Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage
Dinklage at the 2012 Golden Globe Award.
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). He also voices Ghost in the video game Destiny (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]

A photograph of Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

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 a daughter in 2011.[30][31] Dinklage learned early on that he had achondroplasia, a genetic condition that affects bone growth. A person with this form of dwarfism usually has a normal-sized head and torso but short limbs. While he has come to accept his condition, Dinklage found it challenging sometimes while growing up. 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 magazine. At the Delbarton School, a Catholic prep school for boys, Dinklage continued to seek out applause as part of the drama club. As a student at Bennington College, Dinklage appeared in numerous productions. He graduated in 1991 and then moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. 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]



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  4. ^ 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."
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  18. ^ Peter Dinklage Emmy Award Winner
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  20. ^ Peter Dinklage Has Not Read Any 'Game of Thrones' Books | Movies News | Rolling Stone
  21. ^ SDCC '13: FOX Reveals X-MEN: DoFP Plot Secrets (Spoilers) |
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  23. ^ E3 2014 slated for June 10-12 - GameSpot
  24. ^ Peter Dinklage In Talks for Joe Lynch's The Knights of Badassdom
  25. ^ Badass Casting for Badass Titled 'The Knights of Badassdom'
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  27. ^ "James McAvoy Reading Sacha Gervasi's 'My Dinner With Hervé'". The Playlist. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  28. ^ "Sacha Gervasi — Peter Dinklage: 'Herve Villechaize Biopic Is Based On Director's Final Interview'". Contact Music. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
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  30. ^ "'Game of Thrones' Actor Peter Dinklage to Have First Child!". Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  31. ^ Pearson, Jennifer (21 April 2013). "A lift from daddy! Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage holds his little princess daughter Zelig up in the air". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
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  33. ^ a b c "'Peter Dinklage To Become Farm Sanctuary Spokesman'". 'Huffington Post'. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 

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