Jun. 11th, 1978
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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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.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia to John Carter Jackson and his wife, Fiona. His mother is a casting director. Jackson's father is from Texas and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having migrated to North America in the late 1960s. He has a younger sister, Aisleagh (born 1983). He was raised Catholic.
Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. Not long after his sister was born his parents divorced and Jackson, his mother and sister then moved to Seattle, where he attended Einstein Middle School in Shoreline, Washington. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School.
He 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.
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, 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".
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.
Jackson played Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe, created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.[ 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, #19 in 2011 and #14 in 2012.
Jackson was in a relationship with fellow Dawson's Creek co-star 'Katie Holmes' during the first two seasons of the shows run. Holmes cites Jackson as her first love.
Jackson has been in a relationship with German actress 'Diane Kruger' since 2006; the couple shares residences in Paris and Vancouver. He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. 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 second season of Fringe.
Jackson is a fan of the hockey team Vancouver Canucks. 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. 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.
- Unlike most Canadian born actors, he has never been introduced at the Toronto Film Festival.
- His grandparents were opera singers in Dublin, Ireland
- Briefly attended Ideal Mini School in Vancouver.
- Has dual U.S./Canadian citizenship.
- Younger sister is 'Aisleagh Jackson' (qv). Also has two older half-brothers, Jonathan and Lyman, from his dad's first marriage.
- Attended the 2006 Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
- Was initially scheduled for a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but Kevin Smith decided to go for James Van Der Beek, the lead star in the WB's Dawson's Creek instead.
- Enjoys playing the harmonica in his free time.