As we said before, height is not something that should prevent you from reaching your dreams. It hasn’t prevented Charley Lockhart from becoming a Texas State Treasurer, despite being the shortest politician in history; it hasn’t prevented Mugsy Bogues, the shortest NBA player of all time from becoming one of the best point guards in the league and it hasn’t even prevented some from becoming Presidents of the United States.
So today we’ll make a countdown of yet another list of shortest people, this time in the acting domain. With the tallest contestant being only 46 inches (117 cm) tall, it’s time to check out top 5 shortest actors in history.
5. Michael Dunn – 46 inches (117 cm)
Dr. Loveless himself, the late great Michael Dunn gets to crack open our top 5. Born in 1934, Dunn suffered from dwarfism and ultimately never exceeded the height of just 46 inches (117 cm). Along with a weight of 78 pounds (35 kg), he really was a small guy, but this hasn’t prevented him in achieving great things in life. Apart from the role of Dr. Miguelito Loveless, an evil mad scientist from “The Wild Wild West” TV series, Dunn has also appeared on several other television classics, such as the “Star Trek” and NBC’s “Tarzan” in 1968. He died in his sleep on August 30, 1973 due to complications caused by his distorted ribcage. He was 38 years old.
4. Weng Weng – 33 inches (83 cm)
Filipino actor and martial artist Ernesto de la Cruz, commonly known as Weng Weng, gets to be the first actor on our list to go below the 3 feet (1 m) mark. With a height of just 33 inches (83 cm), Weng Weng reached fame with the lead role of Agent 00 in “For Your Height Only,” a 1981 comedy action movie. He was also the starring actor of a sequel released one year later titled “The Impossible Kid.” Weng Weng died in 1992 in the Philippines due to a heart at the age of 34.
3. Tamara De Treaux – 31 inches (79 cm)
This brings us to the first and only lady on our list. Born as Tamara Detro in 1959, she was known by her stage name Tamara De Treaux. With a height of just 31 inches (79 cm), she takes the title of the shortest actress of all time. But her height hasn’t prevented her in appearing in an all-time cinematic classic ET, it even enabled her to do so as she was among the few who were able to fit into ET’s tiny costume and in a way play the starring role of Spielberg’s masterpiece.
She was also the main inspiration behind the female character Cadence Roth in Armistead Maupin’s novel “Maybe the Moon.” Unfortunately, Tamara De Treaux passed away at the age of 31 due to complications caused by respiratory and heart issues.
2. Ajay Kumar – 30 inches (76 cm)
Officially confirmed as the shortest actor to play a character in a full-length film by the Guinness Book of World Records, Ajay Kumar, or Guinness Pakru, has appeared in over 30 movies and has even started a directing career. Born in 1974, this 30-inch-tall (76 cm) Indian starred in the movie called “Albhutha Dweep” in which he played the dwarf prince Gajendra along with 300 other dwarves appearing in various roles. With a diploma in computer science, a wife and a daughter, Kumar is a successful and highly respected man who has proved the world that nothing can prevent you from achieving greatness.
1. Nelson Aquino de la Rosa – 28 inches (71 cm)
We have reached the very top of our list and the only actor shorter than 30 inches – Nelson Aquino de la Rosa. Also known as Mahow, he started his acting carreer in 1987 horror movie called “Ratman.” In 1996, he appeared in a Hollywood production film “The Island of Dr. Moreau” alongside Val Kilmer and the movie icon Marlon Brando. His role has supposedly inspired the Mini-Me character in “Austin Powers,” as well as Kevin, the companion of Dr. Alphonse Mephisto in South Park cartoon series.
As a passionate Boston Red Sox supporter, De la Rosa was friends with his fellow Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, who started taking him to playoff games as a good luck charm during the 2004 MLB playoffs, earning De la Rosa the “Pedro’s Lucky Midget” nickname. Nelson Aquino de la Rosa passed away on October 22, 2006 in Rhode Island due to a heart failure. He is survived by his wife and a nine-year-old son.