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Peter Sarsgaard

Highest Rated:   95% Dead Man Walking (1995)
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Birthplace:   Belleville, Illinois, USA
An actor who has demonstrated a fearless capacity for exploring the darker side of human nature, Peter Sarsgaard became synonymous with the term "edgy young performer." With looks that allow him to either play soft-skinned pretty boys or greasy-haired white trash refuse, Sarsgaard has used his malleable features and brooding charisma to great effect in such films as Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry.A graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he was a co-founder of the improvisational group Mama's Pot Roast, Sarsgaard studied at the Actors' Studio in New York. After he completed his studies, he was cast in the off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's Laura Dennis, and, as a member of Douglas Carter Beane's Drama Department, he appeared in John Cameron Mitchell's off-Broadway production of Kingdom of Earth.Sarsgaard made his screen debut in Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking (1995) but had his first substantial role in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), which cast him as the ill-fated son of John Malkovich's dueling Muskateer. He then appeared in a series of largely unseen independent features, including Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise and Morgan J. Freeman's Desert Blue (both 1998). In 1999, Sarsgaard broke out of obscurity with his role in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry. Cast as a violent yet charismatic ex-con, the actor managed to stand out in a film saturated with strong performances, and the film's unanticipated success provided him with an introduction to a wide audience. His increased profile was reflected in the number of projects he was involved with the following year, including P.J. Hogan's Unconditional Love, a drama about a woman (Kathy Bates) who joins forces with the lover of a dead pop star to track down the star's murderer.Sarsgaard reached a new level of critical acclaim with his supporting performances in two little-seen but highly praised features: 2003's journalist drama Shattered Glass and 2004's biopic Kinsey. In the former, he played dedicated, soft-spoken New Republic editor Chuck Lane, who becomes increasingly more agitated as he catches hotshot reporter Steven Glass fabricating stories. Racking up scores of Best Supporting Actor nods from critics' groups and the Golden Globes, it seemed inevitable that the Academy would recognize Sarsgaard, but he was passed over. A similar fate occurred with Kinsey, in which the actor convincingly played the curious, bisexual assistant - and occasional lover - of the sex researcher.Though ignored by the Oscars, Sarsgaard found his profile rising with powerful casting directors, and in turn, the public. After memorably essaying the role of a stoner gravedigger in the popular 2004 indie Garden State, the actor broke through to mass audiences in 2005 with a trio supporting performances in big-budget genre films: the supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key, the blockbuster Flighplan, and the war memoir Jarhead. Bringing his distinctively low-key delivery to a range of parts that were by turns mystical, sinister and conflicted, Sarsgaard secured his place in the pantheon of great Hollywood character actors.Saarsgard delivered solid performances in Year of the Dog and Rendition (both 2007), and co-starred with Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson for the psychological drama Elegy in 2008. The following year he played the role of a man who becomes increasingly concerned about the behavior of his adoptive daughter for The Orphan, and took on the part of the much-older boyfriend of a 16-year-old girl (Carey Mulligan) for the coming of age drama An Education. Saarsgard joined Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise for a supporting role in the action comedy Knight and Day (2010), and joined the cast of The Green Lantern in 2011.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Jackie
  • Robert Kennedy
2016
63% The Magnificent Seven
  • Bartholomew Bogue
2016
88% Experimenter
  • Stanley Milgram
2015
72% Pawn Sacrifice
  • Father Bill Lombardy
2015
74% Black Mass
  • Brian Halloran
2015
No Score Yet Ladygrey
  • Actor
2015
19% Very Good Girls
  • Joe Fitzsimmons
2014
86% Night Moves
  • Harmon
2014
No Score Yet Valley Uprising
  • Actor
2014
53% Lovelace
  • Executive Producer
  • Chuck Traynor
2013
91% Blue Jasmine
  • Dwight
2013
86% Robot & Frank
  • Robot
2012
26% Green Lantern
  • Dr. Hector Hammond
2011
52% Knight & Day
  • Fitzgerald
2010
No Score Yet VIPs
  • Actor
2010
94% An Education
  • David
2009
55% Orphan
  • John Coleman
2009
12% The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland Arning
2009
60% In the Electric Mist
  • Elrod T. Sykes
2009
75% Elegy
  • Kenneth Kepesh
2008
47% Rendition
  • Alan Smith
2007
No Score Yet Indie Sex: Censored
  • Actor
2007
70% Year of the Dog
  • Newt
2007
49% The Dying Gaul
  • Robert
2005
61% Jarhead
  • Allen Troy
2005
38% Flightplan
  • Carson
2005
38% The Skeleton Key
  • Luke
2005
90% Kinsey
  • Clyde Martin
2004
86% Garden State
  • Mark
2004
91% Shattered Glass
  • Charles `Chuck' Lane
2003
47% Death of a Dynasty
  • Actor
2003
21% Empire
  • Jack
2002
60% K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Radtchenko
2002
62% The Salton Sea
  • Jimmy the Finn
2002
14% Unconditional Love
  • Window Washer
2002
34% The Center of the World
  • Richard Longman
2001
No Score Yet Kitchen Privileges
  • Tom
2000
No Score Yet Housebound
  • Actor
2000
88% Boys Don't Cry
  • John
1999
37% Desert Blue
  • Billy Baxter
1999
No Score Yet Freak City
  • Cal Jackson
1999
33% The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Raoul
1998
57% Another Day in Paradise
  • Ty
1997
95% Dead Man Walking
  • Walter Delacroix
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Josh Strand
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
70% The Killing
2011-2014
  • Ray Seward
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
65% The Slap
2015
  • Hector

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