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'''Peter Dinklage''' (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor with dwarfism. 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). Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the {{HBO}} series ''Series/GameOfThrones''. He won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the character. He dedicated this award to Martin Henderson, a fellow dwarf who was injured when a drunken man decided to engage in a spot of dwarf-tossing. In 2014, he will appear as the villain Bolivar Trask in the movie ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.

!! 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''), but was cast on the strength of his performance.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: As a result of his being cast for the role of Tyrion, he caused this. In the books, Tyrion is described as being facially deformed in addition to being a dwarf. Tyrion in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as played by Peter Dinklage is still short, but he's called attractive by some characters.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to have a dry wit both in and out of character. An example as given by Creator/RoosterTeeth's Burnie Burns would be when a fan says "I thought you were great in (insert film here)", to which he will reply "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint but you thought I was shit before?]]"
* 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.
* HeAlsoDid: Prior to Game of Thrones, he was in an episode of [[ThirtyRock 30 Rock]] as one of Liz Lemon's (many) boyfriends.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: He plays Captain Gutt in WesternAnimation/IceAge. A [[MeaningfulName Gigantopithecus]].
* MemeticMutation: Effectively coined the term "nerd glaze" during an interview on ''TheDailyShow''.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared on the show 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 Series/GameOfThrones probably knows him best as Tyrion Lannister.
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