Peter Sarsgaard is an American actor who rose to prominence with the role of John Lotter in the 1999 American biographical movie ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ which was based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, an American trans man.

With the success of his role in this movie, he played the first lead role of his career with the portrayal of Richard Longman in the 2001 American movie, ‘The Center of the World’, which Wayne Wang directed.

Quick Info
Full NameJohn Peter Sarsgaard
Date of BirthMarch 7, 1971
Birth PlaceSt. Clair County, Illinois, U.S.
Parent(s)Judy Lea Reinhardt and John Dale Sarsgaard
Spouse(s)Maggie Gyllenhaal ​(m. 2009)​
Net worthUS $20 million



Peter Sarsgaard’s full name is John Peter Sarsgaard. On 7 March 1971 in St. Clair County, Illinois, to his mother, Judy Lea Reinhardt, and his father, John Dale Sarsgaard, an Air Force engineer. He was born and raised in numerous cities and had to relocate according to his father’s job.

He initially wanted to pursue a career in football but could not after facing several concussions while playing football. Besides this, he is currently 49 years old with the zodiac sign of Pisces.


Nationality and Physical Stats

Peter Sarsgaard holds an American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity of English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish, Austrian and Norwegian descent. He was raised as a Catholic, and he practices Christianity as his religion.

Besides this, he stands at the height of 5 feet and 11 inches (1.8m/180cms) tall and weighs around 72kgs (160lbs). Moreover, he has an average build with a pair of hazel eyes and light brown colored hair.

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Peter Sarsgaard studied at the Fairfield College Preparatory School located in Fairfield, Connecticut, graduating in 1989 and developing an interest in acting and film.

After graduation, he studied at Bard College, located in New York, and then transferred to Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in the year 1991.


Social Media

Peter Sarsgaard is active on social media platforms. His Twitter account (@petersarsgaard) has almost 18 thousand followers, and his Instagram account (@petersarsgaard) has over 7 thousand followers, but the account has not been verified yet.


Personal Life

In a relationship with a burlesque dancer, Dita Von Teese, Peter Sarsgaard was previously in a relationship with model and actress Shalom Harlow.

Later in 2002, he announced that he was in a loving relationship with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The two of them tied knots in 2006 and were blessed with their first daughter, Ramona, in 2006 and second daughter, Gloria Ray, in 2012.

Peter Sarsgaard



Peter Sarsgaard made his debut in the entertainment industry with the role of Walter Delacroix in the 1995 American crime drama movie ‘Dead Man Walking’ directed by Tim Robbins.

Following this role, he went on to star in movies like ‘The Man in the Iron Mask,’ ‘Minor Details’ and ‘Another Day in Paradise’ in the year 1998, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in the year 1999, ‘Housebound’ in the year 2000, ‘The Center of the World’ and ‘Bacon Wagon’ in the year 2001, ‘Empire,’ ‘The Salton Sea,’ ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’ and ‘Unconditional Love’ in the year 2002, ‘Death of a Dynasty’ and ‘Shattered Glass’ in the year 2003,

‘Garden State’ and ‘Kinsey’ in the year 2004, ‘The Dying Gaul,’ ‘The Skeleton Key,’ ‘Flightplan’ and ‘Jarhead’ in the year 2005, ‘Year of the Dog’ and ‘Rendition’ in the year 2007, ‘Elegy’ and ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’ in the year 2008, ‘An Education,’ ‘In the Electric Mist and ‘Orphan’ in the year 2009, ‘Knight and Day’ in the year 2010, ‘Green Lantern’ in the year 2011, ‘Robot and Frank’ in the year 2012, ‘Lovelace,’ ‘Very Good Girls,’ ‘Night Moves and ‘Blue Jasmine’ in the year 2013, ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ in the year 2014, ‘Experimenter’ and ‘Black Mass’ in the year 2015, ‘Jackie’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ in the year 2016, ‘Loving Pablo’ in the year 2017 and ‘The Lie’ in the year 2018.

Moreover, he can also be seen playing the role of Peter Lucian in ‘The Sound of Silence,’ Walter Duranty in ‘Mr. Jones and Quint Manning in ‘Human Capital’ in the year 2019. He is also filming the role of Gil Colson in ‘The Batman’ that is scheduled to be released in 2022.


Peter Sarsgaard played the role of Spencer Trent for an episode of ‘Cracker’ in the year 1999. Likewise, he has appeared for an episode each in series like ‘Law and Order’ in 1995, ‘New York Undercover in 1997, and ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2006 and 2010.

Moreover, he has had recurring roles in series like ‘The Killing’ in 2013 and ‘The Looming Tower’ in 2018, where he appeared for a total of 10 episodes, ‘The Slap’ in 2015, where he played for a total of 8 episodes and ‘Wormwood’ in 2017 in which he appeared for a total of 6 episodes. Peter Sarsgaard has also had his time with television movies like ‘Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground’ in 1997 and ‘Freak City’ in 1999.

Peter Sarsgaard



Peter Sarsgaard won the St. Louis International Film Festival’s Emerging Actor award in the year 2000. Likewise, he has won numerous awards for his work in ‘Shattered Glass’ and ‘Kinsey.’

He has also won the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Cinema Vanguard Award for his work in ‘An Education’ in 2010.


Net Worth

As of the year 2020, Peter Sarsgaard has an approximate net worth of $20 million.


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