June 4, 2014 4:51 PM EDT

Back in the good old days, before he was playing Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones or Liz Lemon’s accidental love interest on 30 Rock, Peter Dinklage was just another high school kid in New Jersey rocking a serious mullet.

Behold! Here’s the photo from the 1987 Delbarton School yearbook that made its way to Reddit:

The partially cut off quote displayed below his picture is from playwright Sam Shepard: “Words are tools of imagery in motion.” We’d love to get Shepard’s thoughts on mullets sometime.

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