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 {{Creator/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 appeared as the villain Bolivar Trask in the movie ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', and as your companion AI in the video game ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''. It is confirmed that he will have a role in 2016's ''Film/AngryBirds'' as the Mighty Eagle, a grumpy old TragicHero who lives in seclusion from the rest of the flock.

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
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'' (2005) -- Arthur Ramsey
* ''Film/FindMeGuilty'' (2006) -- Ben Klandis
* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' (2006) -- Lemon
* ''Series/NipTuck'' (2006) -- Marlowe Sawyer
* ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' (2008) -- Trumpkin
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' (2010) -- Frank
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011+) -- Tyrion Lannister
* ''Film/KnightsOfBadassdom'' (2013) -- Hung
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014 -- Bolivar Trask

!! 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.
* 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. This still applies even after Tyrion [[spoiler:is nearly assassinated]], as his injuries from this are less serious compared to the books. Though it's mitigated a bit by Dinklage being in his 40s while supposedly being the youngest Lannister sibling.
** To be fair, the reduction of his injuries probably had more to do with the fact that makeup to make him look like he's lost a nose would be extremely expensive and time consuming.
* BadassBaritone: There is no denying that Dinklage has an amazingly deep voice.
* 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]].
** Set to happen again with the Angry Birds movie were he will play the Mighty Eagle.
* 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.
* TropeNamer: For a term, not a trope. He effectively coined the term "nerd glaze" during an interview on ''TheDailyShow''.