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Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage
Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Born Peter Hayden Dinklage
(1969-06-11) June 11, 1969
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Erica Schmidt (m. 2005)
Children 1

Peter Hayden Dinklage[1] ( ,[2] born June 11, 1969)[3] is an American actor.[4] Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and voiced Ghost in the video game, Destiny.

Since 2011, Dinklage has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He won an Emmy[5] and a Golden Globe Award[6] for Supporting Actor in 2011, as well as consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for the role from 2012 to 2014. He also won a second Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2015.[7]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey,[8] the son of John Carl Dinklage, a retired insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher.[9][10] He was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. He grew up in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and is of German, English, and Irish descent.[11][12]

Dinklage got his first taste of theatrical success in a fifth grade production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Playing the lead, he was delighted by the audience's response to the show. "When you get your first solo bow, that feels pretty good," he explained to People.[13] Dinklage graduated from Delbarton School, a Catholic prep school for boys, in 1987 where he continued to develop his acting as part of the school's drama club. He then attended Bennington College where he appeared in numerous productions before graduating in 1991.[14]


He made his film debut in Living in Oblivion (1995) as a frustrated actor with dwarfism who complains about his clichéd roles. His breakout role was in the 2003 film The Station Agent,[15] for which he received Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor. That same year, he appeared in the direct-to-DVD film Tiptoes. Dinklage has also starred in several Off-Broadway productions.[16] Dinklage appeared in the 2003 film Elf, as Miles Finch, an irritable children's author who beats up Buddy Hobbs (Will Ferrell) after he is unintentionally insulted. In 2005, he starred in the short-lived CBS science fiction series Threshold and appeared as a wedding planner in the comedy film The Baxter. In 2006, Dinklage appeared in the courtroom drama Find Me Guilty and episodes of Nip/Tuck. He played himself in one episode of the HBO television series Entourage and appeared in the NBC series 30 Rock.

He appeared in the 2007 British comedy film Death at a Funeral, reprising the role in the 2010 American remake. Later in 2007, he played the villainous Simon Bar Sinister in Underdog. Dinklage played Trumpkin in the 2008 film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,[17] although film critic Bill Gibron described his role as a "cutesy stereotype he has tried to avoid".[18] In the summer of 2008, he played the title role in Uncle Vanya (directed by his wife, Erica Schmidt) in Bard College's annual Bard SummerScape, the Upstate New York summer stage on the Annandale-on-Hudson campus.[19] In 2010 he appeared in the Australian movie "I Love You Too" alongside Brendan Cowell and Peter Helliar.

Dinklage plays [25]

In 2012, he voiced Captain Gutt in Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2014, he starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom and portrayed Bolivar Trask in the superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[26][27] He also voiced Ghost in the 2014 video game Destiny,[28] but was replaced by Nolan North in August 2015[29] due in part to availability issues and "Hollywood nonsense".[30] Dinklage and writer-director Sacha Gervasi spent several years writing and producing a film based on the final days of actor Hervé Villechaize, who committed suicide shortly after his 1993 interview with Gervasi.[31] Dinklage will star and play the title role in My Dinner with Hervé.[32][33] He will also star in O Lucky Day, which is to be directed by Adam Shankman and is said to be a "leprechaun comedy".[34] In 2015, Dinklage starred in the movie Pixels as a former arcade champion named Eddie Plant.[35]

Personal life

In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director. They have a daughter together[36] born in 2011.[37] The family lives in Manhattan.[38]

Dinklage learned early on that he had a form of dwarfism, achondroplasia, which affects bone growth. As a result, he is 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m) tall, with a normal-sized head and torso but short limbs. While Dinklage has come to accept his condition, he found it challenging sometimes while growing up. In 2003, he said: "When I was younger, I definitely let it get to me. As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry, and I definitely put up these walls. But the older you get, you realize you just have to have a sense of humor. You just know that it's not your problem. It's theirs."[16] When asked in 2012 whether he saw himself as "a spokesman for the rights of little people," Dinklage responded: "I don't know what I would say. Everyone's different. Every person my size has a different life, a different history. Different ways of dealing with it. Just because I'm seemingly okay with it, I can't preach how to be okay with it. I don't think I still am okay with it. There are days when I'm not."[31]

Dinklage has been a

  • Interview with Peter Dinklage about The Station Agent
  • BBC Movies Interview about The Station Agent
  • Interview with Peter Dinklage in Delbarton Today
  • Playboy 20Q Interview with Peter Dinklage



