Peter Dinklage Net Worth and Salary:
Peter Dinklage has a net worth of $25 million. He is best known for his depiction of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on June 11, 1969. His father, John Carl Dinklage, was an insurance salesman, and his mother, Diane Dinklage, was a music teacher in primary school. He has achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism that causes him to be only 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm) tall when fully grown. As a child, he reported being enraged and bitter about his situation.
He and his older brother, Jonathan, grew raised in Mendham Township, New Jersey, where Jonathan is now a professional violinist. Dinklage made his first journey into theatre when he was in fifth grade when he starred in a production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” He went to Delbarton School, a boys-only Catholic private school.
He attributes his desire to pursue an acting career to a 1984 staging of the play “True West.” He continued his schooling at Bennington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in theatre in 1991. After that, he relocated to New York City, where he attempted to establish a theatre company with his buddy Ian Bell. They did, however, struggle to make ends meet and pay their rent.
Dinklage subsequently went on to work at a data processing company for six years before deciding to pursue acting full-time.
Early in his acting career, Dinklage refused to accept “typical” dwarf roles, such as “elves for leprechauns,” because of his dwarfism. As a result, he had a hard time finding a job. Dinklage made a spectacular breakthrough in the 1995 spoof of the indie film business, “Living in Oblivion,” as a dwarf hired for a dream sequence who turns on the film's director, Steve Buscemi, despite having only a little part.
The following year, he earned a part in “The Killing Act,” an off-Broadway production in which he played an over-the-top Tom Thumb. Following that, he had a breakthrough role in the comedy-drama “The Station Agent” (2003).
He has since appeared in films such as “Elf” (2003), “Lassie” (2005), “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), “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017) (2018). He's also appeared on the stage, including in an Off-Broadway production of “Richard III” (2003).
He debuted in the voice acting field in 2012, when he performed Captain Gutt in the animated film “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012). He went on to voice The Mighty Eagle in “The Angry Birds Movie” (2016) and Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series” in 2015.
Dinklage and his partner David Ginsburg launched Estuary Films, a joint-venture production business, in 2016. “I Think We're Alone Now” was the company's first picture, and Dinklage not only starred in it but also produced it.
In addition to his film performances, Dinklage is most known for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO's fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” which is based on George R. R. Martin's “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. From 2011 through 2019, Dinklage appeared in all eight seasons of the show. Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss cast him as the series' first actor in May 2009.
Dinklage's portrayal on “Game of Thrones” was greatly appreciated, and he received numerous honors for it, including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He's also been nominated three times for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, and five times for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor (every year from 2013 to 2017). Dinklage has been nominated for 58 different awards as of 2018, and he has won 12 of them.
Dinklage's personal life began in 2005 when he married theatrical director Erica Schmidt. They are the parents of two children. The couple is famously secretive about their children, revealing only that their firstborn is a girl. The gender of their second kid is unknown, and neither of their children's names has been made public.
He's been a committed vegetarian since he was 16 years old, and he's been a supporter of PETA's efforts, including the PETA advocacy film “Face Your Food,” which promotes a vegan diet.
Game of Thrones Salary:
Peter Dinklage's salary episode for the final two seasons of Game of Thrones, 14 episodes that aired between July 2017 and May 2019, was $1.1 million. For those two seasons, that comes to $14.3 million. That per-episode pay is currently the sixth-highest of any actor's career on television. He was paid $500,000 each episode for the 20 episodes he shot for seasons 5 and 6, totaling $10 million. Peter's overall profits from Game of Thrones are expected to be in the $30 million range.