100 Famous Short Men Everyone Can Look Up To

Being a shorter man isn’t easy. It’s usually seen as a negative thing. You’ve probably heard about studies that supposedly prove short men make less money and are less attractive than their taller counterparts.

The crazy thing is, even though the media loves to spread these “facts”, many of them aren’t even true. Even if some of this stuff is true, it’s not worth dwelling on. After all, you can’t change your height.

Here’s the annoying thing – no one ever talks about short men in a positive way.

I think that’s lame. I may be shorter than average, but I’m still successful, healthy and well-dressed. More importantly, I’m happy and surrounded by people who love me (and who I love).

I’m not saying you can just flip a switch to magically make your height (or lack thereof) stop bothering you. It’s a huge source of insecurity for so many people, men and women included, and I still struggle with it.

But it doesn’t have to hold you back in life. To drive this point home, here’s a list of 100 amazing men who just happened to be shorter than average.

Some of the men on this list achieved amazing things before they died. Many are still doing awesome things with their lives.

From entertainers and artists to fighters and leaders, here are 100 remarkable short men everyone can look up to:


Name Height Accomplishments
Martin Luther King, Jr. 5’7″ Leading the African American Civil Rights Movement using nonviolent civil disobedience
Bruce Lee 5’7″ Being one of the most influential martial artists of all time and creating Jeet Kune Do
Winston Churchill 5’7″ Becoming the greatest wartime leader of the 20th century AND winning the Nobel Prize for Literature
Napoleon Boneparte 5’6″ Winning hundreds of battles to seize control over most of Europe in less than 10 years
Urijah Faber 5’6″ Becoming one of the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighters in the world
Mahatma Gandhi 5’4″ Igniting freedom across the world by leading India’s Independence Movement using nonviolent civil disobedience
Josh Hutcherson 5’7″ Co-starring in one of the highest grossing film franchises of all time, The Hunger Games
James Madison 5’4″ Serving as the fourth President of the United States and helping draft the Constitution and Bill of Rights
Rivers Cuomo 5’6″ Founding Weezer, an American rock band that sold over 17 million albums worldwide
Prince 5’2″ Winning 7 Grammy Awards, selling over 100 million albums and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Andrew Carnegie 5’2″ Going from poor immigrant to wealthy businessman by leading the growth of the American steel industry, then giving away almost all of his money
Robin Williams 5’7″ Entertaining the world through his work in such films as Good Will HuntingDead Poets SocietyAladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire
Bob Marley 5’8″ Selling over 75 million albums while popularizing reggae music and Rastafarianism worldwide
Robert Downey, Jr. 5’8″ Playing Tony Stark in the blockbuster film series Iron Man and overcoming addiction
Martin Short 5’7″ Winning numerous awards for his role in plays and films like Three AmigosFather of the Bride and SNL
Paul Simon 5’3″ Winning 12 Grammy Awards as a solo singer-songwriter and one half of Simon & Garfunkel
Yuri Gagarin 5’2″ Being the first human to enter into outer space
Charlie Chaplin 5’5″ Becoming one of the most famous people in the world during the silent film era by writing, directing, producing, scoring and starring in his own films
Frodo Baggins 3’6″ Returning the “One Ring” to Mount Doom
Bono 5’7″ Being the front man of rock band U2 and one of the most influential philanthropists in the world
Ulysses S. Grant 5’8″ Leading the Union Army to victory as Commanding General during the Civil War and serving as the 18th President of the United States
Tom Cruise 5’7″ Becoming one of the most famous actors in Hollywood and one of the most powerful celebrities in the world
Pablo Picasso 5’4″ Co-founding one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century, Cubism
Thom Yorke 5’6″ Writing and performing for the award-winning, best-selling alternative rock band Radiohead
Peter Dinklage 4’5″ Winning an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones
Al Pacino 5’7″ Playing the two most famous Hollywood mobsters, Michael Corleone in The Godfather and Tony Montana in Scarface
Michael J. Fox 5’4″ Starring in the Back to the Future trilogy, helping find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease
Roger Daltrey 5’7″ Singing for The Who, one of the greatest rock bands of all time
