It is hard to tell an actor's size or height when they are performing unless they are standing next to someone. Leading men are often shorter than they appear on the screen, so they are either pared with someone shorter or camera or staging tricks are used to make us see what they want us to see.
For some reason, our society likes the standard of men as being taller than women - but that is not always the case. In fact, many of our favorite leading men are short, such as Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman and Daniel Radcliffe and many of our female hotties are tall - think Charlize Theron.
We thought it would be fun to put together a list of 19 of the tallest and the shortest celebrities. Some are surprises and some are not. See what you think. The list is from shortest-tallest to tallest-tallest, followed by the shortest-shortest to the tallest-shortest. If you followed that, you are in good shape.
19 Brooke Shields - 6'0"
It is no small wonder that Brooke became a star on many fronts. She is beautiful, smart and very talented. She started modeling when she was 11 months old - an Ivory Soap commercial. By the time she was 12, she was in Pretty Baby, her first feature film. She then became a fashion model. Her 6'0" lanky figure was perfect for modeling and the sexy Calvin Klein jeans ad proved it. She temporarily left the business to go to Princeton and then ultimately returned to acting, modeling and writing.
18 Jane Lynch - 6'0"
17 Tilda Swinton - 6'0"
As you can see from this photo, Katherine Mathilda Swinton - better known as Tilda - is not shy about her height. Her hairstyle adds to her height and not only does she look perfectly comfortable, she dazzles in her golden ensemble. Tilda is most known for her work in Michael Clayton when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
16 Uma Thurman - 6'1"
When Uma Thurman was only 15, she became a fashion model with the Click Model agency. With her tall, slender figure and gorgeous visage, she was a shoo-in. Although, once she became an actress, finding parts that fit her height wasn't quite as easy. Luckily, her talent prevailed and she nailed it in the Kill Bill series, as well as a few other favorites, like Dangerous Liaisons.
15 Jim Carrey - 6'2"
Funny man, Jim Carrey is much taller in person than he appears on-screen, which is generally the opposite. His height has neither helped nor hindered his career. With a showcase of hit movies, such as The Truman Show, Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber, Jim can not go wrong in the eyes of his fans. It seems there isn't a character he can't play.
14 Bill Murray - 6'2"
13 Conan O'Brien - 6'4"
12 Joel McHale - 6'4"
Italian-born Joel McHale has become a significant comedian, actor, writer, producer and personality. It's not surprising that in high school, 6'4" Joel was a football player playing tight end. He has a master's degree of fine arts from the Professional Actors Training Program and got his start in comedy. He is most known for hosting E-TVs, The Soup, but has also performed in feature films, such as Spider-Man 2, Spy Kids and Ted.
11 Jason Segel - 6'4"
10 Vince Vaughn - 6'5"
9 Snooki - 4'8"
8 Danny DeVito - 4'11"
7 Hayden Panettiere - 5'0"
She might tower over Snooki by four inches, but at 5'0" Hayden is a very petite celebrity. Her talents are big, however, and she has been in the business since she was in a television commercial when she was barely a year old. Currently she can be seen singing and acting on ABC's series Nashville.
6 Anna Kendrick - 5'0"
Petite Anna is a 5'2" American singer and actress. She gained her real fame when she played the role of Natalie Keener alongside George Clooney in Up in the Air. Her performance was so good, she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. She has gone on to co-star in the Twilight series, Perfect Pitch and What to Expect When You're Expecting.
5 Lady Gaga - 5'1"
Gaga is one little superstar. When in character, Lady Gaga has been known to sport 18" high heels, similar to those seen in this photo. Lady Gaga came up through the ranks and started performing in high school. Once she became noticed for her singing ability she signed a deal with Interscope Records and KonLive Distribution and her debut album, The Fame (2008), was a huge success. The rest is superstar history.
4 Kristen Bell - 5'1"
Brought up in a Detroit suburb, 5'1" Kristen Bell was the star in many of her high school musicals and her parents learned she could sing and act. By the time she was 13, she had a local agent and worked in commercials and print advertising. She ended up getting a part in the Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and others but ended up moving to Los Angeles and later became our very own little high school detective, Veronica Mars.
3 Reese Witherspoon - 5'2"
2 Eva Longoria - 5'2"
1 Seth Green - 5'4"
Seth Green has always been such a likeable short guy, so much that his height has become part of his charm. Actually, when you see photos of Seth and actress-wife Clare together it is clear height has never been an issue. She continues to wear her stilettos and they look adorable together. Seth started out in the business at a young age and continued moving up in supporting roles. Most recently, Seth co-starred in a Fox series, Dads, which was unfortunately canceled after one season.