Emmys 2019: N.J.'s Peter Dinklage wins 4th 'Game of Thrones' Emmy, makes history
Peter Dinklage had already made history when he was nominated for his eighth Emmy for " Game of Thrones."
Now, Dinklage, 50, who grew up in Mendham, has done it again by winning his fourth supporting actor Emmy for playing Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series, which ended its eighth and final season in May. He is now the winningest actor in the supporting actor category at the Emmys.
"I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is nothing but all about tolerance and diversity, because no other place I'd be standing on a stage like this," Dinklage said in his acceptance speech on Sunday.
In the series, which premiered in 2011, Tyrion is the brother of "Kingslayer" Jamie Lannister and Queen Cersei and serves as hand to Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
"I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I knew that (showrunners) David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) were quite brilliant," Dinklage said in his speech.
"We did nothing but sweat, we did nothing but laugh," he said of his 10 years working on the show. "Dave and Dan, we literally walked through fire and ice for you, literally, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat," Dinklage said, referring to Bayonne native George R.R. Martin 's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books, which provided the source material for the series.
Dinklage also holds the record for the most Emmy nominations for an actor in a single drama. The actor has been nominated for every season of "Game of Thrones," meaning consecutive years except for 2017, when the show was on hiatus.
He won the Emmy on Sunday in a category that included his "Game of Thrones" co-stars Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks from "Better Call Saul," Chris Sullivan from "This is Us" and Michael Kelly from "House of Cards."
The New Jersey native, who was born in Morristown, previously won Emmys for playing Tyrion in 2011 - the year the show premiered on HBO - as well as in 2015 and 2018.
"Tyrion's such a meaty role, I love playing him," Dinklage told The Star-Ledger in 2012. "Especially in a series like this. In a movie, you often have to spell everything out in the first few minutes. Here he has a really great, slow-burning arc."
Dinklage also received an Emmy nomination this year as an executive producer in the movie category for " My Dinner with Hervé." The film stars Dinklage as French actor Hervé Villechaize, who played Tattoo on "Fantasy Island." Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades of Grey") plays a reporter who interviews Villechaize.
Dinklage is an alumnus of the Delbarton School in Morristown. In the 2003 film "The Station Agent," directed by New Providence's Tom McCarthy, the actor played Finbar McBride, a man who is willed a train station in rural Newfoundland, New Jersey, an area that spans Passaic and Morris counties.Get the latest updates right in your inbox. Subscribe to NJ.com's newsletters.
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