Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1971-03-07 (50 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Belleville, Illinois, USA

57 Movies · 17 TV shows

Also Known As: Питер Сарсгаард · John Peter Sarsgaard

Biography

John Peter Sarsgaard (; born March 7, 1971) is an American actor. His first feature role was in Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise and Desert Blue. That same year, Sarsgaard received a substantial role in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), playing Raoul, the ill-fated son of Athos. Sarsgaard later achieved critical recognition when he was cast in Boys Don't Cry (1999) as John Lotter. He landed his first leading role in the 2001 film The Center of the World. The following year, he played supporting roles in Empire, The Salton Sea, and K-19: The Widowmaker.For his portrayal of Charles Lane in Shattered Glass, Sarsgaard won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sarsgaard has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the 2004 comedy-drama Garden State, the biographical film Kinsey (2004), the drama The Dying Gaul (2005), and big-budget films such as Flightplan (2005), Jarhead (2005), The Skeleton Key (2005), Orphan (2009), An Education (2009), Knight and Day (2010), Green Lantern (2011), Lovelace (2013), Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves (2013), Blue Jasmine (2013), Black Mass (2015), and The Magnificent Seven (2016). Sarsgaard also appeared in the American TV series The Killing (2013) as a man on death row perhaps wrongfully convicted for the brutal murder of his wife—a performance which he says included "some of the best acting I have ever done in my life."Sarsgaard has appeared in Off-Broadway productions including Kingdom of Earth, Laura Dennis, Burn This, and Uncle Vanya. In September 2008, he made his Broadway debut as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin in The Seagull. He is married to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Personal Life

In an interview with The New York Times, Sarsgaard stated that he followed Catholicism, saying: "I like the death-cult aspect of Catholicism. Every religion is interested in death, but Catholicism takes it to a particularly high level. [...] 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. [...] 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."Among his most notable romantic relationships, Sarsgaard dated burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and model and actress Shalom Harlow. Early in his film career, he dated photographer Malerie Marder, a close friend from his days attending Bard College, who had featured Sarsgaard in some of her early work.Sarsgaard began a romantic relationship with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, the sister of his close friend Jake Gyllenhaal, in 2002. In April 2006, they announced their engagement, and on May 2, 2009, they married in a small ceremony in Brindisi, Italy. They have two daughters: Ramona (born October 3, 2006) and Gloria Ray (born April 19, 2012).Sarsgaard is vegan, but he says he cooks meat for his children.In June 2013, Sarsgaard and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning.

Early Life

John Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois, on March 7, 1971, the son of Judy Lea (née Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard. His father was an Air Force engineer and later worked for Monsanto and IBM. His surname originates in Denmark, where his paternal great-great-grandparents were born; it is pronounced [ˈsɑːsɡɔˀ] in Danish. Sarsgaard was raised a Catholic and served as an altar boy. His family moved more than 12 times during his childhood, following his father's job. At the age of 7, Sarsgaard originally wanted to become a soccer player and took up ballet to help improve his coordination. After suffering several concussions while playing soccer, he gave up the sport and became interested in writing and theater.Sarsgaard attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, a private Jesuit boys' school in Connecticut, where he became interested in film. Following his graduation from Fairfield Prep in 1989, he attended Bard College in New York for two years before transferring to Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in 1991, where he co-founded an improvisational comedy troupe "Mama's Pot Roast." While at WUSTL, Sarsgaard began performing in plays in an offshoot of New York's Actors Studio; His first role was as the servant Laurent in Molière's Tartuffe. In 1993, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and moved to New York.

Movies & TV shows

2022.

1 Movie
The Batman

The Batman

2022
Bruce Wayne, also known as the Batman, takes on a serial killer in his second year of crime-fighting.

2021.

1 Movie
The Guilty

The Guilty

2021
When call operator Joe Bayler tries to save a caller, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, and that facing the truth is the only way out.

2020.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Homemade

Homemade

2020
Acclaimed filmmakers from around the world channel their creativity during COVID-19 isolation with this diverse, genre-spanning collection of short films.
Human Capital

Human Capital

2020
The lives of two different families collide when one of their children begins a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.
Best Summer Ever

Best Summer Ever

2020
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities.
TV
Interrogation

Interrogation

2020
Based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. The goal of each episode is to turn the viewer into a detective, ...

