Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson

Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012.
Born Joshua Browning Carter Jackson
(1978-06-11) June 11, 1978
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Diane Kruger (2006–16)

Joshua Browning Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian-American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 30 film roles. His well known roles include Pacey Witter in Dawson's Creek, Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Peter Bishop in Fringe, and Cole Lockhart in The Affair. 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

Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to John Carter Jackson and his wife, Fiona.[1] 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] He has just finished the second season of the Showtime series The Affair.

Personal life

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

Jackson began dating German actress Diane Kruger in 2006; the couple shared residences in Paris, Los Angeles and Vancouver.[24] Jackson and Kruger ended their relationship in 2016, after 10 years together.[25] He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California.[26] He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where 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 18, 2013.

Jackson is a fan of the ice hockey team Vancouver Canucks.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29]


Joshua Jackson at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto International Film Festival, 2006
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Crooked Hearts Tom (11 years)
1992 The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1993 Digger Billy
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1994 Andre Mark Baker
1995 Magic in the Water Joshua Black
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1996 Robin of Locksley John Prince, Jr.
1997 Ronnie and Julie Ronnie
1997 Scream 2 Film Class Guy #1
1998 The Battery Michael Papperman Short film
1998 Apt Pupil Joey
1998 Urban Legend Damon Brooks
1999 Cruel Intentions Blaine Tuttle
1999 Muppets from Space Young Man at Beach Cameo
2000 The Skulls Lucas 'Luke' McNamara
2000 Gossip Beau Edson
2001 The Safety of Objects Paul Gold
2001 Ocean's Eleven Josh Cameo
2002 The Laramie Project Matt Galloway
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Earl Crest Alternative title: Cowboys and Idiots
2003 I Love Your Work John
2005 Cursed Jake Taylor
2005 Racing Stripes Trenton's Pride Voice role
2005 Americano Chris McKinley
2005 Aurora Borealis Duncan Shorter
2005 The Shadow Dancer Jeremy Taylor Alternative title: Shadows in the Sun
2006 Bobby Wade Buckley
2007 Battle in Seattle Randall
2008 Shutter Benjamin Shaw
2008 Gashole Joshua Jackson (himself) Gives commentary for documentary
2008 One Week Ben Tyler
2012 Lay the Favorite Jeremy
2012 Inescapable Paul
2015 Sky Detective Ruther
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Payoff Young Mac TV movie
1996 Champs Matt Mazzilli Episodes: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "For Art's Sake"
1996 Robin of Locksley Prince John, Jr. TV movie
1997 Ronnie & Julie Ronnie Monroe TV movie
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Sammy TV movie
1997 The Outer Limits Devon Taylor Episode: "Music of the Spheres"
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Pacey Witter Lead role (124 episodes)
2000 The Simpsons Jesse Grass Episode: "Lisa the Tree Hugger"
2001 Cubix Brian Voice
2006 Capitol Law Mark Clayton Unsold TV pilot
2008–2013 Fringe Peter Bishop Main role (95 episodes)
2014–present The Affair Cole Lockhart 22 episodes
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Purvis Guest (1 episode)
2016 Years of Living Dangerously Himself
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Smart People Brian New play by Lydia R. Diamond at Second Stage Theater[30]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture The Mighty Ducks Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2000 Teen Choice Award Choice Liar in a Film The Skulls Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2000 Young Hollywood Award Male Superstar of Tomorrow N/A Won
2001 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Nominated
2005 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Actor Aurora Borealis Won
2006 Hollywood Film Festival Best Ensemble of the Year Bobby Won
2006 Satellite Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Aurora Borealis Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby Nominated
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2010 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role One Week Won
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Fringe Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor The Affair Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Series Actor The Affair Pending


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