In Hollywood, looks are everything, but when it comes to height, it seems to be less important. Surprisingly, some of the biggest male celebrities, like Tom Cruise and Daniel Radcliffe, are shorter than you might expect. With the help of camera tricks and strategic lighting, it's often difficult to notice just how small they are. However, their size hasn't hindered their success, as these talented stars have made their mark in the entertainment industry. From actors to musicians, keep scrolling to see who made our list of the shortest men in Hollywood.
Bruno Mars - 5'5"
Bruno Mars may have the voice of an angel, but did you know that he's also vertically challenged? The pint-sized crooner stands at a mere 5 feet 5 inches, making him one of the shortest men in showbiz. But don't let his height fool you – Bruno Mars is a giant when it comes to talent and charisma. He's got a heart-melting voice and killer dance moves that have won over fans all around the world.
And let's be real, who cares about height when you've got a smile like his and number-one hits?
Tom Cruise - 5'7"
Tom Cruise may be one of Hollywood's most famous faces, but his height is not as well-known as his acting skills. Standing at 5 feet 7 inches, he's not exactly the tallest star in Hollywood, especially compared to his ex-wives, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. Kidman, at 5-foot-10, presented a unique challenge to Cruise when it came to red-carpet events. However, the Mission: Impossible star has perfected the art of appearing taller through strategic posing and footwear.
Throughout his career, Cruise has gone to great lengths to maintain a fictional height, often using camera angles and shoe lifts to create the illusion of extra inches.
Martin Scorsese - 5'3"
Martin Scorsese may not have been the sports type, but he's got something else going for him - his talent in filmmaking. At 5'3", he may not have been the tallest guy in the room, but he's definitely one of the most respected directors in the industry. From his early works like Taxi Driver to his more recent hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Irishman, Scorsese's films have become classics revered by movie buffs worldwide.
With a career spanning over five decades, it's clear that Scorsese's success is not just due to his height but his undeniable talent and dedication to his craft.
Elijah Wood - 5'6"
Elijah Wood may be on the shorter side of the height spectrum, but he doesn't let that define him. Standing at just 5'6″ (168 cm), the American actor uses his height to his advantage, often landing roles that require a smaller frame. Most notably, Wood played the lead hobbit, Frodo Baggins, in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He doesn't stop there, though; he uses a few other tricks to appear proportional.
Wood often tucks in his shirt or wears shorter ones, showing off his belt and avoiding being swamped in too long or short shirts. His confidence and talent prove that height is just a number in Hollywood.
Lil Wayne - 5'5"
Lil' Wayne may be one of the shortest male rappers in the industry, standing at just five feet and five inches tall, but his achievements and wild experiences speak volumes. From accidentally shooting himself at age 12 and surviving to buying a $15.4 million mansion in the Hidden Hills of Los Angeles, it's clear his height hasn't affected his luck and success. However, accepting his size hasn't always been easy for him.
It's apparent that his height has been a sensitive topic over the years as he claimed to be 5'8" in his lyrics in 2009 and later admitted to being 5'5".
James McAvoy - 5'7"
Height may be a number, but it was still surprising to learn that James McAvoy, who played the terrifying "The Beast" in Split, is only 5 foot 7. However, despite his height, McAvoy has become a fan favorite due to his incredible talent and versatility as an actor. In a 2007 interview, the Scottish heartthrob expressed his insecurities about his appearance, stating that he didn't consider himself to be a "classic lead man, Brad Pitt guy."
However, with his chiseled jawline and piercing blue eyes, McAvoy has proven that he has what it takes to be a leading man in Hollywood, regardless of his height.
Johnny Galecki - 5'5"
Johnny Galecki may play a scientist on The Big Bang Theory, but in real life, he's a pretty down-to-earth guy. While he hasn't spoken at length about his height, he has talked about how the image of geeks has changed over the years. According to Galecki, scientists are the new rock stars. And, who knows, maybe being shorter actually gave him an advantage in his portrayal of a socially awkward nerd on the show.
From Kevin Hart to Prince, there are plenty more Hollywood stars who prove that height isn't everything in showbiz. Don't miss out on the rest of the list!
