Hollywood Actors Who Are Shorter Than They Appear On-Screen
Hollywood looks can be deceiving. A proper angle, right shoes, perfect posture, and anyone can look different, slimmer, or taller than usual. Did you know that the average height for men in the States is 5 feet 9 inches tall? Some of Hollywood’s celebrities are shorter that than average, showing that height has nothing to do with success, but hard work and a bit of talent.
There is no shame in their height, but it’s fascinating to learn which celebrities might be shorter than you’d think. You probably know about Tom Cruise, but Ed Sheeran and Kanye West must be a big surprise. Plus, it’s hard to assumer their height in only their music videos, right? A fancy camera can do fantastic work. All of the men on this list are 5’8″ or shorter, but we love them either way. Keep scrolling to see the shortest men in Hollywood. Which actor on this list surprised you?
30. Humphrey Bogart – 5 feet 8 inches
Up to this day, Humphrey Bogart is one of Hollywood’s biggest legends. On this list, he is one of the tallest. Although Bogart was more than OK with his height, he insisted on some tricks while filming the famous Casablanca.
His love interest in Casablanca was famous Ingrid Bergman, who was taller than he. Humphrey didn’t want for audience to notice that is shorter than Ingrid, so she was told to slump on the sofa in some scenes, while Bogart was perched on extra cushions, so he appears taller. With great teamwork, nothing is impossible, right?
29. Kit Harington – 5 feet 6 inches
Kit Harington is an English actor who rose to fame playing the role of Jon Snow, the main character in the series Game of Thrones. From the very first scene, now-famous Kit got fans all across the globe.
His height is still up to debate. In reality, he is somewhere between 5’6″ and 5’8″, while Google lists his height as 5’8″, he may be a bit shorter. He doesn’t weep about his height, because women drool over his physique.
28. Zac Efron – 5 feet 6 inches
Zachary David Alexander Efron or better known as Zac Efron is equally known between younger and older Hollywood fans. He is often seen in various movie genres, and he isn’t afraid to show the world his vocal skills.
Zac Efron’s height is the subject of much interest and debate. He’s said that he is 5’9″-5’10” with shoes on. Zac is at least two inches shorter than the average American male. Still, that doesn’t bother him much because he works hard on his physique, and he is now officially one of the hottest men alive.
27. Ed Westwick – 5 feet 9 inches
Ed Westwick is best known for his role as Chuck on a globally-popular Gossip Girl. Fans loved the energy that he had with his co-star, Leighton Meester, and cheered for them from the first episode.
This famous actor of English descent is about 5ft 9in tall, and his weight is around 163 Ib. His height didn’t stop him from modeling, and his shoe size is 10 US.
26. Tom Hardy – 5 feet 9 inches
Tom Hardy is all about quality. This famous British actor doesn’t care what others think about his roles. If he likes the script, he will jump for it. Did you know that for the role in Warrior he hired a personal trainer and practiced daily more than five different martial arts, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
With 5 ft 9 in and 181 Ib, Tom is one of the most desirable men alive. Born in 1977, this famous actor is always ready for challenging original roles projects. Hardy is also a huge dog lover.
25. Johnny Depp – 5 feet 9 inches
This famous American actor was born in far 1963. If you are a die-hard Johnny Deep fan, you know that he is Gemini and that his hometown is Miramar, Florida. However, did you know that casting directors don’t bother with Deep’s height if they see him ideal for the role? This is probably the main reason why his acting career is so rich in different genres.
At the time, Deep is working on future hits. Johnny is 5 ft 9 in and 176 Ib. In 2004, Johnny took his acting career to another level and started a production company called Infinitum Nihil. In his free time, he plays guitar. Johnny said numerous times that music has always been his first love.
24. Danny DeVito – 4 feet 10 inches
Danny DeVito is one of those actors who’re personality can shine any person. Even in an interview, Danny said that to survive school and be comfortable with his height and make friends, he decided to compensate his height with his big personality. And DeVito did an amazing job. He also adds that school dances were always awkward, but he found a way to live beyond his height.