2019.

2 Movies
The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

2019
A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem that he can't solve.
Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

2019
In 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones travels to Ukraine, where he experiences the horrors of a famine. Everywhere he goes he meets henchmen of the Soviet secret service who are determined to prevent...

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower

6
2018
While Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda become a global threat, the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently sets the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the Iraq War.
The Lie

The Lie

9.33
2018
A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl's best friend on the side of the road. Good intentions can result in terrible consequences when they stop to offer a ride.

2017.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Wormwood

Wormwood

2017
In this genre-bending tale, Errol Morris explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra.
Loving Pablo

Loving Pablo

2017
The rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord is chronicled in the film.
Wormwood

Wormwood

2017
In this genre-bending tale, Errol Morris explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra.

2016.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Starring Austin Pendleton

Starring Austin Pendleton

2016
A quirky and inspirational documentary film on the philosophical approach to the life and work of character actor, Austin Pendleton.
The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

6.15
2016
The industrialist wanted to mine gold in Rose Creek. Desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm. Bogue and his gang were taken on by a group of gunslingers. mercenaries are fighting for mor...
TV
America Divided

America Divided

2016
The docu-series features narratives about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. The show follows high-profile correspondents as they investiga...
Jackie

Jackie

7.14
2016
There was an account of the First Lady. Kennedy died in 1963.

2015.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

2015
American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving "The Colbert Report" to return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actor...
Black Mass

Black Mass

5.79
2015
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most notorious criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI mole to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
TV
The Slap

The Slap

1
2015
A family drama explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple's child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, exposes long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit...
Ladygrey

Ladygrey

2015
While sleeping with Angus, she tried to maintain her sense of self.
Experimenter

Experimenter

2
2015
Yale University was founded in 1961. A psychology experiment in which people think they are delivering electric shocks to a stranger strapped into a chair in another room is still relevant today. The ...

2014.

2 Movies
Valley Uprising

Valley Uprising

2014
In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service. ...
Night Moves

Night Moves

6
2014
The explosion of a hydroelectric dam is the most intense protest of the three radical environmentalists.

2013.

3 Movies
Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

6.9
2013
After experiencing a traumatic misfortune, Jasmine French, a wealthy woman from New York, moves to San Francisco to live with her foster sister and the firm purpose of getting a new life, but she will...
Lovelace

Lovelace

6
2013
Linda Lovelace was used and abused by the porn industry before taking control of her life.
Very Good Girls

Very Good Girls

6
2013
During their first summer out of high school, two New York City girls made a pact to lose their virginity. The friends are tested when they fall in love with the same street artist.

2012.

1 Movie
Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

7.5
2012
There is a comedy, a buddy picture, and a film about a robbery. Old Frank is Curmudgeonly. His visit to the library made him smile. His children want to buy him a robot. Frank was initially resistant ...

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Green Lantern

Green Lantern

6.79
2011
The Green Lantern Corps has been in existence for hundreds of years. The Green Lantern has a ring that gives him power. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in th...
TV
The Killing

The Killing

6.73
2011
The Killing is based on a series of Danes. Murder detectives Stephen and Sarah are the focus of the series.

2010.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.
Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Jake Gyllenhaal Challenges the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

2010
The news footage of former President Barack Obama is combined with the films Donnie Darko and Jarhead.
Knight and Day

Knight and Day

5.91
2010
A fugitive couple goes on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one are what they seem. They are racing across the globe to survive the battle of truth. trust.

2009.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

7.75
2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
An Education

An Education

6.25
2009
Jenny aspires to attend Oxford University despite her sheltered upbringing. When David, a charming but much older suitor, drives into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life.
In the Electric Mist

In the Electric Mist

6
2009
Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At t...
Orphan

Orphan

6.05
2009
Esther was adopted by a married couple after they lost their baby.

2008.

2 Movies
Elegy

Elegy

2008
Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher, threw into tragic disarray David Kepesh's life, which he indicates is a state of "emancipated ma...
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

2008
Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his mobster father and explores love, sexuality, and the mysteries surrounding his lif...

