Peter Jackson

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though he began his career making gory and often witty horror comedies in his native New Zealand, director Peter Jackson went on to become one of the most successful and innovative filmmakers of his generation. Jackson ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1961 in New Zealand

Filmography

Producer (16)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

West of Memphis 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

District 9 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack Brown, Genius 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Meet the Feebles 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heavenly Creatures 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (15)

Fay Wray: A Life 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Entourage 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sci Fi Inside: King Kong 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Gunner (Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long and Short of It 2002 (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

Forgotten Silver 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Alive 1993 (Movie)

Cameo Appearance (Actor)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

Derek/Robert (Actor)
Writer (15)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forgotten Silver 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack Brown, Genius 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meet the Feebles 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heavenly Creatures 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (15)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Forgotten Silver 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack Brown, Genius 1995 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Meet the Feebles 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Heavenly Creatures 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (3)

Hercules and the Circle of Fire (TV Show)

Project Manager

Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (TV Show)

Project Manager

Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (TV Show)

Project Manager
Physical Effects (1)

Grampire 1992 (Movie)

(Stunt Man)
Legal (1)

Hercules in the Underworld (TV Show)

Business Affairs
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Editor (1)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Bad Taste 1988 (Movie)

makeup effects (Makeup)

Biography

Though he began his career making gory and often witty horror comedies in his native New Zealand, director Peter Jackson went on to become one of the most successful and innovative filmmakers of his generation. Jackson first earned a reputation for churning stomachs with the bizarre and bloody B-movies "Bad Taste" (1987), "Meet the Feebles" (1990) and "Dead Alive" (1993). Beautifully filmed and acted, the based-on-fact crime-drama "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) stunned critics and earned Jackson unexpected credibility in Hollywood. Defying all odds, the filmmaker - a lifelong admirer of J.R.R. Tolkien's works - managed the incredibly daunting feat of bringing the author's "Lord of the Rings" (2001-03) universe to life in a trio of epic installments. Breaking box office records and earning scores of Academy Awards, including Best Picture for "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), the films were unequivocal cinematic achievements. Jackson next tackled another childhood obsession with his ambitious remake of "King Kong" (2005) then once again perplexed audiences when he chose to adapt the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones" (2009). As admirable as these endeavors were, it was the realm of Middle-earth that fans yearned for him to return to, which he eventually did with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), the first in yet another trilogy of fantasy adventures based on Tolkien's novel. Known for his boundless imagination and flare for the fantastic, Jackson was also keenly in tune with the humanity inherent in every tale, making him one of cinema's most gifted and passionate storytellers.

Relationships

Kate Jackson Actor

Daughter
Born 1996; mother, Frances Walsh

William Jackson

Father
Appeared briefly in the park scene of "Heavenly Creatures" (1994)

Billy Jackson Actor

Son
Born 1995; mother, Frances Walsh

Joan Jackson

Mother
Appeared briefly in the park scene of "Heavenly Creatures" (1994)

Fran Walsh Actor

Wife
Met 1987 while Jackson was doing the post-production on his low-budget flick "Bad Taste" Married 1987 First collaborated on black comedy "Meet the Feebles" (1989) Co-wrote "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) and "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy (2001-03)

EDUCATION

Kapiti College

Wellington

Milestones

2012

Returned to Middle Earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; also co-wrote screenplay; also co-wrote screenplay

2011

Co-produced the animated feature "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg

2009

Directed the feature film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"

2009

Produced "District 9," a sci-fi film, directed by Neill Blomkamp, who also co-wrote with Terri Tatchell; earned an Oscar nomination for Producing

2007

Directed the short film "Crossing the Line" to test a new model of digital Cinema camera the RED ONE

2006

Formed Wingnut Interactive, a video game development studio, with Microsoft Game Studios

2005

Directed the remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong," starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

2004

Released the final film in the trilogy, "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"; nominated for and won eleven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay; tied with "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "Titanic" (1997) for the most Oscars ever won b

2003

Released second film in the trilogy, "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and received a nomination by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Ac

2001

Released first film in the trilogy, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"; received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and a nomination by the Directors Guild of Am

1999

Filmed the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy back-to-back in New Zealand

1996

Helmed the Robert Zemeckis produced "The Frighteners"; co-wrote with Fran Walsh

1995

Co-directed (with Costa Botes) the mockumentary "Forgotten Silver"

1994

Breakthrough feature was based on real life events, "Heavenly Creatures"; final collaboration with Jim Booth; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1993

Formed Weta Digital, a digital visual effects company, in Wellington, New Zealand

1993

Directed the horror comedy "Braindead" (released in the U.S. as "Dead Alive"); re-teamed with Jim Booth and Fran Walsh

1990

First of several collaborations with producer Jim Booth and writer Fran Walsh, "Meet the Feebles"

1987

Debuted first feature film, "Bad Taste," at the Cannes Film Festival; also produced, starred in, wrote, photographed and edited

1983

First made the 10-minute short film "Roast of the Day," which over four years later, turned into Jackson's first feature "Bad Taste"

After leaving school, worked as a photoengraver at a newspaper company in Wellington

Began shooting a feature-length vampire film with a Super 8mm camera when he was a teenager

Bonus Trivia

.

"I have an unhealthy interest in the grotesque. For a long time I wanted to be [special effects wizard Ray] Harryhausen, and I wanted to be an animator. But I was unable to design or build a monster. I was trying to do my monster, and it all kind of ended up looking like Harryhausen's Cyclops. I was worried that I could never do anything original. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties doing 'Bad Taste' that I started to really think I could come up with things that no one has seen before." – Jackson quoted in the Village Voice, Nov. 15, 1994

.

On Dec. 31, 2001, Jackson was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

.

"People always said, 'How can your imagination compete with the books; how can you put things on the screen that are going to be better than what people have in their minds?' I understood the rationale behind that. [But] I started to believe it was possible when I saw Alan Lee [conceptual artist] produce sketches for me that were so much better than what was in my mind. I knew then that it was possible to show things on-screen beyond what people imagined." – Jackson on "The Lord of the Rings," quoted in Empire magazine, January 2005

SIMILAR ARTICLES