The Emmy-awarding winning actor who starred in “Taxi” and is now a fan favorite in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is under 5 feet tall. DeVito is 4 feet, 10 inches tall. His small stature is due to his having Fairbank’s disease; a rare condition called multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED), a genetic bone growth disorder. He is an actor, director, and producer, and for his thoughts, you can follow him on Twitter, where he is very active.
23. Michael J. Fox – 5 feet 4 inches
Michael J. Fox is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood. Fans loved him at Back to the Future, Family Ties, and Spin City. He is officially among the shortest man in Hollywood, being 5 feet and 4 inches tall, but he has never bothered much about his height because that’s not what makes him unique.
Michael was fantastic at Spin City and at the peak of his career. However, at the age of 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease – the neurological disorder causes trembles, stiffness, and balance issues. Therefore, Micheal had to make a break in his acting career. Since then, he is passionate about dealing with this issue. Michael has been recognized for his advocacy surrounding Parkinson’s Disease. His foundation raised close to $1 billion for research and brought more general awareness of the condition. In an interview with People, Fox said he believes researchers are getting close to being able to stop the disease’s progression, which is fantastic.
22. Martin Scorsese – 5 feet 3 inches
It seems that Martin Scorsese is an easygoing person, easy to talk with. He is willing to answer almost any question, and he isn’t afraid to share his weaknesses. That’s why the world knows his thought on the sport. Once asked his thoughts on sports, producer-director-actor Martin Scorsese replied: “Sports?” Anything with a ball, no good!”
“Goodfellas” director stays away from the court. At 5 feet, 3 inches tall, it’s more likely that he avoided a basketball court. However, he did give the world some genuine masterpieces, and at the moment, he is one of the most influential directors in Hollywood. The Academy Award winner has also dabbled in acting, with appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “30 Rock.”
21. Josh Hutcherson – 5 feet 5 inches
Did you know that Josh Hutcherson is a bit shorter than his Hunger Games co-stars? He is 5 feet 5 inches tall, which doesn’t stop him from being a well-paid actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Peeta Mellark in the mega-popular Hunger Games series.
Being 5 feet 5 inches tall and playing the real hero was a big deal. In most Hollywood blockbusters, the lead male actor is 6 feet 2 inches, followed with million body muscles. However, this isn’t realistic. Most men aren’t built like Greek gods, which is fine. Plus, in America alone, there are tens of millions of men under 5 feet 9 inches. So, a shorter man playing a hero was a big deal! On top of that, people love Josh for his personality, good looks, and talent.
20. Sylvester Stallone – 5 feet 7 inches
Ok, this may be a big surprise, because we are used to seeing Stallone always in action and facing bigger guys than him. Don’t forget that camera, right pose, and a proper angle can do wonders for illusion. In reality, Stallone is 5 feet, 7 inches tall. As you can see, he is shorter than his opponent, Ivan Drago.
When acclaimed screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride, All the President’s Men) saw Sylvester Stallone at a swanky Hollywood swimming pool, he described the action star as “67 inches (5-feet-7), dripping wet.” Again, that’s not as tall as you may think. Still, Stallone is much respected for his work and talent.
19. Jonathan Lipnicki – 5 feet 8 inches
Jonathan Lipnicki is that super-adorable kid next to Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire. Do you remember just how adorable he was in his eyeglasses? From Jerry Maguire, he appeared in family movies such as Like Mike and Stuart Little.
Nowadays, Jonathan isn’t focused on his height, but on his theatre classes. He is focused on growing his skills. More recently, he starred in the high school comedy “Loserville.”
18. Jack Black – 5 feet 7 inches
Jack Black always has the attention of the public. People love seeing him in both drama movies and romantic comedies. Therefore, he is one of the greatest actors of the past several decades. Just recently, fans could see him in Jumanji, and of course that he was awesome.
