Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Born in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in Brookside, he has dwarfism (achondroplasia) and stands 4 ft 5 in (1.35 m) tall. He studied acting at Bennington College, starring in a number of amateur stage productions. His film debut was in Tom DiCillo‘s Living in Oblivion (1995), with Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, and Kevin Corrigan. His breakthrough came with Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent (2003), with Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, and Michelle Williams.
Dinklage is best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019), for which he received universal acclaim for his performance, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series a record number of four times. He also received a Golden Globe for the role in 2011 as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020. He also stared in the HBO TV movie My Dinner with Hervé (2018), with Jamie Dornan, Andy García, Mireille Enos, Oona Chaplin, Harriet Walter, and David Strathairn.
Other films in the early to mid 2000s include Never Again (2001), with Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Clayburgh, Caroline Aaron, Bill Duke, Sandy Duncan and Michael McKean; Michele Gondry’s Human Nature (2002), with Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto, and Rosie Perez; Alexandre Rockwell‘s 13 Moons (2002), with Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Bracco, Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Stormare; Just a Kiss (2002), with Ron Eldard, Kyra Sedgwick, Marisa Tomei, Marley Shelton, and Taye Diggs; Matthew Bright’s Tiptoes (2003), with Gary Oldman, Kate Beckinsale, Arquette, and Matthew McConaughey; Jon Favreau’s Elf (2003), with Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner; The Baxter (2005), with Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, and Justin Theroux; and Lassie (2005), with Jonathan Mason, Peter O’Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, and Edward Fox
Films in the mid to late 2000s include Sidney Lumet’s Find Me Guilty (2006), with Vin Diesel, Linus Roache, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra, and Alex Rocco; Underdog (2007), with Jim Belushi, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, and the voices of Jason Lee, Amy Adams, and Brad Garrett; Frank Oz‘s Death at a Funeral (2007), with Ewen Bremner, Matthew Macfadyen, Kris Marshall and Alan Tudyk; Mark Palansky’s Penelope (2008), with Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Richard E. Grant, Reese Witherspoon, and Nick Frost; The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), with William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, Sergio Castellitto, Peter Dinklage, Eddie Izzard, Warwick Davis, Ken Stott, Vincent Grass, Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton; and Saint John of Las Vegas (2009), with Buscemi, Romany Malco, Sarah Silverman, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Films in the early 2010s include Neil LaBute’s remake of Death at a Funeral (2010), with Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Regina Hall, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine, Zoë Saldaña, Columbus Short, Luke Wilson, Keith David, Ron Glass, and Kevin Hart; I Love You Too (2010), with Brendan Cowell, Yvonne Strahovski, Peter Helliar and Megan Gale; The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010), with Lizzy Caplan, Dwight Yoakam, Jon Foster, Jason Priestley, Scott Speedman, and Kris Kristofferson; Pete Smalls Is Dead (2011), with Mark Boone Junior, Seymour Cassel, Todd Barry, Buscemi, Perez and Tim Roth; A Little Bit of Heaven (2012), with Kate Hudson, Gael García Bernal, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucy Punch, Malco, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, and Suzanne De Passe; A Case of You (2013), with Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vince Vaughn, and Peter Billingsley; Knights of Badassdom (2014), with Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Margarita Levieva, Jimmi Simpson; Low Down (2014), with John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Lena Headey, Glenn Close, Flea, Taryn Manning, and Tim Daly; X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Elliot Page, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart; and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014), with Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, James Earl Jones, and Melissa Leo.
Films in the mid to late 2010s invoice Pixels (2015), with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean, and Jane Krakowski; The Boss (2016), with Melissa, McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Bates, Annie Mumolo, and Timothy Simons; Rememory (2017), with Julia Ormond, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick, Gracyn Shinyei and Colin Lawrence; Martin McDonagh‘s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, and John Hawkes; I Think We’re Alone Now (2018), with Dakota Fanning, Giamatti, and Charlotte Gainsbourg; the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Infinity War (2018), with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
Films in the early 2020s include Three Christs (2020), with Richard Gere, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, Kevin Pollak, Julianna Margulies; I Care a Lot (2021), with Rosamund Pike, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dianne Wiest.
Dinklage has also done voice work in the films Ice Age Continental Drift (2012), with Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Chris Wedge, Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, and Gad; The Angry Birds Movie (2016), with Jason Sudeikis, Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, and Bill Hader; The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), with much of the previous cast along with Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, JoJo Siwa, and Brooklynn Prince; and The Croods: A New Age (2020), with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tranh.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Living in Oblivion (1995) – directed by Tom DiCillo
- Bullet (1996) – directed by Julien Temple – uncredited
- Safe Men (1998) – directed by John Hamburg
- Pigeonholed (1999) – directed by Michael Swanhaus
- Never Again (2001) – directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Human Nature (2001) – directed by Michel Gondry
- 13 Moons (2002) – directed by Alexandre Rockwell
- Just a Kiss (2002) – directed by Fisher Stevens
- The Station Agent (2003) – directed by Tom McCarthy
- Tiptoes (2003) – directed by Matthew Bright
- Elf (2003)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- 89 Seconds at Alcázar (2004) – directed by Eve Sussman – short
- Jail Bait (2004) – directed by Ben Sainsbury – short
- Surviving Eden (2004) – directed by Greg Pritikin
- The Baxter (2005) – directed by Michael Showalter
- Escape Artists (2005) – directed by Michael Laurence
- Lassie (2005) – directed by Charles Sturridge
- Fortunes (2005) – directed by Parker Cross
- The Limbo Room (2006) – directed by Debra Eisenstadt
- Find Me Guilty (2006) – directed by Sidney Lumet
- Little Fugitive (2006) – directed by Joanna Lipper
- Ascension Day (2007) – directed by Akosua Busia
- Death at a Funeral (2007) – directed by Frank Oz
- Underdog (2007) – directed by Frederik Du Chau
- Penelope (2008)* – directed by Mark Palansky
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)* – directed by Andrew Adamson
- Saint John of Las Vegas (2009) – directed by Hue Rhodes
- Death at a Funeral (2010)* – directed by Neil LaBute
- I Love You Too (2010) – directed by Daina Reid
- The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010) – directed by Tiller Russell
- Pete Smalls Is Dead (2011) – directed by Alexandre Rockwell – also producer
- A Little Bit of Heaven (2012) – directed by Nicole Kassell
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) – directed by Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier
- A Case of You (2013) – directed by Kat Coiro
- Knights of Badassdom (2013) – directed by Joe Lynch – also executive producer
- Low Down (2014) – directed by Jeff Preiss
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)* – directed by Bryan Singer
- The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) – directed by Phil Alden Robinson
- Taxi (2015) – directed by Kerstin Ahlrichs
- Pixels (2015) – directed by Chris Columbus
- The Boss (2016) – directed by Ben Falcone
- The Angry Birds Movie (2016) – directed by Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly
- Rememory (2017) – directed by Mark Palansky
- La Vida Nuestra (2017) – directed by Raúl Arévalo – short
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)* – directed by Martin McDonagh
- I Think We’re Alone Now (2018) – directed by Reed Morano – also producer
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- My Dinner with Hervé (2018) – directed by Sacha Gervasi – also executive producer – TV movie
- The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) – directed by Thurop Van Orman
- Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) – directed by Scott Aukerman – cameo
- Three Christs (2020) – directed by John Avnet
- The Croods 2 (2020) – directed by Joel Crawford
- I Care a Lot (2021) – directed by J Blakeson
- Cyrano (TBA) – directed by Joe Wright