Peter Sarsgaard

John Peter Sarsgaard (born March 7, 1971 in Belleville, Illinois) is an American film and stage actor. He landed his first feature role in the movie 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 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 Online Film Critics Society Award in the category 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 Garden State, the biographical film Kinsey (2004), the drama The Dying Gaul (2005) and big-budget films such as Flightplan (2005), Jarhead (2005), Orphan (2009), Knight and Day (2010), the superhero film Green Lantern (2011), Lovelace (2013), Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves (2013), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), and Black Mass (2015), and The Magnificent Seven (2016). Sarsgaard also appeared in the U.S. TV series The Killing (2013) as a man on death row perhaps wrongfully convicted for the brutal murder of his wife—a ...

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Flightplan (2005)

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Flying at 40,000 feet in a state-of-the art aircraft that she helped design, Kyle Pratt's 6-year-old daughter Julia vanishes without a trace. Or did she? No one on the plane believes Julia was ever onboard. And now Kyle, desperate and alone, can only count on her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Schwentke
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Sean Bean  •  Kate Beahan

Flying at 40,000 feet in a state-of-the art aircraft that she helped design, Kyle Pratt's 6-year-old daughter Julia vanishes without a trace. Or did she? No one on the plane believes Julia was ever onboard. And now Kyle, desperate and alone, can only count on her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Schwentke
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Sean Bean  •  Kate Beahan

Dead Man Walking (1995)

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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 him to his execution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Sean Penn  •  Robert Prosky  •  Raymond J. Barry

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 him to his execution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Sean Penn  •  Robert Prosky  •  Raymond J. Barry

Blue Jasmine (2013)

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After experiencing a traumatic misfortune, Jasmine French, a wealthy woman from New York, moves to San Francisco to live with her foster sister Ginger and the firm purpose of getting a new life, but she will be haunted by anxiety and memories of the past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Bobby Cannavale

After experiencing a traumatic misfortune, Jasmine French, a wealthy woman from New York, moves to San Francisco to live with her foster sister Ginger and the firm purpose of getting a new life, but she will be haunted by anxiety and memories of the past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Bobby Cannavale

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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A young transgender man explores his gender identity and searches for love in rural Nebraska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kimberly Peirce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Brendan Sexton III

A young transgender man explores his gender identity and searches for love in rural Nebraska.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kimberly Peirce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Brendan Sexton III

Empire (2002)

A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has been double ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franc. Reyes
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Denise Richards  •  Vincent Laresca

A big time drug dealer Victor Rosa is looking to get out of the game and sees his chance with a big deal with a new friend who happens to be a Wall St. stockbroker. Thinking this will be his chance to go out on top Victor soon finds out that he has been double ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franc. Reyes
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Denise Richards  •  Vincent Laresca

Garden State (2004)

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Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Braff
CAST:  Zach Braff  •  Natalie Portman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Ian Holm

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Braff
CAST:  Zach Braff  •  Natalie Portman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Ian Holm

Jarhead (2005)

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Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Liam Neeson  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Joss Ackland

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Liam Neeson  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Joss Ackland

Kinsey (2004)

Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into the mystery of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  Peter Sarsgaard

Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into the mystery of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Condon
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Laura Linney  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  Peter Sarsgaard

Shattered Glass (2003)

The true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at The New Republic for three years. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Ray
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rosario Dawson

The true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at The New Republic for three years. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Ray
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rosario Dawson

The Dying Gaul (2005)

A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Lucas
CAST:  Patricia Clarkson  •  Campbell Scott  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Faith Jefferies

A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Lucas
CAST:  Patricia Clarkson  •  Campbell Scott  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Faith Jefferies

The Salton Sea (2002)

After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons, and gets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. J. Caruso
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Adam Goldberg  •  Luis Guzmán

After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons, and gets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. J. Caruso
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Adam Goldberg  •  Luis Guzmán

The Skeleton Key (2005)

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Softley
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  John Hurt

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Softley
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  John Hurt

Unconditional Love (2002)

After her husband leaves her, a woman travels to London for the funeral of the pop star, Victor Fox, she's adored all her life. There, she meets the lover of the dead pop star, and convinces him to come back to Chicago with her to figure out who killed the singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  Rupert Everett  •  Meredith Eaton  •  Peter Sarsgaard

After her husband leaves her, a woman travels to London for the funeral of the pop star, Victor Fox, she's adored all her life. There, she meets the lover of the dead pop star, and convinces him to come back to Chicago with her to figure out who killed the singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  P.J. Hogan
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  Rupert Everett  •  Meredith Eaton  •  Peter Sarsgaard

The Cell (2000)

A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tarsem Singh
CAST:  Jennifer Lopez  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Vince Vaughn  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste

A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tarsem Singh
CAST:  Jennifer Lopez  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Vince Vaughn  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The Center of the World (2001)

A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Shane Edelman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Molly Parker  •  Karry Brown

A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with investors. He wants a connection, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Shane Edelman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Molly Parker  •  Karry Brown

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 him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends Bobbie and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Clark
CAST:  Melanie Griffith  •  James Woods  •  Vincent Kartheiser  •  Natasha Gregson Wagner

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 him up.Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mel befriends Bobbie and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Clark
CAST:  Melanie Griffith  •  James Woods  •  Vincent Kartheiser  •  Natasha Gregson Wagner

Green Lantern (2011)

For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Blake Lively  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Tim Robbins

For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Blake Lively  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Tim Robbins

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...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Natalie Cole  •  Marlee Matlin  •  Peter Sarsgaard

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...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Natalie Cole  •  Marlee Matlin  •  Peter Sarsgaard

Night Moves (2014)

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The story about three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Reichardt
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Peter Sarsgaard

The story about three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Reichardt
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Peter Sarsgaard
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