60 Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Are Really Short

Thanks to filming tricks and techniques, it’s nearly impossible to judge the height of celebrities on screen. Some directors prefer to use camera angles to make actors appear taller, while others go for simpler solutions like stepstools.
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It’s not until we see them walking the red carpet alongside their costars or in photos of them walking down the street that we notice just how short some of these celebs truly are. Check out these celebrities you didn’t realize are really short. Some will come as a surprise!

Emilia Clarke

While most people would look small next to the 6-foot-4 Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa, his former co-star Emilia Clarke looks especially tiny.

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The Mother of Dragons is just 5-foot-2, more than a foot shorter than her on-screen lover.

Maisie Williams

Sticking with the cast of Game of Thrones, actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner play sisters on the show.

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Even though they’re just one year apart, Turner is eight inches taller than her real-life bestie at 5-foot-9.

Kit Harington

Another vertically challenged actor on Game of Thrones is Kit Harington.

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Said to be either 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, he’s shorter than many of his is co-stars, including Sophie Turner and the 6-foot-3 Gwendoline Christie.

Josh Hutcherson

At 5-foot-7, Josh Hutcherson falls short of the average height for most men.

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However, it’s easy to look on the shorter side when standing next to his 6-foot-3 Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise also stands at 5-foot-7, which was significantly shorter than his second wife, Nicole Kidman.

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Her current husband, Keith Urban, stands at 5-foot-10, but she’s still an inch taller.

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick certainly has a big personality, but she’s actually quite petite at just 5-foot-2.

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This is evident when she stands next to her Trolls co-star, Justin Timberlake, who is nearly a foot taller than her.

Zac Efron

Anna Kendrick worked alongside Zac Efron in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

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Few people realize that he’s only 5-foot-8, which made Kendrick the perfect choice to play his wedding date.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson may play a bigshot superhero on the big screen, but in real life, she’s only 5-foot-3.

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As the only female in the Avengers, she’s also the shortest one in the group.

Mila Kunis

Who knew that Mila Kunis was just 5-foot-4? That’s 10 inches shorter than her husband, and That ‘70s Show costar.

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Kunis is, in fact, the shortest member of the group on the show.

Nicki Minaj

Rap artist Nicki Minaj has a huge stage presence but actually only stands at 5-foot-2.

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That’s 5 inches shorter than Queen B, Beyonce.

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show has had its fair share of hosts over the years, but at just 5-foot-6, John Oliver was certainly one of the shortest.

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By comparison, both Seth Myers and John Oliver are 6-foot.

Lady Gaga

Popstar Lady Gaga loves to make grand entrances in bold attire, which may be why so many people fail to notice how short she is.

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Standing at just 5-foot-1, she certainly makes up for her size when she belts out one of her famous tunes.

Reese Witherspoon

While few people would think Lady Gaga and actress Reese Witherspoon had anything in common, but they’re both the same height!

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Witherspoon also stands at just over 5-foot, which is obvious in this photo where she stands next to the 6-foot-1 Barack Obama.

Amy Poehler

Hilarious actress and writer Amy Poehler offers big laughs in all of her work but stands at just 5-foot-2.

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Her small size doesn’t stop her from making large strides in comedy and activism, though!

Dave Franco

Of the three Franco brothers, Dave is by far the shortest, standing at just 5-foot-7.

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His older brother Tom Franco is 6-foot-1, while the eldest, James Franco, is 5-foot-11.

Megan Fox

Few people realize that actress Megan Fox is just 5-foot-4.

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However, it becomes obvious when seeing her stand next to her TMNT co-star Stephen Amell, who is much taller at 6-foot-1.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell is more than just petite; she’s also pretty short at just 5-foot-1.

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Compared to her husband, Dax Shepard, who is 6-foot-2, that’s a huge difference!

Ariana Grande

While her voice is bigger than those that belong to most pop stars, her stature certainly is not.

 

At just 5-foot, Arianna Grande is almost a foot shorter than her pal Taylor Swift.

Lena Dunham

Actress and writer Lena Dunham, isn’t much taller than Grande at 5-foot-3.

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However, even she pales in comparison when standing next to Swift.

Bruno Mars

Musician Bruno Mars is yet another celebrity that should avoid standing next to Taylor Swift. At 5-foot-5, Swift towers over him while presenting him with an award in this photo.

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At 5-foot-5, Swift towers over him while presenting him with an award in this photo.

