Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.
Born (1969-06-11) June 11, 1969 (age 45)
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995—present
Height 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m)
Spouse(s) Erica Schmidt (m. 2005)
Children 1

Peter Hayden Dinklage[1] (/ˈdɪŋklɪ/ DINGK-lij,[2] born June 11, 1969)[3] is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he starred in many films, such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) with 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), Knights of Badassdom (2013) and as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Since 2011, Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, earning him international attention and acclaim. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011, as well as consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations for the role from 2012 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey,[4] the son of John Carl Dinklage, a retired insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher.[5][6] 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.[7][8] His German ancestors were related to the Westphalian noble family "von Dincklage". Dinklage graduated from Delbarton School in 1987 and Bennington College in 1991.[9]


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,[10] 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.[11] 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,[12] although film critic Bill Gibron described his role as a "cutesy stereotype he has tried to avoid".[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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 performance and increased screen time, Dinklage was given top billing starting in the series' second season.[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 written 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. 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.[21][22] He also voices the Ghost in the 2014 video game Destiny.[23][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] Dinklage will star and play the title role in My Dinner with Hervé.[27][28] He will also star in O Lucky Day, which is to be directed by Adam Shankman and is said to be a "leprechaun comedy"[29]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director, and they had their first child in 2011.[30][31] The family lives in Manhattan.[32] He is 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m) tall. 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."[11]

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 are days when I’m not."[26]


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



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
2001 Human Nature Frank
2002 13 Moons Binky
2002 Just a Kiss Dink
2003 Elf Miles Finch
2003 The Station Agent Finbar McBride Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
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
2003 Tiptoes Maurice
2004 Surviving Eden Sterno
2004 89 Seconds at Alcázar Mari Babola Short film
2004 Jail Bait Lindo Short film
2005 The Baxter Benson Hedges
2005 Escape Artists Mr. Duff
2005 Lassie Rowlie
2005 Fortunes Mike Kirkwood
2006 The Limbo Room Dusty Spitz
2006 Find Me Guilty Ben Klandis
2006 Penelope Lemon
2006 Little Fugitive Sam Norton
2007 Ascension Day Brantly
2007 Death at a Funeral Peter
2007 Underdog Dr. Simon Barsinister
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trumpkin
2009 Saint John of Las Vegas Mr. Townsend
2010 Death at a Funeral Frank
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Dwarf
2010 I Love You Too Charlie
2010 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
2013 Knights of Badassdom Hung
2014 Low Down Alain
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bolivar Trask
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Aaron Altmann
2015 Taxi Marc Post-production
2015 Pixels Post-production
2016 Angry Birds The Mighty Eagle (voice) Filming
2016 Michelle Darnell[34] Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Seinfeld James' Telephone Voice Episode: "The Wink"
2001 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 Life As We Know It Dr. Belber 2 episodes
2005 Testing Bob Robinson "Bob" Hart Pilot
2006 Ultra 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 36 episodes
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)
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011, 2014)
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011)
Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor (2011)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Monte-Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012–2013)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012–2014)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012, 2014)
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2013–14)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013–14)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2011–2012)
2013 Saturday Night Live Peter Drunklage Episode: "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix"
2013 Sesame Street Simon[35] Episode: "Simon Says"
2014 Family Guy Mr. Stone (voice) Episode: "Secondhand Spoke"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice Role
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Trumpkin
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games Captain Gutt
2014 Destiny Ghost [36][37]
2014 Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister


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