Peter DinklageTyrion Lannister
Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor, Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) and its American remake of the same name (2010), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). Since 2011, he has starred as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor.
Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey the son of John Carl, a retired insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher. Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, a common cause of dwarfism. He grew up in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and is of German and Irish descent. His German ancestors were related to the Westphalian noble family “von Dincklage”. Dinklage graduated from Delbarton School in 1987, and Bennington College in 1991.
In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director and they had their first child, a daughter named Zelig in 2011. Dinklage is a vegetarian and lives with his wife and daughter in New York City. He supports Farm Sanctuary and has served as the spokesperson for the organization’s Walk for Farm Animals.
When asked about his height in a 2003 interview, Dinklage said: “When I was younger, I definitely 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.” In 2012, a New York Times interviewer asked Dinklage whether he saw himself as “a spokesman for the rights of little people”. Dinklage responded: “I don’t know what I would say. Everyone’s different. Every person my size has a different life, a different history. Different ways of dealing with it. Just because I’m seemingly okay with it, I can’t preach how to be okay with it. I don’t think I still am okay with it. There’s days when I’m not”.
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