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Peter Dinklage

Dinklage at the 2005 ComicCon
Born June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11) (age 40)
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Erica Schmidt (2005-present)

Peter Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American film, television and theater actor. Since his breakout role in the 2003 film The Station Agent, he has acted in many prominent movies, including Elf, Underdog, Find Me Guilty, Death at a Funeral, and Prince Caspian.


Personal life

Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey,[1] the son of Diane, an elementary school music teacher, and John Dinklage, a retired insurance salesman.[2] He grew up in Mendham Township, New Jersey. Dinklage is a 1987 graduate of Delbarton School in Morristown, where he first began acting, and a 1991 graduate of Bennington College.[3] He is a vegetarian.[4] He married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director, in 2004.



Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, causing dwarfism. His height is 4'5" (1.35m). When asked about this, he said:[5]"When I was younger, definitely, I 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."

Both of his parents are of average height, as is his brother, John.


The 2003's award winning film The Station Agent was a breakout role for Dinklage, and his first mainstream movie[6]. He received Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor for his performance in that film. That same year, he appeared in the direct-to-DVD movie Tiptoes with Gary Oldman. Before The Station Agent, Dinklage appeared in 1995's arthouse hit Living in Oblivion, his debut film. As well as appearing in films, Dinklage has starred multiple times in off-Broadway productions.[5]

In Elf, Dinklage played a pretentious children's author who beats up Will Ferrell's character after he is unintentionally insulted. In 2005, Dinklage starred in the short-lived CBS science fiction series Threshold and appeared in the Michael Showalter comedy The Baxter as a "flamboyant" wedding planner. In 2006, Dinklage appeared in Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama, Find Me Guilty, opposite Vin Diesel, and in episodes of Nip/Tuck. He also played himself in one episode of the HBO television series Entourage and was featured on NBC's 30 Rock.

Dinklage also had a role in the 2007 British black comedy, Death at a Funeral. He is expected to play the same role in the American remake of the film. That same year, he played the villanous Simon Bar Sinister in Underdog.

Dinklage was chosen by director Andrew Adamson for the role of Trumpkin in the 2008 film Prince Caspian[7] although film critic Bill Gibron described his role as a "cutesy stereotype [Dinklage] has tried to avoid."[8] Comic book writer Gail Simone has cited Dinklage as the perfect choice to play the evil Dr. Psycho in a possible Wonder Woman film. On May 6, 2009, Dinklage was confirmed to be playing Tyrion Lannister in HBO's adaptation of author George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, called Game of Thrones.[9]



  1. ^ Meoli, Daria. "That’s Entertainment", New Jersey Monthly, October 2005. Accessed 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."
  2. ^ "Peter Dinklage Biography (1969-)". Retrieved 2007-09-11.  
  3. ^ Smith, Dinitia. "Dark, Handsome And Short; Star of a Sundance Hit Is Ready for an Encore", The New York Times, October 2, 2003. Accessed 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."
  4. ^ "Peter Dinklage: The 'Station Agent' With a Heart of Gold". Retrieved 2007-09-11.  
  5. ^ a b "Peter Dinklage lives large". MSNBC. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2007-09-11.  
  6. ^ "The Station Agent at Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2007-09-11.  
  7. ^ "Peter Dinklage and Vincent Grass Set for Prince Caspian". 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-09-11.  
  8. ^ The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Review, DVD Release -
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2009-05-05). "Two will play HBO's 'Game'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
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