Judging people based on their height can be reductionist - pardon the pun - but it’s still interesting to see how our impressions of people are altered when we know how many inches of space they occupy, vertically speaking. When we see celebrities on the big screen or on stage, they invariably appear exalted and larger than life. That's why it can be particularly shocking to realize that these famous individuals are often much shorter than the camera makes them appear.
The average height of an American man is around 5 feet 10 inches. All of the following fall below that average. Though women deal with a lot of criticism for a variety of issues, one thing that the world does excuse for them is their height. Women are, on average, of a shorter stature than men so females of diminutive height are rarely commented upon. Men, however, can come in for quite a bit of ridicule for their height, if they fall below a certain standard. But many shorter male stars have shown a disregard for the stigma, and have proudly dated taller - even much taller - women. Tom Cruise famously married Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, who were a full 2 and 4 inches taller than him respectively.
To point out these stars’ statures isn't to mock them; it can, in fact, serve to combat the assumption that to be tall is a necessary condition to fit the archetype of male success. These stars prove that height hardly matters, especially in the face of impressive talent and worldwide success. These stars demonstrate that fame, charisma, and even sex appeal aren’t reserved for those men over six feet.
9 Kanye West (5'8)
8 Usher (5'7)
7 Tom Cruise (5'7)
Few people haven’t heard of Tom Cruise. At 5’7, he’s not all that small, but much has been made of his noticeably shorter stature relative to his former wives Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. He's been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globes. Cruise’s career took off after his performance as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun (1986) and he has since starred in many successful films such as A Few Good Men (1992), Minority Report (2002), and War of the Worlds (2005). Cruise has remained in the spotlight for many years with little reprieve. In 2006, Forbes ranked him the world’s most powerful celebrity. In 2012, Cruise was Hollywood’s highest paid actor! He has also become well-known for his affiliation with the Church of Scientology and its social programs.
6 Jon Stewart (5'6)
5 6. Lil Wayne (5'6)
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr – or, Lil Wayne – is an American hip-hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. At 5’6, he lives up to his stage name. In 1991, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records at the age of nine, making him the youngest member of the label. In 2005, Wayne founded Young Money Entertainment and is the company’s CEO. He released one of his most successful albums, I Am Not A Human Being, in 2010 while he was incarcerated and serving an eight-month sentence. In 2012, Lil Wayne surpassed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 List.
4 Dustin Hoffman (5'5)
3 Bruno Mars (5'5)
2 Woody Allen (5'5)
1 2. Daniel Radcliffe (5'5)
Best known for his role as Harry Potter in the enormously popular movie version of the classic book series, Daniel Radcliffe is a British actor originally from London, England. Radcliffe was cast in the role of Harry when he was only 11, and has since become a celebrity in his own right. Some mock him for his short stature, especially given that the fictional character he famously portrayed, Potter, was due to go through an impressive growth spurt around the age of 15; but with an estimated personal fortune of around 14 million pounds, one might assume Radcliffe isn’t fazed by such tedium. While he is best known as the boy who lived, Radcliffe has also flourished as a stage actor; he appeared in the New York and London productions of Equus in 2007, and in the Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2011.
Danny DeVito has always been known for being shorter than most but few realise just how teeny tiny this Hollywood icon really is - he stands at only 5 feet tall. But this has made no difference in his success as an actor; indeed, it makes him who he is. DeVito has been in many major movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Get Shorty (1995). In 2006 DeVito joined the cast of the FX Network hit television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Frank Reynolds. In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. He is married to actress Rhea Perlman; they’ve been married since 1982, which is almost unheard of among Hollywood couples.