Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Born Peter Hayden Dinklage
(1969-06-11) June 11, 1969 (age 44)[1]
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Height 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m)[2]
Spouse(s) Erica Schmidt (m. 2005)
Children 1
Parents John Carl Dinklage (father)
Diane Dinklage (mother)

Peter Hayden Dinklage[3] (/ˈdɪŋklɪ/ DINGK-lij,[4] born June 11, 1969) is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) and its American remake of the same name (2010), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), A Little Bit of Heaven (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), and Knights of Badassdom (2013). Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey[5] the son of John Carl, a retired insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher.[6][7] Dinklage 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.[8][9] His German ancestors were related to the Westphalian noble family "von Dincklage". Dinklage graduated from Delbarton School in 1987, and Bennington College in 1991.[10]


He made his film debut, 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,[11] 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.[12]

Dinklage appeared in the 2003 film Elf, playing a pretentious children's author who beats up Will Ferrell's character 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,[13] although film critic Bill Gibron described his role as a "cutesy stereotype he has tried to avoid".[14] 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.[15]

Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of author George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. His performance has received widespread praise,[16][17] highlighted by his receiving the Emmy Award[18] for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, as well as the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. As a result of his outstanding performance and increased screen time, Dinklage was given top billing in the second season of the series.[19] Though Dinklage continues to find success and wide-received acclaim for his role, in 2014, he admitted on The Late Show with David Letterman that he has never read the series authored by Martin. He stated that he started the series but had gotten confused. He joked to Letterman, “George Martin, our author, is probably going to kill my character soon because I mentioned that.” [20]

In 2012, he voiced Captain Gutt in Ice Age: Continental Drift and portrays Bolivar Trask in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[21][22] He also voices the Ghost in the upcoming 2014 video game Destiny.[23] He stars in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom.[24][25] 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,[26] he will star and play the title role in My Dinner with Hervé,[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director and they had their first child, a daughter named Zelig in 2011.[29][30] The family lives in New York City.[31]

When asked about his height in a 2003 interview, Dinklage 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."[12] In 2012, a New York Times interviewer asked Dinklage 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're days when I’m not”.[26]

Dinklage became a vegetarian at age 16 and recently became a vegan.[32] He supports Farm Sanctuary and has served as the spokesperson for the organization's Walk for Farm Animals.[33] Dinklage also narrated the video Face your Food, a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.[32]


Feature Films
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Living in Oblivion Tito
1996 Bullet Building manager Uncredited
1998 Safe Men Leflore
1999 Pigeonholed Roy
2001 Never Again Harry Appleton
Human Nature Frank
2002 13 Moons Binky
Just a Kiss Dink
2003 Elf Miles Finch
The Station Agent Finbar McBride Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
Ourense Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Outstanding Talent
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakout Performance—On Screen
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Tiptoes Maurice
2004 Surviving Eden Sterno
89 Seconds at Alcázar Mari Babola Short film
Jail Bait Lindo Short film
2005 The Baxter Benson Hedges
Escape Artists Mr. Duff
Lassie Rowlie
Fortunes Mike Kirkwood
2006 The Limbo Room Dusty Spitz
Find Me Guilty Ben Klandis
Penelope Lemon
Little Fugitive Sam Norton
2007 Ascension Day Brantly
Death at a Funeral Peter
Underdog Dr. Simon Bar Sinister
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trumpkin
2009 Saint John of Las Vegas Mr. Townsend
2010 Death at a Funeral Frank
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Dwarf
I Love You Too Charlie
Pete Smalls Is Dead K.C. Munk Also producer
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Vinnie
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Captain Gutt (voice)
2013 A Case of You Gerard
Knights of Badassdom Hung
2014 Low Down Alain
X-Men: Days of Future Past Bolivar Trask
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Aaron Altmann
2015 Taxi Marc
2016 Pixels (voice)
Television Shows
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Seinfeld James' telephone voice Episode: "The Wink"
2001 Oz Stunts Episode: "Even the Score"
The $treet Little person Episode: "Junk Bonds"
2002 Third Watch Drug dealer Episode: "The Long Guns"
2004 I'm with Her Elliot Rosen 3 episodes
2005 Entourage Himself Episode: "The Sundance Kids"
Life as We Know It Dr. Belber 2 episodes
Testing Bob Bob Hart Pilot
2005–2006 Threshold Arthur Ramsey 13 episodes
2006 Nip/Tuck Marlowe Sawyer 7 episodes
2009 30 Rock Stewart Episode: "Señor Macho Solo"
2011–present Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011)
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011, tied with Ryan Hurst)
Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor (2011)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012, 2013)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2014)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2011, 2012)
2013 Saturday Night Live Peter Drunklage Episode: "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix"
2014 Family Guy Mr. Stone (voice) Episode: "Secondhand Spoke"
Video Games
Year Title Role
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trumpkin
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games Captain Gutt
2014 Destiny Ghost


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