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Peter Dinklage net worth:
$10 Million

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Peter Dinklage information

Birth date: June 11, 1969
Birth place: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Height:4 ft 4 in (1.346 m)
Profession:Actor, Voice Actor
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Erica Schmidt (m. 2005)
Children:Zelig Dinklage
Siblings:Jonathan Dinklage

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Peter Hayden Dinklage was born on 11 June 1969, in Morristown, New Jersey USA of Grman, English and Irish descent. He is one of the most famous contemporary actors, who has appeared in such movies as “Elf”, “Underdog”, “Death at a Funeral”, and “A Little Bit of Heaven” . Since 2011, Peter has become known worldwide for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the successful television shows, called “Game of Thrones”. He is also known for his short height, which has now become his specific feature.

Peter Dinklage Net Worth $10 Million

So how rich is Peter Dinklage? It is estimated that Peter’s net worth is $10 million. Of course, the main source of this sum of money is Peter’s appearances in television shows and movies, but in addition, Peter has worked on various video games and these has added to his wealth. If Dinklage will continue acting, there is a high chance that his net worth will become higher.

Peter Dinklage educated at Delbarton School and later continued his studies at Bennington College. In 1995 Peter received his first role in the movie called “Living in Oblivion’. Later he appeared in other movies and television shows, but these roles did not bring him instant success and he only became more recognizable after his appearance in the movie entitled “The Station Agent”, in 2003. Soon Peter started receiving more and more invitations to act in various projects. Some of them included “Entourage”, “Threshold”, “The Chronicles of Narnia” and others. These appearances added a lot to Peter Dinklage’s net worth. In 2011 Peter was cast in one of his most famous roles in the television show called “Game of Thrones’, in which he works with such actors as Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen and others. The popularity of this show added a lot to Peter’s net worth and made him one of the most famous actors nowadays. Now there are several movies in which Peter is filmin, and which will be released soon. There is little doubt that these movies will also be successful and that soon we will see him acting in other projects.

During his career since the 1990s, Peter Dinklage has appeared in over 40 films, and 15 TV shows and series. He has been nominated for and has won various awards. Some of them include Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Independent Spirit Award, MTV Movie Award, Satellite Award and others. The variety of these awards only proves that Peter is a very talented and active person, who will probably continue appearing in different projects for a long time in the future.

To talk about Peter Dinklage’s personal life, it can be said that Peter married Erica Schmidt in 2005. In 2011 their child was born and now they live in Manhattan.

