Peter Jackson

BirthDay:

31 Oct 1961

BirthPlace:

Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Bio:

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends. They were usually short, but they already had the trademark that would make Jackson famous: impressive special effects, made at a very low cost. For example, for his film "World War Two" which he made as a teenager, he used to simulate a firing gun by punching little holes into the celluloid, so that, once projected, the gun gave the impression of displaying a small fire. Jackson's first step towards more serious film-making came with an entry in a local contest to stimulate amateur and children's films. For this film, he used stop-motion animation to create a monster that ruins a city in the style of Ray Harryhausen. Unfortunately, he didn't win. At twenty-two, he embarked on a movie-making adventure that would change his life. This film, Bad Taste (1987), was begun as any other Jackson film, in an amateur style, at a low budget and using friends and local people to star in his film. Jackson himself did nearly everything in the movie; he directed, produced, filmed and starred in it, in a number of roles, amongst them that of the hero, "Derek". And everything was filmed on a second-hand, $250 camera. It took Jackson and his friends four years to complete the movie. What had started as a joke in a group of friends, then became a cult classic. A friend of Jackson who was working in the movie industry convinced him the film had commercial prospects and arranged for it to be shown at the Cannes film festival, where it won a lot of acclaim, as well as a number of prizes. The movie soon became a hit because of its bizarre humor and overdose of special effects, some realistic, some comedically amateur. After the success of Bad Taste (1987), Jackson became recognized as a director and the door to fame and fortune was opened. He gave up his job at a local photographer's shop and became a well-known director of horror-movies, after the success of his first professionally made movie, Dead Alive (1992).
Filmography

Actor ( 56 credits )

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Bilbo's Father on Picture (uncredited)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Albert Dreary (uncredited)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Running Dwarf in Erebor (uncredited)
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2013)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
The Big Picture (2011)  Himself - Producer (1 episode, 2011)
Fry's Planet Word (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Lovely Bones (2009) Man at Pharmacy (uncredited)
Last Chance to See (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hot Fuzz (2007) Thief Dressed as Santa (uncredited)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Undertaker's Assistant (archive footage) (1 episode, 2
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012-2014)
King Kong (2005) Gunner
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005) Himself
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
20 to 1 (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Campbell Live (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Entourage (2004)  Peter Jackson (1 episode, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Mercenary On Boat (uncredited)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
Il était une fois... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Filmland (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Long and Short of It (2003) Bus Driver
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Rohirrim Warrior (uncredited)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Buzz (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Frids film (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Albert Dreary (uncredited)
+ de cinéma (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Frighteners (1996) Man with Piercings (uncredited)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Heavenly Creatures (1994) Bum Outside Theater (uncredited)
Dead Alive (1992) Undertaker's Assistant
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2009)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - regissör (1 episode, 2001)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2011)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2002-2004)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2001-2013)
Bad Taste (1987) Derek / Robert
National Geographic Explorer (1985)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2001)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Valley (1976)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)

Producer ( 21 credits )

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) producer
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) producer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) producer
West of Memphis (2012) producer
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) producer
The Lovely Bones (2009) producer
District 9 (2009) producer
King Kong (2005) producer
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) producer
The Long and Short of It (2003) executive producer
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) producer
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) producer
The Frighteners (1996) producer
Jack Brown Genius (1996) producer
Heavenly Creatures (1994) co-producer
Valley of the Stereos (1992) executive producer
Meet the Feebles (1989) producer
Bad Taste (1987) producer
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (0) producer
Untitled Third Tintin Film (0) executive producer
Mortal Engines (0) producer

Writer ( 14 credits )

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) (screenplay) &
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) (screenplay) &
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (screenplay) &
The Lovely Bones (2009) (screenplay)
King Kong (2005) (screenplay)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (screenplay) &
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) (screenplay) &
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (screenplay) &
The Frighteners (1996) (written by)
Heavenly Creatures (1994) (screenplay)
Dead Alive (1992) (screenplay) (as Frances Walsh) &
Meet the Feebles (1989) (written by)
Bad Taste (1987) (written by)
Mortal Engines (0)

Director ( 15 credits )

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Lovely Bones (2009)
King Kong (2005)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Frighteners (1996)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Dead Alive (1992)
Meet the Feebles (1989)
Bad Taste (1987)
The Valley (1976)
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (0)

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