|NET WORTH:||$ 450 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Director|
|Born:||October 31, 1961|
|Birth Name:||Sir Peter Robert Jackson|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)|
Peter Jackson is a New Zealand director best known for his films “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” an adaptation from the book of J.R.R. Tolkien. He has an estimated net worth of $450 million.
Most of Peter’s movies have a huge box office success. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has made more than $4 billion where Jackson himself earned $180 Million. King Kong earned $600 Million from its worldwide sale where he made $20 Million. And another $20 Million from the collections of this movie. That time, he was one of the highest-paid directors the industry has ever paid.
Movies and Awards
Peter Jackson has also enjoyed success during the annual awards season. He has earned many nominations and won several awards; The Lord of the Rings trilogy established Peter Jackson as one of the world’s greatest directors. The Return of the King its 3rd trilogy was widely considered the greatest fantasy film ever made with 11 nominations including Best Director for Jackson. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong have won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in their respective years. His other awards include a Golden Globe, four Saturn Awards and three BAFTAs among others. Jackson’s works have been considered the most awarded films in the three different years of the 74th, 76th and 78th Academy Awards ceremonies.
“To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films are not made for Oscars, they are made for the audience.” – Peter Jackson
This directing journey of Peter Jackson has not been entirely a happy one. After the blockbuster success of The Lord of the Rings, King Kong the remake was another box office smash. After decades of his directing career, a period of downtime followed. Jackson took a break from directing. After taking several years off f, Jackson returned to direct The Lovely Bones. He also signed to work on another trilogy project “The Hobbit” a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings”.
Peter Jackson is the third director to have released two films that have grossed $1 billion worldwide during their run after James Cameron and Christopher Nolan.
At the early age of five, the very first time he saw a television; it immediately captured Peter Jackson’s young imagination. His obsession to special effects and animation started when he saw the movie “King Kong” at the age of nine.
“It was a Friday evening. I was nine years old, and I was watching King Kong on TV. That night I understood what I will become.” - Peter Jackson
When he received a Super 8 movie camera as a gift from a family friend, Jackson immediately created a short film together with his friends as his actors. He was able to make several short films that he even won a special prize for its notable shots. Jackson has no formal training in film-making, but he learned about editing, special effects and make-up via his own, through trial and error.
At 16 years old, Jackson left school and worked as a full-time photo-engraver for The Evening Post, a Wellington newspaper. Even if he already had a job, Jackson decided not to live on his own so he could save money for his film equipment. After two years of work Jackson bought a 16 mm camera and began shooting a film.
“It’s all about his determination. You never, ever, give up once you start something, once you’re on the trail of something you don’t stop and that’s what you have to go through when you’re making a movie too. Once the train’s rolling, you have to stick with it.” – Peter Jackson.
Peter Jackson's Wife
Peter Jackson got married only once. His one and only partner is Fran Walsh, a screenwriter. Jackson and Walsh had 2 children.
Walsh had helped him gain contacts in the New Zealand film industry. She even contributed a lot to Jackson’s movies ever since, as co-writer and producer. Walsh also received seven Oscar nominations.
Peter Jackson is one of the most popular directors alive. He is an exceptional director who makes action-packed, epic special effects and high quality films. Jackson credits his huge success to his tireless work ethic, his attention to detail, and being a bit of a perfectionist obsessively working and reworking a film from many angles until the last moment.
“Remember, pain is temporary; film is forever.” – Peter Jackson