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A Look Back on Game of Thrones Actors in '90s Movies  

Lisa Waugh
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Want to see Game of Thrones characters when they were young? Many of them starred in '90s films, back when they weren’t always plotting, scheming, and or hacking through their enemies. Sometimes, they get eaten by the Xonomorph (like Charles Dance). And sometimes they have to stand up for directors who insist on putting dream sequences featuring dwarves in their dreams (Peter Dinklage).

It’s always fun to see Game of Thrones actors in other roles. However, there aren’t any Kit Harington movies in the ‘90s because boyfriend was a kid and not in the game yet. Maisie Williams was born in 1997 and Sophie Turned didn’t hit the radar until 2013. To get your fix of Game of Thrones actors in '90s roles, we’ll focus mostly on the veteran actors in the cast.

Many of the actors on Game of Thrones have worked together before, crossing paths many times. Michiel Huisman (Daario) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) have been in several projects together. Jonathan Pryce appeared in the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross and then played opposite Aiden Gillen in the stage version. Show business is a small world, and the '90s were a strange time.
Peter Dinklage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Look Back on Game of Thrones Actors in '90s Movies
Photo: HBO/Sony

Game of Thrones: Tyrion Lannister
Living in Oblivion: Tito

Tito is upset that he’s in a dream sequence featuring a dwarf. He tells the director Nick (Steve Buscemi) that even HE doesn’t have dreams with dwarves in them. Tito walks off in indignation. Living in Oblivion was Dinklage’s first official film credit and he definitely stood out.

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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Look Back on Game of Thrones Actors in '90s Movies
Photo: HBO/Fine Line Pictures

Game of Thrones: Cersei Lannister Baratheon
Waterland: Young Mary

Headey was scouted at the age of 17 during a school production for the film. She played Young Mary in the flashback scenes of the drama.

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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Look Back on Game of Thrones Actors in '90s Movies
Photo: HBO/New Line

Game of Thrones: High Sparrow
Glengarry Glen Ross: James Lingk

Pryce played one of the beleaguered salesmen trying like hell to avoid getting those second place steak knives.

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Charles Dance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Look Back on Game of Thrones Actors in '90s Movies
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Game of Thrones: Lord Tywin Lannister
Alien 3: Jonathan Clemens

Dance played the former inmate and doctor at the Fiorina “Fury” 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit who stayed on after it shut down. Clemens nursed Ripley back to health after her EEV crashed on the prison colony planet. They grew close and then knocked boots. Ripley is allowed just a few seconds of happiness with her new beau when the Xonomorph drops from the ceiling, bites off his head, and then runs away with Clemens’s body. Rude.

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