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Peter Dinklage

Peter DinklageBorn: 11-Jun-1969
Birthplace: Morristown, NJ

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones

As a boy Peter Dinklage put on puppet shows, and after starring in a fourth-grade production of Pinocchio, he knew he wanted to be an actor. In high school, he was teased and taunted by other kids, called "Dinky Dinklage", and when he signed up for acting lessons he heard cruel jokes about Hervé Villechaize. He says he punched a lot of walls, before slowly developing a sense of humor about his dwarfism, caused by a genetic disorder called achondroplasia. "Everybody has some sort of pain in their life," he now says. "I don't want to set my pain above anybody else's." Close friends call him Dink.

He studied drama in Vermont, England, and Wales, and has worked extensively on stage, playing Tom Thumb in The Killing Act and Shakespeare's savage butcher king Richard III off-Broadway, among many other roles.

In his film debut, Dinklage played Tito the blue-suited dream dancer in 1995's Living in Oblivion with Steve Buscemi. He played Binky, assistant to Bananas the clown in 13 Moons with Buscemi and Jennifer Beals, the bitter storybook author who fought with Will Ferrell in Elf, the drug-addicted motorcycling Frenchman in Tiptoes with Gary Oldman, the wedding planner in The Baxter with Michelle Williams, the puppeteer who saved the dog's life in the 2005 remake of Lassie with Peter O'Toole, and Vin Diesel's attorney in Find Me Guilty.

In his first starring role -- the first starring role for any dwarf in a feature film -- he played the loner who lived in the railroad depot in The Station Agent with Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale. On TV, he played the linguist and mathematician on the short-lived sci-fi series Threshold with Carla Gugino and Brent Spiner, slept with Joely Richardson and sought to have his legs lengthened on Nip/Tuck, and competed on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

His brother, Jonathan Dinklage, is a professional violinist who has performed in the orchestra for Broadway plays, pop albums, and such films as Everything is Illuminated with Elijah Wood. Their grandmother appeared in silent films, but all her movies are believed to be lost.

Father: John Dinklage (retired insurance salesman)
Mother: Diane Dinklage (elementary school music teacher)
Brother: Jonathan Dinklage (violinist)
Wife: Erica Schmidt (stage director, dated since 2004, m. 16-Apr-2005, one daughter)
Daughter: (b. 2011)

    High School: Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ (1987)
    University: BFA Drama, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (1991)
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England
    University: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales

    Emmy 2011, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, for Game of Thrones
    Golden Globe 2012, Best Supporting Actor, for Game of Thrones
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Dwarfism

    TELEVISION
    Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister (2011-)
    Nip/Tuck Marlowe Sawyer (2006)
    Threshold Arthur Ramsey (2005-06)
    Celebrity Poker Showdown contestant

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (23-May-2014)
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (10-May-2014)
    Low Down (19-Jan-2014)
    Knights of Badassdom (25-Sep-2013)
    Ice Age: Continental Drift (27-Jun-2012) · Capt. Gutt [VOICE]
    A Little Bit of Heaven (4-Feb-2011) · Vinnie
    Pete Smalls Is Dead (17-Sep-2010) · K. C. Munk
    The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (17-Jun-2010) · Dwarf
    I Love You Too (25-Apr-2010)
    Death at a Funeral (16-Apr-2010) · Frank
    Saint John of Las Vegas (10-Jun-2009) · Mr. Townsend
    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (9-May-2008)
    Underdog (3-Aug-2007)
    Death at a Funeral (10-Feb-2007)
    Penelope (8-Sep-2006)
    Little Fugitive (27-May-2006)
    Find Me Guilty (16-Feb-2006)
    Lassie (16-Sep-2005)
    The Baxter (24-Apr-2005) · Benson Hedges
    Elf (7-Nov-2003) · Miles Finch
    Tiptoes (8-Sep-2003) · Maurice
    The Station Agent (26-Jan-2003)
    Just a Kiss (15-Jun-2002)
    13 Moons (Jan-2002)
    Human Nature (18-May-2001)
    Never Again (11-Mar-2001)
    Safe Men (7-Aug-1998) · Leflore
    Living in Oblivion (20-Jan-1995)


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