Finally, Peter Dinklage is a very hardworking and talented actor, who was able to gain his success all over the world and become one of the most promising actors in the movie and television industries. As he is now 45 years old, there is still a bright future waiting for him, and undoubtedly he will act in many more movies and shows.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Think We're Alone Now 2018 pre-production Del
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti 2018 post-production
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 post-production
Rememory 2016 post-production Sam Bloom
The Thicket announced Shorty
Game of Thrones 2011-2017 TV Series Tyrion Lannister
Angry Birds 2016 Mighty Eagle (voice)
The Boss 2016 Renault
Pixels 2015 Eddie
Taxi 2015/I Marc
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series 2014 Video Game Tyrion Lannister (voice)
Destiny 2014 Video Game Ghost (2014-2015) (voice)
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014 Aaron Altmann
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 Dr. Bolivar Trask
Low Down 2014 Alain
Knights of Badassdom 2013 Hung
Sesame Street 2013 TV Series Simon
A Case of You 2013 Gerard
Saturday Night Live 2013 TV Series Peter Drunklage
Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games 2012 Video Game Captain Gutt (voice)
Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 Captain Gutt (voice)
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 2011 Short Captain Gutt (voice)
A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 Vinnie
Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 K.C. Munk
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride 2010 Dwarf
I Love You Too 2010 Charlie
Death at a Funeral 2010 Frank
Saint John of Las Vegas 2009 Mr. Townsend
30 Rock 2009 TV Series Stewart
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 Video Game Trumpkin (voice)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 Trumpkin
Underdog 2007 Dr. Simon Barsinister
Death at a Funeral 2007 Peter
Ascension Day 2007 Brantly
Nip/Tuck 2006 TV Series Marlowe Sawyer
Penelope 2006 Lemon
Little Fugitive 2006 Sam
Find Me Guilty 2006 Ben Klandis
Threshold 2005-2006 TV Series Arthur Ramsey
The Limbo Room 2006 Dusty Spitz
Ultra 2006 TV Movie
Fortunes 2005 Mike Kirkwood
Lassie 2005 Rowlie
Escape Artists 2005 Mr. Duff
Testing Bob 2005 TV Movie Robinson (Bob) Hart
The Baxter 2005 Benson Hedges
Life As We Know It 2005 TV Series Dr. Belber
Ice Age Columbus: Who Were the First Americans? 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
I'm with Her 2004 TV Series Elliot Rosen
Jail Bait 2004 Short Lindo
89 Seconds at Alcázar 2004 Short Mari Barbola
Surviving Eden 2004 Sterno
Elf 2003 Miles Finch
Tiptoes 2003 Maurice
The Station Agent 2003 Finbar McBride
Just a Kiss 2002 Dink
Third Watch 2002 TV Series Drug Dealer
13 Moons 2002 Binky
Human Nature 2001 Frank
Never Again 2001 Harry Appleton
Oz 2001 TV Series Murder Victim
The $treet 2001 TV Series Little Person
Pigeonholed 1999 Roy
Safe Men 1998 Leflore
Bullet 1996 Building Manager (uncredited)
Seinfeld 1995 TV Series James' Telephone Voice
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special 1995 TV Movie The Devil (uncredited)
Living in Oblivion 1995 Tito
Shadows and Fog 1991 Circus Performer (unconfirmed, uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Think We're Alone Now 2018 producer pre-production
The Thicket producer announced
Knights of Badassdom 2013 executive producer
Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angry Birds 2016 performer: "The Mighty Eagle Song"
Saturday Night Live 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oz 2001 TV Series stunts - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Visitor 2007/I special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself
Conan 2016 TV Series Himself - Clueless Gamer
Saturday Night Live 2016 TV Series Himself - Host Winnie the Pooh Peter Dinklage ...
In Our Own Oblivion: The Miracle of Making a Film 2015 Documentary short Himself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Janela Indiscreta 2015 TV Series Himself
Extra 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Mutant vs. Machine: The Making of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' 2015 Video documentary Himself
X-Men: Unguarded 2015 Video short Himself
Red Nose Day 2015 TV Special Himself
The Daily Show 2003-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Face Your Food 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Made in Hollywood 2014 TV Series Himself
Dirty Laundry Live 2014 TV Series Himself
Sit Down with the Stars 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2013 MTV Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Character Profiles 2013 Video documentary Tyrion Lannister / Himself
Ice Age Continental Drift: Through a Pirate's Spyglass: Voices Ahoy! 2012 Video short Himself
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - How to Be an Extra 2012 Video documentary Tyrion Lannister
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones: Destinations of Season 2 2012 Video documentary Himself
