“I like playing the guy on the sidelines. They have more fun.” — Peter Dinklage
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born on this day in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. in 1969. He is 44 years old.
He is the youngest child born to Diane an John Dinklage. He attended Delbarton School then received a degree in drama from Bennington College in 1991. He went on to study in London and Wales.
His stage work includes time at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic arts and shows Off-Broadway in New York, like:
- The Killing Act
- Imperfect Love
- Richard III*
- Uncle Vanya
- A Doll’s House
In 1995 he made his film debut in Living In Oblivion. He played an actor who resents being cast as a dwarf in a dream sequence. He calls the movie inside the movie’s director — Steve Buschemi — on the blantantly campy choice.
“Why does my character have to be a dwarf? … Is that the only way you can make this a dream? Put a dwarf in it? Have YOU ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know any one who has had a dream with a dwarf in it?’ NO. I DON’T even have dreams with dwarves in them. The only place I’ve seen dwarves in dreams is in stupid movies like this…” [dialog from Living In Oblivion]
His breakthrough movie was The Station Agent. Dinklage plays Finbar McBride, a man who inherits a defunct, rural train station. He…
moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. [IMDb]
The movie won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award. Dinklage was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
- Find Me guilty
- Surviving Eden
- The Baxter
- Escape Artists
- Death at a Funeral
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
And starring roles in smaller movies like:
- Pete Smalls is Dad
- I Love You Too
In between he built his television resume with guest spots and recurring story arches on shows like:
- I’m With Her
- Life As We Know It
- 30 Rock
In 2011 he took on the role of Tyrion Lannister, the drinking, womanizing, black sheep of the powerful, rich Lannister family in Game of Thrones. He sums up his character in this exchange…
Dwarfs don’t have to be tactful. Generations of capering fools in motley have won me the right to dress badly and say any damn thing that comes into my head….Let me give you some counsel …Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” [Geroge R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones]
Dinklidge won an Emmy and Golden Globe (along with other acolades) for his performance as Tyrion.
Next up for the actor, besides another season of Game of Thrones, are:
- The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
- Knights of Badassdom
- Low Down
- X-men: Days of Future Past
Personally I’d like to see him in a period drama. Might I suggest the role of Mr. Benson in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth?
I was seriously thinking of choosing Tyrion Lannister for this Saturday’s Secondary Character. But then Dinklage went and had his birthday today, so I went with a bioBLOG instead. Unfortunately there’s a lot NOT to like about Game of Thrones (the way women are treated / portrayed, the violence, the graphic … well everything, the author’s amoral determination to casually and cruelly kill off just about every honorable character) but Dinklage’s Tyrion is fantasic gem.
• ritaLOVEStoWRITE Secondary Character Saturday: Ned Stark.
- Peter Dinklage deserves another Emmy for last night’s Game of Thrones (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
- 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Dinklage (complex.com)
- Game of Thrones (Tyrion Lannister) (hyleath.wordpress.com)
- Unraveling the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
* I don’t know which role he played in Richard III, but oh how wonderful he would be as Richard. Am I right?
June 12th, 2013 at 4:23 pm
He would be perfect as Richard III. I am not a big Game of Thrones fan, for all the reasons you mentioned, but he is certainly great in it. BTW, Threshold wasn’t a guest appearance – he was one of the stars, along with Brent Spiner, Carla Gugino and Charles Dutton. It was an excellent obscure sci fi series that only lasted one season.
June 12th, 2013 at 5:02 pm
Hi, Thanks for letting e know about Threshold. I haven’t seen it. But will put that on my list — although if it just lasted one season I will, no doubt fall in love with it only to be frustrated by the limited number of episodes. Maybe they’ll pull a Firefly on it and make it into a movie. Speaking of Love…I Love You Too also looks pretty good (at least he looks like he does a great job in it.)
July 14th, 2013 at 3:47 am
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