Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a famous filmmaker and screenwriter from New Zealand who was born on 1961, 31st October. He is known globally as the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. Other memorable movies of this director include the drama Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners, King Kong, Lovely Bones etc. He was born in the year 1961, 31st October; so, he is 64 years old at present. His bio includes the following details.
He started his career with a Splatstick horror comedy named “Bad Taste” before filming the comedy Braindead. He even shared a nomination for the Academy Awards for best Original Screenplay along with his partner Fran Walsh for the movie Heavenly Creatures. He has been awarded with three Academy Awards in his whole career which included the award for the Best Director in the year 2003. He also has received a Golden Globe and fur Saturn Awards and three BAFTAs.
His production company’s name is Wingnit Films. He was made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the year 2002. He was later knighted by Anand Stayanand who was the Governor General of New Zealand at a ceremony in Wellington in April, 2010. In the year 2014, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was born on 31st October in the city of Wellington and he was raised in a coastal town of Pukerua Bay. His father’s name is William Jackson, a wages clerk, and his mother’s name is Joan, factory worker and housewife. Both of them were immigrants from England.
He was very keen movie fan as a child and on growing up on Ray Harryhausen films and finding inspiration in the television series Thunderbirds and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. After a family friend gave them a Super 8 camera, he began making short movies with his friends. He has long cited that King Kong as his most favorite film. During his boyhood, he also made a WWII epic named “The Dwarf Patrol” which featured his first special effects on poking pinholes in the film to make gunshots. The most remarkable one was a 20 minutes shirt movie called, “The Valley” which received a special prize for the effects he was able to pull off.
He has been married to Fran Walsh MNZM since 1959, 10th January who is also a writer, film producer and lyricist. They have two children, Billy, who was born on 1995 and Kate, who was born on 1996. Fran Walsh has contributed a lot in all of the movies of Jackson since the year 1989 as a co-writer and as a producer for the LOTR series. Fran has won seven Oscar Awards nominations. He has great enthusiasm for aviation; so, he has owned a collection of 40 flyable World War I era warbirds kept at Masterton.
His net worth is close to 600 million dollars at present. More of his info can be accessed through his twitter account.