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Invitation to the Set 2012 Video documentary Himself / Tyrion Lannister
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - In Production: Croatia 2012 Video documentary Tyrion Lannister / Himself
Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die - Inside the HBO Series 2012 TV Movie Himself
Scream Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones: Costumes 2011 Video documentary Tyrion Lannister
Game of Thrones: Inside the Night's Watch 2011 Video documentary Tyrion Lannister
Inside Narnia: The Adventure Returns 2008 Video documentary Himself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Becoming Trumpkin 2008 Video short Himself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Warwick Davis: The Man Behind Nikabrik 2008 Video short Himself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
P.O.V. 2004-2006 TV Series documentary Himself / Narrator
The Real Family of Jesus 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
Celebrity Poker Showdown 2005 TV Series Himself
Entourage 2005 TV Series Himself
Nobody Wants Your Film 2005 Documentary Himself
As Smart As They Are: The Author Project 2005 Documentary Himself
Dinner for Five 2004 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS Cares 2000 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
Morning Express with Robin Meade 2014 TV Series Tyion Lannister
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2004 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Male The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Special Achievement Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Talent
2003 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Breakthrough Performance The Station Agent (2003)
2003 Best Actor Ourense Independent Film Festival The Station Agent (2003)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011) · Alfie Allen
· Ian Beattie
· John Bradley
· Gwendoline Christie
· Emilia Clarke
· Michael Condron
· Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
· Ben Crompton
· Liam Cunningham
· Stephen Dillane
· Nathalie Emmanuel
· Tara Fitzgerald
· Jerome Flynn
· Brian Fortune
· Joel Fry
· Aidan Gillen
· Iain Glen
· Kit Harington
· Lena Headey
· Michiel Huisman
· Hannah Murray
· Brenock O'Connor
· Daniel Portman
· Iwan Rheon
· Owen Teale
· Josef Altin
· Jacob Anderson
· John Bradley
· Dominic Carter
· Gwendoline Christie
· Emilia Clarke
· Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
· Ben Crompton
· Charles Dance
· Natalie Dormer
· Nathalie Emmanuel
· Iain Glen
· Julian Glover
· Kit Harington
· Lena Headey
· Conleth Hill
· Rory McCann
· Ian McElhinney
· Pedro Pascal
· Daniel Portman
· Mark Stanley
· Sophie Turner
· Maisie Williams
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2014 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2014 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Game of Thrones (2011)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011) · Alfie Allen
· John Bradley
· Oona Chaplin
· Gwendoline Christie
· Emilia Clarke
· Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
· Mackenzie Crook
· Charles Dance
· Joe Dempsie
· Natalie Dormer
· Nathalie Emmanuel
· Michelle Fairley
· Jack Gleeson
· Iain Glen
· Kit Harington
· Lena Headey
· Isaac Hempstead Wright
· Kristofer Hivju
· Paul Kaye
· Sibel Kekilli
· Rose Leslie
· Richard Madden
· Rory McCann
· Michael McElhatton
· Ian McElhinney
·
2014 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2013 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2013 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2013 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Game of Thrones (2011) · Amrita Acharia
· Mark Addy
· Alfie Allen
· Josef Altin
· Sean Bean
· Susan Brown
· Emilia Clarke
· Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
· Ron Donachie
· Michelle Fairley
· Jerome Flynn
· Elyes Gabel
· Aidan Gillen
· Jack Gleeson
· Iain Glen
· Julian Glover
· Kit Harington
· Lena Headey
· Isaac Hempstead Wright
· Conleth Hill
· Richard Madden
· Jason Momoa
· Rory McCann
· Ian McElhinney
· Luke Barnes
· Roxanne McKee<
2012 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2012 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Actor Game of Thrones (2011)
2011 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Game of Thrones (2011)
2004 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performance The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor The Station Agent (2003)
2004 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance The Station Agent (2003)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakout Performance - On Screen The Station Agent (2003)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Station Agent (2003) · Patricia Clarkson
· Bobby Cannavale
· Paul Benjamin
· Raven Goodwin
· Michelle Williams
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role The Station Agent (2003)
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Station Agent (2003) · Paul Benjamin
· Bobby Cannavale
· Patricia Clarkson
· Raven Goodwin
· Michelle Williams