Voltaire 5’3″ Writing thousands of poems, plays, books and letters as one of the most influential thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment
Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues 5’3″ Being the shortest man to ever play professional basketball in the NBA
Ben Stiller 5’8″ Writing, starring in, directing and/or producing more than 50 films that have grossed billions of dollars worldwide
Woody Allen 5’5″ Becoming one of the most influential and successful actors, writers, comedians and directors of all time, and being nominated for 24 Academy Awards
Harry Houdini 5’4″ Becoming the most famous escape artist of all time
Daniel Radcliffe 5’5″ Starring in the Harry Potter series, the highest grossing film franchise of all time
Humphrey Bogart 5’8″ Appearing in over 75 films, including Casablanca and going down in history as one of the greatest American movie stars of all time
Dustin Hoffman 5’6″ Winning two Academy Awards and 13 Golden Globe Awards for movies like The GraduateRain Man and Hook
Bruno Mars 5’6″ Rising to fame incredibly quickly to become one of the best-selling musical performers of all time and a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter
Jack Black 5’6″ Starring in Hollywood hits like King KongTropic Thunder and Kung Fu Panda, and co-founding the comedic rock band Tenacious D
Spud Webb 5’7″ Winning the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as one of the shortest players in the league
Kevin Hart 5’2″ Being an award-winning actor, comedian, writer and producer
Ludwig van Beethoven 5’3″ Earning the status of one of the most famous and influential musical composers of all time
CeeLo Green 5’6″ Composing hit songs like “Forget You” and “Crazy”, and appearing on NBC’s reality show The Voice
Aziz Ansari 5’6″ Starring in NBC’s Parks and Recreation
Danny DeVito 5’0″ Co-starring in TaxiBatman Returns and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and co-producing movies such as Pulp Fiction and Garden State
Jason Schwartzman 5’6″ Acting in movies like Rushmore and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and playing drums in the rock band Phantom Planet
Mark Wahlberg 5’8″ Becoming the rapper Marky Mark, a Calvin Klein underwear model, and an award-winning actor and producer
John Stewart 5’6″ Hosting satirical news program The Daily Show and winning 19 Emmy Awards
Elton John 5’7″ Selling over 300 million records and co-writing more than 50 Top 40 hits over a 50 year musical career
James “Logan” Howlett 5’3″ Defeating his arch nemesis Sabertooth and holding his own against the Hulk in some of the most epic battles the Marvel Universe has ever seen
Jason Bryant Acuña 4’1″ Playing “Wee Man” in the MTV reality franchise Jackass and skateboarding professionally
Apolo Ohno 5’8″ Winning eight medals in the Winter Olympics
Mario Andretti 5’7″ Being the only racing driver to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and Formula One World Championship (plus over 100 other major wins)
Yogi Berra 5’7″ Becoming one of the best MLB catchers of all time and being named MVP three times
Henry Winkler 5’6″ Playing “The Fonz” on the classic American sitcom Happy Days
Beck 5’7″ Winning five Grammy Awards as one of the most influential and diverse multi-instrumentalists and composers of our time
Jason Alexander 5’4″ Playing George Costanza on one of the greatest TV series of all time, Seinfeld
Martin Scorsese 5’3″ Directing some of the most iconic films of all time, including Taxi DriverRaging BullGoodfellas and Gangs of New York
Manny Pacquiao 5’7″ Being the first and only boxer to win titles in eight different weight classes and being elected to the Philippine House of Representatives
Genghis Khan 5’1″ Using political and military tactics to unite disparate nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia to form the Mongol Empire
Flea 5’6″ Being the bassist and co-founder of the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers
T.E. Lawrence 5’5″ Serving as a liason officer for the British Army in Egypt during WWI, writing The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and becoming the subject of the film Lawrence of Arabia
Sean McColl 5’7″ Earning multiple professional climbing medals and winning American Ninja Warrior
Truman Capote 5’4″ Writing iconic literary classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood
Jonah Hill 5’7″ Writing for and acting in critically-acclaimed films like Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall StreetSuperbad and Knocked Up
