Sarsgaard, Peter 1971–

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SARSGAARD, Peter 1971–

(Peter Scarsgaard)


Born March 7, 1971, at Scott Air Force Base, IL. Education: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, degree in history and literature; trained at Actors Studio, New York City.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Jon Rubinstein, MJ Management, 130 West 57th St., Suite 11A, New York, NY 10019. Publicist—I/D Public Relations, 155 Spring St., Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10012 and 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.


Actor and writer. Drama Department, New York City, cofounder and member of company; Mama's Pot Roast (comedy improvisation group), Washington University, St. Louis, MO, cofounder.

Awards, Honors:

Emerging Actor Award, St. Louis International Film Festival, 2000; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award, and Toronto Film Critics Association Award, all 2003, National Society of Film Critics Award, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, Online Film Critics Society Award, Golden Globe Award nomination, Independent Spirit Award nomination, Independent Features Project/West, and Chlotrudis Award nomination, all 2004, all best supporting actor, for Shattered Glass; Stockholm Film Festival Award, best actor, 2004, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role in a comedy or musical, International Press Academy, 2005, both for Garden State; Chlotrudis Award, Glitter Award, International Gay and Lesbian Independent Film awards, Independent Spirit Award nomination, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination, Golden Satellite Award nomination, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, all best supporting actor, all 2005, for Kinsey.


Film Appearances:

Walter Delacroix, Dead Man Walking, Paramount, 1995.

Billy Baxter, Desert Blue, Samuel Goldwyn, 1998.

Raoul, The Man in the Iron Mask, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1998.

Ty, Another Day in Paradise, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Minor Details, 1998.

John Lotter, Boys Don't Cry (also known as Take It Like a Man), Twentieth Century–Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1999.

Kitchen Privileges, Atmosphere Films, 1999.

Jimmy the Finn, The Salton Sea, Warner Bros., 2000.

(Uncredited) Julia Hickson's fiance, The Cell, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Richard Longman, The Center of the World, Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Tom, Housebound, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2000.

Cowboy, Bacon Wagon: The Movie (short film), 2001.

Jack, Empire, Universal, 2002.

Vadim Ratchenko, K–19: The Widowmaker (also known as K*19: The Widowmaker and K–19: Terreur sous la mer), Paramount, 2002.

Brendon III, Death of a Dynasty, Intrinsic Value Films/R&B FM/Roc–a–fella Films, 2003.

Charles "Chuck" Lane, Shattered Glass, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

Clyde Martin, Kinsey, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Mark, Garden State, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2004.

Gene Carson, Flightplan (also known as Flight Plan), Buena Vista, 2005.

Luke, The Skeleton Key, Universal, 2005.

Robert, The Dying Gaul, Rebel Park Pictures/Holedigger Films, 2005.

Troy, Jarhead, Universal, 2005.

Appeared in the film In God's Hands.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As Peter Scarsgaard) First boy, "Underground," Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, HBO, 1997.

Cal Jackson, Freak City, Showtime, 1999.

Window washer, Unconditional Love (also known as Who Shot Victor Fox?), Starz!, 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2004.

Himself, The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2004.

Himself, The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2005.

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, The WB, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Josh Strand, "Paranoia," Law & Order, NBC, 1995.

Some sources cite an appearance as Spencer in Cracker (also known as Fitz), ABC.

Stage Appearances:

The Greatest and Most Exciting Gratuitous Exhibition Ever Exploited, Cunningham Space, New York City, beginning c. 1993.

Harvey Griswold, Laura Dennis, Signature Theatre Company, New York City, 1995.

Kingdom of Earth, Drama Department, Greenwich House Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Pale, Burn This, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Reader, "I Woke Up Wicked," Greater Writers Series (reading series), MET Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 2004.

Also appeared in American Archeology.



(In archive footage) John Lotter, Sex at 24 Frames per Second (documentary; also known as Playboy Presents "Sex at 24 Frames per Second: The Ultimate Journey through Sex in Cinema"), Playboy Entertainment Group, 2003.

Himself, The Making of "Garden State" (documentary), Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.

Himself, The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film (documentary), Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.


Writings for the Stage:

The Greatest and Most Exciting Gratuitous Exhibition Ever Exploited, Cunningham Space, New York City, beginning c. 1993.



Entertainment Weekly, November 7, 2003, p. 51.

Interview, March, 2001, pp. 160–63.

Movieline's Hollywood Life, February, 2004, pp. 68–69, 108.