Joshua Jackson

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Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
BornJoshua Carter Jackson
(1978-06-11) June 11, 1978 (age 36)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Years active1991–present
Partner(s)Diane Kruger (2006–present)
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Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
BornJoshua Carter Jackson
(1978-06-11) June 11, 1978 (age 36)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Years active1991–present
Partner(s)Diane Kruger (2006–present)

Joshua Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian-American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. His well known roles include Pacey Witter in Dawson's Creek, Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series and Peter Bishop in Fringe. Jackson won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Canadian independent film One Week.

Early life[edit]

Jackson[1] was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to John Carter Jackson and his wife, Fiona. His mother is a casting director.[2] Jackson's father is from Texas;[3] and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having immigrated to North America in the late 1960s.[4][5] He has a younger sister, Aisleagh (born 1983).[6] He was raised Catholic.[7][8]

Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. He moved to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School. In an interview with The New York Times, Jackson said he was kicked out of high school once because of The Jon Stewart Show: "[The show] played, at least where I grew up, at 1:30 in the morning, so I would stay up at night to watch Jon Stewart, but then I'd be too tired—or too lazy—to go to school in the morning. So I'd just take the first couple of classes off, 'cause I wanted to be fresh when I got there."[9] He claims that the first time was because of "attitude" problems and that he "wasn't in the school spirit".


Jackson started acting in a small role in the film Crooked Hearts in 1991. The next year, he played the role of Charlie in a musical version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At this point, with the help of the play's casting director Laura Kennedy, he joined the William Morris Agency.[10] Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.

Joshua Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, which ran on the WB network from 1998–2003, and also starred James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes. While the show was on hiatus, he appeared in several movies including Cruel Intentions (a New York yuppie adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe), The Skulls, The Safety of Objects, The Laramie Project and a short cameo in the remake of Ocean's Eleven where he appears as himself in a poker scene with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Holly Marie Combs, among others. In 2000, he also guest-starred in Season 12 of The Simpsons, voicing the character of Jesse Grass, a "hunky environmentalist" and love interest for Lisa Simpson in the episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger".[11]

Shortly after Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, Jackson played the lead role in films alongside Dennis Hopper (Americano), Harvey Keitel (Shadows in the Sun), and Donald Sutherland (Aurora Borealis). In 2005, Jackson moved to the UK and made his stage debut on the London West End with Patrick Stewart in David Mamet's two-man play, A Life in the Theatre. The play was a critical and popular success, and ran from February to April of that year. Jackson said that he would consider returning to the stage, to try his hand on Broadway. His next film role was in Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, Jackson's co-star from The Mighty Ducks. He played a lead role in Shutter, a US remake of a Thai horror film of the same name. He starred and acted as executive producer in the Canadian independent film One Week, which opened on March 6, 2009.[12][13]

Jackson played Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe,[14] created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.[15] The series appears on the Fox TV network and was the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–09 season after CBS's The Mentalist. BuddyTV ranked him #9 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list,[16] #19 in 2011[17] and #14 in 2012.[18]

Jackson was nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week.[19] He won the award on April 12, 2010.[20] He held and hosted Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con, sporting a bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those waiting in the Comic-Con entrance line. Footage of the event was recorded for a video, entitled 'Pacey-Con', which he was filming for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die celebrity humor website. In 2013 Jackson appeared in the IFC film Inescapable with Marisa Tomei and Alexander Siddig.[21] Jackson wrote the first story from the comic book trilogy Beyond the Fringe, titled "Peter and the Machine".[22]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson was in a relationship with fellow Dawson's Creek co-star Katie Holmes during the first two seasons of the shows run. Holmes claims Jackson as her first love.[23]

Jackson has been in a relationship with German actress Diane Kruger since 2006; the couple shares residences in Paris, Los Angeles and Vancouver.[24] He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California.[25] He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the television program Dawson's Creek was filmed; and in New York, where Fringe filmed its first season. In 2009, he moved back to Vancouver for the shooting of the four following seasons before the show aired its last episode on January 18th, 2013.

Jackson is a fan of the hockey team Vancouver Canucks.[26] He was arrested on November 9, 2002 at a Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina after a quarrel with a security guard. He was charged with assault affray and being intoxicated and disruptive, having 0.14 blood alcohol content.[27] Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the assault charge, and Jackson agreed to attend an alcohol education program and perform 24 hours of community service in order to have the remaining charge dropped.[28]