Isla Fisher

Actress Isla Fisher is just 5-foot-3, a foot shorter than her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Often confused with Amy Adams, Fisher is nearly the same height as her doppelganger, who is just one inch taller.

Martin Freeman

English actor and comedian Martin Freeman stands at just 5-foot-6.

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Fans of the television series Sherlock may have noticed his short stature when standing next to his 6-foot costar Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hayden Panettiere

It has always been fairly obvious that actress and singer Hayden Panettiere is on the shorter side, but it wasn’t until she started stepping out with her ex Wladimir Klitschko that it became clear just how tiny she is.

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At just 5-foot, she was dwarfed by her then-fiance, who was a foot and a half taller.

Elijah Wood

At 5-foot-5, Elijah Wood’s stature is a bit smaller than his The Last Witch Hunter co-stars.

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It’s hard not to look short when standing next to Vin Diesel!

Aziz Ansari

Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari surprisingly shares something in common with the Lord of the Rings actor.

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Both Ansari and Elijah Wood are the same height!

Natalie Portman

At 5-foot-3, Natalie Portman is much shorter than her Thor co-stars.

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When standing next to Chris Hemsworth (6-foot-3) and Tom Hiddleston (6-foot-2) however, it’s hard not to look petite!

Daniel Radcliffe

The Boy Who Lived practically grew up on the big screen, so it may be hard to believe that Daniel Radcliffe is only 5-foot-5.

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His height made no difference in the battle against Voldermort, however, as we all know how that turned out!

Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith is just 5-feet tall, which is over a foot shorter than her husband.

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Will Smith is 6-foot-2, making them adorably different.

Carrie Fisher

Famed Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia, but few people were aware of how short she was.

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At 5-feet tall, she was more than a foot shorter than her co-star Harrison Ford.

Kourtney Kardashian

Since the Kardashian klan is rarely seen in public without a pair of heels on their feet, it may surprise you to learn how tall Kourtney Kardashian really is.

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As the shortest member of her family, she’s just 5-feet!

Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria is best known for her role in the Latina community as well as on Desperate Housewives.

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She stands at just 5-foot-2, which seriously diminishes her when she stands next to Joel McHale. The comedian is more than a foot taller than Longoria!

Nicole Richie

Former party girl turned fashion designer Nicole Richie has always been on the petite side, but who knew she was only 5-foot-4?

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While she’s only a few inches shorter than actress Kate Hudson, in heels, Hudson towers over her.

Drew Barrymore

When actress Drew Barrymore stands next to her Santa Clarita Diet co-star Timothy Olyphant, there doesn’t seem to be much of a height difference.

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You would never think that at 5-foot-4, Barrymore is 8 inches shorter than him!

Vanessa Hudgens

Actress Vanessa Hudgens is best known for her role as a student in High School Musical.

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Playing someone that young likely made her small stature less noticeable because at 5-foot-1, she fit right in!

Salma Hayek

Actress Salma Hayek may have had plenty of big roles in Hollywood, but she’s actually quite small.

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Standing at just 5-foot-2, she looks small standing with her friend Armie Hammer (6-foot-5) and his wife Elizabeth Chambers (5-foot-10).

Shakira

At just 5-foot-2, Shakira’s small stature certainly doesn’t hold her back from shaking those hips.

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She is more than a foot shorter than her long-time partner, professional soccer player Gerard Piqué.

Kelly Clarkson

While it’s hardly noticeable while she performs, singer Kelly Clarkson is just 5-foot-3 inches!

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It’s apparent as she stands next to her The Voice co-star Blake Shelton though, as he’s more than a foot taller than her.

Zoë Kravitz

Actress Zoë Kravitz is just one inch taller than her Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon.

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At 5-foot-2, both Kravitz and Witherspoon are significantly shorter than their other co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley.

Christina Aguilera

Actress and pop star Christina Aguilera may only be 5-foot-2, but she more than makes up for her height with her uncanny vocals.

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She’s still, however, quite a bit shorter than her partner Matthew Rutler who is 5-foot-11.

Sarah Hyland

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland may play the eldest child in the Dunphy family, but at just 5-foot-2, she’s far from the tallest.

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However, she’s not the shortest either. Her co-star and on-screen sister Ariel Winter is an inch shorter at 5-foot-1.

Hilary Duff

Another child actor, Hilary Duff, has made the list.

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At 5-foot-2, even in heels, she’s shorter than most of her Younger co-stars!

Ashley Olsen

Few people know that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen aren’t the same height.

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At 5-foot-1, Ashley is an inch shorter than her twin and 5 inches shorter than their younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen.

