9 Great Peter Dinklage Performances That Aren't From 'Game of Thrones'
If you didn't realize he's been acting since the '90s, here are some of his other performances you might have missed or forgotten about. Or are just damn fun to revisit as the actor turns 50 on June 11.
9. "Living in Oblivion" (1995)
In this offbeat indie movie about making an indie movie, Dinklage is an actor hired for a"Twin Peaks"-style dream sequence. He goes off on a rant to the director (Steve Buscemi) demanding to know, "Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know anyone who's had a dream with a dwarf in it? I don't even have dreams with dwarves in them!" Watch the scene here.
8. "Elf" (2003)
Dinklage spent years fighting against being typecast as a Santa's helper, so for him to be in a movie called "Elf," and not play an elf, well, that's huge. When Buddy (Will Ferrell), blunders into his dad's meeting and proclaims, "I didn't know you had elves working here!," cue one "Angry Elf" going ballistic on a completely clueless Buddy.
7. "Knights of Badassdom" (2014)
It's great fun to see Dinklage cut loose as "Sir Hung the Capable," a LARPer whose lines include, "I’m packin’ an ounce of killer shrooms and there be monsters in need of pummelin'!" He's part of a crew (Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, and Steve Zahn) who accidentally summon a real demon to their fake battle in this underrated horror comedy.
6. "Death at a Funeral" (2007/2010)
Dinklage is a guest whose presence at a somber funeral triggers a hilarious chain of events in this British comedy -- and in the American remake (in which he plays the same part).
5. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017)
Dinklage didn't get an Oscar (or even a nomination), like costars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, but we loved his work here. The dinner scene where Frances's character agrees, reluctantly, to go out with him, is gold: "I know I’m a dwarf who sells used cars and has a drinking problem, I know that. But who the hell are you, man? You’re that billboard lady who never ever smiles, who never has a good word to say about anybody … and I’m the one who’s not the catch?!”
4. "Find Me Guilty" (2006)
In the great Sidney Lumet's second-to-last film, Vin Diesel stars as colorful gangster Jackie DiNorscio, who constantly butts heads with the ridiculously bureaucratic legal system. Dinklage has some of the most riveting moments as an eloquent defense attorney.
3. "I Think We're Alone Now" (2018)
A recluse (Dinklage) thinks he's the last man on earth and he's fine with that in this indie film. And then along comes another survivor (Elle Fanning) and he's not quite sure if that's a good thing. The film doesn't completely work, but Dinklage is, as always, terrific.
2. "Rememory" (2017)
An intriguing premise about a machine that lets you access your memories like movies becomes a murder mystery, with Dinklage as the detective. The film got mixed reviews, but Dinklage is great as a man mourning his dead brother. And the way he finagles his way into a grieving widow's home is pure Tyrion: He offers her a bottle of booze and a whopper of a story that her late husband saved his life.
1. "The Station Agent" (2003)
Dinklage's first lead role, as a man who inherits a train station and wants nothing to do with his new neighbors' complicated lives, earned him 2 SAG nominations, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and several critics awards. Director Tom McCarthy (who'd go on to direct Best Picture Winner "Spotlight) rewrote the role just for Dinklage, a decision that ignited both of their careers.