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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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Jackie (pre-production)
Robert Kennedy
 2015/I Black Mass
Brian Halloran
 2015 The Slap (TV Mini-Series)
- Ritchie (2015) ... Hector
- Rosie (2015) ... Hector
- Aisha (2015) ... Hector
- Connie (2015) ... Hector
- Manolis (2015) ... Hector
 2015 Ladygrey
 2015 Experimenter
Stanley Milgram
 2014 Moustaches Make Food Taste Better (Short)
Jørgen 'Jørgen' Jørgen
 2014 Pawn Sacrifice
Father Bill Lombardy
 2014 Reel Rock Film Tour (TV Series)
- Valley Uprising (2014) ... Narrator
 2013 The Killing (TV Series)
Ray Seward
- The Road to Hamelin (2013) ... Ray Seward (credit only)
- From Up Here (2013) ... Ray Seward (credit only)
- Six Minutes (2013) ... Ray Seward
- Reckoning (2013) ... Ray Seward
- Try (2013) ... Ray Seward
 2013 Lovelace
 2013 Very Good Girls
 2012 Robot & Frank
Robot (voice)
 2010 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
- Amy Poehler/Katy Perry (2010) ... Boogerman (uncredited)
 2009 Orphan
 2008/I Elegy
Kenny Kepesh
 2007 High Falls (Short)
 2005/I The Dying Gaul
 2003 Death of a Dynasty
Brendon III
 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker
Lt. Vadim Radtchinko
 2002 Empire
 2001 Bacon Wagon (Short)
Cowboy Zombie Victim
 2001 The Center of the World
Richard Longman
 2000 Housebound
 2000 The Cell
Julia Hickson's Fiancee (uncredited)
 1999 Cracker: Mind Over Murder (TV Series)
Spencer Trent
- The Club (1999) ... Spencer Trent
 1999 Freak City (TV Movie)
Cal Jackson
 1998 Minor Details
 1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie)
Boy #1 (segment "Underground") (as Peter Scarsgaard)
 1997 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Donald Jones
- School's Out (1997) ... Donald Jones
 1995 Dead Man Walking
Walter Delacroix
 1995 Law & Order (TV Series)
Josh Strand
- Paranoia (1995) ... Josh Strand
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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Played "Trigorin" in "The Seagull", a play by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Christopher Hampton (Walter Kerr Theater, New York City, New York, USA).

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Peter Scarsgaard


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Seriously, in Catholicism, you're supposed to love your enemy. That really impressed me as a kid, and it has helped me as an actor. I don't believe there are bad people. Just people who do bad things. The way that I view the characters I play is part of my religious upbringing. To abandon curiosity in all personalities, good or bad, is to give up hope in humanity. Like somebody who is mumbling on... See more »


Admits to having a lifelong fear of flying. See more »


Often takes supporting roles instead of headlining a picture, whereby his character is friend to the main character in the film (Kinsey (2004), Shattered Glass (2003), Garden State (2004), Jarhead (2005)).

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