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Golden Globe nominee PETER SARSGAARD is an actor noted for his range and ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays.

Sarsgaard was most recently seen in the Paramount Vantage film Year of the Dog, co-starring Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly and Laura Dern. Written and directed by Mike White, the film is a dramedy about a happy-go-lucky secretary whose life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.

He recently completed production on two films: Elegy, starring opposite Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz for director Isabel Coixet. The film is based on Phillip Roth's novel The Dying Animal; and In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, directed by Bertrand Tavernier and based on the James Lee Burke novel. Peter plays a larger-than-life actor who uncovers a long-hidden crime while shooting a film in the Louisiana bayou. 

Last fall, he completed production on the film The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, based on Michael Chabon's 1988 debut novel. Adapted and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the story, which marked Chabon's (Wonder Boys) literary launch, chronicles the last summer of Art Bechstein's youth and revolves around his eccentric circle of friends. Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte and Jon Foster also star.

In fall 2005, Sarsgaard was seen in Universal Pictures' Jarhead. Directed by Sam Mendes and also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, the film is an adaptation of Anthony Swofford's best-selling Gulf War memoir. He also starred opposite Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott in the psychological thriller The Dying Gaul for writer/director Craig Lucas.

During summer 2005, Sarsgaard starred in the Disney/Imagine Entertainment-produced thriller Flightplan, co-starring Jodie Foster. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film earned over $220 million dollars worldwide.

In 2004, Sarsgaard co-starred to much critical acclaim in the biopic Kinsey, written and directed by Bill Condon, and starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Sarsgaard played Kinsey's young protege and earned both a Critics' Choice Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his supporting role. Sarsgaard also co-starred in Zach Braff's independent hit Garden State for Fox Searchlight. Peter 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 first received wide acclaim for his role as Teena Brandon's friend, then tormenter and rapist in Kimberly Pierce's' Boys Don't Cry. Starring opposite Hilary Swank and Chloe 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, and Iain Softley's Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson and Gena Rowlands.

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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