External links

  1. ^ "Emmy winner Peter Dinklage thanks his dog sitter". September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Peter Dinklage Pronunciation. The Name Engine (April 30, 2014). Retrieved on May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Monitor".  
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  7. ^ a b Mallenbaum, Carly (21 September 2015). "'"Peter Dinklage talks about 'being different.  
  8. ^ Meoli, Daria. "That’s Entertainment", New Jersey Monthly, October 2005. Retrieved December 26, 2007. "Find Me Guilty, shot in Newark, Bayonne, and Hoboken, stars tough guy Vin Diesel as Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio, in the true story of New Jersey’s notorious mob family the Lucchesis. Morristown native Peter Dinklage plays a defense attorney."
  9. ^ "Peter Dinklage Biography (1969–)". film reference. Retrieved September 11, 2007. 
  10. ^ Moszczynski, Joe (July 1, 2004). "John C. Dinklage, 72, father of 2 entertainers". New Jersey Star-Ledger. 
  11. ^ Interview, Neil Young's Film Lounge. March 23, 2004
  12. ^ "Genealogy of Peter Dinklage's paternal grandparents". Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Peter Dinklage: People Magazine". 
  14. ^ Smith, Dinitia. "Dark, Handsome And Short; Star of a Sundance Hit Is Ready for an Encore", The New York Times, October 2, 2003. Retrieved December 7, 2007. "Mr. Dinklage, who grew up in Mendham, N.J., said he first realized he was different when he was 5. . . . Mr. Dinklage attended the Delbarton School, a Catholic boys' school in Morristown, N.J., which was strongly sports-oriented. . . . Mr. Dinklage credits Mr. Dougherty with helping to get him into Bennington College in Vermont."
  15. ^ "The Station Agent (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 11, 2007. 
  16. ^ a b "Peter Dinklage lives large". October 2, 2003. Retrieved September 11, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Peter Dinklage and Vincent Grass Set for Prince Caspian". February 6, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Review, DVD Release (
  19. ^ Gates, Anita (July 16, 2008). "Between Sureness and Self-Pity Stands a Vulnerable Vanya". New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  20. ^ Gee, Catherine (September 20, 2014). "Game of Thrones: the 20 most shocking moments".  
  21. ^ Ken Tucker (April 14, 2011). "Game of Thrones (2011)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ McNamara, Mary (April 15, 2011). "Swords, sex and struggles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  23. ^ Peter Dinklage Emmy Award Winner. (April 23, 2015). Retrieved on May 7, 2015.
  24. ^ Hibberd, James. (January 17, 2015) 'Game of Thrones' premiere recap: The North Remembers | Season 2 Episode 01 | Retrieved on May 7, 2015.
  25. ^ Grow, Kory. (March 27, 2014) Peter Dinklage Has Not Read Any 'Game of Thrones' Books | Movies News. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on May 7, 2015.
  26. ^ SDCC '13: FOX Reveals X-MEN: DoFP Plot Secrets (Spoilers). Retrieved on May 7, 2015.
  27. ^ X-Men' casts Dinklage as villain"'". Variety. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ McCarthy, Tyler (July 2, 2014). "We Love Peter Dinklage, But This Voice-Over Work Is Unbearable".  
  29. ^ Miller, Matt (August 4, 2015). "Goodbye Dinklebot: Destiny Recasts Its Most Important Character With Nolan North".  
  30. ^ Hanson, Ben (August 10, 2015). "Destiny: The Taken King's New Approach To Storytelling".  
  31. ^ a b Dan Kois (March 29, 2012). "Peter Dinklage Was Smart to Say No". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  32. ^ "'"James McAvoy Reading Sacha Gervasi's 'My Dinner With Hervé. The Playlist. April 19, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  33. ^ "'"Sacha Gervasi — Peter Dinklage: 'Herve Villechaize Biopic Is Based On Director's Final Interview. Contact Music. April 19, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  34. ^ Han, Angie (February 12, 2015). "'"Adam Shankman Will Direct Peter Dinklage's Leprechaun Comedy 'O'Lucky Day. 
  35. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (July 24, 2015). "Peter Dinklage’s hilarious character in ‘Pixels' was inspired by a video-game legend who held world records in Pac Man and Donkey Kong".  
  36. ^ The daughter's name has not been revealed publicly, though some false reports in media, denied by Dinklage, have called her "Zelig"."'"Peter Dinklage: 'Tyrion has a sense of humour – even in the worst of times. The Guardian. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  37. ^ John Mitchell (April 18, 2013). "Peter Dinklage talks 'Game of Thrones' fights and being a 'DwILF' in Playboy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Peter Dinklage: The 'Station Agent' With a Heart of Gold". 
  39. ^ a b c "Peter Dinklage To Become Farm Sanctuary Spokesman". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Empire Hero Award".  
  41. ^ "Guardians of the Galaxy Lands 7 MTV Movie Awards Nominations". SuperHeroHype. 


Year Nominated Work Association Category Result
2003 The Station Agent New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performance Won
Ourense Independent Film Festival Best Actor Won
2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 Game of Thrones Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Scream Awards Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Empire Empire Hero Award[40] Won
X-Men: Days of Future Past MTV Movie Awards Best Villain[41] Nominated
Game of Thrones Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[7] Won

Awards and nominations


[39] a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.Face your Food, He also narrated the video [39]

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