John Dale Sarsgaard: Facts About Peter Sarsgaard’s Father

John Dale Sarsgaard

John Dale Sarsgaard is only known by many people as the father of actor, Peter Sarsgaard. John was an Air Force engineer who has also worked for Monsanto and IBM. He is said to be born on 12 March 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States. There is limited information online about John Dale Sarsgaard’s life. Just like some other individuals, John Dale Sarsgaard is just famous because of his famous child.

John Dale Sarsgaard: Bio Summary

NameJohn Dale Sarsgaard
Date of birth12 March 1943
ParentDale Alfred Sarsgaard and Betty Bulloch
Partner Judy Lea Reinhardt (1947-2009)
ChildPeter Sarsgaard
Grandchildren Ramona Sarsgaard, Gloria Sarsgaard
ProfessionAir Force engineer

Personal Details

John Dale Sarsgaard is reportedly born on 12 March 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the United States to Dale Alfred Sarsgaard (1918-1991) and Betty Bulloch (1920-2000). He worked as an Air Force engineer and later worked for Monsanto and IBM. His surname originates in Denmark, pronounced [ˈsɑːsɡɔˀ] in Danish. Because of John’s job, his family kept moving over 12 times. He married Judy Lea Reinhardt from 1947 to 2009. His son is actor Peter Sarsgaard.

About John Dale Sarsgaard’s Son

John Dale Sarsgaard gave birth to one of the most famous American actors, Peter Sarsgaard. His son has played roles in several movies and shows that got him popular. He has made name for himself, got some attention, and is loved by his massive fans and followers.

Peter Sarsgaard was born John Peter Sarsgaard on March 7, 1971, in St. Clair County, Illinois, the U.S. As of 2022, he is at the age of 51 years. His Alma mater is Washington University in St. Louis. He enrolled in Fairfield College Preparatory School, a private Jesuit boys’ school in Connecticut, and Bard College as well. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and moved to New York.

Initially, John’s son wanted to become a soccer player and took up ballet to help improve his coordination but gave up after he suffered several concussions while playing soccer. He developed an interest in writing and theater. He started to perform in plays in an offshoot of New York’s Actors Studio and got to play his first role of the servant Laurent in Molière’s Tartuffe.

John’s son started in comedy and became a co-founder of the comedy improvisational group Mama’s Pot Roast. Such off-Broadway productions included Horton Foote’s “Laura Dennis” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “Kingdom of Earth.” He made his screen debut in Tim Robbins’s Dead Man Walking (1995).

He appeared in Desert Blue (1998), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), as the ill-fated son of the Musketeer Athos, played by John Malkovich. He had to grace the art-house circuit, making a violent, searing impression as a homophobic killer in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) starring two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank as a trans-gendered teen.

He earned some awards including the prestigious National Society of Film Critics Award for Shattered Glass (2003). He played a Russian nuclear reactor officer in K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), and he played a drug addict in The Salton Sea (2002). He also performed in Garden State (2004) and, notably, Kinsey (2004).

Peter Sarsgaard on TV appeared in recurring/regular roles in several series and mini-series like The Killing (2011), The Slap (2015), Wormwood (2017), The Looming Tower (2018), and Running Naked in the Universe (2019).

He was seen in Knight and Day (2010), the villain in the DC Comics entry Green Lantern (2011), the Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine (2013), Experimenter (2015), Jackie (2016) (as Bobby Kennedy), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Loving Pablo (2017), The Sound of Silence (2019) and Human Capital (2019). He and other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning in June 2013.

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John’s son married actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and they have two children, Ramona (born October 3, 2006) and Gloria Ray (born April 19, 2012. The couple married in a small ceremony in Brindisi, Italy. He previously dated burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and model, actress Shalom Harlow. He also dated photographer Malerie Marder, a close friend from his days attending Bard College.

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