Over 6 feet tall. When he was sitting on his horse.

I’ve got a little secret.

Every once in a while, I go to imdb.com and see how tall famous actors are.  You see, I’m not very tall myself (5’8″) and living in the United States doesn’t give someone the best self esteem when you are 5’9″ or shorter.  Us average and below average folks take whatever boost we can get.  If it means looking for famous people that are the same height to make us feel better, then so be it.

I then thought: why not post a list of these famous actors and other successful people in history to help all the other poor blokes out there that also looking for boosts in self esteem?

If you’re already tall, well, then you have nothing to worry about.  You can dunk, be a model, grab the dishes from the top shelf, whatever.  I’m sure you’ll still find this article interesting anyway despite your God given gift of height.

The top 10 figures in history that make you feel better about being 5’9″ (or shorter):

10. Usher (5′ 8½”)
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 decades, Usher is an actor/singer who has gone multi-platinum and is well known for his R&B hits, such as “You got it bad”, “Burn” and “Confessions part II”.  The ladies love him and he’s been everywhere from TV shows to Movies.  Not bad for our #10 player.

9. Tom Cruise (5’7″)
Tom Cruise has been in dozens of hit movies and many movies you would be more than proud to say you know and love.  From Top Gun to Mission: Impossible, he’s played tons of action roles and even does his own stunts.  So what if everyone thinks he was a little weird when he first started dating Katie Holmes.  He’s richer and more famous than you and I will ever be in our lifetime.

8. Sylvester Stallone (5′ 9½”)
At 63 years old, “Sly” Stallone is in better shape than half the people on this list.  He’s been in tons of action flicks that made you want to join the army (see: Rambo) and even showed his more sensitive side as he got older (see: Rocky).  I know one thing for sure – there are a lot of guys much taller than Sly than will never get as much action as he has in his life, if you know what I mean.

7. Muggsy Bogues (5’3″)
Imagine the percent of the world’s population that make it to the NBA.  Now imagine the percentage of people on the NBA that are below 6 feet tall.  Although Muggsy Bogues wasn’t the typical NBA player, his amazing talent made him much bigger than he seemed.  Did you know he was drafted 12th in the overall draft in 1987 with the likes of David Robinson, Reggie Miller and Scottie Pippen?  Who says you can’t make your dreams come true?

6. Al Pacino (5’7″)
“Think you’re big time?  You’re gonna die big time!” – Al Pacino is considered one of the best actors of our time.  His work spans a lifetime of films, such as The Godfather, part III to The Scent of a Woman to Heat…  and the list goes on and on.  You wouldn’t want to mess with him, especially if he was playing the role of an Italian gangster, right?

5. Emmitt Smith (5’9″)
Super Bowl championship? Check.  NFL Most Valuable Player award? Check.  NFL rushing crown? Check.  Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award? Check.  Do them all in the same season? Of course.  Don’t forget he also won Dancing with the Stars.

4. Einstein (5′ 9¼”)
What – the inventor of modern physics and Nobel Prize winner couldn’t dunk a basketball?  He didn’t need to, his hair and his awesomeness did the talking for him.  He slam-dunked physics with his double clutch tomahawk brain. 

3. Bruce Lee (5′ 7½”)
Considered to be “the greatest icon of martial arts cinema”, Bruce Lee continues to influence all martial arts movies today.  He developed his own martial art called “Jun Fan Gun Fu” and whooped many an opponent with his mad skills.  His martial arts skills have also been displayed in many famous movies, such as Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon.

He is also known for his fashion sense when he donned a yellow track suit with a black stripe on each side.  So money.

2. Napoleon (5’6″)
I think Napolen got a bad rap.  He was one of the greatest cultural icons that ever existed who symbolises military genius and political power.  What is he most well known for?  The freaking “Napoleon Complex”.  Do you really think he conquered the world because of his diminutive stature?

If Ryan Seacrest can make it on the cover of Details, so can you. Dream big!

1. Ryan Seacrest (5’8″)
And now for our pièce de résistance. The top of our list.  The one to make you feel better about who you are:  Ryan Seacrest.  Known for coining the phrase “Seacrest out!” and being a pop culture phenomenon, Ryan Seacrest can be considered one of the greatest and most hard working entertainers of our lifetime.  Second only, of course, to Dick Clark (5’9″).

Notable Entries:

3. Jean Claude Van Damme (5’9″)
The “muscles from Brussles” almost made our list.  Although he had killer movies like Bloodsport and Double Impact, he also had weird scenes in movies where he did splits for no reason and danced really funny.

2. Daniel Craig (5’10”)
Ah, if only Daniel Craig were one inch shorter.  But alas, this James Bond actor must only make it to our “notable entries” list.

1. Kim Jong Il (5’3″)
Such a close one, the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea barely missed the list by one slot.  Maybe next year!


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