Rooney Mara

Actress Rooney Mara is best known for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Her.

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At 5-foot-2, she’s about a foot shorter than most of her Song to Song co-stars.

Rachel Bilson

Did you know that The O.C. actress Rachel Bilson is only 5-foot-2?

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This makes her a foot shorter than she Take-Two co-star, Eddie Cibrian.

Lucy Liu

Powerhouse actress Lucy Liu has no problem taking down any enemies on the big screen, but her skills might not translate into her real life.

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At just 5-foot-3, it’s hard to imagine her sparring with men twice her size on a regular basis.

Olivia Munn

Standing at just 5-foot-4, actress Olivia Munn is often looking up at those around her.

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This certainly applies to Munn’s friend Kate Upton, who is significantly taller at 5-foot-10.

Victoria Beckham

Fashionista Victoria Beckham is often seen running around town in heels, but at 5-foot-4, her husband is always towering over her.

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That’s no surprise, however, as David Beckham is 5-foot-11 and towers over many people.

Ellen Page

Actress Ellen Page may pack a mean punch on the big screen, but she’s much shorter than she appears to be in films.

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At just 5-foot-1, she’s significantly smaller than her The Umbrella Academy co-stars.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara’s Chappaquiddick co-stars tower over her on the red carpet.

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At just 5-foot-2, Mara is almost a foot shorter than Jason Clarke and Ed Helms!

Lea Michele

Former Glee star Lea Michele may have the vocals of a giant, but she’s actually only 5-foot-3.

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At 5-foot-11, Laverne Cox doesn’t need to be in heels to tower over Michele!

Seth Green

Funnyman Seth Green certainly has a larger-than-life persona, which may be surprising since he’s only 5-foot-4.

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Just 3 inches taller than him, his wife, actress Clare Grant over towers over him on the red carpet.

Amanda Seyfried

Mamma Mia! actress Amanda Seyfried has worked alongside some major celebrities in Hollywood, none of who made her look short.

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However, at just 5-foot-3, most of her co-stars have been taller than her.

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci is best known for her roles in classics like The Addams Family and Casper, but few people realize just how short the actress is.

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At 5-foot-1, her husband, cameraman James Heerdegen, must be quite familiar with the top of her head.

Prince

“His Royal Badness” and “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” had a large presence but was not a very large man.

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At just 5-foot-3 and 112 pounds, the performer would often wear heels to make himself look taller.

Rachel McAdams

Mean Girls actress Rachel McAdams is clearly on the petite side, but did you know that she’s just 5-foot-4?

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However, she wasn’t the shortest member of “The Plastics.” Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried are both 5-foot-3!

Danny DeVito

You may be shocked to learn that notorious actor Danny DeVito is just 4-foot-11!

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He suffers from Fairbank’s disease, which affects his bone structure and growth.

Lil’ Kim

Rapper and songwriter, Lil’ Kim, has an enormous stage presence that’s hard not to see, but she’s not exactly enormous when it comes to her height.

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The artist is just 4-foot-11!

Missy Elliott

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has been a huge icon in the music industry for years, but she’s far from huge in real life.

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At just 5-foot-2, she’s definitely on the shorter side!

Camila Cabello

Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello can certainly produce some large sounds with her vocals, but she’s actually on the smaller side.

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At just 5-foot-2, she’s almost a foot shorter than her current boyfriend, Shawn Mendes.

Lana Condor

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before actress Lana Condor appears tiny on screen, but it still may surprise you that she’s just 5-foot-3!

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That’s much shorter than her movie boyfriend, Noah Centineo, who is 6-foot-1.

Ken Jeong

This actor and stand-up comedian practiced medicine as a licensed physician before becoming a movie star. He is known for “The Hangover” franchise.

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He is also known for being short. Jeong is about five feet four inches tall. Other sources clock him in at five-feet-five-inches.

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss was 19 when he realized he was short. As he was being fitted for ” The Young Runaways” (1968) movie, a customer onset broke the news to him.

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Furious and mortified for being called short, the 5’5” actor consulted best friends Albert Brooks and Rob Reiner. They confirmed the bad news.

Martin Scorsese

As a filmmaker, Martin Scorsese soars to great heights. As a mortal, however, he is shorter than you would think.

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Reaching just 5’3” tall, he is not going to tower over any woman.

Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci is 5’3”. He has more than his height in common with Martin Scorsese.

