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The Wealth of a Titan: Peter Dinklage's Net Worth and Career Triumphs

Published Fri Jan 12 2024 By Marie
The Wealth of a Titan: Peter Dinklage's Net Worth and Career Triumphs

Peter Dinklage is an American actor, best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Miniseries or Television Film in 2011. 

Dinklage has appeared in numerous films and theater plays, including his breakout role in The Station Agent. He was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, let’s learn more about his life.

How Much is Peter Dinklage’s Net Worth?

Peter Dinklage, an American actor renowned for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series "Game of Thrones," boasts a net worth of $25 million. His impressive earnings include a notable per-episode salary of $1.1 million for Game of Thrones.

Peter Dinklage is an American actor.
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He is one of the top 10 highest-paid actors in TV history. Beyond his iconic TV role, Dinklage has left his mark in films such as "Elf," "Cyrano," "Pixels," and "Avengers: Infinity War."

Peter Dinklage’s Career 

In the early stages of his acting career, Peter Dinklage resisted accepting stereotypical roles typically assigned to actors with dwarfism, such as "elves" or "leprechauns." This decision led to challenges in finding work. Despite a modest start, Dinklage made a memorable debut in the 1995 parody film "Living in Oblivion," delivering a powerful performance in a dream sequence. Following this, he secured a role in the off-Broadway play "The Killing Act", where he portrayed an exaggerated Tom Thumb.

Dinklage's breakthrough came with the comedy-drama film "The Station Agent", setting the stage for his diverse filmography, including notable works like "Elf", "Lassie", "Find Me Guilty", "Underdog", "Death at a Funeral", "Penelope", "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", "X-Men: Days of Future Past", "Pixels", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", "I Think We're Alone Now", and "Avengers: Infinity War".

Dinklage extended his talents to voice acting, voicing characters in animated films like "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "The Angry Birds Movie". He also lent his voice to the video games "Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series" and "Destiny." In 2016, he co-founded Estuary Films, producing and starring in their first film, "I Think We're Alone Now."

Notably, Dinklage gained immense television success through his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO's "Game of Thrones" from 2011 to 2019. As the first actor cast in the series, he earned widespread acclaim, winning four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Additionally, he received numerous nominations, totaling 61, and securing 14 awards across various prestigious ceremonies.

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Peter Dinklage’s Salary from Game of Thrones Salary

In the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, spanning 14 episodes aired from July 2017 to May 2019, Peter Dinklage commanded a salary of $1.1 million per episode, totaling $14.3 million for that period. This per-episode rate places him as the sixth-highest-earning actor in television history. 

Peter Dinklage in between the shots asTyrion Lannister.
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For the preceding seasons, 5 and 6, comprising 20 episodes, he earned $500,000 per episode, accumulating $10 million in total. With these figures, Peter Dinklage's overall earnings from Game of Thrones are estimated to exceed $30 million.

Peter Dinklage’s Early Life

Peter Hayden Dinklage was born on June 11, 1969, in Morristown, New Jersey, to parents John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman, and Diane Dinklage, an elementary school music teacher. Living with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, Peter stands at a full adult height of 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm). As a child, he grappled with feelings of anger and bitterness regarding his condition.

Growing up in Mendham Township, New Jersey, alongside his older brother Jonathan, who later became a professional violinist, Dinklage's early exposure to theater occurred in fifth grade when he took on the lead role in a production of "The Velveteen Rabbit." He attended Delbarton School, a Catholic private school for boys, and it was a 1984 production of "True West" that sparked his passion for acting.

After graduating with a drama degree from Bennington College in 1991, Dinklage moved to New York City. In an attempt to establish a theater company with his friend Ian Bell, they faced financial struggles. For six years, Dinklage worked at a data processing company before ultimately deciding to fully commit to a career in acting.

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Peter Dinklage’s Family

In 2005, Peter Dinklage married theater director Erica Schmidt, and the couple shares two children. Despite their public profiles, Dinklage and Schmidt are known for keeping their family life private. The only information disclosed is that their first child is a girl, with no details on the gender or names of their second child.

Peter Dinklage with his wifeErica Schmidt.
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Beyond his family life, Dinklage has been a committed vegetarian since the age of 16 and actively supports PETA in various campaigns. He notably endorsed PETA's advocacy film "Face Your Food," promoting a vegan diet.

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