TitleSalary
Game of Thrones (2011) £340,000 per episode

#Fact
1 Dinklage is considered such a genuinely pleasant and amiable person by his costars on "Game of Thrones", many of them find it quite difficult to act out scenes with him in which they're mistreating his character. He and Lena Headey are such good friends, in fact, they share an apartment whenever they're filming scenes and drive together to the set each day, even though their characters have a mutual hatred of each other.
2 He has German, Irish, and English ancestry. His surname is German.
3 Delivered the 2012 Commencement Address at his alma mater, Bennington College (Vermont). He is a 1991 graduate of Bennington College with a degree in drama.
4 Studies theology.
5 Owns a dog named Kevin.
6 He and his wife have one child at present, a daughter.
7 In his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, Dinklage called attention to the plight of Martin Henderson, a dwarf who was crippled after being attacked by a rugby player outside a bar.
8 For his role on Game of Thrones (2011), named one of the "Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art," in cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).
9 He was George R.R. Martin's first choice to play "Tyrion Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011).
10 Son of an elementary school music teacher and retired insurance salesman. Both parents are of average height, as is older brother, John, a violinist.
11 Is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is a tofu product (such as the tofu "beef" jerky, in The Station Agent (2003)).
12 Has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism in which the body is perfectly formed but the bones initially modelled in cartilage, the long bones of the arms and legs, do not grow long enough. Velázquez painted a fine portrait of a man with this condition which hangs in the Prado in Madrid.
13 November 2004 - engaged to theater director Erica Schmidt.