A few years ago, Jack Black played a giant in “Gulliver’s Travels,” although in real life is 5 feet 7 inches tall. Still, that doesn’t stop him from being a true acting giant.
17. Dave Franco – 5 feet 7 inches
Dave Franco is significantly shorter than his older brother James Franco, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall. The “Now You See Me” star, Dave Franco is no stranger to honest opinion.
Dave starred in “Warm Bodies,” a 2013 zombie drama, and when an MTV interviewer asked him how he would fare if the undead took over the world, his response was a fun one: “I’m a small shifty kind of guy, I think I would be up in the hills … shooting from above, while the big guys are going at it from below.” He went on to say that he’s played sports his whole life, so he’d be an excellent asset to humans.
16. Jonah Hill – 5 feet 7 inches
Jonah is on this list, but his tremendous weight loss has been more of a topic than his height. Hill is 5 feet 7 inches tall, and he manages to lose all of that extra weight thanks to hard work, proper nutrition, and dedication.
Hill always points out just how much he loves his work. Did you know that he used to be roommates with Justin Long? There are real friendships in Hollywood, and don’t let others tell you otherwise.
15. Al Pacino – 5 feet 7 inches
Al Pacino is a walking legend. So far, he did hundreds of movies, and he had some of the most memorable roles ever. Do you remember how brilliant he was in The Godfather and the globally-celebrated Scarface?
His height almost cost him the role of Michael Corleone. At the time, the Paramount producers thought Pacino was ‘too short’ for the part. Plus, they wanted someone more like Redford-type. Luckily, director Francis Ford Coppola was for Pacino.
14. James McAvoy – 5 feet 7 inches
You may know him as the young Professor X, but he is part of many more movies and shows. He was perfect in Split, where he got to play a variety of different characters, all living within one body.
James is also very outspoken about his appearance. “I’m 5-foot-7, and I’ve got pasty white skin,” he said in the interview. “I don’t think I’m ugly, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not your classic lead man, Brad Pitt guy.” He is 100% James McAvoy, and as such, he is just perfect, don’t you think?
13. Martin Freeman – 5 feet 6 1/2 inches
British actor Martin Freeman is to younger audience know for his role of a reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is just one of many movies of this famous actor who is 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.
Martin is far from being overwhelmed with his height. He is even the one who jokes about his height, saying that there is a good reason he plays in The Hobbit.
12. Tom Cruise – 5 feet 7 inches
We all know that Tom Cruise has a great smile and no problem dating taller women. The famous actor is allegedly 5 feet 7 inches tall, and he knows how to rock it.
At the moment, Cruise is too busy filming his new hit Top Gun 2. Val Kilmer will join Cruise (who is 6 feet tall). The movie is set to be released in 2020.
11. Dustin Hoffman – 5 feet 6 inches
Is there any genre that Dustin Hoffman can’t pull out? From The Graduate, over, Rain Man, to Meet the Fockers, Dustin manages to have fans of all age groups. And they all love him.
The famous actor is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He said that he was surprised when the Graduate director chooses him. “Nichols chose to give this short, funny-looking Jewish guy the role usually reserved for a tall, handsome protestant,” he said in the interview.
10. Alan Ladd – 5 feet 6 inches
Alan Ladd is a film noir star of the 1940s. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and to make himself taller in front of the camera, and he had a secret tool. These tricks were simple and often used.
Similar to Bogart, Ladd had tricks on set to make him appear taller than his female co-stars. Sometimes he would stand on boxes, and sometimes women would wear ballet flats or lowering their heights by standing in trenches.
9. Elijah Wood – 5 feet 6 inches
If you are a Lord of the Rings fan that you know everything about this famous actor, including his height. If you are just exploring the magical world of LOTR, you should know that Elijah Wood is 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Wood often says that people think that he is the Harry Potter character played by Daniel Radcliffe.
