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While being taller is often more likely to lead to professional success, this isn't always the case. Many entrepreneurs, politicians, writers and other notable people past and present were on the shorter side. In some cases, well-known short people have actually used their height to their advantage. For example, Mario Andretti raced Indy Cars, where bigger, heavier drivers can actually slow a vehicle down. Many comedians have also used their shorter height for material and thus turned it into a positive.

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Here's a list with just some the famous short people throughout history who still managed to be successful in politics, entertainment, sports and other fields:

NAME HEIGHT AREA
Jason Alexander 5' 5" Entertainment
Woody Allen 5' 6" Entertainment
Mario Andretti 5' 7½" Sports
Sean Astin 5' 6" Entertainment
Ludwig Van Beethoven 5' 3¾" Music
David Ben-Gurion 5' 0" Politics
Robert Blake 5' 4" Entertainment
Humphrey Bogart 5' 8" Entertainment
Napoleon Bonaparte 5' 6" Politics
Bono 5' 7" Entertainment
Matthew Broderick 5' 8" Entertainment
Mel Brooks 5' 4" Entertainment
Gary Burghoff 5' 5" Entertainment
Richard Burton 5' 8" Entertainment
James Cagney 5' 7" Entertainment
Truman Capote 5' 4" Literature
Andrew Carnegie 5' 0" Entrepreneur
Gary Coleman 4' 8" Entertainment
Phil Collins 5' 6" Entertainment
Lou Costello 5' 5" Entertainment
Tom Cruise 5' 8" Entertainment
Billy Crystal 5' 8" Entertainment
Salvador Dali 5' 7" Art
Sammy Davis Jr. 5' 3" Entertainment
Danny DeVito 5' 0" Entertainment
Robert Downey Jr. 5' 7" Entertainment
Richard Dreyfuss 5' 5" Entertainment
Bob Dylan 5' 6" Entertainment
Emilio Estevez 5' 7" Entertainment
Peter Falk 5' 6" Entertainment
William Faulkner 5' 6" Literature
F. Scott Fitzgerald 5' 7" Literature
Michael J. Fox 5' 4" Entertainment
Buckminster Fuller 5' 2" Scientist
Ghandi 5' 3" Politics
Paul Giamatti 5' 7" Entertainment
Maurice & Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) 5' 8" Entertainment
Joel Grey 5' 5" Entertainment
Gus Grissom 5' 5" Astronaut
Scott Hamilton 5' 4" Sports
Armand Hammer 5' 5" Entrepreneur
Alfred Hitchcock 5' 6" Entertainment
Dustin Hoffman 5' 6" Entertainment
Anthony Hopkins 5' 8" Entertainment
Bob Hoskins 5' 5½" Entertainment
Harry Houdini 5' 5" Entertainment
Curly Howard 5' 5" Entertainment
Moe Howard 5' 4" Entertainment
Elton John 5' 4" Entertainment
Davy Jones 5' 3" Entertainment
John Keats 5' 1" Literature
Ben Kingsley 5' 8" Entertainment
Nikita Khrushchev 5' 3" Politics
Martin Luther King 5' 7" Politics
Alan Ladd 5' 4" Entertainment
Fiorello Henry LaGuardia 5' 0" Politics
Nathan Lane 5' 5" Entertainment
Martin Lawrence 5' 8" Entertainment
T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) 5' 6" Politics
Spike Lee 5' 5" Entertainment
John Leguizamo 5' 8" Entertainment
Guy Lombardo 5' 4" Entertainment
Peter Lorre 5' 5" Entertainment
James Madison 5' 4" Politics
Cheech Marin 5' 6" Entertainment
Chico Marx 5' 5" Entertainment
Harpo Marx 5' 5" Entertainment
Dudley Moore 5' 2" Entertainment
Noriyuki (Pat) Morita 5' 3" Entertainment
Mike Myers 5' 7" Entertainment
George "Baby Face" Nelson 5' 5" Criminal
Aristotle Onassis 5' 5" Entrepreneur
Al Pacino 5' 6" Entertainment
Ross Perot 5' 7" Entrepreneur
Joe Pesci 5' 5" Entertainment
Pablo Picasso 5' 4" Art
Roman Polanski 5' 4" Entertainment
Jason Priestly 5' 6" Entertainment
Prince 5' 3" Entertainment
Lou Reed 5' 5" Entertainment
Edward G. Robinson 5' 5" Entertainment
Auguste Rodin 5' 4" Art
Mickey Rooney 5' 3" Entertainment
Marquis de Sade 5' 3" Literature
Leo Sayer 5' 4" Entertainment
Martin Scorsese 5' 3" Entertainment
Ryan Seacrest 5' 7" Entertainment
Rod Serling 5' 4" Entertainment
Martin Sheen 5' 7" Entertainment
Willie Shoemaker 4' 11" Sports
Paul Simon 5' 2" Entertainment
David Spade 5' 7" Entertainment
Steven Spielberg 5' 7½" Entertainment
Joseph Stalin 5' 6" Politics
Ringo Starr 5' 8" Entertainment
Ben Stiller 5' 8" Entertainment
Jerry Stiller 5' 6" Entertainment
Igor Stravinsky 5' 4" Composer
Kurt Thomas 5' 5" Sports
J. R. R. Tolkien 5' 5" Literature
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 4' 11" Art
Ray Walston 5' 8" Entertainment
Spud Webb 5' 7" Sports
Paul Williams 5' 2" Entertainment
Robin Williams 5' 8" Entertainment
Henry Winkler 5' 7" Entertainment
Elijah Wood 5' 6" Entertainment