Be Yourself, Never Give Up
Peter Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. He was the only family member with this abnormality, both his parents and his older brother Jonathan having the right heights.
Despite being just 4 feet 5 inches (135 cm), he has established himself as an amazing actor who inspires thousands all over the world.
As a child, he and his brother performed puppet musicals for the people in their neighborhood in Brookside, New Jersey. His audience saw his exceptional potential as an actor and their encouragement increased his confidence in himself.
He moved to New York to start up a theater company with his friend Ian Bell. They became tenants as an apartment but were incapable of paying the rent and moved out. Dinklage then had to work at a data processing company for two years to earn a living. There was a time when he had no place to stay. He slept on couches in his friends’ houses and had to do odd jobs such as dusting pianos.
Dinklage had to go through a lot of struggle initially because he did not accept roles offered to him because of his physical condition.
He wasn’t ready to act as “elves or leprechauns” only but wanted to do quality work, playing characters with strong voices and personalities. It was because he knew his capability and did not see himself as inferior for any reason.
His first big success was the movie, The Station Agent, in which he played the strong character of Finbar McBride.
After this, a variety of offers kept coming his way and he gave his best to all of them. But, most of you know him as Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, a character that has the hugest number of fan following and has been called the “most quotable” of all.
Had he been disappointed by his failures and struggles, he wouldn’t have been where he is today. It was his courage and his faith in his own potential that made him a household name.
All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes.
— Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Game of Thrones, Season 1: Winter Is Coming
Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which has earned him the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2015, as well as receiving consecutive Emmy nominations from 2011 to 2016. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2012.
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Dinklage is one of the highest paid actors on television and currently has a net worth of $16, 000,000.
Peter Dinklage embraced his condition beautifully and never gave up on his dreams. Why should you?
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