Josh Hutcherson - 5'7"
Fans of actor Josh Hutcherson may be surprised to learn that the star is not as tall as he appears on screen. Despite some internet sources claiming that Hutcherson is 5'7", sources close to the actor reveal that he is more likely 5'5". Known for his roles in The Hunger Games, Bridge to Terabithia, and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Hutcherson has openly spoken about his insecurities regarding his height.
However, this should not diminish his accomplishments or his undeniable talent. In fact, Hutcherson's success in Hollywood serves as a reminder that height is just a number and that great things can come in small packages.
Daniel Radcliffe - 5'5"
Daniel Radcliffe may not have grown too much in height since his Harry Potter days, but he's certainly grown in popularity as an actor, standing at just 5'5". Despite his height, Radcliffe has never let it hold him back in his career, and he continues to take on diverse and challenging roles. In his personal life, he's been dating actress Erin Darke since they met on the set of Kill Your Darlings in 2013.
Though Darke towers over him at 5'7", the couple has been going strong for years and never lets their height difference get in the way.
Jeff Richmond - 5'5"
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond are definitely couple goals, and they've been going strong for over two decades now. The comedic duo first met at Chicago's Second City in the '90s, and sparks flew instantly. Despite standing at the same height of 5'5", fans have long speculated that one of them may be stretching the truth about their height. But let's be real, who cares when they're so cute together!
Despite the height difference, the couple has a strong bond and is often seen laughing and having fun together, proving that love knows no height.
Tom Holland - 5'8"
Tom Holland and Zendaya are one of Hollywood's hottest young couples, but their height difference has always been a hot topic among fans. Standing at 5'8", Holland is shorter than his stunning 5'10" girlfriend. Despite receiving questions about their height difference, the couple has learned to joke about it and not let it get in the way of their romance. And let's face it, when you're as good-looking and talented as these two, height really doesn't matter.
In a recent interview, the interviewer commended the couple for breaking the patriarchal stereotype of men always being taller and dominant in a relationship.
Jack Black - 5'6"
Despite his shorter stature, Jack Black has never let his height hold him back from achieving his dreams. In fact, his unique sense of humor and undeniable talent has propelled him to the top of the entertainment industry. While he may not be Hollywood's tallest actor, he makes up for it with his boundless energy and infectious charisma. From hilarious performances in School of Rock and Tropic Thunder, Jack has proven time and time again that his height is no obstacle to success.
But wait, there's more! These short kings are just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other celebs out there defying stereotypes and proving that height is just a number.
Jonah Hill - 5'7"
Jonah Hill is a talented actor, writer, and comedian who has made a name for himself in Hollywood. At 5'7″, he is a bit shorter than many of his male counterparts, but that hasn't stopped him from dominating the industry since his breakout role in the hit comedy Superbad. Hill's talent and charisma led him to land comedic and dramatic roles, including an Academy Award nomination for his work in Moneyball.
Despite media scrutiny and criticism about his weight and height, Hill has focused on improving his health through exercise, diet, and therapy. With a newfound self-acceptance, Hill serves as an inspiration for those struggling with body image issues.
Jermaine Dupri - 5'3"
Janet Jackson was undoubtedly one of the most famous and popular recording artists of the 1980s and '90s, and it may come as a surprise to some that she dated Jermaine Dupri for seven years. What's even more surprising is that Dupri, who stands at just 5'3" tall, managed to bag the pop icon despite their differing heights. However, it's evident that his height wasn't a problem for Jackson, as she seemed smitten with the record exec.
Dupri's talent, charm, and undeniable success in the music industry are likely the factors that won over the multi-platinum artist.
Benji Madden - 5'6"
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are a true testament that love knows no height. Despite their height difference, the couple has been going strong since 2014 and even tied the knot in a private ceremony the following year. Diaz, who stands at 5'9", is three inches taller than her husband, the 5'6" Good Charlotte rocker. But height doesn't matter when it comes to their relationship. It's great to see a couple confident in their love and not letting societal expectations dictate their relationship.
The couple often looks stunning on the red carpet, with Diaz not afraid to rock a pair of heels and stand tall beside her man.
