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I like animals, all animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog - or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian.

I like animals, all animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog - or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian.

When people are infected by my charm, they don't see my size. My piercing deep blue eyes are distracting. ---->>>

My favourite superhero? I have a soft spot for Batman, because he doesn't have any super powers - he's just a person. And he's pretty dark. ---->>>

So I won't say I'm lucky. I'm fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me. ---->>>

Any swagger is just defense. When you're reminded so much of who you are by people - not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up - you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance.

Any swagger is just defense. When you're reminded so much of who you are by people - not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up - you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance.

It's a shame how a lot of actors use theater as a stepping stone to film and television work; I think it shouldn't be treated that way. Maybe it's narcissism or something. I think we should always go back to it. I try and do a play a year, and I think that's really helped me. ---->>>

I never lived in an abandoned railroad station. ---->>>

Maybe everyone is a little too reassuring that things are going to be OK to college graduates. It gives them a false sort of security. ---->>>

Bad guys are complicated characters. It's always fun to play them. You get away with a lot more. You don't have a heroic code you have to live by. ---->>>

Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It's one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice.

Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It's one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice.

I spend my nights just sitting and reading a book and drinking my tea and walking my dog. That's about as exciting as my life gets. ---->>>

Being on television, playing the same character for many years, for me, I think that would get a little tedious. ---->>>

George Martin is an incredible writer.

George Martin is an incredible writer.

I don't socialize. I'm kind of a hermit. The life of an actor can be very lonely. ---->>>

I dress and eat like a fifth-grader, basically. I like sandwiches and cereal and hooded sweatshirts. ---->>>

I like playing the guy on the sidelines. They have more fun. ---->>>

I think actors get too comfortable. I like being uncomfortable as an actor because it keeps you alive. I don't know, I think it's important. ---->>>

I think if actors are successful at one thing, they paint themselves into a corner sometimes, and what's the fun in that? ---->>>

I think a lot of great male comic actors are introspective, quiet personalities, which I really admire. But they are really able to turn it up when the camera's on. ---->>>

I'm on 'Game Of Thrones,' and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalised by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly. ---->>>

I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn't... Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time. ---->>>

Sometimes, when the material is really good, you put expectations on yourself to make it the best possible show. You're not just serving up the regular hash and doing your job and going home. ---->>>

I was fortunate enough to have an upbringing that made me more accepting of who I am. ---->>>

I never was a big comic book fan. Obviously I'd heard them growing up from my friends who did read them, but I never was a big comic book reader. ---->>>

As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry, and I definitely put up these walls. ---->>>

'Game of Thrones' is an amazing show, and I have no problem speaking of the virtues of HBO. ---->>>

I am this guy who's four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn't constantly address it. ---->>>

I feel as much of a stud as... I can't come up with a metaphor. That's how lacking in studliness I am. ---->>>

I have a friend who says, 'The world doesn't need another angry dwarf!' ---->>>

I never know where women are coming from. ---->>>

I should call people back more readily. I'm not the best friend sometimes in terms of that. I do follow that white balloon and get distracted a lot. ---->>>

I think my mom drove by a nuclear power plant when she was pregnant. But I wouldn't be in 'The Station Agent' if she hadn't. ---->>>

I've felt like an outsider. I've had to struggle. ---->>>

Maybe in my 20s I was a little more lively. But I'm done with that. ---->>>

My family had a habit of collecting creatures that didn't always want to be pets. The first animal I can remember was a Lab named Zoe. ---->>>

People have the strangest ideas about dwarves.

People have the strangest ideas about dwarves.

'Star Wars' or 'The Lord of the Rings' deal with great big Joseph Campbell-style myths, good and evil. ---->>>

They'll say, 'Oh, he's sexy,' but women still go for guys who are 6ft 2 ins. I don't believe any of it for a minute. ---->>>

I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn't very strong, as opposed to film, but there's been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent. ---->>>

Each year, billions of animals are subjected to cruelty on factory farms, feed lots, and slaughterhouses. The brutality that these animals endure would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if inflicted upon our cats and dogs. ---->>>

