American actor and voice artist who has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
Peter Dinklage grew up in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and is of German, English, and Irish descent. His German ancestors were related to the Westphalian noble family “von Dincklage.”
He made his film debut in the 1995 comedy-drama Living in Oblivion as a frustrated actor with dwarfism who complains about his clichéd roles. His breakout role was in the 2003 film The Station Agent, for which he received Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor.
In the summer of 2008, he played the title role in Uncle Vanya (directed by his wife, Erica Schmidt) in Bard College’s annual Bard SummerScape, the Upstate New York summer stage on the Annandale-on-Hudson campus.
Peter 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, as well as the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
As a result of his performance and increased screen time, Dinklage was given top billing starting in the series’ second season.
In 2012, he voiced Captain Gutt in Ice Age: Continental Drift and 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 Past.
Peter also voices the Ghost in the 2014 video game Destiny.
Peter Dinklage has been a vegetarian since the age of 16, he supports Farm Sanctuary and has served as the spokesperson for the organization’s Walk for Farm Animals. He also narrated the video Face your Food, a film advocating a vegan diet on ethical grounds.