Lionel Messi 5’7″ Garnering the reputation of one of the best soccer players of all time by the age of 27
Mel Brooks 5’4″ Creating ultra popular comic parodies like Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and being an EGOT winner
Salvador Dali 5’7″ Becoming one of the most prominent surrealist artists in the world through such works as The Persistence of Memory and The Elephants
Bob Dylan 5’6″ Winning 11 Grammy Awards as one of the most influential, successful and enduring singer-songwriters of all time
William Faulkner 5’6″ Winning two Pulitzer Prizes and the Nobel Prize for Literature
Alfred Hitchcock 5’6″ Earning the nickname of “The Master of Suspense” and being regarded as the greatest British filmmaker of all time
Spike Lee 5’5″ Producing and directing over 35 award-winning films, and examining racial relations and urban life in an honest, often controversial way
John Leguizamo 5’8″ Winning multiple awards for producing and acting in a wide variety of movies, plays and TV shows
Mike Myers 5’7″ Starring in comedies like SNLShrekAustin Powers and Wayne’s World (which was based on the character he created)
Aristotle 5’5″ Remaining one of the most influential thinkers of all time, thousands of years after his death
Steven Spielberg 5’7″ Directing and producing some of the most popular and amazing movies ever made, such as E.T.JawsJurassic ParkIndiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan
F. Scott Fitzgerald 5’7″ Writing The Great Gatsby, which became one of the most popular books ever written after his death
J. R. R. Tolkien 5’5″ Writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Ralph Lauren 5’6″ Founding one of the most successful American clothing brands to date
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec 4’11” Making a name for himself as the best-known painter of the Post-Impressionist period
Kanye West 5’8″ Winning 21 Grammy Awards, selling over 100 million albums and helping create the “alternative rap” genre
Bob Costas 5’7″ Hosting nine (and counting) Olympic games for NBC Sports, among countless other televised sporting events
Daymond John 5’7″ Founding the clothing company FUBU and appearing as an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank
Sean Sherk 5’6″ Holding a 36-4 mixed martial arts record, including a win against Nick Diaz, while fighting in both the UFC and PRIDE
Danny Padilla 5’2″ Earning the nickname “The Giant Killer” after repeatedly beating much taller men in international bodybuilding competitions
Alexander the Great 5’6″ Creating the largest political empire in the ancient world through military conquest and spreading Greek culture across the East
Franco Columbu 5’5″ Achieving champion level status in professional bodybuilding, Olympic powerlifting and amateur boxing
Jet Li 5’6″ Becoming a national Wushu champion, action movie star and fight choreographer in China and America
Darren Sproles 5’6″ Setting records in college and professional sports as one of the shortest and most talented running backs in the NFL
Simon Cowell 5’8″ Serving as the first judge on American Idol before creating the show The X Factor and signing numerous major musical acts to his own record label
Seth Green 5’4″ Starring in movies like Austin Powers, creating the show Robot Chicken and being the voice of Chris Griffin on Family Guy
Marc Anthony 5’7″ Winning two Grammy Awards and five Latin Grammy Awards, and acting in major Hollywood productions like Man on Fire
David Sedaris 5’5″ Writing multiple New York Times bestsellers like Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day that have sold over 10 million copies worldwide
Carlos Slim 5’8″ Becoming the wealthiest person in the world (the “Warren Buffett of Mexico”) by building an investment and telecom empire
Jesse Eisenberg 5’7″ Playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (who is 5’9″) in the movie The Social Network
Gael Garcia Bernal 5’6″ Becoming an award-winning actor and director in both Mexico and the United States
Sergey Brin 5’8″ Co-inventing one of the world’s most popular and profitable companies – Google
Giorgio Armani 5’8″ Founding the brand Armani and becoming one of the most successful fashion designers of all time
George Lucas 5’7″ Creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones
Isaac Newton 5’6″ Laying the groundwork for classical mechanics


Pretty impressive list, eh? And that’s just a small sample (pun intended) of short men who have helped shape the world and touch our lives.

Courtesy of themodestman.com

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