PETER SARSGAARD received critical acclaim and honors including winning the Boston, San
Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto and National Society of Film Critics awards as well as a Golden
Globe nomination for his portrayal of New Republic editor Charles Lane in Billy Ray's
Sarsgaard most recently completed work on Iain Softley's SKELETON KEY, a thriller
also starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands and John Hurt. In September, Sarsgaard will star
opposite Jodie Foster in Robert Schwentke's FLIGHT PLAN.
He recently garnered critical attention for his performance opposite Zach Braff and
Natalie Portman in GARDEN STATE and will next be seen opposite Patricia Clarkson and
Campbell Scott in the thriller THE DYING GAUL for writer/director Craig Lucas.
Sarsgaard is perhaps best known for his portrait of John Lotter, the man who murdered
Brandon Teena in Fox Searchlight Pictures' BOYS DON'T CRY opposite Hilary Swank and
ChloĆ« Sevigny for director Kimberly Peirce. Other roles include the submarine thriller K-19:
THE WIDOWMAKER, opposite Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson; THE SALTON SEA, opposite
Val Kilmer; EMPIRE, opposite John Leguizamo; and Wayne Wang's controversial THE
CENTER OF THE WORLD, opposite Molly Parker. He first gained notice as Leonardo
DiCaprio's rival and John Malkovich's son in THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. He also
appeared in Larry Clark's ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE and Tim Robbins' DEAD MAN
WALKING with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.
On the small screen, Sarsgaard starred in the acclaimed feature "Freak City," produced by
Michael Stipe and Sandy Stern's Single Cell Pictures.
A member of Douglas Carter Beane's New York-based theater company, The Drama
Department, Sarsgaard appeared in their off-Broadway production "Kingdom of Earth," opposite
Cynthia Nixon and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. In 2003, he appeared in the Signature
Theatre Company's production of Lanford Wilson's BURN THIS. Sarsgaard attended the Actors'
Studio Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he was cast in
Horton Foote's "Laura Dennis" at the Signature Theatre Company Off-Broadway.
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