John Carl Dinklage is Peter Dinklage’s father. He was a former insurance salesman and a war veteran who lived for 72 years from 1931 to 2004.
His son Peter is responsible for bringing fame to John due to his Hollywood career. He has performed in Living in Oblivion (1995), The Station Agent (2003), and Game of Thrones. He has won multiple awards, including Golden Globe Award and Emmy Awards.
Who is Peter Dinklage’s Father?
John Carl Dinklage is an American of German and Irish descent and is the father of Peter Dinklage. He was born on October 24, 1931, in Glen Ridge.
His parents were Florence and Ray Dinklage while his siblings were Edna Tapley (sister), and Ray Dinklage (brother). All of them were said to have died before the actor’s father.
At the age of 18, John moved to Mantoloking. In later years, he headed to the Jersey Shore region of New Jersey where Peter was born in 1969. At the time, the older Dinklage was about the age of 38.
Along the line, he moved to the Brookside area of Mendham Township where he lived for many years.
Interesting Facts About John Carl Dinklage
1. He Had Worked in Different Sectors and was a Lieutenant
From 1955 to 1957 when he was between the ages of 24 to 26, John Carl served as an Army First Lieutenant in Korea where he served in the Korean War.
In addition, he worked in the insurance industry before his retirement in 1991.
He was also a fly-fisherman, nature enthusiast, and a member of the Lake Solitude Club in High Bridge.
2. John Carl Dinklage Was Married to Diane Dinklage for 38 Years
In the 1960s, the former fly-fisherman, John Carl was married to Diane Dinklage. They remained in marriage for 38 years until his death.
Diane is a former teacher who currently works as a case supervisor with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – a United States national association that promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children.
John and Diane’s union produced 2 sons, Jonathan and Peter Dinklage.
Both the sons of John Carl are into entertainment in different ways. While his oldest son Jonathan is a violinist and concertmaster for the musical Hamilton.
On the other hand, his son Peter is one of the most celebrated American actors.
3. His Son Peter is One of the Highest Paid Actors in Game of Thrones and is the Only Cast Member to Win an Emmy Award
One of the best movies that John’s son featured in is Game of Thrones which ran for 8 seasons from April 17 to May 19, 2019. According to records, Peter Dinklage made $500,000 per episode in the series where he acted as Tyrion Lannister.
Also, it was said that the actor may have received up to $1.2 million alongside other leading actors in the TV series such as Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Nikolaj Coster -Waldau.
John Dinklage’s son was the first to be cast in the fantasy series. Peter Dinklage supposedly made Game of Thrones more popular and “Los Angeles Times” even claimed that his performance made the series his.
His performance has helped the series to earn a total of 160 Emmy nominations and 59 wins.
Only from the HBO TV drama, Peter won 8 Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” and won 4 in the same category in 2011, 2015, 2018, and 2019.
He is the only Game of Thrones actor to win an Emmy Award.
In a similar way, John’s youngest son won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actor Guild Award for his portrayal of Tyrion in Game of Thrones among other wins.
4. Peter is the Only Member of John Carl Dinklage’s Family Who Has Achondroplasia
Peter Dinklage’s father was above 5 feet tall and none of his family members has been reported to have achondroplasia except for his actor son Peter.
The genetic disorder causes dwarfism, hence people suffering from it don’t reach up to 5 feet. In the case of John Carl’s son, Peter, he is about 4 feet 5 inches (1.35 m).
When Peter was younger, he faced different challenges and was angry, and bitter. But as he grew older, he figured he had to have a sense of humor that would later help him become an interesting humorous actor.
In his career, it is said that the former war veteran’s son refused to take roles that mocked or diminish his body.
5. Peter Dinklage’s Father Died a Year Before His Son Became Married
It was in 2004 that the older Dinklage passed away. A year after in 2005, Peter became married to Erica Schmidt 2005.
The couple is parents 2 who was born in 2011 and 2017.
His other son Jonathan has been married twice. He was first married to Ta’Rea Campbell in 2015 before they divorced. In 2020, he became married to an actress, Kailee Graham.
6. His Oldest Child Played For Michael Jackson
Jonathan Dinklage is the oldest of the 2 children of John Carl Dinklage. He started to play the violin at a young age and deep into his career, he reportedly played for Michael Jackson.
He has played for other artists such as Mary J Blige, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, and Sturgill Simpson among others.
At present, his works include Hamilton, Wendy, Little Wome, Shrek the Musical, and Anytown, USA. He has also worked in films such as Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives, Lincoln’s Dilemma, Hunters, and Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.
In a similar fashion, Jonathan’s brother Peter also had a music career where he played with a punk rock band Whizzy in the 1990s. He later left the band and focused on acting while his other 2 band mates continued pursuing music.
7How Much Was His Net Worth Before His Demise?
It is difficult to ascertain the exact net worth of the older Dinklage but he may have been worth more than $100,000.
He made his wealth from different sources, including serving in the army and as a former insurance salesman.
His famous son Peter on the other hand has an estimated net worth of $25 million. His major source of wealth is acting. He also founded Estuary Films together with David Ginsburg in 2016.