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'Game of Thrones' Star Peter Dinklage Is a Loving Husband and Proud Father of 2 Beautiful Kids

Monica Otayza
Aug 20, 2021
11:01 A.M.
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Peter Dinklage is best known as the hand of the Queen on "Game of Thrones," but he is more than just a brilliant actor. The star is a proud father to two beautiful children and a loving husband to his wife, Erica Schmidt.

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Peter Dinklage prefers to keep his private life out of the spotlight, so he is not too active on social media. However, being a fan-favorite, Dinklage and his family are usually spotted by the press whenever they're out and about.

Knowing what it feels like to be ridiculed, Dinklage would like to protect his family from the glaring eyes of the public as much as possible. He has chosen to respect his children's privacy by keeping their upbringing as normal as possible despite his fame.

Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt at the 2018 Emmy After Party on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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DINKLAGE'S EARLY LIFE

Growing up, Dinklage was raised in New Jersey. Dinklage's mom was a music teacher, while his father was an insurance agent. Discovering his passion for acting early on, he studied drama at Bennington College.

Although he's had to travel around for work, Dinklage prefers to be near his hometown. He and his family reside in New York, where they are often spotted enjoying strolls and scooter rides together.

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HIS ROLE ON "GAME OF THRONES"

The actor's breakthrough role was on "Game of Thrones," where he played the character of Tyrion Lannister. After being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role seven times, he made history.

When he isn't busy filming for his projects, Dinklage is out and about, spending time with the family he and his wife Erica Schmidt built. Dinklage and Erica Schmidt are proud parents to their two children, who they have refused to name in public.

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HIS VERY PRIVATE LIFE

Back in 2005, the couple eloped to Las Vegas. Years later, they welcomed their first daughter. By 2017, they welcomed a second child, although the couple never publicly announced this.

More recently, Dinklage was spotted riding a scooter around New York with his daughter. This was one of the rare times that he was spotted out with one of his children.

Peter Dinklage at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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HIS WIFE THE ARTIST

Despite his stellar performance on "Game of Thrones," Dinklage actually believes that his wife is the "artist" of his family. While he is known as a TV and film actor, his wife is equally passionate about theater. Speaking about that, he once said:

"Unlike a lot of other people in our profession where film is the ultimate goal, theater is sacred to her. It's not entertainment; it's art."

Peter Dinklage at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con | Source: Wikimedia Commons Images, CC BY-SA 2.0

Dinklage paved the way for dwarves to be seen as normal human beings who lead normal lives. He is grateful to George R.R. Martin, author of "Game of Thrones," for allowing this to happen.

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