->"I hate that word -- ''lucky''. It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner with dimes -- I don't 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 who's freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won't say I'm lucky. I'm 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. 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'', winning near-universal acclaim for his performance. He won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the character. 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}}''. 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/DeathAtAFuneral'' (2007) -- Frank
* ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' (2008) -- Trumpkin
* ''Death at a Funeral'' (2010) -- Frank, [[TheRemake again]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011+) -- Tyrion Lannister
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' (2012) -- Captain Gutt (voice)
* ''Film/KnightsOfBadassdom'' (2013) -- Hung
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014) -- Bolivar Trask
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'' (2015) -- Eddie Plant

!! This actor provides examples of the following tropes:
* 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.
* 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.