Years before he was known as Tyrion Lannister on the hit show Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage was just a normal kid growing up in Morristown, New Jersey sporting dodgy haircuts and enduring hilarious moments with friends from his theater group. Now, RadarOnline.com has obtained exclusive photos of the Emmy winner showing off his wild high school years before he became a fan-favorite on the small screen. Click through the photos to see Dinklage before his rise to fame.
In an exclusive sit-down interview with RadarOnline.com, Dinklage's mother, Diane revealed that Peter "had a dream of making it in the acting world from an early age."Here's the young actor with squinty eyes and bushy hair and eyebrows in one of his school yearbook photos.
The actor, now-48, attended Delbarton in Morristown, a private all-male Roman Catholic college-preparatory school with his brother, Jonathan. Here he is acting out an unruly character back in high school.
In this photograph, an unkempt Peter sports a stern face as he hangs outside of a van with some high school pals.
A former drama teacher of Peter's, Diane Lopez, admitted that while Peter's stature made him stick out at school, he was popular. "Peter always had extreme presence right from the get-go. He was confident and hung around with a tight-knit group," she revealed.
Peter showcased a rather lustrous mullet during his high school days, seen here. Despite his small size, Lopez said that even if Peter felt left out or different, he didn't show it. "I never saw him upset," she said.
Lopez has fond memories of the gifted actor, although one memory left her bursting out in laughter. She recalled Peter taking on the role of a pirate king, where he hid in a small treasure chest to be carried out by his classmates before singing a song.
"At the end of the song he was meant to exit the stage, but he went back into the chest!" Lopez remarked. "His mom panicked and said afterwards, 'All I could think about was...is he breathing?' I feel so bad about that to this day!"
Here's a photo of the New Jersey native alongside a group of male pals singing the Miami Vice theme song.
Peter also had his way with the ladies. Lopez said he never had a problem with wooing girls and remained in touch with school friends even after his big break in The Station in 2003. "I think maybe some children saw him as a novelty," the former teacher revealed.
Today, Peter's mom said the goofy son of hers does not act for the notoriety. In fact, he isn't a fan of the attention. "He doesn't like being famous, he didn't expect it and doesn't like it at all," said Diane.
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