Cowell’s attitude surely does not reflect his height. It’s hard to fathom that someone with such a big attitude would offset his short figure. Simon is surprisingly 5′ 8″, which makes him look more intimidating on live television judging musicians than from up close. We certainly can’t judge a book by its cover.

Bob Marley was 5′ 7″

This Jamaican singer and songwriter, Bob Marley was a man of great wisdom and extremely long dreads. His timeless success worldwide and overall achievements prove that being short is certainly not a disadvantage. Marley was only 5′ 7″, yet he gained numerous accolades during his lifespan. Marley is a testament that size does not matter.

Ben Stiller is 5′ 7″

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Standing at only 5′ 7″, Ben Stiller, the star of Along Came Polly and Zoolander‘s height has potentially helped his comedic career. Similar to Charlie Chaplin, his smaller stature has aided him when pulling off his comedic stunts, which sometimes require agility. In this case, Stiller’s height has certainly been beneficial for the characters he’s played on screen.

Robert Downey Jr. is 5′ 9″

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It’s difficult to imagine that Robert Downey Jr., the man behind the superhero Iron Man is actually not as tall as we would think. Usually, when we think of these extraordinary characters, we often think of them as very tall and powerful, but this is not the case. However, Iron Man’s stature is not really a factor since his suit is what gives him the superpowers.

Jonah Hill is 5′ 7″

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Superbad star, Jonah Hill reinvented himself. He lost weight, began acting in other types of films other than comedies, and is now also a film director. Standing at 5′ 7″ and nominated for two Oscars, the actor is on his way to stardom. Although he may appear to be much smaller than other actors he’s worked with, height is not an issue for Jonah.

James McAvoy is 5′ 7″

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Starring in films like Split and X-Men, James McAvoy even jokes about how he gets these roles. He admits that he does not look like a classic “lead man”, he continues by saying I’m 5′ 7″, and I’ve got pasty white skin…” Despite that he has won one BAFTA award, consequently craving his name in Hollywood history.

Martin Freeman is 5′ 6 1/5″

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British actor Martin Freeman’s smaller physique has worked to his advantage. He is mostly known for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit franchise. We could assume that his height helped him get cast as this iconic character. Humorously, has mentioned in an interview that he’s always aware of the clothes he wears because in his mind he thinks he’s taller than he actually is in real life. That can surely be dangerous.

Bruno Mars is 5′ 5″ 

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Consistently performing on stage, the musician Bruno Mars is only 5′ 5″. But this has not disrupted his success. The multi-talented artist has been nominated for Emmys and won several music awards. Acting in both DC and Marvel universes, Mars is one of the few people to star in both worlds. Just like his song, he is amazing just the way he is.

Seth Green is 5′ 4″

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Perhaps one of the shortest actors in Hollywood, Seth Green’s acting career has been a roller coaster ride with over 207 film credits. He has won 3 Emmy awards for Robot Chicken and has been nominated for many other awards. For Seth, height is clearly not a problem since he’s married to a model who happens to be taller than him. This comes to show that Hollywood does not discriminate against people’s height. Talent and hard work speak louder.

Charlie Chaplin is 5′ 4″ 

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The late silent movie star, Charlie Chaplin was an example of how height can work be beneficial when acting. Being only 5′ 4″ has helped Chaplin during his on-screen comedic acts. With hilarious performances on The Great Dictator, The Circus, and others, Chaplin’s comedic antics would certainly be different if was taller.

Martin Scorsese 5′ 3″ 

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It’s hard to imagine that Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest film directors in the history of filmmaking is also one of the shortest people in the industry. Yes, the man behind Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, and other great films is only 5′ 3″. Scorsese accolades and vision certainly speak louder than his height.

Kanye West is 5’ 8”

Calling himself the “rap God”, Kanye West is an icon in the rap scene. He has sold won platinum records, sold millions of albums, and his songs can be heard all over the radio. Yet, apart from these accomplishments, standing at 5’ 8”, the rapper and fashion designer is shorter than many fans would expect. But, West proves that height is insignificant. His talent and hard work definitely overcompensate for his smaller stature.

Danny DeVito is 4′ 10″

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Mostly known for starring in the show Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Danny DeVito’s physical stature has been his trademark. Due to his small stature of 4′ 10″, DeVito has played roles like Penguin in the movie Batman Returns where size became a beneficial factor for him. Nominated for an Oscar, DeVito has made a fine living out of acting, but it wasn’t always like this. In high school, the actor admitted that he was very insecure about his physical condition.

Scott Caan is 5′ 5″


Short in stature, the star of Hawaii 5-0, Scott Caan is 5′ 5″, which is 5 inches more than the show’s name. However, Caan’s signature, slicked-back hairstyle surely takes the attention off of that. In an interview, he mentioned that he has shaven his hair for other roles, but it always grows the same way. That is certainly unusual.

Prince is 5′ 2″

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Prince was one of the most legendary and influential singers of all time. But what most did not know is that he’s only 5′ 2″. In an interview, he was asked why he wears heels and replied saying it was not because of his size, but because girls liked them. And he was 100% correct. Girls loved him.

Jack Black is 5′ 7″

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Considering Jack Black’s bigger-than-life personality, it is surprising to know that he’s only 5′ 7″. The actor has starred in box office hits such as Jumanji and Kung Fu Panda and his charisma definitely outshines his physical shortness. With more than 11 million followers on social media, Black has craved his name as a pop culture figure.

Zac Efron is 5′ 8″

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To everyone’s surprise, High School Musical and Baywatch star Zac Efron is actually not tall at all. He’s only 5′ 8″, making his appearances on the big screen highly deceiving for the viewer. Efron is part of the select group of small-statured actors whose performances go way beyond their height. His acting surely outshines his height.


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