Peter Jackson Biography – Early Life, Wife, Movies, Family & Net Worth


Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a phenomenal director in the Hollywood film industry who has created The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies, and ‘King Kong’. He was inspired by the art of filmmaking from a very young and no sooner did he make his debut as a filmmaker, he gained cult status among his fans for his low-budget splatter movies. Being backed by novel ideas and futuristic thinking, he created a long-lasting legacy in filmmaking. Jackson always wanted to remake the 1993 classic film ‘King Kong’ which he succeeded in 2005.  He has won several awards including three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, a Directors Guild Award, a Producers Guild Award, and a New York Film Critics Circle Award. He’s also well known for his charity works as well.

Peter Robert Jackson’s Early Life:


Peter Robert Jackson was born on October 31, 1961, in Wellington. His father William worked as a civil servant and his mother Joan is a housewife. Jackson developed an interest in filmmaking from a very young and was inspired by classic films like ‘King Kong’, ‘Casinos’, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Waterloo’. He started making short films at the young age of 12.

Peter Robert Jackson’s Debut:


Peter Robert Jackson’s interest in filmmaking grew larger every year ever since his childhood. He along with his friends purchased a used 16-mm camera and they worked on filing short films. In the year 1987, Peter Jackson’s directorial debut a comedy-horror film titled ‘Bad Taste’ was released with the help of a grant from the New Zealand Film Commission. The film received critical acclaim from the Cannes film festival and achieved cult status. 

In year 1992, he worked in a zombie film titled ‘Braindead’ which was considered as one of the goriest films ever made and it won numerous international science fiction awards. In the year 1994, he directed a film based on a real-life incident, and the film titled ‘Heavenly Creatures’ features Kate Winslet in her first major role. The film helped help in getting an Academy Award nomination for Jackson. 

Peter Robert Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’:


‘The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the best works of Peter Jackson. He decided to simultaneously commence the shoot for the three installments of the fantasy saga. It took the crew almost 15 months period to wrap up the shoot for the whole series. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003 are huge successes at the box office, and the films helped the Jackson Academy win Awards for best director and for best adapted screenplay. The Return of the King went on to win a total of 11 Oscar awards. 

Peter Robert Jackson’s ‘King Kong’:

Pic from ‘King Kong’ Movie

In the year 2005, Jackson worked on remaking the classic film of the 90s’ King Kong. The film was critically praised for its special effects and performances. It also won three Academy Awards 

Peter Robert Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’:

Peter Robert got back onto his enchanting world of Tolkien with yet another trilogy film titled ‘The Hobbit’. This series is the predecessor to The Lord of the Rings. The trilogy comprised An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). 

Peter Robert Jackson’s Family:

Peter Jackson married Fran Walsh, a writer by profession and the couple has two children. 

Peter Robert Jackson’s Net Worth:

With many widely recognized multi-award-winning films, Peter Jackson’s has an estimated net worth of $1 Billion as of 2021.


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