The Hollywood stars posted below are not tall but they are blessed with so much work in Tinseltown.
Tom Cruise – 5’7″
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Tom Cruise is only five feet, seven inches tall, which doesn’t seem that short but it is in comparison to both of Cruise’s ex-wives. Nicole Kidman towers at 5’11″, while Katie Holmes is 5’9″. If you look back at photos of Cruise next to both women, it’s completely true!
Cruise has been known to use camera tricks and heeled shoes to hide his real height from the world. Regardless, the Vanilla Sky actor’s radiant smile and charming personality (and his association with the Church of Scientology) are so synonymous to his name that it overshadows anything about his height.
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Elijah Wood – 5’6″
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Elijah Wood is an inch shorter than Tom Cruise, checking off at 5’6″. Knowing this, it’s no wonder he was cast as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings franchise. His height might have been nothing out of the ordinary to the folks in Mordor, but in real-life Hollywood, 5’6″ is pretty shocking.
Still, it hasn’t been hard for Wood to book acting jobs considering his prolific filmography. Wood has been acting since he was seven years old, however, so suffice it to say that height is the least of Hollywood’s concerns when it comes to Elijah Wood.
Aziz Ansari – 5’6″
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Aziz Ansari is also just five feet, six inches tall, which really may not be all that surprising if you’re familiar with his work. Ansari rose to popularity on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and was known for his flashy personality. It was probably his eccentric persona both on and off the screen that overshadowed his height.
It’s no wonder Ansari had little to no scenes with Parks and Recreation co-star Chris Pratt, who is 6’2″. They either had minimal screen time together or Pratt was sitting down in a scene that Ansari was also in.
Jonah Hill – 5’7″
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Jonah Hill is only 5’7″ but his weight has fluctuated so much over the course of his career that people probably weren’t paying much attention to how short he actually is. But when you see him next to co-stars like Michael Cera (who is 5’9″) or Channing Tatum (who is 6’1″) you’ll be surprised for not having realized this in the first place.
Hill has lost a significant amount of weight as he took his career in a more serious direction, which is probably why his shorter stature was more noticeable in some of his early work.
Keep reading to see Jonah Hill next to another surprisingly short actor who looks even shorter than him!
Michael J. Fox – 5’4″
Michael J. Fox is a mere 5’4″, but the Back to the Future actor has a lot more to be concerned with in his battle against Parkinson’s Disease. Still, before his diagnosis, Fox admitted that being short was just something he had to roll with, since he really couldn’t do much about having stopped growing. But when you’re at the height of your career, your height is insignificant.
Fox has reportedly said, “When you’re a short actor you strand on apple boxes, you walk on a ramp. When you’re a short star everybody else walks in a ditch.”
Bruno Mars – 5’5″
Bruno Mars is definitely shorter than most popular music artists these days. At 5’5″, he’s even been known to wear heeled shoes during performances. This was especially apparent when the singer headlined the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Mars performed on the runway as the show went on but many were focused on how the tall models emphasized Mars’ short stature. For what it’s worth, Mars didn’t seem to care one bit and rocked his performance. The key to overcoming and diminishing height is confidence in his case, supplemented with a stellar voice and killer dance moves.
James McAvoy – 5’7″
Apparently, James McAvoy is a talented chameleon, as well as an actor. It might be a surprise to learn that in the flesh, he is only five feet, seven inches. Luckily, McAvoy’s acting prowess is so convincing that his height is hardly anything to notice.
McAvoy had career breakthroughs with Atonement, Wanted, and the X-Men franchise. He also starred in Split, in which he played a man with 23 different personalities as a result of dissociative identity disorder. He flawlessly played each character from one to the next and no one took notice of his height.
Ben Stiller – 5’7″
Ben Stiller (pictured center) is also just a mere 5’7″, which isn’t all that surprising considering who his parents are. Stiller’s parents are comedic veterans Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, who stand at 5’5″ and 5’6″ respectively.
Though he ostensibly inherited his height from his parents, he also inherited their comedic chops, which is what makes Stiller such a bankable actor. His height certainly hasn’t kept him from romance- for almost 20 years he’s only had eyes for one lady, Christine Taylor, who is just an inch shorter than him. Unfortunately – unrelated to height – they separated in 2017.
These days no one can stop ogling a former Disney star’s body, but in real life that body hardly measures up in terms of height!