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

NationalityHeightNameNotesLifespan
   Nepal54.6 cm (21.5 in)Chandra Bahadur DangiChandra 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–
 India57.0 cm (22.4 in)Gul MohammedShortest 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
 Philippines60 cm (24 in)Junrey BalawingFormer shortest living man in the world, measuring 22.0 in (56.0 cm), verified by Guinness World Records in 2012.[3]1993-
 Hungary65 cm (26 in)István TóthShortest 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
   Nepal67 cm (26 in)Khagendra Thapa MagarFormer shortest man in the world until 2011, measuring 26.4 in (67 cm), according to Guinness World Records.1992–
 Taiwan67.5 cm (26.6 in)Lin Yü-chihFormer shortest man in the world until 2009.[7]1972–
 Colombia70.21 cm (27.64 in)Edward Niño HernándezNamed 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–
 China74 cm (29 in)He PingpingOnce officially verified as shortest living man (mobile) at 29 in (74 cm), until death in March 2010.1988–2010

Women[edit]

      Deceased       Living       Disputed

NationalityHeightNameNoteLifespan
 Mexico50.8 cm (20.0 in)Lucia ZarateSmallest woman claimant and the earliest studied example of microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II. Still under review.[9]1864–1890
 Netherlands58 cm (23 in)Pauline MustersAt 23 in (58 cm) tall, recognised by the Guinness World Records as the shortest woman ever recorded.[10]1876–1895
 India58.4 cm (23.0 in)Jyoti AmgeAt 58.4 cm currently recognized by the Guinness World Records as the World's shortest woman [11]1993–
 South Africa65 cm (26 in)Madge Bester65 cm in 1998.[12]1963–
 United States69 cm (27 in)Bridgette JordanFormer smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records and one of the shortest living siblings according to Guinness World Records.[13][14]1989-
 Turkey71 cm (28 in)Hatice KocamanFormer smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records.[15]1989–

Other categories[edit]

      Deceased       Living

NationalityHeightNameCategoryNotesLifespan
 United States24 cm (9.4 in)Nisa JuarezBabyWas born 108 days premature and weighed only 320 g (11.3 oz).[16][17]2002 –
 United States53.3 cm (21.0 in)1Francis Joseph FlynnTeenager[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 States86.4 cm (34.0 in)Rice brothersIdentical 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

NationalityHeightNameNoteLifespan
 Dominican Republic71 cm (28 in)Nelson de la RosaOnce recognized as the "world's shortest actor" and had a minor role in the 1996 film, The Island of Dr. Moreau.[23]1968–2006
 India76 cm (30 in)AjaykumarMalayalam 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 States79 cm (31 in)Tamara De TreauxShortest actress, noted for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and as an influence for the novel Maybe the Moon.[25][26]1959–1990
 United States81 cm (32 in)Verne TroyerAmerican actor and stunt performer. He is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films.1969-
 Philippines83 cm (33 in)Weng WengFilipino actor and martial artist who was the shortest actor to have lead roles.[27]1957–1992
 United Kingdom107 cm (42 in)Warwick DavisPlayed the titular characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series.[28]1970–
 United States117 cm (46 in)Michael DunnStated 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

NationalityHeightNameNoteLifespan
 England137 cm (54 in)Alexander PopeEnglish poet and satirist, never grew beyond 4 ft 6 in (137 cm).[30]1688–1744

Athletes[edit]

      Deceased       Living

NationalityHeightNameSportNoteLifespan
 India84 cm (33 in)Aditya "Romeo" DevBodybuilding"World's Smallest Bodybuilder" at 2 ft. 9 in.[31]1988–2012
 Canada106 cm (42 in)Henry FranklynIce hockeyA 3-feet, 6-inch tall goaltender, possibly the smallest notable person in ice hockey history.[32]Late 19th century
 United States109 cm (43 in)Eddie GaedelBaseballShortest to play in Major League Baseball.[33] This however was a publicity stunt and Gaedel only stood once at the plate.1925–1961
 Canada130 cm (51 in)Lionel GirouxWrestlingAlso known as "Little Beaver". Shortest professional wrestler in the WWF at around 4'4".[34]1935–1995
 United States132 cm (52 in)Dylan PostlWrestlingWorlds shortest living professional wrestler.[35]1986–
 United States149 cm (59 in)Julie KroneHorse racingShortest American jockey, stand 4 ft 10.5 in (149 cm).[35]1963–
 England152 cm (60 in)Tich CornfordCricketShortest ever international cricketer.[36]1900–1964
 Australia155 cm (61 in)Jim BradfordAustralian rules footballShortest to play Australian rules football at the highest level.[37]1926–2005
 United States155 cm (61 in)Jack ShapiroAmerican footballShortest professional player of American football, but only for one game.[38]1907–2001
 United Kingdom157 cm (62 in)Frederick WaldenAssociation footballShortest player in England national football team history (5 ft 2 in (157 cm)).[39]1888–1949
 United States157 cm (62 in)Shannon BobbittBasketballShortest to play in the Women's National Basketball Association.[35]1985–
 United States160 cm (63 in)Muggsy BoguesBasketballShortest at 5 ft 3 in to play in the National Basketball Association.[40]1965–
 Canada160 cm (63 in)Roy WortersIce hockeyShortest to play in the National Hockey League and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.[41]1900–1957
 United States165 cm (65 in)Earl BoykinsBasketballShortest active player currently in National Basketball Association.[42]1976–
 United States165 cm (65 in)Trindon HollidayAmerican footballShortest active player at 5 ft 5 in in the National Football League.[43]1986–
 Venezuela165 cm (65 in)José AltuveBaseballShortest active player at 5 ft 5 in in Major League Baseball.1990–

Politicians[edit]

      Deceased       Living

NationalityHeightNameNoteLifespan
 United States114 cm (45 in)Charley LockhartShortest public official in America (at the time), when he was sworn in as Texas State Treasurer in 1931.[44][45]1876–1954
 Mexico137 cm (54 in)Benito JuárezReportedly the shortest world leader to have height recorded. He was reportedly 4 ft 6 in or 1.37 meters[46]1806–1872
 Italy153 cm (60 in)Victor Emmanuel III of ItalyKing of Italy from 1900 to 1946 was 1.53 m tall.[47]1869–1947
 North Korea160 cm (63 in)Kim Jong-ilNorth 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
 India163 cm (64 in)Pranab MukherjeeShortest Indian President[citation needed] at 5 ft 4 in or 1.63 m.1935-
 United States163 cm (64 in)James MadisonShortest US President at 5 ft 4 in or 1.63 m.[51][52]1751–1836

See also[edit]

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