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Also Known As: Peter Robert Jackson Died:
Born: October 31, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, apprentice photo engraver

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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...

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.

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Began shooting a feature-length vampire film with a Super 8mm camera when he was a teenager
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After leaving school, worked as a photoengraver at a newspaper company in Wellington
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"
1987:
Debuted first feature film, "Bad Taste," at the Cannes Film Festival; also produced, starred in, wrote, photographed and edited
1990:
First of several collaborations with producer Jim Booth and writer Fran Walsh, "Meet the Feebles"
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
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
1995:
Co-directed (with Costa Botes) the mockumentary "Forgotten Silver"
1996:
Helmed the Robert Zemeckis produced "The Frighteners"; co-wrote with Fran Walsh
1999:
Filmed the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy back-to-back in New Zealand
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 America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
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 Achievement
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 by a single film
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
2006:
Formed Wingnut Interactive, a video game development studio, with Microsoft Game Studios
2007:
Directed the short film "Crossing the Line" to test a new model of digital Cinema camera the RED ONE
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
2009:
Directed the feature film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2011:
Co-produced the animated feature "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg
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
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Education

Kapiti College: -

Notes

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

"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 "Death and the Maidens" by Howard Feinstein, Village Voice, November 15, 1994.

"Jackson's ... forays into over-the-top violence, scatology, and kitsch are a unique blend of Johns Woo and Waters, Jan Svankmajer, and bargain-basement Berlin schlockmeister Jorg Buttgereit ("Nekromantik" 1988). He is preoccupied with mommies and monsters, sometimes even mommie-monsters."---Howard Feinstein in his article, "Death and the Maidens" in Village Voice, November 15, 1994.

"I think he is actually a Hobbit himself."---Cate Blanchett, who plays the Elf queen Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings" on Jackson's passion for the works of Tolkien.

"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 LOTR, quoted to Empire magazine, January, 2005.

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wife:
Frances Walsh. Screenwriter. Met c. 1987; wrote "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) with Jackson; worked with him in various capacities on his earlier films.

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father:
William Jackson. Civil servant (accountant). Appeared briefly in the park scene of "Heavenly Creatures" (1994).
mother:
Joan Jackson. Factory worker. Appeared briefly in the park scene of "Heavenly Creatures" (1994).
son:
William Jackson. Born c. 1995; mother, Frances Walsh.
daughter:
Kate Jackson. Born c. 1996; mother, Frances Walsh.
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