Joshua Jackson at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto Film Festival 2006
1991Crooked HeartsTom (11 years)
1992The Mighty DucksCharlie Conway
1994D2: The Mighty DucksCharlie Conway
1994AndreMark Baker
1995Magic in the WaterJoshua Black
1996D3: The Mighty DucksCharlie Conway
1996Robin of LocksleyJohn Prince, Jr.
1997Ronnie and JulieRonnie
1997Scream 2Film Class Guy #1
1998The BatteryMichael PappermanShort film
1998Apt PupilJoey
1998Urban LegendDamon Brooks
1999Cruel IntentionsBlaine Tuttle
2000The SkullsLucas 'Luke' McNamara
2000GossipBeau Edson
2001The Safety of ObjectsPaul Gold
2001Ocean's ElevenJoshCameo
2002The Laramie ProjectMatt Galloway
2002Lone Star State of MindEarl CrestAlternative title: Cowboys and Idiots
2003I Love Your WorkJohn
2005CursedJake Taylor
2005Racing StripesTrenton's PrideVoice Role
2005AmericanoChris McKinley
2005Aurora BorealisDuncan Shorter
2005The Shadow DancerJeremy TaylorAlternative title: Shadows in the Sun
2006BobbyWade Buckley
2007Battle in SeattleRandall
2008ShutterBenjamin Shaw
2008GasholeJoshua Jackson (himself)Gives commentary for documentary
2008One WeekBen Tyler
2012Lay the FavoriteJeremy
1991PayoffYoung MacTV-Movie
1996ChampsMatt MazzilliEpisode: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Episode: For Art's Sake
1996Robin of LocksleyPrince John, Jr.TV-Movie
1997Ronnie & JulieRonnie MonroeTV-Movie
1997On the Edge of InnocenceSammyTV-Movie
1997The Outer LimitsDevon TaylorEpisode: Music of the Spheres
1998–2003Dawson's CreekPacey WitterLead Role; 124 episodes
2000The SimpsonsJesse GrassEpisode: Lisa the Tree Hugger
2006Capitol LawMark ClaytonTV-Pilot
2008–2013FringePeter BishopLead Role, 96 episodes
2014The AffairCole LockhartSeries Regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993Young Artist AwardOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureThe Mighty DucksNominated
2000Young Hollywood AwardMale Superstar of TomorrowWon
2005Ft. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest ActorAurora BorealisWon
2006Hollywood Film FestivalBest Ensemble of the YearBobbyWon
2006Satellite AwardBest Actor in a Dramatic Motion PictureAurora BorealisNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobbyNominated
2010Genie AwardsBest ActorOne WeekWon
1999Teen Choice AwardChoice TV ActorDawson's CreekWon
2000Teen Choice AwardChoice Liar in a FilmThe SkullsNominated
2000Teen Choice AwardChoice TV ActorDawson's CreekWon
2001Teen Choice AwardChoice TV ActorDawson's CreekWon
2002Teen Choice AwardChoice TV ActorDawson's CreekNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardChoice TV ActorDawson's CreekNominated
2009Teen Choice AwardChoice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2010Teen Choice AwardChoice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2011Teen Choice AwardChoice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2012Teen Choice AwardChoice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated


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  2. ^ "Joshua Jackson profile". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. ^ Shires, Sarah (2005-03-11). "I was just six and dad filed for custody of my dog... Yes, I'm still mad; Joshua Jackson on growing up and life after Dawson's Creek". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 2007-12-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Tubridy Tonight". 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Fiona Jackson Coaching". Fiona Jackson Coaching. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Joshua Jackson Biography". 1978-06-11. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  7. ^ Rothing, Hilary (September 8, 2009). "Fringe DVD Launch Party: Josh Jackson interview". UGO Entertainment. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Joshua Jackson interview May 14, 2002 (Joshua Jackson answers the Conan O'Brien question about fans websites; "Yeah, you know, I'm Irish Catholic, I have a lot of family members, that's a lot of websites.") Retrieved on April 23, 2010.
  9. ^ "Screen Test: T Men's Cover Story". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  10. ^ Mcfadden, Kay (January 19, 1998). "The Kids Are Alright -- Jackson Has Come Far From The `Chocolate Factory'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ Lisa the Tree Hugger at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ One Week at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Joshua Jackson at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ "BBC News". BBC News. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  15. ^ "Fringe Overview". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  16. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2012". BuddyTV. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "CBC News — Polytechnique tops Genie nominations". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  20. ^ "Polytechnique sweeps Genie Awards". Toronto Star, April 12, 2010.
  21. ^ Mintzer, Joshua (September 11, 2012). "Inescapable: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  22. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (September 22, 2011). "Actor / Now-Writer Joshua Jackson Goes Beyond The Fringe". Newsarama. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Katie Holmes:Joshua Jackson Was "My First Love"". 
  24. ^ Jane Gordon (August 21, 2010). "Diane Kruger:Hollywood's most celebrated beauty shakes off her ice-queen image". Daily Mail. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  25. ^ Jenny Cockle (November 11, 2007). "Ben Miller on Los Angeles: I love the glitz, the glamour, the quirks, the beauty". The Independent. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  26. ^ Slotek, Jim (May 28, 2003). "Mighty Canuck". Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ "TSG Mug Shot: Joshua Jackson". Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  28. ^ "Josh Jackson Cops to Drunken Brawl | E! Online UK". April 10, 2003. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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