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. He began acting as a child in a fifth-grade production of The Velveteen Rabbit. He studied acting at Bennington College, starring in a number of amateur stage productions. His film debut was in Living in Oblivion (1995) and his breakthrough came with the comedy-drama The Station Agent (2003). He has since appeared in such films as the comedy Elf (2003), the crime film Find Me Guilty (2006), the superhero comedy Underdog (2007), the fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and the superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which 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. Dinklage is one of the highest paid actors on television.