Seven Movie Stars Who Are Much Shorter Than Viewers Think

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April 18th, 2014

The general public sees movie stars as distant, almost non-human beings with amazing looks, great style and an imposing presence. However, fans would likely be shocked to find out just how short many actors truly are. Filmmakers often use clever camera angles and cinematic techniques to avoid large gaps in height, and keeping the main character looking tall is particularly important in action movies. This has led to a warped public perception of movie stars, which means these seven actors heights' are likely to come as a surprise.


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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is best known for his recurring role as Harry in the "Harry Potter" film series. What a lot of Potter fans find shocking is that the actor is just 5 feet 5 inches tall. Radcliffe's height is especially obvious when he stands next to costars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint on the red carpet. Despite his short physical stature, Radcliffe maintains a positive attitude and continues to stun fans with his acting abilities. His good looks, including blue eyes, square jaw and good physique easily distract attention from his height and help maintain his status as an idol among young fans.



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Amy Poehler

Comedy actress Amy Poehler stands a meager 5 feet 2 inches, but the little actress brings a big personality to her role in the TV series "Parks and Recreation." Her height is clearly downplayed with the frequent use of heels, so she usually appears to stand only a few inches shorter than accompanying actors and actresses.


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Ellen Page

Ellen Page comes off as a young, maturing woman due to her chosen roles in films like "Juno" and "Inception." However, her true height of just 5 feet 1 inch still comes as a big surprise. She looks tiny when standing next to her "Super" costar Liv Tyler, but this is clearly not holding the talented actress back. Page continues to score major roles, such as that of Shadowcat in "X-Men Days of Future Past," due to her fierce, magnetic personality. Additionally, her rounded face and diminutive stature are sure to aid her in securing roles as a young woman for years to come.


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Tom Cruise

Audiences expect action stars to be strong, muscular and incredibly tall to complete their imposing appearance. However, veteran action-star Tom Cruise stands just 5 feet 7 inches tall, a height which is uncommon for actors in the genre. When standing next to Katie Holmes on the red carpet, Cruise looks anything but intimidating. Filmmakers have worked their cinematic magic to add some inches to his height, so viewers do not even blink twice when watching films such as "Mission Impossible" and "Top Gun" and countless other titles. Despite endless taunting over the years about his height, no one can argue that Cruise has dished out one successful action film after another for several decades.



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Vanessa Hudgens

Hudgens, who was thrust into stardom after her role in the popular Disney film "High School Musical," stands only 5 feet 1 inch tall. This may not have made much of a difference when she played a teenager in the aforementioned film, but it is blatantly obvious on the red carpet. On the other hand, fans continue to adore the beautiful actress, whose height only seems to add to her charm. The actress continues to score roles in films such as "Gimme Shelter," "Spring Breakers" and "Sucker Punch."



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Anna Kendrick

The Broadway star has brought her amazing acting talents to numerous titles, but she is also one of the shortest female celebrities in Hollywood at a petite 5 feet 2 inches. Kendrick is known for her role as Jessica in the "Twilight" film series as well as Janet in "End of Watch." She may be tiny, but this does not seem to bother most filmmakers as she continues to star in numerous titles.


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Robert Downey Jr.

The "Iron Man" actor may not be incredibly short at 5 feet 8 inches, but his average height is still uncommon in the industry. In Downey's films, his characters normally seem tall and imposing, so his true height comes as a shock to many. Obviously, his height has not stopped him from continuously pleasing audiences with great roles in films such as "Sherlock Holmes" and "Tropic Thunder" as well as the "Iron Man" franchise and many others.

Most Hollywood actors and actresses are at least of average height, but many are taller than 6 feet. However, some are considerably shorter than the average person. There are those celebrities who break through the height barrier to become beloved actors, and fans love them all the more for their endless determination and positivity when faced with industry standards.