Peter Sarsgaard


07 Mar 1971


Belleville, Illinois, USA


John Peter Sarsgaard


Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Judy Lea (Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard, an engineer who worked for the Air Force and later Monsanto and IBM. He is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of the comedy improvisational group Mama's Pot Roast and trained initially with the Actors' Studio in New York. Such off-Broadway productions included Horton Foote's "Laura Dennis" and John Cameron Mitchell's "Kingdom of Earth."

He made his screen debut in Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking (1995) and was given more sizable roles in Desert Blue (1998) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), as the ill-fated son of the Musketeer Athos, played by John Malkovich. Peter then started gracing the art-house circuit, making a violent, searing impression as a homophobic killer in Boys Don't Cry (1999) starring two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank as a trans-gendered teen.

Other impressionable offbeat roles for Peter that have thrilled critics from coast to coast include Shattered Glass (2003), which earned him a slew of awards including the prestigious National Society of Film Critics Award. Prior to that, he showed off his versatility with portrayals ranging from a Russian nuclear reactor officer in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) to a drug addict in The Salton Sea (2002). Other heralded performances in Garden State (2004) and Kinsey (2004) only prove that, at this rate, it is only a matter of time before the Oscars come rapping on Sarsgaard's door.

Actor ( 74 credits )

Escobar (2017) Neymar
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Bartholomew Bogue
Starring Austin Pendleton (2016) Himself
Bone Tomahawk (2015) Arthur O'Dwyer (rumored)
Black Mass (2015) Brian Halloran
Ladygrey (2015)
Experimenter (2015) Stanley Milgram
The Slap (2015)  Hector (8 episodes, 2015)
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself - Angrily Swiping Things Off Desk / ... (2 epi
Night Moves (2013) Harmon
Blue Jasmine (2013) Dwight
Lovelace (2013) Chuck
Very Good Girls (2013) Joe Fitzsimmons
Robot & Frank (2012) Robot (voice)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  David Goldman / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015
Green Lantern (2011) Hector Hammond
The Killing (2011)  Ray Seward (12 episodes, 2013)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Knight and Day (2010) Fitzgerald
Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2010) Alan Troy (archive footage)
Conan (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Reel Rock Film Tour (2010)  Narrator (1 episode, 2014)
Orphan (2009) John
In the Electric Mist (2009) Elrod Sykes
An Education (2009) David Goldman
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Elegy (2008) Kenny Kepesh
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008) Cleveland Arning
Rendition (2007) Alan Smith
Year of the Dog (2007) Newt
High Falls (2007) Pedro
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
History in Focus (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Jarhead (2005) Alan Troy
Flightplan (2005) Carson
The Skeleton Key (2005) Luke Marshall
The Dying Gaul (2005) Robert
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2013)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Kinsey (2004) Clyde Martin
Garden State (2004) Mark
Death of a Dynasty (2003) Brendon III
Shattered Glass (2003) Charles 'Chuck' Lane
Unconditional Love (2002) Window Washer
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) Lt. Vadim Radtchinko
The Salton Sea (2002) Jimmy the Finn
Empire (2002) Jack
Bacon Wagon (2001) Cowboy Zombie Victim
The Center of the World (2001) Richard Longman
Housebound (2000) Tom
The Cell (2000) Julia Hickson's Fiancee (uncredited)
Boys Don't Cry (1999) John Lotter
Desert Blue (1998) Billy Baxter
Another Day in Paradise (1998) Ty
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) Raoul
Minor Details (1998) Scott
Cracker: Mind Over Murder (1997)  Spencer Trent (1 episode, 1999)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Dead Man Walking (1995) Walter Delacroix
New York Undercover (1994)  Donald Jones (1 episode, 1997)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2004)
Law & Order (1990)  Josh Strand (1 episode, 1995)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Boogerman / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
Jackie (0) Robert Kennedy
Prima (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Lovelace (2013) executive producer

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