Peter Dinklage Biography

Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor and producer also popularly known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in “Game Of Thrones”. He was born on June 11, 1969, in Morristown, New Jersey with Achondroplasia which is a common form of dwarfism. However, he is the only dwarf in his entire family. When asked about how he felt about him being a dwarf as a teen, he said “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.” His father John Carl Dinklage was an insurance salesman and Diane Dinklage was an elementary school music teacher. He also has an older brother named Jonathan who is a violinist.

Peter Dinklage in his young days

During childhood, Peter and his brother used to perform puppet musicals for their neighbors. He also said in an interview that the only thing that kept him from pursuing the acting is his brother’s passion for the violin. He attended the Delbarton School which is a Catholic Preparatory School for boys. During his time in the school, he took part in the play “The Velveteen Rabbit” in fifth grade. Peter played the lead role and was very pleased with the response he got from the audience. At the age of 15, Peter watched the production of the play “True West” which inspired him to pursue his career in acting.

Later, Peter enrolled at Bennington College and studied drama. He also appeared in several productions before graduating with a drama degree in 1991. After graduation, he moved to New York City with his friend Ian Bell with whom he planned to build a theatre company. However, the two were unable to pay the rent for their apartment so they moved out. So, to earn enough money, Peter worked at a data processing company for six years before working as a full-time actor.

Peter Dinklage Family

In 2005, Peter got married to Erica Schmidt who is a theatre director. In 2011, Erica gave birth to their first child, a baby girl. However, the name was not revealed in public and decided to keep it private. After this, there were many rumors that the couple had kept the name of the baby “Zelig”. However, when asked in interviews Peter denied the rumor but didn’t reveal the name. He said “Let me tell you right now: her name is not Zelig. But it’s hilarious that that’s a fact in Wikipedia,”

Peter Dinklage with his family

In 2012, the couple moved to New Paltz, New York and said that Peter wanted to live somewhere where he was not recognized by people and that their daughter could live freely. However, they couldn’t stay there long because of Erica’s job. In an interview, he said “The list of people happy here is probably my dog, me, the baby, then my wife – from happiest to least happiest,” he also added “Just all the clawing for space. I felt myself becoming a bitter old man in New York, and I wanted to avoid that,”

Peter Dinklage Career and Net Worth

Peter made his debut in the film industry with a low budget independent movie “Living in Oblivion” in 1995 where he played the role of a frustrated actor with dwarfism. Before the movie, Peter struggled to find roles as he was only offered the roles of elves and leprechauns. The movie was well received by the critics and his performance was praised by everyone. Despite the positive response, Peter could not receive anyone willing to be his agent. He was later cast in the comedy movie “12 Moon” in 2002.

Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent (2003)

In 2003, Peter finally got his breakthrough role of Finbar McBride in the movie “The Station Agent” by Tom McCarthy. In an interview, when asked what made him accept the role he said that “usually roles written for someone my size are a little flat—often either comical or sort of ‘Lord of the Rings’ type characters filled with wisdom.” However, this role was not the typical role for a dwarf and has romantic feelings and anger and flaws. After the release of the movie, he was nominated for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. The movie was a box office success and grossed over 8 million dollars which are a lot in comparison to the movie budget.

In 2003, Peter starred in the movie “Tiptoes” which received mostly negative reviews. When asked about it, Peter replied: “The original cut of the film was ‘gorgeous’, but the director was fired shortly after turning it in, and the film was re-cut into a ‘rom-com’ with dwarves”. He also added “There was some flak: Why would you put Gary Oldman on his knees? That’s almost like blackface. And I have my own opinions about political correctness, but I was just like, It’s Gary Oldman. He can do whatever he wants, and I’m so happy to be here.”

In 2005, Peter starred in the science fiction series “Threshold”. He also appeared in the movies “The Baxter” and “Lassie”. The following year, he starred in “Find me Guilty” alongside Vin Diesel. The movie received mostly positive reviews but was a commercial failure. In 2007, Peter appeared in “Death at a Funeral” and “Underdog”. Later, he starred in the role of Trumpkin in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” but was a disappointment at the box office.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones

In 2011, Peter was cast in the series “Game Of Thrones” in the role of Tyrion Lannister. The series was a huge success with seven seasons already been aired. In the series, Tyrion belongs to the House Lannister which is one of the wealthiest and powerful families in Westeros. He has also done many more movies such as “The Boston Globe”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, “Knights of badassdom”, “Dungeons & Dragons”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “Pixels”, “The Angry Bird Movie”, “Rememory”, etc.

Peter Dinklage Net Worth

Currently, the total net worth of Peter Dinklage estimated is 15 million dollars with earnings of 1.1 million dollars per episode of “Game Of Thrones”. Peter is currently one of the highest paid TV actors. He owns luxury cars such as Bentley, BMW, and GM. He also owns a home in Morristown, New Jersey which is worth 4.7 million dollars.


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