Game of Thrones fans came out today to celebrate their very own Tyrion Lannister, otherwise known as Peter Dinklage on his 52nd birthday. Although he was already an established actor, it was his hard-done role by Tyrion that brought him to the attention of many new fans and gave his career a tremendous boost. Since his time on Thrones, he doesn’t seem to have caught his breath, even as a pretty big “dwarf” in Avengers: Infinity War, someone who, as it turned out, was instrumental in the proceedings, building Stormbreaker for Thor.
Born in New Jersey in 1969, Dinklage studied acting at Bennington College before starting work in a guitar shop and participating in a number of amateur stage productions. He made his film debut in Living in oblivion in 1995, an independent dark comedy starring Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener. His big break came in 2003, when he played the lead role of Finbar McBride in The Station Agent. Dinklage played a quiet, unmarried man with dwarfism who finds loneliness in an abandoned train station in a small New Jersey town.
From now on with each subsequent birthday, Dinklage’s career only seemed to get stronger. He appeared in Elf with Will Ferrell, the 2005 reboot reboot Lass, Death at a funeral in 2007, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in 2008 he made his first foray into the world of Marvel Comics with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2017. He made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut the following year as Eitri in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and that same year he starred in the title role of a new musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.
As successful as his film career was, he was cast as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones in 2011, that really had an astronomical effect on its popularity. He was the first actor to be cast in the series, a whole two years before the series first aired, which according to showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss, was always their plan because of the actor’s “core of humanity, covered in a rind of sardonic dry white, is quite in keeping with the character.” It wasn’t a given that he would accept the role, however, as he’d been picky about acting in genre series, saying that as a dwarf, he wouldn’t play “fantasy elves or leprechauns.” Unfamiliar with George R R Martin’s books, it only took him half a meeting with Benioff and Weiss to sign up.
Dinklage won four Emmy Awards for his role as Tyrion, as well as a Golden Globe, and from the second season he took top billing on the show. He currently has many projects in the works, including the movie version of Cyrano, the Toxic Avenger reboot, a voice over in hot and newly announced The wild forest and the dwarf. As his fans celebrated his birthday today, they’ll be happy to hear that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Check out some birthday messages from his Twitter fans and colleagues below.
Topics: Game of Thrones, Birthdays