Peter Sarsgaard

Actor, Playwright
An atypical actor who easily adapted himself in a variety of film and television projects, Peter Sarsgaard built a career disappearing into challenging and sometimes outright difficult roles most other actors might have ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1971 in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Black Mass 2015 (Movie)

Brian Halloran (Actor)

Experimenter 2015 (Movie)

Stanley Milgram (Actor)

Pawn Sacrifice 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prima 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Slap 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Moves 2014 (Movie)

Harmon (Actor)

Blue Jasmine 2013 (Movie)

Dwight (Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Very Good Girls 2013 (Movie)

Fitzsimmons (Actor)

Robot & Frank 2012 (Movie)

Robot (Voice)

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Hector Hammond (Actor)

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

Fitzgerald (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

An Education 2009 (Movie)

David (Actor)

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

Elrod T Sykes (Actor)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 2009 (Movie)

Cleveland Arning (Actor)

Elegy 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Kenny Kepesh (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Alan Smith (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

Newt (Actor)

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

Brendon III (Actor)

Dying Gaul 2005 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Flightplan 2005 (Movie)

Carson (Actor)

High Falls 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

Troy (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Skeleton Key 2005 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

Clyde Martin (Actor)

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

Charles "Chuck" Lane (Actor)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire 2002 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 (Movie)

Vadim (Actor)

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Jimmy the Finn (Actor)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

Richard Longman (Actor)

Housebound 2000 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

John Lotter (Actor)

Desert Blue 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Ty (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Raoul--Son of Athos (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

Walter Delacroix (Actor)

Freak City (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Censored (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Extremes (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Teens (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An atypical actor who easily adapted himself in a variety of film and television projects, Peter Sarsgaard built a career disappearing into challenging and sometimes outright difficult roles most other actors might have avoided. Prior to his breakthrough playing a charming, but ultimately violent rapist and murderer in the indie drama "Boys Don't Cry" (1999), he quietly earned an impressive reputation on the New York theater scene, acting onstage in productions that including the Signature Theatre's "Laura Dennis" and his own play "The Greatest And Most Exciting Gratuitous Exhibition Ever Exploited." Sarsgaard made his biggest impression, however, with a subtle performance as a news magazine editor in "Shattered Glass" (2003), which gave the young, talented actor his first true taste of critical success. From there, he easily alternated between studio features like "Flightplan" (2005), "Jarhead" (2005) and "Knight & Day (2010), as well as independents like "Year of the Dog" (2007) and the Oscar-nominated "An Education" (2009). His 2009 marriage to equally indie-respected Maggie Gyllenhaal cemented Sarsgaard's reputation as an intelligent, devoted actor pursuing art over fame.

Relationships

Naomi Foner Screenplay

Mother-In-Law

Maggie Gyllenhaal Actor

Wife
Began dating in 2002 Engaged in 2006 Married May 2, 2009 in Brindisi, Italy

Jake Gyllenhaal Actor

Brother-in-Law
Co-starred in "Jarhead" (2005)

Stephen Gyllenhaal Director

Father-In-Law

Shalom Harlow Director

Companion
Briefly dated in 2000

Malerie Marder

Companion
Sarsgaard lived with his close friend from his days at Bard college; Marder featured him in some of her early work No longer together

Ramona Sarsgaard

Daughter
Born Oct. 3, 2006; mother, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Gloria Sarsgaard

Daughter
Born April 19, 2012; mother, Maggie Gyllenhaal

EDUCATION

Washington University

St. Louis , Missouri 1991 - 1994
Co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe "Mama's Pot Roast"

Fairfield College Preparatory School

Fairfield , Connecticut

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York
Attended for two years before transferring to Washington University

T. Schreiber Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

2013

Featured in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"

2013

Guest-starred on "The Killing"

2012

Lent his voice to "Robot & Frank"

2011

Cast as villain Hector Hammond in the superhero film, "Green Lantern"

2010

Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"

2009

Starred as David in Lone Scherfig's coming of age film "An Education"

2009

Co-starred with fiance Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Off-Broadway revival of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

2009

Appeared in the film version of Michael Chabon's novel, "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh"

2008

Made Broadway debut in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" alongside Kristin Scott Thomas at the Royal Court Theatre

2007

Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in "Rendition"

2007

Played an asexual activist opposite Molly Shannon in "Year of the Dog"

2005

Played the local attorney, opposite Kate Hudson in the thriller "Skeleton Key"

2005

Portrayed a marine in Sam Mendes' "Jarhead" based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling novel

2005

Portrayed a bisexual screenwriter in "The Dying Gaul"

2004

Cast as researcher Clyde Martin in "Kinsey" opposite Liam Neeson as Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male

2004

Played the sarcastic best friend to Zach Braff's character in Braff's directorial debut "Garden State"

2003

Offered a critically acclaimed performance as Hayden Christensen's editor in "Shattered Glass"; earned an Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2002

Cast as a meth addict in "The Salton Sea"

2002

Co-starred with Elisabeth Shue in an off-Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's "Burn This"

2001

Played the lead in Wayne Wang's erotic thriller, "Center of the World"

1999

Earned critical recognition for his breakthrough role as real-life killer John Lotter in "Boys Don't Cry"

1999

Played an institutionalized quadriplegic in the Showtime drama "Freak City"

1998

Portrayed John Malkovich's son and Leonardo DiCaprio's rival in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1998

Cast in Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise"

1997

Featured in the "Underground" segment of HBO's anthology special "Subway Stories"

1996

Appeared in the Drama Department's off-Broadway production of "Kingdom of Earth"

1995

Made TV debut in an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"

1995

Feature film debut in Tim Robbins' film "Dead Man Walking" playing one of the young murder victims

First professional stage role in the off-Broadway Horton Foote play, "Laura Dennis"

Bonus Trivia

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"It can be such an understandable and commonly held default position of any actor to please an audience — to be liked. So how refreshing when an actor thinks, 'What is the best thing in service of the play as a whole?'" - Sarsgaard to the Associated Press, Sept. 30, 2008

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On working on the Broadway stage in "The Seagull": "It's a decadent thing to me for some reason. I guess because it doesn't nourish my family directly as much as me going off and doing a movie," he says. "If a father's job is to go out and bring things home for his family — and grab as many things as he can grab — then that's not particularly the way to do it." - Sarsgaard to the Associated Press, Sept. 30, 2008

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