Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey) 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 The Station Agent, and he has also appeared in such films as Elf and Death at a Funeral (both versions) and series such as Nip/Tuck. Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, 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 X-Men: Days of Future Past, and as your companion AI "Ghost" in the video game 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 this one.
- The Station Agent (2003) — Finbar McBride
- Elf (2003) — Miles Finch
- Tiny Tiptoes (2003) — Maurice
- Threshold (2005) — Arthur Ramsey
- Find Me Guilty (2006) — Ben Klandis
- Penelope (2006) — Lemon
- Nip/Tuck (2006) — Marlowe Sawyer
- Death at a Funeral (2007) — Peter
- Underdog (2007) — Simon bar Sinister
- Prince Caspian (2008) — Trumpkin
- Death at a Funeral (2010) — Frank
- Game of Thrones (2011-present) — Tyrion Lannister
- Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012) — Captain Gutt (voice)
- Knights of Badassdom (2013) — Hung
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) — Bolivar Trask
- Pixels (2015) — Eddie Plant
- The Angry Birds Movie (2016) — Mighty Eagle (voice)
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) — James
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018) — Eitri
This actor provides examples of the following tropes:
- Ability over Appearance:
- 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.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: As a result of his being cast for the role of Tyrion, he caused this. In the books, Tyrion has a number of other deformities in addition to his dwarfism. Tyrion in Game of Thrones, 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 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.
- Badass Baritone: There is no denying that Dinklage has an amazingly deep voice.
- Deadpan Snarker/Disabled Snarker: He tends towards snarky roles. Especially since his role as Tyrion Lannister, a deadpan snarker extraordinaire rocketed him to new popularity.
- Disabled Love Interest: Appears in an episode of 30 Rock 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.
- Dyeing for Your Art: 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).
- Fake Brit:
- Puts on an English accent as Tyrion in Game of Thrones. 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 (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 Prince Caspian film he pulls off a far more convincing cockney accent.
- He Also Did: Prior to Game of Thrones, he was in an episode of 30 Rock as one of Liz Lemon's (many) boyfriends, and played Simon Bar Sinister in the live-action reboot of Underdog.
- Irony as She Is Cast:
- Little People Are Surreal/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 Living in Oblivion, even went on an angry rant about the Little People Are Surreal trope. Later, his role in Elf inverted that trope by establishing Will Ferrell's character as the odd one out for assuming that Dinklage's character was a Christmas elf.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Appeared on Sesame Street in 2013 to do a song about the popular playground game Simon says. He played Simon himself.
- Star-Making Role: Anybody who didn't know him by the time of Game of Thrones probably knows him best as Tyrion Lannister.
- Vocal Dissonance: He has a very deep voice compared to other actors with dwarfism.