Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an actor and producer from the United States. He is most known for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for which he won a record four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. For the performance, he also won a Golden Globe Award in 2011 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020.
He was born and raised in Mendham Township, New Jersey, and studied acting at Bennington College while working at a local guitar shop. He also appeared in a number of amateur theatrical productions. In 1995, he made his cinematic debut in Living in Oblivion, and in the comedy-drama The Station Agent, he made his breakthrough (2003).
Elf (2003), Lassie (2005), Find Me Guilty (2006), Penelope (2006), Underdog (2007), Death at a Funeral (2007), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), Death at a Funeral (2010), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Pixels (2015), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
The actor is 4 ft. 5 in (1.35 m) tall and has achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. In his acceptance speech at the 2012 Golden Globe event, he used his celebrity status to bring attention to societal issues affecting dwarfs.
Peter Dinklage’s Net Worth
Salary of Peter Dinklage
Each episode costs $1.1 million.
Peter Dinklage’s Net Worth and Salary: Peter Dinklage has a net worth of $25 million. He is best known for his depiction of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
Game of Thrones Salary: Peter Dinklage’s salary episode for the final two seasons of Game of Thrones, 14 episodes that aired between July 2017 and May 2019, was $1.1 million. For those two seasons, that comes to $14.3 million. That per-episode pay is currently the sixth highest of any actor’s career on television. He was paid $500,000 each episode for the 20 episodes he shot for seasons 5 and 6, totaling $10 million. Peter’s overall profits from Game of Thrones are expected to be in the $30 million range.
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 11, 1969. His father, John Carl Dinklage, was an insurance salesman, and his mother, Diane Dinklage, was a music teacher in primary school. He has achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism that causes him to be only 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm) tall when fully grown. As a child, he reported being enraged and bitter about his situation.
He and his older brother, Jonathan, grew raised in Mendham Township, New Jersey, where Jonathan is now a professional violinist. Dinklage made his first journey into theatre when he was in fifth grade, when he starred in a production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” He went to Delbarton School, a boys-only Catholic private school. He attributes his desire to pursue an acting career to a 1984 staging of the play “True West.” He continued his schooling at Bennington College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 1991.
After that, he relocated to New York City, where he attempted to establish a theatre company with his buddy Ian Bell. They did, however, struggle to make ends meet and pay their rent. Dinklage subsequently went on to work at a data processing company for six years before deciding to pursue acting full-time.
Dinklage refused to accept “typical” dwarf roles, such as “elves for leprechauns,” early in his acting career. As a result, he had a hard time finding job. Dinklage made a spectacular breakthrough in the 1995 spoof of the indie film business, “Living in Oblivion,” as a dwarf hired for a dream sequence who turns on the film’s director, Steve Buscemi, despite having only a little part. The following year, he earned a part in “The Killing Act,” an off-Broadway production in which he played an over-the-top Tom Thumb. Following that, he had a breakthrough role in the comedy-drama “The Station Agent” (2003).
He has since appeared in films such as “Elf” (2003), “Lassie” (2005), “Find Me Guilty” (2006), “Underdog” (2007), “Death at a Funeral” (2007), “Penelope” (2008), “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (2008), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), “Pixels” (2015), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017) (2018). He’s also appeared on the stage, including in an Off-Broadway production of “Richard III” (2003).
In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theatre director. They are the parents of two children. The couple is famously secretive about their children, revealing only that their firstborn is a girl. The gender of their second kid is unknown, and neither of their children’s names have been made public. He’s been a committed vegetarian since he was 16 years old, and he’s been a supporter of PETA’s efforts, including the PETA advocacy film “Face Your Food,” which promotes a vegan diet.
Awards and Achievements
Peter Dinklage, an American actor, has won fourteen awards out of 61 nominations as of 2017. He has won four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actor Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award after being nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards and 14 Screen Actor Guild Awards.
Dinklage made his acting debut in the low-budget independent comedy-drama Living in Oblivion in 1995.
Dinklage was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor and Best Ensemble for his role as a quiet, withdrawn unmarried man in the critically praised comic drama The Station Agent (2003). He was also nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and the Online Film Critics Society Award for his performance in the film. Dinklage received his first Satellite Award for Outstanding Talent in 2004. Dinklage rose to international prominence in 2011 as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.
In 2011, he won a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor, and from 2011 to 2016, he received consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, with another Emmy win in 2015; in 2018, he received a seventh nomination and third win, and in 2019, he received an eighth nomination and fourth win.