I have a friend - not a dwarf - who's an alchemist of sorts. He concocted a men's cologne... He gave me a bottle as a gift. I was thinking we should totally put this on the market. You know how Jessica Simpson and Beyonce have signature perfumes and make a mint? I'm thinking this cologne could be my ticket to fortune. ---->>>

I think more money can be very detrimental to movies and TV because things get solved economically rather than creatively, and that's never a good solution. ---->>>

'Lassie' was amazing. I didn't have any scenes with humans. There's a couple little bits, here or there, but mainly just me and my horse and a couple of dogs in the Isle of Man. ---->>>

There's a thing at the Museum of Natural History in New York, where I live: they have a stairwell where you follow the beginning and the course of this planet, and it's a very long stairwell, and you follow, and you follow, and then you reach the top, and we're, like, half a step on the stairwell - the timeline for us on this planet. ---->>>

A lot of directors straight out of film school are very technically minded, but they don't have an understanding of actors or how to talk to them. ---->>>

Animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.

Animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery.

Anybody who was in 'The Godfather' is a tough guy.

Anybody who was in 'The Godfather' is a tough guy.

Anything that opens up people's perceptions a bit is good.

Anything that opens up people's perceptions a bit is good.

Does anybody actually go out in L.A.? When I lived there, I'd just stay in my apartment. ---->>>

Even 'Lord of the Rings' had dwarf-tossing jokes in it. It's like, 'Really?' ---->>>

Fantasy novels, I don't really gravitate to that part of the bookstore. ---->>>

Friends don't care about issues like dwarf tossing.

Friends don't care about issues like dwarf tossing.

'Game of Thrones' fans are the nicest people ever, but a thousand nice people coming at me gives me claustrophobia. ---->>>

I don't like people being cautious and tentative and choosing their words carefully around me because I'm a dwarf. ---->>>

I feel like life is much greater than a hero or a villain: there's good people that sometimes make mistakes.

I feel like life is much greater than a hero or a villain: there's good people that sometimes make mistakes.

I guess the word to call me is my name, Pete. ---->>>

I have a big cynical side to me. ---->>>

I just don't like boring myself. That's one of the main reasons I did 'Ice Age' - because I'd never done something like this before. ---->>>

I just think the less you know about an actor, the more serious you'll take them as an actor because they will disappear a little bit. ---->>>

I knew David Benioff a bit socially. I knew his wife, Amanda Peet. He's a smart guy, so I always sought him out at dinner parties. ---->>>

I like the busted-nose look. I think it's a good look for me. ---->>>

I often don't see what I've done, or I cringe when I watch myself. ---->>>

I saw a report on the news: 'Peter Dinklage tweeted... ' What? You know, I don't need any of that stuff. I got an email account; that's all I need. ---->>>

I think everybody goes through changes, and the same should be said for fictional characters, especially ones that you follow on television. ---->>>

I think with a lot of filmmakers, their first film is their best film because they had to think on their feet and solve problems with ingenuity. ---->>>

I was a sullen kid who smoked cigarettes and wore black every day, and I went to a school that was lacrosse players and Izods. ---->>>

I was born in 1969, believe it or not, so I was a child in the '70s. ---->>>

I was once part of a Christmas cabaret. I sang 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.' I tap-danced. I had a ten-gallon hat. It was quite absurd. ---->>>

I would love to play Richard III. ---->>>

I'm a private person in many ways. ---->>>

I'm always attracted to anti-hero roles. ---->>>

I'm not going to play my violin, but with my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. ---->>>

I'm one of those who can't read the books after they've seen the movie. ---->>>

I'm recognized, let me put it that way. ---->>>

I've been to Sundance before, but I'd never seen a lot of screenings. ---->>>

If I was born 400 years ago instead of now, I wouldn't have the life I have. There were freak shows, and there was horrible discrimination. ---->>>

It is hard working with animals, I've got to say. ---->>>

It was hard doing scenes with Bobby Cannavale because I would break up laughing because he's so funny. ---->>>

It's amazing what they can do with animation nowadays. It's really beautiful. The 3D stuff is out of hand. ---->>>

Jen Lawrence is quite a fan of 'Game of Thrones.' ---->>>

People's personalities get tweaked at weddings. ---->>>

Since I've joined 'Game of Thrones,' it's been such a pleasure. ---->>>

Sometimes on sets, I shut down, try to focus. ---->>>

The greatest preparation for a TV show is to already have one season behind you. ---->>>

The leads are often the boring part.

