List of shortest people

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This list of shortest people includes people who have been described or claimed as "shortest" in their lifetime or profession.

Men[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Notes Lifespan
   Nepal 54.6 cm (21.5 in) Chandra Bahadur Dangi Chandra was declared the shortest human adult ever documented and verified, measuring 21.51 in (54.64 cm). Height confirmed by Guinness World Records.[1] 1939–
 India 57.0 cm (22.4 in) Gul Mohammed Shortest man ever verified up to 2012 when he lost the title to Chandra Bahadur Dangi, measuring 22 in (57 cm),[2] according to Guinness World Records. 1957–1997
 Philippines 60 cm (24 in) Junrey Balawing Former shortest living man in the world, measuring 22.0 in (56.0 cm), verified by Guinness World Records in 2012.[3] 1993-
 Hungary 65 cm (26 in) István Tóth Shortest man claimant, was said to be 26 in (65 cm). Verification by Guinness World Records needs to be checked.[4][5] István died in May 2011 at the age of 48.[6] 1963–2011
   Nepal 67 cm (26 in) Khagendra Thapa Magar Former shortest man in the world until 2011, measuring 26.4 in (67 cm), according to Guinness World Records. 1992–
 Taiwan 67.5 cm (26.6 in) Lin Yü-chih Former shortest man in the world until 2009.[7] 1972–
 Colombia 70.21 cm (27.64 in) Edward Niño Hernández Named the shortest man after Pingping died in March 2010, at 27.64 in (70.21 cm), but lost the title in October 2010 to Magar.[8] 1986–
 China 74 cm (29 in) He Pingping Once officially verified as shortest living man (mobile) at 29 in (74 cm), until death in March 2010. 1988–2010

Women[edit]

      Deceased       Living       Disputed

Nationality Height Name Note Lifespan
 Mexico 50.8 cm (20.0 in) Lucia Zarate Smallest woman claimant and the earliest studied example of microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. Still under review.[9] 1864–1890
 Netherlands 58 cm (23 in) Pauline Musters At 23 in (58 cm) tall, recognised by the Guinness World Records as the shortest woman ever recorded.[10] 1876–1895
 India 58.4 cm (23.0 in) Jyoti Amge At 58.4 cm currently recognized by the Guinness World Records as the World's shortest woman[11] 1993–
 South Africa 65 cm (26 in) Madge Bester 65 cm in 1998.[12] 1963–
 United States 69 cm (27 in) Bridgette Jordan Former smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records and one of the shortest living siblings according to Guinness World Records.[13][14] 1989-
 Turkey 71 cm (28 in) Hatice Kocaman Former smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records.[15] 1989–

Other categories[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Category Notes Lifespan
 United States 24 cm (9.4 in) Nisa Juarez Baby Was born 108 days premature and weighed only 320 g (11.3 oz).[16][17] 2002 –
 United States 53.3 cm (21.0 in)1 Francis Joseph Flynn Teenager[18] General Mite, was an American little person who performed as a showman at various competitions around the world. In 1884, Flynn married English little person, Millie Edwards, in England.[19] The wedding was widely publicized and attended. From then on, the couple were exhibited as the "Royal American Midgets" and "General and Mrs. Mite" in many advertisements.[20] 1864–1898
 United States 86.4 cm (34.0 in) Rice brothers Identical twins [dubious ]World's shortest twins (Greg Rice, John Rice) until 2005 with the death of John Rice.[21][22] 1951–2005
1951 – (Greg Rice)

^1 This was Francis Joseph Flynn's shortest height, because he grew in height after age 16; he is not listed as one of the world's shortest men.

Shortest by occupation[edit]

Actors[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Note Lifespan
 Dominican Republic 71 cm (28 in) Nelson de la Rosa Once recognized as the "world's shortest actor" and had a minor role in the 1996 film, The Island of Dr. Moreau.[23] 1968–2006
 India 76 cm (30 in) Ajaykumar Malayalam comedy actor, in the Guinness Book of Records for being the shortest actor (2 ft 6 in (76 cm)) to play a main character in a full length film.[24] He played the lead role in Athbhutha Dweepu, a Malayalam film directed by Vinayan, later dubbed in Tamil. 1974–
 United States 79 cm (31 in) Tamara De Treaux Shortest actress, noted for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and as an influence for the novel Maybe the Moon.[25][26] 1959–1990
 United States 81 cm (32 in) Verne Troyer American actor and stunt performer. He is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films. 1969-
 Philippines 83 cm (33 in) Weng Weng Filipino actor and martial artist who was the shortest actor to have lead roles.[27] 1957–1992
 United Kingdom 107 cm (42 in) Warwick Davis Played the titular characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series.[28] 1970–
 United States 117 cm (46 in) Michael Dunn Stated to be the only "little person" actor to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Ship of Fools (1965).[29] 1934–1973