#Quote
1 I feel really lucky; Although I hate that word-'lucky.' It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes-I don't think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 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.
2 (2007, on The Station Agent (2003)) It was written and directed by one of my good friends, Tom McCarthy. We'd been trying to get that movie made for a while. Which was really nice. Tom sort of wrote it for the three leads: Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson, and myself. So whenever we were available, we'd get together in somebody's living room and just read through the latest draft. Eventually it paid off-it took us a little while to get the money, so Tom was able to rework the script a number of times, based on our readings. And then when the money fell into place, it all happened sort of quickly... It's 100 percent Tom's script. The funny thing is, a lot of people thought it was my story, that it was biographical, or that I co-wrote it. I find that a little amusing-I think it has a lot to do with my size. I found it peculiar that people would immediately assume it was my story or that I co-wrote it, but it was neither. I never lived in an abandoned railroad station. I did a play with Tom years ago, four or five years before we shot the movie, and we just loved working together, and Tom thought it would be a good idea to make me that character, I guess.
3 (2007) Lassie (2005) was amazing. I didn't have any scenes with humans. There's a couple little bits, here or there, but mainly just me and my horse and a couple of dogs in the Isle of Man. [Director] Charles Sturridge, I grew close to. He's an incredible person. We ended up doing a production of Endgame two years after the film as part of a Samuel Beckett 100th birthday celebration. We still keep in touch. I really enjoyed that experience. He's an amazingly intelligent, creative person. I would love to work with him again... It is hard working with animals, I've got to say. We did the same thing with Underdog. Your pockets are filled with bacon, there's meat dangling above your head so the dog looks like it's looking in your eyes, there are trainers standing by who have to shout commands before you say your lines. It's slow going. That's what they say: "Don't work with children or animals." I've done a couple of movies where I've done both, and, especially with the animals, it's slow going. But the end result has worked out somehow.
4 (2007, on Living in Oblivion (1995)) That was my first film. I was working an office job at the time, and I get a call from this guy named Tom, and I thought it was one of my friends playing a practical joke on me. Because I picked up the phone in my cubicle-it was a cubicle temp job-and this guy says "Hi, my name is Tom DiCillo, and I was wondering if you could come in and do a read for me for this movie I'm directing called Living In Oblivion." Oh no, at the time, it was called Scene Six Take Three, or some working title. And I was like [Heavy sarcasm.] "Yeah, sure, I'll be there tomorrow," then some expletive or something, and I hung up on him. About five minutes later, he calls back and he's like, "Um, no, it's really-hi, my name is Tom and, uh, I'm really making this movie." I felt really bad. So I was very close to hanging up on my first film job. But it was great. I came in and read for him, and he gave me the part right after I read. I couldn't have been luckier, that being my first film. I've always been a huge fan of independent films, and that was independent and then some, and with amazing actors. I had just started to really discover Steve Buscemi and his films, and Catherine Keener, so I was pretty excited to do that one. And it was great. It was a good time.
5 (2007) Living In Oblivion I got right after I got out of college. And a lot of actors think their first big break-like, they'll get a movie or a TV show or something, and they're set for life. But you know, I did that movie, and then I went back to my day jobs and temping and doing shitty work to pay the rent. And other little projects came, but they don't pay a lot of money, you know? You can't really survive off of doing one of those every once in a while. No, it was slow going at first. It took a good five years to get going. Until, finally, I could say "I make my living as an actor." It's not what you'd expect.
6 (2007, on Tiptoes (2003)) Shit, Gary Oldman is one of my all-time favorite actors, so when I heard he was in it, and I'd get to play his delinquent best friend, I immediately said yes. I thought it was a really interesting idea, about dwarfism and genetics and all that. Too bad it sort of fell apart. That's one of those things where it's out of the actors' hands. I had a great time making it. I got to work with Patricia Arquette again. She was there with me at the audition. I thought it was going to be great, and it was great. But then it sort of-I don't know what happened after we all left, but I heard various stories about the post-production business, and it's a real shame. That's one of the things about theater vs. film-with theater, actors have a little more control, and one of the disappointing things about films is that once you're done shooting, anything can happen, you know? They can make a tragedy into a comedy. And things can fall apart, like I guess this movie did. It's a shame. That movie could have been great, but something bad happened and c'est la vie.
7 (2007, on Nip/Tuck (2003)) I was unemployed, I had an apartment in L.A. that I was not utilizing that my wife and I had started renting just a few months before, so my manager called and said "Would you like to do this show called Nip/Tuck for two months, like eight episodes?" And I really wanted to go to L.A. I wasn't interested in doing television, because I'd done a series that got canceled called Threshold, and I just wanted to get back to film and theater work. But I don't know. They caught me at a weak moment. Not to say that doing TV is a weak moment, but the timing of it worked out. I had never actually seen the show before, because I didn't have cable or anything, but I liked the people involved, and I met with Ryan Murphy, the creative person behind that show, and he sort of inspired me to do it. Because he's a pretty smart individual. So I said yes. By the end of the meeting, I agreed, and I'm glad I did it.
8 (2007, on seeking small films versus big budget) To make a crazy generalization, a lot of the larger films are made in commerce. Not art, but commerce: a moneymaking machine. And a lot of machines don't have that much interest in artistic worth. I try to lean toward something that will make me proud of what I accomplished. I guess I have the luxury of being a working actor, and being able to say that and choose what I'm in. I guess I gravitate toward interesting stories. And I guess that the more interesting stories don't get a lot of money to be made. That's bad, but it's the truth in the film industry. That's what I gravitate toward, but, shit, there are a number of big-budget movies that I've loved, with artistic integrity, and I'd gladly do any of those. But I just am a little picky. And don't want to be involved in crap.
