American actor Peter Sarsgaard was born in St. Clair County, Illinois to Judy Lea and John Dale Sarsgaard. Growing up, he had a keen interest in soccer. However, after suffering a number of concussions while playing the game, he eventually gave up soccer. That was the time when he became increasingly inclined towards writing and theater. His love for cinema developed during the time he was studying at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Connecticut. He was pursuing a degree in History at Washington University in St. Louis, where he co-founded “Mama’s Pot Roast”, an improvisational comedy group. By that time, he had started performing in plays; his first role was that of servant Laurent in Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’.
After moving to New York, he bagged a couple of guest roles in a few television productions such as ‘Law and Orders’ (1995), ‘New York Undercover’ (1997), ‘Subway Stories’ (1997) and so on. Although he started out with playing not-so-important roles, his talent was not far from earning the recognition it deserved. Soon, he got his first feature role in the 1995 film ‘Dead Man Walking’, where he portrayed the character of a teenager, Walter Delacroix, murdered by Sean Penn‘s character Matthew Poncelet. The film was a great success and put Sarsgaard’s name in a more prominent light. It was a solid start to his career.
Next, he appeared in the feature film ‘Another Day in Paradise’ (1997), alongside actors such as James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others. In 1998, Sarsgaard was cast as Raoul ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’. The film received mixed reviews from critics but went on to become commercially successful. From then onward, he has been a part of numerous films and series. In the biographical film ‘Boys Don’t Cry'(1999), directed by Kimberly Peirce, he skillfully played the character of a notorious killer, John Lotter. His performance earned him worldwide recognition as well as critical acclaim.
Post ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, his career graph has only gone upwards. In 2001, he played the leading role for the first time in Wayne Wang’s ‘The Center of the World’. Sarsgaard’s on-screen character Richard Longman is a millionaire who hires a stripper (played by Molly Parker) to stay with him for three days against a huge sum of money. The film received average reviews, but Sarsgaard, in particular, was praised for his performance.
In 2002, he starred in three films – ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’, ‘Empire’ and ‘The Salton Sea’. Among these, the first film miserably failed at the box office. But that did not curb his confidence. The next year, that is, 2003, turned out to be a turning point in the actor’s career. His performance as Charles Lane in ‘Shattered Glass’ (2003) again proved his merit as an actor. The film is inspired by the real-life story of journalist Stephen Glass and depicts his fall after his journalistic fraud is exposed. His exceptional performance won him a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Sarsgaard has also been a part of movies like ‘The Dying Gaul’ (2005), ‘The Skeleton Key’ (2005), ‘Flightplan’ (2005), etc. Among these films, ‘Flightplan’ garnered remarkable commercial success despite receiving mixed reviews.
In recent years, Sarsgaard was found in some truly noteworthy films. In 2009, he featured in ‘An Education’ that garnered a lot of appreciation. Through the years, he is also seen in big films like ‘Knight and Day’ (2010), ‘Green Lantern’ (2011) and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016). But he has also appeared in critically successful films including Woody Allen‘s ‘Blue Jasmine‘ (2013), and ‘Night Moves’ (2014). In 2015, he starred in a series of amazing films like ‘Black Mass’, ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ and ‘Experimenter’. He was also seen in the new reincarnation of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and played Robert F. Kennedy in ‘Jackie’ (2016). So now you must be wondering what is the next Peter Sarsgaard movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Peter Sarsgaard films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Peter Sarsgaard movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.