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PETER SARSGAARD (Allen Troy) is an actor noted for his ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays. Sarsgaard will add to his burgeoning reputation with roles in several projects due for release over the next year.

In addition to Jarhead, Sarsgaard's forthcoming projects include the psychological thriller The Dying Gaul for writer/director Craig Lucas, starring Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott. Sarsgaard plays a fledgling screenwriter involved in a complex three-pronged relationship with a studio executive and his beautiful wife. The Dying Gaul premiered in the Dramatic section of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Last fall, Sarsgaard completed production on The Skeleton Key. Penned by Ehren Kruger (The Ring) and directed by Iain Softley, the New Orleans-set story follows a young woman, played by Kate Hudson, who begins to experience eerie occurrences in the home of the elderly couple for whom she's caring. Sarsgaard plays the love interest of Hudson's character, whose initial skepticism gradually turns to concern. Universal Pictures released the film August 12, 2005.

Sarsgaard also recently completed the Disney/Imagine Entertainment-produced thriller Flightplan, co-starring Jodie Foster. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film follows an FBI agent who tries to help a woman find her daughter who has mysteriously disappeared during a flight.

Sarsgaard last co-starred, to much critical acclaim, in the biopic Kinsey. Written and directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), and starring Liam Neeson as the legendary sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and Laura Linney as his wife Clara, Sarsgaard plays Kinsey's young protégé and earned both a Critics' Choice Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his supporting role.

In 2004, Sarsgaard co-starred in Zach Braff's independent hit Garden State. Written, directed and co-starring Braff, the Fox Searchlight release follows the travails of a young man who returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. Sarsgaard plays Mark, a friend of Braff's character, who helps the confused young man find himself during the chaotic visit. Also starring Natalie Portman, the film was an audience favorite at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Sarsgaard received an official stamp of critical approval for his portrayal of New Republic editor Charles Lane in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass. For his performance, Sarsgaard garnered awards from the Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto and National Society of Film Critics, as well as Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

He is perhaps best known for his role as Teena Brandon's friend, then tormenter and rapist, in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry. Starring opposite Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny, Sarsgaard received critical praise for his searing portrayal of the violent ex-con ill equipped to deal with a startling discovery.

Other roles include Kathryn Bigelow's submarine thriller, K-19: The Widowmaker opposite Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, D.J. Caruso's The Salton Sea, opposite Val Kilmer, Empire, opposite John Leguizamo, and Wayne Wang's controversial The Center Of The World opposite Molly Parker. Sarsgaard 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 Showtime's 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 last year in their off-Broadway production Kingdom of the Earth, opposite Cynthia Nixon and directed by John Cameron Mitche

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