9 (2007, on Death at a Funeral (2007)) That was great. Frank Oz is-you know. Yoda. He's tremendous. That was about a month in London. I was one of the few Americans in the cast. I just loved it. It was hard to get through some of those takes. We were laughing quite a bit on that set. We had a really good time. And I haven't seen the movie yet, but hopefully that sort of showed. Because people have said that about The Station Agent, they felt like it showed that everybody on the film cared about each other and got along. I think sometimes that shows through. And I'm sure it showed through in Death At A Funeral, because we had a grand old time.
10 (2007, on watching his own films) I try to. I've been working quite a bit lately, so I had a couple movies out this summer, Death At A Funeral and Underdog, and I haven't seen them because I was in Prague and we didn't get any movies over there. And by the time I got back, they had already left the theaters. So I haven't seen those. I cringe when I see myself onscreen-sometimes I close my eyes-but I do watch my films out of sheer curiosity, to see how the director finished it up. I've seen most of 'em.
11 (2007, on Underdog (2007)) Six weeks in Providence, Rhode Island, which I didn't know had a large history of crime. But it's three hours outside of New York, so I would get to come home on the weekends, and it was fun. It was the first time I've been under some serious prosthetics, which is interesting in and of itself. And it piqued my interest, playing a character that physically transformed me. It was fun. I think the kids enjoyed it. I got to play a villain in a movie based on a cartoon so, you know, the normal rules don't apply. You get to have a little fun.
12 (2007, on Elf (2003)) Everybody asks me about Will Ferrell, because I knew him for about three days. But he's extraordinarily funny, and he's quiet between takes. I thought that was interesting. I think a lot of great male comic actors are introspective, quiet personalities, which I really admire. But they are really able to turn it up when the camera's on. I really enjoyed that movie, and the final result that Jon Favreau made was really entertaining. I had a good time. And it's shot in Vancouver, which is a very pretty city.
13 I was born in 1969, believe it or not, so I was a child in the '70s.
14 Maybe everyone is a little too reassuring that things are going to be OK to college graduates. It gives them a false sort of security.
15 My favorite superhero? I have a soft spot for Batman, because he doesn't have any super powers--he's just a person. And he's pretty dark.
16 I just think the less you know about an actor, the more serious you'll take them as an actor because they will disappear a little bit.
17 I was fortunate enough to have an upbringing that made me more accepting of who I am.
18 I love working with the same actors repeatedly. That happens a lot. It's kind of inevitable, especially if you work with the same writers and directors and you start to form a company of actors. You gravitate towards each other.
19 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.
20 Bad guys are complicated characters. It's always fun to play them. You get away with a lot more. You don't have a heroic code you have to live by.
21 I never was a big comic book fan. Obviously I'd heard them growing up from my friends who did read them, but I never was a big comic book reader.
22 I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn't very strong, as opposed to film, but there's been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent.
23 I like playing the guy on the sidelines. They have more fun.
24 My brother, who's a violinist now, was the real ham, the real performer of the family. His passion for the violin is the only thing that kept him from being an actor.
25 Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It's one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice.
26 I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn't . . . Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time.
27 My family had a habit of collecting creatures that didn't always want to be pets. The first animal I can remember was a Lab named Zoe.
28 I dress and eat like a fifth-grader, basically. I like sandwiches and cereal and hooded sweatshirts.
29 I think if actors are successful at one thing, they paint themselves into a corner sometimes, and what's the fun in that?
30 George R.R. Martin is an incredible writer.
31 I don't socialize. I'm kind of a hermit. The life of an actor can be very lonely.
32 Being on television, playing the same character for many years, for me, I think that would get a little tedious.
33 That's one of the things about theater vs. film--with theater, actors have a little more control, and one of the disappointing things about films is that once you're done shooting, anything can happen, you know?
34 Any swagger is just defense. When you're reminded so much of who you are by people - not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up--you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance.
35 Writing is getting killed by too many chefs. Back in the [Humphrey Bogart] days, it started with great scripts. You had a writer, and he wrote a script, and that was your movie. I think that's been watered down a bit lately.
36 I never lived in an abandoned railroad station.
37 I think actors get too comfortable. I like being uncomfortable as an actor because it keeps you alive. I don't know, I think it's important.
38 What I really want is to play the romantic lead and get the girl.
39 I spend my nights just sitting and reading a book and drinking my tea and walking my dog. That's about as exciting as my life gets.
40 I'm on Game of Thrones (2011), and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalized by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly.
41 I'm a private person in many ways.
42 Game of Thrones (2011) is an amazing show, and I have no problem speaking of the virtues of HBO.
43 I should call people back more readily. I'm not the best friend sometimes in terms of that. I do follow that white balloon and get distracted a lot.
44 I was a sullen kid who smoked cigarettes and wore black every day, and I went to a school that was lacrosse players and Izods.
45 I think a lot of great male comic actors are introspective, quiet personalities, which I really admire. But they are really able to turn it up when the camera's on.
46 [after winning a Golden Globe for his performance in Game of Thrones (2011)] I was talking to my mother in Jersey before I came out and she said, "Have fun but have you seen Mildred Pierce (2011)? Guy Pearce is so good. He's gonna win." So . . . I haven't seen "Mildred Pierce" but I'm sure he's really good and I just love our moms because they keep us humble.
47 I like animals, all animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog - or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian.
48 [on short stature] When I was younger, definitely, I let it get to me. As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry and I definitely put up these walls. But the older you get, you realize you just have to have a sense of humor. You just know that it's not your problem. It's theirs.

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1 Driven, intense portrayals
2 Short stature
3 Often plays highly intelligent and moralistic but flawed characters

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