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Also Known As: John Peter Sarsgaard Died:
Born: March 7, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, playwright

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Night Moves (2014)
3.
 Bone Tomahawk (2014)
4.
 Lovelace (2013)
5.
 Blue Jasmine (2013)
6.
 Very Good Girls (2013)
7.
 Robot & Frank (2012)
8.
 Green Lantern (2011)
9.
 Knight and Day (2010)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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First professional stage role in the off-Broadway Horton Foote play, "Laura Dennis"
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
1996:
Appeared in the Drama Department's off-Broadway production of "Kingdom of Earth"
1997:
Featured in the "Underground" segment of HBO's anthology special "Subway Stories"
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"
1999:
Played an institutionalized quadriplegic in the Showtime drama "Freak City"
1999:
Earned critical recognition for his breakthrough role as real-life killer John Lotter in "Boys Don't Cry"
2001:
Played the lead in Wayne Wang's erotic thriller, "Center of the World"
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"
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
2004:
Played the sarcastic best friend to Zach Braff's character in Braff's directorial debut "Garden State"
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
2005:
Portrayed a bisexual screenwriter in "The Dying Gaul"
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
2007:
Played an asexual activist opposite Molly Shannon in "Year of the Dog"
2007:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in "Rendition"
2008:
Made Broadway debut in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" alongside Kristin Scott Thomas at the Royal Court Theatre
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"
2009:
Starred as David in Lone Scherfig's coming of age film "An Education"
2010:
Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"
2011:
Cast as villain Hector Hammond in the superhero film, "Green Lantern"
2012:
Lent his voice to "Robot & Frank"
2013:
Featured in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"
2013:
Guest-starred on "The Killing"
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Education

Fairfield College Preparatory School: Fairfield , Connecticut -
Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson , New York -
T. Schreiber Studio: New York , New York -
Washington University: St. Louis , Missouri - 1991 - 1994

Notes

On researching the role of John Lotter for "Boys Don't Cry" and the dauting prospect of playing a real life person: "I watched him on videotapes. There's the documentary, some footage on 'Montel', but even in the documentary, that person is putting on a face the minute the camera goes on. So ultimately, I didn't feel like I was playing John Lotter. I read a lot about him, and Kim [Peirce, screenwriter and director of 'Boys Don't Cry'] had a kind of history of his life that she'd written down, going to reform school and all that kind of thing. But when you're supposed to play someone who's real, unless it's like Nixon or something, where we have a lot of information, even then, it's impossible to be that person. You just have to rely on your own personal experience."---quoted in Entertainment Drive's coverage of the 1999 Toronto Film Festival

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companion:
Shalom Harlow. Actor, model. Dating as of summer 2000.
companion:
Maggie Gyllenhaal. Actor. Reportedly engaged, December 2002.

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