Peter Dinklage

Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Diane

(Hayden), an elementary school teacher, and John Carl Dinklage, an

insurance salesman. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. In

1991, he received a degree in drama from Bennington College and began

his career. He continues to work in the theatre with roles in "The

Killing Act", "Imperfect Love", and "Richard III".

Peter Dinklage received acclaim for his first film, Living in Oblivion

(1995), where he played an actor frustrated with the limited and

caricatured roles offered to dwarf actors. In 2003, he starred in The Station Agent (2003), written and directed by Tom McCarthy.

The movie received critical praise and Peter was nominated for best

actor at the "Screen Actors Guild" and "Independent Spirit Awards". He

played "Miles Finch", an acclaimed children's book author, in Elf (2003). The English Death at a Funeral (2007) and American Death at a Funeral (2010), Penelope (2006) and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) are a few more of his feature films.

He had recurring appearances in such television shows as HBO's Entourage (2004) and ABC's Life As We Know It (2004). He played a larger role in the critically-acclaimed, yet short-lived CBS show, Threshold (2005). In 2011, he landed a primary role, as "Tyrion Lannister", on the HBO series, Game of Thrones (2011). Tyrion's wit made him a favorite character on the series. At The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011) and The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards

(2015), Peter Dinklage won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting

Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as "Tyrion Lannister".

Peter Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The

Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in numerous films and theatre


Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the

HBO series Game of Thrones. For this he won an Emmy for Outstanding

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best

Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2011.


plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of

author George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. His

performance has received widespread praise, highlighted by his receiving

the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in

2011 and 2015, as well as the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best

Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film.


2012, Dinklage voiced Captain Gutt in Ice Age: Continental Drift. In

2014, he starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom and

portrayed Bolivar Trask in the superhero film X-Men: Days of Future


In 2016, Dinklage provided the voice of The Mighty Eagle in The Angry Birds Movie.

Spouse (1)

Erica Schmidt

(16 April 2005 -

present) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

November 2004 - engaged to theater director Erica Schmidt.

Has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism in which the body is perfectly formed but the bones initially modelled in cartilage, the long bones of the arms and legs, do not grow long enough. Velázquez painted a fine portrait of a man with this condition which hangs in the Prado in Madrid.

Is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is a tofu product (such as the tofu "beef" jerky, in The Station Agent (2003)).

Son of an elementary school music teacher and retired insurance salesman. Both parents are of average height, as is older brother, John, a violinist.

He was George R.R. Martin's first choice to play "Tyrion Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011).

For his role on Game of Thrones (2011), named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art," in cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).

In his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, Dinklage called attention to the plight of Martin Henderson, a dwarf who was crippled after being attacked by a rugby player outside a bar.

He and his wife have one child at present, a daughter.

Owns a dog named Kevin.

Studies theology.

Delivered the 2012 Commencement Address at his alma mater, Bennington College (Vermont). He is a 1991 graduate of Bennington College with a degree in drama.

He has German, Irish, and English ancestry. His surname is German.

Height 4' 5" (1.35 m)

Known For


Cast Credits

Game of Thrones (2011)
Starring as Tyrion Lannister (54 episodes)
30 Rock (2006)
Guest starring as Stewart
Threshold (2005)
Starring as Arthur Ramsey
Entourage (2004)
Guest starring as Peter Dinklage
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Guest starring as Mr. Sawyer (7 episodes)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Peter Dinklage