Marc Anthony - 5'6"
Despite being relatively short in stature at 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall, Marc Anthony has had a successful career in both music and acting. In addition to his Grammy awards, he has also received recognition for his acting chops, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in the film Man on Fire. Anthony has also made appearances in other films, such as Hackers and The Substitute showing he's not stopping anytime soon.
With his continued success in the entertainment industry, it's clear that his height has not held him back in any way.
Aziz Ansari - 5'5"
Comedian Aziz Ansari may be short, but he has a big personality that more than makes up for it. Despite being one of the smallest cast members in Parks and Recreation, Ansari’s character, Tom Haverford, commanded attention with his quick wit and sharp tongue. He also created and starred in his own show, Master of None, which was critically acclaimed for its humor and heart. Nothing can stop this short king.
His former girlfriend, Courtney McBroom, may have towered over him in flats, but Aziz remains one of Hollywood's most beloved comedians.
Dave Franco - 5'7"
Dave Franco, 5'7", may be a few inches shorter than his brother James Franco, but he's still managed to carve out a successful career in Hollywood. Dave Franco started off with smaller roles before working his way up to bigger projects, including Neighbors and Now You See Me. He's also no stranger to the red carpet, often attending events with his wife, actress Alison Brie. Despite his shorter stature, Dave Franco has always exuded confidence and charm.
It's clear that he doesn't let his height hold him back, proving that talent and determination can outweigh any physical trait.
Dustin Hoffman - 5'6"
Dustin Hoffman, the Academy Award-winning actor, has been a household name since the 1960s. He has starred in countless box office hits, including The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Hook. But did you know he's only 5 feet 6 inches tall? Despite his height, Hoffman has managed to conquer Hollywood with his acting chops. With a career spanning decades, Hoffman is a true icon in the entertainment industry, showing repeatedly that height is no barrier to success in Hollywood.
Hoffman may not tower over his co-stars, but he certainly stands out with his incredible acting skills. Keep reading to find out who else is defying the height norms in Hollywood.
Danny DeVito - 4'10"
Danny DeVito's height has never stopped him from achieving success in Hollywood. Despite being under 5 feet tall, the actor has had a long and celebrated career in film and television. He's best known for his role in the hit show Taxi, for which he won an Emmy Award, and has since become a fan favorite in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But DeVito's success didn't come without many challenges.
He opened up about his struggles in school due to his genetic disorder, Fairbank's disease, which affects bone growth. He felt very awkward in school, but now he rules Hollywood.
Kevin Hart - 5'4"
Kevin Hart may be short in stature, but he is tall in talent. The beloved comedian has made a name for himself with his hilarious stand-up performances and roles in hit movies like Ride Along and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Hart is not one to shy away from poking fun at himself and his 5'4" height, often making witty remarks about it during his shows. Despite his size, he is wealthy and successful.
Despite facing some criticism over his height, Hart has never let it get him down and has always used it to his advantage in his comedy.
Ken Jeong - 5'5"
Ken Jeong, known for his comedic skills and small size, has a surprising background as a medical doctor. Before his acting career took off, he worked as a general practitioner and even made a cameo as a doctor in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. Jeong took a week off from his medical practice to film his role in the hit comedy. Despite the demands of both professions, Jeong has maintained his medical license and Hollywood career.
He even draws on his medical knowledge for some of his comedic roles, such as his portrayal of the hilariously unhinged Mr. Chow in The Hangover.
Prince - 5'2"
Prince was not only a legendary musician but also an actor who made an impact in Hollywood. He made his acting debut in the movie Purple Rain in 1984, which was well-received by both fans and critics. Despite being only 5 feet 2 inches tall, Prince was always full of confidence and creativity. His distinctive fashion style often featured high heels, but it may not be for the reason you think.
He once remarked that he wore heels not because he was short but because he knew women loved them. The music icon left a lasting legacy, inspiring fans with his unique talent and unapologetic individuality.
Seth Green - 5'4"
Seth Green may be shorter than his wife, but that hasn't stopped the two from bonding over their shared interests. In fact, the couple met over a love of comics and fast food. Green, a talented actor and voice artist, has become a staple in the entertainment industry thanks to his work on shows like Robot Chicken and Family Guy. Despite his 5'4" height, he has proven he has what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.