8. Aziz Ansari – 5 feet 6 inches
Aziz Ansari is a famous actor and comedian, best known for his role in Parks and Recreation. This famous comedian majored in marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
It may be challenging for someone to mix humor and business, but it seems that Ansari found a way to do it. Indian-American comedian is often compared to Jon Hamm, who is 6 feet and 2 inches tall.
7. Bruno Mars – 5 feet 5 inches
Bruno Mars is primarily known as a musician. Who doesn’t like to jam on his beats? Little is known, but this talented musician is actually multi-talented.
His music appeared in movies like Friends with Benefits and Pitch Perfect. Did you know that he was the voice of Roberto in Rio 2? This star is 5 feet 5 inches tall, and he is fantastic just the way he is.
6. Richard Dreyfuss – 5 feet 5 inches
How much did you love the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus? That movie is so fantastic, and it should be watched at least once a year. Of course, the film wouldn’t be such a masterpiece, a fantastic Richard Dreyfuss.
Richard Dreyfuss started his movie career back int he 1970s. The majority of his films come from the ’90s. The Golden Globe winner is 5 feet 5 inches tall. During an interview with Today, he used a short stature to compare why he doesn’t feel ashamed of his mental illness (he has bipolar disorder). “It’s like being ashamed that you’re 5-foot-6 or something,” he said in the interview. “It’s just part of me.”
5. Daniel Radcliffe – 5 feet 5 inches
Daniel Radcliffe is a wunderkind when it comes to acting. His role as Harry Potter completely changed his life. Still, Daniel is one of the most down-to-earth Hollywood people. Plus, he doesn’t stress that his height is 5 feet 5 inches. Moreover, he doesn’t see it as an obstacle in his movie career.
Once a reporter asked him if he thinks that his height limits his plays, and Daniel had a satisfying answer. He responded: “I don’t think so. Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise have very different careers, and they’re both about the same height as I am. I could play a soldier. The minimum height for a marine is five feet, and I’m well above that.” Knowledge is indeed the power.
4. Ken Jeong – 5 feet 5 inches
People usually have trouble deciding if Keo Jeong was better in Community or The Hangover. This 5 feet 5 inches tall star is fantastic in every role, and people can’t get enough of him.
Ken Jeong is one of the rare who in Hollywood who has a medical degree. Actually, before he went for an acting career, he was a full-time general practitioner. Comedy Knocked Up was his breakout role. In fact, for that role, he had to take a week off from his real doctor’s job. You were leaving your doctor’s position so you can play as a doctor? Only Ken Jeong can do it.
3. Johnny Galecki – 5 feet 5 inches
What would Sheldon be without Lenard? Famous physicists from the Big Bang Theory gave us more than a decade of laughter, love, and impressive lines. Johnny Galecki was part of that team with his stand of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
This show did one thing correctly for sure – they have forever changed how the world sees science and the people behind it. Galecki once said that they have Nobel Prize winners asking if they can guest-star on the show. How awesome is that?
2. Kevin Hart – 5 feet 4 (and 1/2!) inches
Be honest… How much on a scale from 1 to 10 do you love to see Kevin and the Rock teaming up for another comedy gem? People love seeing their chemistry, how much fun they have working together, and they adore just how easily Kevin Hart speaks about his height.
Kevin Hart is a comedian, and he knows how to make out-of-this-world jokes about his height. In a “Variety” video, the “Night School” actor says: “Hey, what’s going on, I’m Kevin Hart, and one thing you may not know about me is … I’m 5 feet 4-1/2. A lot of people think it’s just 5-4. It’s not. Five-foot-four-and-a-half.”
1. Seth Green – 5 feet 4 inches
Seth Green is such a confident guy. He gets some of the most exciting roles ever, but his personal life is equally vivid. Seth is married to model-actress Clare Grant.
The two share love for comics and fast food. Is there a height discrepancy? There is, of course, since Seth is 5 feet 4 inches tall, while Grant is… well, she is a model. Still, the two look super adorable together, and it doesn’t seem that they are noticing any height difference.