Peter Dinklage is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, and Game of Thrones is a big reason why.
For most people, Dinklage is associated with the utterly smart, witty and intelligent Tyrion Lanister, one of the leading characters in Game of Thrones. And after all, Thrones has an 8 million viewership per season, with thousands and thousands more illegal downloads and views.
There are several fan pages on Facebook with 100k and more likes, several of them about the fictional character Tyrion Lanister, and several about Peter Dinklage. And while Dinklage is a popular and very communicative person, there are interesting facts about the actor that few people know it.
Dinklage is considered as the golden boy of short men, being just 4 feet and 5 inches tall. Despite the height, he’s one stylish guy!
Winning a Golden Globe in 2012 and Emmy in 2011 sure helped his cause. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about Peter Dinklage.
Fun Facts about Peter Dinklage
1. Dinklage played a role in another classic TV show before
Long before Peter Dinklage made his way into the mainstream movies and TV shows, he had an appearance, or more a hearing in Seinfeld. Peter was part of the fourth episode of the seventh season, and “appeared” during the opening scene. Dinklage was given the task to wake up Elaine, the leading female actor. Fans of the show can remember hearing him as the sexy wake-up caller, James. Even then his wittiness was on full display, even though fans didn’t see his face.
2. Peter loves animals and he is a vegetarian
Peter has made an announcement for PETA in several occasions and regularly donates to groups fighting for animal rights. His love for animals started when he was young. During his teens, he decided to become a vegetarian. Back in the days, Peter started with vegetarian lifestyle due to his love for animals, and his respect for them has helped him stay on course. He has also advocated for bill banning carriages in New York. In a recent interview, Peter said that he has never hurt a cat, dog, chicken or a cow. He is also a proud owner of a rescue dog.
3. His hair secret
Anyone who’s seen Peter Dinklage on TV or in person, comments about his wonderful hair. Dinklage sports that casual yet messy look that make the actor looks wild and cool. And his secret is simple, he doesn’t take care of his hair at all. He doesn’t own a brush or a comb. In a recent Reddit AMA, Dinklage recommended to everyone who want a messy and cool hair to forget buying and owning a comb.
4. Scar from his band days
Peter Dinklage has a scar that runs from his neck and all the way to his eyebrow. Dinklage got the scar during an onstage accident performing at the CBGB. Back then, Peter was part of a punk-funk rap band called Whizzy. The band had some success playing, and Dinklage is reportedly one of the consultants for the music in Game of Thrones.
5. Peter was neighbor with a music legend
Growing up, Peter Dinklage lived in the same neighborhood as the manager of Bruce Springsteen. Peter has said several times in an interview that during his early days, he would listen to Springsteen playing guitar in the neighborhood. When he was 17 years old, his parents took him to a wedding at a surfboard factory where Bruce was playing in the band. Peter’s mom, however, was not impressed by Bruce and his guitar skills, saying he was “too loud”.
Bonus – Peter is married to a sexy actress
If you thought short men cannot score a hot, kind and genuinely nice woman, who happens to be an actress as well, think again. Dinklage is married to actress Erica Schmidt since 2005.
The couple has a daughter, Zelig. And if you thought his fame helped him, think again. Back then, Peter had only appeared in several short movies and few TV unsuccessful shows. His roles in movies were diminished to cameo appearances and secondary roles.
Photos were taken from Peter Dinklage’s instagram account that was created by a fan.