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The actor and the director have worked together on several iconic films. “Raging Bull” kicked off Pesci’s career. But he also starred in three other Scorsese films; “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” and “The Irishmen.”

Lil Wayne

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. did not take on the Lil Wayne rapper name for no reason. He is little!

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Standing at 5-feet-six-inches, he’s not the shortest rapper dude, but he is known for his best-selling albums. He is also known for packing heat. He served eight months for one gun charge and was set to go to prison for 10 years for another, but former President Trump pardoned him just in time.

Billy Joel 

East coast legend Billy Joel does not stand higher than 5-foot-5-inches, but he’s bigger than most pop singers.

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The Piano Man has sold 150 million records and is ranked the fourth best-selling solo artist in the United States.

Jack Black

Rocker Jack Black is boisterous, loud, and obnoxious. And we expect the fun-loving “School of Rock” star to be as large in real life as he seems on the screen.

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Not all things are as they seem. Black falls on the short side at 5-foot-6-inches.

Michael J. Fox

When Michael J. Fox starred as Alex P. Keaton on ” Family Ties,” it was clear that his character was a smarty pants. But it was also obvious that he was a little guy. He was shorter than the rest of the cast, even his sister.

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After he went back to the future and made it a franchise, he looked a lot bigger. But, at 5’4”, he happens to be short.

Nick Jonas

At 5 feet 6 inches, Nick Jonas is not quite as big as he seemed on stage.

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Standing next to his beautiful wife Priyanka Chopra, the Jonas Brothers star looks his height. Though, this couple has definitely gone down in Hollywood history as couple goals!

Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas is Nick’s older brother, and he stands one inch taller. At five-feet-7-inches, however, Joe is still considered short.

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Next to his wife, Sophie Turner, it becomes clear. Joe literally looks up to her.

David Faustino

Most famous for “Married… with Children” as the pesky little brother Bud Bundy, David Faustino is all grown up. Only, he didn’t grow that much.

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He is very short at 5-feet-3-inches. A full two inches shorter than Christina Applegate, who played his sister Kelly.

Emilio Estevez 

Brat Packer Emilio Estevez played a high school jock in “The Breakfast Club.” The tough guy admits he had to choose wrestling for a sport because he was too small to make it on the field.

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He didn’t seem short on the screen, but he is. Estevez stands at 5’4” and a smidge.

Sonny Bono

It’s been a long time since we have thought about Sonny Bono’s height disparity next to Cher. He died tragically in 1998.

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On stage performing “I Got You, Babe,” Sonny is noticeably shorter. He is five-feet-five-inches, and Cher is five-feet-nine-inches. She reminded us of that recently on ” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” referring to him as the shortest guy in the room.

Jonah Hill

“Superbad” star Jonah Hill is an Oscar-nominated actor. He is also a director, writer, and comedian. And, at just under 5’7”, he is short.

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However, he is measurably taller than Martin Scorsese, who appeared in a Super Bowl LIV commercial with him.

Kevin Hart

When Kevin Hart sat down with Oprah Winfrey in 2014, she flat out asked him how he copes with being short.

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Hart is the first to say it. He is 5’4,” and he is not ashamed. “You have one life. I’m going to embrace mine,” he said. Self-confidence allows him to laugh at short jokes.

Pete Wentz

Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz started rocking in 2001. The singer/songwriter owns his own record label. He owns his own clothing line.

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But he will never be as tall as his longtime girlfriend Meagan Camper, who is 5-feet-10-inches.

Jeff Richmond

Director, composer and producer Jeff Richmond is known best as the husband of Tina Fey.

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While he has claimed to be 5’5”, standing next to his wife, he looks more like 5’ and no change.

Frankie Muniz

“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz has been fielding short jokes for a long time.

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During a Twitter question-and-answer feed sponsored by the celeb, one fan had the nerve to ask if being short ever bothered him. His reply: “Never. Love being short.”

Sylvester Stallone 

As Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Sylvester Stallone is formidable. He is someone you don’t want to run into in a dark alley.

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But then you find out he is far short of the 6-foot high mark most men covet. His reported height is 5’10”, but his actual height is probably closer to 5’7” or maybe 5’8”. Wearing shoe lifts is one thing that makes him look taller.

Johnny Galecki 

Johnny Galecki is 5-feet-5-inches, but on ” The Big Bang Theory,” he doesn’t appear short because Leonard’s confidence gives him an edge.

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Leonard’s girlfriend and wife on the show, Penny, is an inch taller than he is. Penny is played by Kaley Cuoco.