Green's height may be on the shorter side, but his talent and wit have earned him legions of fans.
Michael J. Fox - 5'4"
Michael J. Fox may be small in stature, but he has a big heart when it comes to advocacy. At just 5 feet 4 inches tall, the beloved Back to the Future star has become a prominent advocate for Parkinson's Disease, a neurological disorder that he was diagnosed with at the young age of 29. In addition to his acting career, Fox has dedicated his life to raising awareness and funds for Parkinson's research through his foundation.
With close to $1 billion raised to date, Fox's foundation has made a significant impact in the fight against this debilitating disease. There's no doubt that Michael deserves to be crowned the king of short kings.
Toby Jones - 5'5"
At just 5 feet 5 inches tall, Toby Jones may be one of Hollywood's shorter actors, but he's certainly made a big name for himself. After his breakout role as Truman Capote in Infamous, Jones has appeared in various hit movies, including the Jurassic World franchise, Dad's Army, and Disney's Christopher Robin. He's even lent his voice to one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter series - Dobby, the house elf.
While Jones may have retired his Dobby voice, there's no denying that this talented actor is a force to be reckoned with, no matter his height.
David Spade - 5'5"
Despite his short stature, David Spade has become a comedic force to be reckoned with. After his stint on Saturday Night Live, he went on to star in movies such as Tommy Boy, Joe Dirt, and Grown Ups. In addition to his film work, Spade has also made appearances on TV shows and is known for his witty humor and quick comeback; Spadede has become a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
And despite his height, he continues to prove that talent and comedic timing are what really matters in Hollywood.
Rob Schneider - 5'3"
Rob Schneider may not be one of the tallest actors in Hollywood, but he has made his mark in the entertainment industry with his humor and acting skills. With a career of over three decades, Schneider has appeared in various hit movies and television shows. He is known for his collaborations with Adam Sandler, which include Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and Grown Ups. While he's certainly had his share of controversies, Schneider remains a beloved figure in the comedy world.
He may be short, but his talent and versatility have proven that success in Hollywood isn't just reserved for those who tower over the rest.
Jerry Stiller - 5'5"
Jerry Stiller, the comedy legend who passed away in 2020 at 92, left behind a legacy of laughter that spans generations. The beloved actor, who stood 5 feet 5 inches tall, was a master of both stage and screen. From his early days as one-half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara with his wife Anne Meara to his memorable performances on Seinfeld and The King of Queens, Stiller had an unmatched ability to make audiences laugh.
Even in his later years, Stiller remained active in the entertainment industry, and not once did his small size impact his career!
Scott Caan - 5'5"
Scott Caan's height may not be as towering as his Hawaii 5-0 co-stars, but he sure does stand out with his impressive acting skills. The 5 feet 5 inches tall actor has been a fan favorite in the crime drama reboot set on Hawaii's breathtaking beaches for ten seasons now. His portrayal of detective Danny "Danno" Williams has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, proving that height is not a barrier to success in Hollywood.
With his talent and unique style, it's no wonder he's considered one of Hollywood's short kings. Caan's height is the least of his worries when it comes to commanding attention on screen.
BD Wong - 5'5"
BD Wong, the multi-talented actor, is making waves both on screen and on stage. The 5-foot-5-inch actor has appeared in numerous TV shows like Law and Order: SVU, Gotham, and Mr. Robot, but it was his recurring role in the Jurassic World franchise that really put him on the map. Despite his success, Wong is vocal about the issue of typecasting Asian-American actors in supporting roles. He's striving to take on bigger parts in movies and is cautious about being typecast as a medical professional.
And it's not just his screen career that's thriving - Wong has also made a name for himself on Broadway, winning a Tony Award, so height has nothing on him!
Joe Pesci - 5'4"
Joe Pesci is a true Hollywood icon known for his electrifying performances on the big screen. Despite his modest height of 5 feet 4 inches, Pesci has proved time and time again that you don't need to be tall to command attention and respect. With his "tough guy" roles in films like Home Alone, My Cousin Vinnie, Casino, and Goodfellas, Pesci has become a household name and a favorite among movie-goers everywhere.
