Before ‘Game of Thrones,’ Peter Dinklage Was a Punk Rock Star
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Peter Dinklage

Before ‘Game of Thrones,’ Peter Dinklage Was a Punk Rock Star


Peter Dinklage evolved from Lannister embarrassment to Hand of the Queen on Game of Thrones, but off-screen, his evolution has been even more impressive.

Decades ago, the Emmy-nominated actor used to sing in a punk band.

And the Internet just unearthed photos of his time on stage…

Picture this: The year is 1993. A 24-year-old Peter Dinklage takes a basement stage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his punk/rap/funk band Whizzy.

“I'm an omnivore, yet I do much more,” he sings.

“I rock a party with my mike / Get people out on the floor / But when the show is over and my rhymes are through / I head to the kitchen / ‘Cause I need some food.”

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Yes, those are actual lyrics from Whizzy’s song “Omnivore Lord,” according to a November 1993 article from the Columbia Spectator.

“Whizzy is more than a new band,” the Spectator’s Susanna Howe wrote.

“It’s a spectacle of sardonic yet optimistic folly to which you can’t help but dance.”

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“Donning a shirt made of Wonder bread, dwarf Peter Dinklage jumped up and chalked on the floor in front ‘We like you,’” she penned.

Sadly, any photos of Peter’s Wonder bread shirt seem lost in the mists of time, but other photos of the band show the future Game of Thrones star delighting his audience.

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At the time, Peter — a New Jersey boy, despite his British accent on the HBO hit — had just graduated from Bennington College and had moved to New York City to start a theater company with his friend.

To make ends meet, though, he worked at a data processing company — while using Whizzy as his creative outlet, apparently.

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He finally got on-screen roles, though — starting with the indie dramedy Living in Oblivion, in which he shared the screen with fellow future HBO star Steve Buscemi.

Then came a role in the crime drama Bullet, starring Tupac, and a reunion with Steve Buscemi in the comedy 13 Moons.

Peter finally got his first big break, however, in 2003 with a lead role in the dramedy film The Station Agent — and his performance earned him nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Afterwards came roles in films like Elf, Death at a Funeral, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian — and gigs in TV shows like Threshold, Nip/Tuck, and 30 Rock — before he landed the part of Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones.

The 48-year-old isn’t the only musician in the GOT cast, of course.

Bronn actor Jerome Flynn was one-half of the ‘90s pop duo Robson & Jerome, for example.

And on the Season 7 set, actors Iain Glen, Kristofer Hivju, Richard Dormer, and Rory McCann teamed up as the “Brotherhood Without Banjos” and covered a Tom Waits song.

Still, not one of them wore a Wonder bread shirt. Just sayin’.

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