PETER DINKLAGE (Trumpkin the Red Dwarf) is well-known to movie audiences as Finbar McBride, the despondent loner who moves into an abandoned train depot after the unexpected death of a friend in Thomas McCarthy’s acclaimed comedy-drama, “The Station Agent.” For his performance in the endearing film, Dinklage was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award (as Best Actor and as part of the film’s Best Enesmble Cast) and the Online Film Critics Association Award.
Dinklage, a New Jersey native, studied his craft at Vermont’s Bennington College before furthering his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the Welsh School of Music and Drama in Wales.
He made his film debut in Tom DiCillo's 1995 independent comedy “Living in Oblivion.” He followed with appearances in John Hamberg’s “Safe Men” (opposite Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn and Paul Giamatti), Michel Gondry’s “Human Nature” (written by future Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman), Alexandre Rockwell’s “13 Moons” (reuniting with co-star Steve Buscemi) and the romantic comedies “Never Again” and “Just a Kiss” before triumphing in “The Station Agent,” which won acclaim at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Since that auspicious big screen starring debut, Dinklage has worked on over two dozen projects, most notably in Jon Favreau’s popular holiday classic, “Elf,” Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama, “Find Me Guilty,” the acclaimed FX series, “Nip/Tuck,” “Lassie” opposite Peter O'Toole, “Tiptoes” with Gary Oldman, “The Baxter” and the recently completed features “Penelope" (with Reese Witherspoon), "Death At A Funeral” (directed by Frank Oz), “3/5 of A Man” and “Underdog.”
On the small screen, he guest-starred on “Third Watch,” “I’m With Her,” “Life As We Know it,” and co-starred opposite Brent Spiner on the CBS series “Threshold.”
Dinklage’s stage work includes the title role in The Public Theatre's production of "Richard III," "I Wanna Be Adored,” "Hollywood,” "Imperfect Love” and Charles Sturridge's production of Beckett's "Endgame" at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and The Barbican Theatre in London. Following his work on the film, he returned to the stage at the Acorn Theatre's “Things We Want,” which marked the Off-Broadway directorial debut of actor Ethan Hawke.