Peter Dinklage Biography

Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor known for his work in films as well as television. This biography profiles his childhood, life, acting career, achievements and timeline

Peter Dinklage
Quick Facts

Birthday: June 11, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Peter Hayden Dinklage

Born in: Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

Famous as: Actor

Height: 1.35 m


Spouse/Ex-: Erica Schmidt

father: John Carl Dinklage

mother: Diane Dinklage

siblings: Jonathan Dinklage

children: Zelig Dinklage

Grouping of People: Midgets

U.S. State: New Jersey

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education: 1991 - Bennington College, 1987 - Delbarton School

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Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor known for his work in films as well as television. With his natural wit, charm and striking blue eyes, Dinklage has captivated audiences from all over the world. He has managed to find his mark in the film and entertainment industry despite a non-film background. He is best recognized by his lead role in the film ‘The Station Agent’ and his portrayal of the character of Tyrion Lannister in the popular television series ‘Game of Thrones’. He has two Emmys and a Golden Globe to his name for his brilliant performance in the television series. Despite being born with a rare genetic condition, Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, he has managed to achieve success both in his personal life as well as his career. He hates being offered roles in films that stereotypes the portrayal of dwarfs in mainstream cinema. Some of the well-known films that he has starred in are ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’, ‘X-Men – Days of the future past’ and the most recent ‘Pixels’.

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Peter Dinklage
Childhood & Early Life
  • Peter Dinklage was born on June 11, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey to John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, a music teacher at an elementary school.
  • Even though he was born to average sized parents, Peter began noticing that he was suffering from Achondroplasia, which is one of the more common forms of dwarfism which exists in the world. Even though his teenage years were fret with frustration and anger due to his unusual condition, he became more tolerant and receptive once he entered adulthood.
  • In fifth grade he got to play the lead in one of his school dramas, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’. The play was greeted with a roaring applause and appreciation from the audience which boosted his confidence and he continued to participate in the drama club until he graduated from the Delbarton School in 1987.
  • He also took part in a number of different productions when he attended the Bennington College. He graduated in the year 1991.
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  • Peter Dinklage started off his career in the year 1995 with the film ‘Oblivion’. In the film, he played an actor who was frustrated at being offered only clichéd roles because he happened to be a dwarf.
  • He delivered his break-out performance as an actor in the film ‘The Station Agent’. He received a number of awards for his role as well as worldwide recognition.
  • He starred in the British comedy movie ‘Death at a funeral’ in 2007. The film was a huge success, which led them to remake an American version of it in 2010, in which Dinklage reprised his role.
  • In 2008, he played the role of a grumpy dwarf named Trumpkin in the sequel of the popular fantasy film series ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’. Many of the critics condemned him for playing the very stereotypical role that he has always boasted of avoiding.
  • His big break in television came in the year 2011 when he was selected to play Tyrion Lannister in the medieval-fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’, which is based on George R. R. Martin’s novel series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. People began to love and praise his character so much that his screen time was increased and with the start of the second season of the series, he was given the honor of top billing. His performance also brought along a shower of prestigious awards for him.
  • In 2014, Dinklage appeared in ‘Knights of Baddassdom’, which was a comedy-horror film. He also played the role of Boliver Trask in the movie ‘X-Men – Days of the future past’.
  • In 2015, he appeared in the film ‘Pixels’. Here, he played the role of an old arcade champion, Eddie Plant.
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Major Works
  • ‘The Station Agent’ is considered as Dinklage’s best performance which put him in the spotlight and made people stand up and take notice in 2003. It was his performance as a train-obsessed man who has an affair with a reclusive artist that sent critics into frenzy and made the film one of the highlights at the Sundance Film Festival that year.
  • In 2011, he bagged the role of a lifetime in the super hit television series ‘Game of Thrones’, which was adapted from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. In this medieval-themed series, he plays a dwarf of royal birth, who is neither a hero nor a villain.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2003 he won ‘Online Award for Breakthrough Performance’ at the New York Film Critics’ Awards for ‘The Station Master’. The same performance got him ‘Best Actor’ at the Ourense Independent Film Festival.
  • In 2011, his performance in ‘Game of Thrones’ won him ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ at Primetime Emmy Awards. He also bagged the ‘Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film’ at Satellite Awards and he was presented with the ‘Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor’.
  • His ‘Game of Thrones’ glory continued in 2012, when he won the Golden Globe Awards for ‘Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film’. He was also awarded with the ‘Empire Hero Award’ by the Empire Magazine in 2015. In the same year he also bagged the Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Dinklage is married to Erica Schmidt, who is a theater director, since 2005. In 2011, they were blessed with a daughter.
  • He was one of the members in a rock band called Whizzy. While his band was performing at CBGB, he met with an accident that left him with a nasty scar that runs from his eyebrow to his neck.
  • He has immense love for all animals and is a vegetarian since his teenage years. When audiences see him eating meat onscreen, he is actually eating tofu in reality.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

  (Comedy, Crime, Drama)

3. The Station Agent (2003)

  (Comedy, Drama)

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

5. Living in Oblivion (1995)

  (Comedy, Drama)

6. Death at a Funeral (2007)


7. Elf (2003)

  (Fantasy, Romance, Family, Comedy)

8. Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2011)

  (Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Short, Family)


Golden Globe Awards
2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Game of Thrones (2011)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2018 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2015 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)

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