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Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Peter Hayden Dinklage

June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11) (age 51)
Alma mater Bennington College
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active 1995–present
On screen and stage
Height 4 ft 4 in (132 cm)
Erica Schmidt (m. 2005)
Children 2

Peter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and producer. Dinklage studied acting at Bennington College, starring in a number of amateur stage productions. His film debut was in Living in Oblivion (1995) and his breakthrough came with the comedy-drama The Station Agent (2003). He has since appeared in Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), Death at a Funeral (2007), Penelope (2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Pixels (2015), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), which earned him his first Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2018, he appeared as Eitri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Avengers: Infinity War and Hervé Villechaize in the biopic film My Dinner with Hervé.

Dinklage received universal acclaim for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones, for which he won three Primetime Emmys from seven nominations. He also received a Golden Globe for the role in 2011.

Personal life

Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, closeup
Dinklage at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2013

In 2005, Dinklage married Erica Schmidt, a theater director. The name of their daughter, born in 2011, has not been revealed publicly, and Dinklage has denied media reports that the girl's name is "Zelig." Dinklage and Schmidt had a second child in 2017. The couple never revealed the name or sex of this second child.

Dinklage has a form of dwarfism, achondroplasia, which affects bone growth. As a result, he is 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm) tall, with an average-sized head and torso but shorter than average limbs. While Dinklage has come to accept his condition, he sometimes found it challenging when growing up. Despite his own sentiment about the matter, Dinklage has been viewed as a role model for people sharing his condition.

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Dinklage attending the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards in 2012
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