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Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard is noted for his range and ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays. He recently completed a critically acclaimed, back-to-back Chekov run, first opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan on Broadway in The Seagull, and then opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal off-Broadway in Uncle Vanya.

Sarsgaard also stars in Lone Scherfig's upcoming film An Education, alongside Dominic Cooper, Emma Thompson, Alfred Molina and Carey Mulligan. Sarsgaard was recently seen in Isabel Coixet's Elegy, starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz; Rawson Marshall Thurber's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, opposite Sienna Miller; Bertrand Tavernier's In the Electric Mist, co-starring Tommy Lee Jones; and Rendition, starring Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal under the direction of Gavin Hood.

For his supporting role in the biopic Kinsey, written and directed by Bill Condon and starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, Sarsgaard earned both a Critics' Choice Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He also received numerous accolades for his portrayal of New Republic editor Charles Lane in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass, garnering Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor, as well as awards from the Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto and National Society of Film Critics.

Sarsgaard first received wide acclaim for his role as John Lotter, the tormenter and rapist in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry, opposite Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny. His other film credits include Year of the Dog, directed by Mike White and co-starring John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon; Jarhead, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx; Flightplan, opposite Jodie Foster; The Dying Gaul, with Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott; Garden State, starring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman; K-19 The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson; and the thriller The Skeleton Key, with Kate Hudson and Gena Rowlands. Sarsgaard attended the Actors Studio Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he was cast in the off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's Laura Dennis at the Signature Theatre Company.

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Peter Sarsgaard Facts

BirthdayMarch 7, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceScott Air Force Base, Illinois, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Peter Sarsgaard compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Magnificent Seven
Black Mass
Pawn Sacrifice
Knight and Day
Green Lantern
Desert Blue
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