The leads are often the boring part.

There are wars being fought! Who cares what I'm doing on a Saturday night? I'm not even a celebrity. ---->>>

We're not environmentally doing very good things to this planet, and we might not be around too long. ---->>>

What I really want is to play the romantic lead and get the girl. ---->>>

Will Ferrell is just about the nicest guy - anyone can tell you that. ---->>>

Women respond to comfort and a sense of humor. I was always able to make them laugh, so that helps a lot. ---->>>

You want your privacy as a human being. ---->>>

You'd be surprised how condescending people can be. ---->>>

A lot of parts written for people of my size, dwarfs, are either foolish idiots or, like, these sages that are all-knowing, and they're very, sort of, come-to-them-for-answers. ---->>>

Call me a midget, but just be real. I am all for correct terms, but please don't tiptoe around feelings. Don't be too careful, because that shuts you off from people. ---->>>

Every person my size has a different life, a different history. Different ways of dealing with it. Just because I'm seemingly O.K. with it, I can't preach how to be O.K. with it. I don't think I still am O.K. with it. There's days when I'm not. ---->>>

I have a need to always make people laugh. I have a desperate need. I love a great sense of humor. The people I sort of surround myself with have that. ---->>>

I love working with the same actors repeatedly. That happens a lot. It's kind of inevitable, especially if you work with the same writers and directors and you start to form a company of actors. You gravitate towards each other. ---->>>

I think 'No' is a very powerful word in our business that is very hard to use early on in your career. But I also think I was pretty arrogant when I was younger... I used that word maybe too much, but it did help me with finding roles that I did like. ---->>>

I think successful movies that are based on books are their own thing. I think if you're too faithful, word by word, character trait to character trait, it can hurt the movie. ---->>>

I think this planet is far stronger than we are. We're gonna maybe make it very unhealthy and then we're probably gonna cease to exist- I know that's very apocalyptic of me - but I think the planet will survive, and millions of years later, perhaps some green will pop up after we're long gone. It's been around a lot longer than we've been. ---->>>

My brother, who's a violinist now, was the real ham, the real performer of the family. His passion for the violin is the only thing that kept him from being an actor. ---->>>

My mother was an elementary school teacher for 35 years and taught at the Nixon School in New Jersey. I was raised as a very liberal Democrat, and she was protesting Nixon when he was in office. ---->>>

That's one of the things about theater vs. film - with theater, actors have a little more control, and one of the disappointing things about films is that once you're done shooting, anything can happen, you know? ---->>>

The reason I like 'Breaking Bad,' which is still probably my favorite show, is Walter White. You watch him transform, and that's so fascinating. And I think. a lot of TV shows that aren't successful, it's because the characters become stagnant. ---->>>

There are a lot of directors out there who are very specific, visual craftsmen, and while I have the utmost respect for that, they don't really communicate with the actors. ---->>>

We, as Americans, at least - I mean, I love my country - but we're so self-righteous sometimes, in terms of, like, our nationality, our country. But we're people from somewhere else; the true 'Americans' are the original peoples. It's funny, but we're a very territorial species. ---->>>

With a lot of shows, what you'll see happen is they start off really well, and they're very original, but they become sort of a version of themselves. They stand outside the show... they become a cliche of the show they once were. That's the whole 'jumping the shark' thing. ---->>>

Women on the whole are often not as shallow as men are. They can be, but they cut through things a little more easily than men do in terms of that superficial stuff.

Women on the whole are often not as shallow as men are. They can be, but they cut through things a little more easily than men do in terms of that superficial stuff.

Writing is getting killed by too many chefs. Back in the Bogart days, it started with great scripts. You had a writer, and he wrote a script, and that was your movie. I think that's been watered down a bit lately. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-11, 1969
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
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Occupation: Actor
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Peter Hayden Dinklage ( DINK-lij, born June 11, 1969) is an American actor and film producer. He has received numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Born in Morristown, New Jersey and raised in Brookside, Dinklage self-identifies as a dwarf (achondroplasia) and stands 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm) tall (wikipedia)