Jon Peters

Producer, Personal manager, Beauty-parlor owner
Once described as a hustler who latched on to fame for his own purposes, former hairdresser-turned-movie producer Jon Peters undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Hollywood for better or worse. For most people he came ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1945 in Van Nuys, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (45)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Making of Gorillas in the Mist 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Missing Link 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nightmare at Bitter Creek 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Clue: Movies, Murder and Mystery 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Head Office 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Clan of the Cave Bear 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Youngblood 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dreams 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ocean Quest 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Six Weeks 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Caddyshack 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bay Coven (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brotherhood of Justice (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Toughest Man in the World (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (5)

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sheena 1984 (Movie)

Black Beret (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (12/14/76) 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Parole (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

wig design (Wig Supplier)

Biography

Once described as a hustler who latched on to fame for his own purposes, former hairdresser-turned-movie producer Jon Peters undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Hollywood for better or worse. For most people he came across, however, Peters left an unmistakably negative impression thanks to his unrelenting ability to use others for his own needs. He also possessed a titanic temper, a huge appetite for sex and drugs, and the insatiable desire to boast about everything from his wealth to all the famous women he had bedded; he even claimed that the characters in "Shampoo" (1975) and "American Gigolo" (1980) were modeled after him despite the filmmakers claiming otherwise. Peters broke into the producing game after establishing himself as a top Hollywood hairdresser with four salons and exclusive clientele, some of whom became his romantic partners. His entry into show business came via Barbra Streisand, for whom he designed a wig and later becoming her business manager and lover. After landing a big hit his first time out with "A Star Is Born" (1976), the pair were seemingly attached by the hip, with Peters doing just about everything from producing albums to marketing Streisand's image, all in an attempt to transform her career while establishing his own. Once the couple split some time in the early 1980s - though they remained friendly - Peters formed another, albeit different partnership with buttoned-up, but no less ambitious producer Peter Guber. Representing the yin and yang of both of their personalities and professional drive, the duo churned out a series of commercial and critical hits throughout the decade, including "Flashdance" (1983), "The Color Purple" (1985), "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), "Rain Man" (1988) and "Batman" (1989). Based on that track record, Sony hired Peters and Guber after their acquisition of Columbia Pictures and installed the pair as co-studio heads, only to force Peters out a year later because of his throat-grabbing style and profligate spending. Once on his own, Peters' career hit a long, precipitous slide that saw few hits and the potential for a blizzard of lawsuits for his kiss-and-tell-all book plans, proving that even the mightiest Hollywood titans can fall into disgrace.

Relationships

Vendela

Companion
became engaged in July 1993 no longer together

Jordan Peters

Son

Pamela Anderson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Kim Basinger Actor

Companion
Dated in 1980s No longer together

Christine Forsyth

Wife
married in 1987 divorced in 1988

Jack Peters

Father
of Cherokee descent owned a diner in Hollywood dropped dead of a heart attack when Peters was 10

Caleigh Peters

Daughter
mother, Christine Peters

Skye Peters

Daughter
mother, Christine Peters

Christopher Peters

Son
born on September 23, 1968 mother, Lesley Ann Warren

Barbra Streisand Actor

Companion
Met in 1974 when he styled a wig for her Became her personal manager and later produced the remake of "A Star Is Born" (1976) Streisand was godmother to Peters' two daughters

Lesley Ann Warren Actor

Wife
married in 1967 divorced in 1975 mother of Peters' son Christopher

Mindy Williamson

Companion
dating in 1996

Catherine Zeta-Jones Actor

Companion
Zeta-Jones reportedly turned down Peter's marriage proposal in 1996 No longer together

EDUCATION

expelled from school at age 12 and sent to reform school for approximately one year

Milestones

1999

Produced "The Wild Wild West", directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline; Robert Conrad, star of the 1960s CBS-TV series source material also appeared

1995

First producing credit post-Guber, "Money Train"

1991

Resigned (really forced out by Guber and Sony) as co-chair of Columbia Pictures Entertainment and severed all ties with GPEC; continued affiliation with Columbia through his own production company (film, music and TV)

1989

Sony purchased Columbia Pictures and at great expense ($800 million to buy Peters and Guber out of their contract with Warner Bros) installed him and Guber as co-heads of the studio at $2.75 million a piece per year

1987

Guber-Peters Company merged with (Chuck) Barris Industries forming Guber-Peters-Barris Productions; Peters crowed "We're a real studio now" to the LOS ANGELES TIMES (company renamed Guber-Peters Entertainment Company--GPEC--after Australian shopping mall

1982

Guber and Peters sold Polygram and formed the Guber-Peters Company

1981

Boardwalk dissolved

1980

Joined with Peter Guber to become co-owner and co-managing director of Polygram Pictures

1980

Formed the Boardwalk Co with Guber and Neil Bogart

1980

Formed Jon Peters Organization

1979

Co-produced (with Streisand) "The Main Event"

1976

Produced first feature film, "A Star is Born"; considered casting himself in the Kris Kristofferson role until his pitiful, off-key warbling convinced him to reconsider

1974

Break came when he styled a wig for Barbra Streisand, receiving first feature credit for "wig design" on "For Pete's Sake"

1956

Rode a donkey as one of Cecil B De Mille's cast of thousands in "The Ten Commandments"

Became Streisand's personal manager

Went to work in a hairstyling shop at age 14

Opened his own string of beauty salons

Grew up in Van Nuys, CA in the San Fernando Valley

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