->"''I feel really lucky, although I hate that word -- '''lucky'''. It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes -- I donít think I felt myself lucky back then, doing plays for fifty bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy whoís freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I wonít say Iím lucky. Iím fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.''"

Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969 in Morristown, UsefulNotes/NewJersey) is an American actor with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism ("regular" sized head and torso, shortened arms and legs).

His breakout role was Finbar [=McBride=] in ''Film/TheStationAgent'', and he has also appeared in such films as ''Film/{{Elf}}'' and ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' (both versions) and series such as ''Series/NipTuck''. Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the Creator/{{HBO}} series ''Series/GameOfThrones'', winning near-universal acclaim for his performance. He won the 2011 and 2015 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the character, along with numerous other awards and nominations. In 2014, he appeared as the villain Bolivar Trask in the movie ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and as your companion AI "Ghost" in the video game ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''.

In addition to supporting causes related to dwarfism, Dinklage is a well known vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights, narrating PETA videos such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKWKUU0XQ8U&sns=fb this one]].


* ''Film/TheStationAgent'' (2003) -- Finbar [=McBride=]
* ''Film/{{Elf}}'' (2003) -- Miles Finch
* ''Film/TinyTiptoes'' (2003) -- Maurice
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'' (2005) -- Arthur Ramsey
* ''Film/FindMeGuilty'' (2006) -- Ben Klandis
* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' (2006) -- Lemon
* ''Series/NipTuck'' (2006) -- Marlowe Sawyer
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' (2007) -- Peter
* ''Film/{{Underdog}}'' (2007) -- Simon bar Sinister
* ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' (2008) -- Trumpkin
* ''Death at a Funeral'' (2010) -- Frank
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011-present) -- Tyrion Lannister
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' (2012) -- Captain Gutt (voice)
* ''Film/KnightsOfBadassdom'' (2013) -- Hung
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014) -- Bolivar Trask
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' (2015) -- Eddie Plant
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie'' (2016) -- Mighty Eagle (voice)
* ''Film/ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri'' (2017) -- James
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' (2018) -- Eitri

!! This actor provides examples of the following tropes:
* AbilityOverAppearance:
** Dinklage looks nothing like the comic version of Bolivar Trask (the character he portrays in ''Days of Future Past'', who was in fact previously played by Bill Duke), but was cast on the strength of his performance.
** Dinklage also said he intentionally avoided taking any roles that relied on his dwarfism early in his career, feeling that he should be billed on the strength of his acting, not his height. Compare his career arc with that of, say, the late Verne Troyer, and it clearly paid off.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: As a result of his being cast for the role of Tyrion, he caused this. In [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the books]], Tyrion has a number of other deformities in addition to his dwarfism. Tyrion in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as played by Peter Dinklage, is still short, but he's called attractive by some characters (though it's mitigated a bit by Dinklage being in his forties despite Tyrion being the youngest Lannister sibling). This still applies even after Tyrion [[spoiler:is nearly assassinated]], as his injuries from this are less serious compared to the books, presumably since book-accurate prosthetics would be extremely expensive and time-consuming to maintain.
* BadassBaritone: There is no denying that Dinklage has an amazingly deep voice.
* DeadpanSnarker[=/=]DisabledSnarker: He tends towards snarky roles. Especially since his role as Tyrion Lannister, a deadpan snarker extraordinaire rocketed him to new popularity.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Appears in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' where he goes on a date with Liz. Despite her sincerely finding him attractive and charming, his character ditches her when she makes one too many insensitive slights related to his height.
* DyeingForYourArt: As you can see from the photo, he's got naturally dark hair, but to play Tyrion Lannister he dyed his hair blond in order to fit in with the other Lannisters, who are almost all blond(e).
* FakeBrit:
** Puts on an English accent as Tyrion in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The results are... mixed, though overall the accent isn't actually too bad on its own merits; the main problem is that he's surrounded by ''real'' Brits [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and a Dane)]]. Basically it's more than adequate to the ears of a non-Brit, and to a proper Brit...well, general consensus is that it's not bad for an American.
** In the ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' film he pulls off a far more convincing cockney accent.
* HeAlsoDid: Prior to Game of Thrones, he was in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' as one of Liz Lemon's (many) boyfriends, and played Simon Bar Sinister in the [[Film/{{Underdog}} live-action reboot]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''.
* IronyAsSheIsCast:
** He plays Captain Gutt in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift''. A [[MeaningfulName Gigantopithecus]].
** Happened again with ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBirdsMovie'', where he plays the Mighty Eagle.
** And again in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', where he portrays the dwarf-king Eitri--who [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame despite the name]] actually towers even over [[TheBigGuy Thor]].
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal[=/=]{{Typecasting}}: Averted like ''whoa''. Dinklage turns down any roles that pigeon-hole his dwarfism, and has admitted that this decision left him extremely poor at times earlier in his career. His first film character, Tito from ''Film/LivingInOblivion'', even went on an angry rant about the LittlePeopleAreSurreal trope. Later, his role in ''Film/{{Elf}}'' inverted that trope by establishing Creator/WillFerrell's character as the odd one out for assuming that Dinklage's character was a {{Christmas el|ves}}f.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared on ''Series/SesameStreet'' in 2013 to do a song about the popular playground game Simon says. He played Simon himself.
* StarMakingRole: Anybody who didn't know him by the time of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' probably knows him best as Tyrion Lannister.
* VocalDissonance: He has a very deep voice compared to other actors with dwarfism.