How much is Peter Dinklage worth?

Net Worth:$26 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:June 11, 1969
Country:United States of America
1.32 m

About Peter Dinklage

Peter Hayden Dinklage, known to many as the fascinating and complex character of Tyrion Lannister in the world-famous Game of Thrones series, was born in Morristown, New Jersey on June 11th, 1969. His parents worked at fairly average middle-class jobs; his father was an insurance salesman, and his mother was an elementary school music teacher. He grew up with his parents and an older brother in the city of Mendham Township, in New Jersey. He was born with a condition known as achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism in which one’s head and torso are normal-sized, but their arms and legs are shorter than normal. Peter was the only member of his family with this condition.

Even as a child, it was apparent that Peter Dinklage liked to perform in front of other people. He and his brother Jonathan would put on puppet musical shows for local audiences in their neighborhood. His brother became interested in music, and went on to become a professional violinist. In the 5th grade, Peter starred as the lead role in a school production of The Velveteen Rabbit. He enjoyed seeing the effect that his performance had on the audience, and he started worked on developing his acting abilities while attending a boy’s Catholic preparatory school.

He was particularly inspired by a play that he saw in 1984 titled True West, and as a result made the conscious decision to pursue a career as an actor. After prep school, he studied drama at Bennington College, and also started regularly performing in productions. After graduating from Bennington College in 1991, he and his friend Ian Bell moved to New York City, with the shared dream of building a theater company. They found this goal difficult to achieve, and Peter had to find a way to pay the bills, so he got a job in data processing. He worked in that profession for 6 years, before he was able to return to his original goal of pursuing a career as an actor.

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As of 2020, we estimate Peter Dinklage has a net worth of $26 million dollars.

How did Peter Dinklage get so rich?

Peter experienced some difficulty in his early career as an actor, largely because he did not want to be cast in any of the stereotypical roles commonly played by actors with dwarfism, such as elves, dwarves, hobbits, leprechauns, and so on. He debuted alongside Steve Buscemi in an independent film titled Living in Oblivion in 1995. You might know Steve Buscemi as the odd-looking actor who played memorable roles in films such as Reservoir Dogs , Fargo, The Big Lebowski , and Armageddon. The film was a low-budget dramatic comedy that imitated real life, since Peter played a frustrated actor with dwarfism who was fed up with being typecast for roles tailored to his physical condition. Despite the fact that he received excellent reviews from his role in Living in Oblivion, and obtained another role in the 1996 movie Bullet with rap artist Tupac Shakur, he still had trouble finding an agent.

His turn-around moment finally arrived in the form of a 2003 film directed by Tom McCarthy called The Station Agent. Peter finally achieved his goal of obtaining a role that had more depth, and was not cast in the stereotypical dwarfism genre. He played a quiet and introspective man named Finbar McBride, who had character depth in the form of both romantic dimensions and character flaws. Not only did the film receive strong reviews, it also was quite successful, netting over $8 million at the box office, from just a $500,000 budget. Peter received numerous accolades and award nominations for his performance. From that time forward, he started receiving more roles in films, plays, and television shows, such as: Tiptoes (2003), Elf (2003), Richard III, Threshold (2005), The Baxter (2005), and Find Me Guilty (2006). Not all of the movies he acted in were successful and/or well received, but he usually received positive reviews for his individual performances, regardless.

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Peter Dinklage obtained his most successful role to date in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R. R. Martin. The highly successful series ran from 2011 through 2019, in which Peter played the major role of Tyrion Lannister. He was actually the first actor to be cast in the series, and the showrunners specifically wanted Peter for the role of Tyrion, based upon his keen intelligence, sharp wit, and sardonic humor. They thought he was the perfect fit for the role, and once Peter learned more about the character he would be playing, he immediately accepted. The rest, as they say, is history.

As the series became more and more popular, by the last two seasons his pay had increased to $500,000 per episode, amounting to approximately $6.5 million for the final two seasons alone. He received immense praise for his portrayal of Tyrion, which also earned him four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Peter continued to work on other concurrent projects outside of GOT (Game of Thrones), such as Knights of Badassdom (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Pixels (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Many of these movies were also highly successful, for example Avengers: Infinity War, which grossed over $2 billion.

What makes him so successful?

The main ingredients of Peter Dinklage’s success as an actor appear to be a good amount of natural talent, combined with a strong desire to become an actor and years of persistent effort honing his acting skills and seeking out opportunities. Even after his breakthrough role in The Station Agent, success did not simply fall into his lap. He still had to work hard to achieve success, seeking out opportunities and continuing to grow and evolve as an actor. Although luck may have played some role, it appears to have been a minor one.

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We calculate Peter Dinklage is worth $26 million dollars in 2020.


Though his reluctance to accept typecast dwarfism roles may have hindered his success in the beginning, it served him well in the long run, since the roles and praise he earned came from his genuine acting abilities, rather than from his physical stature. Many consider him to be a role-model for others with dwarfism, though he doesn’t readily accept that mantle. Perhaps the very things that make him a good role model are his refusal to dwell upon the limitations associated with his condition, and his choice to focus on achieving the goal of becoming the finest actor he can be.

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