He even won an Oscar for his unforgettable performance in Goodfellas, and his acceptance speech was short and sweet, just like him!
Cody Ko - 5'7"
Cody Ko may be vertically challenged at 5'7", but he definitely reigns supreme as a short king in the world of YouTube. Known for his witty commentary and hilarious sketches, Ko has amassed a huge following across his multiple channels, and his success is only growing. His background as a software engineer might not have seemed like a typical path to YouTube stardom, but his talent and humor have certainly brought him to the top.
And while some might think his height would hold him back, Ko's confidence in himself and his craft has inspired fans to embrace their own unique qualities, no matter what they might be.
Tom Hollander - 5'4"
Tom Hollander may not think of himself as short, but standing at 5 feet 5 inches tall, he definitely qualifies as a "short king" in our book. The English actor has built an impressive career, with roles in both action-packed blockbusters and more dramatic period pieces. In addition to his on-screen work, Hollander is also a talented writer and has even won a British Academy Television Award for best sitcom.
With his talent and versatility, Tom Hollander proves that height is no obstacle to success in the entertainment industry.
David Faustino - 5'3"
David Faustino may be best known for his portrayal of Bud Bundy on Married with Children, but did you know he also dabbled in the world of rap music? Going by the stage name Lil' Gweed, Faustino attempted to launch a music career with mixed results. Whether he was referencing his 5-foot-3-inch height with his nickname is up for debate, but it's clear that Faustino is not one to be pigeonholed into just one type of role or career.
With a range of talents and interests, it's no wonder he continues to be a beloved figure in the entertainment world.
Ed Sheeran - 5'8"
Ed Sheeran's height has always been a topic of conversation among fans. Despite looking shorter than his best friend, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran is not as short as many might think. Standing at 5 feet 8 inches tall (approx. 1.73 m), the Shape Of You singer is just an inch shorter than the average height for men in the United Kingdom. Being of medium height has not stopped Ed Sheeran from becoming one of the world's best-selling entertainers.
With over 150 million records sold worldwide and a net worth of $200 million, his height has not stopped all that success.
Jonathan Lipnicki - 5'8"
Jonathan Lipnicki may have been a child star in the 1990s, famous for movies like Stuart Little, but he's not riding on his early success. The actor, who stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall, is continuing to hone his craft by taking theater classes. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he said, "the world doesn't owe you anything. You need to continue to improve your skills as you grow up."
Despite his early success, Jonathan Lipnicki hasn't been a leading man in Hollywood lately. However, the 5'8" actor is determined to improve his skills and make a comeback. In an industry where height is often a factor, Lipnicki refuses to let it hold him back.
Sean Penn - 5'8"
Despite his height, Sean Penn is a Hollywood heavyweight and a force to be reckoned with. He has won two Academy Awards and has been nominated for numerous others. Penn's talent as an actor, director, and producer has earned him a place among Hollywood's elite. It's no wonder he was able to win over the stunning Charlize Theron, who is known for her beauty and talent on the big screen.
Despite their height difference, the two shared a passionate romance that lasted for over a year. It just goes to show that in Hollywood, true love knows no height limit.
Joe Rogan - 5'7"
Despite his shorter stature, standing at just 5 feet 8 inches, Joe Rogan has managed to achieve great success in various fields, from comedy to acting to hosting one of the most popular podcasts out there. He's proven time and time again that height, or lack thereof, is not a limitation when it comes to gaining fame. It just goes to show that size really doesn't matter when it comes to success.
Rogan may be small in stature, but he's definitely big in the entertainment world.
Ethan Hawke - 5'10"
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke were the ultimate power couple of the 90s and early 2000s, but alas, all good things must come to an end. At 5'11", Thurman towered over her 5'10" ex-husband. Though Ethan isn't that short, he clearly had an affinity for taller women. However, their relationship didn't last, and it seems their height difference wasn't the issue that led to their split. Rumors of Hawke's infidelity with their nanny circulated.
At the time, Hawke denied any infidelity. However, once the divorce was finalized in 2005, Hawke and his former nanny went public with their relationship. Although height difference wasn't a dealbreaker in their relationship, their love didn't last.