Peter Jackson Biography (1961-)

Born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand; son of William (an accountant) and Joan (a factory worker) Jackson; companion of Frances "Fran" Walsh (awriter and producer); children: Katie, William (Billy). Addresses: Office: WingNut Films, Ltd., Camperdown Rd., Miramar, P.O. Box 15-208, Wellington, New Zealand.; Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Key Creatives, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Carol Marshall, PMK/HBH, 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
New Zealander
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, screenwriter, special effects technician
Birth Details
October 31, 1961
Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • The Valley, 1976
  • Bad Taste, Blue Dolphin, 1988
  • Meet the Feebles, 1989, released as Just the Feebles, 1995
  • Braindead, WingNut Films, 1991, released as Dead Alive, Trimark Pictures, 1992
  • Heavenly Creatures (also known as Himmlische Kreaturen), Miramax, 1994, longer version released as Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version, 1994
  • Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners and The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowshipof the Ring: The Motion Picture), New Line Cinema, 2001
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as The Two Towers), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King), New Line Cinema, 2003
  • King Kong, Universal, 2005
  • Film Producer
  • Bad Taste, Blue Dolphin, 1988
  • Meet the Feebles, 1989, released as Just the Feebles, 1995
  • Ted and Venus, 1991
  • (With others) Valley of the Stereos, 1992
  • (With Jim Booth and Hanno Huth) Heavenly Creatures (also known asHimmlische Kreaturen), Miramax, 1994, longer version released as Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version, 1994
  • Jack Brown, Genius, Senator Film International, 1995
  • Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners and The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • (With others) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring: The Motion Picture), New Line Cinema, 2001
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as The Two Towers), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Executive producer, The Long and Short of It, 2003
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King), New Line Cinema, 2003
  • King Kong, Universal, 2005
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Special effects technician, editor, costume designer, and makeup designer, The Valley, 1976
  • Cinematographer, special effects technician, editor (with Jamie Selkirk),and makeup effects, Bad Taste, Blue Dolphin, 1988
  • Special effects technician, The Lounge Bar, 1989
  • Camera operator, Meet the Feebles, 1989, released as Just the Feebles, 1995
  • Second assistant director, Ted and Venus, 1991
  • Stop motion animator, Braindead, WingNut Films, 1991, released asDead Alive, Trimark Pictures, 1992
  • Assistant director, Deadly Bet, 1992
  • Stunt double, Grampire, 1992
  • Production manager and first assistant director, Married People SingleSex, 1993
  • Second unit director, Jack Brown, Genius, Senator Film International, 1995
  • Additional visual effects, Contact, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Executive soundtrack producer, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King), New Line Cinema, 2003
  • Film Appearances
  • The Valley, 1976
  • Derek/Robert, Bad Taste, Blue Dolphin, 1988
  • Undertaker's assistant, Braindead, WingNut Films, 1991, released as Dead Alive, Trimark Pictures, 1992
  • The Last Dance, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Bum outside theatre, Heavenly Creatures (also known as Himmlische Kreaturen), Miramax, 1994, longer version released as Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Man with piercings, Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners and The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Albert Dreary, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lordof the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Motion Picture), New Line Cinema, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Rohirrim warrior, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as The Two Towers), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Bus driver, The Long and Short of It, 2003
  • (Uncredited) Mercenary on boat, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King), New Line Cinema, 2003
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Special effects technician, Worzel Gummidge Down Under, Channel 4,1987 and 1989
  • (With Paul D. Barron) Executive producer, Ship to Shore, Nine Network, c. 1993-1996
  • Television Cinematographer
  • Movies
  • Romance on the Orient Express, 1985
  • "Cloud Waltzing," Harlequin Romance Movie, Showtime, 1987
  • The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, 1988
  • "Out of the Shadows," Harlequin Romance Movie, Showtime, 1988
  • Television Project Manager
  • Movies
  • Hercules and the Circle of Fire, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, syndicated, 1994
  • Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur, syndicated, 1994
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director (with Costa Botes) and executive producer (with Jamie Selkirk),Forgotten Silver, [New Zealand], 1995
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Forgotten Silver, [New Zealand], 1995
  • Host, A Passage to Middle-Earth: The Making of "The Lord of the Rings" (documentary), Sci-Fi Channel, 2001
  • Himself, Quest for the Ring (documentary), Fox, 2001
  • Himself, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Return to Middle Earth(documentary), The WB, 2002
  • Himself, Making the Movie (also known as Making the Movie: TheLord of the Rings), 2002
  • Himself, The Lord of the Rings: The Quest Fulfilled, 2003
  • Himself, DNZ: The Real Middle Earth, 2004
  • Himself, Journey to Middle Earth: The Lord of the Rings: The Return ofthe King, Arts and Entertainment, 2004
  • Himself, The 100 Scariest Movie Moments, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • Himself, First Annual Spaceys, 2003
  • Himself, 2003 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2003
  • Himself, The 76th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2004
  • Himself, The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2004
  • Himself, The 2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Himself, The Buzz, YTV, 2002
  • Himself, "Kuninkaan paluu--tarun paeaetoes," 4Pop, [Finland], 2003
  • Himself, Frids film, TV Danmark (Denmark), 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Good Taste Made Bad Taste, 1988
  • Himself, The Making of "The Lord of the Rings," 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Tony Hiles and Ken Hammon) Bad Taste, Blue Dolphin, 1988
  • Meet the Feebles, 1989, released as Just the Feebles, 1995
  • (With Stephen Sinclair and Frances Walsh) Braindead, WingNut Films, 1991, released as Dead Alive, Trimark Pictures, 1992
  • (With Walsh) Heavenly Creatures (also known as Himmlische Kreaturen), Miramax, 1994, longer version released as Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version, 1994
  • Jack Brown, Genius, Senator Film International, 1995
  • Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (also known as Frighteners and The Frighteners), Universal, 1996
  • (With Frances Walsh and Philippa Boyens) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (also known as The Fellowship of the Ring andThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Motion Picture; based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien), New Line Cinema, 2001
  • (With Frances Walsh and Philippa Boyens) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (also known as The Two Towers; based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • (With Frances Walsh and Philippa Boyens) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (also known as The Return of the King; based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien), New Line Cinema, 2003
  • King Kong (based on the 1933 and 1976 films of the same name), Universal, 2005
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • (With Costa Botes) Forgotten Silver, [New Zealand], 1995

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Director of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2, St. James Press, 1996
    • Pryor, Ian, Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2004
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, August 2, 1996, p. 41; September 11, 1998, p. 109; October 2, 1998, p. 12; April 30, 2004, p. 20
    • Film Comment, May/June, 1995, pp. 31, 33-34, 36-37
    • Movieline, December, 2002, pp. 80-83, 91
    • Premiere (United States), August, 1996, pp. 33-37; February, 1999,p. 40
    • Time, April 26, 2004, p. 100
    • Village Voice, November 15, 1994

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