2007.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
High Falls

High Falls

2007
A man and his pregnant wife tell their secrets to their best friend during a weekend at a country home.
Rendition

Rendition

4
2007
When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secre...
TV
Indie Sex

Indie Sex

10
2007
Indie Sex is a 2007 American television documentary film directed by Lesli Klainberg.
Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

2007
A secretary has a dog.

2005.

4 Movies
The Dying Gaul

The Dying Gaul

2005
A grieving screenwriter enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband.
Flightplan

Flightplan

7.63
2005
Julia went missing while flying in a state-of-the-art aircraft that she helped design. No one on the plane believes that Julia was ever on the plane. Kyle can't save her daughter.
The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key

5.78
2005
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home is entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Jarhead

Jarhead

4.75
2005
The film Jarhead is about the experiences of a US Marine during the Gulf War. After putting up with an exhausting boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf, where they are eager to...

2004.

2 Movies
Kinsey

Kinsey

4
2004
Kinsey wanted to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. Kinsey's scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance that leads to an unexpected journey into the mystery of human ...
Garden State

Garden State

3.9
2004
Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that brings him back to his friends. His decision to stop taking his medication coincides with the trip. A chance meeting with S...

2003.

2 Movies
Death of a Dynasty

Death of a Dynasty

2003
A story about a journalist at a hip-hop magazine who is sent on assignment to uncover the often comical world of Roc-a-Fella Records run by Jay-Z and Dash.
Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

9
2003
The true story of Washington, D.C. Stephen Glass became a staff writer at The New Republic after becoming a journalist in his 20s. Glass was looking for a short cut to fame, but his deception did not ...

2002.

4 Movies
Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

2002
A woman travels to London for the funeral of a pop star after her husband dies. She convinces the lover of the dead pop star to come back to Chicago with her to find out who killed the singer.
The Salton Sea

The Salton Sea

6
2002
A man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems after the murder of his wife. He befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in the rescue of his neighbor,...
K-19: The Widowmaker

K-19: The Widowmaker

6
2002
The crew of Russia's first nuclear submarine needs to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster on its maiden voyage.
Empire

Empire

5.5
2002
A big time drug dealer is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. A broker. Victor was double crossed and had to get revenge.

2001.

1 Movie
The Center of the World

The Center of the World

2001
A couple checks into a hotel. He's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, and she's a lap dancer at a club. He's missing meetings with investors and withdrawing from work. He ...

2000.

2 Movies
The Cell

The Cell

7.22
2000
A serial killer is in a coma.
Housebound

Housebound

2000
A woman with a tragic past rents her bungalow to a man who loves cooking, but according to her distorted mind he uses his knives more than he should.

1999.

3 Movies
Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

2.8
1999
Brandon Teena is a male who was born a female and is trying to find love in Nebraska.
Desert Blue

Desert Blue

1999
The world's largest ice cream cone is the centerpiece of an old gold-rush town that is struggling to stay on the map. They stayed longer than expected because of the accident. A teenage girl who loves...
Freak City

Freak City

1999
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a rebellious young woman is disease-stricken. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, she finds hope in the most unlikely of places...

1998.

2 Movies
The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

6.75
1998
A long time ago, the Three Musketeers fought. King Louis was replaced with his brother Philippe by the Musketeers.
Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise

1998
A vending machine robbery by small time thief and drug addict Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) goes badly awry, and his friends contact street-wise thief and part-time druggie Mel (James Woods) to patch hi...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

1997
The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and range from sto...
TV
Cracker

Cracker

1997
A crime drama based on the UK TV series about a brilliant but troubled criminal psychologist working for the Los Angeles police department.

1995.

1 Movie
Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

7.5
1995
A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who, in his last days, forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality, as she accompanies ...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.

1981.

1 TV show
TV
This Week

This Week

1981
This Week is on the ABC television network. George Stephanopoulos co-anchors the network's morning news program Good Morning America. The voice-over was performed by a former Good Morning America and ...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Survivor

The Survivor

Ben Foster will play Harry Haft, a boxer who fought fellow prisoners in the concentration camps after World War II. He tries to find his first love again by using high-profile fights against boxing le...
TV
Dopesick

Dopesick

The series looks into the epicenter of America's struggle with opiate addiction, taking viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of "one per...
The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

A woman is on a beach vacation and starts to confront her past.
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