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Handsome, Talented, Short Actors We Love

You like your actors tall, dark, and handsome? Well. You can’t have everything. Some of the most handsome and talented actors are, well, short. We live in a time where hobbits and dwarves fill our imaginations as well as the big screen (no pun intended), so there are plenty of parts for the under 6-foot set. But there are plenty of shorter leading men, too. Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. stands a few inches shorter than Pepper Potts in heels and our valiant hero, Peeta Mellark, would have to stand on his tippy toes to see eye to eye with Katniss. Click through our favorite short, handsome, talented actors!

  • Handsome, Talented, Short Actors 1 of 11
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  • Robert Downey Jr. 2 of 11
    Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. seen attending the premiere of 'Iron Man 3' at Le Grand Rex in Paris

    Robert Downey Jr. is supposedly 5' 9", and is known for wearing lifts in movies when he needs them. Does he wear them in his daily life? Your guess is as good as mine. Gwyneth Paltrow is also 5' 9". You do the math. 

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Daniel Radcliffe 3 of 11
    A gaunt Daniel Radcliffe is greeted by a large crowd after leaving the theatre in London

    At age 24, le petit Potter has maxed out his height at 5'5".  That's about 5 and a half wands tall. Talented and hard-working, young Radcliffe stays busy with his movies — Horns and Kill Your Darlings are both coming out later this year.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Josh Hutcherson 4 of 11
    Josh Hutcherson seen attending the 7th Annual Direct TV Celebrity Beach Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana

    At age 20, Josh Hutcherson may have grown to his full height of 5'6". Unless he's got a growth spurt left in him, Peeta is a couple inches shorter than Jennifer Lawrence who measures 5'8". It doesn't seem to matter to heartthrob Hutcherson. Go Team Peeta.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Elijah Wood 5 of 11
    Elijah Wood and Alison Pill smoking on the set of 'Cooties' in Los Angeles

    Age 32 and standing 5'6" Elijah Wood has done as well as any tall man in Hollywood, with the Lord of the Ring franchise under his [tiny] belt and his hit show, Wilfred. Still. I wanna say: Hey Frodo, smoking stunts your growth.

     Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Peter Dinklage 6 of 11
    Peter Dinklage seen with wife Erica Schmidt and daughter Zelig in the West Village in New York City

    Age 44 and measuring 4'5," Peter Dinklage technically has dwarfism. But who's counting! Probably the handsomest/shortest man making a living as an actor, Dinklage's portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones has earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy. CAN NOT WAIT for him to play Bolivar Trask in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Tom Cruise 7 of 11
    Tom Cruise signs autographs for his fans and poses with them outside of the 'John Stewart Daily show' in New York City

    Tom Cruise, the classic leading man, is only 5'7" but what he lacks in height he makes up for in enthusiasm. Tom Cruise makes an average of 10 million dollars per movie, so I doubt he wishes he were taller.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Jack Black 8 of 11
    Jack Black heads to a medical building in Beverly Hills

    Jack Black is big on funny but small on height. He's 43 years old and 5'6" tall. He stops at 5 and a half, but we all know his personality goes up to 11.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Al Pacino 9 of 11
    Al Pacino seen walking to his car with a male companion in Los Angeles

    For the better part of Al Pacino's 73 years he has stood at 5'7" tall. He made his career playing iconic tough guys Michael Corleone and Scarface's Tony Montana. I mean, are you going to tell him he's only 5'7"?

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Jesse Eisenberg 10 of 11
    Jesse Eisenberg films scenes for his upcoming film "Now You See Me" in New York City

    Fast-talking hipster favorite Jesse Eisenberg is 5'7". He's got The Double and Night Moves coming out later this year and does a voice in Rio 2. Busy little guy.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Seth Green 11 of 11
    Seth Green and Claire Grant attending the Los Angeles premiere of 'Ted' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

    At 5'4" Seth Green is dwarfed by his wife, the gorgeous Clair Grant (she's 5'7" — about one Tom Cruise tall). Green is one of fandom's tiniest favorites ever since he played a werewolf in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His new show, Dads, premieres this fall and it looks promising.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

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