Artists and writers[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Note Lifespan
 England 137 cm (54 in) Alexander Pope English poet and satirist, never grew beyond 4 ft 6 in (137 cm).[30] 1688–1744

Athletes[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Sport Note Lifespan
 India 84 cm (33 in) Aditya "Romeo" Dev Bodybuilding "World's Smallest Bodybuilder" at 2 ft. 9 in.[31] 1988–2012
 Canada 106 cm (42 in) Henry Franklyn Ice hockey A 3-feet, 6-inch tall goaltender, possibly the smallest notable person in ice hockey history.[32] Late 19th century
 United States 109 cm (43 in) Eddie Gaedel Baseball Shortest to play in Major League Baseball.[33] This however was a publicity stunt and Gaedel only stood once at the plate. 1925–1961
 Canada 130 cm (51 in) Lionel Giroux Wrestling Also known as "Little Beaver". Shortest professional wrestler in the WWF at around 4'4".[34] 1935–1995
 United States 132 cm (52 in) Dylan Postl Wrestling Worlds shortest living professional wrestler.[35] 1986–
 United States 149 cm (59 in) Julie Krone Horse racing Shortest American jockey, stand 4 ft 10.5 in (149 cm).[35] 1963–
 England 152 cm (60 in) Tich Cornford Cricket Shortest ever international cricketer.[36] 1900–1964
 Australia 155 cm (61 in) Jim Bradford Australian rules football Shortest to play Australian rules football at the highest level.[37] 1926–2005
 United States 155 cm (61 in) Jack Shapiro American football Shortest professional player of American football, but only for one game.[38] 1907–2001
 United Kingdom 157 cm (62 in) Frederick Walden Association football Shortest player in England national football team history (5 ft 2 in (157 cm)).[39] 1888–1949
 United States 157 cm (62 in) Shannon Bobbitt Basketball Shortest to play in the Women's National Basketball Association.[35] 1985–
 United States 160 cm (63 in) Muggsy Bogues Basketball Shortest at 5 ft 3 in to play in the National Basketball Association.[40] 1965–
 Canada 160 cm (63 in) Roy Worters Ice hockey Shortest to play in the National Hockey League and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.[41] 1900–1957
 United States 165 cm (65 in) Earl Boykins Basketball Shortest active player currently in National Basketball Association.[42] 1976–
 United States 165 cm (65 in) Trindon Holliday American football Shortest active player at 5 ft 5 in in the National Football League.[43] 1986–
 Venezuela 165 cm (65 in) José Altuve Baseball Shortest active player at 5 ft 5 in in Major League Baseball. 1990–

Politicians[edit]

      Deceased       Living

Nationality Height Name Note Lifespan
 United States 114 cm (45 in) Charley Lockhart Shortest public official in America (at the time), when he was sworn in as Texas State Treasurer in 1931.[44][45] 1876–1954
 Mexico 137 cm (54 in) Benito Juárez Reportedly the shortest world leader to have height recorded. He was reportedly 4 ft 6 in or 1.37 meters[46] 1806–1872
 Italy 153 cm (60 in) Victor Emmanuel III of Italy King of Italy from 1900 to 1946 was 1.53 m tall.[47] 1869–1947
 North Korea 160 cm (63 in) Kim Jong-il North Korean dictator from 1997 to 2011. He was about 5'3"; had a penchant for wearing platform shoes and sported a bouffant hairstyle to conceal his short stature.[48][49][50] 1941–2011
 India 163 cm (64 in) Pranab Mukherjee Shortest Indian President[citation needed] at 5 ft 4 in or 1.63 m. 1935-
 Philippines 149.86 cm (59.00 in) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Shortest Philippine President[citation needed] at 4 ft 11 in or 1.49 m. 1947-
 United States 163 cm (64 in) James Madison Shortest US President at 5 ft 4 in or 1.63 m.[51][52] 1751–1836

See also[edit]

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